Downton has the elitist appeal that voters (Hollywood snobs, remember) adore and it's already a proven winner, having triumphed last year as Best Miniseries. Snobbism is often key to bagging Emmys.
Right now about 70 to 80 Emmy judges are watching episodes of Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Homeland that were chosen by Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm and Damian Lewis as examples of their best work from the past TV season.
David has submitted many funny episodes to Emmy judges in the past, but what makes this one exceptional is that his character is less smarmy than usual. He's even seems -- yikes -- reasonable while being graciously open-minded about Palestine's politics while savoring its chicken and chicks.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that L.A. is a company town. But what happens when we don't know how to navigate the "company" that owns the town?
The Emmys are tough to predict and this year's battle over Best Comedy Actress is a cliffhanger. The outcome depends largely on the strength of the episodes chosen by the nominees to give to judges (actors and casting agents) as an example of their best work.
I've slept on this issue for a week now and it's still bothering me: "Parks & Recreation" not earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy is atrocious. Yep, I'm throwing around strong words.
While voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are busy poring through submissions for this year's potential Emmy Award nominees, here are my thoughts about which shows and actors should be nominated in the drama series categories, as well as my picks for the winners.
On May 7, 2012, a brass plaque will be dedicated - In Honor Of Roger Englander whose visionary "peep hole" (created in 1960) opened the eyes of children and music lovers worldwide to the magic behind the music.
I'm not sure what to make of the big surprise on General Hospital this week -- but then again, I haven't known what to make of GH in a very long time.
In the mind-bending words of pre-released meta-song "Reappearance," Isidore has "re-attuned, re-aligned the opening into your mind" and happily, completed second album, Life Somewhere Else.
After perusing the SAG and Golden Globe nominations for this year, I was struck once again by how the categories of drama and comedy seem to divide themselves into "cable" and "network" TV series.
With all eyes on primetime during the first few weeks of the new season it has been easy to lose sight of everything that is happening in daytime.
Though not on our home turf, we must all join in this fight to save our planet's endangered species. With programs like Planet Earth, Life, and The Secret Life of Elephants gracing our screens, physical distance no longer excuses apathy.
As we all know, the Grammys have become the really nice boy in class who brags about the fact he's never read a book and sometimes comes to school with his shirt on inside out. So is it time to start treating the Emmys like the Grammys?
I didn't grow up in Los Angeles, and maybe I'm an unlikely candidate for the town itself, but LA has really grown on me. Not just grown. It's my community.
Is it too early to call the new fall TV season a wash-out? Having watched the pilots for most of the network shows, I've come away with that sick fee...