Tele-Tuesday: The Continuation of The Tamberny Awards

The Tamberny Awards are back!  Amber West and I didn’t like the idea of having the music play over our best banter or having some leggy model lead us off stage, so we stepped away for a bit to cut to the necessary commercial break.  Now, here we are, with the rest of our choices.

Isn’t it thrilling?  Can you feel the tension in the air?  


First up, a category we can really get into… 

Lead Actor in a Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

A: As far as I can remember, good ol Hugh has been nominated but not won the Emmy for House.  I think he does a great job in the role; so after all this time, I’d like to see him recognized for it. 

However, tough table to keep here.  These are all great actors. 

T: Hugh Laurie – brilliant.  Timothy Olyphant – brilliant.  Who will win?  Ugh, it pains me to say, but the cable channels.  I’m taking Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire.

A: Too much brilliant (and did we mention pretty?) in one category.  Steve Buscemi may get it for being brilliant AND not looking like a cover of GQ.  However, I’m still rooting for Hugh.  I got a weakness for a British funny man.  

T: As far as acting, I’m going to jump on the Hugh Laurie bandwagon real fast.  Did you see the episode this season where he performed surgery on himself in the bathtub to remove the tumors he gave himself by taking the unapproved meds from the rat lab?


A: YES.  Also, I should have preempted your comment with spoiler alert for those watching, but this is LIVE, baby.  Note: this is not live

Lead Actress in a Drama
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

A: For my same underdog reasons as earlier, Julianna all the way.  If not her, Elisabeth Moss. 

T: I don’t really care for these nominations – where is Kyra Sedgwick?  I pick Kyra.

A: Maybe that means I should watch the show Kyra is in. *ducks*   

I’m still pushing for Julianna.  This category is lacking.  I blame that on poorly written roles for leading ladies.  Come on, women’s lib, catch up! 

T: Lucky for you, I’m tall and you ducked just in time!  I have season 1 of The Closer on DVD; do I need to send it to you?

A: Not yet. I still have about 100 episodes of Bones to watch because of you.  Then I’ll watch another one of your recommendations.  See you all when I’m 80. 


T: Back to the nominations at hand, I do Agree 1000% – this category is lacking.  Women’s roles are lacking.  Where the heck is Kyra?  Rose Byrne? Glenn Close?

A: I’ll send you some math videos when I get your episodes of The Closer.  Glenn Close for the win.  I’m writing the Emmy peeps now. 

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family

A: I love the entire cast of Modern Family.  This show always makes me laugh, so I’d be happy with any of them.  Having said that, my views rarely reflect the majority, so it will probably go to Jon Cryer. 

Please don’t give it to Chris Colfer.  No offense, kid.  I just don’t think Glee is funny enough to be fighting in this category. 

T: Because the entire cast of Modern Family was nominated, and because of what he had to deal with this season, I’m picking Jon Cryer – 100%.  Not to mention, his comedic timing is perfect.

Oh, Ducky….


A: Ahem.  Remember my earlier mention of Chuck Lorre? So you can see why I’m not going with Jon Cryer.  Although, I like HIM and I’m sure he is great in that show that I have never and will never watch.  

T: Not even with the addition of Mr. Kutcher? Not even a peek?

A: Sweet Jeebus, no.  A thousand times no. 

I have to now quote something I heard in an interview involving Mr. Kutcher: 

“Ashton Kutcher should know every thought that goes through his head.  If he doesn’t, he’s liable to drop something, he can cut his feet, he won’t realize he’s been talking to a tree for an hour.   He needs to be aware of what he’s thinking.” 

T: Boooo, Amber!  Where did you hear that?  You realize that Ashton Kutcher is actually really smart, don’t you?  He studied biochemical engineering for crying out loud.

A:  I’m not listening.  Lalalalalala. 

Supporting Actor in a Drama
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
Walton Goggins, Justified
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

A: I’m remaining loyal to The Good Wife.  Mostly to ensure that the network doesn’t get any bright ideas and try to cancel the show.  Although, using that logic, give the award to Andre Braugher so another network will grow a brain and pick up Men of a Certain Age

T: Walton Goggins!  He plays the best antagonist on TV. Without Boyd Crowder, Justified just wouldn’t the same.  And, I do love Timothy Olyphant.

