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Mary Tyler Moore to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
Mary Tyler Moore has turned the world on with her smile and talent for the last half-century, first as Laura Petrie in the 1961-66 CBS classic sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and then as Mary Richards, a single woman working as a producer in a Minneapolis TV station, in the award-winning 1970-77 CBS comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Along the way, she earned seven Emmy Awards, an Academy Award nomination for her dramatic turn in the 1980 best picture Oscar winner "Ordinary People" and a Tony for her role on Broadway in "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"

Moore, 74, added another accolade Thursday when the Screen Actors Guild announced that she would be the recipient of its 2011 Life Achievement Award. The honor will be handed out the during 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29 airing on TBS and TNT.

Besides being an actress in countless feature films such as "Flirting With Disaster" and "Six Weeks," TV movies such "Heartsounds and "Stolen Babies," she is also a noted producer. In 1970, she and her then-husband Grant Tinker formed the production company MTM, which not only produced her own series but also such classics as "The Bob Newhart Show," "Rhoda," "Hill Street Blues" and "St. Elsewhere."

A diabetic, she has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since 1984. In May, Moore went through a successful surgery to have a benign brain tumor removed.

Previous recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Charles Durning, Ernest Borgnine and Betty White.

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Photo: Mary Tyler Moore in 2001. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times


Emmy contenders: The nominees speak their minds

Sue Sylvester 
With all the excitement over their Emmy nods, the nominees have a lot to think about these days. But more important than what they will wear or who they will thank at the Sept. 18 ceremony were far more pressing questions such as, “Is Jane Lynch going to tease me?” The Envelope had a chance to run this and other thoughts past some of the Emmy contenders; here's what they're thinking:

As Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” Jane Lynch can be downright mean. With her as host, are you nervous that she’ll poke jabs at you during her monologue? And what would she tease you about?

“Who could be the meaner person.”
— Margo Martindale, “Justified”

“She probably could talk about my [character’s] terrible wardrobe. Or the fact that I never smile.”
— Mireille Enos, “The Killing”

 “I love her, I think she’s going to be incredible. But we should all be a little worried.”
— Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”

“Bring it! It’s all in good fun.”
— Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Betty white “Oh, she’s a great gal; she’s fun. I’m not afraid of her. I’m a big fan.”
— Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

"I’ve known her for a long time. She’s certainly a searing character. She’s always been very sweet to me in person, so I’m hoping she might give me a 'get out of jail' card [otherwise] I’ll just have to roll with the punches."
-- Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"

“If she brings me up in her monologue, I’ve got reason to be nervous. But she’s very funny. I hope I can be recognized by her. That would be an honor.”
— Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”

“I’ve worked with Jane. She’s a great broad and hilarious. She can do anything she wants. She can sit on my lap. Or maybe I can sit on hers.”
— Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

“I’d be so happy to get a hard time from Jane Lynch. She could say anything and I’d laugh. I adore her!
I’m sooo excited. I’m such a huge fan!”
— Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”

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Emmys: Matt LeBlanc's seen it all before -- and he's just as thrilled this time around

Matt LaBlanc
Matt LeBlanc has had a career of ups and downs. You can't ride much higher than he did with the hit series "Friends." But his follow up series, "Joey," took him to some pretty low lows. Now, with Showtime's "Episodes," in which he plays a comic version of himself, Le Blanc has found a whole new fan base -- and critical respect. He received a lead actor in a comedy Emmy nomination this morning.

How’s your morning?

I would say it’s pretty darn busy. I got a very interesting phone call at 5:30 a.m. -- when I was sound asleep.

A good phone call. Do you think this means people are finally ready to see you as Matt LeBlanc and not totally as just Joey?

God, I hope not. I love that guy. He gave me the greatest 10 years of my life. It’s just a new chapter now. This nomination, it’s a huge honor. It’s very validating. The fact that it was nominated in writing as well is the best news of all. I’m really proud of the writing on this show. It makes what we do easier.

Have you talked to anyone from the show? Have your co-stars called?

No. They’re probably bitter and angry. I’ll call them and rub it in. They’re all in London.

What did you find most challenging about the character — is it hard playing an exaggerated you?

