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Thursday, July 31, 2014

100 Greatest People 2014: 1

1. Jimmy Fallon

Of course. I'm sure by the end of yesterday's post everyone noticed there was one person missing. And it was glaring. Sixty percent of you actually correctly predicted this. I had to go with Jimmy. I'm sure Adam Richman is okay with Jimmy taking over the top spot, as well. So many credits to his name. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, a Weekend Update anchor for two. Since then, he's hosted SNL twice, both holiday episodes, and gone on to do films like Whip It and Fever Pitch. Most of all, though, is what Jimmy is doing right now. He's making television history in a charming way. Jimmy is absolutely killing it as the host of The Tonight Show. For five years, he rocked Late Night with a Emmy and Grammy awards coming from it. Hell, he even hosted the Emmys back then. But now, this is something different. A phenomenon. Classroom instruments, Ew!, Tight Pants, Thank You Notes, parody songs, all of it. All of it is special because of that something Jimmy has. Everybody always says the cliche, "I don't know what it is, but he's got it." And Jimmy fully embodies that. But on another level because that's where he is. Jimmy not only has "it," he transcended "it." What he has is so much more than "it." It's something we'll never see again and something some say we haven't seen since Johnny Carson. I don't think so. Jimmy is special. Jimmy is different. Jimmy is...number one.

Tomorrow? A full recap of the 100 Greatest People list. Today? A celebration of Jimmy.

Congratulations to the world's greatest person of 2014. Jimmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyy Faaallllllllllllonnnnnnnn!

The Emmys of All-Time: Animated, Drama, and Comedy Series Potential Candidates

Today we have our last preliminary round. And boy is it a doozy. I had to save the biggest categories for last, right? Of course! And these are some big categories. We'll start it off gentler, though, with the animated category. Just forty animated shows in contention which will need to be brought down to twenty-five. The drama and comedy series, however, will be represented with one hundred each. Those need to be brought all the way down to sixty. Thank you in advance if you choose to help determine the future outcomes.

Outstanding Animated Program

A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Ren & Stimpy, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Rugrats, King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad!, Bob's Burgers, Futurama, South Park, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Danny Phantom, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Archer, Batman: The Animated Series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Animaniacs, Adventure Time, Dora the Explorer, The Yogi Bear Show, The Smurfs, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Blue's Clues, Arthur, Franklin, Little Bear, Popeye the Sailor, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Outstanding Drama Series

Gunsmoke, Lassie, Maverick, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Playhouse 90, The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, Bonanza, I Spy, Mission: Impossible, The Avengers, Star Trek: The Original Series, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Mod Squad, Columbo, Mannix, The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, Upstairs, Downstairs, The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, Family, Lou Grant, Dallas, Quincy, M.E., Hill Street Blues, Fame, Magnum, P.I., St. Elsewhere, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, Murder, She Wrote, Moonlighting, L.A. Law, thirtysomething, Beauty and the Beast, China Beach, Quantum Leap, Twin Peaks, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Northern Exposure, I'll Fly Away, Law & Order, Picket Fences, NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, The X-Files, ER, The Practice, The Sopranos, The West Wing, 24, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Six Feet Under, Joan of Arcadia, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, House, Boston Legal, Heroes, Mad Men, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Damages, True Blood, The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, Friday Night Lights, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Downton Abbey, Burn Notice, Suits, Leverage, Monk, House of Cards, True Detective, The United States Steel Hour, Studio One, Doctor Who, Friday the 13th: The Series, Naked City, Police Story, Robert Montgomery Presents, Baretta, The Bionic Woman, The Dick Powell Show, Batman, Wonder Woman, Supernatural, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Firefly

Outstanding Comedy Series

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, I Love Lucy, Mr. Peepers, Our Miss Brooks, The Honeymooners, The Phil Silvers Show, Caesar's Hour, Father Knows Best, The Jack Benny Program, The Andy Griffith Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Leave It to Beaver, McHale's Navy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Get Smart, Hogan's Heroes, Gilligan's Island, Family Affair, The Lucy Show, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Odd Couple, All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, M*A*S*H, Rhoda, Barney Miller, Welcome Back, Kotter, Soap, Three's Company, Taxi, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, WRKP in Cincinnati, Cheers, Newhart, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, Night Court, The Golden Girls, Roseanne, The Wonder Years, Designing Women, Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Frasier, Mad About You, Friends, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Freaks and Geeks, Will & Grace, Malcolm in the Middle, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives, Scrubs, The Office U.S., The Office U.K., How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Community, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Veep, Louie, Wilfred, Silicon Valley, Orange Is the New Black, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Psych, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Two and a Half Men, Glee, Full House, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Chuck, Drake & Josh, Saved by the Bell, Wings, Kate & Allie, That 70's Show, Rules of Engagement, The Jeffersons, Police Squad!

