Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
- “The Crown” (Netflix)
- “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
- “Westworld” (HBO)
- “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
- “This Is Us” (NBC)
- “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
- “House of Cards” (Netflix)
This is the first season of Westworld, The Crown, This Is Us, Stranger Things and The Handmaid's Tale. I have watched all of these shows but I am a season behind Better Call Saul and House of Cards. To me, the show that had the most impact on my emotionally was The Handmaid's Tale, despite the fact that it is almost impossible to get through an episode of This Is Us without weeping. The most creative of the shows on this list is Stranger Things while The Crown is the guiltiest pleasure. The show I am most looking forward to seeing the next season of is Westworld. What I'm trying to say is that basically every show on this list has a good reason to win.
SHOULD WIN: The Handmaid's Tale.
WILL WIN: This Is Us.
- Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)
- Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” (FX)
- Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
- Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
- Anthony Hopkins, “Westworld” (HBO)
- Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us” (NBC)
- Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
SHOULD WIN: Sterling K. Brown.
WILL WIN: Sterling K. Brown.
- Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
- Keri Russell, “The Americans” (FX)
- Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
- Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
- Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
- Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld” (HBO)
SHOULD WIN: Elisabeth Moss.
WILL WIN: Viola Davis.
The nominees in this category are Atlanta and Master of None, two comedies helmed by two comedians of color, Donald Glover and Aziz Ansari. I have never seen an episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt but I know that Tina Fey is an executive producer and people rave about it. I have seen Veep, Silicon Valley, Black-ish and Modern Family but have not seen all of the latest season of each of these shows. Veep ended the dominance of Modern Family last year and is expected to do so again. I have been watching episodes of Black-ish on flights and have gained grudging respect for the show.
SHOULD WIN: Black-ish.WILL WIN: Veep.
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
- Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)
- Anthony Anderson, “Blackish” (ABC)
- Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
- Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
- William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
- Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets” (FX)
SHOULD WIN: Donald Glover.WILL WIN: Jeffrey Tambor.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
- Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish” (ABC)
- Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)
- Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)
- Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
- Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)
- Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” (FX)
SHOULD WIN: Tracee Ellis Ross.
WILL WIN: Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Outstanding limited series
- “The Night Of” (HBO)
- “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
- “Fargo” (FX)
- “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
- “Genius” (National Geographic)
I quite enjoyed watching The Night Of last fall and Riz Ahmed and John Turturro were riveting. But Big Little Lies was quite compelling and fascinating to watch Oscar-calibre performances from Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley. Fargo's 3rd season was well below the extremely high level set by the first two seasons.
SHOULD WIN: The Night Of.
WILL WIN: Big Little Lies.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Hat/tip to Talking Points Memo
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
NADAL & FEDERER BACK AT #1 AND #2 IN ATP RANKINGS
Look at the calendar. It's 2017, but look at the ATP rankings. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are at the top of the rankings again, although this time it is Nadal at #1 and Federer at #2. Federer was briefly at #2 last year in May 2016 but the two have not been in this particular position since 2009. Nadal and Federer have played the fewest tournaments of any player in the Top 10, but they have the most points, since both have won 2 majors and 2 Masters shields this year. Novak Djokovic is out of the Top 5 for the first time since 2007! 2017 U.S. Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta makes his debut in the Top 10 at #10.
SPANISH PLAYERS LEAD ATP (NADAL) AND WTA (MUGURUZA) RANKINGS
With Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings and Garbine Muguruza the new #1 on the WTA tour (thanks to Karolina Pliskova failing to repeat her U.S. Open final appearance in 2017) Spain has the top players in the world. The last country to do this was the United States, way back in 2003, when Andre Agassi and Serena Williams were #1 simultaneously. Muguruza is the 24th woman to head the WTA rankings since they began in the mid 1970s.
STEPHENS BECOMES SECOND UNSEEDED PLAYER IN 2017 TO WIN MAJOR
Following in the footsteps of Jelena Ostapenko at the 2017 French Open, Sloane Stephens became the second unseeded player to win a major tournament in 2017 when she beat Madison Keys in the U.S. Open final. Stephens will move up to #17 (up from 957 at the beginning of the year) while Keys is at #12. Venus Williams is at #5, while Serena Williams is down to #2.
FELIX JOINS ELITE GROUP OF YOUNG PHENOMS TO REACH TOP 200 BEFORE 18
17-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, who shares a birthday with Roger Federer (19 years later) has made history by wining his second ATP challenger title and rising to #168 in the rankings. Only rafael Nadal, Rihcard Gasquet and JuanMartin del Potro have achieved a similar feat. That's a nice list to be on. Canada now has two teenage phenoms to be proud of, Felix and Denis Shapovalov, who beat Nadal earlier this summer and reaches the 3rd round of the U.S. Open after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN CORI GAUFF REACHES U.S. OPEN GIRLS FINAL AT AGE 13!
In other phenomenal Black youth tennis news, American Cori ('CoCo") Gauff reached the U.S. Open girls final at age 13, where she lost to another American, Amanda Anisimova. The future (of American tennis) is so bright, we gotta wear shades!
Monday, September 11, 2017
Nadal's win means that just like this point last year, Nadal, 31, and Federer, 36, are again 3 major titles apart, but instead of being at 17 and 14 they have both separated themselves from the previous greats of the sport (Pete Sampras at 14) and now they are at 19 and 16 with the very real possibility they will both reach the once-inconceivable number of 20 singles slams each. Who will be the G.OA.T.?
Sunday, September 10, 2017
|RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)  VS. KEVIN ANDERSON (RSA) |
MEN'S FINAL PREVIEW
The men's final will be between World #1 Rafael Nadal and #28 seed Kevin Anderson. The main story of this year's U.S. Open on the men's side is the absence of "the usual contenders" such as defending champion Stan Wawrinka, 2016 U.S. Open finalist Novak Djokovic, World #2 Andy Murray, and 2016 U.S. Open semifinalist Kei Nishikori. Because of this, Nadal has not faced a single Top 15 player on his way to the 2017 U.S. Open final. He even avoided having to face World #3 Roger Federer due to the inspired play of Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinal. On the other half of the draw, Kevin Anderson has reached his first major final after many seeds fell early, leaving #12 Pablo Carreno Busta as the highest seed remaining in the 4th round. Regardless, you can only play against the people that the draw presents you, and so it is very likely that Nadal will win his 16th major title and 3rd U.S. Open today, cementing his hold on the #1 year-end ranking. MadProfessah's prediction: Nadal.