on the tube

August 26, 2010
By Dean Robbins

The Emmys cap an amazing year for TV

Which is better, movies or TV? I think we can settle the question at Sunday’s “Emmy Awards” (7 p.m., NBC).

“The Hurt Locker,” which won the Best Picture Oscar this year, was good. But was it great? I don’t think so. Same for “The Blind Side,” “Up in the Air” and most of the other Oscar nominees. If you want greatness, check out the Emmy nominations. You’d have a hard time choosing among the masterpieces of comedy (“The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) or drama (“Breaking Bad,” “The Good Wife,” “True Blood”). Same goes for the actors. Edie Falco in “Nurse Jackie” or Toni Collette “The United States of Tara?” Michael C. Hall in “Dexter” or Kyle Chandler in“Friday Night Lights?”

If you want to leave home tonight and search for a good movie, best of luck. The rest of us will huddle around the small screen for a celebration of true greatness.


‘Scream Queens 2’

Monday, 9 p.m. (VH1)

This reality competition seeks a sexy victim who can scream her head off in the next installment of the “Saw” horror-movie franchise. “This is what I’ve been working for my entire life!” says one of the contestants. Really — to be menaced by a homicidal maniac in “Saw 3D?”

I was prepared to laugh at the women, but I came away impressed by the skill involved in this strange little craft. According to able mentor Jaime King, of “My Bloody Valentine 3D,” “You have to be panicked and vulnerable, but you also have to be strong and seductive.”

That combo is hard to pull off, as we see in the challenges. Some of them do it well, others badly. “I love your choices,” Jaime says to one contestant, referring to her progression from serenity to suspicion to total terror.

Scoff if you must, but I’d like to see you look sexy the next time a demon pops up from behind your bed. CV




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