Emmy Nominations – Who Got Served and Who Got Screwed Again

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The 2012 Emmy nominations have been announced and we’ve got all of the major categories listed as well as our initial, emotional reactions.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Boardwalk Empire
Homeland
Mad Men
Game of Thrones

Reaction: What’s to debate here? All deserve it to some degree. Even in a down season, Downton Abbey is still phenomenal television, even if it’s not your cup of tea. My only gripe is that last year Abbey was considered a Miniseries and now they take the place of an equally deserving show. Nothing is budging Breaking Bad or Mad Men, and there’s no one else more thrilled to see Homeland and Game of Thrones included. Boardwalk Empire belongs too, but again, Sons of Anarchy will sadly never be in the Emmy conversation for whatever reason even though this past season wasn’t its most consistent. There were series that were going to be left on the outside looking in and SOA, The Good Wife, The Walking Dead and Justified were left out this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men
Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
Kathy Bates – Harry’s Law
Claire Danes – Homeland
Glenn Close – Damages

Reaction: There is nothing but rage, absolute rage. Someone please take Bates out and place Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal! It’s absolute B.S. And where’s Sarah Michelle Gellar for playing dual roles in Ringer. I’m kidding about that last comment, people, I’m kidding.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad
Archie Panjabi – The Good Wife
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife

Reaction: It’s a glorious day to see Anna Gunn break into the category and get some recognition for Skylar White. It’s well-deserved and been a long time coming. Downton Abbey was a bit too soapy for me this past season but I can see why Smith and Froggatt are nominated. The Good Wife is filled with great actresses up and down that cast so there was no doubt that Baranski and Panjabi were going to be nominated. No Joelle Carter this year, but if all goes right, next year could be her year knowing her potential storylines in Justified.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Joan Cusack – Shameless
Uma Thurman – Smash
Julia Ormond – Mad Men
Loretta Devine – Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart – Harry’s Law
Martha Plimpton – The Good Wife

Reaction: Good choices, especialy with Plimpton and Cusack. Thurman was one of the few memorable things about Smash, but does anyone believe that show qualifies as a Drama series? It’s more like a comedy…

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall – Dexter
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Damien Lewis – Homeland

Reaction: This is one of the toughest categories year in and year out. Anything Homeland is hot, but Cranston is putting on a clinic each week on Breaking Bad. Hall is getting a bit long in the tooth in this category and is a bit outclassed, so I would have cheered more had Fringe’s John Noble took his place who is long overdue for some recognition for playing a dozen versions of his character Walter Bishop. We still love you, John. And Timothy Olyphant was also left out for what was his finest season as Raylan Givens.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito – Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle – Downton Abbey
Jim Carter – Downton Abbey
Jared Harris – Mad Men
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

Reaction: Again, a knockout category and I’m glad I don’t have a vote for this one. Harris had a season to remember, and I’ve never rooted for an antagonist before like I did with Esposito’s Gus Fring. What’s not to love about Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister? And both Carter and Coyle are strong on Abbey but I’m surprised not to see Alan Cumming from The Good Wife, also no Walton Goggins for Justified? Bah!

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Mark Margolis – Breaking Bad
Jeremy Davies – Justified
Jason Ritter – Parenthood
Ben Feldman – Mad Men
Dylan Baker – The Good Wife

Reaction: How the hell do you leave Neal McDonough off this list? What an absolute crime! He deserves the spot more than fellow Justified guest, Jeremy Davies who is great on the show, but McDonough was riveting. We’ll be rooting for Breaking Bad‘s Mark Margolis (DING! DING! DING!) who got to finally step out of the wheelchair and show people a great performance in the Breaking Bad episode, “Hermanos.” Ritter who got no respect in The Event, did remind people of his talent in Parenthood.

