Grease 2: Live Dream Casting

Those who know me know I adore/prefer Grease 2 (yes, over Grease, go ahead and get your judgement out of the way). In fact, out of celebration for Grease: Live, I forced my husband to watch Grease 2 and appreciate how much better it is (insert your scoffs here). When Fox announced they were doing Grease: Live, I only had one thought: “Why not Grease 2?” I played along and watched Grease! Live. Vanessa Hudgens stole the show as Rizzo, Aaron Tveit was terrible not great as Danny (alas, people were mesmerized by his *ahem* dancing), and Jordan Fisher really made Doody come to life. That’s what these performances are about, giving people a chance to shine as iconic (or not as iconic) characters. After the show, Buzzfeed‘s Louis Peitzman made my Grease 2 dreams come alive. He put together what he thought a Grease 2: Live should look like. While I was intrigued by his article, it got me thinking about who I would love to see in these roles. So, without further ado, here is my Grease 2: Live dream casting (please make this happen, Fox).

Aly Michalka as Stephanie Zinone

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No one will ever be able to top Michelle Pfeiffer, but if there is someone who could come close my bets are on Aly Michalka. One half of the female duo, Aly & AJ, they made all teenage girls feel empowered with their breakup hit “Potential Break-Up Song.” While she has the singing down to a pat, she also has some acting range. Look to the CW hit iZombie, she may not be in every episode but she makes an impact when she is there. Plus, wouldn’t you just love to hear her belt out the best of Grease 2 with “Cool Rider” and  my favorite “(Love Will) Turn Back the Hands of Time.”

Blake Jenner as Michael Carrington

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Peitzman was right, for Michael Carrington, Blake Jenner is the perfect choice (there is one other time that happens on this list). While not only having similar looks, Blake has a great voice (he won the The Glee Project for a reason, people). From his time of Glee, he had a lot of fun performances, but my favorite was when him and Jacob Artist performed “Unchained Melody” *note how great they sound together, just saying. Now let’s just hope he can bring alive “Charades“, the sleeper on an overall great movie musical soundtrack.

Ashley Tisdale as Paulette Rebchuck

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Remember how Vanessa Hudgens stole the show as Rizzo? Well maybe she can give some tips to her High School Musical costar/bestie, Ashley Tisdale. Tisdale could perfectly bring the sexuality and vulnerability of Paulette to the live production. Also, what better way to start bringing back the cast of HSM than television musicals? Trust me, with Paulette’s costuming, Tisdale is going to “Score Tonight.”

Penn Badgley as Johnny Nogerelli

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Before I get started, I just want to say that I adore Adrian Zmed and, like everyone else in Grease 2, he played this part to perfection. Now let’s dive into Penn Badgley. Don’t you want to see him as an insecure bad boy? No, not a mopey “bad” boy like his lonely boy character, Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl (Disclaimer: I loved Dan, and I was huge Dan and Serena shipper), but a real bad boy. He’s the leader of the T-Birds and if you don’t want to watch Badgley going “Prowlin’” you can leave this list right now (but please stay so you can finish the dream casting).

Aja Naomi King as Sharon Cooper

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You know how you kind of love to hate Aja Naomi King‘s Michaela on How to Get Away with Murder? Well, that is kind of the same feeling you have about Sharon Cooper in Grease 2. Now don’t get me wrong, Aja Naomi King is amazing, but her character is kind of annoying, but she ultimately she is a boss (hence the love to hate). Imagine if she put that kind of personality into Grease 2‘s Sharon, and it’s a masterpiece waiting to happen. I wouldn’t want to miss King imitating Jackie O and bossing everyone around so they can achieve perfection in “Girls for All Seasons.”

Tyler Posey as Louis DiMucci

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Louis DiMucci, he’s definitely one of the more interesting characters in Grease 2. Ultimately though, he is the key to Michael becoming a coo-oool rider (he’s the first to ask Michael to do his homework), but that isn’t the reason DiMucci is so memorable. Tyler Posey‘s DiMucci would be the perfect balance to Aja Naomi King’s Sharon, and maybe he could inspire people to “Do it for Our Country.” But really guys, this is just creepy. Please do not ever attempt to do this.

Troian Bellisario as Rhonda Ritter

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Out of all the characters of Grease 2, Rhonda was the least memorable of the pink ladies. That is why I think Troian Bellisario would be the perfect choice for Rhonda. She could pull of Rhonda’s insecurities about her nose and transform her into a goddess of confidence by a two hour time mark without a problem. Give Spencer Hastings a chance, let her be the Rhona Ritter we deserve.

Jacob Artist as Goose McKenzie

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Like I mentioned earlier with Michael Carrington, Peitzman nailed the dream casting for Goose: Jacob Artist. Artist could make you love him one minute and hate him the next on Glee, which is exactly what Goose’s character needs (and deserves). Also, Goose and Johnny had a true bromance, and to see that come to life again would be magical. Between backing up Johnny’s remarks and causing him to swallow a cigarette, these are the scenes that make Grease 2 a joy to watch.

Rowan Blanchard as Dolores Rebchuck

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Dolores Rebchuck was a scene stealer, and so is Rowan Blanchard. Dolores was ready to rule the school and redefine what a pink lady was, and her friendship with Michael was precious. Rowan is already making platforms on feminism, sexuality and friendship, and more than anything I am excited to see her star grow brighter. The pink ladies won’t know what hit them when Rowan’s Dolores steps into each scene.

