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Two Tivos To Paradise 07.12.13: 7th Annual Norty Award Nominations
Posted by Al Norton on 07.12.2013





Hello friends. I hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend, and for those of you in the parts of the country experiencing the heat, I hope you did so while well hydrated.

I've worked my way through all the fall comedy pilots (more on those below) and one thing that has struck me is that it is in no way a coincidence that the ones I am enjoying the most are the ones without laugh tracks; I don't need to be told when to laugh and I don't want my characters pausing for beats that don't exist in the real world. I suppose it would be at least somewhat of a different story if the shows that did film before a live studio audience didn't "sweeten" the laughter after the fact but they ALL do, so it just renders the audience's (manipulatedly) genuine reaction pointless. Let me decide when I want to laugh, what I think is funny, and we'll all be better off.

This puts the "teaser" in "teaser trailer" but we do love our Sons…





The White Queen comes to Starz this August…





Out here in the fields, I fight for my meals, I get my news into my living.

How About A Round Of Applause, A Standing Ovation
It's time for the SEVENTH annual Norty Awards, the Two Tivos To Paradise version of the Emmys. The Emmy nominations will be announced next Thursday (with full coverage available here the next day) so we roll out our dream ballot for you today. We are continuing with the schedule we started last year, announcing the nominees today and giving you the winners in a separate upcoming column, plus we've added a couple of new categories!

Before we get started I want to make sure and get across that these are the performers and series I think were the best in each category for the 2012-2013 TV season. Are you going to agree with all my choices? Hells to the no, and I wouldn't agree with all of yours, either. In the interest of quality civil discourse, please use the comments section below to tell me what/who you would have like to have seen recognized that was not. I am hoping for less "…lost all credibility" and "epic fail" and more "here are my picks."

Here we go…

BEST GUEST PERFORMANCE, DRAMA (NEW CATEGORY)
Jim Beaver, Justified, (FX)
Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Margo Martindale, The Americans (FX)
Ray Romano, Parenthood (NBC)
Jimmy Smits, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
James Wolk, Mad Men (AMC)

Toughest Omissions: William Daniels, Grey's Anatomy

Analysis: Stacked to bottom, that's for sure. Goggins was just a one off while the rest enjoyed much longer runs but this is the first of many embarrassment of riches we will see in this year's nominations.

BEST GUEST PERFORMANCE, COMEDY (NEW CATEGORY)
Steve Carrell, The Office (NBC)
David Lynch, Louie (FX)
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Parker Posey, Louie (FX)
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Merrit Weaver, New Girl (Fox)

Toughest Omissions: Patrick Wilson, Girls; Matthew Broderick, Modern Family; James Marsden, 30 Rock; Matt Damon, House of Lies; Seth Rogen, The Mindy Project; Wendi McClendon-Covery, Modern Family; Chloe Sevigny, Louie; David Walton (New Girl)

Analysis: Clearly lots of funny people guesting on comedies this year.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Max Greenfield, New Girl (ABC)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family (ABC)

Toughest Omissions: Bill Hader, SNL; Alex Karpovsky, Girls; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Adam Pally, Happy Endings; Chris Pratt, Parks and Recreation; Rob Lowe, Parks and Recreation, Donald Glover, Community; Danny Pudi, Community; Jim Rash, Community; Rainn Wilson, The Office

Previous Winners: 2012: Max Greenfield, Modern Family; 2011: Ed O'Neill, Modern Family; 2010: Danny Pudi, Community; 2009: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother; 2008: Chi McBride, Pushing Daisies; 2007: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Analysis: How tight is this category? You could do a set of 100% legit nominees from NBC's Thursday night lineup alone. While Greenfield has certainly defended his title well, everyone who got nominated is responsible for some high quality laughs and can carry the A story in a given episode when given the chance.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Kristen Bell, House of Lies (Showtime)
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Carly Chaikin, Suburgatory (ABC)
Eden Sher, The Middle (ABC)
Casey Wilson, Happy Endings (ABC)

Toughest Omissions: Alison Brie, Community; Anna Chlumsky, Veep; Eliza Coupe, Happy Endings; Hannah Simone, New Girl; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie; Alison Williams, Girls;

Previous Winners: 2012: Cheryl Hines, Suburgatory; 2011: Jane Lynch, Glee; 2010: Jane Lynch, Glee; 2009: Kristen Wiig, SNL; 2008: Amy Pietz, Aliens In America; 2007: Ashley Jensen, Extras

