How to Solve A “Who Done It”

29 01 2013

I absorb mystery novels like most of my obsessions, in a terrifying fashion. I find that the first novel from a new author is like trying to analyze a serial killers second victim without knowing about the first. You are trying to figure out the character, environment, laws, relationships, and then finally who was killed. I like to take my time with the first book I read from an author. How I feel about this book will determine if I will read another book in the series or even from the same author again. For example I have only read one James Patterson Novel, from the women murder club series 1st to die. That was all it took. I read a predictable, horrendous book and have written James Patterson off for the remainder of my reading career. That is besides the point, with the skills I have acquired from my years of reading, I have compiled some important steps in solving a “Who Done It.”

1. Locate a crime, preferably a murder: Somehow starting can be the most difficult step. You will either need to part of the list below or align yourself with someone on it.

A. Homicide Detective

B. Forensic Anthropologist

C. FBI Agent

D. CIA Operative

E.  Private Investigator

F. Victim of a Violet Crime – personal or family member related

G. Bounty Hunter

H. Medical Examiner

I. Criminologist

J. Mystery Writer

K. Profiler

L. Vigilante

M. Criminal

N. Thief

O. Fake Psychic

P. Wizard

2. Enlist the help from a faithful, possible suspect, side kick: If you were on the list, locate someone close to the crime or to you that can either push you further into the mystery or know when to pull you out. If were able to align yourself with someone on the list, you are the side kick (congrats on finding yourself.) The job of the side kick is simple, help solve/hinder the development of the story. It also helps if they have a side job that sometimes distracts them, excellent marksmanship, invaluable knowledge of the interworkings of the crime or legal system, an interesting quirk, a romantic interest, and trained in the art of sleuth.

3. Get invested: Either by connecting with the victim, victim family member, rebelling against an authority figure, trusting your gut against all doubters, getting dragged in by the killer making it personal, etc.

4. Interview all People of Interest.

5. Narrow Down and Interrogate Your First Suspect: Spouse estranged or otherwise, boyfriend/girlfriend, business partner, ex, best frenemy, arch nemesis, shady pet sitter, contactor, spouse of affair, jealous co-worker, nanny, iguana.

6. Rattle the First Suspect: Force them to reveal a previously unknown fact or suspicion about a Person of Interest you wrote off due the amount of cooperation you received.

7. Grill the Red Herring: The person brought up in the first Interrogation is about 98% a Red Herring, grill them like no one else. Throw an object and make a vaguely veiled threat.

8. Work out the Red Herring: Verify alibi or lack of motive. Revisit first suspect and groan in exasperation.

9. Check how far you are into the novel: Over half way means you have typically met the killer, or they are at least mentioned. Look at everyone involved, including side kick, leave no stone unturned.

10. Accuse Innocent: Be 100% this person is guilty, loose the veiled threats, discover indisputable fact they are innocent. Question you motives, perspective, objectivity, and everything you know about the case.

11. Eenie Meenie Miney Mo: Pick your 4 closest guesses to who committed the crime plus one outrageous person that you would bet your life didn’t do it. Write the names on each one of your fingers. Play Eenie Meenie Miney Mo and confront the lucky winner.

12. Plan is revealed: Like all bad guys and psychopaths when confronted with confidence that you found the right guy, they fold and admit everything including motive, weapon, and says a line involving pesky kids.

13. Buy yourself and Partner a drink: Reflect on the case and discover new information about yourself. Talk about a job well done. Eat a piece of pie.





Zomlypse Survival Guide Part VII – Knowledge Son and Media Suggestions

22 10 2012

One of my key points in an early entry (Part III Number 5) I mention how important research was to survival. I still feel I didn’t stress it enough as well as not really give a guide to what tools might be the best to utilize for research. So I made a list (yes another, I like lists okay – back off) of my favorite Zomlypse materials to better prepare you.

