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I'm an experienced Entertainment blogger. I especially enjoy reviews, recaps, obituaries, features and news stories. I've been more interested in TV of late because movies haven't excited me much. But, I'm a big movie buff, an avid Hitchcock fan and an Oscar watcher. I have a big Oscar pool and party (not pool party) every year. I work in the publishing industry in the Twin Cities.

2014 Emmy Predictions: Can 'Orange' Topple 'Modern Family' & Who Will Win Outstanding Drama?

8/25/2014 4:02pm EDT
2014 Emmy Predictions: Can 'Orange' Topple 'Modern Family' & Who
Last year, even more than usual, there were a lot of head-scratchers when the Emmys were handed out. Who expected the victors to include Jeff Daniels, Bobby Cannavale and Merritt Wever? (She sure didn’t. To quote her acceptance speech: “Thank you so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye.”) It served as a reminder that at the Emmys, anything can happen.

Nevertheless, here are some fearless predictions about who will take home the gold on Monday evening at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Nominees: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” “Modern Family,” “Orange is the...

Oscar Predictions: Does 'Gravity' Carry Enough Weight?

2/28/2014 8:01pm EST
Oscar Predictions: Does 'Gravity' Carry Enough Weight?
For the most part, the major categories at the Oscars are fairly easy to predict. But some years there are upset winners (‘Shakespeare in Love,’ Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Binoche, Adrien Brody, to name a few) that remind us that anything can happen.

This year is a little different. Who remembers a year where the race for Best Picture is down to three films, two of which are so close that they tied at the Producers’ Guild? It seems like there are some definite locks this year (Hello, Cate Blanchett) but you read it here: Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing.

That said, here are the most likely...

Predictions: 2014 Oscar Nominations Could Be A 'Hustle'

1/15/2014 8:50pm EST
American Hustle
The Oscar nominations are relatively easy to predict most years, but there are always a couple of nominees that seem to sneak in out of nowhere. Remember Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘Crazy Heart’ a couple of years ago? Or Jacki Weaver for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ last year?

That being said, there are a few question marks this year. Let’s take a look at who has the best shot at being nominated tomorrow morning.

Best Picture

Most likely:

’12 Years a Slave’


‘American Hustle’

‘Dallas Buyers Club’


‘Captain Phillips’


‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

There could be anywhe...

NBC's Ratings Are Alive With 'The Sound Of Music'

12/12/2013 8:20pm EST
'The Sound of Music Live!'
Whoa. NBC had the top two programs last week, and one of them wasn’t sports or “Voice”-related. This is new.

The network’s experiment of bringing live TV musicals back was a huge success. “The Sound of Music Live!” ranked second for the week with 18.6 million viewers. While the production got mixed reviews (mostly due to Carrie Underwood’s acting), viewers tuned in to see what all the fuss was about. NBC has already committed to keep the live musical franchise going next year.

Otherwise, it was the usual suspects: Sunday Night Football on NBC was tops, and CBS did well with ‘The Big Bang ...

TV Ratings: Football Scores Another Touchdown

11/22/2013 4:30am EST
In a week filled with little competition, NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ easily outpaced ‘NCIS’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to top the week’s ratings chart. With 27 million viewers, football garnered nearly 7 million more viewers than its nearest competitor.

Other than CBS dominating the Top 20 (‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ ‘Person of Interest,’ ’60 Minutes,’ ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘The Millers,’ etc.), the other news was the mix of what was left. AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ did well with 12 million viewers, while NBC squealed with ‘Glee’ at ‘The Voice’ and FOX had ‘The OT’ in the Top 5. Over on ABC, ‘Dancing W...

TV Ratings: 'Walking Dead' Invades Top 20

10/25/2013 8:26am EDT
'The Walking Dead'
For such an early week in the TV season, it wasn’t very eventful, ratings-wise. Football was tops once again for NBC, while CBS did typically well thanks to shows like ‘NCIS,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’ Its new comedies, including ‘The Millers’ performed admirably. That show drew 12.3 million viewers. By comparison, ‘Big Bang’ drew nearly 18 million.

Perhaps the biggest story of the week is that AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ continues to amaze. With 14 million viewers, it was good for #7 for the week against the top broadcast networks. That’s not something that the network’s...

TV Ratings: The Season Started With A 'Bang'

10/6/2013 11:32am EDT
'The Big Bang Theory'
‘The Big Bang Theory’ started the TV ratings season with a, well, bang. In its return, the show logged more than 20 million viewers, almost a record for the show. A second episode nabbed 19 million. Riding on the show’s coattails, Robin Williams’ new ‘The Crazy Ones’ was easily Fall’s most-watched premiere with 15.5 million viewers.

By comparison, ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ on NBC was seen by a half that audience in its first airing, but it still built on its ‘Parks & Recreation’ lead-in. Nevertheless, NBC did have the week’s top show with NFL Sunday Night Football, which ranked ahead of bo...

TV Ratings: End Of 'Dexter' Kills Rivals

9/28/2013 10:46am EDT
During the first week of some season premieres, no show could top football or the Emmys. The latter show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was up by several million viewers, to 17.76 million, ranking #2 for the week behind NFL Football.

FOX’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ was the first big debut, and it didn’t disappoint: The drama took in a very promising 10.1 million viewers on Monday. The season premiere of ‘New Girl’ did fine with 5.5 million viewers, but ‘The Mindy Project’ tanked with 3.8 million.

There were finales galore, too, mostly on cable: The end of ‘Dexter’ set a Showtime record with 2.8 mi...

TV Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Breaks Record

9/19/2013 9:42pm EDT
'Breaking Bad'
Just a couple of weeks from this fall’s big premiere’s, the big ratings news was on cable. AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad,’ just a couple of episodes away from the grave, drew a record audience of 6.4 million viewers for Sunday’s heart-stopping installment.

Things weren’t quite so exciting on the big networks. Football was tops for NBC, which also boasted two entries of ‘America’s Got Talent’ in the Top 10. On FOX, ‘The X-Factor’ continues to disappoint in 18th place – and that’s without a lot of first-run competition coming its way.

Repeats played well on CBS, led by ‘NCIS’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory...

Emmy Nominations: Surprise Inclusions And Snubs

7/19/2013 11:05am EDT
'American Horror Story: Asylum'
The Emmy nominations were revealed yesterday. While there may not have been any Earth-shattering news, there are always snubs – and surprise inclusions – to snark about. Let’s dig in.


Let’s start with the bad. A big question mark going into the nominations was whether the academy would welcome back ‘Arrested Development.’ With the exception of a nod for Jason Bateman, the answer is apparently “no.” It didn’t even get writing or supporting actor nominations.

Also noticeably missing from comedy supporting actor: two-time winner Eric Stonestreet of ‘Modern Family.’ With so many talent...

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