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Scot vs. Scot

Gracepoint!!! I missed you last week.

I wanted to do a post about some of my thoughts on FOX’s Gracepoint and ABC’s Selfie. Both shows featuring some Who alumni on American TVs.

Its no secret how very much I adore David Tennant nor is it a secret how little I can usually stand Karen Gillan. At the beginning of the fall tv season, I was looking forward to watching both of them in their American tv series. I was looking forward to Gracepoint because I had heard great things about Broadchurch and wanted to watch that series. Then, I heard they were making an American adaption and so I decided to wait. David Tennant can do no wrong in my eyes so I knew I would be interested. I was looking forward to Selfie mostly because I was looking forward to the subsequent cancellation. But something kind of strange happened…

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First, my thoughts on Gracepoint. It. Is. Fantastic. Really amazing. I wanted to watch Broadchurch before but now, I feel I absolutely have to. I was so happy to read that there will be a second season of Broadchurch which I am hoping means we will get another season of Gracepoint as well. The characters and the phenomenal actors really make this an amazing series; more on that in a sec.

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Selfie: I simply couldn’t wait for this series to fail. Episode one, I tuned in ready to talk same major shit about how horrible Karen Gillan was yet again. No matter how great John Cho is, there would be no helping this girl. Not even 5 minutes into the premiere episode and… I loved it.

There was no subtly in establishing that this was a modern take on the classic Pygmalion. (Eliza Dooley? Henry Higgs? Come on.) The plot lines were as shallow as the main character but I honestly enjoyed this show; I watched every episode. I’m actually disappointed that I called it right and the show was cancelled by ABC. From what I understand, they will be airing the rest of the episodes on Hulu but it was still cancelled…

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The acting on Gracepoint is some of the best I have seen in a long time. My heart breaks every single episode for multiple characters. Just a pained look in someones eye will have me in hysterics. I try to compose myself but then another heartbreaking moment occurs and I just begin sobbing to myself all over again. Every minute of every episode is completely enthralling. Because I was planning on watching Broadchurch, I didn’t want to do any reading-up on the show’s characters or storylines, but it seems to follow a very similar story.

I really can’t believe I’m about to put this thought into writing but it’s actually Tennant who, sometimes, briefly, seems to be the weak link here. (You must understand how hard it was for me to type that) There are times when I feel like he’s letting the American accent slip and I hear that Scottish roll on out.

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Karen Gillan on the other hand: fantastic American accent and never letting it slip! (What is even happening in the world?!) John Cho was ok but the rest of the cast was practically useless. No great range and even in the above picture, I don’t know who the hell the guy to the far left is and the chick pictured in the top right is a neighbor Eliza runs into occasionally… It was really all about Eliza and Henry and they were already (clearly) falling in love in the few episodes that aired so where could the writers even take these characters? The answer is obviously, nowhere, and I’m sure that contributed to the network’s decision to X the show.

So, 10 vs. Amy. Tennant vs. Gillan. Scot on Scot competition: Selfie/Gillan didn’t crash and burn the way I expected. Well, I guess they did but I made sure to indulge myself with this guilty pleasure weekly while I could. As predicted, the show was shit but it was the kind of shit I guess I wanted to watch. Gracepoint/Tennant, not surprisingly, are clearly the winner in this fight. I can’t wait for Gracepoint to come back with a new episode, Thursday, after a week off for Thanksgiving. When this season ends, I definitely plan on watching all of Broadchurch. I’m curious to find out just how closely Gracepoint followed the original story. (Even their promo shots look the same…)

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If there’s one good thing that came from Selfie, I don’t absolutely hate Karen Gillan as an actor anymore. In fact, I enjoyed her performance. Better luck next time, Amy!

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Thanks for reading! Love, GK

2012 Emmy Awards

Last night, the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were held in LA at the Nokia Theatre. Refreshingly, there were more fabulous fashions on display than not-so-fabulous. In fact, even the looks I “disliked” most of them aren’t even that bad; they just fell short of the bests.

I was a bit upset by some of the snubs tonight. Particularly Mad Men, which is one of my all-time favorite series and Sherlock, which I absolutely adore.

AMC’s Mad Men won Best Drama Series for the last four years. Homeland beat them for the award this year but what was more disappointing were the individuals nominated for their amazing performances and losing (to other fantastic performances). This was the first year that John Hamm was not up against Bryan Cranston (who has stollen the award several years in a row now) for Best Male Lead in a Drama; the award went to Damian Lewis for his performance in Homeland.

Sherlock was nominated for 13 awards this year including: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Lead Actor in a Mini-Series (Benedict Cumberbatch) Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series (Martin Freeman) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Steven Moffat). They ended the night with absolutely zero awards. The Julianne Moore, Sarah Palin series Game Change took most of the awards in the Mini-Series category. I didn’t see it but Sarah Palin is no longer interesting nor has it been long enough for us to want to look back on her moment in the spotlight so I’m not sure why anyone really cared about this series. I’m sure it’s fabulous (and must be for winning all those awards) but come on… it’s Sherlock.

