Due to unexpected circumstances, we could not tape our special Post Emmys Vlog this year. So this is Liron, writing down our Emmy thoughts on behalf of both of us. There was much that made us happy (I think you can guess at least a couple of those moments!), and a few things we could have done without. So, without further ado, let’s start talking Emmys!


  • The absolute highlight of the evening, for many of us, I’m sure, was the long-overdue win (yes, I know it’s only been a couple of years, but if you have seen her in action, you know I’m right) of the incomparable, the revelatory, Tatiana Maslany for best actress in a drama series for the multiple characters she fabulously plays on “Orphan Black.” I think we had all been so frustrated with the industry largely ignoring her that none of us truly expected it to happen. And it seemed like Tatiana was the one who expected it the least! (bringing her phone onstage, so she could read the few notes she had probably typed up in the car, on her way to the ceremony.) Well deserved, and probably the most exciting award of the night.
  • Almost just as exciting, and my favorite speech of the night, for sure, was Sarah Paulson‘s win for best actress in a limited series for her outstanding portrayal of Marcia Clark in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” or as Mimi thinks it should have been called, “In Defense of Marcia Clark.” Paulson not only won “best date” of the night by bringing the actual Marcia Clark along with her, but she also used her stage (literally) to apologize to Clark on behalf of… well, the whole country, really, for the abominable way in which she was treated while prosecuting the case. Ending with “Holland Taylor, I love you” was just the cherry on top. (And following Holland Taylor on Twitter during the Emmys was no less exciting. They win favorite couple on the planet for me at this very moment).
  • There aren’t too many women directors out there, and the Best Director categories are not usually overflowing with female nominees. Which is why it was extra fantastic when two women picked up the award for Best Director in the drama and limited series categories. Jill Soloway, who has created the gem that is “Transparent” (Which is coming back this Friday!) gave a fabulous speech and ended it with a call to “Topple the patriarchy!” and director Susanne Bier picked up the only award for the excellent miniseries “The Night Manager,” which otherwise couldn’t compete with the favorite (and equally excellent) O.J. drama.
  • Speaking of O.J., we were pleased to see Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance win for their excellent portrayals of Chris Darden and Johnnie Cochran respectively.
  • Jeffrey Tambor won again for his beautifully layered performance of Maura in “Transparent” and made me cheer when he shushed the orchestra (in Hebrew, no less!) so he could plead with Hollywood to tell more trans stories and to cast trans actors to play them.
  • We were saddened his wonderful costar Judith Light did not win best supporting actress in a comedy for her role as Shelly, but if she had to lose to someone, then how fabulous that it was Kate McKinnon, who is the best thing on SNL right now (and is hilarious and charming in anything she does, from her brilliant parody of “Carol,” which remains the funniest video of the year in my book, to her hysterical role in “Ghostbusters”). The more Kate McKinnon, the merrier.
  • Leslie Jones came onstage to painfully poke fun at her Twitter ordeal. We feel ya, Leslie. I wish a stronger anti-bullying statement could have been made there.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won way too many times, in my opinion (though I am sure they were all very well deserved wins because Julia can do no wrong, as far as I’m concerned, but I would like to give other actors a chance, too. Our choice was Lily Tomlin). But Julia never wastes her time on the Emmy stage, and she didn’t this year, either, taking the blame for encouraging the country to consider an entirely incompetent and unfit person for the presidency, saying that her show now feels more like a sobering documentary, rather than a comedy. She also brought me to tears talking about the recent loss of her father. We love you, Julia!
  • The people who work hard behind the scenes and are relegated to the creative Emmy Awards (which are largely ignored) were given an acknowledgement, which was quite nice.
  • Jeb Bush! You go, for having a sense of humor! Albeit a very sad joke.
  • Diversity! The film industry and the Oscars have a lot to learn from television. Not only was diversity apparent from the list of winners, but in order to nominate people of all walks of life, you have to also give them roles. The Emmys just highlighted the strides we have made in representation on the small screen.
  • From what we saw on the red carpet (and admittedly, we did not watch all the coverage), the #AskHerMore movement has had an impact. The questions were much improved, talking about the actresses’ work and its social impact and just briefly asking them to state who designed their dresses.
  • To which, Amy Schumer replied, (blah blah blah) “and an OB Tampon.” Mic drop.


