Emmy nominations: Lisa de Moraes on the TV Column

Jul 14, 2011

Lisa will be online Thursday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m. for a special edition of her weekly chat in honor of the Emmy nomination announcements. Ask now.

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Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes is ready to chat about all the drama, comedy and heartbreak of the world of television -- both onscreen and behind-the-scenes!

Pookie: I realize it has been a very long day for you so far, but do you think Jon Hamm will finally get his long overdue Emmy? Also with so many best supporting actors in a comedy nominations for Modern Family, will they all tend to knock each other out?

Hi. Yes,  I have been up since 3 a.m., so this could be a fun chat -- now about Jon Hamm, he's got 3 noms and 0 wins for "Mad Men" and 2 noms and 0  wins for guest starring on "30 Rock" from which we can maybe conclude TV academy members don't think he's a winner? On the bright side, the perennial winner in the best drama series actor race, Bryan Cranston, is out of the picture because AMC ran no original episodes of "Breaking Bad" during the eligibility period, so if Hamm's going to win, this is his year. That said, Steve Buscemi is up this year for the first time on his "Boardwalk Empire" performance, and Timothy Olyphant is in the race, for "Justified"  for the first time, so Hamm's not a slam dunk....

Is it me, or doesn't "House" creep anyone out? I admit I have seen only three episodes, but all three episodes were the same: the doctors misdiagnose a patient, the patient gets sicker, and right before the patient dies, the doctors figure out what the right diagnose is. Wouldn't better doctors be ones that get the diagnose right in the first place?

But, pookie, where would the drama be?....Yes, they could have a tank slam into the hospital, or a helicopter crash into the ER, or a train jump its tracks and punch a hole through the lobby -- but "ER" already did that...  and "Grey's Anatomy" has the lock on doctors shagging doctors storyline..So I think poor "House" is stuck misdiagnosing patients until they're getting green around the gills and then --eureka! -- figuring out what they've REALLY got right before the last ad break...

Lisa - Curious if they give Emmy's to casting directors - b/c whoever assembled the actors for Game of Thrones deserves some major accolades.

Bingo! You guessed right. It's up for best casting in a drama series as well as:

best costume

best directing

best visual effects

best hairstyle -- really?

best makeup

best prosthetic makeup

best supporting actor

best drama series

best sound editing

best stunt coordination

best main title design

and

best writing for a drama series

What constitutes a series? Game of Thrones was nominated for best drama series (hooray!!!), but had only 10 episodes. Say HBO decided not to renew, but Emmy voters loved it. Would it still be series or miniseries? And Peter Dinklage is amazing. Also, finally Cat Deely.

I love your segue from "Game of Thrones" to Cat Deeley! Anyway, there's a question in there somewhere. Oh yeah. My answer: it would still be a series, because it's too late for them to change the category it's in...

Any idea why Grace Park of Hawaii 5-0 was left out of the Emmy nominations? Her acting in that string bikini was better than anyone since Charlie's Angels.

It's a crime and a sin, I way. Nobody, but nobody does bikini better. Seriously.

Two actors were nominated for supporting roles in the miniseries "The Kennedys". What network showed the series and is there an opportunity for the rest of us to watch it? Do you think the performances were Emmy worthy?

I think two were nominated for best lead actor--Greg  Kinnear and Barry Pepper -- for playing JFK and RFK, respectively. The brilliant Tom Wilkinson was nominated for best supporting actor for playing Kennedy family patriarch, Joe Kennedy.  And yes, on all three counts...

I have to say, it restored a little bit of my faith in Emmy voters. Just a little.

Yes, it finally got its first best drama series nomination, though Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton really paved the way when they snagged best acting noms last year...

Well the "Glee" guy said the three lead student characters won't be back. What do you think is more likely: 1) spin-off focusing on "Glee: The College Years," 2) "Glee" gets cancelled shortly into its fourth season after the original kids leave, or 3) The walkback of all walkbacks and the kids come back for more after next season?

I think Leah Michele and Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer have brilliant theater careers ahead of them, based on the huge number of people who are now familiar with them, thanks to their exposure on this show. Yes, Leah Michele was a star on Bway before doing this show, but Broadway is run on the tourist trade these days, so her having done time on this show is a big boost to her career...and, of course, they can do films. And yes, someone might cast them on another series. NBC has a musical series coming up in January and if that does well, you'll probably see more musical series over the next several seasons...

