2017 Emmy Winners

Below are the winners for the 69th Emmy Awards!

Best Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Actor, Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This is Us

Best Actress, Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series
John Lithgow, The Crown

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Directing, Drama Series
Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Writing, Drama Series
Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Comedy Series

Best Actor, Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Best Actress, Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Best Directing, Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Best Writing, Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe, Master of None

Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies

Best T.V. Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero

Best Actor, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Best Actress, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Alexander Skarsgrad, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actress, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Best Directing, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies

Best Writing, Limited Series or T.V. Movie
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero


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Jamie’s Staff Picks for September

The Graveyard Bookthe graveyard book
by Neil Gaiman
Read by Neil Gaiman

Summary: Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

I think any Harry Potter fan would really enjoy this book. Orphaned boy? Check. Mysterious prophecy? Check. Magical underworld? Check. Someone out to kill said orphaned boy? Check. My only criticism is that I think Gaiman could go into more depth with world-building in this book, and I’m hoping he’ll eventually write a sequel (or sequels?) so that he can. I enjoyed Gaiman’s narration and the voices he did for the different characters; whenever I think of the name “Nobody Owens,” I now think of it in Gaiman’s British accent. There’s also something great about listening to characters express their lines in a book in the way that the author imagined it. Definitely worth checking out no matter what age you are!

Also available as an ebook and audiobook using the Libby and OverDrive apps here.


Summary: Husband and wife writing team Sean and Beverly can’t wait to bring their successful British television series across the pond to make it big in America. But in true Hollywood fashion, it quickly becomes a laughable, cliched sitcom starring Matt LeBlanc who not only messes with their beloved show, but rocks the foundation of their relationship. So now, even if they survive the absurdity of show business, will their marriage survive Matt LeBlanc?

Matt LeBlanc must feel pretty vindicated that this show has gotten great critical reception after his disastrous Joey spinoff. He plays a fictionalized version of himself in a timeline where he just kept going from bad project to bad project after Joey, rather than taking a break and being more selective as he did in real life. He is driven by the desire to be taken seriously, but often finds himself accepting projects for the money. This version of LeBlanc is a less lovable Joey Tribbiani, and this show in general is far more cynical than Friends ever was. It really demonstrates that LeBlanc has great comedic range, however. Joey tended toward more bombastic and expressive outbursts, while the fictional LeBlanc is far more subdued but still funny. It also helps that the show is well-written and the other cast members are great– I was a fan of Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig from the excellent show Green Wing, and have also really enjoyed Kathleen Rose Perkins’ character Carol. Also, like all good shows, this one knows when to exit: the last season is airing now.

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T.V. Shows Canceled for 2017-2018

It’s that time of year when major networks begin to announce shows that have either concluded or have been canceled. I’ve compiled a list of T.V. shows that have either ended or were canceled without a promised conclusion. Any T.V. show that is canceled, however, has the possibility of being picked up by another network or streaming service. Stop by the library to check out and relive some of the shows you will miss.

2 Broke Girls – Canceled

Adventure Time – Concluded

Aquarius – Canceled

Banshee – Concluded

Bates Motel – Concluded

Black Sails – Concluded

BrainDead – Canceled

CSI: Cyber – Canceled

Castle – Canceled

The Catch – Canceled

Grimm – Concluded

Guilt – Canceled

House of Lies – Canceled

The Leftovers – Concluded

Marco Polo – Canceled

Masters of Sex – Canceled

Mercy Street – Canceled

The Middle – Concluded

Orphan Black – Concluded

Penny Dreadful – Concluded

Pretty Little Liars – Concluded

Reign – Concluded

Scream Queens – Canceled

Sleepy Hollow – Canceled

Star Wars: Rebels – Concluded

Teen Wolf – Concluded

The Vampire Diaries – Concluded

Vinyl – Canceled


You can check out a complete list of renewed and canceled T.V. shoes over at Rotten Tomatoes!

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New Releases 9/5

Megan Leavey
Rough Night
All Eyez on Me
Paris Can Wait
Urban Farmers
The Churchills 

T.V. Series
Supernatural, Season 12
The Flash, Season 3
Criminal Minds, Season 12
Hawaii Five-0, Season 7
Narcos, Season 2
Kevin Can Wait, Season 1
Doctor Who, Season 10 Part 2

Songs of Bob Dylan by Joan Osborne
Honestly by Boney James
American Dream by LCD Soundsystem

The Family Lawyer by James Patterson
The Western Star by Craig Johnson
Enemy of the State by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
Proof of Life by J. A. Jance
George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl

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New Releases 8/29

My Cousin Rachel
The Secret Life of Materials
Ireland’s Wild Coast
Visions of the Great Cities of Europe

T.V. Series
Delicious, Season 1
Gotham, Season 3
The Originals, Season 4
Chicago Fire, Season 5
Elementary, Season 5
NCIS, Season 14
Black Sails, Season 4
The Designated Survivor, Season 1
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13
Mom, Season 4

Happy Endings by Old Dominion
Fifth Harmony by Fifth Harmony
Birds by Seth Glier
Beast Epic by Iron & Wine
A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
Villains by Queens of the Stone Age
Seekers and Finders by Gogol Bordello
Life is a Story by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Exile in the Outer Ring by EMA
Genesis by Brian McKingiht
Heart. Passion. Pursuit by Tasha Cobbs Leonard

The Right Time by Danielle Steel
Glass Houses by Louise Penny

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If You Enjoyed…

The 10th season of Murdoch Mysteries recently came out on DVD, and it has been flying off of the shelves. If you enjoyed season 10 of Murdoch Mysteries, or you need something to hold you over until your hold arrives, check out the list below to find a similar audiobook, movie, or T.V. series!

