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Emmy’s Schmemmy’s!

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more Emmy Award’s! I am absolutely in love with the fantasy of going to the movies, which is why my favorite show of the entire year is the Oscar’s. However, what sustains me throughout our ordinary daily lives is…..television.


The Emmy’s is like a gigantic kick-off to the fall season. However, before we celebrate this past year of entertainment (and look forward to the coming weeks. Yay!), we must acknowledge those who have been here for us, supporting us, for the past 90 days; our friends at Bravo! A great big hat’s off to Bravo for making our summer bearable. While ABC, NBC and CBS have been showing ho-hum, boring reruns, Bravo has had the decency to entertain us with new programming. Housewives after Housewives, Millionaire Matchmaker, Top Chef, reunion shows with cutie pie Andy Cohen (Mazel!) and my all time favorite human being on television; Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out. I love him because he is a total ball buster who happens to have a big heart and exquisite taste.


This year, the Emmy’s were hosted by the fabulous Jane Lynch, otherwise known as both Sue Sylvester on Glee and Charlie Sheen’s therapist on 2 ½ Men. She’s amazing, and while I love, love, love, her, she just wasn’t as funny as Jimmy Fallon last year (whom I also love, love, love and isn’t as funny as Craig Ferguson. Maybe Craig Ferguson should host the Emmy’s!).


We are such total Modern Family maniacs at our house that I refuse to allow anyone to erase the second season we have recorded on our DVR until someone buys me the DVD compilation for Christmas. With all the awesome new TV coming in the next 24 hours, it’s a good thing we have 2 DVR’s. Julie Bowen, Claire on Modern Family is very, very good, but I wonder how she edged out Jane Lynch? I really thought that she and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) would have cancelled each other out. Ty Burrell was fabulous this season as the fumbling Phil Dunphy. Thankfully the Emmy voters got that one right.


Unfortunately, this Emmy show was a complete dud! It was about as boring as the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway and James Franco. The first funny moment happened 45 minutes into the telecast when Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara introduced the nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy. Amy Poehler was a riot! When her name was announced as a nominee, she sauntered up to the stage as if she were the winner. The other nominees; Melissa McCarthy, Martha Plimpton, Eddie Falco (who was rockin a hard body like she was Madonna), Tina Fey and Laura Linney, all followed suit. They held hands on stage like they were contestants in a beauty pageant, just waiting for Miss America to be announced. Melissa McCarthy won for Mike & Molly and she was crowned with a tiara and awarded with a beautiful spray of roses. She’s from Plainfield, you know.


As insane as Charlie Sheen had been when he fell off the deep end in the spring, I was kind of hoping for a little tiger blood fighting warrior, but he must have been on his meds, darn it. He wasn’t humorous in the least as he announced Jim Parsons, from the Big Bang Theory, as Lead Actor in a Comedy. Clearly I am not smart enough to get it; how did he beat both Steve Carell and the amazing Alec Baldwin?


After another 30 interminably boring minutes, was the second amusing moment of the evening; the “epic” musical event starring Andy Samberg and Michael Bolton. Apparently Michael Bolton hadn’t been embarrassed enough with his dismal performance on Dancing with the Stars, because now he agreed to dress up as a singing Captain Jack Sparrow. I must admit, we did get a little chuckle when Ed Helms, John Stamos and Maya Rudolph dressed up as Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and Lady Gaga, singing, “It’s not gay if it’s in a three way,” (the SNL rerun episode aired last night).


Margo Martindale won for Supporting Actress in a Drama in Justified (I’d never even heard of that show). Peter Dinklage was your Supporting Actor Drama for Game of Thrones (clearly too high brow for me). Julianna Margulies (who will always be Nurse Hathaway on ER ) was Best Actress in a Drama for The Good Wife. Since she is married to Mr. Big, I might consider checking that one out. Kyle Chandler was the Best Actor for Friday Night Lights. I haven’t seen the TV show, but the movie was excellent! Apparently, we don’t do dramas.


While they looked amazing, the boys from Entourage were as boring as their final season, though they kicked off the awards for the best in mini series; Supporting Actress, Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall of Harry Potter fame), Supporting Actor, Guy Pearce (?), Lead Actor, Barry Pepper (he was awesome as Roger Maris in *61 and Saving Private Ryan), and of course, Lead Actress, the beautiful Kate Winslet.


The show was so uneventful that it couldn’t end soon enough, but not before awarding Modern Family and Mad Men as tops in Comedy and Drama.


With all that celebrating behind us, we have an entire season of our favorite television to look forward to. Hip, hip, hooray for the idiot box!


 More beloved television shows, more favorite characters, more time laughing together as a family……


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Parenthood: Real vs. Television

As the More is More Mom®, I am all about….more Parenthood! Not the heartwarming, in my own home, make sure the kids did all of their homework and are wearing clean underwear, everyday kind of parenthood, but NBC’s smash hit. Personally, I am considering this the official kick off to fall Network Programming (though the rest of my shows seem to start next week. I’m okay with a little something to wet the appetite. Desperate for it in fact.). Thank Heaven’s for Parenthood’s triumphant return because I am a tad bit tired of a summer full of the Diva’s on Bravo (that includes Jeff from Flipping Out, and I don’t actually care that Bethany’s Getting Married).

The movie Parenthood is one of my all time favorites. I have been a Steve Martin fan since he was a “wild and crazy guy”, long before he became the quintessential family man (Father of the Bride I and II is another family fav!). And who doesn’t love Ron Howard? If he’s not Opie Taylor, then for sure he’s Richie Cunningham from Happy Days. You know I’m a sucker for nostalgia.

I am in love with the new Braverman family. NBC did a great job bringing the story line up to date and with the casting, though Craig T. Nelson will always be Coach to me (again with the nostalgia). It strikes a great balance between reality, humor and wishful thinking. If you’re not going through life’s trials and tribulations, then you must surely know someone that is.

There is something to be said for isolating your child from everyone else in the entire world…otherwise they tend to learn nightmarish and uncomfortable things. In tonight’s episode, Julia’s little one pretty much wants to know if it’s true where she’s heard that baby’s come from (and I am talking she has enough medical information to become an obstetrician). This makes me thankful that when my pals were her age they only wanted to know about Santa and the Tooth Fairy.

However, for me the best part of the episode was when Haddie and Kristina, daughter and mother, got into a virtual scuffle about learning how to drive. Boy does that hit close to home (“hit” is term that I use metaphorically speaking, not car on car damage)!  I have fond memories of frantically depressing the fake brake and holding on to the arm rest for dear life when Nick was lerning how to drive. Ah, the good old days!

Nick has been driving for 2 years and he does a smashing job (no wrecks yet)! This weekend, however, we are having a life altering experience…..my Amanda starts Driver’s Education. I remember when she first learned to walk and talk, and read and write. It seems like only yesterday. Now we find ourselves with a teenager, soon to be Licensed to Drive…her parents crazy.

The best thing is that I know I won’t take this Parenthood journey alone. In addition to family and friends, I’ll have the Braverman’s and they are just as likely to be crazier than we are. Looks like we’re going to be ready for more patience, more learning, more laughs, more love and more good times….

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