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It’s A Wrap – Part One.

Wrapping up the box.

MY TELEVISION YEAR.

It has been a very busy year for Babs so there were far and few television programmes watched with regularity. Thankfully I have a DVR and with boxed set DVDs and friends abroad it has allowed me to catch up on some great TV viewing. Here are my faves and the reasons why I stay glued to the flat screen.

1. The new kid on the block – AMERICAN HORROR STORY.

The wondrous creators of ‘Glee’ and ‘Nip/Tuck’ – Brad Falchuck and Ryan Murphy are responsible for this campy take on the haunted house theme. A young family movie into a house in Los Angeles to repair some damage done due to daddy’s infidelity. Full of naughty housekeepers in garters or with glass eyes, a rubber gimp suit, creepy neighbours, ghosts past and present, a homo couple and references to the pitfalls of childbirth and children to boot! It is a real treat, crafty and creepy, a guilty pleasure – minus the guilt! Jessica Lange in her SAG and Golden Globe nominated role as southern neighbour Constance is the shows highlight amongst many. Renewed for a second season, this time with a different family, house and ghosts I can’t wait to be horrorfied again.

2. The silliest  stalwart – TRUE BLOOD Season 4.

Sooky (Anna Paquin) and her sexy suitors returned for more murderous mayhem and plenty of blood spilling. This time the foe was a coven of witches led by the formidable Fiona Shaw as the leader Marni. One highlight was when the superb Nelsan Ellis as, arguably the best character in the treasured show – Lafayette channels the spirit of Marni therefore imitating Fiona Shaw,  it was a hoot . Kristen Bauer van Straten as vampiress Pam had lines of dialogue to rival Sue Slyvester in ‘Glee”. It was sillier and bloodier then previous seasons but it still works for me. Bring on season 5 which will feature Christopher Meloni (Law & Order SVU, Oz) as a sexy superior vampire. What more beefcake?  🙂

3. Never a pain – NURSE JACKIE Season 3.

Edie Falco, warts and all, returned as the most flawed character I can recall on the small screen. This season a new nurse entered the frame and he was right on Jackie’s case. She managed to dodge the bullets of last seasons revelation that she is indeed a pill popping addict using prescription drugs to avoid the pains of life in a big city hospital – juggling a dual life at home and at work, the final episode in which she pulled the two- faced whammy and asked her husband to get out of the house was a whopper. Falco leads this great ensemble with a riveting performance, Eve Best as the best friend continued to delight as do the rest of the staff of All Saints hospital in NYC all helping to make this series one of the best shows on TV right now. It shows no sign of losing its appeal making me want for another hit – am I an addict?

4. Medievil Mafiosa – GAME OF THRONES.

HBO – well those 3 capital letters they do make you stand up and take notice. New to the quality stable of series comes a show that is a real treat. It has been tagged  as a ‘The Sopranos” in Middle Earth but it is far more than that.

Filmed in Ireland and Malta the scenery is glorious and production values are of the highest order making this show flawless and allowing  you to immerse yourself  into the fantasy world that simply makes you believe. Fine acting from a mostly British/European cast and an Emmy winning performance by the little man of the moment Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) this series follows many clans across many kingdoms who covet the throne to rule all. It took me a while to work out who was who and what the hell was going on at times, but it has individual scenes that were riveting and as a whole was entirely engrossing. Once I found my way around the clans of the Starks, the Lannisters, the Targaryens, and so on I was hooked.

Production design and costumes should be singled out along with seamless CGI that has you seeing and believing in this wondrous other world. The title sequence is superb as well.

Mention must be made of the final scene, I was absolutely stunned, it came from nowhere but once revealed I cannot recall a single image like it in recent times, it shook my world and will surely shake up the next eagerly awaited sophomore season of this great show.

5. Musical Mayhem – GLEE Season 2 and 3 (pt 1)

The musical maniacs of McKinley high school returned and whilst the episodes were very patchy and uneven, when it soared it was well worth the effort of persevering with this pioneering show. The episode in which virginity was lost between a heterosexual and homosexual couple of kids was a highlight, though not as controversial as they say, it cleverly used  the staging of the musical of West Side Story to great effect. Sue Sylvester had her usual quotas of clingers –  always a delight. I am looking forward to the new series ‘Smash” that follows in the musical footsteps of this favourite of mine.

6. Homegrown quality at last – THE SLAP

Perhaps setting a long overdue benchmark for quality television out of  Australia this controversial suburban soap opera had everyones tongues wagging. ‘Who’s side are you on?’ was the tagline – following the aftermath of a family BBQ in which a child was slapped by another adult, not his parents. Based on the acclaimed popular novel by Christos Tsiolkas each episode concentrated on a separate character as the saga continued. Covering many hot topic issues and featuring a multicultural cast the performances were first class, the writing gratefully accomplished and the production values at the top end of the scale. It was a welcome change on the local television scene. Kudos to cinematographer Andy Commis who created a cinematic canvas that is unusual for Aussie drama.

