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My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Third Day

…On the third day of Christmas Countdown, my true love gave to me: ten fabulous ladies of TV. Okay that sounds weird. 🙂 Anyway, as promised, today is all about the ladies, so let’s not delay and get right to the countdown. Enjoy!

My Top 10 Fabulous TV Ladies of 2010

1/ Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men.

Forget about her divorce from SNL’s Fred Armisen, or her foray into Scientology and focus on the fact that she makes Peggy Olsen the awesome woman that she is, then you’ll see why I’ve chosen her as the number one. Peggy is probably the only character in Mad Men that continues to transform every season, and I think season 4 was truly her season. She’s no longer having weird and somewhat creep-tastic affairs with Duck Phillips, she and Pete Campbell seemed to have put the past behind them and even the news of Trudy’s pregnancy didn’t seem to shatter her, and the best part of it all is that she finally could stand up to Don, which made him respect her even more. Now that Anna Draper has passed away, Peggy is the only woman that he sees as his equal, and that’s saying something. So for portraying this fascinating character with such ease and grace, you get to be number one, Miss Moss. Take that, Fred Armisen!

2/ Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire.

As much as I love Boardwalk Empire, I was often frustrated by the writers’ inability to write for the female characters in the show. But after a while I realized that it wasn’t because the writers didn’t know how to write for the female characters, it was more because they were all focused on developing MacDonald’s character Margaret Schroeder so much so that all other female characters (in the exception of Gretchen Mol’s Gillian) seemed like an afterthought. And somehow I think it’s MacDonald’s amazing presence and ability to fully inhabit the character is the cause. I wouldn’t be surprised if she won Best Actress at The Globes and SAG (was she nominated at SAG? I can’t remember), because she really was that fantastic in the show. And that’s also why she’s the runner up in this list. Can’t give top honors to half-baked actresses, can we?

3/ Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries.

She’s never going to be nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe or SAG for this awesome CW vampire show since let’s face it, award voters are snobs and they look down on the CW and teen vampire shows in general (regardless of how awesome it actually is if they ever bother to watch), and I think it’s such a shame. If you’ve been watching the second season like I have, you’ll know that Nina Dobrev truly deserves an award for her performance as both Elena Gilbert and her evil vampire doppelganger Katherine. She was so convincing as both characters that sometimes I thought another actress was playing the role of Katherine. And to think that before The Vampire Diaries, she was a virtual unknown. The award snobs may overlook you, Nina, but I sure won’t. You deserve to be on this list, and let’s hope one day you’ll really get noticed by the people who matter.

4/ Anna Torv, Fringe.

Speaking of actresses who have to portray two characters in one TV show, our number four fabulous lady has been nothing short than impressive in the third season of Fringe so far. People were skeptical of Torv when Fringe was in the first season, they thought she was wooden and she tried too hard with her American accent (she’s Australian) but she really stepped it up in the second season, before impressing us all with taking on the role of both universes’ Olivia Dunham. She was both vulnerable and determined, and the best part is that she could portray Faux-livia in such a way that we could really hate her guts for ruining everything for Olivia. Just like Dobrev and The Vampire Diaries, Torv and Fringe are often passed by awards snobs, so I hope this list isn’t the only one she lands in this year.

5/ Sofia Vergara, Modern Family.

I can’t do a list of top 10 fabulous ladies of TV without including this “volumptuous” funny lady, can I? Sofia Vergara has been killing it on Modern Family lately, you can always count on her to make you laugh or at least chuckle every episode, even if it’s not a particularly funny episode. And I love her more because she truly shatters the idea that gorgeous, sexy women can’t be hilarious and smart. Actually, maybe I should hate her for that. LOL.

6/ Tina Fey, 30 Rock.

