Review: “iZombie” The Exterminator (Season 1, Episode 3)

I really want to like iZombie. From the minds of Veronica Mars greats, Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero, I’ve been sneaking episodes of season one into my summer catch-up schedule. The trouble, and what has made the process a little slower than I expected, is I haven’t managed to get hooked yet. It’s only episode three (and three has been the best one so far) but here are some of my initial thoughts on the series:

iZombie

Rose McIver and Rahul Kohli on iZombie / Screencap: Television Promos via YouTube

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Review: BBC America’s “Thirteen”

BBC America's Thirteen

Jodie Comer on Thirteen / Screencap: BBC via YouTube

Where ABC's The Family did not invoke confidence, BBC America's Thirteen 
proves that a show set around a missing child's return can be enthralling.

 

Cast-wise, ABC’s The Family was impressive. Starring Joan Allen (Room), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), the show aired mid-season for twelve episodes before the network announced its cancellation in May.
Having stuck it out for a pilot and a half, every show needs a few attention-grabbing hooks. The problem with The Family was it was all hooks, no answers, and a lot of frustrating characters.

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My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actor in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Aden Young (Daniel Holden, Rectify)

– Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings, The Americans)

– Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates, Bates Motel)

– Rami Malek (Elliot Alderson, Mr. Robot)

– Justin Thoreaux (Kevin Garvey, The Leftovers)

– Michael K. Williams (Leonard Pine, Hap and Leonard)

 

Runner-Up: Cillian Murphey (Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders)

From episode one Aden Young has given one of the greatest performances on television, often in silence. Daniel’s eminent exile from Paulie, in accordance with his plea bargain, hung over season four but it was business as usual for Young, as he hit every note of Daniel’s acceptance of his choice with customary panache.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actress in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates, Bates Motel)

– Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings, The Americans)

– Eva Green (Vanessa Ives, Penny Dreadful)

– Kiele Sanchez (Lisa Prince, Kingdom)

– Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers,Supergirl)

– Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones, Jessica Jones)

 

Runner-Up: Ruth Wilson (Alison Bailey, The Affair)

Norma Bates’ fate is infamous but after seeing her come to life over four seasons (versus the timeline of Hitchcock’s movie, when all her dialogue was filtered through Norman’s head first) episode nine this year hit like a ton of bricks. Norma got to be her most happy this season. She also had the deal with the denial of pain she was feeling, over having to be afraid of the person she loved most. Vera Farmiga will still be on the show next season, but the sense of loss fans felt all the same can be credited to her portrayal of one of cinema’s most well-known, but rarely to this detail, mothers.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathon Tucker (Jay Kulina, Kingdom)

– Dylan Baker (William Crandall, The Americans)

– Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero, Bates Motel)

– Costa Ronin (Oleg Burov, The Americans)

– David Dawson (King Alfred the Great, The Last Kingdom)

– Clayne Crawford (Ted Talbot, Jr., Rectify)

 

Runner-Up: Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot, Gotham)

Jonathon Tucker is my cheat this Emmy season. I don’t have DirecTV so haven’t had a chance to watch season 2 of Kingdom yet (when the DVD comes out I’ll snatch that up). Season one’s Jay Kulina was electric, in his varied interactions between different members of his family. I don’t see season two being a major departure from the groundwork Tucker established of a very loyal, angry force of nature.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Adelaide Clemens (Tawney Talbot, Rectify)

– Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant, Supergirl)

– Haydon Pannettiere (Juliet Barnes, Nashville)

– Holly Taylor (Paige Jennings, The Americans)

– Maura Tierney (Helen Solloway,The Affair)

– Alison Wright (Martha Hanson, The Americans)

 

Runner-Up: Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers, Supergirl)