1. Walking Dead: I have not personally read the graphic novel, so my exposure to this amazing franchise is only the t.v. show, which I love. I feel like this is a pretty realistic portrayal of what the Zomlypse would be like, and unlike most other t.v. shows and movies, you get more information on general day-to-day survival and see different characters points of view to get a fuller picture. Like  a slow view of power struggles, people’s dealing with dying/being infected, travel, and scavenging. I need to find a nifty red neck baller like Daryl to add to my survival group (applications can be sent directly to me for consideration) with some mad crossbow skills. I agree with Rick’s approach to traitors and people trying to stir the pot – kill em. Great philosophy and I would be on board for the Ricktatorship!

GO TEAM DARYL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Other Key Points:

  • An evolving cast not just in members but dimensions of original characters. It shows possible growths or liabilities you might not have considered.
  • Alternate Hide-Outs, scavenging locations and objects, as well as weapons.
  • Pattern of Zombie behavior – traveling in herds as well as attracted to loud noises.
  • Possible camouflage in blood to mask scent of living flesh
  • Zombie creation possibility as disease as well as being bitten
  • Confirm brain must be damaged to bring them down
  • Not tip toeing around children zombies and eliminating them

Detractions:

  • Annoying woman characters. I at one point or another – typically every episode I just want to slaughter ever female character. Only exceptions were usually Andrea and Maggie.
  • Glen being under utilized
  • Lori being pregnant
  • They had Sam Witwer on as a zombie. A ZOMBIE!! Seriously, I guess he loves playing dead things (he is the Vamp on Syfy’s Being Human) and for only the pilot – waste of talent.

<—-look at all that talent and attractiveness going to waste. For Shame AMC! For Shame!!!!

2. Zombieland – This movie made the list for several reasons. It is a more comedic than I typically prefer for horror, but it has a good sense of humor and the characters are relatable. The story line isn’t the strongest, but the advice I feel is sound for survival and that is the most important part as well as different from sources.

Other Key Points:

  • Columbus makes lists, and as everyone is painfully aware, I love them!
  • Shows a non-violent alternative for two girls to get the needed materials.
  • Stresses the importance of a goal for hope for survival.
  • Bill Murray!!!!
  • Proof being a fake zombie as a joke is a deadly mistake
  • Cool Code Names
  • There is no safe place untouched by the horrors of zombies
  • Awarding “Zombie Kill of the Week”

Detractions:

  • Vegan twinkie, like there is such a thing
  • Taylor Lauter was going be Columbus, I would have rather liked a hot werewolf as Columbus……
  • Bill Murray’s Death
  • Zombie creation: mad-cow disease? somehow I don’t buy that

3. Shaun of the Dead: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are just a hilarious pairing. They show a normal person’s response and abilities and dealing with the zomlypse. They throw what they can to deter a zombie, as well as go into obvious unapproved hide out locations!!! All is not lost though, because it does show the importance of killing the infected because they will literally come back and bite you if you don’t. (get it, zombie humor. I crack myself up sometimes)

Other Key Points:

  • Proof (if it was even needed) a basement or cellar are not good hiding places from zombies. Flimsy wood door is getting broken down – always.
  • Uses for Zombies after the initial break out  ie pets, labor, and entertainment.
  • Use of “Queen” for the soundtrack
  • Cell Phones should be on vibrate when acting like a zombie
  • Simon Pegg can almost open a can of Diet Coke with his teeth
  • Records make horrible weapons to disable zombies

Detractions:

  • Mother hiding she was bit.
  • Not explaining how Diane lived
  • Not explaining reason/cause for outbreak
  • More like survival on the go, not really any planning at all

4. 28 Days Later: This shows a whole new side of zombies, the crazy “Omg! I’m going to die” zombie. It gives more specifics than a general movie or even t.v. show like Walking Dead. Technically not zombies, but it is a similar enough to warrant zombie status. Created by a virus “Rage” and spread from infected chimps. The main character Jim, wakes up from a coma (similar to Walking Dead’s Rick) and not having a clue what is happening and nearly dies from his first interaction before being saved by his new group.

