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

Here is what the ‚ÄúSupporting Actress in a Drama Series‚ÄĚ 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: “Outstanding Guest Actors and Actresses in a Comedy and Drama Series”

Here¬†are what the ‚ÄúOutstanding Guest Actors and Actresses in¬†a Comedy and Drama Series‚ÄĚ 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)

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–¬†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)

РRita 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

 

The Odyssey Online: Thirteenth Issue

TV Character Deaths You Can’t Shake

Didn’t see this one, or the reaction I’d have to it, coming.

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I’ve never been able to warm up to AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (zombies in general), but I do keep up with some of the major plot points in magazines and from what I understand it’s been a rough couple of weeks, as fans of the show have had to cope with uncertainty over a major, and beloved, character’s death.

“Nashville” fans are in a similar boat. Except we’re fairly certain he’s dead. And “beloved” wouldn’t exactly be the right word.

To read full article, click here.

 


Editor’s Note:¬†Time to Drop Those Books and Dance

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The Odyssey Online- Fourth Issue

The 2015 Alterna-Emmy Awards

From Theme Songs to Title Cards, Here’s A Look at the Best of TV’s Most Taken For Granted Features

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While some of these categories actually do exist in the real Emmy Awards, you’ll never see their winners announced during the Live telecast on Sept. 20. In honor of those stalwart constants of every episode, here’s an unofficial award show devoted entirely to them.

Rules: While any parallel awards with the actual Emmys (like the one for theme song) were taken into consideration, the only requirement for Alterna-Emmy nominees was that they be from shows currently on the air or just ended (as in eligible for this year’s award ceremonies, regardless of whether ultimately unfairly snubbed).

Let the show begin!
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The Odyssey Online- First Issue

Keeping the Movies Safe

My experience going to the cinema again in the wake of recent shootings.

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Upsetting headlines are not hard to come by in the news. If anything what‚Äôs surprising is their horrifying ability to become white noise. Yet there’s always a few that you didn‚Äôt see coming‚ÄĒa few that you dread reading as they break through the rest and punch you in the gut at a new societal low‚ÄĒmake you stop every time you catch an update in the paper or a report on the news with feelings as fresh as those felt on day one.

The theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado during the premiere of ‚ÄúThe Dark Knight‚ÄĚ on July 20, 2012 left me frozen. Mostly it left twelve, innocent movie-goers dead, along with seventy more injured.
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My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama

UPDATE:

I have a chance of picking a winner for lead actress in a drama! Vera Farmiga has been nominated (and, considering Bate’s Motel only started this spring, that’s some pretty fast recognition). Now, I imagine name exposure from her role in the film, Up in the Air may have helped. The show’s origin work also happens to be a Hollywood classic. Still, a prequel to Hitchcock’s Psycho is exciting in concept but very easily botched. Attempting to bring to life a character who only ever existed as an unseen damaging influence over cinema’s infamous serial killer, Norman Bates- a bit tricky. Farmiga deserves all the attention she gets for the multiple layers she provides Norma: her version of maternal paranoia makes all the crazy situations she falls into not outrageous but great TV. Freddie Highmore may be giving a fantastic performance as well, making a new name for himself after years of successful parts as a child actor, but Norma is the Bates to watch.
 
Connie Britton also snags a nomination for a first season show. Maybe it takes revealing a powerful singing voice to bring Mrs. Coach the award she’s had coming to her for since Friday Night Lights. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose?
 
I have enjoyed Khandi Alexander’s work since ER, so am disappointed that her, and Treme in general, have been ignored.
 
