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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

100 Greatest People 2014: 6-4

6. Joel McHale

For a long time, I only knew Joel McHale as the host of The Soup. So when I saw the 2009 Entertainment Weekly Fall Television Preview issue, I was surprised to see him as the lead of a new show called Community. The rest is history. While I love Joel for his biting sarcasm and appreciation for all things Irish, there's something that elevates him to the top six. The fact that he fights so hard for Community. He was one of the most influential people in the revival of it a month ago tomorrow by Yahoo, but he also is the one who got Dan Harmon his job back. Forever indebted.

 5. Amy Poehler

One of the funniest ever. Legendary figure from Saturday Night Live, under-appreciated and brilliant on Parks and Recreation, she is just the best. I can't wait for her upcoming book, Yes Please and I also can't wait for her upcoming movie with Tina Fey, The Nest. Amy should just forever stay amazing.

4. B.J. Novak

Obviously! B.J. has so much on his resume that makes him great. Besides being one of the smartest writers alive today, he's done great acting work. Obviously on The Office (for which, he also wrote), but also on Community and The Mindy Project and in films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Saving Mr. Banks. Most of all though, I treasure his writing. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is a personal favorite from just the year and his upcoming books, The Book with No Pictures, the second, untitled one from his two-book deal with Knopf, and the one he always proposes to write with Mindy Kaling, are sure to be amazing, as well. Also? Hilarious Twitter feed!

The Emmys of All-Time: Leading Actors and Actresses in a Drama Potential Candidates

Alright. The supporting actors and actresses are always great, but this is the big time. The show. The land of possibility. The main part. The leads, of course! First, we'll begin with the drama. We'll keep it at sixty with a need to be whittled down to thirty-five because, if anything, there are probably less leads than supporting actors. It's just math. Alright. Today is drama, away we go!

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series

Barbara Stanwyck (The Big Valley), Barbara Bain (Mission: Impossible), Diana Rigg (The Avengers), Joan Blondell (Here Comes the Brides), Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad), Susan Saint James (McMillan & Wife), Michael Learned (The Waltons), Jean Marsh (Upstairs, Downstairs), Angie Dickinson (Police Woman), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Kate Jackson (Charlie's Angels), Sada Thompson (Family), Melissa Sue Anderson (Little House on the Prairie), Barbara Bel Geddes (Dallas), Linda Gray (Dallas), Veronica Hamel (Hill Street Blues), Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart), Michele Lee (Knots Landing), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Linda Evans (Dynasty), Debbie Allen (Fame), Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey), Cybill Shepherd (Moonlighting), Alfre Woodard (St. Elsewhere), Susan Dey (L.A. Law), Jill Eikenberry (L.A. Law), Linda Hamilton (Beauty and the Beast), Dana Delany (China Beach), Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething), Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away), Kathy Baker (Picket Fences), Swoosie Kurtz (Sisters), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Sherry Stringfield (ER), Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope), Edie Falco (The Sopranos), Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos), Sela Ward (Once and Again), Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jennifer Garner (Alias), Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Glenn Close (The Shield), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters), Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), January Jones (Mad Men), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kathy Bates (Harry's Law), Claire Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Monica Potter (Parenthood)

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Drama Series

Jack Webb (Dragnet), James Arness (Gunsmoke), Raymond Burr (Perry Mason), James Garner (Maverick), E.G. Marshall (The Defenders), Bill Cosby (I Spy), David Janssen (The Fugitive), Martin Landau (Mission: Impossible), Raymond Burr (Ironside), Robert Young (Marcus Welby, M.D.), Peter Falk (Columbo), Telly Savalas (Kojak), Andy Griffith (Matlock), Karl Malden (The Streets of San Francisco), Jack Klugman (Quincy, M.E.), Edward Asner (Lou Grant), Ralph Waite (The Waltons), Larry Hagman (Dallas), John Forsythe (Dynasty), Tom Selleck (Magnum, P.I.), Ed Flanders (St. Elsewhere), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Bruce Willis (Moonlighting), Edward Woodward (The Equalizer), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law), Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast), Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Jerry Orbach (Law & Order), Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue), George Clooney (ER), David Duchovny (The X-Files), Sam Waterston (Law & Order), Anthony Edwards (ER), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Rob Lowe (The West Wing), Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Kiefer Sutherland (24), Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), James Spader (Boston Legal), Matthew Fox (Lost), Josh Holloway (Lost), Hugh Laurie (House), Denis Leary (Rescue Me), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Jason Ritter (The Event), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Robert Loggia (Mancuso, FBI)

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More Details on Better Call Saul

We already know Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks (Saul Goodman and Mike Erhmantraut, respectively) will be appearing regularly on the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul. We also know about a new character, played by Michael McKean. What we know now is creator Vince Gilligan has made it possible for multiple cameos on the show by setting it in the past, present, and the future. Bryan Cranston? Aaron Paul? The possibilities are now limitless!

Monday, July 28, 2014

100 Greatest People 2014: 10-7

 10. Adam Richman

The three-time number one person of the year has still made it in the top ten. Unfortunately, he's no longer number one, but I still love him to death. He's one of my heroes. Change has come and room must be made. But I had to include him! He's the best. I love, Adam Richman. The host of Man v. Food, Best Sandwich in America, Food Fighters, and more. We've interacted on Twitter three times and I adore his book. Of course, there is the "situation." We'll talk about that later. Not now. This is a celebration of a God.

