There’s Only One Emmy Nomination That Actually Matters
July 14, 2011

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Well, well, well. The Emmy nominations are out today, and Todd Haynes’s adaptation of Mildred Pierce is the leading contender with a whopping 21 nominations. Given the pedigree and the attention to period detail, this doesn’t strike me as a big surprise, but meh? I admit that I never got past the second episode, and a dear friend whose taste I can reliably trust insists that the final episode’s a doozy, but I honestly found myself bored. The pace felt plodding instead of deliberate, everything looked like a museum exhibition instead of a part of the contemporary times, and I ultimately decided a better use of five hours would be rereading James M. Cain’s novel while imagining Joan Crawford as Mildred. Sorry, Mildred Pierce (2011), but congratulations all the same!

That said, there is a single nomination that may actually get me to give a flip for once and tune in to the Emmy’s this year:

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If There’s Any Justice in the World, Seth McFarlane Will Never Win an Emmy
August 18, 2009

Seth McFarlane wants his show Family Guy to win an Emmy, y’all.  He wants it so badly, in fact, that he’s made a YouTube channel where he’s recycled a scene from an old episode, thrown in some poorly written new dialogue, and decided that this in fact qualifies as some sort of clever, viral campaigning.  Viral?  Likely.  Clever?  Hardly.

Barf bags ready?  Then behold:

Oh man, he’s right.  Nothing says “Give Me an Emmy” like extended sequences of violence and casual racism.  I guess this makes Seth McFarlane the love child of the Saw franchise and D.W. Griffith.  Awesome.  Pop open the bubbly ‘cos it’s Emmys all around.

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