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Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Drama Series

22 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a day away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Breaking-Bad-Logo-2  “BREAKING BAD”

I thought the first half of Season 5 was a step down from seasons 3 and 4, but it was still some brilliant television. Walt’s rise was expertly portrayed, and there were some devastating episodes in there. The acting, writing, and directing continued to be among the best on TV.

hannibal-logo-jpg  “HANNIBAL”

It’s a shame this wasn’t on cable, because it would have a better chance of getting recognized there. I wasn’t keen to the concept of another serial killer drama, but this show evolved into something much more. The character work was brilliant, the cinematography was gorgeous, and the show was violent and intense.

game-of-thrones-free-burning-logo  “GAME OF THRONES”

Season 3 took the show to new highs, showcasing different characters like Jaime Lannister and Catelyn Stark. It’s always impressive how many storylines the show can juggle at once, and season 3 delivered a slow buildup that culminated in one of the best TV spectacles of all time: “The Rains of Castamere”.

Rectify_series_logo  “RECTIFY”

One of the surprises of the TV season, “Rectify” quickly took hold and defied the natural inclinations of other shows. It moved slowly, favoring character focus and examination of everyday life over quick moving storylines, violence, and sex. The acting was as good as you’ll ever see on TV.

The_Americans_logo  “THE AMERICANS

The spy drama set in the Cold-War era quickly burst onto the scene, delivering one of the best first seasons of any show in recent memory. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell anchored a wonderful cast, and each episode brought the intrigue, character development, and action that any spy drama requires.

mm_end_frame-0-1280-0-1024  “MAD MEN”

One of the staples of the current television era, “Mad Men” was as good as ever in season 6. It brilliantly portrayed two agencies clashing over business, then combined them and grew into an examination of characters like Don and Peggy. New characters like Bob Benson were the subject of speculation on the Internet. Betty was integrated well. The season finale was a masterpiece. All in all, another great season.

Which should win?

I hate not picking Breaking Bad, but honestly, Hannibal and Rectify might get my pick over it. Mad Men was just as deserving as well.

Others considered: Scandal, Spartacus, Treme, Justified, Homeland, House of Cards, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Parenthood, Southland, Bates Motel, Fringe, Orphan Black

On to the real nominations…

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

House of Cards

Mad Men

Which should win?

Breaking Bad

Which will win?

House of Cards

Analysis: This is a strange choice, but I’m going all in on it. I expect House of Cards to be the Homeland of this year, as it has big buzz around it in the form of Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and the Netflix model. However, it won’t sweep the top awards, as Danes is unstoppable. I don’t think it deserves to win, but I’m predicting it will. As for Breaking Bad, that would be my second choice, especially considering the final season is airing opposite the Emmys this year (if Breaking Bad doesn’t sweep all the awards next year, I’ll be angry. This final half-season is the best it has ever been). Homeland could win, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it did, but I feel like the voters recognized the drop in quality this year.

Credit to AMC, NBC, HBO, Sundance, FX, The Americans, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Rectify, Game of Thrones, and Hannibal for all pictures. I own nothing.

 

 

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Comedy Series

22 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a day away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Louie_logo  “LOUIE”

This was an insanely great season of television, featuring wonderful guest stars in Melissa Leo and Parker Posey, always hilarious situations, and a surprisingly emotional final arc.

images  “30 ROCK”

In the final season of the beloved show, Tina Fey, her writers, and the rest of the cast pulled off one of the best endings of all time. The series finale was perfect, and the episodes leading up to it was full of classic 30 Rock humor, fast paced dialogue, and character moments for the people we’ve come to love.

New-Girl-Logo  “NEW GIRL”

The second season of the show elevated it from good to great, becoming more hilarious than ever. It also deftly handled the Nick-Jess relationship in a way that a central sitcom relationship has never been handled before. Deschanel and Johnson are brilliant, and Greenfield and Morris round out the cast nicely.