Okay, so I notice that 3 of the 6 nominees are on NBC, with 1 each from FOX, CBS and ABC. And the 3 NBC shows are all from NBC's Thursday night comedy bloc. Notwithstanding that the ABC show is going to win, I can only come up with 2 possible explanations the overrepresentation of NBC in this category: a) another example of critically-acclaimed, poorly-rated TV content; or b) some kind of 80's nostalgia for NBC's history of Thursday night comedy programming. I'm going with b).

Wrong! The answer is A.....though "The Office" is a true demographic hit, though not a "broadcast" one...

Really?

Yes really -- 10 nominations. More nominations than copped by the entire History channel, which dropped it like a hot potato after its parent company saw the final product and its feet turned to ice....

Pookie, you look fabulous today. Can you tell me why it's so hard to find your column? There are links to your blog, but no links to your column on the Entertainment dropdown menu or the TV page.

I will ALWAYS take a question that starts with someone telling me I look fabulous when I've only had 3 hours sleep and literally rolled out of bed and into my car to drive to North Hollywood -- porn capital of America -- for the Emmy nominations unveiling. Anyway,did you have a question? Oh yeah. Well, my answer is "I don't know." But maybe someone who does at the Post will read this chat transcript....

Lisa, Love your columns.. I need a few things explained to me... First, How does Jon Cryer get nominated for best supporting actor on a show that's called Two and a Half Men, when he is 'one of the two'' Aren't He and Sheen both considered lead actors?? Obviously not, so why?? Second, and I guess it's tied onto the first, how does a show with many characters, ie Modern Family, get distinguished with it's actors as lead or supporting... Third, I love Mike & Molly, it only gets one nomination, lead actress.. I thought Swoozie Kurtz was deserving... Your thoughts...

The actors and their producers, agents, managers, personal trainers, astrologers, network, publicist, sit down and decide whether they think they should submit as lead or supporting....it's usually considered easier for someone who could be a lead to win in 'supporting' ...and, in the case of shows like "Modern Family," they got together and collectively decided they would all submit themselves as supporting, to promote team spirit or something like that. Anyway, is everybody here as happy as I am that Ed O'Neill got nominated this year after the TV academy so pointedly nominated the entire adult cast of "Modern Family" last year EXCEPT O'Neill?

Who in the world nominates these TV shows and actors/actresses. To be honest I have only watched about three of the shows nominated - one of them being House. Those shows that are suppose to be funny are not and those that acre considered drama - well.

Wait, if you've only see three shows among all of this year's nominees and one of them is "House" which is not a comedy contender, that leaves you only having seen two comedies at best, so how do you know that none of the six best-comedy nominees are funny?

I started to watch Mad Men because I thought it would be interesting. After a season, I started to become alarmed at what is considered good quality TV. There is not one character of redeeming character on this show. Do the actors and actresses feel any guilt about how they are negatively influencing society? 24 is another negative show, however, at least Keiffer Sutherland's character has some conscious and feeling that the audience can relate to. The characters in Mad Men are robots.

"Do the actors and actresses feel any guilt about how they are negatively influencing society?"

Good news Pookie -- only about 3 million people watch "Mad Men" on AMC . There are more than 300 million people in this country, give or take a few mil.  So, the republic is safe for now...

This show is great only because of Keiffer Sutherland's character, Jack, who is the epitome of a hero. Any possibilities for 24 or Keiffer winning?

Have I time traveled? You know it was canceled, right? And it's not eligible this season? And was not nominated? I'm sorry to break it to you, but this is 2011....

Thiis category is going to be a tough one! -Christine Baranski, The Good Wife -Michelle Forbes, The Killing -Christina Hendricks, Mad Men -Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire -Margo Martindale, Justified -Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife How to decide between Margo and Michelle, let alone the other ones?

It is one of the tougher categories to call, but I'm going with Kelly Macdonald, just cause I love her body of work...

As you have correctly pointed out, Emmy loves to reward people she's already rewarded. So who is likeliest to break that trend? I think that, since she also likes to reward people going off the air, this may be the year that "Friday Night Lights" gets some love in either the series or acting categories. Also, the "Modern Family" juggernaut may be seriously split in the supporting-comedy categories, where every adult cast member got a nom, so maybe Betty White or Jon Cryer can sneak in. Am I right or am I missing someone?

