The man behind the scenes of much of Northwest Ohio’s late-night, local television is Andre Savage. His success with several shows he’s worked the camera for or produced himself. He has put a spotlight on the people in this city beyond what we see on the news. Shows like “Game Savvy,” “Game Savvy Late Night” and the recent “Love My 419” have allowed the Toledo area’s music, culture and everyday life to shine. The difference between him and other aspiring television producers is that his shows are consistently on the air. With so many ups and downs, one could believe Savage has nine lives in the entertainment industry. Savage is a complex and interesting character to say the least, but his passion is undeniable. He allowed me the opportunity to ask him about his television work-history past, present and future.
Martini Rox: How did you start creating your own television shows?
Andre Savage: First, [the] television show was created at Defiance College called “Controlled Chaos” and that was kind of a smorgasbord of sorts, a prequel to what would soon be “Game Savvy” one day conceptually to some degree. It revolved around happenings on campus and the immediate, Defiance area. Different things [like] videos were involved, talking to different people on campus, having the talk show feel so I was definitely zoned in that way. I created my own internship, because Defiance College did not have a program that was set up back then which was [in the] early ’90s. That was not a path that was laid out. I graduated and was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work at NBC 24 as my first job as a camera person/editor.
Rox: You eventually moved to Atlanta, what opportunities did you experience while there?
Savage: I was actually working at the ABC affiliate [WSB], which is a Top 10 market where media is concerned when you talk about Atlanta, and having a supervisor’s position. [At] WSB [I] ended up getting into editing coordinator, responsible for any of the editing going on air. A [guy] I met at WSB plugged me in with the people at Turner Sports and I was also able to lock down a position as an editor on the “Inside The NBA” show. In 1999 or 2000 that show received its first Emmy Award. When you are a part of the cast, crew and production team … all of those people receive an Emmy Award.
Rox: After you received an Emmy Award in Atlanta what brought you back to Ohio?
Savage: With my marriage failing, I elected to pick myself up and move back to Ohio. Many would say [this] was probably the silliest move of my life. But I ended up doing a stint in Columbus because the wife and [my] child were there, so I ended up moving. It was tough to get a job for a while and that put some strain on the marriage. I finally did get a spot at the ABC affiliate there in Columbus, but by then we had split up. That just brought me back to Toledo and at that point it was about 2003-2004 at that time Toledo was going to get a local sports network; it was called BCSN and I joined the team in ’04 when they started the channel. Coming in I worked in sports radio on the air.
I did the Sunday morning show for 1470 WSPD, “The Ticket.”
In 2007, Savage began “Game Savvy,” the sports edition which spun off into “Game Savvy Late Night.” He continually gives back by mentoring local talent and presenting them the opportunity to work behind the scenes as well as on air. He is also raising his teenage daughter who has shown interest in what can now be called “The family business.” On Oct. 5, his latest show, “Love My 419 AM,” will make its debut right before the “Today” show on NBC 24. It is Toledo’s version of “The View” or “The Talk” centered on NW Ohio and surrounding areas.
As we continue on …
As the Toledo Public Library continues its celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Batman character this month, it cannot be denied that while the Dark Knight’s origins may lie on the comics page, for many fans, he is defined by his adventures on the silver screen.
“I do think it’s huge, because the bulk of the populace does not read comic books. A lot of it was shaped by the ’60s TV series, obviously. But there was a lot of time between that and the 1989 film,” said comic expert and Batman aficionado Jim Beard. “I’m going to say a lot of weight is placed on those, because it really is the way Batman has gotten out to the greater portion of society.”
In celebration of that fact, the library is holding a week-long marathon of five different Batman movie adventures, in free screenings held at the McCaster Center of the main library at 325 Michigan St.
“Here at the library, we love to offer film screenings,” said Traci Montri, manager of the library’s audiovisual department. “It’s just great to have the community together, to sort of enjoy that nugget of pop culture together. And to experience the excitement and adventure of some of the ‘Batman’ films together as a group is great fun.”
The marathon kicked off on July 21 with a screening of “Batman: The Movie” from 1966, a film directly inspired by and featuring the same cast as the hit television series, with Adam West and Burt Ward under the masks as Batman and Robin. Originally intended to precede the first season of the show, it was instead made immediately after the show became such a huge hit.
