Peephole Journal: SundanceTV’s Rectify Rigs Its Air Dancer Still

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After a strange morning of waking up early and sneaking out of his house, like a teenager, Daniel is hitchhiking through his home town of Paulie without a clear destination. Air dancer to the left, street sign to the right. Both are framed by the car windshield that Daniel is looking out of when he spots them. Which should he turn to for direction? Despite the scepticism of his companion and driver, the Goat Man, for Daniel Holden the answer is obvious. The tyre store that the air dancer waves in front of is empty. Something, or someone, is keeping people away from this business, just as strongly as Daniel is being drawn to it. Are the people of Paulie, Georgia too jaded and distrusting of the air dancer’s warning red hue, or is Daniel too innocent, seeing a red reminiscent of the falsely accused during McCarthyism? A lonely figure that becomes the central image of SundanceTV’s Rectify‘s first season episode “Drip, Drip,” the air dancer reflects a small, southern town set to boiling at Daniel’s unexpected return and the consequences of being true to yourself in constantly tense conditions.
 

Read full article here.
 

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

Here is what the ‚ÄúLead Actor 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 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 Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”

Here is what the ‚ÄúSupporting Actor 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 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 ‚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 Comedy, Drama, Limited Series and Television Movie”

Here¬†are what the ‚ÄúOutstanding Series‚ÄĚ 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: Fourteenth Issue

To The TV Show That Got Me Into College

“Slings and Arrows,” this one’s for you.

The Odyssey Online

As senior year continues, an article recognizing how much my greatest accomplishments in college have been tied to my love of television, from my working¬†thesis on the first season of “Rectify,” to my college acceptance essay on “Slings and Arrows.” Making it’s grand public debut, my college acceptance essay on why I (still) want to be more like Geoffrey Tennant.

To read full article, click here.

 


Editor’s Note: Peace for Paris

Online Submission #3

Narrative Rising

The Compass

In recent years television has become infamous for making the likes of Snooki famous. At the same time, the late twentieth century onwards has been one of television’s brightest stretches, an ongoing era of narrative that consists of more than arguing about a show’s romantic leads, chuckling at stereotypes played for laughs on sitcoms, and listening in awe to a wise, loner detective solve his case in the final ten minutes. All of a sudden, viewers have to remember what happens from week to week, look up charts online to keep track of characters and their allegiances, feel compelled to buy t-shirts with quotes and logos plastered on the front. New technology has made that kind of commitment viable but it is these narrative shows that deserve all the credit for generating such strong fandom responses. The industry is taking notice, too, realizing the profit and loyal audience that comes from airing programming with a little more depth than the typical standalone-episode dramas or comedies. Paid cable may have gotten there first, when the widely considered leader of the pack, The Sopranos, first premiered in 1999, but now basic cable and network channels are moving in pursuit of this growing television trend. The question is, what exactly makes up this elusive narrative format, and why does it reap so much popular and critical appeal?

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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