Enlightened_logo-300x155  “ENLIGHTENED”

I loved this show. It was realistic, genuine, moving, and hilarious, and Laura Dern and Mike White did some of the most fantastic acting I’ve seen on television, and the ending was pretty much perfect. It’s not a show for everyone, but give it a try. It will draw you in. *Expect TV Classic coverage of the show in the winter.

veep-81  “VEEP”

The biting, satirical HBO comedy was on its game once again last year. It delivered episode after episode of quotable insults, hilarious facial expressions, and cringe-worthy situations. It also sports one of the best casts on TV.

1024px-Girls_logo  “GIRLS”

I had a hard time choosing between this and “Parks and Recreation” for the final spot, but I ultimately went here because I thought it did a better job of telling a complex, cohesive storyline. All the actors did wonderful work portraying people heading down dark paths, and the show was still funny.

Who should win?

It’s between Enlightened and Louie.

Others considered: Parks and Recreation, Archer, The Office, Happy Endings, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Wilfred, The Big Bang Theory, Arrested Development, Raising Hope, The Middle

On to the real nominations…

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

Girls

Louie

Modern Family

Veep

Which should win?

Louie

Which will win?

30 Rock

Analysis: I’m feeling it, guys. I’m feeling Modern Family’s streak will end. However, it’s a toss up between 30 Rock and Big Bang for the win, and I’m going with 30 Rock due to possible final season nostalgia. However, Louie is still the absolute best of the six shows, and I’m happy it was at least recognized.

Credit to Louie, Girls, Enlightened, 30 Rock, New Girl, Veep, FOX, HBO, NBC, and FX for all pictures. I own nothing.

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

20 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a week away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Dream Ballot

Hugh-Dancy-of-Hannibal_gallery_primary  HUGH DANCY, “Hannibal”

In a performance strikingly similar to wife Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison, Dancy is playing the role of a mentally unstable, workaholic character. He commits to the role with sometimes terrifying resolve, resulting in a character who draws us in to his spiral into madness. His work in the later parts of the season is matched by very few.

Rectify-Aden-Young  ADEN YOUNG, “Rectify”

In an intense, complex, and moving performance, Aden Young delivered Emmy-worthy scenes across only six episodes. It’s a quiet performance, but that just makes it even more impressive. Young was always focused, even during scenes where he was just staring off into the distance.

Bryan-Cranston-of-Breaking-Bad_gallery_primary  BRYAN CRANSTON, “Breaking Bad”

Cranston is always at the top of his game as Walter White, and in the first half of the fifth season, he was just as good as ever, delivering a chilling performance as a mastermind on top of the world. His relationships with Skyler, Jesse, and Mike were all incredibly compelling and heartbreaking, and he was a major part of that.

Jon-Hamm-of-Mad-Men_gallery_primary  JON HAMM, “Mad Men”

This guy deserves an Emmy. The problem is, there are so many other fantastic actors that he always falls by the wayside. Still, his performance in season 6 explored his troubled past, taking him down a dark path as he bounced off people like Peggy, Pete, Megan, and Sylvia. The finale was a masterpiece for both him and the show.

homeland-season-2-episode-5-damien-lewis  DAMIAN LEWIS, “Homeland”

Last year’s winner, Lewis remained superb as Nicholas Brody, delivering one of the best television performances ever in “Q&A” (one of the best television episodes ever, as well). Although the show went off the rails after that, he maintained that steely presence, taking his relationships with Abu Nazir and Carrie Mathison a step deeper.

matthew-rhys-americans-635  MATTHEW RHYS, “The Americans”

I had an extremely difficult time choosing between him and Timothy Olyphant for the final spot, but I chose him. He handled Philip’s character shifts extremely well, interacting with Elizabeth and Martha in different ways. He can portray spy and regular person equally well, and he had a nice wig and glasses.

Who should win?

