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Mel’s 2010 Emmy Picks

It’s that time again! Time for Emmy predictions and ranting and all of that entertainment deliciousness. All right, here we go… (List of nominees copied from

*I typed this up before the Creative Emmy’s yesterday. In instances where the winner has already been decided, I have place five red asterisks next to the winner.

Should win: Dexter – Dexter had a spectacular year with an incredible performance by Michael C. Hall and a shocking, but brilliant performance by John Lithgow. Dexter’s writers are fearless and the ensemble cast all brought their A-game this past season.

Will win: Lost – For obvious reasons, this is the Odds-on favorite, and while it may not be the most deserving, it’s heading toward the land of Peter Jacksondom where it will win just because it’s the last season and blah blah blah. Or they could really surprise everyone and give it to Mad Men because they never win ANYTHING…gag.

Breaking Bad
Mad Men
True Blood
The Good Wife


Should win: Julianna Marguiles – Just watch The Good Wife and you will completely understand. I have loved her since she was on ER and she deserves every accolade that comes her way.

Will win: Glenn Close – Though I think sometimes Emmy voters avoid the Golden Globe pick out of spite, I think the bitterness of critic’s darling Damages getting canceled might trump that this year and Glenn will win this Emmy again.
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Mariska Hargitay (Special Victims Unit)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
January Jones (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)


Should win: Michael C. Hall – Again, spectacular season on Dexter. No one could play this character with the nuance and subtlety Michael does. This trophy should be his.

Will win: Bryan Cranston – I may be throwing things at the television if this happens again…you were warned.
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Hugh Laurie (House M.D.)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Matthew Fox (Lost)


Should win: I actually don’t know. I know Terry O’Quinn was always amazing on Lost and Michael Emerson deserves his due, but I don’t watch any of these shows anymore.

Will win: Terry O’Quinn – See above.
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Martin Short (Damages)
Terry O’ Quinn (Lost)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)


Should win: Sharon Gless – Ok, this is sort of selfish because she never got nominated while she was on Queer as Folk, but I don’t watch any of these shows enough to make an educated guess.

Will win: See above.
Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)


Should win: John Lithgow – While Beau Bridges was amazing on The Closer and you can never go wrong with Alan Cumming, this just IS John Lithgow’s award this year. This should be his and if the Emmy voters have any sense it will be.

Will win: John Lithgow – I think I may actually get this one.
Beau Bridges (The Closer)
Ted Danson (Damages)
John Lithgow (Dexter)*****
Alan Cumming ( The Good Wife)
Dylan Baker (The Good Wife
Robert Morse (Mad Men)
Gregory Itzin (24)


Should win: Elizabeth Mitchell – To be honest, Lost is the only one of these I actually watched the episode of, but she was easily the most talented actress on that show so I wouldn’t be shocked or upset if she walked away with this one.

Will win: Ann-Margret – She’s Ann-Margret.
Mary Kay Place (Big Love)
Sissy Spacek (Big Love)
Shirley Jones (The Cleaner)
Lily Tomlin (Damages)
Ann-Margret (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)*****
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)


Should win: Modern Family – Pure comic genius. They owned the acting nominations this year with good reason. I’ve seen every episode like six times and they never get any less funny. Plus, Eric Stonestreet is love.

Will win: Glee – I just have this feeling they’re going to cave to the public. I watch Glee religiously, so don’t misunderstand my disappoint. I just think Modern Family is more deserving. Either that or 30 Rock will get the stupid thing yet again. Sigh…
Modern Family
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Nurse Jackie
30 Rock
The Office


Should win: Tony Collette – Just watch the show and you’ll understand.

Will win: Edie Falco – Tony may get this one, but it will probably end up being Edie. If Lea Michele wins, I may throw up.
Lea Michele (Glee)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)


Should win: Tony Shalhoub – Mostly because this is Monk’s last hurrah and he may never get such a perfect character again. Plus, I just don’t think Matthew and Steve did enough to have earned this.

Will win: Frickin’ Alec Baldwin…
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Matthew Morrison (Glee)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)


Should win: Chris Colfer or Eric Stonestreet – I can’t choose between these two. Of all the actors on Glee, I think Chris and Jane are the only two who put in Emmy worthy performances. Kurt is the rainbow to Lea Michele’s cloud of over-hyped Rachel. And Eric’s scenes are always my favorite each week on Modern Family. See his rant about Meryl Streep for a perfect example, and then follow it up with his Lion King presentation of Lily to the rest of the family in the pilot.

Will win: Neil Patrick Harris – Does anyone else think it was suspicious that he was a last minute addition? Not that he isn’t a genius, but give someone else a chance.
Chris Colfer (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)


Should win: Jane Lynch – Duh, just duh.

Will win: Jane Lynch – See above.
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Holland Taylor (Two and A Half Men)


Should win: Mike O’Malley – He has done nothing but impress me whenever he has scenes on Glee. He practically had me in tears when he kicked Finn out. He’s come a long way from hosting Gutz, that’s for sure.

