Friday Fluff: Emmy Nominations

The Emmy nominations are out! As I said the other day, I don’t watch that much TV anymore, except for really awful reality TV I can watch online. (Because if you’re only going to allow one show back into your viewing schedule, clearly, Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods should be it.) But I did recently download the first season of the FX series Damages from iTunes, and I watched all 13 episodes as quickly as my life would allow. It’s really fucking good, and I’m bitter that there won’t be a new season until 2009. I’m happy, however, to see it got 7 nominations — I’m pulling for Glenn Close for Best Actress and Zeljko Ivanek for Best Supporting Actor, and I think Rose Byrne was robbed — because that means people might actually watch next season. Which they didn’t last season because, apparently, too many people who totally would have watched — hi, there! — didn’t know the show existed. Seriously, if you’re looking for something to watch this summer, and you like legal thrillers and strong female characters and charming sociopaths? Download it or get the DVDs. 

That’s about the extent of my interest in the Emmys this year, but I know the Lipp Sisters will be psyched about Mad Men‘s many nominations (I still need to sit myself down and watch that one from start to present), and I’m sure Shapelings will have loads of opinions to share. So what do you think, y’all? Who should win? Who should have been nominated? Who shouldn’t have? What TV shows should we all be watching? Or, if you don’t watch TV, feel free to tell us how that’s improved your life by leaps and bounds. (Turning off the TV really is damned good for your body image, I must say.) Hell, recommend good books. Whatever. Fluff away.

118 thoughts on “Friday Fluff: Emmy Nominations

  1. I would not admit to anyone that I’ve been watching the Legally Blonde thing – because I thought I was the only one *blush*

    I did the same with Mad Men that you did with Damages. I think I like TV better this way then the traditional way. If you’re so inclined – AMC is running a Mad Men marathon this Sunday…

  2. “so you think you can dance”! it makes my wednesdays, truly. (not so into the thursday elimination shows, tho.)

  3. Bleh, the Star Wars episodes of Robot Chicken and Family Guy were nominated? Those were big phone-ins in my opinion.

    Has Hugh Laurie gotten an Emmy yet? Yes, right? He should have another.

    Also, Flight of the Conchords is up for a writing award so I’m pulling for that.

    And that is the extent of my interest in the Emmys, and would normally be about as much enthusiasm as I can muster for TV and movies in a given day. But I just watched the trailer for Watchmen and I am cautiously optimistic.

    Not really. I’m cautiously ecstatic.

  4. No FJ he hasn’t won yet but he keeps getting nominated UGH! He did win 2 Golden Globals though!

    I’m rooting and rooting and waiting because I have never missed an episode of House, it is literrally the ONLY show I’ve ever been like that with

    So yeah… go House at the Emmy’s!

  5. I cannot BELIEVE that Kyra Sedgwick got nominated for The Closer with that ATROCIOUS accent of hers. For the record, y’all: NOBODY talks like that! At all! I promise!

    Grr.

  6. ok sorry for the double post but: LOL!!!! I was looking at Hugh Laurie’s wikipedia page cuz I couldn’t remember what it is he had won and under his filmography it says: Spice World

    He also really seems to enjoy doing children’s movies, as he’ll be in a movie called Monsters vs. Alien’s in 2009

    I dunno why but that really endears him to me… geeze

  7. Battlestar Galactica got a handful of technical nominations and one for writing (Six of One), but I think that Edward James Olmos and especially my beloved Mary McDonnell deserved to be nominated for best actor/actress. I think a few more writing nominations wouldn’t be out of place, either.

  8. I amused by the Emmys due to Sarah Silverman’s nomination for the “I’m F-ing Matt Damon” peice.

    Otherwise I’m about as interested in award shows as I would be in a circle jerk that gave out prizes. (Same difference really.)

    However I do watch a lot of TV.

  9. Okay, so we watch all our TV on DVD, so Emmys only mean anything to me in retrospect because we are always a season behind.

    However, I have an important announcement to make: if you have not yet watched Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, your life is meaningless. Seriously, it’s vanishing into the ether after Saturday, and you must watch it. Even if it gets that TMBG song about moving your chair in your head EVERY TIME you think of it.

  10. No FJ he hasn’t won yet but he keeps getting nominated UGH! He did win 2 Golden Globals though!

    Golden Globes, right, that must be the speech I’m thinking of. Yeah, okay, time for Laurie to win an Emmy already! Though it might be too late; House isn’t the new phenom anymore. I don’t know how the Emmys work, whether you’re more likely to get one as a rising star or in recognition for your past work.

