Entries from July 2009

Exclusive Interview Series: Ayla Kell (Payson Keeler) of Make It Or Break It

July 31st, 2009

I recently got a chance to sit down with the four stars of Make It Or Break It, and chat about their characters, the drama and what we might see in the rest of the season. Here is part three in the series–my interview with Ayla Kell, who plays Payson Keeler.

I want to say, I really love the show.
Oh good.

So tell us a little about your character Payson. She’s sort of the perfect one.
Payson is very goal oriented and she’s never known anything other than gymnastics and that really mirrors my life with ballet for such a long time and it’s very easy to tap into that character because there’s so much of me in her.

How long have you done ballet?
14 years.

Wow. Are you still doing ballet or is it more acting now?
I’m actually still doing it.

Did you talk to any gymnasts before you started filming the show?
I did. After quite a bit of Youtube research, I got to meet some of them and do some physical training with a few of them and their mannerisms are easy to pick up on and they’re all fantastic people.

And have you learned any gymnastics skills during the filming of the show?
I’ve learned how to kick up on bars and I have a few skills on beam.

Without giving away too much, do you think we are going to see Payson’s flaws at any point in this season? Do you think she has flaws?
I think people might see a little glance—a little crack in the façade.

A big theme this season is breaking the rules, which I think is pretty realistic. How do you keep your character true to life?
I’m only 18. I remember the breaking the rules, and I remember the wanting to not get in trouble and it’s one of those things where the people playing my parents are so much like my actual parents, it’s hardly acting. It’s really just being with them.

What has been your favorite part of filming the show?
My favorite part of filming the show is definitely the people I’m around. The whole cast, the crew, the writers…everybody is fantastic, and so supportive of us. And they’ve all really been there for us and that’s my favorite part.

A main storyline has been excluding Emily. How do you come to accept her?
For Payson, it’s always…it’s fair competition. It’s more of I understand that she’s the newcomer and maybe shouldn’t be a part of our group but it doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be able to compete. So, in that, we all start to know a little bit more about each other, and through that, kind of come together.

You girls have great chemistry. Are you all friends off set? Do you hang out when you aren’t on set?
We do. We actually just wrapped and we’re texting each other like crazy and you know, you get so used to being around those people. We sort of just lost our family. So we all hang out, we talk all the time, and I miss them already.

What story lines do you think we can expect to see in the 2nd season?
I’m trying so hard not to give stuff away. I think that you’re going to see…I know from me, you’re going to see Payson have to deal with real life. And things outside of her comfort zone and finding the world without just gymnastics, and finding herself which is such a hard thing to do at that age.

What are your favorite tv shows? Who are your acting influences?
My favorite TV shows is such a long list. I am a TV addict. I love everything from In Plain Sight to Fringe to Burn Notice to Brothers and Sisters. It’s such a long list but one of the people who definitely influences me is Sally Field from Brothers and Sisters. I recently got to meet her and I almost had a panic attack. So star struck.

Have you gotten to meet any other people through the show that you’ve been starstruck by?
Peri Gilpin who plays my mom, I was definitely star struck by. I couldn’t actually talk to her for two weeks.

What has it been like working with her and Candace Cameron Bure?
Well, Peri’s such a comedy icon. And working with her has been one of the best experiences ever. Especially because we got really close since she’s playing my mom. And she is so much like my mom, it’s hilarious. But also, with Candace….I grew up watching her. And then, she’s sitting next to me at lunch. It’s surreal.

How is Peri like your mom?
My mom has always been the calm waters that kind of, if I’m in trouble, she doesn’t have to yell at me, she just has to give me that look and I go “Oh man, okay I’m sorry.” And that’s the way it is on the show, where I know it’s very much where I know she’s doing it for my well-being but at the same time I want to do it my way. Even when you know you’re wrong, you still want to do it your way. So, it’s a lot of that between Peri and I, and Brett who plays my father (Brett Cohen). You know we were all out last night, and he’s like “that’s water right?” and I’m like “yes, it’s a bottle of water Dad. Okay Dad.”

