Emmy Winners and Nominees 2009

September 22, 2009 - Leave a Response

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/arts/television/21emmylist.html



“30 Rock” (NBC)*Winner*

“Entourage” (HBO)

“Family Guy” (Fox)

“Flight Of The Conchords”(HBO)

“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)

“The Office” (NBC)

“Weeds” (Showtime)



“Big Love” (HBO)

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Damages” (FX)

“Dexter” (Showtime)

“House” (Fox)

“Lost” (ABC)

*Winner*“Mad Men” (AMC)



“Generation Kill” (HBO)

*Winner*“Little Dorrit” (PBS)



“Coco Chanel” (Lifetime)

*Winner*“Grey Gardens” (HBO)

“Into The Storm” (HBO)

“Prayers For Bobby” (Lifetime)

“Taking Chance” (HBO)



“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

*Winner*“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)

“Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)



*Winner*“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“American Idol” (Fox)

“Dancing With The Stars” (ABC)

“Project Runway” (Bravo)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)



Jemaine Clement, “Flight Of The Conchords” (HBO)

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Tony Shalhoub, “Monk” (USA)

Steve Carell, “The Office” (NBC)

*Winner*Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” (NBC)

Charlie Sheen, “Two And A Half Men” (CBS)



Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “New Adventures Of Old Christine” (CBS)

Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?” (ABC)

Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program” (Comedy Central)

Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (NBC)

*Winner*Toni Collette, “United States Of Tara” (Showtime)

Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds” (Showtime)



*Winner*Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Hugh Laurie, “House” (Fox)

Michael C. Hall , “Dexter” (Showtime)

Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment” (HBO)

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Simon Baker, “The Mentalist” (CBS)



Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters,” (ABC)

Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer” (TNT)

*Winner*Glenn Close, “Damages” (FX)

Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace” (TNT)



Kevin Kline, “Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances)” (PBS)

*Winner*Brendan Gleeson, “Into The Storm” (HBO)

Ian McKellen, “King Lear (Great Performances)” (PBS)

Kevin Bacon, “Taking Chance” (HBO)

Kiefer Sutherland, “24: Redemption” (Fox)

Kenneth Branagh, “Wallander: One Step Behind” (PBS)



Chandra Wilson, “Accidental Friendship” (Hallmark)

Shirley MacLaine, “Coco Chanel” (Lifetime)

Drew Barrymore, “Grey Gardens” (HBO)

*Winner*Jessica Lange, “Grey Gardens” (HBO)

Sigourney Weaver, “Prayers For Bobby” (Lifetime)



Kevin Dillon, “Entourage” (HBO)

Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)

Rainn Wilson, “The Office”

Tracy Morgan, “30 Rock” (NBC)

Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock” (NBC)

*Winner*Jon Cryer, “Two And A Half Men” (CBS)



*Winner*Kristin Chenoweth, “Pushing Daisies” (ABC)

Amy Poehler, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Kristin Wiig, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock” (NBC)

Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty” (ABC)

Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds” (Showtime)



William Shatner, “Boston Legal” (ABC)

Christian Clemenson, “Boston Legal” (ABC)

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

William Hurt, “Damages” (FX)

*Winner*Michael Emerson, “Lost” (ABC)

John Slattery, “Mad Men” (AMC)



Rose Byrne, “Damages” (FX)

Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Dianne Wiest, “In Treatment” (HBO)

Hope Davis, “In Treatment” (HBO)

*Winner*Cherry Jones, “24” (Fox)



*Winner*Ken Howard, “Grey Gardens” (HBO)

Len Cariou, “Into The Storm” (HBO)

Bob Newhart, “The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice” (TNT)

Tom Courtenay, “Little Dorrit” (PBS)

Andy Serkis, “Little Dorrit” (PBS)



Marcia Gay Harden, “The Courageous Heart Of Irena Sendler” (CBS)

Jeanne Tripplehorn, “Grey Gardens” (HBO)

*Winner*Shohreh Aghdashloo, “House Of Saddam” (HBO)

Janet McTeer, “Into The Storm” (HBO)

Cicely Tyson, “Relative Stranger” (Hallmark)



Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race” (CBS)

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol” (Fox)

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With The Stars” (ABC)

Heidi Klum, “Project Runway” (Bravo)

*Winner*Jeff Probst, “Survivor” (CBS)

Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, “Top Chef” (Bravo)



Julian Farino, “Entourage” (“Tree Trippers”)