Just like Sofia Vergara, Tina Fey is awesome because she can make fun of herself on a weekly basis in her show 30 Rock. She may not have Vergara’s body or sex appeal but she’s got a butt double and Matt Damon on her arms, so really, who says being totally self-deprecating and dorky is a disadvantage? And of course Fey is in this list because 30 Rock is suddenly super awesome again in its fifth season, proving to the world that Liz Lemon is unstoppable. After all, she has DIHC! (If you’re not a 30 Rock fan, DIHC is Jack’s acronym for Determination, Intelligence, Humility and Chaos. Yes, he knows how it sounds and he doesn’t care.)

7/ Mae Whitman, Parenthood.

Lauren Graham aka The Actress Formerly Known As Lorelai Gilmore usually gets the most hype when it comes to this show, but I think her onscreen daughter is totally stealing her thunder. Unlike Alexis Bledel’s Rory in Gilmore Girls, Whitman’s Amber is the not-so-perfect daughter of Graham’s character, who in the first season rebelled by smoking, drinking and hooking up with her cousin’s boyfriend. But Amber changed her ways in season 2, opting to be a good student and focus on her SATs, and had the nerve to tell her mother how “disappointed she is in her” when she didn’t come home after hooking up with William Baldwin. And through all that, Whitman’s acting is award-worthy, and she does have the ability to cry so convincingly. So for being a different, altogether more awesome version of Rory Gilmore, welcome to this list, Mae Whitman.

8/ Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl.

Gossip Girl may be going downhill with each passing season, but one thing that remains consistent about that show is the fabulousness of one Blair Waldorf, portrayed by the one and only Leighton Meester. She may not have Blake Lively’s cleavage, but that only makes her the better actress. She is funny, snarky, bitchy and crazy in every episode of Gossip Girl, and every now and then when the writers actually give her a decent material to work with, she shows us she can be vulnerable and heartbreaking as well. Even the foreshadowing of the wince-inducing Dair (Dan and Blair) cannot stop me from inducting this girl into this list. Although, Blair might have a problem with me putting her in number eight…

9/ Naya Rivera, Glee.

Lea Michele may be the girl who gets the most attention out of all the female Gleeks, but I think this season Naya Rivera’s Santana totally steals the show. Despite only being upgraded to main cast member in the latter half of the first season, Rivera successfully makes Santana the character I most love to watch every episode. She not only has the best bitch face, she also nails the snarkiness of the character every time. And her voice is amazing! Gleeks of the world may be staging a protest over the break up of Finchel, but I for one would love to see her hook up with Finn again, if only to see more of Naya.

10/ Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck.

Do I really need to explain why this lady is fabulous? She’s a kick-ass spy who’s madly in love with the coolest geek on television. She’s the fantasy of every teenage dorks in the world, and she is both loved by male and female fans of the show, because despite of her fantastic spy alter-ego, she can show vulnerability on screen without being sappy. And hey, she totally holds her own opposite Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton. Fabulous lady indeed.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdowns so far. Tune back in tomorrow, I’ll be counting down the last of the TV section: Top 10 TV Bromance of 2010. Because there’s no romance like a bromance, right?

Till then!

xoxo

Binky Bee

 

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Emmy Red Carpet: The Good, The Bad, and The WTF?!

Yes, ladies and gents, the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards has come and gone and I shall post the winners soon, but first, let’s focus on the most important event before the ceremony: The Red Carpet Arrivals, where today’s hottest TV stars (and some obscure reality stars) braved the hot Hollywood sun and showed us what they’re made of. So how did they do? Let’s discuss!

The Good:

Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen

Sookie Stackhouse may not have the best taste in fashion (though sometimes she surprised us all, remember the cute Dorothy-esque gingham dress last season?), but Anna Paquin definitely showed she has infinitely better taste than her True Blood alter ego when she, along with new hubby Stephen Moyer, walked the carpet in this gorgeous Alexander McQueen creation. Toto, we’re definitely not in Bon Temps anymore.