T.V. Series
Doctor Blake Mysteries– In 1959, Dr. Lucian Blake returns to his Australian hometown to continue his late father’s medical practice, but it is his additional responsibility as the town’s chief medical officer that leads him to investigating cases of suspicious death.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries– Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920’s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.

Father Brown– Celebrated author GK Chesterton’s beloved character, Father Brown, is brilliantly brought to life in this charming ten-part BBC series starring Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Doctor Who). With the warmth of The Vicar of Dibley, the intellect of Miss Marple, the humor of Father Ted and the intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown is a fresh new take on a classic genre. Set in the 1950s in the heart of the English countryside, Father Brown is a kindly cleric with a particular talent for solving crimes. Many years spent hearing confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the workings of the criminal mind, and in each episode the enigmatic priest discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul, the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.

Mrs. Bradley Mysteries– Assisted by her confidant George Moody, Mrs. Bradley solves the most complicated crimes with a sly combination of charm, intelligence, and wit. In this set of five mysteries, she gets the lowdown on the upper crust – much to the bemusement of Police Inspector Christmas.

Jane Eyre– When orphaned governess Jane Eyre arrives at imposing Thornfield Hall, she’s intrigued by her brooding, wealthy employer, Rochester. His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever.

And Then There Were None– It’s 1939 and Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Indian Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. As each member of the party starts to die one by one, the survivors realize that one of them is a killer and start to turn on each other.

Clue– Who killed Mr. Boddy? Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with the gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler?

Name of the Rose– Investigating the deaths of two monks, a visiting brother discovers a secret library containing rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith.

Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett– Following the enormous success of ‘The Thin Man’ movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length novellas for the films that became ‘After the Thin Man’ and ‘Another Thin Man,’ in which he brought back his classic characters, retired private investigator Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora, written with classic, barbed Hammett dialogue.

Whose Body? by Dorothy K. Sayers– A naked body is discovered in the bathroom of a London architect’s apartment. Is it Sir Reuben Levy, the well-known financier who recently disappeared? Or is it a stiff dragged from the dissecting rooms of St. Luke’s Hospital? Lord Peter Wimsey must unravel the tangled threads that lead from a prostitute, to a well-known surgeon, and to a mysterious reunion at a London night-club.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle– A colonel receives five seeds in the mail–and dies within weeks. A young bride disappears immediately after her wedding. An old hat and a Christmas goose are the only clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father’s murder. These mysteries–and many more–are brought to the house on Baker Street where detective Sherlock Holmes resides. No case is too tricky for the world’s most famous sleuth and his incredible powers of deduction.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie– On a crowded train speeding through the snowy European landscape, one passenger lies dead in his cabin, stabbed twelve times. Hercule Poirot must sift through clues–some real and some planted–all while the murderer is still aboard the train waiting to strike again. John Moffatt stars as the legendary Belgian detective in a full-cast dramatization


Summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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New Releases 8/22

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Real Boy

T.V. Series
800 Words, Season 2 Part 2
Dominion Creek, Series 2
Lucifer, Season 2
Supergirl, Season 2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 4
Blue Bloods, Season 7
NCIS Los Angeles, Season 8
Portlandia, Season 7
The Walking Dead, Season 7
The White Princess, Season 1

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs
The Saboteur by Andrew Gross
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

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Remembering Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis passed away on Sunday, August 20th at the age of 91. He was well known for his classic slapstick humor and his philanthropy. Most notably, Jerry Lewis served as the national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and hosted the live Labor Day weekend broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 44 years. If you want to reflect back on his work and talent, check out the list below of items you can find on the shelf featuring Jerry Lewis.

At War with the Army


The Errand Boy

It’s Only Money

Jerry Lewis as the Ladies Man

King of Comedy

Nutty Professor

Dean and Me by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for August


Summary: ” Former Senator Selina Meyer was a charismatic leader and a rising star in her party with her eye on the White House, then she became Vice President. VEEP follows the whirlwind day-to day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the President’s interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the Chief Executive.”

A wonderfully irreverent, cringingly funny show about a power-hungry, self-absorbed politician and her bumbling staff. I was almost going to call Selina and her staff “inept,” but that doesn’t really describe it. In some ways they are surprisingly skilled, but I think they are all generally so busy trying to look good and one-up others, and get so caught up in the heart-racing insanity of running the country, that they make many, many, missteps. By the same token, though, they often find themselves bumbling their way to a win. Watching VEEP is sort of like tossing a coin to predict how these horrible people are going to come out of whatever predicament they are in. However, I think what really keeps me watching, other than the amazing performances and right-on comedic timing of this ensemble cast, is the colorful and creative insults that they throw at one another. This Office of the Vice President would be a terrible place to work if you were in it, but it’s oh-so-entertaining to watch.

If you like VEEP and are looking for something similar, we also have Armando Iannucci’s British political TV show, The Thick of It, and similarly-structured movie (which is great), In the Loop.

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell has been quite open about his struggles with alcoholism, and this album seems to address those struggles, but not in an obviously autobiographical way. Each song tells the story of a different character, addressing different aspects of life that I think Isbell can relate to as he fights his daily battle to stay sober. If you enjoy the more alternative rock side of country music, then I highly recommend checking this album out.

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New Releases 8/15

The Case for Christ
How to Be a Latin Lover
The Wall
Alien: Covenant

T.V. Series
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2
Bull, Season 1
NCIS: New Orleans, Season 3
Billions, Season 2
The Blacklist, Season 4
Riverdale, Season 1

The Store by James Patterson & Richard Dilallo
Exposed by Lisa Scottoline
Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

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