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18 July 2013 @ 10:16 am

Hello!  Yeah, so.  Um.  It's not like anything happened to me?  I just quit posting for a bit.  Here's the quickest recap ever:  I finished all my screenwriting (including an episode of Hannibal!) by June 1st, then promptly deflated for two weeks.  Job #2 had a slow-down, so it was pretty magical, to come home from Job #1 and just watch TV or go on walks or play video games.  It's been awhile.

And then?  Unfortunately there's no real reason why it was an additional month before I roused myself to post and return to LJ.  It was like, every day I'd say I would make a post and try to catch up on my flist, and then every day I just didn't get around to it.  And then it became this TASK, this ever-increasingly insurmountable TASK, and I just started putting it off.  Stupid, I know.

So yes.  I've missed everyone terribly.  If you start seeing a flood of comments from me, that's why.  If you don't see a flood of comments from me, that doesn't mean I'm not interested in what's happened to you in the last almost two months, just that commenting may end up being too much.  But if anything major has happened, let me know here!

What finally shook me out of my doldrums?  The Emmy nominations.  Sweet Christ.

I'm most upset about Hannibal, which was without a doubt the most technically flawless season of television I have ever watched ever.  EVER.  And it didn't get a single nomination.  I knew that acting noms for Hugh Dancy and especially Mads Mikkelsen were long-shots, but I am literally stunned that the show didn't pick up any technical noms.  Cinematography?  Art direction?  Editing?  Dear God, not even Sound Editing?  It's a travesty.  You will not have seen a more beautiful, stylized, thoughtful, richly detailed, impressive show last year, and that it wasn't recognized at all makes a mockery of the entire Emmy program.

Then I was disappointed in the lack of recognition for The Americans.  Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys deserved noms for lead actress and actor, and Noah Emmerich turned in a subtle, dense supporting performance.  Before I watched Hannibal, The Americans was by far my favorite drama of the year, and to see it snubbed, too, is disappointing.

But you can't talk about actors who deserved a nomination and were snubbed without talking about Tatiana Maslany.  Lead Actress in a Drama is a meaningless category this year.  Maslany's work on Orphan Black was so above and beyond anything else on TV, it's just mind-boggling to not see her name.  The fact that Michelle Dockery's name is there instead?  I'm sorry, I've seen drying paint emote more than Michelle Dockery.

(Don't even get me started on Emilia Clarke.)

And that's the thing with the Emmys.  They have become essentially meaningless because every year, all of these amazing shows get left out, and it becomes increasingly obvious that these are the picks of a bunch of old white people, who just go down the list and check off whatever they personally happened to watch.  This is no where more evident than in The Big Bang Theory continuing to get nominated for Best Comedy.  Hell, it's evident even in Downton Abbey still getting nominated, when it hasn't been anything other than a glorified soap opera for the last two seasons.

But I don't know why it's a surprise.  Mary McDonnell was never nominated.  Neither was Katee Sackhoff, or Anna Torv, or John Noble.  Or Nick Offerman, or Danny Pudi.  Or Jennifer Carpenter.  And that's just off the top of my head.  So every year I try to tell myself to just ignore these awards, but if I do that, I can't be happy with the few nominations that are great: Mandy Patinkin!  Tony Hale and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Chlumsky!  Um...that's all I can think of right now!  But I'm happy for them!

Ah well.
Halima: ☆ i love her for thatcartography on July 18th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
It's probably different for people who work in the industry, but I've always thought the Emmys to be the most ridiculous and useless thing ever. Especially since I realised they seem to be dead set against scifi? Meh. That said, I haven't actually watched much new tv this year; I'm still catching up with old shows.

Well done on the screenwriting! And I'm glad you got some time off, you probably needed (and definitely deserved) it after all the hard work.

Comment spam, yay! :D

Shannon: tng merry menkungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Well, the Emmys aren't as bad as the Grammys yet, but yeah. Pretty dumb. It's like the voters don't even make an attempt to get out of their comfort zone. Oscars don't always go to whom they should, but you can see that at least most years, deserving films and performances often get nominated, which means the voters kind of tried. Not so in TV. I can't remember who it was that said that most people who work in TV don't really watch TV, but then have to turn around and decide who to reward as the best in TV. It sucks.
Halima: ⚝ little onecartography on July 24th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, I know even less about the Grammys. But yeah, couldn't agree more.

most people who work in TV don't really watch TV, but then have to turn around and decide who to reward as the best in TV
The biggest eyeroll for this. There really should be a new system. I mean, why not let actual fans decide? It's not like it's difficult in this day and age when you can just have a nation-wide poll online or something. And a poll like that would at the same time be an awesome way to get ratings, because those voters would be the people who mattered, the people who don't just watch something on TV, but are actual fans who, idk, most likely end up buying the DVDs and merchandise etc etc.

