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Monday, August 25, 2014

My Predictions

Hello dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed a great weekend.  The Mister and I spent most of our time strolling nurseries ordering shrubs and perennials for the back yard.  We also went out for a great lunch on the water.  For as long as I live, I will never take being so close to the water for granted.

Can you guess whose lunch belongs to whom?

I guess someone, who will remain nameless, has not started his post cruise diet...

Another highlight...Chowdah got a makeover.  Poor Chow says it is too short and all the kids at puppy school are going to make fun of him.  I told him what my mother always told me when kids made fun of my "new look."  They're just jealous.


This is my first annual Emmy Prediction post.  I admit to my flaws - I haven't seen half of the shows nominated.  But ignorance has never kept me from voicing my opinion before.  Ask the Mister.

Very excited to see Seth Meyers at the helm.  I think he is a very talented writer and comedian.  If the commercials are any indication of the temperature of the show, it will be red hot.  Last time I was this passionate about the Emmys, Tina and Amy were the hosts.  

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)

Who will probably win:

Who should win:

I realize that I am in the minority here, but after watching Breaking Bad for 20 minutes, I had to turn it off.  

The Mister and I binge watched House Of Cards.  It was close to the best two weeks of our lives.  Ok, I may exaggerate a tad. We were enthralled by the twists and turns of this political drama.  

If I didn't know better I would swear it was a reality series.

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)
Who will probably win:

Bryan Cranston

Who should win:

Kevin Spacey

Bryan Cranston is a great actor.  So are Jeff Daniels and Jon Hamm - and they are also are the leads in very entertaining shows.  

Can't say the same about the other two nominees, though.

Kevin Spacey owns his character, Frank Underwood.   He is so comfortable and convincing in his role of a sleazy politician, I wonder if he is considering taking the plunge in real life.  

I hope not.  
I would have to vote for him.

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Sho)

Who will probably win:

Claire Danes

Who should win:

Robin Penn

I think that Claire Danes did a wonderful job as the lead character in Homeland.  I just think that she has won in the past and it's time to share the glory.

I also think that Michelle Dockery, Kerry Washington, and Julianna Margulies are worthy contenders.  But not this year.
Robin Penn absolutely rocks the role of cool, collected, and conniving Claire Underwood.  An added plus - she looks stunning in her gorgeous wardrobe. 

Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Who will probably win:

Who should win:

Game of Thrones is another popular series.  Huge following. Not sure it's my kind of thing, though.  But what do I know?

Ray Donovan is another series that the Mister and I spent countless nights with the summer.  It stars Liev Schreiber as a "fixer" for a top lawyer for the stars in Hollywood.  Liev is sexy and great in the role.  But Jon Voight, Angelina's Dad in real life, steals the show as Liev's Dad.  I think he's the dark horse in this race, but you never know.

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Who will probably win:
Lena Headey

Who should win:

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith has won a million awards.  I think she deserves another one.

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Veep” (HBO)
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

Who will probably win:

Who should win:

This is comedy at its best.  Between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her incredibly talented entourage, it is a true winner in my book.

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” (Showtime)
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX); William H. Macy
“Shameless” (Showtime)
Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)
I've never watched any of these shows so I don't care who wins.

Lena Dunham, “Girls” (HBO)
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly” (CBS)
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
Who will probably win:

Lena Dunham

Who should win:


Girls is very popular with the twenty-to-thirty year old age group.  No question about it - it's very entertaining.  The Mister even watched a couple of episodes with me, although he will never admit it.

But my girl, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is brilliant as a neurotic, hyper-sensitive, narcissistic Presidential candidate.  Every word she utters makes me uncomfortable.  Kind of like Larry David or George of Seinfeld.  It's that kind of humor that makes me want a front row seat to the next time she puts her foot in her mouth.   

Adam Driver, “Girls” (HBO)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia” (IFC)
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox).
Who will probably win:

Fred Armisen

Who should win:

Tony Hale

I haven't watched Portlandia but it has been getting a lot of press.  Looks like my kind of show.  Now I have to figure out when it is on and where to find IFC.  I know I must have it.  I can get 30,000 channels and can never find what show I am looking for.  Another casualty of moving.  I could find a channel blindfolded in Texas. 

The entire cast of Veep is exceptional. And Tony Hale is so awkwardly eye catching, I want to ask him for lunch and just revel in his quirkiness. 

The cast's reaction to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character's  eccentricities is one of the keys that makes this show worth watching.  If you put the show on mute and only watched the supporting cast's facial expressions, you would still get hooked on this show. 

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” (HBO)
Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix).

