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2010 Primetime Emmy Award Nominees

8 Jul

Earlier today, Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Community’s Joel McHale announced the nominees for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.  The broadcast, which will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will air August 29.  It was a great year for new nominees and veterans alike.  Along with perennial favorites such as 30 Rock and Monk, new additions to the race include Glee and Modern Family

Friday Night Lights also made a great showing with nominations in both the Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress categories.  Chicago is well represented with Jane Lynch securing two(!) nominations for Glee (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series) and Two and a Half Men (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series).  Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List was nominated as well for Outstanding Reality Programming. Andre Braugher and Ann-Margret are additional Chicagoans who were nominated for an Emmy today.

Some of the more shocking names left off this year’s nomination list include Cougar Town’s Courteney Cox and Grey’s Anatomy’s Chandra WilsonHBO’s True Blood managed an Outstanding Drama Series nomination, but couldn’t wrestle any individual nominations.

2010 Nominees:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Matthew Morrison – Glee
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Steve Carell – The Office
Tony Shalhoub – Monk

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Lea Michele – Glee
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – The New Adventures of Old Christine
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Toni Collette – The United States of Tara

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall – Dexter
Kyle Chandler – Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie – House
Matthew Fox- LOST
Jon Hamm – Mad Men

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer
Connie Britton – Friday Night Lights
Glenn Close – Damages
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
January Jones – Mad Men
Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: SVU

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Chris Colfer – Glee
Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your Mother
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Jane Lynch – Glee
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski – 30 Rock
Holland Taylor – Two and a Half Men

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad
Martin Short – Damages
Terry O’Quinn – LOST
Michael Emerson – LOST
John Slattery – Mad Men
Andre Braugher – Men of a Certain Age

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Sharon Gless – Burn Notice
Rose Byrne – Damages
Archie Panjabi – The Good Wife
Christine Baranksi – The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men

 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Mike O’Malley – Glee
Neil Patrick Harris – Glee
Fred Willard – Modern Family
Eli Wallach – Nurse Jackie
Jon Hamm – 30 Rock
Will Arnett – 30 Rock

 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
Christine Baranski – The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten – Desperate Housewives
Kristin Chenoweth – Glee
Tina Fey – Saturday Night Live
Betty White – Saturday Night Live
Jane Lynch – Two and a Half Men

 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:
Beau Bridges – The Closer
Ted Danson – Damages
John Lithgow – Dexter
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Dylan Baker – The Good Wife
Robert Morse – Mad Men
Gregory Itzin – 24

 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:
Mary Kay Place – Big Love
Sissy Spacek – Big Love
Shirley Jones – The Cleaner
Lily Tomlin – Damages
Ann-Margret – Law & Order: SVU
Elizabeth Mitchell – LOST

 

*Full list of nominees

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Heap of Hollywood 6/09/10: Grey’s and Glee add new faces

9 Jun

Heap of Hollywood is your chance to read about some of the latest news and casting updates around H-town!

News:
*Katy Perry is doubling up on duties at the August 9, 2010 Teen Choice Awards.  She will host and perform at the awards show.
*Chris Jericho, of WWE fame, will be hosting ABC’s newest game show, Downfall, this summer.
*Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew have both been upped to series regulars for the seventh season of Grey’s Anatomy this fall.

 

Casting:
*Stanley Tucci has signed on to play Dr. Erskine in the film, Captain America.
*Vanessa Marcil will be reprising her role as Brenda Barrett on ABC’s General Hospital beginning in August.
*Julia Stiles will be joining the cast of Showtime’s Dexter for 10 episodes.
*Idris Elba will be guest starring on Showtime’s Big C.
*John Stamos and Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland) are set to guest star on season two of Glee next fall.
*Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel will join Paul Rudd in the film, My Idiot Brother.  The ladies will play Rudd’s sisters.

 

Additional Information: THR, EW, Deadline

TCA (Television Critics Assoc.) Nominations

6 Jun

On Friday June 4, 2010, the Television Critics Association announced their nominees for the 2010 TCA Awards.  The awards recognizes outstanding television programming in the 2009-2010 season, honoring both actors and producers in a variety of categories including news and information, youth, drama and comedy achievements.

The awards are a non-televised event and will take place in Beverly Hills, CA. on July 31, 2010.  Parenthood’s Dax Shepard will act as host for the presentation.

