Thursday, December 1, 2011

Some Random Thoughts on The Muppets

Disclaimer- I wrote this a while ago (last edited in December) but never completed it. Figured I'd post now after I rewatched the movie on DVD.
These thoughts are in bergeronian order. They mostly deal with or are inspired by The Muppets but also deal with some general Muppet stuff. There will be movie spoilers, so if you haven't seen it yet, feel free to not read:

1. Before I say anything else, let me say that The Muppets was generally fantastic. Anything negative I write about it here is complete nitpicking. It was just a terrific movie.

2. The cameos were slightly off. Not as a whole. But unlike the early Muppet movies The Muppets was trying to emulate- The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan- a large percentage of the cameos in the new film were the actors making cameos by playing themselves making cameos. Neil Patrick Harris, John Krasinski, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Rico Rodriguez, and James Carville all simply appeared (mostly very, very briefly) as themselves at the Muppet Telethon. In contrast, the brief cameos where the celebrities were playing a character were much more entertaining. David Grohl as Animool of The Moopets was inspired, Emily Blunt essentially recreated her The Devil Wears Prada role, and celebrities randomly popping up in small roles- Donald Glover, Sarah Silverman, Ken Jeong, Kristen Schaal, Alan Arkin, Zach Galifinakas etc. was much more in touch with previous Muppet film cameos.

3. There are two cameos I intentionally did not include in that last point. One was Jack Black, who's extended role may not even qualify as a cameo. He was a pretty perfect celebrity to have as the "host" of the telethon. Second is Jim Parsons. The past couple years, Parsons as Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory has become insufferable- and won two Emmys. In interviews, it always appears Parson's personality is frighteningly similar to the character he plays. So my excitement over his appearance in this movie was tempered at best. And he may have been the single best part of the film. His unique mannerisms and physical comedy skills were perfect for the role he played. His interview with Jimmy Kimmel where he discussed the role is embedded right here.

4. Is Dr. Bunsen Honeydew nearsighted or farsighted? I mean, he has no eyes. Are the glasses real or just to make him look smart? Has he ever been seen without glasses?

5. Jason Segel and I grew up during different eras in Muppet history. His focus was primarily honoring the legacy of The Muppet Show and the original three movies, my main memories of the Muppets is from Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, and Muppets Tonight. So I was glad to see Segel include some of the post-Henson era Muppets. The most prominent in the Muppets universe has been Pepe the Prawn, and he got a brief scene. In most of the post-Henson movies and specials Pepe has been a fairly prominent character. If the first tier has been Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo, the second tier has probably consisted of The Electric Mayhem (particularly Animal, Dr. Teeth, and Janice), Rizzo the Rat, Pepe, and occasionally Rowlf, and a third tier with Scooter (who was in the second tier before Richard Hunt passed away), Rowlf (same with before Henson passed), Bunsen and Beaker, the Swedish chef, and Statler and Waldorf. In this film, Rowlf and Scooter had probably their biggest roles since the original films and series, while Rizzo, a major character in   Manhattan was simply a background character. Anyway, Clifford, as host of Muppets Tonight was a fairly prominent post-Henson character who did not show up, but Bobo the Bear, the security guard from Tonight played a fairly substantial role as one of Chris Cooper's henchmen. It also pays respect to Muppets from Space, where Bobo played a similar role to Jeffrey Tambor's villain.

6. There were some Muppets who did not make the cut. Like any Christopher Nolan Batman movie, there was no Robin. Bean Bunny, a character who became randomly big in the 80's as a Muppet Baby and in the various Disney World shows, does not show up. And unlike the earlier movies, The Muppets featured no Sesame Street crossover, as they are now owned by different companies.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Occupy Greendale

I watch a lot of television. I got very lucky last season; nearly everything I cared about got renewed. Sure, I enjoyed Mr. Sunshine, and occasionally Mad LovePerfect Couples and Better with You, but the shows I cared about all got renewed.

