Month: August 2014

Celebrating TV stars

The lights turn out. Everyone is sitting quietly and watches the stage. Music sets in, the spotlights are switched on, and it all starts. The live event of the year. The whole TV world waited for this to come. Every year right before the next TV season starts. It’s the Primetime Emmy Awards.

So while some are curious about the gowns and tuxedos, hair and makeup of the celebrities, most just wanted to know who is going to take home a trophy. There are lots of great people nominated, and I am pretty sure that Jim Parsons will take home his 4th Emmy for playing Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. He is a brilliant actor, actually the best I have seen in years. His talent is overwhelming and being also nominated for The Normal Heart, which will definitely win the award for best TV movie, he pretty much proved that Jim is more than Sheldon. Reprising his role as Tommy Boatwright from the Broadway play in 2011, Jim portrayed a character that is the total opposite of Sheldon. An intense role, not funny at all but also amazingly played. Still Jim is mostly famous for playing the nerdy character on Big Bang who would not be such a fan favorite if Jim wasn’t playing him so incredibly well. 

Jim Emmy Win 2014
Will Jim Parsons win his 4th Emmy for playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory?

Jim’s fellow nominees in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series are also all great actors. Mostly Ricky Gervais (“Derek”) and Louis CK (“Loui”) might have a slight chance to win too, but this is just the “Parsons category”. Will Jim actually win, he’d join Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammer and Carroll O’Connor who also won the Lead Actor category four-times. With three more seasons of Big Bang to come, I already guess right now, that Jim will at least win his 5th award and then be  crowned the “Super TV Comedic Lead Actor”. He also is a very good example that hard work, believing in your ability and the love of acting are the best ways to make it big in the world of TV. He shows the passion, that is what not only I love about him. I am pretty sure than even after Big Bang, Jim will show us all even more of his extraordinary talent. I just hope that Jim stays the way he seems to be: humble, nice and down-to-earth. But I doubt he’d ever turn into some sort of Charlie Sheen… So kudos Jim, thanks for your great work. It’s a pure joy watching you.

Besides Jim and The Normal Heart, there are also many more interesting categories. For those who missed my Google+ hangout about the Emmys, here are my predictions who’s gonna win in the “main” categories:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate Mulgrew

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Hale

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Christine Baranski 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage

Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep

Outstanding Drama Series: True Detective

Outstanding Television Movie: The Normal Heart

What are your guesses who might win this year? And how to do you think will Seth Meyers open the show? Please leave a comment here. Thanks and happy Emmys 2014 !!!!

Note: Please also join me live tweeting @SannySpear during the Emmys today. You can also join my post-Emmy talk this Friday, August 29. I’m looking forward to chat with you!


The negative thing about being a successful TV star

Glitter, fame, so much money. The world of TV offers lots of chances. It seems so very easy for everyone to make it big. You only have to act a little bit. And didn’t we all played a lot as kids? Wasn’t it great to pretend to be someone else, not only on Halloween? TV is what we all know and love. We wait for new episodes of our favorite shows, it feels like we actually know these characters. For some people these guys fill their entire lives and the world is only revolving in that TV show universe.

You can use a phone these days for way more than watching for favorite TV shows. pic by JD Hancock
You can use a phone these days for way more than watching your favorite TV shows.
pic by JD Hancock

Being a fan of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ since season 4, I got in touch with lots of fans. Normally I only watch a show, but this one was the first I googled. That connection between the fans is amazing. People all over the world talk about Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and their friends. And the fandom is still increasing. Sure, the internet is something that helps to make the show even more popular and it is a show mostly watched by teens. At least they have the time to spread the word on the internet, comment the most, create fan account, etc.

I realize it every time I spend a few minutes on Twitter or Instagram. I don’t have that time to be 24/7 online, but to me it seems lots of people are only waiting for their star to post something, so they can be the first to like, comment or reshare. So it happens that I see a picture Jim Parsons posted on his IG at least 3 times in my timeline. Reshared at least 2 times by fans. Honestly, it’s okay to retweet or repost a picture from time to time, but many never create own content.

I only ‘like’ the original post, and only if I really like it and not because I like the person that this guy plays in my favorite sitcom. But that is just how kids are. And sometimes even some older people. And there we are: the negative aspect of being a successful TV star. People think they know you, when all they see is your character. And they think it’s their right to know every single detail about your life and share this with the world. Not only they reshare your pictures, but they try to find private ones and share them too. You lost control over your own privacy – not to forget the rumors which are spread easily over the internet.

I never cared about any celebrities, and still I don’t. I care about the people I have in my life, and who want me to have in theirs. Jim might be the only exception but I don’t wait till he posts anything. Mostly I see his pictures days later, then I decide if I comment, like or do nothing. And I stopped to google him, why would I? Isn’t it creepy what the internet makes possible? Isn’t it creepy that strangers can figure out everything about you and think that is okay because you are a celebrity?

There are two kind of TV stars: the ones with talent and the ones who have to sell themselves.

I prefer the ones with talent, with passion for their job. When someone is money-focused, this person will never be happy and always be lonely. Money and fame might be good, but only the moments we share with our loved ones can’t be taken away. These moments will last forever in our memory. That is what matters!!

Money and fame always come along with jealousy. Like when there was the big discussion about the Big Bang cast wanting $ 1 Million per episode. I had to write a post about that too. I didn’t get all the attention. But overall, it’s the proof that it’s better to not talk about money. We all want a lot, but don’t want others to have more than we do. We don’t see their hard work (Big Bang wasn’t a big hit when it started, they did the pilot twice, then there was the writer’s strike, etc.) They all work hard, and who knows how much they will get when one day the show will be over? And spoiler: this will happen one day!

