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Emmy Predictions: Comedy

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It’s that time of year again! THE EMMYS! It’s the most important day in television and here at JuniorTV. Although many of the categories won’t go in my favor (as you’ll see below), I’m still rooting for many people and their respective shows. In this edition, I’ll be predicting the Comedy categories, which include Best Comedy, and Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy. This category has gotten a major boost in the last few years, thanks to breakout hits like Fox’s Glee and ABC’s Modern Family. These two shows have made their way back to the Emmys this year, along with many other great shows. Down below is a full list of my predictions, including my picks for Best Comedy, and the Best Lead and Supporting Acting categories:

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)

WHO WILL WIN: Modern Family (ABC)

The Television Academy is know for repeat-awarding shows, and this year should be no exception. Although ‘Modern Family’ wasn’t as strong as it’s freshman season, it had some very strong episodes, giving every member of the cast a spotlight throughout it’s 22-episode sophomore season.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Parks and Recreation (NBC)

With a talented cast, strong lead character (portrayed by Amy Poehler), and incredible writing, ‘Parks and Recreation is unquestionably the best comedy on television.

Outstanding Lead Actor in A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

WHO WILL WIN:Steve Carell, The Office

For seven seasons, Steve Carell choked up audiences with his egotistically clueless character Michael Scott on NBC’s ‘The Office’. What will make more people choke-this time with anger-is that Carell has never won for Best Actor in a Comedy. Ever. The Academy knows this, and even though it might be a sympathy vote in this highly-competitive year, it makes up for the other years where Carell delivered comedy gold.

WHO SHOULD WIN:Louis C.K., Louie

As mean as this sounds to Carell, he doesn’t get even close to Louis C.K. in terms of greatness this year. Louis C.K. practically reinvented the comedy with his soon-to-be modern classic, Louie. The most simplest of ideas turn into hilarious and touching storylines, and I’ve never seen a show like this before. Watch out next year, because Louie is going to kick ass at the Emmys when it becomes known.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

WHO WILL WIN: One of the Modern Family Guys

To pick out of the 4 nominees (Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ed O’Neill) from ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ is just downright wrong. I’m almost certain that one of them will win. But who will it be? They’re so equally funny that I cant choose one to save my life.

WHO SHOULD WIN: One of the Modern Family Guys

They are all so hilariously funny, and I can’t imagine how the vote went when the ballots were counted. Is a 4-way tie possible?

Outstanding Lead Actress in A Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

WHO WILL WIN: Laura Linney, The Big C

Linney’s warm-but-hilarious performance on ‘The Big C’ is most certainly touching, but when she’s funny, she’s downright hilarious. Showtime’s Dark comedies are so complicated to categorize, but the Academy always votes in their favor. If everything goes conventional, Laura Linney will add another Emmy statuette to her award-filled collection.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

If anyone delivered the most laughs in a leading role, it’s Amy Poehler. Her performance on NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ was perfect, and if Linney wasn’t so Emmy-material, Poehler would certainly win and give Parks & Rec the recognition it so-badly deserves.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Comedy Series
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

WHO WILL WIN: Jane Lynch, Glee
Although Glee wasn’t as strong in it’s sophomore season, Jane Lynch was steady in her hilarious one-liners, and even though she doesn’t make that show, the show would be so lost without her. Lynch will win.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Jane Lynch, Glee

Although I love Sofia Vergara on ‘Modern Family,’ Lynch truly made the character her own this year, and that-among many other things-should be commended.

That’s all for my Emmy predictions! Come back soon to see the full list of winners in my super-packed recap!–see you then! And don’t forget: The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs this Sunday, September 18 on FOX, hosted by Jane Lynch!

ALSO: For live updates, go to my twitter page @JuniorTV. Follow me while you’re at it! 🙂

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Emmy Nominations: Who got Nominated and Who Didn’t?

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Before I get to the analysis, I have to say—this is the best list of Emmy nominations I have ever seen! So many people and shows that deserved to be nominated were finally recognized by the Television Academy. They mostly got it right, giving nominations to Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Mireille Enos, Michelle Forbes (The Killing), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) in the Drama categories. They should also be commended for giving nominations to Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Louis C.K. (Louie), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), the guys and gals from Modern Family (Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, and Sofia Vergara), Chris Colfer (Glee) and Laura Linney (The Big C) in the Comedy categories.

