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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

Finally,  back to the Emmy nominations:

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, "Brookiyn Nine-Nine"
Adam Driver, "Girls"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Fred Armisen, "Portlandia"
Tony Hale, "Veep"
Only saw a couple of episodes of "Portlandia"
It had that Lorne Michaels "We're just kidding around" stamp all over it.
I hated it.
Hated Armisen too.
The rest of it I didn't watch.
My opinion here is worthless.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Allison Janney, "Mom"
Kate Mulgrew, "Orange Is the New Black"
Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"
Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
Love Bialik and Janney.
Didn't even recognize Mulgrew for the first few shows.
She was first-rate.
The girl from SNL was really good the few times I saw her.
It wasn't enough to keep me coming. 
I guess I'd give it to Janney, for displaying comedy chops I didn't know she had.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis Dreyfus, "Veep"
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"
Not much to choose from here.
Not a fan of Louis-Dreyfuss or Poehler.
Didn't catch "Girls"
"Nurse Jackie and "Orange" are not comedies.
I like McCarthy, but she's not nearly the best part of that show.
Still, she wins by default.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
This category is loaded.
Parsons walks away with that show, and has already been amply rewarded for it, much to the chagrin of Johnny Galecki.
Gervais is doing stunning work on "Derek"
It certainly took balls for Matt LeBlanc to portray himself as a completely self-indulgent asshole, which he might actually be, on "Episodes".  And why isn't THAT show even nominated?
Didn't see Cheadle or Macy.
But Louis C.K. is in an entirely other league.
He's the best thing currently on television.
He owns my vote.

We'll continue on next time.


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