Emmy Winners and Nominees 2009
September 22, 2009

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

 

COMEDY SERIES

“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)

 

DRAMA SERIES

“Big Love” (HBO)

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Damages” (FX)

“Dexter” (Showtime)

“House” (Fox)

“Lost” (ABC)

*Winner*“Mad Men” (AMC)

 

MINI-SERIES

“Generation Kill” (HBO)

*Winner*“Little Dorrit” (PBS)

 

TELEVISION MOVIE

“Coco Chanel” (Lifetime)

*Winner*“Grey Gardens” (HBO)

“Into The Storm” (HBO)

“Prayers For Bobby” (Lifetime)

“Taking Chance” (HBO)

 

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

“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)

 

REALITY COMPETITION

*Winner*“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“American Idol” (Fox)

“Dancing With The Stars” (ABC)

“Project Runway” (Bravo)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

 

ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

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)

 

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

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)

 

ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

*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)

 

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

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)

 

ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOVIE

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)

 

ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOVIE

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)

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

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)

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

*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)

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

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)

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

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)

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOVIE

*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)

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOVIE

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)

 

REALITY HOST

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)

 

DIRECTING, COMEDY SERIES

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”)

 

DIRECTING, DRAMA SERIES

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”)

 

DIRECTING, MINI-SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL

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”

 

DIRECTING, VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

*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”

 

DIRECTING, VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL

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”

 

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

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!”)

 

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

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”)

 

WRITING FOR A MINI-SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

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”

The Future War is about to begin…
February 2, 2009

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.

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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.

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*IMO*

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.

PhilosopherPoet

Couches & Potatoes
January 30, 2009

Potatoes and Couches – go together like… well, like… what exactly does that expression mean anyway? Do potatoes in their natural environment flock together and lounge around on soft furnishings all day? 

Let us take a brief look at the various definitions that have been assigned for ‘Couch Potato’…

  1. An idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)
  2. “Couch Potato” is a song by “Weird Al” Yankovic.
  3. Couch Potato was a children’s television show broadcast on ABC TV in Australia, airing on Sunday mornings.

Mostly however, it’s popular usage refers to point 1. 

So from this fascinating fact, one can almost safely assume that this blog will largely concern that ever popular pastime of sitting around consuming all manner of visual, musical and interwebby delights then spouting our opinions of them at you!