Karan Brar as Davey Jaworski

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Truthfully, if I could have any person play Davey, it would be Fresh Off the Boat‘s Hudson Yang, but since he is still a bit young the next best thing is Karan Brar. He has the youthfulness that Davey embodies, and he is simply just the most adorable. Plus, isn’t Brar the perfect choice for Dolores to have a crush on in the end?

Rashida Jones as Miss Mason

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Miss Mason is the reason boys are hot for teacher, so who better to play her than the ever sexy Rashida Jones? Plus with Jones’ comedic chops, she will be able to kill the scenes that call for a little more jokes. I mean, without her would Mr. Stuart even be interesting? While I wait to get to that particular song, can you imagine Jones stealing the scene with just a few looks? I can, Rashida Jones is pure gold.

Jason Segel as Mr. Stuart

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An I Love You, Man reunion. Think of Jason Segel as Mr. Stuart, only he could pull off the suave awkwardness, while also wooing Miss Mason with his teaching skills. I mean, what better way to learn about “Reproduction” than sitting in on one of his classes? Plus, Jones’ Miss Mason and Segel’s Mr. Stuart might have the hottest chemistry of all.

 

 

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What The Emmy!?!?

Every year the Emmy committee selects what they think is the best content on television for its respective year. Sometimes they get it right, but most the time people are left angry wondering why they didn’t consider other alternative. I deeply love television and all its wonders, so here is my list on what I think the Emmys are missing out on.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Instead of Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom, lets try Jensen Ackles in Supernatural

If you love television then you ate up the first season of The Newsroom. Unfortunately, the second season didn’t hit the mark and neither did Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy. Although I do deeply enjoy The Newsroom (and its offbeat second season), I couldn’t help but think how long Supernatural has been churning out seasons. Sure, maybe the writing isn’t always Emmy styled, but the performances are. This is especially true for Jensen Ackles and his role as Dean Winchester. From the start of the series to now, he has transformed so much and in its latest season he continued to push the envelope on what Dean Winchester is and what he can handle. Supernatural is the show that could and it has the cult audience to go with it, maybe the Emmys should consider why and look into when nominating candidates next year.

Instead of Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, lets try Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal

Just like The Newsroom, House of Cards didn’t deliver when it came to the second season. It didn’t have the drive the first season had, and the only person who made it enjoyable was Robin Wright. I love Kevin Spacey as much as the next guy, but Frank Underwood wasn’t my antihero of choice this year. So who was a good antihero that people should start getting behind? Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter. Despite being on a Friday, this show has gained attention for the performances from an star studded cast. It may be limited in what is can show compared to HBO or Netflix, but it has pushed the limits on content for channels like NBC, ABC or CBS. The season finale is one of my main cases for Mads Mikkelsen, if he is overlooked again next year it will be a great disappointment.

MINI RANT: True Detective is an anthology show like American Horror Story or Fargo, so what is it doing clogging up nominations for well deserved actors like Timothy Olyphant, Andrew Lincoln and Charlie Hunnam? It belongs in the miniseries category and I am very disappointed that mainstream stars like Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are taking up spaces when they will not (possibly) return for next season. Even if they do, it will be a completely different story line. Olyphant, Lincoln and Hunnam are always expanding the range and depth of their characters and there is no love for them shown in this awards show. That’s the real snub and disappointment.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Instead of Claire Danes in Homeland, lets try Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black or Nina Dobrev in Vampire Diaries

This is another case of the season kind of dragged and the lead actress wasn’t at the top of her game. So instead of spilling into that mess, lets talk about the people who really deserved a nomination. Tatiana Maslany has been donning different masks for Orphan Black and each character is so different that you cannot even believe her range. She even had a guest spot on Parks and Recreation and I wanted more even then. How they can overlook her and go to sleep at night boggles my mind. I hope that Tatiana Maslany will get the chance at a lead role in a film and maybe finally people will see her greatness. Also, why is the series not on Netflix? This needs to be handled ASAP (Where is Olivia Pope when you need her?). But even before Tatiana took a shot at multiple characters, there was Nina Dobrev strutting her stuff on The Vampire Diaries. If you are giving me the stink eye and talking about how much better Orphan Black is than Vampire Diaries and how Tatiana can act circles around Nina Dobrev, then you are what is wrong with television viewers (and critics). Yes, BBC is held to a higher standard than the CW, but that doesn’t mean the content is not as good and trust me, Nina Dobrev is just as good.

Instead of Kerry Washington in Scandal, lets try Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men

This breaks my heart to even write because I LOVE Kerry Washington. She is a force to be reckon with, but Olivia Pope wasn’t, at least not in season 3 (or more so the second half).  I felt like her character took a backseat to allow other characters to be more colorful this season (Joe Morton, Kate Burton and Bellamy Young (we’ll get there)) and that is absolutely okay, but I think it means that Kerry Washington didn’t earn a nomination for this year. Someone who did deserve a nomination was Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson on the critic loving Mad Men. While I have always been on the fence about the show, Moss’s performance should not go overlooked. Her character brought home the case as to why strong women characters are important in television. The 60s was the rise of strong women, and it has been a joy to see that played out on through Elisabeth Moss.

