Monday, 20 December 2010

TV (Four Months) in Review: September – December

Now that Dexter has wrapped up its fifth season I’m officially worried about what TV show I’m going to look forward to every week. As brilliant as cable shows are it really does suck that they only offer about 12 episodes per season. I didn’t offer up an official review of “The Big One” but it was just as awesome as you’d expect from the show – including Lumen’s departure and Dexter’s reaction.

Good god, can they PLEASE give Michael C. Hall his Emmy now? It’s getting ridiculous. With the Golden Globe nomination for Julia Stiles I wonder if they’re going to push her in the supporting category instead of fraudulently espousing her in the Guest Category like John Lithgow did last year. Truly, I’d prefer her go in the guest category just to assure her a win – but I think she’s good enough to be a serious threat in the supporting category, so who knows? With Dexter gone, though, at least Parks & Recreation (my favourite comedy) is coming back in January – so maybe the brilliance of Amy Poehler will be able to make up for the lack of Dexter Morgan.
           
We’re officially at the halfway point for shows on network TV and (and at the end of the season for cable shows like Mad Men and Dexter) – here’s how I’d rank them thus far.

Eligible (14 shows): Brothers & Sisters, Burn Notice, The Closer, Community, Desperate Housewives, Dexter, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, Modern Family, The Office, Parenthood, 30 Rock
Guest Players (Male)
Alan Alda in 30 Rock
Johnny Lee Miller in Dexter
Timothy Olyphant in The Office
Reid Ewing in Modern Family
Peter Weller in Dexter
I was sort of hoping that Olyphant would turn into a recurring guest on The Office, but yeah Johnny Lee Miller sort of steamrolled everyone.
        
Guest Players (Female)
Carol Burnett in Glee
Emily Bergl in Desperate Housewives
Gwyneth Paltrow in Glee
Romy Rosemont in Glee
Amy Ryan in The Office
Everyone will remember Paltrow and Burnett, but it sucks that Romy Rosemont is never remembered for being completely awesome as Mrs. Hudson.
            
Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock
Ty Burrell in Modern Family
Steve Carrell in The Office
Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Modern Family
Matthew Morrison in Glee
Ty slowly emerged as my favourite player on Modern Family as the season progressed, his exchanges with Dylan in "Mother Tucker" were priceless.
            
Actor in a Drama
Michael C. Hall in Dexter
John Hamm in Mad Men
Sam Jaegar in Parenthood
Peter Krause in Parenthood
Matthew Rhys in Brothers & Sisters
Jaegar and Krause will probably never be remembered by ANY awards' show. Michael C. Hall is just in a league of his own, though. One of these days I'll have to check out Breaking Bad.
         
Actress in a Comedy
Julie Bowen in Modern Family
Alison Brie in Community
Jane Krakowski in 30 Rock
Jane Lynch in Glee
Lea Michele in Glee
I get annoyed when Tina Fey keeps getting that individual SAG nod over Krakowski. Grrr.
               
Actress in a Drama
January Jones in Mad Men
Elizabeth Moss in Mad Men
Sandra Oh in Grey’s Anatomy
Monica Potter in Parenthood
Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer
Julia Stiles in Dexter
And Kyra Sedgwick continues to be absolutely brilliant...
WRITING (Comedy)
“Classy Christmas” The Office (Mindy Kaling)
“Furt” Glee (Ryan Murphy)
“Halloween” Modern Family (Jeffrey Richman)
“Christmas Attack Zone” 30 Rock (Tracey Wigfield)

WRITING (Drama)
“Circle Us” Dexter (Scott Buck)
“Hop A Freighter” Dexter (Scott Buck, Karen Campbell, Tim Schlattman)
“The Big Bang” The Closer (James Duff, Mike Berchem)
“Happy Thanksgiving” Parenthood (David Hudgins)

DIRECTING (comedy)
“Grilled Cheesus” Glee (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
“Halloween” Modern Family (Michael Spiller)
“Classy Christmas” The Office (Rain Wilson)
“Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish” 30 Rock (Ken Wittingham)

DIRECTING (drama)
“Circle Us” Dexter (John Dahl)
“Hop A Freighter Dexter (John Dahl)
“Take It” Dexter (Romeo Tirone)
“These Arms of Mine” Grey’s Anatomy (Stephen Cragg)

BEST SHOW
The Closer
Dexter
Glee
Modern Family
Parenthood
The Office

Weird Things Over the Months
  • Three of the four Modern Family men get cited by the Globes and SAG combined, and the one missing is Jesse Tyler Ferguson? Weirdest TV related thing that happened this past week. (And not too sure about Vergara>Bowen either)
  • On that note, glad to see Glee’s recognised but the individual SAG nod for Colfer really annoyed me (and I like his acting most of the time).
  • Finally caught up on Mad Men when I should have been studying for exams. Glad to see Moss nominated for a SAG, but I was particularly impressed with January Jones this past season...
  • Will any awards’ race ever give Parenthood a break? Probably my favourite thing on NBC this past three months.
  • I didn’t watch any Cougar Town since September. I feel a bit guilty. Is it still funny? Should I get on that (again)?
So, from September to December 2010 – what’s the best thing that happened on TV for you?


1 comment:

Ryan T. said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you only have 13 shows eligible not 14? Unless I can't count again, which is completely possible.

I love your love for Dexter. It truly was a great season though all of the non-Dexter/Lumen/Jordan dragged it down a bit for me. Those three actors though were aces the whole way through.

I'm still trying to process my feelings on Glee's second season. Colfer is great, that's all I know for certain.

Kudos for being able to really narrow your list. I went overboard on mine, but what can you do, you know? Though, I didn't put Breaking Bad in my list since I hadn't seen most recent season, but I did catch up on the first few seasons this year and yes, you must find the time to catch it!