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January 30, 2007


Ger Apeldoorn

Hire funny people... but then you are in the casting room and you have to choose between a comedian who is loud and obnoxious en crass and a really smart character actor, who can maybe play funny like Ed Asner used to do... so who do you go with?Honestly, I can see both sides. Hire funy actors sounds like good advice, but how do you measure funny? In a recent show I had an actress who made me laugh all the time, with her smartness and her nerveousness... but the audience never got her. Yet whenever we watched the tape in the editing room it was all there. They just hadn't seen it. So now for a new show we are considering her and we have to ask... she's good... but is she funny?


You win a gazillion point for making me think about Miami Vice. Man I love that show.


Glad Chandra Wilson won for GREY’S ANATOMY. It’s nice that there’s someone on that show who isn’t “dreamy”.It has been amazing seeing her go from the small bit she played in "Lone Star" to the near powerhouse she is now on "Grey's Anatomy." I'm happy for her.Jeremy Irons scored for ELIZABETH I. In a real stretch he played a fop.Is he really that bad?


How self important was that opening to the SAG awards? A bunch of celebs looking into the camera and telling a bullshit story about how they thrilled people when they were 7 in some production involving Santa Claus and then: "I'm humpty dumpty and I'm an actor." No shit, its the SAG awards! You are all fucking actors. Jesus, shoot me the next time I have to hear about "the craft" or "the method".And how in the world does Grey's beat out The Sopranos for best ensemble? The two best dramatic actors in television history, and the rest of the cast are pretty damned amazing too, versus smoldering looks and soft touch hysterics. But great ratings!


I think the big point that Ugly Betty makes is not that Betty is ugly, but that she doesn't strut.Whether it's her sister or the folks at the office, everyone else is showing off what they have on the outside. Betty doesn't. It's not that she isn't pretty, it's that she doesn't fit the 'definition' of pretty in any of the spheres she inhabits - not her sister's and not the magazine's. The ones who see it are, oddly enough, the men in her life (her father, her boss and her two suitors).


how funny...mirren playing queen latifah...i love it.your comment about america is pretty funny too.

Mike Barer

I'm not going to contradict you. Your there, I'm not. Cast of Grey's Anatomy is dysfunctional and viewers relate to dysfunctional characters.


"Moderately attractive" is ugly by Hollywood standards.I am too embarrassed to post this under my real fake name, but I think America Ferrera all made up to be "ugly" is smoking hot. Maybe I have a braces, glasses and unplucked eyebrows fetish or something. I'm insanely jealous of that nerdy guy she dates on the show. Lucky!


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You would have voted for "Lost" instead of "Grey's"? Pretty obvious that you don't watch "The Wire".Every actor on that show is perfect. And it's such a huge cast, it's a miracle to give all of them almost equal screentime.

Will Teullive

I missed the show, but it most have been thrilling to watch Brad Garrett and the whole crew from 'Til Death accept that award.

Helena Handbasket

I always thought Irons was a queen. Hey, thanks for confirming it for slow learners like me. But I can't believe you thought the headline referred to him. That's too damn funny! Made me laugh out loud.


the best drama on television is "The Wire". Hopefully after it's 5th and final season (maybe it'll start in January 08?) it'll get it's long overdue credit with award shows like the emmys, sag and golden globes.for whatever reason, right now, they're afraid of it.

Buttermilk Sky

"hire a pretty actress and make her look ugly." See Olivia de Havilland as Catherine Sloper ("The Heiress"). H'wood's been at this a long time, and the actress who plains up usually wins a prize. Also any actress who plays a mute, but that's a whole other story.


Great to see some coverage of an awards ceremony. I just wonder how much comedy sponsorship the show received. Any idea who presented it? They should have hired a stand up comedian. As for Jeremy Irons, I think I preferred him running around in a tank top trying to kill Bruce Willis in Die Hard 3.

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