Some of these were obvious- The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and Glee are substantial hits. How I Met Your Mother, The Office, 30 Rock, and Grey's Anatomy are central to the foundation of their respective networks for a long time now, and likely will go out on their own terms. Others were more surprising- Cougar Town and Parks and Recreation are moderately watched, if critically beloved. Breaking In was actually cancelled before it was renewed. Happy Endings, this season's best comedy, was the penultimate of the five HIMYMesque sitcoms to debut last season (after Perfect Couples, Mad Love, and Traffic Light, and before Friends with Benefits), was aired at a time of the year (starting in April) and in a time slot (10 and 10:30 after Cougar Town?!?) to be burned off. Heck, one of the stars (Damon Wayans Jr.) was cast in one of the biggest new sitcom pilots of this season (New Girl), assuming Happy Endings would never make it.

Community was also renewed. I'm not totally sure why. Three seasons is not enough for syndication, so this renewal would not boost them to that. NBC had a ton of comedy pilots, two of which (Bent and Best Friends Forever) still aren't scheduled to air. It's ratings are awful. It's critically beloved, but less so than P&R. It has virtually no award buzz, other than the fact that Joel McHale was in the Emmytones.

Community is not my favorite show. It maybe was, briefly, but it's been passed by P&R and HE and HIMYM's resurgence. But Community is not like any other show. It does things, it takes chances, it gets creative in ways that virtually any other network live-action sitcom does (sometimes, at its peak, 30 Rock was like this. It only occasionally is now). In fact, stylistically Community might share the most with Family Guy, albeit at a much higher level. Because of this, Community can reach extraordinarily greatness ("Modern Warfare," "Cooperative Calligraphy," "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design," "Paradigms of Human Memory," and "Remedial Chaos Theory" are probably a top five, though I could be convinced into "Contemporary American Poultry," "Epidemology," "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons," and "A Fistful of Paintballs" fairly easily). But it can also feature massive duds ("Basic Rocket Science," the first three episodes of this season, and in my mind the show's worst episode, "Celebrity Pharmacology"). It isn't surprising then that while Community has attracted a strong, passoinate fan base, it has also turned off millions of viewers.

And so yesterday's decision by NBC to put Community on hiatus to start 2012 is not a surprise. And despite a fourth season bringing Community to the point of syndication, a cancellation in May would not be a surprise either. But that doesn't mean it's not a mistake.

Look, NBC is a fourth place network, and it isn't even close. The chances they've taken- starting with The Jay Leno Show and up to expanding The Sing-Off to a 2 hour, full season series- has failed, miserably. Of the seven shows NBC has debuted this season, two have been officially canceled (Playboy Club and Free Agents), one has been all-but canceled (Prime Suspect), and one is being essentially put out to pasture (Whitney). If NBC has one thing going for it, its critical praise. The network's failure has let them air, despite low ratings, Chuck, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, and their comedy lineup for several years. Sometimes this pays off- Amy Poehler has consecutive Emmy nominations for P&R and the series got a Best Comedy nomination this past year, while Kyle Chandler and Jason Katims pulled off upset victories for FNL's final season, with the series and Connie Britton also earning nominations. Sometimes it won't pay off, but for a last place network, you have to take chances.

And there is no bigger chance than Community. One half hour spot isn't going to fix NBC, especially if that half hour spot is the newly renamed Are You There, Chelsea? (technically 30 Rock is replacing Community in the lineup, but since 30 Rock was a lock to return, Chelsea is the new face in NBC's crowd of 6 sitcoms). So why not keep a show that, when at its best, can be the talk of the internet?

Nobody is expecting six seasons and a movie. But if the alternatives are Whitney and Chelsea, NBC should take the chance with Community for at least a little longer.

In other words? Come on NBC. Pop. Pop.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

2011-12 Week 8 NFL Picks

Because I attended last week's Jets game, I failed to make picks. My record remains 49-31. Picks are to win, not against spread, and home teams are in CAPS.