One of the last episodes we saw, Peri Gilpin takes over managing the gym, what is that like when she takes over?
It’s a lot healthier environment in the gym. We all have crazy sports dads, and things get a lot better only to get worse.

Is there anything else you want viewers to know about the show?
I would like to say that I know gymnasts’ bodies are so specific. And it’s such a hard thing to mirror when you haven’t been doing it for your entire life but all of us work so hard to get that. Really we do. And we work out with the gymnasts all day at set and we try so hard. And we respect it so much. We wouldn’t be doing the show if we didn’t respect gymnastics.

And it comes through in the show. I used to be a gymnast, so that comes from a personal perspective as well.
Thank you.

Check back on Monday for the final installment–my interview with Josie Loren, who plays Kaylie Cruz.

Exclusive Interview Series: Cassie Scerbo (Lauren Tanner) of Make It Or Break It

July 29th, 2009

I recently got a chance to sit down with the four stars of Make It Or Break It, and chat about their characters, the drama, and what we might see in the rest of the season. Here is part two in the series–my interview with Cassie Scerbo, who plays Lauren Tanner.

First of all, let me say I love the show.
Aw thank you.

So tell us more about your character Lauren.
Oh Lauren. For starters, we’re complete opposites. She’s basically the mean girl of the show, the drama queen…she brings a lot of drama to the show. Interesting thing about Lauren is I mean, she comes off as this huge brat especially in the beginning episodes but as the show goes on, you’ll come to see the reasons why she’s so mean. She acts out of impulse because she’s actually pretty vulnerable and really hurt. There’s a lot of things that people come to realize about my character as the story goes along. And that’s what I love about her– she’s got a lot of secrets and it makes her very interesting. I think it’s going to be really cool when what’s going on is revealed and when people get to see what’s going on deep down inside. But she’s one of the four girls, she’s an Olympic hopeful, and she’s also a daddy’s girl.

Can you give us a small taste of what we might see from her in the rest of the season? You said we might see her vulnerable side?
The interesting thing is the story with Candace Cameron. It’s going to turn out to be something that people don’t expect. It’s going to be very interesting…so I can just tell people to look out for what’s going to happen with that and our relationship takes a little bit of a turn which is kind of cool. Lots of boy drama, betrayal, and tears…I can’t give away too much, but people can keep their eyes out for anything and everything with Lauren. There’s a lot going on in her life.

A big theme so far this season has been breaking the rules, which is very realistic. How do you keep your character true to life (while you are completely opposite of her?)
I think Lauren is really just a normal teenage girl. Yeah, she has her problems, she has her issues, but with every girl, it’s just the way she handles it…[it] isn’t the way I would handle it in real life but it stems from insecurity and betrayal in her life which we’ll come to see with things that have gone on in her life with her own mother. And her own pain, and all of that kind of is why she breaks the rules so much is just because she’s been so hurt herself. And she doesn’t know how to really hide it so, she just kind of acts out impulsively.

Have you learned any gymnastics skills during the filming of the show?
Yes, I actually have. I was never a gymnast before. I did it for a few years when I was a little girl but we’ve had amazing stunt doubles—even Olympians on our set and we had basically a personal trainer/stunt coordinator who taught us so many things. Everything from posture to just working us out and getting us familiar with all the different apparatuses. We’ve learned a lot since the show began. I didn’t know anything about gymnastics when it started. And I’ve learned a lot of things even just how to place my fingers and point my toes, suck in your stomach, and just everything—so yeah, I’ve learned a lot, it’s been really fun. Especially having amazing gymnasts on set, even Nastia Liukin has stopped by and gave us some tips, so it’s really great.

Did you watch any gymnastics before the show started to prepare?
Oh yeah, absolutely. Well, I watched the Olympics which is great, and that kind of got me prepared. Even though, I guess I didn’t know I was going to be doing the show back then but still. When I found out I booked the show, I watched a few different videos. Actually, my double from the pilot, Ashley Postell, she’s amazing—and I would study her beam routine because my character is known for her beam. Lauren’s known for her beam…the bitch of the beam…(laughs). I studied a lot of her videos because she’s amazing and she’s a national champion. So I studied a lot of her videos and her technique and yeah, I watched a lot of gymnastics before the show just to get into the character…into that gymnastics mind frame.

