Jul 182013
 

12 nominations for Mad Men, 13 nominations for Breaking Bad, 11 each for Homeland and Downton Abbey, plus love for Elisabeth Moss’s Top of the Lake miniseries.

Naturally, Emmy nominations go on for pages and pages. Following is the list of nominations for shows followed by Basket of Kisses, with our nominees highlighted. I’ll have you know I reduced this from SEVENTY-TWO PAGES down to six before posting.

DRAMA SERIES
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)>
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (DirecTV)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

DRAMA ACTOR
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey”)
Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
Jeff Daniels (“Newsroom”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)
Damien Lewis (“Homeland”)
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)

DRAMA ACTRESS
Claire Danes (“Homeland”)
Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”)
Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)
Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) 
Connie Britton (“Nashville”)
Kerry Washington (“Scandal”)

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”)
Jonathan Banks(“Breaking Bad”)
Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”)
Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”)
Maggie Smith (“Downtown Abbey”) 
Emilia Clark (“Game of Thrones”)
Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”)
Morena Baccarin (“Homeland”) 
Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”)

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Jun 042013
 

Falling Skies Season 3 premieres on Sunday, June 9 on TNT at 9 Eastern/8 Central. I’ve been recapping this show for two years now, and yet, it took five hours worth of episodes (the 2-hour premiere plus three additional episodes) to get a handle on how I feel about its current incarnation.

In the past, Falling Skies has been uneven. There have been massively stupid episodes as well as thrilling ones. Yet there was a jagged excitement to the endeavor, a sense of potential occasionally realized. Now, for the first time, the show feels like it has settled in.

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Falling Skies Interview

Aug 21, 2012

Entertainment Weekly has a great interview up with the Falling Skies showrunner. I didn’t save this for the News because I wanted to highlight how wrong I can be. Just two days ago, I said: Most startling of all was the arrival of a bipedal alien who appears to be the pre-harnessed form of the [...]

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Aug 12, 2012

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Aug 5, 2012

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Jul 22, 2012

Here’s where we start to hope. Here’s where we begin fervently, passionately hoping that two outstanding back-to-back episodes of Falling Skies is a trend, possibly the shape of things to come. I say this fully aware that the episode prior to these two was flawed and even irritating. But Molon Labe was excellent television; it [...]

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Emmy Nominations Are Here!

Jul 19, 2012

Basket of Kisses favorite shows are present in abundance, including three of the six Outstanding Drama nominees!  A total of 17 nominations for Mad Men! Notable is a Supporting Actor nod for Jared Harris. That one has gone to Slattery in the past.  Also nominated, Jon Hamm, Lizzie Moss, Christina Hendricks, and Ben Feldman as [...]

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Jul 15, 2012

Our best chance of survival is his survival. This was the best episode of Falling Skies yet. It was exciting, it offered surprise after surprise, character development was meaningful and satisfying, it kept the viewer off-balance, and it feature sharp performances and a non-stop sense of urgency. If you’re not watching this show yet, now’s [...]

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Jul 9, 2012

Hey everyone, Rick’s back! I’ve mentioned Rick in a previous recap. In Season 1, he was one of the harnessed kids* who was rescued, along with Tom’s son Ben. Rick left the Second Massachusetts, preferring to rejoin the skitters. *Quick update for newbies: The alien “skitters” capture children and put biomechanical harnesses on them. Ew, [...]

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Jul 2, 2012

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Falling Skies: Compass

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He is now defined by those of us who owe him our lives. Tom Mason, we are reminded again this episode, is a history teacher (professor, actually). Over the course of the first season of Falling Skies, he had plenty of opportunity to let us know that, often by using overblown language to teach us [...]

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Jun 18, 2012

Falling Skies is back for its second season with a two-hour premiere that, as is so often the case with “special premiere events” these days, is actually two episodes shown back-to-back. So, Episodes 2.01 Worlds Apart and 2.02 Shall We Gather at the River constitute our relaunch into the post-invasion world of Tom Mason and [...]

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