This may be the toughest category. Both Young and Dancy need recognition, as they’re both in low-rated, but brilliant shows. Lewis had the best episodic performance out of all of them, but the season as a whole wasn’t as great for him as season 1. Rhys was great, but not good enough to win. Hamm should have won already. Cranston should still win. I have no idea.

Others considered: Timothy Olyphant, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, Michael C. Hall, Jonny Lee Miller, Peter Krause, Clarke Peters, Andre Braugher, Michael Emerson, Joshua Jackson, Jeff Daniels

On to the real nominations…

Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Who should win?

Hamm

Who will win?

Spacey

Analysis: I think Spacey can take the crown and be the Damian Lewis of this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he won; the voters love movie stars. Lewis also could win, considering “Q&A” was a perfect showcase for him, and Cranston was very good as well (I think that “Crawl Space” was a much better episode for him, though, and he didn’t win for that). Again, JON HAMM NEEDS AN EMMY. His work in the finale was magnificent.

Credit to Sundance, AMC, NBC, Showtime, FX, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Americans, Rectify, Hannibal, and Homeland for all pictures. I own nothing.

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

17 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a week away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Tatiana-Maslany-of-Orphan-Black_gallery_primary  TATIANA MASLANY, “Orphan Black”

Maslany burst onto the scene this year for her brilliant work as various clones of herself in Orphan Black, showing off her wide range as an actress. No other person in this category impressed me more than she did, and she’d be entirely deserving of recognition here. Even when the show was on its off days, Maslany was the glue holding everything together.

images  EMMY ROSSUM, “Shameless”

It confuses me as to why Showtime’s comedies garner more recognition than this show. It’s terrible, though, because Emmy Rossum isn’t getting enough attention. She’s a gorgeous, talented actress that is capable of acting the hell out of her role as Fiona Gallagher.

Keri-Russell  KERI RUSSELL, “The Americans”

Playing a Russian spy, Keri Russell was perfect as Elizabeth Jennings, a cold yet complex character that was a joy to watch unfold. Her interactions with Matthew Rhys’ Philip were compelling, and Russell took her character down a dark, terrifying path that culminated in the explosive season finale. Her acting in that episode was flawless.

Claire-Danes-of-Homeland_gallery_primary  CLAIRE DANES, “Homeland”

Last year’s winner Claire Danes was no less wonderful this season, and the only reason her character could be frustrating was because of the writers. She continued to terrifically portray the determined, yet kind of crazy, Carrie Mathison, and “Q&A” was one of the best television episodes I’ve ever seen. Her interrogation scenes with Damian Lewis’ Nick Brody were compelling, raw, and frightening. She is completely deserving of another nomination.

Kerry-Washington-of-Scandal_gallery_primary  KERRY WASHINGTON, “Scandal”

She held the first season and the first part of last season together, the character of Olivia Pope quickly becoming one of the best characters on TV. She’s just so much fun to watch, and as the show moved in a more serialized direction, she got better as the supporting cast got better. She’s an anchor in the breakout show of last season.

peggy-olson  ELISABETH MOSS, “Mad Men”

Peggy Olson is one of my favorite characters on TV, and she’s a deserving nominee. Her role in the sixth season was just as good as her work beforehand, and Peggy’s arc of independence allowed Moss to bring out new aspects of her character. When the two companies merged, Moss deftly portrayed a woman caught between two lives.

Who should win?

Maslany by a hair over Rossum, with Danes close behind

Others considered: Khandi Alexander, Vera Farmiga, Julianna Margulies, Glenn Close, Connie Britton, Michelle Dockery, Robin Wright, Nina Dobrev, Maggie Q, Mariska Hargitay

On to the real nominations…

Connie Britton, “Nashville”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Who should win?

Moss

Who will win?

Danes

Analysis: It’s about time that the wonderful Elisabeth Moss won something, but still, Danes is fantastic, and I’m confident that the voters will award her a second award in a row. “Q&A” was just so great.

