Top 10 Emmy Snubs and Wishes

Each year an awards show comes around that recognizes excellence in television.  No, not the Golden Globes.  The Emmy’s.  Next to the Tony Awards (because Erin also likes Broadway theatre), the Emmy’s are my absolute favorite awards show of the year.   Even better then the actual awards show is nomination day, when all the nominees for actors/actress/and series are announced.  Each year there are surprises and each year there are snubs.  Unfortunately, there have been more and more snubs.  The Emmy’s have failed to recognize some of the most excellent performances on TV today.

Erin’s Top 10 List of Emmy snubs/future wishes (in no particular order):

1. Nick Offerman (Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Parks and Recreation):  Offerman’s portrayal of Parks director Ron Swanson is one of the most flawless performances in TV comedy today.  Swanson’s outward distain for anything government related, his love for everything meat, and his impeccable talent of wood carving make him the perfect anecdote for Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope (who also deserves an Emmy).   Unlike Poehler though, Offerman has never even been nominated for an Emmy.

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2. Parks and Recreation (Outstanding Comedy Series):  For the past several years the Emmy’s have seemed to turn a blind eye to some of the best comedy series on TV, Parks and Rec. included.  Still blinded by their love for Modern Family, Parks has yet to even garner a nod from the Emmy’s.  The characters, the story lines, the overall hilarity of the show just keeps getting better each season.

3.  Michael C. Hall (Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Dexter):  Unlike the last two mentioned, Michael C. Hall HAS been nominated in his category each year and each year he has lost.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad and have been ecstatic when he wins, but Michael C. Hall’s shining moments came in season 4 (the Trinity Killer season).  This season should have won him the Emmy.  Hall’s continual performance of Dexter has left me wanting more each season.  Hall is a multi-talented actor who deserves some high praise and award recognition.

twd4. The Walking Dead (Outstanding Drama Series), Jon Bernthal (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), David Morrissey (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series): Now, all these potential nominations/snubs are all separate but tie together in the same series.  Last season, Bernthal’s Shane was killed off after a heart breaking final confrontation with group leader and best friend Rick.  Never have I rooted so much for a character to go, and that’s where I have to give Bernthal a nod.  He made Shane insufferable in all the right ways.  The Walking Dead hasn’t been the strongest show on television but in its 3rd season, it is shining.  If not for previous years this show deserves a nomination for the upcoming awards season.  Which brings me to David Morrissey’s character of The Governor.  Another actor who has made his character, the Governor of the little surviving town of Woodbury,  insufferable, evil, and sadistic.  I want to hate The Governor so much but give Morrissey all the awards at the same time.

5. Giancarlo Esposito (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad) and Anna Gunn (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad):  This year Esposito’s frightening portrayal of drug kingpin Gus Fring took a backseat to Aaron Paul’s heart breaking performance of Jesse Pinkman.  As much as I love Paul and his character, Esposito should have gone home with the award.  It was his one chance and his performance blew the series out of the water.  Anna Gunn was nominated as well for her performance as main character Walter White’s wife, Skyler White.  Skyler often went head to head with Walt, disagreeing with his choices when it came to his “work.”  Season 5 proved to be Gunn’s strongest with her all to real portrayal of a wife just trying to protect her family.

saulb6. Mandy Patinkin (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Homeland):  Patinkin is the definition of a triple threat.  His portrayal as Saul Berenson leaves the audience speechless episode after episode.  So, you can imagine how speechless I was last season when he did not receive a nomination.  Things are looking up though as Patinkin has already been nominated for a Golden Globe.  Season 2 of Homeland gave Saul many shining moments.  If he is not nominated in next years Emmy’s, it is what I will call a real travesty.

7. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Outstanding Comedy Series), Danny DeVito (Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series):  Perhaps the members of the Emmy committee have no idea FX network and its shows exist.  Perhaps they just hate crude humor.  But, It’s Always Sunny has been on for 8 seasons now and has yet to garner any recognition.  This isn’t as surprising as only networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.  seem to get recognized in the comedy category and the shows nominated are usually family friendly shows.  It’s Always Sunny and DeVito’s character are anything but family friendly yet the show has had many strong seasons and deserves the right recognition.

shameless8. Shameless (Outstanding Drama Series), Emmy Rossum (Lead Actress in a Drama Series), William H. Macy (Supporting/Lead Actor in a Drama Series):  One of the biggest snubs over the past 2 years have been the Emmy’s lack of recognition towards the Showtime series Shameless.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, the only actress to obtain a nomination was Joan Cusack for her guest starring role as Sheila.  Shameless is strong enough to play in a league with the big boys, along with the actors on the show.  I’m actually dumbfounded on this one as both seasons so far have proven very strong and the show is on the beloved Showtime network.

9. Jennifer Carpenter (Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Dexter): Carpenter’s Debra Morgan has never been my favorite character.  But, this past season she has proven her name is ready to be dropped into the Emmy hat.  Deb’s incapability to handle Dexter’s “dark passenger” has been Carpenter’s all-star moments on the show.  It’s time this girl gets the nom she deserves.

rumpel10. Robert Carlyle (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Once Upon a Time):  This last one is a little bit of a stretch, seeing as Once Upon a Time is not a show I would consider just nominating on its own.  Even though I love the show and characters, it’s not comparable to past nominees in the drama category.  However, Robert Carlyle’s evil and conniving Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold is strong enough to deserve a nomination.  His ability to play sympathetic and heart breaking within an evil souled character is phenomenal.

Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad), Justin Kirk (Andy Botwin on Weeds), Zachary Quinto (Dr. Thredson/Bloody Face on American Horror Story: Asylum), Lily Rabe (Sister Mary Eunice on American Horror Story: Asylum) and or Sarah Paulson (Lana Winters on American Horror Story: Asylum)

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An Open Letter To Homeland

Dear Homeland,

I love you.  You are the best thing on TV (at the moment) and I can’t quit you.  I hope I never have to.  Which is why it makes it so hard to be angry at you.  You’re a suspenseful, engaging, and intelligent TV show that keeps me hooked.  The characters, the story lines, the scowling faces of Dana Brody.  All of it is flawless.

homeland2In the 1st season when Carrie met Brody, their relationship was complicated at best.  Carrie investigated Brody’s every move, convinced he was working as a terrorist under Al Qaida leader Abu Nazir.  Carrie did everything she could to prove that Brody was not who he appeared to be.  But, under all her hate and fire for this red headed terrorist sprang love.  Both were hiding secrets at first until Carrie admitted to Brody she believed he was working for Al Qaida.  After that it spiraled downhill.  Brody, still keeping his secret, did everything he could to rid himself of Carrie and her “crazy” ways.  At the end of the 1st season, Carrie still heart broken and still convinced Brody was a terrorist, gave up.  She opted to help herself and put her feelings for Brody aside.

homelandWhen the 2nd season began and Carrie was brought back into the CIA, I was excited.  Carrie would finally return to her badass, intelligent ways.  The season started off strongly.  After finding Brody’s suicide tape in Iran, the CIA accepted Carrie’s beliefs and began to watch Brody.  They finally believed he really was working for Abu Nazir.  Carrie’s shinning moment was in the episode entitled “New Car Smell.”  So close to nabbing Brody, Carrie put herself out there, sure it was his time to be taken in.  Confronting Brody for his actions (like strapping on a suicide vest and attempting to assassinate high ranking government officials) Carrie finally got her redemption.  Agents swarmed in, surrounding Brody.  “If only the circumstances had been WILDLY different.” Carrie began.  “You’re a disgrace to your nation, Sergeant Nicholas Brody. You’re a traitor and a terrorist, and now it’s time you pay for that.” and BOOM Brody’s head was covered with a sack.  That line delivery and scene still give me chills today.

But, what has happened to that Carrie I loved!? The Carrie who would stop at nothing to take down terrorist Brody.  And for that matter, what happened to the Brody I loved to hate!? The one who was ready to kill himself in the name of Abu Nazir and Nazir’s fallen son, Issa, with whom Brody developed a close relationship?  Somewhere amidst Brody’s confessions and his decision to work with the CIA (even though it was either that or prison) Carrie’s feelings for Brody resurfaced and vice versa. Now, with Abu Nazir dead and Brody officially separated from his wife, nothing stands in their way.  The two can be together again.  And that’s where I have to get mad at you, Homeland.  Mad for taking a kickass CIA chick and a sadistic, terrorist bastard, and making them fall in love.

