Time to continue my picks for nominees and winners for the past year of television, as though I actually have the ability to grant awards. If you missed it, here’s the first post of the series picking the Comedy Acting categories.
It’s that time of year again when I finally update my blog, pick the very best in the world of television. While most of the TV internet is using the opportunity of the Emmys to pick from the Academy’s flawed list of nominees, I use my time wasted watching too much TV judgement to pick the most deserving nominees AND winners for the acting and show categories. Unlike the Academy, I base my decisions on entire seasons worth of television, and not just submitted episodes (since, you know, no one is submitting episodes to win fake internet awards).
While my top albums of the year list diverged from critical consensus due to a mixture of life-related ignorance and trend-related indifference, this list will look like a lot of the others you’ve seen elsewhere. It’d be nice to make a statement and be more original, but best is best. When it comes to TV, consensus tends to emerge because even critics have to limit their viewing, as it requires more of your time to watch a tv series than watching a movie or listening to an album. So the critics do some sampling, champion their favourites, and I listen.
And even though I’m selective when it comes to my TV-watching, it’s still the medium that dominates most of my time. There’s so much good TV out there that even I can’t keep up, so for 2012, I’m trying to reduce my consumption to only greatness. If a TV show can’t meet the standards of the series you see here (or fails to continue to meet previous standards), then it’s gotta go. After all, I gotta make room for other great shows (some of which might even be missing here, although probably not). So if you’d like to be more selective with your viewing, consider this a guide of what should stay in your line-up.
Here it is, the final entry in my 2011 TV Awards series, mere weeks after they were relevant. I must say, that save Dexter, the Academy actually nailed this category. If they simply replaced that with Justified (which was oddly absent despite nominations for Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, and winner Margo Martindale), this might have been the best group of nominees I’d ever seen out of the Emmys. They chose four of my six nominees, with the fifth being the toughest omission I had to make in years.
In case you missed it, here are the other posts for the Sixth Annual Andy TV Awards:
Read on for the final award of the night, the winner of which also gets the title of “Best Show of the TV season”.
The acting awards are out of the way, time for the big ones. Of note, I don’t do the writing or directing categories, although I think them important, because it’s too difficult to pick six episodes out of the hundreds I see all year. Whole seasons? I can do. Individual episodes? Too much.
I’ve now covered the guest acting and comedy acting awards, time to move on to the drama awards. I pretty much watch all the dramas that matter besides Treme and Fringe, but the Academy went ahead and nominated some people from shows that don’t (or no longer) matter as well. Those include actors from Dexter, House, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Harry’s Law, and The Killing (which I believe I saw four episodes of). So while it’s possible those performers are doing bang-up jobs on shows I don’t want to watch, you won’t see them nominated here.
Read on to see who you will see nominated, and who would win in a perfect world. Yes, my definition of a perfect world is one where I am the sole authority on arbitrary media awards.
Now that the intro and guest acting awards are out of the way, let’s get to some of the categories you may actually care about. Shows that the Academy nominated here I don’t watch include Glee, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Hot in Cleveland, The Big C, and Episodes, because I was too busy watching good TV shows. I have seen a few episodes of Raising Hope and enjoyed them, but not enough to nominate anyone from it.
Read on for my nominees and winners in the supporting and leading actor and actress categories.
With the Emmys fast approaching, I figured I’d better start posting my traditional Andy TV Awards, not that I have a hope in hell in getting it all done before the show. For the uninitiated, the Andy TV Awards are where I not only pick who should win awards in television achievement, but also where I show who should have been nominated in the first place. No sense in simply picking from the Academy’s flawed list of nominees, when they often can’t even be bothered to nominate the very best performances, much less the six best.
