* When the first couple took the stage, it took exactly 1.75 seconds for my brain to register the words "Telephone" + "Lady Gaga" printed on the screen. I then bolted from the couch with my fingers in my ears, fleeing the scene before the sound infected my ears. SUCCESS. HAHAHA! NEVER GETTING TO ME, LADY G, NEVER EVER EVER. I missed Pasha to avoid you, and I would do it again.
* So it turns out I kinda hate all the contestants who are left, except for Ashley. Good thing they're not the reason I'm here.
* What the HELL - Allison went to the hospital with an injury, and they replaced her with Katee? Gross. Gross. Angry. Also angry that she was never mentioned again while we spent like five minutes tongue-bathing poor tragic Alex. [Edit: Fine, I'll ask Google and Google will give me her blog and it will promise that she can dance next week. Despite...being in pain, so now I feel guilty.]
* Mia is so awesomely crazy. She teaches me words like "murderation" and is otherwise completely off her rocker. It is twelve times more enjoyable than Paula at her most unhinged, and it comes with the bonus of no screaming from Mary! Still grateful.
* Why are all the boys either gay or halfway to molesting their female partners?
* Bollywood is the greatest dance ever, except for hip-hop (the music gives me headaches, but the dancing is epic. Go ninja dance!)
* I love Travis Wall. And Lauren Gottleib. And Neil Haskell, who tragically did not show up tonight. And Pasha, who hopefully will be dancing to better music next time. And Comfort -- to a slightly less obsessive degree, but I feel bad not mentioning her. Can Jamie and/or Donyelle come back next year? They're like the only dream picks we're missing. Maybe Jeanine.
* I would like to be Cat Deeley when I grow up.
Feelings on Community: 5 random episodes plus Debate 109! I mean, who needs titles for a show like this, really.
* I'm slowly losing my hatred of Joel McHale's face. Thank you, Jeff Winger and your entourage of pretty ladies + metaphorical schoolchildren that need guardianing!
* I think I might like Britta better than Annie? I mean, I like them equally and fandom brainwashed me into Jeff/Annie so that's here to stay, but Britta just clicks so much with me every time I hear things like she's a vegetarian, or see her dressed as a squirrel for Halloween, or pronounce "bagel" the wrong way (I THINK I DO THAT. I can hear the difference, but I have to really concentrate to figure out which way I say it). I initially figured she was the token popular/bitchy pretty girl, but she's surprisingly normal, even insecure. Annie, despite her neurotic brainy-girl status, actually has the personality more befitting the popular crowd.
* I can't decide if I legit ship Jeff/Annie or if I just like it when he repeatedly points out that she's 18 and tries to protect her from creepy douchebags in a way that's more paternal. It worries me on a personal level that I'm having trouble distinguishing between the two.
* I definitely do not ship Annie/anybody else. Ew.
* I unconsciously zone out when Abed speaks. I do not like people who are socially awkward! It proves that I might be just as bad, whereas if I only see normal people on TV, I can happily assume that I am like them.
* "Checkmate, bitches." PAINTBALL WAR = GREATEST THING EVER
* White Abed is a close second.
* Christmas-themed episodes are sweet too. I greatly enjoy Shirley's sweater.
* Community is fun at first, but then it's kind of like eating a giant cookie. 3 hours of it at a time is too much. It was probably worsened by the fact that I had a job application I needed to do ASAP, and every half hour I was glued to my screen was another delay until I could start concentrating (damn you, wraparounds!
Emmy Nominations: GO GLEE! I knew you'd taken over the world, but oh my God, do you even know what it is like to finally love a super-nominated show again?? I've spent the last, like, 3 or 4 years hoping and praying Lost will have a shot to fight because that's the only thing they'll award that isn't completely or even halfway terrible. Mariska Hargitay & Hugh Laurie are among my main acting representatives. I actually hope STEVE CARELL wins things just so The Office can strike back against 30 Rock. Glee having 19 nominations is such an amazing change. I like this year!!
