Friday, September 20, 2013

Otter's 2013 Emmy Predictions - Comedy

I’m swamped with work this week, so naturally I decided it would be a great idea to write a post predicting the comedy Emmy winners that almost no one will read. Here we go…

Best Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Who Should Win: I’d make a case for Parks and Rec here, but I’ve decided to limit myself to shows that were actually nominated. 30 Rock had an incredible goodbye, hitting comedic heights I haven’t seen since season 3. It’s always been one of the best shows on TV, and it definitely deserves an Emmy on its way out.

Who Will Win: Modern Family, but that routine is getting old. I’m guessing this will be its last win for a while.

Actor in a Leading Role
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock
Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth on Arrested Development
Louie C.K. as Louie on Louie
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan on House of Lies 
Matt LeBlanc as Himself on Episodes 
Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory 

Who Should Win: Alec Baldwin. 30 Rock would have been a complete mess without his hilarious performance as right-wing Jack. His acting made the Jack and Liz relationship a solid foundation for the show throughout its stellar run.

Who Will Win: Louie is way too experimental for an Emmy, so CK could get the Best Actor as a consolation prize. I’m still going with Baldwin: Emmy voters love rewarding movie actors who do TV.

Actress in a Leading Role
Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe on Enlightened
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath on Girls
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton on Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation

Who Should Win: Amy Poehler deserves this on so many counts. She turned in another incredible performance this year, but it’s truly ridiculous that one of the most influential comedians working has never won an Emmy.

Who Will Win: I’m listening to my heart and going with Amy Poehler. She seems well-liked in the industry, especially after her great job co-hosting the Golden Globes. A win for her could be a sort of apology for not nominating Parks and Rec. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went to Tina Fey (also co-hosted the Golden Globes) or Julia Louis-Dreyfus (wonderful, but it’s really someone else’s turn.)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family
Adam Driver as Adam Sackler on Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family
Bill Hader as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh on Veep
Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett on Modern Family

Who Should Win: Bill Hader on the merits of Stefon’s wedding alone.

Who Will Win: Modern Family has this locked up until the end of time. This year it will probably be Ty Burrell, although I would like to see Jesse Tyler Ferguson win!

Actress in a Supporting Role
Mayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer on Veep
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester on Glee
SofĂ­a Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow on Nurse Jackie

Who Should Win: Jane Krakowski has only gotten better as Jenna, and some of the character’s best moments were showcased during this season. It’s definitely her time.

Who Will Win: The Emmy’s do like 30 Rock, so Krakowski has a good chance. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Julie Bowen won again.

I don’t watch enough of the dramas to have any insights, but it’s ridiculous that Jon Hamm has never won an Emmy. Let’s fix that this year, shall we?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

GoT Blog Update

Dear friends,

Thanks for joining us through the ups and downs of Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, we must announce that we are going to take an indefinite hiatus now that the new school year is upon us. We might end up continuing with our episode reviews again in the future, but... who really knows.

As always, there will probably be the occasional post on awards show predictions, round-ups, reviews, tributes, complaints, etc., so do stick around!

Saurus (& Otter)