“They did the movie, for the larger part, to be able to sell the movie overseas,” Beard said. “The movie was supposed to, literally, represent the series and show everything that was done in it, so it has all the tropes in it and you get the main villains. This was sort of a calling card for overseas markets, to say, ‘This is what you can get with the series.’”
The camp that the 1966 series and film introduced to the character remained inexorably tied to the Batman franchise (on film, at least) until 1989, when a new “Batman” emerged with Michael Keaton in the title role and Jack Nicholson as his iconic archrival, the Joker. It is a version that Batman fan and horror comic author Dirk Manning said is the one closest to his ideal of what makes up a great Dark Knight.
“Despite the fact that Tim Burton was very public about the fact that he wasn’t a fan of the comics (at all), I feel he struck a nice balance between the inherent cheekiness and gothicness of a guy who dresses like a bat to fight criminals,” Manning said.
Burton’s film would eventually spawn three sequels, though even this rebooted series would eventually descend into the same level of camp that was the trademark of the 1966 version.
“I remember sitting in the theater, watching ‘Batman and Robin,’” Beard recalled. “And I remember, maybe not quite halfway through, I had a lightning bolt from Zeus hit me in the head, and I suddenly realized what I was watching. I said, ‘Well, this is a big-budget remake of the 60′s TV series.’ It suddenly dawned on me, the point that they had reached with that.”
It would take a new filmmaker — Christopher Nolan — to reimagine the Dark Knight yet again for a new series, which was launched with “Batman Begins” in 2005. “I think it took Nolan’s last three very dark and gritty theatrical representations of Batman to finally steer the public perception away from the old TV show,” Manning said. “So than in and of itself was a pretty huge accomplishment.”
But no matter what kind of hero fans prefer when they think of the Caped Crusader, the mythology of Batman is so malleable that there is certainly a film version to appeal to their tastes.
“I think it’s sort of the mystery of that sort of double life, and the motivation — we always guess as to the motivation,” Montri said. “And so Batman has always seemed that much more mysterious. So, I think, that lends itself to the various interpretations.”
“You wouldn’t think that, at the beginning, that this would have ever happened,” Jim Beard added. “That back in 1939, 1940, that it would become what it’s become.”
The Toledo Public Library’s “Batman @ 75! Movie Marathon” continues at the McMaster Center at 6 p.m. July 23 with “Batman Begins,” and concludes with shows of the 1989 “Batman” at 1 p.m. July 24 and “Batman and Robin” on at 1 p.m. July 25. All shows are free and open to the public.
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In 1976, Peter Finch spoke to a generation as newscaster Howard Beale by telling us: “So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’”
Not many recall “Network” screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky’s cynical prescience regarding the degradation of television network news (cable news networks didn’t yet exist), or director Sidney Lumet’s portrayal of the general apathy and eager gullibility of the American viewing public. Few indeed remember anything of this film other than its iconic tagline.
The only thing that’s changed in the intervening years is the addition of cable channels dedicated, in theory, entirely to news yet with programs that have become in many ways far worse than Chayefsky anticipated, and perhaps more outrageous than Lumet was willing (or heroic enough) to portray.
We may not yet have astrology segments, but multiple (and mostly inaccurate) weather segments seem to serve well enough as a substitute. Revolutionary groups may not be on the air yet, but the proliferation of journalistic zealotry makes one often feel it is.
Not anticipated in 1976, however, was the proliferation of non-news stories (and reality shows) from Hollywood regarding those leading lives of unthinkable luxury and unthinking ignorance. While flouting moral precedent, society’s rules and the nation’s laws (with the permission of lenient courts), many find time (between rehab sessions) to support international tyranny under romantic notions of revolution.
Talk radio, for all its supposed sins, at least attempts to devote an entire 30-minute segment (including commercials, news and traffic) to a subject as important as whether we should get into or out of a war, or whether the laws and regulations pouring out of the pens of pampered politicians make a difference.
With television, we’ve come to accept a schizophrenic form of news. Most days, it’s force-fed to us in two- to four-minute segments (bipartisan commentary included). Eastern European politics or the science of hydraulic fracturing, we’re apparently only capable of digesting important national or world events in a Reader’s Digest condensed format, with segments only slightly longer (and often less intelligently written) than the commercials that separate them.
Occasionally however, the networks depart from their information shorthand to provide their viewers with nauseatingly repetitious offerings on what they don’t know on a story, supplemented by experts and pundits providing commentary so “inside baseball” that few if any can understand it.
