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
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

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
Modern Family

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.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Results: Sugar Ray’s Footwork Not Sweet Enough

It didn’t happen frequently in his storied boxing career, but Sugar Ray Leonard didn’t make it past Round 3 in Dancing With the Stars.

The former pugilist became the third casualty of this season of DWTS, bowing out with professional dancing partner Anna Trebunsakaya after failing to get the votes necessary to beat out fellow bottom two star, Kendra Wilkinson and surprisingly in-jeopardy couple Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas.

Leonard received a decent score on Monday night’s ‘Nutcracker’ Viennese waltz with 21 out of 30 points while Wilkinson was at the bottom of the pack with 18 points. Of course, the judges scores only mean so much; the fan’s votes are what ultimately sent Leonard home. Given Wilkinson’s paltry scores and seemingly apathetic attitude towards the competition this week, it seemed like a sure bet that she’d be getting the boot this week.

Sugar Ray seemed to be having a ball out there dancing, bringing all types of enthusiasm to his performances. And when it came to losing, he handled defeat well, triumphantly adding “I put up a good fight, and I will cherish this moment.”

Official ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 12 Cast Revealed

We reported earlier a partial list of the stars you can expect to see on this season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Well, behold the full list, which rankly lacks the sizzle of past rosters.

With the Season 12 premiere, which bows March 21, you’ll get to see the likes of sports figures, actors and actresses, radio personalities, a supermodel and a Jenny Craig spokesperson.

Here’s the full list:

Sugar Ray Leonard – former pro and Olympic boxing champ, who was the first to take over $100 million in purses

Chris Jericho – pro wrestler that won 23 WWE championships

Kendra Wilkinson – Reality star from E!’s Kendra and The Girls Next Door

Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

Romeo – Progeny of Master P, who is infamously one of the worst contestants ever on the show

Chelsea Kane – Disney star formerly known by the last name Staub

Kirstie Alley – Former Cheers star and Jenny Craig spokersperson

Ralph Maccio – The Karate Kid!

Petra Nemcova – Supermodel

Wendy Williams – Talk show host and infamous radio gossip queen

Psycho Mike – Los Angeles station KROQ deejay

New ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Cast Members Revealed

Those sneaky people at TMZ have just broke the news of several cast members that are joining this seasons of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

A typical hodgepodge of sports figures, reality stars and general public personas, this time around you can expect to see:

·         WWE star Chris Jericho paired with Cheryl Burke
·         Lil’ Romeo paired with Chelsie Hightower
·         E! star and former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson paired with Louis van Amstel
·         Cheers star Kirstie Alley paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
·         Talk show queen Wendy Williams paired with Tony Dovolani
·         Bratz and Disney star Chelsea Kane paired with Mark Ballas

Of course, ABC promises to announced the official cast tonight during the airing of The Bachelor, but let the speculation begin of who is best suited to take home the trophy this season.

Dancing With the Stars Season 11 Pairings

A few nights ago ABC announced the Season 11 cast of Dancing with the Stars, but now that you’ve wrapped your head around seeing “The Situation” doing the salsa, we have the pro / star pairings.

Upon inspection, there really is no pairing that is an obvious front-runner. That said, it’s equally difficult to pick the couple that will go home first. This season should be interesting and it all gets started on September 20th.

"Star" Claim to Fame Pro Dancer
Michael Bolton Hard and Soft Rock Musician Chelsie Hightower
Brandy Grammy winning R&B singer Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Margaret Cho Comedian Louis van Amstel
Rick Fox Actor, former NBA Player Cheryl Burke
Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing Derek Hough
David Hasselhoff Knight Rider Kym Johnson
Florence Henderson The Brady Bunch Corky Ballas
Kyle Massey That’s So Raven Lacey Schwimmer
Bristol Palin Sarah Palin’s Daughter Mark Ballas
Audrina Partridge The Hills Tony Dovolani
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino Jersey Shore Karina Smirnoff
Kurt Warner Former NFL QB Anna Trebunskaya

Meet the Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Cast (Photo)

It’s almost time for a new season of Dancing with the Stars. This season will feature singer Brandy, David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Grey, former NFL Quarterback Kurt Warner, comedian Margaret Cho, Kyle Massey, The Hills star Audrina Patridge, Rick Fox, Florence Henderson, Bristol Palin, singer Michael Bolton and Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. ABC has just recently released this new cast photo with the celebrity lineup (Sorrentino and Bolton not pictured).


