July 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm #222610
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COMEDY GUEST ACTOR:
Will Arnett (30 Rock) – “Plan B”
Matt Damon (30 Rock) – “Double-Edged Sword”
Idris Elba (The Big C) – “Blue-Eyed Iris”
Zach Galifianakis (Saturday Night Live) – “Host: Zach Galifianakis”
Nathan Lane (Modern Family) – “Boys’ Night”
Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live) – “Host: Justin Timberlake”
COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS:
Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock) – “Double-Edged Sword”
Kristin Chenoweth (Glee) – “Rumours”
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live) – “Host: Tina Fey”
Dot-Marie Jones (Glee) – “Never Been Kissed”
Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope) – “Don’t Vote for This Episode”
Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee) – “The Substitute”July 16, 2011 at 11:21 am #222612
Comedy Guest Actor
Will Win: Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Should Win: Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake won 2 years ago for SNL and he has weaker competition this time. I don’t think the 30 Rock guys can win (even if one is named Matt Damon) and Galifianakis won’t win over Timberlake. That leaves Nathan Lane who could win on the coattails of a big night for Modern Family or Idris Elba who could win if they decide they don’t wont to give tv movie/mini actor to him.
Comedy Guest Actress
Will Win: Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee
Should Win: Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Paltrow will win this in a landslide but I would prefer that her co-star, Dot-Marie Jones, win. Jones created a character that was instantly likeable and was the only reason I struggled to quit watching Glee.July 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm #222613
Paltrow’s appearance on Glee was one of the most talked-about moments of the 2010-2011 television season. While her subsequent episodes were less satisfying, there’s no denying the cultural impact that Holly Holiday had. Gwyneth’s rendition of “Forget You” will do for her what Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin impression did for her two years ago — it will win her the Guest Actress in a Comedy Emmy.
Fey would be more of a factor this year if she hadn’t appeared in a particularly awful episode of SNL. Yes, she resurrects her Sarah Palin in a dynamite, hilarious sketch, but the rest of the episode is PAINFULLY UNFUNNY. Jones and Chenoweth can’t compete with Paltrow’s screentime, or with the fact that “The Substitute” was written entirely as a showcase for Paltrow’s role (while Cheno and Jones play bit parts in larger stories). If Leachman wins, it’s because of the high level of respect she has among her peers, and the fact that her Alzheimer’s storyline is very relatable for such an old-skewing voting demographic. She’s the closest thing Paltrow has to a competitor.
On the male side, Timberlake probably wins, but a closer look at his tape reveals it to really be a pale imitation of the type of work that won him this category two years ago. Nathan Lane could benefit from being in the actual funniest tape, and he really is quite good. Watch out for him. Damon and Elba don’t stand a chance.July 20, 2011 at 12:45 am #222614
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series Analysis
This is a weak category (where the hell is John Slattery!?). With one clear standout, there’s no point in going to in-depth with this one. Glad that Idris Elba has gotten his due, but I am stunned that he got a nomination for “The Big C”. He was good in this role and he and Laura Linney were “Mandingo 2010”, but there’s nothing in his episode that makes him competitive or worthy of a nomination. There were better episodes that could’ve been submitted for him, but I guess no one thought he had a chance of a nomination. Zach Galifianakis is a comedian that you either get or don’t. I don’t and am shocked that he got in for his hosting efforts on “Saturday Night Live”. Aside from his rousing monologue, the episode is pretty awful after that. I am glad Matt Damon was recognized for his work on “30 Rock”. Matt fed off of the energy of Tina Fey and kept up with her during his arc. But as much as I support the nomination and enjoyed his run on the show, I wasn’t really impressed with him in his episode. Tina Fey pretty much stole the episode from him. Will Arnett’s multiple nominations for “30 Rock” I have never got, but his episode submission is the best one he has gotten nominated with. While it’s ridiculous he couldn’t get in for season one, at least this is better than the same old schtick he has been getting in for. In any other year Nathan Lane would win with his episode submission, especially in this weak field and given the massive support for “Modern Family”. He is fine in it, but it is the writing and ensemble work with those actors that made that episode strong. Justin Timberlake will win another Emmy for hosting “Saturday Night Live”. He’s the standout here with having an episode that showcases his stage presence and great comedic timing. I never thought I would see the day that the curly hair boy from *NSYNC would crossover in the way he has mange to, so kudos to him for doing that and for winning another Emmy.
1. Justin Timberlake – Saturday Night Live
2. Nathan Lane – Modern Family
3. Will Arnett – 30 Rock
4. Matt Damon – 30 Rock
5. Zach Galifianakis – Saturday Night Live
6. Idris Elba – The Big CJuly 20, 2011 at 12:45 am #222615
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series Analysis
A decent category with a few surprise nominees. Kristin Chenoweth receives her consecutive nomination for her role on “Glee”. She would’ve won last year if it wasn’t for Betty White, but unfortunately she is on the list of lazy nominations. Her episode this time around was lackluster with both her performance and the writing. I have made no secret with my utter disappointment with Elizabeth Banks on “30 Rock”, so one could only imagine that disappointment times ten when I saw that she actually was nominated. How she got in over Sherri Shepherd and Elaine Stritch is a mystery, but she did. Her episode highlights the criticism I have with her in this role. She tries too hard to make the already comedic gold writing work and for someone who is gifted at comedy, that should not be the case. Dot-Marie Jones is the biggest surprise here. Initially I scratched my head at the nomination, but after re-watching the episode she submitted I get and agree with the nomination. Though the writing is just the worst, Dot sells the cruel and humiliating material with a dignity and strength that makes her deserving of this surprise nomination. Tina Fey garners her third (fourth overall) nomination for hosting “Saturday Night Live”, but she wasn’t worthy of it this time around. Objectively looking at her episode, she does her best to sell the episode and is pregnant to boot. But not being objective, I think it is the residual love for her iconic Sarah Palin impersonation, which is the only good sketch in her episode, that will make the voters continue to check off her name here whether it’s deserved or not. Cloris Leachman’s return to television was a rocky one. The material she had during the first half of “Raising Hope'”‘s freshman season was wretched and in result she was unwatchable. But when they came back from hiatus, the writing became better for the character and she showed why she’s the reining Emmy champ. Her episode submission is hilarious and heartbreaking. In any other year with that tape she would’ve easily won another Emmy. Gwyneth Paltrow on “Glee” is something that could’ve bombed something fierce, but it worked brilliantly. Talk about a fun and infectious performance. Gwyneth was game for anything the writers threw at her during her arc and she ran with it. Her introduction episode is the one she submitted and it’s a winner. Next to Cloris, her episode has the most range in the category with the acting (comedy and drama) and musical aspects (dancing and singing). She definitely walks away with the award here and deservedly so.
1. Gwyneth Paltrow – Glee
2. Cloris Leachman – Raising Hope
3. Tina Fey – Saturday Night Live
4. Dot-Marie Jones – Glee
5. Elizabeth Banks – 30 Rock
6. Kristin Chenoweth – GleeJuly 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm #222616
JT’s episode of SNL might fool people into thinking he was better in it than he was. He was good, but not better than at least half of these other guys. Nathan Lane’s episode is funny and he’s great in it, but it’s all very expected. I’m thinking Will Arnett. He had a show cancelled last season and some support going into his new show this season might be nice. And Devin Banks is a memorable character who took an unexpected turn in his episode.
Paltrow seems like the obvious choice in actress, but I wouldn’t count Cloris Leachman out!July 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm #222617
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