Emmys 2015: Complete Predictions

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Primetime Emmys 2015: Complete Predictions in Every Category

The Emmy nominations are being announced tomorrow morning. Here are my predictions for EVERY category.

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Best Drama Series:
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Empire
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
Orange Is the New Black

Best Actor – Drama Series:
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Terrence Howard, Empire
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Clive Owen, The Knick
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Dominic West, The Affair

Best Actress – Comedy Series:
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Supporting Actor – Drama Series:
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Best Supporting Actress – Drama Series:
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is the New Black

Best Writing – Drama Series:
Empire – “Pilot” – Lee Daniels & Danny Strong
Game of Thrones – “Mother’s Mercy” – David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Mad Men – “The Milk and Honey Route” – Matthew Weiner & Carly Wray
Mad Men – “Person to Person” – Matthew Weiner
Orange Is the New Black – “We Have Manners. We’re Polite.” – Jenji Kohan

Best Directing – Drama Series:
Better Call Saul – “Five-O” – Adam Bernstein
Empire – “Pilot” – Lee Daniels
Game of Thrones – “Hardhome” – Miguel Sapochnik
The Knick – “Method and Madness” – Steven Soderbergh
Orange Is the New Black – “Thirsty Bird” – Jodie Foster

Best Guest Actor – Drama Series:
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Lars Mikkelsen, House of Cards
David Hyde Pierce, The Good Wife
Sam Shepard, Bloodline
Courtney B. Vance, Scandal

Best Guest Actress – Drama Series:
Khandi Alexander, Scandal
Patricia Arquette, Boardwalk Empire
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Julianne Nicholson, Masters of Sex
Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder

Best Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Best Actor – Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., Louie
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
William H. Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress – Comedy Series:
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Supporting Actor – Comedy Series:
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Hugh Laurie, Veep
T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley

Best Supporting Actress – Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney, Mom
Judith Light, Transparent
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Best Writing – Comedy Series:
Louie – “Bobby’s House” – Louis C.K.
Silicon Valley – “Two Days of the Condor” – Alec Berg
Transparent – “Pilot” – Jill Soloway
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – “Kimmy Goes Outside!” – Robert Carlock & Tina Fey
Veep – “Election Night” – Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche

Best Directing – Comedy Series:
The Last Man on Earth – “Alive in Tucson” – Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Louie – “Sleepover” – Louis C.K.
Modern Family – “Connection Lost” – Steven Levitan
Transparent – “Best New Girl” – Jill Soloway
Veep – “Testimony” – Armando Iannucci

Best Guest Actor – Comedy Series:
Mel Brooks, The Comedians
Jim Carrey, Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Nathan Lane, Modern Family

Best Guest Actress – Comedy Series:
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Kathy Bates, Mike & Molly
Carol Burnett, Glee
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Tyne Daly, Modern Family
Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best TV Movie:
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case
Bessie
Derek Special
Killing Jesus
Nightingale

Best Limited Series:
American Crime
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Honorable Woman
Olive Kitteridge
Wolf Hall

Best Actor – TV Movie/Limited Series:
Adrien Brody, Houdini
Ricky Gervais, Derek Special
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Live Another Day

Best Actress – TV Movie/Limited Series:
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)

Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Limited Series:
Michael Gambon, The Casual Vacancy
Neil Patrick Harris, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie
Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Best Supporting Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries:
Khandi Alexander, Bessie
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Mo’Nique, Bessie
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Susan Sarandon, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

Best Writing – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Crime – “Episode One” – John Ridley
American Horror Story: Freak Show – “Monsters Among Us” – Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy
Bessie – Christopher Cleveland, Horton Foote, Bettina Gilois & Dee Rees
The Honorable Woman – Hugo Blick
Olive Kitteridge – Jane Anderson

Best Directing – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Horror Story: Freak Show – “Monsters Among Us” – Ryan Murphy
Bessie – Dee Rees
The Honorable Woman – Hugo Blick
Houdini – Uli Edel
Olive Kitteridge – Lisa Cholodenko

Best Variety Talk Series:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Show with David Letterman
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Best Variety Sketch Series:
Drunk History
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
The Soup

Best Writing – Variety Series:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Best Directing – Variety Series:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – “#20103” – Chuck O’Neil
Inside Amy Schumer – “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer” – Ryan McFaul & Amy Schumer
Late Show with David Letterman – “#4214” – Jerry Foley
Saturday Night Live – “Cameron Diaz” – Don Roy King
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – “#203” – Dave Diomedi

Best Variety Special:
The Kennedy Center Honors
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store
Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!

