Sunday, September 16, 2018

We Don't Believe What's on TV

Another entertainment showdown with Mike and Blobby.

Honestly, I think we're both on the fence with this one, participation-wise. It's kind of like if we should throw our names in to the Tri-Wizard's cup.   (I'll give Mike a few to Gooooogle that.)

Law of averages tells me I have to win one in the near future. Will it be the Emmys?  Errrrrrr.....I'm thinking not. Television is so not watched the way it was, even three years ago. And I'm not a binger either.  Neither is Mike, unless you're talking about drinking..........or desserts.

Of course, I mean I don't binge watch anything. Mike's former blog might have been titled "Short Attention Span Theater", but honestly, I have no attention span for that kind of tv watching.

Doing a quick-thru of below list, not only have I seen barely any of these shows, I haven't heard of many either.  Throwing darts blind-folded might yield better results.

This is all of my doing, of course. I had not "talked" to Mike (read: texted) in weeks, so I throughout a message to him mentioning the Emmys were coming up........and he bit and said he was game. Not gamey.

Below are my choices, many of which will be what I want to win, not what will.....because I don't know what will.  These selections might also comenwith some comments, as you all might expect.


DRAMA SERIES 
“The Americans” (FX) “The Crown” (Netflix) “Game of Thrones” (HBO) “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) “Stranger Things” (Netflix) “This Is Us” (NBC) “Westworld” (HBO) 

I've seen the Crown. That's it. But I "hear" the Handmaid's Tale is "good". But it has Moss, who is creepy now that I found out she's a Scientologist, so............ .   But this isn't about like, it's about win. 

COMEDY SERIES 
“Atlanta” (FX) “Barry” (HBO) “Black-ish” (ABC) “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO) “GLOW” (Netflix) “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) “Silicon Valley” (HBO) “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Atlanta, which I've never seen, might be the only true competition here. 

 LIMITED SERIES 
 “The Alienist” (TNT) “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX) “Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic) “Godless” (Netflix) “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)

Because it has the longest title?

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Claire Foy, “The Crown” Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” Keri Russell, “The Americans” Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”

Whatevs. 

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Jason Bateman, “Ozark” Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” Ed Harris, “Westworld” Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us” Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

Why not? 

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE 
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner” Laura Dern, “The Tale” Michele Dockery, “Godless” Edie Falco, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers” Regina King, “Seven Seconds” Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult”

Not a fan of this entire show(s), but I do love Paulson. 

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE 
Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso” Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose” Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower” John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert” Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister: Black Mirror”

Do you really want to bet against "Jebus"? 

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Allison Janney, “Mom” Issa Rae, “Insecure” Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish” Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Love Issa Rae.  Love Brosanhan more. 

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES 
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish” Ted Danson, “The Good Place” Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Donald Glover, “Atlanta” Bill Hader, “Barry” William H. Macy, “Shameless”

He was great in Community - and he's not David or Danson, which are huge pluses.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones” Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” David Harbour, “Stranger Things” Matt Smith, “The Crown” Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Never seen the show, but I do like the actor. 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things” Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown” Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Princess Margaret was the highlight of the last season of the Crown.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES 
Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta” Henry Winkler, “Barry” Louie Anderson, “Baskets” Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live” Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live” Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

I loved Mrs. Maisel, but I love her father even more. 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 
Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta” Betty Gilpin, “GLOW” Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne” Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live” Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live” Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace”

Borstein said "fuck" too often for voters, I'm guessing. 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Jeff Daniels, “Godless” Brandon Victor Dixon, “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert” Ricky Martin, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” Edgar Ramírez, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” Finn Wittrock, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” Michael Stuhlbarg, “The Looming Tower” John Leguizamo, “Waco”

ummmmmmm...........??

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Adina Porter, “American Horror Story: Cult” Letitia Wright, “Black Museum: Black Mirror” Merritt Wever, “Godless” Sara Bareilles, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” Penélope Cruz, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” Judith Light, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

I dunno. It's Judith Fucking Light, maybe?

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM 
 “The Amazing Race” (CBS) “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC) “Project Runway” (Lifetime) “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) “Top Chef” (Bravo) “The Voice” (NBC)

Because the dudes are usually half naked........and dudes.  Take that Runway or RuPaul.

VARIETY TALK SERIES 
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central) “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS) “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC) “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO) “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS) “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS) 

Though if Bee won for the 'feckless cunt' comment, I wouldn't be surprised.....or disappointed. 

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES 
“At Home With Amy Sedaris” (truTV) “Drunk History” (Comedy Central) “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman” (Hulu) “Portlandia” (IFC) “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) “Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

I love Amy Sedaris, but her show sucked balls......and not in a good way. I really enjoy Drunk History, but Emmy worthy?  Nahhh.

TELEVISION MOVIE 
 “Fahrenheit 451” (HBO) “Flint” (Lifetime) “Paterno” (HBO) “The Tale” (HBO) “USS Callister: Black Mirror” (HBO)

Did any of these really exist? 

STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM 
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS) “Fixer Upper” (HGTV) “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network) “Queer Eye” (Netflix) “Shark Tank” (ABC) “Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Lord. It's gonna be Queer Eye..........which makes no sense without Kyan. 

UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM 
“Born This Way” (A&E) “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel) “Intervention” (A&E) “Naked And Afraid” (Discovery Channel) “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1) “United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

If I could have a "pass", it would be on this one. 

ANIMATED PROGRAM 
“Baymax Returns (Big Hero 6: The Series)” (Disney XD) “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox) “Rick And Morty” (Adult Swim) “South Park” (Comedy Central) “The Simpsons” (Fox) 

It could happen. 

