Entries from September 2009

REVIEW: How I Met Your Mother: "Double Date"

September 29th, 2009

The season premiere of How I Met Your Mother started off on such a strong note, I was hoping the 2nd episode could keep up the momentum. Like always, this show did not disappoint.

The episode centered around dating…Ted goes on a blind date that he had been on in 2002. In other words, the exact same girl, the exact same place, etc. but both of them didn’t remember until half way through the date. Barney fools Marshall into thinking they were going to a Chewbacca conference, but takes him to a strip club instead. Because of Stripper Lily (see below), Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney go on a double date to the same strip club.

One of my favorite moments was finding the gang’s doppelgangers: Spanish Marshall, Lesbian Robin, and Stripper Lily (such an amazing moment, Ted: “Take pictures!”) Even more wonderful was the scenario Marshall created in order to “cheat” on Lily. In his head (or fantasy world), Lily dies of a fatal hiccup disorder and tells him to go after the hot UPS girl. He even sets up an organization in her name to try and find the cure for the disorder. Some more funny parts include: Barney completely ignoring Robin’s hatred of strip clubs, and Lily loving her own doppelganger Jasmine so much she throws hundred dollar bills at her (and even switches place with her at the end of the episode). On Ted’s blind date, they re-live their first blind date and give each other dating tips. It ends on a sweet note, where they both agree that they like being themselves even if it means that they had been full circle in the dating pool. So I’m guessing Jen’s not the mother…

While many episodes allow Neil Patrick Harris to shine (and rightfully so), I think this episode really showcased Jason Segel’s comedic talent. And Alyson Hannigan is fantastic too. There were some really hilarious moments in this episode that demonstrated just how innovative the writers are, so I can’t wait to see what next week brings!

How I Met Your Mother is on Monday nights at 8 pm on CBS.

EXCLUSIVE: A (not-so-brief) Interview With A (not-so-hideous) Man: John Krasinski

September 28th, 2009


As I’ve stated many times, The Office is probably my favorite show on television, not just because it makes me laugh, but also because the writers do such a phenomenal job making the audience feel like they are really getting a peek into these characters’ lives. They don’t feel like blown up caricatures, they feel like real people. John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer keep Jim and Pam true to life, and have the incredible ability to make you invested in their characters and their relationship. Krasinski not only directs his first feature, he also wrote and stars in it. Titled “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,” it is based on a book of short stories by David Foster Wallace. He spent his first Office paycheck to buy the rights to this film, and a staged reading in college was what made him decide to become an actor. I recently attended a screening of the film, and got the chance to interview Krasinski after to ask him about his passion project, and of course, a few questions about The Office. Read on to find out an EXCLUSIVE Office scoop that he gave just to The TV Chick!

I asked him why this book of short stories resonated with him so much:

“I did a reading of it in college–a staged reading. I think that there are few authors that write the way that David wrote. I think that his perspective and view of the world is so specific and unique that he forces you to take in what he’s saying. Whether you like it or not, it forces you–it’s like a weird, incredible talent that he had to allow you to bring the material in and decide how you felt about it. And he always challenged you to look at these characters or anything that he was writing in a few degrees differently, before you made any decisions. So for me, being a junior in college, this was sort of an epic, existentialist [thing] to be like oh my God, look at the world in a different way, this is amazing. Sort of brass tacks later on, but it was a good start.

For those who haven’t seen the movie yet (you really should!), Sarah is the narrator. I asked him if it was his goal to create such an objective narrator.

“Absolutely. I think that was the way it was presented in the book. I think the power of the book is what you get from it, so I didn’t want to tell my audience what to feel. I wanted to give them the experience as if it were documentary-esque. It’s absolutely not a documentary but I wanted it to be deliberate as if people were just seeing it.”

David Foster Wallace is an incredibly complex writer. I wanted to know how hard it was to adapt his work into film.