Individual Achievement in Drama
 Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” AMC)
 John Lithgow (“Dexter,” Showtime)
 Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” CBS)
 Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”, AMC)
 Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy,” FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
 Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC)
 Jane Lynch (“Glee,” Fox)
 Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
 Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS)
 Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family,” ABC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
 “30 for 30” (ESPN)
 “America: The Story of Us” (History Channel)
 “Life” (Discovery Channel)
 “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
 “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
 “Dinosaur Train” (PBS)
 “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
 “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Cartoon Network)
 “Word Girl” (PBS)
 “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program
 “Glee” (Fox)
 “Justified” (FX)
 “Modern Family” (ABC)
 “Parenthood” (NBC)
 “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
 “Life” (Discovery Channel)
 “Temple Grandin” (HBO)
 “The Pacific” (HBO)
 “Torchwood: Children of Earth” (BBC America)
 “You Don’t Know Jack” (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
 “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
 “Lost” (ABC)
 “Mad Men” (AMC)
 “Sons of Anarchy” (FX)
 “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
 “Glee” (Fox)
 “Modern Family” (ABC)
 “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
 “Party Down” (Starz)
 “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Career Achievement Award
 James Garner
 Bill Moyers
 Sherwood Schwartz
 William Shatner
 Dick Wolf

Heritage Award
 “24”
 “M*A*S*H”
 “Law & Order”
 “Lost”
 “Twin Peaks”

Program of the Year
 “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
 “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
 “Glee” (Fox)
 “Lost” (ABC)
 “Modern Family” (ABC)

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Lynch

6 May

So even though she is family, I love being able to spread the awesomeness that is my cousin Jane Lynch.  For anyone living under a rock or for those who are silly enough to not like the show, Jane plays Sue Sylvester on FOX’s Glee.

Her career is blowing up thanks to her unique ability to play off-the-wall, interesting characters.  This is a list of some of her qualities, likes and dislikes that you may not have known.  Funny, orignial and genuine, that is Jane Lynch!

Tuesday night TV breakdown (seriously): LOST, DWTS, Idol, Glee

4 May

Where do I begin?  I guess I’ll start by warning that there are MAJOR spoilers ahead from many of the shows I’m about to discuss.  American Idol, Glee, DWTS and LOST have put me through the emotional wringer this week.

*I began by watching Idol and except for the last 15 minutes, the show was a waste of time.  I will make one exception for the other 45 minutes and that being the always charismatic Harry Connick, Jr. He had fun with the singers and even played the piano for each number.  The show is down to five contestants and three of them definitely made their case for elimination after tonight’s performances.  Aaron, Casey & Crystal will definitely make up your bottom three on Wednesday night.

Big Mike sang one of my all time favorite songs, The Way You Look Tonight, and he did Frank Sinatra proud.  I’m still not a passenger on the Big Mike train, but I’ll give him kudos for tonight’s song choice/performance.  The big winner once again, and soon to be season 9 winner, was Lee Dewyze.  The best whole package of the night, Lee won rave reviews from Connick and the judges, with two out of the four telling him this is his show to win.

*Glee, an on-the-rise juggernaut, began with an incredible Ice Ice Baby song & dance number courtesy of Mr. Schuster.  Oh to be Vanilla Ice, chillin’ (haha) at home and hearing another version of the song he probably wishes would go away forever.  MC Hammer, don’t be jealous, they tackled U Can’t Touch This too.  Would you expect any less?

Sue added another pop culture music video to her resume, this time joined by the one and only, Olivia Newton-John.  They remade her classic 80’s video, Let’s Get Physical.  It’s because of episodes like tonight’s that keep Sue humanized.  The scenes with her sister are touching and real and without them, Sue would be a one-note, albeit funny one-note, character.

*DWTS got rid of Pamela Anderson after numerous weeks in the bottom two.  She was joined by Erin Andrews and Maks.  I’m not sorry to see her go and I’m definitely not sorry to see her special lighting tape packages go either.  Is it just me or is the results show way too long and boring?

*LOST.  Give me a minute as I wipe away the tears that have been running down my face for two hours now.  I knew that the LOST cast was not going to remain in tact for the remainder of the season and I knew it was going to be a sad loss when I watched whoever that person might be who met their end, but it didn’t make tonight’s episode any easier to watch.

The deaths of Sun and Jin were heartbreaking.  Even after what I assumed would be their deaths when they reunited (did anyone else think that as they came together by the electric fence, it would zap them?), I didn’t think it would be Kwons who would lose their battle with the island.  I was convinced Kate was going to get the ax and not just because she was shot.  The only solace I have from tonight’s episode is that they died together.  It was beautiful and the LOST writers earned every bit of their paychecks with tonight’s episode.

