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Dishing 'Boardwalk Empire' with Emmy contender Michael Shannon [Video]

Shannon 720 3Michael Shannon is a lucky Emmy contender: He's got one of the flashiest roles for a potential nominee. "Boardwalk Empire" recently won best drama series at the Golden Globes and best ensemble at the SAG Awards. As it sweeps through the upcoming Emmys, it will surely bag lots of acting nominations in addition to its inevitable bid for best series. That means Shannon may catch a ride.

In "Boardwalk Empire," Shannon stars as Nelson Van Aldon, a federal agent determined to conquer Atlantic City's bootlegging underworld. He's no angel, though. He's not only intrigued by his criminal nemesis, Nucky (Steve Buscemi), he lusts after Nucky's women and even gets one of them pregnant. On a whim, Van Aldon kills a thug during a bizarre baptism scene.

"When the TV season starts, he's trying his best to be both a good person and good at his job, but is thwarted at every step," Shannon said in our webcam chat. Soon he suffers a fall from grace, and "it's a pretty giant collapse," the actor added.

Shannon is a veteran awards contender and a past Oscar nominee for supporting actor ("Revolutionary Road"). He discusses all of this in our webcam chat below.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Michael Shannon in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO

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Emmy inside track: The race for TV drama series

The Good Wife Mad Men Boardwalk Empire TV newsOur message board moderators agree that three TV shows are seriously in the Emmy running for outstanding drama series: "Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Good Wife."

Matthew Cormier and Marcus Dixon back "Boardwalk Empire," which won best drama series at the Golden Globes and best ensemble drama series at the SAG Awards earlier this year. Chris Beachum, Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria and Matt Noble pick "Mad Men" to win for a fourth year in a row.

Curiously, all six moderators rank "Boardwalk Empire" and "Mad Men" in their top two positions — and they all rank "The Good Wife" in third place.

"The Good Wife" has several strong pluses. For starters, it's a hit legal-eagle show in the tradition of past winners "The Practice" and "L.A. Law." It airs on a broadcast TV channel (CBS). Broadcast channels employ the vast majority of the 14,000 members of the TV academy, and they haven't won best drama series since 2006 ("24"). Futhermore, it's airing new episodes right now, so it's fresh in the minds of Emmy voters. "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire" are old news, having aired in late 2010.

Nominations will be unveiled July 14, winners Sept. 18.

— Tom O'Neil

DRAMA SERIES

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Dixon

Dortch

Licuria

Noble

‘Big Love’




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‘Boardwalk Empire’

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‘Dexter’

4

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‘Friday Night Lights’


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‘Game of Thrones’

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‘The Good Wife’

3

3

3

3

3

3

‘In Treatment’

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‘The Killing’

5

4



5


‘Mad Men’

1

2

2

1

1

1

‘Sons of Anarchy’


6



‘The Walking Dead’




6


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Photos: "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO), "Mad Men" (AMC), "The Good Wife" (CBS)


Round 3: 'Mad Men' vs. 'Boardwalk Empire' at BAFTA TV Awards

"Boardwalk Empire" conquered "Mad Men" at the last two kudos battles. "Empire" ruled the race for best drama series at the Golden Globes and best ensemble at the SAG Awards. Now they're pitted against each other at the BAFTA TV Awards in the race for best international series, a match-up that also includes "Glee" and the original Danish version of "The Killing" that inspired the new Americanized adaptation currently unspooling on AMC. "Mad Men" has won this BAFTA category for the last two years.

Boardwalk empire mad menBritish sci-fi series "Misfits" leads the BAFTA list with nominations in four categories: best drama series, supporting actor (Robert Sheehan), supporting actress (Lauren Socha) and new media. In the series contest, it competes against rival sci-fi program "Being Human," updated detective series "Sherlock" and the super-hit "Downton Abbey." Surprisingly absent from this list is the modern update of "Upstairs, Downstairs," which was widely compared to "Downton" this past year because they both contrast the lives of upper- and lower-class folks.

The London Guardian crowed, "If there were any doubt as to who had won out in the great 'Downton Abbey' vs 'Upstairs, Downstairs' toff-off, the BBC program's lack of nominations against 'Downton's' two (drama series and supporting actor for Brendan Coyle) only underlines the ITV drama's supremacy."

