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Linkdown: 7/14/10 by Barbecue Bros
July 14, 2010, 11:26 am
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Interview with Rob Corddry, co-creator of the hilarious “Scrubs”/”Grey’s Anatomy” spoof “Children’s Hospital”

– Peter Weller (aka RoboCop) joins the cast of “Dexter”

10 Kids’ Book Heroines Who Need a Sassy Gay Friend

A roundup of the “meanest and funniest” reviews of M.I.A.‘s latest album

Wilco have left their record label Nonesuch and will possibly be starting a label of their own

Interview with the ridiculously hot Christina Hendricks, co-star of “Mad Men,” on her Emmy nomination

Interview with Amy Poehler on her Emmy nomination

– Tim Goodman’s Emmy snubs and surprises

– Spin’s 20 Best Albums of the Year thus far, a pretty decent list



Linkdown: 7/8/20 by Barbecue Bros

– Emmy nominations are out; great to see Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler from “Friday Night Lights” finally getting some love!

– Michael Ausiello has some snap judgments on the Emmy noms

Some video from Steve Carell’s appearance on “The Colbert Report” last night and the re-emergence of their “Daily Show” segment Even Stephven

Avatar will return to the big screen in August with 8 more minutes of footage

– Michael Giacchino, composer for “Lost” and Up, will score Let Me In

Listen to the Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam (Vampire Weekend) collaboration for Converse we heard about a week or so back

– Flavorwire analyzes the “Mad Men” cast photo I posted yesterday

 – 10 Classic MTV Shows That Should Make a Comeback; well it looks like “Beavis and Butthead” is actually coming back in 2011



Linkdown: 11/19/09 by Barbecue Bros
November 19, 2009, 11:18 am
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– AV Club’s top 50 albums of the decade; I can’t find too much wrong with it

Interview with Ty Burrell of “Modern Family”

– The Oscar Documentary shortlist includes Food, Inc. but snubs Anvil! The Story of Anvil! (boo)

Interview with Carla Gugino, who plays a porn star who gets unexpectedly preggers in her latest movie Women in Trouble

Avatar will be nearly three hours long

– The Emmys are moving back to August next year

– High Def Digest’s Holiday Gift Guide 2009: Blu-rays for the Folks Who Have…Issues (kinda dumb)

– Here’s the Beach House single “Norway” from their forthcoming album and Sub Pop debut Teen Dream



Linkdown: 9/22/09 by Barbecue Bros

– Q&A with Nathan Fillion, parts 1 and 2

The best and worst moments from Sunday’s Primetime Emmys

– The deets on an upcoming Darren Aronofsky heist movie

The soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, including songs from The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Jarvis Cocker

– Speaking of soundtracks…with a bunch of exclusive, new tracks Stereogum cheekily asks “Is the New Moon sountrack the best album of 2009?”; tracklist:

01 Death Cab For Cutie – “Meet Me On The Equinox”
02 Band Of Skulls – “Friends”
03 Thom Yorke- “Hearing Damage”
04 Lykke Li – “Possibility”
05 The Killers – “A White Demon Love Song”
06 Anya Marina – “Satellite Heart”
07 Muse – “I Belong To You (New Moon Remix)”
08 Bon Iver and St. Vincent – “Rosyln”
09 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Done All Wrong”
10 Hurricane Bells – Monsters”
11 Sea Wolf – The Violet Hour”
12 Ok Go- Shooting The Moon”
13 Grizzly Bear – Slow Life”
14 Editors – “No Sound But The Wind”
15 “Alexandre Desplat – New Moon (The Meadow)”

– Inglourious Basterds has officially passed Pulp Fiction as Quentin Tarantino’s highest box office grosser, with $108 million and counting

– Pitchfork’s lengthy decade in music news recap



Emmys: Dr. Horrible by Barbecue Bros
September 21, 2009, 11:51 am
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Great segment, and one clearly where NPH flexed his co-producing muscle



Liveblogging The 61st Primetime Emmys by Barbecue Bros
September 20, 2009, 8:31 pm
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I liveblogged the Oscars last year, but I’ll give it another shot for the Emmys.

8:05 – Nice opening number by NPH, and he is showing some good energy to open up the show

8:07 – Comedy is the first of five sections to the awards show tonight; why are they kicking the montage off with a “Family Guy” clip is beyond me

8:09 – Also they paid way more attention to “Two and a Half Men” in that montage than they should

8:12 – Holy cow, Kristin Chenoweth is an extremely wee person

8:20 – After what seemed like an unusually long commercial break, John Hodgman is introduced as the commentator for the evening and again fails to make me think he is a funny person

8:21 – Has Colby Smolders had trouble losing the baby weight? Still a little paunch to her, which is a bit disappointing…

8:22 – “30 Rock” wins the first award of what promises to be many tonight

8:25 – I’ve said it countless times, but why does Kevin Dillon still get nominated every year? Jon Cryer wins for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and yet again “Two and a Half Men” continues to get far more exposure than it ever should

8:34 – Why is JT nerding it up lately with the glasses? His hair is looking especially brillo pad-ish as well…

8:35 – Great reaction shot from Sarah Silverman; Toni Collette wins for “United States of Tara,” which is a bit unexpected to me

8:39 – Seriously, Blake Lively has such a great rack

8:40 – Is that the second Kanye West reference tonight? Let’s hope its the last, but I’m not holding my breath…

8:44 – Just popped over the Giants/Cowboys game during the commercial break and George W. Bush and John Madden are sitting together in a box watching the game; I would love to be a fly on the wall for those conversations

8:47 – Seriously, these commercials are insanely long

8:50 – Please no Charlie Sheen please no Charlie Sheen…alright well I’m ok with Alec Baldwin

8:51 – Alec Baldwin would apparently trade the statue to look like Rob Lowe…I mean Rob hasn’t aged a bit at least since Tommy Boy or possibly the mid 80’s, so I don’t blame him

8:53 – Ugh, more “Family Guy”, this clip is downright awful and about a minute too long

8:54 – On to the Reality section…or space, I can’t tell which

8:59 – Jeff Probst wins for Reality TV Show Host, out kiwi-ing fellow NZ-er Phil Keoghan from “Amazing Race”

9:06 – Is Tracy Morgan’s incoherence for real?

