Friday, August 27, 2010

Passionistas Picks for the 2010 Primetime Emmys

Photo by Rubenstein

As we all know by now, this Sunday is the Primetime Emmy Awards. And, as all the pop culture gurus of the world ponder the odds of what will win, we prefer to just lay it on the table and give a shout out to the people and shows we want to see win. We’re not journalists, we’re bloggers. We don’t have to be objective. We can say it like we see it.

So with no further ado, here are some of our picks (and the fellow nominees) for the 62nd  Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Outstanding Comedy Series
WHY: We’re big fans of Glee, Curb, and 30 Rock. But when all is said and done, we believe that Modern Family will live in the top 10 list of best sitcoms of all time alongside The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Bob Newhart Show.

Nurse Jackie
The Office
30 Rock

Outstanding Drama Series
WHY: As much as we love True Blood and were sorry to see Lost end, no drama compares to Mad Men in our books. The anticipation of seeing what’s going down at Sterling-Cooper, is the only thing that helps us get through the Sunday night blues.

Breaking Bad The Good Wife True Blood

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
PASSIONSTAS PICK: Ed O’Neill on Modern Family (WRITE-IN)
WHY: Okay, so we’re bending the rules on this one but it has to be done. Two reasons. O’Neill is the king of understated comedy among the circus freaks that are his relatives on Modern Family. And, he’s such a good guy offscreen that he insisted on being put in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category with his cast mates, and was squeezed out of the nominations. If he had gone up for Lead Actor, we truly believe that he would have earned a nomination and the win. Hands down.

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory
Larry David as Himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm
Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester on
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk on Monk
Steve Carell as Michael Scott on The Office
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation
WHY: Parks and Recreation is the most underrated sitcom on television. The fact that Nick Offerman wasn’t nominated for his mustachioed portrayal of Ron Swanson is a travesty. Not only does Poehler deserve to win, she needs to take this one home for the team.

Lea Michele as Rachel Berry on Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell on The New Adventures Of Old Christine
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton on Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock
Toni Collette as Tara Gregson on United States Of Tara

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men
WHY: From the very beginning of Mad Men Don Draper was calm, cool, and in control. Even his lost weekend in Palm Springs was buttoned up. But somewhere along the way last season, he started to unravel (in his dashing, low-key way, of course). And by the time he bared his soul to Betty and told her all about Dick Whitman, the dynamic range of Jon Hamm’s acting chops were exposed.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White on Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Moragan on Dexter
Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House on House
Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard on Lost

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Connie Britton as Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights
WHY: Loyal fans of Friday Night Lights will sing you Connie Britton’s praises. The show doesn’t get its due and a win for Britton would be a victory for the Dillon Panthers and their devotees.

Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson on The Closer
Glenn Close as Patty Hewes on Damages
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife
Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
January Jones as Betty Draper on Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family
WHY: Really, we dream of a four way tie in this category. Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Ty Burrell are all worthy of the honor. And, Glee newcomer Chris Colfer is one of the best young talents to hit TV screens in a long, long time. But if we have to choose, and that’s the point of all this really, we’ve got to give it to Burrell. Clive Bixby, we mean Phil Dunphy, could win a comedy showdown any day of the week—Kitty’s got claws.

Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel on Glee
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell on Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker on Modern Family
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Andre Braugher as Owen on Men of a Certain Age
WHY: We struggled with this one a bit. We love John Slattery and dream of a day where we could bullishly say whatever’s on our minds just like Roger Sterling does. But when push came to shove, we had to give it to Andre Braugher. We know that he’s had four nominations and two wins before, but Men of a Certain Age needs some serious press and this might do the trick.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad
Martin Short as Leonard Winstone on Damages
Terry O'Quinn as John Locke on Lost
Michael Emerson as Ben Linus on Lost
John Slattery as Roger Sterling on Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester on Glee
WHY: We’ve been singing the praises of Jane Lynch for decades, although admittedly, we couldn’t always remember her name. Thanks to Sue Sylvester, that will never happen again.

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family
Kristen Wiig as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock
Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper on Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris on Mad Men
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson on Mad Men
WHY: We found it impossible to choose between Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss in this category. If you combine their parts on Mad Men they make the perfect woman—smart, quick witted, sexy, confident, loyal, and ambitious.

Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen on Burn Notice
Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons on Damages
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program
WHY: No matter what you say, there isn’t a harder show to produce on television. Just remember that for any team that shoves themselves into a sweaty, overcrowded train in India, there are camera and sound guys doing the same thing. We bow to their mad production skills.

American Idol

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien
WHY: We will always be on Team Coco and we’d like the members of the Academy to officially stand with us, shoulder to shoulder.


Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Michael Sheen as Tony Blair in The Special Relationship
WHY: Michael Sheen has played former British Prime Minister Tony Blair seven times (including recreating him in archival footage for various shows) and besides a few film critics awards here and there, has never been honored for his portrayal. We feel he deserves the nod for stamina alone.

Jeff Bridges as Jon Katz in A Dog Year
Sir Ian McKellen as Two in The Prisoner
Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton in The Special Relationship
Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Claire Danes as Temple Grandin in Temple Grandin
WHY: We’re not going to quote from Tropic Thunder here, but history does show that playing a mentally challenged character and de-beautifying yourself can often lead to an award.

Maggie Smith as Mary Gilbert in Capturing Mary
Joan Allen as Georgia O’Keeffe in Georgia O'Keeffe
Dame Judi Dench as Miss Matty in Return To Cranford (Masterpiece)
Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton in The Special Relationship

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Ryan Murphy for Glee—“Pilot”
WHY: For a guy who delivered some pretty gruesome moments on Nip/Tuck, Murphy drove home the perfect tone of campy and heartfelt in the Glee pilot. We were more than hooked from minute one and have been devout followers ever since.

Other Nominees:
Paris Barclay for Glee —“Wheels
Jason Winer for Modern Family—“Pilot
Allen Coulter for Nurse Jackie—“Pilot
Don Scardino  for 30 Rock—“I Do Do”

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Lesli Linka Glatter for Mad Men—“Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency”
WHY: Not since the wood chipper scene in Fargo, has farm equipment caused so much damage. The fact that it happened in a New York Ad Agency in the ‘60s only made it more entertaining. One of the best episodes of the season of the best drama on TV.

Other Nominees:
Michelle MacLaren for Breaking Bad—“One Minute”
Steve Shill for Dexter—“The Getaway”
Jack Bender for Lost—“The End”
Agnieszka Holland for Treme—“Do You Know What It Means (Pilot)”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Modern Family—“Pilot
WHY: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Modern Family is the best sitcom to come around in decades. An instant classic. Besides, they can dedicate the statue to Flyza Minnelli.

The Office—“Niagara
30 Rock—“Anna Howard Shaw Day
30 Rock— “Lee Marvin Vs. Derek Jeter

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
PASSIONISTAS PICK: Mad Men—”Shut the Door. Have a Seat.
WHY: In last season’s finale, Don Draper and his dashing co-workers did what we had hoped they’d do for years—they left Sterling Cooper to start their own agency. The fact that Sterling and Cooper went with him only made it better. The perfect way to wrap up and leave us wanting more.

Friday Night Lights—“The Son
The Good Wife—“Pilot”
Lost—“The End”

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