Neil Patrick Harris, “Mad Men”, “30 Rock” big hits at this years Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

The 61th Emmy Awards hosted by Neil Patrick Harris proved to be the best broadcast in recent years. Harris, who also hosted this years Tonys, seemed to bring new life to the usually boring awards show. The producers cleverly tried a new format and grouped the awards into genres this time out. There was also a taped look back at the year, broken into the genre segments reality, comedy, drama, variety and movies and mini series. The band, who are usually invisible in a pit underneath the stage,  was live onstage and in an welcomed twist, the directing team was on stage behind a see through booth, allowing them to be a part of the show as well.

Once again Harris was the perfect choice of host as the kidded Jon Cryer who beat him out for best supporting actor on a comedy for Two And A Half Men. As Jon was backstage in the press room, Neil interrupted him, asking him what it felt like to win and what was going on in his mind as he went on stage to accept his Emmy. “All I kept thinking was screw you Neil Patrick Harris!”, Cryer shot back.

Harris performed a great opening number, worked in sing along blog with Castle’s Nathan Fillion. The show ran so smoothly, that is only ran 4 minutes long.

30 Rock and Mad Men repeated as winners this year having also won last year for Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series, respectively. Jon Cryer of Two And A Half Men and Kristen Chenowith of Pushing Daisies won for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock and Toni Colette of The United States Of Tara won for Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.

Michael Emerson of Lost and Cherry Jones of 24 won for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series while Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Glenn Close of Damages won for Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Series. For a complete list of winners visit: EMMY Winners.

Weather Girl Movie Review: Nothing But Blue Skies For Weather Girl

Weather GirlCast: Sylvia Miller (Tricia O’Kelley), Byron ( Patrick J. Adams), Walt (Ryan Devlin), Sherry ( Kaitlin Olson),  Dale Waters ( Mark Harmon), Emily ( Alex Kapp Horner), Jane ( Marin Hinkle), Charles ( Jon Cryer), J.D. (Jane Lynch)  Enrico Colantoni (George) Blair Underwood (Uncredited) Director: Blayne Weaver Producer: Steak House

93 MIN Rated: R

Cliff Notes Summary: Frustrated weather girl for a Seattle morning talk show, commits career suicide by having an emotional on-air outburst during which she confronts her co-anchor boyfriend, accusing him of having an affair with their other co-anchor on the show. Her plan backfires and all in an instant, she’s without of a job, without a boyfriend, without a clear path to her future and without a place to live. As she finds herself, having to start all over again, she finds inspiration, happiness and love in the last place she ever thought she would find it.

There’s been so much talk lately about the older woman/younger man romance dubbed “cougar relationship” in the media. There are reality shows, numerous television series in the works and even daytime television is telling the story as  All My Children’s Erica Kane is set to have a romance with a younger man this summer.  In the mist of all the often, unflattering talk and negative connotation that surrounds this kind of  love story, Weather Girl, a movie about the unexpected relationship between older Sylvia and younger Byron,  is a breath of fresh air. This is not a “cougar” story and thank heavens for that.

The movie starts out  just as you’d expect though. Sylvia, a “sassy” weather girl, who after an on-air meltdown in which she confronts her anchor boyfriend, Dale, about his affair with their on-air co-anchor,  finds herself humiliated,  homeless and unemployed.

With no where else to go, she turns up on the door step of her younger brother, Wade. He quickly gives her a life lesson in how the real world works.  As she realizes that she may never have a career again in broadcast journalism, Wade tells her to look for something to pay the bills. “I have a degree too. We don’t always get to do what we want to do”, he says.    “Grow up”!  Sylvia goes through many struggles;  job hunting, learning to live with a roommate, embarrassing talks with her friends who have it all (money,marriages,  real estate, careers, children, etc)  and aren’t shy about letting Sylvia know that she, herself  is the main reason for the predicament she is in.

The movie, thankfully finds it’s spark, once Sylvia steps into the world of Wade. She meets the wonderful Byron, Wade’s best friend and next door neighbor.  Byron becomes her no-strings-attached rebound guy who she sees in secret. As they agree to not fall in love, Bryon falls head over heels. His observation of her is fantastic as he brings her coffee. “You look like a vanilla latte type”, he tells her and he also dubs her as a “work in progress”  after she returns defeated from a series of humiliating job interviews.  Sylvia, determined to get her old live back, overlooks the obvious signs of Bryon’s love and contemplates returning to Dale and to life in front of the cameras. All of this makes Weather Girl a wonderful ride to the predictable yet satisfying “happily ever after” ending.

The relationship between the three leads has a smart, funny, “Friends-like” vibe as Wade and Bryon are Chandler and Joey to Sylvia’s Monica. The romance of Sylvia and Byron is refreshing. Bryon gets the courage to ask her out by saying, “I’m a pretty good rebound guy” and “you’re kind of sexy in a foreign film kind of way with the angles and the attitude”.

The only slight disappointment of the movie is that it didn’t give us a little more insight into Bryon. What did his apartment look like? Would his family have even liked Sylvia? Could he cook? Did he like The Seahawks or The Sonics, etc? It would have been nice to find out.

The strong supporting cast of familiar faces, both on the small screen and in the movies, makes the film worth seeing as well, especially scene stealer Jon Cryer as the blind date from hell with a fast track.

In theaters July 10th.

New Movies: Weather Girl Opening July 10th

In a look at new movies, there are surely some that might get overlooked in all of the advertising and marketing of the big summer blockers. Here is one to see:

Weather Girl Starring Tricia O’Kelley, Mark Harmon, Patrick J Adams, Ryan Devlin, Jon Cryer opening July 10th.