Site ColumnsBy Caillan
July 18, 2004 - 8:23 AM
Thursday, July 15, will go down in history as a day of great rejoicing and celebration. It is the day that Gilmore Girls (aka the best comedy/drama currently on TV) became the Emmy-nominated Gilmore Girls. Granted, it was only for make-up, but the make-up artists did a bang-up job in "The Festival of Living Art" and the nomination is well deserved. However, that doesn't excuse the Academy overlooking Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Liza Weil and the many other wonderful actors on the series, as well as writer-creator-director Amy Sherman Palladino. Especially when Will & Grace and Everybody Loves Raymond get nominated instead.
What was good about this year's Emmy nominations then? Nods for Anthony La Paglia for Without a Trace, Alias' Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber and director of photography Donald Thorin, Jr. and The Amazing Race. The West Wing love is always appreciated, but I still haven't seen season five thanks to the general incompetence of Channel Nine Australia (hey, Nine, Stingers sucks!). Nine, the world's most evil television network (yes, even worse than UPN), has taken off Gilmore Girls on Saturday nights. (The brilliant "Scene in a Mall" was the last episode shown. Kelly Bishop deserves an Emmy for that episode alone).
What wasn't so great? No series nomination for Without a Trace or writing nomination for Jennifer Levin for "Copycat". Still no nods for Alias's Ron Rifkin or CSI's William Petersen. And no best supporting actress nomination for The Apprentice's Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth! Surely her performance following her "concussion" caused by the piece of plaster is worthy of an award.
Spoilers now follow for Alias' third season. You may remember my Hello World! earlier this month about the disappointment of season three and what changes need to be put into place for next season (story). Well, creator J.J. Abrams has been speaking to the media, and this is what he had to say:
"The irony is that I felt the show was at its best.. when SD-6 existed and that's sortta the biggest hint that I will give in that storyline."
Well, duh! I could have told you that. I've long been an outspoken critic of what a hatchet job "Phase One" was and how it virtually destroyed the series. The show managed to recover in the second half of season two, but the cracks have really started to show now. Alias used to be so brilliant -- let's hope now that J.J. has realised he has a major problem, he can fix it.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items in mid-July, 2002:
- Trek's Longevity Celebrated In Trade Paper
Hollywood paper Daily Variety issued a special edition celebrating Paramount Pictures' 90th anniversary. As part of the tribute, the trade paper examined the success and longevity of the Star Trek franchise, publishing interviews with producer Rick Berman and actors William Shatner (James T. Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock).
- 5 Emmy Nods For Enterprise's First Season
Enterprise received five Emmy nominations in four categories: Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series, Outstanding Makeup For A Series (Prosthetic), Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series (for "Broken Bow" and "Breaking the Ice"). When the winners were announced in September, the series took home two awards, for hairstyling and visual effects.
- Frakes Launches 'Thunderbirds' Film
The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker) signed on to direct a live-action remake of the 1960s "supermarionation" series, Thunderbirds. Two years on, the film, starring Bill Paxton, is set to be released later this month.
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