‘Homeland’ Season 3 Scores High without Dexter Morgan

Carrie Mathison and Nicholas Brody proved that they didn’t need Dexter Morgan this month to help them score another ratings win for Homeland.

2013 marked Homeland‘s first year in the 9PM slot in Showtime’s Fall lineup. The spot used to belong to everyone’s favorite serial killer, Dexter Morgan. Now that Dexter‘s off the air, Homeland had a chance to prove its worth with the ratings gods.

The series took in 1.9 million viewers during its first airing and a total of 2.61 million viewers for the night. Masters of Sex debuted in Homeland‘s old spot at 10PM. The new series took in one million viewers at 10PM and 1.4 million viewers for the night.

It will be interesting to see if Homeland can continue to be a franchise player after season 3. Dexter began to fall out of favor after season 4. Most viewers felt the series needed to find its end game sooner. Instead, seasons five and six ended up with filler. Currently, Homeland is dancing a very fine line. With Brody’s (Damian Lewis) secret outed, everyone’s wondering how much longer Lewis can really be a player before the series jumps the shark.

Jazz music ushers in the end game in Homeland Season 2 Episode 10

Awaiting the Homeland Season 2 Finale: Where do we go from here?

How do you get viewers excited for the Homeland Season 2 finale?

With some smooth jazz music. That’s how.

In Homeland Episode 2.10, “Broken Hearts,” Carrie was unwinding to jazz music in her car. Everything felt right with the world. She had just spoken to Brody, who suggested that things might not be going so well with his marriage. For Carrie, that’s good news. Brody is the one thing in her life that brings her happiness. Brody’s information on Abu Nasir panned out at the end of Episode 2.09. Now, Carrie was just waiting for the paperwork from the Attorney General that would give Brody the pardon he needed to lead a traitor free life.

Unfortunately, disaster struck – quite literally. A truck rammed into Carrie’s car.

After over a decade of clandestine activities, Nasir was taking the fight to the CIA “mano a mano.” He rammed Carrie with his car, then dragged her to an abandoned factory. From there, he blackmailed Brody into getting the serial number of the Vice President’s pacemaker.

Brody, in love with Carrie, took Nasir’s bait. He went to the VP’s house and began his hunt for the serial number.

Surprisingly, Saul was the only one in the CIA who thought to call Brody and discuss Carrie’s kidnapping. At the end of “Two Hats,” Estes and Quinn were ready to kill Brody because of his involvement in the terror attacks. Yet, the moment Carrie goes missing, they didn’t even think to put Brody on lockdown. Talk about a brain fart.

Coincidentally, Nasir never told Brody that he should not involve the CIA. That’s usually protocol in bad-guy, kidnapping scenarios. Brody, smart boy that he is, decided to play hero on his own.

Unfortunately, Brody saving Carrie meant that Brody once again dived back into the world of terror. He allowed Nasir to kill the VP. Once Brody had proof that Carrie was free, he gave Nasir the serial number of the VP’s pacemaker. Then, Brody let the VP die. He actually reveled in the VP’s death. While the VP was having a heart attack, Brody let him know how much he hated him.

With only two episodes left, Homeland is left in an odd situation.

Carrie knows that Brody allowed the VP to die. Will she tell Estes? It’s in Carrie’s nature to tell the truth. If she tells Estes, then Brody surely won’t be able to negotiate a new deal with the government. That means, Damian Lewis would be off the show. That would leave the series in a precarious state. Homeland relies on the tragic dynamic of Claire Danes and Lewis.

There is one thing that may hold Carrie’s tongue.

Saul.

Estes had Saul detained so that Carrie’s mentor couldn’t join Carrie’s rescue squad. Saul is the one person who has had Carrie’s back – for the most part – throughout the second season of Homeland. If Estes reasons are revealed to be less than noble, then Carrie may once again withdraw from the CIA.

We’ve got two episodes of Homeland left. Right now, Carrie is closing in on Nasir – once again, she’s going in without backup. Odds are Nasir will meet his end by the Season 2 finale. Once that happens, the writers will have their work cut out for them recreating the series in Homeland Season 3. To date, much of the drama has relied on Brody’s secrets and Nasir terrorist threats. Without them, we’ll need something new to hold onto.

Homeland Scorecard: Keeping track of the web of deceit

Homeland Season 2 Episode 9: Two Hats

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Okay, let’s see if we can get the triangles, quadrangles and tangled webs of relationships on Homeland straight.

Let’s start with the basics.

Brody is married to Jessica. His best friend, before he was captured, was his fellow marine, Mike.
Now, Brody is sleeping with Carrie.
Jessica is sleeping with Mike (while the kids are in the next room).

Simple enough, right?

But, let’s not forget, Carrie works for the CIA – well sort of, she was working there, was kicked out and now she’s back as the Abu Nazir terrorist expert.

Brody was a rescued marine, turned terrorist, turned CIA asset.

Got it? Good.

Carrie is still a little unstable in the eyes of CIA big-wig, Estes. So Estes enlisted Quinn as an analyst to monitor the group. He’s the kind of guy who likes to stab people through the hand when he needs to know if you’re a terrorist or not.

Saul is Carrie’s mentor, but also a guy who likes to know who he’s working with. He had our favorite adjunct spies, Virgil and Max, tail Quinn. They discovered he had a son and that he is in contact with the mother, a police officer in Philadelphia. So he drove up to Philly to investigate.

By the way, what is it about these Homeland characters and driving up to Philly and back to Virgina or DC on a moments notice? Remember when Brody drove up to move the bomb maker, expecting to make it back to the south by dinner time? People either move around awfully fast on Homeland, or politicians and CIA agents have special “no traffic” driving zones. Take your pick. It’s a throwback to the later years of Fox’s 24 and Jack Bauer time bending.

That’s when team Saul discovered that Quinn was really working for Dar Adal – he’s part of one of those “off the radar” secret agencies within secret agencies. It seems that Estes isn’t really pulling all the strings on the Abu Nazir project.

Quinn’s gunning for Brody – quite literally. As Estes says, he kills terrorists. Quinn planned to kill Brody in “Two Hats”.

In “I’ll Fly Away,” we learned that Abu Nazir was on US soil. Then, in “Two Hats,” the CIA planned a major sting to capture Nazir. It backfired. They thought Roya Hammad would lead them to Nazir. The CIA suspected Nazir would be on hand for a potential attack on the Vice President and 300 troops returning from the Middle East.

Now, Nazir is still at large and he knows that Roya Hammad is under surveillance. Also, Brody had to be the one who exposed Roya.

A few questions remain:
Was the potential attack all a setup to see if Brody had turned?
If Brody is no longer of use to Nazir, does the CIA really need to keep him alive?
What’s the deal with Dar Adal?
Does Brody really want to save his marriage? He loves his children, but it looks as though he’s pretty much over Jessica.

The Emmy for Best Impersonation of Homeland goes to Anne Hathaway

Showtime’s Homeland may have stolen the Emmy Awards, but Season 2 is fast becoming the latest comedy meme trend.

In this SNL sketch, Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) does one of the best Carrie impressions since Claire Danes, who actually plays Carrie on SNL.

Between the jazz hands and the lip quiver, Hathaway deserves an Emmy nod for this spot-on impression. You can tell Ms. Hathaway has been practicing it for some time now.

Watch Hathaway in action below:

Quadrangle affair ripples through Homeland Season 2 Episode 7: ‘The Clearing’

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Life for Brody has pushed the boundaries of “tumultuous” since he decided (with a little bit of help of Quinn’s knife and a flirtatious glance from Carrie) to flip on Abu Nazir. He’s rekindled his dormant romance with Carrie and can’t seem to stay clear of lying to his family.

In Episode 2.7, “The Clearing,” Jessica confronted Brody about Tom’s death (which Mike revealed to her “A Gettysburg Address”). Brody confessed, in a manner of speaking: “I did have a part in stopping him.” Now, that’s an understatement. Thanks to Jessica’s interrogation, Brody gave Carrie a call. He’s not tolerating Mike’s snooping questions.

Carrie, who always loves to be in the thick of things, paid Faber a visit in meeting of the third wheels. She warned him to cease and desist his inquiry because his questions could hinder the CIA from stopping a terrorist threat. Then, she let Faber know that the government knew all about his – not so recent – affair with Jessica. She left him with a few parting words regarding his affair, which had a devilish hidden meaning: “I hope you get what you want.” Rough translation: If you get with Jessica, then I can have Brody all to myself. Yay!

The Jessica, Brody, Carrie, Faber love quadrangle wasn’t the only relationship woe in “The Clearing.” Dana convinced Finn to come clean about the hit and run. The two brought their secret to their mothers. Finn sat by sulking, while Dana told the truth about the accident. The Waldens hope to cover it up, while the Brody family wants to do the right thing and take the accident to the authorities. Brody decided to take Dana to the police station.

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Needless to say, the CIA can’t let this happen. Estes calls up Carrie to stop Brody from going to the police. The last thing Estes needs is a scandal erupting around the asset, before the CIA has a chance to stop Nazir.

Who knew that life at the CIA was less Jason Bourne and more love triangles and quadrangles as well as a Beverly Hills 90210 political spinoff.

Eileen – the woman who was captured in Homeland’s freshman season and locked up for treason – made an odd return in “The Clearing.” Saul visited her in prison, hoping to discovery information on the mystery man Roya met in Episode 2.6. She misleads Saul into believing that she had information on Roya’s contact. Eventually, she committed suicide when she was left alone.

