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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 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.

Hello, I’m a polar bear.

23 Aug

Welcome to this blog. There are millions of other blogs out there, but you chose to look at mine. No, you did not just randomly come across it; you chose it. I will accept nothing less.

As for what we do here, I think the title’s pretty explanatory. I’m a polar bear, and yes, I do watch TV. I am obsessed with various forms of pop culture, in particular television and film, so I started this to get my thoughts down in writing. I am a member of the fabulous online community of The AV Club (which all of you should check out), and I wanted to do something similar to that.

What will we review? Lots of stuff. Our TV reviews will include American Horror Story, Dexter, Breaking Bad, The Bridge, The Americans, Wilfred, Louie, Justified, Parks and Recreation, Community, Sons of Anarchy, Hannibal, Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Treme, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Archer, New Girl, Parenthood, Orphan Black, Person of Interest, The Walking Dead, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Girls, Nikita, Strike Back, Veep, Banshee, The Vampire Diaries, How I Met Your Mother, Arrow, Revenge, Scandal, The Newsroom, Raising Hope, and others I can’t think of right now. Only some of these will have regular coverage, but I’ll try to get in some posts about all of them. I will also be reviewing new pilots, and may decide to pick up some more shows.

Our TV Classic reviews may include shows like The Shield, The Wire, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Friday Night Lights, House, 24, Lost, Chuck, Terriers, Arrested Development, The West Wing, Fringe, Boston Legal, and others.

*I apologize, but many of these shows’ reviews will start in the middle of their seasons, as I am just starting to write. However, I will try to give some thoughts on the episodes before.

Our film reviews will include whatever movies I decide to watch at home or in the theater, and can be new releases or old.

I might also post some random stuff; fan fiction, thoughts on entertainment news, etc.

Enjoy.

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