2010 Emmy Awards Tonight

The 2010 Emmy Awards show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, begins at 5pm PT, 8pm ET. TV Guide’s Fashion Cam goes live at 3pm PT. Here are the nominees in the major categories: (The full 43 page list of nominees is here.)

Drama Series
Breaking Bad
The Good Wife
Mad Men
True Blood

Comedy Series
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Matthew Fox, Lost
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House Continue reading

“Weeds” Season Six: Botwins On the Run

It seems like a lifetime ago that Weeds season five ended on Showtime. The last scenes were of Shane Botwin, age 16, killing Pilar, the rich and powerful controller of Esteban (Nancy’s new husband and baby- daddy, who happens to be both a Mexican politician and a drug-running mafioso) with a croquet maillot, while Nancy stares at her lifeless body lying facedown in the pool in disbelief.

But, back it is, and it looks to be another great season. In the first episode, “Thwack,” Nancy takes the family on the run to protect Shane. Alanis Morissette is back as Dr. Audra Kitson, with whom brother-in-law Andy is obsessively in love.

On the lam, the family change their names from Botwin to Newman and Nancy, Andy and Silas get jobs at a hotel. Here’s Nancy as a chambermaid.

The hotel’s valet is also a pot dealer, but he’s on strike. Continue reading

Congrats Jesse and Ann: Another Bachelorette Engagement

The Bachelor/Bachelorette Franchise has another win in the engagement column. Congratulations to Jesse Csincsak and Ann Lueders. Jesse and Ann have been dating for a year since they met on one of Jesse’s Bachelorette reunion cruises to Mexico, and this week he got down on one knee at a romantic spot on Lake Erie and proposed.

They will wed in Las Vegas and then return to Colorado to start their married life. Radar Online has the exclusive video of the proposal, in which Jesse tells Ann:

“I’ve spent the last year getting to know you….When I was on that boat to Mexico, the first time I met you, I would never have dreamed this would have happened, that it would get to this point. But I have fallen in love with you and I want to grow old with you.”

Ann was a contestant on Jason Mesnick’s season of the Bachelor while Jesse was the winner during Deanna Pappas’ season. Deanna broke up with Jesse within months, and it’s great to see him so happy again.

Jesse has been my favorite male contestant on the show over the many seasons. I’ve interviewed him many times and stayed in touch since then, and am really delighted for him and Ann. My congratulations and best wishes to them both.

Bachelorette Ali: Love and A Contract With William Morris

Ali and Roberto really do seem in love. The finale was wonderful to watch — Mike Fleiss and Co. delivered the most romantic final episode in many seasons. Congrats to the happy couple, just watching them smile lifts the spirits. Roberto really grew on me last night. I wish we had seen more of his personality during the season. I also really liked Ali’s family, they were so level-headed (as compared to some families we’ve seen in prior seasons.)

Ali has signed with William Morris, so much for those protestations she wants to get back to regular life. I’ll bet she’s commuting from San Diego to LA in no time.

Whether Ali’s ultimate fairy tale ending is that she ends up happily married or with a show biz career, or both, remains to be seen, but a fairy tale ending it was, complete with Prince Charming.

Here’s a nice photospread from the Final Rose Ceremony. Just click on the photo and they all come up. And here’s what the couple had to say on the ABC teleconference call today.

Bachelorette: Who Got Fleissed?

Did Reality Steve, who released the first spoilers at the beginning of the season that Ali ends up alone get Fleissed? Or did Fleiss himself get Fleissed by Reality Steve? Today, Reality Steve admits he got Fleissed. He says his sources were wrong, Ali ends up engaged to Roberto and Chris leaves early.

Chris leaving early is nothing new. The show practically spoon-fed it to us in previews. That Ali chooses Roberto is also nothing new — or at least it’s something that has been predicted here and at FORT for weeks as the most likely ending (if for no other reason than Roberto has been MIA since filming ended while Chris has been out and about.) Roberto as F1 has been evident as well, except to those who had a different favored outcome (like wanting the F1 to be Chris.) I wrote last week, it is likely to end with “A final rose ceremony with only one guy. The suspense might be in “Will Roberto Accept?” rather than “Who did Ali Choose?” (My tweak on it, which probably won’t happen, was to further speculate she proposes to Roberto rather than the other way around.)

This weekend, the ending became even more obvious. The New York Post had an article with new comments by Bachelorette producer Mike Fleiss and Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky. The money quotes:

Fleiss: “The audience is going to be very satisfied with the outcome.”… “I think it ends up pretty well for her. I think she’s happy.”

Ali: “The finale is really good. Sometimes they can seem very orchestrated. This one is very real,…I feel like I made the best decision that I could.” Continue reading