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  • Graeme O’Neil
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    #230798

    I know the season is over, but I just watched the season now and couldn’t comment on the old thread.

    What an improvement the second season of this show was. This was a superb season of storytelling. While season 1 was very hit and miss despite Linney’s great performance, season 2 really found its characters, improved on a lot of things that weren’t working in season 1, and was so much more funny.

     

    Linney has to win the Emmy for this season. The second to last episode where she has that scene in the classroom with the med students was incredible. She should submit that episode, or the one where they want to fire her from being the Swim Coach.

     

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    Trent
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    Interesting you say that Graeme, I thought this season was an utter disappointment. I really feel like some of the guest stars were great (Sidibe, Dancy, Posey) but the regular cast lacked all season. Oliver Platt was consistently good but I found Laura Linney to be consistently preachy and have nothing that made her performance different from the first season. The writing lacked, and there were even some episodes this season that I gave an F. The only person truly deserving of an Emmy from this season (in my opinion) is Gabourey Sidibe, Hugh Dancy and MAYBE Oliver Platt.

     

    I think all three of them are going to have trouble getting nominated though, Linney herself isn’t even a safe bet. There was NO support for the show this year (it lost every nomination, which happened to many other shows as well but is something unique to a Showtime “comedy”) and didn’t even pull of a main title design nomination, which seems to be an instant win for anything on Showtime. It had no support from SAG either and every category that this show is trying to compete in will be way too competitive next year. Believe it or not, they would probably be better off submitting this in drama, where Linney would probably take Enos’ spot.

     

    I hope that Sidibe, Dancy and Platt can get some recognition for this season, but I see no need to reward anything else.

     

    Rant over.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    Wow, I’m surprised you feel that way. I loved almost every episode. It was laugh out loud funny (I don’t see how people can still make the argument that the show should be competing as a drama). I do agree that Hugh Dancy was outstanding and totally worthy of a nom.

    I loved Linney this season.

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    Trent
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    Laugh out loud funny? Please provide me with an episode example .

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    Just finished watching the finale.  Surprised they killed off Platt’s character as he was one of the few characters I genuinely liked.

     

    As for Linney and the show… this is not a good show.  It is way too sanctimonious, way too pious. 

     

    The scene where Linney says “I have cancer let me run the marathon obviously you’re the only person in the world that has not been effected by cancer blah blah blah” that hatred that I felt for her all last season that began to dissipate a little came roaring back.

     

    HAVING CANCER DOES NOT MAKE YOU SPECIAL.

     

    Could you imagine if everyone with a life threatening illness expected you to bend to their every whim because they had the missfortune of being born with a crappy body?  It’s so tiring.  Just die already.

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    iskolar
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    Believe it or not, they would probably be better off submitting this in drama, where Linney would probably take Enos’ spot.

    You know that once a show submitted on a particular genre at the Emmys, they can’t switchy anymore right? So Linney will be campaigned at the comedy whether she likes it or not.

    I think she’s still safe for one more nomination, but a win seems to be far fetched already.

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    Trent
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    I agree with your ruthless vendetta against the show and Laura Linney, but your ruthless vendetta against cancer was a bit too much. I agree that cancer patients should not be given special treatment, but you make it sound like it’s nothing. And I don’t think they killed off Oliver Platt, he’s probably just gonna be really sick. Probably because they want to do some stuff with the son growing up next season practically on the verge of losing both of his parents.

     

    iskolar:

    Yeah, I know. I was just saying that if they had submitted in drama this year, it probably would have paid off next year. And I think that Fey, Falco and Linney should be counting their blessings. None of them are safe.

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    robbypop:

    I agree with your ruthless vendetta against the show and Laura Linney, but your ruthless vendetta against cancer was a bit too much. I agree that cancer patients should not be given special treatment, but you make it sound like it’s nothing. And I don’t think they killed off Oliver Platt, he’s probably just gonna be really sick. Probably because they want to do some stuff with the son growing up next season practically on the verge of losing both of his parents.

