|Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Hugh Laurie in Veep
[Photo Credit – HBO]
shows on TV that decently portrays a powerful woman without making her out to
be completely evil or completely pure. Selina Meyer is beautifully flawed and
strikingly relevant after Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 election.
Series – The Crown: This show is
enthralling. It beautifully weaves the tale of a female aristocrat struggling
to come to terms with a position that offers nominal powers but creates sober
personal conundrums. Again, a show that illustrates the real life humanness
residing in even the most idolized personalities.
Talk Series – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: He entertains, he informs, he makes it simpler and he
researches [how much time do the people on the show have?]. He talks about
serious threats using bar jokes and somehow brings hamsters into a discussion
about crucial socio-economic matters. Also, the only Talk Series I can actually
get around to watch.
Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live : Celebrity
appearances, sketches that are relevant to the times, talented writers and the
overall spontaneity of the show makes it the best contender.
|A screencap from Henrietta Lacks’ biopic
[Photo Credit – HBO]
Series – Big Little Lies: I am never gonna read
books again, if all of them were made into series this well. Steamy sex,
romantic fluff, criminal issues…the list is endless. This show is what every
show should strive to be. This show breaks all stereotypes about “soccer moms” and
stresses the point that appearances can be staggeringly misguiding.
Television Movie – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: I’ll be honest. I haven’t watched the other TV movies
nominated. The reason I watched this one was that I wanted to know about
Henrietta Lacks but didn’t have the patience to go through a complete book [I
have a hard time going through nonfiction works]. A choice by default.
Competition Program – Top Chef: I
happen to despise reality shows. I don’t even have a guilty pleasure. I never
have and never will watch any reality show, simply owing to the fact that
everything is scripted and nobody actually is convincing in any frame. Top Chef
is my pick simply because it has lots of food which barely bears a consequence
but does inspire my father to cook more often[He is a great cook who is ‘personally affronted by the wrong methods
used on the show’; his words not mine.]
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