And I will miss you. In this dismal season of Idol, you were one of the bright spots. You have one of the richest, distinctive, and interesting voices of any Idol contestant to take the stage. I sincerely hope someone in the music industry was watching last night and snatches you up. I’ll be waiting for your album.
In the meantime, I’ll just have to be content listening to your fantastic cover of “Everybody Knows”, which – yes – I did download from Itunes as soon as it came out.
p.s. Does anyone else keep thinking that this season is just a reminder of how great last year was? With the exceptions of Crystal, Big Mike, and the dearly departed Alex, there’s really no one with equal star power and talent. Looks like I’ll be following Simon to The X-Factor next year.
Simon’s leaving American Idol; Conan’s not on board with the 12:05 Tonight Show slot…my TV world is all askew! What’s next – Tim Gunn leaves Project Runway? (I’m just kidding, Tim. Please don’t ever leave. Seriously. Never. Forget I even said anything.)
For the record, I don’t blame Conan at all. And the only way I’m watch American Idol next season is if Ben Folds replaces Simon. As the chances of that happening are extremely slim, I’ll just enjoy this season, and look forward to the X-Factor in 2011.
I don’t know why I am constantly making up pointless lists about TV in my head. That’s just me. And yes, I’ve done it again. After the Glee album was released a few weeks ago, I started thinking about my favorite Glee moments, which led to thinking about my favorite TV musical moments. That led to me making a list of said favorites, which brings us here.
Before I begin, a few things: First, I’ve not seen every show out there. These are just some of my favorite moments. I know, for instance, that Ally McBeal was chock-full of musical performances. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen it. Ditto for the first four seasons of American Idol. Second, by musical moments, I do not mean montages. I mean characters actually singing, or music being used effectively in a scene. (But there are a few exceptions for truly outstanding montages that could not be ignored.) Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a musical montage. But the list is long enough already; if I included every musical montage I loved, I’d be writing this entry forever.
Next week, I’m doing something I never in a million years thought I’d do.
I’m going to the Idols Live Tour.
No, your computer didn’t malfunction; yes, you read that correctly.
If someone had told me six months ago I’d be joining the legions of crazy American Idol fans who actually shell out money for the cheesy summer tour, I would have laughed in their face.
Let’s think about this, really. Why go? It’s cheesy. It’s undoubtedly filled with screaming teenagers who LUV Kris Allen, making hearts with their hands in hopes Danny Gokey will see them and reciprocate. Plus, you have to put up with the entire top 10 – which includes the dreadful Scott McIntyre, boring Michael Sarver, and crazy, tattooed Megan Joy.
There is also Adam Lambert. Which is why we’re going. (We’re actually calling it “The Adam Lambert Show”, not “The Idols Live Tour.”)
Truth be told, I’m pretty excited. If anything, it’ll be a big spectacle, which is always fun to see.
But I’m also nervous, nervous that the evening will be ruined by screaming tweens holding signs and crying at the sight of precious Danny fucking Gokey. (Who, I hear, reprises his [admittedly pretty great] version of Michael Jackson’s “PYT.” Too soon?)
The seats are complete nosebleeds, as my fellow concert-goers and I didn’t make the commitment until tickets had been on sale for a few weeks. But it should still be fun. Right?
If nothing else, Adam and Allison will both be there, being adorable. And hopefully we’ll get to see this again, which was one of my favorite moments of the season.
No offense to Kris Allen, who I admit is talented in his own, quiet way, but how freaking awesome would an Adam/Allison finale have been?
Full report to follow, assuming I make it back intact.
Well, folks, the 2009 Emmy nominations came out yesterday, and as usual, there’s the expected (30 Rock), the unexpected (Jim Parsons!), the ridiculously snubbed (FNL, and though I’ve never seen it, Battlestar) and the mercifully snubbed (suck it, Piven!)
Believe it or not, I’m mostly ok with this list. There are some egregious snubs, which I’ll get to in a sec, but there’s also some unexpected delights.
– It is ludicrous that Connie Britton didn’t get an nomination – and after switching over to supporting actress, even! I know that FNL is an off-the-beaten-path kind of show that shoots in Texas and not in Hollywood, and it’s probably off the radar for a lot of voters. But after seeing episode 4 of this season, in which Tami and Eric debate buying a new house, I don’t know how she could possibly have been left off the list. (This clip is, maddeningly, not available online, so here’s another great scene from this season.
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– Also oddly snubbed? Amy Ryan for outstanding guest actress on The Office. I’ll give them the Tina Fey SNL nom, but Christine Baranski and Jennifer Aniston over Amy Ryan? I love them all, but Ryan was the clear pick, here. Anyone who can make Michael Scott a human being with feelings deserves some acclaim.
– While I love Rainn Wilson, I would have rather seen The Office nomination go to John Krasinski. Or better yet, skip The Office all together and give it to Jason Segal for HIMYM. If you must include Rainn Wilson, fine, but what’s up with Kevin Dillon? Granted, I haven’t watched Entourage in years, but from everything I’ve read, the show is a distant memory of its former self. While we’re on HIMYM, no love for Cobie Smulders or Alyson Hannigan? Really?