Credit to BBC America, Showtime, ABC, FX, AMC, Mad Men, The Americans, Scandal, Orphan Black, Homeland, and Shameless for all pictures. I own nothing.

 

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

15 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Dream Ballot

LOUIE: Louis C.K. stars in LOUIE on FX.  LOUIS CK, “Louie”

Season 3 of Louie was a masterpiece of writing, directing, and acting, all done by Louis CK himself. He was as hilarious as always, and his interactions with the guest stars were brilliant, whether it be with Melissa Leo, Parker Posey, or others. His acting in the season finale was wonderful.

Alec-Baldwin-of-30-Rock_gallery_primary  ALEC BALDWIN, “30 Rock”

Jack Donaghy is one of the greatest sitcom characters of all time, and Season 7 did nothing to change that. In fact, the final season only strengthened that sentiment, allowing Baldwin to be hilarious as always. His relationship with his mom paved the way for some brilliant lines, and the central Jack-Liz relationship ended in a perfect manner.

Jake-Johnson-of-New-Girl_gallery_primary  JAKE JOHNSON, “New Girl”

While season 1 highlighted Max Greenfield’s Schmidt as the funniest male character, season 2 really allowed Johnson to shine. Other shows would’ve messed up the long-awaited Jess-Nick romance, tumbling into rom-com plots and turning up the cheese. However, this relationship was genuine, hilarious, and moving, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Jake Johnson was truly the breakout star of the 2012-2013 television comedy landscape.

Adam-Scott-of-Parks-and-Recreation_gallery_primary  ADAM SCOTT, “Parks and Recreation”

Although I wouldn’t count Scott a lead actor, he submitted himself as such. Still, he definitely shined in the moments he had on screen. Before Ben married Leslie, he was doing his own thing, hanging out with April and going through kidney stones. He was really perfect, though, during the build-up to the wedding, and was an essential part of the endearing relationship that was Leslie and Ben.

arrested-development-season-4-pic  JASON BATEMAN, “Arrested Development”

Bateman’s always been great in Arrested Development, and although the new season focused on different characters in different episodes, he still was a hilarious presence. Michael and George Michael is still one of the best dad-son dynamic on television, and Michael’s interactions with Gob, Buster, and the rest were still comedy gold.

big-bang-theory-season-5-16-the-vacation-solution-amy-farrah-fowler-sheldon-cooper  JIM PARSONS, “The Big Bang Theory”

I’m not a huge Big Bang fan, but there’s no denying that Parsons is consistently great as Sheldon Cooper. The most recent season made him out to be too much of a jerk, but his relationship with Amy saved everything; his work in the finale was magnificent.

Who should win?

CK

Others considered: Garrett Dillahunt, Johnny Galecki, Peter Capaldi, Rob Corddry, Joel McHale, Elijah Wood

On to the real nominations…

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”

Louis CK, “Louie”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Who should win?

CK

Who will win?

Parsons

Analysis: I’d love to see CK win. He’s absolutely magnificent. However, I feel like the top two candidates right now are Parsons and Baldwin, both respected actors with long-running shows. I could see it going either way, but I give the edge to Parsons. Don’t be surprised if CK wins, though.

Credit to CBS, NBC, FX, FOX, Netflix, Arrested Development, The Big Bang Theory, Louie, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and New Girl for all pictures. I own nothing.

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

14 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Dream Ballot

Tina-Fey-of-30-Rock_gallery_primary  TINA FEY, “30 Rock”

Tina Fey’s always been one of the funniest people on television, and the final year of 30 Rock really put a bow on her wonderful run as Liz Lemon. She did especially amazing work in the two part finale, conveying both sadness and and delight as she closed out her relationships with Jack, Tracy, and Jenna.