Comedic moments:
– Carrie visits Quinn in the hospital. Despite his injuries, he gets up to leave by dropping his clothes. When Carrie winces over his nudity, he says, “Like you’ve never seen a dick before.”

– When Brody called Carrie up in a panic over Jessica’s inquiry into Tom’s death, Carrie tells Quinn that Brody needs to feel like he’s in control. Quinn responds, “So empower the guy.”

Translation: Hook up with the guy.
Carrie meets Brody and the two make out in the bushes, while Brody’s wife and kids are in the distance. Talk about dangerous. Instead of a cold shower, Brody takes a dip in the pool after his lip-lock session.

– Carrie introduces herself to Dana at the police station, as if Dana didn’t remember the “crazy” woman who called her dad a terrorist. “Hi Dana, I’m Carrie.” Duh.

‘Homeland’ Season 2 Episode 5 Preview: Brody’s Interrogation Gets Heated

Here’s a little hint about what’s going to go down on this Sunday’s episode of Homeland: everything is going to change.

Showtime has released two clips from the upcoming episode, which is appropriately title “Q&A.”

After Carrie’s dramatic confrontation with Brody in Episode 4, “New Car Smell,” it would appear that all cards are now on the table. With the CIA in possession of Brody’s confession tape, they’re going to interrogate him to see what he knows about the potential attack. And they need to keep his whereabouts off the grid, not allowing even his Congress colleagues to know what he’s doing.

The writers seem to be going for the jugular very early on, skipping the conventional tactic of maintaining status quo for as long as possible. Having Brody captured at the one-third mark of the season seems pretty risky and it’s anyone’s guess where things go from here.

Will they be able to extract information from Brody now that they have his confession tape? Will they release him back into the wild and make him work against Abu Nazir? Will Carrie be officially reinstated to the CIA now that she’s been vindicated? Or is she damaged goods, regardless of the fact that her seemingly outmatches that of any of her former colleagues?

Homeland & Dexter Lay the Double Smackdown on Ratings

Dexter and Homeland, Showtime’s award winning series, kick started the premium network’s Fall season with ratings highs for both series.

The Dexter Season 7 premiere gave the network its highest rated premiere to-date, taking in 2.4 million viewers during the first 9PM airing and 3.04 million viewers for the night.

EDITOR’S PICK: Dexter: 8 Killer Focus Points

The Homeland Season 2 premiere, which debuted after Dexter, got an additional ratings jolt thanks to its Emmy award wins in September.

Homeland debuted with 1.73 million viewers during the initial 10PM airing and 2.07 million viewers for the night. This was the largest Season 2 premiere of a series for the network. Shameless, starring William H. Macy, previously held the crown.

Dexter stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter. Homeland stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. You can catch both shows Sunday nights on Showtime.

‘Homeland’ Season 2 Teaser Shows What A Chaotic Place Carrie’s Mind Is

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The September 30 Season 2 premiere of Homeland is fast approaching, but you can spend 30 seconds right now inside the chaotic mind of heroine Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in this new teaser from Showtime.

You can fully expect the second season to expand on Carrie’s debilitated mental state, which had her receiving electric shock treatment in the Season 1 finale. Meanwhile, Brody (Damian Lewis) will be keeping busy with his burgeoning political career.

The buzz couldn’t be any hotter for Homeland at this point: the series secured five Primetime Emmy nominations including Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Lead Actor (Lewis), Outstanding Lead Actress (Danes), Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Writing.

If you want to catch up on the first season, you can nab either the DVD and Blu-ray release when they hit stores on August 28.

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.

‘Dexter’ Season 7 Sneak Peek – The BLEEP Hits the Fan for Dex

The Dexter train pulled into Comic-Con for its traditional Thursday night panel and gave everyone what they wanted to see: a heart-pumping first look at how the madness picks up in September.

The good news about Dexter’s seventh season is that it doesn’t skip forward from the Season 6 finale. In fact, it picks up the exact moment where Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) walks in on Dexter (Michael C. Hall) killing Travis.

Our murderous hero, being caught red-handed (literally), tries to work up an explanation for why he not only killed Travis, but why the poor guy is also wrapped up in plastic. Dexter does his best to whip up a sob story, how he snapped after Rita was killed. But Deb is not buying it at all. As a matter of fact, she decides that she needs to call her Miami Metro colleagues right away. Then the trailer cuts like a Sopranos series finale.

Of course, Hall, Carpenter and guest cast member Yvonne Strahovski were at the panel to talk about their characters. Strahovski explained that her character Hannah will help Dexter on an old murder investigation.

More tidbits from the panel:

• Homeland EP Howard Gordon showed the Season 2 trailer of Homeland and confirmed that Carrie will not be pregnant (actress Claire Danes is)
• Hall mentioned that Dexter’s biggest prize is the Trinity Killer
• Hall called the role a once-in-a-lifetime role and speculated on how people relate to Dexter.