Men Of a Certain Age

Guess what everyone, the Emmys are back in town! Aren’t you excited?! No, that’s okay, neither am I. Just another night for some of Hollywood’s biggest talents to pat themselves on the back for making pretend (really good pretend, though). But you know what, we here at FSR will treat this with the utmost respect that we do all awards ceremonies. That said, before we get to the predictions, let’s take a look at some of the top winners from the Creative Arts Awards portion of the Emmys which were awarded last week: Futurama walked away with the top honor for animated program based on the episode ‘The Late Philip J. Fry,’ beating out front runners South Park and The Simpsons who dominated the category between 2000 and 2009. This also marks the second time Futurama has won the award for Best Animated Series. Maurice LaMarche also walked away with the award for Best Voice-Over Performance for his work on the series as Lrr and Orson Welles. Gwyneth Paltrow took the award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Holly Holiday on Glee. Game of Thrones took the award for Best Title Sequence. Boardwalk Empire took the win for Best Visual effects beating out the likes of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Deadliest Catch won the award for Best Reality Series (a win that is more than acceptable in this category). Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on to […]


Yup, it’s that time of the year again. That time of the year where we TV folk bitch and moan about what shows won’t be getting some golden Emmy love because the Academy is full of old people who think basic cable is what holds up the Brooklyn Bridge, which they also saw get built… I think… That said, this year’s Emmy Nominations are no more surprising than they were last year. Mad Men leads in the scripted drama series dept with nineteen nominations, but more interestingly, the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce leads the overall with twenty one nominations. Before we get and further into this, let’s check out some of the shows that didn’t get nominated for anything in either overall, acting or technical categories (not that any of this matters, like usual).


Between shows like Community, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Wilfred, Louie and Futurama, the current world of television comedy sees zany, hyper-reality shows reigning supreme. But every extreme needs a counter-weight. Something that provides a different style and perspective. And this summer, that counter-balance is called Men of A Certain Age. The Ray Romano/Andre Braugher/Scott Bakula dramedy may receive similar critical praise to the aforementioned series, but the show doesn’t have nearly the same sized audience. And that’s a shame since the show is arguably one of the most wholesome, down-to-earth programs on television at the moment. Currently in the tail end of its second season, Men of A Certain Age focuses on three men in their forties trying to cope with the fact that there is now more time behind them than in front. Joe (Romano) is a gambling addicted, divorced, party-store owner who has recently befriended his former bookie. Owen (Braugher) is a car salesman turned dealership manager when his father passes the torch to him with an attached price. And Terry (Bakula), a former actor turned car salesman who can’t seem to maintain a stable relationship. Now that we got the introductions out of the way, let’s get to the reason why you should be watching the series.


Join us each week as Rob Hunter takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. And remember, these listings and category placements are meant as informational conversation starters only. But you can still tell Hunter how wrong he is in the comment section below. This week once again sees a healthy number of releases worth buying and renting and only a few that should be avoided like a leprous Jehovah’s Witness. The much talked about but little seen Scott Pilgrim vs the World hits shelves today alongside Criterion’s release of Antichrist, Grown Ups, Ticked Off Trannies With Knives, and a few TV shows including the first season of the BBC’s excellent Sherlock.

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