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Ten Hottest Men of Fall 2011

It’s the first week of November and you know what that means; Fall TV season is well underway and we are getting ready for November sweeps, all the new and returning Fall shows have premiered and in just a few short weeks, this season will officially wind down to make room for the holidays. But before we start putting the turkey in the oven or decorating the Christmas tree, let’s do what we do best here and continue with tradition: it’s time for another TV Hottest Men list!

When it comes to television, Fall is a really important season. Successful Fall shows usually get a full season pick up some time between their premieres and Christmas break. Failed shows will then get replaced by mid-season replacements come January or Spring. And sometimes a contributing factor to a show’s success can be as easy as a charismatic (and hot) leading man. Call us a superficial society all you want, but there is no denying that we like watching beautiful people on screen. And the ten men in this list definitely helps draw viewers every week.

So sit back, relax and feast your eyes on these beauties! πŸ˜‰

DISCLAIMER: This list does not contain any man under the age of 25. Because ew. I’m in my early thirties and it feels wrong to objectify men who are way younger than me. :-p Also the list is for “hot men” not boys.

Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire

From the very beginning, the hit HBO show Boardwalk Empire has benefited from a stellar cast. There is no mediocre actor in this show, not even the guest stars. From Steve Buscemi to recently promoted Jack Huston, everyone brings their A-game week after week, which makes the first hottie in this list even more impressive because he not only sizzles as gangster-in-training Jimmy Darmody, he also consistently wows us with his range. Michael Pitt has given depths and nuance to ambitious and often violent Darmody, making us believe that deep down he must be a lovely man, even as he tortures and kills in cold blood. And let’s face it, who’s not going to love those deep blue eyes and pouty lips? Even his on-screen mother can’t resist to kiss him on the lips (ew) sometimes!

Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story

Speaking of irresistible men, just as soon as American Horror Story premiered on FX last October, everyone, ghosts and humans alike have found Dylan McDermott and his man-ass utterly irresistible, which explains why his on-screen wife Tami Taylor Connie Britton always has a frown on her face, now five episodes in. Can you blame her? I’d be frowning too if all living and dead things want a piece of my hot husband. And the great thing about this show is that we can so understand why everyone wants to do McDermott’s character Ben Harmon: look at him! Have you ever seen a finer man? I’m tempted to haunt that murder house myself if it means I get to indulge on all that. πŸ˜‰

Gale Harold, The Secret Circle

The Secret Circle on The CW is really a show about teenage witches but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in eye candy for anyone over 25, because those teen witches have parents and one of them happens to be the delicious Gale Harold, who has charmed our pants off for years in Queer As Folk, followed by a stint in Desperate Housewives and Hellcats. Sure, it’s a little weird (and it makes us feel old) to see him as a parent of a teenage daughter but it doesn’t make him any less desirable somehow. Whether he’s playing doting dad or power-hungry witch, he still makes us want to call him “Daddy” (and then see a shrink about our daddy-issue).

Josh Charles, The Good Wife

I have admitted a few times in this blog that I don’t watch The Good Wife. I know it’s a quality show but for some reason I just can’t get into it. I think it’s the genre, I’ve never been a fan of a legal procedural. But I also have to admit I sometimes would catch an episode or two of this CBS drama just so I can get my Josh Charles fix, because this man is so, so fine! If I were Alicia, I wouldn’t have been so torn between Will and Peter because hey Mr Big is only attractive in Sex and The City. And even then he’s kind of an asshole. But Mr Josh Charles (who I suspect must be a vampire because he doesn’t seem to age) is the total package and I’d choose him over anybody. Too bad he seems very attached to his ballerina. Sigh.

Follow him on Twitter: @MrJoshCharles

Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation

I often say that if I could date one fictional character from one of my favorite TV shows, it would be Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation. Sure he’s not what you’d call smoldering, but I don’t need a six-pack and all the muscles, I’m not Kim Kardashian. I need a man who is smart, sensitive, a little nerdy and oh so sweet. And Ben Wyatt, is all that and more. What bums me out is that his real life counterpart, Adam Scott seems to be exactly like him, only he’s not single. Damn, why are all the good ones taken? πŸ˜‰ Adam Scott is not only funny, he’s also smart, a little nerdy and oh so sweet. He probably wouldn’t appear shirtless in Men’s Health magazine any time soon, but he’s just the type of guy you can proudly bring home to mama. And that is a rare thing this day and age.

Follow him on Twitter: @mradamscott


Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries

Speaking of good husband material, this next hottie falls into the same category, even if his Vampire Diaries character has gone off the deep end and is now all evil all the time. This brooding handsome gentleman always manages to stay off the gossip sites radar, and he is involved in a number of charities with his wife Pretty Little Liars actress Torrey DeVito in his spare time. In fact, he’s so low-key that most people didn’t even realize that he and DeVito got married earlier this year. A hot young actor who knows how to lead a low-key normal life outside the public eye? Can we clone him?

Follow him on Twitter: @paulwesley

Seth Gabel, Fringe

While we’re still on the subject of married men, here’s another one on this list and he’s not only married, he’s also a father of two even though he still looks too young to be pushing a stroller around. Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard’s daughter and movie star in her own right, has long made an honest man out of him and let me just say, she’s a lucky bitch. He may not be a movie star yet like his wife but ever since he was cast as Agent Lincoln Lee in Fringe at the end of season 2, he has quickly been a fan favorite and an episode without him just feels a little empty. That naughty grin! Those gorgeous eyes! We love both universes Lincoln Lee and we can only hope that other universe’s Seth Gabel is single and ready to mingle – just as soon as we figure out a way to cross over and bring him back with us. πŸ˜‰

Wilson Bethel, Hart of Dixie

Everyone loves a good Southern gentleman, at least that’s what people who live in fictional Bluebell, Alabama would say. And guess what? After seeing this one Southern gentleman all wet and shirtless, I think we can all agree that a good Southern gentleman like Wilson Bethel, aka Wade the bartender/temptingly hot neighbor to Dr. Zoe Hart in Hart of Dixie, who can fix us mojitos shirtless while we enjoy the hot southern sun together is pretty easy to love. I know, I keep saying shirtless. I’m not trying to sound redundant, I just want to remind you that this gorgeous creature once made a PSA encouraging all hot men everywhere to go shirtless… for the environment. Now that is a cause I can totally get behind!

John Francis Daley, Bones

Bones has just returned for its seventh season last Thursday night, and all anyone can talk about is how Booth and Brennan are together now. While that is definitely something worthy to talk about, I myself care more for the young, wide-eyed and impressionable FBI psychologist Dr. Lance Sweets, who thanks to Brennan’s pregnancy, gets a lot more screen time now (thank you Emily Deschanel!). Sweets’ alter ego John Francis Daley has been acting since before his voice changed, and we’ve seen him transformed from a tiny, dorky, pasty 15-year-old in Freaks and Geeks to a dashing, charming 26-year-old in Bones. Add the fact that he’s also multi-talented (he’s the lead singer/keyboardist for the indie band Dayplayer and he also wrote this Summer’s hit comedy Horrible Bosses), I think it’s pretty clear that Bones has itself a brand new heartthrob, now that Booth is uhm, taken.

