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Channel Surfing – September 8, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Billboard has 10 hints about what happens in the Glee season two premiere.

– The Paley Center in New York is launching a TV awards show to rival the Emmys. If they’ll give Katey Sagal the nomination she is past due for Sons of Anarchy, I’ll promise to watch their alt-Emmys show.

– More Sons of Anarchy news: An explanation of that shocking ending in the season premiere, and season premiere ratings news (hint: it’s good overall, but a slight fall from the season two premiere).

Psych‘s mid-season finale airs tonight, but when the show returns on Nov. 10, the last half of the season will include an homage to Twin Peaks, one of series star James Roday‘s favorite shows. reports that Peaks stars Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn are among the cast members who will guest star in the Psych ep.

– Is House star Jennifer Morrison the titular mama in How I Met Your Mother? Could be

– Actor Glenn Shadix, best known for his role in Beetlejuice (though I remember him best from Seinfeld, as Harold, one of Jerry’s landlords in season two), has died.

Ken Jenkins, a.k.a. Dr. Bob “What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap? Bob Kelso!” Kelso on Scrubs, will reunite with Scrubs guest star Courteney Cox on Cougar Town this season, where he’ll play her character’s dad. PS – ABC has released the first pic of Jennifer Aniston guesting on pal Cox’s show … makes you long for a Friends reunion, no?

Jersey Shore‘s Snooki has been fined $500 for annoying people. I have no doubt she’ll be a repeat offender.

– And Judd Apatow‘s coming back to TV, as a producer, on a new HBO coming-of-age comedy. The Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared creator certainly knows that genre well.

REVIEW: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 3, Episodes 1-4

Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Ryan Hurst, William Lucking, Tommy Flanagan, Taylor Sheridan, Dayton Callie, Mark Boone Junior, Theo Rossi and Hal Holbrook

The Big Idea: When last we hung out with the SAMCRO gang, Jax’s baby son Abel had been kidnapped by Cameron, the Irish gun runner who thinks Gemma killed his son (and fellow gun runner) Edmond, and Gemma fled town after nasty ATF Agent Stahl set her up to take the blame for Edmond’s murder.

Season three opens just a few days later, and Jax is a drunken mess. BFF Opie and the Sons sober him up by tossing him in the shower (yes … Hunnam … shower scene), and Jax is off fast and furiously to track down Abel.

Gemma, meanwhile, with Tig in tow as her bodyguard, lands home, her original home, where she reunites with her ailing dad Nate (guest star Holbrook), who’s slipping further and further away into his Alzheimer’s disease.

To Watch or Not to Watch: Absolutely. We already knew that the beginning of the season, at least, was going to revolve around the search for Abel, and SOA creator Kurt Sutter is cleverly using that storyline to launch into more of the Sons backstory. Without spoiling too much, the fact that Cameron, the True IRA gun runner, has taken Abel back to Ireland opens the path to new characters (and at least one familiar face from the past) and new revelations about others. Suffice it to say we, and I’m guessing Jax, are going to find out some surprising tidbits about John Teller via this Irish connection.

Family also continues to be one of the show’s strongest themes, not only with Jax and Clay’s temporary truce as they try to bring Jax’s son home, but, most poignantly, with Gemma’s reunion with her dad. Much light is shed on Gemma’s relationship with her late mom, but her interactions with Nate, and a difficult decision that has to be made about his care, put the fierce motorcycle mama in a rare state of vulnerability, and makes for yet another Emmy-worthy performance by Sagal.

Elsewhere in the first four episodes of the season, there are some great moments of comic relief with Tig, Gemma and Tara, as they deal with a situation involving Nate’s home caregiver (Coates, by the way, also deserves some Emmy love as perpetual scene stealer Tig); and, though I feel like TV critics throw the word “shocking” around a little too often, the last few minutes of the season premiere are so (sorry) shocking that I wasn’t even sure what I thought had happened did actually happen until episode two. And that shocking event is going to have huge blowback (one of my favorite phrases that’s oft repeated by Jax and company) for SAMCRO and the entire town of Charming.