All America's Steve Carell fans ares hoping you're right, though I'm hoping the academy sticks with its guns and decides again he's nominatable but not win-able... this is Carell's last chance to win an Emmy for his "The Office" performance. Stay Strong, Academy Voters!!

Are you taking any credit for Kyra's snub? I think your comment in last week's TV Chat equating "The Closer" to "Murder She Wrote" may have been timed to influence voting by the Academy (or whomever does the voting....) by pointing out the derivative nature of her show. Although, given Angela Lansbury's Emmy success (18!!! awards -- who knew?), I guess it's just as likely that you were secretly trying to boost Mrs. Bacon's chances for a win with your pithy comparison. So, I guess that makes the question: Kyra Sedgwick snub -- surprised, angry, happy or neutral?

yes, calling it The New "Murder She Wrote" is hardly a snub with the TV academy, and, while I like to take credit for most everything, I do feel compelled to note that voting had maybe ended by the time of last week's chat....

Even though they should just call this category "The Modern Family Consolation Prize", what do you think the chances are that the 4 nominees from MF will split the vote and then either the rodent-faced kid from Glee (who really should star in a live-actor version of "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH") or at-least-he's-not-Charlie-Sheen end up taking home this award?

I assume you're talking about the adorable and extremely talented Chris Colfer who bears no resemblance to a rat -- and you're talking to someone who knows rats from soup to nuts! Anyway, yes, the four actors from "Modern Family" could wind up splitting that vote and I'll think better of them if they do because they had to know that might happen. Anyway, I'm hoping Ed O'Neill wins because he got snubbed last year, because he never won an Emmy during all his years on "Married...with Children" and because he's one of those people who suffers from being so good at what he does he makes it look easy, and therefore gets no trophy love...

It seems to me that a lot of shows fall through the cracks between comedy & drama. Desperate Housewives, of course, and a lot of the summer shows--White Collar, Leverage, Drop Dead Diva, etc, which are lighthearted dramas. Should there be a Dramedy category?

Yes because I for one am tired of dramas masquerading as comedies stealing trophies away from genuinely funny actors and shows.... I think when Edie Falco complains, as she picks up last year's Emmy for best comedy series lead actress that she is NOT funny, the academy should take her at her word and not nominate her again. Sadly, they do not listen to me and did nominate her again...

So, is Mariska Haggerty really that exceptional of an actress that she has earned an automatic nomination? I just don't see what's so special about her.

Mariska Hargitay is our Greatest Living Scenery Chewer....

Two of the most overlooked nominations according to the posters on the Entertainmnt Weekly websites were John Noble for Best Supporting Actor for Fringe and Sean Bean for Best Actor for Game of Thrones. Coincidentally they played father (Denethor) and son (Boromir) in The Lord of the Rings, even though they were not in the same movies.

Well, that's an interesting factoid...

I don't know how much love there is for animated programming out there, but I'm thrilled that the show was actually nominated for Outstanding Animated Program. It's the first nomination since it was reborn on Comedy Central last year.

that too... thanks for noting...

We're going to try to push through polls on the glam categories.. hopefully, here is the first category...

When are they going to end the idiocy of the same actor/actress winning for the same part year after year. Once is enough! The same for a show winning again & again! Add me to those who can't find your column online. The Post's website is impossible to navigate.

A million years ago, actresses like Candace Bergen finally withdrew from the competition to give another actor a chance.. But, until actors stop using Emmy wins to negotiate their salaries and producers stop using it to negotiate license fees, I don't think it's going to happen on any grand scale... sorry to disappoint..

Oh, yeah! In a big way!

"I didn't need "House" to get me creeped out by the medical world," said the TV Columnist who has a doctor appointment as soon as this chat wraps....they already scared me to death long before this show debuted...

to play the role of Elphaba in the movie version of Wicked? love you pookie -- hope you get some zzzzs soon. xoxoxoxo

absolutely she should.....thanks for noting....

How does Treme not get any recognition? Do the Emmy voters have an aversion to David Simon for some reason? I'm afraid we're going to end up with another Wire situation where his great work is never rewarded (other than by TV critics).

it's looking that way, isn't it..."Treme" was most definitely snubbed this morning...

here come the other poll questions...

..and this....

..didnt' we already do this one?