Follow him on Twitter: @JohnFDaley

Zachary Levi, Chuck

First, let us take a moment to properly grieve over the fact that this is Chuck’s fifth and final season. After thirteen episodes, we won’t get any more Chuck ever again. 😦 But if it’s any consolation, at least we get a proper farewell from our friends at Carmichael Industries and Buy More. Still, it’d be hard to say goodbye to these lovable lunatics, especially the star of the show Zachary Levi, who’s just every bit as nerdy and lovely as his alter ego Chuck Bartowski. He may not be a spy-for-hire in real life but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to charm our pants off. He’s hot, funny, smart and a total nerd who can serenade us with love songs (remember that duet with Mandy Moore at the Oscars? Squee!). Now we just need him to be hired in a new mid-season show (maybe NBC’s upcoming musical Smash?) so we’ll always have him to drool over for a very long time.

Follow him on Twitter: @ZacharyLevi

And there you have it, the Ten Hottest Men of Fall 2011. Check back in next week for my Fall 2011 Television Report Card, where we’ll be taking a look at how our returning shows are doing.

Until then!

xoxo

Binky Bee

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Did You Hear About The Emmys?

The Emmy nominations were just announced, and this year, just like last year, I am not utterly disappointed. Sure, the snubs are still pretty frustrating, most notably John Noble for his brilliant work in Fringe (what does a guy has to do to get an Emmy nod around here? Play two characters in one show? Oh, but he does!), but still, the fact that Friday Night Lights is finally nominated for Best Drama, is definitely an improvement, especially since the show has bowed out after five incredible and yet criminally slept-on seasons. Also, the Academy has FINALLY acknowledge the brilliance of Parks and Recreation! Sure it snubbed Ron Offerman (how dare they!) and totally ignored Community, but all in all, this year’s nomination list is a step in the right direction. Note how The Killing is NOT nominated for Best Drama, despite the Best Actress and Supporting Actress for Mireille Enos and Michelle Forbes respectively. After the whole season finale debacle, I would’ve thrown a hissy fit if they nominated the show for Best Drama. I guess the finale pissed The Academy as much as it did (most of) us.

Just like last year, I’m still going to do predictions (divided into my usual ‘Who I Think Will Win’,Β  ‘Who I Want To Win’ and ‘But It Could Very Well Be…’) seeing that the votes can go any which way this year as well. And just like last year, I could totally be wrong… so you might want to reconsidering making your bets based on my predictions. πŸ™‚

Okay, we have a lot to go through, so let’s get straight to it! (NOTE: Since there are so many categories, I decided only to post the ones that I can predict, or care about. To see a complete list, you can go straight to the Emmy Website)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

– Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock.

– Matt LeBlanc, Episodes.

– JimParsons, The Big Bang Theory.

– Steve Carell, The Office

– Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory.

– Louis CK, Louie

Who I Think Will Win:

Steve Carell, The Office

Why: I know I predicted him to win last year and he didn’t, and truthfully I have no idea who seems to be the voters’ favorite for this year, but Steve Carell will never be nominated in this category for The Office ever again. And he has been nominated for so many times but has never won, so I hope the voters will do him a solid and give him the statue. It’d be a bittersweet victory for him, and I think we know he’ll give a good acceptance speech.

Who I Want To Win:

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Why: Well, it’d be nice to see Joey Tribbiani won the Emmy for playing Matt LeBlanc. πŸ™‚ Besides, Episodes is such a funny show and truthfully, Matt is half the reason why the show is so great. The other half is of course British imports Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.

But It Could Very Well BeJim Parsons. After all, didn’t he win this last year? (Did he win last year? My memory’s not what it used to be).

Winner: Jim Parsons

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series:

– Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie.

– Tina Fey, 30 Rock.

– Laura Linney, The Big C.

– Mellisa McCarthy, Mike & Molly.

– Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope.

– Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.

Who I Think Will Win:

Laura Linney, The Big C

Why: Well let’s see, she plays a mother and housewife with stage 4 melanoma (heavy), and she makes us all not only sympathize with her but at times, frustrated at her stubbornness and unwillingness to share the burden with her family. Sure, season 1 was a bit shaky but she gets better and better. And plus, she plays a woman with terminal cancer. This is the kind of role that will almost guarantee you an Emmy.

Who I Want To Win:

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Why: I know she was my pick last year, and she lost, but I’m still rooting for her this year simply because Parks and Recreation was so so good last season. Even after being pushed to mid-season, it didn’t fail to steal everyone’s hearts. And Amy Poehler was amazing, especially considering she was pregnant for half the season. And if she won, I would not hate the Academy so much for not nominating Ron Offerman.

But It Could Very Well BeTina Fey. 30 Rock had a really fantastic season, and Fey was outstanding as always. Not to mention, they did a live episode, and they nailed it!

Winner: Melissa McCarthy

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

– Timothy Olyphant, Justified.

– Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire.

– Hugh Laurie, House.

– Michael C. Hall, Dexter.

– Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights.

– Jon Hamm, Mad Men.

Who I Think Will Win:

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Why: Since there’s no Brian Cranston to win again this year, Steve Buscemi seems to be the front-runner in this category, especially since he did win the Globes for Boardwalk Empire last January. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love him in Boardwalk Empire?

Who I Want To Win:

Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Why: Oh this category is hard because I’m definitely torn between him and Kyle Chandler, who very well deserve an Emmy since he made me cry so many times during the last season of Friday Night Lights. But at the end… my undying devotion for Timothy Olyphant, and the fact that he is indeed a god (ohhh, Timothy Olyphant…), wins out. I mean, just look at him! If the voters are like me, he totally has this in the bag.

But It Could Very Well BeJon Hamm. He hasn’t won once, so maybe now that this category is Brian Cranston-less, he actually has a chance.

Winner: Kyle Chandler. I did not predict this, but hell yeah Coach Taylor!! Well deserved!

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

– Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights.

– Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife.

– Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law.

– Marisa Hargitay, Law & Order SVU.

– Mireille Enos, The Killing.

– Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men.

Who I Think Will Win:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Why: I don’t watch the show but judging from what I read in various medias, its second season was exceptionally good and apparently Margulies knocked it out of the park every time. And everyone, present company excluded, does love this show.

Who I Want To Win:

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Why: Since I didn’t pick Kyle Chandler as my favorite to win, I better do Friday Night Lights a solid and pick her for this category. πŸ™‚ And like Steve Carell, this will be her last chance to win in this category for Friday Night Lights. She deserves it.

But It Could Very Well BeMireille Enos. I know that some TV blogger (forgot who) called Enos’ Sarah Linden as The Worst Cop on TV (and I happen to agree with that blogger), but critics seem to dig her performance in The Killing. Besides, she didn’t write the show. Linden’s ineptitude cannot be blamed on her.

