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mlyn and I watched Mad Men last night instead of our planned movie(s), and then the Emmys, which I normally don't watch because they are so depressingly middle America in their decision-making and consistently ignore anything genre. But we both love Neil Patrick Harris so that made it more tolerable, and really, the Dr. Horrible interruptus pretty much made the entire event (and I loved NPH's faux-bitterness -- or was it real? -- over losing the Emmy). And look, I love Mr. Cranston and whatnot, but this is two in a row for him and sorry, but Jon Hamm's Don Draper is one of the most complex and fascinating characters ever on TV and his performance is a thing of true beauty. If they weren't going to give him the statue for that, then they should have given him one for his guest spots on 30 Rock because dude, he was beyond brilliant. I crack myself up every time by uttering "I don't know what that means!" when I'm feeling down (Oh my god, I am the generalissimo!).

I think the same goes for Alec Baldwin, in that I think he's beyond brilliant in 30 Rock. He totally deserves all the recognition he has received for it, all the awards, but I would have loved to see Jim Parsons get that thing this year. Sheldon in season 2 Big Bang Theory has gone through so many fascinating learning experiences and yet remained so very awful, and that kind of fearless performance is a wonder to behold. (Not that Jack Donahey isn't a fearless role, as well, because he's so hilariously venal and shallow.)

But anyhoo. Mad Men last night was brilliant and I am still mentally digesting it all. The one thing I have to say is that M'lyn and I were dying over the you know what, and all I could think was "OH NO THEY DI'INT!!". Wow, that show. SHOW. I love you so. And Joanie, I worship the ground you walk on in your stiletto heels.

There hasn't been much thus far in the new TV season I'm interested in. I have been watching Glee and probably will continue to, but some of the things disturb me, particularly the cruel humor directed at the gay kid and the kid in the wheelchair. I realize that there's a kernel of truth in that sort of thing, but... I don't know that I want to watch it all the time. It also hits my embarrassment squick buttons from time to time. However, and it's a big but, the musical numbers are fantastic (I especially enjoyed the Acafellas), and it has two cast members I adore -- Jane Lynch and Stephen Tobolowski. Talk about fearless performers -- they have this way of imbuing even the most hateful characters with this weird kind of twisted charm, and I can never not watch Jane if she comes across my TV screen. I adore her beyond reason. So it's a season pass but I'm not sure if it will ever be a huge fandom, though I will definitely wait and see, because it does look like they're showing people growing and changing. One hopes.

Will wait on Flash Forward to see what happens there.

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hypertwink
Sep. 21st, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I understand your pain. I wanted Jim to win and I was really hoping that an upset would happen since Toni Collette won over Tina Fey but hey, you can't win em all. Also, about Jon Hamm, I wanted to squish him since his face was all like resigned when they announced Bryan Cranston's name (did he ever win for Malcolm? Maybe, they're trying to make up for it). Anyway, I think that if Cranston didn't win, it would probably go to the very engaging role of Patrick Jane who in Simon Baker's hands is a living breathing beauty.
gwyn_r
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
I have a feeling that people would be afraid to vote for Simon Baker, just because the show is so lightweight and they tend to go for the Big Drama in that category. But then, stranger -- much stranger -- things have happened.
tjonesy
Sep. 21st, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
And look, I love Mr. Cranston and whatnot, but this is two in a row for him and sorry, but Jon Hamm's Don Draper is one of the most complex and fascinating characters ever on TV and his performance is a thing of true beauty.

Do you watch Breaking Bad? I'm only asking because I watch that and I watch Mad Men and Cranston's performance is layered, painful and deeply sublime. While I love what Jon Hamm does as Don Draper, I think Cranston's performance is a tour de force.
gwyn_r
Sep. 22nd, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
I just didn't like the show at all and bailed after the first two eps. It's a subject I really loathe and the color palette and such just didn't work for me -- I know he's good in it, and I see the promos and such all the time, but I'll probably never know the details of the performance as well as I know Don Draper!
ianmcin
Sep. 21st, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Will wait on Flash Forward to see what happens there.

I'm on the fence between watching this "live," and stockpiling it on my DVR until after I read the book.

And as much as I like Jon Hamm, Cranston is truly awesome as Walter White on Breaking Bad.
tjonesy
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
And as much as I like Jon Hamm, Cranston is truly awesome as Walter White on Breaking Bad.

Amen to that.
gwyn_r
Sep. 22nd, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure he's great, he's always been great in everything I've seen him in. It's just that I think Jon is truly amazing and I can't stand BB as a show (it's got many personal strikes against it for me, unfortunately). I often like the quirky series but this was one that really rubbed the wrong way.
trepkos
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, hey! I see that thing at the bottom of this post which means something bad - lj told us about it - something to do with video ... I suck. But you're supposed to do something about it I think.

Here's the info - it says some of your privacy settings may have been changed.
http://news.livejournal.com/117957.html

Edited at 2009-09-29 09:15 pm (UTC)
gwyn_r
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. Although, i really don't see on that post what I'm supposed to do about it. Not that I understand a word of what they're saying, anyhow, but... I'm unclear how to fix it. I gotta say, I've never understood why people have been so hatey on LJ for some time, but this is the kind of thing that makes me understand.
trepkos
Sep. 29th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
I think you're meant to check that your privacy settings haven't been changed on recent posts.
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