Quotes of the Week: July 10-23

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Last Ship
Allison: What do you wanna give ’em?
President Michener: Nothing. Except maybe my middle finger.

12 Monkeys
Charlie: When it comes down to it, the only thing you’ll be wishing for is more time. Trust me.

Jennifer: So much for backgammon in Palm Springs!

UnReal
Chet: This has to stay in the family.

Graham: What do you think, Rach? Is that okay for an act break? Tension over who to choose?
Rachel: Yes, Graham, it’s fine, but don’t think, okay? It makes you look fat.

Happy Town
Handsome Dan Farmer: I’m a firm believer that all of a society’s ills could be quelled if everybody just had a little pudding.

Bones
Brennan: I don’t need to hear him tell me that I was right. It’s enough to know that *he* knows I was right.

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8 Emmy Nomination Thoughts…

This morning this list of 2016 Emmy Nominations was announced, and I had a few thoughts that I wanted to share. The full list of nominees can be found here: http://www.emmys.com/awards/nominees-winners There are several people and shows that were snubbed this year, and several nominations that I am really excited about, these are a just a few of each.

1. Tatiana Maslany
She was nominated for the first time last year, but I am thrilled to see her get recognized again this year. Not only does she play multiple characters every season, but she often plays those different characters playing each other. It sounds complicated, and it is, and she does it beautifully and with such nuance that I forget that it is only one actor playing all these roles.



2. Jane the Virgin
I have said it before, and I will say it again, but this is my favorite show on television right now and I cannot believe that neither Gina Rodriguez or Jaime Camil were not nominated for their work. I do not even know what else to say about that. Thankfully, Anthony Mendez was at least recognized for his amazing voice-overs.



3. Outlander
The only nominations they got were for Production Design and Costumes, which are all well deserved, but no where near enough. I have read the books, and usually know what is coming in each episode, and yet their performances continue to break me into a million pieces every week. Caitroina Balfe and Sam Heughan brilliantly explored the aftermath of last season’s sexual assault, but I think the second half of season 2 counts towards next years Emmys, including Claire’s miscarriage, so maybe that was the reason for the snub…?



4. William H. Macy
I love William H. Macy, and I love to see Shameless get recognized even a little bit but, for me, he is not the best performance on this show. Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White have been killing it for a while now, and Ethan Cutosky was especially amazing this past season. I know this show can be sometimes be pretty dramatic, so maybe Carl’s storyline was just too serious for the comedy category, but I was incredibly impressed by him this year.

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Quotes of the Week: June 26-July 10

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Qyburn: Sometimes, before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest.

Jon: I’m not a Stark.
Sansa: You are to me.

Veep
President Meyer: Kent, can you give a girl some warning next time before you jam it in the back door?
Kent: Data gives no warning, ma’am.

Preacher
Emily: This doesn’t feel like you.
Jesse: It’s not me. It’s God.

12 Monkeys
Cole: Kill me. Kill the witness. It doesn’t matter because you’ll still be afraid of yourself.

Old Jennifer: Hello, egg. I’m chicken.

Young Jennifer: We’re not brave.
Old Jennifer: But you can be a better me than I was.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Samuel: This is not about them, Robert. This about something greater than them, and us.

Abe: I killed him! I killed Thomas. I killed my brother. I killed…I killed Thomas. I started the riots at King’s College. It was a prank that went wrong, but I started it and I…felt responsible for his life, so I took it. I took his intended. I took his inheritance. I took his good Tory name, but it wasn’t me! It was never me. You ask who I am, but I don’t know. I buried that man along with my brother. I thought that maybe one day I’d meet him again in the soul of the son that I named after him, and on that day I’d tell him that I lied. Then I lied to try and make things right, but it didn’t work. It didn’t work. But I can’t lie anymore. And as for these crimes that I’m accused of committing, my only regret is that I didn’t commit them sooner.

Casual
Laura: You could go talk to her.
Alex: Grow down, will ya?

Animal Kingdom
Deran: Hey, can we not talk about our mom in the strip club right now? Thank you.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Sarah: If you’re gonna be a hero, you gotta learn how to drive stick.

Killjoys
D’Avin: So, we’re not gonna talk at all about your people flooding me with magic green shit while floating naked in a tub?
Khlyen: That would be my preference.

