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Are the Emmys biased against 'Game of Thrones'?

Game-of-thrones-peter-dinklage"Let's be honest," a media colleague huffed recently, " 'Game of Thrones' doesn't have a prayer of winning best drama series at the Emmys. They nominated it, but voters were just throwing it a bone because it's a cool show and they want to look hip by having it in the mix. Genre shows never win."

There's a bit of truth to that tirade, but it's erroneous too. One program full of fantasy recently won best drama series — "Lost" (2005) — but it was set in contemporary days. It wasn't a so-called genre show like "Game of Thrones," which is set in fictitious lands during medieval times. Still, "Lost" was a genre show of a different sort. Given the complex mythology of "Game of Thrones," it's amazing that it scored 13 Emmy bids, including for drama series. When "True Blood" managed to sneak into the top race last year, it received no nominations in other top races.

As a general rule, genre and/or fantasy fare don't get much respect at the Emmys, but that's also true at the Oscars, where "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" finally won best picture after the previous two films in the trilogy went down to defeat and it was quite obvious that, if Part 3 met the same fate, millions of Hobbit fanboys would fling Oscar into the fiery depths of Mt. Doom.

Let's give Emmy her due. Here's a look back at some genre and fantasy shows that have been nominated for outstanding drama series in the past:

"True Blood" (2010)
"Heroes" (2007)
"The X-Files" (1995-98)
"Lost" (2005 winner; nominated 2008-10)
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1994)
"Quantum Leap" (1990-92)
"Twin Peaks" (1990)
"Beauty and the Beast" (1988, 1989)
"Star Trek" (1967, 1968)
"Twilight Zone" (1961)
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1958, 1959)

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Photo: "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage is nominated for supporting drama actor. Photo credit: HBO.


Emmy poll: Will 'True Blood' be nominated for best drama series again?

True blood season 4There was something creepy about "True Blood's" surprise Emmy nomination for best drama series last year. The HBO cult hit reaped no nominations in other top races -– only four bids in the tech races (all lost). That suggests support for "True Blood" may be weak and its top bid may have been a fluke, so Emmy-watchers wonder: Will "True Blood" be back when nominations are unveiled July 14?

There are two reasons for optimism. Emmy nominees tend to be like TV reruns -– they often return year after year. Secondly, if you think about it, a TV program doesn't really need a lot of votes to be nominated. With more than 30 dramas in competition, a show may need only a small percentage of votes to get one of the six nomination slots. Shows like "True Blood" generate extremely passionate, loyal support, so that may be enough to carry the day.

But other TV cult hits with fantasy elements like "Fringe" have that same kind of rabid fan base, but that never delivers Emmy love. Fantasy fare tends to be cursed at the Emmys just like at the Oscars. Not too long ago the TV critics of America screamed in chorus for Sarah Michelle Gellar to bag a bid for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but TV academy members pooh-poohed her. Maybe "True Blood" gets a free pass because it has the snob appeal of being on HBO? If so, it may be back in the running for that reason too. Regardless, there's still no getting around all those vampires, werewolves and fairies on "True Blood." Altogether they may drive a stake through the heart of its Emmy hopes. Or maybe "True Blood" will keep rising anyway, the undead that can't be offed –- not even by vampire-loathing Emmy voters?

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Photo: "True Blood" Season 4. Credit: HBO


Envelope Emmy Week: Geek TV panelists talk about their favorite shows and first jobs [video]

In the Envelope Emmy Week's Geek TV panel on Wednesday night -- moderated by Times television critic Robert Lloyd -- Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) gathered to talk about their passionate fans, understanding their characters and, in the first clip below, their favorite geek TV shows. In the second clip, we learn what some of their earliest acting experiences were.

 

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Envelope Emmy Week: Geek TV panelists on Comic-Con and passionate fans [video]

In the Envelope Emmy Week's Geek TV panel on Wednesday night -- moderated by Times television critic Robert Lloyd -- Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) gathered to talk about the extremes some of their shows go to, understanding their characters and, in the clip below, their very passionate fans.

