Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Most Bad-ass girls on TV (that aren't cops)

As I stated in previous posts there are many good and bad female cops on TV. However girls don’t need to be cops to be completely bad-ass. A lot of other TV gals are waving their ‘girl-power’ flags out there. Here are some of my favorites:

Pam – True Blood

Everybody is a supernatural killer of some sort on this show. Pam is a relatively new vampire, but there is no one more bad-ass than her. With such an obsession with fangs on movies and TV lately, I am surprised there aren’t many bad-ass girl-vampires (Caroline and Rebekha from TVD were in the running). Somehow vampire shows make it all about the boys and relegate the women to being whiny, bitchy or both. Pam is a different story. She is devoted to her maker Eric, but she wouldn’t let anyone else intimidate her or order her around. She may dress in hot pink and look like ‘vampire Barbie’ most of the time, but don’t be fooled, Pam means business. No other character on the show has as many good one-liners as Pam [if you are picking up what I am putting down] and I just love the fact that she has a maker/progeny/love interest relationship with Tara who is the second most bad-ass girl on this show. Seriously, let’s make the show about Pam/Tara, we are over everybody taking turns to rescue Sookie.

Ava – Justified

I never thought Ava was a good fit with Raylan, so I didn’t care much for her during season 1 of Justified. However, as soon as Ava hooked up with Boyd she came alive. I think the role of crime-lord mastermind’s girl fits her perfectly. She is smart and can keep up with Boyd and she is not afraid to use a gun. She may be way down the wrong path, but she is pretty bad-ass at it.

Fiona – Burn Notice

Described during the opening credits as Michael’s ‘trigger-happy’ girlfriend, this Irish beauty is not to be underestimated. Fiona is nowhere near your typical damsel in distress. I am glad they didn’t go down the road of having the na├»ve spy’s girlfriend on Burn Notice. Fiona can more than keep up with her burnt-spy-spy-again-burnt-again boyfriend. She is an authority on making bombs and a skilled sniper. She rescues Michael as often as he rescues her, she never loses her cool and can do everything the boys do in 6 inch heels.

Arya Stark – Game of Thrones

This girl is the definition of bad-ass. While her older sister was busy dressing in pretty clothes and pointlessly begging for mercy, Arya did the smart thing and she ran away while she could. She got by thanks to her sword skills, will-power and wits. She went from being a lady living in a castle to pretending to be a low born boy, and she didn’t even break in the process. So far she has fought with boys twice her size, wounded a prince (now King), schooled the deceitful Tywin Lanniester and leaded a prison break. Arya is easily one of my favorite characters from Game of Thrones (the show and the books).

The Dowager Countless – Downton Abbey

OK, so what is an 70 something woman doing on this list? Well, I dare anybody argue how bad-ass the Dowager Countess of Grantham (AKA Violet) is. She may not be able to kick-ass in one on one combat, but she can do more damage with her mouth and snotty comments than anybody else and I suspect she could have mad skills with that cane if the situation ever called for it. Similarly to Pam, the Dowager Countess has a repertoire of one-liners that kill. We all know who the true ruler of Downton Abbey is and it is not Lord Gratham. If you don’t agree “you can put that in your pipe and smoke it”.

Monday, January 28, 2013


Finally an award show that had some shockers

Big Farewell to 30 Rock

The show didn’t win but Alec Baldwin won his 7th SAG award and best of all Tina Fey won the  Female Actor, Comedy Series award . I don’t have enough words to express how much I love Tina Fey and I am glad the Actors’ community agrees with me. It is 30 Rock’s last year and I am glad to see her get some deserved recognition. Also, her speech was one of the funniest of the night. She made a great Lena Dunham/Amy Poehler joke and a hilarious plea to “just tape The Big Bang Theory for once!” Please, let’s all do that next Thursday. For Tina.

“It is so good to be bad”

That is how Bryan Cranston started his acceptance speech after nabbing the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award. I’ve been saying this all throughout award season: Bryan Cranston is the best. Nothing against Damian Lewis, but I am glad to see this one go to Bryan. He is truly one of the greatest actors of TV history and he was gracious enough to profusely thank Vince Gilligan for giving him the ‘role of his career’. Also this is his first SAG for playing Walter White, can you believe it? It was about time.