Analysis: The fact that 2012 winner Hines didn't get nominated this year is not in any way a knock on her (she was great again this season) but rather sign of just how strong the work was in this category.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Robert Carlyle, Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Giancarlo Esposito, Revolution (NBC)
Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)
Rick Hoffman, Suits (USA)
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)

Toughest Omissions: Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad; Michael Cudlitz, Southland; Noah Emmerich, The Americans; Larry Hagman, Dallas; Mandy Patinkin, Homeland; Ron Perlman, Sons of Anarchy; James Purefoy, The Following; John Slattery, Mad Men

Previous Winners: 2012: Giancarol Esposito, Breaking Bad; 2011: Walton Goggins. Justified; 2010: Michael Emerson, Lost; 2009: Ryan Hurst, Sons of Anarchy; 2008: Michael Emerson, Lost; 2007: James Callis, Battlestar Galactica

Analysis: This is the seventh year the Norty Awards have been in existence and the 7th consecutive year that this category was the single toughest to do; I sincerely feel that the six nominees are all worthy of winning and that everyone in the omissions section are worthy of being nominated.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Morena Baccarin, Homeland (Showtime)
Joelle Carter, Justified (FX)
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville (ABC)
Monica Potter, Parenthood (NBC)
Abigail Spencer, Rectify (IFC)

Toughest Omissions: Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones; Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy; Meghan Markle, Suits; Kate Mara, House of Cards; Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire; Lauren Cohan, The Walking Dead

Previous Winners: 2012: Kadee Strickland, Private Practice; 2011: Margo Martindale, Justified; 2010: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, 2009: Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy; 2008: Diana-Maria Riva, Side Order of Life; 2007: Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Analysis: A truly diverse array of characters portrayed by the nominees shows their amazing range. I love that it turned out that each nominee came from a different network – the only time that happened this year.

BEST LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
H Jon Benjamin, Archer (FX)
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
Louis CK, Louie (FX)
Jake M. Johnson, New Girl (Fox)
James Roday, Psych (USA)
Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Toughest Omissions:Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Jeremy Sisto, Suburgatory; Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Previous Winners: 2012: Joel McHale, Community; 20122: Steve Carell, The Office; 2010: Zachary Levi, Chuck; 2009: Steve Carell, The Office; 2008: Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother, 2007: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Analysis: This is the second year in a row that this category has the smallest number of "Toughest Omissions", but that should nto take away from the work of the six whose names are listed above as they all were top notch.

BEST LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl (Fox)
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Sutton Foster, Bunheads (ABC Family)
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project (Fox)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Toughest Omissions: Patricia Heaton, The Middle; Courteney Cox, Cougar Town; Laura Dern, Enlightened; Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope; Ashley Rickards, Awkward;

Previous Winners: 2012: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; 2011: Laura Linney, The Big C; 2010: Courteney Cox, Cougar Town; 2009: Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?; 2008: Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?; 2007: Laura Kightlinger, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman

Analysis:

BEST LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis, Homeland (Showtime)
Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead (AMC)
Gabriel Macht, Suits (USA)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

Toughest Omissions: Robert Taylor, Longmire; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom; Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy; Peter Krause, Parenthood; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards; Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Previous Winners: 2012: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; 2011: Jon Hamm, Mad Men; 2010: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; 2009: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; 2008: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; 2007: Denis Leary, Rescue Me

Analysis: The analysis for just about every category could simply be a lament of the lack of 10 (or more) spots so all the deserving folks could be recognized. And don't let yourself think this is a guaranteed win for Cranston as the other five people up there gave layered performances that resonated with the audience.

BEST LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Kerry Washington, Scandal (ABC)

Toughest Omissions: Connie Britton, Nashville; Juliana Margulies,The Good Wife:

Previous Winners: 2012: Claire Danes, Homeland; 2011: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; 2010: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy; 2009: Jill Scott, The # 1 Ladies Detective Agency; 2008: Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica; 2007: Minnie Driver, The Riches

Analysis: Yup, I cheated. I simply could not find a way to cut this from seven to six so I called it a tie ( hey, it's happened before in Emmy, Oscar, and Tony history, so this isn't new ground I am breaking). Women are kicking drama ass on TV right now!!!

BEST SERIES, REALITY/NON-FICTION (NEW CATEGORY)
30 for 30 (ESPN)
American Masters (PBS)
Burger Land, (Travel)
Comic Book Men (AMC)
Inside Comedy with David Steinberg (Showtime)
Outside The Lines (ESPN)

Toughest Omissions: Flipping Out

Previous Winners: 2012; Crave

Analysis: This may be my favorite category in that I get to shine a spotlight on some shows that truly deserve a wider audience.

