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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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Sue and her star mum

All you Gleeks out there, you are in for a treat next Monday night (Australia).

After a guest role from Gwyneth Paltrow (she was quite good) last night we have a real mega guest star appearing next.

Announced previously the great and I mean GREAT Carol Burnett makes her appearance as Sue Sylvester’s Nazi hunter mom.

They sing a duet – ‘Ohio’ from the wonderful musical “Wonderful Town”, which originally starred another great – Rosalind Russell.

I have heard an audio sneak peek and it sounds fantabulous! I am so glad they do a Broadway number and not some lame pop tune.

Can’t wait to see it for myself.

And I bet my bottom dollar she is dressed in Bob Mackie!!!

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something’s coming, something good

Thee are only 13 more sleeps till season 2 of GLEE. (a series that was specially created for me).

Channel 10 are fast tracking from the US, the premiere of the new season. It premieres only hours earlier there. Supposedly to stop illegal downloads and help with ratings. Good move 10. So damn happy 🙂

*SPOILER*

Songs featured in the first ep are reported to be Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” and Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. Meanwhile, musical theater favorites like “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line and “Getting to Know You” from The King and I and Beyonce’s'”Listen” from the film version of Dreamgirls will also be featured.

The new season will feature a Britney Spears episode (not that I care about her), and will introduce a boyfriend for Kurt. And I am sure lots of other surprises and treats. Rumours are that Susan Boyle will play a tuck shop lady, and guests include Carol Burnett & Javier Bardem. Things are looking Gleeful.

As a big Gleek, I am very excited. Can’t wait for some new Sue Sylvester-isms.

Unfortunately, I fear that they will put the series on hold for that sporting event – The Commonwealth Games. Now that will piss me off!

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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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go the Gleeks!

In a just released poster advertising the upcoming season 2 of Glee, it looks like the Glee gang have a boost in confidence. It is them hurling the slushees this time around.

It premieres in the states Sept 21, let’s hope Channel 10 follow soon after.

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meet Sue’s mum

Great news for GLEE fans. In negotiations to guest star in the role of Sue Sylvester’s Nazi- hunting mum, none other than the legendary comedienne  Carol Burnett. What great casting. Let’s hope they ink the deal.  I am a huge fan of Carol Burnett, I even have a Carol Burnett doll.

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and the Emmy goes to……..Jane Lynch!

Last night I watched the 2nd last episode of the current season of the smash hit TV series, “Glee”. My friend Gary had recorded the final 2 episodes for me while I was away.  I had forgotten how great this show is, and how much I love it. I was about to go into the final episode but I wanted to save it for tonight. After last nights episode I’m sure it will be a blockbuster.

But let’s talk about the actress Jane Lynch. She plays the character Sue Sylvester, coach of the cheerleading squad, and  nemesis to the Glee club leader Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison – also great). What a wonderful performer she is. I have long been a fan of hers since I first saw her in the movie “Best In Show” as the dog trainer girlfriend of another  funny performer – Jennifer Coolidge. She was great as Julia Child’s sister in the movie Julia & Julia, and occasionally I have seen her play Charlie Sheen’s psychiatrist in the average comedy, “Two & A Half Men”, in this role she steals the show. But it is Glee that really shows her talent, her delivery of insults to each and everyone are hysterically funny. And on occasion she can show her soft vunerable side too. Last night’s little plot involving her possible attraction to Will, showcased her acting range  very well.

I say give her the Emmy, and give it to her now. She deserves to win and she had better, or else I will scream. She is nominated in the supporting actress in a comedy category, and also nominated for guest supporting in “Two & A Half Men”. I don’t want her to win that category, as the wonderful Kristen Chenoweth is nominated for her hysterical turn as April in “Glee”. Actually I want  Glee to win everything.

She has a lot of competition

Guest Actress in a comedy series

KRISTEN CHENOWETH for Glee

TINA FEY (Host) – Saturday Night Live

JANE LYNCH – Three & A Half Men

KATHRYN JOOSTEN – Desperate Housewives

CHRISTINE BARANSKI – The Big Bang Theory

BETTY WHITE (Host) – Saturday Night Live

ELAINE STRITCH – 30 Rock

Supporting Actress in a comedy series

JANE LYNCH – Glee

JANE KRAKOWSKI – 30 Rock

KRISTEN WILG – Saturday Night Live

SOFIA VERGARA – Modern Family

JULIE BOWEN – Modern Family

HOLLAND TAYLOR – Three & A Half Men

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