For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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What a Monday! It's hard to get too excited for any of these tidbits, since we're still jumping up and down and squealing over the fact that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host this year's Golden Globe Awards. Still, we're counting down the days until the Girls of, well, Girls return, and plenty of other pilot and casting news added to our rare Monday happiness:
Rachel Zoe Goes Peacock: In case a reality version of Rachel Zoe's life wasn't enough, NBC has bought a single-camera comedy project to bring the sort-of-fictional version to life. Because who better to play Rachel Zoe than... not Rachel Zoe? Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman will produce the project, which will be written by Aseem Batra (Animal Practice) and directed by Emmy winner Todd Holland. We die. [Deadline]
Dave Navarro to Cross SAMCRO: The boys of SAMCRO have yet another gang banger to watch out for: Jane's Addiction rocker Dave Navarro will join Sons of Anarchy for this season's finale two episodes, as a gang member tied to Jimmy Smits' character, Nero. Also, Jane's Addiction will perform a cover of "Sympathy for the Devil" for the show's finale. [Hollywood Reporter]
The Shahs, Our Holiday Miracle: The Shahs of Sunset are back! The wealthy Beverly Hills Persians will return to Bravo on Dec. 2, to offer their thoughts on the national debt crisis and the rapid decline of the middle class in American Society. Just kidding! One of them will have a "gaylife crisis", and another will struggle to maintain a swimwear line and a serious relationship. Thanks for the drama, Ryan Seacrest! [Hollywood Reporter]
Bachelor Discrimination Suit Dismissed: The racially charged class action lawsuit against The Bachelor and The Bachelorette was dismissed today. Judge Aleta Trauger granted the motion to dismiss the racial discrimination suit — which was filed by football players Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson — requested by defendants ABC, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and the show’s exec producer Michael Fleiss. Claybrooks and Johnson unsuccessfully auditioned for the show, and protested the fact that the shows never have a winner who is a person of color. [Deadline]
Girls and Enlightened Get Premiere Dates: They're baaaack! Some of television's sauciest ladies will return to HBO on Jan. 13, both for their 10-episode sophomore seasons. Lena Dunham's Girls will take the Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET timeslot, with the Laura Dern-starring Enlightened moving to 9:30 — a step up from last year's Monday night slot, if you ask us. [TVLine]
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Don't have the heart to sit through the three hour broadcast? That's fine, but you're no better than those of us that do (even if your name was written in the sky today). In the event you still care who won, I've bolded the winners of each category as soon as they were announced. If there's no bold name in a category, it means the award hasn't been given out yet, but be sure and check back later to see who took home the prize.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesJesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern FamilyChris Colfer, GleeJon Cryer, Two And A Half MenTy Burrell, Modern FamilyEric Stonestreet, Modern FamilyNeil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy SeriesJane Lynch, GleeJane Krakowski, 30 RockKristen Wiig, Saturday Night LiveSofia Vergara, Modern FamilyJulie Bowen, Modern FamilyHolland Taylor, Two And A Half Men Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm Tony Shaloub, Monk Steve Carell, The Office, Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Outstanding Actress In A Comedy Series Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, The New Adventures Of Old Christine Tina Fey, 30 Rock Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Toni Collette, The United States of Tara Lea Michele, Glee Outstanding Reality-Competition Program American Idol Dancing With The Stars The Amazing Race Project Runway Top Chef Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series John Slattery, Mad MenMartin Short, DamagesAaron Paul, Breaking BadTery O'Quinn, LostAndre Braugher, Men Of A Certain AgeMichael Emerson, Lost Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama SeriesChristina Hendricks, Mad MenRose Byrne, DamagesArchie Panjabi, The Good WifeSharon Gless, Burn NoticeElisabeth Moss, Mad MenChristine Baranski, The Good Wife
Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series Jon Hamm, Mad Men Hugh Laurie, House Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights Michael C. Hall, Dexter Matthew Fox, Lost Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series January Jones, Mad Men Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU Glenn Close, Damages Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series The Tonight Show with Conan O'BrienThe Daily Show with Jon StewartThe Colbert Report with Stephen ColbertSaturday Night LiveReal Time with Bill Maher Outstanding Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie Dame Judi Dench, Return To Cranford Hope Davis, The Special Relationship Claire Danes, Temple Grandin Joan Allen, Georga O'Keeffe Maggie Smith, Capturing Mary Outstanding Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie Sir Ian McKellen, The Prisoner Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship Jeff Bridges, A Dog Year Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack Michael Sheen, The Special Relationship Outstanding Made For Television Movie Endgame Moonshot Temple Grandin Georga O'Keeffe The Special Relationship You Don't Know Jack Outstanding Drama Series True Blood Dexter Mad Men The Good Wife Lost Breaking Bad Outstanding Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Modern Family The Office 30 Rock Glee
The 2010 Emmy Awards are almost upon us! While each awards season offers something a little different than the last, there are some things that just never change: every year, in every nomination category - be it Best Actor, Outstanding Variety Series, or what have you - there is always one serious long shot. If not two! You know, those nominees that, for one reason or another, are simply not going to win. Were they nominated out of pity? Are they completely deserving but won't win because the world is a cold, cruel place?
