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First, the good news.

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Years of Devotion to How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs has been painful at times, as both of these hilarious but criminally under watched shows suffered from time slot shifts and near cancellation more than once. But HIMYM‘s fifth season was all but assured this year as it experienced a small uptick thanks to it’s new lead in. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady’s superior Friends meets Seinfeld meets SciFi convention multicam sitcom has quickly become the most reliable funny show on the boob tube.

Best Comedic Performance- Male

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

The lanky actor with a slight lisp and a gift for comedic OCD reactions has been the breakout  star on a solid ensemble cast. A virtual unknown before the show, he has quickly become the front man for the cast, doing more press than all the others four combined. And if anyone has seen his spots on Craig Ferguson, he is charming, funny, and Un-Sheldonlike. But nothing tops TBBT Christmas episode, in which Sheldon hugs Penny ( Kaley Cuoco)- that is physical comedy at it’s best.

Best Comedic Performance- Female

Jane Krakowski as Jenna on 30 Rock

She has always been funny ( look at her character on Ally McBeal), but this year, Jenna has been inspired, even profane ( black face? Seriously?). Jane and Tracy Morgan are making a brilliantly idiotic comic team. Jenna’s vacuous presence makes up for a more uneven season.

Best Drama Series

Chuck (NBC)

Okay, it’s one of the funniest shows on TV. But this spy dramedy mashup is also one of the most affecting shows I have ever had the privilege to watch. The Josh Schwartz /Chris Fedak run show has vastly improved in it’s second season ( and it’s first, strike shortened season wasn’t bad to begin with). Wildly inventive while being almost religiously devoted to geek world references ( plus a deep love of the 80s- the show adores Spies Like Us to the point of ridiculousness, but you love every minute of it). Bonus- an awesome soundtrack. Well, it is a Josh Schwartz show.

Best Dramatic Performance- Male

Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Chuck

We in the know and who loved Less than Perfect  remember Levi as being comically gifted ( and a great singer- ” Luck be A Lady” was a series highlight for me). But his portrayal of the Nerd Herder with a government computer in his brain is a gentle mix of comedy and pathos. He breaks my heart as often as he makes me laugh. And now that he knows kung fu, I’m all agog. Brilliant.

Best Dramatic Performance- Female

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olsen, Mad Men

As the girl who walks into the mean manly man world of advertising, she delivers a subtle, heart breaking performance. She has suffered tremendously for her ambition on both a personal and a professional level, but do not mistake her for a pushover. Moss, so winning on The West Wing as Zoey Bartlett, has really grown into a spectacularly nuanced actress.

Best Series Finale- Till it wasn’t

Scrubs (ABC)

In perfect cohesion with the rest of the series. Everyone was there. Hooch really is crazy. Beardface, Snoop Dogg Intern/Resident, Gloria, even those who have passed. A sweet sentimental moment where J.D. ( Zach Braff- still so good here) sees his future. Small cameo by Bill Lawrence himself. Then ABC ruins my deep affection for this perfect episode of a much beloved network cannon fodder show by bringing it back for a ninth season. It still is a moving show, but I can’t imagine Scrubs without J.D.

Best Series Finale That Is Actually A Finale

ER (NBC)

The Thursday night lead out for fifteen seasons, ER  stopped being the big focus of NBC somewhere around the time George Clooney left. Lord knows I barely watched it in the last decade. But I tuned in all the same. And it, too, was a perfect finale. In fact, it really wasn’t a finale at all. Yes, old timer cast members came back for a visit, but it felt organic, not forced. The episode mirrored the pilot in many ways, yes, but it felt like it was true to the show as a whole. It was special because it wasn’t special.

And now the bad:

Worst “Comedy”

Kath and Kim ( NBC)

Just not funny. Too bad. I love Molly Shannon.

Worst ” Drama”

Knight Rider ( NBC)

This show wasn’t that good in the 80s when Hasselhoff was the MAN. Did Silverman and co. really think it would work now?

Moments from the season that should be remembered:

  • Adam Lambert’s gorgeous version of ” Mad World”, Kris Allen’s stunning rendition of ” Falling Slowly”, Allison Iraheta ‘s exquisite ” Someone To Watch Over Me”, and whatever that note was that Danny Gokey let loose at the end of ” Dream On” which wasn’t even human. ( American Idol)
  • An injury plagued season of Dancing With The Stars that was more entertaining than it had any right to be.
  • Barney Stinson is in love with Robin Sherbatsky!
  • While we’re on the topic of HIMYM, damn, they did the lamest/coolest job of hiding Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders pregnancies.
  • I cannot reiterate how hilarious the hug Sheldon gave Penny in the Christmas episode of The Big Bang Theory is. Just genius.
  • Chuck Bass says ” I love you”. Twice.
  • The entire second season of Chuck. This show is so much better than Heroes.
  • House losing his mind. Kutner’s suicide. Amber. Huddy sex that wasn’t real.  ( House).
  • The performance of Harvey Keitel in the short but glorious run of ABC’s Life On Mars. yes, I was the person watching.
  • Barack Obama elected to the office of President of the United States of America. ( every network imaginable).
  • The Daily Show
  • The White Stripes showing up to sing ” We Are Going To be friends” on Conan O’Brien’s last Late Night
  • Jimmy Fallon not totally sucking as he took over Conan’s slot.
  • Jimmy is still no match for Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show.
  • The Colbert Report
  • Hugh Jackman hosting the Oscars. The Theater geek in me died a glorious,rapturous death. I loved most of it.
  • Gray Gardens
  • Almost everything on the Food Network’s prime time sked.

So this lead me to the question of the day. What was your highlight of the 2008-2009 TV season?