There. System revolutionised.
vjs2259vjs2259 on July 18th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear from you, and awesome gifs! Time actually off is really nice, isn't it?
Shannon: b5 logicallykungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Very nice! It was just so amazing to come home from work and be done. It, um, kinda make me realize that maybe kids aren't for me, heh.
Holly: Laura small profile bluehollywobbles on July 18th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
I can actually hear Robin Williams's "Helleeooow!" in my head.

Well, I for one haven't updated since you were last around. So no comments for me. D: But welcome back!!! :D I know what you mean about things you want to do turning into insurmountable TASKs when you put them off. Story of my life. Yay for having a bit of a break from Second Job -- that sounds wonderful. <3

Hope you're well! <3

Edited at 2013-07-18 06:30 pm (UTC)
Shannon: tng picard disappointkungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
OMG that gif is the cutest thing I've ever seen. So I'll have to definitely watch her eps on the Closer then, too, huh? Mary McDonnell, why are you so flawless!?

It's so sad, when I first started composing this post in my head the night before (as one does), I knew I'd have to start off with that gif. And lo and behold, it immediately popped up when I googled "Mrs. Doubtfire." The internet knows.

(Boo, I didn't renew my extra icons package and it scrubbed all my BSG icons. I'll have to fix that.)
Holly: Mary smilehollywobbles on July 19th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)

Heh, isn't it cute? I caught just one Closer ep with her in it back when she was first on it, and haven't seen any Major Crimes, but The Tumblrs have been all bloggity blog about it so I save gifs now and again. I'd like to see at least this episode(s) with Gavin The Gay Best Friend Lawyer in it, and I'm a little curious about the latest story-arc with her ex-husband, although I'm of the opinion that Tom Berringer has gotten a bit nauseating looking in his old age. Also, the ex-husband story arc looked (at least from the outset) like it was going to be *exactly* the same as a fic that had been posted a few months earlier, so I'm curious how similar it actually ended up being.

Mary really is the best. I wish they'd let her go all Laura Roslin with her hair again (on a shallow note).

B'aww. I think if you decide to renew, they'll still all be there, at least.

Sorry about the Emmy poopiness. There was a quote from Adam Scott going around the Tumblrs about wanting to give one retroactively to BSG and I decided I liked him immensely. Seems like everyone's getting frustrated with them (although maybe that's because most of my sources are in scifi fandoms).

P.S. The internet always knows.

Edited at 2013-07-19 07:36 pm (UTC)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Mark Pellegrino is Mary McDonnell's gay best friend lawyer? I need to watch this episode a million times.

Ugh, Tom Beringer, yuck. DNW.
Halima: ◎ my mount everest—my waterloocartography on July 24th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
JUMPS IN. (Sorry, I get really excited about Major Crimes these days.)

Mary's hair in S2 of MC is actually getting closer to Laura Roslin hair again. Not so much the colour (sadface), but definitely the length and cut and all that jazz.
Holly: Mary smilehollywobbles on July 24th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)

Ooh, good!!! Straightening/normalizing her hair is just criminal. It was clear she/they thinned it out a lot during s4 BSG -- I wonder if it's only just growing out enough to be really thick again. ...Although I'm guessing it's still thinned some.
Halima: ♁ that number doesn't go up very oftencartography on July 24th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)

Truestory. I mean, yeah, it's not as thick as her New Caprica hair, nor is it as curly, but we're getting there!
Shannon: tng picard sonnet finger pointkungfuwaynewho on July 25th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
New Caprica hairrrrrrr.

GDI I keep forgetting to reorganize my icons and get some BSG icons back in the mix. (I let my extra icon packages expire, eh.)
Halima: ♁ all of this has happened beforecartography on July 25th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)

Awwwwww! Man, picking icons is hard, though. And hey, you've got Picard. And Delenn. It's like a Ravenclaw reunion in your userpics.
cath822cath822 on July 18th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hi! Yeah, not a whole lot has happened here, aside from my brother getting married. My blog has been pretty boring, because it's devolved into manic "this is what I did for the last three/four days" posts as opposed to actually talking about anything. I'm working on a few posts at the moment.

Man, that list of non-Emmy-nominated actors is depressing. I always lamented the lack of John C. Reilly from Scrubs. I was fairly meh with the Emmy noms this year; I actually watch more of the nominated shows than in years past, but my favorite comedies, especially Parks and Rec, are nowhere to be found except for Amy Poehler (I do totally hope she wins, but it's such an amazing ensemble cast). I'm baffled by the lack of noms for Hannibal as well; it's such a gorgeous show, and the whole season was meticulously constructed. Speaking of which, I'd be happy to read your Hannibal script if you want some eyes on it! :)

Glad to see you back!

Edited at 2013-07-18 06:52 pm (UTC)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Aw! He got married. (I know we age, but it's always a surprise when our siblings age - I'm like, he's old enough to be married?! The same as when Caro told me her bro was in college.)