TV Screener Tidbit: In episode three, Caregiver (airing on Sept. 21), a guest appearance by Stephen King is every bit as wonderful as you trust Kurt Sutter would make a guest appearance by the likes of King be.

Sons of Anarchy‘s third season premieres Tuesday, September 7, at 10PM ET on FX.

WIN THIS! ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 2 DVD Box Set

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It is one of my all-time favorite shows, and, with the third season premiere (Sept. 7, 10PM ET, FX) upon us, is thrilled that our friends at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have given us two copies of the Sons of Anarchy season two DVD box set to give away to readers!

From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:
Money, power and blood reign supreme when Sons of Anarchy season two roars onto Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

From the creative mind of Kurt Sutter (The Shield), the adrenalized drama centers on a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. Charlie Hunnam stars as Jax Teller, a man whose love for the brotherhood is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness. Katey Sagal stars as Gemma Teller Morrow, Jax’s force-of-nature mother, who along with Ron Perlman as Clay Morrow, Jax’s stepfather, have their own darker vision for the club.

With a strong supporting cast including Kim Coates (Prison Break), Tommy Flanagan (Smokin’ Aces), Ryan Hurst (Wanted), Johnny Lewis (The O.C.), William Lucking (The World’s Fastest Indian), Theo Rossi (Cloverfield), Maggie Siff (Mad Men), Adam Arkin (Life), Ally Walker (Profiler) and Henry Rollins (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End), the Sons of Anarchy second season provides a sinister look at SAMCRO’s new businesses including murder, arms trafficking and a brief foray into porn production. The Sons of Anarchy season two Blu-ray and DVD is complete with all 13 episodes as well as a gag reel, deleted scenes, featurettes that take viewers behind-the-scenes on this FX original series and more.

For your chance of winning your own copy of Sons of Anarchy season two on DVD, simply answer the following question:

In the series, who is the president of the Motorcycle Club?

Clay Morrow
Jax Teller
Kurt Sutter

– Leave a comment on this post, with the answer to the trivia question, and an e-mail address where you can be reached
– Deadline to enter is September 20 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of September 20, as an update to this post

Good luck, TV drama fans!

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 3 Preview

When last we left the SAMCRO crew, they were furiously rushing to the docks to try and rescue Jax’s baby son Abel, who’d been kidnapped by Cameron, the Irish gunrunner who was grieving his own dead son, Edmond.

MAJOR cliffhanger, in other words, as Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and the guys got there just in time to see Cameron sail off with the baby, helpless to get Abel back.

I’ve watched a screener of the season 3 premiere (which airs on FX on September 7), and … wow. Any fears fans of the show might have had that it would be impossible to top last year’s incredible sophomore season will be quickly allayed by the season opener, which ends with an event so shocking that it rivals that explosive season two premiere.

Spoilers … nah. Would you really want them, anyway? This is one of the few shows too delicious to have spoiled; you need to watch it for yourself. Suffice it to say that series creator Kurt Sutter remains at the top of his game, as do all the cast members (especially those who were robbed of their incredible well-deserved Emmy nominations … this means you, Katey Sagal!).

A few non-spoilery tidbits of interest: Hal Holbrook joins the cast for a multi-episode arc, playing Gemma’s dad, and we meet him in the season premiere; Stephen King (yes, THAT Stepehen King) guest stars in the third episode of the season; and, as the season three storyline hints, some of the action in the new season will take place in Ireland.

Below, take a peek at the season three promo, followed by BuzzFocus‘ interviews with Katey Sagal and Charlie Hunnam, filmed at San Diego Comic Con … what do you think, SAMCRO fans? Sept. 7 is still feeling too far away, right?

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

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?

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!


Outstanding Drama Series
Sons of Anarchy
Breaking Bad
Mad Men

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
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.

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