Even though they did a great job, they could always do better, and they definitely overlooked some performers. Katey Segal was snubbed like crazy, not getting any recognition for her performance in Sons of Anarchy. Speaking of SOA, the show didn’t get nominated either, and neither did any of the actors on the show. Over on the Comedy side, I think it was a big error to nominate Melissa McCarthy for her performance in Mike & Molly. Don’t get me wrong, she definitely deserves the nomination, but just not this year. I truly thought that this would finally be the year that Patricia Heaton would return to the Emmy ballots for her incredible performance as Frankie Heck on the ABC Comedy The Middle. Another snub was the exclusion of Sean Bean in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. I’m also disappointed that Fox’s Fringe didn’t get nominated for one single thing. The CW barely gets recognized by the academy, but it did get nominated for one thing this year: Sound Editing on Nikita. Nice. Another snub is in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, where both Joel McHale (Community) and Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) were overlooked by the academy and instead placed Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and Matt LeBlanc (Episodes). The biggest disappointment that I had with the nominations were that none of the guys from Parks and Recreation weren’t nominated, especially Nick Offerman! He was truly robbed of the nom by Jon Cryer.

For now, those are the surprises and snubs that I know of. If there are any more (which chances are, there are,) I will of course update the post with more of my rants. So that’s it! Emmy nominations announced! We’re now 66 days away from the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards! Make sure you watch on September 18 at 8/7c on FOX.

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Emmy Nominations

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Ok, let’s waste no yime, here are the nominees!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andrew Braugher, Men of a Certain Age

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly’
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

If I missed anything, I’ll eventually add them. I’ll also have analysis including snubs, surprises, and more! Stay tuned. Also, thanks to TVLine.com for most of the nominations!

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EMMYS: Final Predictions! My Emmy Ballot for Tomorrow

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We’re less than 24 hours until Emmy Nominations! Of course I’ll be analyzing who got nominated and who didn’t (effectively being snubbed), and just so you’ll see how I will react for the most part on the nominations, here are my predictions for the major Drama and Comedy categories, performers included! NOTE: This will not include nominations for non-scripted categories and miniseries or television movies.

DRAMA

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

MAD MEN
THE GOOD WIFE
JUSTIFIED
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
GAME OF THRONES

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JON HAMM, MAD MEN
SEAN BEAN, GAME OF THRONES
KYLE CHANDLER, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT, JUSTIFIED
STEVE BUSCEMI, BOARDWALK EMPIRE

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JOHN SLATTERY, MAD MEN
PETER DINKLAGE, GAME OF THRONES
MICHAEL PITT, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
WALTON GOGGINS, JUSTIFIED
JOHN NOBLE, FRINGE
ALAN CUMMING, THE GOOD WIFE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

JULIANNA MARGULIES, THE GOOD WIFE
ELISABETH MOSS, MAD MEN
KYRA SEDGWICK, THE CLOSER
CONNIE BRITTON, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
KATEY SEGAL, SONS OF ANARCHY
KATHY BATES, HARRY’S LAW

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, MAD MEN
ARCHIE PANJABI, THE GOOD WIFE
CHRISTINE BARANSKI, THE GOOD WIFE
MARGO MARTINDALE, JUSTIFIED
KELLY MACDONALD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
DEBRA WINGER, IN TREATMENT

COMEDY

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

30 ROCK
THE OFFICE
GLEE
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION
LOUIE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

STEVE CARELL, THE OFFICE
ALEC BALDWIN, 30 ROCK
JIM PARSONS, THE BIG BANG THEORY
JOEL MCHALE, COMMUNITY
LOUIS C.K., LOUIE
ROB LOWE, PARKS AND RECREATION

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

ERIC STONESTREET, MODERN FAMILY
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, MODERN FAMILY
ED O’NEILL, MODERN FAMILY
NICK OFFERMAN, PARKS AND RECREATION
CHRIS COLFER, GLEE
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