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields and McCoys
Luther
Sherlock

Reaction: Even with Downton Abbey leaving this category, it still stacked. BBC is well represented with Luther and Sherlock. American Horror Story qualified and that helped it not to get lost in the Drama series. I’m glad it’s recognized. Hatfields and McCoys made a late charge and it’s fresh on voters’ minds.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Connie Britton – American Horror Story
Ashley Judd – Missing
Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore – Game Change
Emma Thompson – The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Reaction: Lots of reliable Academy and fan favorites make this category extremely competitive this season, but something tells me that Moore will get it for portraying Sarah Palin. Judd’s action role in the canceled Missing, AKA TV’s Taken, is a bit of a odd pick.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Kevin Costner – Hatfield & McCoys
Idris Elba – Luther
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Woody Harrelson – Game Change
Bill Paxton – Hatfield & McCoys
Clive Owen – Hemmingway & Gellhorn

Reaction: – Connect yourself to Ernest Hemmingway in any way, shape or form and you will get attention. I’ll be rooting for either of the BBC representatives in Elba and Cumberbatch because both are so clearly distinct in the massive sea of good television.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Ed Harris –  Game Change
Denis O’Hare –  American Horror Story
David Strathairn –  Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman – Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Tom Berenger – Hatfields & McCoys

Reaction: I’ll admit to seeing only Freeman and O’Hare, who I both enjoyed for different reasons. Knowing this Academy, Harris is the front runner in portraying McCain.

Outstanding Host in Reality TV
Tom Bergeron – Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley – So YOu Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race
Betty White – Off Their Rockers
Ryan Seacrest – American Idol

Reaction: I’m rooting for White. I am not afraid to admit that I watch this show and yes, I do think it’s funny. Also, does anyone really care about the rest of these puppets?

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

Reaction: If we’re talking reality here, why is Dancing with the Stars here? The Voice could be roped into that strange celeb/reality blend too because in all honesty, our eyes are on what Christina Aguilera will wear and say next. The Amazing Race will be the odds on favorite, as usual, especially with Survivor being absent. I’ll still be rooting Top Chef and Project Runway but again, Survivor’s absence is a big surprise. Let’s just be thankful that American Idol wasn’t nominated.

Outstanding Variety Series
The Daily Show
Colbert Report
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Saturday Night Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Reaction: It’s the usual suspects except Conan O’Brien is missing. That move to TBS has not done much for Conan outside of security. It seems like everyone’s forgotten what network he’s moved to. I also don’t think this was one of SNL’s better years either.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Julia Louise-Dreyfus – VEEP
Lena Dunham -Girls
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy – Mike and Molly

Reaction: The Academy is in love with Fey, Poehler, and McCarthy. Fey can do no wrong despite 30 Rock not currently being as great as the earlier seasons. Poehler and Parks and Rec probably had its best season, and it’s probably no coincidence that both that and Veep’s  leads were nominated in an election year. Well played HBO and NBC. I like Deschanel, but I’m surprised she got nominated, then again, I’m not. Dunham and Falco are no surprises here after their seasons but I feel like this category is missing some stronger candidates.  Also no Alison Brie and no Krysten Ritter… double sigh. Waitaminute, does anyone else notice how they got seven nominations when most others had only six? Lots of gripes are going to come at this one…

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten – Desperate Housewives

Reaction: When is the Academy going to grow some balls and nominate Kaitlin Olson for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? I’m eye-rolling at the Modern Family nods but mildly applauding Bialik’s nomination. Wiig is the only thing that saves SNL half the time and I have to admit that I never been desperate enough to tune into Housewives since the first season. Where are the girls of Happy Endings? Cheryl Hines or Allie Grant of Suburgatory? Bah! The comedy nominations get me pissed every single year.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Louis C.K. – Louie
Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Reaction: People need to stop recognizing Two and a Half Men, seriously. Every time Cryer and this show are recognized, it shows why Hollywood keeps making brain dead comedies for the networks. Parsons, Baldwin, and David were almost written in months ago. Snooze. Here’s where Louis C.K. gets his nomination along with his writing and directing. Him winning would be an incredible upset knowing these voters, but there’s no one else who actually deserves it more than him.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill – Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
Bill Hader – SNL
Max Greenfield – New Girl