House is an extraordinary diagnostician. He only gets the patients that are hard to diagnose. (The amazing thing is that they all seem to show up randomly in his emergency room, rather than being referred by other doctors as would be normal.)

details, details..

We're talking mice here, Pookie, not rats. C'mon, you have to admit that Chris Colfer looks more than a little bit like "Fievel" from "An American Tale", which on second thought was probably a better reference than "Mrs. Frisby", which is kind of a dated reference, and, on reflection, makes me feel old....

I look at Chris and see only adorable.. On the other hand, you're talking to someone who, as a child,  used to catch mice in the stone wall of her yard because I was so anxious to have a pet -- preferably a dog -- only  the parents were set against it until they finally caved after accidentally cooking the  family goldfish...wow, I really AM tired -- giving out way too much information here.

more poll questions....

..and more...

... that I don't like any of the shows nominated for Best Drama? If there was a "none of the above" button on the poll, I'd gladly push it. Does this mean I have no soul?

No, it means there are  a TON of dramas on TV these days....

It's Swoosie, as she was named after a plane her dad flew in WW II!!!

thanks for the correx...

Is it me, or is Glee getting less love this time around?

"Glee" got 19 noms last year and "only" 12 this year... so yes, less love, but still a lot of love...

In what category would PBS's "The History Detectives" be eligible for Emmy consideration, if any? I find it fascinating, but it sure doesn't seem to get much love.

I'm guessing "best reality series"  -- a category that this year includes PBS's "Antiques Roadshow" and Discovery's "Mythbusters" ..among others...

Jane Lynch is a marvelous actor, who on "Glee" works wonders with a role that through no discernible fault of her own has deteriorated into a caricature of a caricature. My question is this: a) Does Lynch deserve the Emmy for striving nobly to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear? Or, b) Does she not deserve the Emmy because lousy writing terminally sandbags the role notwithstanding her best efforts?

It does not matter. Because, among the other nominees in the category is -- Betty White... Betty White will win. She's nominated for her work on "Hot in Cleveland"....Everyone loves Betty White...sigh...

I think Hugh Laurie is amazing, and way overdue for an Emmy. Not many actors can make an audience care about a character who behaves as reprehensibly as House does. I'm surprised, though, that none of the other cast members have ever been nominated. Your thoughts?

My thought is that I disagree and that I can take or leave everyone else on the show except Robert Sean Leonard....Hugh Laurie should have won an Emmy for his "House" role in the show's first season or second.. he's kinda working at half pace these days...

It's a bummer that a lot of the nominated shows are on HBO, and I can't watch them - it's food or cable! However, I do love mad men, and wanted to point out that I like it because the characters are human instead of stereotypical robots. Oh and the clothes, those beautiful clothes. I hope I graduate before the next season.

Tell your parents you want the boxed set as as graduation gift.. oh, and a car....

you write "porn". You get one nomination switch, who do you knock out and then add?

I am devastated that "The Walking Dead" was not nominated for Best Comedy Series.. I wish they'd knocked out "The Office" -- so over it --   and nominated "TWD" instead....

Actually, she was nominated a gazillion times but has not won an Emmy. She's got a bucketful of Tonys to console her though.

..and about a million Golden Globe Awards...

I don't understand the Jane Lynch nomination. Her character was just ridiculous this season.

maybe because she's hosting this year?

Maybe the poster has amnesia. Or was trapped in a bunker. Or caught in a cougar trap.

or, like me, has been up since 3 a.m...I confess, the question made me stop and think a second...

To the Emmy broadcast, can Charlie Sheen be a presenter and insert a plug for his Comedy roast?

...only if there is a seven-second delay.....and someone who is really fast with their finger hovering over the bleep button..

Hahahahaha. You are so silly.

..you mean it's not 2011? I really DID time travel? Can it be 1999?... I looked FABULOUS in 1999!

Pookie (by the way, did I mention you look fabulous?) -- I was really hoping that this year would mark a return to normalcy and all the "dramedies" that were nominated for Best Comedy last year (Nurse Jackie, et al) would fing their ways back into their rightful category this year. However, with the added nom for "The Big C" (nomination motto = "Because Cancer is Funny!") has that shipped sailed? Barring the expansion of categories to include "Best Dramedy" (just think, the Emmy Show can now clock in at just under 5 hours!), will there ever be a world in which comedy fights comedy, and drama fights drama, and their mutant step-children either fend for themselves in a new world, or sit on the sideline, deservedly ignored?