What has been your favorite part of filming the show?
I guess the best part about filming is that it’s a drama and you never know what’s going to be thrown at you the next episode. I love my dynamic with my father, and with Candace and with all the girls. I really love my character, I wouldn’t choose to play anyone else. I know that, (sighs) tons of little girls hate me right now but it’s a really fun part to play because–I mean method acting is about stepping out of the box and becoming a totally different person and that’s what I live for. I play pretend for a living, and I go to work every day and that’s my favorite part that’s my favorite thing to do…is just being able to become someone else every day and do different things every day and have a different relationship with different people, and I don’t know it’s just really fun. It’s really fun being able to be two different people.

What’s it like having Candace Cameron Bure play your mom?
Oh my God, it’s so weird because I grew up watching Full House. Who did not watch Full House? Everyone knows DJ Tanner. It’s so crazy to me. I was so excited. I called up every single one of my friends and was like you would not believe who’s playing my soon-to-be step mom and it’s really crazy. She is the sweetest person ever. I hate having to be so mean to her. But at the end of the day, I always give her a hug and she knows that it’s just the character and it’s really fun and we have a great relationship in real life so I’ve really enjoyed it. And she has such a beautiful family, and a really good heart. And she’s really spiritual and religious and a lot of people out there know she’s a big Christian speaker and she’s just a great person, and I’ve learned a lot from her.

You girls have great chemistry. Are you all friends off-set?
Yes. Believe it or not! I swear! Everybody probably thinks we lie when we say this because it’s four girls on set, you would think after three months you would want to, I don’t know, rip each other’s hair out or something but we love each other. Those [girls] are basically like my sisters. I am so close with them. I have cried with them, laughed with them, I’ve shared so many different moments and emotions with them—it’s just been so great. On screen, off screen, we are totally best friends in real life. I love them all in different ways and it’s great.

In the second season, can you give us a little teaser what we might see from Lauren? What do you think she might have to face?
The second season is going to be right after Nationals, and everything
, and I don’t really know. That’s the really interesting thing about our show. You never know what’s going to happen next. You never know what’s going to happen in the next episode and that’s going to be something that I can’t wait to find out myself. And every time we go into the table reads, and we’re like “what happens next? What happens next?” And I think it’s going to be really interesting how the whole thing plays out with Kaylie and with Carter and I don’t know—I think there’s going to be a lot of stories like there has been this whole season. I’m actually very interested myself to find out.

What are your favorite tv shows?
I really love Secret Life. I know that sounds so clichéd since it’s on our network but I love the Secret Life, they are so great at pushing the envelope and Gossip Girl. And I really love Full House, it’s such a classic. Even those old shows like Fresh Prince—I’m an old school girl, I like all that stuff. Family Matters, Roseanne…all the old classics. Friends. Who doesn’t love Friends?

And do you have any specific acting influences?
I have many influences. I try to learn from as many people as I can in life. But I really love Ashley Judd. She’s not a tv actress, she’s more of a movie star but I love her, she’s amazing. She’s confident and beautiful and has great charisma. I love obviously Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio has to be one of my all time favorites. He’s just – I’m obsessed with him. I love everything about him. He’s amazing. Those three are my top favorites.

Thank you!
Thanks so much!

Check back tomorrow for Part 3–my interview with Ayla Kell who plays Payson Keeler.

Exclusive Interview Series: Chelsea Hobbs (Emily Kmetko) of Make It Or Break It

July 29th, 2009

Make It Or Break It (as I have said) is my favorite new show of the summer. The ABC Family hit centers around a group of four elite gymnasts, who are Olympic hopefuls. This is a fantastic show, and if you haven’t watched it, you really should. It was just renewed for 10 more episodes, and nominated for a Teen Choice Award, and it is all well deserved. I recently got a chance to sit down with the four stars and chat about their characters, the drama and what we might see in the rest of the season. Here is part one of the four part series–my interview with Chelsea Hobbs, who plays Emily Kmetko on the show.