Instead of Michelle Dockery on Downton Abbey, lets try Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel

I do not enjoy Downton Abbey, I do not enjoy Michelle Dockery (I only really enjoy Maggie Smith, but that is another story). If you feel like I am shooing away the critical love of Downton Abbey for other “lower” quality television shows, then maybe this isn’t the article for you. If you enjoy Vera Farmiga and enjoy her dominating presence of Bates Motel, then maybe you found the right list. Bates Motel is a mind-manipulating show that can make your skin crawl, and then queen of this uncomfortable up series belongs to Vera Farmiga. We get to see a different take on Norma Bates, one full of paranoia but who is still just as crazy. She is the driving force of the show, helping Norman Bates grow into the Psycho we know and love. The Emmys gave her love for the first season, so I don’t know why they turned their back on her now. I feel like her portrayal is more fit (and deserving) of a nomination than Michelle Dockery, but that’s just me.

MINI RANT: Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars recently wrote an open letter to the Emmys asking them to consider the power of Pretty Little Liars and other teen dramas. Bellisario and her cast (especially Lucy Hale) having been reinventing the way teen dramas are viewed. They deal with various topics that most people (not just teens) deal with: identity crisis, prescription drugs, dependency of alcohol, loss of friends, deception of loves and bullying. The girls on this show, and the cast on many teen dramas, have been out performing many actors in prime time slots on big networks, but they don’t receive half the praise. For 100 episodes (which is all the episodes it has ran currently) it has been the number one telecast for women between the age of 12 to 34. If you can have a reality programming category, I feel like you can have a teen show category, at least there is more human decency there.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Instead of Ricky Gervais in Derek, lets try Thomas Middleditch in Silicon Valley or Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

If you are like me, you think Ricky Gervais lost his “charm” a long time ago. I don’t really enjoy his show Derek and I was honestly surprised he was nominated for his performance in it. Especially with performances like Thomas Middleditch in Silicon Valley as a neurotic programmer struggling to find his way or Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a childish police officer who is surprisingly good at solving cases. Middleditch is on one of the best comedies I have seen in awhile and watching his character struggle with developing Pied Piper has been charming and realistic. Samberg, on the other hand, is bringing the same enthusiasm that he had in Hot Rod. While his show plays on traditional buddy cop comedies, it is still enjoyable and can give you a really good laugh. Something new and something old, these performances have something different and new to offer to your television viewings.

Instead of Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory, lets try Chris Messina in The Mindy Project or Adam Scott in Parks and Recreation

The Big Bang Theory has gone for awhile and it is the CBS cash cow, but it just feels like it is chugging by. The performances haven’t been anything different, I haven’t felt a lot of growth in their characters for a long time. Jim Parsons has been a big part of why the show is so successful because everyone enjoys his antisocial, geeky demeanor, but what about characters that keep the show and its story moving to new levels? These performances I have seen on shows like Parks and Rec and The Mindy Project. Adam Scott plays the lovable Ben Wyatt on Parks and Rec and this season alone he has made a game (Cones of Dunshire), got a job as an accountant, quit his job as an account, became city manager and had triplets with his lovable wife all in one season. But the highlight of the season? When Leslie got his a replica of the Iron Throne, if you haven’t seen the video you are truly missing out on great television. In the first season, Chris Messina’s Dr. Danny Castellano was the guy who thought he owned the world, so in the second season it was nice to see his vulnerable side. As he struggles with his feelings for Mindy, the audience grows more in love. The best introduction of Danny would be his Christmas present to Mindy. Both of these actors deserve recognition for their performances and hopefully Adam Scott will get that next year with Parks and Rec’s last season.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Instead of Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black, lets try Mindy Kaling in The Mindy Project

Orange is the New Black is the series that everybody loves, but what everybody loves about it is its supporting characters (which rightfully earned nominations in the supporting actress and guest star categories). What drags about the show is its main character, Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman. I am sure a lot of people will disagree with me on this, but I do not think she deserved a nominated for her performance. Instead I would have liked to see Mindy Kaling nominated for her performance as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a hilarious, self absorbed gynecologist looking for true love. Mindy is not only the lead actress in the show, she is also one of the main writers. She exhibits the classic romantic comedy standards into the show, carrying over tones of When Harry Met Sally and other Meg Ryan driven love stories. Plus, it is fun to watch her love encounters with her various suitors (played by guest stars in the likes of Seth Rogen, Anders Holm and so many more).

Instead of Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly, lets try Emmy Rossum in Shameless

Mike & Molly used to be really good and that was in its first season, but three seasons later and it is struggling to find where it wants to go and what it wants to be. This season they tried to reinvent the way Molly was and there was a lot of people disappointed in what they were trying to sell. For some reason she still ended up getting an Emmy nod for her work. I feel like this is because everyone loved her performance in Bridesmaids, but we are way past that now. Someone who should be considered is Emmy Rossum in Shameless. This should be a no brainer, she is constantly receiving praise for her work but she hasn’t ever be nominated. I have heard people argue that it is because it needs to be moved to the drama category, but that shouldn’t hold her back from a nomination. Emmy Rossum’s Fiona is the heart of the show, so it hurts even more that William H. Macy was nominated but Emmy Rossum wasn’t even considered. Plus, I have heard a lot of people joke that her name is Emmy, that should count for something right?