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Envelope Emmy Week: Geek TV panelists share traits with their characters

For Envelope Emmy Week, we invited five actors to talk with us about their characters’ kooky idiosyncrasies (germophobia, social awkwardness, selfishness and, let's not forget, shape-shifting and killing people) and the effect of their shows on the fanboy (and girl) audience.

In the Geek TV panel Wednesday night — moderated by Times television critic Robert Lloyd — Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) discussed their careers, their fans and, in the clip below, how they relate to their characters, admitting they suffer similar anxiety, or keep secrets, or, as with McHale, had cheating in common with their character. Check back soon for more clips.

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Envelope Emmy Week: Actors discuss the draw of their shows, and the odd families therein [video]

As part of the Envelope Emmy Week and Screening Series, we gathered a group of actors to participate in an Alternative Families panel earlier this week — Jennifer Carpenter of "Dexter," Peter Krause of "Parenthood," Cloris Leachman of "Raising Hope," Denis O'Hare of "True Blood," Emmy Rossum of "Shameless" and Katey Sagal of "Sons of Anarchy" — to talk about how each of their shows, in their own weird ways, involve the bonds of family, and the intimate relationships those bonds can bring.

In the hourlong conversation moderated by Times television critic Mary McNamara, the panel members, in the clip below, discuss what drew them to their roles, and the odd sort of families they contained, whether it be the lure of "being an outlaw," even one who has the normal everyday family concerns, or whether it's the ability to make your own family, if you happen to be among the vampires in "True Blood."

 

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Envelope Emmy Week: Bringing personal experience to the role and not knowing what direction their character might go [video]

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In the hourlong conversation moderated by Times television critic Mary McNamara, the panel, in the clip below, discusses what they bring of their selves to their character, like Sagal's fierce maternal instinct, or how the cast and crew themselves become a sort of family and when someone is written off the show there's a weird emptiness, says O'Hare. Rossum and Carpenter agree that everyone has the experience they need; whether it's pain or happiness, there is something they can draw on. 

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In the hourlong conversation moderated by Times television critic Mary McNamara, the panel, in the clip below, discusses how actors must find a way to justify playing characters who sometimes do horrible things. Check back later for more clips.

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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/.

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

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


'Harry Potter,' 'Inception' and 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' earn multiple nominations for MTV Movie Awards

Eclipse


Photos: MTV Movie Awards top nominees The nominations for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" snagging the most with eight, followed by "Inception" with seven, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1" with six and "The Social Network" garnering five.

The unconventional award show will air June 5 from the Gibson Amphitheatre with "Saturday Night Live" regular Jason Sudeikis as host.

Among the nominations announced Tuesday morning are:

Best movie

"Black Swan," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1," "Inception," "The Social Network" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Best female performance

Emma Stone, "Easy A"; Emma Watson, "Harry Potter";  Jennifer Aniston, "Just Go With It";  Kristen Stewart, "Eclipse"; and Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

Best male performance

Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter"; Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"; Robert Pattinson, "Eclipse"; Taylor Lautner, "Eclipse"; and Zac Efron, "Charlie St. Cloud"

Best breakout star

Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"; Chloe Grace Moretz, "Kick-Ass"; Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"; Jay Chou, "The Green Hornet"; Olivia Wilde, "Tron: Legacy"; and Xavier Samuel, "Eclipse"

Best comedic performance

Adam Sandler, "Just Go With It"; Ashton Kutcher, "No Strings Attached"; Emma Stona, "Easy A"; Russell Brand, "Get HIm to the Greek"; and Zach Galifianakis, "Due Date"

Best villain

Christoph Waltz, "The Green Hornet"; Leighton Meester, "The Roommate"; Mickey Rourke, "Iron Man 2"; Ned Beatty, "Toy Story 3"; and Tom Felton, "Harry Potter"

Best kiss

Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Inception"; Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter"; Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, "Eclipse"; and Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"

Voting in these and other categories begins today at http://www.MovieAwards.MTV.com and closes on June 4. However, voting for the best picture winner will continue throughout the ceremony.

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Photos, from top: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twlight Saga: Eclipse"; Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1." Credits: Kimberly French / Summit Entertainment; Warner Bros. Pictures



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