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Surprised?  If you read this blog, you shouldn’t be.

I. Love. Firefly.  I hate that it was cancelled before its time.  And that I only discovered it on DVD when a friend of mine said, you love Buffy?  You’ll love Firefly.  And that was the end of me.  When people make jokes or references to Firefly, I think they are the best jokes because they are the payoff.

The Big Bang Theory, for example, constantly refers to Firefly, the show that should never have been cancelled.  And of course there’s the Train episode where the gang finds Summer Glau.  That’s what I mean by payoff.  A show that was cancelled ages ago is still getting references in modern television shows.  What makes it better is that it’s a Joss and Co production, because who doesn’t love Joss Whedon?

Oh, and did I mention that Firefly also stars Nathan Fillion?  Really?  I haven’t mentioned that yet?  Wow.  I must be slacking.

So… Nathan Fillion is in Firefly.

And Firefly is a space western set in 2517 about the rogue crew of Serenity that travel in the newly human-inhabited star system.  Joss Whedon is said to have pitched the show as, “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”  And Firefly just oozes of stories that are waiting to be told.

And of course, what other failed show could create a movie, and such a huge following?

There you have it.  Firefly.  Check it out on Hulu.

Is anyone else feeling love for Nathan Fillion today?

So… Drive.  A failed Cannonball Run wannabe of a show created by Tim Minear and starring Nathan Fillion, with guest appearances by Amy Acker and Emma Stone, was cancelled after only four episodes.  Two additional episodes were released for digital distribution only.  Drive debuted in April 2007, and obviously didn’t last very long.

Honestly, I only watched this show for the promise of Nathan Fillion and Amy Acker.  Once I got into watching the episodes, they were okay, but they didn’t really keep my interest all that much.  And I guess that’s what they rest of the viewing audience was thinking.  Not gonna lie, it was a cute concept, but it just never really fleshed out.  I think there were too many stories going on at once, it was difficult to focus – not that I remember it all that clearly other than I DVR‘d it and watched the episodes, but come on, that was five years ago.

So, that’s the D for the Day, gentle readers.  Enjoy!

The name is Beckett.  Kate Beckett.

One of my new favorite TV couples is Castle and Beckett.  Not only because I love Nathan Fillion and love seeing him in roles where there’s so much romantic tension.  OK.  I love seeing him in every role.  But Stana Kattic is just as amazing.  And they have a really great chemistry.  And they’re so cute together.

The Castle/Beckett on again/off again almost relationship has been going on for at least two seasons, even though the show is now in its fourth.  The first season was dedicated to getting to know the characters, and the second getting to see how they REALLY are once we get to know them.  It wasn’t until season three that we, and by we I mean ME, really start to get the itch about them being together.  He gets her coffee every day and tries to protect her.  She pretends she isn’t flattered and smitten with him and throws sexy teases in his direction to get a response.

They are truly an epic will they won’t they couple.  The only team that out-couples them, so far, is Booth and Bones, and they finally got together, sort of, and are having a baby.

Castle and Beckett’s current drama revolves around Beckett having been shot in the third season finale, Castle telling her he loved her, and Beckett remembering everything, but not telling anyone.  Only Castle finds out, and vows to back off because his opinion is that if she really cared, she would have said something sooner.

Oh, Castle.  Beckett is much more coy than that.  I don’t think she’ll say anything still.  She’s afraid of being hurt.  Plus, they’ve been through so much.  She doesn’t want to seem like the fool, or the vulnerable one.

Honestly, I’m happy they go through ups and downs.  I think it would be quite boring if they just got together and that was it.

Who is YOUR favorite tv couple?

Wonder what I’m doing?  It’s called the A to Z challenge.  Check it out here.

I think it’s safe to say that Neil Patrick Harris KILLED last night.  And CBS knew it.  Over and over again – and even in various articles all over the Internet – it was made known that last year’s awards show was completely awful.  But NPH was a great choice.  And did I mention that he KILLED?  Because he did.

Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2009 Emmys

I did a live blog last night.  I don’t normally do completely live posts.  Usually, it’s of the semi-live variety, where I blog live, and post later, after doing some serious editing.  But doing a fully live post was fun.  And it made my Emmy watching experience that much more enjoyable.

