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Emmy video spoof: 'Boardwalk Empire'

In his earlier Emmy video spoofs, you've seen our rascally forums moderator Matt Noble slay "Dexter," sell "Mad Men" to TV academy voters and croon off-key over "Glee." Now he takes on "Boardwalk Empire."


How to sell 'Mad Men' to Emmy voters

'Dexter': Kill for an Emmy

Loser like 'Glee'

— Tom O'Neil

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
Prediction: "Mad Men"
Runner-up: "Boardwalk Empire"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prediction: "Downton Abbey"
Runner-up: "The Kennedys"

Prediction: Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"
Runner-up: Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood"

Prediction: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
Runner-up: Jean Marsh, "Upstairs, "Downstairs"

Prediction: Tom Wilkinson, "The Kennedys"
Runner-up: Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce"

Prediction: Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce"
Runner-up: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Prediction: "Project Runway"
Runner-up: "Top Chef"

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


Uh-oh! Is 'Mad Men' in trouble at the Emmys?

Poll: What new TV series will be the next Emmy champ?

Emmy diva smackdown: Julianna Margulies vs. Elisabeth Moss

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Uh-oh! Is 'Mad Men' in trouble at the Emmys?


The vast majority of Emmy pundits have been betting on "Mad Men" to win best drama series for a fourth year in a row, but now they must be worried after witnessing its wipe-out at the Creative Arts Awards on Saturday. Not only did "Mad Men" win just one trophy (hairstyling), but its chief rival, "Boardwalk Empire," ruled the kudofest with seven. All "Boardwalk Empire" needs to tie "The West Wing's" 2000 record for most victories in one year is two more at next Sunday's Emmycast. Surely, it'll bag best director for Martin Scorsese. Steve Buscemi has an excellent shot at best actor and ... hmmm ... what about that top prize for best series? Suddenly, it all appears to be within HBO's grasp.

That shouldn't be surprising considering that "Boardwalk Empire" won best drama series at the Golden Globes plus best drama ensemble at the SAG Awards, but pundits have been pooh-poohing its Emmy hopes because original episodes were last seen on TV in December.

That seems hugely unfair considering that original episodes of "Mad Men" were last seen on TV in October, but most pundits shrug that off, probably because "Mad Men" was able to overcome the same problem in the past. However, each time "Mad Men" won, AMC aired new episodes during the voting period and Emmy voters couldn't drive down Sunset Boulevard without spying Don Draper and the gang smiling down from billboards overhead and from the sides of buses gliding by. Not true this time. Series creator Matt Weiner's protracted negotiations with the network caused production delays, which limited all that advertising.

Will that matter? Maybe. But maybe not. Back in 2002, "Mad Men" merely won one prize at the Creative Arts Emmys and it just so happened to be the same solo category it won this year –- hairstyling -– and it still managed to prevail as best drama series. This year "Mad Men" clearly has widespread support across the academy since it leads with 12 nominations, compared with 11 for "Boardwalk."

Personally, I think "Mad Men" will still win. It has class and Emmy voters are snobs. That's why they kept picking "The West Wing" for four years in a row. It's no coincidence that the TV series with the most wins in all categories (37) is about two snooty brothers bickering about opera and vintage wines: "Frasier." "Boardwalk Empire" has "The Sopranos" problem. It's about thugs and, remember, "The Sopranos" lost its first year in the race for best drama series to "The Practice," a classy show about attorneys.

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'Boardwalk Empire' rules Creative Arts Emmys


"Boardwalk Empire" ruled the Creative Arts Emmys by winning seven prizes. If it picks up two more next weekend at the main Primetime Emmys telecast, it will tie the record held by "The West Wing" for most series victories in a single year.

The HBO series won best art direction, casting, cinematography, editing, makeup and sound editing. It even claimed the prize for best visual effects, beating several heavily favored rivals that feature the kind of fantasy elements that usually pay off: "Game of Thrones," "Stargate Universe" and "The Walking Dead." Next week it has a strong chance of winning several lead trophies, including best drama series, lead actor (Steve Buscemi) and director (Martin Scorsese). If it takes all three, it will set a new Emmy record with 10. "Boardwalk" is also up for best supporting actress, but most pundits don't believe Kelly Macdonald can win.

Paul McCrane ("Harry's Law") and Loretta Devine ("Grey's Anatomy") won the awards for guest acting in a drama series, while the equivalent prizes in the comedy category went to Justin Timberlake ("Saturday Night Live") and Gwyneth Paltrow ("Glee"). Timberlake also shared in the victory for his "Saturday Night Live" monologue tune in the race for best song.

PHOTOS: Creative Arts Emmys red carpet

Devine's victory was a major upset over front-runners Julia Stiles ("Dexter") and Joan Cusack ("Shameless"). McCrane's win also was a surprise considering most pundits were betting on an easy win for five-time past champ Michael J. Fox ("The Good Wife").