“This book, in particular, because it was written as dialogue was a lot easier. The first big challenge was editing down the material without losing any of the impact. Hopefully, we did that but the cerebral side of everything is kind of what makes him special. So I tried not to take it all out. This book in particular was presented as immediately it’s some of the best acting material I had ever read. Hopefully the actors felt the same way. It’s so incredibly complex and it has the perspective of the world that only this author has been able to achieve, in my opinion. I pray for the people who are trying to do Infinite Jest and by the way, that’s still going on…that toil. But to me that was one of the things that was very intimidating about doing a movie was I knew how big of a film fan he was. And trust me, I was incredibly tempted to go do some crazy David Lynch shots. At the end of the day, you realize that you are such a fan of his…like I was…that the words are going to do the work for you. “

Shifting from actor to director is a big change, but Krasinski said that he had amazing actors to work with.

“It became incredibly obvious right away that I should just sit back and shut up. So anytime that there were slight adjustments, it was really fun to be able to talk to them without saying think about your parents and what you’re going through. They were like do I need to turn this way, or this way. I would say the left would be great. And that was all we needed to do.”

Krasinski’s passion shines through in the entire movie and he was even able to speak to David Foster Wallace before his death to get his blessing to make the movie.

“It was really scary, because I think [there] are liberties that you are taking. I wanted to be as close to the book as I could, and when you start taking any liberties, it’s terrifying. But we had a phone conversation, when he gave me his blessing to do this, which was thrilling. And one of the things he said that was so great was that it’s completely surreal that someone’s making a movie out of my book because books are supposed to be written, and then they go on a shelf. That’s what they do. The fact that it’s going beyond that is very weird, and I’m not really sure I’m going to see your movie. I just wanted to say that right up front. And I was like “got it.”

In true Jim Halpert form, he even made fun of himself: “Dealing with the actor was the hardest part. Total diva. Once we got all red M&M’s in his trailer, he came out.”

And interestingly enough, he wasn’t even supposed to play a part in the film.

“I was going to do the really cool thing and not be in the movie at all. And if it went poorly, be like “It’s all the actors’ fault.” We actually had a scheduling conflict, we were about 2 weeks away from shooting that scene, and I think the only thing on my resume that made me above the other actors, is that I had read the book 100 times. So people were like “okay, well we’re not going to explain this whole thing to someone, maybe you should just go do it.” And it was the scariest thing I have ever done, truly, acting wise. I was really scared, and I hope I did people justice.”

After this experience of writing and directing a feature film, I had to ask if he could see himself writing or directing an episode of The Office.

“I think I am directing one this year. Fingers crossed. You just got the scoop! I haven’t told anyone yet.”

And being The Office fan that I am, I had to ask about what to expect for Jim in the new season.

“The wedding coming up I think is one of the most terrifying episodes to hear about, and then you see the writers and what they did with it, and I think honestly it will be one of our greatest episodes. It’s one of those things where I think we all start getting–we all got really choked up shooting the scenes that we were doing for the wedding — we had sort of –a little bit of a walk down memory lane in different ways seeing all the characters and what they’ve meant to these characters. And then you realize that you’ve actually been on the air for almost six years. It’s mind-numbing. So it’s a real celebration for Office fans who have been watching for a while. And even if you haven’t, it’s just a really great episode.”

“Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” is out at the IFC theaters in New York and Los Angeles. But it is also available to everyone who subscribes to IFC on Demand. This is truly a wonderful, intense, thought-provoking movie that you s
houldn’t miss.

The Office continues its 6th season on Thursdays at 9pm on NBC. Look out for Krasinksi’s directorial debut!

Charity Buzz Auction: A Dream SVU Experience and Videos

September 24th, 2009

In honor of the Law and Order: SVU premiere last night, there is a fantastic auction run by Charity Buzz. Fans can bid on a chance to meet Mariska, get a behind-the-scenes look at the set, and take home signed photos, a signed script, and more SVU swag.

Check it out here!

Also, a behind the scenes video of Erick McCormack who is a guest star on the 2nd episode of SVU:

And if you missed last night’s finale, here is a 2 minute recap:

FALL TV PREVIEW – Flash Forward

September 24th, 2009

Flash Forward is centered around the question: what if we all got a glimpse into our future? FBI agents Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes from Shakespeare in Love) and his partner, Demetri Noh (John Cho, from the Harold and Kumar series) are on a routine car chase communicating with their boss, Stanford Wedeck (Courtney B. Vance from Law & Order: Criminal Intent). Mark’s wife, Dr. Olivia Benford (Sonya Walger, “Lost”), is in the midst of performing surgery. Dr. Bryce Varley is about to make a life-changing decision. Mark’s friend Aaron is working on power lines. And Nicole, who is babysitting for Mark and Olivia’s daughter, is getting hot and heavy with her boyfriend…when every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees glimpses from their future, taking place on the date April 29, 2010.

