Handicapping The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Friday, August 27, 2010
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:
Emmy Weekend

Note: The overnight rating results for Thursday, August 26 are not available at press time. But the fast affiliate ratings will be posted at PIFeedback.com at approximately 12 p.m. ET.


Ratings Box:

-More Growth for CBS’ Big Brother:

Based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings, Wednesday’s edition of CBS’ Big Brother on August 25 delivered its largest audience (7.99 million) since last August and best rating among adults 18-34 (2.6 rating/10 share) since Sept. 18, 2007. Big Brother won the 8 p.m. hour in households (4.7 rating/8 share), total viewers, adults 18-49 (2.8/ 9) and adults 25-54 (3.2/10), building from the comparable year-ago broadcast by 710,000 viewers and as much as 44 percent among adults 18-34.

-Speaking of Wednesday:

Here are the Live Plus Same Day results by network for Wednesday, August 25:

Total Viewers:

NBC: 7.48 million, CBS: 6.86, Fox: 5.09, ABC: 3.73, CW: 1.18

Adults 18-49:

Fox: 2.2 rating/7share, NBC: 2.1/ 6, CBS: 1.9/ 6, ABC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options


 8:00 p.m. Wife Swap (R)

 9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do?

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. NFL Pre-Season Football: San Diego at New Orleans


 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Lights

 9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. Movie: Bruce Almighty (R)


 8:00 p.m. Smallville (R )

 9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)

 8:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
 9:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)

10:00 p.m. Castle (R)


 8:00 p.m. NFL Pre-Season Football: Dallas at Houston


 8:00 p.m. Persons Unknown

 9:00 p.m. Persons Unknown (series finale)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R)

 8:00 p.m. Cops (two repeats)

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday 8/29/10

 7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)

 8:00 p.m. Movie: Casino Royale

 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. Big Brother

 9:00 p.m. Undercover Boss (R)

10:00 p.m. Cold Case (R)

 7:00 p.m. The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet Show

 8:00 p.m. The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards


 7:00 p.m. American Dad (R)

 7:30 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:00 p.m. NFL Pre-Season Football: Pittsburgh at Denver

Mr. TV’s Emmy Picks:

-Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men (AMC)

-Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family (ABC)

-Outstanding Made-for TV Movie: You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)

-Outstanding Miniseries: The Pacific (HBO)

-Outstanding Realty Competition Program: The Amazing Race (CBS)

-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC)

-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Showtime)

-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, CBS)

-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack, HBO)

-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Claire Danes (Temple Grandin, HBO)

-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)

-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)

-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, AMC)

-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, AMC)

-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC)

-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jane Lynch (Glee, Fox)

-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Patrick Stewart (Hamlet, Great Performances, PBS)

-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Brenda Vaccaro (You Don’t Know Jack, HBO)


-PIFeedback’s Emmy Pick’em Contest:

Think you know a thing or two about TV? Want to chime in with your picks at the upcoming 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards? Then click on the following to compete opposite PIFeedback’s resident TV gurus. 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Will Forte to Exit SNL:

Comedian Will Forte, who joined NBC granddaddy Saturday Night Live in 2002, has announced his departure. ”After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from SNL to pursue new opportunities,” said Forte’s publicist Lewis Kay. “He is eternally grateful to Lorne and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years.”


-TLC’s Little People, Big World to Conclude:

The upcoming sixth season of TLC favorite Little People, Big World, featuring the Roloff family, will be its last.   “The show has been an amazing and unforgettable experience for our entire family,” said Matt and Amy Roloff. “Over the past 5 years we have shared the most rewarding journey that will forever be in our hearts. We are gearing up to begin new and exciting adventures as a family and we look forward to starting the next chapter of the Roloffs. We will always be grateful to our TLC family, and most of all, our fans.”

-Dancing With the Stars Contenders:

The official announcement will be this coming Monday during ABC’s Bachelor Pad. But rumored contenders to compete in the upcoming fall season of Dancing With the Stars include David Hasselhoff, Brandy, Bristol Palin, The Hills alum Audrina Patridge and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s Jersey Shore. Want to know what I really think about the hot MTV docudrama? Click here.


-Kelly Osbourne Heads to E!:

Kelly Osbourne, a former contestant on Dancing With the Stars, will join Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic and celebrity stylist George Kotsiopoulos on E!’s Fashion Police, which debuts as a weekly series on Friday, Sept. 10 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Osbourne will make her first appearance on Monday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. ET on E!’s Emmy Fashion Police. 


-Handicapping the Emmys:

With just two days to go before The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC, here is Mr. TV’s picks for Outstanding Comedy and Best Drama.


Outstanding Comedy Series


-The Nominees:

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)


-Who Should Win: Modern Family

-Who Will Win: Modern Family


Let’s be honest: this is a two show race this year, with NBC’s overrated 30 Rock finally about to step aside. That said, it will be either ABC’s Modern Family or Fox’s Glee, with the current wave of momentum potentially favoring Glee. But since Emmy voters often go with the more traditional offering, my pick is standout Modern Family. 


-Outstanding Drama Series


-The Nominees:

Breaking Bad (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

-Who Should Win: Lost

-Who Will Win: Mad Men


With two consecutive wins in this category and arguably its weakest season to-date creatively, you might think it is time for AMC’s Mad Men to take a break. And if there is an upset, it could be CBS’ The Good Wife, the perfect vehicle for the often set in his (or her) ways Emmy voters.   But since familiarity often breeds accolades, Mad Men is still the logical pick. But it sure would be satisfying to see season one winner Lost snag the statuette after six unprecedented years. There has never been another show like it.

Emmy Weekend

Which one of the following actors is not competing for an Emmy Award on Sunday night’s telecast on NBC?


a)      Jeff Bridges

b)      John Goodman

c)      Ed O’Neill

d)      Dennis Quaid

e)      John Slattery

The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following established crime dramas will add former Sisters and Once and Again star Sela Ward to the cast next season?


a)      Bones

b)      Castle

c)      Criminal Minds

d)      CSI: NY

e)      Law & Order: SVU


Is: d) CSI: NY. Sela, who replaces Melina Kanakaredes, will play a seasoned D.C. investigator. 

-Current kudos goes to:
Don Abel, Suzanne Ackley, Steve Albright, Mark-Allen, Mark Amato, Mikki Beno, Gerry Bixenspan, Lauren Blatt, Barbara Bloomfield, Barri Bronston, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Dee Davis, Mike Dugger, John Ferlazzo (2x), Arleen Fong, Kevin Jones, Maureen Goldman, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Brad Hight, Melissa Hodgdon, Kerry Hughes, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Marie LeFevre Karp, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Steven Kurtzer, Katie Kuyper, Barbara Linebarger, Melinda Lujan, Patty Lynch, Kathy Martin, Lisa Menin, Kristen Orr, Aaron Paquette, Pat Patton, Joe Pedri, Greg Phelan, David Primuth, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Tracey Reiner, Bruce Robinson, Jay Rossi, Colleen Roth, Lindsey Rothman, David Ruckman, Russell Schwartz, David Shearer, Christina Shrenk, Tracy Speed, Mindy Staley, Michelle Stanton, Kristen Strauss, Julie Syers, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Trenna Underhill, Linda Weeks, John Wood, Ged Young, Ken Zagor, Ted Zavales