Colts over TITANS
Saints over RAMS
GIANTS over Dolphins
PANTHERS over Vikings
RAVENS over Cardinals
TEXANS over Jaguars
BILLS over Redskins
Lions over BRONCOS
STEELERS over Patriots
49ERS over Browns
SEAHAWKS over Bengals
EAGLES over Cowboys
Chargers over CHIEFS

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ex-Mets Roster

I took a stab at a roster of the best current Ex-Mets. I may have missed a few who, a la Cruz and Bautista, were in the Mets system but not the big league team. If you wanted to make a team without those guys, you could put Wigginton at 3B, Franceour in RF, and add, well I don't know, Lastings Milledge? Another bullpen spot for Joe Smith or Jason Isringhausen?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

2011-12 Week 6 NFL Picks

Last week I went 7-6, bringing my record to 49-31. All the picks are to win, not against the spread. Home team in CAPS.

FALCONS over Panthers
Colts over BENGALS
LIONS over 49ers
PACKERS over Rams
GIANTS over Bills
STEELERS over Jaguars
Eaglees over REDSKINS
RAIDERS over Browns
RAVENS over Texans
PATRIOTS over Cowboys
Saints over BUCCANEERS
BEARS over Vikings
JETS over Dolphins

Sunday, October 9, 2011

2011-12 Week 5 NFL Picks

Last week I went 9-7, despite starting 2-7 with the 1pm games. That brings my record for the season to 42-25. Again, all my picks are to win, not against the spread. Home teams in CAPS.

Eagles over BILLS
COLTS over Chiefs
Cardinals over VIKINGS
GIANTS over Seahawks
STEELERS over Titans
Saints over PANTHERS
Bengals over JAGUARS
TEXANS over Raiders
Buccaneers over 49ERS
PATRIOTS over Jets
Chargers over BRONCOS
Packers over FALCONS
LIONS over Bears

Sunday, October 2, 2011

2011-12 Week 4 NFL Picks

Last week I went 11-5, bringing my season record to 33-15. Again all picks are to win, not against the spread. Home teams are in CAPS.

Panthers over BEARS
Bills over BENGALS
BROWNS over Titans
Lions over COWBOYS
Vikings over CHIEFS
RAMS over Redskins
EAGLES over 49ers
Saints over JAGUARS
Steelers over TEXANS
Giants over CARDINALS
Falcons over SEAHAWKS
PACKERS over Broncos
Patriots over RAIDERS
CHARGERS over Dolphins
RAVENS over Jets

Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011-12 Week 3 NFL Picks

Last week I went 12-4, bringing my season record to 22-10. Again all picks are to win, not against the spread. Home teams are in CAPS.

Patriots over BILLS
49ers over BENGALS
BROWNS over Dolphins
TITANS over Broncos
Lions over VIKINGS
SAINTS over Texans
Giants over EAGLES
PANTHERS over Jaguars
RAMS over Ravens
CHARGERS over Chiefs
Jets over RAIDERS
Packers over BEARS
Cardinals over SEAHAWKS
Falcons over BUCCANEERS
Steelers over COLTS
COWBOYS over Redskins

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Some Random Thoughts About the 2011 Emmy's

I'll randomly liveblog the Emmy's here. You can see predictions here.

-Is it sad I know what channel E! is? Cuz it's 724.

-Chris Colfer is thinking "F U Lea" right now, right?

-Nina Dobrev. Wow.

-Cat Deeley is twice the height of Seacrest

-This Lythgoe/Abdul/Seacrest interview is the most awkward reunion ever. Ball is in your court, cast of American Reunion.

-I don't consider myself an expert in fashion at all. But neither Joel Mchale or Jesse Tyler Ferguson are wearing impressive tuxes.

-I'm more interested in Julie Bowen and Zooey Deschannel's private conversation than anything Seacrest is asking.

-Seacrest asks Aziz Ansari why the academy recognized his show. Clearly Seacrest doesn't watch.

-I'm over Betty White.

-Gwyneth Paltrow is a genie.