Nina Dobrev in Zuhair Murad

These fangbangers totally know how to wow us on the red carpet, don’t they? Dobrev, the leading lady of CW’s Vampire Diaries, looked so beautiful in this champagne one-shoulder Zuhair Murad dress it hurt. Sure, the EOnline fashion police team wasn’t too crazy about this dress, calling it “beauty pageant-y” but I beg to differ. No beauty queen could stand a chance against Mystic Falls’ vampire magnet.

Jane Lynch in Ali Rahimi

It’s weird seeing Sue Sylvester out of her tracksuit, but Jane Lynch definitely cleaned up really well for the Emmys, and she left her pearls at home too. Instead, she looked radiant in this aubergine Ali Rahimi dress while carrying a Swarovski clutch in her hand. Her look might not be dramatic enough to make the couture lovers take notice, but she definitely deserves a mention.

Kim Kardashian in Marchesa

I’m still at a loss as to why this girl is famous, but at least she knows how to work the carpet. This beautiful Marchesa dress she was wearing gave her a Cleopatra-esque effect, if Cleopatra ever released a sex tape and starred in a reality show with her crazy family, of course.

Kelly Osbourne in Tony Ward Couture

Kelly Osbourne has come a long way since her days in The Osbournes. She has ditched her bratty teenage style and her cheating fiance and opted for a sophisticated, fabulous Tony Ward Couture gown at the Emmys. She looked fantastic, but what I’m dying to know is, how did she lose all that weight? I want the number for her trainer!

Best Dressed Of The Night:

Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera

When I saw this beautiful Gleek walked on the carpet, I literally gasped. She looked AH-MA-ZING! Out of all the Glee ladies, Dianna Agron seems to be the one who knows what works for her right away. She has never been photographed wearing something unfortunate like her on-screen nemesis (but real life bestie) Rachel Berry Lea Michele. Quinn Fabray may have been more famous for her bad choices, but Dianna Agron has made all the right ones so far. Keep it up, girl!

The Bad:

January Jones in Atelier Versace

Proving that one woman’s trash is another woman’s couture, January Jones stepped confidently onto the red carpet in this shiny blue peacock-ish Versace dress and my first reaction was, “Huh?” The Madonna cone-bra effect on the boobs was not flattering, the peacock train nearly swallowed Glee’s creator Ryan Murphy at one point, and her hair looked like she just woke up and ran out to the red carpet without a glance at the mirror. I’m sure she also made the best dressed list somewhere in the blogosphere, but I for one do not care for this look.

Julie Bowen in J Mendel

“J. Mendel fits me really, really well, so he’s always a front runner,” This Modern Family star explained when asked about her choice of dress. Really, Julie? Because I think that dress just looked ill-fitting on you. The ruffled boobies just looked odd, and I’m also not sure about the ruffles on the waist. It’s a little disappointing, since I think we know Claire Dunphy wouldn’t be caught dead in this outfit.

Lauren Graham in a dress so bizarre no designer has admitted it’s their creation just yet

In Gilmore Girls, the much beloved TV show, Graham played single mother Lorelai Gilmore who had mad sewing skills and was able to design beautiful dresses for her daughter/best friend/daughter’s best friend on multiple occasions. But Gilmore Girls was canceled years ago, and Lauren Graham’s sense of style seemed to have stayed in Stars Hollow. This black and white dress she was wearing would definitely make Nina Garcia of Project Runway frown and sigh. Why are you doing this to us, Lorelai?

Rutina Wesley in what InStyle calls “a white and gray strapless gown”

Oh Tara. I know you’ve been having a hard couple of weeks lately, but do you really have to show up on the red carpet looking like this? I mean, really, girl, that dress is doing not working and your red lips looked odd. Fire your stylist, pronto.

Rose Byrne in Gucci

I actually like Rose Byrne’s white Gucci gown, but for the love of all that is holy, what the hell is going on with her hair?? I’m glad she and Jane Lynch didn’t seem to cross paths on the carpet, because I have a feeling Lynch’s Glee alter-ego Sue Sylvester wouldn’t be able to resist to make fun of that hair. In fact, any of Sue’s Schuester hair jokes could work for Ms Byrne’s catastrophic hairdo. “Your hair looks like a briar patch. I keep imagining racist animated Disney animals to come out and start singing songs about the bayou.” Yep, it works.