Best Writing – Variety Special:
Bill Maher: Live From D.C.
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store
Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
The 68th Annual Tony Awards

Best Directing – Variety Special:
The Kennedy Center Honors – Louis J. Horvitz
The Oscars – Hamish Hamilton
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special – Don Roy King
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute – Leon Knoles
The 68th Annual Tony Awards – Glenn Weiss

Best Reality-Competition Program:
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Lip Sync Battle
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Best Host – Reality or Reality-Competition Program:
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
LL Cool J, Lip Sync Battle
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Best Animated Program:
Bob’s Burgers – “Can’t Buy Me Math”
BoJack Horseman – “Downer Ending”
Family Guy – “The Simpsons Guy”
South Park – “Freemium Isn’t Free”
Toy Story That Time Forgot

Best Animated Program – Short-Format:
Adventure Time – “Jake the Brick”
Clarence – “Dream Boat”
Disney’s Mickey Mouse – “Mumbai Madness”
Regular Show – “The White Elephant Gift Exchange”
Robot Chicken – “Chipotle Miserable”

Best Art Direction – Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More):
Empire – “The Devil Quotes Scriptures”/”The Lyon’s Roar”/”Who I Am”
Game of Thrones – “High Sparrow”/”Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”/”Hardhome”
House of Cards – “Chapter 29″/”Chapter 36”
Justified – “Fate’s Right Hand”/”Burned”/”Fugitive Number One”
True Blood – “Jesus Gonna Be Here”/”I Found You”/”Fire in the Hole”

Best Art Direction – Period Program (One Hour or More):
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Boardwalk Empire
– “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”/”Friendless Child”/”Eldorado”
Downton Abbey – “Episode 1″/”Episode 2″/”Episode 3”
The Knick – “Method and Madness”/”Mr. Paris Shoes”/”Get the Rope”
Mad Men – “Person to Person”

Best Production Design – Half-Hour Program:
The Big Bang Theory – “The First Pitch Insuffiency”/”The Clean Room Infiltration”/”The Skywalker Incursion”
House of Lies – “I’m a Motherfucking Scorpion, That’s Why”/”We Can Always Just Overwhelm the Vagus Nerve with Another Sensation”/”The Urge to Save Humanity Is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule”
Modern Family – “Marco Polo”/”Halloween 3: Awesomeland”/”Crying Out Loud”
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – “Kimmy Goes Outside!”
Veep – “Joint Session”/”Tehran”/”Convention”

Best Art Direction – Variety, Reality or Non-Fiction Program:
Inside Amy Schumer – “Last Fuckable Day”/”Cool with It”/”12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer”
The Oscars
Peter Pan Live!
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
The Voice
– “Episode 701″/”Episode 806″/”Episode 815A”

Best Casting – Drama Series:
Empire
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
Orange Is the New Black

Best Casting – Comedy Series:
Jane the Virgin
Modern Family
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Best Casting – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Crime
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Bessie
Olive Kitteridge
Wolf Hall

Best Children’s Program:
Austin & Ally
Degrassi
Dog with a Blog
Girl Meets World
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Coming Out
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Invasion

Best Choreography:
Dancing with the Stars
The Oscars
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance

Best Cinematography – Single-Camera Series:
Boardwalk Empire – “Eldorado”
Game of Thrones – “The Wars to Come”
Homeland – “The Drone Queen”
House of Cards – “Chapter 29”
The Knick – “The Golden Lotus”

Best Cinematography – Multi-Camera Series:
The Exes – “The Wedding”
Mike & Molly – “Checkpoint Joyce”
Mom – “Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling”
Two and a Half Men – “Of Course He’s Dead”
2 Broke Girls – “And the Old Bike Yarn”

Best Cinematography – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Horror Story: Freak Show – “Monsters Among Us”
Bessie
The Missing
– “Return to Eden”
Olive Kitteridge – “Incoming Tide”
Wolf Hall – “Master of Phantoms”

Best Cinematography – Non-Fiction Programming:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – “Madagascar”
CITIZENFOUR
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
– “Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy”
Last Days in Vietnam (American Experience)
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
– “Episode 4: The Storm (1920 – 1933)”

Best Cinematography – Reality Programming:
Alaska: The Last Frontier – “A Hunt Above the Clouds”
The Amazing Race – “Morocc’ and Roll”
Deadliest Catch – “A Brotherhood Tested”
Project Runway – “The Rainway”
Survivor – “Survivor Warfare”

Best Commercial:
Ahead of Their Time – Dodge
Back to School – American Express
Generous World – Coca-Cola
Lost Dog – Budweiser
What Will Happen – GE

Best Costumes – Period or Fantasy Series, TV Movie or Limited Series:
American Horror Story: Freak Show – “Monsters Among Us”
Bessie
Boardwalk Empire
– “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”
Game of Thrones – “The Dance of Dragons”
Mad Men – “Person to Person”

Best Costumes – Contemporary Series, TV Movie or Limited Series:
black-ish – “Pops’ Pops’ Pops”
Empire – “The Lyon’s Roar”
Empire – “Pilot”
Olive Kitteridge – “Incoming Tide”
Orange Is the New Black – “Appropriately Sized Pots”

Best Directing – Non-Fiction Programming:
The Chair– “The Test” – Anthony B. Sacco
CITIZENFOUR – Laura Poitras
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – Alex Gibney
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst – “Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy” – Andrew Jarecki
Last Days in Vietnam (American Experience) – Rory Kennedy

Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Series:
American Masters
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Sixties

Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Special:
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Robin Williams Remembered
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All
Virunga

Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking:
CITIZENFOUR
Hot Girls Wanted
Last Days in Vietnam (American Experience)

Best Hairstyling – Single-Camera Series:
Boardwalk Empire – “Eldorado”
Downton Abbey – “Episode 6”
Game of Thrones – “Mother’s Mercy”
Mad Men – “Person to Person”
Outlander – “The Wedding”

Best Hairstyling – Multi-Camera Series or Special:
Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run
Dancing with the Stars
– “Episode 1907”
Key & Peele – “Aerobics Meltdown”
Saturday Night Live – “Martin Freeman”
The Voice – “Episode 818B”

