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Channel Surfing – August 23, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Jennifer Aniston‘s latest big-screen venture, The Switch, made a poor debut at the box office last weekend, but good news on the TV front: she’ll guest star in the season two premiere of BFF and former Friends co-star Courteney Cox‘s Cougar Town on Sept. 22. PS – After many a movie flop, who thinks Aniston should grab a TV series of her own? PSS – She’s also reportedly interested in a role in that Arrested Development movie (with The Switch co-star Jason Bateman) we’re all waiting (and waiting and waiting and …) for.

– Put that Behind the Music episode on American Idol alum Fantasia on your schedule for tomorrow night (9PM ET, VH1), because the timely episode includes scoop from the singer on the married man scandal that led to her recent suicide attempt.

– EW.com has a preview of Betty White guest-starring on Community in the season two premiere on Sept. 23.

American Chopper star Paul Teutul Jr. got married last week, and no, though his father (and American Choppers: Senior vs. Junior rival) was invited, he didn’t attend. Sad.

Modern Family season two: All about the upcoming Cam/Mitchell kiss.

– Lessons learned from last week’s Lost memorabilia auction: People love Lost a loooooot more than anyone guessed, and those Lost fans apparently have quite a bit of extra cash laying around. Among the goodies that sold at a premium: A signed script that was estimated to go for $300, but actually went for $18,000 (no, there are not too many zeroes there), and an Oceanic Airlines water bottle that was estimated to go for $200, but ultimately went for $1,680. Water bottles!

– This sounds like a must-TiVo show: Rachael Ray will launch a new show on The Cooking Channel called Week in a Day, in which she’ll show viewers how to cook a whole week of meals in just one day. The show will air on Saturday afternoons and premieres on Sept. 25.

– TMZ claims Spencer Pratt is trying to blackmail estranged wife Heidi Montag into starring in another reality show with him by threatening to release their sex tapes. Of course, as with everything involving these two, there’s also a good chance that the whole thing is a giant publicity scam. Sigh … there are no winners in this case, least of all viewers.

– Here’s how The Situation from The Jersey Shore is going to earn $5 million this year.

– And before this Sunday’s primetime Emmy telecast, the aforementioned Betty White has already snagged an Emmy for her Saturday Night Live hosting gig.

UPDATE: 2010 Emmy Nominations: My Wish List (and Share Yours for a Chance to Win TV Swag!)

Well, they’ve been announced, and Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Walton Goggins, The Middle … no nominations. Unbelievable. I’m most bummed about Sagal, who deserved a nomination for Sons of Anarchy‘s first season, and deserved to win for its second. Sigh.

Other snubs: They were numerous, and you can read about them in my feature at TV Squad. And if you want to read the entire list of 2010 Emmy contenders, right down to the costume and hair nominees, check out the 39-page document of nominations at Emmys.org.

More good Emmy-related reads today:

Sons of Anarchy creator (and real-life husband of Katey Sagal) Kurt Sutter‘s blog response to today’s (lack of) nominations

– A round-up of nominee reactions at TV Squad

Analysis from Alan Sepinwall, the go-to TV critic as far as I’m concerned, on the Emmy nominations

What did you think was the day’s biggest snub? Any of the nominations surprise you? Any that you’re particularly happy about?

Yesterday:
It’s heeere … well, almost, anyway. Tomorrow morning (8:30AM ET), Community star Joel McHale (who should be a nominee) and Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara (who shouldn’t) will gather at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles to announce the shows and stars that are nominated for the 2010 Emmy Awards. Winners won’t be announced until the Emmy telecast, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, on August 29 on NBC, but the nomination announcement brings its own round of excitement, and, inevitably, disappointment, as there will always be some well-deserving performances that get overlooked.

Here’s my list of dream picks for who should expect to receive celebratory phone calls tomorrow AM when the Emmy nods are announced (along with a few notes on who/what shows are so not Emmy-worthy). Weigh in with your picks in comments, and tell me the name of the one show or actor or actress who absolutely should not be overlooked by the Emmy folks, in your opinion. Oh yeah, make sure you leave a contact e-mail address along with your comments, because next week (on July 15), I’ll pick one comment maker at random and that person will win a goody box of TV swag!

2010 EMMY NOMINATION WISH LIST

Outstanding Drama Series
Justified
Sons of Anarchy
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Mad Men
Lost

NOTES: Please, no nods for the so-played-out Grey’s Anatomy. Move along, Emmy voters … nothing to see there.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
Kiefer Sutherland (24)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)

NOTE: If Katey Sagal does not get a nomination this season, after being ridiculously overlooked for Sons of Anarchy‘s premiere season, I will lose faith in all that is good and right with the world. Okay, maybe not, but I will definitely have to question the tastes of the Emmy people.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
John Goodman (Treme)
Josh Holloway (Lost)

NOTE: Walt Goggins would get a nod for reading the phone book as far as I’m concerned, and he certainly deserves one for Justified‘s fantastic debut season. But it would be really great to see Josh Holloway finally get one for Lost‘s final season, because I think he is the most underrated actor in the show’s run. And I really, really wish there would be a spin-off series with his Sawyer and Ken Leung‘s Miles as buddy cops.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter)
Joelle Carter (Justified)
Khandi Alexander (Treme)

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Middle
Glee
Modern Family
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

NOTE: That’s right, The Middle, which I argue once again is a better show than Modern Family, last season’s critical darling. Reasoning: Modern Family is a great show, with good writing and performances, and which manages to combine humor with heartfelt stories and characters. But the show is also rife with the sorts of comic scenarios that lend themselves to sure-thing hilarity, namely that almost every character is playing against a stereotype. The Middle, meanwhile, manages to do the same thing, but by wringing every ounce of humor and heart out of a show about the average suburban (middle America-suburban, no less, which is often ignored or cajoled by Hollywood) family.

