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2012 Emmys: And the nominees are…

By on Jul 27, 2012 in Tinseltown | 0 comments

This year’s Emmy nominees were announced as I was basking in the sun in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (shameless gloating, I admit), but you better believe I still checked out the list as soon as I could. Here are my thoughts on this year’s selections. Once again, HBO reigns supreme with an astonishing 81 nominations across the board. Just like HBO’s old motto touts, it’s not TV; nay, I’d argue that it’s super-TV. Camera operator Hector Ramirez and producer Sheila Nevins have earned the most lifetime Emmy nominations as of this year with 68 and 59 noms, respectively. If Mad Men wins for Outstanding Drama Series this year, it will have won that award five times—surpassing Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and The West Wing for the record. Modern Family is the most-nominated comedy this year with 14 noms, Mad Men is the most-nominated drama with 17, American...

GenreTV: “British ‘Series’ vs. American ‘Seasons'”

By on May 25, 2012 in Affiliates | 0 comments

My good friend Kayti at Primetimely affiliate GenreTV ponders the quality-vs.-quantity question by examining the differences between how we Yanks do things and how the Brits do ’em. But I’m still left wondering: if they refer to seasons as “series,” then what’s their term for what we call “series finales”? And, more pressingly, how can I schedule regular shipments of crumpets? BBC’s Sherlock may be my favorite show on television, but, most of the time, it doesn’t feel like it’s actually on television. This is because its series come in sets of three. Yes, the episodes are basically feature-length, coming in at an hour-and-a-half apiece, but it’s still not enough! And don’t even get me started on the fact that I am going to have to wait more than a year for the next installment. I blame my frustrations on my American upbringing, where network...