Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lone Star Corrals 28 Silver Garbage Nominations

MEN: Two and a Half Men, which starts its ninth season this fall, received eight Silver Garbage Award nominations for its abbreviated eighth season, including Worst Comedy Series and Worst Lead Actor for its controversial former star, Charlie Sheen. Nominations were announced on July 13, the eve of the Primetime Emmy Awards nomination announcement.

July 13, 2011

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“Lone Star” Corrals 28 Silver Garbage Award Nominations

It was the first scripted network series to be cancelled last fall, and “Lone Star” left its skidmark after a two-episode run with 28 Silver Garbage Award Nominations, including Worst Drama Series and Worst New Series of the Year as the 2011 Silver Garbage Award nominations were announced from the Indymedia Carriage House in Columbus, Ohio today.

“The show was supposed to be the next ‘Dallas’,” said Silver Garbage Awards founder Bryan Curtiss. “But instead, it ended up being a complete and utter disaster that almost didn’t even make it to episode two.”

The 28 nominations for “Lone Star” are twice as many as the show with the second-most nominations, “The Paul Reiser Show”, with 14 nominations. And like “Star”, “Reiser” only lasted two shows.

Curtiss announced the nominations while taping a segment for his radio program “The DJBC Happy Hour” on WCRS-FM radio in Columbus, Ohio, which will air on July 18.

One of the most controversial headlines centering around the small screen centered around the firing of actor Charlie Sheen from long-running sitcom “Two and a Half Men”, which received eight Silver Garbage nods, including Worst Comedy and Worst Actor for Sheen, who is also cited separately for his Guest Appearance on Drew Carey’s improv show on the Game Show Network.

“By the time he took his ‘Rant Show’ on the road, we all got sick and tired on Sheen and his catchphrases,” Curtiss said. “Sheen was very annoying, and I commend the producers of ‘Two and a Half Men’ for taking him to task.”

The nominees for Worst Comedy Series are “Mr. Sunshine”, Matthew Perry’s failed broadcasting sitcom on ABC; “My Generation”, ABC’s failed dramedy centering around friends in a post 9/11 world; “Outsourced”, NBC’s critically panned remake of the John Jeffcoat romantic comedy film about a call center in India; “The Paul Reiser Show”, and “Two and a Half Men”.

With “Men” starting its ninth season in the fall, it is the latest a show has been a Worst Comedy Series nominee since “According to Jim” in 2009.

The Worst Drama Series nominees are Lifetime’s “Army Wives”; CBS’s “The Defenders”, a modern twist of the Emmy-winning 1960s drama; “Law & Order: Los Angeles”, NBC’s failed spin-off of the “Law & Order” franchise; “Lone Star”, and “Outlaw”, NBC’s flop starring Jimmy Smits as a Supreme Court Justice who steps down from the bench to be a public defender.

The Worst New Series nominees are “The Defenders”, “Lone Star”, “My Generation”, “Outlaw”, and “The Paul Reiser Show”.

The most-nominated specials are “The Decision”, NBA star LeBron James’ hour-long press conference announcing his decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, and “The Kennedys”, a miniseries about America’s political dynasty that was yanked from the History Channel lineup before being revived by a small unknown cable network. Both had four nominations.

Returning this year to the Silver Garbage Awards after a seven-year hiatus are technical categories.

That is not the only addition this year as Lead and Supporting “recognition” for first-year shows are added, similar to the Bryan Awards.

The winners for the Silver Garbage Awards will be announced on September 17, the eve of the telecast for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.


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