~That’s Not Current~ Comic Review: Penny Dreadful Volume 1

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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 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

 

Online Submission #17

Giving Frankenstein A Second Chance

Loco Mag

Making being undead cool long before The Walking Dead, how much do you know the “real” Frankenstein?

[some spoilers for the first three episodes of Penny Dreadful Season 1]

Elsa and Olaf may be continuing their reign over the costume scene this season, but in the world of decorations Frankenstein still has clout. Arguably Halloween’s most famous figure, outside of Dracula, his neck bolted image has been a staple of horror since Boris Karloff took on the role in the 1930’s film classics.

For anyone who’s ever picked up the book by Mary Shelley, however, reconciling that Hollywood visual with Shelley’s original descriptions is a feat best dropped to the wayside.

Despite the numerous film adaptations and reinterpretations the story has met with over the years, almost none directly follow the text (see the latest twist on the tale in the trailer for James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe’s Victor Frankenstein). To mark only a few of the many liberties that arise: In the book there is no Igor, the Creature isn’t green, and he can actually do more than grunt—immense intelligence that must have gotten lost somewhere on the cutting room floor.

These kinds of misrepresentations are far from unprecedented. Film history is riddled with movies that have made creative decisions which deviated from, and ultimately superseded, their source material. Yet while popular culture’s beloved incarnation of the monster is here to stay, it’s not without value to set the record straight on some of the films’ more grievous changes. It was only by chance that I learned the truth, after seeing a National Theatre Live production of the book at the cinema. Here was an iconic character straight from my youth. Turned out, I knew absolutely nothing about him. Continue reading

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

The Odyssey Online

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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