Jul 162015

emmy-wallpaper-iphone5 The Emmys will air live on Sunday, Sept. 20 on Fox. I’ve highlighted “our” shows/actors in bold. Discussion in comments. UPDATE: Writing/Directing added!

Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
Orange Is the New Black

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Khandi Alexander, Scandal

Margo Martindale, The Americans

Alan Alda, The Blacklist
Michael J Fox, The Good Wife
F. Murray Abraham, Homeland
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Pablo Schreiber, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
“The Americans” – “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep” (Joshua Brand)
“Better Call Saul” – “Five-O” (Gordon Smith)
“Game of Thrones” – “Mother’s Mercy” (David Benioff & DB Weiss)
“Mad Men” – “Lost Horizon” (Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner)
“Mad Men” – “Person to Person” (Matthew Weiner)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” — “Eldorado” (Tim Van Patten)
“Game Of Thrones” — “Mother’s Mercy” (David Nutter)
“Game of Thrones” — “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (Jeremy Podeswa)
“Homeland” – “From A to B and Back Again” (Lesli Linka Glatter)
“The Knick” — “Method and Madness” (Steven Soderbergh)

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Dec 212014

Homeland 412; Carrie on a bench

What the hell was that?

The Homeland season 4 finale, Long Time Coming, was a sharp left turn into deep dissatisfaction. It had excellent character moments, but after a season full of action and espionage, an episode of virtually nothing but character moments was, in my view, a big mistake. Continue reading »

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Nov 2, 2014

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