Outstanding Comedy Series

Instead of The Big Bang Theory, lets try Parks and Recreation

I already made my argument when I talked about Jim Parsons vs Adam Scott, so there isn’t much else to add. Parks and Recreation was developed by Greg Daniels, who is the same guy who produced the US version of The Office. Parks and Rec carries that same charm through a mockumentary style that pokes fun at how city government is handled. Even with the lost of characters this season, it hasn’t lost its drive. Each character holds a story line of their own as we follow them through out their every day lives: the laughs, the cries, I am there for them all.

HONORABLE MENTION: The Mindy Project is finding its footing with a near perfect season which finds its joys in imperfections. It was not nominated this season, but I can see The Mindy Project getting nominated in the future. If not, the voters are missing out on one of the best comedies on network television.

Outstanding Drama Series

Instead of True Detective, lets try The Walking Dead

I already had a side rant about True Detective being an anthology series, so it is like automatic disqualification for this category. In its place, I would suggest a television show that has a huge following AND produces amazing content: meet The Walking Dead. With a strong story line and an even stronger casts, the show gets better each and every season. If you are saying, but Frank Darabount was the only good show runner and he only did the first season? False, he did the first half of the second season and everyone complained about how it dragged on, and maybe Glen Mazzara didn’t have a great pacing method, but with Scott M. Gimple the show is at the top if its game. I have felt like the series has been true to the nature of the graphic novels it originates from, even if the story line differs here and there. If you haven’t started it yet, I recommend a full dose of binge watching now.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Television is in its golden age currently. A lot of the networks and entertainment providers are producing some of the best content, even better than most movies being released this summer. So why spend 10 dollars on a movie ticket when you can spend 10 dollars on a Netflix subscription to catch up on these shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Arrow. Sons of Anarchy has been on for awhile now and it dares to be the boldest scripted series you have ever watched. It follows a motorcycle gang with a leader who struggles to stand for the values set by club when he finds a transcript written by his father. It is much more than that, but that provides a good basis for the show. Arrow on the other hand follows DC Comic hero/vigilante Green Arrow aka Oliver Queen, who is the Batman of Starling City, as he struggles to re-adapt to society after returning from an island he was trapped on for five years.  With his return, Oliver starts taking out guys on his father list while trying to reconnect with his lost love and rebuild his relationship with his family and best friend.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Instead of Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Modern Family, lets try Nick Offerman in Parks and Recreation

I love Modern Family and I love Jesse Tyler Ferguson, but I think Nick Offerman out performed him this year. Nick Offerman has been overlooked many years by the voters, which is disappointing because Ron Swanson is probably the funniest television character ever to live. A mountain man a heart, Ron does not trust the government and does everything he can to be off the grid. This season Ron had to learn to become more of a family man, and the struggle is real and glorious. It is a shame to watch him Offerman’s talents not be recognized by voters, but maybe Ron Swanson would prefer it that way.

Instead of Adam Driver in Girls, lets try T.J. Miller in Silicon Valley

I don’t know how I feel about Girls and lets leave it at that. T.J. Miller, on the other hand, plays a wannabe Steve Jobs who keeps getting him and his team stuck in awkward situations. While I love the performance from every character in the show, Miller brings home the heart of show as the leader of a band of misfits. Sometimes it is the supporting characters that make a show.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Instead of Mayim Bialik in The Big Bang Theory, lets try Aubrey Plaza in Parks and Recreation

Same story for The Big Bang Theory, different actress, so lets move forward to why Aubrey Plaza deserve the recognition. Aubrey Plaza plays the weird, cynical girl who you just can’t help but love. Her character, April Ludgate, is the most loving of the group, but she cover it up with uncomfortable comments to keep her hipster image in place. As Leslie Knope’s understudy, she ultimately steps up in Ann’s place with the departure of Rashida Jones midseason. As she transitions into a bigger role, her character’s attitude remains in place as she destroys one thing at a time.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Instead of Jimmy Fallon for Saturday Night Live, lets try Ben Schwartz for Parks and Recreation

Guest stars on variety shows are cool, but to say that Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Lives was better than Emma Stone on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is a long shot (and if you think that, your argument is completely invalid). With that I null any guest star on SNL because they don’t match the guest stars on television series like Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio. He is my favorite guest star on any show because Jean-Ralphio is the guy you love to hate. He is a terrible friend and an even worse person, and yes that is possible. Sometimes he even sings what he is telling you; it doesn’t sound great mind you, but every minute of it is pure joy.

Instead of Louis C.K. for Saturday Night Live, lets try Glenn Howerton for The Mindy Project

Glenn Howerton is that guy that you love from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but do you love him even more as a lawyer in The Mindy Project? Okay, maybe it is equal but he is great both ways. One of his best moments? When his grandma dies and he relies on Mindy who is trying to break up with him for Danny. The perfect part is his utter devastation which Danny doesn’t believe is true at first.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Instead of Tina Fey for Saturday Night Live, lets try Anna Gunn for The Mindy Project

At this point you are starting to think I only enjoy two comedies, The Mindy Project and Parks and Rec, which is absolutely isn’t true, they just have the best guest stars. Anna Gunn, of Breaking Bad, guest stars as a Gynecologist for famous people, trying to court Mindy because she is a person of color. While at first Mindy is drawn into her luxurious practice, she soon realizes maybe it is more for all the name dropping. While we are used to only seeing Gunn’s serious side, it was nice to she her crack a joke while giving women the perfect exam and printing out a 3D render of their uterus.