SAG, not as trendy as the Golden Globes

And I don’t mean that in a bad way. New and edgy is good, but sometimes I feel Golden Globes just pick winners that are getting a lot of buzz and try too hard to be hip and trendy; which is why Girls has been winning everything lately. You don’t get more new and edgy than Girls. SAG voters didn’t seem too concern about what is on trend (except for Jennifer Lawrence, I guess). They picked veterans like Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, resisted the urge to give Homeland more than one award,  gave Modern Family Best Comedy Ensemble (OK, that was a little boring) and they seem to be the only award show that still remembers Edie Falco and Nurse Jackie exist.

An American Syndicate grants Big Award to a cast of Brits

Probably the biggest shocker of the night was Downton Abbey winning Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series over Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire. I absolutely did not see that happening. I thought it was going to go to Homeland but I was hoping for Breaking Bad or even Mad Men. I didn’t think Downton was even in the running but I got to say it was a great surprise! The cast members were as shocked as I was. There were only a handful of the cast members, all from ‘downstairs’ except for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and whatever Branson (Allen Leech) is considered these days [middle of the stairs?]. The designated speaker was Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), and she is such a lovely lady! I just wish they had let Allen do the talking in that pretty accent of his. Also, I would have loved to see Jessica Brown Findlay and all the other cast members, but still it was a shocker of the good kind!

Again Kevin Costner?

At this point I would have taken anyone over Kevin Costner… and I mean, anyone. I was hoping for Ed Harris, but I would have taken ANYONE. I am bored with Kevin Costner winning everything; he doesn’t even show up anymore. I don’t, in any way, think he is a bad actor, but after watching Hatfields and McCoys, I really don’t get why he keeps winning. He gave a good performance as usual but it is nothing extraordinary while Ed Harris channeling John McCain was incredible. Maybe voters don’t really have time to watch miniseries or TV movies…

I have to say that I was much more pleased with the results of the SAGs than the Golden Globes. Award shows have been annoyingly predictable lately and I am glad I was finally surprised by some of the results. Way to go Actors.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why you may want to give Beauty and the Beast a second chance…

A couple of months ago, Beauty and the Beast was on top of my Worst New TV Shows of the season list. I thought the pilot was awful, but against my better judgment I kept watching the show. The next couple of episodes weren't any better, and to be honest the only reason I kept watching after episode three or four was that I thought Jay Ryan was smoking hot.

But then, around episode five I suddenly became hooked, and it wasn't because of that really great opening sequence… (You know the one). What I thought was a really boring show started to get quite interesting. The story started to move forward quickly and all the characters, even the supporting ones, got interesting arcs. From that point on I looked forward to the next episode, I may even say I am a little addicted; at least I am appropriately embarrassed about it.

I rarely change my mind so much about a show. I went from deeming it the worst show to actually recommending it.  In my despair, I turned to some of my TV gurus for answers and apparently I am not alone on this one. Zap 2 it had an article titled: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ review: Why you should watch one of the season’s worst new shows and Kristin Dos Santos from Eonline called it “unintentionally hilarious” and claimed it was more fun to watch "than pretty much any other show this fall".

So what happened? The show clearly improved. It is not uncommon for new shows to struggle for a while until they find their ‘voice’ and their right tone. But I also think it was a matter of the audience and all the inaccurate expectations we had. We were so focused on what we thought the show should be that we were not enjoying it for what it was. Here is some of what you should NOT expect this show to be:

This is not original Beauty and the Beast

Ron Perlman
Beauty and the Beast 
Kevin Durand/Dark Angel

Don’t expect this remake to be anything like the 80s classic. Aside from the characters’ names and the involvement of Ron Koslow, they are nothing alike. I barely remember the original Beauty and the Beast, but what I do remember is the ‘lion man’ who, I now realize, was actually Ron Perlman (AKA
Ron Perlman Sons of Anarchy
Mr. Samcro Clay Morrow). The original ‘beast’ was so ingrained in my head that my first issue with the CW’s BATB was that they didn’t really have a beast! I wasn’t expecting Ron Perlman in lion attire, but I didn’t get why they couldn’t have someone like Kevin Durand playing Joshua on
Dark Angel. Jay Ryan looked nothing like a beast, which made me upset. And then it hit me… am I actually complaining about someone being too good-looking? Why should I? This is a CW show… we should just lean back, relax and enjoy the eye candy on the screen! I think that was the first step into accepting the show.

