Friday, 11 July 2014

Hollywood Babble On & On #1160: 2 TV Tidbits!

The Emmy Nominations are out, let's take a look:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”

If McConaughey wins he will be halfway to getting the EGOT, the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Which means that he is going to go through with his plan write, direct, produce and star in a Broadway musical called All Right All Right All Right!

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

For the second time in a row the Emmys have snubbed Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany, star of Orphan Black, who just about everyone agrees tops all the other nominees by not only giving one good lead performance per episode, but anywhere between three to a dozen distinctive performances per episode.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

If nerd-girls voted for Emmys, it would be Cumberbatch's hands down. But since they don't, it's a toss up, at least to me.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” 

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Outstanding Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”

Outstanding Television Movie
“Killing Kennedy”
“Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight”
“The Normal Heart”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

Outstanding Variety Series
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

HBO's Girls was snubbed this year due to a rumour that the rules had changed barring Emmy voters from nominating shows they only pretend to watch in order to seem cool to their colleagues, who also only pretend to watch.

Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House Of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”
Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
Joe Morton, “Scandal”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Kate Mara, “House of Cards”
Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Kate Burton, “Scandal”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”
Kate McKinnon, “SNL”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
Jimmy Fallon, “SNL”
Louis C.K., “SNL”
Gary Cole, “Veep”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Natasha Lyonne, “Orange Is the New Black”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Laverne Cox, “Orange Is the New Black”
Tina Fey, “SNL”
Melissa McCarthy, “SNL”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn as Olivia, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”

Outstanding Variety Special
“AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks”
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America”
“Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special”
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays”
“The Kennedy Center Honors”
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Betty White, “Betty White‘s Off Their Rockers”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow”
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”
“Shark Tank”
“Undercover Boss”
“Who Do You Think You Are?”

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
“Alaska: The Last Frontier”
“Deadliest Catch”
“Flipping Out”
“Million Dollar Listing New York”
“Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan”


Rosie O'Donnell is returning to The View for its 18th season after they consciously uncoupled from Sherrie Shepherd and medical scientist Jenny McCarthy.

I've seen shows jump the shark, I've seen shows crash and burn, but this marks the first time in my living memory that a show has publicly posted a suicide note.

You may recall that Rosie joined the show for 1 year that was, for all intents and purposes a total car wreck. Rosie repeatedly declared her hatred for large swathes of the population of the USA, and declared that the US government was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks because her deep understanding of metallurgy taught her that "Fire doesn't melt steel."

She then followed it up with a variety show that was cancelled halfway through the pilot episode out of sheer embarrassment. 

Then she had a talk show on the basic cable Oprah Winfrey Network, that also tanked costing them millions.

Now The View has never been seen as a particularly intellectual program, in fact, if you want your opinion of women completely destroyed, watch The View for about a week. However, I never thought the management would make a decision that makes as much sense as this picture:
So why are they doing it?

Either they're doing some elaborate scam to get the show cancelled and themselves out of their contracts, or it's a case of isolation.

I fear that the brain trust behind the show think that she is some sort of ratings gold and had a conversation like this:
NETWORK PRES: We need a new co-host for the view! 
NETWORK VEEP: We could rehire Rosie O'Donnell.
NETWORK PRES: Do you think viewers will like her?
NETWORK VEEP: I was at a party at Susan Sarandon's place last week and she had everyone hanging on her every word. That included other actors, like Ricky Gervais, Lena Dunham, and Russell Brand, the publisher for the New York Times, and a professor of gender studies in activist journalism from Columbia University. 
NETWORK PRES: Well if that doesn't represent all of America I don't know who does. Spare no expense!
Either way, I think it's going to have the same effect.

At least whatever replaces The View can't possibly be worse.

Can it?

1 comment:

  1. I hold the hope that the nominating committee is trolling everyone and planning to simply nominate Tatiana Maslany six times for six separate roles at some future date.