Tonight is the Emmys hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, which ironically means having to TiVo one of the last episodes of “Blue Meth, Walter White.” (We can’t believe it’s taken five seasons for Vince Gilligan to christen Breaking Bad with our write-in title.)
Will Game of Thrones and Homeland rule over the Netflix challengers? Will Neil Patrick Harris destroy Don Draper in a dance montage? Tune in to find out!
Golden Globes 2013
Not too many surprises this year in the nominations, announced today, for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. This year, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be making history as the first female duo to host the ceremony, held on Jan. 13., but other than that, it’s all Lincoln (seven nominations), Argo (five) and Django Unchained (ditto).
If you had Downton Abbey or Girls mania this spring, you were in exalted company: both of those water-cooler-y series were among the ever-more-nichey Emmy nominations. PBS’s Downton Abbey joined a slew of cable shows (Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones on HBO, Mad Men and Breaking Bad on AMC, Homeland on Showtime) in the Best Read More
With its crushing lineup right now, HBO would be fools not to re-up on two of its most hype-producing shows: Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ cringe-y comedy Veep (Curb Your Enthusiasm for the White House, with Buster bonus), and Lena Dunham‘s cringe-y (for totally different reasons) Apatow production, Girls.
Luckily, fools they are not, and both shows have been renewed for second seasons before we’ve had time to learn most of the characters’ names.
Armando Iannucci’s new HBO series Veep, which premiered on Tuesday night at the Time Warner Center, looks like a winner—more Biden than Bentsen. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the shaky-cam comedy is to the West Wing what a bucket of Popeye’s is to a bowl of flax-dusted Brussels sprouts (less wholesome but considerably tastier).
During the cocktail hour preceding the screening, the premise of the show gave us an excuse to ask everyone : Who is your favorite vice president? Fortunately, guests were in a festive and charitable mood. No doubt they were already anticipating the post-screening filet mignon awaiting them at Porter House.
“You know what? I’ve never been asked that before,” Fran Lebowitz replied when we tracked her down in a corner of the 10th-floor reception area. “That’s a great question.” She thought a little. “Well, there was Johnson, and he became the president. Which is why you can’t nominate someone like Sarah Palin.”