James Bobin, “Flight Of The Conchords” (“The Tough Brets”)

*Winner*Jeff Blitz, “The Office” (“Stress Relief”)

Millicent Shelton, “30 Rock” (“Apollo, Apollo”)

Beth McCarthy, “30 Rock” (“Reunion”)

Todd Holland, “30 Rock” (“Generalissimo”)



Michael Rymer, “Battlestar Galactica” (“Daybreak, Part 2”)

Bill D’Elia, “Boston Legal” (“Made in China/Last Call”)

Todd A. Kessler, “Damages” (“Trust Me”)

*Winner*Rod Holcomb, “ER” (“And in the End…”)

Phil Abraham, “Mad Men” (“The Jet Set”)



Susanna White, “Generation Kill”

Michael Sucsy, “Grey Gardens”

Thaddeus O’Sullivan, “Into The Storm”

*Winner*Dearbhla Walsh, “Little Dorrit”

Ross Katz, “Taking Chance”

Philip Martin, “Wallander: One Step Behind”



*Winner*Bruce Gowers, “American Idol”

Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”

Hal Grant, “Real Time With Bill Maher”

Jim Hoskinson, “The Colbert Report”

Jerry Foley, “Late Show With David Letterman”

Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live”



Roger Goodman, 81st Annual Academy Awards

*Winner*Bucky Gunts, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Don Mischer, Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Halftime Show

Glenn Weiss, “The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration”

Marty Callner, “Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush”



James Bobin, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, “Flight Of The Conchords” (“Prime Minister”)

*Winner*Matt Hubbard, “30 Rock” (“Reunion”)

Robert Carlock, “30 Rock” (“Apollo, Apollo”)

Ron Weiner, “30 Rock” (“Mamma Mia”)

Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, “30 Rock” (“Kidney Now!”)



Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, “Lost” (“The Incident”)

Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” (“A Night to Remember”)

Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton and Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” (“Six Month Leave”)

Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” (“The Jet Set”)

*Winner*Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” (“Meditations in an Emergency”)



David Simon, “Generation Kill”

Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, “Grey Gardens”

Hugh Whitemore, “Into The Storm”

*Winner*Andrew Davies, “Little Dorrit”

Lt. Col. Michael R. Strobl and Ross Katz, “Taking Chance”


Personal triumph and a tragedy

August 13, 2009 - Leave a Response

After watching the most drawn-out and brutalized TV series in American History, I feel like more of a survivor than the people I was watching. I’m talking about the series Lost. Call me a bit slow but I only just finished watching Season 4 recently.

And you may now ask, why watch a series that you’re already calling terrible? Well, to be entirely honest, I went along with the crowd and saw through the first two seasons. After that Season 3 came along, which seemed bit-sized in length so I decided to whip through it and watch it. I kind of forced Season 4 upon myself now because I needed a break after writing exams, and since I’d eaten my way through 90% of my movie collection…Season 4 was literally staring me in the face and calling my name.

So I’ve now ploughed through a record of four whole seasons! This feels like my biggest film achievement ever for some reason. Even after watching the entire series of Battle Star Galactica (2004) I didn’t feel so tired, weather-beaten…and damn hungry. I’ve made a mental note in the process, which is to steer clear of commenting on any films that has any kind of survivors and/or island-based theme.

Now that I’ve got all that off my chest, I feel better 😀



Walkthrough (and try not to run)

July 17, 2009 - Leave a Response

I’ve been a gamer for a long while, and if there is one thing that irritates me are cheats, and exploits. There’s a certain kind of satisfaction to finishing a game (without being in god-mode the whole time) that never leaves you. If I start to get really frustrated, I’ll glance at a walkthrough…but still enjoy the game. For example, when Hitman: Blood Money came out, I got hold of a walkthrough. Although since it was a recent game, some enthusiast had only written out half of the missions. I admit that I was a bit bummed, although I was equally encouraged to prove that I was far from lazy.

The good news is I did finish the game, and appreciated the fact I was only semi-assisted. You may argue that cheating may be fun…which is only true for the first few attempts. After that you’re forced to toss the game aside and moan about it to your friends. Although, if you choose to be stubborn about it and take your hacks online…you will soon find yourself kicked and/or banned. From then it’s either a hunt for a new channel, or a run from the law.

