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‘Glee’ & HBO Lead Golden Globe Nominations; ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Shockingly Snubbed

How cool and well deserved: Freshman musical dramedy Glee leads the pack of TV nominees for the Jan. 17 Golden Globe awards. HBO leads all networks with 17 nominations, while Fox’s Glee leads all shows with four nominations: Best Actor, TV Comedy or Musical for Matthew Morrison, Best Actress, TV Comedy or Musical for Michele Lea, Best Supporting Actress, TV Comedy or Musical for Jane Lynch and Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical for the series.

In other awards news, 30 Rock, Mad Men, Modern Family and The Office lead the Writers Guild of America awards nominees with three each, while Glee and Starz’ Party Down (both of which star the wonderful Jane Lynch) are among the American Film Institute’s top 10 shows of 2009.

One huge quibble with all the awards: No Sons of Anarchy nominations?! Seriously? Not even a Golden Globe nod for Katey Sagal as Best Actress, while the incredibly wooden January Jones does get one? That is one of the biggest oversights in years.

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter (who was also inexplicably overlooked for his SoA writing) actually penned a great post on his Sutter Ink blog last fall about why shows like his are overlooked during awards season. It’s a good read, especially in light of this week’s Sons snubs. But the lack of Sagal nomination, most of all, still breaks my TV-lovin’ heart.

Complete lists of nominees and AFI’s top 10 shows of 2009 list are below:

Big Love (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
House (FOX)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

30 Rock (NBC)
Entourage (HBO)
Glee (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)

Glenn Close, Damages
January Jones, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Anna Paquin, True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Bill Paxton, Big Love

Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lea Michele, Glee

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
David Duchovny, Californication
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee

Jane Adams, Hung
Rose Byrne, Damages
Jane Lynch, Glee
Janet McTeer, Into The Storm
Chloe Sevigny, Big Love

Michael Emerson, Lost
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
William Hurt, Damages
John Lithgow, Dexter
Jeremy Piven, Entourage

Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
Grey Gardens (HBO)
Into the Storm (HBO)
Little Dorrit (PBS)
Taking Chance (HBO)

Breaking Bad
Friday Night Lights
Mad Men

30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
The Office

The Good Wife
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

AFI’s TV TOP 10 OF 2009
The Big Bang Theory
Big Love
Friday Night Lights
Mad Men

Modern Family
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Nurse Jackie
Party Down
True Blood

Two Wild & Crazy Guys Host the Oscars

The Oscar folks apparently didn’t want to be outdone by the Golden Globe folks, who already tapped Ricky Gervais as the host of their Jan. 17 ceremony, so Oscar producers have nabbed a pair of funny guys to host the March 7 Academy Awards: 30 Rock Emmy winner Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin (who received an Emmy nomination for his 30 Rock guest appearance).

The Baldwin/Martin pairing marks the first time there’s been multiple Oscar hosts since 1987, and is also Baldwin’s first-ever Oscar-hosting stint, though he’s certainly proved himself to be comfortable with live performances during his 14 hilarious stints as Saturday Night Live host.

Martin, who, with 15 SNL hosting gigs, is just one ahead of Baldwin for the record of most SNL episodes hosted, hosted the Oscars in 2001 and 2003.

Meanwhile, speculation has begun that Tina Fey will now join the Oscar writing team, and the announcement of Baldwin and Martin as hosts comes on the heels of rumors earlier this week that Academy Award producers had approached Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller about co-hosting the show, only to be rebuffed.

What do you think: Will the Baldwin/Martin pairing make the Oscars worth watching? Would you rather have seen an RDJ/Stiller show? And can we all agree that, no matter what, the otherwise funny Martin should leave the banjo at home on Oscar night?

Channel Surfing – October 28, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Emmy and Oscar-winning director and producer Barry Levinson thinks TV networks should program Saturday nights with must-see-TV. Saturday nights are a repeat wasteland now, but in the past, hits like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, Golden Girls, Love Boat, Mission: Impossible, Gilligan’s Island, The Streets of San Francisco, M*A*S*H, The Carol Burnett Show, The Jeffersons, Emergency, Kung Fu, Starsky & Hutch, Get Smart, Gunsmoke, Facts of Life and Leave It to Beaver claimed primetime real estate on Saturday nights.

– An all-Madonna episode of Glee? It’s happening.

Hulk Hogan is returning to wrestling, on Spike’s TNA iMPACT.

George Lopez has lined up Ellen DeGeneres, Eva Longoria-Parker and Kobe Bryant for the Nov. 9 premiere of his TBS late-night talk show Lopez Tonight, and has also booked Larry David, Sandra Bullock, Ray Romano, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Queen Latifah, Ted Danson, Andy Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Oscar de la Hoya and Kathy Griffin.

