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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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Emmys: Michael C. Hall says nominations will put a spring in the step of 'Dexter' cast, crew

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Michael C. Hall woke up to his fifth Emmy nomination this morning ... but he had to track down his phone to do it. 

Tell me you weren’t murdering someone when you heard the news.

Even better: I was in my bathroom, where I leave my phone, which wakes me up [with an alarm]. I had a bunch of messages from publicists, friends, colleagues, so I was checking them.

You leave your phone in the bathroom?

If I put it by my bed, I’m too inclined to ignore the alarm. This way, I actually have to get up. That’s my technique.

I’ll have to try that.

Do it. It usually works.

Back to the Emmys. How do you plan to celebrate?

I don’t know. I mean, the ceremony itself will be a chance to celebrate the show. It received, what, seven nominations? Lots of us will be there. That’ll be a great chance to formally celebrate. We work today, we’re a third of the way done with the next season. It will definitely give us all a spring in our step.

Cablers seemed to get a lot of award recognition. Is that even surprising anymore?

I don’t know. I guess I haven’t put any attention to whatever the trends are this year. I’m certainly happy that that’s the case. I love my character, and he probably wouldn’t be as cool on broadcast TV.

Let’s talk about last season. What did you find most challenging in playing the character?

In the fifth season we sort of had to take responsibility for the mess in Dexter’s world. He had a big share in Rita’s death. It was difficult to try to play this guy who maintains some sort of disconnect from his emotions and still process all of that.

How about your fellow nominees? If you couldn't win, who would you like to take the trophy?

Well, I can’t say Bryan Cranston. Oh, gosh, I don’t know. It’s strange. We’re not running a 100-yard dash. We’re all doing very different things. It’s a strange thing deciding whose is best. Good luck to the voters doing that.

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Photo: Michael C. Hall. Credit: Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times.

 


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.
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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.

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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."

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

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


'Dexter' will submit these six episodes in Emmy race for best drama series

Three years ago Showtime received its first Emmy nomination for best drama series when "Dexter" broke through. Both the show and Michael C. Hall have been nominated for Emmys the last three seasons. Although they haven't won yet the series did pick up major trophies last year with John Lithgow winning as a guest actor and Steve Shill victorious as director of that season's finale, "The Getaway."

Dexter In the most recent season, its fifth, "Dexter" featured new guest actors Julia Stiles (as Lumen, a victim who got away from a serial killer), Jonny Lee Miller (as Jordan Chase, a motivational speaker and the big bad serial killer for the season), and Peter Weller (as Stan Liddy, a detective on the trail). Series producers and Showtime staffers have chosen the final six episodes of the season as their submissions to the Emmy judging panel if the show receives another nod as best drama series.

"CIRCLE US" (aired Nov. 7, 2010)
Dexter is helping Lumen find the men who attacked her when they discover an overturned truck with barrels filled with bodies of dead women. They determine that the truck is owned by Jordan Chase, whose security chief might be one of Lumen's attackers. Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) continues on the Santa Muerte case that now involves a sting operation.

"TAKE IT" (Nov. 14, 2010)
Dexter attends one of Jordan's motivational seminars, hoping to kill off the head of security with Lumen's help. Debra and the other officers have a major fallout over shootings in their nightclub case.

"TEENAGE WASTELAND" (Nov. 21, 2010)
While Dexter has started hanging out with Jordan to learn more about him, his stepdaughter arrives and starts causing problems. In fact, he is afraid that the teenage girl has gone missing. Debra is now on an office assignment in the filing room when she discovers new details about the barrel girls.

"IN THE BEGINNING" (Nov. 28, 2010)
Debra has been reinstated and is assigned to work on the barrel girls' murders. She starts piecing together evidence about the serial killer. Dexter and Lumen find another living victim of Jordan Chase, who is initially uncooperative but then provides information about the abduction.

"HOP A FREIGHTER" (Dec. 5, 2010)
Dexter and Lumen continue their quest to trap and kill Jordan Chase, but he remains a step ahead of them by planning a speaking trip to Europe. Debra has the serial killer case almost figured out.

"THE BIG ONE" (Dec. 12, 2010)
Jordan is captured by Dexter and Lumen who plot their revenge to kill him. Debra also tracks him down but arrives just after he has been murdered. She can't see who is behind the wall but assumes it is one of his living victims and allows her (and unknowingly Dexter) to escape.

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Photo: Michael C. Hall and Julia Stiles in the "Hop a Freighter" episode of "Dexter." Credit: Showtime


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 on Comic-Con and passionate fans [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 the extremes some of their shows go to, understanding their characters and, in the clip below, their very passionate fans.

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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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Envelope Emmy Week: Actors discuss the draw of their shows, and the odd families therein [video]

As part of the Envelope Emmy Week and Screening Series, we gathered a group of actors to participate in an Alternative Families panel earlier this week — Jennifer Carpenter of "Dexter," Peter Krause of "Parenthood," Cloris Leachman of "Raising Hope," Denis O'Hare of "True Blood," Emmy Rossum of "Shameless" and Katey Sagal of "Sons of Anarchy" — to talk about how each of their shows, in their own weird ways, involve the bonds of family, and the intimate relationships those bonds can bring.

In the hourlong conversation moderated by Times television critic Mary McNamara, the panel members, in the clip below, discuss what drew them to their roles, and the odd sort of families they contained, whether it be the lure of "being an outlaw," even one who has the normal everyday family concerns, or whether it's the ability to make your own family, if you happen to be among the vampires in "True Blood."

 

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Envelope Emmy Week: Bringing personal experience to the role and not knowing what direction their character might go [video]

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In the hourlong conversation moderated by Times television critic Mary McNamara, the panel, in the clip below, discusses what they bring of their selves to their character, like Sagal's fierce maternal instinct, or how the cast and crew themselves become a sort of family and when someone is written off the show there's a weird emptiness, says O'Hare. Rossum and Carpenter agree that everyone has the experience they need; whether it's pain or happiness, there is something they can draw on. 

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