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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.
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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

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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.)
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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!

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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.
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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^^

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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.
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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
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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.