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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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-- Elena Howe


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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-- Elena Howe


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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-- Elena Howe


Envelope Emmy Week: Bringing personal experience to the role and not knowing what direction their character might go [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, 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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Envelope Emmy Week: Alternative Family panel brings a wide mix of actors, shows [video]

As part of the Envelope Emmy Week and Screening Series, The Envelope 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 way, 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, in the clip below, discusses how actors must find a way to justify playing characters who sometimes do horrible things. Check back later for more clips.

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Envelope Emmy Week: 'Justified' exec Graham Yost talks about why the season finale was so, well, final [video]

Killing off Mags Bennett was a tough decision, says "Justified" executive producer Graham Yost at the Emmy Week screening and Q&A on Monday. But in adapting the books by Elmore Leonard for the series, he realized that's where the story had to go, despite how "fantastic" actress Margo Martindale was in the role. See what he had to say here.

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Envelope Emmy Week: 'Justified's' Margo Martindale is pretty chipper for being killed off [Video]

How would you like to show up to work one day and realize you're dead? That's what happened to Margo Martindale when she learned her much-loved Mags Bennett character was being killed off "Justified." Oops, forgot to make that call, executive producer Graham Yost said at Monday night's Emmy Week screening and Q&A with the cast. And, well, she did do some poisoning of her own.

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Envelope Emmy Week: 'Justified's' Walton Goggins on creating Boyd Crowder and the language of the South [Video]

For Walton Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder on "Justified," the show's Southern setting and rich language from Elmore Leonard make him proud. The Alabama native says foremost in mind in joining the series was not to perpetuate any stereotypes of Southerners. And as for creating Crowder, well, Goggins says, the outlaw didn't have to be the smartest man in the room, he just needed to be on par with the smartest man in the room. Here's a clip from Monday night's Emmy Week conversation with the cast of "Justified." Check back later for more excerpts.

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Emmy contenders: Behind the scenes with 'Nurse Jackie' and Merritt Wever

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In our final Behind the Scenes with "Nurse Jackie" post, we talk with Merritt Wever, the perpetually peppy and idealistic nurse Zoey Barkow. Wever's pithy answers to some fairly random questions offer a glimpse into the lively mood that fills the set.

What has been your favorite scene to shoot?
“My favorite scenes to shoot are the ones in which Zoey is completely positive about or confident in something absurd. Especially if this manifests itself physically.”

What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?
“When craft service comes around with trays of edible spirit-lifters.”

In what way do you hope your character grows?
“I hope my character grows in a way that completely surprises me. I’m thoroughly grateful that it’s not my job to decipher what that is.”

Tell us something about one of your cast mates that most people don’t know.
“Eve Best sublets.”

What do you hope audiences get from “Nurse Jackie”?
“Among other things, I hope that audiences grow fond of our characters. I’m fond of them all myself.”

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Photo: Merrit Wever, right, with Edie Falco in "Nurse Jackie." Credit: Showtime


Emmy contenders: Behind the scenes with 'Nurse Jackie' and Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze 
In our second Behind the Scenes with "Nurse Jackie" post, Paul Schulze, who plays pharmacist Eddie Walzer, who is also Nurse Jackie's lover, tells us about some of his favorite moments.

What has been your favorite scene to shoot?
“My drunken confrontation with Jackie in the ER after discovering her ‘other’ life.”

What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?
“Cracking up with Edie and executive producers Richie Jackson, Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius in video village [the spot where all the writers and producers watch the shoot on monitors] this past fall.”

In what way do you hope your character grows?
“I hope my character grows taller, thinner and hairier as time goes by ..."

Tell us something about one of your cast mates that most people don’t know.
“Lenny [Jacobson, who plays Lenny, the EMT] thinks of me as his big-mouthed uncle.”

What do you hope audiences get from “Nurse Jackie”?
“I hope audiences get entertained and recognize that we all have so much in common, especially secrets. That we can begin by tolerating each other and then letting ourselves truly embrace each other.”

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--Elena Howe 

Photo: Paul Schulze as Eddie Walzer with Edie Falco in "Nurse Jackie." Credit: Showtime



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