Emmy 2015 Predictions

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Homeland regained critical acclaim after a post season one slump, the sophomore seasons for the Netflix dramas are seen as the best for both shows, yet it looks like Mad Men will win the award for the fifth and final time, making it a record in the category (Mad Men currently shares the title for most wins with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and The West Wing).

Outstanding Comedy Series

Louie (FX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)

I’m a big Modern Family fan but please can they stop winning this award. While the show is still a good watch, it is nowhere near the early years when it also took out Outstanding Comedy. I think it could be Kimmy Schmidt, but I could easily be wrong. There are so many strong contenders here. Veep and Transparent are contenders, and I would love for Parks to win, but the chances are slim.

Lead Actor in a Drama – Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Lead Actress in a Drama – Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Supporting Actor in a Drama – Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Supporting Actress in a Drama – Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)

Lead Actor in a Comedy – Jeffery Tambor (Transparent)
Lead Actress in a Comedy – Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy – Jan Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

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the failed cover letter

A few months ago I applied for a job I knew I had no chance of getting, but I went for it anyway. My low expectations were well thought out, and meant I was not disappointed in any way. Here’s a terrible cover letter a used in my application.

As you can see from my resume, I have very little experiance and no degree. I have Kanye to thank, in part, for that. See ‘The Collage Dropout’ lead me to believe you could get anywhere in life without a degree. I was once talking about this in class in reference to myself, when a teacher jumped in and said only “creative types” could get away with not having a degree while having a career.

I also have myself to thank for why I currently don’t have a degree. While I was meant to be studying in the final years of school, I was too busy focusing on what was happening in the entertainment world.

TRUE STORY: One time while on Twitter in class I broke the “news” that Josh from ‘Big Brother’ 2012 would be leaving due to his brothers death. I was so proud of myself at the time.

No degree aside, I feel like I would be a perfect fit for the job of Staff Writer at Buzzfeed. I’m young, and would never fit the typical mould of a journalism student, just as Buzzfeed doesn’t fit the mould of your typical website. I feel like I have a knowledge and grasp on pop culture that others my age wouldn’t (knowledge is important as time is money, money is power, power is pizza, and pizza is knowledge. If knowledge comes after time, money and PIZZA it must be important. Lastly I believe that I am highly motivated to get results and get things done. As someone who has posted content online for the last two years with varying degrees of success, I know how it feels like not get the views or clicks you were hoping for. Every time this has happened, I’d pick myself up and try harder next time.

Lastly I’d like you to know I realise there is a very slim chance of me getting this job. To quote Jeff Probst: “(Contestant) has 0.00% of winning this game”. He has said this a fair few times before a season of ‘Survivor’ will start in interviews to press. The funny thing is a few times the people he thinks have no chance, have so much determination that they win the game. Maybe that will be me. The one that nobody expects to achieve anything gets to accomplish great?

I’ll end this letter with that reference to the greatest reality television show of all time, and with myself thanking you for even giving this letter any of your time.

Lonely Town

I’ve been working overtime
And I can’t get you off my mind

It’s a Sunday and in a attempt to amuse myself I’ve gone shopping. There is a photo taken of Aziz Ansari walking with a large clear umbrella, and holding a ice cream cone with three scoops in the other. All eyes are on him. He has the attention, but nobody to share the ice cream with. I feel like him right now, although the attention isn’t on me. I feel like it is though. There is something sad about seeing someone shopping alone, even though I know it more practical. I am carrying my bag of purchases in one hand, and I have my phone in the other. Holding my phone is very Jeff Winger of me. I hold it as though I’m seconds away from getting an important call. I’m not though.

I always thought things would change
but they never did

Another kid in Lonely Town

Nobody likes you…
Everyone left you…
They’re all out without you…
Having fun…

When I was a kid I knew I never wanted to be an actor because of the uncertainty that comes with the job. How did I become a struggling “content creator”. That term is a laugh in itself. Is that just a made up term for people that are making money while not really doing anything? Am I being to shady now? Probably. The shade is coming from the frustration. I’m busking every day and getting thrown ten cent pieces.