BEST SERIES, REALITY COMPETITION
Chopped: All Stars (Food)
Food Network Star (Food)
The Glee Project (Oxygen)
Masterchef (Fox)
Shark Tank (ABC)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Toughest Omissions: Dancing with the Stars, Iron Chef America

Previous Winners: 2012: The Glee Project; 2010: Top Chef: All Stars

Analysis: While it might not have been a great year for reality competition series in terms of overall volume, the six above were excellent, showcasing their competitor's skills in a thoughtful way that gave the viewers real reasons to invest in the winner.

BEST SERIES, NON-FICTION COMEDY
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
The Jeselnik Offensive (Comedy Central
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
The Soup (E!)

Previous Winners: 2012: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; 2011: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Analysis: Will The Daily Show with Jon Stewart be tough to beat? Yes, but it's by no means impossible thanks to how good the other five nominees are at what they do.

BEST SERIES, COMEDY
Archer, (FX)
Happy Endings, (ABC)
Louie, (FX)
Modern Family, (ABC)
New Girl (Fox)
Parks and Recreation, (NBC)

Toughest Omissions: The Middle, Suburgatory, Girls, Community

Previous Winners: 2012: Louie; 2011: Community; 2010: Glee; 2009: Chuck; 2008: The Office; 2007: The Office

Analysis: I love how different these shows are; yes, all are very smart comedies (no lowest common denominator stuff to be found in this group) that are committed to characters and storytelling but the way they go about telling those stories varies so wildly that it makes for a wonderful time to be a fan of TV comedy.

BEST SERIES, DRAMA
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Homeland (Showtime)
Justified (FX)
Mad Men (AMC)
Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Suits (USA)

Toughest Omissions: Parenthood, Longmire, Rectify, The Americans, Game of Thrones

Previous Winners: 2012: Sons of Anarchy; 2011: Mad Men; 2010: Friday Night Lights; 2009: Mad Men; 2008: Battlestar Galactica, 2007: Battlestar Galactica

Analysis: Clearly the top dramas do not live on broadcast network TV as none of the six and only one of the "Toughest Omissions" come from there. Cable is where it's at, my friends!

And there we have it, the 2013 Norty Awards nominations, honoring 50 shows over 20 networks; you may not agree with our picks but you can't argue we don't have an informed opinion! Again, I look forward to reading your thoughts on who should have been nominated and who you would have picked to win so please use the comments section below to sound off.

It's Time To Play The Music, It's Time To Light The Lights
The Muppet Show video of the week…





But You Were Up To Your Old Tricks In Chapters Four Five And Six
Ratings Notes From The Last Seven Days…

SUNDAY
Ray Donovan is a HIT for Showtime, the channels first original drama to go up in the ratings from the series premiere week two; last night's 10pm airing was watched 1.56 million (up from 1.35 million the previous Sunday), with the total from replays hitting 2.2 million. Dexter is also off to a strong start in its final run, with last night marking the first time in the show's history that a season's second episode drew more viewers than the first, with 2.59 million watching live and a total of 3 million over the course of the night...Big Brother won the night in demos, up 11% from last Sunday...The most watched show of the night was a 60 Minutes rerun that pulled in 7.55 million viewers...Celebrity Wife Swap was down 10% to a new series low for the second week in a row...Despite the lead-in drop, Whodunnit? matched last week's numbers...Crossing Lines matched last week...

MONDAY
Under the Dome again won the night in totals and demos, although both numbers dropped and at this point it's lost 20% of the demos from the series premiere...Mistresses was up double digits in totals and demos to finish a sold second at 10pm...Siberia was down double digits from last week's poor premiere numbers...The Bachelorette hit a season high in total viewers...Get Out Alive had a decent premiere, holding on to a very high percentage of its American Ninja Warrior lead-in...

TUESDAY
America's Got Talent easily won the night in totals and demos, up in each from last week…The season finale of Betty White's Off Their Rockers was up 11% in total viewers and 20% in the demos…Extreme Weight Loss was up 10%...So You Think You Can Dance matched last week's numbers, meaning Paula Abdul visiting as a guest judge provided no ratings spark…

WEDNESDAY
AGT crushed all comers in total and demos last night, up 11% in the former and 10% in the latter from Tuesday's airing...Big Brother was up 13% in the demos from last Wednesday...The American Baking Competition finished up even with last week...Camp had a solid premiere, not fantastic but nothing to be ashamed of demo wise...MasterChef was down 13%...