  • My WTF moment of the night was when Keegan-Michael Key presented the award for best actress in a comedy, introducing the nominees as “they’re all sexy.” And what does that have to do with the reason they’re being honored here tonight, mate? What the hell? That was not only bewildering, but downright sexist.
  • Jimmy Kimmel, whom I quite like, by the way, did a pretty solid, harmless, relatively funny job hosting. But his low point was definitely giving out the PB & J sandwiches, which just seemed like a lame attempt at recreating Ellen’s magical pizza stint.
  • And then when you give out sandwiches, please don’t go out of your way to insult people with actual food allergies by calling them “annoying.” Sarcastically joking about the greedy bastards who hiked the EpiPen price? That’s excellent commentary. But it’s hard enough for people with special diets to get people to treat us seriously (and gluten seems to have become the butt of every joke these days), we don’t need your “help.” And by acknowledging that people with allergies need medicine to prevent them from dying  when they come in contact with a certain food (or at the very least, they could get very ill), you are admitting that the gluten joke you’ve just made was not only lazy, but irresponsible. Apparently, this is not the first time Kimmel has made gluten his target. I would think he sould have gotten smarter by now.
  • The drawn-out rivalry between Kimmel and Matt Damon never quite ceases to entertain me. That being said, making a joke about Kimmel’s mother’s apples was maybe not the funniest choice (cringe!).
  • As much as I love Regina King in anything she ever does, her performances in “American Crime” were her least exciting. Olivia Colman, however, rocked my world as the extremely pregnant badass intelligence operative in “The Night Manager.” She should have won.
  • Maggie Smith, I worship you, but Jimmy was right, you should not have won. I was rooting for Maura Tierney, who had a brilliant year on “The Affair” and was the best thing about it (and you’ll notice hers was the only nomination the show received).
  • Yes, my wife has become a “Game of Thrones” follower and she gets it now. She gets why they win so many awards (and I trust her). But seriously, enough. It is time to let other shows, which are no less fantabulous, I promise you, win. “The Americans” is one of the best shows ever in the history of television and it has been so outrageously overlooked. This should have been its year.
  • As Kimmel pointed out, was there a shortage of actresses over 50 who could have played Louie Anderson‘s role?
  • Now, I had to dig up the meaning of the “hottest woman who rocks my chain” comment after it had been referenced four times last night, and I found out it was a line from a Jay Z song (“Public Service Announcement”) that actually goes “Got the hottest chick in the game wearin’ my chain.” Is he talking about bling? Or per chance, is it a metaphorical way to claim his wife as his possession? I don’t know. I can hardly imagine Beyonce letting him talk about her that way. But the lyrics do seem to follow the general hip hop formula, and we know that hip hop is known for its problem of sexism, misogyny and violence against women. So I was not keen on all the guys onstage competing on whose wife is the hottest rocking their chain. The exception was “Sherlock” writer, Steven Moffat, who actually thanked his wife for her real contribution to his life and career–she produces his show! That’s the way to thank your significant other!
  • Larry David, do we really believe you have so many hot babes falling at your feet that you need to feign interest in what they say so you can take them to bed? I predict you’ll get even less action now, after this offensive (and actually, quite bizarre) speech you gave.
  • Finally, several presenters and winners took the opportunity to talk about the political climate in this country at this very crucial time. And they have every right to do so, even more than usual, seeing that the lines between entertainment and politics are getting more blurred by the second. But I felt that Aziz Ansari‘s chosen “satire” was more off-putting than effective. Plus, at that point, producer Mark Burnett‘s primarily unnecessary comment about Hillary thanking Kimmel for the 5 minute free publicity for Drumpf became kinda relevant.

What did you think about the 68th Emmy Awards? Let us know!



Last Week’s Poll Results: Your Emmy winner choice for best supporting actress in a drama series is Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey.



Five years ago, a new show premiered with the images we had all come to know and cringe at the sight of: the politician who has just been caught with his pants around his ankles (or with his penis in a twitpic) standing behind a podium, apologizing profusely and promising to be a better man. Usually during those press conferences, I can barely focus on what the schmuck has to say because I can’t take my eyes off the woman standing beside him.

What must be going through her head, I wonder, as she stares blankly at midair, probably just hoping the ground would open up and devour her. Why does she stand beside him? Why do they all stand beside their men?

Obviously I wasn’t the only one asking those questions. Robert and Michelle King were wondering the same things, too. And how brilliant of them to realize that these questions were an excellent premise for a television show.

Five years ago, when “The Good Wife” premiered on CBS, the biggest case of a real life Alicia Florrick in American politics had been Hillary Clinton (and now that Monica Lewinsky is making a comeback, we’ve come full circle).

Since then, Alicia Florrick has gone on to become a powerful lawyer who is living separately from her husband, now the governor of Illinois. She has her own firm and she is running for State’s Attorney. Hillary went on to become Secretary of State.

So CBS gave “The Good Wife” a running mate, “Madam Secretary,” which began its first season this fall in the time slot right before “Good Wife.” Together they perfectly represent how television reflects the evolution of women and their political power in our society: from the little wife who stood by her husband, humiliated but supportive, silencing her own voice for his benefit, to one of the most powerful positions in the world.

This brings to mind a show that I’ve mourned gravely. “Commander in Chief” had premiered just four years before “Good Wife,” but it didn’t last more than one season. The show starred Geena Davis as the president of the United States of America. Of course, she wasn’t elected, but rather she inherited the job after the President died. But that still meant that we were already good enough for Number 2 on the ticket.

First female president Mackenzie Allen had everything and everyone stacked against her, but she was the best possible president. She was firm but sensitive; compassionate but smart. She always found the right way to balance realism with altruism, and she didn’t even nuke neighboring countries every time she got her period.