  11. But I just watched the trailer for Watchmen and I am cautiously optimistic.

    Not really. I’m cautiously ecstatic.

    Whoa. WHOA! Some of the scenes in the trailer look exactly like the comic! That bodes well. But there is some serious rape apology/victim blaming in the comic, and the movie is directed by the guy who directed 300, and that bodes poorly. I mean, who am I kidding, I will go see it, but I am not going to be cautiously optimistic that the 300 guy is going to handle female characters in a way that won’t piss me off and ruin my night at the movies.

    I am cynical!

  12. I definitely think that BSG was shafted… the acting is really good. The whole thing is really good. Why not more Emmys?

    Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is currently ruling my world.

  13. OMG, Sweet Machine!! I love Dr. Horrible! I have such a futile crush on Neil Patrick Harris. And Captain Hammer’s entrance in episode 1 almost made me pee my pants.

    I heart Joss Whedon and all his musical minions.

    That said, Hugh Laurie! Yes, I don’t watch TV unless it’s on DVD form, and yes, I haven’t caught up with like, the last two seasons of House, but I just love Hugh Laurie. Ever since my days as a wee counter-culture, I love all things BBC phase (which is an ongoing phase, I must admit), repeatedly watching Blackadder days…and Jeeves & Wooster…and A Bit of Fry & Laurie. Le sigh. And Mr.Luci bears a startling resemblance to him in his House incarnation and I’m beginning to wonder if that was really a coincidence…

    I have company coming today. I should be cleaning up. Damn you internet!

  14. Well, my buddy Jack McBrayer (who plays Kenneth the Page on 30 Rock) wasn’t nominated in the Supporting Actor in a comedy category, BUT he did get a nomination as a producer on “Kenneth the Web Page,” which was nominated under Special-Class-short-live-action-blah-blah-blah. I’m psyched! I know Kathy Griffin would call it a Schmemmy, but I am still totally excited for Jack. He looked so cute up on stage after 30 Rock won for best Comedy Series. He’s just the best. I’m pretty focused on Jack right now, so I’ll figure out how I feel about the rest of it later.

  15. But there is some serious rape apology/victim blaming in the comic, and the movie is directed by the guy who directed 300, and that bodes poorly.

    OTM, not that I think Alan Moore’s the most enlightened feminist ever, but I definitely read it as ambivalence, not victim-blaming — I mean obviously there’s victim-blaming, but it’s in one character’s voice, whereas another character is angry and another one is trying to deflect guilt, etc. And that ambivalence — including self-blame — is something that really happens in these situations, which are never as clear-cut in real life as they are when being discussed on feminist blogs. :) The treatment of the rape isn’t empowering by any stretch, but it’s (imho) a pretty accurate representation of how it would have been treated in the culture and at the time it occurs.

    That said, I’m almost certain that part will be cut. It’s going to focus on the main Ozymandias storyline; things like the Comedian/Silk Spectre thing (and, to some degree, Rorschach’s past) are going to fall by the wayside, I’m guessing.

    And yeah, the fact that so many of the shots are ACTUALLY FRAMES FROM THE COMIC is blowing my mind.

  16. I have such a futile crush on Neil Patrick Harris

    I know. The combination of NPH’s delivery and Joss Whedon’s dialogue is blowing my mind. I want to have their half-gay little babies.

    My favorite thing about Captain Hammer is that the only visible indication of his superpower is that he wears giant gloves.

  17. I need to catch up on House. That’s another one where I watched the whole first season in practically one sitting and got hooked… for a while. Then it wore off. I am just totally over waiting around to see what happens next week, especially when they now take like 2-month hiatuses mid-season. (Which was happening even before the writer’s strike, which kinda put me off weekly TV viewing for good.) We’re actually seriously considering getting rid of the cable box, since so much is now available online… I just wish the selection at iTunes were more expansive. I have no problem paying for an entire season of a show, since that works out to be way less than paying for cable and turning it on twice a month, and I can do the marathon thing. But every now and then, there’s something I’m dying to see that isn’t available for legal download, and unlike some people who live in my apartment, I do prefer to do it legally. (Unless it’s impossible to get a show any other way in this country *cough*DoctorWho*cough*.)