-Ryan Seacrest asked Rob Lowe about the traffic caused by Kim Kardashian's wedding. What America cares about.

-Awesome intro, although I was worried Landry was going to murder Jane Lynch.

-The Emmytones are the oddest assortment of tv people I remember.

-Fallon and Kimmel are our first presenters for supporting actress in a comedy, the nominees are Jane Krakowski, Julie Bowen, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, and Betty White, I picked Vergara as my choice and Ly to win, and the winner is JULIE BOWEN

-Now Julianna Margulies, "the funniest woman on television" presenting suppporting actor in a comedy, with the men on Modern Family, Jon Cryer, and Chris Colfer. I picked Colfer as my pick and Ed O'Neill to win, and the winner is TY BURRELL

-From satellite, Ricky Gervais presents comedy directing, and the winner is MODERN FAMILY. Because of course it does.

-New sitcom stars Will Arnett and Zooey Deschannel present comedy writing. I bet its Modern Family. But it should be The Office The winner is MODERN FAMILY.

-Here's some good news- Modern Family is done until Best Comedy. Unless the sneak in at miniseries or something.

-Oh good, it's Charlie Sheen. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. Nominees are Alec Baldwin, Steve Carrel, Louis, C.K., Johnny Galecki, Matt LeBlanc, and Jim Parsons. I took Carrel to win and as my pick and the winner is MODERN FAMILY. Ok, it's actually JIM PARSONS.

-Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara present Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. The nominees are Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Martha Plimpton, Edie Falco, Tina Fey, and Laura Linney, and each take the stage as named. I took Poehler as my pick and to win, and the winner is MELISSA MCCARTHY?!?!?!?!? Seriously that just got her an Oscar nom.

-Kaley Cuoco and David Spade used to star in a tv show together. Now they're presenting outstanding reality program. The winner is AMAZING RACE.

-Writing for variety/musical/comedy writing is always funny seeing the nominees listed. The winner is THE DAILY SHOW. That's almost as surprising as a Modern Family win.

-Lonely Island Medley! Awesome.

-Lea Michele and that guy from Vampire Diaries who dates Nina Dobrev present directing for v/m/c. The winner is SNL.

-Now outstanding v/m/c series with Anna Pacquin and Golden Globe Nominee Scott Caan, who points out The Daily Show has won 8 straight. And the winner is THE DAILY SHOW.

-We move into dramas. Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher presenting writing for a drama. Mad Men has never lost this. That said, neither has The Killing. The winner is FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

-Now Supporting Actress in a Drama. Margo Martindale, Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, Christina Hendricks, Kelly Macdonald, and Michelle Forbes. My pick was Forbes with Martindale to win, and the winner is MARGO MARTINDALE.

-Loretta Devine and Paul McCrane, your dramatic guest stars, are introducing drama directing. This is going Scorsese. Or Modern Family. The winner is MARTIN SCORSESE.

-Now Kerry Washington and Jason O'Mara are presenting, and they'll be starring in separate dramas next year- Scandal and Terra Nova respectively. They're presenting supporting actor in a drama. The nominees are John Slattery, Josh Charles, Walton Goggins, Andre Braugher, Peter Dinklage, and Alan Cumming. I said Slattery should win and Dinklage would, and the winner is PETER DINKLAGE.

-I still don't know if the new Footloose is a musical or not. Can someone please tell me?

-We're getting an Anderson Cooper bit. About New Jersey. Sorry Fred Armisen and Former New York Governor David Paterson.

-Now Bryan Cranston and Katie Holmes presenting lead actress to whoever gets to lose to Claire Danes next year. Nominees are Kathy Bates, Mariska Hargitay, Mireille Enos, Connie Britton, Elisabeth Moss, and Julianna Margulies. I said Britton should win and Margulies will, and the winner is JULIANNA MARGULIES.

-Now we have the new Charlie's Angels and recent Angel Drew Barrymore. Leading actor in a drama nominees are Michael C. Hall, Timothy Olyphant, Steve Buscemi, Hugh Laurie, Kyle Chandler, and Jon Hamm. I said Jon Hamm should and will win and the winner is KYLE CHANDLER. Wow.

