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Envelope Emmy Week: Emmy Rossum embraces the huge, dysfunctional 'Shameless' family [Video]

For only child Emmy Rossum, who plays eldest daughter Fiona on Showtime's "Shameless," the idea of being part of a large TV family was alluring. It's not all fun for the character though, as Rossum told Times television writer Scott Collins at the Envelope Screening Series last week. The character is a young woman who wants to enjoy her life, but finds she must help raise her brothers and sisters due to her alcoholic father's lapses. See what she has to say in the video below. And check back for further clips from the Q&A.

 

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Envelope Emmy Week: 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner takes us inside the show [Video]

-- Elena Howe


Envelope Emmy Week: Are drunks funny? John Wells and William H. Macy of 'Shameless' discuss [Video]

In the Showtime comedy "Shameless," William H. Macy plays a drunken lout of a father who once, while on a bender, broke his son's nose. No doubt alcoholism isn't pretty, but is it funny? Macy thinks so. "Drunk is very funny," he said at the Envelope Screening Series panel last week. "It's also very sad," he clarified. The show's executive producer, John Wells, defended the series, saying the show in no way tries to glamorize people's struggles with alcohol but rather that it tries to present an exaggerated version of many people's reality. Watch the clip below for more on that conversation. And check back frequently for other excerpts.

 

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-- Elena Howe


Envelope Emmy Week: Kiernan Shipka on playing 'Mad Men's' Sally Draper [video]

When you're watching "Mad Men," does it ever feel like Sally Draper is turning into a little Betty? It's not your imagination. Kiernan Shipka, the young actress who plays Don and Betty Draper's daughter, says sometimes she'll look at the script and think, "This is a very Betty moment." And she'll use that in her performance. See what else she has to say in the clip below about working on the show and what show creator Matthew Weiner had to say about her at Tuesday night's Envelope Screening Series.

— Elena Howe


Envelope Emmy Week: Christina Hendricks on her character's relationship with 'Mad Men's' Roger Sterling

When, oh, when will "Mad Men's" Roger Sterling and Joan Harris get their acts together and become a real, legitimate couple? The fact that they are each married to other people is a stumbling block, sure, but series creator Matthew Weiner and the other writers are pretty capable of surprising twists.

In an Envelope Screening Series panel on Tuesday night, Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan, didn't go so far as to say she hopes the two characters get together, but she did note that "they have a lot of history and a very, very deep relationship." See what else she had to say in the clip below and check back in for other clips from the event.

 

— Elena Howe


Envelope Emmy Week: 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner takes us inside the show (Video)

The "Beautiful Girls" episode of "Mad Men" is creator Matthew Weiner's tribute to women -- from little Sally Draper running off to the city all by herself, to Don Draper's relationship with Dr. Faye Miller, to his elderly secretary Miss Blankenship. Poor Miss Blankenship. She died how she lived, answering phones for the people she worked for. Yet, oddly, it was her rather comedic demise, Weiner says, and her remembrances by Bert Cooper, that made up the "emotional core" of the episode. See what else Weiner had to say at the Envelope Emmy Week screening on Tuesday night. And check back in for more clips to come.

 

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 Envelope Emmy Week: 'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm offers a glimpse inside Don Draper

--Elena Howe


Envelope Emmy Week: 'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm offers a glimpse inside Don Draper (video)

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner was joined by cast members Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka in an Envelope Q&A session on Tuesday night. Asked about Don Draper's inner workings, Hamm had to admit that the advertising whiz is "fundamentally flawed." His life is based on a lie, Hamm says of his character, and while he tries to change who he is and how he operates, he fails to make much progress. Take a look at the excerpt below of the hourlong discussion and check back often for further clips.

-- Elena Howe

 


Envelope Emmy Week: Screening series and roundtables kick off the season

Don draper With the Emmy race poised to shift into high gear, the Los Angeles Times will kick things off with Envelope Emmy Week -- five days of television series screenings, cast Q&As and roundtable panels beginning June 1. 

Matt Weiner's "Mad Men" will launch the screening series programming as stars Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka join creator and executive producer Weiner for a lively discussion about the turns the AMC series took last season -- the new agency's in trouble, Don Draper's remarrying(!), Joan is pregnant and Sally, well Sally's growing up awfully fast.   

On June 2, William H. Macy and the cast of Showtime's "Shameless" will screen the series and talk about what could be television's most dysfunctional family ever, or maybe just its worst father ever.

Olyphant Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and the rest of the "Justified" gang gather on June 6 to take us behind the scenes of the highly acclaimed show about the U.S. marshal.

Emmy week continues on June 7 and 8 with two roundtables. Up first is Alternative Families in which an eclectic mix of actors will look at what "family" means on TV these days -- from biker gangs to vampire kingdoms -- and how their on-screen relationships help them and challenge them as actors.

The Geek TV roundtable on June 8 will look at the pop culture impact of shows that target the fanboy audience, as well as characters who embrace their geek status as a badge of honor.

After each panel, check back on Awards Tracker for video highlights of the night's discussions.

Guild members can get additional details and RSVP to attend any of the events at http://events.latimes.com/envelope/.

-- Elena Howe

Top photo: Jon Hamm as Don Draper. Credit: AMC

Bottom photo: Timothy Olyphant as U.S Marshal Raylan Givens. Credit: FX



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