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 Lead Actress in a Drama Series”

Here is what the ‚ÄúLead 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 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 ‚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 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)

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)

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

 

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

 

Online Submission #20

Amateur Spies

Loco Mag

 

Remember the days of ABC’s Alias, when all Jennifer Garner needed to spy was a great wig, the latest technology, and a hereditary gift for defeating any opponent mentally or physically? It’s been almost ten years since the series ended (and creator, J.J. Abrams, has had a few other projects since) but that tradition isn’t completely lost. FX’s The Americans, which returns this March, takes a more grounded in reality (if not personal reality) approach to this very scenario.

Yet in the latest crop of TV spy dramas, spying is anything but the natural career path of the protagonists featured. Rather, it is a career path that gets thrust upon them when their lives take an unexpected turn… towards espionage and secrets. These characters don’t want to be spies and, once upon a time, TV would’ve agreed with their unfitness. Instead, today they stand as beacons for the everyman and woman who’s always dreamt of becoming the next James Bond. A job in spying has never seemed more tangible. The question is: will you still want to be one after watching these two entertaining, mortal shows?

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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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