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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rothman's Take On The 2014 Emmy Nominations. Part Four.

To wrap things up:

Best Comedy Series
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Modern Family"
"Orange Is the New Black"
"Silicon Valley"
Love "Big Bang".  Always have.
Never saw 'Modern Family" or "Silicon Valley"
Hate "Veep".  Always have.
"Orange is the New Black" is not a comedy, and became unwatchable for me in the second season.
I always dreaded going to prison, and always felt like I was serving out a sentence by watching it.
"Louie" has also lately not been a comedy, but when he goes for it, it's better than anything else.
It's so friggin' imaginative that it's better than anything else anyway.
For me, it's "Louie.  And long overdue.
Best Drama Series
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"House of Cards"
"Mad Men"
"True Detective"
Never saw "Downton Abbey" or "Game of Thrones".
The rest of the category, for me, is loaded.
I love all of the other nominees.
And I binge-watched all of them.
Thank God for the Netflix.
"Mad Men" got weaker the later into the sixties they got.
I saw the British "House of Cards" before I saw the American version.
That made the latter rather predictable.
"True Detective"?  Terrific.
But "Breaking Bad" was unmatched.
Except maybe by "The News Room", which had better writing, but wasn't nominated.
"Breaking Bad", pulling away. 
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
The only ones I saw, and binge-watched, were Margulies and Wright.
Both about as good as each other.
Toss a coin.
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
Boy, talk about loaded.
Cranston, and Hamm, and Hugh Laurie on "House" could have all played each other's parts.
Equally as well.
Spacey, as good as he is, can never make you care about him. 
All of them were exceptional.
But the way I cared about Cranston's character sets him apart.
He gets my vote.

And that's it for me and the Emmys.
Not very scientific, but perhaps quite revealing about my personal tastes.

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  1. I'd be curious to hear why you hate Veep. I've never dug it either and would like your analysis. It seems to be doing the Bilko format (Creates a problem, then uses a large group of flunkies to get out of problem) but I never care about her.

  2. I don't like any of the characters or the actors or the writing.
    It's all pretty snarky.
    And I gave it a full season, because my wife liked it.
    Then she tired of it too.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."