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This Week on TV (8/11-8/17)

Kung Fu Killer

(You can view TV Envy’s Summer Television Programming Schedule here.)
(You can navigate NBC’s Olympics schedule here.)

MONDAY (8/11)
  • Sesame Street (PBS, check local listings):  Season 39 premiere. “One, two, three, four…chickens just back from the shore.
  • High School Musical: Get in the Picture (ABC, 8pm):  “The contestants get a lesson on how to express emotions without using words.” Tip #1: If you need to cry, cut a hole in your pocket, take a pair of tweezers, and just start pulling. (Thanks, Joey Tribbiani.)
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm):  “Provenza gets in hot water when he loses evidence from a successfully executed sting operation.” Somebody better buy the boss a box a chocolates asap.
  • The Mole (ABC, 10pm):  “The mole’s last victim and the Mole are revealed in the fifth-season finale after all 12 players reunite.” If a mole is revealed but nobody’s there to see it, will a show get whacked?

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2008 Primetime Emmy Nominations

60th primetime emmy awards

Bright and early this morning, Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris announced the nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.

This year, we saw many first-timers named, a long list of cable acknowledgements (for pay and basic channels) and several 6-way races.

Topping the noms for drama programs was newcomer ; NBC’s lead all comedy programs. In total, HBO was the most-nominated network while ABC came in second.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Sept. 21 on ABC.

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This Week on TV (7/14-7/20)

Saving Grace

(You can view TV Envy’s Summer Television Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (7/14)
  • Top Gear (BBC, 8pm):  Season premiere. “A game of car soccer is played.” No wonder kids are too fat these days. They can’t even get out of their car to actually kick a ball!
  • American Gladiators (NBC, 8pm):  “In the ladies tilt, a student tries to make the grade against a future figure skater.” As we’ve learned from , figure skaters come with an unfair advantage.
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm): Season 4 premiere. “Fritz and Brenda’s new duplex forbids the presence of pets, but that doesn’t stop Brenda from keeping Kitty on the premises.” If Kitty is the pet, what’s Fritz?
  • Saving Grace (TNT, 10pm):  Season 2 premiere. “Grace gets busy on her day off: She works to unlock the secrets of her her haunted past, but instead ends up apprehending a criminal on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.” And I’ll bet she doesn’t get paid for doing all that work on her own time.

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Emmy Finalists for Acting Categories

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston

Last week, we told you which Emmy contenders were still in the running for the Best Comedy and Best Drama categories. And while these names are not official, we now have the rumored finalists for several of the main acting awards. (NOTE: Some categories have not yet been leaked.)

 

Best Actor, Drama
  • Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
  • Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Eddie Izzard, The Riches
  • Hugh Laurie, House
  • Denis Leary, Rescue Me
  • James Spader, Boston Legal  (last year’s winner)

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TV on DVD: July 1, 2008

Mad Men DVD, Season 1Here are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • 30 Days (Season 2)
  • The Closer (Season 3)
  • House of Payne (Volume 2, Eps. 21-40)
  • Kanon (Volume 6)
  • Mad Men (Season 1)
  • Rebus (Volume 3)
  • The Streets of San Francisco (Season 2, Vol. 1)
  • Tori & Dean: Inn Love (Season 1)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (Season 5)

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2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Screen Actors Guild AwardsThanks to the cancelation of the Golden Globes ceremony, the hottest ticket in town was tonight’s .  Without a picket line to cross, celebrities from TV and Film were allowed to celebrate - and commiserate - together for the first time in a long while.

For star-deprived fans, the SAG red carpet was also a treat for sore eyes.  What were our favorite actresses wearing?  What were the latest trends?  Which dresses were going to be copied by Allen Schwartz tomorrow?

Unfortunately, the evening was not all about partying.  The recent deaths of and Heath Ledger cast a somber tone on what would normally be a festive occasion.  Thankfully, tonight was not about dissecting their lives, but merely about honoring them.

Meanwhile, the neglected winners of this month’s Globes were also hoping to get a share of the honors.  If they were able to pull off another victory tonight, maybe they would have a chance to give the speech they already had written.

Well, without further ado, here’s the play-by-play of tonight’s events coming to you from the fashionably late West Coast!

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LIVE RESULTS: 2008 Golden Globe Awards

Without a formal ceremony to introduce the winners, tonight’s ‘presentation’ at the Beverly Hilton was simply about the facts.  Here are the :

Golden Globe AwardsBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - FILM

  • Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There  **WINNER**
  • Julia Roberts, Charlie Wilson’s War
  • Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
  • Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
  • Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “That’s How You Know,” Enchanted
  • “Grace Is Gone,” Grace Is Gone
  • “Guaranteed,” Into the Wild  **WINNER**
  • “Despedida,” Love in the Time of Cholera
  • “Walk Hard,” Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations (TV)

Take note.  If you want to see your favorite actors and actresses lined up in their finest, this may be the gala to watch.  Thanks to the relationship between the and the , the 14th Annual SAG Awards presentation will be allowed to go on as planned.  (The same cannot currently be said of the or the .)  So set your Tivo to on January 27.  This may be last time you get to see a group of actors celebrating together for quite some time.

This year’s television nominees are:

Kyra Sedgwick The CloserOUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE - DRAMA SERIES

  • James Gandolfini, The Sopranos (HBO)
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
  • Hugh Laurie, House (FOX)
  • James Spader, Boston Legal (ABC)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE - DRAMA SERIES

  • Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
  • Edie Falco, The Sopranos (HBO)
  • Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
  • Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
  • Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)

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2008 Golden Globe Nominations (TV)

So who cares if no one will be in attendance, the nominations must go on!  (If the ceremony continues on as planned, it will air Sunday, January 13th on NBC.)

DamagesHere are the most notable omissions/additions in this year’s list of television honorees:

(Click below for the full list of television honorees; click here for the film nominations.)

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This Week on TV (12/3-12/9)

The Closer

 

MONDAY (12/3)
  • (TNT, 8pm):  The special two-hour holiday episode brings Brenda’s parents into the investigative fold.  Nothing says Christmas like talking blood with your blood.
  • (NBC, 9pm):  (NOTE:  This is the last new episode left.)  ‘Peter squares off against former friends thanks to Adam’s confusing story about the Shanti virus.’  He shouldn’t fault Adam; the confusing storyline is to blame.
  • (FOX, 9pm):  ‘Boulet and Cobb investigate an insurance adjuster’s murder.’  As if there weren’t enough people in New Orleans with a motive.
  • (NBC, 10pm): (First half of the two-parter; 2nd half airs Wednesday).  ‘Evidence points to Reese’s father in the murders that sent Crews to prison.’  I’m guessing this won’t be resolved anytime soon…otherwise, we wouldn’t have a show.

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