Though it might seem like we’re being super timely this week, Jason and Joel delayed and postponed the podcast long enough — Joel’s vacation and Jason’s birthday took precedence — for them to talk about some real TV news, the Emmy nominations:
- We start by talking about the snubs and surprises, like Hugh Laurie not getting a nod for the last year of House, no Parks and Rec, and Downton Abbey sweeping the drama categories,
- Jason rants about the Emmys’ categorization problem, where American Horror Story and Missing are considered miniseries, Downton Abbey is now a drama after being a miniseries last year, and Nurse Jackie continues to be considered a comedy,
- We then go through each of the major categories, and we eventually get to complaining about why Nick Offerman and Community are never going to get nominated while Edie Falco gets a nod every year,
- Then the miniseries/movies category comes up and we try to figure out how you compare a 13-episode series like AHS to a two hour movie like Game Change or a six-hour, 2-part miniseries like Hatfields & McCoys. We also bitch about Emmy’s continuing hard-on for movie stars,
- We then turn to shows on the air now, and talk briefly about the season premiere of Breaking Bad, and why the episode was a good way for the decks to be cleared for an interesting last season,
- Finally, as promised, Joel watched Big Ang, and the conversation that ensues is more about why cartoon characters like her or the folks on the various Gypsy shows are so attractive to networks as well as audiences..
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By the way, the bumper music is “Trevor Trailer Trash” from the late, great band Cropduster.