Golden Globes, SAG Awards Ratings Rise

After the Golden Globes, everyone was praising Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for a stellar hosting job (and rightly so) and giving them credit for pulling up the ratings.

I get it, awards shows have been notoriously low in the past (although, I thought in recent years, they've been going up with the rise of Twitter and 'social viewing'), but I don't think it is fair to give (all) credit to the host(s)/

The SAG Awards have no host, and yet, Monday morning rolled around and again, we were hearing that the ratings were up.

People, people. This has very little to do with who is hosting the show or even which stars are going to be there. I'll give you seven reasons why awards shows are seeing higher ratings this year.

Les Mis. Argo. Silver Linings Playbook. Lincoln. Django. Life of Pi. Zero Dark Thirty. 

The movies this year are ones that people actually heard of. That big stars actually played in. That people actually when to Ronnies 20 Cine to see (and not some small, indie theater).

People actually care who wins. That makes a HUGE difference.

I'm curious to see what the ratings are like for non-film award shows like the Grammys and the Emmys (especially the Emmys since network TV barely gets any nods at that show anymore).


Is it really plausible...

Is it really plausible that The Mindy Project‘s very private Danny would keep a spill-his-guts letter to his ex-wife in his desk drawer?
Firstly -
The whole time that was happening, I thought it was some trick way of Danny finding out the staff wasn't working (But Dr. C, on a Saturday?!). They'd find the letter, let it slip, and he yells at them for going through his desk. Done.

Secondly -
Totally plausible! This guy's got a heart of gold! Remember Thanksgiving when he was all alone? Sadface! He's keeping the note around because he (a) still harbors feelings for the girl or more likely, (b) to remind himself of how terrible love is and how it can make you in to a pathetic, weak little man. Mindy will obviously prove him wrong.

Could Rumplestiltskin and the Charmings been any less taken aback...

Could Rumplestiltskin and the Charmings been any less taken aback to learn that Hook and Cora had made it to Maine?
I mean... why were they not shocked?!

Emma and Snow (and friends) are under the impression that they made it through the portal, screwing Hook and Cora at their chance of Revenge. So why are they not shocked - SHOCKED - to know they are there.

Belle is all like, 'Hey Rump, some dude with a Hook hand tried to kill me' and he's just like 'Man, not this guy again.'

Jiminy Cricket The Man tells Emma that Cora is there and Regina didn't kill him (obviously, because he is alive. That whole scene was a little less shocking than it should have been.... ) and Emma is just like 'Man, not this lady again.'

People, come on.

Spencer is totally going to hook up with the Academic Decathlon guy...

Pretty Little Liars‘ Spencer is totally going to hook up with the Academic Decathlon guy, right? (You can’t disguise a hottie with glasses.) 
For serious. They put glasses on that guy and suddenly he's a nerd? We're really supposed to think he's just some extra who doesn't matter? Whatever, PLL. If I've learned one thing watching your show, it's that everyone matters.

 The real question is, will they hook up before or after she finds out Toby is on the A Team?

For those still doubting NeNe Leakes’ acting chops...

For those still doubting NeNe Leakes’ acting chops, did The New Normal this week officially put your skepticism to rest?
via TVLine
Yes, yes, 100% yes. I thought the exact same thing watching last week's episode!

For those of you keeping up - Bryan and David are trying to hire a nanny and contemplating whether or not they can handle being stay-at-home dads. Rocky (NeNe) confides in Bryan that she has always wanted to be a producer and convinces him to let her produce an episode 'Sing' as a tryout for his paternity leave.

She is brilliant.

I hate to draw a parallel to Sue Sylvester - especially since Ms. Leakes often graces the Glee set as well - but Rocky is the new Sue.

But less mean. Sure, she's bitchy. But she isn't mean like Sue. She's got good intentions. Bryan is her family. And her 'friendship' with Nana is awesome.

Can't wait to see more Rocky. She steals the show.


GIRLS is 'outlandishly horrifying'

Read more about the review of Girls Season 2 premiere here. 

I understand that when the reviewer said Girls was 'outlandishly horrifying' she meant it as a bad thing.

But it's not.

Girls IS outlandishly horrifying. In fact, outlandishly horrifying is probably the best description there ever was for this show. It is awkward and uncomfortable and shocking. It makes me feel squeamish. It makes me feel embarrassed. And disgusted. And confused. And sometimes the normal happy and sad.

I love what Lena and the girls said on the Today Show.

They're holding a mirror up to the world. And no, sometimes we don't like what we see. Sure... sometimes it is exaggerated. But really? Most of it feels raw and honest to me.

As outlandishly horrifying as that is.
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Golden Globes 2013 Surprises & My Picks to Win

Golden Globe nominations have been released and there is obviously too much good TV out nowadays. Forget 10 Oscar nominees, we need 10 TV nominees!!

Best Television Series — Drama  
Surprised to see: Game of Thrones and Mad Men left off the list after what was arguably the two's best seasons. 
My pick to win: Breaking Bad, just because it's the last season. Otherwise, it's too hard to choose between the nominated shows. 

Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical 
Surprised to see: First of all, 'comedyor musical'? Can we throw out the 'or musical' category? Glee is a comedy. Smash and Nashville are dramas. I don't care whether or not they have music. Period. As for nominees, I wish I live to see the day that Community or Happy Endings get some love. And that Ben & Kate, The Mindy Project and Up All Night become big hits. 
My pick to win: Girls. Girls. Girls. 

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama 
No surprises here. 
My pick to win: I know not everyone loved it, but I think Steve Buscemi killed it on Boardwalk Empire this year. He was delusional, desperate and perfect. More likely that it'll go to Cranston or Lewis though.  

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama 
Surprised to see: Connie Britton? For serious? I know people are obsessed with her.... but I just can't. I liked her on Spin City? Is that acceptable? Anyway, I think Monica Potter is doing award-worthy work on Parenthood and it is a shame she isn't nominated. Does this season count for next year?
My pick to win: Don't like/watch any of these. Claire Danes will win probably. 

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical 
Surprised to see: I know Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an awards' show darling, but I don't think she is that great on Veep. Am I alone on this?
My pick to win: Dunham. 

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical 
Surprised to see: Baldwin, just because I'm sick of him and 30 Rock
My pick to win: Louis. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 
Surprised to see: ALL these categories lumped together. It's ridiculous! How can I even choose?!
My pick(s) to win: If we're talking comedy - Max or Eric are always a joy to watch. For drama - I would have liked to see a whole new list of nominees including any of the Mad Men guys (particularly Jared Harris or Vincent Kartheiser), Jack Hutson from Boardwalk Empire or of course Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones for the Blackwater speech scene alone. And someday, Walter Goggins from Justified please. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 
Surprised to see: Again with ALL the categories. Plus, Panettiere? Are.You.Serious?
My pick to win: Can I pick NONE of these people and trade them for Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) or Lena Headey (Game of Thrones).

And just a general rant on the whole mini series category.... What a mess! I'm sick of shows that get cancelled entering themselves as a mini-series. You are not a mini-series. You got cancelled. And Downton Abbey WAS a mini series, swept it, and then decided to do a second season and become a series. And American Horror Story is sort of a series, but it changes every season so now it's a mini-series. Ugh. 

Don't forget to watch the Golden Globes on Sunday (and click here for a schedule of Awards Show Season


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