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Poll: What will be the big Emmy jaw-dropper?

Emmys: Could a 'Project Runway' win be an Emmy jaw-dropper? Vote below

At the Emmys, upsets occur often because of the award's unique voting process. Winners are decided by judges who view sample episodes submitted by nominees as examples of their best work. In the acting races, for example, there are only about 50 to 75 judges per category, all fellow actors, and you never know what they're thinking. No pundit, for example, foresaw that jaw-dropper pulled off last year by Archie Panjabi ("The Good Wife") in the race for best supporting drama actress.

Below is a list of some upsets I believe are possible Sunday night. Which one do you think has the best chance to occur?


Uh-oh! Is 'Mad Men' in trouble at the Emmys?

Emmy suspense over race for supporting drama actor

Emmy diva smackdown: Julianna Margulies vs. Elisabeth Moss

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: The cast of "Project Runway" Season 8. Credit: Lifetime

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
Prediction: "Mad Men"
Runner-up: "Boardwalk Empire"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prediction: "Downton Abbey"
Runner-up: "The Kennedys"

Prediction: Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"
Runner-up: Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood"

Prediction: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
Runner-up: Jean Marsh, "Upstairs, "Downstairs"

Prediction: Tom Wilkinson, "The Kennedys"
Runner-up: Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce"

Prediction: Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce"
Runner-up: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Prediction: "Project Runway"
Runner-up: "Top Chef"

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


Uh-oh! Is 'Mad Men' in trouble at the Emmys?

Poll: What new TV series will be the next Emmy champ?

Emmy diva smackdown: Julianna Margulies vs. Elisabeth Moss

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Emmy nominee Amy Poehler says L.A. takes getting used to

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler in West Hollywood

With “Parks and Recreation” up and running for its fourth season, self-described “East Coast girl” and comedy actress Emmy nominee Amy Poehler has pulled up stakes from her New York digs and returned to Los Angeles with husband Will Arnett and their sons — Archie, 2, and Abel, 1. (Yes, when selecting names, alliteration was a plus.)

Poehler will never get used to L.A. weather. (“It confounds me,” she says. “People who live here like to tell you that there are seasons in L.A. because one week is rainier than usual. No. Sorry. That’s not a season.”) And she’s just getting used to the Southland’s sprawling layout, which she says makes it too easy to “hide in your house and never see anyone.”

“In New York, you feel like you have accomplished something just by doing an errand,” Poehler says. “You go outside and see all these people and you interact with them. You meet someone in the street, you make a plan. You feel very engaged.”

And those interactions, Poehler says, come with a directness often absent in Los Angeles. “I find California to be very sideways,” she says. “In New York, when you’re talking to someone in the street, you say, ‘Oh, I gotta go.’ ‘Why?’ ‘I’ve been talking to you too long. I gotta go.’

“Whereas there’s a certain fluidity and poetry in California that I’m starting to get into and find groovy and understand more. It’s taken a long time, though. I still feel like I’m always the one talking the loudest and fastest in the room.”


The Scorecard: Who's nominated for a 2011 Emmy

Julianna Margulies and Amy Poehler to present Emmy Awards

Emmys: For 'Parks and Recreation's' Amy Poehler, it's about validation ... and 'Carmageddon'

— Glenn Whipp

Photo: "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler in West Hollywood. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Time.

Laura Linney is Emmy front-runner for best comedy actress

Laura Linney in "The Big C"

There are several reasons why most pundits predict Laura Linney ("The Big C") will win the Emmy for best comedy actress. For starters, the three-time past champ has never lost. Her first victory was for best guest comedy actress in "Frasier" (2004); her other two were in the contest for best actress in a movie/miniseries ( "Wild Iris" in 2002, "John Adams" in 2008). This year she competes for best comedy actress for her new TV series on Showtime, which has owned the category for the last two years with victories by Toni Collette for "United States of Tara" (2009) and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") in 2010.