All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…Donald Glover will appear in only 5 (of 13) episodes on the upcoming fifth season of Community, citing a desire to focus on his musical career…What has been rumored for months is now official; Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving The View after 10 years for Fox News where she will become a co-host of Fox and Friends this September. Hasselbeck will take over Gretchen Carlson's spot on the network's morning show, with Carlson moving on to develop her own primetime series…In other View-related news, Jenny McCarthy is in serious talks to join The View full time this fall, replacing Joy Behar. Brooke Shields has been heavily rumored to be replacing the aforementioned Hasselbeck…Fox signed a pilot deal today for The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, an adaptation of the comic book from the creator of V for Vendetta and Watchmen that also lead to a 2003 movie of the same name. The story follows Alan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, The Invisible Man, Dr Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and Mina Harker as they battle evil throughout the world. Neither the comic's creator nor its illustrator are involved in the series; Michael Green, whose impressive TV resume includes writing and/or producing credits on The River, Kings, Heroes, Everwood, Smallville, and Cupid (the orginal), will be the showrunner, with Erwin Stoff (I am Legend, The Matrix, Constantine, The Blind Side) also executive producing…James Franco will be the next to be roasted by Comedy Central, with the special airing on Labor Day...Lisa Edelstein has signed for a multiple episode run on the upcoming season of Castle…In one of the most surprising moves of the off season, Cote de Pablo has decided to leave NCIS after eight years; she will appear at the start of the new season this fall to wrap up Ziva's storylines before she exits. Her contract was up last spring (as was the rest of the cast's - she's the only one not to re-up) and it's unclear if the departure is because she didn't like the deal she was offered or if she simply wanted to pursue other work…Summer Glau has signed on for a big recurring role on the upcoming season of Arrow, playing Isabel Rochev, the Vice President of Aquisitions for Stellmoor International, which is looking to take over Queen Consolidated. If the show follows the comics, she also has a history with the Queen family - at least one member of it - that makes her think she is the one who should be in charge…NBC's Million Second Quiz was already shaping up as a pretty major event - the show will air live on the network pretty much every night over a two week period at the beginning of September while contestants, who are living in a clear structure in the middle of Manhattan, are engaging in trivia battles almost literally 24/7 - and the news that Ryan Seacrest is very close to signing on to host just ups its profile even more. Some viewers playing from home will be selected to take part, with the network flying them to NY to join in, and the grand prize could be as much as $10 million (depending on how long the winner lasted in the game), which would be a record TV show prize. This deal would make Seacrest the host of a major piece of primetime programming on 3 of the big 4 networks. .. NBC Universal has announced plans for The Meredith Vieira Show, a new daytime talk show that will hit syndication in the fall of 2014…Food Network will premiere Cutthroat Kitchen on Sunday, August 11th, a new cooking competition series hosted by Alton Brown that involves the contestants starting with $25K and bidding on not only ingredients they get to use but also buying culinary twists they can use to attempt to sabotage their fellow chef-testants. The show will feature three rounds, with someone being eliminated each round and the winner walking away with whatever cash they haven't spend throughout the hour. Each episode will also have a guest judge who will determine the winner…TLC has given the final season of What Not to Wear an August 9th premiere date, with the series finale set to air on October 18th...CBS Sunday Morning had a VERY good second quarter, posting its best April-June total viewership numbers in 26 years, with the 5.5 million average up 11% from last year. In the 25-54 bracket (THE target demo for news programs) the show enjoyed its best numbers in five years…a series adaptation of James Patterson's Private novels - about CIA agent turned private eye Jack Morgan - will be shopped to networks shortly, with John McLaughlin (Black Swan, Hitchcock, Parker) having written the first two episodes and Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) directing. Robert DeNiro is on board as an executive producer for the project, which is likely to be sold direct-to-series (as opposed to a decision being made on a pickup based on a pilot). McLaughlin's TV writing resume includes episodes of Carnivale, the A&E mini-series Coma, and the short lived but much loved at this address Touching EvilImpractical Jokers won't resume its second season until next month but that hasn't stopped truTV from not only picking up a 15 episode third season but also ordering six episode of Jokers After Party, which will run directly following IJ and feature the cast talking about their favorite moments from the series…Nashville has bumped up Chris Carmack (Will), Lennon Stella (Maddie), and Maisy Stella (Daphne) to full time status for season two this fall; yes, the two actresses who play Rayna's daughters on the show are sisters in real life, too!... Season four of Haven will premiere on Friday, September 13th at 10pm, with the opening episode picking up six months after the events of the season finale. In case you missed the news a few months ago, Colin Ferguson (Eureka) will be joining the cast this fall…ION will add reruns of White Collar and Burn Notice to its lineup this fall, joining Psych, Leverage, Monk, Criminal Minds, House, Cold Case, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent on the cable channel…The casting folks at Revolution at staying busy, signing Jessica Collins (Zero Dark Thirty, Rubicon, The Nine) and Patrick Heusinger (Gossip Girl, Royal Pains) for multi-episode stints in the upcoming second season…Damon Wayans Jr. is thisclose to signing to return to New Girl for an extended run this fall. Wayans appeared in the pilot as Schmidt and Nick's roommate but when ABC unexpectedly picked up a second season of Happy Endings, his character Coach was written out and replaced in episode two by Winston. With Endings cancelled by ABC this past spring, the door was open for a return, which it looks like may last for much of the season…Wayne Brady will recur on the upcoming final season of How I Met Your Mother...