Who will probably win:

Julie Bowen

Who should win: 

Anna Chlumsky

Ditto last answer.  Anna Chlumsky is classic in her understated performance in Veep.

I wouldn't mind Julie Bowen winning, either.  Just worried she is getting too skinny.  That's what Hollywood will do to you.    Julie, take my advice and eat a donut.  Life is so much more fun when you're not hungry. 

Now I'm off to get ready for the red carpet.

I would love to hear who you think will win and why.   I can even be convinced to go back and watch Breaking Bad.  Maybe.

Happy Monday!

Preppy Empty Nester
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  1. I would like a bite (or the whole plate) of the Mister's lunch, please, and that Chowdah is just as gorgeous as ever. Tell him that I said so, please mam.

  2. I agree - Claire and Frank Underwood for the win :-)

  3. Your lunch looks healthy, but oh, how I am dying the the onion rings from your Mister…so yummy!! Loving your list of winners…so comprehensive and my biggest anticipation is seeing Seth - adore him. Happy Monday, Katie!!

  4. LOL! I couldnt make it through the first episode of Breaking Bad either but even worse I couldnt make it past the first episode of House of Cards after he breaks the dogs neck! I am so squeamish!! I am the Downton Girl, and really need to branch out after reading this post! I haventt seen any of these..What do I live under a rock?xo Karolyn

  5. You should give Shameless and Orange Is the New Black a look. But, only on a week end you can binge watch!

  6. Wow you do know your shows...I am admittedly clueless. i am totally from one extreme the other, its news and history channel 24/7 or Bravo. Go figure...weird I know (my husband has yet to figure it out either). I don't really watch any shows and everyone is always telling my I am missing out...too much work and too much time lol. Major dilemma here, we are invited to the opening night party of the US Open and I want to stay in wearing my pjs (of coures) watching the Emmys with a decadent snack, my husband is not so happy about this, so we may have to do both, not sure, my favorite is the pre show anyway:) We will have to compare notes!

  7. Yummy lunch. Chow looks like our Toby!! LOL Have to admit...I don't have a clue as to who half of those actors/actresses are.

  8. I love eating by the water! We will be watching the Emmy's too - lots of good shows this year! Have a great week, my dear! xoxo

  9. We so agree with you that House of Cards should win in all ten categories it's nominated for... We can't get enough of the "inside the beltway" drama and having spent four years in DC, can only imagine how close some of it is to reality. We don;t watch much TV but this show has us hooked. Meanwhile, the boys in our families would give all the awards to Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. Oh well, what do the boys know?! Let's keep our fingers crossed for Robin and Kevin.
    C + C

  10. First the lunch...while I can guess who was probably Breaking Bad with the diet...I would have give up my binge watching of any Netflix series for those New England Onion Rings...and if those were fried clams under those onion rings you might catch this Good Wife running through Parks and Recreation just for one morsel dipped in tartar sauce....oh how I miss the fried clams...perhaps I am Shameless...

    Now on to the Emmy' is evident that you have done your research....I appreciate it when a Girl from a Modern Family doesn't play Game of Thrones instead she uses a Big Bang Theory of analytic True Detective skills to prove that she should no longer be in the Newsroom instead she should be elected straight to the Veep. Keep up the hard work and don't stay up to late watching the Emmy' definitely don't want to find yourself being cared for by Nurse Jackie.

  11. Okay - just now sitting and watching the show and you aren't doing so well so far! I'm a Breaking Bad and Mad Men fan and although I like Downton Abbey, I don't think it will win much.
    The Robin Williams tribute by Billy Crystal was wonderful.
    Staying up to watch more!

  12. I'm with you about House of Cards - we absolutely love it. I haven't watched Breaking Bad, but I don't think I can get behind the story line. We tried "Orange" and couldn't get into it. We love Mad Men and are currently catching up on Homeland. I personally like The Good Wife, but the Mr. isn't into it. I agree, Billy Crystal's tribute was spot on. I'm so glad there are so many options for us to watch. I just wish there were more time in the day. I have to catch up with all my daily blogs and I can't go a day without pleasure reading.

  13. I'm a bit behind so reading this post-Emmys. I spent a good part of the evening scanning the crowd to get a glimpse of my SIL and brother who were lucky enough to attend the show then party at the Governor's Ball. It turned out to be Breaking Bad's night, eh? I was shocked that Orange was shut out. Most of all, I couldn't agree with you more about Veep. I'm a big Modern Family fan but I would have been very happy to have the cast and crew at Veep rewarded for their comedic brilliance. JLD and the rest of the cast is brilliant. The writing is like West Wing meets Seinfeld but way more funny. Love, love, love! Can you schedule that lunch with Tony Hale for some time that I'm in town? Pretty please?


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