TV Junkie: Emmys Post-Mortem; Should You Watch Comedy Central Roast Sheen Tonight?
As Hollywood staggers through its collective hangover let's look at what happened at the Emmys last night. We got about 55% of my Emmys predictions correct which isn't bad but a drop from the 70% we got last year. The biggest gap in my picks was caused by not taking into account how well PBS targeted the Academy with promos, screeners, and more for "Downton Abbey," that alone cost 4 missed categories. The problem is I don't like to watch miniseries, it's not a format I appreciate, so my logic was to go with "Mildred Pierce" due to how well it did at the Golden Globes. I also missed out on "The Daily Show" wins - I love that show but I fail to see how it did anything more remarkable than "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" or "Conan" this past year. Fallon's team, in particular, has been incredibly consistent, with superb guests and digital shorts.The only pleasant surprise, awards wise, was Julie Bowen's win for her role as Claire Dunphy in "Modern Family." Now let's go to the unpleasant moments, and there were a lot: Charlie Sheen's insincere-sounding statement to the Academy; the idiotic "Chelsea Lately"-wanna-be voiceover as winners made their way to the stage; the horrific "Hallelujah"-scored death montage; the disjointed Lonely Island medley; the poor sound quality from the stage; this list could go on for a while - what else did I miss? Please put your submittals in the Comments and I'll highlight them tomorrow.
Mis-Awards: I like Melissa McCarthy but the only reason she won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series was because the nominees were diluted by Edie Falco and Laura Linney whose shows, "Nurse Jackie" and "The Big C," are not comedies. "Mad Men" won Outstanding Drama Series despite having its weakest season yet - a great show but 'Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," and even "Dexter" were much better shows this time around. I know that there are a lot of people who have sentimental feelings for "Friday Night Lights" but the honors it received last night from the Academy are not only too little too late, but they undermine the validity of the awards that should have gone to much stronger shows and performers that need the support now, in order to keep their shows on the air.
To Watch or Not To Watch, That Is The Question: "The Comedy Central Roast" of Charlie Sheen happens tonight at 10pm. On the one hand, you don't want to miss the gig that everybody in the comedy world wanted a slot on, on the other hand, you don't want to contribute to the car wreck that Charlie Sheen has become over the past year. As of this point, Sheen has yet to enter rehab, check into some kind of counseling, or even acknowledge that he thought it was OK for his kids to be around the drugs and prostitution that he built his lifestyle around. Alright, I've convinced myself to not watch the show tonight. If you want a tease you can check out Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross on "The Joy Behar Show" (clip at the end of this post).
If you say you like comedy and TV and you haven't been to NerdMelt then you are a charlatan. There's no better reason to go tomorrow night to see Greg Proops record his Proopcast "The Smartest Man In The World" at the Nerdist Theatre - doors open at 7:30pm.
FYI: Next Monday night, the 26th, "The Colbert Report" will expand to an hour to include live performances by Radiohead among other segments. "I look forward to meeting the Radioheads and leveraging their anti-corporate indie cred to raise brand awareness for my sponsors," said Colbert.
It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day and if you have kids, put on Disney Jr. and have them watch the "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" marathon while you talk about wenching and grog in another parrrrt of the house.
Tonight is CBS' big premiere night with 3 hours of season and series premieres. More big premiere nights this week to be sure.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "How I Met Your Mother," "Two and a Half Men," "2 Broke Girls," "Hawaii Five-0," "Chelsea Lately," "Late Show With David Letterman," " The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"
8:00pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - Season Premiere Part I.
8:00pm The Sing-Off NBC - Season Premiere.
8:00pm Dancing With the Stars ABC - Season Premiere.
8:30pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - Season Premiere Part II.
9:00pm Two and a Half Men CBS - Season Premiere.
9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy - Insatiable
9:30pm 2 Broke Girls CBS - Series Premiere.
9:55pm Hawaii Five-0 CBS - Season Premiere. Ha'i'ole While McGarrett awaits trial for the murder of the governor, he receives an unexpected visit; Kono is suspended.
10:00pm The Comedy Central Roast Comedy Central - Charlie Sheen Actors and comics roast actor Charlie Sheen.
10:00pm The Playboy Club NBC - Series Premiere. Pilot Club regular Nick Dalton helps a new bunny out of a dangerous situation; the club's general manager tries to keep the mob from interfering with his business.
10:00pm Castle ABC - Season Premiere. Rise Detective Beckett struggles to survive; Castle tries to identify the shooter
10:00pm American Underworld Discovery - Series Premiere. Docu-style investigation into various criminal subcultures.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Anna Kendrick; actor Michael Yo; comic Jo Koy; comic Chris Franjola.
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Ryan Gosling; Nicole Scherzinger; Tig Notaro performs.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Dr. Jill Biden; actor Ted Danson.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Simon Cowell; actress Natasha Leggero; Selena Gomez performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - TV-show host Phil McGraw; MMA fighters Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Jon "Bones" Jones; Switchfoot performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - TV host Keith Olbermann; actress Kelly Macdonald.