    Anyway, I would be pleased to see Hugh Laurie win an Emmy. I would also be pleased to see him appointed King of the World.

  18. As much as I love Hugh Laurie, this year the lead actor in a drama category belongs to only one man: Gabriel Byrne.

    You can argue, you can protest. You can say “But Dreama, Hugh’s time has come.”

    You’d be wrong. ;)

  19. Well maybe Gabriel Byrne can win lead actor and Hugh Laurie can win King of the World. Does that seem fair?

  20. *still not cleaning my apartment*

    I saw Gabriel Byrne at a coffeeshop in my neighborhood the day after the Tony Awards. I sat in silent fangirl glee and listened to him talking theatre to some guy who kept getting in my sight line. Sigh.

    *okay, really have to clean now*

  21. Ugh, Tin Man was up for something? We DVR’d all 3 parts of that, thinking Wizard of Oz + Zooey Deschanel = WIN, but it turned out to be boring and overly ornate for no reason. But if it wins best hairstyling or something, I don’t think I’ll complain.

    Can I have BOTH Gabriel Byrne (Prof Bhaer FTW!) and Hugh Laurie?

  22. Can I have BOTH Gabriel Byrne (Prof Bhaer FTW!) and Hugh Laurie?

    Can I have this Emmy contest settled by having the nominees come to my house and dance?

  23. I will add my voice to the Hugh-Laurie-and-House-are-Awesome choir. This past season was FANTASTIC and the finale was…well, we are still talking about it around the office, that’s how good it was. I am really looking forward to seeing where the show goes next season, and I would be delighted if it’s awesomeness were recognized with an Emmy, but…

    If Michael C. Hall and Dexter do not win, I will be seriously peeved. While the first season was really good, the second season was AMAZING. Michael Hall gave such a pull-you-in-and-rip-your-guts-out performance this season. I was in awe every week. Add in the fantastic writing, the gripping storyline, the great performances given by the other actors in the show, and this adds up to being one of those things where if they don’t win, I may just cry.

    And I never even watch awards shows *lol*

  24. FJ, I hear you, and I have tried really hard to be okay with Sally J’s story, but it has always left me a little cold. I suppose whether they leave that part out entirely depends on whether they get into Laurie the Silk Spectre’s origins, I guess. But that brings me back to Zack Snyder, and my guess that he’s not going to be too concerned with Laurie’s complicated back story, as there are dude stories to tell.

    And that ambivalence — including self-blame — is something that really happens in these situations, which are never as clear-cut in real life as they are when being discussed on feminist blogs. :)

    And mitigating smiley face aside, that kind of sounds like you are suggesting that I am oversimplifying my take on the comic because my knowledge of feminist theory and rape all comes from blogs, which is 1) not true, and 2) kind of insulting. I might be misinterpreting that, though, which as we all know is very easy to do in a non-verbal medium, so I’m sorry if I’m reading you wrong.

  25. I’m sure Gabriel Byrne is great, but he should lose just because he was so awful in that Live from Lincoln Center Camelot thing. Hugh Laurie FTW!

    But mostly, Neil Patrick Harris has to win! I love him so hard. I’ve watched Dr. Horrible too many times to count.

  26. Okay, thank you SM and everyone for reminding me about Dr. Horrible, which, OH MY GOD. It’s like the Buffy musical ep with a much higher percentage of people who can sing!

    Also, I lost it in the second act, because when Al and I were in St. Louis over the 4th, we rented a paddleboat, and he was like, “Let’s whip shitties!” So we went in circles as fast as we could, but of course, it being a paddleboat and us not being superheroes, each revolution took like a minute and a half. Which was terribly amusing to us, but not so thrilling. When I saw Captain Hammer whip an actual shitty in a paddleboat? I died.

  27. Like, if you are just critiquing blogs as an inadequately superficial format for discussing complex topics, then totally HIGH FIVE.

  28. I fully support watching “So You Think You Can Dance”. And I am in love with Hugh Laurie.

    But… ummm… does it make me really shallow if I got totally excited when I heard a rumor that there might be a second season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” coming around??? *sheepish grin*

  29. OTM, it’s the second one. Come on, you know me.

    Actually, I kind of don’t! That’s part and parcel of the inadequately superficial nature of the medium. But I am glad I’m wrong.

    Let’s never fight again.

  30. Let’s really not. I’m a little raw about people’s constant need to scold me lately, and I don’t need it from the people I like and trust.

