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Emmy upsets: Which was the biggest? [Poll]

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Upsets ruled this year's Emmys. After three previous losses, Jon Hamm was widely picked to win lead drama actor. But, even though "Mad Men" just won best drama series for a historic fourth time (tying the record held by "The West Wing," "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law"), its star continued to be snubbed. Instead, Kyle Chandler caught a Hail Mary pass and ran for an Emmy touchdown after the final season of "Friday Night Lights." The series, shockingly, even beat "Mad Men" for best drama series writing.

"Mad Men's" John Slattery was presumed to be the front-runner for best supporting drama actor, but he lost to Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"). Before this year, three-time champ Laura Linney had never lost an Emmy race and most pundits believed she'd prevail easily for best comedy actress in "The Big C," but she was beat out by Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly").

No leading media pundits picked Barry Pepper to win lead actor in a TV movie/mini for portraying Bobby Kennedy in "The Kennedys." Most believed it would go to Edgar Ramirez ("Carlos").

-- Tom O'Neil

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Emmys: Tom O'Neil's daredevil predictions

Of all Hollywood showbiz awards, the Emmy is most confounding to predict because winners are chosen by small juries viewing sample episodes submitted by nominees as examples of their best work. But I've investigated all entries and I enjoy jumping off cliffs ... so here goes.

Emmy Q
DRAMA SERIES
Prediction: "Mad Men"
Runner-up: "Boardwalk Empire"

DRAMA ACTOR
Prediction: Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Runner-up: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

DRAMA ACTRESS
Prediction: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Runner-up: Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: John Slattery, "Mad Men"
Runner-up: Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Prediction: Margo Martindale, "Justified"
Runner-up: Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

COMEDY SERIES
Prediction: "Modern Family"
Runner-up: "Parks and Recreation"

COMEDY ACTOR
Prediction: Steve Carell, "The Office"
Runner-up: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

COMEDY ACTRESS
Prediction: Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Runner-up: Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Runner-Up: Chris Colfer, "Glee"

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Prediction: Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Runner-up: Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES
Prediction: "Downton Abbey"
Runner-up: "The Kennedys"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES ACTOR
Prediction: Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"
Runner-up: Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES ACTRESS
Prediction: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
Runner-up: Jean Marsh, "Upstairs, "Downstairs"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: Tom Wilkinson, "The Kennedys"
Runner-up: Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce"

TV MOVIE / MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Prediction: Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce"
Runner-up: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Prediction: "Project Runway"
Runner-up: "Top Chef"

VARIETY SERIES
Prediction: "The Daily Show"
Runner-up: "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

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-- Tom O'Neil

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Elisabeth Moss: There's more to be revealed about Peggy and Don

Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) pull an all-nighter on Mad Men 

Granted, it has been a while, but do you remember Peggy Olson’s jaw dropping when Don Draper sprung his engagement news on the folks at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the Season 4 finale of “Mad Men”?

Turns out that reaction didn’t involve much acting on the part of Elisabeth Moss, the Emmy-nominated actress who so memorably brings Olson to life.

“Oh, yes, reading that script, that moment came as a complete surprise,” Moss says. “And I think Peggy’s reaction is there as a stand-in for the audience too. ‘You’re what?’”

Some dedicated “Mad Men” bloggers have suggested that Peggy’s reaction betrays a hint of jealousy and concern that she might lose her place as Don’s confidante, particularly after their memorable (albeit platonic) night together in the episode “The Suitcase.”

“I think that’s a dangerous thing to say,” Moss says. “People are quick to think that Don and Peggy are an item that way. There are many forms of jealousy. [Don’s fiancee] Megan’s a beautiful woman. I don’t think Peggy wants to be the one engaged to Don. It’s just sort of a natural female jealousy.”

But will Don and Megan still be engaged -- or perhaps married -- when “Mad Men” returns for its fifth season in March?

Moss isn’t spilling the beans. But she does offer a tantalizing clue that tracks back to Peggy’s initial shock.

“I think there’s probably more to be revealed as to why she reacts that way,” Moss says, smiling. “But … um … that’s probably all I should say on the subject.”

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-- Glenn Whipp

Photo: Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) pull on all-nighter on "Mad Men." Credit: AMC


Emmy's next best drama actor will be a first-time champ

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While Emmy voters often like to check off names of previous winners, they can't possibly do that when it comes to the choice of lead drama actor this year. For the first time since 1966, none of the six men competing in that category has an Emmy on his shelf.

