Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Last Minute Emmy Wish List in the Comedy Categories

Here are some last minute predictions for the Oscars in the comedy categories using only shows I've seen. Seven shows get nominated in the comedy category and in the writing and directing categories the shows generally go to specific episodes. In this case, I listed overall writing and directing and then picked twelve episodes I really liked in hopes of picking them up. On the drama side, I don't really have many hopes except hoping that Bates Motel gets honored and that Aubrey Plaza gets a supporting nod in Legion.

Best Comedy
Good Place
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Trial and Error
The Real O’Neals
Lady Dynamite
Schitt’s Creek
Those Who Can’t
BoJack Horseman

The Good Place
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Trial and Error
Dirk Gentley’s Whollistic Detective Agency
I Love Dick

Dirk Gentley’s Whollistic Detective Agency
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The Good Place
BoJack Horseman
Trial and Error

Lead Actor:
Hank Azaria, Brockmire
Randall Park, Fresh off the Boat
Pete Holmes, Crashing
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
John Lithgow, Trial and Error
Andy Daly, Review

Lead Actress:
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Maria Bamford, Lady Dynamite
Kathryn Hahn, I Love Dick
Constance Wu, Fresh off the Boat
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Amanda Peete, Brockmire
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Supporting Actor:
Danny DeVito, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Fred Melamed, Lady Dynamite
Sam Waterson, Grace and Frankie
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ted Danson, The Good Place

Supporting Actress:
Martha Plimpton, Real O’Neals
June Diane Raphael, Grace and Frankie
Lauren Lapkus, Crashing
Mary Steenburgen, Last Man on Earth
Jayma Mays, Trial and Error
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Guest Actor:
Adam Scott as Trevor, The Good Place
Daveed Diggs as Perry, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ray Liotta as Paulie Fiuccillo, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Stephen Tobolowsky as Jack Barker, Silicon Valley
Aasif Mandvi as Parshwall, Another Period
John Gemberling as John Hancock, Making History

Guest Actress:
Cheri Oteri as Cattie Goodman, Those Who Can’t
Annie Mumulo as Jill Kwatne-Adelman nee Kwatne, Lady Dynamite
Christine Rose as Josie Davis, Trial and Error
Ramona Young as Allison, The Real O’Neals
June Dianne Raphael as Eleanor Roosevelt, Another Period
Sandy Martin as Mac's mom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Twelve Best Episodes
"Juan Likes Rice and Chicken" Documentary Now-An absurdist take down of high-end dining involving a Colombian restaurant in the middle of nowhere and the half banana, rice, and chicken dish that drives people wild
"Chadwick’s Angels" Making History-"Time travel with idiots" was the basic gist of this under-rewarded series and few plots were as superfluous as a guy traveling back to the 1980's just to complete an ice cream challenge he failed as a middle schooler. The episode ends with some impressively heavy time travel conundrums.
"Kimmy Goes to College" Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt-The episode features Kimmy Schmidt reuniting with her one true frenemy Xan and surreptitiously finding herself in college while Titus and Mikey end their relationship on the sweetest of terms. 
"Real Secrets" Real O’Neals-The season finale is a high stakes episode with a possible marraige proposal and pregnancy scare. More importantly it ends with Eileen using all her collected wisdom as a recovering homophobe to win over Allison's disapproving parents. Like many of the show's episodes, it ends with the appropriate "aw" moment
"Always an Oscar Bridesmaid" Documentary Now-Fred Armisen's love of quirk combined with the show's love of milking out little details of derivation from the original story result in a a great season finale about a man who Forrest Gumps his way through the last 50 years of Hollywood Awards history.
"The Gang Tends Bar" It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia-Of all the adventures the gang has tried, they've never done one where the gang simply does their jobs.
"Jason Mendoza" Good Place-The cliffhanger for the last episode is that the buddhist monk is, in fact, Jason Mendoza but we had no idea he was this stupid and fun. One of the season's big shockers.
"Eight Mile High"Those Who Can’t-Abby joins a gang and Loren enters the world of freestyle rapping. It's about as hard-core (and oblivious) as these characters. Also earns points for being so politically incorrect it comes back to satire (either that or dumb fun)
"Prince and the Pauper" Another Period-A prince comes to Bellacourt manner seeking a bride. The episode's an excuse for Lillian and Beartice to unleash their most awful traits and for Peepers to get schooled in the art of butlership. And poor, poor Blanche.
"Michael’s Gambit" The Good Place-AKA The episode with the big twist
"That’s Too Much Man" BoJack Horseman-BoJack's demons become completely unhinged in this time-skipping episode that pairs BoJack with old costar (and on-again off-again) friend Sarah Lynn. It's an episode where BoJack reaches some odd level of self-discovery with a person who has always been important to his life in an odd way that appropriately ends tragically. Happiness is fleeting indeed.

"Fish Out of Water" BoJack Horseman-The visually splended underwater episode that was talked about everywhere on the blogosphere.

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