21 September 2008

In Honor of the Emmys

I love television. Currently I keep up with eight shows: 30 Rock (NBC), America's Next Top Model (CW), Big Love (HBO), Dexter (Showtime), Gossip Girl (CW), Mad Men (AMC), The Office (NBC), and Weeds (Showtime). And when you watch this much TV, there's bound to be some actor crossover.

Hopefully you recognize Maulik Pancholy, or protective Jonathan, from 30 Rock as Sangay, I mean Sanjay, in Weeds. Or vice versa, whichever you watched first. And then there's Audrey Wasilewski who plays Peggy Olson's sister Anita in Mad Men and tepid neighbor Pam Martin in Big Love.

Michael C. Hall went from tight-lipped funeral director David Fisher in HBO's Six Feet Under to forensics expert by day, serial killer by night in Dexter. David Fisher is gay; Dexter is asexual (and avoids getting any action, except for when it falls in his lap in the form of his fragile girlfriend dressed as Tomb Raider). David drains blood in the basement of Fisher & Sons, and Dexter analyzes it for work and collects a drop from each victim—from the cheek—on glass slides for leisure. I am curious what's next for Hall as far as fictional characters go. Will the character be straight? Will there be blood?

Tonight, on the annual show showcasing shows, Hall is up against Mad Men's Jon Hamm, among others, for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series in the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, something in which I never had much interest. But this year I want to see what the cast of Mad Men looks like in "real life."

Dexter and Mad Men are also in the running for Outstanding Drama Series, along with Boston Legal, Damages, House, and Lost, all of which I don't watch. I imagine there are a lot of Lost fans out there… My experience with Lost is: I watched the first episode, thought What is this, Jurassic Park? and never cared to follow up.

So who am I rooting for tonight, in some of the "key categories?"

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Because Alec Baldwin annoys me, Steve Carell as Michael Scott.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Jon Hamm as Don Draper, because I'm more addicted to Mad Men than I am to Dexter. Maybe it's because Don Draper is constantly surrounded by all those boys—Ken Cosgrove, for one.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Sorry Mary Louise Parker, love your big brown eyes and the way you drink out of those straws, but Weeds just isn't as funny as 30 Rock. Not even close, actually. So, Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, take it home.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
John Slattery
as Roger Sterling. John Slattery is one of those actors who looks totally familiar, but for some reason you just keep forgetting to look him up on IMDb.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Amy Poehler as Performer. It's hard to compete with Tina Fey portraying Sarah Palin (of course her name has a h), but she still manages to make me laugh.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Not interested. But if I watched Brothers and Sisters, I'd probably root for Rachel Griffiths, since she comes from the Six Feet Under family.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Edie Falco as Celeste “C.C.” Cunningham. Adorable.

Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program
David Letterman, Host. Because I love David Letterman. Always have. Always had a crush. Always hated Jay Leno. Sorry, Tina Fey.

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock, because The Office just isn't as good as it used to be.

Outstanding Drama Series
Mad Men, again.

I guess the CW isn't eligible to win awards?

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