Turns Out Not Where But Who You're With That Really Matters
AKA The Best Thing I've Watched In The Last Seven Days…
Please believe me when I tell you that the 21 minutes and 12 seconds you spend watching the piece below will be the very best TV investment of your time you will make this week as it will remind you about the innate goodness that exists in all of us and at the same time will challenge you to take on the obstacles that stand between you and your goals with a new vigor…





People Say I'm Crazy Doing What I'm Doing. Well, They Give Me All Kinds Of Warnings To Save Me From Ruin
What's flashed before my eyes the last seven days…
No words needed…





If I told you that NBC had picked up a comedy that was an adaptation of a very well received book and movie, that was being written and executive produced by someone with a proven track record, that had lined up a top notch director, and had a stellar cast, you'd have to assume it would be fantastic right? Well About A Boy is written and executive produced by Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights), directed by Jon Favreau, and starring David Walton (New Girl, Bent), Minnie Driver, Leslie Bibb, and Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), and it's FANTASTIC, easily the best overall pilot I've seen so far this season. The only bad news is that it won't be on until mid-season…I posted this weekend on the TTTP FB page about how Jason Bateman's presence in a project automatically makes it better and that holds true for the NBC comedy pilot Growing Up Fisher (formerly known as Family Guide), which he executive produces and also narrates; second only to About a Boy on the list of my favorite comedy pilots of the season, this sweet and funny family comedy features what is hands-down the best performance of J.K. Simmons career (which is saying something, my friends). The show is written and created by D.J. Nash, whose writing/producing resume includes Up All Night, Bent, Traffic Light, Till Death, and Accidentally On Purpose. Sadly, like About a Boy, you'll have to wait till mid-season to see it…LOVED Tom Berenger on Major Crimes this week playing a much more laid back and relaxed character (clearly one with a LOT going on under the surface) than I am used to. Looking forward to seeing what the next two weeks brings from him…I enjoyed Sunday's premiere of Food Court Wars quite a bit, not so much because there was anything particularly original about the show but rather because both teams were fighting for something they really weren't likely to get any other way, which made the stakes both more dramatic and more personal at the same time. The lack of gimmicks and each episode having a winner (as opposed to a season long contest) also made me buy into the show more; Food Network has learned from Chopped that not having to have watched any previous episodes to enjoy what's currently on the screen will lead to a lot more viewers sampling a new series. It also helps that host Tyler Florence seems to care about his job and genuinely wants the contestants to succeed…Since I took Food Network Star to task last Monday it's only fair that I acknowledge that last night's episode was easily the best of the season; with the number of contestants down to 7 we had more time to spend with each one, getting a look at each remaining contestant's strength and weaknesses and also hearing the judges give each some solid feedback. I still am not sure there's anyone in the group whose show I would watch but I am certainly looking forward to the next few weeks to see who steps up under the pressure and who gets out of the kitchen because they can't take the heat…Giancarlo Esposito's talents know no bounds; he even turns Bio's The Haunting of... into compelling television!... It's pretty sad/amusing that the twins new TV obsession is at such a fever pitch it leads to me yelling absurdities like, "I don't want to hear the words Ruff Ruffman coming out of your mouths again tonight!!!"… The six minute opening segment of Monday night's Deon Cole's Black Box was the perfect example of how this show has hit its stride so early in its run; the takes on CNN's n-word special, the whole "are Ernie & Bert gay" discussion, and Civil Ware reenactments were sharp, laugh out loud funny, and had an edge that TV's many pop culture review shows have been missing. High quality comedy and a show that's rapidly climbing my favorites list.