Please vote if you wish!

Notes: As I've previously stated, this is simply preliminary. So any forgotten potential candidates can easily be added into the next round. This has already been done with the addition (in the next round) of Adam Richman and Man v. Food to the categories of Best Host and Best Reality Show, respectively. Also, Cindy Williams, Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, and David L. Lander have all been added to next round's categories of Best Leading Actress in a Comedy and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. As will The Brady Bunch to the Outstanding Comedy Series category. I simply forgot them. Alright, carry on!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

100 Greatest People 2014: 3-2

 3. Dustin Pedroia

Back again, back again. Coming in and starting off the top three (we've come so far) is my favorite athlete to ever live, Dustin Pedroia. 2008 MVP, 2007 Rookie of the Year, World Series Champion in both 2007 and 2013, Three-time Gold Glover, 2008 Silver Slugger, Four-time All-Star. The Laser Show has done it all while maintaining a top average and an unparalleled level of hustle in the game today. He is one of the best both Boston and the MLB will ever see and I could not be more happy he has the majority of his career ahead of him. Forever the Laser Show.

2. Mindy Kaling

The top two! The only thing that gets better than being in the top two is being in the top one. But here we are, alas. Mindy. The second greatest person in the world. She is a comedy legend already. Being a writer and actor on The Office is what started her successful career, but it was furthered by appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm and in films like The 40 Year Old Virgin and This Is the End. Plus, her role in Inside Out next year is sure to be great. Mindy has cemented herself as an icon, however, with her hilarious book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), an upcoming follow-up to that book, and by being the showrunner, executive producer, writer, and star of The Mindy Project, a stellar FOX comedy. In addition to all of this, Mindy has also been named to exclusive lists like Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People and People Magazine's Most Beautiful. Mindy is a role model.

Check the blog out tomorrow for the long-awaited reveal of the greatest person! Though, I'm sure it's not too hard to deduce.

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

And we're back. Today, the wide selection of actors and actresses will come to an end. While the preliminary aspect will continue on, the acting will not. Today we discuss one of the finest arts the world could ever know. The art of leading in a comedy. It's a tough task. An under-appreciated one at that. Let's take a look at the sixty candidates (which will, of course, need to be whittled down to thirty-five) we have representing comedy today!

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series

Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy), Gracie Allen (The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show), Donna Reed (The Donna Reed Show), Lucille Ball (The Lucy Show), Mary Tyler Moore (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched), Barbara Stanwyck (The Barbara Stanwyck Show), Shirley Booth (Hazel), Jean Stapleton (All in the Family), Mary Tyler Moore (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Bea Arthur (Maude), Valerie Harper (Rhoda), Isabel Sanford (The Jeffersons), Cathryn Damon (Soap), Bonnie Franklin (One Day at a Time), Charlotte Rae (The Facts of Life), Shelley Long (Cheers), Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), Betty White (The Golden Girls), Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls), Rue McLanahan (The Golden Girls), Kirstie Alley (Cheers), Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown), Tyne Daly (Wings), Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Helen Hunt (Mad About You), Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen), Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg), Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Courtney Cox (Friends), Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black), Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Tiffani Thiessen (Saved by the Bell), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Hope Lange (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir), Jane Wyatt (Father Knows Best), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Pam Dawber (Mork & Mindy), Ruth Gordon (Taxi)

