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Save the Cheerleader, Save the World

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 12:24 pm on Friday, October 27, 2006

Yeah, I’m on that bandwagon. I’ve watched a lot of the new dramas that have come on television this year, but hands down, Heroes has won my heart. It’s my current must-see, the one show I’ll be really ticked off if Tivo somehow doesn’t get it recorded.

The new mantra on the show, the statement that at the moment seems to sum up the goal the reluctant heroes need to achieve to keep New York City from going up in a nuclear holocaust, is “Save the cheerleader, save the world.” The cheerleader is Claire, an adopted teenager who has discovered that she’s indestructible. Except…

I’m not going to try to run down all the characters and their backgrounds so far. But I do want to point out a few things we who have been watching the show know for sure. Things that I think may be connected to each other, and to the title of this post.

We know, for instance, that Claire, at the end of one episode, woke up on an autopsy table in a morgue. She had been “killed” by accident while the quarterback at her high school tried to rape her. She fell on a dead branch on the ground, which impaled her at the base of the skull into the brain.

While the branch was embedded in her brain, Claire was, for all intents and purposes, dead. Her eyes had clouded over. She was immobile and not conscious. This was contrary to other instances where she’d been injured, when she stayed conscious and clearheaded and watched in amazement as her wounds simply mended themselves.

At the instant that the mortician removed the branch, however, Claire’s eyes went clear. And a moment later, she was gasping for air, closing up the autopsy incisions, and climbing off the table.

This suggests that Claire’s healing ability is based in her brain. Affect her brain, and you can, in fact, kill the unkillable Claire.

Now, we also have a storyline going where a serial killer has been going around slicing off the tops of people’s heads and removing their brains. And when Hiro, the time- and space-bending Japanese office worker, accidently traveled to the future in New York, he found one of the other Heroes had been killed in this manner. The killer could be trying to find mutants specifically, though that hasn’t been stated absolutely.

So imagine that the serial killer targets Claire. Removes her brain and destroys it. Poof goes Claire.

Which suggests that the key to saving NY City from the nuclear bomb will be Claire, and that the other Heroes must stop the serial killer to keep her alive to do it.

But then, that’s just my two cents worth of speculation. And we all know how good fan theories are when a tv show likes to throw in new plot twists at least once an episode.

We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Ten: The End!

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 11:43 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

Half an hour to go: At least, if we’re not going to kill Bob Newhart.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Felicity Huffman is one of the presenters. She usually looks more elegant than she does tonight. Tonight, she just looks tired and sloppy.

Helen Mirren wins for Elizabeth I. All the actresses in this category are well-known names and all are worthy of a win, even if I haven’t seen these particular performances.

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Callista Flockheart looks great, not as skinny as she used to look, though she is still a twig by comparison to most women. I hear good buzz about her upcoming series, Brothers and Sisters.

Lots of talented nominees here, too. I’ve started watching The Closer this year, so I’m rooting for Kyra Sedgwick. But Mariska Hargitay wins. Good for her! Not a bad capper for a month that began with the birth of her son, August. She still looks like she’s got some of the baby weight on her, but then she’s got her mother’s bosom to help balance it…

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Who am I hoping wins? Well, Stockard Channing was wonderful in Out of Practice, even if I think the series never found its footing. Julia Louis-Dreyfus does well in The New Adventures of Old Christine, which I continue to watch even if I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

Julia wins, and makes reference to the supposed Seinfeld Curse which has afflicted all the actors’ from that series in their attempts to start new series. “I’m not one to believe in curses, but…Curse This, Baby!”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Not a one that I watch in this category, either. Though if Meloni wins for Law & Order: SVU, I may have to reconsider that series.

Nope. Kiefer Sutherland wins for 24. Hmm. I gave up on that series after the season of the daughter being chased by mountain lions. Maybe I should reconsider the subsequent seasons?

Bob Newhart Watch: They haven’t shown him again lately, but we only have 14 minutes to go, and only two more awards. He could be safe!

Back from Commercial: Conan brings Bob Newhart out to co-present an award with him. I guess they decided that the running time is okay!

Actually, Conan says that “thousands of people called in, and the majority of callers wanted you to live.” Bob is a little disturbed by the use of majority there. Conan assures him that a full 52% of callers wanted him to live, the other 48% didn’t have an opinion. Ah, that’s so much better!