Worst Dressed of The Night:

Mindy Kaling in what looks to be her old 80s prom dress, dyed in black

I love Mindy Kaling, I really do. I follow her on Twitter, I love and have watched all The Office episodes penned by her, and I can quote all Kelly Kapoor, her Office character, lines by heart. She’s a really funny girl and a great writer so it pains me to have to do this to her but I’m sorry, Mindy, Molly Ringwald called. She wants her prom dress back. However, I am hoping that she dressed this way on purpose, so she could be in the Worst Dressed list and joked about it. Because that’s what every comedienne does, right?

The Men:

Finn Hudson may be a dumb jock, but Cory Monteith sure proves that he’s more than his Glee character when he showed up looking very leading man-worthy. He didn’t tweet who made his suit, but I don’t really care, he looked HOT. I especially loved it when he wore his wayfarer to the red carpet. No wonder Jaimie Alexander, his ex-co star back when he was still a recurring in Kyle XY, tweeted that she was only in the Emmys to support him. When you look that hot, who wouldn’t support you?

Jon Hamm in a tux complete with bow tie. As Tina Fey once said (about him): “I want to go to there”. No one does dapper quite like Don Draper, the snubbed once-again nominee looked super hot at the red carpet. And how can you not love the guy who can impersonate Springsteen? Ryan Murphy, I smell stunt-casting!

I may be a Finn-shipper, but Mark Salling looked absolutely dashing on the red carpet that I found myself looking at bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in a different light. The suit, the tie, the crooked smile and the fact that he easily joked when Ryan Seacrest asked about a certain pesky rumor about an alleged ex-girlfriend egging his nonexistent Lexus, made me rethink my whole position on the Finn vs Puck debate. I’m going to be so screwed come Sept 21st. 🙂

Despite looking awesome naked on the cover of Rolling Stone, these True Blood trio/triangle looked even better clothed at the Emmys. Especially, one Alexander Skarsgard, Sweden’s hottest man alive and True Blood’s most lusted-after undead.  Just look at him in his tux: he towered over Stephen Moyer! His smirk is the best thing since slice bread! I want to drag him to the shower and have my way with him! Okay, I better stop before this officially crosses the line.

Ohh, Neil Patrick Harris, just when I thought I could not love you more, you showed up at the red carpet wearing this fabulous tux and instantly charmed my pants off. This is not good. I’m already telling everyone who would listen that I’m your babies mama, if that’s what it takes to get close to you. Damn you, David Burtka, damn you. You get to wake up next to that? I officially hate you. 🙂

Little Girl, Don’t Grow Up Too Fast…

Guess who this little girl is! No, it’s not JonBenet Ramsey, it’s Kiernan Shipka aka Sally Draper in Mad Men, looking super cute and adorable in a pretty flowery dress and kitten heels. Betty Draper would’ve been proud to see her strutting her stuff on the red carpet, but I personally would’ve liked to see her having fun and being a kid instead of doing a perfect pose for the photographers. Sally Draper, don’t grow up so fast!

And finally, The WTF??

The Situation might have all but confirmed that he’d be doing the tango on Dancing With The Stars, but Rita Wilson sure would love to be one of the contestants this year. At least that’s the only thing I can think of when I saw her posing in this weird Prada chandelier dress with matching shoes that could only be appropriate when she’s doing a dance-off against members of the Jersey Shore. WTF Rita Wilson? And more importantly, WTF Tom Hanks? You let your wife leave the house in that? Shame on you!

And that’s the Emmy Red Carpet for you. Who’s on your Best and Worst Dressed list?

Photos courtesy of Getty Images/Just Jared/New York Magazine

xoxo

Binky Bee