TV Junkie: WGA Noms; 1000th Episode of Ferguson; 'Dexter' Finale + Noms
The Hollywood Reporter has a summary of all the Writers Guild Awards nominees in which we are happy to see ABC's "Modern Family" achieving recognition even though it is a brand new show. There are a lot of repeats from the Emmys and none more repeated than "The Simpsons" who have swept the animation nominations. Not even mentioning the WGA noms is this CNN article which raises the question of whether it's time time to put the show down as it reaches its 20th anniversary.
Speaking of anniversaries, tonight marks the 1000th episode of "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson", a show that does so much with (comparatively) so little. But this 1000th episode will have resources galore what with the puppets taking over the show and guests including actors Kristen Bell, Maria Bello, Jason Schwartzman (see our interview with him), and Jason Segel, performing with his puppet Dracula (a la Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and The Broken West.
Last night we used TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" to get over the blue funk we were in from the finales of Showtime's "Dexter" and "Californication". "Men of a Certain Age" is the best thing to happen to Monday nights in a very long time - spectacular writing in last night's episode with another great performance by Andre Braugher whose character is at least as much of a story-driver as Ray Romano's Joe.At the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, the very dark season enders for "Dexter" and "Californication" potentially foretell that next season's openers won't be the light-hearted variety that started off this season. These two great shows had excellent seasons and enjoyed a surge in viewership as well - but despite a record-smashing number of viewers for the finale, "Dexter" still lost to the season premiere of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (2.9 vs. 4.1 million). But on the flip side, you won't see the Kardashians nominated for any Golden Globes like Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow. "Californication"'s David Duchovny also received a nom. [Minor Spoiler Alert] We were very sad to see Julie Benz's (potential/probable) departure from "Dexter". We always thought her performance of Rita, the controversial wife of Dexter Morgan, brought a lot of realism to an improbable pairing. We spoke to her oh-so-very-briefly at the '09 SAG awards and we hope to see her on TV again very soon.
The TV Junkie Plan: "X-Play", "Scrubs", "Better Off Ted", Lopez, Ferguson.