Outstanding Comedy Series: The Emmy goes to: The Office. I may have to give this one another chance. I stopped watching it mid-first season, but since then TV Guide, critics, and everyone seem to keep raving about it.

Outstanding Drama Series: I’m rooting for House. I love that show.

But, no….24 takes it again. Hmm. Lots of awards for 24 tonight. Really ought to think about this.

And so it ends…

Judging from the timing in my Tivo, they’ve got a couple of minutes to kill here. Will they just let the folks from 24 keep talking? Or has Conan got a way to wrap this up?

Conan says a quick, “I had a blast, I hope you enjoyed yourself, Good Night everyone!” I guess they’re just going to wind it up neatly, then.

Overall Impression?

Pretty good show, well-paced. Enough fluff to be interesting and enjoyable, some good winners, some I’m not sure about. And they finished on time, so Bob Newhart is okay.

I like Conan as a host. I hope they have him back sooner than four years.

The winners this year gave me some things to think about for my Tivo Season Passes, too. Some shows that I’ve overlooked win so consistently, or won so many tonight, that I think I should re-evaluate them. Like The Daily Show, the Law & Order collection of shows, and 24.

As for this watch-a-long concept, well, I managed to last the whole thing, and it only took me 45 minutes longer than the actual broadcast. Tivo is great that way – I could replay segments to transcribe dialogue, hold the show while I took a bathroom break, or just pause it so I could get the names down correctly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this experiment. I know I generated a lot of content in a very short time. But if enough of you liked it, I’ll consider doing the same for other awards shows and events. Please, drop me a comment if you have an opinion one way or the other, I’d love to know!

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Nine: In Memoriam

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 11:14 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

In Memoriam: It’s always a shock to watch this montage. I try to note when someone in the business dies, but sometimes the news gets lost in the shuffle. Or I make note of it, then forget until the In Memoriam segment of an awards show reminds me.

Here’s who we lost this last year:

Dennis Weaver (Gunsmoke)

Barnard Hughes

Mrs. Philo T. Farnsworth (The first woman ever to appear on a cathode ray tube.)

Don Adams (Get Smart)

Dan Curtis (Producer/Director)

Lew Anderson (Clarabell the Clown)

Ralph Edwards

Curt Gowdy (Sportscaster)

Robert Sterling

Michael Piller (Writer/Executive Producer, Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek Deep: Space Nine)

Red Buttons

Mike Douglas

Scott Brazil (Producer/Director, Hill Street Blues)

Anthony Franciosa

Phyllis Huffman (Casting Director)

Darren McGavin (Night Stalker)

Gloria Monty (Exec. Producer, General Hospital)

Jan Murray

Pat Morita (Happy Days, Karate Kid)

Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster)

Maureen Stapleton

Buck Owens (Hee Haw)

Jack Warden

Don Knotts (Barney Fife)

Robert Wise (Producer/Director)

John Spencer (The West Wing)

Louis Nye

Shelley Winters

Richard Pryor

Talented folks, all of them. They created dreams for us all to share in. They showed us possibilities. They changed our lives, or just helped us pass the time better.

You will be missed.

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Eight

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 11:05 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Again, no programs that I actually watched, so I have no preferences to state here. Andre Braugher wins for Thief.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Steve Carell, Larry David, Kevin James, Tony Shalhoub, Charlie Sheen. I have to say, I love the last three listed there, I don’t watch the first two.

Not much surprise here, though – Tony Shalhoub wins for Monk. He makes a pretense of saying, “There’s been a terrible mistake. I never win anything.” I know perfectly well he’s won a number of times already, Emmys and Golden Globes, for this role.

Commercial Break: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is another show I’m eagerly watching for.

Candace Bergen: Looking a little thick around the waist, she maybe shouldn’t have worn that bulky silver belt.

Tribute to Aaron Spelling: Love or hate his shows, there’s no denying that Aaron Spelling was one of the most influential television producers ever. Lots of his programs came under the category of Guilty Pleasure, but what’s wrong with that? Guilty Pleasures are the programs that we turn to when we want to feel good, and that’s always a good thing.

Stephen Collins, Heather Locklear, and Joan Collins all come out to speak about Spelling. Joan is looking particularly good. She should give her plastic surgeon’s name to Joan Rivers.

