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Golden Globes TV comedy predix: 'Glee,' 'Modern Family' and ...?

October 7, 2010 |  6:09 pm

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Now that Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria gave us their Golden Globe predix for best TV drama series, let's see how they size up the race for best laffer. Boomer drew up his predix first — see list below. After Rob reviewed the rundown, he said, "I would move 'Raising Hope' up to front-runners and move 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community' down to possible."

Boomer's predix: "The Big C", "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "30 Rock."

Rob's predix: "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "30 Rock."

"Glee" won last year, of course.

* = nominee last year

BEST COMEDY SERIES
(Front-runners)
"The Big Bang Theory"
"The Big C"
"Community"
"Entourage" *
"Glee" *
"Modern Family" *
"Nurse Jackie"
"The Office" *
"Parks & Recreation"
"30 Rock" *

(Possible)
"Better with You"
"Cougar Town"
"Eastbound & Down"
"Family Guy"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"The Middle"
"Mike & Molly"
"Two and a Half Men"
"United States of Tara"
"Weeds"

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Poll: Does 'The Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons deserve another Emmy?

September 24, 2010 |  6:25 am

The Big Bang Theory Jim Parsons"All in all, a strong start," says the L.A. Times of the season premiere of "The Big Bang Theory," recent winner of the Emmy for best comedy actor (Jim Parsons). "Now in its fourth season, the show is hitting its stride. CBS is betting the ranch that 'Bang' can carry Thursday's comedy lineup, and early indications are that it can. This show has always been about character first, and we get more of that as Penny drives Sheldon on his first date ever, with Amy Farrah Fowler."

Below are some sample comments by our forum posters on Thursday night's episode of "The Big Bang Theory" titled "The Robotic Manipulation." See more here.

BTN: I don't know what was funnier -- the car ride to the date or the restaurant scene. Liked the recurrence of the "engine light is on" gag.

GoMe91: Very funny first episode. Jim Parsons a genius. Kaley Cuoco is very funny. Mayim is a great addition. I still wish they would give Johnny Galecki more to do. But ... I guess we'll have to wait and see how this season pans out.

robbypop: Very funny episode. Well, Parsons and Cuoco were great. Does she remind anyone else of Jennifer Aniston?

Yeah, yeah, it's too early to run this poll, but let's do it anyway.

Photo: A scene from "The Big Bang Theory." Credit: CBS

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Poll: What did you think of the Emmys?

August 30, 2010 | 10:52 am

Personally, I thought this Emmys show was one of the best in recent years. Jimmy Fallon struck the perfect pose as host — devilishly amusing as he tweaked TV sacred cows, but he didn't try to upstage the night. The winners' list was aces too. Lots of deserving new champs (Jim Parsons, "Top Chef," Kyra Sedgwick, Aaron Paul, "Modern Family," Eric Stonestreet) and welcome returning Emmy faves (Edie Falco, Bryan Cranston). Bravo, to the TV academy!

Emmy Q

Here are views of other media wags:

MARY MCNAMARA, L.A. TIMES: "Ambitious, energetically hilarious, and, most important, almost seamlessly constructed, this year's telecast actually did what the Emmys are supposed to do — celebrate television."

MATT ROUSH, TV GUIDE: "Dare I say it? This year's Emmy Awards show was almost, gasp, Emmy-worthy (well, up until that deadly stretch in the back half; kills the show every time). And with a surprising number of first-time winners, a few of them quite surprising and even for the most part surprisingly satisfying, it rarely felt like a retread of past seasons."

ROBERT BIANCO, USA TODAY: "The Emmy Awards on NBC  played less like a celebration of good work than as an illustration of small-screen insecurity. The entire evening felt uncomfortably rushed and flustered, as if the producers were so afraid of even momentarily losing our attention, they were determined to have something spinning, flashing, bouncing, sliding or shifting every second."

KEN TUCKER, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: "It was a terrific show."