As for their coverage of national politics, networks prefer an inflammatory sound bite to their job of covering the four W’s of the story (who, what, where and when). If they do get around to them, one can be certain of an Obi-Wan Kenobi interpretation of such facts “from a certain point of view.” And as for the fifth W (why), once more a panel of experts returns (fellow journalists and unemployed political minions) who can ignore questions in a bipartisan fashion, regurgitate party talking points ad nauseam and still find time to promote their current book.
Much of that unresolved “Network” anger still exists in this country, but remains largely unfocused. We’re angry with government for not doing the job it’s expected to do while doing far too many things it’s not needed for. We’re angry with politicians and political parties who’ve spent far too much time feathering their own nests instead of the nation’s work and have done so with our feathers. We’re angry with each other for the selective inattention we exhibit to the pain and suffering going on around us. Often however, we’re the most angry with a mainstream media that continues to assert special privilege as “The Fourth Estate,” ignoring their responsibilities and failing as badly as the American equivalents of the first three.
The right of a free press was included in the First Amendment for a reason by the founders, who understood that the republic would never survive without it. I wish Howard were still around, and this time “mad as hell” at those he worked with.
Tags: astrology, cable news, First Amendment, Founders, free press, inflammatory 'sound-bite', national politics, network news, Newscaster Howard Beale, Paddy Chayefsky, Peter Finch, Reader's Digest, Sidney Lumet, talk radio, Television, The Fourth Estate
Hollywood woke up early on Dec. 13, as it does occasionally, to find out nominations for awards shows.
This time, it was the 70th Golden Globe Awards nominations that were being announced.The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominations for its Golden Globes, assisted by Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms.
“Lincoln” was the most nominated film of the morning, with seven nominations — Best Picture Drama, Director (Steven Spielberg), Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Screeningplay and Score.
“Argo” and “Django Unchained” both received five nominations apiece.
Some surprises for film included nominations for “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” Richard Gere for “Arbitrage,” Jack Black for “Bernie,” Bill Murray for “Hyde Park on Hudson” and “Hotel Transylvania.” Snubs included no nominations for “Ted,” “The Hobbit,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Magic Mike” or Matthew McConaughey and Quvenzhané Wallis or “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Among TV nominations, “Homeland” had the most of a regular TV show with four. A surprise among the Best TV drama category was no nomination for “Mad Men.”
Here are the nominations:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Television Series – Drama
Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 2013 Golden Globes, which air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 13, on NBC (WNWO locally) from 8-11 p.m.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.
Two weeks after the Oscars named Seth MacFarlane its host for next year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is ready to announce its host …
In a surprise, the international organization named Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosts for its 70th Golden Globe Awards.The bacchanalian party of the year has been hosted infamously by comic Ricky Gervais for three years and he said he was done.
Gervais was the first host in 15 years for the show. After each year, where Gervais pulled all the punches on the nominees and stars in the room, many thought the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) would not invite him back. But the organization did — twice — and viewers got to see a smug Gervais beer in hand ready to dish some jokes.
Now Fey and Poehler, known for their comedic touch, will have their turn hosting an evening where celebrities eat and, notably, drink — an awards show without the required gravitas.
The announcement gives the HFPA a little more buzz after the Academy announced its Oscars nominations would be moved up five days — to Jan. 10, three days before the Globes.
“The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action,” said HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly, in a news release. “The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show’s 70th anniversary.”Fey, the creative force behind NBC’s three-time Emmy-winning comedy “30 Rock,” has won an Emmy, two Golden Globes, three SAG Awards and a People’s Choice Award for the show. She has also won an Emmy and two Writers Guild Awards for her writing on “Saturday Night Live,” along with winning in 2009 for guest appearing on SNL as Sarah Palin.
In 2004, Fey wrote “Mean Girls” for the big screen, which earned her a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Fey has starred opposite Poehler in the film “Baby Mama.” In 2011, Fey released her first book, “Bossypants,” which also earned her a Grammy nomination for best audio book of the year.
Poehler currently produces and stars in the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.” Her role as politician Leslie Knope has earned her three Emmy nominations, along with one for writing. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe this year.
Nominations for the 70th Golden Globes will be announced Thursday, Dec. 13, at 8:30 a.m. The Golden Globe Awards air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, on NBC — locally WNWO — from 8-11 p.m. from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Fey and Poehler present together at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.
