Emmys. Who Will/Should Win
T: Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Sunday is likely to be full of it. Here are my picks and gonnas for the major categories.
Will: Breaking Bad
Should: Anything but Mad Men
Breaking Bad is on fire even if I don’t watch it. Just check out FB and Twitter as soon as it airs on the East Coast. It IS a good show. Just not an enjoyable show for me anymore. Mad Men just doesn’t deserve another win for its last season. It was long on Matthew Weiner’s ego and short on sense. Don’t count House of Cards out though. Even though the old ass Emmy voters probably will.
Best Actor, Drama
Will: Bryan Cranston
Should: Bryan Cranston
I hate Walt. But he’s played to perfection by Cranston. It’s getting a little repetitive, but when you’re worthy, you’re worthy. Watch out for Kevin Spacey. Those same old ass Emmy voters love movie stars slumming it on TV—even if it’s Netflix.
Best Actress, Drama
Will: Claire Danes
Should: Julianna Margulies. Oh wait. She’s not nominated (what…the fuck). So Vera Farmiga
Homeland is still hot and so is Danes. But I’m pretty meh about her. The real superstar of the season wasn’t even nominated (Margulies). So that leaves us with the truly spectacular, layered, nuanced, terrifying portrayal of Norma Bates as played by Farmiga on Bates Motel. It was a tour de force and should be recognized.
Will: Modern Family
Should: The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family got mean and bad last season. It does NOT deserve the trophy it’s going to get. TBBT does. And is the definite spoiler to MF's night. But it's probably not going to happen. A lot of you love Louie. I am sure I would. And I have no doubt it deserves to be here and possibly win. I just can’t go out on a limb for it.
Best Actor, Comedy
Will: Jim Parsons
Should: Matt LeBlanc
Wha, wha, what?! You scream. Yes, LeBlanc should take it. He’s perfect as Matt LeBlanc. And Episodes is a great show. Parson’s is always good and I’m never sorry to see him win, which he will do. It’s just a shame that Arrested Development's reboot destroyed the Michael Bluth character. Jason Bateman is phenomenal…but this cycle just wasn't his.
Best Actress, Comedy
Will: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Should: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
No question here. No one does comedy on TV like JL-D. There’s a reason she’s won an Emmy for almost every role she’s ever had. And Selena on Veep is one of the best. Amy Poehler just couldn’t hold on and get a deserved win before Parks and Rec went to the toilet. Sigh.
Best Miniseries or Movie
Will: Behind The Candelabra
Should: Political Animals
I’m probably the only person on earth who thinks Political Animals should be winning this thing, hands down. It was a great show with a top notch cast. I love me some Sigourney Weaver. Candelabra was interesting and certainly well made (I also love me some Steven Soderbergh)…but best? No. And sorry, God. It’s not your year, either.
May the shoulds win!
What say you, M?
Fall Broadcast—What T’s Watching—What You’re Stupid To Not Be
T: Ahhh, young children. Once upon a time, us just slightly older guys had this thing called fall launch. Not familiar? Yeah. I know. You don’t watch shit on Broadcast (that’s ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC/TheCW idiots). Hell, you don’t even watch TV. But I’m going to change that. Or at least spend a few minutes telling you what you SHOULD watch if you DID watch. And what you’re better of keeping the status quo avoiding.
Watch: Monday is easy for me. It’s all CBS. Not one other thing (sorry, FOX, just can’t get into Sleepy Hollow). Start out with How I Met Your Mother. It’s the last season. If you’ve watched at all, don’t you owe it to yourself to see it through? It’s been rough at times, but at its heart, it’s a decent, funny, feel good show (everything you hate). Next up is 2 Broke Girls. Dirtiest show on TV. Gave up on it last season half way through. Picked it up again this summer. Glad I did. I’m giving Mom a shot. Based solely on my love of Allison Janney and Anna Farris. It’s more Chuck Lorre drivel, but his drivel is usually better than the rest (see TBBT). Then the series I may be most excited about: Hostages. Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette. A completely un-CBS show on CBS. They are going short season with this one and it should help it play that much better. Excellent pilot and it’s got one helluva cast.
