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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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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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Most Wanted: Upfronts Are Up Front!

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This week, Upfronts will completely dominate the list. Why wouldn’t it? After last season’s disastrous freshman run, they need to show something fresh. Also, another book will make an appearance and a talk show in it’s final days (you know which I’m talking about.) Anyhow, here’s the list!

1. Television Upfronts

Coming after an extremely disappointing television season, the networks have a lot to prove, especially NBC. The peacock network has already unveiled it’s fall schedule, and Fox is presenting their upfront right this moment. More Upfronts will go on this week, and I’ll have full coverage right here.

2. The Oprah Winfrey Show

With the show in its penultimate week, Oprah will go all out in trying to please viewers in the final days of the show. This week, will be pretty low-key, but next week will be huge, and you’ll have to tune in for that.

3. LA Noire

This may become one of the greatest video games of all time, and the critics universally agree: this game is a masterpiece. One critic calls LA Noire “A defining moment in video games on this generation,” and the glowing reviews don’t stop there. It seems that Rockstar Games can do no wrong, and I have absolutely no problem with that.

4. A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

A gripping new novel by veteran author Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad tells the story about a group of people growing through different times surrounding the music world. Reading the book is a challenge, but I cannot put this book down at times. It’s quirky, but serious; joyous, and gritty, and I can’t wait to finish it.

5. Friday Night Lights

The catch phrase “Julie Taylor is a whore” has been stuck in my head since I last saw the episode on Friday, and I can’t wait to watch next weeks episode. Julie tells Tami what happened and the Taylors aren’t willing to be sympathetic, and they’re pissed. Drama is peaking week-after-week, and it just keeps getting better.

That’s a wrap! As I’ve mentioned before, come back here often for TV upfront coverage, including Fox’s schedule that has been released today. Come back next week for a fresh, finale-filled Most Wanted List!

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Most Wanted List: Water for Elephants Premieres!

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This week, the film adaptation of a book I had on last weeks list will top this week’s list. Also, a show is returning from a very long break, and it’s performing a song that I’ve been waiting to hear for months! That and more on this weeks Most Wanted List down below:

1. Water For Elephants

Last week was the book, this week is the film. Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon in this romantic drama filled with action, suspense, and a lot of circus animals. The hype for the movie has been overwhelming; did you see the premiere this past weekend? Wow.

2. Glee Returns with Adele’s ‘Turning Tables’

Glee returns after what seems like the longest hiatus ever, and it’s coming with a bang. Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Holly Holiday becomes the first character to perform an Adele song for the show. Gwyneth (or Holly) will sing ‘Turning Tables’ on Tuesday night, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it tops iTunes the following day, while also boosting the original song’s sales.

3. Diddy-fied Hawaii Five-0

I haven’t tuned into this show for a while and I think it’s time to get back to this great drama. You can always count on this show when you need an easy show to watch and be just as entertained as if you were watching a complicated procedural. In tonight’s episode, Diddy guest stars as a detective from New York on the verge of doing something crazy to a crime family. Should be good!

4. Spring Break!

It’s about time. For me, I have 5 days off and I’m ready to chill and relax, aren’t you?

5. Friday Night Lights

Yes, it topped the charts last week, and it’s still on the list this week, why? Because it’s AMAZING. Last week’s episode blew me away, and this week’s episode will do the same. Why not watch the show and put it on the list? It’s just getting started, and it’s just getting better.

That’s a wrap! Come back next week for a freshly-new Most Wanted List!

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Friday Night Lights’ Final Season Premieres TONIGHT

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Its actually very remarkable if you think about the whirlwind ride that ‘Friday Night Lights’ has endured in the past 5 years, but somehow, someway, the result has always gone in their favor.

How could a show that has had the lowest prospects for a future last so long? The six word catch phrase that everyone involved in the show and fans like me live by: Full Eyes, Clear Hearts, Can’t Lose

That’s what drives the cast and crew to work around the clock to make the best show they can, and they’ve beyond succeeded in that effort. If there’s any company I’d like to thank in keeping this show alive, it’s DirecTV. Their generosity in funding the show’s production costs have kept this show running for a guaranteed two more seasons, which seemed like a blessing from god to it’s die-hard fans. It’s been a long road, and even though I never want the show to end, I’m eager to see how the Taylors’ family story will play out in the end.

For tonight’s final season premiere, the episode, titled “Expectations,”picks up a couple of months after Julie leaves college, with Coach Taylor having high expectations for the Dillon Lions, as Tami struggles with her new job. Julie moves on to college and tries to make new friends. While unsuccessful with friends, she meets someone who works at the school. I know more, but that’s all I’ll say for now.

Of the many shows that I watch, it truly pains me to write this. I’m just so passionate about the show, it’s a masterpiece and it’s a damn shame that so many people haven’t given the show a chance. If you have a heart, watch this show. You’ll never look back. The final season premiere of Friday Night Lights premieres tonight at 8/7c on NBC.

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Most Wanted List: The Beginning of the End for ‘Friday Night Lights’

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This one’s a special one. The people of Dillon, Texas will get love once again, and it kills me to do this. Other things on the list this week include the final new show of the midseason, and for the first time, a book! And for your viewing, the list is below:

1. Friday Night Lights Final Season Premiere

Oh the horror, dread, sadness, unhappiness (I could go on all day) that I’ve had for this post, because honestly, I would like Friday Night Lights to run forever if possible. The only show that might do that is SNL and I’m not extremely excited about that. Season 5 starts with Julie’s promiscuous adventure in college and Tami’s new job at a new school and on top of all of that, coach Taylor has to keep an entire football team under his full control. Hold on tight, this is going to be a crazy, dramatic, and emotional ride. The Final Season Premiere airs on Friday at 8 P.M. on NBC.

2. Water For Elephants (Book)

Never have I been so excited and passionate about a book before, but like I mentioned on twitter, I couldn’t put it down. I’m almost done reading the book, and it’s endlessly intense. It always keeps you reading, with suspense that’s calibrated for your pleasure and the development of the characters throughout the story. I originally judged it as a dumb book about a guy who joins a circus. It’s so much more than that. It’s an emotional love story and you really feel for the characters. It’s so great, I can’t stop raving about it. It’s being made into a movie, and don’t be surprised to see it here soon.

3. The Relaunch/Return of Law & Order LA

After a big change in everything, from major cast members leaving, to the show’s format overall, what we’re going to watch tonight will probably be a series premiere of sorts, because it’s going to be a totally different show. Terrence Howard and Alfred Molina are now going to be in every episode, and a detective will die tonight, and that itself, is huge; the first time that’s happened in the Law & Order.

4. HBO’s Game of Thrones

This show has gotten so much buzz, it’s ridiculous. There’s been hype ever since the show was announced, and fans of the book are ecstatic about what the series will and could be. The title explains the show, it’s a battle for the throne of a kingdom, and everyone is fighting for it. Is it HBO’s most expensive series, no, but it is one of their biggest endeavors in recent time. You should watch, the premiere should be thrilling.

5. Rio

Fox’s latest CGI animated effort is already being hailed by critics and is reviving the international box office, earning over $50 million this weekend, and that’s not counting the U.S. From the makers of Ice Age, Rio is about a group of birds and their adventures and troubles in Brazil’s main city, which set a record this past weekend as the best opening weekend for an animated film ever for the country. I’m definitely going to give this one a try, and so should you.

That’s a wrap! Come right back here next week for a fresh but old (hint!) Most Wanted List!

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