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Excited about Emmy choices

August 5, 2012
By KATHRYN SPIRA , The Leader Herald

Today I'd like to talk about Emmy nominations for comedy series.?I've seen four of the six nominated shows, having missed the HBO series called?"Girls" and "Veep."?

The four shows I have seen that are nominated include "30 Rock,"?"Parks and Recreation," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family."?

I was drawn to "Parks and Recreation" because of Rob Lowe, whom I've liked ever since?"St. Elmo's Fire."

I fell in love with him years ago with that film,?and his stature as an actor was solidified on series like "The West?Wing" and "Brothers and Sisters."?

Actually, I started watching "Parks" before Lowe joined the cast,?enjoying Amy Pohler's style of humor - she is very quick and witty with?great one-liners which she pulls off well.?

Herman got me interested in "Big Bang," a show about a group of geeks?I wouldn't normally have watched, but I have to admit the group?dynamics of the cast, and especially the role of Jim Parsons as Sheldon,?are laugh-out-loud funny, with the "book-smart" characters showing a?lack of any common sense.

I see where Parsons is also nominated as an?individual.?Then there is "30 Rock," with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. I've been?watching Fey for years on Saturday Night Live, where Baldwin also?has made several appearances. Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin has become such a classic that people have even mistaken her for Palin at?times. Palin was good-natured enough to go on SNL with Fey in?character.?

My personal vote for the winning pick would be "Modern Family." I love the whole ensemble of characters, with their individual foibles and?strange interactions. But I have a special liking for Eric Stonestreet's?character, who doesn't miss a beat with perfect comic timing as Cam.?

I've only seen a couple of repeats of the HBO presentation "Curb Your?Enthusiasm," but I can certainly see why it was nominated, with Larry David?playing himself - the same likable idiot who formed the basis of?Seinfeld's popular series.?

While I haven't seen "Veep," I have enjoyed Julia Louis-Dreyfus as?Elaine on Seinfeld (which part I once read for in my previous life as?an aspiring actress), and I also have enjoyed her on her other series,?"The New Adventures of Old Christine," where she works perfectly?opposite the comedian Wanda Sykes, a personal favorite as a comedian.?

In future columns, I'll tackle some of the other categories leading up?to the September announcements of Emmy winners.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Her previous columns and contact information can be foud at her website,



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