Thursday, July 14, 2016

2016 Emmy Nominations: My Reaction (and Prediction Results)

So, the Emmy Nominations have been announced, and there are a few surprises. Sure, it was mostly who and what were expected, but there were a few surprises. As far as my predictions from yesterday went, I went 47 for 62, or 76% for the more statistically minded readers out there. Not as good as my annual Oscar predictions (I usually range around 86% to 88% there), but this was my first time officially predicting the TV awards, so give me a break. I did better in the comedy categories (81%), than in the Drama 71%), especially after my pathetic 3 for 6 attempt at Dramatic Supporting Actor. Anyhoo, here are my thoughts, along with a pic of Tyrio...er, I mean Peter Dinklage, holding his Emmy from last year. It seemed appropriate since Game of Thrones led with 23 nominations.

The Good

Even though it meant lowering my prediction percentage, I am glad to see that I was wrong about The Big Bang Theory sneaking back in this year, after their first non-nomination year in five years, last year. I figured with Louie on hiatus, and Parks & Rec gone, it would leave a couple slots open for TBBT, and Parsons for actor since Louis C.K. And Matt Leblanc are on hiatus, and wouldn't be eligible this year. But hey, the show jumped the shark years ago (why is this still on the air? - I know why, just being rhetorical) and does not deserve nomination here. In fact, other than Bob Newhart's nod for Best Guest Actor, the show was completely snubbed. Ha Ha! 

Also in the good is the amount of love toward Game of Thrones (again). Joining prior nominees Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and perennial nominee, and two-time winner of Best Supporting Actor (and current reigning champ), Peter Dinklage, are first time nominees Maisie Williams and Kit Harrington.

I am also thrilled with Constance Zimmer's nomination in Supporting. Her show, Lifetime's UnREAL ,is one of the best shows on TV (yeah, true story, go watch it), and it is good to see some recognition. Granted, I would have loved to have seen it up for Bets Drama and Best Actress for Shiri Appleby, but we can't get everything we wish for.

Oh, and kudos on Sarah Pulson's double nominations, as well as Thomas Middlemarch's Best Comedy Actor Award for Silicon Valley, and Louie Anderson for playing Zack Galifianakis' mother on the criminally underwatched Baskets. Also to The Americans, up for Drama, Actor, and Actress. And a huzzah for Mr. Robot (the best show currently on television?) and it's Best Drama Series and Best Actor nominations.

The Bad

Speaking of Mr. Robot, the lack of a nod for Christian Slater (the goddamn Golden Globe winner!!), is criminal, but the lack of recognition for Michael McKean as Best Supporting Actor on Better Call Saul, after giving one of, if not the best goddamn performance of this past season, should be punishable by death. Ka-Rayzeeeeeeee! Also, not they were to be expected, but the lack of love for shows such as Broad City, Jessica Jones, Penny Dreadful, The Knick, The Walking Dead, and for the most part, Baskets and Orphan Black, is still annoying. And then there is Orange is the New Black. Yeah, season 3 may have been a lesser season that one and two (or the recently released season 4, but still, Uzo Aduba was snubbed? Sacre bleu!

The Ugly

Did I mention the snub of Michael McKean? Yeah.

So, there are my reactions to everything Emmy-wise. I will be back on Emmy Night (Sept. 18th), to do some live-tweeting of the show (and give my predictions of who will win). As for my own choices for the best in TV, that will have to wait until the end of the year, as that is when I (and everyone except the damn Emmy's) hand out my kudos and awards and other such stuff. Seriously, no Michael McKean!!?  

For now though....That's it gang. See ya 'round the web.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Emmy Nomination Predictions

So, the Emmy nominations are scheduled to be announced tomorrow. Therefore, it is about damn time I hand out my predictions for tomorrow's said Emmy nominations. So, without further ado, here are those predictions.



Best Drama Series

Game of Thrones (HBO)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Homeland (Showtime)

Possible Spoiler: The Americans (FX)

The Show That Should Get Nominated, But Won't: UnREAL (Lifetime)

My Dream Choice: Jessica Jones (Netflix)

Six of the seven nominees from last year are eligible again this year, and I am guessing all six of them will repeat. But what show will take place of Mad Men? The smart money is on USA'a fabulous Mr. Robot, so that is what I am going with. Oh, and Game of Thrones for the win. Sorry Downton Abbey. Mad Men couldn't pull it off in their final season, and you probably can't either.

Best Lead Actor, Drama

Kevin Spacey in House of Cards (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul (AMC)
Rami Malek in Mr. Robot (USA)
Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Paul Giamatti in Billions (Showtime)
Bobby Cannavale in Vinyl (HBO)

Don't Count Out: Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey (PBS)

Who Should, But Probably Won't: Clive Owen in The Knick (Cinemax)

Last year's winner, Jon Hamm, is not eligible this time around, so there's gonna be a new sheriff in town this year. I'm guessing Cannavale will take Hamm's place in the nominee list, with Malek slipping in Bloodline's Kyle Chandler's spot (the show ain't what it used to be?), but as for the winner's spot...that will probably be a battle between Spacey and Odenkirk, the latter of which has never ever been better than he was in the second season of Better Call Saul.

Best Lead Actress, Drama

Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Taraji P. Henson in Empire (Fox)
Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife (CBS)
Claire Danes in Homeland (Showtime)
Robin Wright in House of Cards (Netflix)
Tatiana Maslaney in Orphan Black (BBC America)

Don't Count Out: Kerry Washington in Scandal (ABC)

Who Should, But Probably Won't: Shiri Appleby in UnREAL (Lifetime)

Dream Pick: Kristen Ritter in Jessica Jones (Netflix)

This is pretty much a repeat from last year, with the surprisingly snubbed Margulies popping back in to take the ineligible Elisabeth Moss' place. As for the eventual winner? It could be last year's winner, Viola Davis, or two timer Margulies (in her final season of the show), but I think this is going to be Taraji's award to win or lose. Go Cookie!