This is not a comic-book show

So, this isn’t 80s Beauty and the Beast nor Disney’s Beauty and the Beast ,if that is what you want you should watch the re-imagined Beauty and the Beast on Once Upon a Time (which is a great show BTW). Because of Kristin Kreuk’s involvement and the teasers featuring beastly fight scenes, you might be tempted to think of this as a comic-book-like show. And it does have some comic-bookie elements. The idea of a reluctant ‘vigilante’ and the ridiculousness of two super hot girls being NYPD cops, for instance. But that is pretty much it. If you start comparing the show to Smallville or Arrow, it is nothing alike. First of all it is not based on any superhero story and it simply does not have the rich mythology behind it to be considered as such.

Once Upon a Time
This is not a complex science-fiction show

‘A failed military experiment that results in a hulk-like beast running around Manhattan’ does sound like the premise for a Sci-Fi show… but don’t be fooled. This is not the next Dark Angel. It is also nothing like The X-Files or Fringe and definitely not Supernatural. So before you put it in the ‘Science fiction’ box, think again and adjust your expectations. There are obviously some elements of science fiction, but they are a back drop for other storylines. They don’t dwell on the ‘fiction’ and don’t deepen too much on the ‘science’ so don’t expect a complex a multiverse-parallel-realities arc any time soon.

So what exactly IS this show and why should you watch it?
In order to understand this, I decided to do a background check on the writers of the show. They turned out to be two lovely ladies who have written for shows like Felicity, Brothers & Sisters and Everwood. Suddenly it all made sense. This is a relationship drama! It is not about the ‘beast’, it is not about the action, it is not about remaking a classic or complex science fiction! It is about romance and love triangles and daddy issues. So now that we know what kind of show we are dealing with, is it worth watching? There are a couple of reasons that make me say YES

Austin Basis
Even when I was hating the show, there was one thing I really liked (and surprisingly I am not going to say Jay Ryan’s abs). I am referring to Austin Basis who plays JT. He was charming and funny since episode one, and I’ve always thought Austin Basis is such an underrated actor. You might remember him from Life Unexpected where he basically played the same character (roommate, teacher, lovable best friend). On top of being a great actor, he seems to be pretty engaged with the online fan community. He did a whole campaign to win the People's Choice Award and overall he is pretty fun to follow on twitter. He may not have the looks to be a leading man, but he sure has more than enough to play the quirky side-kick and hell! Judy Greer made a career out of it.
Sendhil Ramamurthy

Cast and guest stars

Besides Austin Basis you may enjoy watching Jay Ryan’s abs, or Kristin Kreuk’s general gorgeousness depending on your preference. I’ve been hard on Kristin in the past but I actually quite like her.  I think she is adorable, I just can’t buy her as a cop… but other than that I don’t have anything against her. And according to casting news, some of the cast additions for upcoming episodes are looking great! Guest actors and new cast members include:  Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes, Covert Affairs), Brendan Hines (Lie to me, Scandal) and Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker).

Believe it or not there are worse procedural shows

This show isn’t technically a ‘procedural’, however there is a ‘case of the week’. The case only amounts to about 20% of the screen time and you can pretty much ignore. However, there are actually worst procedurals out there, believe it or not. Remember The Mob Doctor? Those were horribly boring cases. Now, the cases of BATB are actually kind of interesting and funny in a too-on-the-nose-and-would-never-happen-in-real-life kinda way. In other words they are so ridiculous and implausible, they are actually entertaining.  A match maker turned psycho killer? A white teen hip hop artist almost murdered by his manager? At least they are not giving us one more case where the husband killed the wife (cough Elementary cough).

Having said all this, the show returns January 24th and it is perfectly understandable if you watched a couple episodes and hated it, but for all these reasons I think it deserves a second chance. The show is in obvious danger of cancellation. They are calling it this year’s Secret Circle. I actually don’t want it to get cancelled anymore and don’t think they should, from a business standpoint (more on that later). I am hoping it can get some sort of buzz going so it can move out of the bubble.  So tune in to the newest guilty pleasure this Thursday 24th at 9/8c.

Update March 12th, 2013
New episodes start on March 14th with the much awaited debut of Sendhil Ramamurthy. I you are still not watching... what are you waiting for? The show has only gotten 10 times better since I wrote this post!

Monday, January 14, 2013


Some predictable choices, some really questionable decisions. Sometimes I feel voters are drunk when they pick the winners.

