2016 Emmy Nominations Predictions and Wishlist

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The 2016 Emmy nominations will be announced this Thursday, June 14. My predictions and wish lists for most of the major categories are on Moviepilot this year, and I covered Outstanding Animated Program for Bubbleblabber. Links to individual categories are below:

Comedy Series
Lead Actor in a Comedy
Lead Actress in a Comedy
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Drama Series
Lead Actor in a Drama
Lead Actress in a Drama
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Supporting Actress in a Drama
Variety Talk Series
Variety Sketch Series
Animated Program

Folks from the preceding categories who did not quite make my wish lists: Will Forte (The Man on Earth), Fred Savage (The Grinder), Billy Eichner (Difficult People), Chris Geere (You’re the Worst), Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite), Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca), Michael Ian Black (Another Period), Fred Melamed (Lady Dynamite), Yael Grobglas (Jane the Virgin), Claudia O’Doherty (Love), Louis C.K. (Horace and Pete), Steve Buscemi (Horace and Pete), Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Craig Bierko (UnREAL), Alan Alda (Horace and Pete), Joshua Jackson (The Affair).

And here is my wish list for a selection of the remaining categories:

Limited Series
The People v. OJ Simpson
The Spoils Before Dying

TV Movie
A Deadly Adoption
7 Days in Hell

Lead Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. OJ Simpson
Patrick Wilson, Fargo
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. OJ Simpson

Lead Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Sarah Paulson, The People v. OJ Simpson
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
John Travolta, The People v. OJ Simpson
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. OJ Simpson
David Schwimmer, The People v. OJ Simpson
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Will Ferrell, The Spoils Before Dying

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Jean Smart, Fargo

Guest Actor
Larry David, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actress, Comedy
Lennon Parham, Review

Guest Actor, Drama
BD Wong, Mr. Robot

Guest Actress, Drama
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Directing, Comedy
Jonathan Krisel, “Picnic,” Baskets

Host – Reality/Reality Competition
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Main Title Design
W/ Bob & David
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Emmy Nominations Reactions

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-Lead Actor, Comedy is a mix of good and bad: Will Forte and Anthony Anderson made it in, but Don Cheadle and Matt LeBlanc are still hanging around. Bizarrely, no Jim Parsons. Cool that he won’t win yet again, but he was more or less still deserving of a nomination (at least more so than Don and Matt, presumably).
Community received a nomination for Stunt Coordination (deservedly), but nothing else. Season 6 wasn’t its best, but it would have been nice to see it make a showing, considering that Yahoo! actually made an Emmy promotional push.
-Strong showing for Bloodline despite its considerable lack of buzz. The Academy’s love of Kyle Chandler is not to be underestimated, I guess.
-Mostly good choices in Variety Sketch Series’ first year as a category – would have been nice if there could have been 6 nominees, though.
-Joanne Froggatt has got to be the most bizarre multiple Emmy nominee ever. I know several people who watch Downton Abbey, and I’ve not heard any of them ever once mention her. This year, she even made it in over Maggie Smith!
-Hurray to Billy On The Street With First Lady Michelle Obama, Big Bird And Elena!!! and Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show in Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program! But boo to no Too Many Cooks 😦

Early Predictions:
Series – Modern Family (I’d love to say Transparent – or anything else, really – but Modern Family is still Modern Family.)
Lead Actor – Will Forte
Lead Actress – Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Supporting Actor – Ty Burrell or Titus Burgess
Supporting Actress – Allison Janney

Series – Mad Men
Lead Actor – Jon Hamm
Lead Actress – Her name will star with “Ta.”
Supporting Actor – Jonathan Banks
Supporting Actress – Lena Headey

2015 Emmy Nominations Predictions and Wishlist

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For my detailed thoughts on my predictions and wishlists in the major Drama, Comedy, and Variety categories, check out these links:

Guest Actor, Comedy
John Hawkes, Inside Amy Schumer
Michael Rapaport, Louie
Chris Gethard, Parks and Recreation
Dwayne Johnson, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actress, Comedy
Susie Essman, Broad City

Guest Actor, Drama
Mel Rodriguez, Better Call Saul

Guest Actress, Drama
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Linda Lavin, The Good Wife

Directing, Comedy
Rob Schrab, “Modern Espionage,” Community

Directing, Drama
Adam Arkin, “The Promise,” Justified

Writing, Comedy
Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna, “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television,” Community

Writng, Drama
Thomas Schnauz, “Pimento,” Better Call Saul

Animated Program
Bojack Horseman – “Downer Ending”
American Dad! – “Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas”
The Simpsons – “Treehouse of Horror XXV”

Android – “Friends Furever”

Host – Reality/Reality Competition
RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Interactive Program
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Main Title Design
Man Seeking Woman

Single-Camera Picture Editing, Comedy
Bojack Horseman – “Downer Ending”

Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Too Many Cooks
Billy On The Street With First Lady Michelle Obama, Big Bird And Elena!!!

Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program

Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
Man Seeking Woman – “Traib”

The Best of the 2014 Emmys

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Here are the best moments of this year’s Emmys:

1. That part when a woman tells Billy Eichner she can’t feel “it” regarding television’s biggest night:

2. That part where that guy in the orange shirt said that Jimmy Fallon is his favorite talk show host in front of Seth Meyers:

3. That part when Billy Eichner says that Hotmail has picked up Judging Amy in light of Yahoo! picking up Community:

4. That part when that guy with a beard confused Seth Meyers with Seth MacFarlane:

5. That part when Billy Eichner and Seth Meyers took donations for the cast of The Big Bang Theory:

6. That part when a woman had some … interesting guesses about what the Emmy trophy was:

7. That part when that old guy said “Who cares?” about something A LOT of people care about very much:

8. That part when Billy Eichner scared a woman shitless by shouting, “Elisabeth Moss was snubbed!”:


10. That part when Billy Eichner thought a straight woman was a lesbian:

2014 Emmy Predictions and Preferences

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The 2014 Emmys are airing earlier than usual this year – tonight, August 25. (The nominees can be found here.) Here’s my rundown of who will most likely win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in most of the major categories:

Comedy Series
PREDICTION: Orange is the New Black

Lead Actor, Comedy Series
PREDICTION: Ricky Gervais, Derek
SHOULD WIN: Louis C.K., Louie

Lead Actress, Comedy Series
PREDICTION: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
SHOULD WIN: Julia Louis-Drefyus, Veep

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
PREDICTION: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
SHOULD WIN: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Danny Pudi, Community/Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
PREDICTION: Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
SHOULD WIN: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Alison Brie, Community/Toks Olagundoye, The Neighbors

Drama Series
PREDICTION: True Detective

Lead Actor, Drama Series
PREDICTION: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
SHOULD WIN: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, Hannibal

Lead Actress, Drama Series
PREDICTION: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
SHOULD WIN: Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (Caveat: I don’t watch most of these shows.)
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Supporting Actor, Drama Series
PREDICTION: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
SHOULD WIN: I don’t watch any of these shows.
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Jordan Gavaris, Orphan Black

Supporting Actress, Drama Series
PREDICTION: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
SHOULD WIN: The only show I watch here is Mad Men, and Joan didn’t have that much to do this season.
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Emily Bett Rickards, Arrow


TV Movie
PREDICTION: The Normal Heart

Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie
PREDICTION: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
SHOULD WIN: Martin Freeman, Fargo

Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie
PREDICTION: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
SHOULD WIN: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Allison Tolman, Fargo (She submitted as Supporting even though she was the Lead.)

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
PREDICTION: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
SHOULD WIN: The only one I watched here was Fargo. Colin Hanks was pretty good.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
PREDICTION: Allison Tolman, Fargo
SHOULD WIN: Allison Tolman, Fargo

For more Emmy info, check out this piece I wrote about a couple of the weirdest wins in Emmy history: http://www.starpulse.com/news/Jeffrey_Malone/2014/08/25/the_weirdest_wins_in_emmy_history

2014 Emmy Preview: The Drama Winners According to TV Addicts

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Who is going home with Emmy gold on Monday, August 24?  We’ll have to wait until then to know how the Television Academy members have voted, but right now we already know how an online community of TV addicts would vote.  The folks over at TVShow Time, a site dedicated to tracking and commenting on shows, has put together an infographic (below) about what their users have to say about the acting races in the drama categories.

For the Leads, the chatter is in favor of newcomers Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) and Matthew McConaughey (True Detective), while Supporting turns toward past winners Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad).

It seems that Dame Maggie may be in a league of her own regardless of the show she’s on, as the TV addicts look much less kindly on her costars Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, and Jim Carter.


Jmunney’s 2014 Emmy Nomination Prediction Scorecard

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The full list of nominees can be found here: http://www.emmys.com/sites/default/files/Downloads/66th-nominations-list-v2.pdf

Comedy Series: 5/6. The surprise inclusion of Silicon Valley teaches us to never underestimate the power of HBO (except for the fact that it replaced Girls.)

Drama Series: 5/6.  Despite speculation to the contrary, the Academy still loves Downton Abbey.

Lead Actor, Comedy Series: 5/6. The Academy loves Ricky Gervais like nobody else.

Lead Actress, Comedy Series: 5/6. No surprises here.  I didn’t predict Melissa McCarthy, but I considered it.

Lead Actor, Drama Series: 6/6.

Lead Actress, Drama Series: 4/6. Lizzy Caplan was a pleasant surprise, but not pleasant enough to make up for the fact that Tatiana Maslany will probably never receive any Emmy love for Orphan Black.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: 4/6. I wasn’t pulling for Fred Armisen (mostly because it’s the wrong category), but I won’t complain.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: 4/6 (plus partial credit for Kate Mulgrew, who was my 7th choice). Cool to see an SNL cast member get a nomination as early into her run on the show as Kate McKinnon is.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: 4/6. Jon Voight, huh?

