2015 Emmy Running Diary


I’ll be honest – I wasn’t much feeling the Emmy awards this year. I don’t know if I was just tired from being out at football or I’m just in a bit of a funk; whatever the reason, I would have much preferred to go to bed early rather than stay up. My only real investment in the Emmys was to see if Jon Hamm would finally get to take home a trophy. If he got his moment, I didn’t want to miss that. But since I am a professional, I sucked it up and watched the whole telecast. One perk of the Emmys following a football game – blessed little pre-show nonsense had to be watched and it was amusing to see a bunch of football commentators try to talk about television. They should put Terry Bradshaw on the red carpet for all future events.

On to the main event…….

8:00 pm – Here we go – right on time despite the late football game.

8:02 – Cute opening from Andy Samberg. I need one of those TV bunkers. I’ve got a lot of TV to catch up on.

8:03 – Ugh – enough with the Les Miserables references.

8:05 – “Suck it books.”

8:06 – Haha – “Between Bill Cosby, Jared Fogel and Robert Durst stopping off for a sandwich, not a good year for people who love hoagies.”

8:06 – “If your speech goes too long, you need to deal with the mean nun from Game of Thrones.”


8:08 – A Donald Trump jokes pulls Andy out of a joke slump. Trump is comedy Viagra.

8:09 – “Paula Deen is on this season of Dancing with the Stars but I gotta say, if I wanted to see an intolerant lady dance I would have gone to one of Kim Davis’ four weddings.” *zing*

8:10 – “We also said goodbye to True Detective, even though it’s still on the air.” Harsh, but true.

8:11 – I would watch Dick Whitman: Horny Hobo. Whatever keeps Jon Hamm on my TV on a regular basis.

8:13 – Two of the greatest Amys ever – Poehler and Schumer – to present best supporting actress in a comedy series. Holy hell there are a LOT of nominees.


8:15 – Allison Janney wins for Mom – and brings her blotting papers. Plus she sings part of her speech. She seems fun.


8:22 – Anthony Anderson and Tracee Eilis Ross here to present writing in a comedy series. A well-deserved win for Veep.


8:25 – Ricky Jervais has been nominated for 22 Emmys? He pretends to have won before presenting the award.


8:27 – Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series goes to Tony Hale for Veep! Can’t argue against that – well deserved – but would have loved to see Titus Burgess.

8:28 – Mid-speech, Hale says “I just had a sudden fear that my zipper’s down.”

8:29 – Anna Chlumsky cries every time Veep wins. I hope she has more tissues.

8:34 – John Stamos and Gina Rodriguez to say who received awards already for guest actor and actress in a comedy series – Bradley Whitford and Joan Cusack. Jon Hamm remains Emmy-less.


8:37 – Whitford and Cusack here to present best directing in a comedy series. Whitford is inexplicably wearing a hat.


8:37 – Whoa – I had no idea what Mike Judge looked like!

8:38 – Jill Soloway wins for Transparent, which I still need to watch.

8:40 – Jimmy Kimmel here to present Lead Actor in a comedy series and he is drunk with power. He is threatening to just give the award to anyone he wants. He just ate the card with the winner’s name.


8:43 – Jeffrey Tambor wins (maybe?) for Transparent. Big night for Arrested Development alums.

8:44 – Tambor’s speech is very powerful – “I’ve been given the opportunity to act because people’s lives depend on it.” He dedicates his award to the trans community – “thank you for letting us be part of the change.”

8:45 – Meanwhile, Matt Le Blanc lets Kimmel know what he thinks of his stunt.

8:50 – Seth Myers joins Andy on stage for lead actress in a comedy series, but first they present Lorne Michaels with a “World’s Best Boss” mug.


8:53 – Amy Poehler is an American treasure:


8:53 – The #VeepSweep continues – Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins it. Would have really liked to have seen Amy Schumer win. And it’s a freaking crime that Poehler never won for Parks and Recreation.


8:56 – Key & Peele here to give the award for best reality competition. Zzzzzzzz.

8:57 – The Voice wins and there is really absolutely no reason for all these people to come on stage.

8:58 – They are playing the Ghostbusters theme into commercial break. Seems like an odd choice.

9:03 – James Cordon here to present the accountants from Ernst & Young.

9:04 – Haha – LL Cool J started a standing ovation for them.

9:05 – Dear lord – Terrance Howard at a microphone. Anything can happen. Hopefully Taraji P. Henson can reel him in. He literally seems like the worst. They’re here for best writing in a limited series or movie.