First big award show of the year and I think most of the winners were fairly predictable, which made the ceremony a little boring. However, I would watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler read the phone book and I bet it would be hilarious. I thought they did an amazing job and put Ricky Gervais to shame! They really know how to make jokes that are a little mean but not offensive. I absolutely adore Tina Fey, she is my idol and Amy Poehler is one of my favorite comedic actresses.  I was thrilled that they didn’t disappoint.
As I said, not many shockers with the globes this year, but I have some comments (mostly complaints). So here it goes:

Homeland vs. Breaking Bad

Bryan Cranston

What is the deal with this sudden obsession with Homeland?. DO NOT get me wrong, I love the show, it is an amazing show. Claire Danes deserved to win without a doubt. But that doesn’t mean that voters should just give ALL the awards to Homeland. First of all, I like Damian Lewis, but I think Bryan Cranston is just better. He has won so many times already, but his portrayal of Walter White is simply the best thing on television. Furthermore, I cannot believe Breaking Bad has never won a Golden Globe (or an Emmy for that matter). I understand not giving more awards to Bryan Cranston, he probably doesn’t have any shelf space by now, but Breaking Bad deserves to win at least once! Homeland is a new show, it will be around for a while, but we are cutting it close with Breaking Bad! Also, the one person I really wanted to see win from Homeland Mandi Patinkin didn’t win. (I love Ed Harris so I am going to let it go).

“What is a Golden Globe?”

Maggie Smith won Best Supporting Actress! I was so afraid they were going to give it to Hayden, luckily they didn’t. Dame Maggie wasn’t there, as usual, but I am still happy about her win! The only Crawley lady present was Michelle Dockery. She didn’t win but she was looking adorable and laughing at all the awkward Downton Abbey drug jokes. It is funny to see that Michelle Dockery actually seems to be a very nice and easy-going girl while Lady Mary is… well such a bitch (lovable bitch, but still a bitch).

Lena Dunham won me over

Lena Dunham
For some reason (and I really don’t have a good reason) I was never able to get into Girls, but I am sure as hell going to try now. I have tons of respect for what Lena Dunham is doing at such a young age. Plus she gave a great and very nervous speech. She even thanked Hillary Swank’s forgotten Oscar ex-hubby Chad Lowe! How cool was that?

Kevin Costner won and the whole world collectively screamed (or tweeted) “That was Benedict Cumberbatch’s award!”

Not giving Benedict Cumberbatch ALL the awards is criminal. And I feel everyone agrees with me on this one.  Everyone, except for the Hollywood Foreign Press that is. Maybe they got confused and watched Elementary instead of Sherlock… I don’t know. And on that note, wouldn’t it have been awesome if Lucy Liu presented her award next to Benedict Cumberbatch so we would have had a mismatched Sherlock/Watson duo? I could have also taken Robert Downey Jr./Lucy Liu or Martin Freeman/Robert Downey Jr. or Jude Law/Benedict Cumberbatch… just saying…

Not one, but TWO missed opportunities for an Alias reunion

When Jennifer Garner went up to present the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical award, I instantly wished that Bradley Cooper was the winner. Not because I think he deserves it, I haven’t even seen the movie, but because I wanted to see Sydney Bristow giving an award to Will Tippin! But no such luck, Hugh Jackman won, which was actually great because I LOVE him and he gave the best speech and was so sweet to his wife and he is just too damn perfect!

Anyway, Bradley didn’t win, but on top of that Victor Garber was also there! Was it so difficult to have Victor present the award along with Jennifer? No it wasn’t!  Totally missed opportunity there. At least he was up on stage when Argo won, next to Ben Affleck so I am going to call it a spy daddy-in law thing.

Also, I didn’t realize Bryan Cranston and Victor Garber are on that movie. Are they even on the trailers? Whatever, I need to watch that movie like now!

And that was it. You can pretty much sum up the TV awards with one word: Homeland. For the next award show be sure to have a drinking game where you drink every time someone from Homeland wins. Cheers!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What do the people know?

Thoughts on the People’s Choice awards 2013 (TV)

I am not a huge fan of the People’s Choice Awards because I feel they are determined by a bunch of teenagers that don’t know any better.  But still I respect the idea of ‘we the people’ having the power to choose our favorite TV shows and actors (among other things). However, I am usually more disappointed with the PCAs than with the Emmy’s and that is saying a lot.

