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Dan Fielding
So, how ’bout those Emmys, huh? I was going to write a quick post about my thoughts on the Emmys 2014, and Seth Meyers’ completely competent, but boring and stiff turn as host in the grand tradition of Late Night Hosts before him. But I feel like after reading this Michelle Collins recap http://vnty.fr/1rBzYUg anything that I could write would be reductive. Suffice it to say Meyers did what Meyers always does, plays the straight man to funnier comedians like Billy Eichner (the best part of Monday night), Beyonce Amy Poehler, and Andy Samberg.But I’d like to make a suggestion to The Televison Academy and future winners of Emmys going forward: Follow John Larroquette’s Example.
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During Barbra Streisand’s 2010 interview with Oprah to promote her coffee-table book A Passion for Design, a short film was shown of Babs giving O a tour of her Malibu home, including the basement of the18th Century farmhouse she built on the property, which is arranged into a mall of shops to house her vast collection of things.

It was riveting. Playwright Jonathan Tolkin uses this as a jumping off point for Buyer & Cellar. The play received great reviews during it’s off-broadway run and now it’s making its way around the country and just landed at SHN’s Curran Theatre with original star Michael Urie of Ugly Betty and Partners fame. Michael plays Alex More, a down on his luck LA actor who takes a job tending the shops after getting fired from Disneyland.
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Back in 2011, Bravo aired a 30 minute pilot based on the New York magazine back page feature “The Approval Matrix.” Hosted by Faith Salie, the show attempted to bring the popular feature to television. I barely remember watching it, and the pilot was so disastrous, Bravo has wiped any trace of it from their website. Proving there truly are no new ideas in Hollywood or cable TV, Sundance TV has given a new version a six episode commitment, this time with Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle Show) as host. Let’s compare the two!
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This season of The Real Housewives of OC brought us Tamra trying to convince Eddie to have a baby by adopting a robot for a few weeks. Vicki faced her empty-nest square in the eye and cried every time she thought about Briana and Troy moving to Oklahoma. Heather continued to be judgemental and privilaged, and Shannon joined the cast with a whiny needy voice and a husband whose main attribute is looking sweaty. Lizzie joined the cast too, and besides playing a masterful game of ‘marry, shag, kill’ contributed little. All the ladies took a trip to Bali, which gave Vicki myriad excuses to scream, Tamra plenty of excuses to get pissed off, Heather to act cool and better than everyone else, and Shannon to snivel to all the girls how mean Tamra is. Oh, and Lizzie came along too. We end the season, much like other seasons, in Vicki’s backyard…
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Season 4 of AMC’s The Killing premiered last week, not on AMC, but on Netflix. After AMC put Detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) out of their misery for the second time, Netflix resurrected the stylish, rain-soaked series for a truncated fourth season. When the show first debuted, the ‘Who Killed Rosie Larson?” mystery, the dark tone and morose subject matter gave it a kind of “Twin Peaks’ vibe I really liked. Around the halfway point of Season 1 though, the grief-porn aspects of the show started to wear a little thin and were a real drag on any momentum the storyline might’ve had. I mainly tuned in to Season 2 for the conclusion of the mystery. When Season 3 debuted I gave Linden and Holder another chance. The show actually got better but still relied on red herrings and Linden and Holder’s tendency toward complete and utter incompetence to solve another mystery. Mild Spoilers Ahead!

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