9:07 – Olive Kitteridge wins, which seems like it was on a very long time ago.

9:08 – Now the best actress in a limited series or movie. The winner is Regina King (American Crime), who I have always liked (and is the first person of color to win tonight).


9:13 – Andy Samberg gives out his HBO Go log-in and password (and as of last night, it worked!)


9:14 – John Oliver here to present best direction in a limited series or movie. He’s got some jokes about Jeopardy! and Alex Trekek.

9:16 – Another award for Olive Kitteridge.

9:24 – Maggie Gylenhaal and Liev Schreiber  present best actor in limited series or movie. I like her dress.


9:24 – Bill Murray isn’t there because Bill Murray does not give a f*ck, but that just sped this award show up a bit.

9:25 – Samberg does a parody of the Mad Men finale.

9:26 – Rob Lowe and Kerry Washington present lead actress in a limited series or movie. That’s too much beauty for one stage.


9:27 – Frances McDormand wins for Olive Kitteridge. Maybe they’ll even get her look remotely happy to be there

9:28 – Nope.

9:29 – Short speech too: “We’re all here because of the power of a story well said. Sometimes that’s enough. Thank you.”

9:33 – That red carpet cam bit was odd.


9:34 – Lady Gaga – she’s a TV person now! She’s here to present lead actor in a limited series or movie. If David Oyelowo doesn’t win I’ll be PISSED.


9:35 – Well, I’m pissed. No disrespect to Richard Jenkins, who is great, but if you haven’t seen Nightingale, he’s freaking spectacular.

9:37 – Here’s Fred Savage to pay tribute to shows that ended this year. Fun fact – I used to have pictures of him on my bedroom wall when I was 12.

9:39 – This tribute is making me sad – so many shows that I loved are gone 😦 And some people are going to be annoyed that they gave away the ending to a lot of shows.

9:40 – Marcia Gay Harding and Lena Headley here to present best limited series.

9:41 – Again with Olive Kitteridge, which is winning pretty much everything.

9:48 – “Welcome to the Spoiler Awards.” I guess that Samberg was checking social media during the commercial break.

9:49 – Mindy Kaling and Zachary Levi here to give an award for best writing for a variety series. This is a stacked category.

Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

9:50 – I love these little clips that they are doing for the writers.

9:51 – And The Daily Show wins it. I think it is nice that Jon Stewart let someone else give the speech and stood in the back.


9:53 – Jane Lynch and Eric Stonestreet here to present best variety sketch series.

9:54 – WOO-HOO!!! Inside Amy Schumer for the win!! Suck it, SNL.

10:00 – Colin Hanks and Will Forte – two likable enough guys – here to present best direction in a variety series.

10:02 – Another win for The Daily Show. Not super surprising.

10:03 – LL Cool J here to present best variety talk series. I’m guessing either Letterman or Daily Show.

10:05 – See – I’m smart. All The Daily Show does is win.

10:08 – Ben McKenzie and Jamie Alexander to announce more awards that were already given out (guest actor and actress in a drama series).

10:09 – Winner Reg E. Cathey (and The Wire alumni) is here to present best writing in a drama series.

10:10 – Game of Thrones wins. The writers forget this isn’t HBO and drop some cuss words.

10:16 – Ah….Ray Parker Jr. is in the band. That explains “Ghostbusters.”

10:18 –Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts here to present best supporting actress in a drama series. I sincerely hope something interesting happens soon. This is so boring.

10:19 – Yay! Uza “Crazy Eyes” Aduba wins. And she’s so emotional, which is nice to see.


10:21 – Curtis and Roberts doing double duty and are back to present best directing in a drama series. No surprise – goes to Game of Thrones. Though that’s not the episode that should have won.

10:27 – If you are curious about what’s up with all the green ribbons people are wearing, here is the explanation.

10:28 – Viola Davis here to present best supporting actor in a drama series.

10:29 – Peter Dinklage wins!

10:30 – Now the In Memoriam segment. There’s a weird mix of musicians in here. Did B.B. King do television?

10:34 – Leonard Nimoy in the final position.

10:35 – I’ve seen this Apple music commercial multiple times now and my main takeaway is that I want to spend an afternoon hanging out with Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige.

10:39 – Tina Fey showing up is always a good thing. She’s here to present best actor in a drama series. If Jon Hamm doesn’t win I WILL RIOT.

10:40 – YAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jon Hamm finally wins a mother f*cking Emmy!


10:41 – In thanking everyone that supported him, he thanks his now ex-partner Jennifer, which is very nice.