Please don’t die on us – THE BIG C season 2.

Laura Linney returned as Cathy with terminal cancer – at times she can be very self righteous and selfish but then she is dying so I guess all can be forgiven. This dramedy had some fine moments and some terrific guest stars – Hugh Dancy & Parker Posey. It was good to see the character of Andrea played by Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) fully fleshed out this time. Unfortunately I missed a couple of eps midway but the final episode packed a sentimental but very powerful wallop, making me feel I had run an emotional marathon myself.

Honorable mentions to

MODERN FAMILY  – a great cast of characters both the adults and the kids, constantly funny, I don’t watch religiously but I am always pleased when I catch eps every now and again.

THE LOVE BOAT (reruns on 11) – I love catching up on the retro guest stars often Hollywood icons long dead and TV has beens.  Silly storlylines that keep me interested even though oh so cliched.

THE GOLDEN GIRLS (reruns on Gem) – A TV comedy classic with a great cast of elder actresses. Betty White is the last dame standing as sadly the other 3 cast members Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty are no longer with us. Perfect comic timing and wonderful retro references tickle my funny bone a plenty.

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She’s gonna make it after all

The Screen Actors Guild award nominations will be announced tomorrow but in the meantime TV legend Mary Tyler Moore has been announced as this years SAG Lifetime Achievement recipient. It will be presented to her at the SAG ceremony on Jan 29, handing it to her will be Dick Van Dyke a former co-star and dear friend.

Tyler Moore starred in and created her own series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”  from 1970-77, successful spin-offs from that show were “Rhoda” starring Valerie Harper (74-78), “Phyllis”  starring Cloris Leachman (75-77) and “Lou Grant” starring Ed Asner (77-82). Her production company MTM also produced “The Bob Newhart Show”, “WKRP In Cincinnati”, “Hill Street Blues” and “St. Elsewhere”. She has won countless Emmy awards and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People”. One of her co-stars Betty White received the same honour from SAG in 2009.

A statue of Mary Tyler Moore in Minneapolis at the site of the famous “hat toss” scene from the opening credits of the hit show.

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Mirren & Midler merge

So the telefilm being made about legendary music producer Phil Spector’s murder trial and his relationship with his defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden was suspended almost a week ago due to the health issues (a herniated disc apparently!) of Bette Midler who was to play Baden Kenney – she had to pull out of the project after 6 days of filming. Al Pacino is playing Phil Spector . My how fabulous those two together would have been. The HBO film is written and directed by David Mamet. Now comes the news that Dame Helen Mirren is replacing Midler in the role. Wow! Very different performers indeed. Doesn’t excite me much as I suspect a lot of “acting” will come with this Dame in the role, where-as I think Midler would have gone with instinct and been spectacular and she is a damn good lookey-likey.

Oh, Well!

Pacino plays Phil

Al’s lookey-likey Phil Spector

Linda Kenney Baden dead ringer for Bette

The Divine Miss M

Dame Mirren saves the day

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Diva Fest

As I am about to start working on a new project involving divas, I thought I might share some of my fave divas of late.

NURSE JACKIE

Edie Falco

 

THE BIG C

Laura Linney

 

MILDRED PIERCE

Kate Winslet

 

DOWNTON ABBEY

Maggie Smith

Expect them all to be nominated for an EMMY this year.

and last but by no means least……

SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK

Julie Taymor

 

 

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Pee Wee wants an Emmy

Taking a leaf out of Oscar winner Melissa Leo’s book, Pee Wee Herman has donned a fur coat on his quest to win an Emmy for his HBO special – The Pee Wee Herman Show On Broadway.

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Kate does Mildred.

Mildred Pierce (film)

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It has been 2 years since actress Kate Winslet had her bumper award winning year with the films The Reader & Revolutionary Road. (2 films I disliked). After winning the Oscar for The Reader what would she choose as a follow-up?

Surprisingly she has chosen a television remake of the 1945 Joan Crawford movie – Mildred Pierce. (Crawford won an Oscar for her performance). The film was based on a novel by James M. Cain.

Of course it is not just any old television project, she is too classy for that. It is an HBO 5 part miniseries directed by one of my favorites – Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Poison) who also adapted the screenplay.