This year there were a few surprises which made me want to write a post.

The winners of Favorite Network TV Comedy and TV Drama were The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy respectively. It could have been worse, much worse. Big bang and Grey’s are pretty decent shows. However I feel they were boring and predictable choices. Nothing against those shows, but sometimes I think a lot of people like them just because they are not aware there are other things on TV.

True Blood won Favorite Premium Cable Show. Now that was a good choice. It is a solid, well written show that got some Emmy and GG recognition back in the day but has been ignored lately. Serious awards may be put off by how crazy True Blood is, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. That is the kind of show the ‘people’ should choose.

What I really don’t get is how Leverage won Favorite Cable Drama, not only it is a pretty average procedural, but is it even popular? I don’t know any single person that watches it. One of the PCAs mysteries I guess.

Another huge surprise was Beauty & the Beast winning Favorite New TV Drama. The show isn’t even doing so well with the ratings and the competition included huge hits like Arrow. I don’t know how they managed to win; apparently Austin Basis did a whole twitter campaign or something. If this was won by social media marketing… I have to say I am impressed. Still, it was very puzzling, to say the least. I have a lot to say about this show, but I will save it for another post.

Nina Lisandrello and Austin Basis

Castle won Favorite TV Crime Drama [BTW how confusing are all this overlapping categories?], and I can make my peace with that. It is not better than Dexter or Person of Interest or so many others that weren’t even nominated, but I can understand why people like the show. Nathan Fillion also won Favorite Dramatic TV Actor. Among all the nominees (two vampires and two supernatural hunters), he was probably the most serious and experienced actor. Whether you think he deserves to be crowned best actor or not, he is just so charming and people will love him until the end of the days, not only for Castle but for Firefly and the Sing along blog and being awesome in general. Plus, his acceptance speech was simply adorable: “The people who voted for me, thank you I agree. To the people who didn’t vote for me, I endeavor next year to get your votes.”

Friday, January 11, 2013

Why won't they give John Noble a Golden Globe?

In honor of the upcoming Golden Globes and Fringe ending its mind-blowing run this month, I've decided to re-post my very popular post "Why won't they give John Noble an Emmy?" appropriately re-titling it "Why won't they give John Noble a Golden Globe?" The same principles still apply: John Noble is awesome, he should get some awards...

So here is a list of some of the most 'award-deserving' moments of John Noble on Fringe:
Don't forget to click on the video links.

Season 4 Episode 20: Worlds Apart
Walter talks to Walternate

From the minute we were introduced to the ‘other universe’ the cool factor of the show doubled and so did the opportunities for memorable performances. All the actors were great in playing their alternate selves, but none did as masterful job as John. We were waiting for a scene between Walter and Walternate for so long, but when it finally happened it was somehow not what we were expecting. Watching these two men, one so confident and powerful, the other so vulnerable and insecure and yet they are the same man… Walter and Walternate put aside their differences and realize they are united by their fear of losing Peter again. The two characters are so different from each other that I have to keep reminding myself they are played by the same person. It was the ultimate joy to see both Walters interact with each other. 

Season 1 Episode 20: There’s more than one of everything
Walter goes to Peter’s grave

Yes, we kind of saw it coming. Peter Bishop died when he was a kid. Peter is not really Peter; he is Peter from the other universe. It doesn’t matter if we knew or if it was a total shock. Seeing Walter at his ‘real’ son’s grave was one of the most emotional moments of the show and it didn’t even had any dialogue. Just Walter lovingly placing the coin on top of the headstone and silently crying for the son he could never get back. This was probably the point where I decided this show had a universe (pun intended) of stories yet to be told.

Season 1 Episode 19: The Road Not Taken
Olivia confronts Walter about the experiments on children
Olivia finds out that Walter and William Bell experimented on her when she was a little girl she confronts Walter in a diner. Olivia was basically abused, experimented on and probably screwed up for life by Walter’s unethical tests. Then why is it that when I watched this I was pissed at Olivia and felt really bad for Walter? It is because John Noble’s performance conveyed so much vulnerability, sorrow and regret. After Olivia demands “What did you do to me?”, Walter is unable to remember (due to pieces of his brain missing and all that). He is so broken, full of regret and impotence. Another heart-breaking scene that ends with Walter in tears reaching for his son’s hand, looking for some sort of comfort.

