TV

You Should Be Watching: The Leftovers

The Leftovers

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Starring: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Carrie Coon, and Ann Dowd
Created by: Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta
Airs on: HBO

Last summer HBO premiered a new series written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta (author of the book upon which the series is based) called The Leftovers to positive reviews and consistently good ratings. Seeing Lindelof credited again, many viewers were skeptical. It’s hard to see Lindelof’s name and not immediately think of Lost and its controversial ending, but I promise you, The Leftovers is worth your time. (more…)

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Emmy Winner Predictions: The Big 3

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My final Emmy winner predictions include the ‘big 3’ categories:

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Limited Series

Previous posts on Emmy winner predictions include the writing & directing categories and the acting categories.

Ready. Set. Go! (more…)

Emmy Winner Predictions: Acting

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More predictions for this years Emmy winners! You can read my previous post on the writing and directing nominees here.

This post includes the following categories:

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Here we go. (more…)

Emmy Winner Predictions: Writing & Directing

imageWe are less than one week away from the Emmy’s, so its time for some annual predictions about the winning shows for this year. This post will cover the following categories:

  • Outstanding Writing  for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy
  • Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
  • Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special.

Before we begin, its important to draw attention to The Creative Arts Emmys. These awards that celebrate the more technical aspects of creating television (cinematography, sound editing/mixing, casting, original score, etc.) were distributed last week. In some ways, these awards can be even more important than some that are given out during the ceremony, but the list of nominees is a little out of control. You can check out the vast list of nominees and winners on my Emmy Nominations page.

Lets dive in.

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#JonVoyage: Saying Goodbye to Jon Stewart

In just a few hours Jon Stewart will host his FINAL episode of The Daily Show. 

 At the second that the final Moment of Zen wraps my soul will be crushed into little pieces on the floor. 

In less than two years I have lost Chelsea Lately, The Colbert Report, and now Jon Stewart as the host of my beloved Daily Show- my favorite Jew and fantasy husband.    But this isn’t about me (yes it is). No one has earned retirement more than Jon but he will be sorely, sorely missed in living rooms all over America. What a wonderful 16 years it has been.     

 

The Golden Globes Predictions: TV

On Sunday the Hollywood Foreign Press will award the winners of the 2015 Golden Globes!

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Below I have my picks and predictions for the TV nominees.

Best Television Series – Drama
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

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House of Cards is far and away the best show on this list. Netflix should be preparing to celebrate; a streaming-only released series winning one of the big TV titles marks a fairly significant moment in the transformation of the television industry.
Could Win: ………..
It’s a draw. The Drama Series nominees seem so random this year. Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and The Good Wife are all great shows but seem like the obligatory nominees at this point. The Affair is a new show on Showtime with great potential but has hardly earned a spot on this yet.  Where is Mad Men? What about The Knick? Maybe even The Leftovers?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Robin Wright, House of Cards (more…)

Sci-fi Anthology Series: The Twilight Zone & Black Mirror

Welcome to 2015, folks.

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My favorite part of the New Year is undeniably the annual Twilight Zone marathon on the Syfy channel. 48 hours of classic sci-fi in all of it’s weird, corny, and brilliant glory. It’s famous episodes are great (“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, “Eye of the Beholder”, “Time Enough at Last”) both in their comedy and not-so-subtle statements about the state of society. However, the beauty of this marathon is that it sheds light on those lesser known but equally intriguing episodes. (more…)