My point is that trying to be ‘clever’ and do something no one else has in a game is to your own detriment. You will very soon see that buying a new game…is far more fun, and far less effort. (E.g. you get to gaze at the artwork like you would a new girlfriend.)

There’s a feeling about owning an original that never leaves your veins.


p.s. (H4ck3rs R n00bs) 😛

Torchwood: Children of Earth

July 11, 2009 - Leave a Response

Torchwood_ChildrenofEarthFirst of all, I have to point out that there are no spoilers here as I realise that many will not have had the opportunity to see this at the time of writing, therefore it is more of a general overview rather than a detailed review. I may go back and add further details later.

For those of you who have not seen Torchwood, it began life as a grittier, adult spin off of Doctor Who which has traditionally been regarded as a ‘children’s’ program. It follows the exploits of a small ‘secret’ organisation who monitor and deal with anything alien or unusual which may fall through a Rift in space and time which is centred in Cardiff, Wales.

I’ve always loved this show and have followed it faithfully through the first two seasons. When I first heard that it would be coming back for only a 5 episode run I was naturally disappointed that we weren’t going to be given the boon of a full 12/13 episode season, however a mini-series was better than nothing at all.

Eventually it was revealed that it would run nightly over one solid week, post-watershed (after 9pm) with a single story arc. As further little nuggets of information and trailers began to appear, it became apparent that this series would be very good and well worth the wait.

Nothing prepared me for just how truly shocking, horrific and outstanding it would be,  elevating this show to a whole new level.

One day all the children of the world stop for a few moments before suddenly continuing on as though nothing had happened. The next time they freeze they all chant the same message – a message terrifying in it’s simplicity. “We are coming.”

From there the scene is set for an unforgettable and gripping fast paced scenario. An intense political drama mixed with action, growing suspense and situations which hit hard on every basic emotional level.

A global problem is made even more frightening by being taken right to our everyday normality outlining  just how vulnerable, gullible and powerless we really can be.

There are times when you find yourself justifying the actions and decisions that the Governments are taking then feel immediate guilt for doing so. As more details are revealed as to why the alien demands are required – you are left reeling with  disgust and horror, wondering who the true monsters are.

It often takes extreme situations to bring out the best (and worst) in people, whether they are high ranking officials or your neighbour down the street and this series deals with this full on. The acting is superb, the writing and direction exceptional, making this all too uncomfortably believable.

A  bleak tale of sacrifice, impossible dilemmas and harsh decisions, this mini-series is not easy to watch in places and heart wrenching in others. Filled with unbearable suspense and brave actions carried out by otherwise ordinary people, I thoroughly recommend it and cannot  praise it highly enough.


Darkly Dexter

June 29, 2009 - Leave a Response

Most of us want to be serial killers. We may not like to kill someone, see someone beg for their life, or even see blood everywhere. Everyone likes that image that serial killers have. It’s that ability to blend into the background, and still look good. Even Ted Bundy looked like a respectable guy, because that seems to be part of the criteria to taking lives…looking good.

We live in a very aesthetic culture that tells us we have to look good (despite what we may be going through). I came to realize this when watching the devious and intriguing TV series Dexter. For those who haven’t heard of it…I’ll give a little to whet your appetite.

The Nutshell Version

Dexter had an urge to kill from the time he was young. He seemed to feel different from everyone else. Luckily his foster father came to see this and helped his hone this ability. According to Dexter (and his Father) it is only appropriate to kill someone if they have done harm than good. So if (the victim in question) has destroyed countless lives and isn’t prepared to change, then Dexter deals with the rest. Like any serial killer he goes to great lengths to cover up his deeds, because in reality he is a cop.

Yup you heard right. To pass the time he works in Forensics as an expert in blood spatter, after all this is what he does best. This creates an interesting twist to the series. He has to constantly wear a ‘social mask’ to hide what he really is. The question now arises…how withdrawn should you keep yourself?

I’m only into the first season…and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. IMO this series deserves an 8/10. The photography is very well done, and the storyline is most definitely gripping. I only hope that the essence I’m drawn to isn’t lost in seasons 2 and 3. Sometimes I think it’s advisable to only watch the first season of some series, because after that you (and the Director) really lost the plot (i.e. Prison a prime candidate).



What The Frack Would Starbuck Do?