Homeland was a big winner in the Drama category and I do love that show.I’m eagerly awaiting the new season that premiers next week along with Dexter!

Claire Danes and Damien Lewis are both so amazing on this show and their talent was definitely acknowledged when they were awarded Male and Female Lead in a Drama.

I was pretty stoked that Louis CK won as many awards as he did tonight. He’s awesome and his shows are fantastic so I was really happy to see him winning… a lot. I was also super happy that Dame Maggie Smith won for Supporting Actress in a Drama (Downton Abbey). She is one of my heroes. I love everything this woman does.

BUT my favorite part is always the fashion. Its super late (or super early) and I have a rather exciting day ahead of me so I’m going to get to it.

One big trend I noticed on the red carpet this year was yellow.

(The New Girl’s) Hannah Simone, (Homeland’s) Claire Danes *winner* in Lanvin and (Modern Family’s) Julie Bowen *winner* are all good examples of wearing this trend very, VERY well.

 However (Game Change’s) Julianne Moore’s *winner* Christian Dior gown was pretty gross looking. Its all coverage. And (The Big Bang Theory’s) Kaley Cuoco in Angel Sanchez fell short as well. This is one of the looks I mentioned that really is that bad but after much deliberation and staring, I thought it was less than the best.

The ladies of Mad Men are a toss up each red carpet. However it’s always the same offenders and the same glam-queens that wear the bests and the worsts.

Christina Hendricks looked amazing in Christian Siriano as did Jessica Pare in (one of my favorite designers) Jason Wu.

But January Jones in Zac Posen and Elizabeth Moss in Dolce & Gabbana both look terrible and they usually do. I’m convinced January Jones is bat-shit crazy. She has to be.

Two rather well-dress couples were John Hamm and his wife Jennifer Westfeldt, who normally looks pretty sloppy, especially next to her pretty husband.

Also, the impeccable Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Thomas.

Ok. Here’s some of my favorite looks; my “Best Dressed” list

1.) The New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra – I couldn’t decide for a bit whether I hated or loved this gown. I ultimately decided I love it; messy, sloppy constructed skirt and all. 2.) Once Upon a Time’s Ginniger Godwin in Monique Lhuillier. 3.) Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa (one of my favorite gowns of the night!)

1.) Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vouthier Couture. 2.) Suburgatory’s Jane Levy in Pamella Poland. 3.) Julianne Hough. I think I love this gown mostly for the color. It gorgeous!

1.) Leslie Mann in Naeem Khan (God, how I adore this woman!) I love how her teal jewelry pops against the neutral and orange gown. 2.) Revenge’s Emily Vancamp in J Mendel (another favorite designer of mine). 3.) The Beast’s Lindsay Pulsipher. My readers know that the greek goddess look is my all-time favorite look. This is flawlessly executed.

1.) Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Vera Wang 2.) Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga. IDK how she ended up on my best list, but she did. I love this look. 3.) Two Broke Girls’ Kat Dennings in J. Mendel.

1.) Julianna Rancic in Romona Keveza. 2.) American Horror Story’s Lily Rabe in Tadashi Shoji (LOVE THIS GOWN!!!) 3.) Homeland’s Morena Baccarin

But with the good, comes bad (and really not that bad):

1.) Nurse Jackie’s Edie Falco in Stella McCartney – Edie is looking rough. 2.) Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi – this dress isn’t horrible, but it’s not great and I’ve definitely seen my girl Nicole do a hell of a lot better. 2.) Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke went for the white with a splash of color like Nicole, but she looks even worse.

1.) Sofia Vegara in Suhair Murad – This mermaid look isn’t done very well. The gown is a bit pageanty if the pageant girl were totally slutty. 2.) Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler looks frumpy in her Stella McCartney gown. Amy is amazing but she looks like an awkward girl at junior prom in a dress bought at Sears. 3.) Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli looks dreadful. 2010 called, they want their pockets on a ballgown back and this print in disgusting.