Season 2 Episode 18: White Tulip
The White Tulip Speech

White Tulip is probably my favorite episode of Fringe. The reason I loved that episode so much is Walter’s speech near the end of the episode. Watching the scientist acknowledge the existence of a greater power with a mixture of sadness, resignation and shame was a beautiful moment. Accepting his actions (taking Peter from the other side) had betrayed the greater being, Walter confesses he has been seeking God’s forgiveness in hope of getting Peter’s forgiveness as well. In a poetic way, it is not God but the scientist (Peck, the time traveler) who gives him absolution in the form of a ‘white tulip’, bringing us back to what he said before: ‘God is science’.  The entire sequence was so touching and the emotion with which John Noble delivered the speech almost brought me to tears.

Season 2 Episode 9: Snakehead
Walter gets lost in Chinatown
Walter goes to Chinatown in order to collect some herb samples for genetic comparisons. He insists on going alone. After a while he gets lost and he is unable to remember Peter’s number. It is one of those moments in Fringe where there isn’t an intergalactic war or telekinetic villains threatening our heroes. It is a simple but heartbreaking scene about a man unable to find his way home, a man, a genius really who has been deprived of his basic capabilities. You’ve got to have a stone heart not to be moved by this.

Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot
Walter Bishop’s introduction

Every single character had a unique introduction in the pilot. From Broyles waltzing into the airfield to Peter walking out of that cab in Iraq, but the most memorable introduction had to be Walter’s at the mental hospital. How can you beat that superb moment when he turns around looks into Olivia’s eyes and says  “I knew someone would come… eventually”. The scenes that follow only add to the 'amazingness' of the character. From that moment on right when we were about to be convinced Walter was irreparably lost he had an unexpected moment of lucidity and genius (usually followed by some comment about junk food) and John Noble managed it seamlessly. From the first scene the tone and balance of the character was there, no adjusting necessary, Noble had it from the get go, and that is so rarely found on TV.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Peggy Olsen (Elizabeth Moss) Mad Men

As I did a couple of weeks ago for the SAG Awards I am posting my reactions to the Golden Globe nominations. The ceremony takes place Sunday January 13th, 2013.

After examining the nominations for the Golden Globes, I am starting to think the SAG nods were mostly fair. I am deeply confused by at least a couple of categories of the GG. Well… here it goes

The Newsroom is not better than Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Game of Thrones or Mad Men… wait MAD MEN IS NOT NOMINATED?

Unlike my dad, I don’t think The Newsroom is the best show on television (he is a little obsessed with news). I don’t HATE it like most critics do, I quite enjoy it actually, but in no way it is a better show than the notorious snubs I mentioned above. I even think that some lesser shows like Person of Interest, Fringe or Justified are better than The Newsroom. I guess ignoring SOA was more than expected (I will never stop complaining about it though), Dexter had a bad season (it picked up this year), but Game of Thrones is an incredible show, too bad these award shows are always biased against fantasy. However the biggest shock is no nod for Mad Men… I had to triple check to make sure it was correct. Mad Men has won more awards than I can even remember. Moreover it remains one of the best shows to ever grace the screen and it continues to deliver. Ignoring it in favor of The Newsroom was just WRONG. I am also not OK with Jeff Daniels taking Michael C. Hall’s spot in the Best Actor category.

Best actress category is confusing, but who cares? Everybody knows the winner already
I really don’t get the Connie Britton and Michelle Dockery nominations. Britton was good on other projects, but I don’t think Nashville gives her enough. I still don’t buy Michelle Dockery as the heavy hitter they seem to think she is and she is my least favorite Crawley sister, but I love Downton so I can accept her nomination. I also don’t get the voters’ obsession with Julianna Margulies and The Good Wife in general. I seem to be alone on this, but I think it is an OK show and no more. I never understood why it is such a critics’ darling and it doesn’t even get very good ratings. With all of that said this category is a joke and all the nominations are fillers for the undisputable and well deserved winner which is Claire Danes. If she doesn’t win I will proclaim that Teen Mom is a better show than Breaking Bad on my twitter feed for a year.

Voters need to understand the concept of a good comedy

Sofia Vergara and Steven Levitan

If they did, Community would be nominated. Also, I kind of wish 30 Rock was nominated too. It is their last year plus Tina Fey is hosting the ceremony. The problem with this category is that shows like Girls which aren’t really ‘haha funny’ keep taking the nods, because they are more serious. But isn’t a true comedy supposed to make you laugh and have a good time? Anyway, I wish some other show that is not Modern Family wins (I vote for Episodes). Although… Steven Levitan and Sofia Vergara give the best acceptance speeches.

