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.”


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.