Reaction: Again, no disrespect to MF, but the Academy should be ashamed at nominating four goddmamn actors from one show in one category. There are other shows out there you know. Damon Wayans Jr. should be on this list. Also Nick Kroll from The League should be here and I also think that Garrett Dillahunt deserves a nomination for Raising Hope. Want another diss? How about James Van Der Beek on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23. Hell, anyone but a Modern Family cast member–this season anyway.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Curb Your ENthusiasm
30 Rock
VEEP
Modern Family
Girls

Reaction: Wow, Curb Your Enthusiasm made a resurgence in the comedy awards. Was hoping Louie would crack this category once and for all but somehow 30 Rock got yet another nomination even though it’s been sitting in park for the last few seasons. The same could be said about Modern Family. I’m not sure if Archer entered as a comedy or animated series, but it should be here nonetheless. Wilfred is a cutting edge show that requires more thought than just laughing straight jokes but it seems to go over many heads. Episodes was another snubbed victim. VEEP and Girls took away spots normally held by network comedies and that’s nice, but Louie still deserves to be in this category and so does Community. Booooooo!

Outstanding Animated Program
American Dad – Hot Water
The Penguins of Madagascar – The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole
Futurama – The Tip of the Zoidberg
Bob’s Burgers – BurgerBoss
The Simpsons – Holidays of Future Passed

Reaction: Where’s Archer? One episode of Archer is more entertaining than all of the nominees back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program
Regular Show – Eggscellent
Adventure Time – Too Young
Disney Phineas and Ferb – The Doonkleberry Imperative
Robot Chicken – Fight Club Paradise
Mad – Kitchen Nightmare Before Christmas / How I Met Your Mummy

Reaction: Knowing that Adventure Time, Regular Show, Mad and Robot Chicken all have nominations this year but Sons of Anarchy doesn’t sums up the type of twisted turmoil happiness and anger bestowed on people like us who follow television.

 

Other notable nominations and notes:

  • In the comedy writing category, both Community (Remedial Chaos Theory) and Louie (Pregnant) got nominations. So essentially the Butterfly Effect and TV’s longest fart joke got nominated. See how random the Emmys can be?
  • Louis C.K. also got a directing nomination for “Duckling” which may have been the greatest half hour of television last year.
  • Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan got a directing nomination for the series climax, “Face Off”
  • Mad Men dominated the drama writing category with three nominations; Homeland picked up one too for its Pilot.
  • Nominated for Main Title Design: FX’s American Horror Story’s creepy opening, Cinemax’s Strike Back, Starz Magic City, PBS’ Great Expectation, and Fox’s New Girl that lasts less than 10 seconds. How is Game of Thrones not nominated?
  • Burt Reynolds did not get an Emmy nomination for Voice-Over performance in Archer. Dammit!

Well, those are our initial reactions, want to share yours? For a complete list of the Emmy Nominations including the technical categories, click here.

Renewals, Pickups and Cancellations Roundup for ABC, NBC, CW and AMC

Dozens of shows learned their fate this week so we’re going to run down the latest as they came in on Friday evening. The headline news included series such as Nikita, Happy Endings, Parks & Rec, Body of Proof, and yes, even Whitney being renewed while NBC’s Awake and Harry’s Law were not.

Make note of how many 13-episode seasons were ordered. The thinking may be that the networks are learning that the cable model does work better, because it 1) allows more shows to be added to the lineup and 2) keeps the interest going through the fall instead of trying to carry the momentum through the holiday breaks. That doesn’t give fans many episodes to be excited about, but in the case of Community, any word of renewal, regardless of number was good news.

