Quick Pilot Thoughts: Wayward Pines

Wayward PinesThe Wayward Pines pilot aired on Fox last night – if you missed it, you should be able to catch it on Hulu or On Demand – and, like my friend June Thomas, who reviewed it for Slate, I found it to be, if not good, at least quite watchable. As she says: “In some ways, it’s a perfect summer show—just complicated enough to hold viewers’ attention without raising their temperature or heart rate.” I like several people in the cast, and enjoyed watching this first episode, and I’m mildly curious about the answers to the show’s big mysteries – but I don’t think I’ll be losing much sleep over it. And that’s fine! Of course, it’s hard to go by one episode, and it’s totally possible that in a week or two I’ll either be obsessed OR be bored/frustrated with the endless questions. But it sounds like the writers have made an effort to provide answers, at least partial, as they go, and they keep promising everything will be answered by the end. I care about that less as far as the answers themselves and more in that I like knowing that a show has a plan. Aside from that issue – Melissa Leo and Toby Jones are creepily great, of course, and I’ve learned I apparently had no idea who Matt Dillon was (though of course I knew the name) but he seems fine. There is, as June mentioned in the review linked above, some amazingly malevolent ice cream eating, and that goes a long way for me. I’ll be along for the ride, at least for now.

(Note: Yes, I’m going into this without having read Blake Crouch’s source material; I’m on my library’s waiting list for the first novel, Pines, and/but I’m also wondering if this is a case in which knowing [at least a version of] the answers would make the show less enjoyable. Well, we’ll see when the book comes in and when I have time to read it.)

TV Casting: Outlander, Elementary, Game of Thrones, & More

Happy Friday! Let’s catch up on a bunch of TV casting.

Emmy Nominations: Game of Thrones, Behind the Candelabra & More

Emmy AwardsThe 2013 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and you can read the full list here. The Emmy Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, September 22nd at 8ET/5PT. Neil Patrick Harris will host. Let’s see what adaptations are up for awards:

  • Bates Motel: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Vera Farmiga)
  • Behind the Candelabra: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Michael Douglas, Matt Damon); Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Scott Bakula); Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie
  • The Bible: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie
  • Elementary: Outstanding Main Title Design; Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
  • Game of Thrones: Outstanding Drama Series; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke); Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Diana Rigg); Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series; Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Costumes for a Series; Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour); Outstanding Special Visual Effects
  • The Girl: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Toby Jones); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Imelda Staunton); Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Hemlock Grove: Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music; Outstanding Special Visual Effects
  • Killing Lincoln: Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie
  • Parade’s End: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Benedict Cumberbatch); Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score)
  • True Blood: Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series
  • The Walking Dead: Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special
  • World Without End: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score); Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special