Linney gave Emmy judges the pilot episode, a potent mix of defiant comedy and high drama in which she battles her neighbor, students, husband and son while hiding the secret that she's got cancer. It's loaded with so much emotional impact, range and sympathy that she'll be hard to beat.

However, four of the other five nominees submitted episodes that give them a strong fighting chance. "Saturday Night Live" alums Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Tina Fey ("30 Rock") both submitted strong material.

Poehler entered "Flu Season," in which her character -- small-town civil servant Leslie Knope -- comes down with the flu but insists on making an important presentation to the chamber of commerce anyway. The hilarity of her performance builds as, first, she battles flu symptoms, then the mind-altering effects of her medication. Poehler doesn't display Linney's gravitas, but she's a lot funnier. Her only problem may be that "Flu Season" is an ensemble-driven episode, which means she has far less screen time than Linney.

Fey might have the same problem in her "30 Rock" episode, "Double Edged Sword," in which she battles her boyfriend, airline pilot Carol (guest-acting nominee Matt Damon), during a lengthy flight delay. She's terrific while battling on the behalf of her fellow passengers, but she shares the episode with two major subplots -– one involving Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) winning an Oscar, and the other following Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and his wife in Canada –- so she might also be at a disadvantage.

Ironically, screen time is not a problem for Martha Plimpton, who many thought would have been better off competing in the supporting category for "Raising Hope." But entering the lead race proved to be a shrewd move. She earned a nomination and submitted "Say Cheese," one of her best episodes of the season, in which she is shown in flashbacks trying to corral her family for the perfect family portrait photo. She's arguably more of a lead actress in this episode than Poehler and Fey are in theirs. Plimpton was a surprise nominee, but if she wins, don't say I didn't warn you.

Melissa McCarthy is also a potential spoiler. She came out of nowhere to secure a nomination for CBS' "Mike & Molly," undoubtedly helped by her increased notoriety from this summer's blockbuster comedy "Bridesmaids." She stands a fair chance thanks to her episode, "First Date," in which she, like Poehler, reacts strongly to a heavy dose of cold medicine. She wouldn't be the first star to upset at the Emmys with the help of a hit movie; Katherine Heigl won best supporting drama actress for "Grey's Anatomy" in 2007, the same year she starred in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up."

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Emmys: For 'Parks and Recreation's' Amy Poehler, it's about validation ... and 'Carmageddon'

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation," got a twofer this morning when she learned that she and the show had received Emmy nominations.

That's gotta feel good?

To be included in this group of women is an honor and awesome. The fact that the show got nominated is so exciting. I’m so happy that the whole cast is going to be there, and  we’ll all get to celebrate together.

How did you hear the news?

I’m on vacation in Nantucket with my family. So we watched the nominations like a sporting event and it got loud and rowdy. It was because my husband was also nominated. (Will Arnett for outstanding guest actor in a comedy for "30 Rock.")

What does this mean for the show?

We’ve had an interesting road, so I guess this is a sort of validation. Nomination and validation are similar words. So is determination and United Nations.

Do you have big celebration plans?

I plan to celebrate this weekend by getting in my car and taking in all the sights on the Westside. I want to drive leisurely to Brentwood, amble to Long Beach and then to Pacific Palisades.


Emmys: Best comedy nominees

Emmys: Comedy actor, actress nominees

Show Tracker coverage of 'Parks and Recreation'

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Adam Scott and Amy Poehler in an episode of "Parks and Recreation." Credit: Byron Cohen / NBC

Emmys: Fans react to nominations

Commenters in our forum are delighted about top Emmy nominations for new TV shows such as "Game of Thrones." They're furious over the snubs of "Fringe" and "Sons of Anarchy" and flabbergasted that last year's winner for drama actress, Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"), was booted out. Below, sample comments. See more here.

DS0816: Glad for Melissa McCarthy. She really earned it! And so did Martha Plimpton.
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sweetboroguy: I actually cut off a piece of my hat and ate it this morning because I am a man of my word. "Parks" was nominated for Best Comedy and so I ate the hat.

24Emmy: I'm glad Louis C.K. made it, but poor Joel McHale.

blueprint: Brenda Strong for voice over on "Desperate Housewives"?! How cool is that?

JJA91: All 6 cast members of "Modern Family" get in!!!

MadScntst: Thrilled for Margo Martindale, Walton Goggins, and Timothy Olyphant from "Justified" and Peter Dinklage and "Game of Thrones." Disappointed that Katey Sagal is not there, and downright xxxxed that John Noble is not there.

Marvelous Mr. Maker: No Kyra Sedgwick... Can't believe this...

AM_092: Martha Plimpton! Though not enough love elsewhere for "Raising Hope"

PaulHan: The Emmys ... where you need a federal court order to evict shows like "Mad Men" and "Dexter" and Hugh Laurie + Mariska Hargitay from the lineup.

Atypical: No Neil Patrick Harris? They can't get enough of Jon Cryer I guess ... Jimmy Fallon makes the cut in variety series over Letterman. Didn't expect that.

SkyLight: Go Kate Winslet! Get that Emmy!

Hybrid87: "SYTYCD" + Cat Deeley made me very happy. Disappointed though that Emmy voters can't seem to connect with "Parenthood" because Krause, Emerson, Graham and Whitman would have all made their categories stronger.

Sasha: January Jones, you silly blonde ... Had you gone supporting, you would have been nominated and had chance at winning.

Benito Delicias: "Community" ZERO, "Cougar Town" ZERO, "Weeds" ZERO. These people don't know comedy AT ALL.
Turtle: Poor Harry Shearer. At least he was nominated once (in TWO DECADES). But his continual snub is up there with yet another baffling Katey Sagal omission: How good do they have to be?!

oscarnutlen: same old boring names over and over again.

rp557: All the "Game of Thrones" love makes my day (though I would have liked more acting nominations), Well done, ATAS.


Emmys: Best comedy nominees

Emmys: Comedy actor, actress nominees

Emmys: Comedy supporting actor, actress nominees

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: "Parks and Recreation." Credit: NBC

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

Mad men the suitcase news

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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'Game of Thrones,' 'Justified' and 'Parks and Recreation' rule bids for Television Critics Assn. awards

"Game of Thrones," "Justified," and "Parks and Recreation" lead with the most nominations (four) unveiled by the Television Critics Assn.

In the comedy lineup, "Glee," "The Big Bang Theory" and "30 Rock" were all snubbed, while there were surprise nominations for "Raising Hope" and "Louie" for best laffer.

Game of Thrones TCA Awards newsAmong TV dramas, "Justified" reaped its first bid for best series and "Friday Night Lights" gets a chance to score a final touchdown.

Oddities: "Boardwalk Empire" was not nominated for best drama series, but did make the list for program of the year. Conversely, "Mad Men" wasn't nominated for best program, but did make the cut for best drama series.

As usual, the Television Critics Assn. was heavily biased toward men in the performance categories. Out of the 12 nominations for best individual achievement in drama and comedy, only three females made the contests: Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") and Margo Martindale ("Justified"). Surprisingly shut out: recent Golden Globe champ Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") and last year's TCA award winner Jane Lynch ("Glee").

It's interesting to compare the list of TCA nominees to the one recently issued by the rival group of tube journalists bestowing the new Critics' Choice Television Awards. While TCA considers "Raising Hope" to be among the five best TV comedies, it's not among the 10 Critics Choice contenders for best laffer. Critics' Choice nominees snubbed by TCA: "American Idol," "The Voice" and "Survivor."

Awards will be bestowed on Aug. 6 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Below, the full list of nominees:

Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire," HBO)
Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones," HBO)
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men," AMC)
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife," CBS)
Margo Martindale ("Justified," FX)
Timothy Olyphant ("Justified," FX)

Ty Burrell ("Modern Family," ABC)
Louis C.K. ("Louie," FX)
Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation," NBC)
Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation," NBC)
Danny Pudi ("Community," NBC)
Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show," Comedy Central)

"If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" (HBO)
"Restrepo" (National Geographic Channel)
"60 Minutes" (CBS)
"The Rachel Maddow Show" (MSNBC)
"30 for 30" (ESPN)

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NBC ships campaign DVDs to Emmy voters

Universal Media Services has sent its Emmy DVD campaign mailer to the 14,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The contents are listed below with episode titles on the web. What's new: Each package contains a code for voters to view additional episodes of TV shows in contention. Showtime pioneered that approach last year and now it's catching on across the industry. Compare this year's DVD campaign mailer to the one UMS sent out last year.

Note: Though Universal Media Services produces mostly NBC programs, it also produces "House M.D." on the Fox network.

"Law & Order: SVU" – "Behave"
"Parenthood" – "Do Not Sleep with Your Autistic Nephew's Therapist"
"The Event" – "I Haven't Told You Everything" (Pilot)
"Law & Order: L.A." – "Silver Lake"

"House" – "Family Practice"
"Friday Night Lights" – "Always" (Series Finale)

"30 Rock" – "When It Rains, It Pours," "TGS Hates Women"
"Parks and Recreation" – "Flu Season," "Harvest Festival"
"The Office" – "Andy's Play," "PDA"
"Community" – "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons," "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking"

"Outsourced" – "A Sitar Is Born," "Todd's Holi War"
"Perfect Couples" – "Perfect Exes," "Perfect Wedding"

"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" – Featuring Bruce Springsteen
"Last Call with Carson Daly" – Featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Metalocalypse, Jimmy Eat World
"Saturday Night Live" – Host: Zach Galifianakis. Music guest: Jessie J
"Tonight Show with Jay Leno" – Featuring Steve Carell, Jane Lynch, Michael Palascak

Fanned pages
Discs Blue book

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Beware: Amy Poehler will get cutthroat to win that Emmy [Video]

Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation TV newsBeing nice didn't work last year when Amy Poehler got nominated for best comedy actress at the Emmys for "Parks and Recreation." She lost to Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), who previously had won three Emmys as steel-nerved mafia mama Carmela Soprano on "The Sopranos." So I urge the former star of "Mean Girls" to get, well, mean this year.

That's a problem for Poehler because she's sweet by nature and she's usually nominated against pals like Tina Fey ("30 Rock"). "Yeah," she agrees with a nervous giggle (video below), "in fact, I just saw Tina yesterday and we were laughing about it."

But Poehler understands that seizing the highest honor of her profession is no laughing matter. "I know I should be more cutthroat and competitive about it," she sighs. "I've got to start thinking about these people as my sworn enemy. I'm going to start training like that girl from 'Hanna.' I'm going to shoot deer in the forest and get ready for the Emmys."

Rallying to the challenge, she says facing off against Carmela Soprano/Nurse Jackie Peyton doesn't scare her. "Edie Falco is really tough," she notes, "but she's little."

Poehler's toughest challenger this year may actually be three-time champ Laura Linney ("The Big C"), who's never lost an Emmy race. "Laura Linney is such a great actress and such a lovely person," Poehler concedes, "but I will take her out at the knees if I have to."

We offer our help and she's grateful because Poehler follows The Envelope, including our forums. "I can't read all of the comments because they're not always positive," she says with a wry smile, but she likes to track the discussion of what episode she should submit to the Emmy jury. So I just set up a special thread in our message boards to focus just on that topic -- pipe in if you've got some thoughts.

"The viewers sometimes have a better perspective than the actors, so I'm open to suggestions," she adds. "So you tell me. I trust your analysis and judgment much more than my own when it comes to this kind of stuff. I'm depending on you to tell me what to wear, where to show up and whose knees to take out with a pipe."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Amy Phoehler in "Parks and Recreation." Credit: NBC


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