Networks could also be thinking the strategy behind 13-episode seasons could be to air during the fall and if ratings quickly justify an additional order of 9 or more episodes, then they have that option, or they could use the winter months to release mid-season replacements.

happy endings cast

ABC
In one of its best moves of the day (and also long-awaited), ABC renewed Happy Endings for a third, 22-episode season. The fast paced comedy got the “ending” fans wanted and will join others already given the thumbs up including Modern Family, Suburgatory, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, and The Middle. Don’t Trust The B–— in Apt. 23 and Scandal were renewed earlier today, as did bubble shows, Private Practice and Body of Proof, which each got 13 episode renewals. For Private Practice it is expected to be its last season, while Body of Proof proved to have international appeal–a key factor in many other renewals (Fox’s Touch being another one) around the other networks. Last Man Standing was the last to get its expected renewal at the end of Friday. Cougar Town is moving to TBS.

ABC Pilots ordered to series were 666 Park Ave. with Terry O’Quinn; Zero Hour with Anthony Edwards and Michael Nyqvist; crime series Red Widow (formerly Penoza) with Lee Tergesen and Radha Mitchell; How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life with Sarah Chalke, Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett; Family Tools (formerly Red Man Van, White Van Man) with Leah Remini, Kyle Bornheimer, and J.K. Simmons; Last Resort with Andre Braugher, Dichen Lachmen, Autumn Reeser, and Scott Speedman; Neighbors with Jami Gertz; and Malibu Country with Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin.

Those canceled were Ashley Judd’s Taken-like thriller The Missing, CGB, Pan Am, and The River.

NBC
The morning after its season finale, Parks & Rec was given a fifth season and a full order of 22 episodes. Hell froze over because Whitney was officially picked up. Up All Night like Community will be given 13 episodes. NBC has been giving its newer comedies and bubble shows 13 episodes to make room for ten (!) new shows that were picked up for series. Reality series Fashion Star also got a second season because of its immediate advertiser friendly format, especially for Macy’s, H&M, and Saks Fifth Avenue.  The Office was also given another season.

Those new series ordered to series include, 1600 Penn with Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman; Animal Practice with Justin Kirk; Go On with Matthew Perry Laura Benanti and Khary Payton; Guys With Kids with Jesse Bradford and produced by Jimmy Fallon; Dane Cook alpha male comedy Next Caller; Save Me with Anne Heche, the fire-fighting action drama Chicago Fire; a Meagan Good high society soap Infamous; Do No Harm with Steven Pasquale and Phylicia Rashad, and J.J. Abrams’ Revolution starring Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito.

One of those unlucky at the Peacock was David E. Kelley’s Harry’s Law, which did not reach a third season. This was a surprise considering it was drawing in an average of 8.8 million viewers. Those are numbers that NBC could use and while it wasn’t a hit with the coveted younger 18-40 demographic, the lead actor, Kathy Bates is in her early 60s and the audience skewed to her fans.

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Other cancellations included BFF, Are You There, Chelsea, Bent, and procedural mind-bender Awake, which many had hoped would be given another chance. Awake will be missed by its strongest advocates online, as it gave NBC a quality drama with subtle sci-fi elements allowing it to toe the line of genre and police procedural, but it could never generate the ratings needed to make the grade. It was one of the most anticipated series in NBC’s 2011-2012 rollout but lost steam when it was held over as a mid-season replacement. NBC keeps trying to make good dramas, but they just cut one.

CW
It was all love and drama at the CW as it gave Gossip Girl one last season. It might be an abbreviated season though as there’s been no word on how long the season will be. 13 more episodes may be all it gets. Rachel Bilson and Hart of Dixie were picked up for a second season and so was Maggie Q and Nikita. Both shows will get a full order of 22 episodes. Nikita is one of those shows that struggles on Friday nights, but the genre show has plenty of international appeal. These announcements come off the heels of the renewals of its strongest shows, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and 90210, which were given more life on Thursday. CW shows are getting additional viewings online and DVRs have been friendly to the network too.

nikita

New series pickups include a record five scripted series for the CW: Sex & The City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, mystery drama Cult, medical drama First Cut, the Beauty and the Beast reboot with Kristin Kreuk, and DC Comics’ property Green Arrow-based action series Arrow. With the Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen and The Avengers’ Hawkeye, archers are officially thriving in Hollywood.