Zooey-Deschanel-of-New-Girl_gallery_primary  ZOOEY DESCHANEL, “New Girl”

After an average first season, New Girl blew me away this year. Jake Johnson had the breakout performance, but Deschanel was consistently great as the awkward, endearing Jess Day. Her relationship with Nick was one the best handled, and funniest, relationships I’ve ever seen on television.

enlightened21f-1-web  LAURA DERN, “Enlightened”

Amy Jellicoe was a flawed, narcissistic character that just wanted to improve the world. Dern was amazing at her portrayal of Jellicoe, transforming her character into an unlikeable, yet relatable person that you could sympathize with. Her character was so real, and so unique, and was one of the best on TV.

Julia-Louis-Dreyfus-of-Veep_gallery_primary  JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, “Veep”

Her performance as the sarcastic, bumbling Vice President was top notch this year. The profanity-filled, glass door-breaking shenanigans were absolutely hilarious, and her relationships with her ex-husband and her daughter Catherine had very few dull moments.

11GIRLS-articleLarge  LENA DUNHAM, “Girls”

This performance, as well as the show in general, is extremely polarizing. However, in the second season of the show, Dunham brilliantly portrayed a woman spiraling downward due to her OCD and relationship troubles. There will always be detractors, but that shouldn’t stop her from getting a nomination.

1818369  AMY POEHLER, “Parks and Recreation”

Poehler is TV’s second-funniest lady, right behind Tina Fey. Leslie Knope is such a lovable, heart-warming character that we love to see every week. Her wedding with Ben was one of the most beautiful things on TV this year, and she even got to meet Joe Biden!

Who should win?

I’d love to see Dern win, as it’s her last year of eligibility, but I’d be just as happy with Poehler or Fey. Poehler has to win sometime, though. We don’t want to see another Steve Carell situation.

Others considered: Sutton Foster, Edie Falco, Martha Plimpton, Dakota Johnson, Krysten Ritter, Courteney Cox, Portia de Rossi

On to the real nominations…

Laura Dern-Enlightened

Lena Dunham-Girls

Edie Falco-Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey-30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Veep

Amy Poehler-Parks and Recreation

Who should win?

See above.

Who will win?

Fey

Analysis: I believe Fey can pull it off one last time. It’s between her and Louis-Dreyfus for the win, but I think we’re going to see some final season nostalgia culminating in Fey’s win. It’d be well-deserved, though.

Credit to HBO, NBC, FOX, Veep, Girls, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, New Girl, and Enlightened for all pictures. I own nothing.

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

8 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Dream Ballot

Michael-Cudlitz-of-Southland_gallery_primaryMICHAEL CUDLITZ, “Southland”

This is one of the best performances I have ever seen. The underrated TNT show “Southland” contained a slew of Emmy worthy performances, the best of which was Cudlitz’s. He perfectly portrayed the downward spiral of his character, culminating in a shocking and heartbreaking final scene of the series.

breaking-bad-jonathan-banks-community-season-5-professor-amc  JONATHAN BANKS, “Breaking Bad”

Although not as showy a performance as Paul’s or Esposito’s, Banks was brilliant as the cold, yet sympathetic Mike. His performance in “Say My Name” revealed the deeper facets of his character, and it was wonderful and sad to watch unfold.

Jaime_recounts_the_past_s3e5  NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU, “Game of Thrones”

Peter Dinklage gets more recognition, but this season was Coster-Waldau’s. Jaime Lannister started off as a despicable character, but this season, I started feeling sympathetic for him. His relationship with Brienne was perfection.

homeland-saul-plane_FULL  MANDY PATINKIN, “Homeland”

Homeland completely went off the rails at the end of last season, but Patinkin kept his character grounded. Saul’s character became more complex, becoming the emotional center of a show that was doing a disservice to the rest of the characters. We saw deeper into his relationship with Carrie, and the final scene of the finale was beautiful.