Winner: Julianna Marguiles

Outstanding Comedy Series:

– Big Bang Theory.

– Modern Family.

– Glee.

– 30 Rock.

– The Office.

– Parks and Recreation.

Who I Think Will Win:

Modern Family

Why: It did win last year despite Glee’s domination at other award shows, and unlike Glee that declined in quality in its second season, Modern Family continues to stay strong and gave us a really hilarious season. And 30 Rock did win at least twice in this category so the same fate could befall this show.

Who I Want To Win:

Parks and Recreation

Why: Since Community wasn’t even nominated (boo!), I want my second favorite comedy to win this category and show everyone else how it’s done. Even with a shorter season, we got so many great episodes last season: Ron and Tammy 2, Andy and April wedding, the one with the snake juice, the season finale with the passing of Li’l Sebastian… honestly, why don’t more people watch this show?

But It Could Very Well Be30 Rock. Like I said before, they had a really good fifth season and the only show in the category that actually dared to do a live show. So yeah, Tina Fey and crew can win again this year.

Winner: Modern Family

Outstanding Drama Series:

– Boardwalk Empire.

– Dexter.

– Friday Night Lights.

– The Good Wife.

– Game of Thrones

– Mad Men.

Who I Think Will Win:

Boardwalk Empire

Why: It won the Globes, it’s executive-produced by Martin Scorsese, and it’s on HBO. And plus, with Mad Men not returning until next year, this freshman drama is more fresh in everyone’s mind. It’s not as well-written as Mad Men in my opinion, but considering the powerhouse performances of the actors and how much Emmy voters love HBO, it can totally win.

Who I Want To Win:

Friday Night Lights

Why: Because this show is still the best show on television, even though it has wrapped its fifth and final season. And because I bawled like a baby watching the series finale, and continued to cry for days after. Because the people of Dillon, Texas has stolen the hearts of everyone who has ever decided to watch it. And finally, because clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, get the DVDs!)

But It Could Very Well BeGame of Thrones. I didn’t see it, but apparently everyone raved about it.

Winner: Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series:

– Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family.

– Chris Colfer, Glee.

– Jon Cryer, Two and A Half Men.

– Ty Burrell, Modern Family.

– Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family.

– Ed O’Neill, Modern Family.

Who I Think Will Win:

Chris Colfer, Glee

Why: Ryan Murphy pretty much dedicated most of season 2 on Chris Colfer’s Kurt Hummel, and he did pretty much nail it every episode. While some people are getting a little sick of him, I have a feeling award voters still love him. After all, he did win the Globes…

Who I Want To Win:

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Why: Honestly, I love all the Modern Family guys and I don’t know how Emmy voters can choose between all four of them in the same category (which is why I think this year Colfer might win). But ultimately, Phil made me laugh so hard last season, and he’s too damn adorable so I gotta go with Ty Burrell. I wish they all could win though, wouldn’t that be something?

But It Could Very Well BeEric Stonestreet.Β  He won last year, and Cameron was still hysterical last season, so he could win this again.

Winner: Ty Burrell, hells yeah!

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series:

– Jane Lynch, Glee.

– Betty White, Hot In Cleveland.

– Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live.

– Sofia Vegara, Modern Family.

– Julie Bowen, Modern Family.

– Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock.

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Why: I am in love with this lady! πŸ™‚ And seriously, she’s the best thing in Modern Family, and everyone practically raved about her performance last season. Not to mention, Jane Lynch is hosting this year and hosts rarely win (see: Neil Patrick Harris), and out of all the nominees Vergara’s got the most buzz.

But It Could Very Well BeBetty White. America’s not as obsessed with her as they did last year, but she’s still got enough clout to actually take home an Emmy in this category.

Winner: Julie Bowen

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:

– Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones.

– Josh Charles, The Good Wife.

– Alan Cumming, The Good Wife.

– Walter Goggins, Justified.

– Andre Braugher, Men of A Certain Age.

– John Slattery, Mad Men.

Who I Think Will Win:

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Why: I don’t watch the show, but man is it popular! Not only does it have die-hard fans who would probably start a riot if he didn’t win, but the whole time Game of Thrones was airing, the social media was buzzing with praises for this man’s performance. So I’m guessing, he’ll probably win this one.

Who I Want To Win:

Walton Goggins, Justified

Why: Okay, the fact that Justified wasn’t nominated for Best Drama baffled me because last season was incredible, but fine, I’ll let it go as long as either this man or Timothy Olyphant gets some Emmy love. Walton Goggins was brilliant as Boyd Crowder, and last season he brought his A-game in every episode. And since I didn’t actually see Game of Thrones, I have to root for this guy.

But It Could Very Well BeAlan Cumming. Speaking of brilliance, this man never fails to impress me. I don’t watch The Good Wife but I know he must’ve been amazing in it. He’s Alan Cumming!

Winner: Peter Dinklage

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series:

– Christina Hendricks, Mad Men.

– Margot Martindale, Justified.

– Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife.

– Christine Baranski, The Good Wife.

– Michelle Forbes, The Killing.

– Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire.

Who I Think Will Win:

Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire

Why: Well Boardwalk Empire seems to be the favorite this year, it’s up for I think 19 nominations, so miss MacDonald is definitely a shoe-in. And besides, she was great as oh crap I don’t remember the name of her character… but yeah, that woman. πŸ™‚ Sorry. It’s been a while. But yeah, she was great as whoever-her-character’s-name-is. And the Emmy voters do love this show.

Who I Want ToWin:

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Why: She’s Joan Holloway. She’s awesome. And just like Emma Stone, I totally have a girl-crush on the fabulously voluptuous Christina Hendricks. And Joan got some pretty good storylines in season 4, so I think it’s not a stretch that I want her to win.

But It Could Very Well BeArchie Panjabi. She did win last year, didn’t she?

Winner: Margo Martindale

Are you going to watch The Emmys this year? Who are you rooting for? Whose snubs are you most upset about? Discuss below.

xoxo

Binky Bee

Racing To The Emmys

The Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and this year, I am not utterly disappointed. Sure, there are a few snubs like the previous years, most notably Zach Gilford for Friday Night Lights, but I am already grateful that the show that pretty much everyone ignores is finally getting some much-deserved praise and nominations; most notably for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (aka The Taylors! Yeay!).

However, the fact that this year’s Emmy is not so disappointing brings about a whole other problem. Who am I going to root for? In some categories, I love almost all the nominees that I am torn. It also makes predicting the outcome super hard, which sucks since I love blogging about award shows. πŸ™‚

So this time around, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m still going to do predictions (divided into my usual ‘Who I Think Will Win’ and ‘Who I Want To Win’) but instead of predicting “the dark horse”, I’m simply going to add another category called ‘But It Could Very Well Be…’ seeing that the votes can go any which way this year. You know what this means, though, the 2009/2010 television season was pretty damn good. So hooray for that!