Sure they have to take as much as possible. We all would do it that way. And they don’t get the money for ‘only’ 20 minutes. They work more than that. They give up most of their privacy. Others waste their time being 24/7 online, freaking out when they are not the first to get the news. Keep calm! These guys on TV are just people like you and me. Treat them like you wanna be treated, write them what you wanna read. And imagine how many mails, comments they get. Is it neccessary to only comment ‘hi’? Or to tag a person 10 times per day? I think this will make it even less likely your star to notice you.

Oh and before you now wanna write me that I might be not a real fan or that post is complete crap – don’t comment anything. That is my point of view. And I think there is a difference between a fan and an addict, which is someone who can’t spend a single day without internet. It’s good to get in touch with other fans and even our favorite stars, but don’t forget your real friends and family. Because a TV show is just that: a show that cheers up our lives. Not accusing anyone, just saying.

Be a fan and be polite!

Who will win at Primetime Emmy Awards 2014?

It might be like Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon. For most people it will remain an unfulfilled dream. But those who climbed the Olympus of TV world it’s the night of their lives.

Primetime Emmys

Sport enthusiasts look forward to the Olympics, fans of american TV count down the days to the Primetime Emmy Awards. Who will take home a trophy? Which TV show will win? Lots of questions, a huge excitement and much fun for lots of people, me included. Last year I tweeted live during the ceremony and will definitely do this again Monday, August 25. But I also wanna talk about the show, only a few days before.

If you also love good US TV, and can’t wait for the Emmys, join my Google+ Pre-Emmy Talk Hangout. It will take place Friday, August 22 at 9 pm CEST (would be 12 pm if you’re living in LA area and 3 pm if you’re in New York area).

It doesn’t matter which country you are from, you only should be able to talk about the nominees in English and have a Google+ account. We will discuss the most important categories and at the end we make our guesses of the winners.

If you wanna participate, just use the contact form below. You can also use it, if you have some questions about it. Feel free to ask anything you want. There will also be a Post-Emmy Hangout, which will take place Friday after the Emmys. You can also already join that hangout or even both 😉!

I am looking forward to hangout with you soon!!

Will the delay of Big Bang Theory season 8 causes the end of the show?

Will the delay of Big Bang Theory season 8 causes the end of the show?

The upcoming season 8 of the popular CBS hit comedy will be delayed due to contract negotiations. The cast wants a big pay rise, up to $ 1 million per episode. That is more than 10 times as much as their co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch who signed their contracts a pretty while ago. But Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons team up to get the rise. But it seems to be too much for the producers. There were also rumors spreading the internet that Jim might leave the show. But this was just made up by a website and even Bill Prady tweeted this was a hoax. But fans now are concered: is this the end of their favorite TV show?

The bad thing about a popular and successful TV show is one day it’s all about the money. So it’s understandable that the cast wants more. For most actors it’s a blessing to be on a show for such a long time and to have a steady income which is enough to earn their living with. And as they might never be on such a successful show again, why not milking the cow as much as possible? The question is just: Isn’t it a bit too much to ask for more than an double income per episode of what they earn right now? And is their work so much more worth than Melissa and Mayim’s? The producers don’t think so. And maybe some fans agree, thinking the cast already ears enough. But well, if you were in their shoes right now, I am pretty sure you would fight for the money, too. If there is a chance to earn more, you would probably take it too.

Many people don’t see that the cast more or less lose their privacy. Kaley is followed by paparazzi, no matter where she is going to. They are paying a high price, being noticed all over the world. People know their faces. So it’s not like most jobs, go to work and come back home and that’s it. One episode is not only the 20 minutes you see on TV. It’s reading the lines, thinking about how to play them, it’s practicing and memorizing and doing PR. Their faces also represent their characters and the show. So the cast quite knows the show would be nothing without them. We all know what happened to ‘Two and a half men’. It’s not the same anymore since Charlie Sheen and later Angus T. Jones left.

Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS
Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS


What the cast should keep in mind too, is that they also wouldn’t be in their position right now, if the show didn’t exist. A show is team work. There are more than ‘only’ the actors responsible for it. And if they would all quit because they didn’t get the amount of money they want, they will lose their steady job and a great income most of us all dream of. They might appear in some movies or make guest appearances on other TV shows, but they probably won’t get the amount they earn right now.

So, I do understand the cast, and I know it’s their decision and not mine and I have no right to tell them what to do, but how about earning a half million per episode in next season? The million would be fine in season 10, like the cast of ‘Friends’ earned in their final season. Sure they are negotiating higher salary for the next 3 seasons and not only for the upcoming season 8. So I am not sure for which season they ask the million dollars for. But I do think as CBS ordered 3 more seasons, there has to be 3 more seasons. It’s like many guys who wanted to go to a taping and have tickets but can’t go because there is no taping at that time. These guys are understandably mad, and I think CBS would be even more if they don’t get what they paid for. Not quite sure about that, but there might be some high fees, if the ordered seasons won’t get produced.

So I am pretty sure they will reach an agreement soon and 3 more seasons will come. And as someone who studies PR management, I think this is also some sort of well-made PR somehow because The Big Bang Theory is discussed all over the internet. Even guys who don’t know that show that well, will eventually read about it and then maybe watch the next season. It is probably not wanted that way, but the more people talk about a show, the higher it increases its popularity. This is even better when everyone talks about a show and there are currently no new episodes airing. Just another reason the show has to be continued.