Watching Rectify, I don’t think I ever wondered about Tawny’s backstory or thought we’d be told it. But when season three gave us a peek into her childhood, this information was suddenly vitally illuminating. All the confusion Tawny was grappling could be found on Adelaide Clemens’ face and her marriage conversations with Teddy, Jr. (Clayne Crawford) were repeatedly striking.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Lead Actor in a Comedy Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Fred Savage (Stewart Sanderson, The Grinder)

– Rob Delaney (Rob, Catastrophe)

– Chris Geere (Jimmy Shive-Overly, You’re the Worst)

– Chris Messina (Danny Castellano, The Mindy Project)

– Rob Lowe (Dean Sanderson, The Grinder)

– Jake Johnson (Nick Miller, New Girl)

 

Runner-Up:  Jeffrey Tambor (Maura Pfefferman, Transparent)

Fred Savage is a great director but, as he proved once again with The Grinder, a pretty brilliant actor, too. His panicked line delivery whenever Stewart tried to defend logic, and got shut down as illogical, could’ve been Debbie Downer but instead was endearing. In the more reactive role to Rob Lowe’s dramatic brother, Dean, Savage always had the right expression for Lowe’s antics. It’s a shame the show got canceled but I’m excited to see what career move Savage makes next.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people, and with this category, where somehow Gina Rodriguez and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss didn’t make the cut, that was tough).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Mindy Kaling (Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project)

– Rachel Bloom (Rebecca Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

– Sharon Horgan (Sharon, Catastrophe)

– Aya Cash (Gretchen Cutler, You’re the Worst)

– Emmy Rossum (Fiona Gallagher, Shameless)

– Ellie Kemper (Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

 

Runner-Up: Sutton Foster (Liza Miller, Younger)

Mindy Kaling has to get this. First, The Mindy Project getting picked up for an extended season on Hulu this year (after getting cancelled by FOX) was glorious. For the show then to take the creative curve balls it did, with breaking up Mindy and Danny—courageous. That’s the kind of rocking the boat that makes people very unhappy, yet the decision stuck, they let it play out, and the range of emotions Mindy Kaling got to play as consequence was phenomenal! If she somehow doesn’t get nominated, ex-squeeze-me if I’m a little upset.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series”

Here is what the “Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Lamorne Morris (Winston Bishop, New Girl)

– Ike Barinholtz (Morgan Tookers, The Mindy Project)

– Pete Gardner (Darryl Whitefeather, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

– Tony Hale (Gary Walsh, Veep)

– Jeremy Allen White (Lip Gallagher, Shameless)

– Titus Burgess (Titus Andromedon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

 

Runner-Up: Jaime Camil (Rogelio De La Vega, Jane the Virgin)

Winston, the character, has gone through a lot of changes. Lamorne Morris’ ability to make the sweet, cat-loving prankster hilarious—constant. This year, actor and character were gifted with more ongoing storylines and the results—Winston’s rising career as a cop (no, I don’t know how that happened either but it’s more fun when you accept it) and new status as romantic lead—made season five the season of Winston. And when it’s the season of Winston, what else can you do but grab your nearest bird shirt and celebrate?

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series”

Here is what the “Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kether Donohue (Lindsay Jillian, You're the Worst)

 – Yael Grobglas (Petra Solano, Jane the Virgin)

– Carol Kane (Lillian Kaushtupper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

– Anna Chlumsky (Amy Brookheimer, Veep)

– Chelsey Crisp (Honey, Fresh off the Boat)

– Emma Kenney (Debbie Gallagher, Shameless)

 

Runner-Up: Fortune Feimster (Colette Kimball-Kinney, The Mindy Project)

I don’t know which episode Kether Donohue chose to submit as her showcase but I hope it was season two’s “Side Bitch” for scenes like Lindsay embracing walking as a means of transportation. Getting to watch Lindsay approach single life again was a comedy goldmine this season. Getting to hear Kether Donohue sing (twice!)even more so. I don’t know what season three (and her reunion with Paul) will bring next, but in that regard, August couldn’t come sooner.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance any