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SAG Awards: Patrick J. Adams awoke to 'Suits' surprise

Patrick J Adams of Suits SAG nominee
Patrick J. Adams’ dream came true this morning — quite literally. He was fast asleep in Los Angeles, in the wee hours of the morning, when he got sucked into a hazy vortex of cellphone vibrations. He awoke to six missed calls. One of them was from his manager, delivering the out-of-the-blue news: He’d scored a SAG nomination for best actor in a drama series for his role on USA Network’s “Suits.”

 “To be honest, I didn’t even know this was happening today,” said the award newbie.  “I thought something terrible had happened and picked up and found out quite the opposite. I’m just trying to wrap my head around it.”

Adams is admittedly overwhelmed by the sudden storm of attention. Not only is the Screen Actors Guild nod his first award nomination, he’s also never attended a red-carpet award ceremony, of any kind.  “This is my first year for a lot of this stuff. This is all brand new to me. It’s been such a whirlwind of a year. I never, ever imagined it would get to this point. You don’t expect anything — it’s been all about learning, this year.”

Along those lines, he’s less intimidated and more inspired by the heavy-hitting contenders in his category, which include Steve Buscemi, Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston and Michael C. Hall. Over the years, he’s watched their careers closely and looked at all four actors as role models. “They’re all teachers, in a sense. I’ve watched how they work, week to week, and how they conduct themselves in their lives. These are just incredible men. So to be amongst them in this way— I haven’t processed it yet. It’s such an insane honor to walk among them. I’m speechless.”

"Suits" may not be quite as well known as "Dexter," "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights," but Adams is hopeful that his nomination will boost the show's profile and draw new audiences. “The other [nominated actors’] shows are critically acclaimed shows that have changed the landscape of television. If we could get some of those people who follow shows that dare to be different, it just encourages our show to take more risks and to be brave and to continue to evolve in a way people don’t necessarily expect.”

Adams just wrapped up a play, “Nine Circles,” in Los Angeles and will soon show up as a recurring character on HBO’s “Luck,” which premieres in January.  But he’d really like to begin exploring bigger film roles.

“I’ve done a lot of smaller indie films, but I’ve never been in a studio film environment. That’s another brave new world!”


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Photo: Patrick J. Adams in "Suits." Credit: David Giesbrecht/USA.

SAG Awards: TV surprises and snubs

Melissa McCarthy of "Mike and Molly" and Showtime drama "Homeland" were surprisingly among the missing when the nominees for the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced
Melissa McCarthy of "Mike and Molly" and the Showtime drama "Homeland" were among the huge raves of the TV season, but both were surprisingly among the missing when the TV nominees for the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced.

McCarthy scored an upset in September when she won an Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series for the CBS sitcom, but on Wednesday she was left out of SAG Awards' outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series category (though she did get a movie nod for "Bridesmaids"). Those nominees include Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland").

Other prominent actresses that were omitted included Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Laura Dern ("Enlightened") and Christina Applegate ("Up All Night").

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Meanwhile, Ed O'Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson were the only adult cast members of "Modern Family" who did not score an individual SAG nod. In addition to Bowen's and Vergara's nods, Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell were nominated for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series. O'Neill and Ferguson were included in the comedy ensemble nomination for "Modern Family."

Also missing among major actors in the comedy categories were Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") and Louis C.K. ("Louie").

"Homeland," starring Claire Danes ("Temple Grandin"), Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin, has been one of the critical highlights of the season, but the show and its performers were left out of the nominations.

A major surprise in the drama category was the nomination of Patrick J. Adams in USA's "Suits." Lewis beat out more well-known performers, such as Hugh Laurie ("House") and Kelsey Grammer ("Boss").

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-- Greg Braxton 

Photo: Damien Lewis and Claire Danes in "Homeland." Credit: Kent Smith / Showtime

SAG Awards: TV nominations are announced

Steve Buscemi of "Boardwalk Empire"

"Boardwalk Empire" and "Breaking Bad" were among the major dramatic nominees for the 18th annual SAG Awards, which were announced Wednesday at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. "Modern Family," "The Office" and "30 Rock" also scored major nominations in the comedy categories for the awards, which will be announced Jan. 29 in a live simulcast on TNT and TBS.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne / Thurgood Marshall - “Thurgood” (HBO)
Paul Giamatti / Ben Bernanke - “Too Big To Fail” (HBO)
Greg Kinnear / John F. Kennedy - “The Kennedys” (Reelz Channel)
Guy Pearce / Monty Beragon - “Mildred Pierce" (HBO)
James Woods / Richard Fuld - “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane / Pat Loud - “Cinema Verite” (HBO)
Maggie Smith / Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham - “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Emily Watson / Janet Leach - “Appropriate Adult” (Sundance Channel)
Betty White / Caroline Thomas - “Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine” (CBS)
Kate Winslet / Mildred Pierce - “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)

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Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams / Mike Ross - “Suits” (USA)
Steve Buscemi / Enoch “Nucky” Thomson - “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Kyle Chandler / Eric Taylor - “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV)
Bryan Cranston / Walter White - “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Michael C. Hall / Dexter Morgan - “Dexter” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates / Harriet Korn - “Harry’s Law” (NBC)
Glenn Close / Patty Hewes  - “Damages” (DirecTV)
Jessica Lange / Constance - “American Horror Story” (FX)
Julianna Margulies / Alicia Florrick - “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick / Dept. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson - “The Closer” (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / Jack Donaghy - “30 Rock” (NBC)
Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy - “Modern Family” (ABC)
Steve Carell / Michael Scott  - “The Office” (NBC)
Jon Cryer / Alan Harper  - “Two And A Half Men” (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet / Cameron Tucker - “Modern Family” (ABC) 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen / Claire Dunphy - “Modern Family” (ABC)
Edie Falco / Jackie Peyton - “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Tina Fey / Liz Lemon - “30 Rock” (NBC)
Sofia Vergara / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett  - “Modern Family” (ABC)
Betty White / Elka Ostrovsky - “Hot In Cleveland” (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Dexter" (Showtime)
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
"The Good Wife" (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

"30 Rock" (NBC)
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
"Glee" (Fox)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"The Office" (NBC)


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— Greg Braxton 

Photo: Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO.