Well, today we honor the long shots: the underdogs, the dark horses, the little guys. And the nominees we just feel bad for. Here, in all their glory, are some of the people and shows that are just not going to win:
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
Nominees: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Real Time with Bill Maher
Long Shot: Jon Stewart deserves this, but I think he's the dark horse behind Conan. The Daily Show has already won 7 years in a row, and come Sunday night, the Emmy voters are going to reward the recently deceased Tonight Show. That irks me because Stewart has been absolutely on fire this year and I'm sick to death of Conan's ongoing pity fest. Yes, we all agree that you got screwed by NBC and Jay Leno. No, we don't feel that bad for you when your severance package is $45 million. Get over it.
Best Series, Drama
Nominees: Breaking Bad, Dexter, Lost, Mad Men, The Good Wife, True Blood
Long Shot: True Blood. This HBO show is delicious, sexy, pulpy goodness, but it's been going downhill, writing-wise, since Season One. I would bet my future puppy's life on the fact that this show is going to lose, especially when it's going up against AMC's Mad Men, which is likely to win its 3rd year in a row. I'd even say Lost has better chances than True Blood of winning Best Drama, and that show is looking at worse odds than a fresh beef empanada loose on the set of The Biggest Loser.
Best Actor, Drama
Nominees: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Matthew Fox (Lost), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Long Shot: Matthew Fox. Sorry, Lost fans, but how is Matthew Fox vaguely in the same category as Cranston, Hall, Laurie, Hamm, and Chandler? Every time I see this guy on Lost it's like watching a bored cardboard cutout trying to approximate the likeness of a leading man. Why isn't Sawyer on here? That's where the action's at. Anyway, Michael C. Hall is probably going to win this year. He's a great actor and he just had cancer! That's shoo-in status, right there.
Best Series, Comedy
Nominees: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock, Glee, The Office, Modern Family
Long Shot: Nurse Jackie is the longest long shot here, but honestly, any series that isn't Modern Family is something of a long shot in my opinion. Yes, lots of people are expecting Glee to win this category (and it still might), but for my money I say Modern Family has got it in the bag. It's new, well rated and consistently funny, while managing to be both relatively fresh format-wise and appealing to older sitcom conventions. Plus, the Emmy people are more conservative than they get credit for, and - to top it all off - the musical Glee is, like Nurse Jackie, more of a drama than a comedy. The Office continued its downward slide this season and won't win either, but if I had to pick a distant 6th place, I'd say it's Jackie.
Best Actor, Comedy
Nominees: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Steve Carell (The Office), Larry David (Curb your Enthusiasm), Matthew Morrison (Glee)
Long Shot: Matthew Morrison, 100% long shot. Morrison is an embarrassingly distant 6th compared to the other five comedic actors who were nominated. Jim Parsons is likely to win this year, although last year's winner Alec Baldwin could take home the gold again, as could previous winner Tony Shalhoub, who just finished Monk's final season. Larry David is hilarious as always but I suspect many people are (rightly) confused as to whether he is actually acting or just filming himself being a schmuck. But Morrison... Morrison, Morrison, Morrison. Your comedic stylings are almost as poor as your rapping. No.
Best Actress, Comedy
Nominees: Lea Michele (Glee), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Toni Collette (United States of Tara)
Long Shot: Lea Michele. I'm sorry if it's starting to look like I'm just shitting on the cast of Glee, but a number of Glee actors and actresses have been nominated in 'comedy' categories and, with the exception of Jane Lynch, none of them are particularly funny. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler - now those are genuinely funny women, and I expect one or the other to win. Lea Michele, while a terrific singer and a promising actress, either isn't very funny herself and neither is her character. Sorry Lea, but not by a long shot.
