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Emmy Reax

July 9, 2010 1 comment

Happy Friday, b-rollers! How are we this morning? I am reveling in the fact that I completely and totally CRUSHED the Emmy nominations. I’m not going to gloat…okay, I totally am. Granted, most of my picks were pretty safe, but I called Archie Panjabi getting a nod for The Good Wife! Seriously – check the tape! No kudos necessary, b-rollers. Do feel free to send congratulatory checks if you feel so inclined, though.

However, despite my Ted Williams-esque batting average, I did miss on a few. Two of my wishlist longshots – Ed Helms and Robert Sean Leonard – were passed over (yet again for the great RSL). The Grey’s Anatomy duo of Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh were shut out, too, which is considerably more egregious (DID YOU SEE THE FINALE, PEOPLE?!). Once again, Cat Deeley is snubbed – really, passed over for Heidi Klum? Seriously, voters? I love me some Project Runway, but Heidi’s got nothing on Cat. And So You Think You Can Dance got passed over in favor of Dancing With the Stars yet again, because really, who wouldn’t rather watch Kate Gosselin try to paso doble than talented, actual dancers? Sweet Jesus.

Anyway, there were some happy surprises, including a few that made me say, Duh, how could I forget to put them on my own b-roll nomination list? Most notably, I completely forgot about Mike O’Malley and Chris Colfer as Glee’s marvelous father-son team; both are completely excellent and totally deserving. Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family‘s Mitchell) joined my two favorites from the show – Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet – in the Supporting Actor/Comedy category (but no Ed O’Neill? For shame, Emmy voters). Alan Cumming and Dylan Baker had sensational guest turns on The Good Wife (as did Beau Bridges on The Closer). And Elaine Stritch should be on every 30 Rock – she’s completely hysterical as Jack’s mother, Colleen.

And the mother of all surprises: How ’bout that Conan?! I’ll admit, I was Team Coco – I prefer him to Jay, and I thought he got totally jobbed by NBC (and then handled the situation with class and humor). So to see Conan’s Tonight Show get a nod over Leno and Letterman, well…I cheered so loudly that I startled my roommates at Casa b-roll.

And now just a few gripes, if I may. I love Will Arnett (GOB!) and Jon Hamm (Don Draper!), but they were not the two best guest stars on 30 Rock last season; as stated previously, Matt Damon and Michael Sheen were. If either of them wins for Guest Actor in a Comedy, they should really turn it into a Ving Rhames-Jack Lemmon moment. And Jon Cryer and Tony Shalhoub again?! Does anyone watch Monk or Two and a Half Men? No, I’m honestly asking – I’d like to know if they’re worthy of annual recognition (at the expense of Joel McHale, Ed O’Neill, Ed Helms, Rainn Wilson, Tracy Morgan…).

What say you, b-rollers?

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Categories: Awards Shows

The b-roll Nominations…

July 8, 2010 1 comment

Happy Thursday, b-rollers! I’m here bright and early this morning, since the Emmy Award nominees are being announced at 8:30am. In a related story, I shall probably be late to work as I insist on finding out who made the cut. I don’t care if you find that ridiculous; it’s part of the wonder of b-roll.

Anywho, before we find out who is taking home a nomination, as voted on by people who unfortunately aren’t me, here are a few names I’d like to see called this morning. I didn’t fill out complete (pretend) ballots – ie, five nominees per category – as I didn’t want to write in names of people who are apparently excellent on shows I don’t watch just to fill slots, so keep that in mind. So in no particular order, here are the people that b-roll officially endorses for an Emmy nomination:

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Categories: Awards Shows

The Best of Pixar, Volume 2

July 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Happy Wednesday, b-rollers! It’s hotter than a certain afterlife destination here in DC, but I am happily ensconced in an air conditioned room and I hope that you are, too.

And now, right on schedule, here is my list of the Top 5 Pixar films! Try to contain yourselves, b-rollers…

PS: Forgotten the first part of my Pixar rankings? Click here to refresh your memory!

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Categories: "Best Of" Lists

So, yeah…

July 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Okay, I know. I suck. Lay it on me, b-rollers. I’ve been, oh, about two weeks behind on posting the second half of my “Best of Pixar” list. The last couple of weeks spiraled away from me before I could say, “oh, wait, crap…” and suddenly the b-roll calendar is bereft of clickable links. Mea culpa.

But I’m going to be a blogging machine this week, folks. Just you wait and see. Here’s what’s on tap: tomorrow, you’ll get Part 2 of my “Best of Pixar” list, and I trust that you’ll all thoughtfully pretend that it was posted right on time. On Thursday morning, you’ll get the official b-roll Emmy nominee wishlist (and yes, I am ripping this off from every other entertainment writer/blogger in the history of ever). Why will I be posting this list on Thursday morning, you may ask? Because the real Emmy nominations – which will foolhardily have been chosen without any input from me whatsoever – come out that morning. And so on Friday, you’ll get my reaction to the actual Emmy noms, in which I’ll probably bemoan Tony Shalhoub’s 18th consecutive nomination for Monk (seriously, I like that guy and all, but how often must we dip into that well?) and the egregious snubs of some b-roll favorites. And this weekend I’ll post an incisive look at some of my summer guilty pleasure movies and TV shows; it’ll be an admirable exercise in which I try to pretend that I’m not ashamed to be a 28 year old working professional who occasionally watches MTV “reality” shows. That I seek out. And then DVR. Anyway…

So, am I forgiven? Are you overwhelmed by this week’s post-holiday b-roll slate? Ready to chime in on your favorite Pixar films, your favorite TV actors and shows, and the shows/movies that you love despite the fact that they ever-so-slightly cause you to die inside? Marvelous. Onward, b-rollers!

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