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Emmy Nominations 2010: Vote for the most egregious snub!

Emys-statueThursday morning was a time of great joy for TV fans who had long ago accepted the fact that super-talented folks like Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, and Matthew Fox would never get an ounce of Emmy love, while the same old same-old would reign supreme. Yes indeed, not only did those three EW favorites pick up nods in the Best Actor/Actress in a Drama Series races, but out of the 48 major acting nominees, fewer than half of those folks (23 to be exact) were Emmy nominees in 2009. So let’s have a “huzzah!” for fresh blood.

That said, there was plenty of reason for lamentation, too. In fact, our post on Emmy snubs yielded almost 1,000 comments — and we perused ‘em all to determine the eight actors and/or series whose snubs you cited most frequently. Now we want to put it to an official vote: What was the worst Emmy snub of 2010? Vote in our poll below! [UPDATE: Our poll is now closed, but please head to the comments section and keep the conversation going.] Because while we can’t turn back the clock at Emmy HQ, we can obtain at least some small measure of justice right here at PopWatch!

More Emmys:
See the full list of nominees at our Hollywood Insider blog
Julianna Margulies cheers ‘Good Wife’ Emmy fortunes, jeers snubs”
Check out Michael Ausiello’s snappy judgments of the 2010 nominees
EW’s Emmy Award coverage
Ken Tucker: Were these the best Emmy nominations we could have hoped? Yes. Here’s why.
2010 Emmys: Which longshots deserve nominations?

Katherine Heigl watch: She started not liking Izzie ... did you?

Katherine-HeiglImage Credit: Ron Tom/ABCOne minute she’s submitting herself for Emmy consideration despite appearing in less than half of the last Grey’s Anatomy season, the next minute she’s telling the world she wasn’t so fond of her character, Izzie Stevens, by the time she left the hit drama. “I felt very protective of Izzie,” she told USA Today. “I really loved her. I felt she was an admirable woman who certainly made mistakes. But I was starting to not like her, and that bothered me.” That Katherine Heigl — there really is no telling what polarizing thing she’s going to say or do next. Though at least she’s self-aware: “I’ve tried to keep my mouth closed for a minute, and I can’t,” Heigl told the newspaper. “At one point I got so paranoid and afraid, and I was qualifying everything I said and apologizing for everything. I realized it was ridiculous.”

Fair enough. Nothing wrong with speaking your mind. I’m going to respectfully disagree with her, however, on Izzie’s non-likability. And to be honest, I’m a little surprised to find myself defending Dr. Stevens — my first instinct was that I, too, hated her, but it turns out that upon reflection, I just hated her storylines. READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy' finale: Remember where it all began...

If you’re like us, you watched last night’s wrenching Grey’s Anatomy finale wondering: Where the heck did all this gunman’s rage come from? Well, it began among much sexier storylines such as Alex’s secret brother showing up, Callie pining for a baby, and April crushing on Derek. In fact, you’ll see from this clip (from the April 1 episode “Sympathy for the Parents”) that April and Lexie could barely wait to bolt from the room when future hospital-shooter Gary Clark was getting the news about his wife’s euthanasia wishes — and it wasn’t even because they were so emotionally drained from his pain, but because they were itching to talk more about April having the hots for Lexie’s brother-in-law. The Gary Clark stuff starts around 2:30 here: READ FULL STORY

Shonda Rhimes' pilot 'Off the Map' gets picked up. Get ready for another doctor drama!

Shonda-RhimesImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosEW’s Michael Ausiello reported this afternoon that Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice exec producer Shonda Rhimes will be even busier this fall, now that her medical drama Off the Map was picked up by ABC. Starring Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace), Jason George (Grey’s), Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls), and Martin Henderson, Map follows a team of medical professionals who start work at a tropical island clinic. It will be interesting to see how this series pans out — I remain a dedicated Grey’s fan (yes, even through the dark days of Gizzie and ghost sex), but I’ve never really gotten into Private Practice. Here’s hoping a third round of meds won’t represent diminishing returns. But, hey, if anyone can pull three medical dramas off, Rhimes can, right? And shouldn’t every series be set on a tropical island?

Mandy Moore to guest star on 'Grey's Anatomy' finale

Mandy-MooreImage Credit: Michael Kovac/FilmMagicMandy Moore will check into Seattle Grace for Grey’s Anatomy‘s two-hour season finale May 20, EW.com has confirmed. (TVGuide.com first broke the story.) She’ll play a patient named Mary as part of an explosive — and, of course, top secret — cliffhanger. Bailey — who’s having one hell of a season as a newly single gal — will be her doctor, but beyond that, details are being kept under heavily guarded wraps. She comes as part of a grand tradition of recognizable names as patients, usually quick, juicy roles like Sara Gilbert’s euthanized patient two weeks ago and Demi Lovato’s upcoming stretch as a schizophrenic. Moore did that other hospital show, Scrubs, once upon a time, but it’ll be nice to see her get a chance at something wonderfully dramatic (sorry, A Walk to Remember doesn’t count) instead of  the lighter stuff she’s shown such a knack for on the likes of How I Met Your Mother and Entourage. Then again, I have a girl crush on her, whether she’s in the Christian high school-sendup Saved! or singing “I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week.”