Other Key Points:

  • Cillian Murphy plays Jim also Scarecrow from the Batman reboot.
  • One drop of blood can infect a person
  • Listening to the radio regarding army safe place really gets you nowhere
  • Women do not want to be used as sex slaves while you try to starve off the zombie infection
  • Glasses are sexy because blood would hopefully drip on them first verses directly in your eye

Detractions:

  • Not a true zombie
  • Getting a shot body to the abandoned hospital and having enough expertise to save a nearly dead man seeems highly unlikely
  • Ending is just chilling waiting for someone to save them

5. Dawn of the Dead: It spawned all of this. It is the reason that zombies have infiltrated my life. You need to start at the beginning sometimes to understand the whole evolution of the concept. Yes, so much of what we initially thought and believed has drastically changed (ie remake took place in a mall – an effing MALL) but the zombie will still be reason for humanity falling and the world ending as we know it.





Better Luck Next Year – Some Results and Wisdom Post Emmy’s

24 09 2012

Well, the Emmy’s are over. My predictions were WAY off, which was unfortunate. I do have some gems of knowledge for some of the losers so that they way have better luck in the coming years.

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR: I am utter ashamed and disappointed in this sham they call an awards show if SCHMIDT didn’t win. I have no advice for you Max except we might have to attempt to get Modern Family bannned from the awards…..

Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett in “Modern Family”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in “Modern Family”  (Don’t Worry Jesse I still love you!!!!)

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family”

Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in “Modern Family” –  Winner

Max Greenfield as Schmidt in “New Girl”

Bill Hader as various characters in “Saturday Night Live” ( Stefon is adorably amazing, as are you)

 

 

COMEDY ACTOR: I will admit that Jon winning was somewhat deserved due to the B.S. He went through with Charlie, and getting promoted to leading man versus supporting cast. So yay there. On the other hand,..

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory” – Don’t get less adorable

Larry David as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” – Don’t grow hair

Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in “House of Lies”Have a stern talking to with the writers, make sure Kristen Bell doesn’t steal too much of your thunder.

Louis C.K. as Louie in “Louie” – Don’t unfriend Ricky

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock” – Trick everyone up and invite Adam Baldwin on the show to play your long lost brother. I really love Adam Baldwin…

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in “Two and a Half Men” –  WINNER – Don’t get insulted when people refer to you as Ducky 🙂

COMEDY ACTRESS – Am I the only one who doesn’t like Julia, though her speech was funny? I really can’t think of any improvements, like I said before this was a freaking tough catagory and it was not filled with just one show’s actors. Everyone was diverse and strong. Difficult decision.

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in “Girls”

Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in “Mike & Molly”

Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in “New Girl”  – Be more like your sister

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation”

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep” – WINNER

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS – I WAS RIGHT!!! First one of the night. I just wanted this noted…..

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory”

Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in “Desperate Housewives”

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family”  – WINNER

Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family”

Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow in “Nurse Jackie”

Kristen Wiig as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”

DRAMA SERIES:This is where the kids gloves come off….

“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)  – Maybe if you hadn’t have killed my favorite character we wouldn’t be in this situation, just saying.

“Breaking Bad” (AMC) ”

Downton Abbey” (PBS) ”

Game of Thrones” (HBO) – More Tyrion, less Sansa

“Homeland” (Showtime) – WINNER!

“Mad Men” (AMC) – I consider this utter and clear proof Megan Draper should be killed off in some freak whorish-themed death. I hate her and feel her presence ruined this season, and is the reason you lost.

DRAMA ACTRESS – Seond one I got right…and I thought was on a role…dead wrong.

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in “Damages”

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey”

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in “The Good Wife” – As much as Raj loves her, Good Wife is not my new Greys Anatomy…

Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in “Harry’s Law”

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in “Homeland” – WINNER!

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in “Mad Men” – loved her as a blonde, she is looking GREAT!

DRAMA ACTOR – I don’t know what I need to do to get  i hate Michael or Jon an Emmy. Jon I can see this time around, if you havent figured out yet, I hate Megan and blame this years failures soley on her, but Michael!??! He is an awesome serial killer, and made my list…how rude!! (Though didn’t picture Damian with a british accent, makes him hotter and the Emmy more deserved in my opinion)

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in “Boardwalk Empire”  – He looked in a killer mood tonight, maybe he should play Dexter for a week to get his mind off of things. Probably didn’t help his show was at the same time as the awards….