The most challenging part was to not laugh while shooting. It was so cleverly written. To be able to lay down exposition that is just so thoroughly funny, it’s a complex task.  One of my favorite scenes was that thing with the cologne. It was a very silly joke but was used as a catalyst for telling Stephen’s character [Sean Lincoln] that I slept with his wife. But it starts as a really silly joke. I don’t know. They just have this way of writing.

And are you nervous at all? This whole Emmy thing is nothing new for you.

Yeah, I know all about this thing. I’m familiar with not winning. If I don’t win,  you’ll find me out at the bar. But, really, just to be nominated -- I know everyone says that — but it really is a validating thing. I took five years off and to come back to this project and for it to be recognized is a blessing. I really have a good time. I love every scene. It's great to be part of something like this.

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Photo: Matt LaBlanc, star of the Showtime comedy "Episodes." Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


Emmys: Michelle Forbes on her nomination and the 'Killing' backlash

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes stars in the new AMC crime series "The Killing" as the grief-stricken Mitch Larsen, whose daughter's murder was the show's central investigation. Forbes received a supporting actress in a drama nomination for her work in the series' first season.

Where were you when you heard the news?

I decided to sleep during the nominations this morning. I thought, "If the phone rings, it’s probably for a good reason."

Are you disappointed that "The Killing" didn’t get nominated for best drama?

Actually, I really was doubtful that anything would happen to "The Killing" at any level because it’s the first season. And I was really happy "Game of Thrones" was nominated. Hopefully, the bias against anything that isn’t straight-up drama or comedy is being torn down. I was only a tiny part of "Battlestar Galactica," but the fact that Mary McDonnell didn’t receive anything because it was science fiction was sad.

Does receiving an Emmy nomination counteract a little all the carping about "The Killing's" season finale?

I was quite aware of the backlash, but I tried to stay out of the fray. Am I sounding like a politician?

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Photo: Michelle Forbes with Brent Sexton in a scene from "The Killing." Credit: AMC


Emmys: Chris Colfer is delighted by nomination, saddened by his limited time on 'Glee'

Chris Colfer

For Chris Colfer, the breakout actor on the Fox hit "Glee," getting his second Emmy nomination in as many seasons of the show was a great way to start his day. He took a moment to talk about his delight with the news.

You’re like the Emmy boy now.

That is one title I would love to have for the rest of my life.

Were you already awake and waiting for the call?

I think I've gotten to the point where now if someone calls me that early in the morning, I know it’s good news. I was asleep in my bed; I wrapped late last night on the film I’m doing. I slept right through. And it was cool because I got a call from my parents first. They beat everyone to the punch, and I was happy with that.

Are you nervous about your costar Jane Lynch hosting? Scared she’ll spill some of your secrets to the whole world?

I think I have just as many secrets on her that she has on me. I was so unbelievably proud of her when she hosted "SNL," and I cannot wait to see her take on the Emmys. And I’m mostly excited that I’m nominated because it means I’ll have a better seat to watch her. If anyone knows Jane, she’ll kick butt.

We've all just learned that your Kurt character will leave 'Glee' after next season? Were you as shocked as the fans?

I think the overall breaking news of it surprised me. I definitely wasn’t expecting that. It's definitely not my choice to leave the show, but I understand it’s the right choice. The show is very real. To have the character grow up and leave and graduate, it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s more of a big deal because not too many shows have ever done it before. We see the characters until they’re in their early 30s.

Since we won’t be seeing that with Kurt, where do you see him post-graduation:

I always imagined him running his own magazine. Kurtain magazine -- it would be like a Vogue-type publication. I don’t know. I love Kurt so so much. And I’m so proud of what he’s done this past season: He really went through a lot and experienced a lot. I’ve received thousands and thousands of letters from viewers who’ve just identified with him so much. It’s fantastic. I’ll miss that.  But at least it’s planned, and I’m sure it will be a nice goodbye.

Kurt did endure a lot this season. How will we see him develop this year.

Apparently, they’re going to go in a lighter, comical direction, which is good. I’m tired of crying in every scene.

Who else are you rooting for at the Emmys?

The biggest one -- that I was not surprised by -- was Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste in the guest category. She is just an amazing, amazing human being. I am more happy for her nomination than I am for my own.