    Anyway, I think your concerns about treatment of the Sally storyline will a) be moot but b) only because, as you say, there are Guy Stories to tell. I’m guessing Sally doesn’t show up and Laurie is mostly window dressing.

    So it’s a mixed bag.

  31. “inadequately superficial” makes it sound like I’m saying it’s not superficial enough, doesn’t it?

    Okay, sorry, back on topic: I have never seen House. Or Boston Legal, although lawyers fucking love that show.

  32. However, I have an important announcement to make: if you have not yet watched Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, your life is meaningless.

    My life is no longer meaningless!! Yay!!!

    Seriously. It is hilarious.

  33. BLOG DISCUSSIONS MUST BE MADE MORE SUPERFICIAL

    Oh wait… that’s kind of the idea behind Friday Fluff, isn’t it?

  34. I adore Boston Legal, as well, although I think I’m an entire season behind (it’s just on at an inconvenient time). Of course, I didn’t start watching it until I decided I was going to law school, so maybe that explains it.

  35. We cross-posted! I am really sorry that I scolded. I don’t want to make your blog-life any harder than it already is! ((((UNIRONIC HUGGLEZ)))

    So it’s a mixed bag.

    Like Iron Man, which I loved as long as I didn’t think about it too much, and like how I bet Batman will be. And superhero comics generally, damn them all to hell for being both compelling and infuriating.

  36. FJ – have you read Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles? I always thought that would make a hot shit movie franchise. Maybe directed by Mary Harron? Screenplay by Jane Espenson?

  37. Seriously… I mean, lots of the comics I love are desperately misogynistic (note to Garth Ennis: giving her a gun doesn’t really change that), and to some degree I accept that the culture is overwhelmingly a guy culture and that, as with so many other things, change will be slow and frustrating. But we’ve had superhero comics that question or trouble or reenvision every other aspect of superhero comics. Hell, Watchmen covers most of them. So who’s taking on the macho posturing? Somehow that’s not a fun way to reimagine the superhero?

    Luckily not all the comics I read are superhero comics. Alex Robinson, for instance, is genuinely not misogynistic (and has a new book coming out!).

  38. Hugh Laurie!!! God, I love him so much. Those eyes! And the season finale!! And the awesome!!!

    My life would be meaningless until House returns in the fall, if it weren’t for Dr. Horrible.

  39. FJ, have you read Y: The Last Man? I’m not always into comics/graphic novels, but I loved that one.

  40. Whoops, another crosspost… yeah, I read a certain amount of Invisibles until it just got too sloggy for me. It was kind of deliberately impenetrable and there was SO MUCH of it, so the plot difficulties overwhelmed what fun I was having. It sure would be cinematic, though! As long as they simplified the plot considerably. And I like how it plays with gender.

    I haven’t read Y: The Last Man yet… I keep hearing about it but when I flip through it I’m kind of like “can this seriously be good?” Is it seriously good? I need a new comic. (Just offloaded all my Fables PBs onto Dan’s sis, because they were okay but the only reason I kept buying them was that I needed a comic to read.)

  41. Like Iron Man, which I loved as long as I didn’t think about it too much, and like how I bet Batman will be. And superhero comics generally, damn them all to hell for being both compelling and infuriating.

    It seems to me more and more that all life is like that.

    Also: The hammer is my penis!!!

  42. Y: The Last Man is seriously good. Seriously. I can’t speak too much to its quality as a comic — I don’t feel like I know enough about comics to judge. But it’s a great story, with great characters and such. The first one is not as exciting as the rest of them, but the whole thing is pretty fantastic.

  43. That was my husband’s problem with the Invisibles, too, but I looooooooooved it, sloggy plot and all. I would also accept a movie based on Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol.

    I liked Y: The Last Man up to a point. And I can’t remember what that point was, since I read it about five years ago. How’s that for insightful criticism?

  44. Luckily not all the comics I read are superhero comics.

    Me neither. Unfortunately, my other favorite comic genre is horror comics. *sigh* 30 Days of Night rocked my world, though. Too bad that movie was such a turd.

  45. I’m a hardcore Gilmore Girls fan, which was always snubbed by the Emmys, so I kind of hate them anyway. However–recently started watching Friday Night Lights–as New Yorker who cares nothing about football, I was leery, but I am totes hooked. FNL should have SWEPT the acting noms, in my opinion–esp. Connie Britton–she is incredible.

