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…at least the East Coast feed. Sorry West Coasters, I’m sure you had some great jokes too.

On Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera and the Aretha Franklin tribute.

Train won an Emmy for “Hey Soul Sister.” (I know, right?) Kanye mentioned that one of the guys from train looks like Howie Mandel. It set off a head nod across the internet and “Howie Mandel” was trending within minutes.

The show continued. Lady Gaga’s performance was surprisingly demure. Her outfit and entrance were not.

We sifted through some country performances and a so-so rock show from Muse. Then Lenny Kravitz came. Needless to say, we were surprised to see him. You can do better Grammys. Way, way better.

Then I don’t remember who came next, Cee Lo or Katy Perry. We’ll say it was Cee Lo. He performed “Fuck You” with Gwyneth Paltrow and what appeared to be the cast of Fraggle Rock. I cried fuzzy tears of joy.

Katy Perry performed too. She was on a giant swing and then she danced with some candy hearts. The best part of her performance was actually when Nicole Kidman started singing along and proved to the entire world that her face moves.

Then we hit kind of a slow patch. No one made good jokes for awhile. But this was altogether true.

Some more awards went by. Then relatively unknown jazz singer, Esperanza Spalding,  beat out Justin Bieber and Florence + The Machine for Best New Artist.

Touche.

The awards and performances kept coming, then we saw a touching tribute to all the musicians who died. Boy there were a lot of them. Then, due to some awful timing Mick Jagger took the stage.

We continued. Eminem won an award. Diddy came out to introduce Drake and Rihanna. He was a little…sparkly.

Rihanna and Drake took the stage. Their  set was a bit…primitive.

The Tribe has spoken: Rihanna was workin’ that leotard.

Then Lady Antebellum won their 3rd award of the night. How long has that album been out? They performed Need You Now on last year’s Grammys. How is this right? #angryface

Arcade Fire performed and gave everyone a seizure that hurt so good. Though if you don’t listen to Arcade Fire you probably hated it.

But then they gave all the haters a big “Fuck You” by winning Album of the Year a few minutes later…and performing another song. Unprecedented much? They did a very happy version of “Ready To Start.”

Yes, yes they are. Get the album jerks. It’s amazing.

And that’s it from the Grammys. Did your favorite artists win? I’m looking forward to next year. Get ready for Adele noms…and hopefully Kanye speeches.

Update: Arcade Fire had this to say:

 

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Let’s call this the Grammy Love edition.

  • Jennifer Hudson – She took home the first award of tonight’s telecast and she looked fabulous doing it. Later she performed her guts out and left the stage a little teary. She’s kinda owning the night so far. You go girl!
  • Adele – I’ve been rocking her CD for awhile and it’s A-MAZ-ING. Nice to see her win Best New Artist tonight. Her acceptance speech was genuine and sweet. She also sounded a lot like Kristen Wiig’s Penelope character.

And on the TV side of things:

  • Gaius Charles – A great episode of Friday Night Lights this week. Who didn’t shed a little tear? What a long journey. I get a little breathless just thinking about it.
  • The Office – What a good week for Office fans. Two absolutely wonderful episodes with some of my new favorite one-liners. “Would a liar bring mini Mounds bars?” I think not.

Image: Scandalist

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My favorite comedy went three for three in tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Tina Fey – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

and

30 Rock – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Last week’s episode was awesome. I think this 30 Rock award show fever will continue for quite some time.

Photo: tvjab.com

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Its been awhile since we had a big TV weekend hasn’t it? It’s snowy here so the timing is perfect. A little sledding, a little hot chocolate and then hunkering down for the night with some big TV. Here’s what I’m watching:
 
Tonight: This one is probably only relevant to the fellow Sconnies who read edubTV but a family from Evansville is featured on tonight’s episode of Supernanny. It shook things up in the tiny little town and I am excited to see how the family and Wisconsin gets represented. We looked pretty awesome on Extreme Makeover Home Edition but then again who doesn’t? And for those of you with a Wisconsin connection (who also kind of hate yourselves), Howie Do It premieres tonight.
 
Saturday: Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the first SNL after the “winter break.” He can sing, he can dance, he’s hilarious, and he’s easy on the eyes. It’s going to be legen…wait for it…dary. Plus I could really use an NPH fix. I’m going through some serious withdrawl following my HIMYM marathon last week.
 