First of all, I have to say, I really love the show.
Thank you.

Why don’t you tell us a little more about Emily. She’s big into compartmentalizing her life—keeping gymnastics separate from work separate from her family.
Emily’s moved around a lot in her life. She keeps everything separate—it’s a little bit about how she keeps everything in control. She does have so many different parts of her life, that she thinks if they all get mixed together, it’s just a big mess in her head. So it definitely makes her feel safe.

A big theme this season in general has been breaking the rules. How do you keep your character true to life?
I think we’ve all been there. We’ve all been in the place where someone tells us you can’t do something and you just want to do it more. So that definitely comes into play and every issue that happens on the show really does happen in real life. The writers have really kept true to what teenagers do and what people do in general. So it’s really easy for us to get to and relate to because it’s all very true to life.

Emily seems kind of, embarrassed (for lack of a better word) by her working class background. Can you speak a little bit about that?
Well I think that with Emily, I don’t know if she would feel so embarrassed with it if she wasn’t in the situation she’s in. I think it’s more the fact that she’s stepping into a new situation where people have a completely different lifestyle and she really is the outsider coming in with a scholarship. I think there’s a bit of humiliation for her on that level because people do treat her differently based on where she’s coming from. And you know, she’s coming into this situation the odd one out, so to speak, so that’s got to be really hard I think.

You’ve actually played a gymnast before. You were in The Perfect Body.
Yeah. I was actually just a really small role. It was one of my first film roles that I did, and I was one of the new gymnasts at that gym that the film took place in and the coach has to yell at me for my weight. (laughs) And actually the interesting thing is that the coach who had to yell at me was Brett [Cullen], who plays Payson’s father on the show.

That’s really funny.
Yeah, it’s quite a coincidence.

So did you talk to any gymnasts to prepare for this role? Did you watch a lot of gymnastics to prepare?
Definitely. We Youtubed like there was no tomorrow. Every video possible—just to kind of get really our head into that world. Because other than really the Olympics, I haven’t been in the gymnastics world at all. Just watching the Olympics. And then also, all of our doubles are awesome. They’ve been so amazing at anything we need to know…they’ll tell us. We study every walk…we study them as much as we can…listen to their stories, and it’s so great.

Have you learned any gymnastics skills while doing the show?
Well, it’s something that really does take time (laughs). We did a lot of training after the pilot, we learned how to build up the strength that it takes to do all the tricks. So slowly as we build up the strength, we’re able to do handstands, you know, one of the girls does a front walkover, and yeah, we definitely are slowly learning whatever we can learn.

What has been your favorite part of filming the show?
Learning something new. It sounds so cliché, but it’s so true. We really are blessed that we get to step into this crazy world and learn so much about it every day, and sit and watch Olympic gymnasts do things right in front of our eyes. It’s unbelievable. You never get bored on set.

Are you all friends off-set?
We’re all friends. We all get along so well. We go to each other’s birthday parties, we have barbecues, we all hang out all the time. We love each other.

Emily has a very interesting relationship with her mom. Do you want to speak a little bit about that?
Emily and her mom are actually a lot like me and my mom. It’s very different but it’s similar. You know, my mom was really super young when she had me, and so was Emily’s mom. It’s really great because your mom can relate to a lot of things but there’s also frustration involved in it and sometimes when your mom tries to become that much of a part of your life, you feel like you need the space. And I think that happens a lot with Emily and Chloe. I think that Emily feels like she likes to keep things separate so when her mom gets too involved, that really frustrates her.

Can you give us a little teaser what we might see from Emily in the rest of the season and in season 2?
I think Emily is going to build a lot as a character. She has a lot of learning to do as a gymnast. She doesn’t have the training in an elite gym that the other girls have so it’s going to really exciting to see where her gymnastics is going to go. I think Emily has the fire behind it, she just needs to learn how to take direction from the coach and trust. Just in general, she needs to trust—in her life, in gymnastics and I think everyone’s going to see her go to great places…as long as she does that.