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad”

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter”

Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland” – WINNER

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men”

Supporting Actress Drama – Mcgonagall FTW!!!

Anna Gunn as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad”

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”  – WINNNER

Joanne Froggatt as Anna in “Downton Abbey”

Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife”

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in “The Good Wife”

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in “Mad Men”

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE – AHS won only one, for shame universe…for shame

“American Horror Story” (FX)

“Game Change” (HBO) –  WINNER

“Hatfields & McCoys” (History)

“Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)

“Luther” (BBC America)

“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia” (PBS)

VARIETY SERIES –Everyone was funny, loved the skit to the mic. It was anyone’s game really (less Jimmy Kimmel)

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central) – WINNER

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM – Maybe Tom is a fantastic host and I just don’t know it because I associate that show with pain like no other. When my grandmother comes to visit and I am forced to watch it, it makes me want to kill myself. plain and simple.

Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars” – WINNER

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”

There you go, some thoughts and results from tonight.





Emmy Predictions AKA Proof I watch way too much TV

22 09 2012

With the Emmy awards upon us, tomorrow in fact, I wanted to release to you my predictions and thoughts for tomorrow’s ceremony.

COMEDY SERIES

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)  – I think the cast and story line def took it up a notch this season.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)

“Girls” (HBO)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“30 Rock” (NBC) “Veep” (HBO)

COMEDY ACTOR

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory”

Larry David as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in “House of Lies” – I love to hate Marty, Don Cheadle made him come to life for me.

Louis C.K. as Louie in “Louie”

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock”

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in “Two and a Half Men”

COMEDY ACTRESS – I think this is one of the hardest decisions. My heart is in a three way tie with Zooey, Tina, and Amy…

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in “Girls”

Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in “Mike & Molly”

Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in “New Girl”  – I picked Zooey in the end just due to my love for New Girl…so sue me

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation”

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep”

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR

Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett in “Modern Family”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in “Modern Family” – If Schmidt wasn’t on the list, I would have picked Jesse 😦

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family”

Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in “Modern Family”

Max Greenfield as Schmidt in “New Girl” – I LOVE SCHMIDT. His Schmidt tips and jar moments put him over the top for me.

Bill Hader as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory”

Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in “Desperate Housewives”

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family”  – I have no real explanation except my feelings for various characters swayed me….

Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family”

Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow in “Nurse Jackie”

Kristen Wiig as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”

DRAMA SERIES

“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)  – That season, finale blew my mind. Season 2 brought it!

“Breaking Bad” (AMC) ” – havent watched that season yet

Downton Abbey” (PBS) ” – havent finished it yet, so I am undecided

Game of Thrones” (HBO) – Maybe because I read the books it wasnt that surprising for me, plus it wasnt my favorite book….

“Homeland” (Showtime)  – great first season!

“Mad Men” (AMC) – I hate Megan

DRAMA ACTRESS

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in “Damages” – No longer offered w/ TWC, havent seen it

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey” – still not caught up

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in “The Good Wife” – As much as Raj loves her, Good Wife is not my new Greys Anatomy…

Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in “Harry’s Law” – this season just didn’t do it for me, as much as I love Kathy

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in “Homeland” – Claire did such an amazing job playing a crazy person.

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in “Mad Men” – Peggy expanded her role, too bad it was out of the agency…I miss her as I am sure Don does too. She had some good moments though 🙂

DRAMA ACTOR –  it blows my mind Michael and Jon have not one for either role yet….CRAZY. So I want ONE of them to win….

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in “Boardwalk Empire”  – I’m still mad about Jimmy…

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad”

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter” – I love Dexter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men” – Seeing Jon as a serious douche like Don, makes me love comedian Jon that much more and appreciate his talent

SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS

Anna Gunn as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad”

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”  – How could I not choose McGonagall?!?