For me, the highlight of the evening was Dr. Horrible interrupting the broadcast.  Not only did NPH appear, but Nathan Fillion reprised his role as Captain Hammer.  Add Jason Bateman and Felicia Day, and you’ve got yourself a show.

All the winners were amazing.  All the nominees were amazing.  To be perfectly honest, there weren’t too many surprises in the winners department.  But what really made the show great was all the in between stuff.  Like the musical introduction by NPH, the new and interesting way to introduce the nominees, a la the Variety TV category.  And did anyone notice the more organized format?  In years past, the categories were a little more… spontaneous frazzled unorganized, so this year, it was a refreshing change of pace to have things a little more clear and concise.  Doing all the comedy, then reality, movies/miniseries, variety and drama?  That was brilliant on CBS’s part.

Now, while there weren’t many surprises as far as winners go, I was more than a little annoyed at 30 Rock, and there being so many wins for that show.  Especially when it was up against better sitcoms.  The Office.  Two and a Half Men.  How I Met Your Mother.  All were heavy hitters, but 30 Rock took home the trophy.  Seriously?  I really think that any of the other sitcoms in that category would have been a better choice.  Maybe I’m not alone on thinking that.  But kudos to 30 Rock for pulling it out.

Also, I was so impressed with the Academy recognizing a show that is no longer on the air.  In fact, a show that was cancelled last November from ABC due to ratings.  Or budget.  Or whatever.  Pushing Daisies was one of my favorite shows, so I could not have been more pleased that Kristen Chenoweth took home the Emmy for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy.  She cried onstage.  Clearly she was shocked, but thanked the Academy for recognizing a show that is no longer on the air.  I think that says a lot about the quality of the show, not to mention Kristen’s performance.  I don’t know if Pushing Daisies would have flourished any further, but having it win an Emmy is nothing short of awesome.

There were so many jokes, some that worked, and some that didn’t.  And NPH going back and forth with John Cryer was hysterical.  I really think the two were equally matched as far as being a supporting character.  But the banter back and forth was priceless.

So, in a nutshell, I really enjoyed the Emmys this year.  I really think broadcast television will make a comeback.  At least, I’m hoping so.  I REALLY want to give my DVR a workout, and do some serious reviewing of TV this year.

So, tell me…

What did you think of the Emmys?

800 – NPH busts out with THE most awesome Emmy’s introduction EVER!

804 – NPH a reality show junkie?  AND loves award shows

806 – He does an AMAZING introduction and is INSANELY funny.  The lack of theme song bit was classic

808 – First genre: Comedy.  They are doing something different this year where they are going genre by genre.  I know I haven’t watched the Emmy’s in a few years, but I really think this was the best way to come back.

809 – And who doesn’t LOVE NPH?

810 – First category introducers?  Tina Fey and John Hamm.  Seth McFarlane isn’t drunk yet?  Dude, seriously?  LOL

812 – Kristen Chenoweth – NOT at all surprised by that.

813 – Chriso says I’m one for one.  APPARENTLY we’re taking bets on who’s going to win in different categories.  Kristen won for best comedic actress – she’s crying, but she’s such an incredible actress.

814 – “I want to thank the Academy for recognizing a show that is no longer on the air.”  LOVE HER!

818 – Took a pizza and Dr. P break… gotta love commercials.  Nothing like Super Bowl commercials where there’s actually something interesting to watch.  Just good enough for what it is.

820 – Aaaaaand NPH is back!  and the announcer is pretty interesting.

821 – THE CAST OF HIMYM to introduce the next category: Outstanding writing in a Sitcom

822 – Alyson Hannigan looks like a red-head again!  I can’t tell you how excited I am

823 – Ok, so all the best writing is done on 30 Rock?  Wow.  Ummm…. yeah, no?  I don’t buy that.  There are MUCH better written shows out there.

824 – Amy Poehler has a really pretty dress, but is not at all flattering.  Julia Louis-Dreyfuss looks amazing.