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Photo: Chris Colfer, center, with "Glee" co-stars Dianna Agron, left, and Naya Rivera. Credit: Adam Rose / Fox


Emmy contenders: Behind the scenes of 'The Good Wife' with Christine Baranski and Alan Cumming

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Baranski 
Today, Awards Tracker checks in with CBS' "The Good Wife," the series in which Julianna Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, a woman who returns to the law career she abandoned after her politician husband is jailed in a scandal. She joins the firm run by her former classmate Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and his partner Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). She befriends the elusive investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) and squares off against opposing lawyer Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry). Released from prison, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) takes another run for office with the help of his obnoxious campaign manager, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming).

Here, Christine Baranski and Alan Cumming share their thoughts.

What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far?
Baranski: Dancing with Will after we win back the firm.

Cumming: I have enjoyed dropping my trousers and demanding whomever to kiss my …. It's not exhibitionism on my part, honestly. I just think it is great to be embodying a person who at that moment is so completely impervious and immune to all the social rules and mores, and is just behaving in a really base, instinctual way. It’s very liberating for both of us.

What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?
Baranski: Making Josh laugh when I rap.

Cumming Cumming: I love seeing the girls rehearse with their curlers in and their Uggs on. It makes me laugh every time. And I love making my behind-the-scenes videos for the CBS website and turning the tables on the crew.

In what way do you hope your character grows?
Baranski: Taller and slimmer and younger.

Cumming: I would like to continue to get more of a glimpse into his personal life. The great thing about him is that he keeps surprising us, and by “us” I mean the audience and me. He has a lot of foibles and a lot of baggage and he is very complex, so I hope I am allowed to keep delving deeper to find out more about him. I also hope we get to see him play the piano, as Chris Noth’s character mentioned he was a concert pianist in the first episode we saw him!

Tell us something about one of your cast mates that most people don't know.
Baranski: Archie is a pussycat.

Cumming: They are all fantastic kissers.

What's your favorite legal or political drama of the past and why?
Baranki: "Law and Order." Early years.

Cumming: There was a series on the BBC in the early ’90s called "House of Cards" that starred Ian Richardson as a Machiavellian politico in Westminster that was absolutely brutal and funny and gasp-inducing. I loved it because the themes were very grand and Shakespearian and yet at the same time it was set in the now. Ring any bells?

[For the record, 11:16 a.m. June 15: A previous version of this post referred to Josh Charles as John Charles.]

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Top photo: America Ferrera, left, with Christine baranski on "The Good Wife." Credit: John Paul Filo / CBS

Photo of Alan Cumming by Jeffrey Neir / CBS


Emmy contenders: Behind the scenes of 'The Good Wife' with Archie Panjabi and Matt Czuchry

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Archi Panjabi 
Today, Awards Tracker checks in with CBS' "The Good Wife," in which Julianna Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, a woman who returns to the law career she abandoned after her politician husband is jailed in a scandal. She joins the firm run by her former classmate Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and his partner Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). She befriends the elusive investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) and squares off against opposing lawyer Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry). Released from prison, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) takes another run for office with the help of his obnoxious campaign manager, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming).

Here, Panjabi and Czuchry offer their insights.

What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far?
Panjabi: “The scene in which Kalinda bashes the car with a baseball bat! I had so much fun with that!

Czuchry: Oftentimes, Cary and Alicia are at each other’s throats. So, I love the scene towards the end of Season 2 where they are on the phone together discussing a case; and then suddenly, the scene turns into a gentle moment between the two of them where they ask how the other is doing in their personal lives.

What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?
Panjabi: I attended the Artist in Residence program at Harvard University and at the end they presented me with a signed Harvard baseball bat!”

Czuchry: When Archie Panjabi won the Emmy.

Matt Czuchry In what way do you hope your character grows?
Panjabi: It would be fun to peel off a few more layers of Kalinda so as to get a deeper insight into her backstory.

Czuchry: I would love for the audience to have a new window into who Cary is through the lens of his personal and family relationships outside of work.

Tell us something about one of your cast mates that most people don't know.
Panjabi: Matt Czuchry is the first person from East Tennessee to ever win the Tennessee State singles tennis championship.

Czuchry: It can’t be said enough: Christine Baranski has an absolutely beautiful singing voice. Hearing it boom in between scenes is quite special.

