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Howdy Ho! This week was a snap.

Marry: Jason Segel

I took a vacay all last week and I spent a majority of my time truly relaxing. To that end, I watched Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I’m knee deep into How I Met Your Mother on DVD. I started with season 1 on Friday and I’m already on the last disc of season 2. Segel shines on the silver and small screen and it’s made my vacation pretty awesome. He seems like a really genuine and funny guy. Plus he plays the piano and wants to bring back the Muppets. Love, love, love. The only sour note? He may be dating Drew Barrymore. PS: Why haven’t Segel and Michael Cera ever been cast as brothers?

Bop: John Adams

My love for HBO’s John Adams is no secret but I re-watched the first three installments with the family over the weekend and it…was…AWESOME. Haven’t seen it yet? Watch it chumps!

Kill: The Old Doc’s Returning For The Final Season of ER

I will miss ER. I used to be a pretty big fan and I’ve watched some of the episodes this season. But let it be known, not every single doctor (dead or alive?!) whos ever worked at County needs to come back to say goodbye. Case in point, no one needs to “bump into” Dr. Corday. Nobody.

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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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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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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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The nominations for the Television Critics Awards came out today. Unlike the Emmy’s, the TV critics tend to know what they’re talking about and it’s always interesting to check out which shows they think are a cut above the rest.

You can see the full list here but here are some stats worth mentioning.

– HBO miniseries John Adams earned three nominations. That may not sound like too many but there are only 9 categories. The show may not win for program of the year but Paul Giamatti will probably walk away with the award for Individual Achievement in Drama.

– Christina Applegate earned a nom for Individual Achievement in Comedy for her work on Samantha Who. Applegate outshines this show. Without her, it probably wouldn’t have made it past the Writer’s Strike.

Breaking Bad is off to a great start, with a nomination for Outstanding New Program. I hope this praise means Emmy will shine on this gem of a show as well. Bryan Cranston was superb as a dying teacher and Meth-maker.

Flight of the Conchords earned a few nominations as well. The boys may walk away with an Emmy this year and I can’t wait to hear their acceptance speech.

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