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T.G.I.F. – Ten Emmy Guesses

And you thought Justice was blind?

I used to call them predictions, but when you’re wrong this often…

Yes, it is geeky, but I do like award shows. They are often an odd combination of ridiculous pandering with the occasional anomaly which generates a well-deserved career boost. But there are always severe omissions, so I caveat my choices below by stating that who I think should win is limited to the nominees.

Sunday night I’ll be bouncing between a thrilling Falcons/Eagles game and the pomp and circumstance of the 2011 Emmy Awards…where the television industry kisses its own ass. You can follow along here.

So here are Ten Emmy Guesses for Sunday’s spectacle…

(01) – Best Actor, Comedy: Steve Carrell will win, Louis CK should win.

(02) – Best Actress, Comedy: Laura Linney will win, Amy Poehler should win

(03) – Best Supporting Actor, Comedy: Chris Colfer will win, Ty Burrell should win.

(04) – Best Supporting Actress, Comedy: Betty White will win, Julie Bowen should win.

(05) – Best Comedy: Modern Family will win, Parks & Recreation should win.

(06) – Best Actor, Drama: Hugh Laurie will win, Timothy Olyphant should win

(07) – Best Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies will win…and should.

(08) – Best Supporting Actor, Drama: Peter Dinklage will win, Alan Cumming should win.

(09) – Best Supporting Actress, DramaArchie Panjabi will win, Margo Martindale should win.

(10) – Best Drama: The Good Wife will win…and should.

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Emmy Time for Neil and Betty

Statue of Limitations

Don’t ask me why they give out four acting Emmys during a ceremony called the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, when the separate ceremony is supposed to be for technical, writing and production categories. Maybe they don’t think these creative folks have enough appeal?

You can watch the entire ceremony this Friday afternoon on E Entertainment Television from 1-3pm EDT. The main Emmy ceremony will be broadcast next Sunday night.

But since the cat is out of the bag, congratulations to Neil Patrick Harris and Betty White! Harris actually won two awards; one for hosting the Tony Awards and another for Guest Actor in A Comedy for his great stint on Glee. He can hit the trifecta if he wins for Supporting Actor in a comedy for How I Met Your Mother.

Amazing that the kid from Doogie Howser has become such an incredibly well-rounded talent. He can do anything. If you doubt me, get a copy of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Case closed.

And what more can be said for and about Betty White? As if her legendary comedic work on television wasn’t enough to cement her reputation, this past year she made one of the most memorable guest host appearances in Saturday Night Live history. Livened up a couple of commercials, too.

Sure, SNL may have gone for easy laughs by writing one skit after another where an eighty-year old cursed a blue streak. But for a show that has stumbled badly in the past few years, repeatedly milking inane characters like Gilly that weren’t even funny the first time, her episode was a wall to wall knockout.

Congrats also to the other two acting winners for guest spots – John Lithgow and the still stunning Ann-Margaret. It’s great to see that television hasn’t forgotten that acting chops don’t disappear when you turn thirty-five.

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Saturday Night, Live Again

Girl Power on Mother’s Day Weekend

I have not been much of a fan of Saturday Night Live for a long time; the show has been beset by uninspired performances, lame characters and the seeming inability to discern when a sketch is really, really tanking. But kudos for this past weekend’s show, when 88 year old Betty White knocked the ball out of the park with everything she did.

Granted, having an octogenerian drop a few F-bombs is an easy target, but Betty White has always been able to make people laugh, most famously as  “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the naive Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls.  A long time TV presence, White is also known as “The Queen of Game Shows” since she’s been on more of them than money itself.

The Password is..."funny"

Really, is there anyone who doesn’t like this woman? The award-winning comedienne and actress is probably among the most beloved people in Hollywood. That also explains why her appearance on the show – the result of a fan campaign on Facebook – reportedly landed SNL its best ratings in over eighteen months. In fact, she had me at “hello”…

Watch Betty White’s SNL monologue

The show soared, of course, because it also brought back a bevy of female talent from recent years, including Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Tina Fey, Rachael Dratch and the always incandescent Maya Rudolph. Ironically they probably got more airtime this weekend then they did on any Saturday when they were cast members. And White was game, joining in every sketch, including a few classic routines. Betty White rules.

See the clips of the show here and some unaired clips here.

Saturday Night Live wiki

Betty White wiki

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And R.I.P. Lena Horne –  a very talented lady who used that tremendous voice for much more than singing.

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