  46. Okay, being that I’m in the UK and all, I only have a limited amount of US television to pick from. But if Grey’s Anatomy and/or House win at least one out of their 4 and 5 nominations totals, I’ll be doing my “Happy Happy Joy Joy” dance. :)

  47. If Michael C. Hall and Dexter do not win, I will be seriously peeved.

    Amen. That show is brilliant– I don’t have Showtime so I’m eagerly awaiting the Season 2 DVDs!

    Also, 3 nominations for Tina Fey, Queen of Awesome!!

  48. re. Watchmen: Sally is played by Carla Gugino, at multiple ages.

    re. other comics: I was so taken with Y: The Last Man that I assigned its first TPB volume when I taught a comics course this spring (I teach at a small Ontario university). It is not to be missed. I’m also a big fan of The Authority, which does naughty and delightful things to a whole stack of common comic book tropes. It’s not perfect, of course, but its female characters are at least not dependent on its males.

  49. “Zeljko Ivanek for Best Supporting Actor”

    That was seriously my favorite performance last year. Just gutting. And of course he’s up against Michael “So?” Emmerson who is also terrific. Until, of course, he had to turn that frozen donkey wheel…

    Sad that most of the female drama noms are lackluster while the male ones are all strong, but Michael C. Hall is just *it*.

  50. I am SO GLAD to see all the Dr. Horrible love in this thread, because I have a confession to make: Nathan Fillion is my lover. I know this might come as a surprise to… well, him, but it’s true.

    All that aside, GO JOSS WHEDON! Is anyone else really excited for Dollhouse?

    (I know nothing about the Emmys. I recently watched Firefly and Eureka, but I really doubt either of those are up with nominations, considering one was cancelled six years ago and one is a small-fry SciFi show. Alas.)

  51. All that aside, GO JOSS WHEDON! Is anyone else really excited for Dollhouse?

    Just in case there was any question about whether I’m a huge fucking nerd, let me clear that up and say:

    YES I AM SO EXCITED YAY

  52. re. Watchmen: Sally is played by Carla Gugino, at multiple ages.

    Right you are, I just looked at the IMDB page. Awesome. If they’re going to approach the rape storyline, though, I hope to god they do it with sensitivity. I’ll take ambivalent sensitivity, really.

    In the spirit of those fat feminists getting worked up about everything, though, can I be a bit upset that the guy playing Nite Owl isn’t even a little chubby?

    Is anyone else really excited for Dollhouse?

    It will give us a chance to watch Eliza Dushku in something that’s actually tolerable… people were complaining about that on another thread recently.

  53. Kate you will so love Mad Men. Season 1 is currently free on demand, and this Sunday, 7/20 is an S1 marathon. Then Sunday, 7/27 Season 2 premieres!!!

    (Thanks for the linkin’. )

  54. I am so glad I’m not the only one who’s excited about the Watchmen movie! Not one single person in my life knows or cares about it :P Looking at the Wiki page about the film, they dodged a lot of bullets in casting. Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, John Cusak (who I love, but I cannot see as Night Owl) were all considered for roles at different points.

    Oh, and I am way too excited for the 2-hour series finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Saturday. My guilty pleasure!

  55. So excited that I’m actually considering getting TV service just to watch it.

    Me too! We’ve never had TV service — we have a television and a DVD player, but no cable/antenna/whatever — but… dude, it might be worth it for Dollhouse and Eureka. I never considered Smallville alone worthy of $40/month in cable fees, but those other two might have put me over the top. Damn. There goes my smug sense of superiority. ;P

  56. Especially Michael Emerson. If he doesn’t win for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, I’m going to stage a Lost-style revolt, complete with torches, stolen guns and polar bears.

  57. I can’t be the only one glad that Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives did *not * get noms. They are two of the most overrated shows on the air right now.

    OT, ABC is making their own version of Life on Mars. NOOO!!!! Nobody can replace my beloved John Simm!!

  58. the only TV I watch comes from the internet anymore, which has mostly meant Doctor Who, which might be able to win a few more BAFTAs this year if they really tried, I think there’s one or two that have gone to other shows, and brotherhood 2.0 which was only on the internet and not eligible for TV awards…and also America’s Next Top Model, which I can’t see winning much in the way of Emmys, either. That one’s definitely my guilty pleasure. There’s just something about how obviously manipulative the whole thing is, and how freakin whacko Tyra Banks is, that keeps me hooked despite the terribleness of the model industry.

