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

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Guest Actors and Actresses in a Comedy and Drama Series”

Here are what the “Outstanding Guest Actors and Actresses in a Comedy and Drama Series” categories would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six).

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Noel Fisher (Mickey Milkovich, Shameless)

2016 Emmy Awards Nominating Ballots

– Adam Pally (Peter Prentice, The Mindy Project)

– Bob Newhart (Arthur, The Big Bang Theory)

– Mark Duplass (Brendan Deslaurier, The Mindy Project)

– Allen Maldonado (Honey Nutz, You’re the Worst)

– Kevin Sussman (Stuart Bloom, The Big Bang Theory)

 

Runner-Up: Seth Green (Jared, Broad City)

His limited presence in season six may not make for the best representation but, as much for previous seasons as this one, Noel Fisher wins this category for one incredible character arc.


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Patty Duke (Grandma Janice/Great Aunt Hilary, Liv and Maddie)

– Rhea Perlman (Annette Castellano, The Mindy Project)

– Rita Moreno (Liliana, Jane the Virgin)

– Carrie Fisher (Mia, Catastrophe)

– Ava Acres (Young Rebecca, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

– Gina Gallego (Miss. Hernandez, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

 

Runner-Up: Michael Hyatt (Dr. Akopian, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

If Patty Duke hadn’t passed away earlier this year this probably would’ve been a toss-up between Perlman, Moreno, and Fisher. Given the excuse to recognize her career, on- and off-screen, however, I’ll take it. Liv and Maddie is the kind of Disney show I would’ve loved to watch growing up, and the part makes a cute nod to Patty Duke’s earlier dual role as look-alike cousins on The Patty Duke Show.


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Oliver Hudson (Jeff Fordham, Nashville)

– Cameron Monaghan (Jerome Valeska, Gotham)

– Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie, Outlander)

– Paul Reubens (Elijah Van Dahl, Gotham)

– B.D. Wong (Hugo Strange, Gotham)

– Josh Charles (Will Gardner, The Good Wife)

 

Runner-Up: Ryan Hurst (Chick Hogan, Bates Motel)

There was a time when I would’ve loved to see Jeff Fordham off of Nashville.  The caricature villain ready to be hated (almost too much so), somewhere along the way Oliver Hudson gave him layers, in a turnaround that was as remarkable as it was unexpected.


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Annet Mahendru (Nina Krilova, The Americans)

– Carol Kane (Gertrude Kapelput, Gotham)

– Patti LuPone (The Cut-Wife/Joan Clayton, Penny Dreadful)

– Allison Janney (Margaret Scully, Masters of Sex)

– Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols, Orange is the New Black)

– Stockard Channing (Veronica Loy, The Good Wife)

 

Runner-Up: Laurie Metcalf (Sarah, Horace and Pete)

Nina’s unknown loyalties should have become tiresome, even as her storyline required her to be separated from most of the cast the last two seasons, yet this never was the case. Annet Mahendru’s time on the show is over but her character (and the way in which she left) will not soon be forgotten, by characters (Oleg, Stan) or fans.

 

 

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.)

-pictures screencapped from the 2016 Emmy Awards Performer Nominating Ballot

 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Comedy, Drama, Limited Series and Television Movie”

Here are what the “Outstanding Series” categories would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six).

Outstanding Drama Series

Rectify

– The Americans

– The Leftovers

– Penny Dreadful

– Kingdom

– The Last Kingdom

 

Runner-Up: Mr. Robot

 


Outstanding Comedy Series

Catastrophe

– Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

– The Mindy Project

– You’re the Worst

– Jane the Virgin

– Shameless

 

Runner-Up: Fresh off the Boat

 


Outstanding Limited Series

The Last Panthers

– The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

– Fargo

– London Spy

– Show Me A Hero

– The Astronaut Wives

 

Runner-Up: The Night Manager

 


Outstanding TV Movie

Luther

– Confirmation

– Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

 

Runner-Up: Descendants

 

 

 

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.)

-pictures are profile icons from each show’s respective Twitter page

 

The Odyssey Online- Eleventh Issue

Review: Craig Ferguson’s “The New Deal Tour”

Former “Late Late Show” host stops in Glenside as part of his hilarious new stand-up tour.

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To say the past year in late night TV has been one of widespread transition may be a bit of an understatement. Multiple longstanding figures, from Letterman to Stewart, have announced and took their exits in the past twelve months. Yet amidst all the chaos and controversy over who would be replacing who, Craig Ferguson’s exit from CBS’ “The Late Late Show” last December got inexplicably lost in the shuffle. The quietest and least covered of the departures, despite ten beautiful years of irreverent comedy and puppets (and a finale that closed with nods to the finales of “The Bob Newhart Show,” “St. Elsewhere,” and “The Sopranos”), his was, in the mind of this biased fan, the time block’s biggest loss. The host I always turned to, in good times and in bad, I’ve slowly resolved myself to the fact that the dream of sitting in his audience one day, watching him drink from his snake mug with Geoff the robot skeleton, Secretariat the horse, and frequent guest, Kristen Bell, might not be becoming a reality. Little did I realize, however, what new opportunities to see Craig would arise from this shuffling around of his schedule.

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My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy

UPDATE:

So I didn’t get much right in these categories.
 