The Guardian took a potshot at one contender in the race for best comedy series: "There's always one BAFTA nomination that makes you do a double take. This year it's 'Mrs. Brown's Boys,' which gets the nod in the sitcom category at the expense of shows such as 'Friday Night Dinner,' 'Grandma's House,' 'The Inbetweeners,' 'Him & Her,' and, most notably, 'Miranda,' which aren't nominated. Perhaps the judges thought it was mandatory to include an actual joke in the comedy nominations."

The trophies will be doled out on May 22. Here are some of the top nominees. More here.

INTERNATIONAL
"Boardwalk Empire" (U.S.)
"Glee" (U.S.)
"The Killing" (Denmark)
"Mad Men" (U.S.)

DRAMA SERIES
"Being Human" (BBC3/Touchpaper Television)
"Downton Abbey" (ITV1/Carnival Films)
"Misfits" (E4/Clerkenwell Films)
"Sherlock" (BBC1/Hartswood Films)

SITUATION COMEDY
"Mrs. Brown's Boys" (BBC One/BOCPix, BBC Productions, RTE)
"Peep Show" (Channel 4/Objective Productions)
"Rev" (BBC Two/Big Talk Productions)
"The Trip" (BBC Two/Revolution Films)

 

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Emmy inside track: The race for TV drama actor

After winning the Emmy for TV drama actor three years in a row, Bryan Cranston is now out of the derby because "Breaking Bad" wasn't televised during the award's eligibility period (June 1, 2010 - May 31, 2011). That's good news for three repeat contenders who are always nominated and never win: Michael C. Hall (who won a Golden Globe and SAG Award for "Dexter"), "House M.D.'s" Hugh Laurie (two Globes and two SAG trophies) and Jon Hamm (one Globe but no solo laurels from SAG for "Mad Men").

Jon hamm mad men suitcase newsMost pundits believe Laurie probably never will win because of the Emmy's voting method. Winners are decided by a jury of actors who watch sample episodes submitted by each nominee. Laurie gives a fireworks performance, yes, but it's of an arrogant, unhuggable character. Maybe we shouldn't discount his chances too much, however, considering James Gandolfini won three times for portraying a murderous thug on "The Sopranos."

Hamm may have a good shot this year thanks to a strong episode of "Mad Men" titled "The Suitcase," which he'll probably submit. It's a real winner, giving him a showcase to display a wide range of emotions. He even gets drunk and has crying scenes.

Hamm's toughest competition may be Steve Buscemi, who's widely considered to be "an actor's actor" starring in the white-hot new HBO series "Boardwalk Empire."

Below is a breakdown of how the race looks like right now. Expect Buscemi, Hall, Hamm and Laurie to fill up four of the six nominee slots in this category. They'll probably be joined by Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), who was nominated last year too. Who'll nab the sixth slot?

TV DRAMA ACTOR
(Favorites)
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Billy Campbell, "The Killing"
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias"
Hugh Laurie, "House M.D."
Andrew Lincoln, "The Walking Dead"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Timothy Olyphant, "Justified"
Ray Romano, "Men of a Certain Age"

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Let's peek inside HBO's Emmy campaign box

"Hey, where's 'Mildred Pierce'?" more than a few TV academy members gasped this week when they received HBO's box of campaign DVDs. Sorry, Emmy voters. Discs of the juicy miniseries currently unraveling on the pay channel will be part of another screener shipment you'll get next month. For now, it looks like you've got enough to watch.

The HBO box contains two booklets of info, hype and DVDs. One is devoted to TV movies/miniseries and specials, including "The Sunset Limited," "Wishful Drinking," "Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 – The Stand-Up Special," "Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue," "Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On," "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town," "Teenage Paparazzo," "His Way," "Public Speaking," "Wartorn 1861-2010," "For Neda," "A Child's Garden of Poetry," "Masterclass."

The other booklet is devoted to the TV series and include the following episodes noted below.

See how this year's campaign box compares to the ones shipped by HBO in 2010 and 2009.

