2010 Emmy Award Winners – Mad, Modern, Gleeful

Here’s an incomplete list of Sunday night winners of the 62nd Emmy Awards. A lot of new shows got the prize, a lot of regulars/favorites are walking away empty-handed. The time is right for new kids to get the spotlight – Glee, Mad Men (ok, they have been noticed before), Breaking Bad, The Pacific, The Good Wife, Modern Family. All fresh ideas, all deserving the statue. Looking forward to the new seasons of these fantastic shows. You should check them out.

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WGA strike update – affected shows

The writers’ strike is beginning to affect the current shows. There are the basics – November is normally a sweeps month, so most of the shows have many episodes in the bank, already written and completed. Because December and January are typically slow – holidays and reruns – a few networks complete at least half of the season before the end of November. In other words, these shows can have enough new episodes to last into February. Many new shows still don’t have a full-season order, therefore, no new shows scripted or produces, and they are going to run out of new shows pretty soon. Here’s the tally so far, across the networks. We fully support the writers, but take a look at this list and beware – your faves are going into reruns pretty quickly. You may not notice it over the holiday season, but come January – you might as well start going to sports arenas and opera houses.
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Chuck (NBC, Mondays)

Now that the show has premiered, and the insane media spin is slowly fading out, let’s talk about it. Frankly. It’s bad enough this show reminds me of just how wonderful Alias was, and how quickly it was sabotaged by its own creators and network (thanks, ABC and JJ Abrams), Chuck also shows how easily a show can be appealing to wider audience, and still remain smart and engaging. I spotted these things, did you? Here’s hoping the show can find its tracks fast, because all the elements are there, just mix them in proper order, and you’ll have a runaway hit.
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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBC)

“We’ll be the very model of the modern network TV show”. Repeat this quickly 3 times, and you’ll get the idea. A show with musical numbers is always worth watching. Studio 60 is a new brainchild of Aaron Sorkin – of course being shown on NBC network. It’s a delicious, well-written, and amazingly cast dramedy. It’s about show-business (takes place in a fictional NBS broadcast network, surrounding an SNL-like late-night show). It’s one of the best shows on television this season, and this is also the reason why Studio 60 is going to be canceled.
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Fall TV (06-07) premiere dates

Wow, look at the list of all the shows this season. You’d think there would be a few less, since WB and UPN have merged, and FOX with NBC has seen a lot of cancellations last year. Nope, they’re all back – your favourites, as well as newbies, waiting for your approval. A few notes: FOX is leading the pack, starting the season early, once again. I guess the other networks still think that FOX doesn’t count, too bad for them. CBS and NBC are stubborn in their late premieres – watch for their new shows in the end of September. ABC – with Lost, Gray’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives – have nothing to worry about. A network only needs a handful of standout shows. Let’s see who will be the first to get canceled. Any early bets?
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RIP John Spencer (1946-2005)

It’s a little late, I know, but honestly, when I first heard about this on Saturday morning, I thought it was an elaborate joke. Perhaps The West Wing writers are trying to get some publicity for the show, or maybe some joker announced it on the radio somewhere, and the story spread out of control. No, unfortunately, it was not a joke – John Spencer has died last Friday from heart attack. You know him as Leo McGarry from the West Wing. Others may know him from Presumed Innocent, Ravenous, Cop Land, The Rock, Green Card, Black Rain, Sea of Love and many many other films. He’s the leutenant, the cop, the investigator – serene and quiet, but all coiled up inside. With John, it was all in the eyes.
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My Name Is Earl, How I Met Your Mother, Out of Practice, Office

Ah, mid-to-late September is here. You know what this means. No, not the gorgeous fall season. No, not the cloudless sky and cool nights. No, not the horrendous traffic as all kids big and small get on the road and start crawling sideways… No, this means new TV shows. And unlike so many many other websites, magazines and TV promos, in here we will not review a show before seeing it. We will tell you what we think after we sit down and catch it ourselves. That’s what reviewing is all about. Late, but honest. Anyway, we’ve been so busy trying to catch up with all the new shows out there, that it’s best to review stuff in groups. Today, it’s the new offerings from CBS – How I Met Your Mother, and Out Of Practice; and NBC’s new hit – My Name Is Earl. Also, an honorable mention to The Office. Why, you may ask? Why the heck not.

It’s good to be a sitcom these days. Hardly any competition, very high standards, and very low expectations. It means that if you are so-so, you have about 3-4 weeks before you’re canned. But if you’re good… Boy oh boy if you’re good, you’re the next Desperate Housewives, only funnier, smarter and only half-an-hour long. And not sexist. Yeah, I gotta problem with that housewife show, and the more popular it gets, the more I resent this pretentious piece of crap. But enough about my hang-ups.
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