Best Hairstyling – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Bessie
Olive Kitteridge
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Texas Rising
– “Night 4”

Best Informational Series or Special:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
Inside the Actors Studio
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
Vice

Best Lighting Direction – Variety Series:
Dancing with the Stars – “Episode 1911A”
Late Show with David Letterman – “#4190”
Saturday Night Live – “Amy Adams”
So You Think You Can Dance – “Finale”
The Voice – “Episode 818A”

Best Lighting Direction – Variety Special:
Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run
The Oscars
2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Starring Katy Perry

Best Main Title Design:
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Marvel’s Daredevil
Outlander
Penny Dreadful

Best Main Title Theme Music:
The Affair
The Casual Vacancy
Marco Polo
Penny Dreadful
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) – Single-Camera Series:
Boardwalk Empire – “What Jesus Said”
Empire – “Who I Am”
Game of Thrones – “Mother’s Mercy”
The Knick – “Method and Madness”
Mad Men – “Person to Person”

Best Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) – Multi-Camera Series or Special:
Dancing with the Stars – “Episode 1907”
Key & Peele – “Scariest Movie Ever”
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
So You Think You Can Dance
– “Episode 1108”
The Voice – “Episode 812C”

Best Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Bessie
Olive Kitteridge
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Whitney

Best Prosthetic Makeup – Series, TV Movie, Limited Series or Special:
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Knick
– “Crutchfield”
Olive Kitteridge
Saturday Night Live
– “Martin Freeman”
The Walking Dead – “Strangers”

Best Music Composition – Series:
Downton Abbey
Family Guy
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
The Knick

Best Music Composition – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Killing Jesus
The Missing
24: Live Another Day

Best Music Direction:
The Kennedy Center Honors
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!
The 68th Annual Tony Awards

Best Music and Lyrics:
Bob’s Burgers
Inside Amy Schumer
Nashville
The Oscars
Saturday Night Live

Best Single-Camera Picture Editing – Drama Series:
Game of Thrones – “The Dance of Dragons”
Game of Thrones – “Hardhome”
Homeland – “13 Hours in Islamabad”
Mad Men – “Person to Person”
Orange Is the New Black – “We Have Manners. We’re Polite.”

Best Single-Camera Picture Editing – Comedy Series:
Louie – “Bobby’s House”
Modern Family – “Connection Lost”
Modern Family – “The Day We Almost Died”
Portlandia – “The Story of Toni and Candace”
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – “Kimmy Goes Outside!”

Best Multi-Camera Picture Editing – Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory – “The Comic Book Store Regeneration”
K.C. Undercover – “Pilot”
Mike & Molly – “Fight to the Finish”
Two and a Half Men – “Of Course He’s Dead”
2 Broke Girls – “And the Move-In Meltdown”

Best Single-Camera Picture Editing – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Horror Story: Freak Show – “Massacres and Matinees”
The Honorable Woman – “The Paring Knife”
Nightingale
Olive Kitteridge
– “Security”
24: Live Another Day – “Day 9: 10:00 P.M. – 11:00 A.M.”

Best Picture Editing – Variety Programming or Short-Format Segment:
The Colbert Report – Segment: Farewell Colbert
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Segment: Ad of Brothers
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Segment: Civil Forfeiture
Late Show with David Letterman – Segment: Finale Montage
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store

Best Picture Editing – Non-Fiction Programming:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – “Shanghai”
CITIZENFOUR
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
– “Chapter 1: A Body in the Bay”
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All

Best Picture Editing – Reality Programming:
The Amazing Race – “Morocc’ and Roll”
Deadliest Catch – “A Brotherhood Tested”
Project Runway – “The Rainway”
Survivor – “Survivor Warfare”
The Voice – “Episode 801”

Best Reality Program – Structured:
Antiques Roadshow
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
MythBusters
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

Best Reality Program – Unstructured:
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Deadliest Catch
Intervention
Million Dollar Listing: New York
Naked and Afraid
Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Best Sound Editing – Series:
Black Sails – “XVIII”
The Flash – “Grodd Lives”
Game of Thrones – “Hardhome”
Marvel’s Daredevil – “Speak of the Devil”
The Walking Dead – “Conquer”

Best Sound Editing – TV Movie, Limited Series or Special:
American Horror Story: Freak Show – “Curtain Call”
Houdini – “Night 1”
Sons of Liberty – “Independence”
Texas Rising
24: Live Another Day
– “Day 9: 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.”

Best Sound Editing – Non-Fiction Programming:
The Amazing Race – “Morocc’ and Roll”
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst – “Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy”
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
– “The Common Cause (1939-1944)”
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All

Best Sound Mixing – One-Hour Series:
Empire – “Die But Once”
Game of Thrones – “Hardhome”
Homeland – “Redux”
House of Cards – “Chapter 27”
Orange Is the New Black – “We Have Manners. We’re Polite.”

Best Sound Mixing – Half-Hour Series and Animation:
Family Guy – “The Simpsons Guy”
Modern Family – “Connection Lost”
Nurse Jackie – “Managed Care”
Parks and Recreation – “One Last Ride”
The Simpsons – “Simpsorama”

Best Sound Mixing – TV Movie/Limited Series:
American Horror Story: Freak Show – “Magical Thinking”
Bessie
Killing Jesus
Olive Kitteridge
– “Incoming Tide”
24: Live Another Day – “Day 9: 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.”