NOTE 2: That’s right, It’s Always Sunny. One of the most underrated comedies on the tube, especially by viewers and critics who haven’t taken the time to suss out the pithy commentary that’s often buried in the show’s silliness. Sunny is often compared to Seinfeld, and like that classic show, Sunny isn’t really a show about nothing.

NOTE 3: And please, skip The Office. To throw the once-great series a nomination at this point would just be out of habit, because, upon honest evaluation, with or without Steve Carell and barring a major comeback for the season ahead, it’s time for The Office to be downsized. Ditto Entourage.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Joel McHale (Community)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Zachary Levi (Chuck)
Neil Flynn (The Middle)

NOTE: Please, no Charlie Sheen. He’s been playing a slightly less skeevy version of himself on Two and a Half Men all these years, and now that there’s no denying just how skeevy he is in real life, it makes his performance on the show way less funny, way more sad.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Lea Michele (Glee)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)

NOTE: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, again, for The New Adventures of Old Christine? Sigh, no. Couldn’t argue with an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy nod for her role in the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm, though.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Atticus Shaffer (The Middle)
Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)

NOTE: This is, easily, the toughest Emmy category, and I could have added at least another dozen names to the list, including Neil Patrick Harris, Ty Burrell from Modern Family, Ken Jeong for Community, Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation, almost every actor on Chuck who isn’t Zach Levi, Chris Colfer and Mark Salling from Glee, Bill Hader and Kenan Thompson for Saturday Night Live, Justin Kirk from Weeds and kid actors like The Middle‘s Charlie McDermott and Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
Lizzie Caplan (Party Down)
Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

NOTE: If there was a way to nominate not only scene stealer Sher, but the entire kiddie line-up of The Middle and Modern Family, who are probably the least annoying kid stars ever on TV, I’d be for it.

In Case You Missed It …

This is Chris Brown, at the BET Awards on Sunday night, breaking down after dancing his way through most of a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Whatcha think? Pretty amazing dancing, but did it do the trick of redeeming Brown at all?

Channel Surfing – June 3, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Royal Pains and Burn Notice return tonight on USA Network.

Curb Your Enthusiasm has begun airing on the TV Guide Network (10PM ET), and even if you’ve already seen them all, or own the DVDs, these encore airings are worth checking out again, because each episode will be followed by a mini-discussion by celebs, comedians and “ethicists,” who will dissect Larry’s bad behavior from the episode, with Curb co-star Susie Essman moderating.

– If you want to pretend that that whole “sideways” aspect of Lost never happened, check out this fan’s videos, with the alt-world stuff edited out.

– Is Homer Simpson really the greatest TV and film character of the last 20 years? I’d actually rank Cosmo Kramer higher, and maybe Tony Soprano, too. And Jack Bauer at 44?! No way … should be in the top 20 (or top 10), at least.

– HBO’s upcoming comedy based on Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke keeps adding to its already fantastic cast, with Sanaa Lathan and Jason Patric the latest addition to a lineup that includes Diane Keaton, Ellen Page, Wes Bentley and Leland Orser.

– Can’t wait to the see the big-screen Smurfs movie … here’s a sneak peek of Hank Azaria in action as the evil Gargamel.

Coco sidekick Andy Richter is going to be the host of a Pyramid revamp.

Green Day and Glee cast members will be among the performers of the Sean Hayes-hosted Tony Awards telecast on June 13.

– The next season of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew is on hold, because producers can’t get enough celebs to sign on for the show. Not that there is a lack of celebs who need rehab, of course, but at least some of them are apparently still able to see that airing their dirty laundry on reality TV isn’t the healthiest way to get better.

– Upcoming third season of True Blood: expect lots of werewolves.

– This year’s Spike Awards (which air June 20 on the network) has a better lineup of talent than the Oscars. Among those who’ll pop in for the dude-centric awards show: George Clooney, the cast of The Hangover, Kiefer Sutherland, Robert De Niro, James Gandolfini, LeBron James, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Rock, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Sylvester Stallone, Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Liotta, Ozzy Osbourne, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody and Shaun White.

– With all the self-help-y reality shows on the air, it’s hard to believe it’s taken this long for Tony Robbins to star in one, but it’s finally happening on July 27, as the life coach hosts Breakthrough with Tony Robbins on NBC.

– Is House on the way out?

– And Bret Michaels as an American Idol judge? Great idea! And yes, he does have experience: He was already a judge on Nashville Star.

Whatchu Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis? When The Hoff & Classic TV Stars Met ‘Glee’

Here’s a preview of this Sunday’s annual TV Land Awards (9PM ET, TV Land), where the cast of Glee gets the Future Classic Award. As a nod to the show and the cast’s cover of Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the network has gathered a group of classic tube stars – lead by David Hasselhoff and Taxi star Marilu Henner – do put their own Glee-ful spin on the tune.

Among the other singers: Todd “Willis” Bridges, Joyce “Janet” Dewitt, Jamie “Klinger” Farr, Marla “Florence” Gibbs, Howard “Johnny Fever” Hesseman, Shirley “Shirley Partridge” Jones, Richard “Al” Karn, Richard “Bull” Moll, Marion “Mrs. C” Ross, Jimmie “J.J.” Walker, Marcia “Carol” and “Edna Krabappel” Wallace and Fred “Jerry Hubbard” Willard.

TV Land Awards Glee Club performs “Don’t Stop Believin'” featuring David Hasselhoff and Marilu Henner
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