Will win: Neil Patrick Harris – I wouldn’t be that upset if he wins this one. He was pretty awesome.
Mike O’Malley (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)*****
Fred Willard (Modern Family)
Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie)
Jon Hamm (30 Rock)
Will Arnett (30 Rock)


Should win: Kristin Chenoweth – She is such a ray of sunshine on anything, but on Glee she was a little ball of Broadway fire. The woman can sing anything and what’s more, she has mastered the art of playing slightly crazy but lovable female characters (see Olive on Pushing Daisies). It’s a long shot, but it should still be hers

Will win: Betty White – This seems to be the year that keeps on giving for Betty White and nobody is going to begrudge her an Emmy win. I just wish it didn’t feel like it was so much by default.
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)
Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)
Betty White (Saturday Night Live)*****
Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Two and a Half Men)


Should Win: None of them, and I say that with affection…

Will win: Jeff Probst – Does anybody even remember who won this award before he started his streak?
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Heidi Klum (Project Runway)
Jeff Probst (Survivor)*****


Should win: Project Runway – They had the most solid set of designers I think they’ve ever had this past season and the challenges certainly kept me interested. Though one of their less explosive seasons, it still deserves a win here.

Win win: Amazing Race – Not sure why I feel like this one will take it, but I just can’t see Idol taking it home after their lackluster year.
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
American Idol


Should win: Mythbusters – Adam and Jamie are due for an Emmy win. The crime is that they’ve only been nominated twice. The myths only get bigger and more ridiculous, but they also get more entertaining and that’s what TV is supposed to be about, right?

Will win: Dirty Jobs – I feel like this just might be Mike Rowe’s year. And why wasn’t he nominated for host? The bastards…
Antiques Roadshow
Dirty Jobs
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution *****
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Undercover Boss


Should win: Real Time With Bill Maher – Give the man his damn Emmy already! I love The Daily Show and there isn’t any doubt it is a deserving winner, but it’s time to pass the gauntlet.

Will win: The Daily Show – Just duh.
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien


Should win: The Pacific – World War II epic produced by Tom Hanks. Another duh.

Will win: See above.
The Pacific (HBO)
Return to Cranford (PBS)


Should win: Temple Grandin – I’m glad Claire Danes has finally returned from the dead. She played this part with remarkable reverence and impressive precision. And the supporting cast of Julia Ormond, Catherine O’Hara and David Strathairn are certainly no minor parts to the films successful execution.

Will win: You Don’t Know Jack – Probably because it’s Pacino and its controversial. Maybe they’ll surprise me.

Endgame (PBS)
Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
Moonshot (History)
The Special Relationship (HBO)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)


Should win: I haven’t seen enough of any of these to really take a guess. My only comment is where the hell is Jeremy Irons’ nomination?

Will win: Al Pacino – See above.

The Prisoner: Ian McKellen (AMC)
A Dog Year
: Jeff Bridges (HBO)
The Special Relationship
: Dennis Quaid (HBO)
The Special Relationship
: Michael Sheen (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack
: Al Pacino (HBO)


Should win: Claire Danes – For the same reasons listed in Miniseries category.

Will win: Judi Dench – Because she’s Judi Dench. She and Meryl Streep have this talent for winning no matter what…

Return to Cranford: Judi Dench (PBS)
Capturing Mary
: Maggie Smith (HBO)
Georgia O’Keeffe
: Joan Allen (Lifetime)
Temple Grandin
: Claire Danes (HBO)
The Special Relationship
: Hope Davis (HBO)


Should win: Again, haven’t seen enough of these to say.

Will win: David Strathairn – Just a hunch.

Return to Cranford: Jonathan Pryce (PBS)
: Michael Gambon (PBS)
: Patrick Stewart (PBS)
Temple Grandin
: David Strathairn (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack
: John Goodman (HBO)


Should win: Kathy Bates – It’s Kathy Bates and she’s playing the Red Queen. Do I have to explain why that deserves an Emmy? Why didn’t Alice get more nominations?

Will win: Catherine O’Hara – She’s kind of a critics darling, although Julia Ormond should really be the one that wins for this movie.

Alice: Kathy Bates (Syfy)
Temple Grandin
: Catherine O’Hara (HBO)
Temple Grandin
: Julia Ormond (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack
: Susan Sarandon (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack
: Brenda Vaccaro (HBO)

Thoughts? Disagreements? Rants? Random thoughts having nothing to do with the Emmy’s?

Mel’s Top Ten Anticipated 2010 TV Premieres

With the Fall television season looming before us, we figured it was only appropriate to compile a list of the premieres Sarah and I are most looking forward to. And by “compile a list” I mean two because sometimes we don’t share so well…

[Please be warned that there are possible spoilers in the following post that some spoiler-free readers may not appreciate. Read at your own risk.]