Each person sees a different vision–some great, some interesting, some are pieces of a puzzle. As the nation recovers from this flash forward, Mark, Demetri, Stanford and his team form a website (the Mosaic Collective), for everyone around the world to share what they saw. Seeing the future raises important questions about destiny, fate, and the ability to change the future or if it’s set in stone.

This pilot reminded me of LOST. It was unique and crazy and action-packed. I have so many questions, which means Flash Forward left me wanting more. For example, is April 29th, 2010 the date of the season finale? In any case, the cast is wonderful, and I really can’t wait to see how the season unfolds.

Flash Forward premieres tonight at 8 pm on ABC. In the meantime, you can check out The Mosaic Collective, where you can put answer the question “what did you see?” I give kudos to ABC for this clever marketing campaign.

INTERVIEW: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell) of Modern Family

September 23rd, 2009

Modern Family is an innovative, hilarious look at different facets of one extended family. I cannot say enough good things about this show. It uses the mockumentary style that we see so often these days, but it does so in a truly unique way. The New York Times called the show groundbreaking, and I would have to agree. (Groundbreaking and awesome!) I recently had the chance to interview Jesse Tyler Ferguson, (who plays Mitchell) and ask him about the upcoming season and his thoughts on the show.

Modern Family is my new favorite show for the season. I am so excited for it.
Thank you.

What drew you to the role of Mitchell?
Well I was not auditioning for any sitcoms this year, I was clearing my schedule for theater stuff and that was just the way it was going to be. And then I read the script and I was like okay, I’m auditioning for this one show because it’s funny and I like it. And my manager completely undersold it to me. He was like “I think you might like it.” And I loved it. I initially went in for the role of Cameron, which is the role Eric Stonestreet is playing. And I had my eye on Mitchell, and I asked if I could audition for Mitchell and I was basically told no. And so I went in, and then Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd said “You know what, you would make a really good Mitchell,” and I was like thank you, I’ll come back in two days. So I came back in two days and I got the part. And it was just, it kind of just—everything just felt right. I just kind of knew how to play him. I knew what to do with it. I knew how I wanted his voice to sound and they fortunately agreed that that was what they wanted as well. It was the most painless process for a script that so many actors I think were clamoring to be a part of…I felt that I was lucky enough to just sort of fall into it very easily.

Do you see any of yourself in Mitchell?
Oh yeah. I mean, I’m not playing him very differently from myself. He’s a little more uptight and trepidacious than I am. I’m a little bit more lax. I think the humor of him being so serious and uptight is…I think people who take life that seriously are hilarious. Honestly. I just laugh at them. I’m just like “you’ve got to chill out.” So I’m not like him in that respect, but I think you know, I think if I was a new dad, I would be certainly as nervous and wanting to do everything as perfectly as possible. I think I would share his same set of values with raising a child. Yeah, he’s very easy to play. He sort of fits on the plate really easily for me.

The show tackles a lot of important issues. Especially with yours and Cameron’s gay adoption. How do you think the show is able to keep a balance between the humor and tackling important issues?
I think the show does a really great job of doing that because it doesn’t shine a spotlight on those issues. It kind of deals with it, and it doesn’t make a big production out of the issues. It’s just very matter of fact with it and I think that their sort of commonality—I think that’s what makes them edgy, that we’re not having a big parade around these guys are gay. They’re just gay guys. They’re adopting a baby, they’re in a loving relationship. But you know, I think through that ease with those issues, we are kind of resonating loud as we would had we made like a big production around these issues. Because this is the fabric of our lives right now. And this is how they fit into this family and the society. And it’s just a slice of American life. It’s certainly not representative of American Life [as] a whole but it’s definitely a facet of what America is now and I think it’s definitely rustling some people’s feathers. But again, they’re those serious people and I’m kind of like “you guys, are you serious?” Come on, it’s 2009. Obama’s president. Let’s get with it. Let’s do this.