TINA FEY, 30 ROCK
EDIE FALCO, NURSE JACKIE
AMY POEHLER, PARKS AND RECREATION
PATRICIA HEATON, THE MIDDLE
MARTHA PLIMPTON, RAISING HOPE
LAURA LINNEY, THE BIG C

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

JULIE BOWEN, MODERN FAMILY
SOFIA VERGARA, MODERN FAMILY
JANE LYNCH, GLEE
BETTY WHITE, HOT IN CLEVELAND
JANE KRAKOWSKI, 30 ROCK
BUSY PHILLIPS, COUGAR TOWN

There you go! So many nominees, and I would’ve loved to include non-scripted categories, but this post would’ve been infinitively long! Just know that I’m pulling for The Daily Show and Real Time to get noms in the variety category! Make sure to wake up nice & early tomorrow for the 63rd Annual Emmy Award Nominations! Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson will announce, along with John Shaffner at 8:30AM Eastern Time (5:30AM for you people on the West Coast!). I’ll have full coverage and live reactions on twitter (follow me @JuniorTV) and right here on the blog! I’ll be up super early before the nominations to have full coverage. See you then!

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Newly Pregnant Tina Fey to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

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This could be the best host to hit 30 Rock since Amy Poehler’s hosting duties in the season opener. Emmy Award-winning TV actress and writer Tina Fey is set to host Saturday Night Live for the third time. She will host the May 7th show, reports Matt Mitovich of TVLine. The last time that Fey hosted SNL was this month last year with musical guest Justin Bieber. No word yet on who the musical guest will be, but Bieber performing again isn’t out of the question, but is unlikely.

This booking comes right off the news that Fey is expecting a second child with husband Jeff Richmond. She announced the news in an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show that is set to air Tuesday. As far as the pregnancy possibly affecting 30 Rock, NBC says that Fey’s pregnancy “isn’t expected to impact production.”

Helen Mirren will host this week’s SNL with musical guest Foo Fighters.

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New Study Finds Republicans and Democrats Favorite TV Shows; and They’re Surprising

A new study was released and it asked Republicans and Democrats which television shows they watch, and the results are pretty split when it comes to viewers.

The study, which was conducted by media-research company Experian Simmons, asked people their favorite shows, cable or broadcast, then asked what political party they belonged to. They put an average of how many people liked the show in the party’s respective color and the number of the opposing party in parenthesis. Non-surprisingly, the top show for both parties were political news programs. For Republicans, the #1 show for them was Glenn Beck. On the other side, the Democrats chose Countdown with Keith Olbermann as their most popular show. Glenn Beck, which is on the Fox News Channel, is loved by conservatives and Countdown with Keith Olbermann, which airs on MSNBC, is obviously adored by liberals as seen by the fallout from Olbermann’s suspension.

Something that surprised me was that all of the shows loved by Republicans are the highest rated on television, and the shows loved by Democrats are critically acclaimed but get pretty low ratings. The most popular shows for Republicans are Amazing Race, Modern Family, American Idol, and V. All but V are super-hits for their respective networks, with American Idol being the most popular show on television.

Democrats on the other hand, have pretty good taste with TV shows. Most of the shows on their most popular list are critically acclaimed but are either in cable or are struggling in the ratings. The runner-up on their list to Countdown is the Emmy Award winning Drama Mad Men (which has won for Outstanding Drama 3 years in a row) and Showtime’s Dexter coming in at third. It also seems like Democrats have a thing for the Kardashians as Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami makes the list at a surprisingly high 4th place. Other shows that are critically loved but get tiny numbers are 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, and Breaking Bad. 

The only show that got the same amount of viewers from both Republicans and Democrats is ABC’s Desperate Housewives which got both 116 Democrats and Republican’s liking. The show got the 10th spot on the Republican’s list but was edged out of the Democrats list by Breaking Bad which was #20 on the list. One surprise for me was that Modern Family was rated so high for Republicans even though it has a gay couple (which are also lead characters) on the show. Republicans also seem to love CBS; 6 of the shows made their list, compared to no CBS shows being on the Democrat’s list. In comparison, the Democrats had 4 NBC shows (FNL included) and the Republicans had no NBC shows that made it to the top 20. 

Here’s the list of the top 20 shows for both Democrats and Republicans (Courtesy – The Hollywood Reporter)

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