And below is the infamous cold open for “Saturday Night Live” with Fey and Poehler as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, respectively.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.
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Early Thursday morning in North Hollywood, Calif., the television academy announced the nominations for its 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Host of the Emmy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel, joined Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) at the 5:40 a.m. PT announcement, along with Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman Bruce Rosenblum. Nick Offerman was originally scheduled to join Washington but had travel delays.Leading in nominations with 17 was “American Horror Story” and “Mad Men.” Hit show “Downton Abbey” and “Hatfields & Mccoys” received 16 nominations. HBO film “Hemingway & Gellhorn” had 15 nominations. “Modern Family” and “Saturday Night Live” had 14.
The 84th Academy Awards ceremony was nominated for eight Emmys in the following categories:
And here are nominations in the major categories:
Lead Actress, Comedy
Lead Actor, Comedy
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Supporting Actor, Comedy
Lead Actress, Drama
Lead Actor, Drama
Supporting Actress, Drama
Supporting Actor, Drama
A Toledo police sergeant is among the participants on the new ABC television show, “The Glass House,” which premiered June 18.
The show features 14 contestants living in a house, competing for a $250,000 prize. The contestants are competing not only with other house residents, but must also win over the viewing audience, whose votes via website and social media will help determine who will stay. Viewers will also be able to vote on what contestants wear, eat, do, where they sleep and more, according to the show’s website.
A 12-year veteran of the Toledo Police Department, 33-year-old Kevin lives in Walbridge, joined by his 15-year-old daughter, Samara, during the school year. According to his bio on the show’s website, Kevin’s interests include reading, traveling, juggling and having fun. He is working on a degree in criminal justice and describes himself as someone “very competitive who hates to lose.”
The show will also feature Holly, a 21-year-old retail salesperson from Detroit.
“The Glass House” will air at 10 p.m. Mondays on ABC. Following the show, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., viewers will be able to watch the contestants live online and vote.
For more information, visit abc.go.com/shows/the-glass-house.
It’s time for bacchanalian party of the year: the Golden Globe Awards. Ricky Gervais is the ringleader for the third year of an evening where celebrities eat and, notably, drink — an awards show without the required gravitas. Two years ago, Gervais was the first host in 15 years for the show by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). After last year’s show, where Gervais pulled all the punches on the nominees and stars in the room, many thought the HFPA would not invite him back. Alas, the organization did and viewers will again see a smug Gervais beer in hand ready to dish some jokes.
Toledo Free Press pop culture guru Jeff McGinnis and entertainment contributor Michael Siebenaler join this awards show junkie in trying to predict the unpredictable Golden Globes.
Jeff McGinnis: Okay, I’ll be honest. The Golden Globes are a total crapshoot. No matter what you think the obvious trends are leading into award season, the choices of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are sure to throw quite a few curveballs your way. It’s not like the Oscars, where you can basically pick up on signs and figure out where the vote will go. There are so many variables and bizarre quirks to the Golden Globes that predictions are virtually useless. The globe on top of the statue might as well be a lotto ball. That said, here are my (surely to be wrong) predictions for the big categories.
Michael Siebenaler: Will my sides split from laughing at host Ricky Gervais or cringe from his awkward moments and insults? Probably both. Will Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt win? No. Will one of them win? Yes. Will Morgan Freeman be gracious as he accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award? Of course, who does not like that voice? (Though, he couldn’t quite save “Conan the Barbarian” from the box office cellar last year.)
BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
James: It’s George Clooney’s year. But Brad Pitt may have the HFPA seeing stars.
Jeff: George Clooney. Common sense leans toward either George Clooney for “The Descendants” or Brad Pitt for “Moneyball,” but again, what does common sense have to do with anything here? I’ll go with my gut and say Clooney’s momentum is too strong.
Michael: Brad Pitt for “Moneyball” (Clooney will get the Oscar)
BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
James: Viola Davis for “The Help” would give a better speech (and is on her way to the Oscars), but Meryl Streep is the frontrunner.
Jeff: Meryl Streep. The Meryl Streep factor will be put to the test first here. People love her work, but haven’t exactly loved the movie it’s in. Can the HFPA put aside its disdain for the movie to honor a great performance? Maybe not, but then, who else is there who stands out in this category?
Michael: Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady.” Glenn Close will get her win for Best Song.