I didn’t realize that Spelling actually began with acting. They showed clips of him in Gunsmoke and I Love Lucy. Go figure!

Charlie’s Angels Reunion: Nice seque at the end of the clip montage. I wondered why they showed the Charlie’s Angels titles so out of sequence chronologically, but then we blend the clip of the Angels walking towards the camera with the real world Angels walking forward on the stage. Farrah, Kate, and Jaclyn all look good. Wouldn’t it be cool if they did a real Reunion Show? They all give very tearful speeches about how wonderful it was to work with Spelling.

Outstanding Made for Television Movie: The Girl in the Cafe wins. Again, not a single nominee that I’ve seen. Interesting note, the director, David Yates, can’t be here tonight because he’s directing the next Harry Potter movie.

Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart present, and nearly steal the show. This is a category I enjoy, I watch a lot of the programs nominated. I’ll be upset no matter who loses, and happy no matter who wins. If I had to pick one that I enjoy the most, though….Hmm. I don’t know that I can.

Winner: The Amazing Race. Which has won this category every year, four times in a row now. I really, really enjoy this show. Though I would have been happy if Project Runway or Survivor had won.

Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Another category where I’ve seen nearly none of the entries. In fact, only High School Musical. Which I thought was okay, but then the teenagers who are making this a cult classic don’t know from movie musicals.

I’m not dissing High School Musical. Just saying that I hope the kids who love it use it as a gateway drug to trying out Oklahoma, Gigi, The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, etc. You get the idea.

Winner: Elizabeth I‘s director.

Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Winner: The Girl in the Cafe.

Outstanding Miniseries: Another blind category for me. Emmy goes to Elizabeth I.

How’s Bob? It’s been a while since they showed us how Bob Newhart is doing in that sealed container.

To Be Continued…

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Seven

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 10:24 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

Our American Heritage: Simon Cowell introduces a tribute to Dick Clark and American Bandstand. Listening to Cowell talk about Clark’s empire of producing, hosting, and creating shows, it’s clear to me that the Brit sees Dick Clark as a model to emulate. And he has, from American Idol on through to America’s Got Talent.

And now, we get the man himself. Dick’s speech is obviously still somewhat impaired since his stroke. But it’s good to see him looking as good as ever, if a little more saggy in the face.

And Dick introduces Barry Manilow, who of course sings his hit song, Bandstand. Accompanied by clips of dancers on American Bandstand as he sings, it’s a lively musical tribute to one of our great American legends.

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Program: Hugh Jackman has my vote here for the Tony Awards. He was amazing.

But here, the winner is Barry Manilow. Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this. I like the man’s music well enough, and I didn’t see the show he was nominated for. Ah, that explains why I didn’t see it. It aired on PBS during pledge drive time. Since I watch nearly everything on Tivo, which can’t account for the way the schedule is thrown off by pledge drives, I mostly avoid PBS programs during pledge drive time.

Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series: Another pair that were given out at the Creative Arts Awards last night. Christian Clemenson won for Boston Legal, and Patricia Clarkson for Six Feet Under. I was pleased with Christian’s win, his character on Boston Legal was a tour de force.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: One of the nominees directed an episode of Lost, so I’d have to say he’s my favorite, but…

The Emmy goes to John Cassar for 24.

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos. I guess I’d have to vote for Lost again, that being the only show I’ve seen. But it’s the writer for The Sopranos who wins.

Commercial Break: Is anyone else as intrigued by this show Heroes as I am?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Again, nothing I’ve actually seen. The Emmy goes to: Jeremy Irons for Elizabeth I.

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Academy Awards director is nominated, and I seem to recall that this was a pretty good show. Louis J. Horvitz wins for directing them, and as usual (I’ve seen this happen to him before), he’s actually in the truck directing tonight’s Emmy broadcast. And so they take a camera and the Emmy out to him instead of making him come on stage.

An Aside: I’m reminded by this that one of the best moments in last night’s Creative Awards came when the Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special award was given out. The camera first cut to a man rising from the audience to walk to the stage, but I thought there was a technical glitch as the next shot showed one of the Steadicam operators walking across the stage. When we focused again on a view of the microphone and the recipients saying thanks, though, I realized that one of the winners was actually working the Creative Awards for the night, and had to walk on with camera and all to accept his statue!