No love for Game of Thrones
As I previously complained the show was unfairly ignored, but on top of that they didn’t nominate Peter Dinklage? What is wrong with the world? This show deserves a nod; it is complex, entertaining and visually stunning. And if I may add, it is a better social and political statement than The Newsroom will ever be.

Fail in the Supporting actor category
Yes, this category sucks. They have to cramp all the supporting actors from comedies, dramas and miniseries. So it is always disappointing. On top of no Peter Dinklage no Martin Freeman and no Walton Goggins, Aaron Paul the reigning Emmy winner was ignored. And of course, once again, no nomination for John Noble... Excuse me while I go weep for a minute or two.

You better not cross the dowager countess again
Everybody is predicting Hayden Pannettiere as the winner of the Best Supporting Actress category. And that wouldn’t surprise me, globe voters looove fresh faces. I don’t agree with this. I don’t have anything against Hayden, but I feel her performance is not nuanced enough. I just can’t seem to care about Juliette, no matter how many ‘my mom is a drug addict’ scenes they throw at her. The winner should be veteran actress Maggie Smith; she does more with a couple of one-liners per episode than Hayden does in an entire season.

Kevin Costner better not win
Best actor in a miniseries shouldn't even be a competition. If the world was fair Benedict Cumberbatch would win, and I think most people would agree with me. However, I don’t see that happening. Maybe next year, since Benedict’s star power is skyrocketing with him starring in The Hobbit, Star Trek and a bunch of other high profile movies. My only request is that if Benedict doesn’t win, the statue goes to Woody Harrelson who was great in Game Change but don’t give the globe to Kevin Costner, please….

Monday, January 7, 2013


Can Deception be the next Revenge? Or just another disappointing mid-season show?

I would pretty much watch anything that has Victor Garber (A.K.A our beloved spy-daddy) in it. However I am a little tired of watching him play the loving father in small supporting roles on movies and TV shows. I want to see him being dark, devious and complex as he was when he was Jack Bristow. He’s been in a couple TV shows since Alias (Justice, Eli Stone) but none lasted long, so I keep praying for him to be in a good successful show so I get to watch him for more than a season. [On a related note, I just watched an interview where Victor says Jennifer Garner still calls him 'Spy-pappy' isn't that adorable?]

Deception premieres January 7th, 2013 at 10/9c on NBC. A lot of people are comparing it to Revenge. The premise is clearly similar. Deception is the story of a female cop who returns to the house where she grew up to solve the murder of her childhood friend. There a bunch of commonalities with Revenge, we have a strong female lead with a hidden agenda, a mysterious murder and a group of privileged-probably-evil people. However I think the tone of the show is different. Revenge goes all in with the ‘soapy-action-adventure-melodrama’ (one of the reasons it is so addictive) while Deception seems to be more into the traditional drama realm with some murder-mystery elements.

Probably the main draw of the show is the cast which includes the mentioned Victor Garber (who is awesome as usual) and Damages alum Tate Donovan (you may also remember him from Friends or The O.C.). The leading character, Joanna, is played by Maegan Good. I couldn’t remember a single thing she did before this but I thought she was very charming in the role. Perhaps a little too charming, she is supposed to be a cop after all. I don’t know if she has what it takes to play a though girl… but then again Emily VanCamp seems to be doing OK and you don’t get more ‘girl-next-door’ than her.

The pilot was interesting enough to keep me intrigued, I look forward to watching more episodes and see the mystery unfold. In summary, I thought it was a show with a lot of potential, good performances, compelling enough stories and a pretty decent script. However, I am not sure if it has the addiction-factor that Revenge had. The thing about Revenge is that it taps into that basic need of retaliation in a very ‘Count of Montecristo’ fashion, Deception is more about solving the murder, and somehow that motivation isn’t as visceral. Plus Deception isn’t as big and crazy as Revenge and I don’t know if it will be enough to attract viewers and hold them once the regular season returns. NBC seems to be on a roll this year and it would be a great accomplishment if they could produce a hit during mid-season. We’ll have to wait and see… Whatever the outcome, they had me at ‘Victor Garber’.