She takes just like a woman.
She makes love just like a woman.
And then she aches just like a woman.
But she breaks just like a little girl.

Today the world was introduced to Caitlyn Jenner. The photo’s were amazing, but I think Laverne Cox said it best. We should focus on her inner beauty, and how her true shelf can finally be released.

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My 2015-16 TV Schedule

Bit of a fantasy schedule if I was living in the US and had all the time in the world to watch TV.

MONDAY
08.00 – Gotham (FOX)
09.00 – Arrow (THE CW DVR)
10.00 – The Flash (THE CW DVR)

Nothing much for me on Monday nights, but by watching the week’s before episodes of Arrow and The Flash, and air them after that nights Gotham, it would make a bit of a DC superhero night.

TUESDAY
08.00 – The Muppets (ABC)
08.30 – Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
09.00 Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D (ABC)
10.00 – Best Time Ever with NPH (NBC)

The Muppets is one of the shows I am most looking forward to this Fall. Pair it with Fresh Off The Boat (which I still haven’t started watching, but plan to soon) and it is a good comedy hour, something that is hard to come across at the moment. In the Winter I plan to watch The Real O’Neals (it looks great) and Agent Carter.

Wednesday
08.00 – Survivor (CBS)
09.00 – Modern Family (ABC)
09.30 – The Goldbergs (ABC DVR)

Survivor is my all time favourite reality TV show, and I try not to ever miss it. Modern Family isn’t what it used to be, but some of the new episodes are still A plus material. The Goldbergs has been a recent favourite, as it’s so relatable while being set decades ago.

THURSDAY
08.00 – Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
09.00 – Scandal (ABC)
10.00 – How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Currently do not watch any of these shows, while I am a fan of Grey’s. How could I pass ABC’S “Thank God It’s Thursdays” though?

How To Kill A TV Show

It looks as though Channel Seven is trying to get one of it’s US drama’s to fail and die a slow death. Maybe they want Viola Davis to come out here and solve the mystery, although there isn’t much to figure out.

A recurring problem is that they refuse to fast track an American show. A majority of the shows we air here from overseas will start in September, but due to that being the season ratings are low in Australia, the networks will hold off on shows and air them in February “after the Tennis”.

This worked fine and well in the pre-internet days. Although over the past ten years people have got smarter. The internet allows us to communicate with the rest of the world, and when people started to realise we were getting the raw end of the deal, piracy started to rise.

Now there is stupid and incredibly stupid. Most times the networks are stupid. Every year they will advertise the hell out of the biggest shows they acquired from the states. Anyone remember that summer where every time you would turn on Channel Seven, they would be showing a ad for Revenge with Coldplay’s “Paradise” blasting through the speaker. Me too.

By the time February rolled around everyone was watching was watching Revenge. When Seven went to air season two the following year, there had been a massive ratings drop. Reason being many of the die hard Revenge fans would of been watching it on their laptops hours after the US in September the year before.

So that was being stupid, now Seven have taken it to a new level, in a bid to be what I’m calling “incredibly stupid”. This years big show Seven wanted everyone to know about was Shona Rhimes’ How To Get Away With Murder. Like always Seven decided it would be a good idea to wait until “after the Tennis”.

After a good four months of ad’s for the show, they finally got around to putting it on February 10th in a 9PM time slot. 9PM isn’t terrible, but 8.30PM is much better, due to a super sized MKR every night that wasn’t going to happen. The 8.30PM vs 9PM is a whole other story, so I’ll get back on track.

Even though the first episode was five months old by that point it still got decent ratings in Australia. Jump forward to around April and the show is put on hold for a month due to Easter. Every year they make the same mistake of stoping the flow of shows for two weeks, due to Easter being a non-ratings period. Can we scrap that idea?