– They’re dropping like flies from the ESPN payroll these days. On the heels of the firings of Steve Phillips and his mistress from the sports net, ESPN has suspended commentator Bob Griese for making an offensive comment about Colombian NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

– Yet another reason to love Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson: When the lights went out in his studio (and all of CBS Television City) Tuesday night while he was interviewing Alicia Silverstone, he turned on a flashlight and kept right on going with the show.

– ABC has ditched plans to promote its V remake with the giant red skywritten “V”s. The campaign was going to create quite a bit of pollution, as Washington Post critic Lisa de Moraes calculated, and it was feared that the giant red Vs might freak some people out, reports The Hollywood Reporter‘s James Hibberd.

The Wire and The Office star Idris Elba is developing a new legal drama, with Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick, for NBC.

– TruTV’s Las Vegas Lockdown is an upcoming reality series that will follow arrestees through the Sin City county jail, including partiers who prove that what happens in Vegas, sometimes leads to the hoosegow.

Ricky Gervais on hosting the Golden Globe Awards in January: “Everyone is sitting around and drinking. I’m going to be drunk, and I’m not going to rehearse. So, it’s the perfect gig for me.” Unless they get him to host the Oscars, too, the Globes should be, far and away, the best awards show of the year.

– Last Sunday’s episode of Dexter was the series’ highest-rated installment ever, with more than two million viewers.

Gabourey Sidibe, the newcomer who’s the buzz-making star of the early Oscar-fave film Precious, is in talks for a role in Showtime’s upcoming Laura Linney dark cancer-themed comedy The C Word.

Patrick Swayze‘s widow Lisa will chat with Oprah on The Big O’s Friday show.

– And tonight’s must-see-TV: Barring continuing rain (it’s an icky day here in NYC), the Yankees and Phillies kick off the 105th World Series on Fox (8PM ET); Brick (a.k.a. scene-stealing kiddie actor Atticus Shaffer) is deemed “socially challenged” at school, but proves himself to be a mechanical genius at home on The Middle (8:30PM, ABC); Jay and Gloria argue about Manny’s new school outfit on Modern Family (9PM, ABC); for those with DirecTV, it’s the fourth-season premiere of Friday Night Lights (9PM); Robert has to whip up a feast at the Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Dinner: Impossible (10PM, Food Network); and Adam tackles steak and blue crab in Baltimore on Man vs. Food (10PM, Travel Channel).

Channel Surfing – October 27, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Microsoft has pulled the plug on its planned sponsorship of the Nov. 8 Family Guy variety special, saying “it became clear that the content was not a fit with the Windows brand.” As Hollywood Wiretap points out, it’s almost like Microsoft execs had never seen an ep of the show, since the variety special’s topics – including jokes about the Holocaust, deaf people and incest – are actually fairly tame by most Family Guy episode standards.

– Top this, Oscar people! Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes on Jan. 17.

– Gotta love the cleverness of this clip from ABC’s Castle, in which Nathan Fillion‘s Richard Castle pays homage to Fillion’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds role in Firefly by donning a space cowboy costume for Halloween.

George Clooney is producing a new TNT drama about a cop who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Sons of Anarchy fans will note similarities to Bobby Elvis, the biker/accountant who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.

– TV director Linda Day, one of the few female directors who worked regularly in TV in the 1980s according to The Hollywood Reporter, died on Oct. 23. The 71-year-old TV vet had helmed episodes of shows like Married … With Children, Archie Bunker’s Place, Kate & Allie, Mad About You, Clueless, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Who’s the Boss?

– Blue Collar Comedy Tour funny guy Ron White will produce and provide voicework for a new Comedy Central animated comedy called Hounds, which will revolve around a character named Chicken, “a countrified Yoda with a bottle of Jack and a bag of weed, an opinionated Southern philosopher who considers himself the center of the universe.”

Ernie Hudson will pop up on Law & Order as the new boyfriend of S. Epatha Merkerson‘s Lt. Van Buren.

– Seen that DirecTV ad with David Spade “interacting” with dead pal Chris Farley in a scene from Tommy Boy? Are you creeped out by it, too? I’m also really surprised that Spade would sign on to do it. He was not only Farley’s co-star, but also one of his closest friends, and it just seems like an awfully insensitive, exploitative move by someone in that position. Maybe Spade thought it was something fans of the movie and Farley would find endearing?

– Perez Hilton says Saturday Night Live producers are trying to arrange a Kanye West appearance for the show Taylor Swift is hosting on Nov. 7. Swift is also the musical guest on the episode, which, presumably, would poke fun at the Swift/West MTV Awards brouhaha.

– And tonight’s must-see-TV: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (8PM ET, ABC), one of the three best Peanuts specials (along with the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, of course); Derek Jeter guest starring on The Biggest Loser (8PM, NBC); the star-studded Scream Awards on Spike (10PM); and an episode of Sons of Anarchy (FX, 10PM) that will leave Jax in an interesting position in his battles with Clay, after a decision by Jax costs someone close to SAMCRO very dearly.

