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  • 21st August
    2014
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Emmy’s Preview 2014

Have I mentioned lately how much I love television?  Well, this is your annual reminder.  I prefer the Emmy Awards over the Oscars because I am familiar (maybe too much) with most of the shows.  There probably won’t be too many surprises at this year’s ceremony because I expect Breaking Bad to win most of the dramatic awards for their last season.  However, I really hope to see some deserving wins in the comedy categories. 

Here we go with my picks!

  • Best Actress Drama: Robin Wright
  • Best Actor Drama: Bryan Cranston
  • Best Supporting Actress Drama: Anna Gunn (though I would never count out Maggie Smith).
  • Best Supporting Actor: Peter Dinklage.  Sorry, Aaron Paul, but Tyrion had a way better season than Jesse.
  • Best Drama: Breaking Bad
  • Best Actress Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Best Actor Comedy: Ricky Gervais.  If he does not win this, there is something wrong with the Emmy voters.
  • Best Supporting Actress Comedy: Kate McKinnon
  • Best Supporting Actor Comedy: Andre Braugher
  • Best Writing Comedy: Louis.  This is the only episode of this show that I’ve ever seen.  For a comedy, the writing in this episode was so spot on that I was crying pretty hard by the end.  I would like to see it win.
  • Best Comedy: I don’t care for any of these enough to name them best comedy, but if I’m forced to choose, I’ll go Louis.
  • Best Actor Miniseries/Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Best Supporting Actor Miniseries/Movie: Matt Bomer
  • Best Writing Miniseries/Movie: Sherlock.  This was the best episode of television I’ve seen all year.
  • Best Variety Show: Colbert Report.  Let’s have him go out on top!

I am really annoyed that The Emmys are on a Monday.  I have to work and won’t be able to devote my full attention to the whole show.  I will be excited for the red carpet, which I can focus on.  So come back Tuesday for a recap!

  • 12th May
    2014
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More Than a Tweet

danharmon:

I have always tried to be as transparent with you guys as possible, letting you in on the process of making (and not making) Community. So maybe my silence on the issue of a hypothetical sixth season seems frustrating. I was thinking I could stay quiet because there’s too much to say and anything…

No comedy has brought me more happiness than Community.  I am trying to deal with a future television season without it, but hey- we always have October 19!  Thank you, Dan Harmon, for creating the best comedy we may ever see.  And congratulations to The Mindy Project for now being my favorite show on the air!

  • 23rd April
    2014
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Pilot Season 2014

Its that wonderful time of year again; that time when the networks choose what pilots to possibly pick up for the fall television season.  Its an exciting time- will my new favorite show be among the new crop on offer?  Looking at the prospects this year, its unlikely.  Working with the article from Entertainment Weekly, I’m just going to pick a handful from each networks’ pilots that I think will make it.

CBS

NCIS: New Orleans.  I don’t like CBS dramas, but they are the most popular shows on network television.  This will be a hit, I’m sure.

Battle Creek.  I like the premise of this show- how do you keep order with no resources?  I like Kal Penn too.  I just don’t think I’ll be into this show.

How I Met Your Dad.  I am definitely not recovered from the finale of HIMYM.  That being said, I don’t think CBS is trying to replace the show, but put a spin on something that was successful.  I like Greta Gerwig, and some of the other cast members who have been announced are pretty good.  So I’m optimistic about this.

Save the Date.  Good cast.  Funny premise.  I’ll tune in.

The Odd Couple.  I don’t think this is a show that needs to be remade.  However, Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon make this something that I will absolutely watch.  Plus, it will be successful because CBS’s main demographic will be nostalgic and watch after NCIS.

ABC

An American Education.  This may surprise those who know me, but I have not watched the British version of this show.  If it does get picked up, though, I will fix that flaw.  That being said, I love Jack Whitehall.  He is hilarious and adorable, and I’ll watch this show for him.

Galavant.  I am skeptical of a comedy when the premise sounds like the setup for a drama.  I still like the idea, so I’ll go with it.

Untitled Jeff Lowell.  I like the idea of an internal monologue show.  That always makes for the best comedy.

Dangerous Liasons.  Interesting casting choices, but I will trade this for Revenge next season.

Forever.  I like the idea of this, especially if they take the opportunity to do historic-based flashbacks.