Do you think the others will accept her? Do you think she will become a part of the group?
It’s interesting because I think it’s definitely going in that direction but at the same time, when you put competition in the mix, there’s going to be a problem somewhere. I think she’s going to become close to certain people, and I think that the competitive side of it could definitely throw some interesting drama in there…just because of jealousy and whoever does better than the other person, it’s always going to be like that.

What are your favorite tv shows and acting influences?
You know what’s funny? I don’t watch a ton of tv. I do like a lot of HBO and Showtime shows. And actresses I love are Meryl Streep, of course and Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet. I really love people who are willing to get their hands dirty and step outside their comfort zone and shows that do the same thing. I really enjoy watching stuff like that. [And] I like some reality tv.

k you so much for taking the time to speak with me.

Thank you so much.

Check back tomorrow for Part 2–my interview with Cassie Scerbo who plays Lauren Tanner.

Make It Or Break It Renewed For 10 More Episodes

July 27th, 2009

I try not to post a ton of news, but this is very exciting! In a press release today, Paul Lee of ABC Family said:

“I’m thrilled to be announcing the pick-up of our latest hit, ‘Make It or Break It.’ This show just roared out of the gate with its smart mix of rivalry and romance. Our Millennial audience just loves its great cast and addictive plot lines, and like our viewers, I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

I am also thrilled, Mr. Lee! This is my favorite new show of the summer, and I am glad it will be coming back in 2010.


July 26th, 2009

The new ABC drama Eastwick is based on the popular 80s move The Witches of Eastwick and the novel of the same name by John Updike. I wasn’t sure what to expect prior to watching the pilot, but I was pleasantly surprised. There’s magic, witches (at least we presume), and crazy happenstances but behind it all is a great concept. The three “witches” played by Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jamie Ray Newman, are all charming. Their acting is refreshing and genuine. While the plot may be full of fantasy, the actresses keep the show grounded. The show also centers around friendship, and coming together to deal with real issues. I am interested to see how the show progresses, but I know I will definitely be watching in the fall. Sarah Rue and Paul Gross also star.

Eastwick premieres September 23rd at 10 pm on ABC. Make sure you tune in!

FALL TV PREVIEW – Modern Family

July 21st, 2009

Continuing my look at the fall season’s new shows, here are my thoughts on Modern Family.

Modern Family is the story of three families–a newly married middle aged man, and his much younger wife (and son), a gay couple who just adopted a baby, and a married couple with three children. It is shot in an “unseen” documentary style (so think The Office, family edition), to show each family’s trials and tribulations (and successes too). The show is full of funny and heartwarming moments, and while the documentary style could be overdone, it is unobtrusive and works well. The show addresses the issues of age difference in relationships, growing up, and challenges of gay and straight couples. And they do all of this in a very charming way. It stars veteran tv actor Ed O’Neill who plays Jay (married to the younger woman) and Julie Bowen (Boston Legal) is one half of the other married couple.

Modern Family is definitely a must watch this fall. I can’t wait to see how each family’s future unfolds. It is created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan (creator of Just Shoot Me). Be sure to catch the premiere, Wednesday, September 23rd at 9 pm on ABC.

FALL TV PREVIEW – Cougartown

July 20th, 2009

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As the summer comes to an end, I will be offering my thoughts on the new shows of the fall season. I can’t/wont spoil though! I am going to start with Cougartown.

Cougartown is a comedy that stars Courteney Cox (Jules) as a recently divorced 40 something, who is trying to stay afloat as a new single mother in a youth-obsessed world. Her ex-husband, ever the screw up, (played by Brian Van Holt) lives nearby, which proves difficult as she enters the dating market. Jules has two polar-opposite best friends: her assistant at work Laurie (played by the charming Busy Phillips) and her neighbor best friend Elle (played by tv veteran Christa Miller). Laurie tries to bring out Jules’ wild side, while Elle is just accepting of their inevitable aging (and wine and scrabble Friday nights).

I have to say, I was unsure of another typical, set in suburbia sitcom (the town is called Cougartown although it obviously holds a double entendre because Jules is a cougar), but I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was witty, clever and funny. I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions and at the end, I wanted to see more. Jules’ son Andy (Dan Byrd) is also is atypical of sitcoms. While he is embarrassed frequently by his dead beat dad and quirky mom, he also is accepting and comes across as a good kid trying to find his way in the world.