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Comedy Series

Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy), Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners), Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island), Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Don Adams (Get Smart), Brian Keith (Family Affair), Jack Klugman (The Odd Couple), Carroll O'Connor (All in the Family), Tony Randall (The Odd Couple), Alan Alda (M*A*S*H), Jack Albertson (Chico and the Man), Hal Linden (Barney Miller), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Ron Howard (Happy Days), Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show), John Ritter (Three's Company), Robin Williams (Mork & Mindy), Judd Hirsch (Taxi), Richard Mulligan (Soap), Robert Guillaume (Benson), Leslie Nielsen (Police Squad!), Ted Danson (Cheers), Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons), Harry Anderson (Night Court), Bob Newhart (The Bob Newhart Show), Michael J. Fox (Family Ties), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld), Matthew Perry (Friends), David Schwimmer (Friends), Matt LeBlanc (Friends), Tim Allen (Home Improvement), Garry Shandling (The Larry Sanders Show), Paul Reiser (Mad About You), John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun), Michael J. Fox (Spin City), Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Zach Braff (Scrubs), Steve Carell (The Office U.S.), Ricky Gervais (The Office U.K.), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Josh Peck (Drake & Josh), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), James Roday (Psych), Dule Hill (Psych), Louis C.K. (Louie), Joel McHale (Community), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement), Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Elijah Wood (Wilfred), Jason Gann (Wilfred), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Topher Grace (That 70's Show), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show)

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Dave Coulier's Wedding

Oh, Dave Coulier is getting married? That's neat. OH, YOU SAY THERE'S GONNA BE A FULL HOUSE REUNION THERE? THAT'S PRETTY NEAT, TOO! We all knew it would happen. Of course, John Stamos and Bob Saget would attend Uncle Joey's wedding. Why wouldn't they? They're best friends. The added bonus was Lori Loughlin, Candace Cameron, and Andrea Barber (Rebecca, D.J., and Kimmy) all attending as well. Also, Jeff Franklin, creator of the show. Everywhere you look, there's a hand to hold onto.

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.

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

Yesterday, we tackled the categories on variety, reality, and competition programs. Today, we're looking at the supporting actors and actresses of the drama variety! Ooooh, dramatic! Alright, let's check out the potential candidates. This time, though, I will have sixty of them. Please help whittle it down to thirty-five! If you wish, of course. Thanks!

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy), Stockard Channing (The West Wing), Blythe Danner (Huff), Tyne Daly (Judging Amy), Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Allison Janney (The West Wing), Maura Tierney (ER), Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Julianna Margulies (ER), Mary Alice (I'll Fly Away), Marg Helgenberger (China Beach), Susan Ruttan (L.A. Law), Bonnie Bartlett (St. Elsewhere), Betty Thomas (Hill Street Blues), Christina Pickles (St. Elsewhere), Julie Harris (Knots Landing), Nancy Marchand (Lou Grant), Kristy McNichol (Family), Ellen Corby (The Waltons), Nancy Walker (McMillan & Wife), Joanna Miles (The Glass Menagerie), Gail Fisher (Mannix), Barbara Anderson (Ironside), Susan Saint James (The Name of the Game), Lee Grant (Peyton Place), Barbara Hale (Perry Mason), Barbara Bosson (Murder One), Linda Kelsey (Lou Grant), Madge Sinclair (Trapper John, M.D.), Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy), Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Melanie Mayron (thirtysomething), Gail O'Grady (NYPD Blue), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Angela Baddeley (Upstairs, Downstairs), Meredith Baxter (Family), Allyce Beasley (Moonlighting), Rose Byrne (Damages), Sharon Gless (Burn Notice), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Cynthia Geary (Northern Exposure), Laura Innes (The Event), Kay Lenz (Midnight Caller), Janel Moloney (The West Wing), Diana Muldaur (L.A. Law), C.C.H. Pounder (The Shield), Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Della Reese (Touched by an Angel), Doris Roberts (Remington Steele), Holland Taylor (The Practice), Aida Turturro (The Sopranos), Elena Verdugo (Marcus Welby, M.D.), Diane Wiest (In Treatment)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Dennis Weaver (Gunsmoke), William Hopper (Perry Mason), Milburn Stone (Gunsmoke), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Greg Morris (Mission: Impossible), James Brolin (Marcus Welby, M.D.), Will Geer (The Waltons), Michael Douglas (The Streets of San Francisco), Anthony Zerbe (Harry O), Gary Frank (Family), Noah Beery Jr. (The Rockford Files), David Doyle (Charlie's Angels), Mason Adams (Lou Grant), Robert Walden (Lou Grant), Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files), Michael Conrad (Hill Street Blues), Bruce Weitz (Hill Street Blues), Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere), John Hillerman (Magnum P.I.), Edward James Olmos (Miami Vice), John Karlen (Cagney & Lacey), Larry Drake (L.A. Law), Timothy Busfield (thirtysomething), Jonathan Banks (Wiseguy), Jimmy Smits (L.A. Law), Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap), Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-O), Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue), Richard Dysart (L.A. Law), Chad Lowe (Life Goes On), Ray Walston (Picket Fences), Hector Elizondo (Chicago Hope), Noah Wyle (ER), Steven Hill (Law & Order), Michael Badalucco (The Practice), Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), John Spencer (The West Wing), Dule Hill (The West Wing), Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos), Victor Garber (Alias), William Shatner (Boston Legal), Terry O'Quinn (Lost), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Michael Emerson (Lost), Masi Oka (Heroes), Ted Danson (Damages), John Slattery (Mad Men), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)