Sea of Fire.  This sort of sounds like an adult version of Pretty Little Liars.  It could be a decent show.

NBC

Untitled Tina Fey/Robert Carlock Project.  Those are the only words I need to hear to watch this.  But there’s more!  Ellie Kemper is the lead.  I am psyched for this already.

Ellen More or Less.  I like the idea of this show.  And while I haven’t seen the lead actress, with Chris Diamantopoulos attached, it should be funny.

Two to Go.  This is a show premise I can relate to, being the only single person out with my coupled-up friends.  With good writing, this will be funny.

Odyssey.  Its not my thing, but this sounds like it could be the next Blacklist for NBC.

State of Affairs.  This sounds like NBC’s answer to Scandal.  If its clever enough, I just might watch.

Mysteries of Laura.  Debra Messing does dramedy very well.  The rest of the cast is good too, so if its good enough, I might actually stick with it.

FOX

A number of Fox pilots have already been picked up to series.  Mulaney has been one I’ve been watching out for since last year.  Weird Loners is a new show with a great cast that sounds like something I will like.  Now for the rest.

Sober Companion.  Great comedic actors.  Funny idea.  Could be good.

Gotham.  Its a sort of Batman prequel.  The cast gets better and better with each announcement.  Its not really my thing, but it will be a big success.

Hieroglyph.  I fell in love with history when I first learned about Ancient Egypt.  I considered being an Egyptologist for a bit.  So yes, I will be SO into this show.

The CW

The Flash.  With the success of Arrow, I feel confident that this show might work on The CW.  Or it could tank.  I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.

Identity.  The premise is quite interesting.  I might actually check it out.  I am more likely to give up on CW shows than other networks’ shows, so I might tune in for a few episodes.  I’ll have to wait for the trailer.

Supernatural: Bloodlines.  I have no doubt this will be picked up.  I never watched Supernatural, but people like it, so this should be something for that fanbase to look forward to.

As you can see, I have some pretty strong opinions of TV.  I watch so many shows, and if I can’t put that knowledge to use when it comes to pilot season, when can I?  We’ll see how accurate I was at the upfronts next month, as well as trailers for the shows that have been picked up.  Keep your fingers crossed for #sixseasonsandamovie!!

  • 23rd March
    2014
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Favorite Thing #16: da Vinci’s Demons on Starz.  I was intrigued when I heard about this show last year.  I fast became obsessed with it, and would watch it multiple times throughout the week just to get my fix.  Then they killed my favorite character, and I was sad. This week, I rewatched season one in order to refresh myself for the new season (which began last night) and it was da Vinci mania all over again in my head. 
Set in Florence, Italy, the show follows Artista Leonardo da Vinci’s early life.  His art, his inventions, his relationships are all fascinating to.
Tom Riley’s hair is perfect, sometimes to the point of distraction for me.  More than that, the writing is smart, fast, and keeps you guessing. The costumes are gorgeous; the settings are awesome.  For Walking Dead fans, Scott Gimple wrote for season one, and the same man does the score for both shows.  Its produced, written, and sometimes directed by David S. Goyer (of Dark Knight fame), who does an amazing job on this show. 
I know I’m really giving this show the hard sell, but if none of the above is appealing, there may not be hope for you.  For all others, check out da Vinci’s Demons on demand or online (http://www.starz.com/originals/davincisdemons).

Favorite Thing #16: da Vinci’s Demons on Starz.  I was intrigued when I heard about this show last year.  I fast became obsessed with it, and would watch it multiple times throughout the week just to get my fix.  Then they killed my favorite character, and I was sad. This week, I rewatched season one in order to refresh myself for the new season (which began last night) and it was da Vinci mania all over again in my head. 

Set in Florence, Italy, the show follows Artista Leonardo da Vinci’s early life.  His art, his inventions, his relationships are all fascinating to.

Tom Riley’s hair is perfect, sometimes to the point of distraction for me.  More than that, the writing is smart, fast, and keeps you guessing. The costumes are gorgeous; the settings are awesome.  For Walking Dead fans, Scott Gimple wrote for season one, and the same man does the score for both shows.  Its produced, written, and sometimes directed by David S. Goyer (of Dark Knight fame), who does an amazing job on this show. 