10:42 – Honestly, the rest of this show seems anticlimactic now.

10:43 – Adrian Brody here to present best actress in a drama series. Somehow he stumbles over the easiest name in the bunch: Elisabeth Moss.

10:44 – Kind of surprised that Viola Davis won; thought Taraji had this one in the bag. But Taraji is really happy for her, which is nice. And Viola gave a pretty great speech about opportunities for women of color.

10:51 – Mel Brooks here to present outstanding comedy. No surprise here – the #VeepSweep is complete. And Modern Family didn’t win, which is always a positive.

10:54 – Tracy Morgan is here to give out the outstanding drama award. So nice to see him back on stage. The look on Tina Fey’s face says it all.


10:56 – And he dropped a “people are going to get pregnant” joke. He is, indeed, back.

10:57 – Would have loved to see Man Men win this, but I can’t argue with Game of Thrones.

10:58 – The benefit of a show where nothing much happens? You end early!

Man – as far as awards shows go, this year’s Emmys were a real snoozer. Nothing very interesting happened at all and the winners were all fairly non-controversial. I don’t know if they need to start serving more alcohol at these things or what, but people need to up their game to create more memorable moments. It’s less than 12 hours after the ceremony and I’ve already forgotten a lot of it. But I got to see Jon Hamm get recognized for the great work that he did on Mad Men, so I guess that alone was worth my three hours. Andy Samberg was fine – he did seem a little nervous – but they really need to do something to liven up this broadcast.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends

It is time once again for your bi-weekly round up of pop culture stories that you may have missed. I like to think of these roundups as pop culture cheat sheets for people. If you see a story that you think should be included, please feel free to pass it along to me on the blog’s Facebook page (like me!), Twitter (follow me!) or in the comments. I’m always interested in reader feedback. And a special welcome to all my new blog followers – thanks for reading!

Let’s get some of the sad stuff out of the way first:

Now on to the more sublime:

  • Vin Diesel announced that Fast and Furious 7 will be released on July 11, 2014. The sixth installment of the franchise will open nationwide on May 24th of this year.
  • A new red-band trailer has been released for Netflix’s new original series Hemlock Grove. As this comes from director Eli Roth, it is most decidedly NSFW:


  • Speaking of Adam Scott (the actor, not the golfer):



  • Vulture also imagines Mad Men as a kid’s Saturday morning cartoon spinoff, Mad Men Kidz.

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  • Apparently the Academy didn’t received the memo from the American people – the producers for this year’s abysmal Oscars ceremony will be back.
  • Tonight may be the last episode ever of Southland, which would be a real shame.
  • If you go to see Iron Man 3, stay through the credits (and if you want to know what happens now, click here *spoilers*)
  • The winner of random video of the week: Macaulay Culkin singing “Kokomo”:


  • A prequel to the film adaption of The Mortal Instruments is already being planned, despite the fact that The Mortal Instruments hasn’t even been released yet.
  • The fictional Veep and the real life VP met:



  • The casting for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy continues to intrigue me. The newest member of the cast is The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker.
  • Watch Community and Mad Men‘s Alison Brie recreate some popular memes (her grumpy cat is pretty spot on):


  • Grantland looks at the career arc of friend of the blog, The Rock (I’m assuming, if he knew this blog existed)
  • Ryan Murphy has a deal with HBO. I can only imagine what he’ll do when not restricted by basic cable.
  • The Awl debates which song is worse: the Brad Paisley/LL Cool J song “Accidental Racist” or Ray J’s song “I Hit It First” about Kim Kardashian. I vote for the latter – though misguided, Paisley was at least trying to do something good. Ray J is just a jerk.
  • Oy. Amanda Bynes continues her quest to be the craziest of them all with this new video that she posted on YouTube:


  • Patrick Duffy is game for a Step-by-Step reunion.
  • I am a grown-up, so I didn’t watch the MTV Movie Awards, but if you are curious who won or what people wore I have you covered.
  • Funny or Die has released their Steve Jobs movie, iSteve (starring Justin Long).
  • Jon Hamm was on Seseme Street, apparently in attempt to see if he could make me love him more:


  • See Jaime Foxx as Electro on the set of The Amazing Spiderman 2. Or is it The Amazing Spiderman: Ghost Protocol?
  • Snoop is a busy guy – he also collaborated with Miley Cyrus


  • Interesting – the same kid who played a young Don Draper on Mad Men also played a young Michael Bluth on Arrested Development and a young Ice Truck Killer on Dexter.
  • Steve Carrel made an appearance on last night’s Deadliest Catch’s new pre-game show, The Bait.
  • New trailer for Man of Steel:


  • This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle/Entourage parody is better than either of these shows separately:


  • NBC’s never ending quest to beat every good idea they have into the ground continues – a kids version of The Voice is allegedly in the works.
  • Here’s a Conan double shot. First up, Conan hosts a roundtable discussion with some of his former colleagues from The Simpsons’ writers’ room.