A: Haven’t watched Justified!  Guess I need to try.  But I still stick with The Good Wife boys.  Josh Charles and Alan Cumming are perfect in their roles.   

T: You haven’t watched Justified?  You know that FX has some of the best programming on TV, right?

A: Meh.  Also, I now have the urge to yell “Walton Goggins” randomly when engaged in boring conversation.  

T: WALTON GOGGONS.  I yelled it, but not because we’re engaged in a boring conversation.  I may have a crush on Boyd….

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

A: I’m kinda burnt out on Betty White.  Yes, I said that.  Sofia Vergara gets it since she has made me laugh more than the others in this category. 

T: Who will win? Probably Jane Lynch….that darn Glee.

Regardless, I am voting for Kristen Wiig here – talk about an underdog!  She is involved in almost every skit on SNL, and she makes me CRY sometimes.  Cry, good; not bad.

A: Jane Lynch IS funny.  BUT, I still don’t find Glee funny enough to be in this category.  It would be nice for an SNL person to get it, but I think it is unlikely as well.  I probably just voted for Sofia ’cause she is curvy and Latin.  Gotta represent for da’ peoples. 

T: I may let you win this one….If Modern Family wins anything, I bet it’s the hot Latin lady.

A: *dances to salsa and drinks inexcusably sweet black coffee to celebrate* 

T: Amber, stop dancing your little salsa.  We have a show to finish here!

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified

A: What? I didn’t pick The Good Wife?  I know.  But, I think Christina Hendricks is perfect in her Mad Men role.  Go, curvy lady. 

T: Did I see a cable channel nomination?  Yep –  Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly McDonald takes it.

But, since you keep talking about underdogs, Amber, how about Michelle Forbes?  The Killing made a killing this season, but I’m not sure it will get any award love.  I’m sure they’ll say, “It was just an honor to be nominated….”

A: Again, I gotta stick with the shows I’ve actually seen. 🙂  

T: I’m just really not a fan of these nominations….

A: Not thrilled with this category either.  Again, I think that goes back to the lack of well composed female characters.  *Sigh* 

Mini-series or Made-for-Television Movie
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Kennedys
Mildred Pierce
The Pillars Of The Earth
Too Big To Fail

A: The only one I’ve seen is the one I am picking.  But, I DO love it –  Downton Abbey.  It makes me swoon.  I adore some of the characters, and others are so deliciously evil I can’t stand it. 

T: This one is up in the air – Downton Abbey has received great reviews, The Kennedys was controversial and axed from its original channel, and HBO (yep, again) rocked out with Too Big To Fail.  I have to go with it.

A: ..Downton…Downton…have you watched it YET?  How ’bout now?  

T: Not yet….it’s a period piece.  I’m not even sure our TV plays period pieces in our house.

A: Deliciously evil.  Come on.  You have to be curious? 

T: Curious, yes.  Curious enough to watch it now because I think it has a chance to beat Too Big To Fail?  No.

Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

A: Please, please, please, PLEASE, for the love of funny, give it to Stephen this year.  Thanks.  But I won’t cry if Conan gets it. 

T: Colbert deserves this.

A: *nods in agreement*  Stephen we love you!  

T: Should we start an “Emmy for Stephen” website?

Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or movie
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
Idris Elba, Luther
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
William Hurt, Too Big To Fail

A: Haven’t seen ANY of these, so I’m going with Idris Elba.  That’s a pretty sweet name, and he is pretty. 

T: I’d like to see Barry Pepper win, but mainly because I like to look at him.  But, I bet you anything, William Hurt takes it for HBO’s Too Big to Fail.  He was great in Damages too.

A: *silence*  

T: Silence?  Really, Amber?

A: I am bored.  Moving on. 

Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or movie
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs

A: Downton all the way! 

T: I’m going with the underdog of all underdogs here – Taraji P. Henson.  Why?  Because almost everyone else has a BIG Hollywood name, and this movie is based on a true story.

A: I think I’ve been clear on how I feel about Downton.  🙂  

T: Really?  I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Deadliest Catch
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List
Undercover Boss

A: I don’t really like any of these.  But I do occasionally watch Hoarders in absolute horror.  And then I scrub my tub and cry. 

T: YUCK.  Do I have to pick one?  Undercover Boss.

A: Maybe we should just go with “let’s replace these shows with ones that have real writers”?  I mean, Men of a Certain Age was CANCELLED and this crap is getting nominated!?  Bah.  

T: I’m speechless.  I know my mom is writing this date down right now…I’m not speechless often.

Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef

A: Top Chef, but only because I’m a foodie.  I am not a huge fan of reality competitions. 

T: SurvivorBig Brother.  Oh, they’re not nominated?  The Amazing Race.  Although, I have seen some of  So You Think You Can Dance in the gym, and they’ve got talent.  But, I’m still voting for The Amazing Race. Traveling the world, experiencing new cultures and traditions, all while competing against others – great show.

A: I have heard great things about The Amazing Race.  So, I change my vote.  The Amazing Race, with a side of Top Chef.  

T: Not jumping off The Amazing Race trip here, but where’s Hell’s Kitchen?  DONKEY!


A: Hee.  I reluctantly admit that I watch that.  I reluctantly admit to watching any reality TV.  I kind of wish the category weren’t even here.  Having said that, at least I don’t see any “Housewives of Some Rich Place I Don’t Care About” shows nominated.  Small favors. 

T: Oh, and thank Heavens for no Jersey Shore!

A: *raises a glass* 

T: Cheers!

Host of a Reality Program or Competition
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Jeff Probst, Survivor

A: I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something about Jeff that I like. 

T: Probst.  The Probster.

A: He’s so pretty. 

T: Our tribe has spoken.


Well, there you have it.  Tune in to FOX September 18th for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards to see who takes home the little statue.


How did your favorite show, actors, and actresses do? If not listed, write it in!  Tell us who you think should win! We’d love to hear from you.

39 Replies to “Tele-Tuesday: The Continuation of The Tamberny Awards”

  1. I’m with Amber… Sofia Vergara for supporting actress in a comedy…chicas have to represent 🙂 She made hips and rumps trendy again! That and she’s hilarious on Modern Family.

    As for reality TV, why isn’t Millionaire Matchmaker listed?? I love Patti!! I got my hubby to watch the premier last night and even he had to admit it was pretty damn entertaining. I just like to watch Patti yell at people (don’t really care about the date segments).

  2. The Best Reality Series should go to Top Shot. Or maybe Ru Paul’s Drag U.

    Wait, what are you looking at? Don’t judge me. I’m married. Sometimes that means seeing things you wouldn’t normally tune in to. It’s a good show.

    Stop judging me! Right now! Stop!

  3. I delightfully read the entire post about all of these shows – only one or two of which I’ve ever seen. (I don’t have cable. *Gasp!*) First of all, you two are entertaining! Second, I like knowing which shows out there are good so I can add them to my queue. Third, even if I haven’t seen the show, I recognize some actors – like Elizabeth McGovern (love her), so I can root for them. Fourth, did I mention that y’all are entertaining? I’m eager to see if the Emmy judges know what’s good for them and agree with your picks!

    1. Thanks, Julie. If you love Elizabeth McGovern, queue up Downton Abbey. It’s amazing. I’m already planning a tea party to rewatch it before the next season airs.

      1. Oh my goodness! Had to come back and tell you how much I loved Downton Abbey. I’ll be rooting heartily for it to receive an Emmy. In addition, I’m rethinking my entire wardrobe and trying to figure out how to bring back delightful hats like they wore. I don’t know how a feathered or veiled hat will work with my flip-flops, but I’ll manage somehow!

  4. I haven’t seen all of these, but as much as I love Hugh Laurie, you know I have to go with Michael C. Hall for Dexter. He’s amazing, IMO. No one could play that character and make us all love him like he does.

    Have to agree with Julliana Margulies, although I think I spelled her name wrong. She’s great in that show. Colbert is hilarious, but I wish Daniel Tosh had gotten a nod. He’s hysterical.

    Hoarders, yes. I love that show, even though I can’t begin to understand those people’s condition. It’s just fascinating and pathetic all at the same time.

    1. Michael C. Hall IS amazing. But, I also have a crush on Hugh. So torn. 🙂

      The few times I’ve watched Hoarders with the hubs, I predict, based on the type of hoarding, what sort of childhood trauma they had. As a result, the hubs has questioned why I don’t have a Psych degree.

    2. Stacy, Michael C. Hall is amazing. The actor nominations were so much stronger than the actress, IMO. Many of the male nominees could take the award. Choosing one was difficult.

      I’m a fellow Tosh fan, but I’m not sure he’s Emmy material. 🙂

      Hoarders – I can’t watch it. I have a bit of OCD and it would make me ill. I’m scared of that program. My heart rate raced just thinking about it. Yikes!

  5. Loved this post – you two are fabulous together! The Probster (love that dimple) gets my vote, every time (but you already knew that, Tiffany). I’m a big fan of Kirsten Wiig – I think she’s just genius comedically.

    Keep these coming!

  6. I haven’t watched a lot of these shows. Just when I think I watch a lot of TV, I get full frontal exposure of Amber and Tiffany’s TV watching. LOL

    I like Ashton Kutcher. He’s one of the few men doing comedy who is actually funny to me. The rest of them are funny when they think they’re being cool.

    The choice between Steve Buscemi and Michael C. Hall has me stymied. I only watched Boardwalk Empire because my husband liked it. It wasn’t hip enough for me. But the more I watched, the more I realized Steve B. was doing a great job of acting. Michael C. Hall in Dexter, though, that’s classic. He’s great. I love the way he creates this big steaming pile for himself to step in.

    Reality: You forgot Intervention and Cheaters. I love those two trainwrecks.

    1. My guy just fell in love with you at the mention of Cheaters, Catie! I’m so embarrassed that most of it is filmed here in the Dallas area.

      I’m looking forward to Ashton on Two and a Half Men. I think he has great comedic talent….Boo, Amber! There – I said it again. (Amber likes it when I get feisty)

      I wish the primetime awards didn’t combine network television with the cable channels because it seems the cable channels sweep when they are nominated. It will be very interesting to see what happens this year. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Uh oh. I’m about to get hit for my Ashton comments, huh? Maybe I haven’t watched the right movies…

      When I was making a regular go of the gym, Cheaters always seemed to be on. I shudder.

  7. Go Hugh!!!! I don’t about an emmy, but his golden globe win in the mid 90s is hilarious. His speech is on Youtube… worth a look. Definitely rooting for Greg Kinnear and/or Barry Pepper. They were AMAZING in the The Kennedy’s. What a great show that was. Go Andre Braugher because you make washing dishes a transforming moment. Ahhhh….

      1. Agree – the best actor AND the best supporting actor nominations blew the actress categories out of the water. I’d bounce from not being able to chose, to not caring at all about the nominations. Thanks for stopping by, Lori!

  8. You two make a great team! I’m rooting for Hugh Laurie, too. I love reality TV, too. Great stuff for writers to study as far as body language, facial expressions, real-life drama, back stabbing, quirky people. Fun stuff!

  9. What a great post 😀

    My winners:
    Lead Actor in Drama: Michael Hall (I secretly have a crush on Dexter)
    Lead Actress in Drama – none, as I haven’t seen any of these shows 😦
    Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Eric Stonestreet – I LOVE Cam.
    Supporting Actor in a Drama: Peter Dinklage – he’s my favorite character on Game of Thrones.
    Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Sofia Vergara – she’s my favorite character, with Cameron, on Modern Family. JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!
    Supporting Actress in a Drama: Kelly McDonald – although I love Christina Hendricks, I think Kelly will win this one.

    All the rest I haven’t seen, but in the Reality shows, Project Runway wins every day. I’m a huge fan. And I’m a fan of the Australian Master Chef. Don’t ask me why >.>

  10. I realize I’m Really Late to the party on this post… but I have to say Bravo and Congratulations. This was the most entertaining thing I’ve read all week. And I have no idea who most of these actors are, or the shows that are nominated (yes, I live under a rock). However the banter was delightful.

    BTW. Got hubs hooked on “So you think you can dance” HA! Please don’t spoil the finale… we still have it queued up on Hulu.

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