I know I’m really giving this show the hard sell, but if none of the above is appealing, there may not be hope for you.  For all others, check out da Vinci’s Demons on demand or online (http://www.starz.com/originals/davincisdemons).

  • 3rd March
    2014
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Oscar Wrap-up 2014

How ‘bout those Oscars?  I was not excited about Ellen’s hosting going into the show, but she was really funny.  She seemed to make the celebrities relax, and surprise them with her jokes.  I loved when she handed out pizza to the stars- and they actually ate it!  I was not happy with some of the winners, but I am very happy that 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture.  It was an amazing film and deserves every accolade.

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I watched the ceremony with a few of my friends.  We didn’t have a big to-do like last year- just pizza and wings this time.  We did get some cool desserts, though.  We got Magnolia cupcakes with the Best Picture nominees on them, and we each picked an actor cookie, which I got at Eleni’s bakery at the Chelsea market.

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The most fun, though, is the fashion.  Most ladies seemed to play it safe, sticking with black or dark jewel-toned dresses.  I somehow managed to find five that I loved.  So let’s do this.

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  1. Kate Hudson in Versace.  Even with the cape, as she wore on the red carpet, this dress was stunning.  Even her Vanity Fair after-party dress was killer!  Well done for one of my favorite actresses.
  2. Lupita Nyong’o
  3. Cate Blanchett
  4. Charlize Theron
  5. Mindy Kaling, who appeared in Salvatore Perez at the Vanity Fair party.

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It was a late night, and an early morning for me, but it was worth it.  Now I can ease up on the movie-going (for a week or two) and focus on my television.  The Emmy’s are just around the corner!

  • 28th February
    2014
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Oscar Picks 2014

It seems like the Golden Globes were so long ago, but here we are getting ready for the Oscars!  I have been hard at work trying to watch as many nominated films as I can, and it looks like I’ll only be missing Her.  8 of 9 movies- that’s a record for me!  I feel that I am properly prepared to make some decent predictions.  So let’s go!

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio.  It says a lot when I hate the movie, but loved the performances in it.
  • Best Actress: Sandra Bullock
  • Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender.  There were some good performances this year, but Fassbender was amazingly horrible in 12 Years a Slave, and no one else has impacted me like his character this year.
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o
  • Best Animated Feature: Frozen
  • Best Cinematography: Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Best Costume Design: Great Gatsby
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron
  • Best Film Editing: American Hustle
  • Best Documentary: This is Us: One Direction.  Wait, what do you mean its NOT nominated?
  • Best Original Song: Best Song Ever.  Wait, 1D STILL isn’t nominated?!  Fine, Let it Go
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Philomena.  Honestly, I think this should go to Way Way Back, but it oddly wasn’t nominated.
  • Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle

I am looking forward to all of the awards, fashion, and fun of Oscar night!  Let’s do this!

  • 21st February
    2014
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  • 21st February
    2014
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  • 14th January
    2014
  • 14
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Favorite Thing #15: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. My good friend Meghan first told me about this web series back in the summer. I finally got around to watching it, and I was immediately addicted. (The end is so good that I watched nearly 30 episodes in one night. I had to finish!) It’s the story of Pride & Prejudice told in a 2013 setting. It’s true to the story while still allowing it to make sense to a modern audience.
The next series is Emma Approved. I’ll be starting it post haste!

  • 13th January
    2014
  • 13

Golden Globes Wrap Up

So, how did we enjoy the show?  I thought overall it was a rather boring show, with the exception of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s jokes and skits.  I was also really happy to see Andy Samberg win the Best Actor in a Comedy award!  I have watched Brooklyn 99 from the start, and its actually a funny show.  I was happy to see it win over all of the other comedies nominated.

I did pretty good in my winners picks- better than previous years.  I am still outraged that Michael Fassbender didn’t win for Best Supporting Actor.  His performance in 12 Years a Slave blew me away.

Alright, enough raging.  On to the fashion!  It wasn’t hard to find five looks I liked, because I only liked five on the entire red carpet. 

           

  1. Margot Robbie.  Stunning in Gucci.
  2. Michelle Dockery
  3. Tina Fey- the first dress she wore for her hosting duties.
  4. Emma Thompson
  5. Tatiana Maslany

I have a lot of movies to see before Oscar night.  So I’ll get to work, but check back next week for SAG Awards fashion!