-- Tom O'Neil

TV SERIES
"Big Love" – "'Til Death Do Us Part," "The Noose Tightens"
"Boardwalk Empire" – "Pilot," "Anastasia"
"Bored to Death" – "Make It Quick, Fitzgerald," "The Gowanus Canal Has Gonorrhea," "The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error"
"Eastbound and Down" – "Chapter 7," "Chapter 12," "Chapter 13"
"Entourage" – "Sniff Sniff Gang Bang," "Porn Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," "Lose Yourself"
"Hung" – "Mind Bullets" or "Bang, Bang, Bang Mother…," "A Man, a Plan" or "Thank You, Jimmy Carter," "Fat Off My Love" or "I'm the Allergen"
"In Treatment" – "Week 5" episodes: "Sunil," "Frances," "Jesse," "Adele"
"Real Time with Bill Maher" – "Oct. 22, 2010: George Clooney, Levi Johnston," "Oct. 29, 2010: Jimmy Carter, Zach Galifianakis"
"The Ricky Gervais Show" – "Clive Warren," "Doppelganger," "Future"
"Treme" – "Accentuate the Positive," "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky"
"True Blood" – "Night on the Sun," "Everything Is Broken"

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Emmy cliffhanger: What'll win best TV drama series? [Updated]

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

The good wife cbsThe Emmy battle over best TV drama series is a real drama this year. "Mad Men" has won three years in a row and can prevail again, but that kind of winning streak is rare. "The West Wing" and "Hill Street Blues" pulled off four consecutive victories, but "L.A. Law" was stopped after four wins and great series like "The Sopranos," "Cagney & Lacey" and "The Practice" won only twice. Heck, "ER," "Law & Order," "Lost," "NYPD Blue" and "24" had to settle for a solo triumph each.

"Boardwalk Empire" is "Mad Men's" most serious rival. A few months ago, it won the Golden Globe for best TV drama series and the equivalent prize at the Screen Actors Guild: best TV ensemble.

Both series are vulnerable because of timing, however: They're old news. "Mad Men's" last episode was telecast in October. "Boardwalk Empire" went off the air in December. What could beat them? "The Good Wife" can pull off an upset because it's a well-crafted legal thriller in the tradition of past champs like "The Practice" and "L.A. Law" –- and it's on CBS. Most members of the TV academy work for programs airing on the broadcast channels, and there's strong pressure on Emmy voters to let their kin win again. The last time a broadcast series won the category was 2006 ("24").

Remember, the Emmys have expanded this category to six nominees. That means three more slots are open. "Dexter" and "True Blood" got in last year and may return. There's a good chance that "Friday Night Lights" will finally break through. Last year its lead stars, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, finally scored nominations. TV critics continue to cheer it vigorously while new episodes are airing on NBC right now –- after their first spin on DirecTV. If nominated, it actually has a shot to win.

* = nominated last year

BEST TV DRAMA SERIES
(Favorites)
"Boardwalk Empire"
"The Borgias"
"Dexter" *
"Friday Night Lights"
"The Good Wife" *
"In Treatment"
"Justified"
"The Killing"
"Mad Men" *
"Shameless"
"Sons of Anarchy"
"True Blood" *
"The Walking Dead"

(Possible)
"Big Love"
"Burn Notice"
"The Closer"
"Game of Thrones"
"Harry's Law"
"House M.D."
"Luther"
"Parenthood"
"Treme"

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Emmy slugfest over best drama actor: Jon Hamm vs. Steve Buscemi

After three past losses for his work on "Mad Men," Jon Hamm will finally win best TV drama actor at the Emmys, according to three of the six pundits polled by Awards Tracker. The gurus are our forums' moderators, who monitor the Emmy voting process closely and believe that Hamm can finally prevail because of the emotional impact and range he displays in the Season 4 episode that he will probably submit to Emmy judges: "The Suitcase."

Mad Men Boardwalk Empire TV newsOur other three pundits are betting on Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire," which will certainly be a major Emmy contender. The hot new HBO series recently won best drama series at the Golden Globes, halting beat "Mad Men's" three-year winning streak, and may soon do the same at the Emmys.

For the last three years, the Emmy contest for best TV drama actor was dominated by Bryan Cranston, but he's not eligible now because "Breaking Bad" had no new episodes airing during the Emmy eligibility period that ends May 31. Five-time loser Hugh Laurie ("House M.D.") has never won. Other nominees last year included Hamm, Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") and Matthew Fox ("Lost"). All may return except Fox.

Other top contenders: Simon Baker ("The Mentalist"), Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), Idris Elba ("Luther"), Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy"), Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias"), Andrew Lincoln ("The Walking Dead"), William H. Macy ("Shameless"), Timothy Olyphant ("Justified"), Bill Paxton ("Big Love") and Tom Selleck ("Blue Bloods").

Our participating Emmy pundits: Chris Beachum, Matthew Cormier, Marcus Dixon, Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria and Matt Noble. Below, they rank their top six predictions for best TV drama actor according to likelihood of winning (1 is most likely). Also, see their rankings for best drama series and comedy series.