June 1, 2009 - Leave a Response

Most of us, most of the time want to be warriors. Okay, I must confess that not everyone does want to be a fighter. Everyone IMO (in my opinion) wants that feeling of having made a difference. I think that ‘doing good’ gives us an emotional sense of triumph. We feel captured and cornered (i.e. limited for want of a better word) by our emotions, so every time that we end up doing something good and honorable and being recognized… we get a kick out of it. So we’re then: are we not just redeeming ourselves from our emotions?

Hmmm…not quite. The reason I’m asking these thoughtful questions is because I’ve been addicted to the series Battle Star Galactica, which only recently ended off in May this year (2009). I wasn’t lucky enough to follow the series since it started (in 2004) on the Sci-Fi Channel, so I got it off the net (i.e. through a friend off a torrent site) and now I’m positively hooked. After this I’m not sure I’ll see Sci-Fi the same way. The reason is that this series managed to have superb special effects, storylines, characters, and pretty much everything else.

IMO some Science Fiction (on screen) will fall foul in either two areas.

  1. The Storyline(s)    or…
  2. The Cast

Firstly if you’ve watched a great deal of Science Fiction you’ll know that there are common themes in it. I won’t go into all the intricacies, but after a while the storyline/plot does become very predictable. Especially in some of the series which easily run up to ten or so seasons…watching the last few can become particularly painful. I found with BSG, this is not the case at all. To appeal to more people the Directors decided to make the storyline more about the characters, than actual technology and events. This makes the series far more complex, but yet it’s still compelling and riveting…because it’s such a different approach to the genre.

My second point pretty much ties in with my former mention of BSG having an unusual plot. To have a good plot (based on the characters), means that the actors themselves have to really be skilled and on top of their game. This point was proven by having Edward James Olmos, and Mary McDonnell who are seasoned in their game. They play the roles of Commander of the Battle Star and President of Twelve Colonies, respectively. Moving on there are still good actors (of a lower military rank) such as:

  1. Jamie Bamber
  2. James Callis
  3. Tricia Helfer
  4. Katee Sackhoff
  5. Grace Park

What I also really liked is that all these actors were pretty new to the screen. The character who I think stands out in everyone’s mind is Lt. Kara Thrace (call sign: Starbuck) played by Katee Sackhoff. She’s a fighter pilot who is headstrong, and at times a little out-of-line. Despite this she’s is never totally detained because she is the best pilot on the team, and has a knack for helping out her superiors (in terms of military tactics) in times of desperate need.

I found that although Starbuck seems to be the worst-disciplined fighter pilot on the crew, she is loved and respected because of the caring and ‘human-ness’ she brings to the fleet. She seems to be both a symbol and a powerful character in this series. The series is (thankfully) only four seasons long…and now my hands are itching to hit the play button since I’ve reached the end of season three where …SPOILER ALERT… Lt. S******* disappears and now everyone can’t stop wondering where the frack is (the person in question???).

Anyways, this now brings me back to the title, which is on everyone’s minds by now. It’s a question I think we should be asking ourselves, when we’re feeling a little extra geeky, and down-in-the-dumps. W.T.F.W.S.D?

Farewell fellow Space Cadets 😉



Keep your lid on

April 16, 2009 - Leave a Response

At the moment I seem to be catching up on my movie collection, more than my bookshelf. That’s okay with me…I just have to remind myself to blog about the movies, and in a sense to keep on thinking. This is probably why I don’t smoke weed, or do any drug other than alcohol…this is because I’m too addicted to a clear mind. So the movie I saw the other day (which I thought to be blog-able) was Be Cool. This is quiet an old movie, but it had Uma Thurman in it.

She an acting legend IMO. Of course after Quentin Tarantino got a hold of her, I’m used to seeing her swinging swords and covered in blood. It was actually quite refreshing to see her in a more feminine role for a change. In this movie she plays an owner of a record company. Her and co-star John Travolta, are trying to get a talented young girl in the music industry.

There are a few problems. She already had a contract with someone else…although that one wasn’t going anywhere. So she has to try brush off these wanna-be gangsters, plus the Russians who are always involved somehow. This is a very quirky movie. It has numerous twists and turns, not to mention it has Travolta actually playing the good guy (which is rare with his current films). I would give it 4/5 simply because I don’t think it’s everyone’s kinda movie. On the up-side it has some good twists in the plot, and plenty of laughs.

I find the trick to a good comedy is does the person understand the underlying humor of the whole story. The scriptwriter wants the viewers to see a certain thread of comedy, and in this case it’s not always seen. This could be seen as a positive or negative. You should know by now that the movies I review are one’s I hate, this is because I find that a waste of breath. There are too many good movies to promote!