New version of 'Coma' on A&E to star several Oscar winners

Oscar winners Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Geena Davis have landed in the cast of A&E's upcoming reboot of "Coma," a modern-day retelling of the best-selling novel by Robin Cook and the film that starred Michael Douglas and Genevieve Bujold.

Also in the cast of the four-hour miniseries is Oscar nominee James Woods, Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under"), Steven Pasquale ("Rescue Me"), Joe Morton ("The Good Wife"), James Rebhorn ("Law & Order") and Joseph Mazello ("The Pacific"). The two-night event will be produced by Ridley and Tony Scott and directed by Mikail Salomon ("Band of Brothers").

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Steven Seagal goes from C list to 'True Justice' for Reelz

The tiny ReelzChannel earned some hard-fought accolades and prestige when it broadcast the controversial miniseries "The Kennedys," which earned 10 Emmy nominations, including one for outstanding miniseries or movie.

But the cable network appears to be heading in the opposite direction with its latest drama, which will feature an aging, heavyset action star whose movies usually go straight to video and who has been heavily ridiculed for his participation in a reality series that portrays him as a true-life crime fighter.

Steven Seagal has been set to star in Reelz' "True Justice" as the leader of a hardcore undercover team of Seattle-based cops who "take on the local crime element with a high-octane style of enforcement."

Seagal became a huge action star after first striking it big in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as "Above The Law," "Hard to Kill," "Under Siege" and "Executive Decision." But his star power eventually fizzled, and the last several years the actor has mostly starred in low-budget straight-to-video fare such as "Attack Force," "Flight of Fury," "Kill Switch" and "Pistol Whipped."

But Seagal, a "lifelong practitioner of the martial arts" who has never been known for his modesty, still considers himself a major star.

"I've been blessed with great success in the world of movies," he said in a statement. "Now with 'True Justice,' I believe I have the perfect vehicle for a hit show in the world of scripted television. My fans are going to get all of the adrenaline and entertainment they have come to expect from any project I've been involved in. This show is like nothing else on TV, and I'm excited that it has found a home on Reelz."

Seagal lately has been a punch line due to his involvement with the A&E series, "Steven Seagal: Lawman" in which he reveals that he has moonlighted as a cop for the last two decades in Jefferson Parish, La., working "major cases."

Although the show's promotional material says he is a "fully commissioned deputy" and Seagal introduces himself as a "deputy sheriff," he is actually part of the department's reserve program of about 200 volunteers. His rank of deputy sheriff is purely ceremonial.


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Photo: Steven Seagal in 1996. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles

Ricky Gervais back on board to host Golden Globes

Ricky gervais
Ricky Gervais will return to host the 69th annual Golden Globes in January, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. confirmed today.

Back in August, Ricky Gervais said that he had been invited to return for a third time, despite  controversy over his scathing humor at last year's ceremony, which some viewers felt crossed the good taste line.

"I love NBC," Gervais told interviewer Richard Bacon this year. "I love the fact that they stuck with me through it." But when pressed as to whether he was considering the offer, he added, "I am, but I shouldn't do it. It's a second encore. Don't do a second encore. I don't think I should do it. What am I going back as?"

His name was mentioned for the Oscar hosting gig vacated by Eddie Murphy, but that role was eventually offered to Billy Crystal.

Gervais' new HBO TV series, "Life's Too Short," is scheduled for sometime in 2012. The Golden Globes ceremony airs Jan. 15 on NBC.


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Photo: Ricky Gervais. Credit: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times.

Kaley Cuoco to host 2012 People's Choice Awards

Kaley Cuoco of 'The Big Bang Theory' will host the 2012 People's Choice Awards.Kaley Cuoco of the Emmy-nominated uber-geek comedy "The Big Bang Theory" will host the 2012 People's Choice Awards, the organization announced Thursday.

Which pretty much means Cuoco is landing more hosting gigs than her "Big Bang" alter-ego is landing hemorrhoid commercials.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of the People's Choice Awards," executive producer Mark Burnett said in a statement. "She's been making people laugh on top-rated comedy series for the last decade.... I'm looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January."

Cuoco hosted the Teen Choice Awards last August, where she competed for the spotlight with teens more interested in flailing their arms in front of the cameras than answering her loaded questions about the debt ceiling. But how else is a girl to prove that teens are smarter than we think? She may be better suited for the slightly older crowd drawn in by the People's Choice Awards.

She plays funny-girl-next-door Penny on the top-rated CBS comedy, which won the 2010 People's Choice Award for comedy series. The 25-year-old actress also starred in the final season of syndicated supernatural drama "Charmed" and the now-defunct series "8 Simple Rules," the favorite new TV comedy award winner in 2003.

She'll next appear in the independent feature film "The Last Ride" with Jesse James and the Lifetime television movie "Untouchable: The Drew Peterson Story" with Rob Lowe.

The 2012 People's Choice Awards, in which fans determine the nominees and winners in 41 music, movies and television categories, will air Jan. 11 on CBS.


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Photo: Kaley Cuoco at the 2011 Emmy Awards. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.


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