Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Expat Mike TV Awards

The Emmy nominations were so horrible this year, I decided to put together my own awards. Announcing the Expat Mike TV Awards 2006. The winner is starred and can accept their trophy at my house, anytime. Call me.

The biggest surprise was that Big Love swept the Drama awards this year. I thought Big Love was quite good, but looking back on it, the acting was just superb. There were some close calls in each category, but it was a weak year, overall, for dramas.

Note: There are a few "quality" shows that I don't watch. These include Deadwood, Rescue Me, The Sopranos, and The Shield. You might notice a pattern here. Hint: Men with too much testosterone kill people on a regular basis. That's not just a hint, that's pretty much the whole thing.

Notes reflecting your abject horror are welcome in the comments section.

Best Comedy

Arrested Development
How I Met Your Mother
The Simpsons

Best Actor, Comedy

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Zach Braff, Scrubs
Bryan Cranston, Malcolm in the Middle
Terry Crews, Everybody Hates Chris
*Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Best Actress, Comedy

Tichina Arnold, Everybody Hates Chris
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
*Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls
Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle
Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy

Will Arnett, Arrested Development
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
John McGinley, Scrubs
*Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Ethan Suplee, My Name Is Earl

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy

Kelly Bishop, Gilmore Girls
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace
*Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl
Jessica Walter, Arrested Development
Liza Weil, Gilmore Girls

Best Drama

Battlestar Gallactica
*Big Love
Grey's Anatomy

Best Actor, Drama

Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy
Matthew Fox, Lost
Kevin McKidd, Rome
Edward James Olmos, Battlestar Gallactica
*Bill Paxton, Big Love

Best Actress, Drama

Geena Davis, Commander in Chief
Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Gallactica
*Chloe Sevigny, Big Love
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Big Love
Polly Walker, Rome

Best Supporting Actor, Drama

Victor Garber, Alias
Gregory Itzin, 24
Daniel Dae Kim, Lost
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
*Harry Dean Stanton, Big Love

Best Supporting Actress, Drama

Yunjin Kim, Lost
Jean Smart, 24
Kate Walsh, Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
*Grace Zabriskie, Big Love

Best Nonfiction Show

Can't Get A Date
Life on the D-List
*Project Runway
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report

Best Guest Star

Alec Baldwin, Will & Grace
Blythe Danner, Will & Grace
*Michael Emerson, Lost
Michelle Forbes, Battlestar Gallactica
Leslie Jordan, Will & Grace

Bearable TV Show Shown on Dutch TV

*America's Next Top Model with Kim, the fierce Wesleyan lesbian
Friends reruns
Pardon My French (BBC2, about three people who have to learn French in a month -- that's comedy)
The Simpsons reruns
Wimbledon (long over)

Worst Show Shown on Dutch TV

Classified: I am preparing a book-length treatment to appear in spring 2008.


At 2:55 PM, Blogger Mrs Pinchloaf said...

Gotta agree with the Big Love assessment, Mike. I'm so upset that the new season isn't starting until FALL 2007! WTF? Maybe you'll be able to convince Amy to watch Big Love--I've had zero luck!

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous ChloeandSam'smom said...

Couldn't you have given some award to any reality tv shows? Don't you like those kind of shows? Shows like Untold Stories of the ER? That is an amazing show..

At 4:19 PM, Blogger -jbs. said...

I'm glad to see a couple of nods for Arrested Development; I share the pain of that small but rabid group that really enjoyed the show.
I'm sad it's gone...

Guess I gotta get premium cable and check out Big Love. I've never found Bill Paxton appealing, but I'll give it a shot.

One thing I need to take issue with: Project Runway? Now granted, I've not see it, but I find it hard to believe it could be better than The Daily Show and/or The Colbert Report. I guess I like snark over cattiness...

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Imagine my horror that you don't watch Deadwood. If you did, it would dominate ALL appropriate categories, as it should have done during the real Emmys: best drama, acting, writing, directing, art direction, costuming, and so on.

Up and down the board, it's the best show on TV right now.