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program: As usual, the nominated writing teams made their own funny videos to show the nominees. Some of these programs have huge lists of writers. The best was for The Daily Show, which had a man under water holding his breath as he flipped cards with the individual names on them. The list was so long, he started to drown (faking it!) before reaching the end. Luckily, Jon Stewart was there to dive in and save the day, making sure that his own card got flipped. Oh, he didn’t try to get the guy to the surface. He just flipped his card.

Winners: as usual, the team from The Daily Show. I’m really going to have to put this on my Tivo.

Halfway Home: I’ve reached the halfway point of the broadcast now. At least, the halfway point if Bob Newhart is going to live! They have shown him once or twice, and Jon Stewart announced that he’d decided to kill Bob Newhart before starting his acceptance speech.

Heh…during the commercial break, we just had a look-in at Bob Newhart, trying to get someone’s attention as the countdown timer ticked away below him.

I’ll see you in Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Eight!

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Six

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 9:33 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

Conan is funny, relevant, in his opening remarks. References to Mel Gibson having a new show on Al-Jazeera. Ellen Burstyn nominated for a supporting role that lasted 14 seconds. (“Folks, let me speak from experience. Just because something only lasts 14 seconds doesn’t mean it’s not spectacular!”)

About guidelines for speeches: “Please don’t thank your parents. Anyone who was raised in a nurturing environment wouldn’t be in show business!”

Talk about the changing fortunes of NBC leads into a song, a spoof on the Trouble in River City song from The Music Man. “And worst of all, TV’s biggest night of the year is kicking off with a song and dance number performed by a host with limited musical ability!” “To prove things are going to hell, we’re relying on Howie Mandel!”

And so to the first award: Presented by two stars of Grey’s Anatomy (I don’t watch, I don’t know who).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: I don’t get pay channels, so a few of these nominees are lost on me. But I’m rooting for Jaime Pressly of My Name is Earl.

And the Emmy goes to…Megan Mullally of Will and Grace. Okay, that would have been my second choice, I’ve been a Will and Grace fan for a while.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: I don’t watch The West Wing, but I love Alan Alda. Lack of pay channels on my cable means I’m Sopranos and Huff impaired. I gave up on 24 after season two. Boston Legal is a favorite show, but though I’d like Shatner to win (his Denny Crane character is hilariouis), he has won several times.

And the winner: Alan Alda, who wasn’t present to accept.

Funny Interlude: To prevent the broadcast from running long, Bob Newhart has been placed in a sealed container with exactly three hours of air. If the broadcast runs one second over, Bob Newhart dies. His reaction is hilarious as he sits on the chair in the clear cylinder, he clearly wasn’t told about this. And a countdown timer is shown at the bottom of the screen. I have a feeling this will be our running joke of the night…

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Candace Bergin is my choice, again because of Boston Legal. Grey’s Anatomy isn’t on my radar, I tried watching once and it didn’t click for me.

Winner: Blythe Danner, Huff. I have loved her in other things, but again, the lack of pay channels on my home cable puts this one in a television blind spot for me.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Never got into Arrested Development or Malcolm in the Middle. I love Two and a Half Men, so I hope Jon Cryer gets it.

Winner: Jeremy Piven, Entourage. Another pay channel show.

About Pay Channels: I’m sure these shows are all great, but I just can’t justify adding the expense of the extra channels. So I’m late to the party with these things. A slightly sanitized version of Sex and the City in syndication, for instance, means that only now am I finally finding out what all the fuss was about.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie: Ellen Burstyn’s category. They nearly her entire performance in the clip. I’ve seen none of these movies, so I can’t form an opinion here.

And the Emmy goes to, Kelly MacDonald, The Girl in the Cafe.

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series: I don’t watch any of these shows, though I do want to check out The Daily Show. Hmm…they win this category again, I should probably act on that eventually. My brother told me earlier tonight he watches it, and finds it a better source of news than, say, the actual news channels. Hmm.

Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series: The Guest Actor/Actress awards were actually given out last night at the Creative Arts Awards. Which I actually watched, since they aired on E! Leslie Jordan and Cloris Leachman won. Eighth Emmy for Cloris, which set an Emmy record.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Only one nominee that I’ve seen, Marc Buckland for the pilot of My Name is Earl. And he wins! Yay!

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Again, I hope for the My Name is Earl writer to win…and he does. Double yay!