The Big Idea: Seth Rogen on Friendship

The Academy on YouTube has been uploading a collection of videos with interviews of filmmakers, actors, and the like. The main theme in all of these is about main themes in the films. What connects all of Seth Rogen's films together? He sees friendship. It's a nice clip.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 16-14

 16. Billy Joel

A legendary musician. Not my favorite, but that will come in good time. Let's not dwell on that, though, let's celebrate Billy Joel! He is one of the greatest singers, songwriters, piano players, everything in music, to ever live. So many good songs. Only the Good Die Young, Allentown, She's Got a Way, to name a few. Especially, Piano Man and Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, though! Hopefully, Billy continues to be so very iconic for a good, long time.

 15. Tim Tebow

I wasn't sure where to put Tim in the list, but I eventually decided that the fifteenth slot would be the best place for him. After all, check out his jersey! Tim has always been one of my favorite athletes since his days as a Florida Gator. Two national championships, a Heisman trophy, and so much more. Then, he went on to the NFL and become a phenomenon inspiring amazing moments, some of the most amazing in the history of sports. His days as a Patriot were short-lived and now he's an analyst for college football on ESPN. The NFL is always waiting, though...

14. Buddy the Elf

Buddy's in the same boat as Santa. You know the whole, more people should have his optimism, good-will, innocence, and carefree spirit thing. But it's true. Buddy is an inspirational film character who is a delight to see every December. He inspires us all to be better people.

The Emmys of All-Time: Categories and Reality/Variety/Competition Potential Candidates

For The Emmys of All-Time (which were recently approved to go ahead), I think these categories should be suitable. Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Variety Series, Outstanding Reality/Competition Program, Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in a Comedy/Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy/Drama Series, and Outstanding Host for a Reality/Competition/Variety Series. I really just went for the major major categories, but if you think I should add some more, please do not hesitate to tell me. We can just slip it right in there. The same goes for the following potential candidates, just let me know if anyone's missing. I'll add him, her, or it in, no problem, no questions asked. After all, the more, the merrier. For now. Okay, check it out. I'll give you specific instructions for each category.

Outstanding Reality/Competition Program
For this category, I have provided fifty options. Please choose your top twenty-five selections, if you so desire. If some are missing, comment and we'll have more than twenty-five!

Survivor, Dancing with the Stars, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef, American Idol, Deadliest Catch, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Pawn Stars, The Crocodile Hunter, Mythbusters, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Family Feud, The Price Is Right, Let's Make a Deal, Match Game, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Deal or No Deal, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, America's Most Wanted, COPS, Clean House, American Ninja Warrior, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Trading Spaces, House Hunters, The Biggest Loser, America's Got Talent, Hoarders, The Voice, Whodunnit?, Candid Camera, America's Funniest Home Videos, Punk'd, Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, Big Brother, Fear Factor, Celebrity Apprentice, Wipeout, America's Next Top Model, Hell's Kitchen, The $10,000 Pyramid, American Gladiators, Billy on the Street, Cash Cab, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Hollywood Squares, Password, Man v. Food.

Outstanding Variety Series
There will once again be fifty options. Again, please whittle it down to twenty-five.

Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Carol Burnett Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Conan, American Bandstand, The Dean Martin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Soup, Hee Haw, In Living Color, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show with David Letterman, MADtv, The Mickey Mouse Club, The Muppet Show, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tonight Starring Jack Paar, Tonight Starring Steve Allen, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Key & Peele, Portlandia, Nathan for You, The Spoils of Babylon, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Dick Cavett Show, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Smothers Brothers, Soul Train, Chappelle's Show, All That, The Lawrence Welk Show, Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza, Your Show of Shows, The Sarah Silverman Program, Comedy Central Roast, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Ellen.

Outstanding Host for a Reality/Competition/Variety Series
The same story as usual. Variety (Hah!) will come in good time. Fifty to twenty-five, please, if you wish. If you have a query as to what show the host is being nominated for, don't hesitate to comment and ask. It's just too crowded if I list the show, as well.

Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, Jeff Probst, Tom Bergeron, Phil Keoghan, Heidi Klum, Ryan Seacrest, Steve Irwin, Carl Sagan, Suzanne Whang, Richard Dawson, Bob Barker, Gene Rayburn, Regis Philbin, Ty Pennington, Nick Cannon, Alison Sweeney, Carson Daly, John Anderson, Tyra Banks, Dick Clark, Billy Eichner, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, Conan O'Brien, Dean Martin, Ed Sullivan, Joel McHale, David Letterman, Kermit the Frog, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Jay Leno, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Craig Kilborn, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Drew Carey, Nathan Fielder, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Handler, Dick Cavett, Walt Disney, Dave Chappelle, Matt Lauer, Robin Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Richman.

More categories to come tomorrow! For today, we have these three.

The Skeleton Twins Trailer

A new trailer for the very exciting new film from funny SNL veterans, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, has been released! This seems like a movie that is much darker than what these two typically do, but there seems to be good laughs and heart, even in just the trailer! It's about two twins (they don't look alike, but oh, well, it's a comedy nerd's dream) who try to get their lives back on track. That's a general summary, but you can garner more from the trailer, if you so desire to view it.

Friday, July 25, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 19-17

 19. Drew Barrymore

She may not often be considered the Queen of Romantic Comedies, what with Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts and such, but Drew Barrymore is a master. Thanks, in part, to Adam Sandler, of course, but she's the best part of their films, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, and Blended. Not to mention Fever Pitch with Jimmy Fallon! Of course there are other films like Whip It and E.T., but she's also done good vocal work on Family Guy and Curious George. A big part is she is just quite likable and not only did she make it through a "rebellious phase," but she also only did one Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie! That's mint.

 18. Billy Eichner

A new voice, nay, a new genius in comedy. He's achieving mainstream success with roles on Bob's Burgers and Parks and Recreation, but he also has a new book deal (which we'll talk about later) and an exciting new USA comedy with Julie Klausner! Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Billy on the Street, the most consistently funny show in the history of television. Never stop being you, Billy.

17. Tracey Wigfield

One of the smartest and funniest persons to ever exist. She is a hilarious and excellent writer, mainly for television, on such shows as 30 Rock and The Mindy Project. For 30 Rock, she won an Emmy with Tina Fey for the writing! She's brilliant and hopefully, one day, she'll write a book. That would make my life.

Pentatonix in Pitch Perfect 2

The stellar a cappella group, Pentatonix, will be appearing in the sequel to the film about a cappella, Pitch Perfect. This group is very good and they rose to fame by winning The Sing-Off and with this awesome mashup. They will be playing a collegiate a cappella group. Here Comes Treble, anyone?

Celebrity Batting Practice

The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend recently took place in Kansas City and some comedians showed up. Specifically, Rob Riggle, David Koechner, Johnny Knoxville, Jason Sudeikis, and Paul Rudd. They all took batting practice against Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Pretty entertaining to watch!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 22-20

 22. Lucille Ball

We've got some black and white coming to you on this post, but don't scroll down yet! Appreciate Lucy. She is a pioneer in comedy and one of the all-time greats. There's no doubt she is one of the funniest women to ever live and her television show, I Love Lucy, was also the best there ever was, in the eyes of many. As an avid fan of comedy, I, oh, hell, all fans of comedy owe a huge debt to Lucy.