Okay, we have a lot to go through, so let’s get straight to it! (NOTE: Since there are so many categories, I decided only to post the ones that I can predict, or care about. To see a complete list, you can go straight to the Emmy Website)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

– Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

– Tony Shalhoub, Monk.

– Steve Carell, The Office.

– Matthew Morisson, Glee.

– Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory.

– Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock.

Who I Think Will Win:

Steve Carell, The Office

Why: Well, Alec Baldwin won for 30 Rock last year and the year before that if I’m not mistaken, so it’ll be so boring if he wins again. Carell has been nominated multiple times but has yet to win, again, if my memory serves me right. And this upcoming season of The Office will be his last, so the Emmy voters might want to give him an award just for that.

Who I Want To Win:

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Why: I’m still holding a grudge for the fact that he didn’t win last year’s Emmy, while that guy from Two and A Half Men got an Emmy and beat NPH in the process. Come on! Jim Parsons is responsible for making Sheldon Cooper the most beloved genius physicist in primetime. He really deserves the win, and it’s just a shame if the Emmys continue to snub him.

But It Could Very Well BeAlec Baldwin. After all, he did win the Golden Globes for the same category this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series:

– Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.

– Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie.

– Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, New Adventures Of Old Christine.

– Lea Michele, Glee.

– Toni Colette, United States of Tara.

– Tina Fey, 30 Rock.

Who I Think Will Win:

Toni Colette, United States of Tara

Why: If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know why she deserves to win. Especially in the second season where two other alter emerged, and she had to act opposite herself. And like I said in my Golden Globes post, she is Australian. Faking an American accent is hard enough, having to portray 6-7 different personalities with different accents (Buck has a Southern accent, Shoshana has this thick Brooklyn accent, etc) and demeanor, is even harder. I wouldn’t be surprise if Emmy voters crown her a winner once again.

Who I Want To Win:

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Why: Sure, she’s no Toni Colette but I think Amy Poehler did such a great job portraying Leslie Knope in the second season of P-Rex. Her character has grown from this slightly delusional but ambitious small-town politician to a lovable and endearing woman who just wants to give the best for her community, even if no one appreciates it. Not to mention, NBC has just made the epic mistake of pushing Parks and Recreation back to mid-season so a win for Amy Poehler might nudge them in the right direction (bring the show back in the Fall).

But It Could Very Well BeEdie Falco. Nurse Jackie may not be 100% comedy, but Falco was exceptionally good last season.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

– Jon Hamm, Mad Men.

– Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights.

– Hugh Laurie, House.

– Michael C. Hall, Dexter.

– Brian Cranston, Breaking Bad.

– Matthew Fox, Lost.

Who I Think Will Win:

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Why: He lost to Brian Cranston last year, but the third season of Mad Men was pretty amazing and Jon Hamm really took Don Draper to another level. When I was watching it, I kept alternating between wanting to strangle him for being such a douche, and to kiss him for being, well, the dapper Don Draper. You know an actor deserves an accolade when he can make viewers torn between loving or hating his character. And besides, seeing Jon Hamm in a tux walking across that stage… well that’s just a lovely sight, and I know the Emmy voters feel the same way. πŸ™‚

Who I Want To Win:

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights

Why: He should’ve been nominated two seasons ago, but since Emmy voters seem allergic to good television, he was overlooked. So in my opinion, they have to make up for ignoring this amazing show for so long by letting this beloved coach win. After all, he’s not even coaching the winning team anymore now, but he’s still as inspirational as ever. He’s so inspirational, he made an uncredited cameo in Joshua Ferris’ short story in The New Yorker. So hells yeah, give the man an Emmy! (Then maybe I’ll forgive them for snubbing Zach Gilford)

But It Could Very Well BeMichael C Hall. He won the Golden Globes this year and he managed to power through shooting Dexter while undergoing treatments for Lymphoma. He’s a trooper!

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

– January Jones, Mad Men.

– Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.

– Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

– Glenn Close, Damages.

– Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife.

– Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights.

Who I Think Will Win:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Why: Just because I gave up on the show because I couldn’t relate to her character, doesn’t mean the rest of America did. I have heard nothing but praise for the show and her character, and she did win The Globes for the same category this year. So I think there’s a really good chance she’s going to win this one as well.

Who I Want To Win:

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Why: As if I’m going to root for the coach and not do the same to his wife. Besides, Mrs Coach Connie Britton deserves it. She was always overlooked since she’s in the most underrated show ever to air on television, but that has never stopped her from always bringing her A-Game. And I think every Friday Night Lights fans out there would love to see The Taylors take home The Emmys.

But It Could Very Well BeGlenn Close. I didn’t see last season’s Damages, but I heard she was phenomenal, as always.

Outstanding Comedy Series:

– Curb Your Enthusiasm.

– Modern Family.

– The Office.

– 30 Rock.

– Nurse Jackie.

– Glee.

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Glee

Why: Let’s see… Glee is highly successful, much beloved and has spawned legions of loyal fans (called Gleek) around the globe. There’s no show like it on TV. It has successfully wormed its way around everyone’s hearts; critics and fans alike. Sure, there are plot holes and ridiculous storylines, but this show kinda thrives on its ridiculousness. And if The Globes, SAG, and Peabody are any indication, Glee’s winning streak is definitely not over yet, even if The New Directions lost at Regionals.

But It Could Very Well BeModern Family. It’s also new, it’s also fresh, and it’s also really, really funny. Honestly, even I’m torn!

Outstanding Drama Series:

– True Blood.

– Dexter.

– Mad Men.

– The Good Wife.

– Breaking Bad.

– Lost.

Who I Think Will Win:

Mad Men

Why: Consider this, they won last year. They won this year’s Golden Globes. The third season was exceptionally strong; it was well-written, brilliantly-acted and it didn’t lose its quality, not even a little bit, something that most shows tend to do when they start feeling good about themselves. And let’s face it, the Emmy Voters, just like the rest of the world, love these guys from Sterling Cooper.

Who I Want To Win:

True Blood

Why: Because Alexander Skarsgard is the sexiest man alive? I kid, I kid. I think this show has been snubbed long enough; they lost to Mad Men at the Globes too. Perhaps because it’s a show about vampires, and thanks to the psycho fans of Twilight, critics and TV snobs are a little allergic to these bloodsucking creatures. But if only they knew that the show is so much more than just a vampire love story! Sure, last season could use some improvements; the Maenad storyline went on for a tad too long and the season finale was a bit flat – but overall, the show is really good and it’s not afraid to make fun of itself. What more can you ask for?

But It Could Very Well BeThe Good Wife. It’s a critics and ratings darling. I seem to be the only one who can’t relate to it.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series:

– Mike O’Malley, Glee.

– Fred Willard, Modern Family.

– Eli Wallach, Nurse Jackie.

– Jon Hamm, 30 Rock.

– Neil Patrick Harris, Glee.

– Will Arnett, 30 Rock.