The mockumentary style of television has been done before to various levels of success. Why do you think it works so well with Modern Family?
I think we handle it with a little bit more—I love the Office, I’m a huge fan of The Office. I think Parks & Recreation is great. Our tone is just different. We’re not doing anything better than them, it’s just different. It comes from a more—kind of a—it’s a little more heartfelt. You know, The Office, it’s got a little more bite in certain areas. But I find our show to be more in line with like a Christopher Guest movie than I do with The Office or Parks & Recreation. To me, they don’t compare to one another at all. But it is—it’s a format that’s been used a lot. And I think that it’s the perfect vehicle for us to kind of get as far into these characters as we possibly can.

What do you think makes the show so unique? What makes it different from every other comedy we see on TV?
It’s just kind of an interesting new hybrid that we’re introducing. I mean, there certainly hasn’t been a family comedy in recent years that I can remember – a new one – that has kind of dealt with, certainly it has never dealt with all these facets. The closest thing I can think of is Brothers and Sisters, that has sort of dealt with this slice of life. But it’s got a whole different thing going on—it’s brilliant in its own right. It’s unlike anything that has been on TV. I’m having a hard time actually putting my finger on just why it’s so different. And I think it’s because I’m living in the bubble of the show but I think it just feels different and new and people are calling it groundbreaking which you know, is awesome and terrifying but I hope that it is. I only hope the best for it.

What has been your favorite part of filming the show?
Honestly, I love going to work so much every day with that cast and the crew and the writers. And I think my favorite part is just getting each new script because honestly each one’s better than the last. I mean they just keep getting better and better and I think the ball was set so high for the pilot, that I think everyone-the cast included and the writers were all nervous about keeping this balloon in the air. And each episode just keeps getting better than the last. They’re kind of a bottomless pit of ideas and jokes and I feel like we’re in such good hands with the show runners and it’s very exciting. I’m very excited to see where it’s going to take off to.

Do you see similarities between your career on Broadway and working in television?
It’s similar in the fact that I’ve kind of—you know—was able to work steadily in that format and grow. And my turnover rate has been just about as high as my turnover rate with the Broadway stuff…a show a year. But other than that, it’s completely two different mediums. And I’m enjoying [it]. I’m still learning about TV. I still feel like I’m very new to this Hollywood thing. I still feel like I’m on vacation when I’m here now. I’m like “I got to get back to real life, in New York.” But this is what real life is now.

What is it like having Ed O’Neill play your father?
Amazing. Short answer. He’s Al Bundy, he’s a TV legend. He’s awesome and so generous.

Can you give us a little teaser (
without spoiling too much) of what we can expect in the rest of the season, and from your character in particular?

Well Cameron and Mitchell sort of – well, they’re plight is just being new dads and they want to be the best dads possible. We take Lily to a Mommy and Me class. There’s a whole episode where we freak out because we bumped her head against the door jamb and fortunately it was covered by this Donna Summer wig. You’ll have to tune in to see why she was wearing a Donna Summer wig but it’s funny. We meet my matriarch. Shelley Long plays my estranged mother, and we realize why she’s estranged and what my relationship with her means because I’m sort of the mama’s boy of the family. They’ve got great stuff coming up.

Modern Family premieres tonight at 9 pm on ABC. This is truly a can’t miss show, so be sure to tune in!

What I will be watching this fall

September 21st, 2009

You may have caught my numerous fall previews, and there are more to come…but I thought instead of doing a fall premiere calendar (some shows have already premiered), I would tell you what I am watching, and perhaps you can tell me what you will be watching as well.

Monday Nights:

  • How I Met Your Mother: One of my absolute favorites, premieres tonight September 21st at 8 pm (new time!) on CBS
  • Gossip Girl: Season 3: The premiere was solid, so I’m excited! 8 pm on the CW.

Tuesday Nights:

  • The Biggest Loser returns for its 8th season (the theme is second chances). Bob and Jillian ass-kicking! 8 pm on NBC.
  • V: A new ABC show that premieres on November 3rd at 8 pm. A very good pilot, so I’m looking forward to the season.
  • 90210: I’m on the fence as to whether I will stick with the 2nd season of this show. 8 pm on the CW.
  • The Good Wife: New CBS show starring Juliana Marguilies premieres on September 22nd at 10 pm.
  • Melrose Place: After seeing the 2nd episode of this re-make, I plan on watching. 9 pm on the CW.