This guy’s hilarious. He’s chosen to “Not Thank” people who don’t deserve his thanks, since it would be easier. “My eighth grade social studies teacher who told me to sit down and shut up because I wasn’t funny – No Thank You, Mr. McAdoo. My boss when I was a PA on the show Step by Step who made me clean gum off the executive producer’s shoe, No Thank You, Ma’am, tonight I do not share this with you. And, finally, God. I’m sure you’re responsible in some way, but you took my hair, and that’s not cool, man. Not cool.”

More to come….

Emmy Watch-a-long Notes, Part Five – the Awards Begin!

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 8:44 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

And the Show begins…

Conan on a Plane: Saying to the stewardess, “What could possibly go wrong?”

Next, he’s walking out of the ocean and collapsing on a beach. Okay – Lost spoof. LOL…he ties some sticks together and makes a blowdryer for his hair. Then Hugo from Lost walks up. They talk, and go running through the jungle. Conan finds a hatch.

“Dude, you don’t want to go down there,” says Hugo.

“I’ve gotta get to the Emmys! You wanta come with me?”

Hugo looks wistful and disappointed. “Well, we weren’t exactly invited.”

“Really? But you won last year!” Conan glares in rage at the camera. “Nothing makes sense anymore!”

He drops through the hatch, and lands on a desk in The Office. Some Office-like business is done, and Conan runs out. He’s out on the street now, calling Chloe from 24 on his cell-phone, and on a three-way call with Jack. Jack and Chloe tell him off, and he runs into a building.

He finds himself in House‘s office, being diagnosed by the doctor himself. “Epidermis: pale, clammy. Subject could be anemic, possibly albino. Grossly swollen cranium: probable macrocephaly. Lips: thin, wormy. Eyes: beady. Age: (draws in breath) 92. Or 12. Body awkwardly proportioned. No apparent muscular development. Subject emitting an odor of burnt cheese.”

Conan gasps as House grasps him in the crotch. “But the genitals seem healthy. You are a woman, right?”

“I’m hosting the Emmys,” Conan squeaks.

With mock awe, House replies, “Oh, what a feather in your cap!”

Conan runs out, and into…

South Park! In one of the kids’ rooms (I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know which one). The kid confronts him, and terrified, Conan runs into the closet. “Dad! Conan won’t come out of the closet!”. Dad comes running.

“Mr. O’Brien, you need to come out of the closet!”

Conan runs out, calling, “There’s someone else in there!” before running away. Tom Cruise pulls the closet door behind him. before we cut scene to:

A kitchen, with a view from a camera obviously hidden in a corner of the ceiling. It’s Dateline NBC, catching sexual predators. After trying to explain his presence away, Conan runs off, and finally finds his way to the Emmy stage.

To Be Continued…

Emmy Watch-a-long Notes, Part Four

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 8:25 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

One Hour, 30 minutes of Red Carpet…

Debra Messing: Lovely in a white lacy gown with good lines. Her red hair is sun-streaked and worn mostly up, but she keeps having to push back the sides that fall in her face. That’s going to get tired for her by the end of the night, if it hasn’t already.

Kathy Griffin: One of my favorite comics these days, though I keep hoping that the success of her My Life on the D-List doesn’t bump her up to the C-List or better. Her date is a soldier who just returned from Iraq within the last week. The most moving episodes of her program were those where she went to perform in Iraq and met with soldiers around the bases and in the hospitals. Kathy Griffin deserves a lot more respect than she has gotten in the past, she’s a class act.

Jeremy Piven: His date is his mother, and he’s got his arm around her as if she’s the love of his life. I love it when people bring their mothers to award shows like this. Family more important than eye candy, it’s great!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: She’s wearing a gown that could be really lovely. Except that it’s done in two colors. There’s an area of black at the top that includes the shoulder straps, then moves into a thin band underneath her bust that makes it look like she’s wearing a bra outside her dress, and the cups were cut out of it.

Evangeline Lilly: Dark purple is the winning color again, a beautiful strapless gown with a long train. Versace. Hmm…seems like some of my favorites have been Versace. She kept her hair simple, too, I like it when they don’t over fuss.

Paula Abdul: Looks like she made her dress from Grandma’s chiffon curtains. The ones with the rose print all over. Or the chintz from the sofa.