With one episode left of the season, their relationship is finally free to bloom.  But will it? I sure hope not.  Deep down Brody is still a sadistic terrorist.  He let the Vice President die right before his eyes, telling him he was intentionally killing him as he had never wanted to be his running mate.  He turned the VP’s death around and used it as a romance tactic towards Carrie because nothing says romance more than “I killed the Vice President for you.”  “It was either you or Walden, Carrie.  It wasn’t even close.”  Brody lamented to Carrie at the end of the most recent episode.  I know deep down the Carrie we love still exists.  Blinded by the love she feels for Brody.

I love you, Homeland.  I will be okay in the end (and continue to root for Carrie and Quinn along the way).  Don’t screw it up, you have two wonderful actors with two wonderful roles.  A CIA agent and an POW turned terrorist.  Let’s keep it that way.

Love Always,

Erin

Gossip Girl: 5 More Reasons Why It’s Time To Say Goodbye

Well, I tried.  I tried to sit back, relax, and enjoy what was the last few episodes of Gossip Girl.  With only two episodes left of the entire series I thought I could just be entertained and see it through.  I still plan on seeing it through to the end (rarely do I completely stop watching a show mid season.  Yeah, I’m looking at you Glee)  but it’s become almost insufferable dealing with these crazy story lines, characters, and everything else culminating in what is sure to be a lopsided finale.

After Monday’s episode I decided it’s time to take another look at why it’s time to say goodbye to the once beloved teen drama that is Gossip Girl:

5. ‘WTF’ references.  This show loves throwing in pop culture references here and there and they used to be cute and witty.  Now they’re just tired.  In Monday’s episode entitled “It’s Really Complicated,” Chuck literally tells Nate to go and find himself a “hot tub time machine.” NOT A GOOD OLE REGULAR TIME MACHINE. A HOT TUB TIME MACHINE.  Obviously this reference is in nod to the 2010 movie of the same title, which wasn’t even that great.  Yeah sure, it was a funny and stupid stoner movie to enjoy on a lazy Friday night but WHAT…HOW..I DON’T UNDERSTAND!   In the very same episode Blair tells Serena she could be in “7th Heaven” again with Steven.  LOLZ Gossip Girl connected Barry Watson’s character to his old ABC show of the same name.  I guess it could have been considered cute but it just kind of fell flat (for me at least).

gg54. Dan’s awful hair cut.  Now, I’m not sure if this was the producers of the shows idea or if this was Penn Badgley’s idea but WTF.  It’s pretty obvious the actors have all been waiting impatiently to get out of everything Gossip Girl.  I can understand just not giving a crap as to how your character looks anymore but I can’t get on board with this hair style. Dan looked much better with a short, even buzz cut style of hair.

3.  It’s okay to do highly illegal/immoral things.  If Gossip Girl has taught us anything it’s that doing bad or illegal things is okay as long as you’re a “good guy” on the show.  When Bart Bass miraculously appeared from the dead (he was never dead just kind of in hiding) he snatched his empire back from under his son, Chuck.  Chuck has spent the entirety of this last season trying to take back what he believes is his and destroy his father, using every avenue he can to prove his father has done wrong.  This is coming from the same guy who sold Blair to his uncle in trade for Bass Industries, who has womanized dozens of women, and took Jenny Humphrey’s virginity right before proposing to Blair.  Nate, who seems to still keep his popular website up and running, has only done so by “cooking the books.”  The same crime that landed his father in prison.  The main antagonist of Gossip Girl through this finale season is Bart Bass, but everyone else falls into an extreme moral gray area.

gg62. Blair is still using a Blackberry.  Come on.  I gave it a few episodes for Blair to catch up with technology.  Alas, she still hasn’t.  Just know Blair, only you and Nicholas Brody still use Blackberries.

