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Emmys: Will a 'Modern Family' star win best supporting comedy actor?

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The race for best supporting comedy actor at this year's Emmys comes down to which "Modern Family" actor is most helped by his costars' submissions. Four actors from the comedy are nominated this year, more than any other show has ever earned in this category, which means that voters will be watching four submissions in which all four men appear. That's why shows with multiple nominees in a category usually win, instead of splitting the vote.

Last year's winner, Eric Stonestreet, will probably not repeat. When he won, he had submitted the episode "Fizbo," in which he defends his boyfriend's honor while wearing a clown suit. But this year he has entered "Mother's Day," in which he complains about being treated as a woman in his relationship with Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). He complains in most of the episodes submitted by "Modern Family" actors, which may not play well to voters. But his bigger problem may be that his costars' scenes in his episode may be better than his own: Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill have touching, funny scenes in which O'Neill is embarrassed about crying over his late mother.

O'Neill submitted "The Kiss," in which his wife (Sofia Vergara) tricks him into performing strange rituals during a dinner preparation. He later expresses regrets over raising a son who is afraid of intimacy. But that episode's main storyline helps Ferguson, who is uncomfortable being kissed by his boyfriend in public.

Ferguson submitted "Halloween," in which he struggles to get out of a Spider-Man getup when he discovers that he's the only one who has come to work in costume. Appearing in costume helped Stonestreet last year, and the physical slapstick stands out against his costars' performances, though Burrell does have a strong subplot in which he fears for the security of his marriage.

Burrell's episode gives him the benefit of playing against type. In "Good Cop, Bad Dog," his happy-go-lucky character must reluctantly play disciplinarian to his disobedient teenage daughters, until he goes overboard by leaping onto their car and taping their computers shut. In O'Neill's subplot, he must deliver tough criticism to an eager entrepreneur, but proves to be a big old softy when he adopts the entrepreneur's dog. And Ferguson must figure out how to leave for a Lady Gaga concert while Stonestreet is sick in bed.

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Finally, Emmy jackpot for Ed O'Neill?

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Poor Ed O'Neill has endured a long streak of snubs before journeying to the Emmys, but now it looks like it could pay off Sunday with the ultimate Hollywood happy ending: an Emmy win.

In 1987, the funnyman starred in Fox network's "Married with Children" as Al Bundy, a role he played for 11 long years. Not only were O'Neill and his costar Katey Sagal snubbed by Emmy voters every season for playing the rude, crude Bundys, but the sitcom entered the Emmy history books as one of the longest-running series to never win a single award.

After that series ended, O'Neill guest starred on many different shows including "The West Wing," a series with major Emmy clout. But he still never managed to wrestle up an Emmy nod himself. All of that looked to change last year when his ABC comedy "Modern Family" started attracting Emmy buzz from the moment it premiered. Unfortunately for O'Neill, that award season ended with him being the only adult cast member to be snubbed. Once again, Emmy slapped O'Neill.

When nominations were announced this year, O'Neill fans rejoiced as the actor finally received his first Emmy recognition. Was he nominated because of the Emmy backlash from last year's snub? Or did Emmy voters simply come to their senses? Whatever the case, he's up for his first trophy this year, and he even has a great shot at winning.

According to predictions at GoldDerby, O'Neill is in second place to take home the award for comedy supporting actor. Experts, editors and users have "Modern Family" costar Ty Burrell out in first place, with Chris Colfer ("Glee") in third, last year's winner Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") in fourth, Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") in fifth and Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") in last place.

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Left photo: Ed O'Neill in "Married ... with Children." Credit: Fox

Right photo: O'Neill in "Modern Family." Credit: ABC


Chris Colfer and Walton Goggins to present Creative Arts Emmys

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Chris Colfer and Brad Falchuk of "Glee" and Walton Goggins and Graham Yost of "Justified" are among the new batch of presenters who will dole out prizes at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 10.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also named Rebecca Romijn and Paul Scheer ("NTSF:SD:SUV"), Priscilla Presley and Steve Binder ("Elvis' '68 Comeback Special"), H. Jon Benjamin and Adam Reed ("Archer"), and Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens ("The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway").

They join previously announced presenters Jon Cryer and Chuck Lorre ("Two and a Half Men"), Connie Britton and Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights"), Mitzi Gaynor and Bob Mackie ("Mitzi Roaring in the 20's"), Alison Brie and Dan Harmon ("Community"), Phil Keoghan and Bertram Van Munster ("The Amazing Race"), Noah Wyle and Robert Rodat ("Falling Skies"), Nick Tweed Simmons and Gene Simmons ("Gene Simmons: Family Jewels"), Kiernan Shipka and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men") and Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett ("Survivor").

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.  An edited version of the telecast will be aired by ReelzChannel on Sept. 17.