Aaron-Paul-of-Breaking-Bad_gallery_primary  AARON PAUL, “Breaking Bad”

Aaron Paul’s been a consistent force in the show, and his work in Season 5 was as brilliant as ever. We started to see the signs of dissent from Walt, and Paul conveyed so much through his body language. His performance in “Buyout” was wonderful and hard to watch all at once.

boyd-crowder_wide-d0fe450ff9dfe9b8b057a3fa8634872ebdfb4e4b-s6-c30  WALTON GOGGINS, “Justified”

Goggins has always been an absolutely essential part of the show, and while he is badass, there are also layers to his character. His war of words with Preacher Billy was an amazing thing to watch, and his relationship with Ava was beautiful.

Who should win?

This is probably the hardest category for me in terms of picking a winner. Just for that last spot, I had to choose between Noah Emmerich, Corey Stoll, Walton Goggins, Peter Dinklage, Charles Dance, and Mads Mikkelsen. They could be the nominations and I’d still be happy.

Others considered: All those mentioned above ^….and Guillermo Diaz, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, Bobby Cannavale, Freddie Highmore, Larry Hagman, Sam Waterston, Jeff Perry, David Morissey, John Noble (how he never has been recognized eludes me), Steve Zahn, Jordan Gavaris, Josh Charles, Ron Perlman, Kim Coates, Michael Shannon, Dean Norris, David Harewood, David Morse, Norman Reedus, Ryan Hurst, Dax Shepard, Michael Kenneth Williams

On to the real nominations…

Jonathan Banks-Breaking Bad

Bobby Cannavale-Boardwalk Empire

Jim Carter-Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage-Game of Thrones

Aaron Paul-Breaking Bad

Mandy Patinkin-Homeland

Who should win?

Banks

Who will win?

Patinkin

Analysis

Not only is it Banks’s last chance to win, he was absolutely brilliant as Mike. However, even considering Patinkin’s snub last year, I think the voters will give him the nod over Paul. However, I’d put their chances neck and neck, with Banks right behind.

Credit to AMC, Showtime, TNT, HBO, FX, Justified, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Southland, and Game of Thrones for all pictures. I own nothing.

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

7 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Dream Ballot

 Monica-Potter-of-Parenthood_gallery_primary MONICA POTTER, “Parenthood”
Potter’s arc in the past season is one that has been done to death in various television shows and movies, but she brings a new kind of vulnerability and complexity to it. Kristina Braverman is just searching for normalcy, and she can make you laugh and cry all at once.
emmy-watch-rectify  ABIGAIL SPENCER, “Rectify”
Spencer plays Amantha Holden, the sister of a man that’s been recently released from jail. She reaches out to him, trying to get through his hard exterior. Her quiet desperation and genuine love for him is beautiful to watch unfold, and their relationship is mesmerizing (just like Abigail Spencer).
196217268_1772603609001_AMC-InsideBB-S5-MakingOfEp504-FiftyOne  ANNA GUNN, “Breaking Bad”
Being the wife of a criminal mastermind is not an easy thing. Gunn is excellent at portraying the shock, confusion, and helplessness of Skyler White, to the point where her character almost gives up. Her performance in “Fifty-One” is one of the most heartbreaking and intense performances ever given.
Game-of-Thrones-Season-3-Catelyn-Stark  MICHELLE FAIRLEY, “Game of Thrones”
Cast members like Emilia Clarke get more recognition, but Fairley is the stand out in season 3. It’s a quieter, less showy performance, but everything eventually crescendoes until it explodes in “The Rains of Castamere”, one of the best TV episodes of all time. It also includes a heartbreaking performance by Fairley.
2013-04-30-rectify  ADELAIDE CLEMENS, “Rectify”
I usually wouldn’t nominate two from the same show, but Clemens’s performance is amazing. She becomes an emotional center of the show, depicting religion in a way that has never been done before on TV. It’s an unexpected, gorgeous, and nuanced performance.
Christina-Hendricks-of-Mad-Men_gallery_primary  CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, “Mad Men”
I’m still angry she didn’t win for “The Other Woman”. If she didn’t win for that, she won’t win for a season in which she has less of a major role. However, her time on screen is still well utilized, providing an excellent contrast to Peggy and being a great foil for many people in the office.
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Who should win? I can’t make this decision.
Others considered: Caroline Dhavernas, Joelle Carter, Emilia Clarke, Maggie Smith, Mae Whitman, Christine Baranski, Hayden Panettiere, January Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Elizabeth McGovern, Betsy Brandt, Erika Christensen, Lena Headey, Regina King, Melissa Leo, Madeleine Stowe, Lauren Graham, Maggie Siff, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Carpenter, Morena Baccarin, Bellamy Young, Annet Mahendru, Jessica Capshaw, Olivia Cooke, Olivia Munn, Deborah Ann Woll, Jessica Paré, Sandra Oh (This is an absolutely stacked category)
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On to the real nominations…
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 Morena Baccarin-Homeland
Christine Baranski-The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke-Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn-Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks-Mad Men
Maggie Smith-Downton Abbey
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Who should win?
Gunn
Who will win?
Smith
Analysis: It’s about time the voters recognized the tremendous work of Anna Gunn, but Smith has the experience, and is riding off of last year’s win. I don’t think there’s much competition here, but if there’s anyone that can pull off an upset, it’s Gunn.
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Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