Who I Think Will Win:

Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Why: As I’ve said before, Jon Hamm walking across the stage in his tuxedo is such a lovely sight that I’m sure Emmy Voters don’t want to miss out on. And he was also HILARIOUS as Drew, Tina Fey’s neighbor and love interest. And, okay, as if Emmy Voters don’t lick their lips and quote Fey’s most famous line from the show, “I want to go to there.” when they think of Jon Hamm.

Who I Want To Win:

Mike O’Malley, Glee

Why: Thanks to Glee, Mike O’Malley has finally redeemed himself for the embarrassment that is Yes, Dear, the sitcom that everyone uses as an example of “what not to do when you’re creating a sitcom”. As Kurt’s dad, Mike O’Malley, the guy from Yes, Dear, managed to make me bawl my eyes out a few times. He was pitch-perfect. Sweet, endearing and the kind of father every gay teenager deserves to have. And if winning an Emmy means there’ll be more of him next season, I’m all for it.

But It Could Very Well BeNeil Patrick Harris. He was awesome as Bryan Ryan in Glee too. I can’t choose. Don’t make me!

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series:

– Kristin Chenoweth, Glee.

– Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live.

– Jane Lynch, Two and a Half Men.

– Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives.

– Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory.

– Betty White, Saturday Night Live.

– Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock.

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Betty White, Saturday Night Live

Why: America is obsessed with Betty White these days, and I think it’s a good thing. She definitely deserves the love and adoration! Her new show “Hot In Cleveland” is a ratings success, despite airing in a cable network that no one watches, TV Land. Speaking of, her SNL stint gave the show its highest ratings this whole season. If she gets snubbed, I’m pretty sure there’ll be riots. We love Betty White, damn it! Just give her the damn award already!

But It Could Very Well BeChristine Baranski. She was hilarious as Leonard’s mom… but she could never beat Betty! Never!

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series:

– Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family.

– Chris Colfer, Glee.

– Jon Cryer, Two and A Half Men.

– Ty Burrell, Modern Family.

– Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family.

– Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother.

Who I Think Will Win:

Chris Colfer, Glee

Why: Well, Glee nabbed 19 nominations for this year’s Emmy, so one of the actors is bound to win it. And I think Chris Colfer did an amazing job portraying Kurt, especially when he’s torn between being who he is and being the son his father has always wanted. I just really don’t want Jon Cryer, that guy from Two and A Half Men, to win again. Enough already.

Who I Want To Win:

Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Why: Hello, is it any surprise that I want my gay husband to win? πŸ™‚ After losing to Jon freakin’ Cryer last year, Emmy voters better show the amazing Mr. Harris some love! He was the only good thing about HIMYM last season. I’m sure people continue to tune in to watch him. And let’s face it, he steals every scene and makes the show bearable during a truly lackluster season. So yeah, give this man an Emmy!

But It Could Very Well BeAnyone from Modern Family. My money’s on Eric Stonestreet. Love Cameron/Fizbo The Clown!

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series:

– Jane Lynch, Glee.

– Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock.

– Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live.

– Sofia Vegara, Modern Family.

– Julie Bowen, Modern Family.

– Holland Taylor, Two and A Half Men.

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Jane Lynch, Glee

Why: She was snubbed at the Globes this year, but it seems Emmy voters will not make the same mistake as the HFPA (hopefully), because after all, by now the world has seen the entire first season of Glee (twice, for some of us) and everyone knows just how amazing she was as our favorite Cheerios Coach, Sue Sylvester. Let’s face it, not everyone can say lines like, “Your hair looks like a briar patch. I keep expecting racist, animated Disney characters to pop up and start singing about living on the bayou.” with a straight face and nailed the delivery every time. And if the Emmys snub her too, well then, quoting Sue Sylvester, “I realize my cultural ascendance only serves to illuminate your own banality. But, face it, I’m legend. It’s happened.” And that’s how Sue Sees It!

But It Could Very Well BeJulie Bowen. She is pitch-perfect as neurotic mom Claire in Modern Family. She’s no Sue, but she’s also great.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:

– John Slattery, Mad Men.

– Martin Short, Damages.

– Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad.

– Terry O’Quinn, Lost.

– Andre Braugher, Men of A Certain Age.

– Michael Emerson, Lost.

Who I Think Will Win:

Michael Emerson, Lost

Why: I don’t watch Lost (I’m one of the only five people in the world), but I have read too many reviews and/or comments about Emerson’s performance in Lost that I know he’d be a strong contender in this category. And I think he won last year, so assuming that in the final season of Lost he still performed just as brilliantly, I think he’ll win again.

Who I Want To Win:

John Slattery, Mad Men

Why: I know Roger Sterling is a douche, but John Slattery deserves to win simply because he portrays a first-rate douche so brilliantly. And I have to admit, Roger Sterling may be an unrepentant womanizer, but at least he’s honest about it. He hasn’t gotten any love from the Emmys so far and I think that needs to change.

But It Could Very Well BeAndre Braugher. Men of A Certain Age is a surprisingly good show, and he’s kinda great in it.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series:

– Christina Hendricks, Mad Men.

– Rose Byrne, Damages.

– Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife.

– Sharon Gless, Burn Notice.

– Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men.

– Christine Baranski, The Good Wife.

Who I Think Will Win:

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Why: She’s Joan Holloway. She’s awesome. Let’s face it, Joan is not an easy character to play, and in the hands of the wrong actress – she can come off as bitchy and pathetic. But Christina Hendricks lent such depth into the character that we love her just as much as men love her curves. And let’s face it, only Joan can make a pen necklace looks sexy as hell and for that, she deserves to flaunt those curves on stage and receive her Emmy.

Who I Want To Win:

Sharon Gless, Burn Notice

Why: It’s quite surprising that she got nominated this year considering the Emmys never really showed any love for this show, so I’m really happy. Especially since her performance at the season 3 finale was so phenomenal. It’s a shame her TV son Jeffrey Donovan was not nominated (and the Emmys also snubbed the always funny Bruce Campbell) but hey, I’ll take what I can get. She’s probably not going to win, and I really do love Christina Hendricks, but I think her winning could garner the voters interests on the show, and maybe next year Bruce Campbell or Jeffrey Donovan can join her as fellow nominees.

But It Could Very Well BeArchie Panjabi. Like I said, this show is loved by both critics and viewers. Chances are, Emmy Voters are going to love her too.

Are you going to watch The Emmys this year? Who are you rooting for?

xoxo

Binky Bee

All Things Considered…

Now that I’ve basically seen all of Fall’s new shows (in exception of those that got really bad reviews and and really not worth even checking out), I think I’m ready to give my deliberations. Not all of these shows that I actually like has gotten the full-season pick up, but let’s just hope that it’ll happen soon. Of course you know how much I love Glee, so I won’t discuss it any further. But there are other shows that premiered this Fall that I need to talk about. And here’s my two-cents:

The first cancellation of the season was the Ashton Kutcher-produced “The Beautiful Life: TBL”, the show that was supposed to be Mischa Barton’s comeback vehicle, and I have to say, as much as I loved Ms Barton in The OC, I actually think that this show sucked the big one.

tbl

Forget about the fact that the title alone was beyond cheesy (what’s with the TBL abbreviation?), the story was a snooze-fest, the acting was amateurish, and really, the only thing good about the show is the “beautiful” cast and fashion. Even Ashton Kutcher’s 1 million followers on Twitter couldn’t really save this show from sinking quicker than the Titanic.

