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My Emmy nominee predictions in all major categories: Here's what you can expect tomorrow

The Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, and you know who’s going to do well with multiple noms? Modern Family! Mad Men! 30 Rock! Boardwalk Empire! And what shows won’t get enough of the respect they deserve? Fringe! Justified! Community! But it doesn’t take a wizard to hazard those guesses, does it? So I’m going to take a much deeper dive into speculating on just which shows will fill out the nominations in every major category. Ready? It’s a long list. I’m pretty confident about these predictions. Hold your nose and take the plunge with me. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' season premiere review: Pullin' guns and 'cultivatin' herb'

Justified demonstrated at the start of its second season last night that it’s working on a level that is, if anything, even more cool, witty, and serene than its debut season. It takes some guts to avoid trying to rev up the pace just to show viewers we’re back!, and to resist worries about the sophomore-year jinx. Timothy Olyphant is the actor most attuned to Elmore Leonard’s source prose since George Clooney captured the polite-cool-cat pose perfectly in Out of Sight. READ FULL STORY

10 TV events to look forward to in 2011

Happy new year! And a new year of TV means premieres, specials, returns of favorites, and risky business. Here are 10 TV events to look forward to. Bookmark this list and watch for their start-dates. READ FULL STORY

Emmy predictions: Here's who'll win best drama and comedy series

If you are engaged in a little friendly competition with your friends about who’ll take home two of the biggest prizes during this Sunday’s Emmy awards, you’ve come to the right place. I think I’ve figured out who’s going to win. See if you agree with me.

Breaking Bad
The Good Wife
Mad Men
True Blood

Will win Lost. I think READ FULL STORY

Place your bets on 2010 Emmy winners now: Lead and supporting actor in a drama

Who’ll win the Emmys on Aug. 29? I have some theories and predictions. Earlier this week, my READ FULL STORY

Were these the best Emmy nominations for which we could have hoped? Yes. Here's why.

Emmy nominations: Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton — yay! Tony Shalhoub and Toni Collette — I’d have preferred new jack swingers Toni! Tony! Tone!

Yes, it’s that time to grouse about some of the shows that were neglected in  major categories (Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Justified) and praise the selection of worthies that were recognized (Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife).

The thing is, this was just about the best set of Emmy nominations we could expect, a mix of READ FULL STORY

Best TV of 2010: My mid-year Top 10 list

We’re half-way through the year; time to stop and take stock of the TV year thus far. Here is my mid-year Top 10, selected from shows airing during the period between January and July 2010. I’ve also added a few notes at the end about some other notable TV events. Happy holiday weekend to you.

1. Breaking Bad (AMC) No TV series this year has mixed READ FULL STORY

'Justified' season finale review: Did 'Bulletville' hit all its targets?

Justified finished out its first season in a way that tied up loose ends, gave us at least one action sequence that could be taught in film schools, and set up a few story lines for next season that should leave anyone who developed a hankering for this show yearning for more, now.

The episode, entitled “Bulletville” (any chance that was a little homage to “Poisonville” in Dashiell Hammett’s  Red Harvest?), found the Crowder family at odds with each other. Having blown up READ FULL STORY

'Justified' recap: Raylan and his daddy sure know how to use a baseball bat

After weeks of being mentioned but not seen, we finally met Raylan’s father, Arlo, last night. As played with a sere twang by Raymond J. Barry, Arlo was as laconic and prone to fast action as his son, but with the charm of Raylan necessarily shaved off by age and experience, much of it in jail. In other words, he was a tough old buzzard.

Justified continued its winning ways by having Tim Olyphant’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens working two cases — staking out a house that he’s pretty sure contains a fugitive, and dealing with his dad, out of jail and ornery. We’ve heard enough references to the latter in previous episodes to know only that Raylan pretends he doesn’t care about his father, is abashed that the old man is a repeat offender, and that jail is, to Raylan’s way of thinking, the best place for Daddy to remain seen-and-not-heard-from. So an Arlo set free is both a civil and an emotional burden.

As usual with Justified, no one is completely innocent in any situation. That little weasel Perkins may run drugs and rough up Raylan’s stepmother, but stepmom Helen (Linda Gehringer) lied to Raylan about the rent Perkins was paying (she said he hadn’t; he had). True to Givens form, Arlo didn’t talk much about this situation. He just grabbed a bat and whaled away at a couple of Perkins’ big thugs in the middle of a diner. This was highly satisfying, as was the later scene in which Raylan used a bat himself.

After a few episodes in which it looked as though Justified might be more of a stand-alone, episodic drama than many of FX’s other drama series, this one revealed how deep the show can go when it comes to character. We clearly have a lot more to explore about Raylan’s cool surface demeanor and inner simmering boil, and about that graveyard with headstones of most members of the Givens family.

A couple of final observations:

• I have to admit, as charming as Joelle Carter’s Ava can be in her romantic byplay with Raylan, Natalie Zea really brings an electric crackle to every too-brief scene as Raylan’s ex Winona. More of her, please.

• It was good to see Brent Sexton — from NBC’s late. lamented Damian Lewis show Life — pop up as a cop here.

• I finally noticed in the credits that the fine music for the series is overseen by Steve Porcaro, who I assume is the same Steve Porcaro who was an integral member of Toto, that band of slickster session musicians-turned-pop stars that was one of the reasons America needed punk rock in the late 1970s.
All in all, a real good edition of Justified. What did you think? Want to see more of Raylan’s daddy?

A new 'Good Wife,' season finale of 'Southland,' 'Justified,' 'Parenthood,' 'V': What will YOU be watching at 10 p.m.?

Finally, a new episode of The Good Wife tonight. (It looks as though guest star Gary Cole is going to be getting involved with Christine Baranski).

But it’s on as the same time as the season finale of Southland. I’ve seen that one, and I can tell you it’s a doozy, with the return of Tom Everett Scott, and important developments in the story lines for pill-popping bully cop John (Michael Cudlitz) and much-abused cop Chickie (Arija Bareikis).

Meanwhle, over on Parenthood, Friday Night Lights’ slinky Minka Kelly makes her first appearance on the show, as an aide for young Max.

And on Justified, there’s a dandy new episode in which Raylan leaves Kentucky for one episode to take care of an L.A. case involving a colorful dentist played by Alan Ruck.

I even know a few people who DVR Lost to watch it at 10 p.m. after American Idol — crazy but true. Does anyone you know time-shift like this on Tuesday nights?

Combine all of the above with a new episode of V, which returned last week to strong ratings, and we’ve got yet another official Tuesday Night Pile-Up.

So I ask: What will you be watching tonight at 10 p.m.? Thanks.

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