29 Aug

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s only a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Dream Ballot

Nick-Offerman-of-Parks-and-Recreation_gallery_primary  NICK OFFERMAN, “Parks and Recreation”

It blows my mind why the Emmy voters would overlook such a fantastic character as Ron Swanson. He had a great year of food poisoning, wood-working, and wedding attending, and his relationship with Lucy Lawless’ character was unexpectedly sweet. He’s one of the best characters on television.

mikewhite3_small-f132f8391e4e2a1ddced6175f92b91954bcc74cd-s6-c30  MIKE WHITE, “Enlightened”

First of all, this is one of my favorite shows of all time, even though it only spanned a woefully short two seasons. White is also the creator of the series, but he’s also an amazing actor. His character is awkward, heartbreaking,, and complex, and he and Molly Shannon created one of the best, most beautiful TV romances you’ll ever see.

new-girl-schmidt  MAX GREENFIELD, “New Girl”

I probably would’ve given this slot to Jake Johnson, but he submitted for the “lead actor” category. Greenfield is great, though, conveying a hilarious outer demeanor and spewing a ton of hilarious quotes. However, he took it a step further this year as the show explored more of his past, in particular a young relationship that was funny and endearing.

girls_adam_8a.jpg.CROP.multipart2-medium  ADAM DRIVER, “Girls”

His character, and the show, are extremely polarizing amongst both fans and detractors. However, that’s because his performance is so fantastic. He did some amazing work at the end of the season, inspiring hatred, adoration, and discussion galore on the Internet, and his character arc was one of the most interesting on TV last year.

stefon-wedding-veil  BILL HADER, “Saturday Night Live”

While SNL hasn’t been consistently good in a while, Hader’s been the anchor of the cast. His farewell season ended with a bang, as the fan-favorite Stefon married Seth Meyers in an amazing segment that involved Anderson Cooper and all of Stefon’s club friends. He’ll be missed, for sure.

nup-155435-0604-jpg  RAINN WILSON/JOHN KRASINSKI, “The Office”

I know I’m cheating a bit here, but I just had to give them both credit. Krasinski has never been nominated for his work, which I find appalling, and Wilson hasn’t been nominated in a while. They both did fantastic work in this final season, especially near the end of the show’s run, and they deserve recognition for it. Jim-Pam was still the heart of the show, and you also can’t imagine the show without Dwight Schrute.

Who Should Win?

I’d narrow it down to Offerman and White, but I don’t know who I’d pick.