About Dancing with the Stars Season 11:
An all-new lineup of stars will battle each week on the dance floor in the sensational two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, Monday, Sept 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. All 12 couples will dance for the first time on live national television on Monday, Sept 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), with couples either performing the Viennese Waltz or Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home on Tuesday, Sept 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) in the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.

*Image Courtesy of ABC, Inc.

ABC Reveals 2009-2010 Official Schedule

“Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” make their dominant return back to your homes this fall. The two scripted shows from ABC were in the top 10 TV series of 2008-09.

Today, ABC announced the new fall and midseason series would include “Cougar Town,” “The Deep End,” “Eastwick,” “Flash Forward,” “The Forgotten,” “Hank,” “Happy Town,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Shark Tank” and “V.”

“Better Off Ted,” “Castle,” “Scrubs” and “True Beauty” join previously announced returning series “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Private Practice,” “Supernanny,” “Ugly Betty,” “Wife Swap” and “20/20.” “Saturday Night College Football” will also return.

8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (two-hours)
10:00 p.m. “Castle”

8:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 p.m. “The Forgotten”

8:00 p.m. “Hank”
8:30 p.m. “The Middle”
9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m. “Cougar Town”
10:00 p.m. “Eastwick”

8:00 p.m. “Flash Forward”
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 p.m. “Private Practice”

8:00 p.m. “Supernanny”
9:00 p.m. “Ugly Betty
10:00 p.m. “20/20”

8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”

7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9:00 p.m. “Desperate Housewives
10:00 p.m. “Brothers & Sisters”

Injured Melissa to Return to Dancing With the Stars

One glaring absence from the intro stair sequence last night on “Dancing With the Stars” was “The Bachelor” alum Melissa Rycroft.

A hairline fracture on one of her ribs precluded her from competing last night. As was done previously when Steve-O was injured, the latest video rehearsal of her routine with Tony Dovolani was used to score her weekly performance.

But the former cheerleader is set to return to the show despite the agonizing injury. This season of the show seems to have brought about a curse, with Rycroft being the eighth ‘celebrity’ to be hurt this season.

But we love how well Melissa is doing and hope that her fans have supported her in this down week. Hopefully, she’s able to rebound and give Gilles Marini and Lil’ Kim a run for their money down the stretch.

ABC Gets Renewal-Happy: Re-ups on Ugly Betty, Lost, Others

ABC decided to renew some of its best performing shows, over a month before it presents its up-fronts to advertisers in New York. Producers and fans can rest easy going into the spring as they’re guaranteed a fall pickup.

The most surprising renewal is Ugly Betty, which will get a fourth season. The show had reportedly been on the bubble. The least surprising is Lost, which had already been green-lighted to complete its final season next year. ABC also renewed Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Brothers and Sisters.

And what would renewal season be without the horde or reality shows on each networks. The renewals of Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Wife Swap, Supernanny and America’s Funniest Home Videos are pretty much no-brainers.

Still riding the bubble are shows like Samantha Who?, which is considered to be in serious danger at this point.

Giveaway: Dancing with the Stars

We’re in the middle of a new season of Dancing with the Stars with new episodes every Monday at 8/7C and results Tuesday at 9/8C.

dancing with the starsTo celebrate those bumbling celebrities with two left feet, we’re hosting this special giveaway. One lucky “Dancing with the Stars” fan will win (1) copy of Dancing with the Stars: We Dance! for the Nintendo DS.

Tell us your thoughts on this season of Dancing with the Stars by leaving a comment below. You can discuss dancers, dancing styles, or just mention which celebrity you would love more than anything to see on Dancing with the Stars and why. Only comments about Dancing with the Stars or seeing your favorite celebrity will be counted. Comments saying only simple statements like “Enter me” or “I want to win” will not be counted in the official contest.

Entering is simple. You’ve got to be 18 years of age (or get your parent’s permission), reside in the USA and provide your name and a valid email address (only used to contact winner) when leaving a comment about Dancing with the Stars. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 7 days to claim their prize. Make sure you get your entry in before April 28, 2009 11:59PM PST!

(1) “Dancing with the Stars” fan will receive a copy of “Dancing with the Stars: We Dance!” for the Nintendo DS.

Be honest, and thoughtful in your comments. You can come back once daily to enter by responding to other visitors, discussing episodes of “Dancing with the Stars” or talking about another celebrity you’d love to see dance (or a celebrity that you’d love to dance with, we’re not picky).

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