Top Ten Tuesday: Emmy Noms

emmy-awards-imageOn Thursday, Emmy nominations come out. The Emmy’s are always a fun time for me; they’re a time to look back and think about what really worked on television the previous year, what made me laugh, what made me cry, what made me think and feel and rage. They’re a time for me to roll my eyes as that one show that I’ve never managed to get on board with gets nominated again. And they’re a time for me to scratch my head at some of the more questionable “comedy” entries.

I don’t think the Emmy Awards are necessarily the be all, end all of television accolades. For sure there’s a good amount of politics and campaigning and repeats. I, for one, have always felt that – since unlike any other award, shows and people are being nominated and awarded for the same project or character over and over again – there should b a gap year from winners. Like, if Modern Family wins one year, they should automatically be ineligible the next. Just to spread things around a bit. But I guess that would never happen.

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TV Talk: Optimistic Ladies

Yesterday I wrote a post about Brooklyn Nine Nine and mentioned how glad I was to have leslie knopeit in the wake of Parks and Recreation‘s series finale earlier this year. It’s only been off the air for maybe a month or two, and already I miss it. In fact, after the finale I went ahead and re-watched the whole thing, all seven seasons. This is a show that will go down as one of my all-time favorites, with qualities I think will be incredibly difficult to replicate.

Parks had a lot of strong, strong elements going for it, but the thing that stood out for me the most was simply Leslie Knope. To be fair, if you watch the first season – and even a handful of episodes from the beginning of Season Two – Parks, and indeed Leslie Knope herself, got off to a rough start. Coming off The Office, and in fact originally envisioned as and Office spin-off, Leslie Knope started off the series as a female version of Michael Scott, a somewhat out of touch, buffoonish character surrounded by a group of apathethic co-workers who tolerated her at best. Thankfully, that characterization of her was quickly put to rest early in Season Two, and she instead began to emerge as the kind, passionate, driven, and determined woman we all fell in love with.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ladies Night

This past Sunday was International Women’s Day (and also, my birthday which is almost as important). So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re going to celebrate women. I realize that there’s absolutely no way to make a comprehensive list of awesome women and awesome female moments and relationships with just ten measly entries, so take this list as a jumping off point. This is a mere smattering of great characters and great shows, but it’s ten moments that have stuck with me: ten moments of women standing up for themselves, of women supporting other women, of women fighting for their families, and of women loving themselves. Enjoy the clips.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Couples

Maybe I’m a week late since Valentine’s Day has just passed, but I thought on this inaugural edition of Top Ten Tuesdays I would start be spreading some love.

No matter what your favorite show is about – be it prison, family, superheroes, high school, or cops – someone, somewhere is falling in love. There’s no hiding from it. There’s no use telling a story without it in there somewhere. So let’s celebrate it.

Today’s list features my Top Ten Couples: canonical love stories featured on shows that have yet to reach their series finale. Not all these couples are currently together – in fact one hasn’t even managed to get themselves together yet, though their feelings for one another are definitely clear – but they’ve made a mark on their respective shows.

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