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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: Not too hot, not too cold. Not too mean, not too nice. Not too inside, not too outside. From a Golden Globes Awards hosting perspective, there were -- in short -- just about right.
Not enough of them perhaps -- they disappeared for what seemed like most of the broadcast, leaving the Twittersphere to wonder whether they were ever to return.
Host continuity is a nice thing, if only to keep the tone of the night consistent -- it was not. But for the times they were there, it worked -- and worked well.
Interesting that the two biggest jabs went at director James Cameron (married to director Kathryn Bigelow for a few years a couple of decades ago) and comedian Ricky Gervais -- not here because he's "outta show business!" Technically not true, but the spirit of the jab is somewhat accurate, given both "The RG Show" and "Life's too Short" are done.
Too bad Cameron wasn't here -- nothing nominated -- for that would have been a reaction shot to rival Tommy Lee Jones's.
Posted a good overview, courtesy of ITN, for those who may have missed or may wish to revisit. But it seems reasonably obvious that both Fey and Poehler earned a repeat invitation and will almost certainly get one.
Now the onus is Seth MacFarlane to match or exceed at the Oscars, and the onus is officially considerable, considering how well Amytina did last night. . .
Oh, the best part of the night from a TV perspective? Jodie Foster, of course. Moments like that are awards show moments to live for -- bizarre, wacky, emotional, inscrutable, fun, curious, unscripted (but scripted), full of non sequiturs and dead ends, and odd turns, and verbal flights of fancy.
It was simply a thing of glory, and to have missed it was to have missed the whole darn night. And so, that's posted, too:
"Survivor" has been very good to Long Island and Long Island very good to "Survivor" -- Tom Westman as the perfect example -- and on the Feb. 26 return of the 26th season, "Survivor: Caramoan: Fans versus Favorites," we have yet another LI'er. In the fans portion. And without further ado...
Alexandra “Allie” Pohevitz, 25, Oceanside, bartender
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The Golden Globes are here, and thank goodness for that - 6 p.m. Sunday on WNBC for the first red carpet special, 7 for another bigger, redder red carpet special, then finally 8 for the whole shebang . But to the topic of the hour: Who will win on TV? To my predictions, and caveat emptor - no guarantee is made for accurate prognostication, but then there never is...
BEST DRAMA: Will win: "Homeland" - The Globes don't want to disavow last year's choice, and "Homeland" is, after all, the flavor of the month, and had two excellent first episodes.
Should win: "Breaking Bad" - It is the best show of this group, after all. Would make sense, no?
Nominees: "Boardwalk Empire" - HBO; "Breaking Bad" - AMC; "Downton Abbey" - PBS; "Homeland" - Showtime; "The Newsroom" - HBO
BEST COMEDY Will win: "Girls" - the Globes desperately want to look like the "cool" awards show, and also to stick it to the Emmys, which overlooked this. "Girls" should help with both goals.
Should win: "Girls" - hey, maybe the Globes will get this one right! By the way, I think the first four episodes of the second season - beginning Sunday - indicate that the sophomore season is superior to the freshman one.
Nominees: "The Big Bang Theory" - CBS; "Episodes" - Showtime; "Girls" - HBO; "Modern Family" - ABC; "Smash" - NBC
BEST ACTOR/DRAMA: Will win: Jeff Daniels, because the Globes' voters (mostly reporters from overseas who work in Hollywood) think his character is how American TV anchors should (and probably do) behave. Plus, he's a big screen actor, and they love that, too. Plus, he did a great job with all those windy Aaron Sorkin speeches.
Should win: Bryan Cranston. About a tie - but don't expect this because the Globes don't like to ape favored sons of the Emmys. One possibility in his favor - they do know, I presume, that the series is ending, and may want to finally honor him.
Nominees: Steve Buscemi – "Boardwalk Empire" as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson; Bryan Cranston – "Breaking Bad" as Walter White; Jeff Daniels – "The Newsroom" as Will McAvoy; Jon Hamm – "Mad Men" as Don Draper; Damian Lewis – "Homeland" as Nicholas Brody
BEST ACTOR/COMEDY: WILL WIN: Don Cheadle, because the Emmys didn't honor him last season. (Take THAT!) Plus I've seen the second season premiere - he's still good. No shame at all in this choice except....SHOULD WIN: Louis C.K. Maybe too bleak for the walk-on-the-sunny-side-of-street Globe voters.
Nominees:Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock" as Jack Donaghy; Louis C.K. - Louie as "Louie"; Don Cheadle - House of Lies as "Marty Kaan"; Matt LeBlanc - "Episodes" as Fictional Matt LeBlanc; Jim Parsons - "The Big Bang Theory" as Dr. Sheldon Cooper
BEST ACTRESS/DRAMA: WILL WIN: Michelle Dockery. The Globe voters know they've made a mistake not honoring "Downton" earlier; this should make up for that. SHOULD WIN: Dockery, though the competition is rough here. Highly unusual if the worthy Glenn Close gets this, as her last Globe win was back in 2007; rarely if ever do the Globes give a repeat win to someone over such a long interim period.
Nominees:Connie Britton - "Nashville" as Rayna Jaymes; Glenn Close - "Damages" as Patty Hewes; Claire Danes - "Homeland" as Carrie Mathison; Michelle Dockery - "Downton Abbey" as Lady Mary Josephine Crawley; Julianna Margulies - "The Good Wife" as Alicia Florrick
BEST ACTRESS/COMEDY: WILL WIN: Zooey Deschanel. Yup, if only to stick it to the Emmys, who gave Julia Louis-Dreyfus their trophy last year.