I do wish that The CW would cancel both 90210 and Melrose Place 2.0 as well though, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen soon enough, they’re trying to make those shows work at any cost, including firing two cast members (Colin Egglesfield and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) from Melrose Place and stunt-casting Rumer Willis and Samantha Ronson in 90210 to try to keep the shows afloat. Well, good luck with that, CW. You should have given both Reaper and Privileged one more chance.

Another show that seems to not be going well and for good reason, is NBC’s attempt to recreate the “new” ER: Trauma, a show about paramedics in San Fransisco.

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I have to say, I have seen all the episodes so far, and there is no way this show can be the new ER. First of all, aside from fun explosion and blood and gore (as much as basic network TV is allowed to show), the show really has nothing else going on. The story lines are half-baked and never really deliver a punch, the characters are not that engaging and furthermore, the show seems to be confused – Anastasia Griffith’s character is a poor man’s Meredith Grey, with her penchant for sleeping around and knocking back a few tequilas after work – but at the same time, the hectic action sequences try too hard to be somewhere between ER and 24. Conclusion: They should’ve kept Southland and cancel this one immediately. Or at least bring back Chuck earlier than expected.

Failing with one medical show already, NBC seems to be doing better in the nurses’ front with Mercy.

Mercy

I have to admit, I was skeptical about this show at first. There are already too many medical shows in my opinion, and after they got bored with doctors, the shift to nurses didn’t really guarantee quality shows. Sure, there’s Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, but there’s also Hawthorne that proves to be nothing more than Jada Pinkett-Smith vanity project. However, Mercy changed my mind. It was actually good. Taylor Schilling as Veronica Callahan is engaging and believable, and she plays “scary and damaged” really well. The other cast members prove to be a delight as well, Michelle Trachtenberg’s Chloe is adorable and Jamie Lee Kirchner is definitely convincing as commitment-phobic but fragile Sonya. Sure, there are some similarities to Nurse Jackie – most prominently Veronica’s rebellious attitude – but they’re slowly moving away from being a poor man’s Nurse Jackie and hold their own as a charming new show that’s worth spending your Wednesday with. And the best part is of course their full-season pick up. At last, NBC can recognize a good show! (I’m still bummed by them axing the amazingly well-written and beautifully acted Kings).

Another show that NBC just picked up for a full-season is Community, the Joel McHale comedy about misfits in a community college.

community

And am I glad about that! I love Community, it’s hilarious, sweet (without being saccharine) and I always have a soft-spot for quirky oddballs (in which there are plenty here) trying to make sense of life. I think Joel McHale does a great job playing a fast-talking former con artist, he knows how to walk the fine line between selfish and sensitive without being too much of a jerk that we find him unlikeable or too much of a reformed bad boy that we don’t find him believable.

Of course talking about quirky oddballs, we can’t forget HBO’s Bored To Death that already got picked up for a second season a while back.

bored-to-death

Okay, so not every episode is as funny as the pilot, but this show definitely has promise and the three stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson are so amazing that I’m pretty sure it’ll continue to get better as the show progresses. And besides, it’s not TV, it’s HBO. So quality is something we are sure to get from them.

While we’re on the topic of Comedy, one show that has gotten a full-season pick up is ABC’s Modern Family, one of this year’s biggest surprise hit.

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I didn’t expect this show to be a hit, but it did very well and I’m pleasantly surprised. I knew it was going to be good – considering the critics all rave about this show – but I just didn’t expect it to be that good and that funny so early on. Mockumentary-style comedy usually takes a while to take off, with The Office and Parks and Recreation needing a second season to actually find their footing, but this one proves to be a comedic gold right from the pilot episode. Maybe it’s because when they’re not talking to the screen, we forget that it’s actually a mockumentary, the camera work is always deliberately smooth to differentiate this show from the other mockumentary shows, and I think that makes the show works so well. Not to mention every single cast member is so hilarious, it’s hard to pick a favorite!

In the Drama department, ABC also scored big with FlashForward, the show that at first had a very Lost-like premise but quickly became its own separate entity with its own interesting mysteries.

flashforward

This show actually turned out to be better than I expected, even though I already had high hopes for it to begin with. The mystery is, in my opinion, far more interesting that Lost, and even though sometimes the way they only unfold a little bit of revelation in every episode is a little frustrating, I love the way it’s unpredictable in the subtlest way. Like the character Janis, for example, who saw herself being 17 weeks pregnant in her flash forward. When she and John Cho’s character Dimitri Noh got a little chummy in one episode, we thought for sure they would hook up one night and that’s how she’ll become pregnant in six months – but the writers decide to pull a fast one on us and in the last episode, it is revealed that Janis is actually a lesbian. Okay, now it’s definitely getting complicated. Not to mention she was also shot and (presumably) left for dead in the end of that episode, which makes me question whether these “flash forwards” will actually happen, or whether the fact that the whole world got a preview of the future can actually result in a completely different future than what they originally saw. Your brain hurting yet?

Moving on to CBS, one of their highly anticipated drama was The Good Wife, starring Julianna Marguielles that received good reviews from critics and has already gotten a full season pick up a few weeks ago.

The Good Wife

However, for me, it’s actually not as good as I had expected and I stopped watching after a while because I simply got bored of it. I’m never a big fan of legal shows to begin with (except for the ones that incorporate silly hallucinations and song and dance, like Ally McBeal and Eli Stone), and for some reason I just can’t quite relate with Alicia Florrick, Julianna Marguilles’ character in the show. Maybe it’s because I’m not married and it’s hard for me to understand the struggles of being the wife of a disgraced politician, maybe it’s Julianna Marguilles’ unimpressive acting, but the show does not live up to the hype, in my humble opinion. CBS should just stick to crime procedural dramas and I would be just fine with it.

Finally, there are other shows that have been around awhile and have always been ratings-gold that I gave up on watching this season because the quality continues to decline, like Grey’s Anatomy.

grey's-anatomy

Shonda Rhames really need to learn from the producers of Seinfeld, Friends and Sex and The City to quit while she’s ahead. Despite a strong season finale last Spring, the show’s return to ABC’s Fall schedule turned out to be a disappointment, and it’s not because TR Knight left the show (surprisingly enough, he’s really not that important of a character for us to miss him). I don’t really know why Grey’s suck lately but I guess the quality has just declined too much that it’s a little hard to salvage. I think instead of adding more cast members, they should just admit that it’s time to bid adieu and take a bow.