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Photo: Chris Colfer in "Glee." Credit: Fox


Can any comedy series dethrone 'Modern Family' at the Emmys?

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"Modern Family" won a decisive victory at the Emmys last year, taking six awards out of 14 nominations including best comedy, and this year the series is considered an even stronger front-runner with 17 nods, which is more than any other comedy.

TV's top award certainly likes to act a lot like a TV repeat. "30 Rock" won three in a row from 2007 to 2009, "All in the Family" and "Cheers" won four apiece, and "Fraiser" won a record five in a row from 1994 to 1998. Most Emmy pundits are predicting "Modern Family" will continue the trend with a repeat win this year, but is its victory inevitable?

Previous winners "The Office" and "30 Rock" are back in the running this year, as well as last year's nominee "Glee." But this is the first time voters will have the chance to honor "The Big Bang Theory" or "Parks and Recreation" in the top series race. Could Emmy voters buck convention by rewarding new blood?

Support has been steadily building for "Big Bang" since it premiered in 2007. It didn't receive any nominations for its first season, but it broke through in 2009 with acting nods for lead star Jim Parsons and guest actress Christine Baranski. Last year it earned a total of five nods, winning its first Emmy for Parsons. And this year it earned another five bids: a repeat nomination for Parsons, along with a surprise nod for his co-star Johnny Galecki and the show's first-ever nomination for best comedy series.

Five nominations may seem like scant support compared with 17 for "Modern Family," but unlike the Oscars, where the most-nominated film usually wins best picture, at the Emmys sometimes less turns out to be more. Remember, in 1998 "The Practice" won its first Emmy for best drama series with only four nominations, compared with the 16 earned that year by "ER" and "The X-Files." And last year, even though "Glee" had more nominations than "Modern Family" (19 to 14), it still lost the top prize.

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Will 'American Horror Story' be cursed at the Emmys?

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Ryan Murphy's new FX series is no laughing matter. While his current project "Glee" just racked up 12 Emmy nominations in various comedy races, Murphy's newest venture, "American Horror Story," is a frightening, sexual thriller -- and not the Michael Jackson kind of "Thriller" that the "Glee" kids sang about.

Murphy is no stranger to risky content. His previous FX series, "Nip/Tuck," constantly pushed the envelope in regards to sex and gore. That show was rewarded as best drama series at the Golden Globes in 2005, but didn't fare too well at the Emmys. It never received a series nod, nor any recognition for its main actors. Will "American Horror Story" have what it takes to break into the tough race for drama series?

Typically, genre shows have had a hard time being recognized by the Emmy Awards, but in recent times, things have started to shift slightly. Just this year, fantasy series "Game of Thrones" made it into the top race, and last year sci-fi series "Lost" and "True Blood" were both contenders. "Lost" even won the top drama prize for its first season (2005).

If "American Horror Story" can't make it into the drama race, perhaps some of its award-worthy performers can. Previous nominee Dylan McDermott ("The Practice") leads the cast alongside Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), who received her second consecutive nomination for lead actress this year. Also among the cast are four-time Emmy nominee Frances Conroy ("Six Feet Under") and two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange ("Tootsie" and "Blue Sky").

After screening the pilot, critics are having mixed reactions to Murphy's newest series. Matt Roush (TV Guide) described the series as "a hot mess, a berserk and luridly overstuffed mash-up of hyper-sexualized and psychologically perverse haunted-house jolts." Conversely, while Linda Holmes (NPR) saw the pilot as "very, very over-the-top," she also found it "wildly entertaining."

Though the Oct. 5 premiere date is still months away, check out this just-released trailer below for "American Horror Story."

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Photo: "American Horror Story." Credit: FX


Which star is most in need of an Emmy intervention?

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As every Emmy fan knows, winners are chosen based upon the strength of a sample episode of their TV show that they choose to submit to judges. Sometimes actors make the perfect choice as Jim Parsons did last year by picking "The Pants Alternative" segment of "The Big Bang Theory," which resulted in his big win as best comedy actor. And sometimes they really blow their chances like Sarah Jessica Parker did by submitting the notorious farting episode ("The Drought") of "Sex and the City" in 1999. She lost to Helen Hunt, who prevailed for "The Final Frontier" segment of "Mad About You."

Our forums moderator Rob Licuria believes that eight current nominees in the acting categories (lead, supporting and guest) entered weak choices: Alec Baldwin ("Respawn," "30 Rock"), Cara Buono ("Chinese Wall," "Mad Men"), Dot-Marie Jones ("Never Been Kissed," "Glee"), Randee Heller ("Beautiful Girls," "Mad Men"), Cloris Leachman ("Don't Vote for This Episode," "Raising Hope"), Eric Stonestreet ("Mother's Day," "Modern Family"), Sofia Vergara ("Slow Down Your Neighbors," "Modern Family"), Kristin Wiig ("Host: Jane Lynch," "Saturday Night Live").

"Who wins the prize as the worst Emmy episode submitter this year?" Licuria asks. "Who is most in need of an Emmy intervention? Could it be Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family'), buzzed about all season long as the sexy younger wife of family patriarch Ed O'Neill, only to come up short with an episode ('Slow Down Your Neighbors') in which she rides a bike and is completely outshone by her co-star and fellow nominee Julie Bowen? Or perhaps the real howler is on the drama side, like early frontrunner Kelly Macdonald ('Boardwalk Empire'), who could have picked a much stronger episode than the one she did ('Family Limitation'), where her few scenes are unremarkable, especially in comparison to her category competitors."

Licuria wants you to pick the worst submission, thus deciding the nominee most in need of an Emmy intervention. To see plot descriptions of the choices made, click on the episode titles listed above. Here's a full list of every episode entered by all contenders with links to plot descriptions.

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Photo: Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara in the "Slow Down Your Neighbors" episode of "Modern Family." Credit: ABC


Emmy contenders: Jane Lynch has a secret advantage

Glee Jane LynchAs the Emmys approach, Jane Lynch may look like the inevitable winner of best supporting comedy actress. Not only did she bag the category last year, but now she's hosting the Emmycast. But beware: She doesn't have the advantage she had last year -– she doesn't have that single powerhouse episode of "Glee" to submit to Emmy judges.

Last year, Lynch won for "The Power of Madonna," which was an impressive showcase for her skills as an actress, comedian, singer and dancer. She may have been competing in the supporting category, but she had so much screen time in that segment she seemed like a lead star.

The episode Lynch submitted this year isn't a blockbuster. "Funeral" is much more quiet and subdued as Lynch's character, Sue, mourns the loss of her sister, who had Down's Syndrome. Lynch shows a sadder and angrier side of her character and she doesn't get a chance to show off comedic skills. And she has much less screen time than she did in "The Power of Madonna."

Lynch does have another advantage this year though. She appears extensively in the episode submitted to Emmy judges by rival nominee Kristen Wiig. For some unknown reason, Wiig entered the episode of "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Lynch last fall. It's a perfect showcase for Lynch to show off her chops as a singer and comedian as she appears in a wide range of skits. It's a great complement to the dramatic performance Lynch gives on her own "Glee" submission, thus showing off her range as a performer.

Often this phenomenon helps a star to win. Felicity Huffman won for comedy actress in 2005 when her "Desperate Housewives" castmates Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher submitted episodes that assisted Huffman in showing off her range. The same crossover aided Eric Stonestreet in 2010 (up against Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"), Cynthia Nixon in 2004 (up against Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis, "Sex and the City"), and all throughout Emmy history ("The West Wing" supporting actors, "The Golden Girls" lead actresses, etc.).

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Emmy contenders: The nominees speak their minds

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With all the excitement over their Emmy nods, the nominees have a lot to think about these days. But more important than what they will wear or who they will thank at the Sept. 18 ceremony were far more pressing questions such as, “Is Jane Lynch going to tease me?” The Envelope had a chance to run this and other thoughts past some of the Emmy contenders; here's what they're thinking:

As Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” Jane Lynch can be downright mean. With her as host, are you nervous that she’ll poke jabs at you during her monologue? And what would she tease you about?

“Who could be the meaner person.”
— Margo Martindale, “Justified”

“She probably could talk about my [character’s] terrible wardrobe. Or the fact that I never smile.”
— Mireille Enos, “The Killing”

 “I love her, I think she’s going to be incredible. But we should all be a little worried.”
— Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”

“Bring it! It’s all in good fun.”
— Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Betty white “Oh, she’s a great gal; she’s fun. I’m not afraid of her. I’m a big fan.”
— Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

"I’ve known her for a long time. She’s certainly a searing character. She’s always been very sweet to me in person, so I’m hoping she might give me a 'get out of jail' card [otherwise] I’ll just have to roll with the punches."
-- Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"

“If she brings me up in her monologue, I’ve got reason to be nervous. But she’s very funny. I hope I can be recognized by her. That would be an honor.”
— Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”

“I’ve worked with Jane. She’s a great broad and hilarious. She can do anything she wants. She can sit on my lap. Or maybe I can sit on hers.”
— Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

“I’d be so happy to get a hard time from Jane Lynch. She could say anything and I’d laugh. I adore her!
I’m sooo excited. I’m such a huge fan!”
— Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”

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Which 'Glee' episode should Chris Colfer submit to Emmy judges? [Poll]

When Chris Colfer was nominated for best supporting comedy actor last year, he had one obvious episode of "Glee" to submit to Emmy judges. "Laryngitis" was packed with everything –- angst, humor, tension, suspense and even a rattle-the-rafters musical number. In it, his gay character, Kurt, tried to pass as straight to please his disapproving father but failed and ended by defiantly belting out a variation on "Rose's Turn" from the musical "Gypsy."

