Mike O'Malley, Glee
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Question: Mike O'Malley's Emmy nod as guest actor in a comedy for Glee is great, but what do you think about mostly dramatic parts being nominated in the comedy categories? — James (from Twitter)
Matt Roush: It's a good question. Some of the best work in the comedy categories is at least as dramatic as comedic. Mike O'Malley's poignant work as Kurt's father is a great performance but is more likely to elicit tears than laughs. He could be eclipsed by the more conventionally funny work being done by his fellow nominees (most notably Neil Patrick Harris from the same show, or Modern Family's Fred Willard, Jon Hamm's comic turn on 30 Rock, and so on). At the same time, the meatiness of the dramatic scenes in these comedy-drama hybrids (a list that includes Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara and even Monk) may give actors like O'Malley and especially Edie Falco an advantage at awards time. I'm certainly not opposed to honoring the dramatic highlights from comedy series, but it's true the line is very blurred in some of these categories...
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RuPAUL's DRAG U (Monday, 9/8c, Logo)
What a drag — not! This spin-off of the giddy campfest RuPaul's Drag Race is not your typical makeover show. Each week, three women of a certain type—tomboys, plus-sized gals, supermoms — tap into their inner drag queen, with the statuesque RuPaul as headmistress and Drag Race alums as style mentors and confidence boosters. Celeb judges will help crown each week's "valedictorian." Sashay away! ...
Will Arnett and David Cross
It's an Arrested Development reunion! David Cross has just inked a deal to team up with former AD costar Will Arnett and creator Mitch Hurwitz in the new fall series Running Wilde, a Fox rep tells TV Guide Magazine.
Cross will appear in seven of the first 13 episodes, including the pilot (airing Tuesday, September 21 at 9:30/8:30c), and he will play Andy, the radical environmentalist fiancé of Keri Russell's Emmy...
Annie, Big Brother 12
Little did the Big Brother 12 houseguests know that when they were eliminating the first contestant of the summer, they were also ridding themselves of the pesky Saboteur! TV Guide Magazine caught up via email with Annie Whittington, the 27-year-old bartender from Tampa, Fla., who, despite her eviction, is still being sequestered from the outside world. Does this mean the saboteur — or another banished houseguest — could return to the game later this season? Annie dishes about her questionable strategy and acts of sabotage she wishes she had performed. Plus: See which roommate she describes as "pathetic" ...
Jake Pavelka and Tenley Molzahn
Did Tenley dodge a bullet by not ending up with Jake?
On last season of The Bachelor, college admissions rep Tenley Molzahn was sent home broken-hearted by Jake Pavelka. Since then, his relationship with first pick Vienna Girardi has devolved into a tabloid train-wreck culminating with a televised break-up interview on July 5 that highlighted Jake's less-than-warm-and-fuzzy side. (Sample tidbit: He admitted to throwing a GPS out of a car window when Vienna "undermined" him about directions.)
So is the fan-favorite Tenley...
Aaron Douglas, The Bridge
There's a new cop show on the TV lineup. The Canadian drama The Bridge (Saturday, 8/7c, CBS) premiered July 10 and introduced viewers to Frank Leo, a dedicated beat officer who is fed up with the corrupt police brass. He takes action by getting elected union leader, making him some powerful new enemies who have already proven they'll go to great lengths to bring him down.
But it's nothing Frank can't handle, according to the guy who plays him: Aaron Douglas, who likens the character to Tony Soprano...
Brendon and Rachel, Big Brother 12
To all those reality bashers who go on about "oh, it's so edited, blah blah wah," go watch some of Showtime 2's uncut, unedited live feed from the Big Brother house and then we'll talk. Because, for real, this thing is boring. Thursday night's three-hour edition of Big Brother After Dark felt like three seasons, and still, nothing happened...
The Dudesons in America
Culture shock has never been so high-voltage. In MTV's hit stunt series The Dudesons in America (Friday, 11/10/c), four Finnish pranksters have been touring the United States performing death-defying stunts for bewildered locals. Think of it as Jackass with accents.
"We've been filming since the first of January and we haven't been kicked out of the country yet, so I think we're doing pretty good!" says leader Jukka Hilden, who, with lifelong pals Jarppi, HP and Jarno, are infamous in Finland for their antics...
Cheers to Friday Night Lights for putting a spotlight on Steve Harris.
The Emmy-nominated actor has been largely invisible on the small screen since wrapping his run as lawyer Eugene Young on The Practice in 2004. He's quietly reemerged on the superlative fourth season of FNL as Vernon Merriweather...