Which is why, I guess, the show just had to go off the air.

But oh how far we’ve come. The woman who was the inspiration for two shows about powerful women is now possibly going to star in the lead role in her real life “Commander in Chief” spin-off (and you can tell that to my “Ready for Hillary” bumper sticker!).

“The Good Wife” has been one of the best shows on television since the first day it aired. It is intelligent, eloquent and funny, and even in its sixth season it still manages to throw us off with shocking, unpredictable turns. It is filled with interesting, complex and powerful women, from the lead character played flawlessly by Julianna Margulies, to Diane Lockhart (the fabulous Christine Baranski), Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi in the role of her life) and young Grace Florrick.

Women aren’t just an integral part of the show; they are the show. The myriad female roles on every single episode—as attorneys, judges, clients, love interests, mothers, daughters, and colleagues—has given some fine actresses great roles to chew on (Carrie Preston as kooky genius lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni; Mary Beth Peil as smothering yet hilariously clever Mama Florrick; Anika Noni Rose as Wendy Scott-Carr, the infuriating nemesis to Peter Florrick; and Mamie Gummer as the snake-in-the-grass lawyer who uses her deceiving “dumb blonde” act to win cases, are just a few favorites in a long list of fabulous roles for women).

“Madam Secretary” stars Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord. As Former CIA, Secretary McCord knows everything that guys don’t ever think women know (think Carrie in “Homeland”), but her femininity brings intelligence and collegiality to the job, though she has repeatedly shown that when her male colleagues refuse to play along, she will go off on her own and do what it takes to get the job done.

She has staff whose respect she works hard to earn. Her chief-of-staff is Nadine, played by Bebe Neuwirth, and her press secretary is Daisy, played by Patina Miller. Together, they work, negotiate and run one of the most powerful offices in the world, whether or not their cycles have already synced.

What is the most refreshing is seeing Secretary McCord’s supportive husband Henry (played by Tim Daly). The show, which could have easily fallen into the old trappings of the successful woman who is great at her job but sucks in “real life,” simply refuses to go there. Henry loves and supports his wife and does not let her feel guilty about spending more time at work than at home.

McCord is also raising three children, two girls and a boy. The older girl is struggling with questions about her own independence and place in the world, but all children are supportive of their mother and so far seem to be happy, well-adjusted children.

So now it’s time to take the next step! “State of Affairs” is the new show coming to NBC this November. And if I manage to ignore my dislike for Katherine Heigl, I am no doubt going to love seeing Alfre Woodard rule the world as the first Black female president.

All these women, by the way, are mature women over the age of 40, and they are all in the prime of their lives. They have the experience and the confidence that television has wisely been celebrating more and more these days.

So now, what is missing to complete this picture-perfect televisual idea of real equality? A comedy that mocks these kinds of wonferful depictions. Because you have never truly arrived until you can make fun of yourself, right?

And who better to do the job than Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who stars as Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO’s “Veep.” If all these powerful network chicks were inspired by Hillary Clinton, this one seems to be inspired by Sarah Palin. She is clueless and messy and can’t wait for the president to drop dead so that she can take over. The show basically continues the “Seinfeld” alum’s best-known topic, nothing, but this time because it appears that nothing is the only thing a Vice President does and does well.

Nevertheless, the show does depict some of the uglier aspects of a female politician’s daily struggles. In the first two episodes (which are, admittedly, the only ones I’ve watched) there were already references to several incidents of sexual harassment she had had to endure in her political career.

Which brings us back to why we celebrate this Election Day. Women still make up only about 20% of politicians. That means that half of the population gets less than half of its representation. And even these brave women still have to endure sexism, sexual harassment and men who think they should be making their coffee instead of making legislation.

So we do need more women to run, but we also need more women to vote. Let these women inspire you and go out there and vote for someone who will promote your health, wellbeing, freedom, equality and dignity.


Pet Peeve of the Week:

Why do people in television think women with curls cannot be taken seriously? This dawned on me a while ago, when I realized all of the reporters on the news had their hair straightened. Julianna Margulies has to wear a wig to portray Alicia Florrick because her hair is naturally curly. Julia Louis-Dreyfus wears one on “Veep.” Why exactly?

What a joy it is to see Bebe Neuwirth, who has straightened her hair for less important guest appearances on television before, wear her curls proudly around the office of the Secretary of State.

The Show that Didn’t Make it in:

“House of Cards” started off its first season with great promise. Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood was even more interesting than Kevin Spacey’s lead character. However, with its second season, the show brought a special kind of cruelty to both characters that I found to be a great turn off.

The show needs to find a balance between power hunger and tarantula venom. Frank cannot just go around killing whomever is in his way and Claire cannot just go around threatening unborn babies. They lose credibility and we lose respect for them and the show.

Therefore, even though Claire is a very powerful woman in politics; even though her relationship with Frank is based on a political game plan of two calculated equals in pursuit of power; and even though Robin Wright does a fantastic job as this enigmatic creature, I did not include the show in my discussion.

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