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smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 8:47 AM

THE EMMY NOMINATIONS

http://emmys.com/

Discuss.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:01 AM

If you don't want to watch the video of the announcements, here's the list of nominees:

http://www.imdb.com/features/emmys/2009/nominations

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:18 AM

I am one of the few people left in America who does not get cable TV. So every year, as more and more cable shows are nominated, I am gradually losing interest in the emmys. There are too many shows I have never seen.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:29 AM

Gee, Zee, I'm sorry. Some of them are really terrific, shame for a fan of movies and TV to miss out on them. Breaking Bad is my current can't-miss on AMC, and it's available online. So is FX's The Riches, another gem. You can get whole seasons of most cable series, maybe all of them, on DVD from Netflix or the video rental store, even eBay, if they're not available online.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:58 AM

Shout out to the networks for representing so well! It's tough to compete with lack of commercials and no censorship - NOT a level playing field, but it probably wouldn't help the industry to split off the broadcast awards.

Figured the House and Lost people would be in here doing the Neutron Dance.

Am I the only one on this island who saw Little Dorrit (PBS)? That was my favorite thing on TV all year, I'm so pleased to see it noticed. Interesting match-up with Generation Kill (HBO).

And I'm livid that Craig Ferguson wasn't nominated.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 12:53 PM

Tony Shalhoub for "Monk" (2002)--Love him!
Kiefer Sutherland for 24: Redemption ----
Chandra Wilson for "Grey's Anatomy" --She is so much fun.
Jeff Probst for "Survivor" ---- sex on legs.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 1:09 PM

I love How I Met Your Mother, but I actually think Big Bang Theory is funnier and should have been nominated. Oh well, not everyone gets geeks.

I'd like to see Lost win.

I haven't seen Taking Chance, but a friend said it's an excellent movie, but you'll need tissues.

I'd go with Tony Shalhoub and Hugh Laurie for leading comic and drama men. Kiefer Sutherland for 24:Redemption. Neil Patrick Harris for Supporting actor in a comedy for How I Met Your Mother. He is so twisted that you can't help but love him. Definitely the love-to-hate him Michael Emerson for supporting actor in a drama for Lost. He's the bad guy you don't really want to die because then who would you hate? Kristen Chenowith for supporting actress in a comedy for Pushing Daisies. Loved that show. Don't really care about the rest because I don't watch any of those shows, though Andy Serkis and Shohreh Aghdashloo are amazing and I'd like to see them win even though I haven't seen these particular shows.

Amazing Race for reality and Jeff Probst for host since his show didn't get the nomination this year. I love Phil Keoghan, but I'd split the prizes between my 2 fave reality shows.

And Ricky Gervais for his comedy special, not only because he is very funny but also because I really can't stand the other comedians at all. Kennedy Center Honors.... Is it just me or is really weird when other award shows get nominated for an Emmy?

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 1:19 PM

Tony wins hands down - especially since this is Monk's last season.

More and more, if you don't care about huge screens, and you don't watch TV with a family anyway, you can get almost any TV show online - it's amazing. Never have to miss anything any more.

And I have Netflix, which is inexpensive and handy as it is, but it also offers completely free and unlimited some movies and TV shows on their site. I'm working my way through all the Adam-12 shows right now - it's so different to watch at my age, as opposed to what I was aware of watching it as a kid. What a blast!

What I love about House and Lost is the absolutely fearless writing - they're not afraid to kill of anybody or put anyone through anything. They've broken through so many walls that I stay on the edge of my seat all the time while I watch.

There were people writing in that Lost may be TOO dramatic! LOL Now that's writing!

I wish Glenn Beck would win an Emmy - he's the same way. There has never been anyone on TV like him.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 2:34 PM

My picks:

Comedy Series - Family Guy
Drama - Breaking Bad
Made for TV Movie - Into the Storm
Lead Actor Comedy - Steve Carell
Lead Actor TV Movie - Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Lead Actress Drama - ANYBODY but Holly Hunter, her speech pattern drives me nuts.
Lead Actress Mini/Movie - same as above but Drew Barrymore.
Supporting Actor Comedy - Neil Patrick Harris - he steals a show I wouldn't watch without him.
Supporting Actor Drama - Tough one! Love Christian Clemenson's Tourette's attorney; Aaron Paul is astonishing in Breaking Bad.
Supporting Actor Mini/Movie - Andy Serkis, Little Dorrit
Supporting Actress Comedy - Amy Poehler, SNL
Supporting Actress Drama - Dianne Weist, In Treatment
Supporting Actress Mini/Movie - Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
Variety/Music/Comedy Show - Cast a write-in vote for Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show
Reality Competition - DWTS (No Survivor??)
Reality Host - Probst, Survivor
Reality Program - Antiques Roadshow
Variety/Music/Comedy - Will Ferrell: A Night with George W Bush


goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 7:23 PM

No Lead Actor Drama?

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 7:27 PM

Oopsie. Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad.

Where are all those thousands of TV-obsessed quiz takers?

Where are my cronies? I'm supposed to have cronies, dammit!

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3301)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:40 PM

Oh dear. I can honestly say that I've never even heard of most of these shows. Who has time for TV? I'm either here, or I'm on ebay.

I'm afraid my teeny bit of TV watching runs to Nature - Nova - Food Network, etc, and then my husband monopolizes the TV with things like Mythbusters, and any program about the building of the pyramids. We won't talk about my soap opera addiction.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:45 PM

Well, if they didn't have Patrick marooned in Pine Valley pretending to be some guy named Zack, I might be interested in Marty being back in Llanview, but I don't like her with John. She looks good, though.