-- Tom O'Neil

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Cormier

Dixon

Dortch

Licuria

Noble

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

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Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"  

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Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
 

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Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

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Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

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Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias"

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Hugh Laurie, "House M.D."

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William H. Macy, "Shameless"

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Photos, from left: Jon Hamm in "Mad Men"; Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire. Credits: AMC, HBO


Emmy poll: Will 'Walking Dead,' 'Dexter' or 'Mad Men' win best TV drama series?

When we asked our forum moderators to predict the Emmy race for best drama series, they cited 11 potential nominees (see list below) and two likely winners ("Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire"). Now let's use that list of contenders and ask you -- the real experts -- which program will win.Emmy Q

"Mad Men" has reigned undefeated over this Emmy category for three years in a row. It continues to reap strong ratings from viewers and ace reviews from TV critics, but Emmy voters may be bored and want a change. That's what happened in the past when "The Defenders" (1962-1964) and "L.A. Law" (1989-1991) lost after three consecutive victories. However, two shows managed to continue their romps for a fourth year: "Hill Street Blues" (1981-1984) and "The West Wing" (2000-2003).

Our forum moderators believe "Mad Men's" most serious rival is "Boardwalk Empire," probably because Emmy voters are nuts for HBO programs and the pay channel's new series about Atlantic City bootleggers recently won best drama series at the Golden Globes. HBO also has "Big Love" (nominated once) and "Treme" and "In Treatment" (never nominated), but they're not considered to be serious threats now. Debuting April 17: "Game of Thrones." Yeah, yeah, fantasy fare usually doesn't do well at Hollywood peer-group industry awards, but that's what they said about "Lord of the Rings" before its historic Oscar sweep. Last year, HBO stunned Emmy watchers by nabbing a nom for "True Blood," which could rise again.

Don't give up on "Dexter" or "The Good Wife," which have lost in the past ("Dexter" three times; "Good Wife" once). When "Law & Order" won in 1997, the victory followed five previous defeats. Both shows will probably be nominated again.

If TV critics' darling "Friday Night Lights" finally gets its first nomination, it could garner widespread support from the industry. "Sons of Anarchy" is overdue -- and beloved -- too.

Among new shows, AMC's "The Walking Dead" is red-hot, and the network will soon debut "The Killing." Also to be unveiled during the tail end of the Emmy eligibility period will be Showtime's "The Borgias." The network's previous historical pageant, "The Tudors," failed to rule at the Emmys, but this time God is on its side.

Showtime will enter its new show, "Shameless," as a drama series, which is a bit of a surprise considering that it has recently been classifying its many dramadies as comedies because competition is less fierce in those slots.

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo credit: Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


It's Emmy war! Can 'Boardwalk Empire' conquer 'Mad Men'?

Boardwalk empire mad men TV news

Looks like "Mad Men" finally has serious competition in the Emmy battle over best TV drama series. While the hit AMC series has gone undefeated for three consecutive years, our forums' moderators are divided over whether it can prevail again. Four of our six pundits believe it will. Two foresee it losing to recent Golden Globes champ "Boardwalk Empire."

The following gurus offer their predictions ranked by likelihood of winning: Chris Beachum, Matthew Cormier, Marcus Dixon, Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria, Matt Noble. All of them forecast nominations for "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men." That's no surprise, considering one of those shows just won the Globe and the other three were nominated last year. However, our pundits are split over the following choices for the other two slots in the category: "The Borgias," "Friday Night Lights," "In Treatment," "The Killing," "Sons of Anarchy," "True Blood" and "The Walking Dead."

Last year, those two slots went to the now-canceled "Lost" and "Breaking Bad," which isn't eligible this year, but will be back in competition at next year's Emmy derby.

Missing from their predictions are past nominees "House, M.D." and "Big Love." Since "Treme" was snubbed last year, none of them is betting on it now. Nor are they backing "Harry's Law" from past Emmy magnet David E. Kelley or Showtime's new drama series about the ultimate dysfuntional family, "Shameless."

-- Tom O'Neil


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Cormier

Dixon

Dortch

Licuria

Noble

“Boardwalk Empire”

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1

1

2

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“The Borgias”

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“Dexter”

4

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“Friday Night Lights”


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“The Good Wife”

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“In Treatment”

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“The Killing”

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“Mad Men”

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“Sons of Anarchy”


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“True Blood”

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“The Walking Dead”


5



6


Photos: "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO), "Mad Men" (AMC)



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