Category: Emmy Awards

Emmys 2011: Chuck Lorre stays mum on Charlie Sheen


Showrunner Chuck Lorre wasn't giving anything away when it came to his reported drama with former "Two and a Half Men" costar Charlie Sheen. Asked if he was anxious about running into the actor, Lorre replied: "No, not particularly," and quickly began saying how excited he was for his other shows, "Mike & Molly" and "The Big Bang Theory." As for Monday's big season premiere with Ashton Kutcher, he was equally close-lipped. "You'll just have to watch it," he shrugged.

"The Big Bang Theory" has five nominations tonight, including for comedy series.


Emmys 2011: Lea Michele has moment in sun

Emmys 2011: Live coverage, photos, fan chatter, twitter and more

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: The new cast of "Two and a Half Men," from left, Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher and Angus T. Jones are shown during their presentation at CBS' Upfront at Carnegie Hall in New York. (AP Photo / CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab)

Emmys 2011: Live coverage, photos, fan chat, twitter and more

Rolling out the red carpet for the Emmy Awards
The 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards take center stage today, bringing together the stars for television’s biggest night.

Will  “Glee” star Jane Lynch bring in cheers or jeers as host? Will Jon Hamm finally take home a statue for “Mad Men”?  Will Charlie Sheen make an appearance? Watch here for complete coverage.

Need a play-along ballot? You can find that here

Want to know the presentation order for the awards? You can find that here

Feel like chatting? Fans can weigh in during a live chat, led by our celebrity blogger Christie D’Zurilla, beginning at 4:30 PT. You can find that here

And follow the Los Angeles Times staff’s live Tweeting here.

The telecast begins at 5 p.m. PT on Fox.


Key races to watch

Emmy nominees photo booth

Emmys roundtable with first-time nominees

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Emmys host Jane Lynch, Executive Producer Mark Burnett and Television Academy President John Shaffner roll out the red carpet. Credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times

Emmys 2011: Lea Michele has moment in the sun

Lea Michele on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards
With stars assembling on the red carpet for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, "Glee's" Lea Michele was spotted trying to stay cool. But the actress, who had been waiting several minutes for a live interview to begin, was getting noticeably irked. "Um, is this gonna start soon? Cause I'm getting really hot. Really hot. I'm getting sunburned," she said, searching for her publicist.

"Glee" has 12 nominations; Michele was nominated for lead actress in a comedy last year but is not nominated Sunday.


Emmy awards: Let's imagine the possibilities

Emmy roundtable: Watch out Ty Burrell, Walton Goggins wants to meet you

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Lea Michele arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards  Credit: Matt Sayles / AP

Emmy Awards: Let's imagine the possibilities

Jane Lynch gets set to host Emmys 
The hours are winding down until the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. As we gear up for a night of glitz, glamour and long-winded speeches, let's imagine what we're in for, shall we?

— Last month, Cloris Leachman got tanned and absurd with the gals of "Jersey Shore" at MTV's Video Music Awards. (Wasn't that strange?) Well, Emmy host Jane Lynch is not to be outdone. In fact, she appears to be very committed to the role, judging from the photo, above right, that "Jersey" queen Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi  posted on Twitter. We don't know what they have in store, but with a poof like that, it can't be good for us. Let's just hope Lynch doesn't pull a move like Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino and bash her head into one of those stage dividers. But if she does, at least they're not concrete, right?

— "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen Ashton Kutcher is among those slated to present during Sunday's telecast — so are costar Jon Cryer and creator Chuck Lorre. Could it turn into a sequel of the Charlie Sheen roast?

— When Jane Lynch appeared at the Television Critics Assn., she pledged that snarky Sue Sylvester, the character she plays on "Glee," would not hijack the whole show. We know Sue would never keep such a promise ... but can Jane be trusted?