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.2 - Posts: 1948)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:48 PM

I'll vote for Breaking Bad too. It's filmed a mile from my home and a friend of a friend is being paid $5000 per episode because her home is being used as the family's house. My friend's friend says Cranston is a great guy,too.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:52 PM

In the episode where the doctor told him he was in remission, he had us both mesmerized, with the tears dripping off the chin. Absolutely real. Terrific actor, and long overlooked.

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.2 - Posts: 1948)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:56 PM

Yeah, me too. The story line is quite unique too, I think.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 9:58 PM

I barely watch the oscars and I am a movie fanatic. Television series for the most part is a bore. Breaking Bad I have seen a few episodes, my daughter loves it. But I am confused I am a recovering alcoholic, but you people have sympathy for someone manufacturing meth? I am not too sure about the morality of that show. I know it is entertainment but a science teacher becoming a meth distributor because he is termninally ill to support his family (complete with newborn baby and disabled son)
is just too big of a stretch for my tastes. Even when I wasn't working some of the TV series my kids watch is just ridiculous.
They watch every bad reality show they see, Charm school, bad girls club, Brett Michaels rock of love, FLavor-flav, or whatever. Right now it is MTV real world, Big Brother, Survivior, Amazing Race. I am sorry but what a waste of time, they don't watch PBS even though they are intelligent and forget about NOVA. They make fun of me for recording movies on indie channel IFC. That is my speed IFC, and anything without commercials. I am sorry to be a snob but I refuse to watch TV with commercials. I could not be bothered with who gets an emmy, sorry.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 10:00 PM

Boy, Howdy! Anyone who doesn't know this awesome show, watch the first two episodes and you'll see what the fuss and all the awards and nominations are about.

http://www.amctv.com/originals/breakingbad/

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 10:03 PM

Who said sympathy? I'm fascinated by his situation and his choices, doesn't mean I approve. I think there's an underlying morality to the show, they don't portray these people as attractive or smart, and the conflict within himself is the whole point.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 10:05 PM

Sorry TV is such a terrible waste of time for you, and considering your lack of interest in the Emmys, it amazes me that you wasted the time to comment.

crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 10:51 PM

Mmmm...Zach, yummy!

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.2 - Posts: 1948)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 10:55 PM

Breaking Bad is about human conflicts and crises of conscience. Do the characters make the right choices at every opportunity? No! But the show does an excellent job of highlighting the types on conflicts people face. Where does the morality come in, you ask? Because every one of those choices has consequences. No one escapes them, not for long.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 11:10 PM

True. And also, I admire Silence of the Lambs, but I don't approve of cannibalism.

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.2 - Posts: 1948)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 11:12 PM

Zackly

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 7:00 AM

I can't give you my take on it all...but Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory is so funny. His quirky, nerdy character is done so well and the show is a riot. Happy to see Bailey (Chandra Wilson?) get nominated for Greys Anatomy. It will be interesting to see where that show will go next season.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 7:26 AM

I just don't watch as much TV as I used to, but I think there are some really clever, inventive, knock-your-socks off shows. However, since a wide variety of cable stations now produce their own shows, you have to really hunt for some of these.

Thanks to all above, you have offered comments on their favorites. I wish I had seen more to offer a bit of a critique...but...I'll give you some of my faves.

I absolutely adore "Mad Men." The episodes are filled with things from the 60's that I can't believe are only 40+ years away from today: smoking and drinking at the office, littering, all the women talk quietly, women wore dresses and heels to work every day, men wore suits, ties and hats to the office, etc. Of course, John Hamm is very believable in the lead role and is an inigma slowly unfolding.

"LOST" is another series I've stayed with since the beginning. Talk about a mystery inside a mystery. I'm so invested in these characters now, I'm anticipating the final season next year and tying up all unanswered questions. Michael Emerson makes a great creepy bad guy, and I'm glad he was nominated.

Also like "Grey's Anatomy" and think Chandra Wilson is wonderful in her role. I hope they don't soften her character too much. I like that all the interns and most of the residents are afraid of her. I think one day she'll be chief of staff. She's very believable.

Still a big fan of "The Office," some of the humor hits too close to home...ouch...but they're still keeping the story line fresh.

And a reality show I recently watched was "Top Chef." Really interesting and it makes me wonder how any of them can win this contest based upon the almost impossible tasks they have to do.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 7:34 AM

Greys Anatomy is a must see for me, the acting is wonderful!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 7:38 AM

What do you think will happen to Izzy and George? A nailbiter...

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 7:41 AM

George is gone....what a shocking end! I cried when Meredith figured it out. How heartbreaking, and I loved his character. There is rumor that Izzy is coming back, so I am guess she may be revived...it has only been a couple of minutes. She was touching in her final scenes though.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 7:54 AM



smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:00 AM

Now that ER is gone I don't know what I'll do with Thursday nights.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:01 AM

Uh...Greys Anatomy? Just a suggestion.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:10 AM

Is that on Thursdays?

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:16 AM

I did watch Little Dorrit and enjoyed it very much. Thank goodness, PBS is a broadcast station. But it is losing funding at the state level at least--I don't know how long it will be around.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:24 AM

Thursdays at 9, the are in reruns from last season right now. If you like it, you can catch up before the new season.

leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 9:47 AM

I just love Simon Baker, "The Mentalist" And Monk.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 10:29 AM

Yep, public TV and radio are both suffering, and are both becoming more commercial and running more fundraisers to survive.


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