But the CW wasn’t so charitable Friday. Given the swift swing of the axe were two first-season shows with poor ratings, modern noir soap Ringer and The Secret Circle despite Kevin Williamson’s involvement.

AMC
The cable network “where story matters,” finally discovered the beauty of low-cost reality shows and gave second seasons to Kevin Smith’s
Comic Book Men, which was basically Pawn Stars in a comic shop, and The Walking Dead companion talk show, The Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick.

CW Reveals Major News for Upcoming Eps of Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Ringer, Supernatural, & More

The CW is getting ready to sizzle up November for sweeps month. The network has just announced several plot and casting highlights for its top shows, including: The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, 90210, The Secret Circle, Gossip Girl, Nikita, Ringer and Hart of Dixie.

Episodic Highlights:
Thursday, October 27:
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – “Ghost World” (8:00-9:00pm)
As Mystic Falls prepares to celebrate the traditional Illumination Night, the town is invaded by spirits of the dead.

THE SECRET CIRCLE – “Masked” (9:00-10:00pm)
Cassie (Brit Robertson) throws an epic Halloween party that takes a dangerous turn.

Friday, October 28
NIKITA – “343 Walnut Lane” (8:00-9:00pm)
Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) track down Nikita’s father Richard (guest star David Keith), but the reunion is not quite what Nikita expected.

SUPERNATURAL – “Slash Fiction” (9:00-10:00pm)
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are once again on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list when two Leviathans clone the brothers and go on a killing spree.

Tuesday, November 1
90210 – “It’s The Great Masquerade, Naomi Clark” (8:00-9:00pm)
Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) has to work with her arch-nemeses Holly (guest star Megalyn Echikunwoke) to throw a campus costume party, while Silver (Jessica Stroup) discovers that political candidate Marissa Harris-Young (guest star Brandy Norwood) is not who she seems.

RINGER – “Oh Gawd, There’s Two of Them?” (9:00-10:00pm)
Still posing as Siobhan, Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is forced to reveal she has a twin to Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) and Henry (Kristoffer Polaha) when Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell) starts closing in.

Wednesday, November 2
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL – “Game” (9:00-10:00pm)
Rapper Game directs the models in music videos based on songs they’ve written.

Thursday, November 3
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – “Ordinary People” (8:00-9:00pm)
Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) engage in a mean-girl power struggle, until Rebekah finally reveals some of her family’s ancient secrets and the violent past she shares with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies).

Monday, November 7
GOSSIP GIRL – “I Am Number Nine” (8:00-9:00pm)
Blair (Leighton Meester) auditions her potential bridesmaids. Elizabeth Hurley continues her guest starring role.

HART OF DIXIE – “The Undead & The Unsaid” (9:00-10:00pm)
Zoe’s mom (guest star JoBeth Williams) shows up in Bluebell hoping to reconcile with her daughter after keeping the identity of Zoe’s (Rachel Bilson) real father a secret Zoe’s entire life.

Tuesday, November 8
90210 – “Vegas, Maybe?” (8:00-9:00pm)
The gang heads to Las Vegas, where Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) meets Austin’s (guest star Justin Deeley) dad, country superstar Judd Ridge (guest star Billy Ray Cyrus). The guys run into a celebrity (guest star Vinny Guadagnino) at the pool. Teddy (Trevor Donovan) and Shane (guest star Ryan Rottman) decide to tie the knot,

RINGER – “Maybe We Can Get A Dog Instead?” (9:00-10:00pm)
Juliet (Zoey Deutch) continues to form an unlikely bond with her teacher Mr. Carpenter (guest star Jason Dohring).

Thursday, November 10
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – “Homecoming” (8:00-9:00pm)
The Homecoming dance takes a surreal turn when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) puts his latest plan into action. The band My Morning Jacket performs in the party scenes.

Friday, November 11
SUPERNATURAL – “Season 7, Time for a Wedding!” (9:00-10:00pm)
Dean reluctantly teams up with a quirky, laid-back hunter named Garth (guest star DJ Qualls), when he finds himself in a situation that he just cannot explain.

