Here’s the latest installment of my new tradition: hastily assembled predictions for the winners of tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, broadcast at 8pm on TNT and TBS, and streaming here. (These predictions don’t reflect my preferences, except when they do.)
Just for fun, here are my predictions for tomorrow night’s Golden Globe awards, presented without comment. Let’s see how many I get right, based almost entirely on speculation. Bonus: my preferences in every category except the ones in which I’ve seen none of the nominees.
Best Picture, Drama: 12 Years a Slave
My pick: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
My pick: Cate Blanchett
Best Actor, Drama: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
My pick: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Listen to Episode 15 here.
Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be an exciting year, but Devin and I decided to look back before we look ahead. On this week’s episode of The M&M Report, we talked about an amazing year in television. We looked back at six of our favorite shows, debated the merits of binge-watching, discussed the first-world problem of “too much TV” and gave thanks for this TV Golden Age we’re living in.
Keep in mind that we weren’t listing our favorite shows of the year – for instance, I didn’t even talk about Breaking Bad, the show of the year by many standards. Rather, we offered some suggestions of really good shows that we enjoyed and we think you might too.
Tune in to find out which show Devin’s mom abandoned, why Mark likes shows about interesting communities that seem to exist even when the cameras aren’t watching, and what happened to Devin’s plan to binge-watch the entirety of Breaking Bad over winter break.
Devin and I are really exciting to keep the podcast alive in the new year, and we hope you’ll take the journey with us. Thanks for listening!
Stay tuned for the time breakdown:
Yesterday I offered an overview of the year in television. Today, check out my list of my ten favorite TV shows of 2013. A few caveats:
1. I haven’t seen everything. Here’s a partial list of shows I can’t include on this list because I haven’t watched them: The Good Wife. Game of Thrones. Enlightened. Bob’s Burgers. Girls.Veep. Eastbound and Down. Treme. Broadchurch. The Fall. Masters of Sex. Justified. Sons of Anarchy. Boardwalk Empire. I’m not paid to watch television. I’m doing the best I can.
2. I didn’t rank these ten shows because I didn’t have the energy. Why bother? They’re all great. I’d recommend any of them to people who love watching TV.
3. Making lists is fun but inevitably arbitrary. Tomorrow, I’ll post another list of shows that missed this list but still deserved recognition. Boiling things down to a list of ten is important for the purposes of making difficult judgment but meaningless for the pursuit of quality viewing.
And now, the list.
It’s time for another episode of The M&M Report, and this is a very special edition for several reasons.
First, we’re a little later than usual. Better late than never, as they say!
Second, we welcomed our first guest this week! My friend Matt Waskiewicz joined me to talk Breaking Bad while Devin plugged his ears and avoided spoilers like the plague. (Just kidding. He left the room.)
Third, we branched out from TV this week with a discussion of some great pop music. Next week: the movies! The week after that: the world!
Before Matt joined me, Devin and I talked about the new season of Parks and Recreation and debated the merits of this year’s barrage of Justin Timberlake action.
0:00 – 8:25 / Parks and Recreation
8:25 – 28:55 / Justin Timberlake
28:55 – 48:40 / Breaking Bad
Before I saw the finale, I chose the five best episodes of Breaking Bad. Having seen the finale, I think I’m sticking with my choices – these five episodes (and five runners-up) represent the show’s wide range of achievements.
“Breaking Bad came to an end this Sunday at 9 p.m., leaving a trail of brutal, fascinating excellence in its wake. Choosing the five most impressive of the show’s 61 episodes proved to be a task worthy of Walter White’s $80 million haul. While every episode of the show features qualities worth recommending, the five hours below represent the show at its most formally, visually, narratively, thematically and emotionally audacious.”
Check out my five picks and five honorable mentions here.
Welcome to the second installment of my podcast with Devin Mitchell. This time around, thanks to our friend Eric Saltzman, we’ve got a snazzy podcast title. And thanks to the Emmy nominations, we’ve got lots of things to say. So much, in fact, that we recorded TWO podcasts!
Check out the first one for our thoughts on who will win and who should win in the Miniseries and Movie, Variety Series and Supporting Actor Comedy and Drama categories. In the second episode, we delved into the Lead Actor and Series categories. Things we learned: Devin loves Connie Britton, Mark loves the name Deacon Claybourne, and we both love Mad Men.
(Bonus: you can download the podcast now! Just click the “Download” button on the player.)
Comments, questions or criticisms? Let us know! Thanks for listening.
Click for the second part!
Outstanding Leading Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Variety Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
Tonight’s episode of Breaking Bad was one of the greatest episodes of television I’ve ever seen. I never want to watch it again.
(MAJOR spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen tonight’s episode, read this review at your own peril.)
When Breaking Bad cut to commercial after its second-to-last act tonight, I exhaled audibly, realizing only then that I hadn’t been breathing for the past ten minutes. I’m only slightly exaggerating. (Spoilers ahead. Obviously.)