This past week HTGAWM came back on our screens. The first season of Murder was a short on with only fifteen episodes, so by this time the whole first season has finished and is ready to be downloaded for your binge watching pleasures. The 10th episode (out of 15) aired this week at 9.45PM. An even latter start time will not help its case, and since it’s had a month off, many people have forgotten about it, and the ratings were nowhere in comparison to what it managed at the start of the year.

Seven has now decided to make the problem worse. The show is back off again for two weeks, will be replaced by Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. It will return Monday the 1st of June, starting at 10.40PM. What a joke. If you felt not enough viewers tuned in at 9.45PM, why will they sit up an hour latter.

By the time the season final airs in Australia, it will be 18 weeks since it aired in the United States.

This is a constant problem with Australian television. If you are able to find a show that you like that isn’t about building, cooking, weight loss or dating, it’s more than likely that the show will either a) be moved from night to night constantly or b) have a terribly start time.

Okay so I think I just explained how to kill a TV show, was I also able to convince you why illegal downloading is so high in the land down under too?

My Survivor: Second Chance Cast Picks

One of Survivor’s worst kept secrets is out of the bag, and know we can finally talk about it. For the first time ever us Survivor fans will get a chance to vote who we want to see back for a second chance. For the full list of 36 potential castaways can be found here: http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2015/05/06/‘survivor-second-chance’-invites-viewers-to-select-the-castaways/, but I’m about to give you my ten men and women I want back.

The Men: Jeff Varner, Andrew Savage, Terry Deitz, Shane Powers, Stephen Fishbach, Vytas Baskauskas, Spencer Bledsoe, Jeremy Collins, Mike Holloway, Joe Anglim.

I have a nice split going on here, five older seasons represented and five newer ones. The men was pretty easy. Jim Rice and Troyzan came close to making my list, if not just because I know they both want it so bad. Max, Keith and Woo could easily get on due to recency bias, but it’s not like their seasons already aren’t represented.

The Women: Kelly Wiglesworth, Kimmi Kappenberg, Teresa Cooper, Peih-Gee Law, Natalie Tenerelli, Sabrina Thompson, Abi-Maria Gomes, Ciera Eastin, Kass McQuillen, Shirin Oskooi.

Once again I couldn’t go past the four old school women. After that I locked in Kass, Ciera, and Shirin as they were the stand out females in their seasons. That left me with three more slots. Nat T is someone I really wanna see back after just re-watching Redemption Island. Abi needs to come back because I would want to see anyone from Philippines play again. The last pick I went with Sabrina only because I could see the first time around she had so much to give. I was close to giving my last pick to Stephanie Valencia, but if we get Natalie T, that means four people in total have retuned from Redemption Island, one of the shows worst season, while Thailand and Guatemala have only ever had one rep.

So what are you thoughts on the fan vote, and who are you gonna pick? Would love to hear thoughts in the comments below!

Logies 2015 Predictions

Gold Logie
Should Win: Carrie Bickmore // Will Win: Asher Keddie
Look I may be totally wrong, as this vote could go anywhere, but this will be Asher’s last chance to win for Offspring ( we assume the show won’t be coming back), and the channel Ten drama has a loyal and vocal fan base. That being said, I hope it can be Carrie to win. This is her fourth time nominated, so if the “lads” at channel Nine don’t get in her way, maybe she will have a shot at it.

Most Popular Actor
Should Win: Luke Arnold // Will Win: Chris Lilley
There is one actor here who is head and shoulders ahead of the pack, and that is Luke Arnold. His portrayal of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence was simply amazing. Unfortunately this award will be decided by the readers of TV Week, meaning we could see a repeat of last year. The undeserving Chris Lilly may take it home again.

Most Popular Actress
Should Win & Will Win: Asher Keddie
While Jessica Marais and Mandy McElhinney would both be deserving to win this one for their work on Love Child (Marais also recognised for Carlotta), Asher has a dedicated fan base and has won this award the last four years. This ones a safe bet.