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I liked it. The live audience threw me off a bit though, since 30 Rock is usually sans laugh track. It wasn’t the funniest episode of all time, but I appreciated the effort and the special little “live-items” they did to set it apart from a typical broadcast, and it was nice to see Matt Damon and Jon Hamm reprising their role as Liz’s surprisingly-hot-for-someone-so-awkward boyfriends.

It still didn’t hold a candle to the live episode of ER. Anyone else remember that? Historic. They were watching a baseball game in the episode people! A baseball game! (Sidenote: The NY Times hated that episode, but haters to the left. I loved it.)

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Oh jees. The day after Valentine’s Day edition.

  • Alec Baldwin: His storyline on 30 Rock was sharp yet adorable this week, he made fun of  Joaquin Phoenix on Conan (sidenote: Joaquin Phoenix is officially batshit nuts now but I sort of like the beard.)  and he made me chuckle during his millionith time hosting SNL last night. Three cheers for you Alec!
  • Blink 182: They’re reuniting! The teenager in me is singing! Actually she’s probably yelling at her parents and retreating to her room to journal and complain about how nobody understands. Either way: Bring on the tour!
  • Jon Hamm/Jennifer Westfeldt: They’re good looking, they’ve been dating forever and they’re having the best Sweeps of all time. Hamm is doing an arc on 30 Rock and Westfeldt is the pregnant woman with some brain issues the Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event. Both guest appearances are really well done so far, very organic like they’ve been there for years. It’s a shame the shows are competing for eyeballs.

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Hip-hip hooray, time to get going. My online jeopardy audition is in 40 minutes.

  • Speaking of long-running game shows, Pat Sajak is kind of repulsed by the gay couple in this clip of Wheel of Fortune.  I am now repulsed by Pat Sajak.
  • Nancy Cartwright, the voice-talent behind Bart Simpson, has been using her Bart voice to promote Scientology events. That’s probably not going to go over so well.
  • Connie Britton is one of my new favorite actresses. Dalton Ross talks to her about the new season of Friday Night Lights.
  • I am seriously on the edge of my seat for Jon Hamm on 30 Rock. This clip is tiding me over.
  • This interview with Lauren Graham made me miss Gilmore Girls a little but I’m excited for her new show on ABC.
  • The format of My Life On The D-List is changing. The next season is going to be more like a talk-show. Not sure how I feel about this just yet.
  • My favorite non-TV related link of the week: Giant Inauguration Picture! Zoom in and out, it’s awesome. I think Clarence Thomas is sleeping.

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Two interesting news stories today involving Mad Men and NBC.

  • Did you know Jon Hamm auditioned for the role of Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. With the hair and chiseled face I can almost picture it. He wouldn’t have been as spot on as Alec Baldwin though. We’ll still get to see Hamm and Tina Fey together when he joins the cast for a mulitple episode arc. Best worlds ever…COLLIDING!

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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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Pizza high edition.

  • Fran Drescher wants to be a serious contender for the vacant junior Senator seat in New York. Seriously? No really, seriously? This just in: If you have to tell people you’re not joking, your odds of being selected aren’t too good.
  • Want a great way to kick off 2009? How about Hollywood shutting down…again. If SAG can’t come to a deal and 75% of their 120,000 members vote to strike, we’ll lose another great year of TV. Hope for the best but expect the worst.
  • And straight our of my “People’s Kinks Will Never Surprise Me” file: Simpson’s porn. Don’t worry, the link is just a link to an article, not the hardcore stuff in question.
  • Paula Abdul hasn’t slept at her house since a fan shot and killed herself in front of her home. Abdul is trying to sell the home but given the economy and the fact someone died near the front drive, it may be a tough sell.
  • Loved the new SNL digital short. It’s one of the catchiest songs since Umbrella. Downside: It made for a very awkward Daddy/Daughter SNL time.
  • And finally, my favorite non-TV related site of the week: Bus Sign Generator! It’s the simple pleasures.

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Want me to buy something? Stick Jon Hamm in it. Gap figured this out…as did the folks behind Jon Hamm’s John Ham.

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The lady on his arm? Jennifer Westfeldt, Hamm’s long-time girlfriend and the mastermind behind Kissing Jessica Stein.

See the rest of the stars as well as Gap’s new winter collection over at Best Week Ever.tv

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Week 2 of Marry, Bop or Kill is going to be a doozy. So much good TV to celebrate.

Marry: Jon Hamm

I was pretty sure I wanted to marry Jon Hamm after his quick guest spot on a Gilmore Girls episode a few years back, but last night only solidified my resolve. Hamm hosted SNL last night and did a truly wonderful job. He was suave, funny and incorporated some awesome Mad Men moments, (including guest appearances by John Slattery and Elisabeth Moss). It was refreshing to see a really gifted actor take over the hosting spot because it took all of the sketches up a notch.

Boff: Linday Lohan on Ugly Betty

Lindsay Lohan returned to Ugly Betty this week and guess what? She didn’t suck, not even a little. Lohan reprised her role as Kimmie Kegan, Betty’s arch nemesis, and hilarity ensued. It kind of makes you wonder: If Lohan’s movies are no longer making money, why doesn’t she make the jump to the small screen for awhile to re-build her cache? She doesn’t necessarily have to do it with Betty but she’s off to a surprisingly good start. You can catch some of her finer moments here.

Kill: The Time Delay on Amazing Race

CBS, you know football games tend to run long. Please schedule your programming accordingly and factor in this delay. There’s no excuse to have 60 Minutes start 45 minutes late, thus pushing back the start of  Amazing Race to 7:45. Since you’ve decided not to stream Amazing Race online, the show has to be viewed live, a pretty serious inconvenience for those of us with full Sunday TV dockets. I know it may be in your best interest to make us sit through 60 Minutes and all of the advertisments on Amazing Race, but seriously people, it’s starting to get ridiculous.

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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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So it’s no secret that I’m a little into Mad Men. This weekend that love hit a new level of potential fanaticism.

First, I spent sometime researching the title and artist of the MM theme song and downloading a copy. In case you were wondering, it’s not an original song for the show. It’s a electronic jazz piece called A Beautiful Mine by a group called RJD2. (By the way, that’s really hard to say without saying R2D2.)

Anyway, I downloaded the MP3 and went over to Mobile17. If you’re not familiar with the site, you can take any MP3 on your computer and make a ringtone 4-40 seconds long…for FREE! Go now. So anyway, I made myself a Mad Men theme song ringtone and now whenever my phone rings I wait a little bit to answer. Sorry if I missed your call today.

My second fanatical moment? I heard Jon Hamm will be hosting SNL in October and I screamed at the top of my lungs. Smoking and slick period costumes combined with Kristen Wiig and other funny folks? Swell news indeed.

Third, I am re-arranging my schedule tomorrow to ensure I can watch the Emmy’s live tomorrow evening just so I can see the show continue to make history. I may Live Blog, we’ll see if I’ve got the energy. However, for sure I’ll post my Emmy picks tomorrow morning. Expect a lot of 30 Rock and of course…Mad Men.

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