1. It’s culturally insensitive.

Blair as a "Thanksgiving stripper"

Blair as a “Thanksgiving stripper”

Even Chuck didn't want to look at her.

Even Chuck didn’t want to look at her.

So there we have it. My (probable) last five reasons on why I have emotionally checked out of Gossip Girl. None of these characters are too be held to any kind of standard anymore and the clock on their story lines is slowly winding down. Here’s hoping to a watchable finale where all the characters find their paths, story lines have tied up, and where everyone has upgraded to the iPhone 5.

 

Shows You’re Not Watching

It’s not uncommon for me to mention a show I watch in conversation and get the reaction of “Oh, I’ve never seen it!” or even “I’ve never heard of that show before.” I often quote or refer to story lines from shows and get weird looks (I started to preface those comments with “Do you watch [tv show]?”).  Over the years there’s been plenty of shows I’ve recommended to friends and family, but I’ve limited myself to four shows that I believe not enough people are watching/have even heard of:

1. Shameless (Showtime)

Reasons you’re probably not watching: You don’t get Showtime

Shameless (originally a UK series of the same name) centers around the Gallagher family of seven, Frank and his six children, who live in the South Side of Chicago.  Frank (played by the incomparable William H. Macy) is an alcoholic who has left his eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) to take care of his children.  The Gallagher’s struggle on a daily basis just to make ends meet and resort to not so legal ways of obtaining money.  The Gallagher clan is often rude, crude, but downright hilarious.  The show mixes a good amount of humor and seriousness without taking away from the overall idea of the show.

I consider this show underrated.  The Emmy Awards have yet to acknowledge this series with a nomination (Joan Cusack was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress but did not win).

 

2. Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

Reasons you’re probably not watching: It’s a kids show, it’s a cartoon

If you think Adventure Time is just for kids, you’re wrong.  This witty and cute cartoon often features adult situations and humor to appease its audience young and old.  Set in the post-apocolyptic world of Ooo, Finn the human and Jake the dog often go on weird and crazy adventures to take down evil creatures, save the candy people of the Candy Kingdom, and even save partying rave bears from the belly of a beast.

Episodes are only around twelve minutes and easy and fun to watch.

 

3. Oz (HBO)

Reasons you’re probably not watching: It ended in 2003, you’ve never heard of it

One of the shows I most often get told they’ve never heard of is Oz.  Maybe because the show ended in 2003, before most people had HBO, and before their programming went mainstream.  Oz is set in the fictional prison called the Oswald State Correctional Facility (formerly Oswald State Penitentiary).  Inside Oz is Emerald City, a unit of prisoners full of see-through pods where its inhabitants often have a little more freedom/luxury than the rest of the units in the prison.

There are many story lines over the course of Oz‘s six season history and each episode of the series started and ended with a philosophical narration by prisoner Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.).  This show most notably started the careers of many faces we know and see on TV/movies today including: Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU), Dean Winters (Mayhem from the Allstate commercials, 30 Rock), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman, a million other things you’ve seen), and even Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie).

It’s also notable that many of the recurring stars of Oz now make up a good percentage of the Dexter cast including characters: LaGuerta, Batista, and Doakes.

Even though Oz was mostly serious and intense, it did have its humorous moments.

 

4. Being Human (BBC Three)

Reasons you’re probably not watching: It’s British

Being Human is a British TV show centering around the lives of a werewolf, a ghost, and a vampire, who co-habitat in the same household.  Sound familiar? Syfy commissioned their own version of the show for an American audience (it’s okay).  The British version of Being Human is smart, sassy, and downright funny.  The UK can often get away with more than American television so butts, crude sex jokes, and cursing are not out of the norm.

Now shooting its fifth season the show hasn’t been afraid to change things up drastically.  The entire original cast has gone (for reasons that are too spoilery for this post) and a new group has come along.  And guess what? The show hasn’t dwindled into oblivion!  It’s still good!  A lot of times we are wary to welcome in new characters, especially if we’ve already fell in love with others, but this show has done it well.  It still holds its charm and suspense.

 

Honorable mentions you should also be watching: Six Feet Under, Doctor Who, Wilfred