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First off, look for Craig Ferguson (sexy Scot from The Late Late Show) battle Jimmy Fallon starting on March 2, 2009 in a unique way. Craig is taking to the Prime Time CBS lineup to promote his show on the 2 and 9. Paris Hilton will join him the first Monday, so we care less about that than the following week when- yes- the one, the only comic genius Jim Parsons will be there with Craig- as Sheldon, no less ( Dr. Cooper M.Sc Ph.D Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!) There will be five interstatials over the course of the night, which take place at Craig’s “home” over TV Dinners. Paris is set to be guest on Craig’s actual job on the same night, but there is no confirmation of the same being true for Jim the following week, though I’d bet on it, as Craig has had Jim on his show three times in the last four months and seems quite fond of him ( IMO, Jim is a great talk show guest- charming and witty, with a quick mind to able to keep up. On his first Late Late Show appearance, he told Craig that the show’s official mugs were highly toxic, causing Craig to throw them around the studio.) Best news of the day… or it was until…

It is official, from NBC itself. Conan O’Brien will have a sidekick on The Tonight Show, and that sidekick will be Andy Richter.

I have died and gone to heaven. Thank you, comedy gods. And bring back the staring contest.

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  • New Tragically Hip record to drop in April, called We are the Same. Hip.
  • Peter Gabriel will be at the Oscars Sunday, but he won’t sing. I don’t blame him. He’s Peter” Sledgehammer” Gabriel, the man responsible for the greatest love song of the last thirty years with ” In Your Eyes”. Let him sing all of that Wall-E song before he wins the damn award.
  • Shonda Rimes insists T.R. Knight and Katherine ” No Self Censorship” Heigl are NOT leaving Grey’s Anatomy. I wish the show would leave, it hasn’t been good since season two.
  • This is Conan O’Brien’s last week as host of Late Night. The White Stripes will perform on Friday’s show. I’m recording the whole week because I love Conan and the last fifteen years have brought me such absurdis joy.
  • Wanda Sykes to host the National Correspondents Dinner in D.C. Genius.
  • Mandy Moore engaged to a homeless man who resembles altcountry superstar Ryan Adams. Wait, it IS Ryan Adams.
  • Trump Entertainment ( the Casino Division) files for Chapter 11 for the third time.
  • Two And A Half Men‘s popularity continues to baffle comedy snobs, feminists, people with half a brain, and television critics. Sadly, I get why Chuck Lorre’s two most recent sitcoms center around men. See: Rosanne, Cybill Shepherd, Brett Butler.
  • Matt Selman at Time.com goes all fanboy giddy over seeing Watchmen.
  • Dumbass band name of the century: This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb. And they wonder why the TSA pulled them off for questioning.
  •  Interesting story of the day: A third of civil unions in France are done by straight couples as it is easier to get out of than marriage in the still predominantly Catholic country. So much for the theory that it protects the sancitity of marriage.
  • Some right wing zealots say gay marriage violates the first amendment. I say either the government gets out of the marriage business or everyone shut up. It can coexist as both a legal and religious ceremony, but they are not interchangable, or else Churches cannot discriminate against couples marrying interfaith or calling the children of marriages not done in the spectacle of the church bastards ( I’m looking at you, Pope Benny).

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  • Are you as pissed about the $18 BILLION Wall Street CEOs got in bonuses while begging the Bush administration for welfare and getting it ( I won’t even go into the sudden GOP change of heart on bailouts, that’s another rant and frankly, a lesser one)? Are you fucking kidding me? And frankly, President Obama should do something about it. Congress is trying, having introduced a bill to cap CEO wages, but this is the great capitalist experiment gone awry. Gekko was right- greed is good. But you know something- so is humility. And Wall Street has zero of that.
  • Bruce ” Guitar God and Blue Collar Hero” Springsteen rightfully got slammed by his more liberal, Wal Mart hating fans ( ahem… right here) for striking an exclusivity deal. Today, while at a presser discussing the Superbowl Half Time Show ( I am to understand that the Super Bowl is some sort of football game with a huge concert at what I assume to be the half way point- God, I’m taking a piss, people, go Steelers), Mr. Thunder Road admitted that it was a mistake to sign that deal, considering Wal Mart exploitation of third world workers and their union bashing and everything.
  • Is it me, or does Idol suck in ways unforgivable this year?I know, wait till Hollywood week is over and see what talent we actually have. People bring up Jason Castro. I counter with Sanjaya.
  • Disney has cut four hundred jobs, the Hollywood trades are struggling, Murdoch’s empire is now a “sell”, OK! rag has editor ousted, and WSJ is looking at layoffs as well. The media is changing, filks, and it ain’t pretty for the old timers. As long as the Sun-Times keeps Ebert, I’m a-okay.
  • Anthony Bourdain says when he wakes up every morning, he’s angry at Rachael Ray. Me, too, buddy ( EVOO? Seriously, that’s piss ass annoying right there).
  • Elisabot is preggers again, Rosie not around to eat her alive this time. Sorry, it was too easy. I had to.
  • CBS great Katie Couric experiment came in second to Idol, which means it’s a smashing success.
  • Would you bump Nightline for Jimmy Kimmel when Conan takes over the Tonight Show? ABC say don’t be silly, but it’s a persistent bugger of a rumor that just won’t die. I am not a huge Jimmy fan ( the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck vids were hilarious, but he usually make s me cranky by the end of his monologue). I am, however, a fanatical Conan fan, and I would end up watching the great red head anyday. It clears me up to watch Craig Ferguson without guilt.
  • Earlier this week, legendary author John Updike died. I got wrapped up in reading Rabbit At Rest for the third time and never wrote anything. Something tells me Updike would have appreciated that. Writers ony want to be remembered for what they wrote and how it affected you as the reader. Everything else is dust bunnies.

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