For the first time in more than 30 years the Emmy Awards show will air live coast-to-coast. Tune your televisions to NBC for the Red Carpet at 7/6c and Award Ceremony around 8 or 7 pm.
Lemme tell you, this is a good year for television. If you ask me who will win best show tonight, I would say definitely Lost. I think Curb your Enthusiasm could BS its way to an upset in the best comedy category. If I was the only voter, it would go to Glee. This show is like no other, singing, dancing, and actually relating through popular music. This is the year that changed everything. So what if Modern Family is the new Arrested Development, only popular? It’s great and everything. Well, it is. Next year we will have Running Wilde by the actual makers of Arrested Development (Will Arnett and Mitch Hurwitz) though I doubt they will be able to gain traction quite as well, so I hope they go for something different. Sorry.
Lead actress in a drama series will be a match between Kyra Sedgwick (TNT, the Closer) and Glenn Close (on FX, if you can believe it, with the show Damages). Mariska Hargitay (and Mariska Hargitay to you as well) (NBC, Law & Order: SVU) and Julianna Margulies (CBS, The Good Wife) are also nominated, as is Connie Britton from the critically acclaimed yet network-beleaguered Friday Night Lights. This show actually drug DirectTV into the television studio business because they couldn’t just stand by and let it die. A courageous move; a company at its best. Note, each of these women are strong, striking, professional and accomplished. January Jones, who may be the youngest, is up for Mad Men. She may even sweep. Personally, I watch the Good Wife, and hope they get all of the awards for which they are nominated, even though it’s not possible because of multiple nods in the same category.
The Good Wife is nominated for best drama and was the most compelling new drama on television this year. But, it’s up against Breaking Bad, Mad Men, True Blood, Dexter, and Lost. (Ranked in order of chances, 5:1- 2:1, IMHFO.) It’s good, but it’s not epic, doesn’t have much murder, and there are plenty mentioned here that feature both. It’s also up for 2 supporting actresses, Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi. Either give a tie, or just go ahead and give it to Panjabi. She needs it to secure her character’s depth on the show.
The Outstanding Reality – Competition Program is sure to be an interesting match. Shows battle it out, starving, whoring, fishing their own food while the crew eats cheeseburgers and takes wide shots of an island. American Idol snuck into this category because the Academy forgot to take it off the ballot. Project Runway seems to have made its niche on the ladies channel and actually renewed its relevance. Top Chef featured Arnold Myint, owner of PM, Suzy Wongs and Cha Chah, which are three premiere Nashville restaurants (although I don’t know that this is the same season nominated, and I didn’t actually watch it; sorry). I would give this category to Dancing with the Stars, which vastly improved and was pretty damn compelling. I know I was like, “Why must I love this? But it’s so good!”. Sometimes, you have to remember that you don’t choose your love. You just have to trust that your instinct is right, and give yourself permission to enjoy.
Outstanding actor – I’d like all of them to win. Lost may have hedged all bets on Matthew Fox, but Bryan Cranston might do well to prepare a little something for his epic win, AMC’s Breaking Bad. Kyle Chandler for finally enjoying recognition of Friday Night Lights? Hugh Laurie for this past season of House? Michael C Hall for his serial murdering and finding that in common with John Lithgow on the sole premium channel – excepting DirectTV of course – Showtime’s Dexter? Or Jon Hamm. (Whatever, add a point for AMC, with Mad Men.)
Tony Shalhoub (USA, Monk, in its last season) is my pick for lead comedy actor. Good job getting into that category and he truly deserves an Emmy, although this is not exclusive given that the others include Larry David’s obnoxious yet CW Fall Syndication-bound ass and Steve Carell’s last ditch effort on the Office. (Next year he’ll get his… although there’s some pretty standup interest in the Fall! Which is what happened to Jim Parsons’ widely popular and Roseanne-cast-loving CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory for the second year now). Matthew Morrison (Fox, Glee) shouldn’t win but might due to secondhand Neil Patrick Harris vibe.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series? Ahh! Vote for a drug regimented nurse played by Edie Falco (For Showtime’s Nurse Jackie) or Amy Poehler’s unassuming local government worker Leslie Knope on NBC’s Offshute Thursday exploration, Parks & Recreation? Innocence versus anything but. It’s that way with the rest of the nominees: Lea Michele, once on Broadway herself, playing the sole member of the high school drama dept. Rachel Berry on Glee. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (CBS, The New Adventures of Old Christine) whose (similarly syndication bound) show’s time of innocence has long been gone. Toni Colette (Showtime, United States of Tara) does deserve this Emmy, so I hope she wins, and dedicates it to the mental health community.
Lastly, Terry O’Quinn versus Michael Emerson for Outstanding Supporting Actor? Evil v Evil? But Good v Evil? but… wait… what???
Also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor, but have no chance of winning without pissing off modern America, are people from Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Damages (Get this: this is Martin Short), and someone from Ray Romano’s new lamenting comedy Men of a Certain Age. Right. COME On. You think the trillion-dollar-effects-wearing Smoke Monster is gonna hold the elevator for the guy in the $10,000 suit? Come on.
So enjoy the Emmys. It should be a wonderful celebration of a year well done. Jimmy Fallon is picking up the act and taking it to the live stage. Between 2009 and 2010 we were brought Castle, quite an upstanding year for us through the excellency that is NPH, musical theatre breaking through the tight lens of television and we have finally found what we had LOST. It’s been hard since the writers’ strike but television has finally bounced back, in no small part due to Jimmy Fallon and Joss Whedon. Thanks guys.