Then again, Rectify, the best show of 2013, has received no attention either, so what do I know? It seems Netflix and not Sundance is going to be spotlighted for newly starting to have original content, and as a person who likes her shows on a television, not a computer, I think this is a mistake (admittedly have never seen House of Lies; simply remain on the fence about its distributor and that trepidation has, fairly or unfairly, biased me against the program at present).
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the ‚ÄúLead Actor” and “Lead¬†Actress in a Drama Series‚ÄĚ category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only pick six people, so even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

– Bryan Cranston (Walter White, Breaking Bad)

ADEN YOUNG (Daniel Holden, Rectify)

Aden Young as "Daniel Holden"

– Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle, Castle)

– Jon Hamm (Don Draper, Mad Men)

– Wendell Pierce (Antoine Baptiste, Treme)

– Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings, The Americans)

 
 

Runner Ups:
David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth, Bones)
Charlie Hunnam (Jackson ‚ÄėJax‚Äô Teller, Sons of Anarchy)
Timothy Hutton (Nathan Ford, Leverage)
Timothy Olyphant (Raylan Givens, Justified)
Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody, Homeland)

 
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

– Khandi Alexander (LaDonna Baptiste-Williams, Treme)

– Connie Britton (Rayna James, Nashville)

– Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey)

VERA FARMIGA (Norma Bates, Bates Motel)

Vera Farmiga as "Norma Bates"

– Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson, Mad Men)

– Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller Morrow, Sons of Anarchy)

 
 

Runner Ups:
Glenn Close (Patty Hewes, Damages)
Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife)
Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings, The Americans)
Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Beth, and others, Orphan Black)
Radha Mitchell (Marta Walraven, Red Widow)

 

Honorable Mentions: Emily Deschanel (Dr. Temperance ‚ÄúBones‚ÄĚ Brennan, Bones), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret, Once Upon a Time), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering, Warehouse 13), Stana Katic (Kate Beckett, Castle), Jessica Raine (Jenny Lee, Call the Midwife)

 
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.)
 

-Aden Young screencap credited Sundance, Vera Farmiga screencap from here

 

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

UPDATE:

This category was a wash.
 
I am actually familiar with the work of all the actresses nominated, and they are all extremely talented but this list has been seen before (Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones being the exception- bravo Mother of Dragons!). Would have liked to see the wealth spread, since there are so many actresses worthy of these six spots.
 
Indeed, Monica Potter plays my least favorite character on Parenthood, but I wanted to see her nominated (even over Mae Whitman, who plays my favorite character) because of her emotional cancer arc this season. It ended a little too happily (and please don’t take that the wrong way- having cancer of any form or degree, no matter the outcome, is terrible. I only mean that, in the case of this show, while a ton of issues have been thrown at the Bravermans over four seasons, they always seem to come out in the end overwhelmingly lucky).
 
As the category is, I’ll put my vote behind Christina Hendricks.
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the ‚ÄúSupporting Actress in a Drama Series‚ÄĚ 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 Drama Series

– Rose Byrne (Ellen Parsons, Damages)

– Kim Dickens (Janette Desautel, Treme)

JOELLE CARTER (Ava Crowder, Justified)

ABIGAIL SPENCER (Amantha Holden, Rectify)

– Monica Potter (Kristina Braverman, Parenthood)

– Maggie Siff (Tara Knowles, Sons of Anarchy)

(tie)

 
 

Runner Ups:
Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart, The Good Wife)
Claire Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor, Nashville)
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones)
Joanne Froggart (Anna, Downton Abbey)
Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris, Mad Men)
Melissa Leo (Antoinette ‚ÄėToni‚Äô Bernette, Treme)
Linda Parrilla (Evil Queen/Mayor Regina Mills, Once Upon a Time)
Mae Whitman (Amber Holt, Parenthood)
Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper, Mad Men)

 

Honorable Mentions: Anna Gunn (Skyler White, Breaking Bad), Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader, Breaking Bad), Miranda Hart (Chummy Noakes, Call the Midwife), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones), Kelly Macdonald (Margaret Schroeder, Boardwalk Empire), Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes, Nashville), Beth Riesgraf (Parker, Leverage), Valorie Curry (Emma Hill, The Following)

 
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.)
 

-Carter’s picture from here; Spencer’s picture credited¬†Sundance