Best Supporting Actor, Drama

Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones (HBO)
Jonathan Banks in Better Call Saul (AMC)
Christian Slater in Mr. Robot (USA)
Michael Kelly in House of Cards (Netflix)
Jim Carter in Downton Abbey (PBS)
Michael McKean in Better Call Saul (AMC)

Possible 7th Nominee (cause sometimes they do that): Jon Voight in Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Wildcards: Jussie Smollett in Empire (Fox) and/or Kit Harrington in Game of Thrones (HBO)

Who Should But Probably Won't: Thomas M. Wright in The Outsiders (WGN)

Dinklage, Banks, Cumming, and Carter will repeat this year, with Slater and McKean (one of last year's biggest snubs) filling in the other two slots. As for the win? I love Dinklage (and I wouldn't want those dragons on my bad side) but McKean's work this past season was pure brilliance.

Best Supporting Actress, Drama

Christine Baranski in The Good Wife (CBS)
Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (PBS)
Lena Headey in Game of Thrones (HBO)
Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones (HBO)
Uzo Aduba in Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Constance Zimmer in UnREAL (Lifetime)

Wildcards: Sissy Spacek in Bloodline (Netflix) and/or Maura Tierney in The Affair (Showtime)

Who Should, But Probably Won't: Sophie Turner in Game of Thrones (HBO)

My Dream Pick: Melissa McBride in The Walking Dead (AMC)

I am picking all five of last year's still eligible nominees, and filling in Christina Hendricks' vacant spot with UnREAL's only real chance at a major nomination this year. As for the winner, Uzo could easily repeat here (and deservingly so), but let's not count out the power of Cersei Lannister, and that spectacular season finale, to put Headey over the top.



Best Comedy Series

Modern Family (ABC)
black-ish (ABC)
Veep (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Wildcards: Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon) and/or Master of None (Netflix)

Dream Picks: Baskets (FX) & Broad City (FX)

With the ending of Parks and Recreation, and the hiatus of Louie, there are two open spots to join Modern Family, Veep, Silicon Valley, Transparent, and Kimmy. I am guessing they will be filled by a pair of Network shows. Yeah yeah, Network television is a dying breed, but this is the category they are most likely to still live on. I would love to see Baskets or Broad City, but who are we kidding? Oh, and Veep for the win (again).

Best Lead Actor, Comedy

Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Aziz Ansari in Master of None (Netflix)
Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent (Amazon)
Anthony Anderson in black-ish (ABC)
Will Forte in The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
William H. Macy in Shameless (Showtime)

7th Man Award: Don Cheadle in House of Lies (Showtime)

Shoulda, but Probably Ain't Gonna Happen: Zack Galifianakis in Baskets (FX)

With both Louis C.K. and Matt LeBlanc taking hiatus' from their respective shows, we could see last year';s non-nominee, but past winner, Jim Parsons sneak back in. Aziz Ansari is also an obvious choice for this category.

Best Lead Actress, Comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep (HBO)
Tracee Ellis Ross in black-ish (ABC)
Amy Schumer in Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Rachel Bloom in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Ellie Kemper in Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Wildcards: Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie (Netflix) and/or Constance Wu in Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

Should but Won't: Gillian Jacobs in Love (Netflix) and Aya Cash in You're the Worst (FX)

Dream Girls: The Broads from Broad City (FX)

I am predicting four repeat customers here. It's an all new game this year. Newcomers Bloom and Ross will join Tomlin, Kemper, and Schumer, in watching Julia Louis-Dreyfus accept her fifth consecutive Emmy (and seventh overall).

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy

Tony Hale in Veep (HBO)
Tituss Burgess in Umbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Louie Anderson in Baskets (FX)
Laurence Fishburne in black-ish (ABC)
Ty Burrell in Modern Family (ABC)
Keegan-Michael Key in Key and Peele (Comedy Central)

And in case they do seven this year: Hugh Laurie in Veep (HBO)

Dream Pick: Hannibal Buress in Broad City (Comedy Central)

A pretty solid line-up, even if we have to stretch it to seven to squeeze everyone in. My favourite pick here is Louie Anderson, who I believe is the rightful frontrunner, and the guy who will beat Tony Hale this year...not that he isn't fantastic in Veep.

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy

Allison Janney in Mom (CBS)
Mayim Bialik in The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Anna Chlumsky in Veep (HBO)
Jane Krakowski in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Judith Light in Transparent (Amazon)
Kate McKinnon in SNL (NBC)

This Category Had 8 Nominees Last Year, So: Julie Bowen in Modern Family (ABC) and Carol Kane in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

I can really see all eight of these ladies' names being called tomorrow morning. 'nuff said.

Well, that's about all I have time for. I could go on and make predictions in the Limited Series Categories (People vs. OJ Simpson, Fargo, Show Me A Hero, The Night Manager, American Crime, Roots) or the actors in said shows (Sarah Paulson, Tom Hiddleston, Kirsten Dunst, Courtney B. Vance, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Lili Taylor, Hugh Laurie, Lady Gaga, Felicity Huffman, Kerry Washington, Riley Keough, Jesse Plemons, John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jean Smart, Regina King, Melissa Leo, and Sarah Paulson again), but I'm going to stop here. I'll be back tomorrow with some thoughts on how I did.

That's it gang. See ya 'round the web.