    And since Kate totally told me to, I’m going to tell everyone that the two best books I’ve read all year have been Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, and Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. They’re not new, but that’s what happens when you buy most of your books from Goodwill and yard sales…

  59. Mmm. The trailer seems like it has the Comedian, and the rape/conception of Silk Spectre II is very central to the plot in the book, so I can’t see how they’d cut it out. I hope they treat it tastefully.

    Count me as another one disappointed that the Nite Owl doesn’t seem to be tubby. I liked the hero-gone-to-seed aspect of him, and I thought it was important to his character.

  60. I can definitely see how they’d cut it out. I mean, I totally agree that it’s important (I think every thread of the plot is important, granted), but I also don’t think the director will see it that way. Because, as OTM pointed out, it’s Girl Stuff — relationships, identity, reactions to violence that aren’t just more violence — when there’s Boy Stuff to be getting on with. But I do hope they don’t leave it out and instead treat it with sensitivity.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman could have played Nite Owl, no? Or better, Stephen Fry.

  61. Incidentally, the inestimable John Hodgman said on his Twitter today that “The fact that people are COMPLAINING about the WATCHMEN trailer proves that Internet=most efficient pure disgruntlement engine in history.” I find this UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL.

  62. Undying love for Mariska Hargitay in L&O:SVU. Unfortunately, I’ve had to stop watching the show because these days it’s either too violent or the writing is eye-rollingly bad. That and L&O:CI were the ONLY things I watched on network TV (I’ve always had a weakness for detective shows & movies). The commercials make me scream with irritation and make me feel like my attention span is deteriorating with every one that flashes before my eyes. I can’t even watch the eleven o’clock news on Saturday night with my SO any more because all I do is shout at the TV at all the vacuous, non-sensical “reporting.”

    Otherwise, I catch a couple of cooking shows on PBS on Saturday morning. I have a very small flat-screen TV that mostly lives folded up and stashed next to my desk.

    One of the biggest problems I have with TV (and almost any form of media meant for general public consumption) is how much it transmits and enforces cultural ideas that bother me and that I think are harmful: gender stereotyping (men love sports and beer and junk food/women love shopping and yogurt; men are hopeless idiots married to smart, bitchy women); weight loss and body image propaganda; acquisition of material goods as status symbols (Lexus commercials, for example)– all of that shit.

  63. fillyjonk, I’d agree, except that it’s Dr. Manhattan’s entire reason for deciding to come back to earth. That gets it back in Boy Stuff, so it probably has to come in.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman could have played Nite Owl, no?

    Almost any portly actor, or even someone who didn’t have the hero build, would work. EJ Olmos is probably a little too old for the character, but someone in his vein, maybe.

  64. My roommate and I are seriously considering purchasing a television JUST so we can watch Dollhouse. I thought we were the only people quite that geeked-out, but I’m so glad to know we’re not alone.

    Also, terrible horrible no-good very bad news, the Dr. Horrible website WILL NOT WORK FOR ME. I want to watch part 2! Why have you abandoned me?

  65. I am the most excited that I am now paying 16/mo to get Bravo and the Sci Fi Channel. Yay Project Runway and Eureka

    I’m so excited about Dollhouse.

    And the last episode of Dr. Horrible.

    Before he can talk to the ugliness man there’s some horrible business we have for him to attend to.

  66. I tend to ignore award shows, so I have no clue who or what is up for an Emmy this year and I’m shallow enough to admit I don’t much care.

    OTOH, I am happy because PROJECT RUNWAY IS BACK ON MY TELEVISION!!!!! Tim, my imaginary gay boyfriend, call me! I’ll bake scones! We can dish!

    And just because I tend heavily to be obsessive, I’m recapping the season in my LJ, where I am Gileswench…just in case anybody feels like coming over and seeing what I really think of Suede. I know the people here can handle the swearing and sputtering.

  67. fillyjonk, I’d agree, except that it’s Dr. Manhattan’s entire reason for deciding to come back to earth. That gets it back in Boy Stuff, so it probably has to come in.

    GOOD POINT

    God, that book is so good.

  68. The Lipp Sisters are deeply happy.

    I am also thrilled by the Holly Hunter love, because Saving Grace is amazing. I’m happy about the choreography nods for SYTYCD.