Wednesday Nights:

  • Glee: This show is so wonderful. Every episode so far has just been amazing! 8 pm on FOX.
  • Modern Family: One of my favorite new fall shows. It premieres on September 23rd at 9 pm on ABC.
  • Cougar Town: A new (and great) fall show starring Courteney Cox. It premieres on September 23rd at 9:30 pm.
  • Law and Order: SVU: I love this show, however, if there are DVR conflicts, it may have to be watched when it reruns on Saturday. The season premiere is September 23rd at 9 pm on NBC.
  • Eastwick: Another new fall favorite starring Rebecca Romijn, based on the movie Witches of Eastwick. It premieres on September 23rd at 10 pm on ABC.

Thursday Nights:

  • The Office: Tied with HIMYM for my favorite comedy on television right now. So excited for the Jim/Pam pregnancy! The premiere was fantastic! 9 pm on NBC.
  • Parks and Recreation: This NBC comedy started out on a fantastic note. It stars the incredibly talented Amy Poehler. 8:30 pm on NBC.
  • Flash Forward: A new Lost-esque show on ABC, which I really enjoyed. It premieres September 24th at 8 pm.
  • Vampire Diaries: Very enjoyable, vampire-filled new drama on the CW. Thursdays at 8 on the CW.
  • 30 Rock: While I won’t say that it is better than The Office, I do really enjoy this show (and Tina Fey of course). It premieres on October 15th at 8 pm on NBC.
  • Community: I enjoyed the pilot, but wasn’t ultimately sold. I will however tune in because I think it’s a clever premise and has a lot of potential. Thursdays at 9:30 pm on NBC.

Friday nights:

  • Not a ton in terms of TV this fall. I will White Collar a chance (October 23rd at 10 pm on USA).

Despite the fact that there is a ton on this Fall TV list, there are a bunch of midseason shows I am eagerly awaiting. LOST (of course), Life UneXpected, Chuck and Party Down, to name a few. I feel like I already need another DVR, but I really can’t wait!

ADVANCE REVIEW: Season Premiere of How I Met Your Mother

September 21st, 2009

I was thrilled when the premiere of How I Met Your Mother’s 5th season came in the mail. I think Barney Stinson (NPH, you are amazing!) is one of the best characters on television, but the entire cast is just incredible. One thing that makes this show unique is that I can’t think of a bad episode. It is always funny, always heartwarming, and I am never disappointed.

The season premiere (titled Definitions) centers around Barney and Robin defining their relationship. When we last left them they were well…making out. And when we join them again they are still making out. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the premiere was great. Ted becomes a professor of architecture at Columbia! And I love Barney with Robin (even though I never thought I would say that). I love that the gang is back at MacLarens again. The only thing I hate is waiting a week in between episodes.

HIMYM premieres tonight at 8 pm on CBS. It’s going to be legend…wait for it…(it’s at a new time) dary!

My thoughts on the Emmys

September 21st, 2009

As predicted, Neil Patrick Harris was a phenomenal host. He made the 3+ hour long broadcast very enjoyable. His opening number was amazing.

Check it out here:

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I thought that most winners were very well deserving, but some were very predictable. Here are some people who I thought were snubbed:

Amy Poehler, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Neil Patrick Harris, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Motherlover Video, Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live for Variety Series
Dianne Wiest or Hope Davis for In Treatment
Mariska Hargitay for SVU or Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer
How I Met Your Mother or The Office for Best Comedy Series

I really thought that Neil Patrick Harris would win this year. And if he didn’t win, I had high hopes for the show. In Treatment is such an amazing show that I was shocked Dianne Wiest didn’t win two years in a row. But all in all, it was a fun show. I could have done without the Miniseries/Made for TV movie part that was incredibly long. And I’m not sure how I felt about the broadcast being broken up into different categories. However, I think this show (or really Neil Patrick Harris) guaranteed the Emmy Awards future on television.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Bored To Death Series Premiere

September 20th, 2009

Bored to Death is a new comedy starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson. Schwartzman plays Jonathan Ames (who created the show), a young writer from Brooklyn who just went through a breakup partly because he drank too much. Instead of dealing with this, he posts an ad on Craigslist offering up his services as a private detective. This was inspired by him reading the novel Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler.