E!’s Red Carpet coverage is over…time at last to begin watching the Emmys! See you in the next post…

Emmy Watch-a-long Notes, Part Three

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 8:08 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

1 hour, 15 minutes of the Red Carpet…

Lisa Kudrow: Beautiful black dress, plunging u-shaped neckline that shows a lot without looking slutty. Golden hair worn up and back, no necklace, but nice chandelier earrings. Once again, classic lines and simplicity win out.

Kyra Sedgwick: Miles of chiffon in a dusky lavendar. She looks like a confection. Kept her hair simple, it looks good, and keeps the overall effect from looking too “done”.

Jaime Pressly: Black lace and sparkley, halter top. Or is it dark brown? I can’t quite tell in that bright sunlight. Hair in an up-do, chandelier earrings. She and Ryan are bantering like old friends.

Back to the Hot Mic: B. J. Novak is wearing a live mic as he walks around on the carpet, and we just checked it out for the first time. Since B. J. is walking up to everyone with the words, “I’ve got a live mic on me,” I doubt we’ll get any of the candid sound bites that the producers at E! were hoping for.

It’s 8:05 p.m. now, and the actual awards have been on for five minutes. As for me, I have another half hour of E!’s Red Carpet coverage to watch, and then an hour of NBC’s. Past experience with the Red Carpet shows put on by the networks airing the awards has proven them to be highly sanitized pieces of fluff that are heavily skewed to the networks’ own stars, and of less interest than the E! coverage.

I think the way I’m going to play it is to finish out the E! coverage, then go straight into the awards. Stay Tuned!

Emmy Watch-a-long Notes, Part Two

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 7:55 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

45 minutes on the Red Carpet, and counting…

Relief from the weather: It’s so silly sometimes how TV tries to pretend they’re not manipulating reality. Sandra Oh just said thanks for the fan that E! has pointing at their little interview area in this 110 degree+ weather, and Giuliana felt compelled to say that they’d been busted. Like the presence of the fan to keep their interviewees and -ers from passing out from heat stroke was a dirty little secret that had to be hidden.

Something to Fiddle With: Sandra Oh is wearing a forgettable lavendar dress with a regrettable plunging v-neck with ruffles. But she’s also got a huge ring on her finger, with a large, faceted round gemstone that is mounted so it spins. That’ll be great for sitting there anxiously waiting for your category to be called.

Red, Red Wine: That’s the color of the gorgeous, beaded gown worn by Allison Janney from The West Wing. Lovely multiple tiers of gently draping fabric, beautiful silhouette.

Leah Remini: Star of The King of Queens, a gorgeous Versace in rich purple, with a one-shoulder halter look. Classy, elegant. Everything about this dress is perfect.

Portia De Rossi: Looks tired and old. I think the heat and the sun are getting to her. The dress would be okay except for some ruffly loops at the shoulder line that make it too fussy up top. Sleeker lines would be better.

Heidi Klum: Very pregnant again, and looking beautiful in a one-shoulder red gown. She and Seal are quite the pair, the sort of match-up that you would never have imagined, but that clearly works very well. Seal just said that out of 156 weeks that they’ve been together, Heidi’s been pregnant for 104 of them. Whew!

Welcome Interruptions: My phone rang shortly after watching Heidi – it’s my brother, calling from his cell while he drives home in L.A. When I mentioned I was watching the Emmys pre-show, he realized he’d forgotten they were happening tonight, and asked me what theater they were at – Shrine, or Kodak.

This was relevant for him because if it was at the Kodak Theater, the way traffic patterns are diverted for limos and arrivals would interfere directly with his own route home. He was relieved when I reported that the show is at the Shrine Auditorium, since that meant he’d have no problems.

Kind of fun, providing an on-the-spot traffic report for my brother in California while I sit here in New Hampshire!

Jenna Fischer: Wearing a beige gown with a huge bow just under the bust. Now, the concept of a large bow on the bust can really enhance the bustline for less-endowed ladies. But a large bow just under the bust makes it look like your bust is falling. Also, when they did the manual pan down (Giuliana doesn’t have the Glam Cam, Ryan does), the hemline was pooling in an unattractive fashion around her toes. Not that I expect there to be someone arranging her hem more attractively before she gets photographed on the fly like this, but it really didn’t look good.

I think I’m up for a little more of this…stay tuned for more!

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