Sunday, June 14, 2009

TV on the Internet, Episode 11: The Top Ten Dramatic Performances of the Decade (Male and Female)

After yet another short hiatus (we won't have one for another three weeks this time!), we're back with our countdown of the top ten dramatic performances of the decade, both male and female. Also, we've got some headlines and an extended discussion of the David Letterman/Sarah Palin feud. Thanks for all your comments and criticism. They're helping us make the show better. If you like us, please review us on iTunes. We WILL take out the Official Lost Podcast! We WILL!

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TV on the Internet, Episode 10: The Top Ten Dramatic Performances of the Decade (Male and Female)

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Time codes follow. There are MAJOR SPOILERS for a variety of shows, so you may want to skip over a segment if you haven't watched the shows discussed therein.


00:00.00-00:02.00: Introductions and music from Matt & Kim
00:02.01-00:14.00: The week's headlines.
00:14.01-01:11.43: Libby and Todd count down their top ten dramatic TV performances of the decade (male and female). (Includes spoilers for a whole host of shows, but all of which have aired at least over two weeks ago.)
01:11.44-01:15.44: The wrap-up, where to find us on the Internet, what to expect in the week to come (including a special podcast) and more from Matt and Kim.

Headline Links:

Emmy Champ Futurama Has TV Future! Bender Will Drink to That! (Los Angeles Times)
Palin: Letterman Owes Apology to All "Young Women" (USA Today)
Are Viewers Ditching Conan O'Brien for David Letterman? (New York Daily News)
Bob Hope's Spirit but No Cheesecake (New York Times)
My Name Is Earl Definitely Dead (Den of Geek)

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Clips are from Futurama (episode: "The Cryonic Woman," script by J. Stewart Burns), Rescue Me (episode: "Iceman," script by Denis Leary and Evan Reilly), Mad Men (episode: "The Mountain King," script by Matthew Weiner and Robin Veith), The Shield (episode: "Chasing Ghosts," script by Shawn Ryan and Adam Fierro), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (episode: "Once More With Feeling," script by Joss Whedon), Deadwood (episode: "No Other Sons or Daughters," script by George Putnam) and Battlestar Galactica (episode: "Dirty Hands," script by Anne Cofell Saunders and Jane Espenson).


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Carrie said...

I applaud your choice of Ian McShane for #1 performance. The fact that he was a "just missed" on the Variety poll was ridiculous. I also love the choices of Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler (best TV couple ever), Jennifer Garner and Kristen Bell. Libby, KB really was remarkable on that show, especially seasons one and two.

I am very psyched for the Everwood podcast. FYI, I just ordered seasons one and two on Amazon for only $38 TOTAL. That's cheap. Whee!

Jason Mittell said...

I enjoyed your rankings, and agree with many. I do think that character/supporting actors got short shrift - for instance, Victor Garber on Alias was the real glue for me, and while McDonnell was brilliant, Katee Sackhoff was somewhat more impressive with less to work with (plus she had that charismatic spark that pops off the screen, which needs to be acknowledged). Another key pair of supporting players were Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker on Angel - especially Denisof, whose Wesley is one of the most radical and completely believable transformations I've ever seen.

Another omission I'm curious about is Lauren Graham on Gilmore Girls - she made the toughest dialogue sing, and really threaded the needle of cutesy and honesty.

Todd said...

We talked about Denisof and Garber, but the male category is pretty stacked, and we wanted to play by Variety's rules.

In addition, playing by Variety's rules, Lauren Graham is on a comedy, so she will almost certainly pop up when we do our comedic list later this summer.

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