825 – Best Actor in a comedy… so many AMAZING actors.  And the Emmy goes to John Cryer!  Great choice.  NPH was also nominated – how does that work?

827 – Another commercial break…

833 – Does anyone know how much I LOVE NPH?  He’s making jokes about how the host of the Emmy’s didn’t win.. And now Justin Timberlake is taking about being a comedian

835 – Outstanding Lead Actress – Toni Collette… Um, again, I think there were better nominees, but she has an accent.  So there’s that.

837 – NPH is talking to John Cryer in the press room… clearly he’s upset 🙂  Or maybe he’s just being funny.

838 – John Cryer: “In your face, Neil Patrick Harris”

840 – Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake for best guest actor/actress.

841 – Best directing in a comedy series: Jeffrey Blitz, from the Office.  That was definitely a great choice for “Stress Relief.”

844 – COMMERCIALS!  Woot!

848 – And who doesn’t love Rob Lowe?

849 – Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy: Alec Baldwin should not win… and Steve Carrell is fantastic!

851 – And the winner is…Alec Baldwin?  Ok… again.  30 Rock is not all that great, and seriously?  I could have sworn that Charlie Sheen or Steve Carrell had it in the bag.  Gah!  That’s messed up.

853 – And the Family Guy’s Brian and Stewie are talking HIMYM!  PRICELESS!

854 – New Genre: Reality!  Good lord.  I may want to take a nap… Um… can anyone figure out WHY reality TV needs to get ANY awards???  There’s NOTHING that goes into them.  They’re cheap to produce, and not at all creative.  Regurgitated, mindless crap

856 – Because we needed to see dancers from one of the dance shows?  Um… I’d ALMOST rather see Kanye West interrupt this little number here.

857 – Ok, the dance number was good… but still.

858 – John Cryer and Hayden Panettiere… Love him, I’m ok with her.

859 – Jeff Probst wins for Survivor.  BUT he congratulates NPH on a good job hosting the Emmys.

900 – One hour down.  Few more to go.  And some commercials

903 – Commercials  for Monday night premieres… Can’t wait.

906 – Tracy Morgan is the next presenter… he stuttered a bit… and wasn’t all that funny.  You see, there are writers who write jokes for comedians for award shows.  Tracy should have found a better writer.

907 – The Amazing Race is a winner.

909 – New genre: Movies and Mini-series.

910 – And now I have to pee.  Where are the commercials when you need them?

912 – Outstanding supporting actress in movie or mini-series… not gonna lie.  I’ve never heard of any of those actress OR the movies.

914 – Now supporting actors.  I actually know the actors, but the movies are still unknown.  Ken Howard is a winner.

917 – Coming up?  Tribute to winners passed

921 – Looking for a list online for the nominees this year.  Not that it matters at this point, but I’m trying to nail down EXACTLY what the 5 genres are.

922 – Grey’s Anatomy stars Kate Walsh and Chandra Wilson.  2 FANTASTIC women onstage.

923 – Kate Walsh’s dress is not all that flattering, but Chandra looks amazing!  And Brendan Gleeson is a winner for “Into the Storm.”

925 – NPH keeps checking in with the “Best Seat in the House Winner.”  A great sight gag, but it’s going to get old after a while.

926 – And I don’t like Jennifer Love Hewitt.  I think there’s a reason I won’t be watching her show this year, and it’s not because I don’t like the paranormal stuff.

927 – I may have to take a look into this whole TV movie/mini-series thing.  Those movies look incredible.  And there must be something to the whole winning an award thing.

930 – NPH invited the accountants onstage who are going to explain how to tabulate the award votes – AND THE EMMY’S WERE INTERRUPTED BY DR. HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!  Have I mentioned that I LOVE NPH???  Because I do!  And Joss Whedon is my hero!

931- Nathan Fillion even reprises his role as Capt Hammer!  Yup.  BEST. AWARD SHOW. EVER.

933 – Uh, so after the appearance of Dr. Horrible and the rest of the cast, I’m REALLY tempted to just call it a night.  But I won’t.

934 – Jessica Lange.  Looking old, but still such a great actress!  She was in Tootsie.  Which I finally just watched a few weeks ago.