TV Pick Of The Week
One needs only to review the above Norty Award nominations to see the high esteem I hold Suits in, a fantastic drama with a great cast, strong writers, and a wicked sense of humor. I am pumped for the shows return this Tuesday…





Don't miss the season premiere of Suits, Tuesday at 10pm on USA.


Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Here as some other noteworthy viewing options from the next seven days…

*Comedy Bang! Bang! is back for season two tonight at 10pm on IFC…




*American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (Saturday, 8pm, NBC) is the latest movie featuring characters from the American Girl doll line, and no, I am not kidding…





*Bounty Hunters (Saturday, 10pm) is a new CMT animated comedy featuring the voices of Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall…





*If you missed Rectify, which received a Norty nomination above plus was one of the tougher omissions for Best Drama, when it was on the first time you can catch the full six episode first season in marathon form on IFC starting Sunday at 9am.

*It's a big few days for Major League Baseball; the Future All Star Game airs on Sunday, with the home run contest followed by the Celebrity & Legends All Star Softball game on Monday night (all three on ESPN) before the main event – the MLB All-Star Game comes to you live from Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:30pm on Fox.

*Season two of HBO's The Newsroom premieres Sunday at 10pm…






*The CW has brought back Whose Line Is It Anyway?, premiering new episodes Tuesday at 8pm…





*Covert Affairs is back for season four this Tuesday at 9pm on USA…





*As much as it pains me to tell you this, it is my job, so here it is…Season two of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo begins this Wednesday at 9pm on TLC.

*The 2013 ESPYS air live on ESPN this Wednesday at 9pm; Ben Affleck will present the Jimmy V Perseverance Award to Dick and Rick Hoyt at the upcoming ESPY Awards, with Lebron James presenting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Robin Roberts, both of which make the show tuning into for just those moments alone.

*The new season of Project Runway – the show's 12th – begins Thursday at 9pm on Lifetime.

*NBC's new singing competition show The Winner is got a sneak preview last month but now settles into its regular Thursdays at pm timeslot.

Two Tivos To Paradise

3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, After the Catch, American Idol, Antiques Roadshow, Archer, Arrow, Around the World in 80 Plates, Auction Hunters, Baby Daddy, Boardwalk Empire, Being Human, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Bones, Breaking Bad, Bunheads, Burn Notice, Burger Land, Cake Boss, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Comic Book Men, Community, Cougar Town, Counting Cars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Deadliest Catch, Destination Truth, Fact or Faked, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Feed the Beast, Flipping Out, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Fosters, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Lab, Glee, Graceland, Great Food Truck Race, Grey's Anatomy, Happy Endings, Haunted Collector. Haunted Highways, Haunted Treasure, Hawaii 5-0, Hollywood Treasure, House of Lies, How I Met Your Mother, Inside Comedy with David Steinberg, Inside Amy Schumer, Iron Chef America, The Jeselnik Offensive, Justified, Key & Peele, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, The League, Longmire, Lost Girl, Louie, Mad Men, Major Crimes, Men at Work, The Middle, Mike and Molly, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Monster Man, Nashville, Necessary Roughness, New Girl, The New Normal, Next Iron Chef, The Office, Outside the Lines, Parks & Recreation, Project Runway, Psych, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, Raising Hope, Real Time With Bill Maher, Rectify, Restaurant Impossible, Revenge, Revolution, Royal Pains, Rules Of Engagement, Saturday Night Live, Shark Wranglers, So You Think You Can Dance?, Sons of Anarchy, The Soup, Suits, Suburgatory, Supernatural, Top Chef, Top Chef Just Desserts, Top Chef: Masters, Top Design, Tosh.0, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Warehouse 13, Worst Cooks In America,

People Love You When They Know You're Leaving Soon
Here ends another Two Tivos To Paradise.





We'll be back next week with a full rundown of the Primetime Emmy nominations plus all the latest headlines!

Sources for this week's column include Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Hollywood Reporter (plus the web sites for those publications) as well as Aintit.cool.com, TVline.com & Deadline.com.





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