Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Bet I Can Pick More 2010 Emmy Winners Than You

The 2010 Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning, and it’s a nice grab bag of old reliables and new surprises. Glee snapped up all sorts of nominations, despite the fact that, while fun, the show is a hot mess of inconsistency and sloppy storytelling. Long-time fan favorite Friday Night Lights finally gets some recognition, as do the women of Mad Men. The Office is still considered a primo comedy despite its lackluster season (please, please end it when Steve Carell leaves), and someone still thinks Jon Cryer and Two and a Half Men are noteworthy. Which they aren’t.

Here are the (main category) nominees and my half-assed predictions on who will win on August 29:

Best Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office
30 Rock

Other than Nurse Jackie, I actually watch all of these shows. I’m off to a good start! I’ve already detailed all the problems with Glee, and The Office just finished its weakest season. I still enjoy Curb, but its polarizing brand of humor probably doesn’t appeal to all. That leaves old favorite 30 Rock and new favorite Modern Family. Modern Family had a killer freshman season and is more consistently funny than 30 Rock, so I’d go with them.

Best Drama Series
Breaking Bad
The Good Wife
Mad Men
True Blood

Of these choices, I only watch Breaking Bad and Mad Men, so there goes my streak. (I’m slowly making my way through the seasons of Dexter, so yes I know how awesome it is, I just don’t get Showtime. So everyone can quit telling me how “freakin’ good” it is.) The final season of Lost was apparently kind of a let down (according to everyone I know who watched it, which is everyone I know other than myself). The Good Wife and True Blood just aren’t the same caliber as the rest of the nominees, no matter how good they may be. The last season of Dexter is touted as having “reinvigorated the series,” but the last seasons of Breaking Bad and Mad Men were phenomenal. Any of the three could win, but I’d pick Breaking Bad. That show just keeps getting deeper and darker and pushing the limits to how far it can go.

Best Comedy Actress
Lea Michele, Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

I’m going to toss out Lea Michele because her character is not funny, but annoying, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Edie Falco because I can. That leaves the final three. Amy Poehler would be my choice, for helping to bring Parks and Recreation to new heights after a mediocre first season, but people apparently love Toni Collette in Tara. I wasn’t a huge fan of the handful of episodes I saw, but I also don’t think Glee deserves awards, so clearly I don’t know anything. Tina Fey has been here and done that, so Collette will probably win.

Best Comedy Actor
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shalhoub, Monk

So Monk is apparently still on TV… Nerds everywhere won’t stop going on about Jim Parsons, so maybe this will be his year. Because everyone knows the Emmy voters are a bunch of nerds. (OK, I don’t know that, but they probably are.)

Best Drama Actor
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Matthew Fox, Lost

Jon Hamm, I love you, and I love that you make me care about a character who is, beneath his well-cut suits and skinny ties, a pretty horrible man. And Michael C. Hall, I’ve loved you since your Six Feet Under days. But this award has to belong to Bryan Cranston. The rest of you…enjoy the buffet!

Best Drama Actress
Glenn Close, Damages
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
January Jones, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

I’d love to throw my support behind Mad Men, since it’s the only show represented here that I watch, but January Jones is kind of awful (so is Betty, so she kind of works in the role, but I’m still not handing her an award for her awfulness). So I don’t really know here…maybe Glenn Close again. Or one of the other ladies. There’s a very good chance it’ll be Glenn Close, or one of the other ladies…

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Sharon Gless, Burn Notice
Rose Byrne, Damages
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Now these are the Mad Men women I’m glad to see! I hope one of them wins, with Christina Hendricks as my personal favorite, but Elisabeth Moss as the more likely choice thanks to Peggy’s progress in the past season.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Holland Taylor, Two And A Half Men

So everyone is in agreement that Jane Lynch is winning this category, right? OK, moving on…

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Martin Short, Damages
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
Michael Emerson, Lost
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men Of A Certain Age

And Aaron Paul is finally going to win for playing the most sympathetic and heartbreaking drug addict/dealer ever, right?

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Chris Colfer, Glee
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men

Chris Colfer, you are the best thing about Glee, but Modern Family had such a strong first season, I’ll bet one of them wins. But which one? I prefer Eric Stonestreet’s Cameron, since Jesse Tyler Ferguson is more of a straightman (no pun intended) and Ty Burrell often veers over the line of lovable quirkiness to utter stupidity. But the Emmy could go to any one of the three. And if it goes to Jon Cryer, I’m going to hurl my TV out the window and start reading those things made out of paper with words on them. You know, magazines…like TV Guide…oh dammit all!

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