– I kind of can’t believe the Beau Bridges nomination. It was a nice episode (yes, I watch Desperate Housewives. Shut up.) but not Emmy-worthy. Ditto with Steve Martin. If it’s protocol to honor guest stars from 30 Rock, why not give a shout out to Dean Winters, who plays the always hilarious “Beeper King” Dennis Duffy? All together now, “Sub-way He-ro!”
– I have no real gripes about the drama nominations, mostly because I don’t watch many of the nominated shows. However, I was definitely bummed the supporting cast of Dexter didn’t get any recognition. Sure, Michael C. Hall is the best part of the show, but it has an extraordinary supporting cast. Were I in charge, I would have recognized Julie Benz as Rita and Lauren Velez as Lt. Laguerta.
– NPH! And no Piven to upset! This is his year, right? RIGHT?
– Jim Parsons! I only discovered TheBig Bang Theory this year, but Sheldon is by far my favorite character. Dude makes the show.
– Dr. Horrible! Wait, what? Yes, it’s true. They made up some new category, and I don’t fully understand the title (“Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs”….what?) but I’m thrilled the little Internet TV Sensation That Could is getting some major recognition. That’s good for Joss, for the Internet, AND for all the filmmakers out there who are trying to make it without studio backing.
– HIMYM for best comedy! Even if it doesn’t win (and we all know it’ll go to 30 Rock) I’m glad it’s being recognized, because it truly is outstanding.
– All the Grey Gardens nominations. They were inevitable, but still, SO deserved. I don’t know how the academy will pick between Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. Hopefully, if they can’t decide, both ladies will take home a statue, instead of canceling each other out. I tried to find some clips for those who didn’t catch the film, but nothing really gave it justice. It’s out on DVD now; go rent it. If you get through the ending without crying buckets, you’re as soulless as Dexter Morgan.
My picks for the major nominations.
BEST DRAMA SERIES Big Love Damages Dexter House Lost Mad Men Dexter, all the way. Granted, I don’t watch the other shows, so I am biased. But Dexter has been captivating from episode 1. Any show that can turn a killer’s confession into a marriage proposal (see below) is top notch in my book.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Laurie, House
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Jon Hamm, Mad Men Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Again, I’m going with Dexter, though I realize Michael C. Hall probably won’t win. I’ve heard great things about all these guys. But it takes a lot of skill to turn a serial killer into a lovable, even funny, character, while still being scary as hell. And Hall gets extra props this year for dealing treading the line between “family man” and “psychopath.” (Though he is at his most fun when he returns to his crazy killing roots.)
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Glenn Close, Damages
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
I don’t watch any of these shows, and have no opinion.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Rose Byrne, Damages
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Ditto – though I did just see Cherry Jones on a theater panel, where she was wonderful. But again, I don’t watch these shows.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men
Well, duh. NPH! I tried to find some of his best stuff from season 4, but HIMYM is also noticeably absent from YouTube. However, I think this pretty much says it all:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
William Shatner, Boston Legal
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad William Hurt, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
John Slattery, Mad Men Again, no opinion.
BEST COMEDY SERIES Entourage Family Guy
Flight Of The Conchords How I Met Your Mother The Office 30 Rock
This is a tough one. The Office saw a resurgence this year with the Michael Scott Paper Company plot line and Amy Ryan. 30 Rock is always amazing, and lest we forget, they had a Mamma Mia this year! However, I’m going to go with HIMYM, because it’s been deserving of a nomination since season 1, and 30 Rock and The Office have had their days in the sun.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Jemaine Clement, Flight Of The Conchords
Tony Shalhoub, Monk Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Charlie Sheen, Two And A Half Men
I love Alec Baldwin and Steve Carell. But I’m going with Jim Parsons, because, as I said before, he makes the show. But really, I’d be happy if any of those 3 men won. Just as long as it’s not Tony Shaloub or Charlie Sheen.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures Of Old Christine
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Show
Tina Fey, 30 Rock Toni Collette, United States Of Tara
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Sorry haters, I’ve gotta go with Tina Fey. I hear MLP is amazing, I love Toni Collette, and Christina Applegate was hilarious as Rachel’s sister on Friends. But Tina Fey makes me laugh week after week. Also, what single gal my age doesn’t want to be Liz Lemon, just a little? In celebration of awkward, nerdy girls everywhere, here’s the best of Liz Lemon, as stated by…some person on YouTube with lots of time.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
I have no real favorite here, but it’d be nice to see Kristin Chenoweth win for Pushing Daisies. I liked the show a lot – not as much as some fans, but a lot. However, for me it wasn’t Ned and Chuck. I was all about Olive Snook. (And also, the idea of Olive and Ned. Shh. Tell no one.)
The only thing I’ll say about the reality categories is I hope American Idol wins. Just because…look at the impact it has every year. I love Project Runway as much as the next person, (and would be thrilled if it won) but I think AI deserves some Emmy love.
And in terms of Variety or Talk Show…I am torn between Colbert and Stewart. Jon Stewart had Hall and Oats. But Colbert had Cookie Monster. Decisions, decisions.
So what are your thoughts? Did I get anything wrong? Are there any shows I don’t watch that I should? (Besides Mad Men. I already know. Oh, and Lost, because the reality is, I’m never going to watch that show. Sorry, Internet.)
For a full list of nominations, including best title sequence (do they still have those), best cinematography for a single camera show, and best lackey, go here.