Open Thread for July 9, 2010

It was a dark and stormy Open Thread. Actually, it’s been uncomfortably hot in the North Atlantic, but that’s a good line to open on anyway. In TV news, Emmy Nominations were announced this week. Mad Men has 17, including … Continued

It was a dark and stormy Open Thread. Actually, it’s been uncomfortably hot in the North Atlantic, but that’s a good line to open on anyway.

In TV news, Emmy Nominations were announced this week. Mad Men has 17, including 6 acting nominations (Jon Hamm, January Jones, John Slattery, Robert Morse, Christina Hendricks and Elizabeth Moss). Breaking Bad has 8, with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul picking up Lead and Supporting nominations respectively. And those footloose teenagers on Glee walked away with 19 nominations, with Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele up for awards. Question: Community getting 0 nominations – as bad as the annexation of the Sudetenland, or worse?


Also: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien getting a nomination while the Tonight Show with Jay Leno got nothing? Delightful.

In the world of movies, Predators and Despicable Me open this weekend. Critics generally panned the former and liked the latter. Not even Danny Trejo and Lawrence Fishburne can make Adrien Brody bad-ass enough to carry a Predator flick, it seems. Question: Predators isn’t a remake of the 1987 Schwarzenegger classic, but a re-imagining of the original concepts in a different setting. What other 80s movies could benefit from this treatment?


And it pains me, because my star only rises if skinny guys with big noses become action heroes. But ... no. Just no.

Would the cast of Community survive if dumped into a hunting ground for alien predators? Or is there a topic we missed? Sound off in the comments, for this is your … Open Thread.

14 Comments on “Open Thread for July 9, 2010”

  1. Chris #

    “Would the cast of Community survive if dumped into a hunting ground for alien predators?” Did you see the paintball episode? I think we can safely say the answer is “Yes.”

    I was really disappointed Community didn’t get a single nomination, but I was more disappointed in Parks and Recreation only getting a single big time nomination (I believe besides Amy Poehler’s nod they got one for their theme song, but, with all do respect, that’s a rather low level award.) The fact that Nick Offerman wasn’t nominated for his work as Ron Swanson is a terrible oversight.

    Also, while Breaking Bad got a few nominations, I really think that Dean Norris probably should have gotten an Supporting Actor in a Drama nod for his work, and Giancarlo Esposito and Anna Gunn would have been worthy nominees as well, but that’s a bit more of a pipe dream. Oh, also has David Costabile entered the season finale in his name, he probably should have gotten a Guest Actor in a Drama nomination for his work as Gale.

    The Jay Leno “snub” isn’t really surprising. The dude hasn’t gotten a nod since, I believe, 2005. This is just the status quo for the Emmy’s


  2. mlawski OTI Staff #

    Can we all just thank the Emmy gods that Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton were FINALLY nominated for their amazing work on Friday Night Lights? I’d even sacrifice an [imaginary] [virgin] animal if Connie Britton actually won.


  3. Gab #

    I totally hope the OldSpice commercial wins. So funny.

    And I’d actually really like to see _The Good Wife_ sneak in and get some awards.

    What about Mel Gibson, eh?


  4. Timothy J Swann #

    I imagine, given the paintball episode, and the fact that Abed would have seen enough movies about surviving aliens that the Community study group could not do half badly against the Predators. Not to mention Chang. Chang would be a worthy opponent. Also, I would like to see how John Oliver’s character would fit into that movie.


  5. Chris #

    With the paintball episode of Community in mind, the greatest injustice done to that show is probably the fact that episode didn’t get an Outstanding Directing nomination. For a sitcom, that directing was fantastic or, dare I say, outstanding.


  6. cat #

    I’m thrilled that Glee had gotten so many nominations but Community definitely deserved to be recognized if not awarded (though heck, yeah they deserve some awards).

    They could have pushed aside Tony Shalhoub for Joel McHale. I suppose they could have pushed aside Curb Your Enthusiasm for Community. If only they could have gotten into the miniseries/movie categories. I really don’t have enough against any of the shows/actors nominated to say that they should lose their place to Community.

    Maybe this is just because I don’t watch any of the other shows, but I will be terribly disappointed if Lea Michele doesn’t win her category.

    Oh, and I just thought I’d mention that Glee’s Power of Madonna episode is nominated in the Outstanding Costumes for a Series category. Really, not the Lady Gaga episode?


  7. Jon Eric #


    Yeah, and when I went to the Emmys site this afternoon, there was a Community slideshow on the right-hand side of the screen. How sadistic is the television academy, anyway?


  8. Timothy J Swann #

    Wow, that was pretty cold. Don’t the hosts of the nominations get to make jokes? It’s very unfair on Joel… especially given that shows like 30 Rock and The Office get nominated every year. They are great, but really, shouldn’t Emmy’s stop doing this sameish nominations every year by now?

    Also, Sir Iron McKellen? Is this an Iron Man spinoff I’ve not heard of?


  9. Trevor #

    “Community” is good enough that it doesn’t need no stinkin’ Emmy…but then again, one would come in handy if, months from now, NBC decides to once again play Russian Roulette and mess with their scheduling. I really can’t see them surviving when their Thursday-night competition (apart from “The Marriage Ref”) is still pretty solid.

    How about LeBron, people? I’m not talking about the “decision,” I’m talking about “The Decision,” as in the hour-plus broadcast on ESPN about it. Michael Wilbon looked disgusted with himself that he’d been roped into “commenting” on said broadcast.

    As for Eighties movies, considering the vampire-werewolf unholy trinity of “Twilight” we could do with some angst-free teenage supernatural-ness. Might I humbly suggest a “Teen Wolf” reboot, if that’s not already in the works?


  10. Gab #

    @Trevor, about LeBron: Just the hour? I was getting *really* sick of it being a topic on every show every day the past two weeks. I reached the point of not giving a rat’s a** some time ago. It leaves a taste in my mouth so much like all of the stupid Brett Favre crap- which tastes like bile. So yeah. Ew.


  11. Megan from Lombard #

    @Gab- you and me both. I knew that he wasn’t going to sign with the Bulls (or the Knicks for that matter) and got sick of hearing the radio, TV and print go on and on about how they were ‘courting’ him. *bleh*

    @cat- I agree with you. But to be fair I’ve only seen the Lady Gaga episode so I can’t compare the costuming between the two.


  12. Gab #

    Since celebrity fragrances were discussed a few weeks ago, I hope I’m not the only one that has heard of this:

    If smart guys really do live forever, the dudes on this site have found their fragrance. Yippee-ki-yay.


  13. dock #

    I know this is pretty late into the week to comment on the open thread, but I felt like I should post…I saw Predators last night, and it was really cool. Having watched it I feel like Adriene Brody had that character in his backpocket for years prior to filming this. Watching, it almost seems like hes reprising a role rather than introducing one. Great previous action. His part was the best in the movie, Lawernece Fishburn a close second. The movie itself offers interesting overthinking possibilities in how it was shot and how the story was told. There seems to be a movement in recent hollywood movies and tv to not explain everything, and this is a great example. I actually kind of thought the first half of the movie reminded me of lost. Overall it was sort of like Lost plus the original Predator, with a dash of Halo thrown in. All in all it was pretty sweet.


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