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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 Predictions: Drama

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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. Besides, there has to be a shocking win somewhere this year, right? (Remember Kyra Sedgwick last year?) So today, a day before the ceremony(!), here are my predictions on who will win, and who should win for the major drama categories, including Best Drama and the Best Acting categories for in drama.:

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
Friday Night Lights (Direct TV)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)

WHO WILL WIN: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

This show has every single ingredient for Emmy glory: A period drama with a seemingly unending but thrilling storyline with characters that keep viewers hooked. AMC’s Mad Men is getting it’s Drama Emmy streak taken away and there’s nothing it can do about it.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)

My favorite drama ever ends it’s five season run and I’m so disappointed that it hasn’t won a single Primetime Emmy throughout it’s run, and that’s just criminal on the Academy’s part.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (Direct TV)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, House (FOX)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

WHO WILL WIN: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

This man is the heart of this show, and his performance already scored him a SAG Award for Best Actor in a Drama. I have almost no doubt in my mind that he will win, but I would be glad if he lost to a certain someone.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights

This is that certain someone. For five seasons, he lead a now legendary role as Coach Eric Taylor in one of the most critically-acclaimed shows of all-time. Its about time that he gets one, and it’s the Academy’s last chance to redeem themselves, but they wont.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age

WHO WILL WIN: Walton Goggins, Justified

I’m so glad that FX’s ‘Justified’ will finally get the recognition it deserves tonight, as Goggins’ performance was the best of the year for actors in the supporting role. See why I think so below.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Walton Goggins, Justified

His character is sinister but also has much emotion. He helps his enemy, but also wants to destroy him, and that makes him one of the most versatile characters on TV.

Outstanding Lead Actress in A Drama Series

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

WHO WILL WIN: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Last year, many thought her award was robbed by Kyra Sedgwick, but this year, she is invincible.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Although not a leading lady like Margulies, Britton has had incredibly important storyline moments throughout Friday Night Lights’ five season run, and the award is long overdue.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
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

WHO WILL WIN:Margo Martindale, Justified

Her performance as the wicked Mags Bennett is historic, portraying one of the most evil characters on television. Martindale has this one locked.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Margo Martindle, Justified

It’s nearly impossible for Emmy voters not unanimously vote in her favor to win. I hope she has her speech ready.

That’s all for now! Come back soon to see who I think will win on the Comedy side–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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Most Wanted Special Edition: The Emmys!

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10 shows either premiere or end this week on this super-packed Special Edition

Awards season is in full swing and I’ll be having full coverage of the ceremonies LIVE here on JuniorTV! With the Emmys nearing, that also means another thing: Fall TV! Make sure to look further down the list to see a few new shows (mostly from The CW) premiering this week! Because this is a Special Edition, I’ve decided to supersize this week’s list to ten! This is Emmy week here at JuniorTV and it begins with this week’s Most Wanted List! It’s all down below:

1. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

TV’s biggest night is finally here! Will ‘Modern Family’ take home the Best Comedy Emmy for the second year in-a-row? Will ‘Boardwalk Empire’ finally end Mad Men’s three-year streak for Best Drama? And who will win the hotly-contested Best Actor in a Drama category?

2. Big Brother – Season Finale

In what could be one of the show’s worst possible turnouts, Big Brother ends up with 1 Veteran (Rachel), and 2 Newbies (Porsche & Adam) in the final three. The next and final question is: Who will win it all? I’ll make predictions on Wednesday, but it’s not looking to bright for the newbies, even as they outnumber Rachel. I don’t think I’ll be fully satisfied with any winner, but I hope and pray that it’s not Adam! Tune in Wednesday to see who is crowned the winner of $500,000!

3. Ringer – Series Premiere

Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to television in The CW’s only hope for a hit show this season. Gellar plays a woman who plays her twin sister in a world completely opposite of her character. Confused? Yeah, so am I.

4. Survivor: South Pacific – Season Premiere

Last year marked ratings lows for CBS’ hit series. Could it rebound this year? We’ll see, as two former cast members return for another chance at a million dollars. I haven’t seen the show in the last few years, but I will begin to watch again, as I need some kind of quality-reality fix throughout the Fall.

5. Real Time with Bill Maher – Season Premiere

THANK GOD HE’S BACK! I need his hilarious insight on politics, especially these insanely boring Republican debates! This is a must-see show for anyone remotely interested in politics.

6. Up All Night – Series Premiere

The star-studded new comedy starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, and Maya Rudolph premieres on Wednesday, and with those three, I have to at least give it a chance!

7. The Vampire Diaries – Season Premiere

Will Stefan ever return to his good ways? Will Jeremy keep seeing his dead ex-girlfriends? What about Caroline and her twisted relationships with Matt and Tyler? We’ll get answers, as season 3 of The CW’s best show returns on Thursday!

8. Free Agents – Series Premiere

The other comedy on Wednesday nights for NBC, the Hank Azaria-starring ‘Free Agents’ is about two trying a new kind of relationship: co-workers with benefits. What could possibly go wrong?

9. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Season Premiere

FX’s long-running comedy is back, and I haven’t seen one episode of it. Since I’ll be tuning in seven seasons late, I’m bound not to get the jokes, but I’m willing to figure them out. This show is a modern cult classic, and early reviews are nothing but raves. Season 7 of ‘Sunny’ premieres this Wednesday on FX.

10. Parenthood – Season Premiere

Season 3 is business as usual for the busy and large family that is the Bravermans. Will this be the show’s breakout year? We’ll see. Many cast members were this close to getting some Emmy nominations.

That’s a wrap! Come back next week where we will see more Fall shows premiere and more on the Most Wanted List!

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Showtime Renews ‘The Big C’ for a Third Season

In what is sure to be the best TV news of the week, Showtime has announced that it is bringing back its cancer dramedy ‘The Big C’ back for a third season. The Laura Linney-starrer has been stable and has performed well for the premium cable network, averaging about 600,000 viewers per episode in its second season. Speaking of Linney, she received an Emmy nomination for her performance on the show, and is considered the frontrunner. Production is expected to begin early next year with new episodes likely airing in the second quarter. ‘The Big C’ ends its second run on September 26th on Showtime.

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Thank You, ‘Friday Night Lights’ It All Ends TONIGHT After 5 Seasons

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It’s here. After 5 seasons, 76 episodes, and countless tears, Friday Night Lights will end it’s run tonight. I originally didn’t watch the first 3 seasons, but with extensive reading and watching, I was all caught up and ready for original episodes. As soon as I began watching season 4 over the summer, I was blown away. It’s so realistic, raw, and intensively emotional. You love and understand every single character, even when they enter the dark side. The storylines are so perfect, I am truly doubtful that I’ll ever see a better character driven drama.

I hope that more people discover it for the gem of a show that it is, and how it set a new standard for television. It never used any glitzy new technology or supernatural elements, and it still came out a winner. I couldn’t be more pleased with the Emmy nominations given this year, with Friday Night Lights finally getting a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton also got a nomination, and the show itself got a nomination for Outstanding Writing. Although I doubt the academy will ultimately give the award to the show or it’s performers, I still have hope that they will.

I want to thank NBC for keeping this show on the air and also to DirecTV, who helped keep the show on longer than it would’ve lasted. Their support throughout the show has been nothing but strong, and it paid off. As the lights go out, it will leave with pride and a legacy that will never be forgotten in the history of television. Thanks for these 5 television-defying seasons. One last time, let’s say the shows legendary saying:

“Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!”

Goodbye, Friday Night Lights.

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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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