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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rothman's Take On The Emmy Nominations. Part Two.

I'm skipping past the reality shows, because they are all shit.
I'm ignoring children's programming, because once again, they have ignored Pinky Lee.
So today, we'll begin with.....

Variety Series
"The Colbert Report"
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
"Real Time with Bill Maher"
"Saturday Night Live"
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
I'm not a fan of the Colbert Report.  He's very talented, but it's a one-joke premise that's worn way too thin on me.  I'm looking forward to see what he does with Letterman's time slot, though.
I love the first ten minutes of the Daily Show, then they usually settle in to sketches that I find unwatchable.   The rest depends on who the guest is..
Jimmy Kimmel is way too hit and miss.
Real Time With Bill Maher is the class of the field.
SNL, the less said, the better.
Fallon is too peppy and eager too please for my taste.  But I'll watch if there is a good guest.
A firm vote for Bill Maher.
Just glad that Letterman isn't on the ballot.
How the mighty have fallen.  (And in his case, Fallon.)

I've got nothing to say about the minseries categories.
I saw none of them

 Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"
Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"
Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"

Aaron Paul was great on "Breaking Bad", but this was as much of a lead role as Cranston's.
Of the others I've seen, I've always liked Josh Charles, and he has been a major asset to "The Good Wife".
But Jon Voight was something else completely.  What a commanding presence! What a display of versatility!
I'm in his pocket. 
Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

Loved Anna Gunn on "Breaking Bad".
Liked Christine Baranski and Christina Hendricks on their shows
Didn't see the rest.
Loved is better than liked.
Gotta go with Anna.

More next time.

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