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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Primetime Emmys 2007: Tube Talk Girl’s picks

It’s Emmy night! Tonight, our favorite TV stars will paint on the spray tans, put on double-stick tape to hold their barely-there evening gowns in place, and strut their stuff down the red carpet. Good times, Tubers. Good times.

I’m almost more excited about the pre-show coverage this year than the actual event. In the past, most of the hosts interviewing the TV stars knew nothing about the shows and failed to ask good questions. This year, I think things may be different. E!’s Kristin Veitch is helping out Ryan Seacrest, and she’s as big a TV buff as I am. So, I’m sure she’ll ask what enquiring minds want to know. Also, the TV Guide channel has Lisa Rinna and Joey Fatone pulling red-carpet duty, and that should be a hoot.

As for the Emmy show, here are my picks for who I want to win, not for who should win or will win. You’ve already seen those predictions from every other TV blog and magazine. So, these are my selfish picks with an explanation of why I chose them, because really, it all comes back to me.

My picks are highlighted in bold.

“Grey’s Anatomy”
“Boston Legal”

The Sopranos is favored to win by a landslide, and probably deserves it based on that brilliant finale. But I don’t care. I don’t get HBO and don’t watch the show regularly. My pick: Grey’s Anatomy. Yes, there were a few subpar episodes, but it’s still better than the too-scattered Heroes. House is too procedural for my taste, and while I adore Boston Legal, it’s a bit preachy and silly at times to win for best drama. Although, it might be fun to see William Shatner get up and thank “Denny Crane!”

“Ugly Betty”
“The Office”
“Two and a Half Men”
“30 Rock”

I’m torn on this one. Let’s just say I’ll be cheering in delight if either my beloved Ugly Betty or The Office take the prize. On the flip side, if Two and a Half Men lands this one, I may swear off television forever.

James Gandolfini, “The Sopranos”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Denis Leary, “Rescue Me”
James Spader, “Boston Legal”
Kiefer Sutherland, “24″

I love Leary, but Laurie is my pick. Laurie always gives an interesting, funny speech, and let’s face it. I’m that shallow. It’s a long show. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Spader take the prize. He also gives good gab in acceptance speeches and once complimented the audience on their “wonderful choices in dresses and shoes.” No one does deadpan better. Gandolfini will probably win, as Emmy voters may give him a nice present to end his run as Tony Soprano.

Sally Field, “Brothers and Sisters”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”
Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”
Minnie Driver, “The Riches”
Patricia Arquette, “Medium”

My pick: The flying nun all the way. Field is hilarious, neurotic and a complete joy to watch as the matriarch of the nutty Walker clan. She leaves me giggling or in tears on a weekly basis. I’m sure the other ladies in this category are equally talented, as well, but I don’t watch any of those shows so that’s no fun for me if they win. Plus, Field is known for her award show speeches. Maybe she’ll coin another “You like me” phrase at the podium.

Michael Imperioli, “The Sopranos”
William Shatner, “Boston Legal”
Terry O’Quinn, “Lost”
T.R. Knight, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Masi Oka, “Heroes”
Michael Emerson, “Lost”

For me, the best reason to watch Heroes is Masi Oka. The show is too discombobulated at times with too many characters, but when Oka is on, I’m glued to the screen. He’s funny and often gives that dark show some much-needed light moments. A Shatner win would also make me smile because I love Denny Crane. Emerson is so creepy that he stands a good shot at winning, but he’s an Other and well, you know, I hate them.

Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”
Lorraine Bracco, “The Sopranos”
Aida Turturro, “The Sopranos”

There is no other choice for me in this category but the talented Wilson. I’m going to be one McAngry blogger if she doesn’t win. She’s been the one constant on Grey’s since its debut.

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”
Steve Carell , “The Office”
Charlie Sheen, “Two and a Half Men”
Ricky Gervais” Extras”

Steve Carell is hysterical as Michael Scott. But the real reason he should take the gold: He has a proven track record at delivering entertaining award show acceptance speeches. His Golden Globe 2006 speech is legendary. He humorously claimed his wife wrote it. Let’s hope she fired up the computer this year.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “New Adventures of Old Christine”
America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

Ugly Betty, this had better be your night. Ferrera shines on a weekly basis as sweetheart Betty, so even if the show doesn’t win for best comedy, I’m hoping Ferrera will score the prize. The girl deserves it not just for her acting skills, but for having to wear that hideous wardrobe. What? Like you’d be caught dead in a red, “Guadalajaro” poncho.

Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
Kevin Dillon “How I Met Your Mother”
Rainn Wilson, “The Office”
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”

Doogie is the man. Harris makes me laugh out loud every week as "legendary" Barney on How I Met Your Mother. He’s the best part of the show. I also wouldn’t mind Wilson scoring a win for Dwight Schrute. The guy his has own bobblehead, shouldn’t he have an Emmy?

Conchata Ferrell, “Two and a Half Men”
Jenna Fischer, “The Office”
Holland Taylor,“Two and a Half Men”
Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl”
Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty”
Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds”

This is like choosing my favorite chocolate. Williams is downright delicious as evil Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty. The show would have a huge void if she weren’t there plotting her evil plots. She’s a villain, but plays her with enough layers that we sometimes feel for her. I also wouldn’t mind to see Fischer win because we all know that Pam is the glue that holds The Office together. Pressly is also impressive as crazy Joy on Earl. No one does white trash better. It’s too hard to pick one choice here. If any of these three win, I’ll do a happy dance.

“The Amazing Race”
“American Idol”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“Top Chef”

You know I LOATHE reality TV, but I’m smitten with Dancing with the Stars. Any show that can get Billy Ray Cyrus and Ian Ziering on the dance floor without coming across as cheesy is a winner in my book. Plus, it inspired me to take ballroom classes, and now I can cha-cha like Jerry Springer.

“Antiques Roadshow”
“The Dog Whisperer”
“Extreme Makeover”
“Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List”
“Penn & Teller: Bullshit”

No comment. Enough said.


Kim said...

I agree with most of your picks,except I'm rooting for the Sopranos and James G.

miz behavin said...

Funny comments! Go America and Ugly Betty!

Lea said...

Hey Jen! I don't think I've ever been more excited for any award show win than I was for Tina Fey and '30 Rock.' I just hope it doesn't follow in the footsteps of my beloved 'Arrested Development.' And I have to say I'm surprised The Sopranos didn't win more.
Oh, and I'm writing again. The Dispatch has given me a celebrity gossip blog:

tube talk girl said...

Lea Pea!!!!!! OMG! So good to hear from you.

Gee, you, talking celebrity gossip, I can't imagine. :) It's just like the old days in the newsroom, right? Congrats on the new gig. I'll check out your blog.

You may be thriled for 30 Rock, but I hurt for The Office. I'm too suprised that The Sopranos didn't win more. They snubbed Tony Soprano. Unreal.

Stay tuned for my Emmy wrap up!

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