NBC's Olympic Coverage

Give NBC a break, people. 

Except for that Today Show Missy Franklin promo, I think they've done a pretty good job of not showing information before it's shown in prime time. In fact, I've laughed at the 'look away' warnings I see during the day online and on the broadcasts. 

And stop complaining that other countries are watching free via YouTube and we have to pay for cable to watch live streaming (#firstworldproblems). This sh*t is expensive and someone has to pay for it. I don't know how the other countries afford it. I don't know how it all works. But I support television networks year round - not just when a show comes out that everyone is talking about or when Ryan Lochte is swimming for gold. I don't feel bad for you. Stop thinking everything can/should be free. 

We need to face it. Everyone is consuming news/entertainment (I'm not sure which the Olympics qualify as) differently. Some people want it all live and streaming and as it happens. Some people only want to see it in prime time. NBC is trying their best to cater to both crowds. 

What would you have them do? Create two websites? One with 'spoilers' and one without? What about the obscure sports like weight lifting or canoeing or skeet shooting that aren't shown in prime time? Are we to never discuss those results because they weren't shown at an optimal time? Those only get prime time coverage if Americans win gold. 

And what's really a 'spoiler' anyway? It's already happened.... how long before it isn't a spoiler anymore? If I choose not to look up/watch USA Men's Gymnastics until I have free time on Wednesday, is it really NBC's fault that I found out they failed miserably in the finals? 

Oops... spoiler

(Sorry I'm not sorry.)


Emmy Snubs (in my humble opinion...)

Would have loved to see nominations in some capacity for...
Fringe. I know it's sci fi, but we've all accepted Game of Thrones! Can't John Noble or Anna Torv get some love?
Justified. This drama has me at the edge of my seat every week. Raylan, Boyd Crowder, the opening credits. Something desereved a nomination.
Wilfred. It's a smart, dark comedy, which obviously doesn't play well against LOL shows like Modern Family. But come on! It's original.
Happy Endings. It's at least funnier than Veep, IMHO.

I'm surprised these guys didn't get nominations...

Matt LeBlanc on Episodes. I don't watch, but feel like critics are raving about him every week in EW and TV Guide. 
Hugh Laurie on House. He's been a regular in the drama category, but was snubbed in his final year. 
John Slattery on Mad Men. I always think he is brilliant, but that LSD trip this season? Awesome work. 

I think it is weird that...
They moved Missing to a mini-series, when I'm pretty sure it was just a series that got cancelled. 
SNL is in the regular comedy categories and not variety show. I guess they did away with that variety/musical category and weren't sure where to put it. Just think it is hard to compare the work of actors playing one character/story over the course or a season vs actors playing multiple characters/stories each week. 

Also worth noting...
Not a lot of play for network TV, particularly in the drama category. Ouch. 
American Idol didn't get nominated. Double ouch. 

2012 Emmy Nominees: My picks

The 2012 Emmy nominees were announced this morning. Check out my picks...

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS 
Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO 
Girls • HBO 
Modern Family 
30 Rock • NBC
Veep • HBO
Girls is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. It's my #1 pick, but I'm not sure it can beat favorites 30 Rock (starting it's last season) and Modern Family. 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Girls • HBO Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly • CBS Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
New Girl • FOX Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day
Nurse Jackie • Showtime Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And Recreation • NBC Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
30 Rock • NBC Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Veep • HBO Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
Tough category. I don't think Lena is ready yet, although she is hysterical. I think Zooey is pretty much playing herself, although I enjoy it. Also really love Julia on Veep. My pick, even though I don't watch it, is Amy for Parks and Rec

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO Larry David as Himself
House Of Lies • Showtime Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie • FX Networks Louis C.K. as Louie
30 Rock • NBC Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Two And A Half Men • CBS Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

I'm not sure how much it's acting when I think he is supposed to be playing himself.... but Louis. Hands down. (And speaking of playing himself, are people surprised Matt LeBlanc didn't get an Episodes nod? Thought critics loved that show.)
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
Desperate Housewives • ABC Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
Modern Family • ABC Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family • ABC Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Nurse Jackie • Showtime Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Saturday Night Live • NBC Kristen Wiig as various characters

Hmmm... Julie and Sofia are hi-larious on Modern Family. Seriously. But I'd love to see Mrs. McCluskey take it for her work on Desperate - not just this season, but throughout the series. Tough when you play a more dramatic role on a comedy though. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Modern Family • ABC Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family • ABC Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
New Girl • FOX Max Greenfield as Schmidt
Saturday Night Live • NBC Bill Hader as various characters

Just to overthrow Modern Family, let's say Max... just for fun. And because I love Schmidt. But seriously, anyone from Modern Family can and should take this home. 
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Community • Remedial Chaos Theory • NBC 
Girls • Pilot • HBO 
Louie • Pregnant • FX Networks 
Parks And Recreation • The Debate • NBC
Parks And Recreation • Win, Lose, Or Draw • NBC

Community. Best.Show.on.TV. 
Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • HBO 
Breaking Bad • AMC 
Downton Abbey • PBS 
Game Of Thrones • HBO
Homeland • Showtime
Mad Men • AMC

How will I choose?! Personally, I watch (and love) Boardwalk, Game of Thrones AND Mad Men. Any of the three could win and I'd be ecstatic. But I also know critics/viewers are obsessed with the other three nominated shows too. This one's any one's game. 
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Damages • DirecTV  Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Downton Abbey • PBS Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry's Law Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn
Homeland Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Mad Men Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
I should say Elisabeth Moss, since I'm a huge fan of hers on Mad Men, but actually found her to be kind of whiny and annoying this season. I know critics adore Claire Danes? Let's go with that. 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • HBO Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Breaking Bad • AMC Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Dexter • Showtime Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Downton Abbey • PBS Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Homeland • Showtime Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
Mad Men • AMC Jon Hamm as Don Draper

As much as I love Dexter and Jon Hamm.... I vote Cranston or Buscemi this year. 
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton Abbey • PBS Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey • PBS Joanne Froggatt as Anna
The Good Wife • CBS Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife • CBS Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad Men • AMC Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris

Joan! Joan! Joan! 
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad • AMC Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
Downton Abbey • PBS Brendan Coyle as John Bates
Downton Abbey • PBS Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Game Of Thrones • HBO Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Mad Men • AMC Jared Harris as Lane Pryce

I pledge my allegiance to House Lannister (or at least, to Peter). But also wouldn't mind if Gus from BB or Lane Pryce from Mad Men won. 
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Downton Abbey • Episode 7 Homeland • Pilot • Showtime
Mad Men • The Other Woman • AMC
Mad Men • Commissions And Fees • AMC 
Mad Men • Far Away Places • AMC

Mad Men's The Other Woman or Commissions and Fees should win this one. Breathtaking episodes. 

You'll notice I left out some categories - directing, for example. My problem is, I don't know enough about those categories. Bad TV lover, I know. I just know that I would end up picking my favorite shows just because they are my favorite. 

And as far as movie/mini-series, I only want American Horror Story (that's a mini series?) or Hatfields and McCoys to win. All the awards. And I like all the 'variety show' (aka late night type shows) nominees, so I have no opinion really about that. 
Also, shout out to Hell on Wheels nomination for main title sequence! I love opening credits. 


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