Best Sound Mixing – Variety Program:
Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards
2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute

Best Sound Mixing – Non-Fiction Programming:
The Amazing Race – “Morocc’ and Roll”
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – “Jamaica”
Deadliest Catch – “Lost at Sea”
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst – “Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy”
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All

Best Special Class Program:
Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run
The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
The Oscars
Peter Pan Live!
The 68th Annual Tony Awards

Best Special Class Program – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program:
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt
Billy on the Street with First Lady Michelle Obama, Big Bird and Elena!!!
Childrens Hospital
Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Starring Katy Perry
Too Many Cooks

Best Special Class Program – Short-Format Non-Fiction Program:
It Got Better
30 for 30 Shorts
Top Chef’s Last Chance Kitchen
Transparent: This Is Me
A Tribute to Mel Brooks

Best Special Visual Effects:
Black Sails – “XVIII”
Extant – “Re-Entry”
The Flash – “Grodd Lives”
Game of Thrones – “The Dance of Dragons”
The Strain – “Night Zero”

Best Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role:
Boardwalk Empire – “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”
Marvel’s Daredevil – “Speak of the Devil”
Olive Kitteridge – “Incoming Tide”
Outlander – “Castle Leoch”
The Walking Dead – “Conquer”

Best Stunt Coordination – Drama Series, TV Movie or Limited Series:
The Blacklist
The Flash
Game of Thrones
Marvel’s Daredevil
NCIS

Best Stunt Coordination – Comedy Series or Variety Program:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Community
Henry Danger
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Workaholics

Best Technical Direction – Series:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – “#20015”
Dancing with the Stars – “Episode 2009”
Jimmy Kimmel Live – “Live in Austin, Night 2”
Saturday Night Live – “Taraji P. Henson”
The Voice – “Episode 718B”

Best Technical Direction – TV Movie, Limited Series or Special:
Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run
The Oscars
Peter Pan Live!
2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Best Voice-Over Performance – Character:
Seth Green, Robot Chicken
Kevin McKidd, Toy Story That Time Forgot
Jim Parsons, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas
Harry Shearer, The Simpsons
Meryl Streep, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Best Voice-Over Performance – Narrator:
Anthony Mendez, Jane the Virgin
and ?

Best Writing – Non-Fiction Programming:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – “Iran” – Anthony Bourdain
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – Alex Gibney
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck – Brett Morgen
Last Days in Vietnam (American Experience) – Mark Bailey & Keven McAlester
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History – “The Rising Road: 1933-1939” – Geoffrey C. Ward

Tony Predictions 2015: Who Will Be Nominated?

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Tony Predictions 2015: Who Will Be Nominated?

The Tony Awards will announce their nominations on Tuesday morning and this year seems incredibly competitive, especially in the Best Play categories. It seems like there was an overabundance of high quality productions that played this year. There are a lot of strong contenders that could’ve easily won in previous years but now they’ll have trouble even getting nominated. Here’s my predictions for who I think will be nominated on Tuesday…

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Best Play:
Airline Highway
The Audience
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two

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Best Revival – Play:
The Elephant Man
The Heidi Chronicles
Skylight
You Can’t Take It with You

Best Actor – Play:
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Hugh Jackman, The River
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Actress – Play:
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Featured Actor – Play:
Ian Barford, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two
Bryce Pinkham, The Heidi Chronicles
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

Best Featured Actress – Play:
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Enid Graham, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Julie Halston, You Can’t Take It with You
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Director – Play:
The Audience – Stephen Daldry
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Marianne Elliott
The Elephant Man – Scott Ellis
Skylight – Stephen Daldry
Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two – Jeremy Herrin

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Best Musical:
An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit

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Best Revival – Musical:
Gigi
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century

Best Actor – Musical:
John Cariani, Something Rotten!
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Brian D’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Actress – Musical:
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Featured Actor – Musical:
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Jason Danieley, The Visit
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Best Featured Actress – Musical:
Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Mary Louise Wilson, On the Twentieth Century

Best Director – Musical:
Fun Home – Sam Gold
The King and I – Barlett Sher
On the Twentieth Century – Scott Ellis
Something Rotten! – Casey Nicholaw
The Visit – John Doyle

Best Book – Musical:
An American in Paris – Craig Lucas
Fun Home – Lisa Kron
The Last Ship – John Logan & Brian Yorkey
Something Rotten! – Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell
The Visit – Terrence McNally

Best Original Score:
Finding Neverland – Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy
Fun Home – Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori
The Last Ship – Sting
Something Rotten! – Karey Kirkpatrick & Wayne Kirkpatrick
The Visit – Fred Ebb & John Kander

Best Choreography:
An American in Paris – Christopher Wheeldon
On the Town – Joshua Bergasse
On the Twentieth Century – Warren Carlyle
Something Rotten! – Casey Nicholaw
The Visit – Graciela Daniele

Grammy Awards 2015: Final Winner Predictions

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Grammy Awards 2015: Final Winner Predictions

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards are airing tonight on CBS and it’s going to be a pretty interesting night. Outside of Sam Smith being the assumed winner in Best New Artist, the other top 3 categories are completely wide open. There’s not a sure thing in any of those nominations. The Grammys can be predictable but unpredictable at the same time. Sometimes they go for obvious choices, other times they select winners that don’t fit any previous mold. Either way, it’s going to be fun to predict these awards.