New Girl somehow found themselves without any nominations after magically trumping their first hilarious season (which brightened many a dreary Tuesday for me).
 
Despite being a cult hit I was surprised Arrested Development got some love with a nomination for Jason Bateman. Jim Parsons, on the other hand, was no surprise for The Big Bang Theory.
 
I fared slightly better with the comedy leading ladies, since powerhouses Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler both received nominations. I’d be thrilled if either won the Emmy (though since Louis-Dreyfus got it last year, delivering Poehler’s acceptance speech no less, I think it’s Leslie Knope’s turn for the win). Martha Plimpton should have really been recognized, too, though.
 
Here is the official nominations list.

PS Please, not Alec Baldwin again for best actor. Enough.

 

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The real Emmy nominations are announced this morning, and before I go and look them up here is what the “Lead Actor” and “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only pick six people).
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

– Garret Dillahunt (Burt Chance, Raising Hope)

– Neil Flynn (Mike Heck, The Middle)

– JAKE JOHNSON (Nick Miller, New Girl)

Jake Johnson as "Nick Miller"

– Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)

– Adam Scott (Ben Wyatt, Parks and Recreations)

– Elijah Wood (Ryan Newman, Wilfred)

 

Runner Ups:
Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth, Arrested Development)
Josh Gad (Skip Gilchrist, 1600 Penn)
Matt LeBlanc (Matt LeBlanc, Episodes)
Joel McHale (Jeff Winger, Community)
Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother)

 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

– Zooey Deschanel (Jessica Day, New Girl)

– Sutton Foster (Michelle Simms, Bunheads)

– MARTHA PLIMPTON (Virginia Chance, Raising Hope)

Martha Plimpton as "Virginia Chance"

– Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation)

– Krysten Ritter (Chloe, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23)

– Dakota Johnson (Kate Fox, Ben and Kate)

 

Runner Ups:
Mindy Kaling (Dr. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Selina Meyer, Veep)
Portia de Rossi (Lindsey Bluth Fünke, Arrested Development)
Courtney Cox (Jules Cobb, Cougar Town)

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

(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-Jake Johnson picture from here, Martha Plimpton picture from here

 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series”

UPDATE:

Again, picking comedy nominees has not been my strong suit.
 
The Emmys seem unperturbed by the fact that The Office had its final season and will never have a chance to be given any awards again.
 
Congratulations Anna Chlumsky for your first Emmy nomination! You are my favorite character on Veep and that show is packed with funny characters.
 
Maybe next year Amy Poehler won’t have to be the only representative for Parks and Recreations. True, Poehler is a genius, even providing the best moments during actual award shows, but so are many of her colleagues (Aubrey Plaza!).
 
Alas, far less surprised that Cougar Town has no Emmy representatives, but that doesn’t make it right.
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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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, and even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).
 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

– Anna Chlumsky (Amy Brookheimer, Veep)

– Jenna Fischer (Pam Halpert, The Office)

– Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory)

AUBREY PLAZA (April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation)

Was I excited when I realized I owned the same sweater as April? Yes. Yes, I was.

Source: Uploaded by user via Maria on Pinterest

– Busy Philipps (Laurie Keller, Cougar Town)

– Merritt Wever (Zoey Barkow, Nurse Jackie)

 
 

Runner Ups:
Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry, Community)
Hannah Simone (Cece, New Girl)
Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rosenkowski, The Big Bang Theory)
Alyson Hannigan (Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother)
Angela Kinsey (Angela Lipton, The Office)
Christa Miller (Ellie Torres, Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (Sue Heck, The Middle)
Cobie Smulders (Robin Scherbatsky, How I Met Your Mother)

 

Honorable Mentions: Kristen Bell (Jeannie van der Hooven, House of Lies), Mayim Balik (Amy Farrah Fowler, The Big Bang Theory), Eliza Coupe (Jane Kerkovich-Williams, Happy Endings), Retta (Donna Meagle, Parks and Recreation), Alia Shawkat (Maeby Fünke, Arrested Development), Catherine Tate (Nellie Bertrum, The Office)

 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot.
(P.S. It doesn’t matter 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 2013: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series”

UPDATE:

This category was a wash, so go Tony Hale (Gary Walsh on Veep)! You are the best assistant a VP could have.
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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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, and even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

IKE BARINHOLTZ (Morgan Tookers, The Mindy Project)

Ike Barinholtz as "Morgan Tookers"

– Max Greenfield (Schmidt, New Girl)

– Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation)

– Danny Pudi (Abed Nadir, Community)

– Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation)

– Brian Van Holt (Bobby Cobb, Cougar Town)

 
 

Runner Ups:
John Krasinski (Jim Halpert, The Office)
Neal Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother)
Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz, The Big Bang Theory)
Chris Messina (The Mindy Project)
James Van Der Beek (James Van Der Beek, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23)
Jason Segal (Marshall Eriksen, How I Met Your Mother)

 

Honorable Mentions: Josh Hopkins (Grayson Ellis, Cougar Town), Will Arnett (Gob Bluth, Arrested Development), Echo Kellum (Tommy, Ben and Kate), Atticus Shaffer (Brick Heck, The Middle), Lamorne Morris (Winston, New Girl)

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

(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-picture from here