Posts by Dantzler Smith

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About The Author

Dantzler Smith has a BA in Philosophy from a college you’ve never heard of and an MA in Political and Social Thought from a British university that isn’t Cambridge, Oxford, or located in London. Thus, he spends his time contemplating the meaning (or perhaps meaninglessness) of life and writing articles about TV, movies, society, and sports. He wishes he was Chuck Klosterman. He enjoys Ernest Hemingway, college football and basketball, and Tom Waits. In other words, he’s a drinker. Dantzler resides in Minneapolis.
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Dantzler Smith Reflects on the Grammys

Dantzler Smith reflects on the night that was at the Grammys, and examines lessons learned.

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Dantzler Smith’s Biggest Oscar Snubs in History

Yesterday it was Scott Youngbauer's turn, but today it's Dantzler Smith. He looks at some of the biggest snubs in Oscar history, from Hitchcock to Hoosiers.

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Smith: ‘The Cape’ Doesn’t Fly High

Dantzler Smith says NBC's new show The Cape is off to a poor start after a 2-part premiere. It does little to advance the superhero genre and lacks substance.

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HBO’s 24/7 is Reality TV at its Finest

HBO's 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic is what reality TV should be all about, says Dantzler Smith. Even more so than Hard Knocks and the boxing 24/7 programs, this version hid nothing about the NHL teams.

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Dantzler Smith’s Grammy Awards Picks

The Grammy nominations are out and Dantzler Smith has a complete breakdown of every major award. This year's big winners could include Eminem, Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum, and Cee Lo Green... although many people (Smith included) will probably not agree.

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Is ‘Mad Men’ as Good Everyone Thinks It Is?

Mad Men has won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in three consecutive years and is critically acclaimed. But Dantzler Smith says the show is overrated, and not all that different conceptually from Desperate Housewives. Smith explains his reasons in this article.

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Can ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Reinvigorate HBO?

With "Boardwalk Empire" set to debut on HBO, Dantzler Smith looks at the history of original shows on the network. After striking gold with programs like "The Larry Sanders Show", "The Sopranos", and "The Wire", HBO could use another edgy show that pushes the limits, says Smith.

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Smith: The Devolution of Californication

"Californication" had a terrific first season, but it has since devolved into "Entourage" for the more literary inclined, says Dantzler Smith. Nominated for zero Emmys this year, Smith says the show is now mainly about David Duchovny's character's wacky trysts and lacks substance.

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Can Jon Stewart Make it 8 Straight Emmys?

For seven years in a row, Jon Stewart has dominated the Emmy for Variety, Music or Comedy Series. This year, his competition includes Conan O'Brien for his short-lived run on The Tonight Show. Dantzler Smith gives the odds on this category as part of our "Road to the Emmys" series.

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Dantzler Smith’s Indie Emmy Awards Noms

After the Emmy nominations were revealed, there were some noticeable snubs. Dantzler Smith offers his own list of "Indie Emmys" with shows that might appeal to hipsters. These include comedies like "Party Down" and "Community" and dramas like "Treme" and "Sons of Anarchy."

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Smith: Nominate Edelstein for an Emmy

Hugh Lawrie gets all of the attention on "House M.D." and much of it is deserved. But Dantzler Smith says that voters should take notice of Lisa Edelstein's portrayal of Dr. Lisa Cuddy, which has been phenomenal and should earn her an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress in a Drama.

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Emmy Favorites and Underdogs

Dantzler Smith looks at Emmy favorites and underdogs. Favorites include recent winners like Damages' Glenn Close, 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston. Underdogs are Parks and Recreations' Aubrey Plaza, House's Lisa Edelstein, and Dexter's Michael C. Hall.

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Modern Emmy? New Age Sitcom Could Win

"30 Rock" has dominated Best Comedy Series at the Emmy's in recent years, but the category could be ready for a modern takeover. Dantzler Smith looks at the new age sitcom "Modern Family" and how it's become acclaimed. Smith notes the similarities to "The Office" and "Frasier".

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Smith: ‘Treme’ is Like Waiting for Godeaux

While it never won an Emmy, David Simon's "The Wire" is considered by many to be the greatest TV show of all-time. Dantzler Smith was excited for Simon's new show "Treme", but 5 episodes in, he's still waiting for something to happen. Can "Treme" work its way into Emmy contention next year?

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