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Oh good, debate. OK 1) there is a reality list! 2) Project Runway is awesome and everyone should watch it. Even non-gay people. Daily Show is still very good, but a bit off of its best. But it was the runner-up. 3) Deadwood. I tried, man. I got through 20 minutes of episode one, and I was bored to tears. I just hate westerns, I hate people who act irrationally, I hate men who act all macho but are secretly insecure.

I have to edit the list to include Can't Get A Date. I love that show.

At 6:52 AM, Blogger Linda said...

Project Runway indeed rules. It's hard to compare it to, like, Colbert. It's really different. But they have discovered a brilliant balance between typical competitive craziness and actual talent that keeps popping up and surprising you. And also, everyone's life should contain a little Tim Gunn, or you're just missing out on one of the major and profound pleasures of life.

At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhm . . . what about Veronica Mars? Its so great---plucky smart girl solving crimes and putting away the testosterone fueled murderers. The first season is on DVD . . .

At 9:42 PM, Blogger amy said...

I'm sorry, but with the exception of Jeremy Piven over Will Arnett (and that's a definite toughie because both are HOT) (Uh, I mean, really funny and great actors), Arrested Development should have WON every category in which you nominated it. It is NOT an honor just to be nominated! "They're not TRICKS, Michael. Tricks are what a whore does for money!...or candy!"

At 3:57 AM, Anonymous ChloeandSam'smom said...

candy? I could use candy in me now. Wnhat trick do i need to know in ofder to get a piece of candy. A person can't live the rest of his life if he is going to be chased wiht boogymen all the tiem. Listen up. I could go into the restarant to just have something to drink but my mouth tastes so bad, very dry. I need a piece of mouth candy. That would work.Every actor desserved others standing up to him and making sure that he was the winner. Anyone care to agree or disagreee?

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Veronica Mars... sorry, I don't watch that either. But you can take solace that it doesn't fall under a ban, right? I might try it someday. Part of the problem is that I know "whodunit" for both seasons. So it's hard to gear up for 22 hours of denouement.

AD... eh, I don't think so. Jessica Walter would have been a cinch for the Expat Mike TV Supporting Actress Award for 2004, but as wonderful as she is, her character ultimately became a caricature.

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fun is all in the getting there---and the joy of an actually complex show that doesn't talk down to its watchers is manifold. The B stories alone would keep you entertained on Veronica Mars.

OK, enough said.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger amy said...

You would think Veronica Mars would be right up my alley (well, you don't know me from Adam, so you, anonymous, wouldn't necessarily think that) because of the teen detective thing (working as high school counselor to the stars, I am a fan of all things teenaged, and I am a huge teen detective fanatic especially), but I personally just never got into it. The dialogue didn't ring true, the storylines didn't grip me..but then again, I started on S2, not S1, so maybe I should have gone from the beginning to appreciate all the VM mythology. So I'm going to risk the wrath of a million fans everywhere and say I think VM is overrated...

At 5:26 AM, Blogger Linda said...

If you only watched S2, you would indeed find it overrated. S2 left me kind of cold, and I wasn't alone. S1, however, had much to recommend it. I still think the people who think it's an actual amazing piece of art give it too much credit, but it was a good, effective genre show in its first season. It fell into some pretty creaky and obnoxious cliches (bad boys who act like psychotic freaks are secretly crying on the inside and really love you!), but it also had a lot to recommend it.

I have the first season on DVD, so next time we're in the same place, maybe I'll lend it to you and you can watch a couple of the first eps and maybe see if you want to sit through that season some weekend when you're sick.

At 12:44 AM, Blogger BTSman said...

Incredible, Can't Get a Date is on in the NL! Even better, you've added it to your Emmy nomination list.... Mike, you're obviously a man of impeccable taste and intelligence.

I don't know what eps have been on over there but you can find some follow up clips and other fun stuff at:

At 10:57 PM, Blogger Mike said...

When you're right, you're right! Yup, CGAD was on tonight even, with Leticia and Marc. My favorite is Jim.

I've even watched the Logo episodes on YouTube and followed the controversy on TWOP. Scary.


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