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Emmys: Tom O'Neil's daredevil predictions

Of all Hollywood showbiz awards, the Emmy is most confounding to predict because winners are chosen by small juries viewing sample episodes submitted by nominees as examples of their best work. But I've investigated all entries and I enjoy jumping off cliffs ... so here goes.

Emmy Q
DRAMA SERIES
Prediction: "Mad Men"
Runner-up: "Boardwalk Empire"

DRAMA ACTOR
Prediction: Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Runner-up: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

DRAMA ACTRESS
Prediction: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Runner-up: Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: John Slattery, "Mad Men"
Runner-up: Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Prediction: Margo Martindale, "Justified"
Runner-up: Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

COMEDY SERIES
Prediction: "Modern Family"
Runner-up: "Parks and Recreation"

COMEDY ACTOR
Prediction: Steve Carell, "The Office"
Runner-up: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

COMEDY ACTRESS
Prediction: Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Runner-up: Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Runner-Up: Chris Colfer, "Glee"

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Prediction: Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Runner-up: Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES
Prediction: "Downton Abbey"
Runner-up: "The Kennedys"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES ACTOR
Prediction: Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"
Runner-up: Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES ACTRESS
Prediction: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
Runner-up: Jean Marsh, "Upstairs, "Downstairs"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: Tom Wilkinson, "The Kennedys"
Runner-up: Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Prediction: Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce"
Runner-up: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Prediction: "Project Runway"
Runner-up: "Top Chef"

VARIETY SERIES
Prediction: "The Daily Show"
Runner-up: "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

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-- Tom O'Neil

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Emmy nominee Amy Poehler says L.A. takes getting used to

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler in West Hollywood

With “Parks and Recreation” up and running for its fourth season, self-described “East Coast girl” and comedy actress Emmy nominee Amy Poehler has pulled up stakes from her New York digs and returned to Los Angeles with husband Will Arnett and their sons — Archie, 2, and Abel, 1. (Yes, when selecting names, alliteration was a plus.)

Poehler will never get used to L.A. weather. (“It confounds me,” she says. “People who live here like to tell you that there are seasons in L.A. because one week is rainier than usual. No. Sorry. That’s not a season.”) And she’s just getting used to the Southland’s sprawling layout, which she says makes it too easy to “hide in your house and never see anyone.”

“In New York, you feel like you have accomplished something just by doing an errand,” Poehler says. “You go outside and see all these people and you interact with them. You meet someone in the street, you make a plan. You feel very engaged.”

And those interactions, Poehler says, come with a directness often absent in Los Angeles. “I find California to be very sideways,” she says. “In New York, when you’re talking to someone in the street, you say, ‘Oh, I gotta go.’ ‘Why?’ ‘I’ve been talking to you too long. I gotta go.’

“Whereas there’s a certain fluidity and poetry in California that I’m starting to get into and find groovy and understand more. It’s taken a long time, though. I still feel like I’m always the one talking the loudest and fastest in the room.”

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— Glenn Whipp

Photo: "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler in West Hollywood. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Time.


Julianna Margulies and Amy Poehler to present Emmy Awards

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Four nominees are among the six stars announced as presenters at the Primetime Emmys on Sept. 18.

They include "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies, who is up for lead drama actress; "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara, nominated for supporting comedy actress; "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler, contender for lead comedy actress; and her husband, Will Arnett, who is in the running for best guest comedy actor, for "30 Rock."

One night before Ashton Kutcher's debut on "Two and a Half Men," he will pitch in to dole out the Emmy statuettes. And Emmycaster Fox network will tout its new show "New Girl" by including star Zooey Deschanel at the kudofest's podium.

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Photo: Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife." Credit: CBS


Laura Linney is Emmy front-runner for best comedy actress

Laura Linney in "The Big C"

There are several reasons why most pundits predict Laura Linney ("The Big C") will win the Emmy for best comedy actress. For starters, the three-time past champ has never lost. Her first victory was for best guest comedy actress in "Frasier" (2004); her other two were in the contest for best actress in a movie/miniseries ( "Wild Iris" in 2002, "John Adams" in 2008). This year she competes for best comedy actress for her new TV series on Showtime, which has owned the category for the last two years with victories by Toni Collette for "United States of Tara" (2009) and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") in 2010.

