House of Cards and Breaking Bad are among the shows nominated for this year's BAFTA TV Awards. The Netflix series earned a nod in the first year that a web-based broadcaster was eligible to enter.
Breaking Bad continued its farewell win streak at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, while American Hustle topped the night with three awards.
The AMC drama finally took home its first ever Golden Globes in drama series and drama actor for Bryan Cranston, who has now won at least one Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy for playing Walter White.
Globes co-host Amy Poehler finally shed her awards bridesmaid status, claiming her first big award for Parks and Recreation in comedy/musical actress.
As usual, freshmen
1. Breaking Bad
What a way to go out — with a bang, on a tragic yet triumphant high, at the peak of popularity and notoriety. What could be more satisfying than that? There wasn't a wasted moment or unexplored opportunity for suspenseful conflict in the intense last chapters of AMC's masterful thriller, charting Walter White's ultimate descent into criminal infamy. Bryan Cranston brilliantly captured the character's mood swings, from wounded pride to murderous rage to sorrow over the family he lost due to his dark machinations. No maddening ambiguities in this grand finale...
Who'll win at this year's Emmys? Who knows? It's the only major awards show where the old guard and new blood clash on an annual basis, and among the few things you can bet on in this unpredictable process are that Michael Douglas will win for his Liberace impersonation (ditto his HBO movie Behind the Candelabra) and that host Neil Patrick Harris will do his damnedest to make CBS's live Emmys telecast (8/7c, 5 Pacific) as enjoyable as the Tonys.
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Question: What do you think about new shows that have a premise that seems unsustainable beyond one season? When Revenge was announced, it seemed like a good idea for a miniseries rather than a long-term program, and with the results we saw in the second season, that doesn't seem so far off. The new CBS show Hostages sounds interesting, but it doesn't seem like something you could continue beyond the initial 15-episode run without the writers coming up with convoluted ways to keep situations from being resolved or having it turn into a different show entirely. So I guess my question is: Do you think networks are getting desperate to have instant hits and aren't thinking about whether or not the show can last and still be good? — Mike