 21. John "J.D." Dorian

We've featured Dr. Cox on the list already, but of course J.D. would be here, too! He was my favorite character on Scrubs, but it's not a cop-out just because he was the lead, he genuinely was my favorite. So funny and imaginative, but also sensitive and in touch with his emotions. Dr. Cox put it best when he said, "And you can forget about him being just an exceptional physician. Because the fact of the matter is, he's a damn exceptional person. It's why people gravitated to him. It's why I did."

20. Walt Disney

And, of course, Walt Disney. What a way to kick off the top twenty, where it really gets down into the thick of it. The nitty-gritty. He belongs here just as well as the rest of them. He created happiness and magic from very little. Obviously we all know he is the founder of the Disney company, which has produced such amazing things over its run, I don't even need to say them. While Walt is famous for saying, "It all started with a mouse," perhaps it should have been it all started with him. Because it did.

The Emmys of All-Time Are a Go!

There was enough positive feedback (one comment, but who cares?) from the idea of an All-Time Emmys to warrant its happening. I wanted to do it, but not if readers didn't. Also, I added some words to that thing up there! The process begins on Saturday and who knows when it will end? Let's just enjoy the ride.

This Week's Entertainment by David

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 25-23

 25. Stefon Meyers

One of two Weekend Update frequenters in this post, but don't scroll down! Let it be a surprise for when you get there. Stefon is amazing. I know he's recent, but he's still my favorite character in the history of Saturday Night Live. It's just really my type of humor. Created by John Mulaney and Bill Hader, also the portrayer, anytime Stefon's name was called out by Seth, his husband, on Weekend Update as City Correspondent, I think America would collectively squeal in excitement. Spicy!

 24. Santa Claus

What better slot on the list for Santa than the day he works? December 24, of course! Santa is the best. He is basically the mascot spirit and face of Christmas. Sorry, baby Jesus, but it's true. If everyone practiced the ideals of goodwill and generosity like Santa does, the world would be a better place. Ho ho ho!

23. Cecily Strong

As I promised, another Weekend "Updater," it's Cecily Strong, of course! Cecily is my favorite cast member on Saturday Night Live, currently. She is so funny and has really come into her own as the co-anchor at the Update desk. At least, more than Colin Jost has (still think Beck Bennett would be a better choice, but that's a different argument). Love Cecily!

Let's Start the All-Time Emmys Campaign!

In the wake of recently announced Emmy nominations, I think it's time this blog celebrates them in a completely unique way that has been a long-time coming. Of course, I have to make sure it's cool with the readers first. If you, the readers, approve this plan, we'll go right on ahead with it starting on Saturday, July 26! The goal is to determine the all-time Emmys and yes that means exactly what you think it means. From the days of I Love Lucy to the days of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I want to have huge input, huge voting, huge determination to find out what is truly the best in television. If you approve this, I will decide one hundred shows for comedy and drams each for consideration and they will be whittled down over the course of the process until we're left with six, like actual Emmy nominations. The same goes for the actors, both drama and comedy. There will also be the other categories, but with much less than one hundred options. What do you say? Shall we do it? Weigh in if you'd like to see this happen!

New York City's Finer Photographs

Sorry about your stomach, but I had to share these pictures. I learned about them courtesy of Buzzfeed, but photographer Navid Baraty is the one who took them. It is a series of bird's eye view (obviously) pictures in New York City. The above one is the one I adore most, but there's so many good photos. You can see them all here. They're really awesome! Some great shots of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in there.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 28-26

 28. Ben Stiller

A trio of fantastic actors coming at you today. We start with Ben Stiller who has been in countless great films. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Tower Heist, Dodgeball, Happy Gilmore, Zoolander, and more! Plus, he's been on such television programs as Saturday Night Live and Arrested Development. You just have to appreciate and adore the great work he's done throughout his career.

27. Zooey Deschanel

We all know Zooey for adorkable role of Jess Day on the hilarious comedy, New Girl, but also from films like Elf and Our Idiot Brother. She is one of my personal favorites so I guess that explains why she comes in at number twenty-seven on the list. It's also quite possible she's the only 'Z' name on the list. Maybe! I'll have to check...Yes, she is! Sorry if you're disappointed to learn Zach Woods didn't quite make the cut. Zachary Levi was in the original draft of the list, though! Let's make one thing clear, though. This paragraph honors the great Zooey!