Ever since I quit posting to my blogspot, I've gotten so bad about reading y'all's blogs. I need to get back on that.

Every year I'm like, "if Amy Poehler doesn't win!!!1" but she won't this year, either. It'll be Julia L-D. Who is super-deserving, Veep is amazing for sure, but yeah. Disappoint.

Thanks for the offer! I might send it your way this weekend. It's already been submitted to AFF but I do have Scriptapalooza TV coming up.
cath822cath822 on July 19th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah! I mean, he is young (21), but it's still surreal. When I met Holly, my mom was pregnant with him. Weirdness.

It's cool; I still do post pretty consistently, but lately, I feel like it's just for me to have a record of my own life. Which is something, I guess.

Definitely, send it along! :)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
When I met Holly, my mom was pregnant with him. Weirdness.

Whoa. No kidding. That's probably the equivalent to the jolt I got when I saw it was the 20th anniversary of XF starting. Noooo I don't want to be ooooold.

Heh, yeah, I definitely do feel like looking back at old entries is like what having a traditional diary would be like. Which makes me think I should post more on my old blog since that was much more "here's stuff that happened recently" and less just pop culture ruminations and such.
Hollyhollywobbles on July 19th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
I ran into him at target when I was with Cath last year and had a moment of OH GOD. MY FRIEND'S ICKLE BABY BROBRO GOT HOT. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT TO DO WITH THESE REACTIONS. ::identitycrisisinnerflailing:: This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. BWEEEEooooop. *pft*
Shannon: tng bev identity crisiskungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA I'm not laughing at you no for real. (I may or may not have had a slightly similar reaction to some friend of my little sister's I hadn't seen for years and had last seen when they were like 12, I can neither confirm nor deny.)

Aw, you ran out of RAM.
Martine: Fringe/Funny facesla_loony on July 18th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't post anything either (though lately things happened so I actually could againxD), so sorry you can't comment really even if you wanted to on my LJXD

But I have been dying to tell you I'm in the middle of season 2 of Arrested Development and it's as awesome as you said :D

I don't even know anymore why I ever started to get interested and then invested into the Emmy noms and such, because the things I watched and thought deserved a nom NEVER got it (or just the bare minimum and then not the win).
Especially the comedy category seems like a mess, getting a tiny bit better but still too much Modern Family and TBBT (I watch it but never saw any reason to give it an award) and overlooking of better stuff.

Game of Thrones noms are the worst. I mean I really like Peter, but he had not much to do this past season and Nikolaj deserved it more this time. I wasn't sure if was supposed to laugh or cry about Emilia. I wish they'd get over themselves and give Maisie the nod, I think she is wonderful as Arya.

I haven't started Hannibal yet (working my way through Bates Motel right now), but even I know that not giving any nods to it is one of the biggest snubs. Right next to the ignorance they show towards Orphan Black.

Never getting over the fact that John Noble never got a nom. He was brilliant every season.

I tell you one day I will make up my own award show and hand out trophies for all the people who really deserve them and were snubbed. So basically everybody you mentioned above^^

Edited at 2013-07-18 09:16 pm (UTC)
Shannon: xf bw dynamic duokungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yay! Arrested Development! And as great as it is watching the first time, I think it's even better the second (and third, and fourth) time through, because you pick up on so much more stuff, and there's tons of foreshadowing for things. So yeah. But excited for you!

Yeah, every year I'm like, the Emmys don't matter, just let it go. But it's so frustrating that there are these great shows that never get any recognition, while mediocre poop like Downton Abbey always does so well. (THEY NOMINATED THE BUTLER AGAIN. I DON'T GET IT.)

Bates Motel was one of those shows where I decided to wait for DVD. I'm really bad staying caught up on live TV - I miss one episode and I'm out - but if nothing else I'm excited to see Vera Farmiga's performance. I've heard a lot of good things about it.

Maisie didn't even get submitted for a nomination! HBO has yet to submit any of the "child" actors. Like, how is Kit Harington in any way shape or form better than Jack Gleeson? It's ridiculous. And Emilia being nominated over Lena or Michelle or, like you said, Maisie, is just absurd. But like my sister pointed out, Emilia showed off her boobs, so. Acting!

Sniff. John Noble. I need to rewatch Fringe and bask in his brilliance.
Martine: Fringe/Astrid close upla_loony on July 19th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I can imagine, good things always get better with the rewatch^^

I never watched Downton Abbey but I find it in general so boring and lazy to see all the same show on the list every year and the few stand outs vanish again way too fast.

Well I can't live watch stuff from Germany anyway, I got the eps but was busy watching other stuff and now just watch them from my harddrive^^
She is fantastic imo.