As always, my picks in bold:
The Good Wife
--Oh, I see this category is still kinda crappy (fact: I hate True Blood more than I have ever hated a show. Forget Family Guy. I hate True Blood with a violently repulsed loathing normally reserved for people who mutilate puppies). I would accept Good Wife in Lost's stead, BUT FYI, LOST WAS PRETTY AMAZING.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Mariska Hargitay (Special Victims Unit)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
January Jones (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
--You know how this category is always my favorite, because it's the only one where they pick 100% qualified options? Now it's actually a hard pick, because I specifically love everybody except Glenn Close, and that's only because I don't know much about her beyond 101 Dalmatians. I'm picking Connie on the strength of her show + general character awesomeness that transcends said show, and supporting network over cable as always, but honestly I don't care who wins.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Hugh Laurie (House M.D.)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Matthew Fox (Lost)
--I...I feel so spoiled by quality that I refuse to choose. Foxy? Kyle Chandler? The long-overdue Hugh?? I'll say the first one, just because it's Jack's first & only shot. Please for the love of all that is good and holy not Michael C. Hall, is my lone request. Otherwise? LOVING EVERYBODY, but respectfully request that you pan Bryan Cranston because he's already won and this show is terrible.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Martin Short (Damages)
Terry O’ Quinn (Lost)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)
--Gross. Can we steal one of the lead actors?
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
--I don't know any of their work. This is because she's beautiful. Related: it pains me that of all the amazing actresses on my shows, this is what the committee comes up with for the support section.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Beau Bridges (The Closer)
Ted Danson (Damages)
John Lithgow (Dexter)
Alan Cumming ( The Good Wife)
Dylan Baker (The Good Wife
Robert Morse (Mad Men)
Gregory Itzin (24)
--Lithgow's a good actor. I theoretically respect that.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Mary Kay Place (Big Love)
Sissy Spacek (Big Love)
Shirley Jones (The Cleaner)
Lily Tomlin (Damages)
Ann-Margret (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)
--REALLY?!?!?!??!?!?! *excited leaping of ecstatic shock & happiness* Question, if she's among the nominees, how are you even still debating? Give it to her.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
--That's it, for the first time in 3 years, I am throwing over The Office in favor of something way more awesome. No matter what, if 30 Rock's streak doesn't end in the face of all this, there are several things wrong with the system.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lea Michele (Glee)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
--!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also I would accept Julia Louis-Dreyfus because NAOC is over and Lea probably has more nominations in her future.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Matthew Morrison (Glee)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
--YES! On the grounds of both my loving him for being amazing in that role, and the grounds that I hate everyone else in that list with fiery passion beyond all belief. Prepare to be hit with grief fits of epic proportions in
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Chris Colfer (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
...what the friggin' hell, Chris? Really? Chris? Oh, that's right; all the males on Glee except the teacher are pretty awful. Makes sense. The choice is so very clear! Also: if Jon Cryer wins again, I'm gonna...I'm going to have to find a pun that combines both crying and violence.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Holland Taylor (Two and A Half Men)
--Oh god, everyone is so awful that I , I, I just have to cheer for Holland Taylor on the grounds that I can actually watch both her show and her role on it, as she fills the part of "most redemptive character in a sucky show." If Jane wins, as she probably will, I'll cause some property damage to anything within my reach.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Mike O’Malley (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)
Fred Willard (Modern Family)
Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie)
Jon Hamm (30 Rock)
Will Arnett (30 Rock)
--I think by "Mike O'Malley" you might have meant "Jonathan Groff." Either way, totally hoping for NPH to win two.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)
Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)
Betty White (Saturday Night Live)
Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Two and a Half Men)
--On the other hand, if Jane Lynch wins two, refer to previous statements about violence. Cheno was way more amazing. [edit: whoops! Totally did not see Betty White's name on that list. She would also be awesome.]
I'm reading the remainder off a PDF file, so I don't have all the specific info.
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
My options here are two Mad Men episodes (disqualified on the grounds of 'I dislike it intensely'), followed by one from Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife's pilot, and the series finale of Lost. I say Lost, because it was phenomenal and this is their last shot, but would not be opposed to FNL. I imagine TGW was all right too, if not quite as strong.
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
My options here are two 30 Rock episodes (disqualified), the Modern Family pilot (super disqualified), and the Glee pilot vs. The Office's wedding episode. Answer: GLEE. The Office disqualified itself once when Andy tore his scrotum, and again (redundantly) when they worked in the damned aisle dance. -.-
(Yes, Universe, after years of whining when Office doesn't win things, I will be whining again if it does. I might be willing to accept it for the tie-cutting moment, though, if it did get the trophy.)
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Nurse Jackie, Pilot
Modern Family, Pilot
30 Rock, "I Do, I Do"
--The Glee pilot better win something, is what I'm saying here.