26. Russell Crowe

A bit of a younger picture for this God among actors in Hollywood today. I think my love and appreciation for Crowe comes from school. You see, in eighth grade, my history class watched Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe as James J. Braddock. Then, in ninth grade, my history class watched Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey. In tenth grade, my history class watched Salem Witch Trials, a documentary that did not star Russell, but you know what? I like to think it did. In some strange way.

Class Act: Amy Adams

On a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 27, Amy Adams gave up her seat in first class for one in coach for a soldier after she saw him at the gate. She was born on a military base in Italy (cannot ever be President, shucks) and grew up on one in Colorado. Amy also said she "didn't do it for attention for herself, but for attention for the troops." An ESPN employee, Jemele Hill, was on the flight as well and summed it up best. "I was already a fan of hers, but now I'm a bigger one after today."

Ben Stiller Is Hashtag?!

All this time we thought it was John Whaskell, one of the writers for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but there's a plot twist! The man in the panda suit has apparently been Ben Stiller this entire time. Hashtag the Panda is the unofficial/official mascot of The Tonight Show and in a recent episode where Ben Stiller was not slated to appear, the panda took the head off after being called over by Jimmy and sure enough, there was Ben! This crazy beans!

Monday, July 21, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 31-29

 31. Jason Ritter

He's still amazing. As the years go on, idols come and go. John McBain is rapidly fading into the abyss. Adam Sandler struggles to remain relevant. But Jace the Ace from Outer Space has remained amazing through the years. He broke out, for me, on The Event, but roles on such shows as Parenthood and Drinking Buddies gave him staying power. Stay classy, Ritter.

 30. Andy Bernard

To kick off the top thirty, we have one of the best characters from The Office, Andrew Baines Bernard! He does, in fact, rank higher than Ed Helms, but that doesn't matter. Andy is hilariously awesome. He dresses sharply, but is such a goof. Such a clueless goof. But he's lovable! And musically inclined!

29. Paul Rudd

One of the only things I ever disagreed with on Community was when Jeff said, "Religion, to me, is like Paul Rudd. I understand the appeal and I'd never take it away from anyone, but I also wouldn't stand in line for it." I'd stand in line for Paul Rudd any day! His recent hosting stint on Saturday Night Live was epic, but so was his performance in the Lip Sync Battle on The Tonight Show. Not to mention his roles on shows like Friends and Parks and Recreation and in movies like This Is the End, They Came Together, Our Idiot Brother, and Anchorman. Can't wait to see him as Ant-Man!

Diagon Alley Special

To celebrate the opening of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade in Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure back in 2010, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint played major parts in the promotion. Now, they may have gotten the B-level actors from the movies to celebrate Diagon Alley's opening, but it's still awesome! James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Evanna Lynch, Tom Felton, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Bonnie Wright, and Matthew Lewis, among others all attended a special preview of the new area in Universal Studios which officially opened on July 8. To promote it, NBC aired an hour-long preview special and it was awesome! So much of it just seems so cool and awe-inspiring. I can't wait to visit!

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, July 20, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 34-32

 34. John Mulaney

So many things to talk about with this guy. Mulaney has a new show coming to FOX called Mulaney and it looks good! He also has two great stand-up comedy specials, The Top Part and New in Town. He's one of the best stand-up comedians out there today. Also worth mentioning is his time as a writer on Saturday Night Live where he created the great character of Stefon! You have to love John Mulaney.

 33. Shawn Spencer

One of the funniest characters in the history of USA Network, cable, and television, in general. The "psychic" detective from Psych has many layers to his character. His quick, witty sense of humor, amazing detective skills, one-liners like "Gus, don't be..." and "This is my partner.." Oh, yes. Gus. His best friend! Another reason to love Shawn.

32. Matt Lauer

My favorite daytime talk show host is the anchor of my favorite daytime talk show, the Today show. Matt exudes Thanksgiving and that's my favorite time of the year! So, naturally, I associate him with good things. Lots of people don't like Lauer, but I do! That's all you need to get number thirty-two.