Notice how all the drama thespians masquerading as comedy thespians are all CHICKS... the noms for best actor in a comedy series all come from actual comedies.. and the nominations for Best Comedy are all actual comedies -- except the aforementioned The Office, which has become kinda tragic in my book.. .Anyway, I think there's a story in there somewhere....

Good thing this poster doesn't watch Breaking Bad - Freaking Bad.

okay... I'll agree...

He's much funnier on that show than Ray Romano. (Then again, so is my cat. And my coffee table.)

Ah, but he's in a dramedy -- funny AND sad... I wish both men had been nominated -- because then I would feel better about the "comedy" nomination of Edie Falco again even though she swears she's not funny....

So, after nominating Neil Patrick Harris annually and never giving him a trophy for HIMYM, they gave him one for a Glee guest spot last year, and now they're done with him? I hope he's nominated next year for last month's Tony Awards performance, or has that category has been eliminated?

No, I think he's still nominatable for his Tony work.. and I think the trophy he gets is being asked to host so many trophy shows. He's the best in the business at that -- no disrespect to Jane Lynch , but there's no comparison...

Are there any HBO shows that DON'T get nominated for emmys?

Yes. "Treme."...

It's not hard to find--it's usually one of the top articles on the Entertainment page. But the page doesn't label it "TV Column" or "Lisa De Moraes." It just looks like a regular article. So people actually have to open it up and read it to find out it's your's, and if we're not naturally interested in the topic of the article, we won't do that..

Sorry for the frustration. I suggest emailing ideas@washpost.com, if you have further suggestions.

Did you know Lisa has her a page all to herself? It's here and includes all her chats, blog posts, and columns in one place, updating automatically. All Lisa, all the time. You can get to it if you click Lisa's byline on her stories.

Here is the explanation, please forgive the "it's not hard to find" gag -- my producer's been working in Emmy noms day high gear for hours and we're all a little punchy -- he means no disrespect to those of you who have written in saying you're willing to find it, you're waiting to find it -- you just can't find it!

I love that show and its working class sense of humor. It's very clever and the actors are just right. What do you think? Will it ever be nominated?

It's a good start that Martha Plimpton got nominated. Maybe next year...

Winkie, be afraid, be v-e-r-y afraid!

No, wait! I did not accidentally cook the family goldfish! My father accidentally cooked the family goldfish -- put the fish bowl on top of the amplifier and the water got too hot....

Kathy Bates should/could win for reading the telephone book!

She's been nominated eight times for an Emmy -- but never won!

It is, which is why I'm curious why Mariska Hargitay was again nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

See 'Scenery Chewing' answer above...

Here's a random. How do they choose where people sit during the Emmy awards? Do they put them by each other according to category - so the music guy from Family Guy is sitting next to the nominee from PBS's American Masters? Or do they just put all the photogenic and famous people up front?

Yes and yes... it's quite the discussion that goes no between now and Emmy night as to who sits where...like a state house dinner...

And 2/3 of "MM" viewers watch it for the clothes and set decor.

I confess, sometimes I turn off the volumn and watch the clothes...

Finally! Yes, I'm as happy as you that he got nominated. Maybe now the rest of the TV-viewing world might start to undertand that he's not just "Al Bundy" (even though I think there was some nuance to that character, believe it or not), which I think last year's snub was really about....

I think his getting snubbed had nothing to do with the Bundy character and everything to do with how easy he makes his "Modern Family" role look... I feel the same way when I watch Spencer Tracy...

Please, please no more! It's too much already that they are adding this junk to normal shows (like the characters breaking out in song and dance on Drop Dead Diva). Make it stop!

The upcoming NBC one will actually make more sense. It's about the staging of a Bway musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.. Anyway I think it makes sense but I'm a fan of old musical movies so it seems natural, and not like "junk adding" ....

"NBC has a musical series coming up in January and if that does well, you'll probably see more musical series over the next several seasons..." Why do I doubt that'll include finally airing episodes 3-6 of Viva Laughlin?

You will never see episodes 3-6 of "Viva Laughlin" on broadcast TV...ever...

Okay, so how when is a series a miniseries? Band of Brothers - 10 Episodes. Game of Thrones - 10 Episodes. Miniseries - Series. And yay Cat Deely.

It's the TV academy, follks...and, besides, HBO did order more episodes of "Game of Thrones" and so we've dodged a bullet here. Hooray!

I know its a little (lot) over the top, but I love True Blood. Is there any chance for the show or its actors (especially some of the great supporting actors) to get nominated or is it too sexy/gory/sci-fi for the Emmys.

I think it's gotten too campy and down-the-rabbit-hole to recover...

has given consistently strong performances, but in this year's "The Suitcase," he really knocked it out of the park. I hope that was the episode he submitted, because ... just wow.

If he didn't submit that one. he's nuts, or stupid -- but, still, awful purty...  (Yes, I'm told that's his "Emmy" episode)....and it was a humdinger...

Betty White? Really? I know that her resurgence is cute and makes a good story, but that show is pretty lame and probably would not have deserved an Emmy had it aired 35 years ago, let alone today. Am I missing something?

No. You are missing nothing. Except that Everybody Loves Betty White. It's a law...

We watched the incredibly poised Jaycee Dugard with Diane Sawyer. When it was over, my friend turned to me and said, "Jaycee knew that life could be different and better from watching TV. And she learned how to be a parent from watching TV. I'm guessing TV Free America will not be using her as a spokesperson." We actually both work in TV, so it was nice not to be cast as the evil villain corrupting the good and the decent for once.

I'm glad someone else noticed... I think some TV lobbying organization should rush out and sign her up to become their spokeswoman, at a handsome salary...

Isn't it time for Cat Deeley to win an Emmy for Reality Program host? She is so great with all of the dancers on SYTYCD as well as the hosts. She comes across as really caring about everyone.

Is the entire PR staff of this show on this chat? I'm drowning in love/plugs for the show here. Not that I mind -- your enthusiasm is infectious. I'm even starting to like Cat Deeley!

Steve Buscemi really acts. Jon Hamm poses. No competition there!

Scrawny little Steve Buscemi pulls off  an intimidating character -- brilliant.

Jon Hamm pulling off a slick handsome ad exec -- easy.

I love Modern Family but 4 nominations for supporting actor is way too many. Eric Stonestreet and maybe Ty Burrell are deserved but not so much the other two. Would have loved to see more from Parks & Rec and Community, especially Nick Offerman and Danny Pudi and possibly Aziz Ansari.

You are in good company -- a number of people on this chat have weighed in similarly...

Clearly someone at Emmy has at least heard of these shows, as Joel McHale presented the nominees last year and Josh Jackson presented this year. But what will it take for someone to realize that Community is a better NBC Thursday show than two (I'd argue all three) of the ones nominated, and see that John Noble hit it out of the park playing not one, but two characters this season?

I like "Community" a whole lot better than "The Office" but I'm in the minority, I'm told... And also a fan of Noble, though the academy is not apparently. Meanwhile, you should know, Joshua Jackson does NOT let people get away with calling him "Josh"... when they were rehearsing the promo for the Emmy nom unveiling in the  academy theater this morning -- at 5:15 a.m. -- the producer told them that they needed to keep smiling while the camera pulled away adding "that meams you, Josh" and the response? "It's Joshua."....ouch!

...tomorrow in your regular chat time, or is this it? Just curious... and greedy. (I'd line up for a Lisa chat every day, if they'd have one.) If not... enjoy your nap!

Yes -- submit questions here. Friday 1 p.m. ET

You betcha! I'll be there.... we can continue talking Emmys too.. I'm out of time for today. thanks for joining me. Emmy broadast: Sept. 18, Fox...8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.. see you tomorrow....

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Pulitzer Prize winner, Peabody recipient, Medal of Freedom honoree -- Lisa de Moraes is none of these, but she is an authority on the bad direction, over-acting, and muddled plot lines being played out in the TV industry's executive suites. de Moraes worked for a decade as the television editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry trade paper, where she was routinely on the receiving end of more shouting phone calls from TV suits than Paula Abdul's manager.

When she upgraded to The Washington Post in 1998, a well-known executive producer called to suggest she have someone else start her car, but her trenchant writing (and refusal to use words like "trenchant") earned her the following praise from the brilliant, handsome media observer at Slate: "She writes like a wicked bitch." Wikipedia has called her "a noted television columnist," but they're often unreliable. It's pronounced "deh more ICE."

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