 9. Jim Halpert

Over a year after The Office ended, Jim still has a huge influence and had a huge impact on my life. Funny, smart, clever, romantic, ambitious. Jim is the every-man. We got to watch him grow on The Office and I wouldn't trade that for anything. Plus, all of the Jim faces and the Jim pranks. They just make me happy. So does he.

 8. Tina Fey

One of my favorites. One of the funniest, smartest persons to ever exist. She's a pioneer in sketch comedy and comedy in general. The first female head writer in the history of Saturday Night Live and one of the best Update anchors. Not to mention her many sketches, as well. Plus, her role as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock is iconic and her book, Bossypants, changed my life in that it made me love reading! And, of course, anything she ever does with Amy Poehler is pure gold. Love her.

7. Seth Meyers

I so hope he writes a book one day. But that's beside the point. What the point is might just be similar to Tina. Head writer on SNL, great writer at that, very funny, Update anchor, but while she worked on 30 Rock at 30 Rock with Lorne Michaels, Seth worked on Late Night at 30 Rock with Lorne. Late Night with Seth Meyers is one of the best shows on television today. Couple that with some love from Time Magazine and an Emmys hosting gig this August. You've got one solid guy.

The Emmys of All-Time: Supporting Actors and Actresses in a Comedy Potential Candidates

Okay, we're back again with The Emmys of All-Time! Yesterday, we had supporting actors and actresses, but they were dramatic. Today? Comedic! Sixty given, thirty-five to be whittled to, again. Here we go!

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Vivian Vance (I Love Lucy), Audrey Meadows (The Honeymooners), Ann B. Davis (The Bob Cummings Show), Pat Carroll (Caesar's Hour), Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched), Valerie Harper (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Sally Struthers (All in the Family), Cloris Leachman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Betty White (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Julie Kavner (Rhoda), Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H), Marion Ross (Happy Days), Loni Anderson (WRKP in Cincinnati), Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons), Carol Kane (Taxi), Rhea Pearlman (Cheers), Paula Kelly (Night Court), Julia Duffy (Newhart), Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show), Estelle Getty (The Golden Girls), Katherine Helmond (Who's the Boss?), Faith Ford (Murphy Brown), Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld), Janeane Garofalo (The Larry Sanders Show), Kristen Johnson (3rd Rock from the Sun), Jane Leeves (Frasier), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Megan Mullaly (Will & Grace), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City), Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me!), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Ann B. Davis (The Brady Bunch), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Mindy Kaling (The Office), Judy Reyes (Scrubs), Alison Brie (Community), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live), Gilda Radner (Saturday Night Live), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live), Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Art Carney (The Jackie Gleason Show), William Frawley (I Love Lucy), Carl Reiner (Your Show of Shows), Paul Ford (The Phil Silvers Show), Don Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show), Werner Klemperer (Hogan's Heroes), Charles Nelson Reilly (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir), Edward Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Rob Reiner (All in the Family), Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Gary Burghoff (M*A*S*H), McLean Stevenson (M*A*S*H), Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller), Tom Bosley (Happy Days), Danny DeVito (Taxi), Howard Hesseman (WRKP in Cincinnati), Christopher Lloyd (Taxi), Nicholas Colasanto (Cheers), George Wendt (Cheers), John Larroquette (Night Court), John Ratzenberger (Cheers), Michael J. Fox (Family Ties), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show), Kelsey Grammer (Cheers), Woody Harrelson (Cheers), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Michael Richards (Seinfeld), Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Phil Hartman (NewsRadio), Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Will Arnett (Arrested Development), David Cross (Arrested Development), Seth Rogen (Freaks and Geeks), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Rainn Wilson (The Office), John Krasinski (The Office), Ed Helms (The Office), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Tony Hale (Veep), Adam Driver (Girls), Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Danny Pudi (Community), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), Neil Flynn (Scrubs), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), John Belushi (Saturday Night Live), Chevy Chase (Saturday Night Live), Will Ferrell (Saturday Night Live), Dan Aykroyd (Saturday Night Live), Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live), Eddie Murphy (Saturday Night Live)

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 13-11

 13. Ferris Bueller

One of my favorite movie characters. One of my favorite movies. How could I not include Ferris Bueller on this list? His Ferris Buellerian antics are some of the best the world will ever know. He is smooth, he can lip-sync amazingly, and he is a winner. Role model for teens? In some ways, yes. In less ways, no. Nevertheless, he is the best.

 12. Stephen Colbert

I sure am going to miss The Colbert Report, but hopefully The Late Show with him is just as good. It won't have the character, but maybe that'll be okay. The character is a part of what makes Stephen Colbert so great. The biting satire, the intelligent wit. Colbert is one of the smartest comedians I've ever had the pleasure of viewing daily. His books? Phenomenal. His show? Legendary. Like him.

11. Jason Mraz

Oh, boy! You know what this means. The top ten will begin tomorrow! Unfortunately, Jason Mraz here just missed the cut. But, hey. Number eleven is not bad whatsoever! He is such a calm, laid-back singer with a pure, soothing voice. All of his music is good, so it's hard to pick some favorites, but I can. A Beautiful Mess, You and I Both, If It Kills Me, 93 Million Miles, I Won't Give Up, Love Someone, Long Drive, Plane, and, of course, I'm Yours. There's so many good ones. The ones I listed are just a small sliver of his beautiful brilliance.