    Disappoints? None of the Mad Men Women. No Cat Deely for SYTYCD host. Nothing for Life (Damien Lew is SO good). Nothing for Ann Dudek or Robert Sean Leonard on House.

  69. FLIGHT. OF. THE. CONCHORDS.

    also

    Dr. Horrible has changed my life. Sweet Jeezus, Joss Whedon owns my freaking soul.

    Joss is boss.

  70. Joss is boss.

    I just spent like a full two minutes trying to make that rhyme, thus proving I have not entirely fallen into a midwestern accent, even if I do keep saying “pop” without realizing it.

  71. Someone who’s read more than just the first TPB of Y: the Last Man, please tell me: does it ever focus more on other people’s storylines? Or in a world full of women and one man do we ever only follow the guy around? Because I couldn’t get past that to get any farther in the series, but I’m wondering if I should try again.

  72. Even if it gets that TMBG song about moving your chair in your head EVERY TIME you think of it.

    Omg, I am a raving, salivating TMBG fan and my brain DID NOT get the connection until I read this. The song will be stuck in my head all day now.

    <3 TMBG

  73. I just spent like a full two minutes trying to make that rhyme,

    Whoa whoa whoa — why doesn’t it rhyme to you? Can you phonetically coach me in how not to make that rhyme? I’m blown away!

  74. They’re close enough to count as a rhyme to me but I do find that I say the two o’s noticeably differently…. ‘joss’ comes out a bit more like jahs and boss more like baws.

  75. I think it’s fascinating how different people hear or don’t hear consonants. I seem to be on the “undifferentiation” end of the spectrum (my friends have mocked me for years for pronouncing “beg” and “bag” the same way), but not as extremely as my friend who can’t tell the difference between “Jenny” and “Ginny.”

  76. Ugh, my boss used to say “Jenny” for “Ginny”, which would drive me crazy when I was looking for Jenny Smith and I should have been searching for Ginny (or Virginia) Smith.

    Joss is Boss rhymes for me, but, um, I’m in Cleveland. Hi, Midwestern nasal vowels!

  77. OMG Lilah! I do Bag and Beg the same too! It’s to the point that I try not to say the word if I can help it, especially without a modifer (i.e. grocery bag, handbag) because people can’t understand me and I get really embarassed.

    I have no discernable accent (crazy left coast people…) and this is really the only thing that I say funny that I know of.

    Joss and Boss totally rhyme when I say them too… to be kind of sort of on topic but not at all on the Emmy’s, oh well it’s Friday Fluff :)

  78. I agree, doesn’t rhyme. SM, it’s like merry/marry/Mary – pronounced the same in most of the country, but really distinctly in a few places (like NJ!). I hear/say it so that boss is a diphthongy “aw,” and Joss is not a diphthong, just “ah” like in “father.” If i knew my phonetic symbols better this would be easier to describe.

    Jenny and Ginny are TOTALLY different, that’s crazy!!

  79. Note that I take this to insane levels, though. I’m convinced that I pronounce my brother Bryan’s and boyfriend Brian’s names differently. Nobody can hear it, but I can FEEL it.

  80. SM: Even if it gets that TMBG song about moving your chair in your head EVERY TIME you think of it.

    That’s what it did for me, immediately. Telephone call for Mr Horrible!! I am in high school again!

  81. So, I don’t really know who Chris Noth is? But I just saw him in some celeb magazine at the hairdresser and it turns out he should have played Nite Owl.

    Also, ha ha, Mary/marry/merry. SM’s head just exploded.

  82. See, I can *hear* Mary/marry/merry after all our conversations about it, but I can’t say it. Whereas without having someone here to actually say them aloud to me, I can’t imagine the boss/Joss difference.

  83. So, I don’t really know who Chris Noth is?

    He was Mr. Big as Sex and the City, so while I am sure he is a very nice, charming man and a good actor, I will never see him as anything other than a skeazebag.

  84. I can’t imagine the boss/Joss difference.

    I will do it next time we talk on the phone. Think “bawss” and “jahss.” But honestly, I am saying them out loud right now and even though they (as Lynne said) feel entirely different to me, it’s possible that nobody else would really HEAR the difference. Except maybe Henry Higgins.

  85. I will never see him as anything other than a skeazebag.

    Possibly not a good choice for Nite Owl, then! But he looks EXACTLY right.

    This (right) is Nite Owl II, for the curious.