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General Field
Record of the Year: Sia – “Chandelier”
Album of the Year: Beyonce – Beyonce
Song of the Year: “Chandlier” – Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin (Sia)
Best New Artist: Sam Smith

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Pop
Pop Vocal Album: In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Cheek to Cheek – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Pop Solo Performance: Sam Smith – “Stay with Me”
Pop Duo/Group Performance: Katy Perry featuring Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

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Dance
Dance/Electronic Album: While(1<2) – Deadmau5
Dance Recording: Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

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Rock
Rock Album: Morning Phase – Beck
Alternative Music Album: Lazaretto – Jack White
Rock Song: “Fever” – Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)
Rock Performance: The Black Keys – “Fever”
Metal Performance: Slipknot – “The Negative One”

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R&B
R&B Album: Black Radio 2 – Robert Glasper Experiment
Urban Contemporary Album: Beyonce – Beyonce
R&B Song: “Drunk in Love” – Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyonce Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko (Beyonce featuring Jay-Z)
R&B Performance: Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”
Traditional R&B Performance: Kem – “Nobody”

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Rap
Rap Album: The Marshall Mathers LP2 – Eminem
Rap Song: “i” – Kendrick Lamar & Columbus Smith (Kendrick Lamar)
Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson – “Bound 2”

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Country
Country Album: The Outsiders – Eric Church
Country Song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell)
Country Solo Performance: Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
Country Duo/Group Performance: Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

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Spoken Word
Spoken Word Album: Diary of a Mad Diva – Joan Rivers
Comedy Album: Mandatory Fun – Weird Al Yankovic

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Visual Media
Compilation Soundtrack: Frozen – Various Artists
Score Soundtrack: Gravity – Steven Price
Song Written for Visual Media: “Let It Go” – Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez (Idina Menzel)
Musical Theater Album: Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Original Broadway Cast

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Music Video
Music Video: Sia – “Chandelier”
Music Film: Beyonce & Jay-Z – Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run Tour
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: John Hill

Oscar Nominations Announced Tomorrow: Final Predictions!

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Oscar Nominations Announced Tomorrow: Final Predictions!

These are my final predictions for tomorrow’s Oscar nomination announcement. There’s still a lot of possible candidates in the running for each of the major category. Nothing is set in stone. Even the 9 spots for Best Picture aren’t completely solid either. Late entries American Sniper and Selma are both causing big problems in the field of nominations. Were they too late for Oscar voters to notice or did they come out at the right time to be the last films the voters remember? We’ll see tomorrow morning.

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Best Picture:
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Director:
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Clint Eastwood, American Sniper
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actor:
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress:
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
Emma Stone, Birdman

Best Original Screenplay:
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
A Most Violent Year
Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay:
American Sniper
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Animated Feature:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Best Documentary Feature:
CITIZENFOUR
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters
Virunga

Best Foreign-Language Film:
Ida
Leviathan
The Liberator
Tangerines
Wild Tales

Best Film Editing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Whiplash

Best Cinematography:
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken

Best Original Score:
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song:
Begin Again – “Lost Stars”
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – “Yellow Flicker Beat”
A Most Violent Year – “America for Me”
Selma – “Glory”

Best Production Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Costume Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Whiplash

Best Sound Editing:
American Sniper
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Unbroken

Best Picture:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

Best Animated Short Subject:
The Bigger Picture
Coda
Feast
Me and My Moulton
Symphony no. 42

Best Documentary Short Subject:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
The Lion’s Mouth Opens
One Child
Our Curse

Best Live Action Short Film:
Aya
Baghdad Messi
Carry On
Parvenah
The Phone Call

Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (70-61)

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Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (70-61)

I watch a lot of television (and keep track of them by grading each episode), so it actually isn’t that hard for me to do this list every year. There was a lot of great television this year and I was surprised by how many episodes on this list ended up being from comedies. I don’t have an infinite amount of time, so I’m just picking out my favorite scene from each episode as an example of why a particular episode made this list.

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70. Shameless – “Strangers on a Train”
Original Airdate: February 2
Written By: Etan Frankel
Directed By: Peter Segal
Best Scene: The seduction on the train

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69. The Affair – “Episode 8”
Original Airdate: December 7
Written By: Dan LeFranc & Melanie Marnich
Directed By: Ryan Fleck
Best Scene: Bruce and Noah’s conversation

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68. Nurse Jackie – “Flight”
Original Airdate: June 29
Written By: Clyde Phillips, Tom Straw & Abe Sylvia
Directed By: Jesse Peretz
Best Scene: Zoey confronts Jackie

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67. Mom – “Free Therapy and a Dead Lady’s Yard Sale”
Original Airdate: December 18
Written By: Gemma Baker, Adam Chase, Chuck Lorre, Susan McMartin & Marco Pennette
Directed By: Ted Wass
Best Scene: The therapy scene

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66. Orange Is the New Black – “Thirsty Bird”
Original Airdate: June 6
Written By: Tara Herrmann & Jenji Kohan
Directed By: Jodie Foster
Best Scene: Piper on the plane trip