BEST ACTOR (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
James: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”
Jeff: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.” By contrast, there are a lot of really good performances in this category. I’d love to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt get a nod for his work in “50/50,” but I think the bandwagon for “The Artist” is too strong, especially among the HFPA voters. If they love “Midnight in Paris” that much, MAYBE Owen Wilson is a spoiler here. But I don’t think so.
Michael: Jean Dujardin for “The Artist,” definitely a rising star. I loved him in the OSS 117 films — check them out on Netflix!
BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
James: Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn.” Sorry, Kristen Wiig.
Jeff: Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn.” I have to think this one’s pretty cut and dried — Michelle Williams has been talked up as Oscar bait since “My Week with Marilyn” premiered — but there’s some talk of Charlize Theron picking this one up for “Young Adult.” I don’t know, did that movie garner enough love from the press for that? Still leaning toward Williams.
Michael: Kristen Wiig for “Bridesmaids,” it’s an “SNL” sweep! Well, except for Tina Fey.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
James: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.” He should also get the Oscar.
Michael: Christopher Plummer for “Beginners,” although I would love to see Albert Brooks get it.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
James: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
Michael: Octavia Spencer for “The Help,” just edges out Bérénice Bejo for “The Arist.”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
James: Hard to predict what the HFPA will do, but I say “Rango.”
Jeff: “The Adventures of Tintin.” Of this group, it has to be “The Adventures of Tintin,” right? I can’t see “Puss in Boots” or “Arthur Christmas” winning it, “Cars 2″ was the first Pixar movie that got tepid reviews, and “Rango” came out so long ago. And it’s Spielberg.
Michael: “The Adventures of Tintin”: Spielberg has to win something
BEST FOREIGN LANUAGE FILM
James: “A Separation.”
Michael: “A Separation,” though I would love to see Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” win. Director Jolie could win with her “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”
James: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist,” although Martin Scorsese for “Hugo” could be the upset.
Jeff: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist.” Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen both turned in great movies, but “The Artist” is just too hot right now, methinks. Michel Hazanavicius (thank god for spell check) will win and keep the momentum rolling.
Michael: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist.” What an amazing film with an amazing behind-the-scenes story.
BEST PICTURE (DRAMA)
James: Again, it’s hard to know which way the voters will swing, but
Jeff: “The Descendants.” Many of these — if not all — will be Oscar nominees, but only one is a really serious contender: “The Descendants.” The voters may love to throw a huge curveball and give it to “Hugo,” but I think conventional wisdom will prevail. I’d love to see “Moneyball” get some love, but I think Clooney’s drama will take the prize.
Michael: “The Descendants,” the likely Oscar winner. Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash should also win for screenplay for “The Descendants.”
BEST PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
James: “The Artist.”
Jeff: “The Arists.” Same basic concept here, only more blatant. “The Artist” is the one with all the momentum, and the actual Oscar contender. Now watch it be “Bridesmaids,” just to spite me.
Michael: “The Artist”: Amazing result for a big risk filming largely a silent film.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
James: I haven’t seen any of these show, but HBO is always a good choice. “Boardwalk Empire” has the history to win, but “Game of Thrones” may do it.
Jeff: “Boardwalk Empire.” Okay, now this is interesting. Basically, it’s a two horse race between “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” unless Showtime’s hype campaign for “Boss” has worked some magic. What will the HFPA lean toward? Toss a coin…
Michael: “Boardwalk Empire”: great production values and acting.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
James: “Glee” won it last year, but “Modern Family” will win this year.
Jeff: “Modern Family,” almost by default. Nothing wrong with “Glee” or “New Girl,” but I can’t see these voters embracing them this year.
Michael: “Modern Family”: cannot get more laughs in 22 minutes.
Other TV categories by Michael:
Best Actress — Drama: Claire Danes for “Homeland,” continues her winning streak.
Best Actor — Drama: Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad.” No Hugh Laurie? OK, Cranston deserves it.
Best Actress — Comedy or Musical: Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation.” Fey is so proud her fellow SNL alum wins.
Best Actor — Comedy or Musical: John Galecki for “The Big Band Theory.” “Geeks” rule!
Best Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie: “Downton Abbey” … go PBS!
The Golden Globe Awards will air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST) /8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Ricky Gervais.
Find all of the nominations at GoldenGlobes.org.