In past years, "Deadliest Catch" lost best nonfiction series five times, but it switched to the reality program contest this year where it staged a win over "Hoarders," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "MythBusters" and "Antiques Roadshow." It also prevailed in three other tech races, tying "Gettysburg" for second biggest champ at the Creative Arts Emmys. "Gettysburg" won best nonfiction special plus three tech slots.

"The Kennedys" continued its redemption at the Emmys after being dumped by the History Channel and being telecast on the rebound by Reelz. It tied "Mildred Pierce" for three wins. "The Kennedys" won for makeup, hairstyling and soundmixing. "Mildred Pierce" won for casting, music and art direction.

"Futurama" also reaped network revenge by winning best animated program after a previous victory in 2002. The program was dropped by Fox a few years ago, but later picked up by Comedy Central. "The Simpsons" had been heavily favored to win the race this year. "Futurama" also won the voiceover prize for Maurice LaMarche.

Jeff Probst continued his romp through the race for best reality host, winning it every year of the category's existence (four).

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO

Who'll win the Emmy race for best drama series actor?

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Finally, there is suspense in the Emmy race for best actor in a drama series. Three-time champ Bryan Cranston is not in the contest since "Breaking Bad" didn't air new episodes in the eligibility period. The current nominees: Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), and Timothy Olyphant ("Justified").

Hamm has lost all three times in this category to Cranston, so he has never known defeat to anyone else. Maybe he has been in second place all these years? For this past season of "Mad Men," he had his best showcase ever with the episode "The Suitcase," which was submitted to Emmy judges. In it, his character Don Draper gets drunk with coworker Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) one night while working late and finds out a friend has died in California. It is a surprisingly emotional performance from a character that normally keeps everything bottled up inside.

Most pundits believe that his closest competition is with Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), who has already won this year at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. In the season finale "A Return to Normalcy," his character Nucky Thompson, a politician with mobster ties, lets down his guard on election day with Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) when he recounts the tragic deaths of his wife and baby years earlier.

Hall has been nodded three times as Dexter Morgan, a secret, sympathetic serial killer employed by the Miami police on "Dexter." His riveting performance on last year's Emmy submission, the season finale "The Getaway," had tons of action and the surprise ending with his wife murdered in his bathtub. Since Hall couldn't win for that, it's doubtful that his latest episode submission can triumph: "Teenage Wasteland," which doesn't have that kind of energy but does feature a nice story arc depicting his search for a new set of killers while being worried that his stepdaughter is missing.

Olyphant ("Justified") is the only Emmy rookie in this field. In his episode "Reckoning," he portrays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who searches frantically for a murderer and ultimately drags the suspect out in the woods where he must decide whether he will live or die. It is a very compelling, forceful performance of a lawman distributing his own form of justice, not unlike the performance given by Kiefer Sutherland ("24") when when he won in 2006.

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Do the broadcast networks' drama series direct themselves?

Good wife

The domination by cable drama series over their broadcast network counterparts in recent years is nowhere more noticeable than in the Emmy category for drama directing.

This year marks the first time that all five nominees stem from cable shows: Two are for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" ("Anastasia," directed by Jeremy Podeswa and the pilot helmed by Martin Scorsese). Also in the mix are the pilots of these three shows: Showtime's "The Borgias" (Neil Jordan), HBO's "Game of Thrones" (Tim Van Patten) and AMC's "The Killing" (Patty Jenkins).

Over the last 10 years, cable has made significant inroads as far as TV directors are concerned. Last year, 4 out of 5 nominees in the directing race were cable offerings, and over the course of the last decade, drama series from AMC, FX, HBO, Showtime and even Syfy wiped the floor with their broadcast rivals.

Broadcast TV certainly had a lot of strong contenders. "The Good Wife" — the only broadcast show nominated for outstanding drama series — was touted as a strong possibility for show runner Robert King, who won raves for directing the season finale, "Closing Arguments." Other contenders — like Tony Phelan for the buzzed-about "Grey's Anatomy" musical episode, "Song Beneath the Song"; Bill D'Elia for the pilot episode of "Harry's Law"; and segments of Fox's "House" and NBC's "Parenthood" — were in the hunt, but they were completely shut out in favor of lavish big-budget period pieces ("Boardwalk," "Borgias" and "Thrones") and moody, cutting-edge thrillers ("The Killing").

So, who is likely to take home the prize? The smart money is on Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese to triumph for bringing Prohibition-era Atlantic City to life in "Boardwalk Empire." Close behind as a possible spoiler: "Game of Thrones" pilot, directed by five-time Emmy nominee Tim Van Patten (for "The Sopranos"), who has yet to win.


Prediction: Those 'Hoarders' rats will infest the Emmys

Blame cranky Dr. House because Hugh Laurie hasn't won an Emmy?

Can any comedy series dethrone 'Modern Family'?

— Tom O'Neil

Photo: Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles in the "Closing Argument" episode of "The Good Wife," which was surprisingly not nominated for drama directing at the Emmys. Credit: CBS.

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).


Can anyone beat Steve Carell at the Emmys?

Emmy contenders: Jane Lynch has a secret advantage

Blame Michael Scott if Steve Carell loses the Emmy again?