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65. Modern Family – “Under Pressure”
Original Airdate: January 15
Written By: Elaine Ko
Directed By: James Bagdonas
Best Scene: The dodgeball game and the final one between Alex & Claire

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64. The Comeback – “Valerie Cooks in the Desert”
Original Airdate: December 14
Written By: Michael Patrick King & Lisa Kudrow
Directed By: Clark Mathis
Best Scene: Valerie bitches out the crew of Seeing Red

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63. Boardwalk Empire – “Eldorado”
Original Airdate: October 26
Written By: Howard Korder & Terence Winter
Directed By: Tim Van Patten
Best Scene: Nucky and Gillian at the sanitarium

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62. South Park – “Grounded Vindaloop”
Original Airdate: November 12
Written & Directed By: Trey Parker
Best Scene: The ending

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61. The Knick – “Working Late a Lot”
Original Airdate: October 3
Written By: Jack Amiel & Michael Begler
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Best Scene: Dr. Thackery’s trip during Dr. Zinberg’s presentation

Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (80-71)

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Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (80-71)

I watch a lot of television (and keep track of them by grading each episode), so it actually isn’t that hard for me to do this list every year. There was a lot of great television this year and I was surprised by how many episodes on this list ended up being from comedies. I don’t have an infinite amount of time, so I’m just picking out my favorite scene from each episode as an example of why a particular episode made this list.

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80. The Simpsons – “Brick Like Me”
Original Airdate: May 4
Written By: Brian Kelley
Directed By: Matthew Nastuk
Best Scene: Homer decides to return to reality

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79. Orphan Black – “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed”
Original Airdate: April 19
Written By: Graeme Manson
Directed By: John Fawcett
Best Scene: The opening sequence with Sarah on the run

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78. Bob’s Burgers – “Tina Tailor Soldier Spy”
Original Airdate: December 14
Written By: Holly Schlesinger
Directed By: Don MacKinnon
Best Scene: Tina unravels the mystery

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77. Archer – “Archer Vice: House Call”
Original Airdate: February 3
Written By: Adam Reed
Best Scene: The rotating wall

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76. Penny Dreadful – “Closer Than Sisters”
Original Airdate: June 8
Written By: John Logan
Directed By: Coky Giedroyc
Best Scene: Vanessa’s affair with Mina’s fiance

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75. Getting On – “Doctor Death”
Original Airdate: December 14
Written By: Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer
Directed By: Howard Deutch
Best Scene: What do they do with the incriminating files?

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74. Looking – “Looking for a Plus-One”
Original Airdate: March 2
Written By: John Hoffman
Directed By: Jamie Babbit
Best Scene: Patrick and his mother have a heart-to-heart

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73. Louie – “In the Woods, Parts 1 & 2”
Original Airdate: June 9
Written & Directed By: Louis C.K.
Best Scene: Louie tells Mr. Hoffman the truth

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72. Fargo – “Buridan’s Ass”
Original Airdate: May 20
Written By: Noah Hawley
Directed By: Colun Bucksey
Best Scene: The shootout during the whiteout

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71. The Honorable Woman – “The Hollow Wall”
Original Airdate: September 11
Written & Directed By: Hugo Blick
Best Scene: The bomb goes off

Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (90-81)

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Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (90-81)

I watch a lot of television (and keep track of them by grading each episode), so it actually isn’t that hard for me to do this list every year. There was a lot of great television this year and I was surprised by how many episodes on this list ended up being from comedies. I don’t have an infinite amount of time, so I’m just picking out my favorite scene from each episode as an example of why a particular episode made this list.

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90. Transparent – “Moppa”
Original Airdate: September 26
Written By: Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster
Directed By: Nisha Ganatra
Best Scene: The Pfefferman ladies get makeovers

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89. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Charges and Specs”
Original Airdate: March 25
Written By: Gave Liedman & Gil Ozeri
Directed By: Akiva Schaffer
Best Scene: Thrift store montage

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88. Modern Family – “The Wedding, Parts 1 & 2”
Original Airdate: May 14 & May 21
Written By: Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin & Jeffrey Richman/Megan Ganz, Christopher Lloyd & Dan O’Shannon
Directed By: Steven Levitan/Alisa Statman
Best Scene: Cam & Mitch at the dry cleaners

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87. How to Get Away with Murder – “Let’s Get to Scooping”
Original Airdate: October 16
Written By: Erika Green Swafford
Directed By: Laura Innes
Best Scene: Annalise removes her makeup

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86. Orange Is the New Black – “You Also Have a Pizza”
Original Airdate: June 6
Written By: Stephen Falk
Directed By: Allison Anders
Best Scene: Poussey’s confronts her girlfriend’s father

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85. Bob’s Burgers – “Wharf House”/”Wharf House II: The Wharfening”
Original Airdate: May 11 & May 18
Written By: Nora Smith/Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux
Directed By: Brian Loschiavo/Jennifer Coyle
Best Scene: Everyone tries to save Bob & Mr. Fischoeder

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84. The Good Wife – “Dramatics, Your Honors”
Original Airdate: March 23
Written By: Michelle King & Robert King
Directed By: Brooke Kennedy
Best Scene: RIP Will Gardner

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83. Hannibal – “Tome-wan”
Original Airdate: May 16
Written By: Chris Brancato, Bryan Fuller & Scott Nimerfero
Directed By: Michael Rymer
Best Scene: Mason Verger feeds his face to the dogs