Instead of Melissa McCarthy for Saturday Night Live, lets try Kristen Bell or Tatiana Maslany for Parks and Recreation

Kristen Bell is the opposite of Leslie Knope as she plays a mortal nemesis from Eagleton. Maybe I just love her because she is Kristen Bell, or maybe it is the way she says she has Michael Buble on retainer. Ultimately, she takes Leslie Knope’s place as city counselor which makes her colder than ice cold. Tatiana Maslany on the other hand balances Aziz Ansari‘s Tom and makes him a less selfish guy. Although we don’t get to see as much as her as we do Kristen Bell, it is enough to melt your heart and hope they bring her back next season for a few more episodes.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Instead of Jon Voight in Ray Donovan, lets try Dean Norris in Breaking Bad

Yes, Jon Voight is pretty cool but can’t we just admit we all liked him better in National Treasure? Ray Donovan is an offbeat show and maybe Voight is nominated because his performance is better than Liev Schreiber, but none the less Dean Norris’s Hank literally died for this Emmy. Although it will ultimately go to Aaron Paul (don’t tell Hank that), Dean Norris gave a lifetime performance. His panic attack and spiral into conspiracy as he tries to uncover who Walter White truly is what made the last season so good. Not even a nod in his direction makes me feel like the voters weren’t even watching at all.

Instead of Mandy Patinkin in Homeland, lets try Charles Dance in Game of Thrones

Weren’t we all just asking where Brody was in all the Brody-less episodes? Sure, it doesn’t mean Mandy’s performance should be rendered pointless, but it definitely doesn’t mean that he deserved a nomination over Charles Dance. Charles Dance is the meticulous and overly cruel, Tywin Lannister. It is as easy for him to send his youngest child to death as it is to send a letter or go to sleep. The sad part is his character literally died for this nomination as well. I guess if it is the end of your run on a show, the chances of getting an Emmy nod end too. I’m sure Tyrion paid a few of his debts to make sure he wasn’t sitting with his dad during the Award’s Show.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Instead of Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey, lets try Melissa McBride in The Walking Dead

I know I don’t share the same love for Downton Abbey as the critics do, but they obviously are not meeting me even half way when it comes to The Walking Dead. Melissa McBride’s Carol turned from sweet lady next door to cold blood killer and she sold it. Ultimately, Carol felt like she was doing the best thing for the group but it got her banished because Rick couldn’t trust her around his kids, which maybe he had a point we all saw how she handled Lizzy (I mean, can we say she deserved it?). Every character has had groundbreaking performances in this show (Lincoln’s Rick ripped a guy’s throat out with his teeth), but I thought McBride would finally bring the show some recognition with her scene that paid tribute to Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

Instead of Christina Hendricks in Mad Men, lets try Bellamy Young in Scandal

I know I talked about strong women earlier with Elisabeth Moss’s Peggy Olson, but Bellamy Young tackled it with her portrayal of Mellie this past season. She handled her role more professionally than in past seasons as we started peeling away the layers and showing off more to Mellie than I thought we would ever see. A lot of people were upset with the situation handled between Mellie and President Grant’s father, but I think it helped provide a gateway between why Olivia and Fitz could still not be together while also giving her more reason to put up a cold front to Olivia and Fitz for what they had done.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Instead of Paul Giamatti in Downton Abbey, lets try Pedro Pascal in Game of Thrones

Lets sidecar this Paul Giamatti argument and get straight to the facts, Pedro Pascal was flawless and his nomination was nowhere. If you are telling me his performance did not leave you flabbergasted then you are lying. He was only in the series for 7 episodes, but I could not comprehend what happened in his last moments until the next episode that Sunday. He left more of an impression on me than most characters that enter and leave this show. Did you know Diana Rigg got a nomination? Yea, Olenna Tyrell was nominated but not the beloved Prince Oberyn who’s head will forever be sketched in your brain. I feel like my head exploded just writing this.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Instead of Jane Fonda in The Newsroom, lets try Lisa Kudrow in Scandal

We already hatched out how nothing in The Newsroom was as good as the first season, so guest appearances fall into that as well. Lisa Kudrow was overlooked for her limited spot as a democratic female running for president against Fitz. She took down every situation thrown at her with the help of Olivia Pope and associates. I was sad to see her go because I thought she would go further, but I’ll take what I can get. Plus, Kudrow is making a comeback in The Comeback.

Outstanding Host For a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Instead of any Reality or Reality-Competition Program, lets try Chris Hardwick in @Midnight

Any argument against this is not valid, Chris Hardwick is one of the funniest hosts on television. Some of you know him from G4TV, some of you are more familiar with him from AMC with Talking Dead or Talking Bad, but he is finally getting recognition through Comedy Central’s @Midnight. The rest of this argument will be filled with clips to let you know that any argument against it is not valid.

 

Top Ten Television Shows to Watch This Summer: Day Nine

Number 2: Pretty Little Liars and The Amazing World of Gumball (tie)

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This selection is more my guilty pleasures, but they are also some of my favorite television shows on TV today. Pretty Little Liars is daring and addictive, plus their producer, I. Marlene King, is constantly is making homages to the ever brilliant Alfred Hitchcock. So although people like to make it out like this is just another teen drama, it can be so much more at times. It is constantly growing and maturing with it’s audience, and is currently known as the show that is evolving the way we watch television and integrate social networking. The season 3 finale may have disappointed me, but I am beyond excited for it’s premiere tomorrow. Another thing that makes this television show stand out is it’s remarkable cast; Lucy Hale doubles in acting and singing and will be releasing an album later this year, Troian Bellisario is amazingly gifted starring in the WIGS serious Lauren (watch it if you haven’t) and is currently making a movie called Immediately Afterlife with costar Shay Mitchell, and Ashley Benson is making waves in movies with her break out hit in Spring Breakers. This season is supposed to be the season of answers, lets all hope together that they deliver.