     

    I don’t have a vendetta against cancer patients.  I just find people that prop themselves up and expect special treatment as a result utterly distgusting.  It is one thing to say “you’re being an unreasonable cvnt about this marathon thing” because she was, but it is an entirely different thing to say “you’re being an unreasonable cvnt and you should feel even worse because I have cancer.”  Which she essentially was saying.

     

    She uses her cancer to get her way and there in lies my biggest issue:  she reduces the importance and relevance of her own cancer to a level of pettiness that really should/would piss off most people with cancer.  She trivializes it. 

     

    Hope that explains my position better.

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    Trent
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    Oh. That’s very true. It’s unappealing.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    Everything that happened this season was completely predictable…. the miscarriage, the Rebecca/Sean breakup, Myk, Lee’s death, Parker Posey turning out to be a nutjob, and yes, even Paul’s death. That was telegraphed early on in the season. I should have known they’d save it for the last moments of the finale. And if he isn’t really dead, that would be too much of a cheat. He was the only main character I liked, and I’m sorry to see him go, but if they bring him back, I would really hate it.  Do they do this every season finale? End with a completely emotional scene that, as it turns out, means nothing? Did Adam change in any way, after opening that storage unit? Was he any more kind to his mother? You would think he would be. No mention was ever made of it again. It was as if it didn’t happen. That bothered me, because the only reason for that scene, looking back, was for the emotional reaction. This season, he was back to being his same old annoying self. With this finale, if Paul is somehow revived, and brought back to life, it would be the same ploy as last year’s finale. Going for the heartstrings. I would not put it past the writers to do that, though. It would be much better storytelling if he is dead, and the family has to deal with that next season.  I’m sure Cathy will be “seeing” him quite often, anyway. Maybe he’ll tell her she has nothing to fear… and when Cathy finally does die, he’ll be waiting for her. That’s how I see it happening, anyway.

    As for the comedy/drama argument, there are very few, if any, truly funny moments on this show. And it’s not because it’s too dramatic. It’s because it’s just not written well. Paul had some good lines, as did Myk and Andrea, on occasion. Laura Linney’s lines, and delivery (Sean’s, too), were forced and never very funny.  You can have brilliantly witty dialog in a drama. These writers need to watch Breaking Bad, or Mad Men, or Justified. That’s how it’s done. If The Big C had submitted as a drama? It wouldn’t have a prayer in getting a series nomination.

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    MissyGal
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    I agree that this season felt more like a drama than a comedy. Maybe they would be better off submitting in drama than comedy, but isn’t it against the rules for a show to do that?

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    David Buchanan
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    Per the Emmy Awards, once a show has submitted in a category, they must remain in that category for the remained of the series.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Nursultan Khajimuratov
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    although I doubt that anyone except for Linney could get a nomination they all are very good! I liked it when it first came and I believe that it deserved to be in comedy race over Glee and I really liked season 2! 

    in terms of being predictable… well yeah … maybe but everyone so likeable, especially Linney so it didn’t bother me at all!

    I loved guest stars especially Dancy! and I think Sidibe deserves to get supporting bid! 

    and Linney is funny! she is not Tina Fey or Amy Poheler funny, but she is smiling, she is laughing and she is very very likeable! 

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    Trent
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    Smiling and laughing doesn’t make you funny. Just look at Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory or (even better) Nick Offerman on Parks and Rec. They hardly ever smile or laugh, and are two of the funniest characters on TV right now.

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    Madson Melo
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    I don’t know why so many people here don’t like Linney, she’s one of the most underrated actress in the movies and her body of work is excellent – she could’ve won an Oscar for every of her three previous nominees – but I never liked her SO MUCH beyond the screen, but since I’ve watched The Big C she became one of my favorite actress cuz she’s so shining and likeable lead that I can’t stop loving everything she does since then.

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