1.) Mayim Bialik obviously learned nothing from Stacy and Clinton on What Not To Wear because this is hideous. It’s also Pamella Roland. But Mayim is a freaking rocket scientist or something (for real-real, not just for play-play) so who cares. She can wear sweatpants to the emmys if she wants. 2.) Ashley Judd is my pick for absolute worst dressed in this nauseating Carolina Herrera gown. eck. 3.) Brooke Burke – what a joke. How is this woman even still relevant. The gown looks like she is competing in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

Ok. It’s almost 5:30am. I have to get to sleep. Heres a full list of the night’s nominees and winners below. Excuse my typos… I’ll try to remember to come back an edit if necessary.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll check out my next red carpet/awards show post! (And all my other post, of course!) Love, GK

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Writing For A Comedy Series:
Community, Remedial Chaos Theory
Girls, Pilot
Louie, Pregnant
Parks and Recreation, The Debate
Parks and Recreation, Win, Lose, or Draw

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Directing For A Comedy Series
Robert B. Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lena Dunham, Girls
Louis C.K., Duckling
Jason Winer, Modern Family
Steven Levitan, Modern Family
Jake Kasdan, New Girl

Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jared Harris, Mad Men

Writing For A Drama Series
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, Homeland
Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner, Mad Men
Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men
Erin Levy & Matthew Weiner, Mad Men

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife 
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry’s Law 
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash

Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Jason Ritter, Parenthood

Directing For A Comedy Series
Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad
Brian Percival, Downton Abbey
Michael Cuesta, Homeland
Phil Abraham, Mad Men

Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Glenn Close, Damages
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Claire Danes, Homeland
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Writing For A Variety Special

84th Annual Academy Awards, Jon Macks, Dave Boone & Carol Leifer, with Tim Carvell, Jeff Cesario, Billy Crystal, Ed Driscoll, Billy Martin, Ben Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, David Steinberg, Mason Steinberg & Colleen Werthmann

Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl, Jon Macks, Steve Ridgeway, Mason Steinberg & Brad Lachman
The Kennedy Center Honors, George Stevens, Michael M. Stevens, Sara Lukinson & Lewis Friedman
Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre, Louis C.K.
65th Annual Tony Awards, Dave Boone with Paul Greenberg

Directing For A Variety Special
Don Mischer, 84th Annual Academy Awards
Louis J. Horvitz, The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Louis C.K, Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
Alan Skog, New York City Ballet George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Live From Lincoln Center)
Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys
Judy Davis, Page Eight

Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story
Ed Harris, Game Change
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Writing for a Miniseries Or A Movie
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys • Part 2
The Hour
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Ashley Judd, Missing
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

Directing For a Miniseries Or A Movie
Jay Roach, Game Change
Kevin Reynolds, Hatfields & McCoys
Philip Kaufman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Sam Miller, Luther
Paul McGuigan, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Idris Elba, Luther
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

Sitcom Satisfaction

I have to say, it has been years since I’ve been an avid watcher of any sitcom on any network. My TV watching mostly comes in the form of my favorite reality (crap) TV shows, History Channel specials and the dramas I’m addicted to including Mad Men, Dexter, Homeland and The Walking Dead. The rest of the time I’m watching (or rather, rewatching) my favorites on Netflix (mostly Doctor Who and Gossip Girl.) Any sitcoms I’ve liked in recent years have been British ones that I have also watched on Netflix or online.

This year has been a little different. I actually found two network sitcoms that I always watch (usually on DVR though): The New Girl and GCB.

The New Girl has received a lot of praise and fandom since premiering in late September 2011. There’s usually that moment in every episode where it becomes quite, cheesily clear that “here’s the moral of this story”. There are times when I watch it and I feel like it could be better by leaps and bounds but overall, I love it. Maybe I identify with Zooey Deschanel’s nerd-ball character, Jess. (I too live with three dudes and make Lord of the Rings references at inappropriate times.) Regardless, like most of the country, I love The New Girl.

The New Girl :: 9pm Tuesdays on Fox

I found a very unlikely favorite in GCB when it premiered on March 4, 2012. The show follows a recent widow, Amanda, whose husband had cheated on her and committed fraud before attempting to flee the country. (He died in a car crash while receiving roadh**d from Amanda’s bff on the way to Mexico.) Amanda returns home to Texas with nothing and has to move back in with her mother and attempt to rebuild her life. The jokes come from the horrid, spiteful and hypocritical actions from the Good Christian Bitches of high society Dallas. I mostly fell in love with Kristen Chenoweth and Annie Potts’ characters. I love the both of them no matter what they do.

GCB :: 10pm Sundays on ABC

With my faith in network sitcoms somewhat restored, I’m actually really excited to give Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23 a try when it premiers on ABC on April 11, 2012 at 9:30pm. I’m hoping it’ll be something worth DVRing every week, but I won’t know until I see it.

Not worth watching? StevieTV… She’s not funny and anything that is funny is a direct and blatant rip-off from The Soup. (The Soup writers should receive royalties… seriously) Stevie needs to start making jokes about these reality shows before others, then, maybe, just maybe, she’ll have something worth watching. I also just get annoyed with her “i’m so originally and adorably funny and so not like other girls” crap between the copy-cat skits; the “Jenny McCarthy thing” has been overdone… by Jenny McCarthy… 15 years ago. Stevie is pretty much the perfect example of “women comedians aren’t funny”… they very rarely are.