And now the mashups and super-cuts:

  • A super-cut of fake websites featured on TV shows:


  • Love this – the synopsis of every romantic comedy ever made. It’s funny because it’s true:


  • A supercut of Tyrion Lannister’s best lines on Game of Thrones (NSFW )


  • A homemade version of the final race from The Fast and the Furious:


  • And finally – an Anchorman/”Thrift Shop” mashup:


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Almost Vacation Edition

Just when I thought that winter might finally be behind us, Mother Nature decided that we needed one last storm (I hope!) to make things all snowy and white. I am not a fan. The only thing making this bearable is the knowledge that in less than a week I will be in Florida with some of my favorite people and watching baseball. The idea of sitting in the sunshine and not having to wear a winter coat make me positively giddy. Plus it has been five dark and lonely months since I last saw my beloved Yankees, which feels like a lifetime. I’m ready for our reunion. But never fear, dear readers – you won’t be without the blog while I’m away. I’ve got some posts ready to go up in my absence. I’m just that dedicated.

So while I dream of warm weather while I scrape ice and snow off my car, here’s your biweekly round up of some of the pop culture stories that you might have missed.

  • Today would have been Mister Rogers’ 85th birthday


  • Christopher Meloni has been cast in a new pilot from Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) based on the book I Suck at Girls.
  • Jimmy Fallon and Selena Gomez performed “Mario Kart Love Song” last night on Late Night:


  • I’m not sure that anyone was asking for it, but Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is getting a sequel (my guess is without Jeremy Renner).
  • If you’ve got nothing to do this weekend, MTV will be marathoning old seasons of The Real World. The Real World: Portland will debut on March 27th.
  • Safety Not Guaranteed director has been tapped for Jurassic Park 4. I really enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed – worth checking out on DVD. A sweet and quirky indie.
  • A Walking Dead/Homeland mash-up:


  • This dog does indeed resemble Samuel L. Jackson:


  • The actor who played Captain Peacock on the British comedy Are You Being Served? has passed away.


  • The Funny or Die website is venturing into the world of feature films. Their first product is iSteve, a comedic biopic of Steve Jobs and starring Justin Long (which has got to be better than the not intentionally funny Ashton Kutcher version).
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company released a cool short film:


  • The blog Thumbs and Ammo has replaced all the guns from TV shows and movies with actors giving a thumbs up. The result is surprisingly positive.


  • Check out this LEGO paper plane folding machine (it took 600 hours to build):


  • I didn’t understand a word of this “March Madness explained with Star Wars” video


  • You can watch the first three minutes of the new BBC America show Orphan Black online. The show debuts March 30th.
  • Sigh. I really didn’t need to stumble upon this website of pop culture tribute prints.
  • A Good Times movie is being developed. Not so Dyn-o-mite, though I bet J.J. Walker is available.
  • HBO has released a trailer for the second season of Veep:
  • Vampire Weekend has released two new songs: “Step” and “Diane Young.” Their new album Modern Vampires of the City is out May 7th.
  • Listen to a mix of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” and Daft Punk:


  • What every home needs – A Breaking Bad terrarium. I’m not kidding – I would put this in my living room.
  • Filming for the third season of the BBC’s Sherlock has begun.  A fourth season is happening as well. More Cumberbatch for everyone!
  • A Shining/Dumb and Dumber mashup:


  • Beyoncé has posted a new song on her Tumblr:


  • A new red-band trailer for Kick-Ass 2 has been released:


  • This is a good dad – a game developer hacked Donkey Kong so his daughter could play the game as a female character that rescues Mario
  • Whoa – Pete Campbell from Mad Men and Rory Gilmore are getting married (well – the actors that play them are, anyway)
  • Watch Usher and the Afghan Whigs perform together at SXSW:


  • I can sympathize with Hitler’s reaction in the video I linked to above – I love Google Reader and am very bummed that it will be retired soon. It’s what I use to keep track of all the links that I share with you in these roundups.
  • A new trailer for Despicable Me 2 has been released:


  • Cedric the Entertainer is the new host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
  • And finally – The Princess Bride meets Game of Thrones: