For Your Emmy Consideration: Kings

NBC’s Kings.
This is a series that should be huge. A watercooler series the likes of Lost and season 1 of Heroes. Prestigious and smart like Battlestar Galactica. Combine those qualities and it shouldn’t be dying a slow death this Summer.

Kings isn’t so much a re-imagining of the classic Bible story (at least not in the same vein as SciFi’s re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica or Wizard of Oz to Tin Man), but really Kings is inspired by the Bible story, really just a now timeless tale of the underdog.

The series of course goes deeper than that. It is a sprawling epic drama of government, power, family, romance that draws upon its biblical inspiration, though not in a way that should turn off anyone on either side of religion.

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For Your Emmy Consideration: Battlestar Galactica

It was a random Saturday evening in January 2005. I had nothing better to do that night so I flipped on the TV and turned to NBC (usually one of the first channels I’d turn to).

I had no idea what was on that night, and even more so when I actually saw what was on. Whatever it was, it seemed interesting so I tuned in for the rest of the 2 and a half hours. People in military uniforms, a sexy lady in a red dress (at one point accompanied by some robot thing), space ships, a very dark (literally) atmosphere… what was this? Some Star Trek movie or something?

I would soon find out that what I had watched was actually an edited version of a miniseries entitled Battlestar Galactica that aired on the Sci Fi channel a little over a year before. NBC aired it on the usually dead Saturday to boost the premiere of the episodic series continuation of the miniseries that was going to begin on Sci Fi that week.

So I read up on it, learned about the original late 70s-early 80s series, remembered that some space show was in development at Fox a few years before, and decided I would check out the series.

I never really tuned in to Sci Fi before, mostly because I was never interested in aliens and space ships (which is what I thought all the network had to offer). Star Wars was alright to me and I probably only ever watched parts of 3 episodes of any Star Trek series ever produced.

So a show called Battlestar Galactica wasn’t the kind of show I’d ever even check out before. But after watching the edited miniseries on NBC, I was intrigued enough to check it out.

Now, four years later, I can probably say Battlestar Galactica is my favorite American drama series of all. (And favorite series ever after shows like I Love Lucy, Keeping Up Appearances, and The Amazing Race.) Continue reading

For Your Emmy Consideration: The Amazing Race

Everyone is waiting for the year when the Emmys will get tired of giving CBS’ The Amazing Race the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program (an award the show has won since its creation in 2003), but how can they not?

What other show takes viewers and contestants to a different international destination every week? What other reality show immerses us into different cultures? What other show has a thrilling real life adventures every week? What other show involves crews of people traveling all over the world capturing every moment?

The Amazing Race seems incomparable to other shows that are stationary, or even based solely on American soil.

The Amazing Race has the drama, the comedy, the action, the culture, the travel, not to mention the amazing cinematography highlighting the beautiful destinations. It has almost everything one could ever dream of in a television program. Continue reading

For Your Emmy Consideration: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It’s inappropriate, it’s rude, it’s not politically correct, it’s wacky, it’s crazy, it’s unbelievable, it’s outrageous, it’s silly… but most of all, it’s fun and hilarious.

It’s Always Sunny on Philadelphia. FX’s now longest running comedy continues to be the funniest, most underrated comedy on television.

Its humor isn’t for everyone, but you can’t help but laugh your butts off at this gang of misfits from Philadelphia. Continue reading