Sunday: The Golden Globes! Fancy clothes, drunken celebrities, awards for TV and Film? What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening. In a GG pool? You can check out my TV picks from a few weeks ago.  Hopefully I do better than I did for my Emmy pool. That was a little embarassing.

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The American Film Institute stepped outside the silver screen to announce their selections for the ten most outstanding television shows of 2008. The AFI will honor these shows at their annual awards luncheon in January. The list?

  • Breaking Bad
  • In Treatment
  • John Adams
  • Life
  • Lost
  • Mad Men
  • The Office
  • Recount
  • The Shield
  • The Wire

It’s nice to see The Wire get recognized. I’m not a fan but I know a good show when I see one. I’m  surprised to see Life on the list but it does have quite a little following. Three cheers for Breaking Bad cutting through the proverbial clutter.

Shocking omissions: No Damages? No 30 Rock? Very Interesting.

Anyone else notice any glaring absences?

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Here’s the TV side of the list. Let’s dish.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
HOUSE (FOX)
IN TREATMENT (HBO)
MAD MEN (AMC)
TRUE BLOOD (HBO)

Thoughts: It’s no secret that I loooove Mad Men. However, Dexter has been pretty amazing this season. Toughie, but I think Mad Men will win again.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES – DRAMA
Sally Field (BROTHERS & SISTERS)
Mariska Hargitay (LAW & ORDER: SVU)
January Jones (MAD MEN)
Anna Paquin (TRUE BLOOD)
Kyra Sedgwick (THE CLOSER)

Thoughts: Love these ladies and all of them are contenders. Actually I’m not crazy about Anna Paquin but I think that stems more from my dislike of True Blood. My vote is for January Jones or Sally Field.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TV SERIES – DRAMA
Gabriel Byrne (IN TREATMENT)
Michael C. Hall (DEXTER)
Jon Hamm (MAD MEN)
Hugh Laurie (HOUSE)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (THE TUDORS)

Thoughts: Michael C. Hall is lovely and amazing but he’s no match for the man and mystery that is Jon Hamm.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 ROCK (NBC)
CALIFORNICATION (SHOWTIME)
ENTOURAGE (HBO)
THE OFFICE (NBC)
WEEDS (SHOWTIME)

Thoughts: Did the Hollywood Foreign Press Association see the same season of Entourage as me? It was dreadful, truly dreadful. Let’s hope 30 Rock or The Office can eek it out, though Weeds was pretty fun this season..except for that whole belt sander thing.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christina Applegate (SAMANTHA WHO?)
America Ferrera (UGLY BETTY)
Tina Fey (30 ROCK)
Debra Messing (THE STARTER WIFE)
Mary-Louise Parker (WEEDS)

Thoughts: Tina Fey took home the little guy last year. I think the only lady in her sights is America Ferrera. UB has been pretty good this year and she’s largely to thank for that.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TV SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin (30 ROCK)
Steve Carell (THE OFFICE)
Kevin Connolly (ENTOURAGE)
David Duchovny (CALIFORNICATION)
Tony Shalhoub (MONK)

Thoughts: Nice to see Kevin Connolly get recognized as one of the last remaining bright spots on Entourage. Will he win? I highly doubt it. Clear the stage for Alec Baldwin or David Duchovny.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
A RAISIN IN THE SUN (ABC)
BERNARD AND DORIS (HBO)
CRANFORD (PBS)
JOHN ADAMS (HBO)
RECOUNT (HBO)

Thoughts: John Adams. ‘Nuff said.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Judi Dench (CRANFORD)
Catherine Keener (AN AMERICAN CRIME)
Laura Linney (JOHN ADAMS)
Shirley MaClaine (COCO CHANEL)
Susan Sarandon (BERNARD AND DORIS)

Thoughts: Judi Dench is the only one giving Laura Linney some competition. This could be a nice competition.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Ralph Fiennes (BERNARD AND DORIS)
Paul Giamatti (JOHN ADAMS)
Kevin Spacey (RECOUNT)
Kiefer Sutherland (24: REDEMPTION)
Tom Wilkinson (RECOUNT)