936 – The cast of Big Bang is coming up soon.  YAY!

942 – Keifer Sutherland and that lady from Fringe, whose name I can’t remember Anna Torv… Gray Gardens won for best movie.

945 – Little Dorritt for Best mini-series

947 – New genre: Variety.

950 – The cast of Big Bang… moderately funny onstage.

954 – The best way to introduce the nominees for a category yet… Best writing for a variety show.  Was actually pretty awesome.  Billy Crystal… Conan O’Brien… really great.

955 – Winner?  The Jon Stewart writing team… although, they did not have the best nominee introduction.

1001 – Another hour gone… and who knew that Jimmy Fallon did an episode of Spin City.  And he’s doing a Kanye spoof thing.

1003 – HELLOOOOO, Hugh Jackman!

1004 – Clearly, we were rooting for the Muppets.  And Hugh Jackman won.  Well, his team won.  And now I’m torn.

1006 – Ricky Gervais.  Digs at Steve Carrell and Rainn Wilson.  And he can.  Syndication rocks!

1008 – And now it’s time for best Variety show… The Daily Show.

1010 – And NPH gets more kudos!  Clearly, this is the BEST award show ever!

1014 – Getting a little bored with the commercials.  I don’t have to pee this time, and I want to see the drama category.

1016 – Final Category: Drama!  Woot!

1019 – 2 L’s, 2 O’s and only 1 C… Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J

1020 – Michael Emerson for Lost, for best supporting actor in a drama

1021 – Oustanding actress? Cherry Jones for 24.  Amazing how much people love 24.  Shame.  Grey’s Anatomy had 2 nominations this year: Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson.

1023 – Musical interlude: Sarah Mclachlan.  “I Will Remember You” for the memorial of great actors past.  Amazing.  Truly amazing.

1027 – Sarah McLachlan has such an amazing voice.  And I realize I’ve used the word “amazing” several times.  But it totally applies.

1033 – 2 of my favorite vampires onstage… Angel and the guy from True Blood.  But I love David Boreanaz more.

1034 – Michael J Fox is a presenter.  Awesome!  And he looks great!

1039 – Outstanding lead actress: here we go!  Glenn Close, Sally Field, Mariska Hargitay, Holly Hunter, Elizabeth Moss, Kyra Sedgewick…

1040 – Glenn Close.  There were 3 heavy hitters.  That was such a heavy category.  But all the women definitely fit the bill.

1043 – Commercial time.  And the corner of my TV screen just told me that the Emmys are going 5 minutes over.  Good thing Chriso set the DVR to record the news show afterwards.  THANKS, Chriso!  Love you!

1048 – Dana Delaney?  A new housewife?  Hmmm…

1049 – Michael C Hall for Dexter and Hugh Laurie for House… I’m definitely torn…. and the winner was Brian Cranston?  Can we say “conspiracy”?  Or “wicked lame”?  Or how about “doesn’t make sense”?  Dexter AND House are both amazing shows.  AND Michael C Hall and Hugh Laurie BOTH deserved this award.  I’m officially annoyed.

1051 – Saved the best for last: Bob Newhart to introduce for best Comedy Series.  They couldn’t have picked a better presenter.

1054 – HIMYM and the Office were frontrunners.  WTF is up with 30 Rock?  Have I mentioned that there are better shows out there?  Because I’m pretty sure I have.

1058 – Every time Chriso hears the name Sookie Stackhouse, he mentions his first love.  Sure, I know the last name isn’t all that common, but just because the name is the same doesn’t mean there’s any REAL connection.

1100 – Sigourney Weaver to present the best Drama series.  Big Love, Breaking Bad, Damages, Dexter, House, Lost, Mad Men… This was a heavy category.

1101 – And Mad Men was a winner.  *Sigh*  I really wanted Dexter or House to win for this category.  Good lord, I’m not really sure what’s going on.

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees this year!  This was a great one for a lot of TV.  Totally turned it around for me.  Haven’t watched the Emmy’s in 2 years.  NPH definitely made it AWESOME!

What did YOU think of this year’s awards?