— Given the response to the "Born to Run" opening number in 2010's telecast, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, it would be in Lynch's best interest to consider a follow-up to the hilarity, right?  Maybe ditch Kate Gosselin for Nancy Grace? And definitely add more shimmies from Jon Hamm and Betty White. But we'll switch the channel if the song chosen is Rebe    cca Black's "Friday." 

The Emmy telecast will air live at 8 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Pacific on Fox.

— Yvonne Villarreal


Emmy roundtable: Six degrees of an Emmy nomination?

Emmy roundtable: Walton Goggins will 'never forget' first nomination

'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Deadliest Catch' score big at Creative Arts Emmys

Left photo: Jane Lynch at the rolling out of the Emmy red carpet Wednesday. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Right photo: Deena Cortese, left, with Lynch, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sammi Giancola. Source: Polizzi's Twitter page

Emmy roundtable: Michelle Forbes weighs in on 'The Killing' finale backlash

The hours until the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards are winding down.

To help you kill the time, we gathered some of the first-time nominees -- Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory"), Michelle Forbes ("The Killing"), Josh Charles ("The Good Wife") and Walton Goggins ("Justified") -- recently to discuss everything from the joys of the nomination to what intrigued them about the roles they play. 

In the videos below, Forbes discusses the controversial finale of AMC's drama and the grim-nature of the show and Walton Goggins, in the second video, reveals what he wanted for his character Boyd.





--Yvonne Villarreal


Emmy Roundtable: Johnny Galecki--'I'd rather play the other guy'

Emmy roundtable: Six degrees of an Emmy nomination?

Emmy roundtable: Walton Goggins will 'never forget' first nomination

Photo: Michelle Forbes. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.

Emmy roundtable: Johnny Galecki -- 'I'd rather play the other guy'

Johnny Galecki of "The Big Bang Theory" participateds in an Emmy roundtable discussion with first-time nominees

Way, way back in time, before "The Big Bang Theory" -- if that's even scientifically possible -- executive producer Chuck Lorre was casting for his new comedy and asked Johnny Galecki to consider the role of super-nerd science geek Sheldon Cooper.

Galecki read the script and told one of Hollywood's most successful show runners, "I'd rather play the other guy." That, thought the actor, was the end of that.

But, of course, Galecki did end up playing the other guy: Leonard Hofstadter -- a portrayal that earned the actor his first Emmy nomination this year for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.  (For more about his decision, see the video below.)

Galecki was one of four first-time Emmy-nominated actors who participated in a roundtable last week to discuss their roles and all things Emmy. Moderated by Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara, the other performers were: Walton Goggins of "Justified," Josh Charles of "The Good Wife" and Michelle Forbes of "The Killing."

ShowTracker will post additional clips before Sunday's Emmy ceremony, so check back for more.


Emmy roundtable: Six degrees of an Emmy nomination?

Emmy roundtable: Walton Goggins will 'never forget' first nomination

Roundtable gathers first-time Emmy nominees

-- Martin Miller

Photo: Johnny Galecki Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Emmy roundtable: Six degrees of an Emmy nomination?

First-time Emmy roundtable

It's a small world. For actors, the world is even tinier.

So it makes sense the group of first-time nominees we gathered to take part in an Emmys roundtable -- Michelle Forbes ("The Killing"), Josh Charles ("The Good Wife"), Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory") and Walton Goggins ("Justfied") -- have a bit of history among them.

Galecki is the godfather of Goggins' son and Charles and Forbes worked together in the HBO drama "In Treatment." And the connections don't end there. Charles' costar on CBS' "The Good Wife," Christina Baranski, has appeared on Galecki's "The Big Bang Theory" as Sheldon's mother.

"The next thing I do, my character will be named Galecki or I won't do it," Goggins joked. (For more, see the video below)

The roundtable was moderated by Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara last week in anticipation of Sunday's 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Goggins and Charles are nominated in the supporting actor in a drama category. Forbes is up for supporting actress in a drama category. Galecki received his first Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy.

Showtracker will post additional clips from the gathering so check back for more.