So what makes me more qualified to do this than the Emmys themselves? For starters, I actually WATCH television, so that puts me ahead of a lot of voters. For the 2010-11 season, I watched complete (or near-complete) seasons of 30 different comedies and dramas. So these choices will be fairly extensive. Of course, I still don’t watch everything, so here’s a list of some critically acclaimed shows that I don’t watch, and thus were left off my ballot: Treme, Dexter (gave up on it this season), Shameless, Glee, The Killing (gave up just in time), and anything from the UK. Shows that aren’t necessarily acclaimed (but did get some Emmy nominations) that I don’t watch include Two and a Half Men, House, Harry’s Law, The Big C, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
I was originally going to post both outstanding series awards together, but decided that since it’s taking me so long, I was better off getting something posted just to remind anyone out there that might still be following that I wasn’t done yet. But this is the end, I promise. After all, I have another ongoing project that I need to get back to at some point. Plus, I should really finish this before it’s time to do an end of the year best of TV list (I’m only half kidding there).
So I worked fast to get the acting awards out before the Emmys, but have now been dragging my feet in posting the two big awards: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series. I thought about just rushing through it like actual Emmys did, pushing through the two most important awards as fast as possible because Al Pacino decided to filibuster his acceptance speech for an award no one cares about. But instead, I’m going the other way, and spending more time with these two than the others. Because if you read me at all, it isn’t because of my tendency to be brief. Or timely.
And now for the one of the big awards…
I just learned something interesting: The Andy Awards are an actual thing. Apparently, they’re given to honour the best in international advertising. Oops. Ah well, if you’ve come to this blog in search of information on the actual Andy Awards, as opposed to a lazily-named post series on some dude’s blog, I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place. But feel free to stick around, and read up on who I think should have been nominated and who should win awards for the best dramatic performances on television in the 2009-10 season. (And while you’re at it, go back and look at my picks for the best guest stars and comedy performances).
As a reminder, I don’t watch House, Damages, The Closer, or Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and gave up on Treme, so you won’t see any nominees from those shows. I did, however, watch 12 different dramas from whom I drew these nominees, which is pretty solid (and for those of you scoring at home, yes, I watch a whole lot of TV).
Now that we’ve got the introduction and guest stars out of the way, let’s move on to categories people might actually care about. Comedy always takes a back seat to drama at these award shows, playing as the opening act to the more prestigious drama awards. It wasn’t my intention to that here, the reason is more practical: there’s two drama series I’m still hoping to finish before I write/post that category (one I will, one I probably won’t… unless my posting schedule is even slower than I’m anticipating). But I’m all caught up on every comedy I want to watch, so no need to delay.
The big missing show here is Glee, which got a whole whack of Emmy nominations but doesn’t interest me at all (the things it does well aren’t typically things I enjoy at all). I also never took to Curb Your Enthusiasm, and have never had any interest in Monk or The New Adventures of Old Christine, and proudly do not watch Two and a Half Men. I did watch 17 different shows this past year that classify themselves as comedies, so the list of potential nominees went pretty deep.
The Emmys are this Sunday, so it’s time for someone who actually watches television (unlike, say, Emmy Award voters) to pick not only who should win, but who should’ve been nominated in the major categories. Too many posts around award time waste time picking from the group of flawed choices that the various award shows present.
I’ll be dividing these posts up into different categories. Those of you who have been paying attention to my infrequent posting schedule will not be surprised to read that I have little hope in finishing this list by Sunday, but I’ll do my best to get a few posts in before the real show. I’ll start here with my nominees in Guest Actor and Actress categories (Comedy and Drama), then move on to the acting awards for Comedy, then for Drama, before closing out with the Best Show categories.
TV Talk: Cougar Town
Starring: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Brian Van Holt, Dan Byrd, Ian Gomez, Josh Hopkins
Series Creator: Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel
TV Talk: United States of Tara
Starring: Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Brie Larson, Keir Gilchrist
Series Creator: Diablo Cody
The wife and I polished off the first two seasons of United States of Tara in the matter of a few weeks, prompting me to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to resurrect an old feature of the blog: TV Talk, where I “talk” about something on TV in a more free-flowing, non-reviewy kind of way (well… if you read it out loud, it’s almost like talking). This talk will be spoiler-free, so if you haven’t watched the show yet, read this to find out if you should.