Sunday, September 16, 2007

My Emmy Nominations 2007

With the Emmys tonight, I figured I'd post my picks for who should be nominated and who should win. Just a note, all of this summer's fine shows are not eligible until next year, so John From Cincinnati, Mad Men and others will likely crop up then.

Supporting Actor (Comedy):
Creed Bratton - Creed on "The Office"
Kevin Dillon - Johnny Drama on "Entouage"
Justin Kirk - Andy on "Weeds"
Tracy Morgan - Tracy Jordan on "30 Rock"
Jeremy Piven - Ari on "Entourage"


Before watching the show, all I heard about 30 Rock was how great Alec Baldwin is. He is great, but Tracy Morgan is equally so, with a whole lot really odd humor. No one else can deliver the weirdness like him, right from the pilot when he takes Liz to the strip club. Yeah, it's the same exact character Tracy Morgan plays in every other role he's played, but sometimes that's just what you need.

Supporting Actress (Comedy):
Jenna Fischer - Pam on "The Office"
Melora Hardin - Jan on "The Office"
Mindy Kaling - Kelly on "The Office"
Jane Krakowski - Jenna on "30 Rock"
Elizabeth Perkins - Celia on "Weeds"


The best performance here was Melora Hardin, who revealed myriad layers of personal damage as the season, and her relationship with Michael, went on. The highlight was the episode with the house party, or her boob job in the season finale. IMDB also just revealed that she's the daughter of Jerry Hardin, Deep Throat from The X-Files. It really seems like everyone in Hollywood is related to someone else.

Supporting Actor (Drama):
Zach Gilford - Matt Saracen on "Friday Night Lights"
Michael Hogan - Saul Tigh on "Battlestar Galactica"
Robert Iler - A.J. Soprano on "The Sopranos"
Michael Imperioli - Christopher on "The Sopranos"
Jesse Plemmons - Landry on "Friday Night Lights"
William Sanderson - E.B. Farnum on "Deadwood"


I had to expand this to six people, and even with that, a lot of worthy people went unrecognized. But, the best of them all is Imperioli who was devestating in his two showcase episodes "Stage Five" and "Walk Like a Man." He was my favorite character throughout the entire series and got a great sendoff.

Supporting Actress (Drama):
Paula Malcolmson - Trixie on "Deadwood"
Adrienne Palicki - Tyra on "Friday Night Lights"
Katee Sackhoff - Kara Thrace on "Battlestar Galactica"
Aimee Teagarden - Julie on "Friday Night Lights"
Robin Weigert - Jane on "Deadwood"


This one goes to Teagarden, who was great from the start and just got more and more to do as the season progressed. The highlight for her was "I Think We Should Have Sex," also one of the series' best. It's a testament to the writers that a character only peripherally involved in the football got so many great moments.

Lead Actor:
Kyle Chandler - Coach Taylor on "Friday Night Lights"
James Gandolfini - Tony on "The Sopranos"
Denis Leary - Tommy Gavin on "Rescue Me"
Ian McShane - Al Swearingen on "Deadwood"
Edward James Olmos - Admiral Adama on "Battlestar Galactica"


No question here, the other four were great, but Gandolfini was on a whole different level. More than ever, this season focused intensely on Tony, and pretty much every episode featured phenomenal moments with him. The highlight for me was "Kennedy and Heidi," but really, he put on a clinic in every episode of the season.

Lead Actress:
Connie Britton - Tami Taylor on "Friday Night Lights"
Edie Falco - Carmela on "The Sopranos"
Lauren Graham - Lorelai on "Gilmore Girls"
Mary McDonnell - Laura Roslin on "Battlestar Galactica"
Mary Louise Parker - "Nancy" on Weeds"


The afforementioned "I Think We Should Have Sex" was not only a showcase for Teagarden, it was the apotheosis of what Connie Britton had been doing all season. I'd seen her in other roles, but after watching FNL, it's hard to believe she isn't a Texas coach's wife. Her relationship with Eric was the glue of the show and a perfect example of how to keep characters interesting without infusing a lot of artificial conflict. Great work.

Best Episode:
“Occupation/Precipice” - Battlestar Galactica
“Exodus II” - Battlestar Galactica
“Mud Bowl” -Friday Night Lights
“Kennedy and Heidi” - The Sopranos
“Walk Like a Man” - The Sopranos


The best episode of the season, and one of the best of the whole series was The Sopranos' "Walk Like a Man." This wasn't an easy choice, the last season had a ton of brilliant episodes, but "Walk" started the drive towards the finale, sealing Christopher's fate and setting AJ's story into motion. It's the culmination of a lot of long running plots, and full of devestating emotional moments, like only this show can do.

Best Series (Comedy):
30 Rock
Entourage
Gilmore Girls
The Office
Weeds


30 Rock picks up where Arrested Development bringing smart aburd comedy every week. It's innovative and full of great performances, and occasionally, some real emotion. The show's really easy to watch and a joy to experience. I'm eagerly awaiting season two.

Best Series (Drama):
Battlestar Galactica
Deadwood
Friday Night Lights
Rescue Me
The Sopranos


No question on this one. In its final season, The Sopranos delivered a string of episodes that exceeded everything they'd done in the past. It was a privelege to be able to watch this show every week, this truly was one of the defining works of fiction of our generation. It raised the bar on what TV could do and opened up an entire new approach to cable programming. But, ultimately, it was just a great story, perfectly using what only TV as a medium can do. It's one of the greatest shows of all time, and it's going to be missed.


Nominations/Wins
Friday Night Lights – 8 (2)
The Sopranos – 7 (4)
Battlestar Galactica - 6
The Office – 5 (1)
30 Rock – 3 (2)
Deadwood - 5
Entourage - 3
Weeds - 2
Gilmore Girls - 2
Rescue Me - 2

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