What's your favorite legal or political drama of the past and why?
Czuchry: "Damages." I love how all of the characters are interwoven in such beautiful ways, which forces the audience to re-evaluate what is truly right and wrong.

[For the record, 11:18 a.m. June 15: A previous version of this post referred to Josh Charles as John Charles.]

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Photo at top: Julianna Margulies, left, and Archie Panjabi in "The Good Wife." Credit: John Paul Filo/CBS

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Emmy contenders: Behind the scenes with 'The Good Wife's Josh Charles

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Good wife 
Upon occasion, we here at Awards Tracker will check in with a show’s cast members to get their responses to some random questions. Today we spotlight CBS' "The Good Wife," in which Julianna Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, a woman who returns to the law career she abandoned after her politician husband is jailed in a scandal. She joins the firm run by her former classmate Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and his partner Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). She befriends the elusive investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) and squares off against opposing lawyer Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry). Released from prison, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) takes another run for office with the help of his obnoxious campaign manager, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming).

Here, Charles offers his insights into the "Good Wife" set and his castmates.

What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far?
I love doing scenes when we are in the judges’ chambers. Getting to do scenes with Denis O’Hare, Linda Emond and Jane Alexander is really a joy. While researching the role, I found it fascinating to hear how differently lawyers and judges behave when they are behind closed doors and I think our writers do a wonderful job of showing that dynamic. I always enjoy any scenes with Julianna, but the scenes in the finale were really special to film.

What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?
When we all get the giggles and feel like naughty school kids while the crew patiently waits for us to get it out of our system. When F. Murray Abraham was with us, he told dirty jokes in between takes and kept us in stitches. I’m as bad as anyone: Around Halloween, I walked into a scene between Christine Baranski and Michael Boatman wearing a full Baltimore Ravens football uniform (with pads). Their reaction was priceless.

In what way do you hope your character grows?
Oftentimes, TV lawyers are portrayed as moral angels — always trying to do the right thing and sweating over the details. Will isn’t like that. He wants to win, he’s passionate about his clients, and he has shown that he is willing to do just about anything to win — from dumping a gun to going after a judge. At the same time, though, he’s been struggling in his personal relationships. I hope that we get to see Will pay a price for his choices — something that hits him hard and rocks his approach to the law or to his relationships. Clearly, Will’s sexual relationship with Alicia will change things and it will be interesting to see how Alicia’s relationships and passions impact Will. I also hope that as we uncover Will’s past, it will shed some more light on why he behaves the way he does.

Tell us something about one of your cast mates that most people don't know.
Well, Christine Baranski is a huge sports fan and loves the Red Sox and Patriots (as well as the Bills, since she is from Buffalo.) Also, Matt Czuchry is one of the best pingpong players I’ve ever seen.

What's your favorite legal or political drama of the past and why?
I’d have to go with "The Wire." True, it’s not a legal drama but the show was one of the most poignant indictments of city politics to ever hit the air. It doesn’t make a difference what season you watch: Each one stands as some of the best political TV ever.

[For the record, 11:20 a.m. June 15: A previous version of this post referred to Josh Charles as John Charles.]

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Photos: Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles in "The Good Wife." Credit: David M. Russell / CBS


Envelope Emmy Week: Geek TV panelists talk about their favorite shows and first jobs [video]

In the Envelope Emmy Week's Geek TV panel on Wednesday night -- moderated by Times television critic Robert Lloyd -- Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) gathered to talk about their passionate fans, understanding their characters and, in the first clip below, their favorite geek TV shows. In the second clip, we learn what some of their earliest acting experiences were.

 

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Envelope Emmy Week: Geek TV panelists share traits with their characters

For Envelope Emmy Week, we invited five actors to talk with us about their characters’ kooky idiosyncrasies (germophobia, social awkwardness, selfishness and, let's not forget, shape-shifting and killing people) and the effect of their shows on the fanboy (and girl) audience.

In the Geek TV panel Wednesday night — moderated by Times television critic Robert Lloyd — Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) discussed their careers, their fans and, in the clip below, how they relate to their characters, admitting they suffer similar anxiety, or keep secrets, or, as with McHale, had cheating in common with their character. Check back soon for more clips.

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