Oh and take Desperate Housewives with them if they do, before I pick up a shotgun and shoot Teri Hatcher’s character Susan Mayer in the face. Just when I thought she couldn’t be more pathetic, Marc Cherry proved that he’s still got it in him to make Susan Mayer the most pathetic character ever created in a show.

So there you go. The good, the bad and the ugly of Fall TVΒ  2009.

What’s your favorite new show? What show do you think should bite the dust? And what show that you think needs to be resurrected in place of the shitty ones that are still airing now?

xoxo

Binky Bee

10 New Shows To Watch This Fall

Summer is officially over, and with the end of summer, comes something that TV addicts and couch potatoes like me have been waiting for: new Fall television. Every year, Fall comes with the excitement of discovering new, and hopefully good, shows that we can fall in love with… before screaming and crying foul the next Summer when the network decides to, again, pull the plug on the shows we’ve come to love but gets no love from Nielsen ratings.

But with each new Fall television, we start hoping again and this year is no different. The networks are ready to present us so many new shows in the hope that we will actually watch them and love them. Of course, it’s not humanly possible – unless your job is watching TV like Michael Aussiello and Kristin Dos Santos – to watch every new show that premieres every Fall, especially since we still have old favorites to watch. So, as any good couch potato would, we use the hot summer days to troll around various websites to get the dish on the upcoming shows as well as reviews from major publications whose taste we trust the most.

Or maybe it’s just me?

Well, in any case, after much research, I’ve compiled a list of 10 new shows you should check out this Fall. Of course I haven’t seen most of the shows here because they haven’t premiered yet, so don’t blame me if you don’t end up liking some of them. I may not end up liking some of them. But at least, this will help you weed out the truly bad ones that don’t even deserve your TiVo time.

Anyway, let’s get right to it, shall we?

1/ Glee, airing on Wednesdays at 9 PM EST on Fox.

Lea Michelle as Rachel Barry and Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson in Glee

Lea Michelle as Rachel Barry and Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson in Glee

Don’t let all the awesome singing or even the title fool you, Glee is not another “high school musical”. No, the cast doesn’t break out into a song in the school cafeteria for no reason (which was the reason why The Man hates musicals. In his own words: “Why do they have to break out into songs for no reason? No one does that!”), and no, the kids in McKinley High are not perfect little students like the kids in High School Musical. And no, Finn Hudson, the football star turned Glee club member, does not wear as much guy-liner like Zac Efron did (well, still does). On the contrary, Glee has all the edginess of the other Ryan Murphy show Nip/Tuck, toned down a bit for basic cable and a younger audience combined the humor of cult-favorite Freaks and Geeks. It’s hilarious, sweet (without being fake) and has all the feel-good nature of a musical without losing sight of the reality of high school and the nature of the outcast.Β  It’s different, ambitious and I guarantee you’ll love it. Hey, didn’t we all start singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing after the pilot had a special preview after Idol finale last April (or May)? You gotta love a show that can make Journey cool again.

2/ Flashforward, airing on ABC starting Sept 24, at 8 PM EST.

The Cast of Flashforward

The Cast of Flashforward

Arguably the most buzzed-about show this season, Flashforward has all the makings of becoming the new “Lost”, with more appeal for those of us who don’t like Lost because it’s set on their worst nightmare (the whole plane crashing on a deserted island without any electricity or bug spray, eek) – of course by “us”, I mean me, since everyone seems to not be bothered by it. The premise of Flashforward is interesting: “Everybody in the world blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds, then awakes to a world in confusion. People believe they are having memories of the event, but they turn out to be flashes of the future. Something big is going to happen, and the series focuses on the people who either want it to happen or try to stop it from happening.” (from the San Fransisco Chronicles). Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a winning show for me, a sci-fi loving geek. Not to mention, the cast is pretty awesome: Shakespeare In Love Joseph Fiennes and Star Trek’s John Cho (or the other guy in Harold and Kumar), among others. Expect this show to birth loyal followers and many fan websites with discussions and interpretation of each episode, much like Lost and the other JJ Abrams show, Fringe.

3/ Modern Family, airing on ABC starting Sept 23, at 9 PM EST.

Cast Of Modern Family

Cast Of Modern Family

I know, ABC is not known for its strong comedy, but I think this year ABC can totally own it with Better Off Ted getting a second season and this new comedy starring Julie Bowen of Ed and Weeds fame. First of all, the premise is interesting: it’s Office style mockumentary of three American families. Yes, it may sound kinda tired, but according to critics, it came out original and shockingly funny. As we know from The Office, this faux-documentary style comedy takes patience and the humor lies in its subtle nuances, so don’t expect the traditional laugh-out-loud comedy early on. But just like The Office, I think this is going to be the kind of comedy that we can fall in love with if we just give it a try. So I’d recommend you to give this one a try, especially since Julie Bowen is always awesome in whatever role she portrays.

4/ The Good Wife, airing on CBS staring Sept 22, at 10 PM EST.

Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife

Yes, we know, after ER, Julianna Margulies seems adamant about appearing in yet another legal series, but I think we should let her slide this time. If only because she plays the wife of Mr. Big without having to click her Manolos three times. If you miss Chris Noth aka Carrie’s Mr. Big on television, well this is the show for you. The Good Wife tells the story of “a woman who stepped aside from a promising law career to raise her children, only to find out later that her politician husband (Chris Noth) has been involved in a sex and corruption scandal. Standing (shocked) by her husband at his news conference, she appears to indeed be β€œthe good wife” but quickly chooses to take charge of her life and family by going back to work. But that has its own issues because 13 years have passed and old friends are very successful while fresh young lawyers prove ultra-competitive.” (from The San Fransisco Chronicles). I know, this may sound lame after cable TV churned out so many ambitious legal shows in the recent years (Damages came to mind), but it got good reviews, and it’d be interesting to see Chris Noth play an Elliot Spitzer-like disgraced politician instead of just another version of Mr. Big for once.

5/ Cougar Town, airing on ABC starting Sept 23 at 9.30 pm EST.

Courtney Cox in Cougar Town

Courtney Cox as Jules Cobb in Cougar Town

I know, the title is kinda lame – after all, it leaves little to the imagination. We know exactly what the show is going to be about: cougars! Woo hoo! And okay, so Courtney Cox hasn’t really fared well on television after Friends, her F/X show Dirt was canceled after only 2 seasons. And yes, reviews are mixed on this Bill Lawrence comedy, with some recommending us to watch and some think that we should just pass on the show, but I think we should give it a shot. First of all, despite the lame but effective name, Cougar Town is more than just about cougars roaming around looking for a hot young thing to pounce on. Give Bill Lawrence some credit, people. Didn’t he bring us Scrubs? Didn’t we totally love it? And from the looks of things, it seems like Cougar Town is less about the obvious: older women trolling after younger men, but more about a recently divorced mom of a 17-year-old boy navigating a world that is age-obsessed, beauty indulgent and judgmental, especially when it comes to divorced mothers. So I recommend leaving all judgment out the door and just tune in to see whether this show really does live up to its expectations.