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'Modern Family,' Jim Parsons and, yes, Edie Falco among Emmy comedy newcomers

August 29, 2010 | 10:33 pm

Emmys Modern Family Emmy Awards Freshman hit "Modern Family" won best comedy series as well as supporting actor (Eric Stonestreet) and writing (Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd) at this year's Emmy Awards. "Glee," the other breakout show of the TV season, had to settle for supporting actress (Jane Lynch) and directing (Ryan Murphy). The lead acting awards went to Edie Falco for the first season of "Nurse Jackie" and Jim Parsons, who prevailed on his second nomination for "The Big Bang Theory."

"Modern Family" joins a long line of classic TV shows to win top comedy series for their first seasons. Among them: "All in the Family" (1971, the first of four wins), "Taxi" (1979, the first of three in a row), "Cheers" (1983, the first of four), "The Cosby Show" (1985), "The Golden Girls" (1986, the first of two in a row), "The Wonder Years" (1988) and "Frasier" (1994, the first of a record five in a row). "Modern Family" co-creator Lloyd shared in all of those wins for "Frasier" and also won a writing Emmy for that show in 1996.

The most recent laffer to win for its inaugural season was "30 Rock." It took home the Emmy in 2007 and again in 2008 and last year. However, show creator and star Tina Fey must have been reading our pundits predictions, which were fool-proof on the comedy front. When drama actress winner Kyra Sedgwick asked Fey, who was presenting, to keep her Emmy while she read off her speech, she quipped it would be the only one she held that night.

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What's behind Emmy surprises? Were voters drunk?

August 29, 2010 |  9:18 pm

While most Emmy pundits correctly forecast the top races for best comedy and drama series, movie, mini and lead acting in movies/mini, we botched so many others. What happened?

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Some pundits like me put too much emphasis on evaluating the episodes submitted to Emmy voters as examples of their best work. Usually, the longest episodes win, but appearing in two-hour specials of "Monk" and "House M.D." didn't help Tony Shalhoub or Hugh Laurie. Instead, another voter bias paid off for Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"): appearing drunk in "The Pants Alternative." Hollywood voters are suckers for that — Jeff Bridges just nabbed an Oscar for the awful "Crazy Heart" to prove it. Perhaps the theme of substance abuse helped Bryan Cranston to prevail for a third year in a row as crystal-meth cook in "Breaking Bad." Is it a coincidence that Edie Falco triumphed as a pill-gobbling hospital worker in "Nurse Jackie"?

Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") had the strongest episode submission among all nominees for best drama actress, but we made the mistake of believing that buzz and momentum would carry along Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") after previously winning the Golden Globe and SAG Award (and an Emmy victory in 1995 for "E.R."). Ditto for Globe and SAG champ Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), who gave judges the powerhouse season finale episode but still wasn't enough to stop the Cranston momentum.

However, "The Amazing Race" Emmy juggernaut finally stalled. It didn't get derailed by "American Idol," as I had predicted, but by "Top Chef." That was one of the biggest shocks of the night along with Archie Panjabi's victory as supporting drama actress for "The Good Wife."

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Video: Jim Parsons backstage at the Emmys

August 29, 2010 |  8:30 pm

Moments after he won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series, "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons dished with reporters back in the press room.

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Emmy prediction smackdown: Experts forecast who'll win

August 26, 2010 |  1:39 pm

Here's a roundup of Emmy Award predictions from the best pundits on the planet: Mike Ausiello (Entertainment Weekly), Kristin dos Santos (E! Online), Maggie Furlong (AOL TV Squad), Joseph Kapsch (Zap2It), Steve Pond (The Odds, The Wrap), Matt Roush (TV Guide) plus the Gold Derby/The Envelope team of Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria and me. Read category-per-category analysis here.

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COMEDY SERIES
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Glee" — Dos Santos
"Modern Family" — Ausiello, Beachum, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
"Nurse Jackie"
"The Office"
"30 Rock"

COMEDY ACTOR
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Pond, Roush
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Matthew Morrison ("Glee")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") — Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil
Steve Carell ("The Office")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")

COMEDY ACTRESS
Lea Michele ("Glee") — Dos Santos
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine")
Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") — Ausiello, Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")
Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") — Furlong

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Chris Colfer ("Glee") — Kapsch, O'Neil
Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family")
Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") — Beachum, Dos Santos, Licuria, Pond
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") — Ausiello, Furlong, Roush
Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Jane Lynch ("Glee") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Julie Bowen ("Modern Family")
Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family")
Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live")
Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock")
Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men")

DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad" — Dos Santos
"Dexter"
"The Good Wife"
"Lost" — Furlong
"Mad Men" — Ausiello, Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
"True Blood"

DRAMA ACTOR
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") — Ausiello, Furlong
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") — Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") — Dos Santos
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Matthew Fox ("Lost")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")

DRAMA ACTRESS
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")
Glenn Close ("Damages")
Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights")
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit")
January Jones ("Mad Men")

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Dueling Emmy predictions: Mike versus Tom

August 13, 2010 |  1:25 pm
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Entertainment Weekly's Mike Ausiello and I mostly agree on who'll win Emmys in the top series races Aug. 29. However, there are significant differences in our rankings per category, and there is drastic disagreement over how we size up the contest for best comedy actor. I've got Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") in first place, Mike's got him in last!

Note: My predix are still a bit tentative. I haven't seen a few of the episodes submitted to Emmy judges by nominees as examples of their best work. When I finish up that viewing in a few days, I may make a few changes. Mike may want to make a few last-minute switcheroos too? Meantime, thank you, Mike, for piping in.


BEST DRAMA SERIES

Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. "Mad Men" "Mad Men"
2. "Breaking Bad" "Lost"
3.

"The Good Wife"

"Dexter"
4. "Dexter" "The Good Wife"
5. "Lost"

"Breaking Bad"

6. "True Blood" "True Blood"


BEST DRAMA ACTOR

Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
2. Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

3.

Hugh Laurie, "House"

Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
4. Matthew Fox, "Lost"

Hugh Laurie, "House"

5. Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

Matthew Fox, "Lost"

6. Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"


BEST DRAMA ACTRESS

Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
2. Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights" Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"
3.

Glenn Close, "Damages"

Glenn Close, "Damages"

4. January Jones, "Mad Men" Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
5. Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU"

6. Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" January Jones, "Mad Men"


BEST COMEDY SERIES

Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. "Modern Family" "Modern Family"
2. "Glee" "Glee"
3.

"30 Rock"

"30 Rock"

4. "The Office" "Nurse Jackie"
5. "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

6. "Nurse Jackie" "The Office"


BEST COMEDY ACTOR

Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
2. Steve Carell, "The Office" Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
3.

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
4. Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
5. Matthew Morrison, "Glee"

Steve Carell, "The Office"

6. Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" Matthew Morrison, "Glee"


BEST COMEDY ACTRESS

Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
2. Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation" Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
3.

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Lea Michele, "Glee"
4. Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

5. Lea Michele, "Glee"

Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation"

6. Julie Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" Julie Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"

Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Emmy favorites, according to Yahoo

August 12, 2010 |  1:54 pm

Never mind which TV shows and stars are favored by Emmy voters. Yahoo measured the lists of Emmy nominees according to which ones were searched most by their Web browsers during the eligibility period spanning June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010.

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TOP SEARCHED BEST SERIES, DRAMA

1. "Lost"

2. "True Blood"

3. "Dexter"

4. "Mad Men"

5. "Breaking Bad"

6. "The Good Wife"
 


TOP SEARCHED BEST SERIES, COMEDY
1. "Glee"

2. "The Office"

3. "Modern Family"

4. "30 Rock"

5. "Nurse Jackie"

6. "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
 

TOP SEARCHED BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
1. Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
2. Hugh Laurie, "House"

3. Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

4. Matthew Fox, "Lost"

5. Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

6. Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"

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'Modern Family' and 'Mad Men' sweep Gold Derby TV Awards

August 11, 2010 | 12:35 pm

Winners of the seventh annual Gold Derby TV Awards were unveiled Tuesday night in a ceremony held in our forums' chat room. Posters in our message boards voted to heap three trophies upon "Modern Family," including best comedy series, ensemble acting and supporting actor (Ty Burrell).

Though "Glee" lost best comedy, it reaped four consolation prizes: supporting actress and breakthrough performer of the year (Jane Lynch), guest actor (Mike O'Malley) and guest actress (Kristin Chenoweth).

GoldDerby Award

Biggest surprise: Victory by Courtney Cox-Arquette ("Cougar Town"), who isn't nominated for an Emmy this year (and has never been, for that matter). She beat Emmy nominees Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Lea Michele ("Glee") and Amy Poehler ("Parks & Recreation").

