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


– The Americans

– The Leftovers

– Penny Dreadful

– Kingdom

– The Last Kingdom


Runner-Up: Mr. Robot


Outstanding Comedy Series


– 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


– 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


Comic Digressions: AMC’s Preacher “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

[Possible spoilers for viewers of the show who haven’t read the comics. Also, because I’m only up to chapter 6, apologies to long-time comic fans if anything I say clashes with information given in later issues.]

If there’s one thing the action-packed pilot of AMC’s new series, Preacher, wasn’t short of, it was things for viewers to talk about. Because I started reading Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion’s Preacher comics the same weekend as the premiere, though, it’s Genesis that’s been on my mind. More specifically, because the show went in a different direction from the comics with how Genesis is introduced, what further changes will this bring to the series moving forward?

Image Credit: Tech Insider (AMC)

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Online Submission #20

Amateur Spies

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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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The Odyssey Online: Seventeenth Issue

Just When I Thought I Was Out… FX’s “Fargo” Pulled Me Back In

You betcha season 2 is better than season 1.

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After sticking it out through season one of FX’s “Fargo,” I was ready to call it quits. Exactly why is a tougher question to answer. Derived from the Coen Brothers’ film of the same name, the anthology series starts with the story of Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), a constantly belittled life insurance salesman who, after an encounter with a mysterious killer, Lorne Malvo (an exceptionally good Billy Bob Thornton), decides to finally stand up for himself. Which, in “Fargo,” equates to a ton of dead bodies.

Also in the first season, viewers are introduced to the Solverson family: Molly (Allison Tolman), the good-at-her-job cop who is closest to putting together the facts behind her hometown’s recent string of murders, and Lou, her father, a retired good cop who now runs a local diner.

The Solversons, and various locations in the Midwest, are the main carryovers into season two’s prequel, which flashes back 27 years from season one’s 2006, to 1979. At this point in time, Molly is a little girl and Lou is a Minnesota State Trooper. Yet while there are numerous other parallels between the first season and the second, many of which would be spoilers to disclose, season two does them better. More importantly, season two does them with a greater sense of hope.

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The Odyssey Online: Fifteenth Issue

For Everyone Who Doesn’t Want to Watch Football This Thanksgiving

Holiday-themed TV alternatives to watching the ‘Big Game’

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Without fail, there’s always at least one room in the house on Thanksgiving Day that’s taken over by the ‘Big Game.’ I am not a football fan. I do not know the rules, I do not root for a team, and these convictions extend through the Super Bowl as well–no commercial break or half time show exceptions. Despite what popular opinion may say to the contrary, however, with a little preplanning there are many other, more holiday-themed alternatives for what to watch this year. Here’s my list of TV’s top Thanksgiving specials.

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The Odyssey Online- Seventh Issue

Karaoke: As Fun As It Looks?

Why singing covers in front of an audience sounds so appealing to me.

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I have never karaoke-d.

Correction: There was one karaoke but it was elementary school and I don’t remember the actual singing part, only the picking of the song–“Wild Thing” or “American Pie” because I didn’t recognize any of the rest.

It’s not like Everest, either. I’m sure I wouldn’t have to look far to find a bar or restaurant that hosted a karaoke night or catered to the teleprompter lyric reading crowd. Yet I guess I’m still waiting for the perfect moment. Because, whatever bad or cheesy rep this activity sometimes receives, there are so many reasons to want to give it a try! Here are only a few of the endless possibilities karaoke has to offer:
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The Odyssey Online- Sixth Issue

5 Reasons To Watch “Mr. Robot,” From A Person Who Almost Missed It

Why USA Network’s summer hit is the perfect show to catch-up on this fall

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I love the feeling of getting excited about a new show–becoming obsessed with its characters, writing the title in cursive bubble letters through all my notebooks, creating acrostic poems about it to shake myself awake from waves of tiredness that hit me during class.

That feeling means the world to me and I cling to it all the more whenever a fresh discovery coincides with the start of a new semester. For while my old stalwart shows have been proven to offer much comfort during those rough readjustment periods, there’s a special power that derives from finding a new series that always serves to get me through the tougher aspects of returning to academia.

This thrill is manifold when you don’t see the find coming. After watching the official trailer for Sam Esmail’s “Mr. Robot,” I didn’t think the show would be for me. The computer world has never been my favorite subject matter (“The Social Network,” “Silicon Valley”–the latter especially has a great roster of comedians to its cast–never personally clicked). But then I started reading the rave reviews about how the show was completely breaking the USA Network’s mold of lighthearted, detective whodunits, and how star Rami Malek was knocking it out of the park with his riveting lead performance as Elliot Alderson. I got intrigued and one day, after all 10 episodes had already aired and were available OnDemand, I turned on the pilot. Five minutes in, I was ready to jump around the room with glee. Here was a show that took would-be clichés like the socially awkward hacker who hates “the Man” (or in this case Evil Corp) and managed to make them freshly realized, with an unusual visual perspective that gave an added layer of complexity to every scene. I had hit TV gold and you can, too. Here are five reasons you should consider watching “Mr. Robot.”
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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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