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

Here is what the ‚ÄúLead Actor in a¬†Comedy 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 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 ‚ÄúLead Actress in a¬†Comedy Series‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĒcourageous. 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 ‚ÄúSupporting Actor in a¬†Comedy 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 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‚ÄĒconstant. This year, actor and character¬†were gifted with more ongoing storylines and the results‚ÄĒWinston’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‚ÄĒmade 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 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

 

The Odyssey Online- Third Issue

Editor’s Notes Come in Threes

Three Things I Know to Expect This Fall

The Odyssey Online

I’ve been doing pretty well at avoiding knowing the date all summer. The month is a little tougher to master, especially when there are calendars to flip. Every September the anxiety held at bay during August gets released. It can be the daunting task of packing for college as a resident student that holds you hostage (a process which Megan guides us through in “The Eight Stages of Packing for College”) or the knowledge that you’ve set yourself up for a heavy workload (as Tianna discusses in “Confessions of an Unintentional Workaholic”). Personally, here’s what I know to expect this fall:

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A Resurgence of Happy, Fictional Couples Means Babies Close Behind

[Warning: Spoilers]

Loco Mag

Once upon a time, in an era known as the 80s, a fresh-faced actor named Bruce Willis played a private detective alongside Cybill Shepherd on the TV show, Moonlighting. Lasting for five seasons, it would go on to create one of the most cited and worst followed excuses on television: the Moonlighting curse. Two decades have passed since its cancellation, yet the show¬†has managed to find a second life in the interviews of actors and showrunners alike, who continually namedrop it as a viable reason for ignoring the chemistry between their leading men and ladies. The argument stands that making your stars a couple is a show killer, because that‚Äôs why Moonlighting got the ax. Never mind all of the backstage drama that was taking place on that set‚ÄĒclearly it got canceled because they bowed down to fans‚Äô desire to see the crime-fighting partners together.

Moral of the Story: if you want your show to last, avoid declarations of love. Include lots of break-ups. Stall, stall, and more stall (see The Big Bang Theory, Scrubs, etc.)

Unfortunately, some shows seem to have taken this advice to heart. In an attempt to circumvent Moonlighting‚Äôs fate, happy, stable relationships have become the bane to TV‚Äôs existence. Their replacement‚ÄĒunresolved romantic tension‚ÄĒhas transformed into a crutch for maintaining viewer interest. Courtships intended to captivate get dragged on past reason, actually hurting their shows by preventing them from moving past ‚Äúwill they or won‚Äôt they‚ÄĚ tropes. If you‚Äôve watched an episode of Castle lately, you know what I mean. The once delightful mystery drama about a dashing novelist and his NYPD cop muse waited until season seven to have them tie the knot. Considering it was clear from the pilot they were soul mates, that‚Äôs too much time, and after the canceled wedding day fiasco that was the show‚Äôs season six finale, season seven was really¬†too late. The show‚Äôs final shreds of realism were already gone.

Unrequited love stories aren‚Äôt the problem. Neither are bumpy road sagas (look at how Ben and Leslie learned to balance feelings and career ambitions on Parks and Recreation, or how Axel struggled with destiny dictating his love life on the New Zealand import, Almighty Johnsons). It‚Äôs the stories that don‚Äôt recognize the need for characters to take the next step in their relationships, or ignore the need out of fear of change, that cause a show to fall apart. And while these complaints aren‚Äôt new and have been voiced before, television is finally responding with a slowly increasing willingness to experiment with their love timetables. Superstitions over the Moonlighting curse have far from disappeared but‚ÄĒthanks to a few pregnancy twist compromises‚ÄĒare beginning to lose their potency.

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