Emmy Announcements Were Actually Revelations

There is no clearer evidence that I don’t watch as much TV as I used to than watching the Emmy Award nominations and not seeing my people.

Oh, I recognized the show titles from media coverage, hype or actors I love but have abandoned because I was doing other things – or they were on cable channels that don’t come with the basic package.

Take the drama nominees:

Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones on HBO, Homeland on Showtime, Breaking Bad and Mad Men on AMC and Downton Abbey on PBS.

I’ve never seen five of those six shows – and I missed the entire last season of “Mad Men,” a show I like but couldn’t watch on Sunday nights. I liked Don Draper the way I liked Archie Bunker. He was proof of what we knew and needed other people to know we weren’t lying about.

Where were “Justified (FX),” “The Good Wife (CBS),” “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “House (Fox) and “Smash” (NBC)?

And among the comedies, I can recite the dialogue from two nominees – The Big Bang Theory (CBS) and Modern Family (ABC). But I haven’t seen an episode of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in years.  Larry David is Garry Shandling who was every other constipated unmensch who complained All. The. Time.

But I’ve never seen “Girls” or “Veep” on HBO – and the only time I laughed at “30 Rock” was at Alec Baldwin’s highly inappropriate impersonation of Tracy Morgan’s mother. I was so embarrassed I never watched again.

But just when I thought that no one in the Academy was watching what I was watching, my people showed up: Jim Parsons for Actor from “Big Bang;”

Jon Cryer for Actor from “Two and a Half Men,” not because I watch the show any more but because he deserves it just because;

Mayim Bialik for Supporting Actress from “Big Bang;”

Kathryn Joosten for Supporting Actress from “Desperate Housewives;” Continue Reading

Betty White: Flavor of the Century

There are many reasons why I love Betty White, why millions of people love Betty White, why 317,000 Facebookers LIKE her static fan page that says nothing more than she is.

It is because, for almost 90 years, she has been who she is. She is funny, irreverent, risk-taking and consistent. Whether it was Sue Anne Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (the perky secret slut who was host of “The Happy Homemaker”)  or Rose Nylund, the naive and unaware to right before the point of being dumb – or Elka Ostrovsky, the caretaker of the house that three fish-out-of-water urban divas land in on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.”

The bottom line is this: Betty White has been working for 70 years as an actress, comedienne, game show celebrity and for several years now, successful author. Her career began the year that “Gone with the Wind” was released – 1939. She has made herself at home in seven different decades, and I was never more excited than to be one of the 500,000 on the FB campaign to get Saturday Night Live to let her host. She did. The show as a hit. She won an Emmy.

Now I want her back.

So while we’re gearing up to get her back in Studio 8H in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, here’s a recent interview: