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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: Sofia Vergara is keeping her eye on Betty White

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Two years and two Emmy nominations, that's not a bad track record for Sofia Vergara and her role as the Colombian wife to Ed O'Neill's Jay Pritchett on the ABC comedy "Modern Family."  And now, with so many other cast nominations, she's delighted to see the love being spread around. "On this show, we don’t exist alone," she says. 

It’s a pretty big day for the "Modern Family" crew. Where were you when you got word of your nomination?

I was sleeping! I am still like dead from my trip to Italy and doing promotion for "Smurfs." I was enjoying my sleep but this is better than coffee.

And your hubby on the show, Ed O’Neill, finally got his nomination.

I’m so happy because even though he didn’t care last year [about not receiving a nod], we all did. We wanted him to be part of the group. Last year we had such a great time. I think this will be even better now with Ed nominated.

How do you plan to celebrate?

Well, I’m working -- I’m shooting my K-Mart commercial. I guess the big celebration will have to wait till the Emmys. It’s work, work, work right now.

Is it odd being up against one of your costars?

It’s great. If Julie [Bowen] wins, it’s as if I won. On this show, we don’t exist alone. We need each other for the characters to come to life. I’ll be happy either way.

You were nominated last year. Did you feel pressure going into last season because all eyes were suddenly on you?

It’s great because it made me work harder. When you know people are watching you, you want to always do your best -- to prove that you were worthy of the nomination. It just brings good energy.

Who would you say is your biggest competition on Emmy night?

Hmm. I don’t know. Betty White is on the list, that can’t be good for anyone.

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Photo: Sofia Vergara, right, with "Modern Family" costars, Ed O'Neill, left, and Rico Rodriguez. Credit: Adam Larkey / ABC


'Glee' will enter these six episodes in Emmy race for best comedy series

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One-hour comedies have a tough time at the Emmys. Only "Glee," "Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives" and "Ally McBeal" have been nominated for best series in recent years. "Ally" won in 1999, first at the Golden Globes, then at the Emmys. "Glee" has won the Golden Globe as best comedy series for the last two years and was voted best comedy ensemble at SAG in 2010, but it lost to "Modern Family" at the Emmys in 2010. Can it finally prevail in 2011?

Last year, "Glee" won four Emmys: best supporting actress Jane Lynch, director Ryan Murphy for the pilot, guest actor Neil Patrick Harris and for sound mixing. In addition, "Glee" received nods for best comedy series, leading actor Matthew Morrison, leading actress Lea Michele, supporting actor Chris Colfer, guest actor Mike O'Malley, guest actress Kristin Chenoweth, writing and directing.

Except for Harris, all of those people are in contention for the second season, along with an array of other supporting players and big-name guests such as Carol Burnett, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Stamos and breakout star Darren Criss. The Emmys are scheduled to air on Fox in September with Lynch hosting, so that might provide the program with extra awards momentum.

Below are the six episodes the show plans to submit to Emmy judges if it's nominated again for best comedy:

"AUDITION" (aired 9/21/10)
In the season premiere, the glee club tries to recruit new members, including a foreign exchange student Sunshine (Charice Pempengco) and football player Sam (Chord Overstreet). Songs include "Telephone," "Listen," "Empire State of Mind" and "What I Did for Love."

"SILLY LOVE SONGS" (aired 2/8/11)
Love songs are the theme in honor of Valentine's Day. Songs include "Firework," "When I Get You Alone," "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Silly Love Songs."

"ORIGINAL SONG" (aired 3/15/11)
The glee club members must write and perform an original song. Blaine (Criss) and Kurt (Colfer) share their first kiss. Songs include "Candles," "Raise Your Glass," "Get It Right" and "Loser Like Me."

"THE SUBSTITUTE" (aired 11/16/10)
Coach Sylvester (Lynch) is promoted to acting principal, and Holly Holliday (Paltrow) arrives as a substitute for Will (Morrison), who is out sick. Songs include "Forget You," "Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag" and "Singin' in the Rain/Umbrella."

"DUETS" (aired 10/12/10)
The assignment for the glee club is to pair up members to sing duets. The unintended result is several relationships starting up and some ending quickly. Songs include "River Deep -- Mountain High," "Lucky," "With You I'm Born Again" and "Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy."

"NEVER BEEN KISSED" (aired 11/9/10)
Its a boys versus girls competition in which they must perform songs from the opposite gender. After being bullied at his own school, Kurt visits Dalton Academy to watch the Warblers perform. Songs include "Teenage Dream," "Our Love/People Get Ready," "Start Me Up/Livin' on a Prayer" and "Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind."

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Photo: "Never Been Kissed" episode of "Glee." Credit: Fox TV


'Modern Family' will enter these six episodes in Emmy race for best comedy series

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Last year "Modern Family" won major Emmy Awards for comedy series, comedy supporting actor (Eric Stonestreet) and comedy writing (Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd for the pilot episode). Looking back through Emmy history, just a few freshman shows have won best comedy -- "30 Rock," "Arrested Development," "Frasier," "The Cosby Show," "The Golden Girls" and "Cheers."

For the second season, "Modern Family" will continue its strategy of submitting all of its regular players (Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill and Stonestreet) in the supporting categories. Last year, five of them were nominated, with only O'Neill missing the cut. For the comedy series competition producers have chosen six episodes for the judging panel if the show gets nominated again on July 14.

"OLD WAGON" (aired Sept. 22, 2010)
Phil (Burrell), Claire (Bowen) and the family take the old station wagon out for one last trip. Gloria (Vergara) is upset when Manny (Rico Rodriguez) invites a girl over to study. Mitchell (Ferguson) and Cameron (Stonestreet) try to build a princess castle for their daughter.

"THE KISS" (Sept. 29, 2010)
Cameron is upset that Mitchell never likes to display public affection. Alex (Ariel Winter) likes a boy but is not getting any help from her mother or sister. Gloria wants to cook more Colombian meals like her grandmother.

"MANNY, GET YOUR GUN" (Nov. 17, 2010)
It's Manny's birthday, but he is suffering a crisis about getting older. Phil and Claire have a car race to the birthday party. Cameron and Mitchell visit the mall to pick up a gift.

"CAUGHT IN THE ACT" (Jan. 19, 2011)
Phil and Claire are "caught in the act" when their kids bring them breakfast in bed. Mitchell and Cameron woo the owner of a hot new restaurant. Gloria accidentally sends a tough email to Claire and wants to get it back before it is read.

"SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER LILY" (April 20, 2011)
Mitchell and Cameron start secretly monitoring their family members to determine which ones will be the best to possibly be Lily's godparents.

"MOTHER'S DAY" (May 4, 2011)
Phil witnesses Jay (O'Neill) break down a little when remembering his mother's cooking. Claire and Gloria take the kids on a hiking trip where nothing much goes right. Cameron starts being concerned when people consider him to be the "mother" and Mitchell as the "father."

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Photo: A scene from the "Someone to Watch Over Lily" episode of "Modern Family." Credit: ABC


Emmy wish list: 'Fringe,' 'True Blood' and 'Coon and Friends'

Snooping through the Emmy wish lists posted in our message boards reminds me to draft my own. Here goes:

1) TV's top-rated and most beloved comedy, "Big Bang Theory," should finally get the last laugh by being nominated for best comedy series.

2) "Friday Night Lights" wasn't on the Emmy radar for years, but then, surprisingly, Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler were nominated last year, offering hope that the show might have a shot at a best-series bid as a farewell present. Call it catching a Hail Mary pass.

3) Speaking of goodbye gifts, can Steve Carell ("The Office") finally get an Emmy, please?

Coon and friends south park4) When "South Park" is good, it's a masterpiece, as proven by the trilogy of episodes grouped as "Coon and Friends" at the end of last season. It deserves to win back its crown as best animated program, which it usually wears every other season. (Frankly, it deserves an Oscar, but I'll settle for it winning another Emmy.)

5) Speaking of animated fare, it'd be so nifty if "Family Guy" sneaked back into the lineup for best comedy series like it did two years ago.

6) John Noble is the greatest thing on that terrific series "Fringe." Delightfully creepy.

7) Sexually creepy = Anna Paquin. She's aces on "True Blood," which was nominated for best drama series last year even though Paquin was snubbed in the actors lineup. Catch-up time.

8) Speaking of catch-up, Ed O'Neill was never nominated during his 11 years on "Married … With Children," and he was the only male adult star of "Modern Family" not nominated last year. Enough!

9) "Glee" star Chris Colfer was robbed last year when "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet won best supporting actor. Now, let it be Colfer's turn.

10) Everything goes in and out of favor, even Emmy favorites, but I would be quite happy if "30 Rock" rallied at the Emmys and won best comedy series again -- just like "Cheers" did late in its run.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: "South Park."  Credit: Comedy Central


Emmy mystery surrounds 'Sons of Anarchy' star Katey Sagal [video]

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At the upcoming Emmys, Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") teeters on the edge of getting an overdue nomination for lead actress in a TV drama series.

On the plus side: Sagal has strong awards momentum. Earlier this year, she won the Golden Globe. Last week came the good news she's nominated for the new Critics' Choice TV Award. That may suggest an easy Emmy nomination is next, but beware: Sagal could be fighting a weird Emmy curse. She and "Married … with Children" costar Ed O'Neill were never nominated during their 11 years on that classic sitcom. (By contrast, she received four Golden Globe bids as Peggy Bundy.) Neither scored Emmy bids last year now that each of them is back on the air. O'Neill was the only male adult star of "Modern Family" who was snubbed by TV academy voters.

To blame may be the notorious snobbism of Emmy voters, those elite Hollywooders who were probably repulsed by the delightfully trashy Bundy clan and now may be put off by Sagal as chief biker babe of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club.

"I would argue for our show that I don't look at us as trashy people," she says with a wry smile in our webcam chat. "I look at us as all different classes of people. Gemme [her character] and Clay [Ron Pearlman as her husband] are the hierarchy of that world, so we have a certain sophistication about us. That's what I would say!"

Looking back at "Married … with Children," however, Sagal admits, "We were kind of, obviously, looked over." Specifically, she thought it was "kind of weird" that her costar Ed O'Neill was never nominated. "I thought, wow, this is the funniest guy on television!"

However, "when I won the Golden Globe for 'Sons of Anarchy,' he was really proud of me," she says. "He was included in all my pride of it too."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: FX Network

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Emmy contenders: Behind the scenes with 'Modern Family's' Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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On occasion, we here at Awards Tracker will check in with a show’s cast members to get their responses to some random questions. Here we spotlight Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet of ABC's Emmy-winning comedy "Modern Family," in which Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara star as Jay and Gloria Pritchett, whose complicated family life includes Jay's son Mitchell (Ferguson), who lives with his partner Cameron (Stonestreet) and their toddler daughter Lily, and Jay's daughter Claire (Julie Bowen), who lives with her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) and their three children.

What was your favorite scene to shoot?

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: “The Spider-Man scene from the Halloween episode was my favorite to shoot thus far for the sheer fact that I was scaling down a wall in a Spider-Man costume. I will never in my life be cast in a movie where I am able to wear a super-hero costume and perform my own stunts. It was like I got to live a dream for a day.”

Eric Stonestreet: “The scene at the table where Cam figures out that Mitch left his name off Lily’s adoption paperwork is a fave.”

What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?

JTF: “I had a great conversation with one of the actresses who plays Lily. We spent about 30 minutes walking around the set finding things that were red. At lunch, she came up to me and brought me a red flower and then walked away. It was a great moment.”

ES: “When Julie and Sofia came into my trailer naked for no reason this one time. (Don’t tell Ty and Ed about this.) (Or Julie and Sofia.) (They probably wouldn’t remember.)”

Tell us something about one of your castmates that most people don’t know.

JTF: “Ty Burrell blinks really fast when he is nervous and Eric Stonestreet refuses to make number 2 in the restroom of his own trailer.”

ES: “As a guy, you can talk to Julie about anything. Anything. And I mean Any. Thing.

What’s your favorite television comedy of all time?

JTF: “I think ‘The Cosby Show.’ They had the right balance of a genius cast, great writing and a lot of heart. I could watch a ‘Cosby Show’ marathon any day."

ES: “ ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’ Reason: Don Knotts.”

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Photo: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, left, and Eric Stonestreet in "Modern Family." Credit: Karen Neal / ABC


Emmy Contenders: Behind the scenes with Ty Burrell and his favorite 'Modern Family' moments

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On occasion, we here at Awards Tracker will check in with a show’s cast members to get their responses to some random questions. Here we spotlight Ty Burrell of ABC's Emmy-winning comedy "Modern Family," in which Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara star as Jay and Gloria Pritchett, whose complicated family life includes Jay's son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), who lives with his partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and their toddler daughter Lily, and Jay's daughter Claire (Julie Bowen), who lives with her husband Phil (Burrell) and their three children. Check back later for more with "Modern Family."

What was your favorite scene to shoot?

“A scene from late in the season. The whole family is at Alex’s middle-school graduation. It was a marriage of the off-screen family and the on-screen family that we’re so lucky to have on our show. It was a brilliantly sunny day. Julie and I were doing some truly fun and challenging physical comedy. Then, in between scenes, I was throwing the football around with Chris Lloyd [co-creator] hanging out on this giant soccer field with the cast and Steve Levitan [co-creator], who was directing that episode, joking with the kids, etc. Just a big, blissful memory.”

What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?

“When we finish shooting for the day and we’re all still hanging around trying to crack each other up. I can’t think of a better symbol of our good fortune than a group of people who make jokes for a living, lingering around after doing it all day, laughing their heads off for the sheer joy of it.”

Tell us something about one of your castmates that most people don’t know.

“Ed O’Neill is a black belt in jujitsu. If you make him angry he will very lovingly make you unconscious.”

What’s your favorite television comedy of all time?

“How to decide...? ‘Mr. Show’ and ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ for being thrilling. ‘News Radio’ for its huge, perfect cast. Bill Cosby in anything on TV (incuding ‘I Spy,’ which was often funny). Both Bob Newhart shows. I really could go on forever .... "

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Photo: Ty Burrell, left, and Reid Ewing in a scene from "Modern Family." Credit: Adam Larkey / ABC


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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Let's peek inside 'Modern Family's' Emmy campaign package

Emmy campaign mailers are meant exclusively for TV academy members, but here's your peek at what they received recently from the gang at "Modern Family," winner of best comedy series last year.

It's a 12-page booklet printed on thick glossy paper depicting the cast as if they were a not-so-modern clan shipped back to Edwardian times for a romp on a beach. Inside are sepia-tinted photos catching them in playful poses, plus the usual quotes from admiring media: "'Modern Family' stands alone at the moment as the best series on TV, on any network, in any genre," says Robert Bianco of USA Today.

A DVD contains four episodes: "Caught in the Act," "Manny Get Your Gun," "Mother's Day" and "Musical Man."

Click on each image below to expand its size and see the mailer up close.

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