SHOULD WIN: Amy Poehler. If anyone anywhere in any of the TV categories is more worthy of a win Sunday night than Poehler - who also co-hosts with Tina Fey - then I'm not sure who that is.
Nominees:Zooey Deschanel – "New Girl " as Jess Day; Lena Dunham – "Girls" as Hannah Horvath; Tina Fey – "30 Rock" as Liz Lemon; Julia Louis-Dreyfus – "Veep" as Selina Meyer Amy Poehler – "Parks and Recreation" as Leslie Knope
Surprise! Not! Britney Spears is ankling "The X Factor," TMZ is reporting — and which, by the way, I believe one hundred thousand percent. (Is there such a percentage? Whatever — I'm off topic already.)
Why do I believe this so wholeheartedly? Not that Brit was a terrible judge — she wasn't. More "meh" than "wow" — but not terrible. Not that she didn't know talent...Read more »
Iconic prime-time star and TV soap bad-guy-you-love-to-love Larry Hagman died late last year, but not before taping a handful of interviews for PBS's ongoing worthy series, "Pioneers of Television," which returns next week.
These clips will be part of the prime-time soap special that airs January 22 — check local listings but here at New York's WNET/13, at 8.
And if you happen to be cruising by TV Zone at this moment, you'll see the clips before anyone else.
One never knows until one knows but one, ummm, knows now: Jimmy Kimmel could do well at 11:35, if last night was any indication. The new/old show was seen by 3.1 million viewers in the new time slot, enough to best Dave, but not enough to best Jay. Here are the key numbers from ABC's fast national report:
Jimmy Kimmel Live” ran neck-and-neck with NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.097...Read more »
Jimmy Kimmel's first joke? “New studio in our new time slot...you know, the deal is this, we used to be on at midnight and now I'm about 25 minutes closer to my life-long dream of co-hosting 'The View.'"
That's just for the record -- so that, you know, and can say something at the water cooler. Do offices still have water coolers? Anyway, the point of the first joke is to establish this...Read more »
In what may be the singular moment in OWN history -- which has been searching for one of those "singular" moments -- Lance Armstrong has agreed to what's billed as a "no-holds-barred" interview with the Queen of All Media, aka Oprah Winfrey. The network will air the interview Jan. 17. This announcement comes after a New York Times piece in which "sources"...Read more »
Three weeks after the most horrific school shooting in American history, Fox chief Kevin Reilly appeared before TV critics and writers in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday to defend the extreme violence in new series "The Following." By all accounts -- at least via Twitter -- it did not go well. Blood-soaked as "The Following" apparently is -- and no, I have not yet seen it -- critics seemed in a mood to go after content. Sometimes they do, sometimes not, while the show that's been a poster child for content issues on recent tours ("Two Broke Girls") has been hacked at for everything from cheap sex jokes to borderline racist accents (a key Asian character's accent has since been dropped). Violence, however, has not always been a topic, but it clearly is now.
Asked about the Kevin Bacon-James Purefoy thriller about a guy obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe who convinces his followers to do terrible things to nice people (see trailer, below), Reilly said, according to a quote from Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd: “I didn’t call Standards and say, ‘Buckle up, we are pushing boundaries’ … it feels more intense than it is … when you’re doing a thriller, you have to compete on this level of intensity.”
Showrunner Kevin Williamson -- who apparently really took the brunt of the spit-laden balls -- said of Sandy Hook, "We sat in the writers room after that happened and we’re all traumatized by it. There’s a moment where it becomes too real.”
How bad did this exchange get? Bad enough for Dan Fienberg of HitFix to tweet this:
Violence in society IS a broad conversation. The head of TV's most popular net should be capable of engaging in PART of that conversation.
My two cents on the violence question? So happy you want to know! This'll boil over -- be forgotten in a month or two. And if the show is a hit, Fox will be glad to make you forget about it. Violence in TV is a very old and very rancorous issue long ignored by the networks to the point of social irresponsibilty. And while the question of whether "The Following" is glorifying a serial killer, what exactly is the violence in "Criminal Justice" or "Hawaii Five-O" justifying? (And speaking of "Justified" -- and what about "SOA" or "Boardwalk Empire" -- anyone see this season's conclusion?) The networks just want this question -- the one pointedly raised by thoughtful critics Tuesday -- to go away.
But I'm gonna reserve my thoughts on "Following" until I've seen it. Meanwhile, a brand new promo:
Honey Boo Boo's Halloween special on Sunday -- which, naturally, you watched -- was seen by 3.1 million viewers. That's a record, for the record.
Why so many Boo Boobs out there this past Sunday? Because it was a big Halloween special, and before you go all Adam Levine on me, and tell me how civilization is coming to an end, etc. just be warned: The Thanksgiving special arrives this Sunday. (Why Thanksgiving now and Halloween last weekend? Part of the production cycle, I would imagine. Which must mean Christmas and St. Paddy's day and Easter are right around the corner, heaven forbid.)
(Here are more numbers, from the TLC crunchers:
The premiere of A VERY BOO HALLOWEEN special posted the series’ highest P2+ delivery to date, surpassing all season one episodes of HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO. A VERY BOO HALLOWEEN special ranked #2 among all ad-supported cable in its Sunday 9-10pm time period among W25-54, P/W 18-49/18-34, P2+ and #3 among HH and P25-54.