Skip: Dancing With the Stars (duh), The Voice, anything CW.
Watch: Weak night. But that’s OK. Gotta have a break to catch up on cable shows on the dvr. I’m sticking with New Girl on FOX for a few more eps. HORRIBLE season premiere (both quality and ratings wise). But I really do love Schmidt. Even though he’s VERY QUICKLY becoming nothing but a caricature. I’m going to give ABC a shot with Trophy Wife. I didn’t HATE the pilot. How’s that for an endorsement. Malin Ackerman is the main reason this one’s getting a pass.
Maybe: If you have time, Person of Interest on CBS. It’s a good show. I don’t have time anymore. Lucky 7 on ABC. It’s a decent pilot with a great 30 second spot (and Matt Long!), but I can’t see this going the long haul. Chicago Hope. Weird. I’ve never watched it. NBC’s spots make me want to. Do so at your own peril. I won’t be.
Skip: Dads, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (horrible), S.H.I.E.L.D. (I know—the ONE show you might watch!), The Goldbergs, The Voice.
Watch: Survivor. Still going strong for me. The granddaddy of them all (except The Real World). CBS. ABC’s line up—except for Back in the Game. Start with The Middle. Skip to Modern Family (I really hope it gets its groove back this season. And wind up with Nashville. Love Nashville!
Maybe: Another ‘if you have time’ show: CSI. Still an enjoyable way to kill an hour after all these years.
Skip: The X Factor (duh), the aforementioned Back in the Game. Revolution, Capture, SVU, Criminal Minds.
Watch: The Big Bang Theory is FINALLY back. YAY! Follow that up with The Crazy Ones. I’m not crazy about it. I HATE Robin Williams. I LOVE Sarah Michelle Geller. Didn’t love the pilot. But giving it a chance. Plus, James Wolk. Enough said. CBS. Over at NBC, we’ve got a not as good as it was Parks and Recreation. This one is definitely running its course. But I’m still in. And PARENTHOOD IS BACK! The very best show you’ve never, ever watched. And should. And if you don’t, you’re dumber than I ever thought possible. PARENTHOOD, people!
Maybe: If you like Michael J. Fox (and I guess you’re supposed to be an ass if you don’t…but I don’t, really) you’ll probably like his show on NBC. Meh. The only other show you tumblr’s might be watching is The Vampire Diaries. So, that’s on.
Skip: The X Factor. Glee (unless you really wanna see a coked out dude die). Grey’s Anatomy. Wait. That’s still on?
Watch: Hawaii Five-0, baby. Prettiest show in all of television. Jettisoned to Fridays. Worried. But watching. Fuh realz. That’s it until Grimm is back.
Skip: FOX, ABC, The CW, NBC.
Watch: It’s another CBS kinda night. The Amazing Race kicks it off. Still the best reality show out there. Next up is The Good Wife. Also known as being in a tie for the best drama on Broadcast (PARENTHOOD, PEOPLE!). And then The Mentalist. I don’t care I’m still woefully behind on this show. Simon Baker will always have me first in line.
Maybe: Revenge and Betrayal on ABC. I still have a shit ton of Revenge stored on my hard drive. I’ll probably at least record for a bit this season. Hot new brother on board. Betrayal looks…well, possibly OK. Watch at your own risk.
Skip: FOX animation. Who knew this shit was still on. Well, I did. But who cares. Once Upon a Time on ABC. Should be Never Upon a Time Again.
There you have it. A quick cheat for the new season. I’ll update when more shows premiere. Oh, and please just promise me one thing. Don’t EVER, EVER watch Sean Hayes’s show on NBC. It’s awful. The promos are awful. He almost single handedly ruined my last flight with his constant promos. YUCK.
Broadcast ain’t dead yet, bitches. What say you, M?