Colfer lost to Eric Stonestreet, who submitted the "Fizbo" episode of "Modern Family," but most Emmy pundits believe that it was a close contest. Now that Colfer is back in the race and will soon be exiting "Glee," the pressure is on. The recent Golden Globe champ needs to make a strong new episode submission to the judges if he wants to catch up with Emmy. But which one? Colfer has many good segments to choose from, but not one standout.

He's up against all four adult male cast members from "Modern Family": Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, and last year's winner, Stonestreet. Conventional wisdom might suggest the "Modern" men will split the vote, but not so at the Emmys. Every actor submits one episode for consideration, and with four "Modern" actors in the race, each will have the advantage of appearing in four different submissions: their own and those of their co-stars. That's why a show with multiple nominated actors in a category tends to win.

We ask our forum posters for their views. Samples below. See more here.

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RBurton: I'm on the fence between "Never Been Kissed" and "Born This Way." In the former, he has one explosive dramatic scene and a few genial, subtler ones alongside Darren Criss. There's no telling how that would play to Emmy voters, who'll be viewing this alongside traditional sitcoms.

FEDEclown: DEFINITELY "Duets." I think that is his most competitive one for comedy. The other episodes that he is considering are just not enough ("Grilled Cheesus," "Never Been Kissed," "Born This Way").

Brilliance inmorbid: I don't know why anyone is even considering "Born this Way." He doesn't have much screen time and annoys with the material he does have.

Atypical: Ideally I'd hope that Chris Colfer would submit "Prom Queen" as his tape. It has both great comedic and dramatic moments in it, and I think it best represents what Kurt went through in season 2 (dealing with homophobia and bullying).

LonePirate: He should submit one where he is acting and not whining, provided such a tape exists.

MissyGal: If he wants to go with a tape with the most impact, he needs to go with "Prom Queen." It's not a comedic tape, by any means, but it makes a strong impression.

Jss0058: He isn't going to out-"funny" the other contestants with any tape, so he should go with his best work of the season which is "Grilled Cheesus."

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Photo: Chris Colfer in the "Born This Way" episode of "Glee." Credit: Fox TV


Emmys: Chris Colfer is delighted by nomination, saddened by his limited time on 'Glee'

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For Chris Colfer, the breakout actor on the Fox hit "Glee," getting his second Emmy nomination in as many seasons of the show was a great way to start his day. He took a moment to talk about his delight with the news.

You’re like the Emmy boy now.

That is one title I would love to have for the rest of my life.

Were you already awake and waiting for the call?

I think I've gotten to the point where now if someone calls me that early in the morning, I know it’s good news. I was asleep in my bed; I wrapped late last night on the film I’m doing. I slept right through. And it was cool because I got a call from my parents first. They beat everyone to the punch, and I was happy with that.

Are you nervous about your costar Jane Lynch hosting? Scared she’ll spill some of your secrets to the whole world?

I think I have just as many secrets on her that she has on me. I was so unbelievably proud of her when she hosted "SNL," and I cannot wait to see her take on the Emmys. And I’m mostly excited that I’m nominated because it means I’ll have a better seat to watch her. If anyone knows Jane, she’ll kick butt.

We've all just learned that your Kurt character will leave 'Glee' after next season? Were you as shocked as the fans?

I think the overall breaking news of it surprised me. I definitely wasn’t expecting that. It's definitely not my choice to leave the show, but I understand it’s the right choice. The show is very real. To have the character grow up and leave and graduate, it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s more of a big deal because not too many shows have ever done it before. We see the characters until they’re in their early 30s.

Since we won’t be seeing that with Kurt, where do you see him post-graduation:

I always imagined him running his own magazine. Kurtain magazine -- it would be like a Vogue-type publication. I don’t know. I love Kurt so so much. And I’m so proud of what he’s done this past season: He really went through a lot and experienced a lot. I’ve received thousands and thousands of letters from viewers who’ve just identified with him so much. It’s fantastic. I’ll miss that.  But at least it’s planned, and I’m sure it will be a nice goodbye.

Kurt did endure a lot this season. How will we see him develop this year.

Apparently, they’re going to go in a lighter, comical direction, which is good. I’m tired of crying in every scene.

Who else are you rooting for at the Emmys?

The biggest one -- that I was not surprised by -- was Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste in the guest category. She is just an amazing, amazing human being. I am more happy for her nomination than I am for my own.

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Photo: Chris Colfer, center, with "Glee" co-stars Dianna Agron, left, and Naya Rivera. Credit: Adam Rose / Fox



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