People rage on and on about the creativity of Adventure Time and The Regular Show, but The Amazing World of Gumball goes unnoticed. This show has a direct line to my funny bone, it is a unique kind of witty and I don’t mind wasting several hours watching Gumball (Logan Grove) and Darwin (Kwesi Boakye) make dumb choices and learn weird lessons from each mistake; and yes, Darwin is a walking and talking fish paying homage to Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution. This season will be just as much fun as the first two, and will bring us further down the trail of Gumball’s and Darwin’s mind. If you have missed out on this greatness I do suggest you watch the first two seasons immediately, it is not necessary it just for your personal enjoyment.

Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Finale

I have never been disappointed in a Pretty Little Liars Finale, but I guess there is a first time for everything. For most fans, they were happy to learn that Toby joined the A-team to protect Spencer. This brought on a steamy sex scene in a random hotel room. Welcome back Spoby, you have been missed. On the low side the end of Aria and Ezra was brought to an end, many speculating that this will be for the final time. I am hoping this is not true, I am quite the fan of Ezria but I feel like the writers (I am looking at you Marlene King) twisted their story into one that is unsuitable for the show so they do not have to write for them anymore and can bring in more interest. The in between highlights, was the discovery of red coat which is none other than Alison. This revelation was a little underwhelming and not well played out to show that this was real and not a hallucination. Now to enter my complaints with this finale (besides the Ezria breakup and plot line this season). First and foremost, Mona apparently never knew who red coat was despite the finale in which she says “I did everything you asked”. Jenna returned and apparently she has something going on with Shawna (what happened to Jenna and Noel?) and they later meet up with Melissa who is overheard saying “all these bitches will be in the same place” before ending. My theory for this was them burning down the house with the girls inside, while framing Toby for the crime; this is what brought out Red Coat, she couldn’t let someone take down the liars if she didn’t have a hand in it. We don’t have any resolution with the situation between Caleb and his dad. We still haven’t learned the identity of the body; my money is on Jason but since it wasn’t revealed it might just be a stranded guy which brings up the point of where the hell is Jason? It also seems as if now the liars and Mona are now working together to defeat their greatest enemy. We still haven’t learned what happened that night with Emily and the graveyard. To top of these great mysteries, the finale ended with the liars and Mona finding Wilden’s car pulled from the lake with the video playing. Added on to the end is Jenna and Shawna picking him up and carrying him off, soon the liars make their way to the trunk and pop it open with a gasp leaving us not knowing what’s in their. As the credits role we get a longer glimpse of the ending of the Halloween episode with a hand poking out of a grave and another hand helping to pull it up. But the greatest revelation was that pretty eyes as marlene the waitress would say was in fact Toby. Overall this finale was devastatingly disappointing, although no point was a bore it left me with more questions and only answered one or two. The writers need to start answering more if they want to keep viewers, and find a way to get back to what made the show such a hit in the first place; forbidden love, dark secrets, self revelations, and four friends trying to find the answer to the event that changed everything.

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Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 7 “Crazy”