Linney gave Emmy judges the pilot episode, a potent mix of defiant comedy and high drama in which she battles her neighbor, students, husband and son while hiding the secret that she's got cancer. It's loaded with so much emotional impact, range and sympathy that she'll be hard to beat.

However, four of the other five nominees submitted episodes that give them a strong fighting chance. "Saturday Night Live" alums Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Tina Fey ("30 Rock") both submitted strong material.

Poehler entered "Flu Season," in which her character -- small-town civil servant Leslie Knope -- comes down with the flu but insists on making an important presentation to the chamber of commerce anyway. The hilarity of her performance builds as, first, she battles flu symptoms, then the mind-altering effects of her medication. Poehler doesn't display Linney's gravitas, but she's a lot funnier. Her only problem may be that "Flu Season" is an ensemble-driven episode, which means she has far less screen time than Linney.

Fey might have the same problem in her "30 Rock" episode, "Double Edged Sword," in which she battles her boyfriend, airline pilot Carol (guest-acting nominee Matt Damon), during a lengthy flight delay. She's terrific while battling on the behalf of her fellow passengers, but she shares the episode with two major subplots -– one involving Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) winning an Oscar, and the other following Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and his wife in Canada –- so she might also be at a disadvantage.

Ironically, screen time is not a problem for Martha Plimpton, who many thought would have been better off competing in the supporting category for "Raising Hope." But entering the lead race proved to be a shrewd move. She earned a nomination and submitted "Say Cheese," one of her best episodes of the season, in which she is shown in flashbacks trying to corral her family for the perfect family portrait photo. She's arguably more of a lead actress in this episode than Poehler and Fey are in theirs. Plimpton was a surprise nominee, but if she wins, don't say I didn't warn you.

Melissa McCarthy is also a potential spoiler. She came out of nowhere to secure a nomination for CBS' "Mike & Molly," undoubtedly helped by her increased notoriety from this summer's blockbuster comedy "Bridesmaids." She stands a fair chance thanks to her episode, "First Date," in which she, like Poehler, reacts strongly to a heavy dose of cold medicine. She wouldn't be the first star to upset at the Emmys with the help of a hit movie; Katherine Heigl won best supporting drama actress for "Grey's Anatomy" in 2007, the same year she starred in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up."

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Emmys grant producer credit to Amy Poehler, Mark Wahlberg

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When the Emmy nominations were announced on July 14 the names of producers were not yet listed on the program categories. That's because it takes a few weeks for officials to confirm the producers' credits to make sure they qualify. Some stars such as Tina Fey, for example, work hard behind the scenes as writer-producers, but others do little while insisting upon producer credit as an ego trip.

Below is the list of some notable celebrities who picked up additional nods and could win a non-acting Emmy this year:

"The Office" -- Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak

"Parks and Recreation" -- Amy Poehler

"30 Rock" -- Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey

"Boardwalk Empire" -- Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg

"Dexter" -- Michael C. Hall

"The Good Wife" -- Ridley Scott, Tony Scott

In addition, the removal of the individual variety performance category two years ago means that hosts are now included with their program nominations. If the show wins, the host wins. That provides extra nods for Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher, Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart plus Ricky Gervais (Golden Globes), Sean Hayes (Tony Awards), James Franco (Oscars) and Anne Hathaway (Oscars).

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation." Credit: NBC


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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Another fresh Emmy winner of best comedy actress?

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If a recent Emmy voting trend holds, forget Tina Fey ("30 Rock") or Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") winning the award for lead comedy actress. They've already bagged the category in the past. The champ will be one of the other four nominees: Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly"), Martha Plimpton ("Raising Hope") or Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation").

For the last 10 years, a different winner has claimed the category every time. No one has repeated. Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") began the trend toward solo victors in 2001. Subsequent recipients: Jennifer Aniston ("Friends"), Debra Messing ("Will and Grace"), Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City"), Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine"), America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty"), Fey, Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") and Falco.