Thoughts: Love that Kiefer got a nomination for 24: Redemption. Love it! I secretly want him to win, but Paul Giamatti was brilliant and tough to top.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Eileen Atkins (CRANFORD)
Laura Dern (RECOUNT)
Melissa George (IN TREATMENT)
Rachel Griffiths (BROTHERS & SISTERS)
Dianne Wiest (IN TREATMENT)

Thoughts: Tough category since it encompasses everything. Laura Dern may eek this one out.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER)
Denis Leary (RECOUNT)
Jeremy Piven (ENTOURAGE)
Blair Underwood (IN TREATMENT)
Tom Wilkinson (JOHN ADAMS)

Thoughts: I’m rooting really hard for Neil Patrick Harris but odds are Piven or Tom Wilkinson will come out on top.

Who are you liking for the awards folks? Anyone missing? Think the HFPA totally missed the boat? Let ‘er rip.

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  • It ended on time, even a few minutes early. Though it got a little annoying towards the end with every presenter reminding people the show was running late and that their jokes were cut. Worse? The jokes that stayed weren’t that good. Watching Ricky Gervais blow a few minutes on a good bit was well worth it though.
  • Just what were the hosts there for? They didn’t even open the show (thanks Oprah!) and they only appeared once or twice the rest of the night. If this show is going to have hosts then they need to do something. It should be their job to move the show long. Otherwise, skip the whole job altogether.
  • Other than an excellent Cartman impression the only thing Josh Groban did tonight was prove his voice only works with one style of music.
  • My picks were pretty off for the better part of the night. Bad for me but great for some folks who surprised the oddsmakers and took home the awards. I definitely tip my hat to Bryan Cranston who foiled Emmy pools nationwide for his best actor in a drama series win over “sure thing” Jon Hamm. Here’s the thing…I called Bryan Cranston’s win not once but twice right here on this blog. I really should’ve double checked this thing before submitting my list.
  • I really enjoyed the way they incorporated mock sets from old television shows. What a fitting tribute to some great programs. (And did I mention it was great to see Martin Sheen again? I just watched the finale of West Wing on Bravo last week and I realized just how much I miss it.)
  • How much do I love that Tina Fey took home the biggies tonight? Almost too much. She’s truly remarkable. I still don’t quite get why folks aren’t watching 30 Rock.
  • Other than Tina Fey, the biggest winner of the night? Don Rickles. Funniest guy on stage. We need to welcome Old Hollywood back for these things every year.
  • The Laugh-In folks can stay at home though. Laugh-In is usually much funnier, too bad that’s the impression most young people will be left with after tonight. Check some of it out at your local media library folks. It was great 40 years ago.
  • And briefly: Best Dressed: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Worst Dressed: January Jones…Yikes!
  • Want a list of all the winners? Check ’em out here.

I’m already chomping at the bit for next year. I suppose the Golden Globes will have to tide me over.

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This is my Super Bowl. I’ve booked and scheduled every minute of my day today to ensure I can successfully be in front of my television and ready to watch in awe without feeling guilty about homework, job applications, etc. I’ve studied, I’ve read thousands of blogs entries and watched even more hours of TV in preparation for this night. This is my thing. This is the one night my medium gets to truly celebrate itself. After a long year with a Writer’s Strike and turmoil with the actors, the industry needs this. Frankly, I need this too.

So here are my picks for the primary categories at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. I pretty much stuck to party lines here (30 Rock & Mad Men) but in categories where I couldn’t, I went with my instinct…even if it means Ryan Seacrest wins an Emmy.

COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Entourage

The Office

30 Rock

Two and a Half Men

My Pick: 30 Rock

DRAMA SERIES
Boston Legal
Damages
Dexter
House
Lost
Mad Men

My Pick: Mad Men

ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

My Pick: Alec Baldwin

ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
James Spader, Boston Legal

My Pick: Jon Hamm

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

My Pick: Tina Fey

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

My Pick: Glenn Close

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office

My Pick: Neil Patrick Harris

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ted Danson, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
Zeljko Ivanek, Damages
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men

My Pick: John Slattery

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

My Pick: Amy Poehler


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

My Pick: Candice Bergen

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

My Pick: The Amazing Race

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

My Pick: Ryan Seacrest

BEST MINI-SERIES
John Adams
Cranford
Tin Man
The Andromeda Strain

My Pick: John Adams

BEST VARIETY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With John Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

My Pick: The Daily Show With John Stewart

Think I’m totally off base? TV Addict is holding an Emmy picks contest and the winner receives Season 2 of 30 Rock. Press your luck and enter here. Happy viewing folks!