The episode opened up with Hanna on the phone with her mother, marking her return to school since the break up with Caleb. Detective Walden greets her at the door to let her know that when her mom returns Hanna is needed at the police station to test her blood for the bracelet Spencer and Jason found last episode, this bracelet also cleared Garrett’s name as Allison’s killer. Snap to the next scene, the four liars are together heading to school with Hanna worrying if the DNA they found is truly her, this A is unstoppable. With Hanna’s departure they head into Emily’s Cafe where they meet Cece (Vanessa Ray), who was also friends with Allison. Allison has a lot of similar attributes to her, causing them to guess that she was Ali’s “role model” . Now we are at Rosewood High, and Aria and Ella are talking when Ella spills that she is going on her first date since the divorce to Byron. Now to Spencer who is trying to keep up the timeline/collage of Allison’s death by adding in Cece. Toby soon joins her and confronts her about lying to him, Spencer confesses she was with Jason and that they found the anklet, the sadness is still on her face and she still holds blame in her heart for Garrett. Toby isn’t so sure, and reminds her that she thought the same for him, the bell rings and she rushes off to class. Emily is working at the cafe and Nate meets her to ask about the gift he bought for Jenna, and this does not please Emily. Nate also reveals that Jenna told him that Maya and her were friends, and shared rides home. We go back to Hanna and she finds a Ouija board waiting for her. She soon tells Aria the story behind it, and that the looking glass is what she hid in Ali’s coffin. Hanna and Mona had used the board before they found Allison’s body, and the board had told them Allison was alive. Right before they quit, Hanna believes she truly did see Allison. This story prompts Aria to go visit Mona, and to see if she has answers. After a pot breaks and scares them both Hanna informs Aria that she is staying the night with her, and Aria agrees. When then see Jason running and Spencer goes out to greet him and ask him how he was doing. Both are depressed that they could not provide proof that Garrett was guilty, and Jason feels like he is back to being a screw up. Spencer is confused why he feels this way, and Jason lets her know that his and Ali’s father had always made him feel this way. Now back to Maya and Nate, they are trying to shop for Jenna’s perfect gift. Maya is not thrilled, and the emotions she puts out don’t help her case. Cece soon figures out she was the one with a crush on Ali, and tells her she needs to let Nate know that Jenna is a mistake. Nate also reveals that “if the hottest girl in Rosewood was available, and interested in guys” he would not even be bothering with Jenna. We flip to Ella waiting for her date, where she coyly flirts with the guy at the cafe’s register before her date comes in and asks her to go out for ice cream instead. And the mysterious suitor is Ted, Ashley’s love interest via last episode. Aria is now at Radley’s for Mona, and the distant screams send chills down her spin, or it at least removes the color from her face. After signing in she is finally met with Mona, remember the last time she saw her was the night they discovered she was A. Emily, after Cece’s convincing, tells Nate the part truth about Jenna. Unfortunately he takes it in the wrong direction, and his feelings towards Jenna only grow fonder. We are greeted with more scenes from Ella’s date were we see that she is truly not enjoying her date, although everything seems perfect. Moving along, Hanna goes to Ali’s dad and tries to apologize for what she did and let him know that she is not a part of what is going down now. Before she can finish, he tells her to stop and that a friend would never do what she did. Back to Mona and Aria, Mona tells the nurse that she needs her meds and asks Aria why she really is here and Aria tells her about the gift she received from the new A. Mona asks if they are sure this was A, and Aria tells her that this what not the first gift they have received from Ali’s grave. To Aria’s disappointment, Mona does not know anything but she does ask one favor of Aria; to apologize to Hanna. Soon after Aria is kicked out due to curfew, Hanna meets her and tells her that they can sneak in when the nurses switch shifts. Emily runs into Cece again, and asks if she talked to “Handsome” and when she said it didn’t work out she ask for Emily’s phone so they could switch numbers. Upon the looking in Emily’s phone she calls Jenna and chews her out for “dating her boyfriend”. Emily is upset by her doing this, but there isn’t much more for her to do. After her date, Ella goes back to the cafe looking for Emily to see if she knew where Aria was. She runs into the cashier again, who gives her two free pastries since they cannot sale day old pastries. Upon this gift, she discovers that he owns the Cafe and that his name is Zach. Back to Radley’s, Hanna breaks into Mona’s room and asks for Aria to wait outside for lookout. Aria comes in shortly after since the nurse was looking around. Mona soon reveals what Ali’s dad was upset about, and Hanna lets Aria in to what happened. Hanna had called Ali’s mom after that night and said that she had seen Ali and that she was alive, the next day her body was found. Ali’s dad was so upset for giving her hope, that he goes after Hanna and tells them to stay away from all of them. After she is done with the story they discover that Mona escaped. We flash to Spencer casually driving in her car before a car comes speeding around her. The car belonged to Jason and he was drunk, Spencer (out of sorrow) pushes Jason over to the passenger seat and drives off before any cops could get to the scene. As sweet as the gesture was, it leaves her car at the scene of the crime. We flash back over to Hanna and Aria as they go exploring to find where Mona could have escaped to. They soon discover the Children’s Ward is open, and the lock that guarded it on the floor with Hanna’s tweezers. Back to Spencer and she runs to Toby and tells him she needs help getting her car, and before they could tell much more they are greeted with a knock on the door from the police. Walden is there questioning her, and Toby covers for her saying that he picked her up after work and that someone must of broke in and stole her car. They soon leave, and Walden lets Spencer know that they will talk soon. Toby then questions Spencer and Spencer comes clean that she saved Jason so he wouldn’t lose everything and that he couldn’t tell anyone. Now back to Aria and Hanna as they walk in the ward they start hearing Mona hum. Following the hums they find her rocking in the chair combing dolls hairs. When they try to question her she freaks out and just keeps repeating weird phrases. Soon the nurses come looking for her and they find her causing them to hid in the closet. As she leaves she looks to them in the closet and says “she just wanted to play with her dolls”. Back to Aria’s house, she receives a call from Ella telling her about how she shared two dates, not one.She says the reason that the first date didn’t go so well is that Ted eats ice cream like Byron, and she didn’t want that again. They soon go to sleep, but Hanna is still haunted with what happened that night. Emily walks home and sees Nate sitting alone at the diner. Back to Hanna, she starts clicking what Mona was saying. She was using a code she was trying to teach Hanna to play, and they soon discover that she was saying not safe and providing them with a website, http://www.massugar.com. Their was only one they missed out on remembering, and that was Maya knew. Is this why Maya was killed? Did she know who A was? Or did she know who killed Alison? The web they are entangled in just keeps growing, and it seems like they will not be escaping anytime soon.