I love that Sayid saved the day.  That whole redemption thing is really playing out, isn’t it?  My only teeny tiny grievance is that we didn’t get to see him again.  To lose 3, count them 3(!) original cast members in one episode was tough.  I’d like to think that none of them are officially out for good though.  Four episodes left, anything is possible.  This is LOST we’re talking about.

‘Glee’ is Beautiful

27 Apr

Tonight’s episode of Glee was, in one word, beautiful. 

Taking a step back from the normal Rachel-heavy (Lea Michele) episode, the show instead focused on family issues with Finn (Cory Monteith) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) and tackled what it’s like to not fit in. 

Amber Riley hit a home run tonight with her performance as Mercedes, the Glee club-turned-Cheerio, who must lose weight in order to remain a cheerleader.  She was given phenomenal material from writer Brad Falchuk.  Riley not only played Mercedes with vulnerability and strength, she showcased that her voice isn’t the only standout part of her repertoire. 

Back for a second time, Kristin Chenoweth graced the Glee crowd as former McKinley High student, April Rhodes.  Chenoweth is a glowing addition to the cast and having the opportunity to hear her angelic voice is always a bonus.  She also has wonderful chemistry with Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schuster) and their duets are magical.

Scene stealer extraordinaire, Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), was on fire once again.  It’s always entertaining to see Lynch play Sylvester with a ruthless crudeness one minute and a glimpse of compassion another.  Her recipe for a diet drink was top-notch as well.

The song choices for tonight’s episode were also interesting.  Apart from Mercedes’ rendition of the Christina Aguilera hit, Beautiful, the other songs were from decades ago and sung mainly by Chenoweth and Morrison.

Overall, tonight’s episode was filled with extra doses of emotion and heart.  While the theme of this show is about a high school glee club, the underlying stories are about people, family and relationships.  Creator Ryan Murphy is always able to make viewers care about the characters and story on an entirely different level.

One happy TV woman: Glee, Idol, DWTS

21 Apr

TV has been on an upswing this week with incredibly original and exciting shows like Glee and Lost.  Let’s not forget that the reality shows (American Idol, Dancing with the Stars) have finally gotten rid of the two people who’ve been destined for elimination for weeks now.

-I will start with what I think is one of the best episodes of television in a long time: the Madonna episode of Glee.  Not only did they center an entire episode around the music of Madge herself, but they brought depth and longing to the show’s tortured pseduo-couple of Rachel and Finn. 

They are no longer an item, but this was the first episode in the show’s short history where I actually felt that they worked as a couple.  Before this week’s show, I felt that their maybe-relationship was sort of contrived.  That feeling is long gone now though.  The hidden stares and the confessions of this pairing was palpable.  I have to say that I LOVE the addition of Jonathan Groff as Jesse though.  I know he can’t bring anything good to the kids at McKinley High, but I can’t wait to see what they do with his character!

Jane Lynch Emmy.  The Vogue video was insane.  Who even thinks of tackling a classic Madonna video, scene for scene?  Glee, creator Ryan Murphy and Lynch, that’s who.  She was beyond fantastic and that was just in the video.  Each week she continues to build upon the wonderfully written character of Sue Sylvester and hits it out of the park every time.

-I cannot believe that there are only five episodes of Lost remaining.  The Desmond centered episode from a few weeks back was incredible and I shed a tear this week during a scene that involved the reuniting of a certain married couple. 

Am I the only one who is dying to know who is the mom of Jack’s son is??  I’m pretty over Kate, so kinda hoping it’s not her.  I’m hearing that the finale of the show is going to be an extravaganza, something like 5 hours of programming devoted to the show (pre-show, show, Jimmy Kimmel). 

-As for Idol and DWTS, the curtain fell on Tim Urban and Kate Gosselin, respectively.  There was no way that Gosselin wasn’t going to get the ax this week, unless she was a magician of some sort.  Her tears at the end were definitely NOT pulling at my heartstrings.  I was ready for her to be voted off before the season even began. 

Urban had been able to escape the final elimination for weeks now, but his time came as well.  Up against Casey James in the bottom two, he left the show the way he came in: smiling.  The show is now left with six contestants and next week their job is to conquer the music of country superstar and Idol mentor, Shania Twain

-In other TV news, I’m loving where Bones and Fringe are going.