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The Five Most Ridiculous Emmy Nominations

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The 2011 Emmy Awards are still a way off, but the voting has begun. That means that the ballot is out and we can see which actors and actresses have nominated themselves for awards. After reviewing the ballot, we have no choice but to point out a few glaringly ridiculous, over-reaching, aspirational and kind of sad nominations.

Chace Crawford a.k.a. Nate on “Gossip Girl,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Chace has submitted himself for the award, despite the fact (yes, FACT) that he is not a lead actor in the series and has not been for several seasons. His co-stars Penn Badgley and Ed Westwick, who arguably could be considered leads, didn’t even bother trying because, frankly, the show’s not that good and certainly isn’t an award-worthy drama. Still, good luck going against Jon Hamm, Nate!

Joey Lawrence, “Melissa and Joey,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

First, we all must face the fact that this show exists and that a network actually felt that Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence had the star power to drive a show’s ratings. The show is a sort of reboot of “Who’s the Boss?” with ex-child stars stepping in as Judith Light and Tony Danza. It’s not good, it’s not funny, and it was stale before it even hit the air. Joey, however, must have been pretty proud of his continued employability to submit his work in this show to be judged by the Emmy voters. I’m sure Alec Baldwin feels exactly the same way about his work on “30 Rock.”

Martin Henderson, “Off the Map,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Valerie Cruz, “Off the Map,” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Shonda Rimes has made some okay shows (“Grey’s Anatomy”), some terrible shows (“Private Practice”) and some really awful wastes of primetime (“Off the Map”). “Off the Map” was so terrible that event the force of nature that is Rimes, could not keep the show on the air for more than a season. And yet! The series has eight submissions in this year’s Emmy acting categories. Eight! They deserve none of them.

Rob Lowe, “Parks and Recreation,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

I love Rob Lowe. I love him so much that I sat through three seasons of “Brothers & Sisters” with him. But, Rob is not the lead actor in “Parks and Recreation.” He was added at the end of last season and has done really well in the role, but, to be clear, he’s no Ron Swanson. He’s not even an Aziz Ansari.

Katrina Bowden a.k.a. Cerie, “30 Rock,” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Cerie. It’s just that …well, is she still on the show? Even
Lake Bell for her supporting role on web series turned mini-tv show “Children’s Hospital” stands a better chance against Jane Krakowski or Kristen Wiig of “Saturday Night Live.”

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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