Emmys 2009: Who’s Gonna Win

Neil Patrick Harris hosting, great presenters like Michael J. Fox, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Justin Timberlake, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick (presenting together), Ricky Gervais and Kiefer Sutherland … this year’s Emmy telecast (Sunday, 8PM ET, CBS) has the potential to be the best one in recent years. Too bad networks like AMC and HBO decided to go ahead and roll out new episodes of Mad Men and Curb Your Enthusiasm on the same night. Program those DVRs now …

In the meantime, here are my picks for who should and will – not always the same, certainly – take home Emmy statues Sunday night:

30 Rock
Family Guy
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office

Should win: Of those nominees? 30 Rock, for sure. Would have been nice to see Chuck and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia get well-deserved nods, but alas …
Will win: 30 Rock.

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Jemaine Clement, The Flight of the Conchords
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shaloub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Should win: Who doesn’t love Jim Parsons, a first-time nominee for Big Bang Theory? Still, Alec Baldwin’s 30 Rock role is the role he’s always been meant to play, and he’s just so fantastic in it, that I have to give it to him.
Will win: Baldwin. Clement and Parsons would also be cool, but if any of the other three win – Shaloub, again(?!?!) … Sheen: He’s just playing himself … Carell: It was not the best season for The Office – it’s really just more proof that a big number of Emmy voters don’t actually watch much TV.

Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program

Should win: Tina Fey. She’s the funniest chick on TV, hands down.
Will win: Fey. Because I’m certainly not the only one who thinks so.

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson, The Office

Should win: Jack McBrayer! The biggest, most welcome surprise of the nominations announcements was his nod, and after Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, his performance as naïve, TV-lovin’ Kenneth the Page is the best part of 30 Rock. Tracy Morgan, as well, would be a deserving winner, and, of course, you can never go wrong with NPH for anything.
Will win: Harris. And as much as I’d like to see McBrayer win, there would be something extra cool about seeing NPH accept the award while he’s also hosting the show. As for the others … Cryer: meh. Dillon: Has deserved it in the past. Wilson: He’s not even the best supporting actor on The Office anymore; Ed Helms should have gotten that spot.

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

Should win: Perkins. She’s been hilarious since About Last Night, and she continues to steal every scene she’s in as the deliciously bee-otchy, plotting, sometimes deranged Celia on Weeds.
Will win: Wiig. It felt like she was the only performer on SNL in some episodes last season.

Big Love
Breaking Bad
Mad Men

Should win: Sons of Anarchy should have gotten a nomination (as should 24), and I would have put In Treatment on the list above House, at the least. Those oversights aside, Breaking Bad and Mad Men would both be fine winners, though a true surprise, albeit completely deserving one, would be Big Love, whose third season was far and away the show’s best.
Will win: Mad Men. Don’t think the Emmy folks are looking to go out on a limb, and a repeat win by Mad Men is the safest bet.

Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Should win: No nod for Kiefer Sutherland? Pffft. So okay, it should be Bryan Cranston. His is a tough role, and it’s still a great surprise to see the man who was Tim Whatley and Malcolm’s dad Hal pull off such an amazing performance in such an intense drama.
Will win: Hamm. Not that he doesn’t deserve it – he does – but it just feels like this is the year that Emmy wants to reward Mad Men across the board.

Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kyra Segdwick, The Closer

Should win: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy‘s motorcycle mama, who isn’t even nominated, in one of the biggest oversights amongst this year’s nominations.
Will win: Moss. Mad Men is a great show, hers was a great performance (the scene where she finally tells Pete about the baby, alone, earned her a nod), and again, I think the Emmy folks will take any excuse they can get to give the series another award.

Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Michael Emerson, Lost
William Hurt, Damages
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men

Should win: Aaron Paul. It’s no small feat to stand out alongside Bryan Cranston’s incredible Breaking Bad act, but Paul, who does double duty in cable dramas with his role on Big Love, hangs with Cranston scene-for-scene. Oh, but, by the way: Carlos Bernard totally should have gotten a nod for bringing Tony Almeda back from the dead on 24.
Will win: I think Paul has a good shot. If not him, it’ll be Slattery, who also is fantastic in the role of his career. Just please, please, please, Emmy folk, no more Emmys for the Boston Legal gang. It’s good that Shatner finally got a statue (two, actually, for playing Denny Crane on BL and The Practice), but that show was over-the-top unwatchable well before ABC booted it, so let’s just allow it to ride off into the TV land sunset, hmmm?

Rose Byrne, Damages
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

Should win: Elizabeth Mitchell, who wasn’t even nominated as Lost‘s Juliet, unfortunately. Of those who were nominated, Jones was terrific as the first female POTUS on 24.
Will win: Oh or Wilson, as the Emmy voters apparently have not yet recognized that the entire GA line-up is packed with TV’s most self-involved, whiny, annoying characters.

Now let’s hear hear your predictions … anybody think, for example, that there’s any way 30 Rock won’t take home another Outstanding Comedy Series statue?

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