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Finale “UnmAsked”

I am a big (some might say huge) fan of this show, and the finale/reveal of A did not disappoint. It opens with a television telling us that Officer Garrett Reynolds would plead not guilty to the murder of Alison DiLaurentis. From various articles I have read, we will tackle this topic more in season three. Shortly after this, the girls receive four tickets to the Masquerade Ball from A. As the episode goes on, we get a tense scene between Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Toby (Keegan Allen), but more importantly was what happened when Spencer stormed off; Toby received a call from Dr.Sullivan who we haven’t heard or dealt with since Season 2 part A finale. Right from that moment I wanted to know more, such as why was she calling Toby? But of course we would have to wait just a little bit longer for that answer. Before we encounter another scene with the girls Jenna (Tammin Sursok) take off her glasses and reveals to an unseen person that she could see again, but giving us on of my favorite lines of the night “I’ve thought about this moment so many times, wondering what I would say to you if I saw you again.”, and it wasn’t even what she said it was how she said it, so sympathetic and understanding. Whoever she was talking to, she genuinely seemed to care to talk to them. Before going to the next scene she tells this mysterious person that they know what they need to do, referring to the Masquerade Ball. We cut to the girls who are heading to the creepiest hotel on the face of the earth, (Hats off to Producer Marlene King and all the Pretty Little Liars cast for the homage to “Psycho” through out the episode, so brilliant!) they check into Room 1, which is the room Ali stayed in before her disappearance. After settling in the room, Spencer and Aria go back to check out the register book providing me with my second favorite line of the night “You are small, but you’re big” (delivered by Spencer to Aria), leaving Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Hanna (Ashley Benson) left in the room. Hanna goes to take a shower, and as soon as she steps foot into the shower Emily receives a call from Maya but loses the call due to signal which causes her to leave, and shortly after we see someone enter. After this scene I had a terrible feeling about the state of being for Maya, it was a little too convenient that the moment Emily left, a mysterious character entered. As soon as the girls come back, the mysterious figure is no longer in the room, but he/she is watching the girls from Room 2. The next morning before checking out Spencer and Aria have to return the register book, when Spencer first propose taking it back and leaving Aria bails, but as soon as Spencer gives them the best nickname “Sparia” there was no way Aria could deny. I am hoping to see more “Sparia” scenes in Season 3, let’s face it they make the perfect team. And finally we are at the Masquerade Ball, where each of the girls look stunning as they make their way to the down the stairs. Shortly after arriving, Hanna is greeted by her boyfriend Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) who completes her idea of Romeo and Juliet, giving them one last night/surprise set up by Mona (Janel Parrish). Upon this happening Spencer comes up and says I know who you are, which Mona pleads guilty to. Is this our A we have been waiting for since the pilot episode? Oh wait, fake out, Spencer was just commenting on how good of a friend Mona was to Hanna. Snap shot to Aria, who receives a text and starts walking down a pathway, Jenna following behind her. Finally you hear an oh so familiar voice, Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding). When he appeared, I am not going to lie, I panicked a little thinking he might be A, but thankfully no; he came because he could not stay away from the one he loved. But even better than that we got to see Ezria go public, set to the tune of “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum (Favorite scene of the night, I’m a romantic-sue me). Then it comes down to Spencer leaving, she figured out something; Ali didn’t stay at the hotel to hide, she stayed there because she was watching whoever was watching her. The girls were a little stressed she left without them, but after reassuring them that she was with Mona they trusted all would be fine. We get another beautifully done scene relating to Psycho, even down to the conversation; it was truly marvelous. Then Mona had the key and we were inside the mind of A, Room 2. This room was every bit as haunting as one could imagine, the walls covered in pictures of Ali, and the liars. Some their eyes were cut out of, each left you with a disturbing feeling; whoever A was, she was obsessed and she wanted revenge, and from the looks of a drawing they found she was in a black swan costume. Things started getting tense, Spencer was starting to sense who A was, and we soon discover that the person sitting under our noses the whole time was the sweet and seemingly innocent Mona. After getting Spencer in the car, Mona started going into detail about her motive; She was tortured by Alison all through middle school, but how could she betray Hanna, her best friend? Hanna left her when Aria came back, and she was completely gone when Caleb came into a picture, like she said “it’s easier to forgive an enemy, then it is to forgive a friend.” And the more Mona talked, the more she revealed such as an “A-team”, and she wanted Spencer to join because Spencer has the brains and detective skills of Sherlock Holmes. The whole time this is going down, Spencer has Aria, Hanna, and Emily listening in to the conversation. Discovering the truth of A was, well AmAzing, I did pity Hanna though, she lost a best friend, someone she trusted. How do you handle that? To tie it up, Mona was sent away, and we saw the return of Dr.Sullivan who explained Mona’s symptoms and why she went into hiding, and we learn that Toby was acting for the safety of Spencer. And yes, we got a Spoby reunion, which I know almost every PLL fan had been waiting for all season. But we don’t end there, the girls make their way to Emily’s house and on the way we are met with the end of the first episode all over again (cue “Suggestions”), and we are delivered with some of the most heartbreaking words all season, they had found a body and the think it might by Maya’s. This scene is so chilling because of Shay Mitchell, her performance left me speechless/breathless. She looked completely heartbroken, it was the perfect way to sum up season 2. During the credits we are treated with a glimpse of Mona in the asylum telling a mysterious figure that she did everything she asked of her. Was this the same figure Jenna met in the park? Will we meet the “A-team” in season 3? Will Melissa deliver her baby? Is the black swan the leader of “A-team”? Does Ali have a twin? Who killed Ali? When will Jenna’s vision be revealed? And Was it Maya’s body? Well, I guess we will have to wait for season 3. This is the beauty of Pretty Little Liars, it will always leave you wanting more. Season finale grade: A!