-- Tom O'Neil

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

Emmys: Fans react to nominations

Commenters in our forum are delighted about top Emmy nominations for new TV shows such as "Game of Thrones." They're furious over the snubs of "Fringe" and "Sons of Anarchy" and flabbergasted that last year's winner for drama actress, Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"), was booted out. Below, sample comments. See more here.

DS0816: Glad for Melissa McCarthy. She really earned it! And so did Martha Plimpton.
Parks and recreations TV Emmy nominations news
sweetboroguy: I actually cut off a piece of my hat and ate it this morning because I am a man of my word. "Parks" was nominated for Best Comedy and so I ate the hat.

24Emmy: I'm glad Louis C.K. made it, but poor Joel McHale.

blueprint: Brenda Strong for voice over on "Desperate Housewives"?! How cool is that?

JJA91: All 6 cast members of "Modern Family" get in!!!

MadScntst: Thrilled for Margo Martindale, Walton Goggins, and Timothy Olyphant from "Justified" and Peter Dinklage and "Game of Thrones." Disappointed that Katey Sagal is not there, and downright xxxxed that John Noble is not there.

Marvelous Mr. Maker: No Kyra Sedgwick... Can't believe this...

AM_092: Martha Plimpton! Though not enough love elsewhere for "Raising Hope"

PaulHan: The Emmys ... where you need a federal court order to evict shows like "Mad Men" and "Dexter" and Hugh Laurie + Mariska Hargitay from the lineup.

Atypical: No Neil Patrick Harris? They can't get enough of Jon Cryer I guess ... Jimmy Fallon makes the cut in variety series over Letterman. Didn't expect that.

SkyLight: Go Kate Winslet! Get that Emmy!

Hybrid87: "SYTYCD" + Cat Deeley made me very happy. Disappointed though that Emmy voters can't seem to connect with "Parenthood" because Krause, Emerson, Graham and Whitman would have all made their categories stronger.

Sasha: January Jones, you silly blonde ... Had you gone supporting, you would have been nominated and had chance at winning.

Benito Delicias: "Community" ZERO, "Cougar Town" ZERO, "Weeds" ZERO. These people don't know comedy AT ALL.
Turtle: Poor Harry Shearer. At least he was nominated once (in TWO DECADES). But his continual snub is up there with yet another baffling Katey Sagal omission: How good do they have to be?!

oscarnutlen: same old boring names over and over again.

rp557: All the "Game of Thrones" love makes my day (though I would have liked more acting nominations), Well done, ATAS.


Emmys: Best comedy nominees

Emmys: Comedy actor, actress nominees

Emmys: Comedy supporting actor, actress nominees

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: "Parks and Recreation." Credit: NBC

Emmys: Can 'Game of Thrones' or 'Friday Night Lights' win best drama? [Poll]

The Emmy race over best drama series is a real drama, pitting reigning champ "Mad Men" against "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "Friday Night Lights," "Game of Thrones" and "The Good Wife."

After sweeping the category for three years in a row, "Mad Men" seems poised to win for a fourth consecutive time, just like "The West Wing" and "Hill Street Blues." ("L.A. Law" won four times too, but not consecutively.) Perhaps its strongest rival is "Boardwalk Empire," which won the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble drama. However, "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire" aired in late 2010. Out of sight, out of mind?

Emmy nominations game of thrones friday night lights newsAlthough "Game of Thrones" is certainly top of mind right now, based on its mega-buzz driven by fanboy obsession, it faces a tough time reigning on Emmy night: It probably skews too young for the old guys who rule the TV academy. And let's be honest: "Dexter" hasn't got a shot. If it couldn't win last year after its greatest, critically hailed season, it can't win for just a very good one since.

Possible spoilers may be CBS' "The Good Wife" and DirecTV/NBC's "Friday Night Lights" –- the former a broadcast-network show and the latter a program that began its life as one. Remember, most of the 16,000 members of the TV academy work in the broadcast-TV business. One of their shows hasn't won for drama series since "24" (2006). "The Good Wife" is relatively new and sexy, and it has another thing going for it: It's a legal drama like past champs "L.A. Law," "The Practice" and, heck, even "The Defenders" back in the 1960s. It could very well pull off an upset.

But watch out for "Friday Night Lights," which could very well catch a Hail Mary pass and go for a surprise touchdown. In Hollywood, there's enormous love for that program beloved by TV critics but overlooked by Emmy voters in this race up until now. Yes, the show is canceled, but that may not matter. Over in the comedy category, let's not forget that "Barney Miller" got the last laugh after it was off the air. Yes, "Friday Night Lights" didn't have amazing ratings, but neither did "Arrested Development" when it won for comedy series. It had the Cool Factor –- just like "Friday Night Lights."


HBO dominates the Emmy nominations

Complete list of 2011 Emmy Awards nominees 

Emmys: 'Mad Men,' 'Boardwalk Empire' score big in best drama

-- Tom O'Neil

Left photo: A scene from "Game of Thrones." Credit: HBO

Right photo: Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton in "Friday Night Lights." Credit: DirecTV, 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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