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8 Episodes of The West Wing…

Just in time for the 4th of July, here are my favorite episodes of The West Wing. I have recently started re-watching the series from the beginning, while listening to Joshua Malina and Hrishi Hirway’s new podcast, The West Wing Weekly. Also, this year’s ATX Television Festival reunion was everything I hoped it would be, so if you have not seen the panel, you should watch it here: http://www.atelevisionexperience.com/

1. The Crackpots and These Women: The first Big Block of Cheese Day! There are only two of these episodes in the whole series, but they are both fantastic. In this one, C.J. meets with a group that wants to construct a wolves-only highway for a mere $900 million, Sam talks to a guy who thinks the government is hiding information on UFOs, and the President decides to make chili for everyone. We also meet Zoey Bartlet, the President’s youngest daughter, for the first time. Here is Leo explaining the meaning of Big Block of Cheese Day:



2. Noël: After having been shot at the end of the first season, Josh is forced to see a therapist for PTSD. He talks about what has happened over the last three weeks to trigger his episode. The combination of musicians in the foyer, an Air Force pilot disobeying orders, a performance by Yo-Yo Ma, and ambulance sirens cause Josh to cut his hand badly. It is a powerful episode that ends with one of my favorite scenes from the show:



3. The Leadership Breakfast: This episode begins with Josh and Sam attempting to build a fire in the mural room, while CJ is figuring out the seating arrangements for the bi-partisan leadership breakfast. The reason this episode is on my list is because of Karen Cahill. Leo had gone to an event and accidentally made a joke about Karen’s shoes. So, he asks Josh to go to a dinner where Karen will be in order to apologize, and Josh sends Sam. Sam then inadvertently mixes up Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan when talking to her about nuclear weapons. Sam asks Donna to talk to Karen while at an art exhibit that they’re both attending, and explain his mistake. The next day, Donna think their interaction had gone very well, until she gets a package containing her underwear. Apparently, Donna had worn the same pair of pants two days in a row, and her previous day’s underwear was in the leg and fell out at the art exhibit. Donna then asks Charlie to ask the President if he will call Karen and apologize. In this episode, there’s also a fight between the Majority Leader’s office and the White House, which causes Toby and Leo to form the Committee to Re-elect the President.



4. Dead Irish Writers: Lord John Marbury! This is not his first appearance, but it is my favorite appearance. It is Abbey’s birthday, and there is a party going on at the White House to celebrate. Donna cannot get into the party because of an INS error determining that the town where she was born is actually in Canada. She ends up joining Abbey, C.J. and Amy in the residence, where they are getting drunk. It is also the night before the medical board decides whether or not to suspend Abbey’s license after she lied about the President’s multiple sclerosis.

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Quotes of the Week: June 12-25

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Americans
William: The absence of closeness makes you dry inside.

Game of Thrones
Brienne: Don’t die for pride when you can fight for blood.

Jaqen: Finally, a girl is no one.
Arya: A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home.

12 Monkeys
Jennifer: If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that nothing frees you to be crazy like learning that you’re not.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Talmadge: I know there’s nothing more painful for you, nor is there anything more necessary for the cause. We make sacrifices so that others don’t have to.

Orphan Black
Krystal: Wait, who are you again?
Sarah: I’m Sarah. I’m your clone.
Krystal: Right, whatever.

Alison: (deleted scene) What can we do, Sarah? I have the runs, but I’m packing heat.

The Last Tycoon
Monroe: Some things exist just to be beautiful. They don’t have to make any more sense than that.

Outlander
Ross: What happened to him?
Rupert: I decided to take a closer look at a musket ball.

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Quotes of the Week: May 29-June 11

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching. (Apologies for posting this late. I was in an ATX Television Festival bubble all weekend and forgot.)

12 Monkeys
Deacon: Die as a pacifist or live as a man.
Dr. Eckland: Violence doesn’t make a man.
Deacon: No, but it’s a good way to unmake one.

Peaky Blinders
Tommy: You can change what you do. You can’t change what you want.

Casual
Beth: Is this your daughter?
Alex: Niece, but we’re actually the same person.
Laura: Uh, no, I’m better adjusted.
Alex: She is.

Preacher
Tulip: What happened, Preacher? Jesus take your wheel?

Game of Thrones
Lady Olenna: I wonder if you’re the worst person I’ve ever met. At a certain age, it’s hard to recall.

Jamie: A Lannister always pays…
Bronn: Don’t say it. Don’t fucking say it.

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Quotes of the Week: May 22-28

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Jaqen: Does death only come for the wicked, and leave the decent behind?

Preacher
Jesse: I don’t hate you, Tulip. I wouldn’t know how.
Tulip: Don’t make me teach you then.

Jesse: Promises matter. It’s the currency of faith.

Veep
President Meyer: I love it. Domestic abuse jokes. They just tickle me!

12 Monkeys
Cole: We?
Ramse: You’re all leap, no look, little brother. You’re gonna get yourself killed.
Cole: My hero.
Ramse: It’s either that or Jonesy sends me back in time to save your ass again.
Cole: You’re crazy about me. Just admit it.

Jennifer: Death is, like, everything. It’s a time clock that makes us better. Makes us love harder. I don’t know, I think it’s, like, maybe, what makes us human.

Blindspot
Oscar: Phase two is about burning it to the ground so we can start again.

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8 Returning Summer Shows…

I posted my list of new summer shows that I am excited about last week (and am already loving Preacher), so here are my favorite returning shows. What is everyone else watching this summer? Let me know in the comments!