I highly recommend this show. It is a comeback, fantastic role for Courteney Cox. Bill Lawrence, of Scrubs fame, is the Executive Producer/Writer/Director. It is definitely a must-watch for the fall season. Cougartown premieres on Wednesday, September 23rd, 9:30 PM on ABC. Be sure to check it out!

Big Brother first eviction!

July 17th, 2009

Last night was the first eviction in the Big Brother house. Chima and Braden were on the chopping block (after Russel took Lydia off), and I wasn’t sure who I wanted to be sent home. Chima is certainly quite annoying, but Braden didn’t really seem to have much of a personality. He just has really crazy hair!

After the first week of Big Brother, I can safely say that I still don’t like Jessie. I like Kevin, and Jeff seems okay…but it’s hard to really know any of them after just one week. In the 2nd HOH competition, Ronnie won…giving the brains a little bit of power. It was Ronnie vs. Michelle in the final round, and I was hoping Michelle would win because she seems a little more level headed and less sinister than Ronnie does. Also, he is a grown up who calls himself Ronnie. I feel like he is going to shake up the house with his nominations. I really, really hope he votes Jessie out, but I suppose we just have to wait and see.

So long:

It was (sort of) nice knowing you? Here’s to hoping BB11 heats up in the coming weeks!

Partial List of Emmy Nominations and My Thoughts

July 16th, 2009

Drama Series:

  • Breaking Bad
  • Big Love
  • Lost
  • Dexter
  • Damages
  • House

No real surprises here, good nominations all around.

Comedy Series:

  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • Weeds

Family Guy has been nominated before, but it’s a little strange to see it in a category with How I Met Your Mother. Flight of the Conchords is a nice surprise.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters)
  • Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
  • Glen Close (Damages)
  • Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
  • Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)

My main girls are nominated again! Also, glad to see Holly Hunter up there for Saving Grace.

Lead Actor in a 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)

I had hoped for a 2 year in a row Gabriel Byrne nomination and I got it! Here’s to hoping he wins, but there is definitely some stiff competition.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Julia-Louis Dreyfuss (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
  • Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
  • Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program)
  • Tina Fey (3o Rock)
  • Tony Collette (United States of Tara)
  • Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)

This category has some much-deserving funny ladies. Sarah Silverman is maybe the most surprising, but very well deserved. I’d love to see her or Toni Collette pull out a win!

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Jermaine Clement (Flight of The Conchords)
  • Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
  • Steve Carell (The Office)
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
  • Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

All very funny men…my guess would be Jim Parsons takes home the statue. He was so cute when Chandra Wilson announced his nomination.

Made for TV Movie:

  • Coco Chanel
  • Grey Gardens
  • Into the Storm
  • Prayers For Bobby
  • Taking Chance

Grey Gardens! Also, Prayers For Bobby was pretty great, so I’m happy to see it nominated.

Lead Actress/Miniseries:

  • Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel)
  • Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)
  • Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens)
  • Sigourney Weaver (Prayers For Bobby)
  • Chandra Wilson (Accidental Friendship)

It’s nice to see some great, seasoned actresses in this category.

Lead Actor/Miniseries:

  • Kevin Kline (Cyrano de Bergerac: Great Performances)
  • Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm)
  • Sir Ian McKellan (King Lear: Great Performances)
  • Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)
  • Kiefer Sutherland (24: redemption)
  • Kevin Brannagh (Wallander: One Step Behind)

Along the same lines, some incredibly actors in this category too!

Reality Competition Program:

  • Amazing Race
  • American Idol
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • Project Runway
  • Top Chef

It’s nice to see the Bravo shows represented…I am pulling for one of those to win!

Outstanding Variety, Music, Comedy Series:

  • Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show
  • Late Show with David Letterman
  • Real Time with Bill Maher
  • Saturday Night Live

Solid choices (pretty much the same as every year).

