Blog Is Back!

Posted on September 25, 2012 

The blog returns, but the postings will still be sporadic this week. For example, I won't be posting Wednesday.

I found Sunday's Emmy broadcast pretty enjoyable. Jimmy Kimmel had a few solid bits in there -- the opening, booting his parents out of the auditorium, the Josh Groban song -- which overcame the big "prank" with Tracy Morgan that kind of fizzled. He wasn't as good as Jimmy Fallon two years ago, nor is anyone really as good as Ricky Gervais with the Golden Globes, but I'd tune in to watch Kimmel host a future Emmy broadcast.

On the comedy side, can't say there were that many surprises with "Modern Family" dominating once again. I was hoping that they'd spread the wealth a bit, with Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara getting well deserved trophies, but Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen are certainly worthy. I was shocked that Jon Cryer won for the fading "Two and a Half Men," ahead of multi-winners Jim Parsons and Alec Baldwin, as well as the red-hot Louis CK, who still seemed to dominate the telecast.

And Best Comedy Actress is always a hoot, as the ladies seem to plan something funny each year. No exception on Sunday, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus "accidentally" reading Amy Poehler's acceptance speech.

The drama side was always the tougher call, and I was pleased that Showtime's "Homeland" had such a huge night, winning Best Drama, Actor, Actress, Directing and Writing. (The only oversight was not nominating Mandy Patinkin in the supporting actor category, but that bracket was already teeming with talent.)

As much as I like Aaron Paul, I'd have loved Giancarlo Esposito or Jared Harris -- both coming off the roles of a lifetime -- take the gold here.

I was disappointed that "Sherlock" and "Luther" also were shut out as "Game Change" and "Hatfields & McCoys" dominated TV Movie/Miniseries. BTW, how the heck did ABC's "Missing" get considered a miniseries when it clearly was a regular show cancelled due to low ratings? The Academy dropped the ball with that, as well as moving "Downton Abbey" into the regular drama category and "American Horror Story" into miniseries.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Fox kicks off two buzzed-about sitcoms with "Ben & Kate" at 8:30 p.m. and "The Mindy Project" at 9:30 p.m., sandwiching two new episodes of "New Girl." "Mindy" has some potential to it, but I didn't care much for "Ben & Kate."

"NCIS" (CBS, 8 p.m.) returns for a new season tonight with the team's HQ getting bombed and Ducky (David McCallum) suffering a heart attack. It's followed by "NCIS: LA" and the premiere of the very worthwhile "Vegas" at 10 p.m.

NBC is all new with "The Voice," "Go On," "The New Normal" and "Parenthood," while ABC continues Night 2 of "Dancing With The Stars" at 8 p.m. and the premiere of "Private Practice" in its new 10 p.m. timeslot.

On cable, "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 10 p.m.) is new.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: It's the season premiere of ABC's comedies, including an hour-long "The Middle" at 8 p.m., followed by "Modern Family" and "The Neighbors" at 9:30 p.m., an amusing sitcom with not too much upside. They are followed by a recap of Season 1 of "Revenge" for those looking to jump aboard.

"Survivor" (CBS, 8 p.m.) debuts a new season with castaways that include former MLB All-Star Jeff Kent and Lisa Wechel of "The Facts of Life" fame. It's followed by "Criminal Minds" and "CSI."

Fox has two hours of "X-Factor," while NBC has "Animal Hospital," "Guys With Kids" and the two-hour premiere of "Law & Order: SVU."

See you Thursday.

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