1. Peaky Blinders, season 3 will be released May 31st on Netflix, stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Joe Cole, Annabelle Wallis, Sophie Rundle, Harry Kirton, Finn Cole, Aimée Ffion-Edwards, Natasha O’Keeffe, Kate Phillips, Paddy Considine, Gaite Jansen, and Alexander Siddig. Season 3 picks up 18 months after the events of last season, on Tommy Shelby’s wedding day. It’s the start of the Roaring Twenties, and he and his aunt are trying to live right, while his brothers get mixed up in an international arms deal. I have really loved the first two seasons, and am reading that season 3 is even better, so I cannot wait. I am also excited for a little more of Tom Hardy’s Jewish gang leader, Alfie Solomons.



2. Kingdom, the second half of season 2 premieres June 1st on DirecTV’s Audience Network, stars Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, Joanna Going, and Natalie Martinez. In these next ten episodes, Jay sets his sights on Ryan’s lightweight title belt, which will test Alvey’s loyalties and divide everyone at Navy St. This show just keeps getting better and better, and the entire cast continues to amaze me. If you are not watching this show, you are missing out on greatness.



3. UnREAL, season 2 premieres June 6th on Lifetime, stars Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Brennan Elliott, Josh Kelly, and B.J. Britt. I was not sure if I was going to like this show when I started the first season, and then it blew me away. It is a behind-the-scenes look at a Bachelor-esque show, and there were so many twists and turns in the first season that it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I cannot wait to see what kind of drama and insanity Quinn and Rachel bring to another season of Everlasting.



4. Casual, season 2 premieres June 7th on Hulu, stars Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, Tara Lynne Barr, Julie Berman, and Nyasha Hatendi. This comedy about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living together and raising her teenage daughter is hilarious and heartwarming. Season one focused on dating and sex, while this new season focuses more on the difficulty of making new friends as an adult. The characters and the stories are layered, and everytime Hulu releases a new episode, I wake up excited to watch it.

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Quotes of the Week: May 15-21

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Grey Worm: You will not use them. They will use you. That is what they do.

Daenerys: You are small men. None of you are fit to lead the Dothraki. But I am. So I will.

Veep
President Meyer: You’re gonna cancel this recount like Anne Frank’s bat mitzvah!

Jane the Virgin
Rogelio: Why do you have a sex basket from my mortal enemy?
Xiomara: That’s not a sex basket.
Rogelio: I know a sex basket when I see one!!

Rogelio: Jane, please stop running! Your makeup will melt! Let me carry you!
Jane: No way. Then you’re makeup will melt!
Rogelio: You’re right! We’ll reapply when we get there!

12 Monkeys
Dr. Jones: This is what happens when you play God and you don’t know your lines.

Cassie: You are a pain in the ass in *every* time period.

Jennifer: Maybe every version of me thinks you’re kind of a bitch.

The Flash
Joe: The is where I play stupid and you explain science.

Barry: We’re supposed to think we’re something we’re not until we become that thing.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coulson: You think vengeance is the missing piece of the puzzle, that it will make you whole again but all it does is break you further.

Lincoln: Saving the girl I love and the world at the same time? Feels pretty right to me.

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8 New Summer Shows…

1. Preacher, premieres May 22nd on AMC, stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Lucy Griffiths, Derek Wilson, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, and Tom Brooke. Based on the DC Comics series of the same name, Preacher follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. While I am sad that we will not longer see Dominic Cooper as the hilarious Howard Stark on Agent Carter, I am excited to see him in this new role. This show just looks like it will be a lot of fun.



2. Roots, premieres May 30 on A&E, History and Lifetime, stars Malachi Kirby, Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rege-Jean Page, Anna Paquin, Tip “TI” Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Lane Garrison, Mekhi Phifer, Matthew Goode, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Sedale Threatt Jr., James Purefoy, Derek Luke, and G. Hannelius. This remake of the 1977 ABC mini-series is based on Alex Haley’s novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African who was captured and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the life of his descendants. I have never watched the original mini-series, but this reboot looks fantastic.



3. Feed the Beast, premieres June 5th on AMC, stars David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess, Michael Gladis, Christine Adams, Lorenza Izzo, Elijah Jacob, and John Doman. Two best friends follow their dream of opening an upscale restaurant in the Bronx, while dealing with the New York restaurant world, which includes petty criminals, corrupt officials, and violent mobsters. I have not read very much about this show, and AMC seems to be promoting Preacher a little more, but it looks interesting and I like the cast, so I will check it out.



4. Animal Kingdom, premieres June 14th on TNT, stars Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Ellen Barkin. Based on the movie of the same name, this series is about a Southern California crime family, and the detective investigating them. I am, and will forever be, Team Ben, so watching a new Scott Speedman show is a no-brainer for me. Then you add Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson *and* Ellen Barkin, and I am all in.

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