9:08 – “Amazing Race” wins for Best Reality Competition Program again, just as it does every year; nice joke by NPH re: the “upset”

9:10 – Moving on to Miniseries and Movies now; if there are just two Reality TV awards should it really be considered its own category?

9:13 – I’ve always thought that Shohreh Aghdashloo has a great accent

9:15 – Third Kanye West reference…le sigh

9:23 – I haven’t heard of 90% of the movies or miniseries in this category and by far, this is the least interesting part of the awards ceremony, but good to see Brendan Gleeson win for some movie I’ve never heard of

9:25 – Patricia Arquette was having none of the witty medium banter

9:26 – Oh wait, there is “Generation Kill” nominated – I’ve heard and seen that one!

9:28 – Dearbhla Walsh needs a better bra

9:30 – A Dr. Horrible sighting! And Captain Hammer!

9:32 – A little long, but a nice gag regarding the internet v. tv

9:50 – A few minutes behind due to a quick bathroom break, but heading into Variety with yet another montage

9:56 – The intros for the writers of the variety series are great – loved “The Daily Show” and Conan Facebook ones in particular

9:57 – Colbert has to be miffed about how he keeps losing to Stewart, but Stewart and his staff do deserve the Emmy

10:02 – Love the reaction shot of Steve Carell to Jimmy Fallon’s fall/auto-tune gag

10:05 – A healthy amount of self-deprecation in that acceptance speech right there

10:08 – Why doesn’t Ricky Gervais just go ahead and host one of these awards show already? He is completely awesome

10:17 – Lastly, Drama will bring us down the home stretch

10:20 – Michael Emerson with a well deserved win for Supporting Actor – though I would have loved to see John Slattery win

10:33 – Bill Compton got some highlights

10:34 – Is “Law & Order: SVU” the “30 Rock” for guest supporting actors in dramas?

10:36 – Is “Mad Men” the “30 Rock” for writing in dramas?

10:48 – Are black rimmed glasses the new Twitter or something?

10:49 – Hugh Laurie looked thrilled, then Brian Cranston takes home a rather surprising win for Lead Actor in a Drama – way to go, Dr. Tim Watley

10:55 – “30 Rock” wins Best Comedy, and Tina gets a zinger in about being “more expensive than a talk show”

10:56 – This whole “breakthrough performance of the year” voting thing was entirely anti-climactic

11:00 – Wow, the nominees for Best Drama really is a murder’s row

11:01 – “Mad Men” makes it two straight! January Jones looks super skinny

…and I’m out. Night!



2009 Primetime Emmy Nominations by Barbecue Bros

The nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy awards came out this morning and once again, they failed to not nominate “Two and a Half Men” for anything. Seriously, what do people see in this show? In any case, some thoughts below. The awards will be held on September 20 on CBS.

Some thoughts on Comedy:

  • While I do still watch “Entourage,” I don’t understand why it continues to be nominated year after year (ditto for “Weeds”)
  • I loathe “Family Guy” to its core and am saddened by its Best Comedy Series nom
  • Glad to see “Flight of the Conchords” nominated, but its second season wasn’t all that great
  • Though it was never going to get nominated, “Better Off Ted” is a better, funnier show than nearly half of the list for Best Comedy Series
  • Glad to see Jemaine nominated, but why him over Brett?
  • WHY DO CHARLIE SHEEN AND JON CRYER KEEP GETTING NOMINATED?!?!?!
  • Kevin Dillon nominated for Johnny Drama? Come on.
  • Neil Patrick Harris finally nominated! Yes! 
  • Colby Smulders could have gotten a nod for Best Supporting Actress and I would have been very cool with that.
  • “30 Rock” is a guest actor nomination factory for the second year in a row – Alan Alda, Jon Hamm (!), Steve Martin, Jennifer Aniston, Elaine Stritch

Some thoughts on Drama:

  • “Dexter,” “House,” “Lost” and “Mad Men” all deserving for Best Drama series, but no “Friday Night Lights”?!?!?
  • I’ve never seen the show, but is Simon Baker that good in “The Mentalist?”
  • Glad to see Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm and Hugh Laurie nominated again
  • Good job for Elisabeth Moss getting nominated in Best Actress in a Drama, but I would have been happy to see January Jones nominated for Supporting Actress
  • Go John Slattery in Supporting Actor in a Drama! Nice nod for Christian Clemenson though..
  • Jimmy Smits was a great character  in “Dexter,” so glad to see that
  • Is “True Blood” too populist for Emmy nods?

Some thoughts on Reality/Variety/Mini-series/Other:

  • “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” was nominated!
  • It could very well be “The Amazing Race’s” to lose, but good to see “Top Chef” on the list for Reality Competition Program
  • …As well as Padma and Tom nominated for hosting
  • I’ve come around on “The Daily Show” but maybe this is the year “The Colbert Report” will break through?
  • Both the Will Ferrell and Ricky Gervais comedy specials were awesome, and either would likely give a great acceptance speech
  • “Generation Kill” was a very underrated miniseries