So I ask you, less biased PopWatchers: What do you think of the casting? And while you’re at it: What do you think this giant cliffhanger might involve?

Demi Lovato to appear on 'Grey's Anatomy'; uses excessive punctuation

Demi-LovatoImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosOh, Demi Lovato. Looks like the Disney youngin’ is having a moment. She’s appeared on American Idol, is dating and loving Joe Jonas, and now, will shoot a guest spot on Grey’s Anatomy. As she tweeted earlier today: “I’m so thrilled to announce that this week I’m shooting Grey’s Anatomy!!!!!!!! :D AHHH!!!!” It’s such big news, that Demi used not one, not 11, but 12 exclamation points!

Apparently, Demi will be playing a girl who may be suffering from schizophrenia in a May episode. (Sniff. They grow up so fast.) I’m into the casting, just as long as it doesn’t involve a deer and shock paddles.

What about you, PopWatchers? Will you tune in to watch Demi Lovato on Grey’s? And are you jealous that she’s experiencing “a week of fulfilling one of my biggest dreams……. :D YAYYYYY!!!!!” when the biggest dream you fulfilled this week was finding the butter toffee peanuts you had been looking all over NYC for (insert: sad emoticon)? Maybe that’s just me.

Clip du jour: 'This is the song you hear...at the end of a TV drama'

I know this is a joke about how predictable those montage-y scenes at the end of shows are, but… Lost, Gossip Girl, Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, Scrubs (not a drama, but still), old Grey’s Anatomy? I love those shows. The song starts about 1 minute in:

Bring on the two-handed kissing! [via]

What do you want to see from Katherine Heigl?

Last night, Ausiello broke the news that Katherine Heigl will likely not return to Grey’s Anatomy. It won’t be a difficult adjustment. Dr. Izzie Stevens — who has been on a leave of absence for more than half of this season — is already out of Grey’s viewers’ minds, and even though her character’s plotlines have been some of the show’s most ludicrous, her actual exit was one long yawn. (Or maybe one of those weird “unpredictable” yawns with the multiple short spurts, if you consider Heigl’s history of tension with showrunners.) Grey’s fans may be sorry Heigl won’t be back, but no one who’s still watching the show at this point is watching for her.

It looks like Heigl wants to continue to focus on her film career. It would be interesting to see her branch out from romantic comedies, though perhaps getting bzzzzzzed under the table at a fancy restaurant (The Ugly Truth) and playing the just-as-beautiful duckling to Malin Ackerman (27 Dresses) is the best fit for Heigl. Not too many other actresses could fumble with a gun and ask Ashton Kutcher, “Have you seen the SIZE of this thing?” without making me wish I had a huge gun of my own to point at myself. (I’m referring to the “coming soon” trailer for Killers, embedded after the jump.) Heigl makes her romantic-comedy roles less clunky than you’d expect, and I’m more likely to watch something silly if she’s in it.

What about you? Will Seattle Grace suffer without her, or is Izzie already gone in your mind anyway? And what about Heigl’s future? Take our poll below and then sound off in the comments.

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Most pirated shows of 2009: Someone's still watching 'Heroes'

Torrentfreak has issued its annual list of the year’s most pirated TV shows, and, once again, it’s topped by Heroes (6.6 million downloads for a single episode). The Top 10:

1. Heroes
2. Lost
3. Prison Break
4. Dexter
5. House
6. 24
7. Desperate Housewives
8. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
9. Grey’s Anatomy
10. True Blood

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'Friday Night Lights,' 'Lost,' 'Glee'...Are the Writers Guild Awards our dream come true?

I feel a little like the Writers Guild Award nominees, announced yesterday, were downloaded directly from my own brain. Or at least my DVR list. And knowing what I know about what shows PopWatchers tend to get all message-boardy about, I’m guessing you feel the same. There in the drama category are Breaking Bad, Dexter, Friday Night Lights (pictured), Lost, and Mad Men. In comedy we have 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, and The Office. And as if all that weren’t enough, we have the new series category: Glee, Modern Family, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, and Hung. First and foremost, I’m thrilled when any awards are smart enough to recognize the brilliance that is Friday Night Lights — a show that, by premise, could’ve been lame at best, but instead manages to wring tearful drama from grounded-in-reality situations every week that it hangs on despite its ratings challenges. I’m also thrilled when any awards are smart enough to get Lost, as well, which basically does the opposite — makes utterly ridiculous, barely comprehensible plotlines hit us in the heart (oh, Sawyer and Juliet!) despite their reliance on string theory. It’s nice to see Glee up for its first big awards, too — it’s just plain not easy to write a musical every freaking week and make it work, and while the dialogue and plotting occasionally gets heavy-handed, it still works — and ditto for Modern Family, the funniest new show this season. (Love 30 Rock and Mad Men, too, but even the Emmys have been onto those for a while.)

I’m a writing-first kind of TV watcher, so it makes sense that I’d like this list. (The awards, by the way, will be given out Feb. 20.) But what’s missing? How I Met Your Mother is the only one I can think of off my own DVR list — what do you think, PopWatchers? Was Grey’s Anatomy good enough? Did Gossip Girl hold up for you? Did FlashForward get dissed?

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