  86. My non-Chicagoan father spent a great deal of my childhood trying to convince me that Don and Dawn are not homophones. Needless to say, I believe boss rhymes with Joss. And I proudly say pop.

  87. I would like to add that I am beyond delighted that NPH got nominated for How I Met Your Mother.

  88. “So, I don’t really know who Chris Noth is?

    He was Mr. Big as Sex and the City, so while I am sure he is a very nice, charming man and a good actor, I will never see him as anything other than a skeazebag.”

    He’s also Det. Mike Logan on L&O: CI (also played him in the first five seasons of the original L&O). When he first showed up in seaon 5 of CI, I was all, “Where the hell is Goren? Who the hell is this knob?!” But he totally fucking grew on me. Which means, of course, that now I’m irritated that he’s *leaving* the show.

    But just for the record, I hate hate hate SATC. Something about that show makes me run from the room at top speed.

  89. The TMBG love in this thread is making me freaking happy. TMBG has been my favourite band since I was about 11.

    And so I can attempt to post something relevant to the Emmy Noms (nomnomnom), was anyone else completely disturbed by the nomnomnominations for Chldren’s Shows? I mean, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody???? The one that constantly has this ten year old creepily sexually harassing sixteen year olds who never call him on it, and doesn’t make any sense half the time and takes place in a hotel? That one? I freaking hate that show. With a fiery passion. It should never win any awards ever. Or be nominated for them.

    But I might just be mad that an episode of Spongebob got a nomination for animation when Avatar still has nothing. Avatar so deserves awards all over the place.

    But I don’t actually watch much TV, so most of the rest of the stuff I don’t really have opinions on. Except that the title of Autism: The Musical and the fact that it is consistently placed in the non-fic noms (NOM NOM NOM) makes me curious and kind of inclined to find out what it is and if it is any good. And I’m glad to see Pushing Daisies getting nominations, as I thought that show was a breath of fresh air. And Lee Pace is adorable. And so is Kristen Chenoweth. So yay for them.

  90. It makes me so happy to see Shapelings loving Flight of the Conchords! I’m from New Zealand, so I’m totally feeling the patriotic pride right now….. :)

  91. Time-Machine, SM and I actually met because of TMBG!

    Well, we met because we were in the same logic class, but we ended up friends because of TMBG. Since pretty much everyone else at nerd camp liked them too, what was really remarkable was that we thought it was in any way remarkable that we both liked them.

    I recently started listening to them again and you know what? Still good.

  92. I recently started listening to them again and you know what? Still good.

    Have you heard their new album The Else? I quite enjoy it. It has a song that’s going to be used in the 3D, Henry Selick directed, claymation movie adaptation of the totally awesome book Coraline by the totally awesome writer Neil Gaiman, a movie for which TMBG is doing a large amount of the music.

    You know, if you want to have a nerdgasm or something.

    Speaking of They Might Be Giants and the Emmys and how I’m glad that Pushing Daisies got nominated and double glad that Kristen Chenoweth was nominated for her role in Pushing Daisies

    My friend introduced me to Pushing Daisies because this scene reminded her of me.

  93. No nomination for James Callis? Waah!

    I’m glad to see Battlestar Galactica nominated in a couple of places, but the actors would have deserved more credit. I would have expected to see at least James Callis and Tricia Helfer there.

  94. Okay… we have Joss Whedon, Dr. Horrible, House, TMBG, Pushing Daisies, BSG, Firefly, Dexter, Watchmen and Stephen Fry in one thread *plus* you all being awesomely funny. Best thread on the interweb ever, and please, collectively marry me.

  95. “Who should have been nominated?”

    My writing partner. He got a nom last year; I was sure he’d win this year, and he’s NOT. EVEN. THERE.

    *sulks* *pouts*
    *throws things*

    FJ, I see you avoided the SATC hype COMPLETELY. Congratulations on a mindblowing multi-year feat. And you live in hipster W-burgh, yeah? Very impressive.

    Chris Noth is Mr. Big to Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw.

    Also, if you never missed an episode of Law and Order, like my mom (she watches it on Jet Blue when we travel, the woman is obsessed) you will also know him as one of the detectives on both the original series and L&O SVU.

    He also co-owns one of my favorite clubs in town here in Manhattan, the Cutting Room.

  96. Where’s The Wire? One nomination for writing. uggh.

    But I love that Rainn Wilson got a nom for The Office…wondering where Jenna Fischer got lost in the noms.

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