Hotel For Dogs

March 4, 2009 - Leave a Response

It’s very rare that I get out to see a current movie. In fact, I can’t actually recall the last ‘new’ film I went to see. Last week, however, I found myself reeling with shock at the ticket prices and the shockingly small but highly expensive bags of popcorn and other associated cinematic treats that naturally go hand in hand with a day out at the flicks. The reason for this excursion was a long promised trip to the cinema for my 6 year old little girl. As such, she got to choose which film she wanted to see which resulted in my settling down to watch ‘Hotel for Dogs’.

Basically it’s a story of a brother & sister who have moved from foster home to foster home and are currently on their last chance to stay together. They frequently steal and use fraudulent means to feed their dog which they have been keeping in secret (yes – let’s get priorities right here…) During one such excursion they are running from the police and take refuge in a large disused old hotel – surprisingly and completely unbelievably still furnished. There they come across two other stray dogs who have taken up residence there. The brother (who just so happens to be able to rig up all sorts of machines (quite where they get all the parts is never really fully explained…) Eventually they acquire several hundred dogs and it all goes horribly wrong etc etc (ok – maybe not several hundred!)but everything works out spiffingly in the end…

The movie was obviously aimed at children who don’t mind several enormous and gaping plot holes and on the whole was fairly enjoyable if not totally predictable. There were some nice and funny moments in it – including the Golden Fire Hydrant, however, not being a dog person, it didn’t really strike a chord with me. If it had been up to me, I’d have left them all in the pound and thrown the kids in jail!


He’ll be back again…and again

February 2, 2009 - Leave a Response

Last night I couldn’t sleep so I ended up crawling over to my computer, and watching a movie. This time it was Terminator 3. I’m probably the worse person to end up watching a serious action/sci-fi. The reason is whenever I end up watching a serious movie I always endup laughing more than I would in a comedy. Maybe it’s cos I was watching someone whose an embarrassment to the English language.


Just like Chuck Norris though…This guy doesn’t seem to die! It’s easy though since he’s a robot that a) is on a assembly line and b) is upgraded everytime there’s a new movie coming out. Although we have to hand it to arnie…he’s definitely a legend. Long Live Arnie lol…


The Future War is about to begin…

February 2, 2009 - One Response

A lot of people seem to be bracing themselves for the end of the world nowadays. To be honest – it’s most probably been like that through all of history when you start adding up all the atrocities that follow us. Moving on though, I’ve often asked myself the question…if there is going to be a war (assuming we actually are on the brink of Armageddon) what will the war be?

There are many possibilities if you start to think about what really gets under our skin. So most people will start a list running in their heads: water, oil, races, technology, knowledge, land, etc. (Keep in mind that a war is never fought over a single issue.) For the sake of the debate, I’ll pick one.


Races…Wars have been fought over this one, and still will be in the future. This also reminds me of the film, Crash. I saw it over the weekend, and I realized what an amazing portrayal of racial clashes this was. It also had a noteworthy cast consisting of Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Brendan Fraser.

*A quick sum up of the plot*

I have to hand it to the director of this one. This storyline surely kept us guessing. There are about 4-6 different groups of characters, namely a white couple, two black friends, a Persian family, a Mexican family, and one or two others. The black guys are gangsters angry with life, the white couple is struggling to keep up a middle class marriage, the Persians are having trouble with their family business, and so on. It’s a tough movie to watch because everything depicted is extremely relevant to what is going on today.

For the first time I can’t unroll the story into a summary. I came across it when I was going through the technological debris on my computer. I started watching it and became more and more engrossed. I actually enjoyed it so much that I might go and buy myself a copy to lend out to friends. I’m different in that way. Most people will buy a film they haven’t yet watched. I, on the other hand, will buy one that I’ve seen just so that I can lend it out to friends of mine.



So who will enjoy this movie…I would say people that like ‘gritty’ movies. By this I mean movies that you can understand because they are almost a documentary. All fiction is based on elements of reality. I’m also a fan of Sandra Bullock. Her early work was not so impressive. Although, when I start to look at her acting in this film…I can see she is maturing into a great actress.

Another great actor is Don Cheadle (who you may recognize from the film, Reign Over Me). He is (to my knowledge) fairly new on the acting scene, but he has a depth in the way he carries himself on the screen.