Others considered: Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr., Ty Burrell, Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Tony Hale (Veep), Matt Walsh, Jack McBrayer, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, DJ Qualls, Luke Wilson, Simon Templeman, Chris Pratt, James Van Der Beek, Jason Gann, Jim Rash, Jeffrey Tambor

And on to the real nominations…

Ty Burrell-Modern Family

Adam Driver-Girls

Jesse Tyler Ferguson-Modern Family

Bill Hader-Saturday Night Live

Tony Hale-Veep

Ed O’Neill-Modern Family

Who should win?

Driver

Who will win?

Burrell

Analysis: Driver undoubtedly delivers the most complex, layered performance here, but I think it’s a safe bet that the Emmy voters will give the award to one of their Modern Family darlings; in this case, it’s Burrell.

Credit to NBC, HBO, FOX, New Girl, The Office, Enlightened, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, and Girls for all pictures. I own nothing.

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

28 Aug

It’s Emmy season again! Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s only a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category (I’m only focusing on certain nomination fields, but I might lump some of the technical and writing/directing categories into one big post later on). Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Dream Ballot

Jenna-Fischer-of-The-Office_gallery_primaryJENNA FISCHER, “The Office”

This was not Jenna Fischer’s best year on The Office, but it was a fantastic year. I’ll let that sink in for a bit. She’s been consistently wonderful, but astonishingly, she’s only been nominated once. In an up and down final season, she anchored a dramatic storyline that could make you roll your eyes in annoyance or burst into tears. No matter which it was, she was the glue holding the show together all the way to the end.

Jane-Krakowski-of-30-Rock_gallery_primary  JANE KRAKOWSKI, “30 Rock”

Although she wasn’t nominated last year, the swan song of 30 Rock was enough to bring her back into the fold. She did some fantastic work in the final few episodes of the series; constantly hilarious, constantly surprising, and constantly Jenna Maroney. I will always miss you, Rural Juror.

happy-endings-20120403040230005  ELISHA CUTHBERT, “Happy Endings”

Oh, Happy Endings. I miss you so much. I really hate that this was neither renewed nor picked up for a fourth season, but I’m thankful that the series was able to highlight Cuthbert’s comedic range. Alex grew into one of my favorite television characters, and she portrayed the awkwardness of her character in an excellent way.

anna-chlumsky-veep-emmys  ANNA CHLUMSKY, “Veep”

Amy is a sarcastic, hilarious character that I can never get enough of. Veep is the funniest show on TV when it comes to reaction shots, and Chlumsky is the queen of reaction shots. Every word that comes out of her mouth and every facial expression she makes is top notch comedy.

Aubrey-Plaza-of-Parks-and-Recreation_gallery_primary  AUBREY PLAZA, “Parks and Recreation”

Plaza has done some fantastic work with April, even while Amy Poehler gets all the recognition (don’t get me wrong, she deserves it all). Her twisted mind leads to hilarious lines, and the season really showcased all aspects of her character.

EDEN SHER  EDEN SHER, “The Middle”

I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of the show. However, I’ve watched enough episodes to know that Eden Sher is fantastic. She’s over the top, but doesn’t exude a sense of buffoonery at all. Her work is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, and lovable, and she has an easy spot in the nominations.

 

 

 

WHO SHOULD WIN? Honestly, I don’t know. This is one of those categories where I’d be fine with any of them winning.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Mayim Bialik, Judy Greer, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Julie Bowen, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams, Eliza Coupe, Ellie Kemper, Cheryl Hines, Jessica Walter (Archer and Arrested Development), Kate McKinnon, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hanigan, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever

On to the real nominations…

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”

Jane Lynch, “Glee”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”

Who Should Win?

Krakowski

Who Will Win?

Bowen

Analysis: Krakowski deserves it for the excellent work in the later parts of the final season, hilarious throughout and heartbreaking near the end. I don’t think the Emmy voters will break the Julie Bowen monopoly and honor Krakowski one final time, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they did so. Right behind her is Bialik.

Credit to NBC, ABC, HBO, Veep, The Middle, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and Happy Endings for all pictures. I own nothing.

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