6/ Eastwick, airing on ABC starting Sept 23, at 10 PM EST.

Lindsay Price as Joanna Frankel, Rebecca Romijn as  Roxanne Torcoletti, and Jamie Ray Newman as Kat Gardener in Eastwick

Lindsay Price as Joanna Frankel, Rebecca Romijn as Roxanne Torcoletti, and Jamie Ray Newman as Kat Gardener in Eastwick

If you’re wondering, yes this show is based on the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick starring Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Jack Nicholson. And if you’re skeptical about the show, I don’t blame you. The Witches of Eastwick was pretty memorable and nobody does devilish as good as Jack Nicholson. But before you sigh and roll your eyes, I suggest that you put all your skepticism aside and give this one a try. First, because as it turns out this is not the first adaptation of the movie, but the third. The first two were complete failures, never becoming anything more than unsold pilots. The fact that this one actually gets picked up says something about the quality. Second, it looks like this show has a lot going for it, not just the three main stars (it’s good to see Lindsay Price and Rebecca Romijn back so soon to television after Price’s Lipstick Jungle was canceled and Romijn’s character in Ugly Betty was written out due to her pregnancy) but also Canadian actor Paul Gross who plays Darryl Van Horne, the man/devil that brings them together. He’s no Jack Nicholson, but then again, the show doesn’t really stay close to the movie and instead becomes its own entity, which is a smart move on its own. Will it be the next Charmed? Only time will tell, but I’ll definitely check this one out.

7/ Community, airing on NBC starting Sept 17, at 9.30 PM EST.

The Cast of Community

The Cast of Community

I love Joel McHale in The Soup, so I’m already biased about this show and plans to watch it the minute it debuts on Sept 17. But my personal feelings aside, it seems like this show has generated enough buzz and good reviews to guarantee a win. Community tells the story of a disgraced, fake lawyer and brilliant con/liar who ends up going back to community college and leading what could be best described as a band of misfits in a study group. Joel McHale taking on the role of Jeff Winger, the brilliant con man is already pretty awesome by me, but this show gets even sweeter with the return of Chevy Chase to television after his guest stint in Chuck last season. Top that off with a slew of comic talents in this show, and this looks to have all the makings of another NBC comedy success (think The Office and 30 Rock). Especially with reviews that described the humor as “fast, cutting and original with a dose of silly and sweet to it”, I’m pretty much sold and I can’t wait for this addition to NBC’s already strong Thursday comedy line up.

8/ White Collar, airing on USA staring Oct 23, at 10 PM EST.

Tim De Kay as Peter Stokes and Matthew Bomer as Neal Caffrey in White Collar

Tim De Kay as Peter Stokes and Matthew Bomer as Neal Caffrey in White Collar

If you miss Bryce Larkin in Chuck and want to see more of him, I think this show is for you. If you are not a fan of Chuck, but a fan of smart television, I think this show is for you too. This show is described by Alan Sepinwall of The Star-Ledger as “part Catch Me If You Can and part ’80s buddy cop movie” tells the story of the unlikely partnership of a con artist and an FBI agent who have been playing cat and mouse for years. Neal Caffrey (Bomer), an incredibly charming criminal mastermind, is finally caught by his nemesis, G-Man extraordinaire Peter Stokes (DeKay). When Neal escapes from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Peter nabs him once again. Rather than returning to jail for his daring getaway, Neal suggests an alternate plan: he’ll provide his cunning criminal expertise to assist the Feds in catching other notorious and elusive criminals. Initially wary, Peter quickly finds that Neal provides insight and intuition that cannot be found on the right side of the law. So far, this show has received glowing reviews, with critics calling it a “Bouncy, slick and very much on-brand from the channel that gives you Burn Notice and Monk.” (and uhm, Psych, of course!) – looks to be a promising show, I suggest we give this one a try.

9/ Bored To Death, airing on HBO starting Sept 20, at 9.30 PM EST.

Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames, Ted Danson as George Christopher and Zach Galifianakis as Ray Hueston in Bored To Death

Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames, Ted Danson as George Christopher and Zach Galifianakis as Ray Hueston in Bored To Death

The three stars of this show alone are enough to get me to watch, the fact that it’s in HBO and that it received glowing reviews make me even more excited about this comedy about a New York writer in crisis who inadvertently (and ill-advisedly) becomes a private detective. Jason Schwartzman, former drummer for Phantom Planet who successfully made the transition to acting as delightfully quirky oddball, is offset nicely by Zach Galifianakis, fresh off his hilarious role and shot to super stardom in The Hangover, and of course the always irreverent and crazy Ted Danson. After delivering a seriously haunting performance in Damages, it’s good to see the man back to his comedic roots. Not to mention, this show also boasts guest-starring roles by indie queens Parker Posey and Olivia Thirlby (Juno), and Golden Globe nominated actor Oliver Platt. This show looks to be another HBO comedic win like Entourage and Hung, so make sure you tune in for its debut on Sept 20.

10/ The Vampire Diaries, airing on Thursdays at 8 PM EST on The CW.

Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert and Paul Wesley as Stefan in The Vampire Diaries

Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert and Paul Wesley as Stefan in The Vampire Diaries

Okay, before you start protesting, I know this isn’t the kind of show us True Blood loving adults usually watch. And yes, I get the eerie similarities to Twilight, what with vampires attending high school (in broad daylight, I might add, and not catching fire like Godric did at sunrise in True Blood) and falling in love with a cute, suburban teenage girl with an Italianate first name. But it’s been a while since we’ve had anything by Kevin Williamson on TV (I was a huge Dawson’s Creek fan, can’t you tell?) and I’m willing to give this one a try. After all, if anyone can make a show with a Twilight-like premise interesting, it would be Mr. Williamson, who brought us the angsty Dawson’s Creek foursome a decade or so ago. A review from The New York Times said, “Mr. Williamson understands the modern American teenager more fully than Ms. Meyer, not only in the sharp grasp he maintains on adolescent idiom but also in his realization that young people feel as empowered in their roles as knowing cultural consumers as they can be by fulfilling their romantic longings.” In other words, I think we may like this one a whole lot more than Twilight. And even though I still don’t get why a vampire would want to go to High School despite having lived for hundreds of years, and even though I don’t understand why these melancholic teen vamps are so immune to sunlight, I’m willing to give this a try. I haven’t seen it yet despite it having already aired the pilot just last Thursday night (I still have Leverage to catch up on, and let’s face it, this one can wait till the weekend), but I will be watching, if only for the devilishly handsome Ian Somerhalder (Boone from Lost) who is sure to wreak some havoc in this vampire-age Romeo and Juliet tale.

So there you go, the 10 shows to watch this Fall. Let’s hope they are as good as the reviews depict them to be.

Which new show will you be tuning in this season?

xoxo

Binky Bee