24’s “Dramatic” Announcement?

The execs at Fox have announced that the next president on 24 will be a women, and will be played by Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones.  Peter Liguori, Fox Entertainment Chairman, said “It’s a dramatic decision. … The president is a very important piece of 24.  We’ve had a broad array of presidents on the show; why not a female president?”

OK, season six of 24 was weak because partly because there were no new twists.  It was the same old, same old.  We had Jack battling terrorists, presidential power in question, the government being infiltrated by bad guys, and CTU headquarters being attacked.  Things we’ve seen too many times already.  And to make matters worse, we had to deal with Bauer family soap opera on the side.

Now are we supposed to believe that the ‘dramatic decision’ of casting a female president will really shake things up?  All this says to me is that once again the president will play a major role on the show.  Nothing new there.  If Sherry Palmer would have been president instead of Wayne Palmer last season, would the season have been any better?  Not at all.  Season seven will not succeed because there will be a woman president, it will succeed if the writers start thinking outside the box and give us something new and different for a change.


Emmy Nominations are in – What were they thinking?

Surprise, surprise, The Sopranos leads the way with 15 nominations, including one for outstanding drama series. It seems like they always lead the way when they are eligible. I don’t think there’s really anything to say about that, so let’s take a look at some of the other nominees in the drama categories…

Outstanding Drama Series

  1. The Sopranos
  2. Boston Legal
  3. Grey’s Anatomy
  4. Heroes
  5. House

Admittedly, I don’t watch all of these. I watch Heroes, House, and Grey’s Anatomy. I just want to know how Lost didn’t get nominated for the best drama category. Now, I love Heroes, but it really ended with a whimper. The show started off really, really strong and got better as the season went along. I thought they did a great job of connecting all of the characters, and the season seamed to really be building towards a great confrontation between Peter and Sylar, but we all know how that ended up. The last two or three episodes were just plain weak. You can find a great analysis on the Heroes finale over at Media Maven Musings.

Lost, on the other hand, had a bit of an opposite arc to its season. It started off a little slowly, but by mid season things were really humming along. And the last month or so was, in my opinion, possibly the best month a TV show has ever strung together. There were great performances by the actors, great tension, and there were some of the best shocking moments we’ve seen on Lost. The writers of Lost are the best in the biz, the acting is great, and they have great production value. What more could they have done to garner a nomination?

I don’t want to sound like a Heroes hater, because I really like the show. I just don’t see how someone could objectively watch Heroes and Lost last season, and come away thinking that Heroes had a better season. It makes me think that some of the voters just simply aren’t watching all of the episodes for the major contenders. Hey, if it was up to me, they both would have made the list.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  1. Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
  2. Denis Leary, Rescue Me (FX)
  3. James Spader, Boston Legal (Fox)
  4. Keifer Sutherland, 24 (Fox)
  5. James Gandolfini, The Sopranos (HBO)

Just a couple of thoughts here. First of all, I’m glad to see that the voters are still willing to give Keifer a nod, even though season six of 24 was widely criticized. Regardless of how good (or not so good in this case) 24 was, Keifer is still great as Jack Bauer. Second, I’ve heard a lot of people are upset that Matthew Fox didn’t get nominated for his role in Lost. I think he was good, but I don’t think he was so good that he should have been guaranteed a spot on this list. Just goes to show that being able to cry on camera doesn’t equal an automatic nomination.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  1. Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
  2. Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  3. Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  4. Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  5. Aida Turturro, The Sopranos (HBO)
  6. Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos (HBO)

Maybe its just me, but is Grey’s Anatomy overrated? Maybe its just the over the top, excessive, emotional, never-ending drama. I swear every character on the show is either a drama queen or is a whiny baby. I’m convinced that Sandra Oh’s character has a permanent case of PMS. The same could be said for about 2/3 of the characters, including the guys. Of course, if they perform that role well, then why not nominate them. The only beef I have with this category is that Elizabeth Mitchell of Lost was overlooked.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  1. William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
  2. T.R. Knight, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  3. Masi Oka, Heroes (NBC)
  4. Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
  5. Terry O’Quinn, Lost (ABC)
  6. Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos (HBO)

No complaints here. Knight, Oka, Emerson, and O’Quinn are all deserving, and Michael Imperioli is deserving for no other reason than he has a cool last name. I’m really pulling for Michael Emerson in this category. His portrayal of Ben on Lost was spot on.

That’s about where my interest in the Emmy’s ends. But be sure and check back soon. You don’t want to miss my in depth analysis of the “Hairstyling for a miniseries, movie, or a special” category… or maybe not. If you want to see a full list of nominees, check out this list on Yahoo! TV.

Season 7 of 24 in trouble?

Looks like all is not well in the land of 24.  Michael Ausiello from TV Guide is reporting that the executives at Fox have scrapped the storyline of the next season of 24, just before production was set to begin.  Apparently, some of the episodes were going to be filmed in Africa, and the higher-ups decided that was going to cost too much.  So basically the writers have to come up with a whole new idea for the season, and fast.  They say this will delay production by about three weeks. 

What I don’t understand is why this came down at the very last second, right before they were going to begin production.  It seems that there would some kind of communication between the writers, producers, and Fox execs about the ideas for season 7.  If that were happening, the execs could have put the brakes on the whole Africa idea earlier in the process, thereby giving the writers a little more time to come up with something new.  Now, the writers will be scrambling to come up with a new storyline and script.  After the season 6 disappointment, 24 needs to have a well thought out story with fresh plot elements.  We’ll jut have to hope they can pull it off, but things are not exactly off to the best start.

The Best Television Shows of 2006-07

The guys at Yahoo! TV have put together their list of the top 15 shows of this past season.  I don’t watch a lot of these shows, but I always enjoy a good “best of” list.  My top 3 shows for this season are:

  1. Lost – The first half of this season was certainly not up to Lost standards, but they’ve gone and totally redeemed themselves the last couple of months.  The interaction between Locke and Ben, Sawyer and daddy, and of course the Jacob episode have helped bring Lost back to level where it needs to be.  Maybe the most popular show ever with such a large cult following.
  2. Heroes – Without a doubt, this is my favorite new TV show.  It takes a bit of a page out of the Lost playbook by trying to make you solve the mysteries of the show.  The biggest difference is that Heroes moves at a faster pace, giving us more substantial answers as we go along, and basically resolving everything by the end of the season.  Of course, they throw some cliffhangers in there at the end to try and bring us back next year, and yes, I’ll be back.
  3. 24– In my opinion, season 6 was the worst season of 24 yet.  Even with that being the case, its still one of the only shows that I won’t miss.  Jack Bauer is definitely one of my favorite characters ever.  Let’s hope the show’s writers follow through with their promise to give Jack a change of scenery for next season.

24 Renewed for Two More Seasons

Fox has announced that 24 will go on for at least 2 more seasons.  This is good news.  In my opinion, 24 is one of the best television shows ever.  Admittedly, this season has been the worst of the bunch.  The other good news is that the writers of the show say there will be a change of scenery for next season, which means we might not have the same plot lines regurgitated.  Let’s hope that means no more silly love stories, i.e. Milo and Nadia.

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