Wait they submitted Kit??? Maisie and Jack deserve the nod and the price so much! I fear they won't even submit him next year and then the boat has sailed for him.
I hope Michelle really rocks her guest role on Suits and gets a nom for that next year. And Lena luckily has some great material coming her way and better be rewarded for her work then.
lol she is probably right about that. Then Lena will be showered in awards once they come to film stuff from book 5!

I have to think of a way to use Fringe as topic for a study project when I get lucky and can start my master in fall.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, HBO submitted Kit, along with like Peter, Lena, NCW, Diana Rigg, Emilia and maybe Charles Dance? And then Natalie Dormer and Sibel Kekelli (lol) submitted themselves. HBO has never submitted Jack, Maisie, Sophie or any of the kids, and apparently they've never submitted themselves, either. It makes no sense to me, but before this week I would have said Emilia Clarke getting nominated would have made no sense, so what do I know.

Ooo, when they get to Crazy Cersei, Lena's going to kill it. I can't wait. (I loooooooove Cersei's stuff from AFFC; but I love Cersei in general.)
Martinela_loony on July 19th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh SibelxD I mean I like her, but that is a bit far fetched. Though I guess if HBO submits people like Kit but not Jack it's better to throw your name in yourself before it gets forgotten.

As a person I Cersei is a lot of things I don't like, but her storyline and character are really fascinating.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 23rd, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Cersei definitely isn't an objectively good person at all, and would likely be just a terrible, terrible person to know IRL, but she is just such a complex, interesting character, and I can't help but feel sympathy for the circumstance that made her what she is.
Martinela_loony on July 23rd, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
I don't remember which book it was, but I always wondered how different she might've been if she had married Rhaegar (I hope I spelled his name rightxD). Because a lot of things seem to go downhill from there for her.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 25th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Man, no kidding. Or if Robert hadn't said Lyanna's name in bed on their wedding night, or even if he had, if he'd been more attentive those first few years of their marriage. Or if Tywin hadn't treated her like a doofus. Or if Jaime hadn't ended up in King's Landing with her. I think so many things conspired to just frak her up but good when she didn't necessarily have to turn out the way she did.
Ms Dref: Heroes - Miss Piggy loves HRGdref22 on July 18th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'm biased maybe but I'd like to add: Jack Coleman for HRG, especially after the first season of Heroes. Also, do guest actors matter? He was pretty epic in Castle, that's why I asked. No, I don't think everything he does is epic, for instance, I enjoy his character in Burn Notice, but he is not doing anything great as an actor in that show (besides the fact that he is always great), so...

And actors other than Jack Coleman, haha...Dexter...Does anybody realize how awesome Ray Stevenson was last year? How can you ignore such a good performance? I agree with every one of your examples and I just wanted to add mine. :P

I can't believe TBBT is getting nominations and I am shocked that Hannibal didn't get a single nomination especially when you think critics love it! Also, LOLOL Downton Abbey. XD perfect description! I enjoy it, buıt I realize it's nothing other than a glorified prime time soap. XD

Bring back Dynasty plz! :D
Shannon: xf scully smirkkungfuwaynewho on July 19th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
OMG, Jack Coleman definitely should have been nommed for S1 of Heroes. "Company Man"? Give me a break. Perfection. But Heroes was SF, and SF doesn't get nominated unless it's a huge cultural watershed like X-Files. And even then, it's not likely to win. (XF never won Best Drama! Stupid.)

I haven't watched Dexter since...S4? But yeah, I heard Ray Stevenson was amazing last year. Which is not surprising, because Titus Pullo is the best. It is known.

Yeah, like, I get that people watch and enjoy TBBT (I don't find it funny myself), but just because you like something doesn't mean it's good. I'm stunned every year it gets nom'd for Best Comedy. Like, I enjoy DA too, I download it so I can watch it when it airs in the UK and all that, but it's not good. It's fun for what it is, but is it better than Hannibal and Justified and The Americans and Orphan Black and Dexter and Shameless and and and...? Of course not. Siiiiiiigh.
Ms Dref: Heroes - Noah Bennet Heroesdref22 on July 21st, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I don't want to add new shows to my neverending list of shows I want to watch but I guess I should add "Americans" and "Shameless" to it. XD

And no, DA is definitely not better than any of the shows you listed up there. XD
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 23rd, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
I actually haven't seen Shameless, but just from the internet I gather it's a good show. And everyone seems to adore Emmy Rossum on it, so.

But The Americans is super-good! I really, really liked it a lot. The first couple eps are amazing, then it sort of slows down a little bit, but it's all set-up for a really stellar end-of-season. I highly recommend it.
muse_scribbles: horsemuse_scribbles on July 21st, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
I try to avoid award shows, because I'm very rarely happy with them.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 23rd, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I keep telling myself to do that, but I just can't quit them. And every now and then someone I really like wins, and it's huge validation, so I can't write the whole thing off, heh.