Category Archives: The West Wing

things the emmys taught me.

So the Emmy Awards tonight were all about fun facts that the announcer was reading to cut down on boring while the winners walked onstage. I don’t know that I really mind that extra three seconds of applause, but whatever; Kristin Chenoweth wants to be a private detective.

Anyway, the funnest fun fact I learned tonight came not from the announcer, but from the audience pan when Mad Men won. Fred Armisen and Elisabeth Moss [aka ZOEY BARTLET] were sitting together, and a little Internet digging tells me they’re engaged. Fun fact, yes?


In other news, I think I need to start watching Mad Men.


adventures in sitcom-land.

Way back in my days as an undergraduate, I had two majors. Journalism, because I wanted to grow up to be this woman: 


And political science, because I wanted to be this woman too:


Well, my undergraduate days are a thing of the past and I’ve officially entered the real world. And by “entered the real world,” I mean I watch a lot of cancelled television sitcoms. I find myself no closer to deciding what I want to do with my life, but while watching those reruns the other night I had a major breakthrough. And that major breakthrough’s name is John Amos.

See him here, as weatherman Gordy Howard in The Mary Tyler Moore Show:


And here, as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace in The West Wing:


Hello, coincidence. If anyone knows which of these careers I should be working toward, it’s this guy. He’s worked closely (fictionally) with both of these fictional characters upon which I’ve decided to base a loan-inducing college degree. There’s something wrong with that sentence, and I’m not sure it’s just my redundancy. Either way, he should be my go-to guy for career advice.

What I know for sure is, once he stars in a TV show about a woman who owns a wine-and-books store, I’m making a pilgrimage to his home and hiring him as my life coach.