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Photo: Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in "Mike and Molly." Credit: CBS


Emmys: For 'Parks and Recreation's' Amy Poehler, it's about validation ... and 'Carmageddon'

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation," got a twofer this morning when she learned that she and the show had received Emmy nominations.

That's gotta feel good?

To be included in this group of women is an honor and awesome. The fact that the show got nominated is so exciting. I’m so happy that the whole cast is going to be there, and  we’ll all get to celebrate together.

How did you hear the news?

I’m on vacation in Nantucket with my family. So we watched the nominations like a sporting event and it got loud and rowdy. It was because my husband was also nominated. (Will Arnett for outstanding guest actor in a comedy for "30 Rock.")

What does this mean for the show?

We’ve had an interesting road, so I guess this is a sort of validation. Nomination and validation are similar words. So is determination and United Nations.

Do you have big celebration plans?

I plan to celebrate this weekend by getting in my car and taking in all the sights on the Westside. I want to drive leisurely to Brentwood, amble to Long Beach and then to Pacific Palisades.

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-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Adam Scott and Amy Poehler in an episode of "Parks and Recreation." Credit: Byron Cohen / NBC


The actors' Emmy episode submissions: What we know so far

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The Emmy nominations won't be announced until July 14, but many acting contenders are already weighing which sample episodes they should submit to judges if they score a bid. Below is a compilation of what we know about their leanings so far, but the decisions are not final. This information has been gathered from the stars' publicists, our interviews with contenders and various Internet sources. Nothing is final until specific episodes are submitted officially to Emmy jurors.

Among the drama contenders, "Mad Men" might finally win an acting trophy (or two) thanks to Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss submitting "The Suitcase," which feels like a two-person play packed with drunken confessions. Speaking of boozing, two-time past Emmy champ William H. Macy gets big, grandstanding scenes in the season finale of "Shameless" when he must atone for his drunken behavior.

In her showcase episode of "Sons of Anarchy," Katey Sagal appears tough and tender as she reunites with her father (Hal Holbrook), who suffers from dementia. Timothy Olyphant ("Justified") is considering one of two final episodes of a season filled with great action scenes, murders and a suicide.

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Beware: Amy Poehler will get cutthroat to win that Emmy [Video]

Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation TV newsBeing nice didn't work last year when Amy Poehler got nominated for best comedy actress at the Emmys for "Parks and Recreation." She lost to Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), who previously had won three Emmys as steel-nerved mafia mama Carmela Soprano on "The Sopranos." So I urge the former star of "Mean Girls" to get, well, mean this year.

That's a problem for Poehler because she's sweet by nature and she's usually nominated against pals like Tina Fey ("30 Rock"). "Yeah," she agrees with a nervous giggle (video below), "in fact, I just saw Tina yesterday and we were laughing about it."

But Poehler understands that seizing the highest honor of her profession is no laughing matter. "I know I should be more cutthroat and competitive about it," she sighs. "I've got to start thinking about these people as my sworn enemy. I'm going to start training like that girl from 'Hanna.' I'm going to shoot deer in the forest and get ready for the Emmys."

Rallying to the challenge, she says facing off against Carmela Soprano/Nurse Jackie Peyton doesn't scare her. "Edie Falco is really tough," she notes, "but she's little."

Poehler's toughest challenger this year may actually be three-time champ Laura Linney ("The Big C"), who's never lost an Emmy race. "Laura Linney is such a great actress and such a lovely person," Poehler concedes, "but I will take her out at the knees if I have to."

We offer our help and she's grateful because Poehler follows The Envelope, including our forums. "I can't read all of the comments because they're not always positive," she says with a wry smile, but she likes to track the discussion of what episode she should submit to the Emmy jury. So I just set up a special thread in our message boards to focus just on that topic -- pipe in if you've got some thoughts.

"The viewers sometimes have a better perspective than the actors, so I'm open to suggestions," she adds. "So you tell me. I trust your analysis and judgment much more than my own when it comes to this kind of stuff. I'm depending on you to tell me what to wear, where to show up and whose knees to take out with a pipe."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Amy Phoehler in "Parks and Recreation." Credit: NBC



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