Roundtable gathers first-time Emmy nominees

Emmy roundtable: Walton Goggins will 'never forget' first nomination

'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Deadliest Catch' score big at Creative Arts Emmys

-- Yvonne Villarreal


Photo: Emmy nominees, Walton Goggins, left, Johnny Galecki, Josh Charles and Michelle Forbes. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Emmy roundtable: Walton Goggins will 'never forget' first nomination

Josh Charles Michelle Forbes

Firsts only happen once.

"Justified's" Walton Goggins likened his first Emmy nomination to being a baby -- or rather, the child-like wonder of experiencing something new.

"I have an 8-month-old son, and I'm reminded that there are so many firsts in life," Goggins said during a roundtable discussion with fellow first-time Emmy nominees. "Every single day, something new is happening in his life ... and this experience for me has been one that I'll never forget, because it may very well never happen again, and that would be OK. But it's been an extraordinary type of experience."

Goggins was joined by Josh Charles, Michelle Forbes and Johnny Galecki in the roundtable, which was moderated by Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara last week in anticipation of this weekend's 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 

Goggins ("Justified") and Charles ("The Good Wife") will battle it out in the supporting actor in a drama category. Michelle Forbes ("The Killing") is holding her own in the supporting actress in a drama category.  In the comedic corner, Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory") received his first Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy.


Show Tracker will post additional videos from the discussion leading up to Sunday's awards telecast.


Roundtable gathers first-time Emmy nominees

"Boardwalk Empire," "Deadliest Catch" score big at Creative Arts Emmys

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Josh Charles of "The Good Wife" makes a point at a roundtable of first-time Emmy nominees as Michelle Forbes of "The Killing" looks on. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha /Los Angeles Times

Roundtable gathers first-time Emmy nominees

Emmy Roundtable

First-time Emmy nominees Josh Charles, Michelle Forbes, Johnny Galecki and Walton Goggins joined Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara last week for a roundtable discussion of all things Emmy as Hollywood barrels toward this weekend's 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Leading up to this Sunday's telecast, Show Tracker will post clips of the wide-ranging talk that touched on the thrill of being nominated to the rich era of storytelling underway in television today.

Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory") received his first Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy, and Michelle Forbes ("The Killing") her first for outstanding supporting actress in a drama. Josh Charles ("The Good Wife") and Walton Goggins ("Justified") each earned a nod in the same category: outstanding supporting actor in a drama.   

Stay tuned.  


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-- Martin Miller

Photo: (from left to right) Walton Goggins, Michelle Forbes, Josh Charles and Johnny Galecki. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

'The Big C' gets a big 3: a third-season renewal

"The Big C," Showtime's comedy starring Emmy nominee Laura Linney as a woman shaking up her life after learning she has terminal cancer, has been renewed for a third season.

The renewal comes just a few days before the second-season finale, which will air Monday.

Showtime executives said 10 new episodes would go into production early next year and will air in the second quarter of 2012.


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— Greg Braxton

Photo: Laura Linney in "The Big C." Credit: Jordin Althaus / Showtime.


2011 Emmy nominations: Stars talk about working, being nominated and celebrating

Hall The nominations for the 2011 Emmy Awards were announced early this morning, with plenty of surprises mixed in with the evergreens. (See the full list here.)

The Los Angeles Times spoke to a number of nominees about the Emmys and the roles that nabbed them a chance at an award.

Some nominees -- like "Justified's" Walton Goggins -- didn't even try to downplay their excitement: "I feel like I’m floating in a vat of liquid gratitude," he said. "It’s surreal. This may never happen again in my lifetime but to go through this experience now, it doesn’t get better than this." 

Idris Elba, who was nominated both for his role in "Luther" and a guest role on "The Big C," was doubly knocked out : "It’s incredible. You wait for one bus and two come along. They’re both great surprises."

Matthew Weiner is no Emmy newbie, but he still seemed thrilled: "There’s something extra sweet about it because, four years into it, you just don’t expect to be in it." He also revealed that he already had an ending in mind for the series, three seasons down the line. "I do. I do. I do. I do have an ending in mind." So what is it? We'll have to wait, apparently. Said Weiner, "I’m keeping it close to the vest in case I change my mind."

