Bryan Cranston Returns To TV in Your Honor

This Time He’s NOT the one who knocks tvline.com

Has there been a greater performance in the history of television than Bryan Cranston’s work as Walter White on Breaking Bad? It’s been very difficult to argue otherwise even more than seven years after the final episode aired. Cranston has not quite vanished from the medium that launched him to superstardom well before the debut of that series — his work as LBJ on All The Way was a masterwork, and his performance on the undervalued Sneaky Pete on Amazon was appreciated by many.

Now, however, he returns to a role much…


Part 2: Outstanding Actor in a Drama

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Jason Bateman, Ozark: 4–1. For Playing: Money Launderer Extraordinaire Martin Byrde. Pro: Already renowned for his superb comic work, Bateman’s portrayal of the fast-talking, ultra-efficient Marty is one of the hidden gems on any television server. His SAG award earlier this year shows that his fellow actors clearly appreciate his skill. Con: Bateman’s skills doesn’t change the fact that he’s just playing yet another sleazy antihero. The Emmys may be getting tired of honoring the type

Sterling Brown, This Is Us: 6–1. For Playing: Model Husband/ Father/ Son/…


Predicting Best Drama

Every year for the past decade, I have done my level best to try and predict the winners for the Emmys. Partially because it can be incredibly difficult to do so, I spend a lot of analysis going for what the Academy should do and what they will do, and most of the time I’m wrong on both counts. So this year, I’m going to try something different.

For the first twenty years of Entertainment Weekly’s existence, when they tried to predict the Academy Award winners, they would lay betting odds. I don’t knew who crunched the…


Ryan Murphy’s Last (?) Series For FX Is A Ball

Some series that I choose not to watch are, at least initially, tied to my identity. I didn’t watch Atlanta or Insecure cause I’m not black and I didn’t watch The L Word because I’m not a lesbian. So to watch FX’s Pose, a series about African-American gays and transsexuals in the late 1980s seemed like the ultimate disconnect. Furthermore, Ryan Murphy’s work has always been a mixed bag for me, especially on FX: I have never gotten into American Horror Story or Nip/Tuck and it took me awhile to…


Part 2: 45 through 41

45. Curb Your Enthusiasm — ‘Opening Night’ — Episode 4.10

I’ll be honest, I’ve never had much use for the work of Larry David. I found Seinfeld only sporadically funny, and have had only a mixed opinion of his ongoing improvised magnum opus. But I can’t deny that the fourth season, which mainly dealt with Larry getting cast to play Max Bialystock in The Producers tickled my funny bone on more than one occasion. And the climax of that season, the debut of him and David Schwimmer in the lead roles is extremely well performed…


Part 1: Episodes 50 through 46

About a month ago, in conjunction with TV Guide’s 65th Anniversary, the publication did a variation on a theme that it’s done about every ten years or so. Rather than try to determine which are the 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time, they decided to settle on the 65 Greatest Episodes of the 21st Century. Apparently, having considering in a permanent position the great moments of Hill Street Blues and Homicide and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, they felt that since the 20th century is pretty much locked and loaded, it made a certain…


Part 1: 50–46

About a month ago, in conjunction with TV Guide’s 65th Anniversary, the publication did a variation on a theme that it’s done about every ten years or so. Rather than try to determine which are the 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time, they decided to settle on the 65 Greatest Episodes of the 21st Century. Apparently, having considering in a permanent position the great moments of Hill Street Blues and Homicide and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, they felt that since the 20th century is pretty much locked and loaded, it made a certain amount of sense…


Part 5: Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series

HBO is most likely to dominate this category and the most likely winner may have been determined as far back as July. But there are a lot of good possibilities, and even a couple of actresses who are likely to double dip, as well as at least one who might cancel each other out for their work in two shows. So let’s go through the list.

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Ever since the Golden Globes, Clarkson has been the heavy favorite in this category, and there’s a very good reason…


Part 4: Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/limited series

As always, this category is rich in some of the most gifted characters working today. Some decided earlier that Catch-22 might dominate this category because, well, George Clooney. But considering the decidedly mixed reception this series has received in the past month, I think it very unlikely the series will prevail. Who does that leave? A very interesting lot.

Norbert Leo Butz, Fosse/Verdon

As great as Williams and Rockwell were, this wasn’t entirely their show, and its rather fitting that a famous Broadway performer with a couple of Tonys in…


Part 3: Best Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series

The early awards in this category have been dominated by Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette in roles which involved a lot of transformation and makeup. Both are still the heavy favorites, but there have been a couple of major players in the last few months that could be formidable contenders in September. Here are the likely nominees.

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

In addition to playing one of the most psychological damaged characters in this category, she also played the most physically damaged, requiring two hours of makeup just to put on…

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