Saturday, September 15, 2007

Our Emmy Awards Picks; Solomon's Weekly Rant: Nick at Nite's Double Airings of Its New Shows; The Unclassy Addition to The View

Saturday mini-DVD reviews will be pre-empted today so we can bring you our Emmy Awards picks for the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air tomorrow (Sun., Sept. 16) on Fox. Solomon's Weekly Rant will still be on today, see below.

Here are our picks:

COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock
Entourage
The Office
Two and a Half Men
Ugly Betty

OUR PICK: Ugly Betty. What a tough category, 30 Rock and The Office can also win, too.

DRAMA SERIES
Boston Legal
Grey's Anatomy
Heroes
House
The Sopranos

OUR PICK: Grey's Anatomy. I think The Sopranos will not win like how Cheers didn't win in its final season.

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Ricky Gervais, Extras
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
OUR PICK: Tony Shalhoub, Monk. Really anyone can win here but Sheen.

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary Louise Parker, Weeds
OUR PICK: America Ferrera, Ugly Betty. Huffman or Parker can win, but Ferrera is a huge favorite here.

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
Hugh Laurie, House
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
James Spader, Boston Legal
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
OUR PICK: James Gandolfini, The Sopranos.

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Minnie Driver, The Riches
Edie Falco, The Sopranos
Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
OUR PICK: Edie Falco, The Sopranos. I'd want Sally Field, but no chance I think. Sedgwick can win, too.

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office
OUR PICK: Jeremy Piven, Entourage.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Jaime Pressly, My Name is Earl
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
OUR PICK: Jenna Fischer, The Office.

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Michael Emerson, Lost
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos
T.R. Knight, Grey's Anatomy
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
Masi Oka, Heroes
William Shatner, Boston Legal
OUR PICK: Terry O'Quinn, Lost. Imperioli can also win, but give it to O'Quinn!

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers and Sisters
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Aida Turturro, The Sopranos
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
OUR PICK: Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy. This is Oh's year, unless the Emmy people give Bracco one last hurrah.


Solomon's Weekly Rant
Saturday, September 15, 2007
"Nick at Nite's Double Airings of Its New Shows; The Unclassy Addition to The View"
By Solomon Davis

Since the beginning of this month, Nick at Nite wanted viewers to know that they have added two new sitcoms by overloading the programming schedule with back-to-back episodes of Home Improvement and George Lopez everyday of the week. You would think that since these shows are currently in the introduction phase on Nick at Nite's schedule, that one airing a night would be the proper way to present the shows to new viewers. But the word "balanced" has never been a part of Nick at Nite's programming vocabulary just "overload." And let's say viewers started liking one of the new shows on the schedule, I'm sure they don't want to keep watching them over and over and lose the opportunity to see the shows they were already watching on Nick at Nite before September. That's why there should be a balance between the new shows and older shows on Nick at Nite's schedule so that a new viewer of the new additions can gradually get into the show. Seven airings a week is a nice way for someone to get into a new show instead of 27 airings which quickly leads to "STALE CITY." Nick at Nite's primetime schedule actually has the look of a closet filled with clothes with the two newest outfits in the front and the older outfits pushed to the back so that the newer outfits can be worn on more frequently during the week.

The View, which airs on ABC's daytime schedule every Monday to Friday at 11am, has added a new person to the show which appears to be the biggest mistake of this television season. The unclassy addition to the show is Sherri Shepherd, a comic who loves to tell inappropriate jokes and has yet to show any kind of intelligence. I thought the purpose of her addition was so she could blend in with the other ladies during discussions not try and make everyone laugh every time she opens her mouth. Her most unlcassy moment was on Monday when she said that she took pole dancing lessons in the past because she had a dream of being a stripper. Now would an intelligent comic want to generate laughs from that kind of humor? Only a comic who is comfortable with looking like a fool would tell inappropriate jokes like that to hear laughs from the crowd. And what makes it so sad is that no one laughed at that ridiculous joke which made her look very stupid. Also it's obvious that Sherri is bored when the discussion is serious because she can't tell jokes and never adds anything to the conversation. Sherri should learn from Whoopi and Joy because she has yet to show the ability to be intelligent and funny in the same hour. Just because you are a comic doesn't mean you have to be silly all the time and not show your intelligent side. Which is why I feel The View should have added a woman who could contribute to intelligent conversation instead of adding a woman who is nothing but an unfunny clown who lacks class and intelligence.

My TV Highlight of the Week: Monday, September 10, 2007 - Patricia Heaton saying to Kelly Ripa on Regis and Kelly, "I wonder what you did to get this job?"
My TV Lowlight of the Week: Thursday, September 13, 2007 - As I mentioned, Sherri Shepherd's statement about taking pole dancing lessons because she had dreams of being a stripper when she was younger.

Agree or disagree with Solomon? Discuss it here.

DISCLAIMER: Remember, Solomon is not the voice of SitcomsOnline. He is just stating his opinions and does not reflect what SitcomsOnline says or thinks. It is just his 'View' but it is always quite entertaining.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, August 5

United We Fall - "My Favorite Marta" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jo steps in as a role model for her teenage niece, Marta, much to her strict father Chuy’s dismay. Bill plays matchmaker for Sandy who, under the influence of post-colonoscopy drugs, inadvertently professes her love for her first husband, Dave.

The Goldbergs - "Schmoopie's Big Adventure" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mother and son have a bonding experience when Beverly buys a bicycle for Adam just like the one from “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” while Barry and Erica turn Murray’s furniture store into an after-hours lounge for college students.

The Conners - "Live From Lanford" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mark is watching the results of the primary for a school report with Harris who is apathetic to the electoral process and believes money’s influence in politics means real change is impossible. The rest of the Conners share their differing takes on why they all think everyone should vote, including their working-class perspective that you may have to vote for a candidate you don’t love but one that will “screw you the least.” All of this happens against the backdrop of romance when Louise (guest star Katey Sagal) gets an opportunity that might send her away from Lanford, prompting the family to interfere in Dan’s (John Goodman) complicated relationship with her by throwing Louise a surprise going-away party, creating major new tensions between Dan and his daughters.

American Housewife - "Senior Prank" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Against Greg’s better judgment, Katie pushes Taylor to lighten up and participate in her school’s senior prank. Meanwhile, Anna-Kat asks Oliver to give Franklin (Evan O’Toole) a makeover so he won’t embarrass himself at a classmate’s party.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 3)

Wednesday, August 5

  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Watch Jamie on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Seth Rogen (Undeclared) - Seth is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • David Tennant (Final Space) - David is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Karen appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers) - Jerry is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 10pm on Bravo. He also talks about The Secret: Dare to Dream on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Steven Weber (Indebted/Cursed/Wings) - Steven appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Rob Riggle (Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy/Golan the Insatiable) - Rob is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Lecy Goranson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Lecy talks about the season finale of The Conners on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Carol's Second Act/Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric talks about the return of Reno 911! on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.


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