Here are the highlights from Monday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Jerry Thornton. To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
For the second day in a row, an awards show is slated to air on TV Monday, as the 66th annual Emmys will be broadcasted just a day after the MTV Video Music Awards.
“I think they need award shows,” Thornton said. “If there’s one thing my life lacks, it’s there aren’t enough chances for these guys to congratulate themselves.”
“If we don’t do an awards show once a week, then the terrorists win,” Callahan remarked.
One of the biggest contenders Monday night will be HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which has a staggering 19 nominations, including a Best Support Actor in a Drama Series nomination for Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister.
“It’s a show where, I don’t know if you guys watch it, but nobody is above being killed,” Thornton said. “But the producers of that show are on notice that if this character gets killed off, the whole country is going to look like Ferguson, Missouri. We’re all just going to riot and loot and it’s going to be horrible.”
Another favorite on Monday night is AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which earned seven nominations for its final season, including acting nominations for Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn.
“When is it going to stop winning awards?” Callahan said. “I feel like 20 years from now, ‘Breaking Bad’ is going to be nominated for an Emmy and it’s going to win.”
“It ended at exactly the right time,” Thornton said. “It was to TV what Pedro Martinez‘s Red Sox career was on. Not too soon, not too late. They didn’t drag it out.”
Another AMC series, “Mad Men,” once again will be a big presence Monday, as the advertising period drama has eight nominations.
“As someone once said to me, ‘That show was a lot of subtle nuance.’ Yeah, too much subtle nuance,” Thornton said. “Give me dragons, give me swords, give [Breaking Bad's] Hank [Schrader] getting killed.”