Joanne Froggatt as Anna in “Downton Abbey”

Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife”

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in “The Good Wife”

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in “Mad Men”

SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad”

Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring in “Breaking Bad”

Brendan Coyle as John Bates in “Downton Abbey”

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”  – Peter embodies Tyrion. It is as simple as that.

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce “Mad Men” – He had a great role, and I loved him even more.

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

“American Horror Story” (FX) – Ryan Murphy created a masterpiece (not just Glee…) This show is scary, intriguing, and just plan awesome.

“Game Change” (HBO)

“Hatfields & McCoys” (History)

“Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)

“Luther” (BBC America)

“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia” (PBS)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE – I  think it could really be anyones game. I am personally supporting Emma and Connie…Just because of the shows content and exposure though I think Connie has the better bet.

Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in “American Horror Story”

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in “Game Change”

Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone in “Missing”

Emma Thompson as She in “The Song of Lunch”

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt in “Game Change”

Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield in “Hatfields & McCoys”

Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys” – Bill did an amazing job, I am so glad to see him in something since Big Love, especially so different.

Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway in “Hemingway & Gellhorn” – honestly I had a tough time between Clive and Bill for this. I gave Clive the edge probably because I just liked the character better.

Idris Elba as John Luther in “Luther”

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Frances Conroy as Moira in “American Horror Story”

Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon in “American Horror Story”

Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace “Game Change”

Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys” – One of my favorites.

Judy Davis as Jill Tankard in “Page Eight”

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey in “American Horror Story” – Denis is just an actor I support, between Russell from True Blood and Larry, If he wasnt gay I would marry him. He just sucks me in. Though am I the only wonder where Tate is? I thought Evan Peters was amazing as well.

Ed Harris as John McCain in “Game Change”

Tom Berenger as Jim Vance in “Hatfields & McCoys”

David Strathairn as John Dos Passos in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

VARIETY SERIES – Anyone else think that whoever wins deserves it? I swear I am going to need to break out the eenie meenie miney mo….and the winner of that is

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) – Hell NO!

“Project Runway” (Lifetime) – love me some Heidi

“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox) – loved the new format

“Top Chef” (Bravo) – I just love the challenges, inventiveness as well as just pure genius. Love this show

“The Voice” (NBC) – Christina and Adam on the same show = epic

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM – Just FYI I would have picked Heidi Klum or Carson Daley (only if you take everything Carson says sarcastically…it makes it HILARIOUS!!!!!)

Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race” – He does a great job psyching me out if they are safe or not, and I actually like him as the host.

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol” – I love Joel making fun of him on the Soup afterwards

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” – love it

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars” – just no

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance” – I love Cat but her best moments are after someone makes fun of her

SHORT-FORMAT ANIMATED PROGRAM – I have only watched a few episodes of Adventure Time and just every episode of Robot Chicken, so my opinion is a little tilted in their favor….

“Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network)

“Phineas and Ferb” (Disney Channel)

“MAD” (Cartoon Network)

“Regular Show” (Cartoon Network)

“Robot Chicken” (Cartoon Network) – like I had any other choice/needed one 🙂

 ITS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste in “Glee”

Maya Rudolph, host in “Saturday Night Live”  – one of my favorite episodes of SNL ever. Her coming back was magic

Melissa McCarthy, host in “Saturday Night Live”

Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup in “30 Rock”

Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-il in “30 Rock”

Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper in “Two and a Half Men”

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm in “The Good Wife”

Loretta Devine as Adele Webber in “Grey’s Anatomy”  – She steals the scene every time I see her

Jean Smart as D.A. Roseanna Remmick in “Harry’s Law”

Julia Ormond as Marie Calvet in “Mad Men” –  eeeh like I said…I hate Megan (apparently that hate goes to her mother too)

Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson in “Shameless”  – great character. She has that agoraphobia down! Love her.

Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall in “Smash” – actually liked her….

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca in “Breaking Bad”  – love it

Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney in “The Good Wife”

Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning in “The Good Wife”

Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett in “Justified”

Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg in “Mad Men”

Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr in “Parenthood”