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82. Veep – “Alicia”
Original Airdate: April 20
Written By: Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci & Ian Martin
Directed By: Christopher Morris
Best Scene: Catherine wears the same outifit

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81. Silicon Valley – “Minimum Viable Product”
Original Airdate: April 6
Written By: John Altschuler, Mike Judge & Dave Krinskey
Directed By: Mike Judge
Best Scene: Richard’s panic attack

Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (100-91)

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Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (100-91)

I watch a lot of television (and keep track of them by grading each episode), so it actually isn’t that hard for me to do this list every year. There was a lot of great television this year and I was surprised by how many episodes on this list ended up being from comedies. I don’t have an infinite amount of time, so I’m just picking out my favorite scene from each episode as an example of why a particular episode made this list.

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100. Girls – “Incidentals”
Original Airdate: February 23
Written By: Lena Dunham & Sarah Heyward
Directed By: Richard Shepard
Best Scene: Hannah’s interview with Patti LuPone

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99. The Big Bang Theory – “The Proton Transmogrification”
Original Airdate: May 1
Written By: Marira Ferrari, Steve Holland, Jeremy Howe, Eric Kaplan, Steven Molaro & Jim Reynolds
Directed By: Mark Cendrowski
Best Scene: Any scene between Sheldon and Professor Proton

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98. Modern Family – “Queer Eyes, Full Heart”
Original Airdate: November 12
Written By: Stephen Lloyd
Directed By: Jason Winer
Best Scene: The tag with Haley in the car

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97. Mom – “Forged Resumes and the Recommended Dosage”
Original Airdate: November 20
Written By: Nick Bakay, Gemma Baker, Sheldon Bull, Chuck Lorre & Marco Pennette
Directed By: Ted Wass
Best Scene: Christy & Violet visit with the baby

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96. How I Met Your Mother – “How Your Mother Met Me”
Original Airdate: January 27
Written By: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Directed By: Pamela Fryman
Best Scene: “La Vie en Rose”

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95. House of Cards – “Chapter 26”
Original Airdate: February 14
Written By: Beau Willimon
Directed By: James Foley
Best Scene: Claire cries on the stairway and Frank breaks the fourth wall

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94. South Park – “Handicar”
Original Airdate: October 15
Written & Directed By: Trey Parker
Best Scene: Wacky Races!

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93. BoJack Horseman – “Later”
Original Airdate: August 22
Written By: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Directed By: Martin Cendreda
Best Scene: BoJack’s audition

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92. New Girl – “Mars Landing”
Original Airdate: March 25
Written By: Josh Malmuth & Nina Pedrad
Directed By: Lynn Shelton
Best Scene: The break-up

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91. True Detective – “Who Goes There”
Original Airdate: February 9
Written By: Nic Pizzolatto
Directed By: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Best Scene: The final sequence done in one-take

Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

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TOP 10 TV SHOWS OF 2014
As we are starting the new year, I still have to look back on 2014 and pick out my favorite shows of the previous year. There were more options than ever before. Not only do you have to keep up with broadcast, cable and premium cable networks: online services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are putting out incredible shows as well. I probably have a few blind spots that I should be watching (The Americans) but I’m really happy with this list. We should be grateful we are living in a time with so many outlets for writers and performers to tell their stories. photo oitnb_zps065c2001.jpg

1. Orange Is the New Black
The show got even stronger in its second season. The show got even more expansive in its own universe. More inmates to discover, new storylines to explore. It might seem overwhelming, but the show never faltered once. The characters only got more interesting and fascinating to watch. And honestly, if the Supporting Actress Comedy category at the Emmys next year is only made up of women from OITNB, it wouldn’t surprise me and it wouldn’t be undeserving. All of the women on this show are doing stellar work and creating the best show on television.

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2. Transparent
Amazon Prime is going to have one of the best shows of the year? I wouldn’t have believed it. After watching the first season of the Jill Soloway-created series, I absolutely believe it. I can’t think of a television family that has a better cast. The Pfeffermans aren’t the most likable family in television history, but the cast and writers have developed rich characters that give you insight into their mostly questionable behavior. Jeffrey Tambor, having numerous successful shows in television history, gives the performance of a lifetime as Maura. He deserves that long awaited Emmy in September.

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3. Veep
This show gets better every season. The history and relationships of the entire ensemble of characters gets deeper and richer every year, which creates a more satisfying viewing experience. The show was entertaining enough watching Selina run for president. But the big twist in the final 2 episodes of the season gave this show high stakes and a sense of urgency that any drama would kill to have. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has never been better either. It might’ve been boring to see her walk away with her third consecutive Emmy. But anybody that watched the show this season can’t deny the level of work she’s doing can’t be matched.

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4. Hannibal
I thought this show was slightly overrated in its first season. But the second season completely kicked it into high gear. I was expecting the show’s arc this year to be one for its final season. Everything that the show had been guarding and keeping secret from its characters blew up. The tension between Will and Dr. Lecter built up from episode-to-episode and concluded in an incredible finale that leaves me wondering where the show goes in its third season. This show is unforgettable in a number ways: brilliant writing, amazing performances, and gruesome murder scenes that are burned into your psyche.