Monday, November 14
HART OF DIXIE – “The Crush & The Crossbow” (9:00-10:00pm)
Nascar’s Brian Vickers makes a cameo appearance.

Thursday, November 17
MOVIE – “Beneath The Blue” (8:00-10:00pm)
Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) stars in this film Dolphin experts confront the US Navy when its sonar program is suspected of causing the animals’ deaths. Caitlin Wachs and David Keith also star.

Monday, November 21
GOSSIP GIRL – “All The Pretty Sources” (8:00-9:00pm)
Serena (Blake Lively) throws Blair (Leighton Meester) a wedding shower.

Tuesday, November 22
SPECIAL – “A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa” ( 8:00-9:00om)
This star-studded Christmas special features Kermit, Gonzo and all their Muppet pals, along with guest stars including Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Krakowski.

Here’s the rundown of plot points:
BRIDGET IS FORCED TO REVEAL SHE HAS A TWIN ON “RINGER”
JOBETH WILLIAMS AND NASCAR’S BRIAN VICKERS GUEST STAR ON “HART OF DIXIE”

THE ORIGINAL VAMPIRE FAMILY IS REVEALED AND ROCK BAND MY MORNING JACKET PERFORMS ON “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES”

CASSIE THROWS AN EPIC HALLOWEEN PARTY ON “THE SECRET CIRCLE”

BRANDY NORWOOD, VINNY GUADAGNINO AND BILLY RAY CYRUS GUEST STAR ON “90210”

DAVID KEITH GUEST STARS ON “NIKITA”

SAM AND DEAN ARE CLONED AND DJ QUALLS GUEST STARS ON “SUPERNATURAL”

HIP HOP STAR GAME DIRECTS THE MODELS IN MUSIC VIDEOS ON “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL”

CONTINUING GUEST STARS INCLUDE
ELIZABETH HURLEY ON “GOSSIP GIRL” AND JASON DOHRING ON “RINGER”

SPECIALS INCLUDE “BENEATH THE BLUE,” STARRING PAUL WESLEY, AND A ONE-HOUR MUPPETS HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Ringer Episode 5 Preview Gallery: A Whole New Kind Of Bitch

Check out these new photos from Ringer Episode 5, “A Whole New Kind Of Bitch.” The gallery features Zoey Deutch as Juliet, Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Martin, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Siobhan Martin/Bridget Kelly, Kris Polaha as Henry and Tara Summers as Gemma.

In “A Whole New Kind Of Bitch”
Gemma (Tara Summers) asks Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who is still posing as Siobhan, to do her a favor that could cost Bridget everything. Henry (Kristoffer Polaha) is given some crushing news about his writing career, and Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) has to deal with his tumultuous relationship with his teenage daughter Juliet (Zoey Deutch). Bridget meets a potential new sponsor named Charlie (guest star Billy Miller) at a local Narcotics Anonymous meeting, while Malcolm (Mike Colter) must face his demons when he is put in a position that could jeopardize his sobriety. Nestor Carbonell also stars.

Janice Cooke directed the episode written by Shintaro Shimosawa

*Photos Courtesy of Michael Desmond / The CW

Ringer Series Premiere Review: ‘Pilot’ – Beyond Bad Even for Buffy Fans

I am a huge fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar. Have been since her seminal role as the title character in the cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is fantastically witty, awesomely sharp, and a brilliant actress in everything she has been in, from pretty decent films like The Grudge to awfulness like Southland Tales. That is a good thing since Ringer is beyond bad. It is laughable, but not in a Showgirls let’s-see-it-with-drunken-friends sort of way. And that sucks because Gellar should be shining in the dual roles of long-lost twins who harbor deep dark secrets.

It goes all so horribly wrong from minute one when, in a Buffy-style action teaser that takes place nine days into the future, Gellar is chased in an empty loft by a masked baddie. We don’t know who either character is, or even which character Gellar is playing, but it ends with her screaming at her wannabe attacker: “You have the wrong girl!”