Mel’s Top Ten Anticipated 2010 TV Premieres

Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan

Alex O'Loughlin (left) and Scott Caan (right)

10. Hawaii Five-0 (Monday 10pm EST on CBS, September 20) – Two words: Alex O’Loughlin. (Picture from

9. Life Unexpected (Tuesday 9pm EST on The CW, September 14) – I breathed a hefty sigh of relief when The CW renewed this little show that could for a second season and also kept One Tree Hill on the schedule for next season since the media whores had us believing we couldn’t have them both. Described as Gilmore Girls meets Juno, the show has all the heart and charm of an old school WB show. Not surprising since half the cast used to be on WB shows back in the day. I’m excited to see where they take the show next. I love Kerr Smith, and from what I’ve read he’ll be sticking around, at least for a while. The Kate/Baze pairing appears to have been back burnered for this next season. Let’s see how long that lasts…

8. Bones (Thursday 8pm EST on FOX, September 23) – Normally, this would be much higher on the list considering this is my favorite show on television right now. However, I have beef with Hart Hanson. Mr. Cryptic (read The Ausiello Files’ more apt names for him here) continues to ride the Mulder/Scully track of unrequited love and I am just about at my flux capacitor max where I will be reaching into the television to knock their heads together. Throwing the Booth/Brennan fans a romantic Hodegla shaped bone does not negate the fact that we have yet to get some solid action out of the brooding twosome. I understand the concept of dramatic tension, but much more and you won’t be able to cut it without a proverbial chain saw. And Booth goes to the desert and gets a girlfriend? Please…

Check out the Bones Season 6/Fringe Season 3 teaser.

7. Brothers & Sisters (Sunday 10pm EST on ABC, September 26) – Let’s have a moment of silence for Mr. Rob Lowe who ditched us for Parks and Rec…ok, moment’s over. Now, with Emily VanCamp and Balthazar Getty officially leaving (Wait, wasn’t he gone already?), who else is going to ride off into the sunset? As long as it isn’t Kevin or Scotty, all will be right with the world. I can’t wait to see where this season is going to take the Walker clan.

6. Fringe (Thursday 9pm EST on FOX, September 23) – Award for most “What the Hell?” moments in a season finale last year definitely went to Fringe. Between the alternate dimensions and the look alikes, how can anybody be sure of who’s who? Anyone want to start a pool for how long it will take Peter to figure out he’s pining after the wrong Olivia?

Michael C. Hall as Dexter

5. Dexter (Sunday 9pm EST on Showtime, September 26) – Aside from “OMG! OMG! They killed Rita!” I really have nothing to say about the upcoming season of Dexter other than bring on the blood!

4. Vampire Diaries (Thursday 8pm EST on The CW, September 9) –  Talented eye-candy aside, I continue to be impressed by how engaging the writing on this show is. The introduction of werewolves has me a bit worried, but as long as they steer clear of the confusing mythology detailed in the book series, they’ll be golden. What I’m most looking forward to is for Ian Somerhalder to play Damon’s reaction to Katherine being the one he kissed, not Elena. I think I just felt a chill…

And just because it could be the sexiest promo on TV

3. One Tree Hill (Tuesday 8pm EST on The CW, September 14) – While I appreciated the genius of the season finale of OTH last year, I can’t get behind the Clay and Quinn attack. It’s like nanny frickin’ Carrie all over again. I started reading the spoilers for next season and I just don’t see how they can possibly have survived that. As long as Brooke gets to stay happy for longer than two minutes and Haley doesn’t set anymore pianos on fire, they’ll be golden.

2. Sons of Anarchy (Tuesday 10pm EST on FX, September 7) – It feels like this show has been gone forever, but I still can’t stop thinking about where they can possibly for from here. Able’s been kidnapped and Gemma’s been framed for a murder a fed committed. It’s all twisted up like a pretzel and Katy Sagel still got shafted at the Emmy’s this year, the jerks.

Sam and Dean trapped in a meadow that looks suspiciously like one I've seen Bella Swan pining in...

1. Supernatural (Friday 9pm EST on The CW, September 24)– Where has this show been all my life? On a whim a few weeks ago I watched the pilot and two weeks and a lot of groggy days at work later, I made it all the way to the end. I can’t wait to see what happens next! The respect and reverence the writers give both the characters and the episodes is completely refreshing and downright awesome. You can’t really get any bigger than an apocalyptic Lucifer/Sam, Michael/Adam, Dean show down, but I have faith they’ll figure something amazing out…like a pop culture vampire satire called Live Free or Twi-Hard.

Honorable Mentions:

Glee (Tuesday 8pm EST on FOX, September 21) – Just because it’s Glee and it always makes me smile to know it’s Glee day!

Grey’s Anatomy (Thursday 9pm EST on ABC, September 23) – I don’t watch religiously, but the crazy, suspense-filled season finale has me wondering how the premiere will be picking up the pieces.

Ghost Adventures (Friday 9pm EST on Travel Channel, September 17)– What can I say? They’re hot, ghosts are scary and I find their excessive use of the word “dude” endearing.

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