"Mad Men" led among drama skeins, claiming best series and supporting actress (Elisabeth Moss). "Dexter" nabbed best actor (Michael C. Hall) and  guest actor (John Lithgow).

All winners listed below. To see a rundown of nominees plus the reax of our forum posters, click here. Many thanks to our forum moderators Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria, Andrew Pickett and Matt Noble for organizing the awards procedure.

COMEDY SERIES:
"Modern Family" (ABC)

COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS:
Courteney Cox-Arquette as Jules Cobb on "Cougar Town"

COMEDY LEAD ACTOR:
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory"

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester on "Glee"

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family"

COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS:
Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes on "Glee"

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Inside track: Emmy acting races for comedy series

August 8, 2010 |  9:26 am

In an earlier post, I shared the breakdown of the acting races for best drama series (complete with titles of episodes being viewed by Emmy judges) that appeared in the recent print edition of The Envelope in the Los Angeles Times. Here's the equivalent comedy list plus who's in the running for best lead actor and actress in TV movie/mini.

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BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" ("Don Geiss, America, and Hope")
Steve Carrell, "The Office" ("The Cover Up")
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ("Seinfeld")
Matthew Morrison, "Glee" ("Mash Up")
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Pants Alternative")
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" ("Mr. Monk and the End, Parts I and II")

SPOTLIGHT: Three-time past champ Shalhoub could get a parting Emmy gift for the final episode of "Monk" in which he's poisoned, battles his usual phobias, weeps over memories of his dead wife and finally, after eight TV seasons, solves her murder. Or Emmy voters could get all choked up with nostalgia while viewing the "Seinfeld" reunion on David's submission.


BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" ("Tornado!")
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" ("Pilot")
Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ("Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001")
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" ("I Love What You Do for Me")
Lea Michele, "Glee" ("Sectionals")
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation" ("Telethon")

SPOTLIGHT: Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for belting out "Don't Rain on My Parade" in "Funny Girl." Now Michele croons the same in her Emmy episode. Good omen? Collette won the Emmy last year for portraying multiple personalities, but currently battles her Showtime rival Falco, who triumphed three times as tough mafia momma on "The Sopranos."

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Early Emmy predictions: Best comedy series, actor and actress

July 16, 2010 |  2:10 pm
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Below, our experts Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven.net) and I rank the nominees for best comedy series, actor and actress. All three of us expect recent Emmy winning streaks to end. "30 Rock" has won best comedy series for three years in a row, but we say "Modern Family" will prevail on Aug. 29. "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin has won for the last two years, but Chris and I think three-time past champ Tony Shalhoub will get a parting gift now that "Monk" has left the airwaves. Rob predicts the gold will go to Jim Parsons ("Big Bang Theory"). Our predictions are largely based upon knowing which sample episodes have been submitted to Emmy judges by the nominees. See the list here.


BEST COMEDY SERIES

Tom O'Neil

Rob Licuria

Chris Beachum
1. "Modern Family" "Modern Family" "Modern Family"
2. "30 Rock" "30 Rock" "30 Rock"
3.

"Nurse Jackie"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" "Glee"
4. "Glee" "Glee" "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
5. "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Nurse Jackie"

"The Office"

6. "The Office" "The Office" "Nurse Jackie"



BEST COMEDY ACTOR

Tom O'Neil

Rob Licuria

Chris Beachum
1. Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" Jim Parsons, "Big Bang Theory" Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
2. Jim Parsons, "Big Bang Theory" Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" Jim Parsons, "Big Bang Theory"
3.

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
4. Steve Carell, "The Office" Steve Carell, "The Office" Steve Carell, "The Office"
5. Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

6. Matthew Morrison, "Glee" Matthew Morrison, "Glee" Matthew Morrison, "Glee"



BEST COMEDY ACTRESS

Tom O'Neil

Rob Licuria

Chris Beachum
1. Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
2. Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
3.

Lea Michele, "Glee"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation" Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
4. Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Lea Michele, "Glee"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
5. Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Lea Michele, "Glee"

6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"

Photos: "Modern Family" (ABC), Tony Shalhoub (Fox), "Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

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