"Mad Men's" John Slattery -- who has received a supporting actor nomination for every season "Mad Men" has been on the air -- spoke eloquently about inhabiting the role of Roger: "On TV, the most challenging thing is not to assume you know how your character would react just because you’ve played it for years. You want to deliver the joke, but you don’t want your character to be a joke. Also, people wonder about the clothes and the cigarettes and the drinks -- but you don’t play the period, you play the scene. You play each moment as it comes."

Michael C. Hall, who is nominated once again for his role on "Dexter," talked about the particular challenges this past season: "In the fifth season we sort of had to take responsibility for the mess in Dexter’s world. He had a big share in Rita’s death. It was difficult to try to play this guy who maintains some sort of disconnect from his emotions and still process all of that."

And Johnny Galecki of "Big Bang Theory" spoke about playing a character smarter than he is: "I’d say he’s much more intelligent than I am. I can only pretend to think like this guy. I can understand how he feels as [if he's] the underdog outcast. That is something I can relate to. I wasn’t the most popular kid growing up."

Matt LeBlanc knows all about awards: "I’m familiar with not winning," he joked.  Asked if he'd spoken to any of his costars from "Episodes," he quipped, "They’re probably bitter and angry. I’ll call them and rub it in. They’re all in London."

For Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton of "Friday Night Lights," the nominations are a lovely complement to the end of the series. Said Britton, "After five seasons, it just feels incredible to have the show recognized. It was long deserved, I think." Chandler talked about hearing the news: "My wife came out and said, 'Guess what, you just got nominated!' I immediately asked, 'What about Connie?' She told me that she got one too. Then she shoved me in the swimming pool."

 VergaraMireille Enos of "The Killing" talked about the backlash to the show's finale. "I loved the reaction," she said. "It's evidence of how attached people had gotten to the show. My hunch is that the people who are screaming loudest are the ones who are going to be the first to watch the next season."

Who was overlooked? Slattery mentioned "Mad Men's" Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell.

And what about the stiffest competition among fellow nominees? "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara pointed to  certain popular octogenarian: "Betty White is on the list, that can’t be good for anyone."

Michael C. Hall couldn't choose one name. "Oh, gosh, I don’t know. It’s strange," he said. "We’re not running a 100-yard dash. We’re all doing very different things. It’s a strange thing deciding whose is best. Good luck to the voters doing that."


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-- Joy Press

Photo: Top: Michael C. Hall at The Los Angeles Times' 3rd Annual The Envelope: Primetime Emmy Screening Series panel in Los Angeles. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images. Bottom: Sofia Vergara in "Modern Family." Credit: ABC.

'Nice guy' producer Vince Gilligan exposes his dark side with 'Breaking Bad'

Gilligan"Breaking Bad," the sly, wicked AMC drama about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who dives into the crystal meth business to ensure financial security for his family, has received tons of critical accolades and is one of the cable network's biggest hits.

Most of the attention has focused on Bryan Cranston, whose portrayal of timid teacher turned master criminal Walter White has earned him three consecutive Emmy awards for lead actor in a drama. But the show's continued success and dark plots have turned up the spotlight on Vince Gilligan, the creator and executive producer of "Breaking Bad."

Past and current colleagues say Gilligan is one of the nicest and most amiable producers working in television. But Chris Carter, the creator of "The X-Files" and Gilligan's former boss, also points out that there is a dark side to Gilligan's writing. And Gilligan acknowledges that working on the series, with its blurred exploration of morality and explosions of bloody violence, can take its toll.

"I don't have a dark alter ego, but I believe we all present one face to the world and live more comfortably with another," he said.

For more on Gilligan and how he builds the shadowy world of "Breaking Bad," read this Calendar feature.


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-- Greg Braxton 

Photo: Vince Gilligan on the set of "Breaking Bad." Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.


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