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5. The Affair
An affair between two married people in the Hamptons during the summer. How the hell is this show going to sustain that plot for 10 episodes? Somehow it did it perfectly and became one of the most engrossing shows of the year. Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are a huge reason why this show works so well. Their performances and chemistry with each other are absolutely electric. The writers of the show weren’t afraid to burn through plot lines either. It had the perfect touch of when to reveal certain plot details without seeming too rushed or too drawn out. I’m on the edge of my seat to see what season 2 has in store for us next season. I have complete confidence in the creative team.

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6. Bob’s Burgers
Creative. I can’t really think of a better word to describe the show. The story lines that the writers on this show come up with are unbelievable. What’s even more unbelievable is that they are executed so well, filled with jokes, and end on an uplifting note without being cheesy. I enjoy every single half-hour I spend with the Belcher family. Some episodes don’t work as well as others, but the core characters are so unique and consistent that I can sit through a misstep in a plot and just enjoy the characters interacting with each other. The show deservedly won an Emmy this year. While it would’ve been preferable if it was for the brilliance of “The Equestranauts” episode, a win is still a win.

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7. Girls
This show was back on track in its third season. The first two episodes that the show premiered with in January were two of the weakest in the shows’ history, but that was a fluke because the rest of the season was aces. “Beach House” will remain a high point in not only this show, but any episode of television this year. It was three seasons of tension that boiled over in an incredible episode of television. Lena Dunham only improves as an actress each year. Her turn in “Role-Play” could go up against any comedic performance in television in the past 20 years.

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8. The Leftovers
I read the original book by Tom Perrotta and I was curious how they were going to adapt this for the small screen. The show took some creative liberties and it paid off. The first season of the show had some weak elements, but overall it was a rewarding experience with a satisfying ending. The performances were outstanding from the entire ensemble, with Carrie Coon being the stand out. The show burned through all of the material from the Perrotta book. According to Deadline, major casting changing and possible location changes are going to occur when the filming for the second season commences. Hopefully they won’t lose what worked so well with this premiere season.

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9. Shameless
I’ve always felt this show was underrated by most people. It has always been enjoyable and entertaining, but it never really peaked creatively until this season. John Wells and Showtime decided to submit the show as a Comedy to the Emmys this year, which is weird considering it was its darkest and bleakest one yet. Fiona’s downfall was difficult to watch, but it gave Emmy Rossum some great material to work with and she turned out great performances every single episode. William H. Macy’s Frank Gallagher has usually been a weak spot in the show’s other seasons, but this year even he had great material. That scene in the finale on Lake Michigan between Frank and Carl was unforgettable.

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10. Fargo
An FX miniseries event that is going to remake the classic Coen Brothers film? That’s what I initially thought when I heard about this series. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Creator Noah Hawley took inspiration from the tone and some minor plot elements of the 1996 film, and created something entirely unique to television. The epic tale of the people involved with this incident in Bemidji couldn’t have been more entertaining. Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman are both well-respected veterans of film and television, but it was newcomer Allison Tolman that stole the show from both of them.

HONORABLE MENTION (11-20) [Unranked]
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Top 100 Songs of 2014 (10-1)

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Top 100 Songs of 2014 (10-1)

It’s that time of the year again, where we all look back and reflect on the year that was. I’m going to be honest, my taste in music isn’t all that sophisticated. Anything that would fall under the category of indie rock will probably be missing from this list. But I do feel like I listened to a lot more music this year than normal. Not sure, maybe that indicative of my longer commute to work or maybe music was just better this year. Either way, I’m counting down my Top 100 Songs of 2014 and I hope you enjoy it!

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10. Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Boy toy named Troy used to live in Detroit
Big dope dealer money, he was gettin’ some coins
Was in shootouts with the law, but he live in a palace
Bought me Alexander McQueen, he was keeping me stylish

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9. Sia – “Chandelier”

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn
I push it down, push it down
I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

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8. Sam Smith – “I’m Not the Only One”

You’ve been so unavailable
Now sadly I know why
Your heart is unobtainable
Even though Lord knows you kept mine

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7. Nick Jonas – “Jealous”/”Jealous [Remix]” featuring Tinashe

Cause you’re too sexy, beautiful
And everybody wants a taste
That’s why (that’s why)
I still get jealous

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6. Ariana Grande featuring Zedd – “Break Free”

This is the part when I say I don’t want ya
I’m stronger than I’ve been before
This is the part when I break free
Cause I can’t resist it no more

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5. Beyonce featuring Nicki Minaj – “Flawless [Remix]”

Them bitches thirsty, I’m Hungarian
Nicki, BB, be eating, diamond fangs, barbarian, ugh

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4. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

If you gave me a chance I would take it
It’s a shot in the dark but I’ll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can’t shame me
When I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be

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3. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith – “Latch”

Now I’ve got you in my space
I won’t let go of you
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you

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2. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

My ex-man brought his new girlfriend
She’s like “oh my God”, but I’m just gonna shake it
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won’t you come on over, baby, we can shake, shake, shake

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1. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”

Boy, I’m drinking, I’m singing on the mic to my boy’s toys
Then I fill the tub up halfway then ride it with my surfboard
Surfboard, surfboard
Graining on that wood, graining, graining on that wood
I’m swerving on that, swerving, swerving on that
Big body been serving all this, swerve
Surfing all in this good-good

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