Make Your Case: Best Comedy Series

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For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

Discounting Big Bang Theory and Modern Family (not coincidentally the two network TV nominees), I’d be more than happy for any of the other four nominees to win Best Comedy at the Emmys tonight. Hell, I could make a case for any of them to win, these are four shows trying something new in the realm of comedy, and television in general. These are four shows having a great time on great networks. These are four shows that are all worthy of being called this year’s Best Comedy.

So who am I making my case for?

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Make Your Case: Best Actor in a Comedy Series

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For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

First off, Jim Parsons will probably win in this category because fuck you. Second, this category honestly doesn’t have a stand-out “GIVE THIS PERSON THE AWARD” actor like some of the other categories this year. But this is “Make Your Case,” and as we’ve said before, we make the rules. So my job is to state who should take home that golden statue tonight.

So fuck it, I’m going with Louis C.K.

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Make Your Case: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

 

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For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

If Brooklyn Nine-Nine was only going to get an Emmy nomination in one major category, I’m glad it was for Andre Braugher for Ray Holt. In a show that, even after only one season, has one of the funniest ensembles on television, Braugher is the glue that holds this show together. Not only is his character the literal foil that sets into motion the events of the series, but Holt’s deadpan comic delivery is the saving grace of network television comedy right now. B99 is one of the only truly original network TV comedies right now, and with only one category nomination, you’re sure as hell I’m going to make my case for Andre Braugher.

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Make Your Case: Actor in a Drama Series

For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

Okay, let’s get this out of the way: if Jeff Daniels wins again, I’m done. Seriously, I’m done forever. I’ll leave Earth.

That aside, this category could not be more packed with talented dudes. We’ve got both leads from True Detective, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. We’ve got Bryan Cranston, fresh off the final season of Breaking Bad. We’ve got Kevin Spacey, fresh off a Southern-fried murder spree on House of Cards. And we’ve got poor old Jon Hamm, whose work on Mad Men will go unrecognized forever and ever because the world is a horrible place. But, that being said, I have to get behind a continued McConaissance – Matthew McConaughey, for the win.

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ICYMI: Friday, August 22

Welcome back to ICYMI! Sorry that this column has been a bit spotty throughout the summer, but I promise now that fall’s here, we’ll be back on track! Let’s get started.

-I’m sure you are aware, as a (semi) functioning member of society, that there is a 12-day, 24-hour Simpsons marathon on FXX of every episode ever (it began yesterday). Vulture has some tips on how to make the most of it.

-Oh, and in case you’re not sufficiently overwhelmed by television options for the next almost two weeks, Comedy Central has uploaded every episode of Broad City onto its website for free, I believe for the next month. Run, don’t walk.

-After a fake teaser was leaked about a month ago (disappointing fans like me everywhere), the first real teaser for American Horror Story: Freak Show is FINALLY here. It tells us nothing, as it should.

-So, the Emmys are coming up on Monday (as if we’ve let you forget that for a second this week), and to promote them, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston starred in a beautifully funny Breaking Bad reunion with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I mean, really. What more could you possibly ask for??

-Speaking of the Emmys, some of the awards were presented at the Creative Arts Emmys last Saturday night, with SNL taking home a handful of trophies (including one for the Jimmy Fallon-hosted episode this past season), and Allison Janney (Masters of Sex), Joe Morton (Scandal) and Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes slash Suzanne on Orange is the New Black) all receiving EXTREMELY well-deserved guest acting Emmys. I love all three of those people, so congratulations!

-And speaking of Emmy nominees doing other things, Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling will headline an off-Broadway production of Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country,” which will be directed by Dinklage’s wife, Erica Schmidt. The sound you’re hearing right now is the sound of my credit card leaving my wallet.

-And, speaking of celebrities I love, Chris Pratt continued his “best guy ever” tour by visiting a children’s hospital in LA dressed as Star-Lord, his character from Guardians of the Galaxy. Between this, the french-braiding and the Smirnoff Ice-chugging, I think I might be in love.

What a positive ICYMI this week! Well, I’m sure something totally shitty will happen in the world of pop culture before we know it. We’ll be updating this weekend and finishing our Make Your Case series, and extensively covering the Emmys on Monday!

Make Your Case: Best Actress in a Comedy Series

For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

Okay, I know I’ve said this about almost every category, but I actually love every nominee in this category. Every single one. I love Lena Dunham (Girls) for being unafraid and honest and hilarious on Instagram. I love Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) because she never fails to make me laugh embarrassingly loudly and I would watch an entire movie of her throwing watermelons at people. I love Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) even though I don’t watch her show, because she’s just kind of a total badass. I love Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) for finding the timing and jokes and humanity in an otherwise irritating character. I really truly deeply love Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) because she’s just fucking incredible in every way. But the lady I love most of all in this category is Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation), because not only is she the actual goddamn greatest, but it’s ABOUT TIME.

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