In the premiere, Jonathan’s first case involves helping a young girl find her missing sister. This case is of course filled with hilarity and sticky situations. Thrown in the mix is his quirky, pot-smoking boss George (Ted Danson) and his best friend Ray (Zach Galifianakis). I really enjoyed this premiere. It didn’t bore me to…well you know. I thought Schwartzman maybe came across a little bit of a Brooklyn/Jew/Snob but that was sort of his character’s shtick anyway. But I thought the show was clever and very well written. The 2nd and 3rd episodes were also very solid. I enjoyed Kristen Wiig’s guest appearance and Galifianakis’ relationship with his nutty girlfriend Leah (played by Heather Burns).

Based on the first few episodes, I have high hopes for this show. I like most HBO programming for its creativity and originality, and I think Bored to Death fits right in. It premieres tonight at 9:30 pm on HBO! Be sure to tune in–or DVR because of the Emmys–but it really is worth watching!

Emmy Night Predictions!

September 20th, 2009

Emmy night is finally upon us! I love the Oscars, and all awards shows, but the Emmys are where TV gets to shine. And for TV addicts like me, it’s a pretty incredible night. However, there is one thing that makes tonight’s Emmy awards even more exciting. Three words: Neil Patrick Harris. I’m excited to see him completely dominate this awards show. There is even going to be a Dr. Horrible-themed performance!

I know I previously made some Emmy nomination predictions, so today I’m going to make some Emmy winner predictions. Feel free to weigh in as well.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Big Love
Breaking Bad
Damages
Dexter
House
Lost
Mad Men X

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

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin “30 Rock” X
Steve Carell “The Office”
Jemaine Clement “Flight of the Conchords”
Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory”
Tony Shalhoub “Monk”
Charlie Sheen “Two and a Half Men”

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Simon Baker “The Mentalist”
Gabriel Byrne “In Treatment” X
Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall “Dexter”
Jon Hamm “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie “House”

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Christina Applegate “Samantha Who?”
Toni Collette “United States of Tara”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus “New Adventures of Old Christine”
Tina Fey “30 Rock” X
Mary-Louise Parker “Weeds”
Sarah Silverman “The Sarah Silverman Program”

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Glenn Close “Damages”
Sally Field “Brothers & Sisters”
Mariska Hargitay “Law & Order: SVU”
Holly Hunter “Saving Grace”
Elisabeth Moss “Mad Men” X
Kyra Sedgwick “The Closer”

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jon Cryer “Two and a Half Men”
Kevin Dillon “Entourage”
Neil Patrick Harris “How I Met Your Mother” X
Jack McBrayer “30 Rock”
Tracy Morgan “30 Rock”
Rainn Wilson “The Office”

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Christian Clemenson “Boston Legal”
Michael Emerson “Lost”
William Hurt “Damages”
Aaron Paul “Breaking Bad”
William Shatner “Boston Legal”
John Slattery “Mad Men” X

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Kristin Chenoweth “Pushing Daisies”
Jane Krakowski “30 Rock”
Elizabeth Perkins “Weeds”
Amy Poehler “Saturday Night Live” X
Kristin Wiig “Saturday Night Live”
Vanessa Williams “Ugly Betty”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Rose Byrne “Damages”
Hope Davis “In Treatment”
Cherry Jones “24”
Sandra Oh “Grey’s Anatomy”
Dianne Wiest “In Treatment” X
Chandra Wilson “Grey’s Anatomy”

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION TV PROGRAM
The Amazing Race X
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

There are a few categories that were extremely difficult for me to pick just one person. Lead Actor in a Comedy is such a strong field, so I went with Alec Baldwin who has won in previous years. Although I would love to see Steve Carell win too. Picking a winner in the Lead Actress in a Drama category was also very difficult. I love Mariska Hargitay and Kyra Sedgwick, but I just have a feeling Elisabeth Moss might win. As for the Supporting Actress in a Comedy category, I went with my heart. It is an extremely talented field of nominees, and I think anyone could take home the statue. In addition, the Emmy awards that have already been given out deserve a mention: Tina Fey for playing Sarah Palin on SNL, and Justin Timberlake for hosting SNL are two phenomenal winners. I’m excited for whatever tonight brings! The Emmy Awards are on CBS tonight starting at 8 pm. I will weigh in tomorrow with my post-Emmy thoughts as well.