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Friday, July 11, 2014

Rothman's Take On The Emmy Nominations.

Since the Emmy TV Legends website has officially designated me as one, I feel entitled to put my two cents in about the nominations.
It won't be like my Oscar picks, where I saw just about everything nominated.
There are many things here that I haven't seen.
So it will be more like a commentary about what I watch, and what I don't.
We'll start with the back-burner categories, and work our way up.

Outstanding Guest Actor in Drama
Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson in "Downton Abbey"
Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney in "The Good Wife"
Reg E. Cathey as Freddy in "House Of Cards"
Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in "Mad Men"
Beau Bridges as Barton Scully in "Masters of Sex"
Joe Morton as Rowan Pope in "Scandal"
I love Giammatti's work in general, but have never seen "Downton Abbey"
Dylan Baker plays this recurring creepy character on "The Good Wife", and does it to a turn.
Reg. E. Cathey in "House of Cards" was ,to me, one of the most unnoticed characters.
Robert Morse in "Madmen' was quite effective.  But he was a regular.  Not a guest.
Bridges and Morton are below my radar, as I've never seen their shows.

My ballot is going to be left blank for this  one.
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Margo Martindale as Claudia in "The Americans"
Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell in "Game of Thrones"
Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes in "House of Cards"
Allison Janney as Margaret Scully in "Masters of Sex"
Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing in "The Newsroom"
Kate Burton as Sally Langston in "Scandal"

The only one I saw was Fonda on "The Newsroom"
She was great, so she wins by default.
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Bob Newhart as Arthur in "The Big Bang Theory"
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman in "Modern Family"
Steve Buscemi as Marty in "Portlandia"
Jimmy Fallon as Host in "SNL"
Louis C.K. as Host in "SNL"
Gary Cole as Kent Davison in "Veep"

Don't watch "SNL", hate "Veep" and "Portlandia".
Never saw "Modern Family".  My bad.
Bob Newhart was FANTASTIC on "The Big Bang Theory".
He's got my vote.
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in "Orange is the New Black"
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in "Orange is the New Black"
Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in "Orange is the New Black"
Tina Fey as Host in "SNL"
Melissa McCarthy as Host in "SNL"
Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson in "Shameless"

Watched a season and a half of "Orange is the New Black"
Started to find it unwatchable.  Gave up on it.
Really?  A Comedy Series?
The rest was unseen by me.
I got nothin'.

More categories next time.


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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."