HOST FOR A REALITY/REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM 
Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen’s Game Of Games” Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night” Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, “Project Runway” RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” W. Kamau Bell, “United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell” 

Ellen is the Jebus of television lesbians. 

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES 
Mark Cendrowski, “The Big Bang Theory” (“The Bow Tie Symmetry”) Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (“FUBU”) Hiro Murai, “Atlanta” (“Teddy Perkins”) Bill Hader, “Barry” (“Chapter One: Make Your Mark”) Jesse Peretz, “GLOW” (“Pilot”) Mike Judge, “Silicon Valley” (“Initial Coin Offering”) Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“Pilot”)

Maybe to Donald Glover, but Maisel's pilot was great, yet not it's best episode. 

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES 
Alan Taylor, “Game Of Thrones” (“Beyond The Wall”) Jeremy Podeswa, “Game Of Thrones” (“The Dragon And The Wolf”) Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (“The Toll”) Daniel Sackheim, “Ozark” (“Tonight We Improvise”) The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things” (“Chapter Nine: The Gate”) Stephen Daldry, “The Crown” (“Paterfamilias”) Kari Skogland, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“After”)

I'm sure it's a cautionary tale of some kind, though the Crown episode chosen was by far the best of the of the season. 

DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, TV MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL 
Scott Frank, “Godless” David Leveaux (director) and Alex Rudzinski (Live Television Director), “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live In Concert” Barry Levinson, “Paterno” Edward Berger, “Patrick Melrose” Ryan Murphy, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (“The Man Who Would Be Vogue”) Craig Zisk, “The Looming Tower” (“9/11”) David Lynch, “Twin Peaks”

People love Jebus. 

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES 
Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (“Alligator Man”) Stefani Robinson, “Atlanta” (“Barbershop”) Alec Berg and Bill Hader, “Barry” (“Chapter One: Make Your Mark”) Liz Sarnoff, “Barry” (“Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast And Keep Going”) Alec Berg, “Silicon Valley” (“Fifty-One Percent”) Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“Pilot”)

There were better episodes than the pilot, but this will do. 

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES 
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” (“The Dragon And The Wolf”) Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Killing Eve” (“Nice Face”) The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things” (“Chapter Nine: The Gate”) Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, “The Americans” (“Start”) Peter Morgan, “The Crown” (“Mystery Man”) Bruce Miller, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“June”)

See comments three above. 

WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, TV MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL 
Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus, “American Vandal” (“Clean Up”) Scott Frank, “Godless” David Nicholls, “Patrick Melrose” Tom Rob Smith, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (“House By The Lake”) David Lynch and Mark Frost, “Twin Peaks” William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, “USS Callister: Black Mirror”

Did anyone actually watch Twin Peaks?   Yeah........I didn't think so. 

WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES 
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS) “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO) “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC) “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

It will prob go to SNL, but it shouldn't. 


Who will victor? No one knows. Math will tell you Mike has the edge. Actuarial science might say my time is due.

I guess you'll know on Tuesday.



Song by: 21 Pilots

4 comments:

Bob Slatten said...

Judith Fucking Light,
Say no more!

Morty said...

Watch all Black Mirrors - best thing going.

Anonymous said...

May the law of averages smile upon Blobby this evening. It’s been so long since he’s been a winner…

Truth be told, the only thing I’ve been binging on (aforementioned martinis aside) is anything on The Food Network (Hi Trisha!), The Great British Baking Show, and “Botched” (I’ll give Blobby a few minutes to Google that).

So really, when it comes down to the fine print, I got nothing. But here goes….

DRAMA SERIES
the Handmaid’s Tale (tail?) Never saw it. Don’t know how to access Hulu. So shoot me.

COMEDY SERIES
I will also go with The Marvelous Mrs. Hoo-Haw. Watched a few episodes on a plane once. I laughed.

LIMITED SERIES
Sorry Blobby — but I also have to pick the Gianni Versace story. It’s got everything: murder, Darren Criss…

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Oh let me go out on a limb here: Keri Russell for The Americans. Peter loved this series.

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sterling K. Brown for the win.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
I will take Laura Dern for $400, Alec…

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Hi Darren Criss…

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Tracee Ellis Ross — cuz she’s Diana’s daughter dontcha know…

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
I will go with Danny Glover because Blobby said so…

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
All the cool kids are going with David Harbour….so I will too

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Let’s give one to the young and talented Millie Bobby Brown.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Henry Winkler. Yo, the Fonz…

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kate McKinnon. She’s the best thing on SNL since whatshername left…

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES
Jeff Daniels. Cuz Hollywood loves a comeback. (??)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES
Sara Bareilles. She’s got some pipes

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
RuPaul all the way to the bank HON-EEEEE!

VARIETY TALK SERIES
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

VARIETY SKETCH
Saturday Night Live. If I could only stay awake long enough to watch it.

Anonymous said...

TELEVISION MOVIE
Pattern. Peter said it was good. I skipped it.

STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
Oh Jesus — total crapshoot. Let’s say…..Who do you think you are?

UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
Born this Way

ANIMATED PROGRAM
I will go with the record-setting The Simpsons

HOST FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
I read somewhere that Heidi and Tim are moving to a new network — this may be there going away gift.

DIRETING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Donald Glover “Atlanta”

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
I will take Stephen Daldry because Blobby did not.

DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES
Barry Levinson

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Berg for Silicon Valley

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Peter Morgan for The Crown

WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES
I think blobby is trying to throw me with his formatting…but i will go with the team for Versace movie

WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
SNL all the way…