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Atypical: Hmmm. Very messy season finale, and now I’m questioning whether season two will be completely off the rails or not. I didn’t see competitive tapes for Terrence Howard (I don’t think he’s going to match up in his competitive lead actor category) or Taraji P. Henson (she’s had better material in prior episodes). The one who really stood out here was Jussie Smollett. I never considered him seriously as a contender in supporting actor until now.
vinny: LOVED the first hour……the second not as much. Both were definitely solid B episodes in my opinion though.
eastwest: I didn’t really like any of this. Aside from the epic Cookie vs. Boo Boo Kitty fight, it was just meh. All the pieces were there, but it didn’t gel for the thrilling television I was hyped for. Regardless, this is an achievement I thought I would never see and its about damn time. Suits are nothing but copy cats getting big money, so I expect the “D” word to be here to stay.
taloson: “Die But Once” would be a great tape for Terrence Howard. I hope he can get a nomination at least. Taraji P. Henson wasn’t as strong as I thought she’d be with these final two episodes but that fight with Boo Boo Kitty was epic. I still think her best episode is the Pilot. I agree with Atypical that Jussie Smollett has really come into his own and he could maybe sneak into Supporting Actor if voters really love the show. Otherwise, I think we’re looking at nominations for Henson, Howard, Drama Series, maybe Directing at least.
ThemeParks4Life: The first episode was good, but things got too soapy for my liking in the second. Overall, I’m surprised about this show. While not perfect, it was enjoyable and I’m looking forward to season 2. I just hope that it becomes less reliable on twists like Lucious being the father or Andre’s wife being pregnant. As for the Emmys, Henson’s best bet is still Our Dancing Days, but I don’t think she’ll be able to beat Wright or Davis. Howard’s is between Our Dancing Days and Die But Once.
moviefan61794: First episode was really good, but second episode was too ambitious and the pay off was not there. I’m not sure Taraji has “the episode” this season, but she’s earned her nomination. If she’s the show’s only major nomination, I wouldn’t be too upset. Man, I do not like Lucious and I thought for sure they were setting us up to kill him off.
espnfan: I am not sure yet what to make of the Empire season finale yet. There were certainly great moments and it was very enjoyable. But the twists and turns were almost too much. I understand this is a soapy and campy prime time show, but the past three episodes have been teetering on the edge.
rstang00: “Shameless” is a Comedy, especially this season. No question. “Glee” who cares. “Jane the Virgin” is a Comedy, also no question. Those decisions were all correct. “Orange is the New Black” is now also in the right category. I figured this rule change this year was made specifically for ‘Orange’ and my suspicions were correct. This is the best thing that could happen to OITNB because it will finally make them competitive in the categories it’s nominated in.
mikeboy898: This makes the Drama category really interesting now, with Netflix probably trying to campaign THREE of their shows in Drama (Bloodline + OITNB + #Houe of Cards#). On the Comedy side, I think we can all agree that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has a much greater chance of getting a nomination now (which is great!).
Marcus Snowden: At first I was a bit angry at The Academy’s decision to keep OITNB in the Drama category. But, later on, I thought about how dramatic the season was and I started that it was indeed the right decision by The Academy.
PianoMann: I think moving Orange to the Drama categories is the right decision, and could benefit the series in some regard. Thinking about their top acting contenders (Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, and Lorraine Toussaint, in my opinion), not a single one of them delivered a “comedic” performance in Season 2.
zordon: Overall, I got from these episodes more than I expected. Season six was a mess, so as a gleek I needed to watch at least one more great episode and cry a little on the last song. And both things happened:)
vinny: I loved both episodes. It’s so weird to think that my favorite show is never going to have a new episode but I am not ashamed to say that seeing “Don’t Stop Believing” again hit me in the gut for sure. Anyways, Glee will forever be the show that got me through a tough time in my life and I will absolutely buy the last season and everything so it will never be out of my life. In short, Proud to be a Gleek.
GraemeONeil: the thing that really started to bother me was the lack of Dianna Agron, Heather Morris, and especially Naya Rivera in this. It really annoyed me when Darren Criss was shoehorned into the 2009 episode, and we STILL hadn’t seen the ladies. Then by halfway through the second hour, it was clear what was going to happen. They literally were just gonna show up for that finale number, and I have to say, once it was happening, my jaw was on the ground. Agron was simply a blonde in the back, and Rivera and Morris were on screen for maybe 3 seconds.
SanityFair: I can’t believe how much I’ve grown to hate this show, especially considering how much I loved it in the beginning. Rachel carrying Kurt and Blaine’s baby while playing the role that wins her the Tony award? No thank you. Glad it’s over.