No supporting categories announced live, which is a little surprising, but here are more categories worth discussing:

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock)
  • Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)
  • Kevin Dillon (Entourage)
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
  • Rainn Wilson (The Office)
  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)

While I am thrilled for Neil Patrick Harris, I think he should have been nominated in the Lead Actor category. I’m obviously hoping he wins, because Barney Stinson is one of the best things to happen to television, but who knows. Jack McBrayer gets a very deserving nomination here as well…very happy for him.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
  • Kristen Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)
  • Kristen Wiig (SNL), Amy Poehler (SNL)
  • Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)
  • Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)

I am thrilled to see two ladies from SNL nominated (I totally called Amy Poehler’s nomination). However, I’m sad that Jenna Fischer didn’t get a nod. There’s always next year!

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Cherry Jones (24)
  • Rose Byrne (Damages)
  • Sandra Oh (Greys Anatomy)
  • Chandra Wilson (Greys Anatomy)
  • Dianne Wiest (In Treatment)
  • Hope Davis (In Treatment)

Dianne Wiest and Hope Davis were phenomenal on In Treatment…so here’s to hoping one of them wins (get it, hoping?)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Jon Hamm (30 Rock)
  • Steve Martin (30 Rock)
  • Alan Alda (30 Rock)
  • Beau Bridges (Desperate Housewives)
  • Justin Timberlake (SNL)

All of these actors are great, but I am most excited to see Justin Timberlake nominated. He is one of the best SNL hosts out there, and I’m glad to see him recognized.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Jennifer Aniston (3o Rock)
  • Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
  • Gena Rowlands (Monk)
  • Betty White (My Name is Earl)
  • Tina Fey (SNL-Presidential Bash 2008)
  • Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)

I totally called it. Apparently, I was not out in left field when suggesting Tina Fey needed to be recognized somehow for her Sarah Palin performances. Way to go, TV Academy, you did well!

So overall, most nominations weren’t surprising, but there were a few good (and not so good ones). I was really excited to see Dr. Horrible’s Sing A Long Blog nominated as well as Motherlover (SNL–sequel to Dick In A Box). I look forward to Emmy night!

Hoping and Wishing and Dreaming — Emmy Nominations tomorrow!

July 16th, 2009

So in the spirit of TV Squad’s Emmy wish list, I thought I’d post some thoughts of my own. I will be making a big post tomorrow (possibly live-blogging, or close to it) about the nominees, but I thought I’d list some hopes and wishes for tomorrow.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Jenna Fischer is one of my choices. She had a great season on The Office, and she really deserves a nod. The Jim/Pam moments this season were amazing.

But, I would love to see Amy Poehler get a nomination. Last year, she was nominated–which was a first for Saturday Night Live–and I think she deserves to be recognized again. She may have only been there for half a season, but lest we forget this…

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Now this choice might seem a little out in left field. But, I think Tina Fey (for SNL) should be nominated in this category. She wouldn’t qualify for the Supporting Actress category for Saturday Night Live, because she wasn’t technically a part of the cast. However, her performances as Sarah Palin were absolutely brilliant. And I think the Academy should recognize this in some way. I know she will probably get a nomination for 30 Rock, which is well deserved, but I think Sarah Palin was her real niche this year.

Lead Actress in a Drama: I would like to see my main girls Kyra Sedgwick and Mariska Hargitay get nominated, and from what I’ve seen in the past, they are pretty much locked in. But, usually someone else comes and takes the award away from these deserving leading ladies.

Lead Actor in a Drama: In Treatment is a wonderful show, and I want to see Gabriel Byrne get nominated in this category for playing Dr. Paul Weston. In fact, I’d love to see all the cast members nominated in their relative categories.

Lead Actor in a Comedy: Neil Patrick Harris is one of the best actors out there and not to mention hilarious. Wouldn’t it be great to finally see him get his due while also doubling as a host on the same night? I am crossing my fingers for a legen…wait for it…dary night.

Outstanding Made For Television Movie: Grey Gardens. I’m calling it right now. Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange were quirky and fantastic.

In terms of shows in general, of course I want The Office to get nominated, as well as How I Met Your Mother, In Treatment and 30 Rock. I think it was a great year for television, and I look forward to hearing who the nominees are bright and early tomorrow morning.