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Kathy Griffin took home her second Emmy for Best Reality Program for her hit show, My Life on the D-List.

Her speech was low on controversy this year but still gave the crowd a few sassy remarks.

Griffin is coming off an amazing week as she just added an unprecedented 4th show at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles after the first three nights sold out!

Still on the D-List? That’s going to be a tough argument these days.

PS: Loving her new hair cut! It was looking a little ragged during My Life… this year.

Photo: PEOPLE.com

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So there’s a lot to say about the Emmy nominees and I may not be able to get it all in this post.

First, if you take a quick look at the list (which is impossible by the way, there are a lot of categories) you’ll discover a few shows/actors/etc that were really surprising. Best Week Ever took a look at some of the shocking inclusions but I made a list of my own.

-Take a look at this list of Emmy nominees: Canterbury’s Law, Disney Phineas And Ferb, Kid Nation, Pirate Master, Saving Grace. Please note that the list includes Pirate Master and one of my favorite shows of all time, Kid Nation. Can you guess what category this is? Outstanding shows no one watched? Worst shows ever according to the NY Times Arts section/the rest of society? Nope? Outstanding Original Main Title Music. I know! Who knew? If Kid Nation wins an Emmy…in anything, it will be the best day ever.

-John Adams smoked every single mini-series category. The HBO miniseries earned a mind boggling 23 noms. 23. Expect to hear their patriotic theme a million times on show night.

-Tina Fey and the rest of the 30 Rock gang scored 17 nominations, granted four of those are in one category (Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series). This show still doesn’t get enough love. I think the only way people will watch it is if it can sweep the comedy, actress in a comedy series, and actor in a comedy series. The thing is, I think it can and will.

-Bryan Cranston got nominated for his superb work on Breaking Bad. My roommates hated this show and to them I say, ” I told you so.”

Other than Two and a Half nomination (seriously?) the list is pretty much exactly as I’d hoped. You can read the whole thing right here. Despite the strike, it looks like it’s going to be an excellent awards season.

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For the first time, the folks over at The Emmys decided to let the fans in on the process and released the top 10 finalists in the Outstanding Comedy and Drama categories.

There’s no voting or fan favorite or anything. They just want you to know who the heavy hitters were before the list gets narrowed down to five official nominees. It’s kind of a neat idea.

Here are the lists. I took the liberty of highlighting my picks for you.

Outstanding Comedy Series Finalists

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • The Office
  • Pushing Daisies – Great new show but it’s a little soon to compete with the big boys.
  • 30 Rock
  • Two And A Half Men – Why God Why?
  • Ugly Betty
  • Weeds

This drama list is loaded with good stuff. I don’t envy the Academy at all.

Outstanding Drama Series Finalists

  • Boston Legal
  • Damages
  • Dexter
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • House
  • Lost
  • Mad Men
  • The Wire

Guess, wonder, hypothesize, etc. All of the nominees will be announced on July 17.

Photo: HeroesTheSeries.com

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I caught the first annual Bravo A-List Awards tonight. It was flamboyant, funny, a little yuppie and full of advertisements…basically it was like every other Bravo show ever.

Kathy Griffin hosted, but even on an award show that no one’s really taking seriously, she didn’t get to cut loose. The crowd (surprisingly B-List considering the occasion) didn’t seem to get a lot of the jokes.

The awards were a little confusing. They weren’t necessarily awards for Bravo shows, TV shows or entertainment in general. They gave out awards for A-List designers, restaurants, best ass, and a few acting awards. It’s like they picked out some categories from a be-dazzled hat and decided to run with it. It was an hour and a half episode of Stuff White People Like.

The only upside to so many random awards is that some folks who don’t usually get nominated for anything walked away with wins. Three cheers for Dana Delaney (Desperate Housewives) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) who finally got the credit they deserved.

So what’s my five word review of tonight’s show:

Meh. Better than Housewives re-runs.

Photo: BravoTV.com

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