Bryan Cranston is the three-time reigning champ for "Breaking Bad," but his show aired no new episodes in the 2010-11 TV season. That means six men finally have their best shot in years to prevail at last. Hugh Laurie ("House") has tried six times in this category. Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") have made four failed attempts each. Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") returns for a second try. Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire") and Timothy Olyphant ("Justified") have their first chances in this lead actor contest.

Back in 1966, Bill Cosby won his first of three Emmys for the NBC series "I Spy." He was up against four other Emmyless men: Robert Culp (also "I Spy"), Richard Crenna ("Slattery's People"), David Janssen ("The Fugitive") and David McCallum ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E."). Since then, voters have loved to reward actors over and over with Emmys, including four for Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue"), three each for Peter Falk ("Columbo"), James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos") and James Spader ("The Practice" and "Boston Legal"), and two apiece for Edward Asner ("Lou Grant"), William Daniels ("Magnum, P.I."), and Daniel J. Travanti ("Hill Street Blues).

Also, voters seem to embrace law enforcement officers (including police and detectives) more than any others with 23 of the past 45 winners in those roles. Could that be a good sign this year for Olyphant (who plays a U.S. Marshal) or Hall (who works for the police even though he is also a serial killer)? Other popular professions have been lawyers/politicians (with six wins), criminals (also with six wins), and doctors (with five wins).

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Jon Hamm, sleeping one off with co-star Elisabeth Moss, is widely expected to win an Emmy this year for "The Suitcase" episode of "Mad Men." Credit: AMC


The actors' Emmy episode submissions: What we know so far

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The Emmy nominations won't be announced until July 14, but many acting contenders are already weighing which sample episodes they should submit to judges if they score a bid. Below is a compilation of what we know about their leanings so far, but the decisions are not final. This information has been gathered from the stars' publicists, our interviews with contenders and various Internet sources. Nothing is final until specific episodes are submitted officially to Emmy jurors.

Among the drama contenders, "Mad Men" might finally win an acting trophy (or two) thanks to Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss submitting "The Suitcase," which feels like a two-person play packed with drunken confessions. Speaking of boozing, two-time past Emmy champ William H. Macy gets big, grandstanding scenes in the season finale of "Shameless" when he must atone for his drunken behavior.

In her showcase episode of "Sons of Anarchy," Katey Sagal appears tough and tender as she reunites with her father (Hal Holbrook), who suffers from dementia. Timothy Olyphant ("Justified") is considering one of two final episodes of a season filled with great action scenes, murders and a suicide.

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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

 


The highs and lows of the Emmy races: The most interesting categories

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With more than 100 Emmy races, it’s difficult to know which contests will be the most exciting and which ones can be skipped for a bathroom break during the awards telecast. But from the way things are shaping up, here's a cheat sheet to what promise to be the five most interesting races:

Lead actor, comedy: It’s a good thing Steve Carell has a sense of humor. Even though “The Office” proved to be an Emmy darling at the start (best comedy series, 2006), Carell has lost the lead actor race five times, including once to the chap who created the original British series: Ricky Gervais (“Extras”). Now can Carell finally get the last laugh upon leaving the Yankee version? Sarah Jessica Parker was overdue for an Emmy when she ultimately prevailed for her last season on “Sex and the City.”

Drama series: Can “Mad Men” go four in a row for top drama series? Only three programs have won that trophy as many times: “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1984), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991) and “The West Wing” (2000-2003). Its toughest rival may be “Boardwalk Empire,” which won the drama award at the Golden Globes and best ensemble at the SAG Awards. Both shows are old news, though, airing in late 2010. The usurper could be “The Good Wife.” It’s currently airing, Emmy voters love legal dramas and it’s on CBS. Most members of the academy work for broadcast networks — but a show airing on one of the Big Four hasn’t triumphed here since 2006, when “24” took it.

 

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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


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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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

DRAMA ACTOR

Beachum

Cormier

Dixon

Dortch

Licuria

Noble

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

2

1

1

2

1

2

Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"  

  6


3

4

6

Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
 

3



5

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

4

2

6

5

3

3

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

1

3

2

1

2

1

Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias"

3




5


Hugh Laurie, "House M.D."

5

5

5

6

6

4

William H. Macy, "Shameless"

6

4

4

4



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



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