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Here’s who I think should win (some of) the Emmys

Posted by Mike on July 16, 2009

I will bold my pick and comment and am cutting out those I don’t have much of a say in.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Entourage • HBO
Family Guy • FOX
Flight Of The Conchords • HBO
How I Met Your Mother • CBS
The Office • NBC
30 Rock • NBC
Weeds • Showtime

I’ve only seen about 1/3 of this season’s episodes because I’m just catching up with it, but I’d give this category to The Big Bang Theory easily and have no doubt after catching up I’ll feel the same way. I think the nominees really missed the boat on this one. Entourage was at its nadir, Family Guy just completely sucks now, I couldn’t finish season 1 of Conchords, I haven’t seen any of the last season of How I Met Your Mother but it’s never been laugh out loud funny to me, The Office was pretty strong this last year so it’s the best on the list, 30 Rock I could never stay with because I never found it particularly funny, just quirkily amusing, and while Weeds is a LOT better this year, I didn’t think much of it last season. Big Bang is nearly always funnier than all of these.

Outstanding Drama Series
Big Love • HBO
Breaking Bad • AMC
Damages • FX
Dexter • Showtime
House • FOX
Lost • ABC
Mad Men • AMC

No question on this one, Breaking Bad’s still the best drama on television, definitely the most challenging, best acted, directed and written and I keep up with every single program on this list. I’d switch out In Treatment with House which is growing weaker by the year. I dunno if Chuck counts as a drama since it’s also a comedy but I’d switch it with Lost. And while Damages season 1 was fabulous and 24’s last season was terribly week, I’d almost switch their places this year (except that I find it hard to take 24 this seriously). Friday Night Lights was another one that could have been close. So my top 3 would be Breaking Bad, In Treament and Chuck with Big Love 4th and Mad Men 5th.

Outstanding Miniseries
Generation Kill • HBO
Little Dorrit • PBS

I’m about halfway through Little Dorrit, but am finding it tedious as I generally do with the average Dickens milieu. Gen Kill started out pretty awful but grew stronger as it went on.

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report • Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central
Late Show With David Letterman • CBS
Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO
Saturday Night Live • NBC

Probably The Daily Show on this one, Maher close behind. Most of these shows are terribly up and down though, I don’t watch Letterman and I only picked up SNL again after the presidential campaign got started. It hasn’t deserved to be on an Emmy list for at least a decade. Funny how left wing this list is. 😀

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Jemaine Clement, Flight Of The Conchords • HBO
Tony Shalhoub, Monk • USA
Steve Carell, The Office • NBC
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock • NBC
Charlie Sheen, Two And A Half Men • CBS

Parsons easily. Funniest guy on TV. The rest of these guys don’t hold a candle to him.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad • AMC
Michael C. Hall, Dexter • Showtime
Hugh Laurie, House • FOX
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment • HBO
Jon Hamm, Mad Men • AMC
Simon Baker, The Mentalist • CBS

This is a tough one. Probably Gabriel Byrne for In Treatment this year because he was just incredible in what was probably the most grueling job among any of these. I’d be surprised to see Cranston get a repeat but would be OK with it. Laurie’s always great, but the writing isn’t as good as it was. Dunno the Mentalist. Hall and Hamm are always good but I don’t see em above the pack this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures Of Old Christine • CBS
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? • ABC
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program • Comedy Central
Tina Fey, 30 Rock • NBC
Toni Collette, United States Of Tara • Showtime
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds • Showtime

I don’t watch the first three on this list, so will have to go with Toni Collette who should be getting more of a Drama award on this one than a Comedy one, but she was great with the multipersonalities. Have no idea why Parker ever gets nominated, she seems to play the same woman (herself) in everything. Queue blank look and lazily sassy line and it’s the same shtick.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters • ABC
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer • TNT
Glenn Close, Damages • FX
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • NBC
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men • AMC
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace • TNT

Don’t watch most of these shows, and I’m dead even with Close and Moss in the ones I do. But I’d put Collette over either. I think most of the best acting in this category probably should go to supporting actresses.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Kevin Dillon, Entourage • HBO
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother • CBS
Rainn Wilson, The Office • NBC
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock • NBC
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock • NBC
Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men • CBS

Based on previous seasons I’d go with Harris, his Barney is pretty well played, but since I haven’t seen S4…. McBrayer’s also good but along with Morgan, just played a bit too over the top for my tastes. Rainn Wilson’s good too, but only when he’s also not over the top.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
William Shatner, Boston Legal • ABC
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal • ABC
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad • AMC
William Hurt, Damages • FX
Michael Emerson, Lost • ABC
John Slattery, Mad Men • AMC

Aaron Paul for sure, absolutely brilliant this year in one of this season’s finest character arcs. This is a strong category too just about everyone here is good, although Shatner’s not really doing anything he hasn’t since Season 1 of BL.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies • ABC
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live • NBC
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live • NBC
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock • NBC
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty • ABC
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds • Showtime

Would have to go with Kristin Wiig on this one, she’s practically half the reason SNL is even watchable lately. Don’t find the rest of these all that funny. Williams and Perkins? Really?

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Rose Byrne, Damages • FX
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy • ABC
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy • ABC • ABC Studios
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment • HBO
Hope Davis, In Treatment • HBO
Cherry Jones, 24 • FOX

I’d give this to the actress who played the young college student on In Treatment on I think it was Tuesdays, in fact it’s hard to believe she didn’t get this over Davis and Wiest who were certainly very good. Byrne’s always good as was Cherry Jones as the prez. Actually Sandra Oh is pretty good too, but I run screaming everytime the character’s anywhere near my TV, but we can probably chalk that up to the acting right? Not that I could stand Grey’s Anatomy for long (didn’t see a minute of this season).

OK that’s enough…


2 Responses to “Here’s who I think should win (some of) the Emmys”

  1. Steve said

    Mike – your word has always been gospel to me when it comes to incense, but no love for Flight of the Conchords or Two and a Half Men?! Say it ain’t so! My wife’s and my two favs!

    Hadn’t checked out Prattle in a while so just saying hey here. Cool you have the 360 – I have always stayed a generation behind on video games largely because it is a lot cheaper that way, so I haven’t yet seen the awesomeness currently out there with the 360 and PS3. Have actually had a ton of fun with my Nintendo DS the past year – never thought a handheld would be as fun as my PS2 or Gamecube 😀

    Have a good night – see ya later over on ORS…

    – Steve

    • Mike said

      Hey Steve! I’ll be back to incense posting in the morning but good to see you over here. I’m afraid I never did get Conchords, I gave it about 2/3 of the way into the first season and then checked it out again for a bit during the second season and just couldn’t get into it (I figured I’d love it with its musical tie ins but no dice). On the other hand I have been watching 2 1/2 Men more often of late, some in syndication and some because I watch all the other Monday night comedies so I’m keeping up with it. I do find it entertaining, so 1 for 2 here I guess. 🙂

      As to the 360 I try to stay a ways behind to get the cheaper games, but I sprung recently for two new ones, Borderlands and Dragon Age: Origins. Borderlands is one of the most addicting games I’ve ever played, I’m loving every minute of it (it’s one I appear to be a natural at lol).


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