-Miniseries and movies. Hooray.

-OH MY GOD JANE LYNCH JUST WON THE EMMYS. The cast of Entourage presenting writing for miniseries/movie. The winner is DOWNTON ABBEY.

-Supporting Actress in a Miniseries/Movie. Will it be cursing Oscar winner Melissa Leo or Professor McGonnagal? The winner is DAME MAGGIE SMITH. She's not there and the cast of Entourage accepts on her behalf. Because it's virtually the same thing.

-Here are Paula Abdul and Lynch as the accountants who counted the ballots. And then we see the real ones. Because contractual obligations. Now Emmy Winner Melissa McCarthy and Emmy Loser Amy Poehler. Poehler looks really, really good. Lead actor in a miniseries/movie- wait was there no supporting actor? The winner is BARRY PEPPER for THE KENNEDYS?!?!? Now directing for miniseries/movie. The winner is DOWNTON ABBEY

-And now the president of the academy introducs the In Memorium video, with a live performance by I don't know who (apparently Il Divo...or the Canadian Tenors) of the always good Hallelujah. My pick for the hammer? Elizabeth Taylor. I don't think she even made it in.

-Now here's Anna Torv (Fringe) and David Boreantz (Bones) claiming it was the Canadian Tenors. Now Supporting Actor in Miniseries/Movie. I don't get the order either. The winner is Mildred Pierce's GUY PEARCE. Pierce. Chevy Chase. Community. Hooray.

-And now it is time to annoint Kate Winslet. Who will be doing it? Hugh Laurie and defending champ (and 2012 Best Actress in a Drama for Homeland) Claire Danes. And the winner is KATE WINSLET. Woah. I did not see that coming. Oh wait. I did. So did everyone.

-Here's Don Cheadle of Netflix's House of Cards presenting Outstanding Miniseries/Movie. It's Downton Abbey vs. Mildred Pierce, or so I've been told. And the winner is DOWNTON ABBEY.

-Maria Bello and William H. Macy. Neither is wearing a hat. They're presenting OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES. Boardwalk Empire. Dexter. Friday Night Lights. Game of Thrones. The Good Wife. Mad Men. I said Mad Men should and will win and the winner is MAD MEN. Mad Men has aired for four seasons. Mad Men has won best drama four times.

-And we close with Gwyneth Paltrow for OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES. 30 Rock. The Big Bang Theory. Glee. Modern Family. The Office. Parks and Recreation. I said Parks and Recreation should win and Modern Family will win. The winner is MODERN FAMILY. Stunning.

-That's a wrap. Next year, let's hope Mario Lopez hosts and asks each academy member why they h8 the nominees that lost.

2011-12 Week 2 NFL Picks

Last week I went 10-6, but lost my suicide pool pick. Again, all picks are to win and not against the spread. Home teams are in CAPS.

JETS over Jaguars
BILLS over Raiders
LIONS over Chiefs
Ravens over TITANS
Browns over COLTS
Buccaneers over VIKINGS
SAINTS over Bears
STEELERS over Seahawks
Cardinals over REDSKINS
Packers over PANTHERS
Cowboys over 49ERS
BRONCOS over Bengals
Texans over DOLPHINS
Chargers over PATRIOTS
FALCONS over Eagles
Rams over GIANTS

2011 Emmy Predictions

The Emmys are tonight, and here are some predictions. Below are my picks, friend of the blog Brett Alazraki's picks, HitFix's Alan Sepinwall and Dan Fienberg's picks, TVGuide's Matt Roush's picks, and for some awards TIME's James Poniewozik's picks.

Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
John Slattery (Mad Men)

The Defending Champ:
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Who Should Win:
Me- John Slattery
Brett- Walton Goggins
Sepinwall- Goggins
Fienberg- Alan Cumming
Roush- Peter Dinklage

Who Will Win:
Me- Peter Dinklage
Brett- Alan Cumming
Sepinwall- Andre Braugher
Fienberg- Cumming
Roush- Dinklage

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)

The Defending Champ:

Who Should Win:
Me- Michelle Forbes
Brett- Margo Martindale
Sepinwall- Martindale
Fienberg- Martindale
Roush- Martindale

Who Will Win:
Me- Margo Martindale
Brett- Martindale
Sepinwall- Martindale
Fienberg- Martindale
Roush- Kelly Macdonald

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Chris Colfer (Glee)
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ed O'Neill (Modern Family)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

The Defending Champ:

Who Should Win:
Me- Chris Colfer
Brett- Ed O'Neill
Sepinwall- Colfer
Fienberg- Ty Burrell
Roush- O'Neill

Who Will Win:
Me- Ed O'Neill
Brett- Chris Colfer
Sepinwall- Colfer
Fienberg- Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Roush- Ty Burrell

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)

The Defending Champ:

Who Should Win:
Me- Sofia Vergara
Brett- Julie Bowen
Sepinwall- Vergara
Fienberg- Vergara
Roush- Wiig

Who Will Win:
Me- Jane Lynch
Brett- Betty White
Sepinwall- White
Fienberg- Lynch
Roush- Lynch/White

Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Tim Olyphant (Justified)

The Defending Champ:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Who Should Win:
Me- Jon Hamm
Brett- Hamm
Sepinwall- Hamm
Fienberg- Hamm
Roush- Hamm
Poniewozik- Hamm

Who Will Win:
Me- Jon Hamm
Brett- Hamm
Sepinwall- Hamm
Fienberg- Steve Buscemi
Roush- Hamm/Buscemi
Poniewozik- Buscemi

Kathy Bates (Harry's Law)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order:SVU)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

The Defending Champ:
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Who Should Win:
Me- Connie Britton
Brett- Elisabeth Moss
Sepinwall- Moss
Fienberg- Moss
Roush- Julianna Margulies
Poniewozik- Mireille Enos

Who Will Win:
Me- Julianna Margulies
Brett- Elisabeth Moss
Sepinwall- Moss
Fienberg- Margulies
Roush- Margulies
Poniewozik- Margulies

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Louis, C.K. (Louie)
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
The Defending Champ:

Who Should Win:
Me- Carell
Brett- Carell
Sepinwall- Carell
Fienberg- Carell
Roush- Carell
Poniewozik- Carell

Who Will Win:
Me- Carell
Brett- Carell
Sepinwall- Carell
Fienberg- Carell
Roush- Carell
Poniewozik- Carell


Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Laura Linney (The Big C)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

The Defending Champ:

Who Should Win:
Me- Amy Poehler
Brett- Poehler
Sepinwall- Poehler
Fienberg- Poehler
Roush- Poehler
Poniewozik- Poehler

Who Will Win:
Me- Amy Poehler
Brett- Tina Fey
Sepinwall- Laura Linney
Fienberg- Linney
Roush- Linney
Poniewozik- Linney

Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

The Defending Champ:
Mad Men

Who Should Win:
Me- Mad Men
Brett- Mad Men
Sepinwall- Mad Men
Fienberg- Mad Men
Roush- Mad Men
Poniewozik- Mad Men

Who Will Win:
Me- Mad Men
Brett- Mad Men
Sepinwall- Mad Men
Fienberg- Boardwalk Empire
Roush- Boardwalk Empire/Mad Men
Poniewozik- The Good Wife

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation

The Defending Champ:
Modern Family

Who Should Win:
Me- Parks and Recreation
Brett- Parks and Recreation
Sepinwall- Parks and Recreation
Fienberg- Parks and Recreation
Roush- Modern Family
Poniewozik- Parks and Recreation

Who Will Win:
Me- Modern Family
Brett- Modern Family
Sepinwall- Modern Family
Fienberg- Modern Family
Roush- Modern Family
Poniewozik- Modern Family