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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My 2015 Emmy Predictions

I have to say, though they're obviously imperfect, I am very satisfied with this year's nominations for the Emmy Awards. There are so many things to love with what was nominated! (Will Forte! Tina Fey! SNL!) It's a good progression that they're (every year) coming closer to getting it just right. And this might just be me, but it's nice to see that Jim Parsons was not nominated. No offense to him, but there are those more deserving out there. I thought I'd just take this time to make my picks for the event on September 20th, which will be hosted by Andy Samberg. My picks will be in bold.

Outstanding Drama Series: Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Comedy Series: Louie, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Silicon Valley, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Veep

Lead Actor, Drama: Bob Odenkirk, Kyle Chandler, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Liev Schreiber

Lead Actress, Drama: Taraji P. Henson, Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Tatiana Maslany, Elisabeth Moss, Robin Wright

Lead Actor, Comedy: Anthony Anderson, Don Cheadle, Matt LeBlanc, Will Forte, Louis C.K., William H. Macy, Jeffrey Tambor

Lead Actress, Comedy: Lisa Kudrow, Lily Tomlin, Amy Schumer, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Reality-Competition Series: The Amazing Race, Dancing with Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Voice

Variety Series: The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Variety Sketch Series: Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, Portlandia, Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actor, Drama: Jonathan Banks, Ben Mendelsohn, Jim Carter, Peter Dinklage, Alan Cumming, Michael Kelly

Supporting Actress, Drama: Joanne Froggatt, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Christine Baranski, Christina Hendricks, Uzo Aduba

Supporting Actor, Comedy: Andre Braugher, Adam Driver, Keegan-Michael Key, Ty Burrell, Titus Burgess, Tony Hale

Supporting Actress, Comedy: Mayim Bialik, Niecy Nash, Julie Bowen, Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Gaby Hoffmann, Jane Krakowski, Anna Chlumsky

Guest Actor, Comedy: Mel Brooks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Hader, Louis C.K., Bradley Whitford, Jon Hamm

Guest Actress, Comedy: Christine Baranski, Gaby Hoffmann, Pamela Adlon, Elizabeth Banks, Joan Cusack, Tina Fey

Variety Special: Bill Maher: Live from D.C., The Kennedy Center Honors, Mel Brooks Live at The Geffen, The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek

It's going to be a great night! (Though, it is a shame that Christopher Walken was not nominated for Peter Pan Live!)

Mindy Lives!

I'm very lucky when it comes to my beloved shows that were cancelled. Arrested Development received a fourth season on Netflix and a fifth season is expected to come in 2016. Community, facing certain death, received a miraculous sixth season on Yahoo. And now, The Mindy Project, which was shockingly cancelled by Fox, has received a fourth season pickup (for twenty-six episodes!) on Hulu! There was very little time between the cancellation and the renewal, which is good for my heart, but it's nice to see that the rest of the world loves Mindy as much as we do. #MindyLives!

The New Girl Season Finale

Another Fox sitcom that had a pretty good season finale recently was New Girl and I thought it best to take a moment to discuss it. First, the episode featured the second series departure of Damon Wayans Jr.'s Coach character. He followed his love interest to New York so I guess that's a pretty good ending to his story arc. Though, I'm sure he'll come back. Also, if you notice, there are only two characters not shown in the picture above. Schmidt and CeCe. Well, spoiler alert, but they're getting engaged! After a lot of will-they, won't-they, might-they, the finale took a drastic turn and made Schmidt pop the question after he was initially setting out to talk to her. Exciting things should be coming to the show in its fifth season!

Monday, August 3, 2015

This Week's Sports by David

Harry Caray Is Back

Everyone had their own way to say goodbye to David Letterman. Julia Louis-Dreyfus called out Jerry Seinfeld, Norm Macdonald cried, Bill Murray raised an army in the streets, Tina Fey threw her dress away. But one of the best was Will Ferrell breaking out one of his all-time great impressions, Harry Caray, to say goodbye to Letterman. It's a surefire classic moment.

Vacation Trailer

Although the movie has already come out, I still wanted to share the trailer for the newest sequel to the Vacation movie series. I haven't heard the best things about the film, but the trailer still features Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo and also a nice bit of meta comedy with a good callback to the first Vacation movie. Though I think the trailer suffered from giving too much away. Maybe we can just view this as the sequel. (I still believe in Ed Helms.)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The All-Time Oscars: Final Preliminaries

Here we are, the seventh and final preliminary stage for The All-Time Oscars. We've celebrated a lot of things over the past week, but today is the white whale. The only category that needs voting today is Best Overall Picture, which will combine the nominees from every other feature film contender seen previous. And you know what that means! More nominees! We'll have one hundred and fifty here and I would just love it if you would help us get it down to seventy-five. Thanks a million!

Best Overall Picture

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, Inside Out, Up, Wall-E, The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo and Stitch, Shrek, Happy Feet, The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen, Tangled, The LEGO Movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Spirited Away, The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Princess Bride, The Wizard of Oz, Spider-Man 2, Back to the Future, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Mary Poppins, The Truman Show, Avatar, Gravity, Alien, Her, Groundhog Day, Being John Malkovich, The Muppet Movie, The Muppets, The Blues Brothers, Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music, Grease, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, The Jazz Singer, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Halloween, Scream, The Exorcist, The Shining, Psycho, The Bride of Frankenstein, Jaws, Friday the 13th, House on Haunted Hill, The Nightmare on Elm Street, Ocean's Eleven, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Die Hard, Raging Bull, Rocky, Troy, Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, The Magnificent Seven, True Grit, Goldfinger, The Right Stuff, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Apollo 13, The Departed, Saving Private Ryan, The Great Escape, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Young Frankenstein, Airplane!, The Naked Gun, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman, Elf, 50 First Dates, Vacation, Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Grand Budapest Hotel, This Is the End, Ghostbusters, Animal House, Three Amigos, Clue, Big, Trading Places, The Great Dictator, The Hangover, Caddyshack, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Annie Hall, Office Space, Frost/Nixon, It's a Wonderful Life, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Saving Mr. Banks, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shawshank Redemption, 12 Angry Men, Fargo, Forrest Gump, Rear Window, Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Miracle on 34th Street, Birdman, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Social Network, Goodfellas, A Few Good Men, The Silence of the Lambs, Schindler's List, Pulp Fiction, Titanic, Jerry Maguire, Tootsie, Rain Man, Good Night, and Good Luck, Wayne's World, Mad Max, Night of the Living Dead, Annie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Men in Black, The Little Mermaid

Good luck!