Mildred Pierce  is a single mother who struggles to provide for her two daughters during the Depression. She takes on a job as a waitress, which infuriates her older daughter, Veda, who is a major snob and social climber. After her youngest daughter dies of pneumonia, Mildred pours all her love into the ungrateful Veda. She is even willing to take a murder rap for the daughter, who shoots dead her stepfather. Expect lots of melodrama which I am sure will be expertly handled by Haynes, as he did such a great job with Far from Heaven.

It is a very meaty role for an actress, and I am sure Winslet will deliver a powerful performance. Expect her to be a strong contender for an Emmy next year, adding to her Oscar & Golden Globe. The rest of the cast is equally exciting, playing the ungrateful Veda is Evan Rachel Wood (Sixteen, Across The Universe). Guy Pearce (Memento) & Melissa Leo (Frozen River) also lend support. The period settings have been created by the excellent production designer Mark Friedberg – who was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Far From Heaven. He was also responsible for the terrific designs of Across The Universe, State Of Play, and Synecdoche New York.

The series won’t go to air in the states until early 2011.  But you can watch the tantalizing trailer below, it looks a sure fire winner to me.

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My Emmy scorecard.

Breaking news:

This is how I went at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards (in the catergories I tried to predict or wished to win) Winners in red.

Comedy – GLEE , or Nurse Jackie.  (predict – Modern Family)

Drama – TRUE BLOOD (unlikely) (predict – Mad Men or Lost)

Actor in comedy – LARRY DAVID (CURB YOU ENTHUSIASM), predict – ALEC BALDWIN (30 Rock)

Winner Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory

Actress in comedyEDIE FALCO (NURSE JACKIE), soft spot for Lea Michele (Glee). Hard to predict, also has Toni Collette in the running

Supporting Actor in comedyERIC STONESTREET (MODERN FAMILY), soft spot for Chris Colfer (Glee). Predict – Eric Stonestreet.

Supporting Actress in comedy JANE LYNCH (GLEE), will win

Actor in drama – MICHAEL C. HALL (DEXTER) should win.

Winner , Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Actress in drama – JULIANNA MARGULIES (THE GOOD WIFE), close call with Glenn Close (Damages)

WOW real surprise winner – Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer.

Supporting Actor in drama – MARTIN SHORT (DAMAGES), hard to predict, not aware of other performers. Default as he is Jiminy Glick :)

Winner – Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress in dramaARCHIE PUNJABI (THE GOOD WIFE), predict.

Made for TV Movie – YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, predict – That Special Relationship

Winner – TEMPLE GRANDIN.

Miniseries – RETURN TO CRANFORD, predict – The Pacific

Actor in mini-series or tv movie AL PACINO (YOU DON’T KNOW JACK), should win

Actress in a mini-series or tv movie – MAGGIE SMITH (CAPTURING MARY), predict Joan Allen  -Georgia O’Keeffe.

Winner – Claire Danes, Temple Grandin.

Supporting Actor in a miniseries or tv movie – MICHAEL GAMBON (EMMA), predict Patrick Stewart – Hamlet

Winner – David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Supporting Actress in a miniseries or tv movie – CATHERINE O’HARA (TEMPLE GRANDIN), predict Susan Sarandon – You Don’t Know Jack

Winner – Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin.

My score out of 16:

Wish – 5

Predict – 8

Bummed out – 8

other winners:

Writing for a Comedy Series –  Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd – MODERN FAMILY (Pilot).

Directing for a Comedy Series – Ryan Murphy – GLEE, Director’s Cut (Pilot).

Reality – Competion Program – TOP CHEF.

Writing for a Drama Series – Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy – MAD MEN – Shut the Door.

Directing for a Drama Series –  Steve Shill – DEXTER – The Getaway.

Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special – 63rd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS.

Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialBucky Gunts – VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES OPENING CEREMONY.

Variety, Music or Comedy Special – THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART.

Writing for a Mini-series,Movie or Drama Special – Adam Mazer – YOU DON’T KNOW JACK.

Directing for a Mini-series, Movie or Drama Special – Mick Jackson – TEMPLE GRANDIN.

Congratulations to all the winners, well done.

Here are some pics of red carpet arrivals.Loser Toni Collette (smile Toni) “Tara” in The United States Of Tara.

Winner – Jane Lynch “Sue Sylvester” in Glee (Ali Rahimi frock).

Winner – Edie Falco “Jackie Peyton” in Nurse Jackie

Nominee Susan Sarandon with daughter Eva Amurri looking stunning as per usual.

Gleek Amber Riley “Mercedes Jones” in Glee. (Melissa Masse frock)

Nominee Lea Michele “Rachel Berry” in Glee. (Oscar de la Renta frock)

Anna Paquin “Sookie Stackhouse” in True Blood




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