So, who is the “right” girl? She is either Bridget, a drug and alcohol addicted former stripper who witnessed a murder committed by the head of the Wyoming mob (who seems to be Native American) or Siobhan, Bridget’s twin sister who is married to a wealthy British ex-pat named Andrew (played by Ioan Gruffudd of Fantastic Four fame), now living in New York City and has no clue that his wife’s loser twin sister exists.

But instead of testifying against the mob boss, Bridget rushes to be with Siobhan, who she hasn’t seen in six years. For whatever reason, they decide to take a boat ride — by themselves — off the coast of The Hamptons (in some of the shittiest green screen action since the old 1960’s version of Batman). And for whatever reason, Bridget decides to take a nap on said boat. She wakes up and sees that Siobhan is no longer on board. Bridget assumes that her sister had committed suicide but instead of calling in the local PD, she assumes Siobhan’s identity and begins to live the life of a boring New York socialite.

Or she thinks is. Turns out, Siobhan has been having an affair with her best friend Gemma’s (Tara Summers) husband, Henry (Kristoffer Polaha). And has a slutty, troublemaker stepdaughter named Juliet (Zoey Deutch) who hates her. And is four weeks pregnant. So, Bridget has to pretend that she’s an adulterous evil stepmom who is preggers with a baby who’s dad is either Andrew or Henry.

And if that’s wasn’t too much to handle, someone also wants to kill Siobhan — hence the teaser opening. (Don’t worry, Bridget survives.)

All of that would be good fodder for a well-made cheesy soap opera (especially the not-so-surprising twist at the end) but it just does not work in Ringer. Some of the blame could be placed on an extremely unhumorous script. The wacky elements that I’ve mentioned above need good tounge-in-cheek jokes and a sly wink at the audience. And even if it’s not in the script, the right director could nudge it in a workable direction. Instead, every scene is directed by filmmaker Richard Shepherd (The Matador) with the seriousness of a deadly disease. And the imagery of Bridget’s reflection in mirrors and windows are redundant and frankly, lazy. (Morose and lazy isn’t a very good combination. It just equals boring.)

Acting-wise, Gellar is always game and Nestor Carbonell (Lost), as FBI Agent Machado — the man trying to track down and protect Bridget — does well with even the smallest of roles. The entire cast isn’t that bad, with the exception of Polaha, who isn’t believable as a rich, worldly author and lover. He comes off more as an unambitious, young hipster which makes that subplot even more ludicrous than it already is.

There is hope that Gellar will one day find the vehicle that could truly mark her return to television superstardom. Too bad it can’t be now.

Ringer airs every Tuesday night at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central on The CW.
RATING: 4 / 10

Ringer: Siobhan Home Invasion Preview Teaser

Recently, the CW released an extended preview for the premiere of Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Bridget.

Now, the network has just put together a new teaser video that shows off Geller perpetrating to be her sister Siobhan. In the series, she plays Bridget, a woman on the run from the FBI after witnessing a professional hit, and her sister Siobhan. Unfortunately, shortly after Bridget reunites with her estranged sister, Siobhan goes overboard on a boat and disappears. Bridget then assumes her sister’s identity to stay safe.

In this trailer, we see that Siobhan’s life is not as simple as Bridget would have hoped. She has a husband and a lover – got to love a good love triangle, filled with a criminal element.

Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts. Ringer premieres Tuesday, Sept 13 at 9/8C.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL65njmvD34

‘Ringer’ Series Premiere Extended Preview

We’re just over a month away from the series premiere of Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. The CW has just released an extended preview of the series showing off some of the drama.

Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm.

In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.

Ringer premieres on Tuesday, Sept 13.

Check out the preview below and let us know if you’re looking forward to seeing Gellar’s return in the comments below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnZb3LZzm1A

The series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Bridget and Siobhan, Kristoffer Polaha as Henry, Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Martin, Nestor Carbonell as Agent Victor Machado and Tara Summers as Gemma.