REVIEWING EACH OTHER’S REVIEWS: Co-Editors Robbie Woliver and Kenny Herzog virtually debate the surprising honors and snub-tastic oversights of this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations.
By Kenny Herzog and Robbie Woliver
Welcome back to the latest brand-new feature here on REVIEWniverse, in which the site’s editors, Robbie Woliver and Kenny Herzog, go tit-for-tat about the latest TV shows, movies, albums, true-crime happenings, celebrity blunders and general pop-culture schrapnel. Or as we call it, He REVIEWed/He REVIEWed (not clunky in the least, eh?)
For our inaugural edition, we summoned our opinions on the most recent episode of True Bood. Today, we react to and dissect the Emmy’s annual selections, and just how badly (if at all) they screwed the dachshund:
KH: Miss Blankenship!
RW: Cat Deely!
KH: What the Deely yo? Seriously though, it should first be said that the Emmys are, of course, the stupidest, most meaningless thing in the world. Which is why, naturally, I’m obsessed with them.
RW: And why you’ll never be nominated.
KH: Actually, I’ve attached a picture to this article that proves otherwise. But that’s neither here nor there. To me, the biggest omission (besides Breaking Bad not being eligible this year) is In Treatment. Unless that wasn’t eligible either. I have no idea how these things work.
RW: Hey, how about some love for True Blood? Alexander Skarsgard is not only stealing every scene he’s in, according to reports his character on the show is connecting to so many viewers that it’s driving sales for the book series as well, more so than the show itself. On the other hand Big Bang‘s Johnny Galecki? The most annoying actor on TV? It’s enough to not make me want to watch the Emmys so I can gloat that my picks were correct and yours weren’t.
KH: Well, the weird thing abot the Emmys, much like the Grammys, is that they have one foot in a more progressive approach (Louis C.K. being nominated et al) while grounding things very safely in go-to nominations for mediocre primetime network shows with mass appeal.
RW: Let’s get down to the serious points here: What do you think of the nominees for the Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For a Miniseries, Movie or Special category. No? OK. I do like this year’s overall nominees, a few real surprises like Louis C.K, and really well-deserved recognition for the truly gifted Josh Charles for The Good Wife.
KH: I’m a big Josh Charles fan. And, actually, he was very good during the first season of In Treatment. Let alone the modern-era cinematic classic Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter‘s dead. And I’m a huge Modern Family fan, as you know, but it’s kind of amazing and maybe dubious that they basically just threw the whole ensemble in the mix rather than having a few of them cancel each other out with maybe Bowen and Vergara making it out alive.
RW: It’s NOT a dubious achievement – it’s actually a rare achievement that every star of that show (not including the kids) received a nod. All well deserved. Although young Manny (Rico Rodriguez) really deserves an award for that unique, compelling and absolutely hilarious character he has become. And I’m glad to see Ed O’Neill finally get his due. He is really the anchor of that show, and I believe this is his first ever Emmy nomination. Let’s talk The Killing.
KH: Well, at least it didn’t get Best Drama. And neither did The Walking Dead, which is about a clear a response to blowback over AMC’s self-appointed prestige as you can get. If anything, Holder was Emmy material. Linden got nominated for literally proving she could walk and chew gum and not solve crimes at the same time. I also feel like Michael Pitt got jipped in the Supporting Actor category. A real breakthrough mainstream role for him. He’s fantastic in Boardwalk Empire.
RW: I love how much we disagree. Mireille Enos (I even love her name) was the only reason I kept watching that waste of time The Killing. An atmospheric actress, as Det. Sarah Linden she walked and chewed gum, and wore the same clothes every day, very, very well. I thought her character was very rich, and the heart of the show. On the other hand, I love that Episodes was acknowledged, although I really don’t like Matt LeBlanc in it. There was one episode–the finale–that was so funny, I still laugh about it.
KH: In a similar, somewhat frothy vein, I kind of wish my secret favorite show, White Collar would get some kind of credible acknowledgment, even if it’s just for wardrobe. God, I love that show. And also love Dexter, but Best Drama again? Really? The network has all but admitted it’s existing exclusively because of its ratings, which is about as cynical a reason for a great show to carry on as it gets. Nevermind get rewarded in the company of Mad Men, a show still operating at a vital peak.
RW: Disagree. Dexter was terrific this past season, with an amazing performance by Julia Stiles (who’s nominated). As for White Collar, your column on it for the A.V. Club deserves an Emmy. Let’s get to one of my mad crushes: Juliana Margulies was robbed last year, and I hope she gets her due this year. Her Good Wife is so multi-textured, I can’t take my eyes off her when she’s on screen. Like Modern Family, another brilliant ensemble. I even love Christine Baranski in this, while her usual other over-the-top performances are too much for me. She’s perfect in the show. And, whoa, Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and the always fantastic Alan Cummings. They are all very deserving. You really need to watch that show. It’s just about perfect for its genre. Ha! Here we are two pop culture critics and you don’t watch The Good Wife and I don’t watch Breaking Bad. Shame.
KH: Well, you’re lucky Breaking Bad isn’t in the running this year otherwise I would officially discount all your opinions on everything. And I blame my wife for not having watched Wife yet. And hey, within the Dexter universe, it was a good season. But zoom out and it’s not really in the creative league of its competitors anymore. One last thought: What exactly are the guidelines for Guest Actor in a Series? How does it differentiate from Supporting Actor? Robert Morse in Mad Men and Joan Cusack in Shameless are both great (especially Joan), but they’re basically series regulars, not one-episode or single-arc drop-ins. Again, like the Grammys and every other stupid awards show, it’s all at least semi-abritrary and completely irrelevant to anyone’s lives. Although I really, really hope Louis C.K. wins. Now THAT would be a speech for the ages.
RW: Louis C.K. just might win. There’s such an underdog buzz going on about him. A few final thoughts? So You Think You Can Dance is a hip, well-informed, highly entertaining reality competition which has finally gotten its due with a nomination, along with host Cat Deeley, who is hands-down the best host on TV. Did you see when she took one of the dancer’s grills and put it in her mouth. Hardcore. And I’m happy to see many of SYTYCD‘s choreographers sweep the choreography category (yes, there is one) over the lame Dancing WIth The Stars. One giant ommission: no love for SYTYCD choreographer Sonya Tayeh. Big error. Martha Plimpton for Raising Hope? Yes! Kathy Bates for Harry’s Law? Yes! Although I prefer her turn on The Office. And my non-Juliana crush Mariska Hargitay, good to see her back on the list. Then there’s Chris Colfer, who I picked as REVIEWniverse’s 2010 Artist of the Year. His work as Kurt on Glee is not only moving, it is important. It’s a tough one between him and Ed O’Neill. If he wins, at least all those ModFam guys don’t have to be sore losers to one of their own. Well, we just about covered it, except for the one person we can’t wait to see go up there and give a showstoppingly funny speech, our favorite: Leslie Knope!
KH: See, Bates’ role on The Office, now that’s a classic Guest Actress turn there in my mind. And it also brings to mind that to sum up my point about Dexter, it’s basically The Office of cable dramas by this point, or perhaps even the Entourage: stricly for fans, far past its peak. That is all. Well, that and I really need to catch up completely with Justified. That show was gangbusters out the gate. And I hope Betty White loses.
IN OTHER WORDS: Don’t forget to tune in and see who might be the next Lindsay Wagner!
ROBBIE’S EMMY NOMS RATING: 7/10
KENNY’S EMMY NOMS RATING: 5.5/10
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