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Nominees: Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Jon Cryer (Two And A Half Men), Chris Colfer (Glee)
Long Shot: Chris Colfer. Once again, we have a terrific actor from Glee who isn't very funny. I guess my frustration here is that Glee is considered a comedy at all when it's more a lighthearted musical-drama. Anyway, even though Colfer does a great job with the material he's given, he's not outstanding enough to be the youngest ever recipient of this Emmy. If anything, I think Ty Burrell or Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family is going to win this one, while the Emmy voters are going to pass Neil Patrick Harris on this one and instead reward him in the 'Guest' category for his pitch-perfect "Bryan Ryan" cameo on Glee.
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Nominees: Jane Lynch (Glee), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Holland Taylor (Two And A Half Men), Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Long Shot: Sofia Vergara is looking pretty weak in this category (as is Kristen Wiig), but honestly anyone who isn't Jane Lynch is going to lose this year. Lynch absolutely nailed her performance on Glee as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, a character that allowed her the perfect outlet for her signature brand of deadpan comedy and hilariously candid delivery. As much as I'd enjoy looking at Sofia Vergara on stage (or anywhere, really), the Emmy voters have got Lynch locked down for the win this year.
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominees: Betty White (Saturday Night Live), Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Kristin Chenoweth (Glee), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Two And A Half Men), Katherine Joosten (Desperate Housewives), Christine Baranski (The Big Band Theory)
Long Shot: Do you look like the woman to the left? Is your name Betty White? If you answered 'No,' then you are not going to win this Emmy. This was the unofficial year of Betty White, with the former Golden Girl getting tons of love from critics and fans young and old, and even got plenty of love from the ever fickle Internet hive mind. While I absolutely loved Elaine Stritch's turn as Jack Donaghy's acerbic mother on 30 Rock this season, I don't think there is much doubt that the Emmy voters are going to jump on the Betty White bandwagon and reward her for what was truthfully one of the best Saturday Night Live guest spots in recent memory.
The comedy, about a group of high school students in a choir club, will fight for the Outstanding TV Comedy prize against Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, The Office and 30 Rock, which has taken home the title for the last three years.
Glee's leading stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele have been nominated in the male and female categories for the outstanding comedy actor awards, while their co-star Chris Colfer has received a best supporting actor nomination.
Morrison faces competition from Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jim Parson (The Big Bang Theory), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Steve Carell (The Office) and last year's winner Alec Baldwin (30 Rock).
Meanwhile Michele will face off with Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Toni Collette (The United States of Tara), who took home the statue last year (09).
Producers of cable network HBO's gritty World War II drama The Pacific will also hope for a triumphant night after receiving 24 nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries.
The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out on 29 August (10) at a ceremony in Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre and will be presented by comedian Jimmy Fallon.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Good Wife, Lost, Mad Men, True Blood.
Outstanding Comedy Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, The Office, 30 Rock.
Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Hugh Laurie (House), Matthew Fox (Lost), Jon Hamm (Mad Men).
Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Glenn Close (Damages), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), January Jones (Mad Men).
Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Steve Carell (The Office), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock).
Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy: Lea Michele (Glee), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Toni Collette (The United States of Tara).
Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: John Slattery (Mad Men), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Martin Short (Damages), Terry O'Quinn (Lost), Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), Michael Emerson (Lost).
Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Rose Byrne (Damages), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Sharon Gless (Burn Notice), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife).
Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Chris Colfer (Glee), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother).
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Jane Lynch (Glee), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men).
Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Robert Morse (Mad Men), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), John Lithgow (Dexter), Ted Danson (Damages), Gregory Itzin (24), Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Beau Bridges (The Closer)
Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Mary Kay Place (Big Love), Lily Tomlin (Damages), Sissy Spacek (Big Love), Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Ann-Margret (Law & Order: SVU), Shirley Jones (The Cleaner).
Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Mike O'Malley (Glee), Fred Willard (Modern Family), Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie), Jon Hamm (30 Rock), Neil Patrick Harris (Glee), Will Arnett (30 Rock).
Guest Actress In A Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth (Glee), Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Jane Lynch (Two And A Half Men), Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives), Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory), Betty White (Saturday Night Live), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock).
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