Sunday, September 22, 2013

Politics, funny and dramatic, and horror in miniseries and variety shows


Time to cover the politics and fantasy in the rest of tonight's nominees.

Miniseries and TV Movies

There are two political shows and one horror show, which will have to stand in for fantasy and science fiction, among the nominees for this group of categories.

The most nominated political show is Political Animals, which is up for Best Miniseries and has two of its actresses, Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Burstyn, nominated for best female lead and best female supporting role.  I haven't seen it.  Too bad, as my wife and I would like it better than "American Horror Story: Asylum."  We watched it and couldn't finish it.  That means were probably won't be rooting for it, despite its many nominations, including Best Miniseries, Best Actress in a Leading role (Jessica Lange), Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role (Sarah Paulson), and two nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (both of whom, Bart Cromwell and Zachary Quinto, have played roles in Star Trek movies).  Neither series has any nominations for writing or directing.

The other political miniseries is "The Hour," a BBC America show up for Best Writing.

As for what I think will win, I'm betting on "Behind the Candelabra" to win the most awards among miniseries.  It has nominees in all categories except those involving actresses.  Given the subject matter, that should come as no surprise.

Variety Shows

This category also shows that politics and politicians are funny, with "Real Time with Bill Maher," "The Colbert Report," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" nominated for awards.  All three are up for Best Variety Show and Best Writing for a Variety Show, and "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" are up for Best Directing in the category.  My wife and I watch all three shows and love them all.  Of them, my favorite is "Real Time with Bill Maher."  May the atheist stoner's show win.

That's it for tonight until all the winners are announced.