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2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Drama

Let’s face it.  Some of us go for comedy.  Others go for drama.

I freely admit to being a drama fan. 

Most of the nominees this year have been honored at previous Emmy Award shows.  A few are newcomers to the Primetime Emmys.  All of the actors and actresses listed have given performances that made viewers sit up and take notice.


2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Comedy

EmmyLast week, the nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmys were announced. As always, they were met with excitement from some and disappointment from others. Every year, it seems that network comedies are less represented in the nominations, but standout favorites like 30 Rock, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory continue to hold their own against the influx of cutting edge cable comedies. It will be interesting to see if Modern Family (the perennial favorite) or 30 Rock (which just celebrated its final season) can win voters over enough to take home trophies at this year's ceremony.

Below, I have listed all the nominees in the Comedy categories. Who would you like to win? Was your favorite snubbed in this year’s nominations? Let me know in the comments!

Outstanding Comedy Series:

The Canadians Among Us

Yep.  They’re here.  In fact, they’ve always been here.  From the earliest days of movies and television, Canadians have been a big part of our entertainment. 

If you’ve read my previous blog entries, it should not come as a surprise that I love Canada.  It’s my second favorite country.  I’ve visited there several times.  My best friend is Canadian.  And while most people may not claim friendship with a citizen of Canada, there’s little doubt that many of our favorite actors and actresses have come from there.

Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

Richard Matheson might not be a household name, but he has influenced storytelling in movies and television since the 1950s. 

Celebrate!

This week we celebrated the founding of America.  We had parades and ate hot dogs (one person won a contest eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes!).  We listened to patriotic songs and watched fireworks.  We spent time with family and friends and thought about how fortunate we are to live in America.

Truth, Justice, & the American Way

superman statueMan of Steel, the highly anticipated reboot to the Superman movie franchise opens in theaters today. Although I love the complexity and grittiness of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, the snark of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and the cleverness of X-Men, Superman will always be my favorite superhero. He is the superhero who flies around in a bright red cape, hides his identity behind a pair of glasses and a reporter’s pen, and dodges bullets and sees through walls. He is the superhero who goes out of his way to protect human life despite his own position as an outsider. In every incarnation, whether live action movie, long running TV series, or children’s cartoon, Superman stands for hope.

If you can’t make it to the movie theater this week but want to catch up on Superman’s adventures, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Girls and Bows -- and Arrows

This is one of those blogs inspired by something personal.  And I have my 3-year-old great-niece to thank for it.  Her mother told me that while they were watching the Disney movie Brave, the little girl picked up a clothes hanger and pretended it was her bow, mimicking the character Princess Merida’s archery skills.

The Miniseries

CranfordOne of my favorite television forms is the miniseries, a single story told over a limited number of episodes. Because most miniseries are several hours long, they provide more freedom to delve deeper into the plot and the characters than a single two-hour movie. At the same time, they are generally much shorter than an average American TV season, allowing viewers to see a complete story from beginning to end.

In my last blog post (From Classic Page to Screen) I included several miniseries in the list of movies based on classic literature. Although the classics often provide inspiration, the miniseries is a popular vehicle for all genres, from westerns and love stories, to battlefronts and documentaries. It is interesting to see how the miniseries has evolved through the years and speculate on what viewers can expect from producers in years to come.

If you’re in the mood to become engrossed in a miniseries (or two!) this summer, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Those Who Serve -- and Those Who Wait

As we approach this coming Memorial Day, I considered this holiday in a little different way.  Since Armed Forces Day is also celebrated in May – on the third Saturday each year – I decided to broaden the subject.

Traditionally it was men who marched off to serve their country, in peacetime and in war.  Eventually, for various reasons, women became a part of the military as well.  In the beginning, the roles of women were supportive.  They worked in offices and in hospitals.  Today, women work in a wide variety of jobs in the armed forces, and their duties continue to expand.

A Mother's Love

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it seemed appropriate to not only celebrate our own mothers, but also make note of favorite TV moms. Since June Cleaver served dinner to her family in high heels and pearls on Leave It to Beaver, TV moms have been an integral part of any family comedy or drama. Through the years, TV moms have evolved and now you’re as likely to find a single mom, a working mom, or a meddling mother-in-law, as you are a stay-at-home mom in your favorite TV show. But no matter what they do or how they do it, TV moms continue to touch the lives of viewers and TV families alike.

If you’re in the mood for some motherly attention this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request a TV show today!

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