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: 3/6. Looks like I picked the wrong former nominee who didn’t really didn’t do much this season (Emilia Clarke instead of Christina Hendricks).

2014 Emmy Nominations Preview: What If There Were a Sketch/Alternative Category?

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Recently, Comedy Bang! Bang! creator Scott Aukerman penned an op-ed directed to the TV Academy asking for the potential creation of a new Emmy category.  As it stands now, the Outstanding Variety Series is a catch-all that includes late night talk shows, sketch series, and most other breeds of comedy programs that do not fit in the Comedy Series field.  This category’s nominees are almost invariably filled by late night talk shows (and Saturday Night Live).  Aukerman proposes that, in light of the recent boom of critically acclaimed sketch and alternative comedy series, Variety Series be split into two categories: variety/talk program and sketch/alternative program.  If that split existed, what nominees would I be calling for this year in the Outstanding Sketch/Alternative Series category?  And would there be enough candidates to fill up four new acting categories: Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress in a Sketch or Alternative Program?  Or would there just be one or two acting categories?  Or would the performers, somewhat ill-fittingly, remain in the Comedy performing fields?

Here are the sketch/alternative nominees that would make my wishlist:


Sketch/Alternative Series
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Key and Peele
The Eric André Show
Kroll Show
Inside Amy Schumer


Lead Actor
Eric André, The Eric André Show
Keegan Michael-Key/Jordan Peele, Key and Peele
Nick Kroll, Kroll Show
Scott Aukerman, Comedy Bang! Bang!
Nathan Fielder, Nathan for You

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Lead Actress
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia


Supporting Actor
Reggie Watts, Comedy Bang! Bang!
Kyle Mooney, Saturday Night Live
Hannibal Burress, The Eric André Show
Taran Killam, Saturday Night Live
Beck Bennett, Saturday Night Live
Tim Kalpakis, The Birthday Boys


Supporting Actress
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Looking over the makeup of the acting categories, I think I would advocate for a single Sketch/Alternative Performer category, or a split of Sketch/Alternative Actor and Sketch/Alternative Actress.

2014 Emmy Nominations Preview: Animated Series

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The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 10, with the ceremony then taking place on August 25.  I am going to be running through my wish lists in most of the major categories, as well as offering predictions of the likely actual nominees.


As I mentioned in the Comedy portion of my Emmy preview, in years past, I have considered animated sitcoms alongside their live-action counterparts, but this year I decided to consider them separately, because there really are enough fundamental differences between the two mediums.  But the Emmy categorization isn’t really conducive to honoring animated shows in the same way that live-action shows are.  The nominees in Outstanding Animated Program are for single episodes, as opposed to the series as a whole.  But for the purposes of this wishlist, I am imagining what nominees would be deserving if the category were Outstanding Animated Series instead of Program:

Among the animated series I watched regularly in 2013-14, Rick and Morty set a hefty standard for itself in Season 1; Bob’s Burgers continued to be one of the most satisfyingly optimistic shows on television; Archer was mostly successful with its season-long Archer: Vice storyline; American Dad! remained a shining beacon of absurd experimentalism; and Futurama delighted hearts and minds with its second final season.

2014 Emmy Nominations Preview: Miniseries

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The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 10, with the ceremony then taking place on August 25.  I am going to be running through my wish lists in most of the major categories, as well as offering predictions of the likely actual nominees.


Normally I would not make predictions or wishlists about the TV Movie/Miniseries categories, but then I watched Fargo and I decided I would cover this field because I loved Fargo so much.  But then I realized that I watched hardly any other miniseries, and the only TV movie I watched was probably Sharknado.  So instead of a full wishlist, I’m just going to run through all the actors from Fargo I’d like to see nominated:


The You Betcha’s:
-Allison Tolman
-Martin Freeman
-Billy Bob Thornton
-Bob Odenkirik

The Almost You Betcha’s:
-Keith Carradine
-Colin Hanks
-Keegan-Michael Key/Jordan Peele

I am not going to bother with predictions too much, because there are a number of contenders here that I am not familiar enough with, so I’ll just predict who’s likely to be nominated from Fargo and the one other miniseries I watched this season: American Horror Story: Coven, which wasn’t very good, though the acting was fine-to-great.  (As for TV movies, The Normal Heart will probably have a strong showing.)


Probable Nominees From Fargo:
-Billy Bob Thornton
-Allison Tolman
-Martin Freeman
Probable Nominees From American Horror Story: Coven:
-Jessica Lange
-Sarah Paulson

Possible Nominees From Fargo:
-Bob Odenkirk
-Colin Hanks
-Keith Carradine
-Oliver Platt
Possible Nominees From American Horror Story: Coven:
-Kathy Bates
-Angela Bassett
-Frances Conroy

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