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

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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

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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

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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.   

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

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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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.

Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Cloris Leachman, more to join Emmy Week panels

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The L.A. Times is ushering in Emmy season with Envelope Emmy Week -- five days of television series screenings, cast Q&As and roundtable panels starting June 1. Fans of “Mad Men,” “True Blood,” “Dexter,” “Justified,” “Shameless” and many others will get a chance to hear the series' stars discuss their shows and characters. 

As noted on our sister blog, Awards Tracker, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka will join “Mad Men” creator and executive producer Matt Weiner for a screening and Q&A on June 1. William H. Macy and other cast members of Showtime's "Shameless" take the stage on June 2, and Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and others talk about “Justified” on June 6.

Leachman The final two roundtables mix things up thematically; the Alternative Families panel on June 7 will be hosted by Times TV critic Mary McNamara and will feature Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), Denis O’Hare (“True Blood”), Emmy Rossum (“Shameless”), Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope”) and Peter Krause (“Parenthood”). The Geek TV panel on June 8 will be moderated by Times television critic Robert Lloyd and will feature Joel McHale (“Community”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) and Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”).

So, what would you want to ask this eclectic mix of actors? Leave your questions here for possible inclusion in the panels.

Guild members can get additional details and RSVP to attend any of the events at

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Top photo: Michael C. Hall. Credit: Randy Tepper / Showtime 

Photo at right: Cloris Leachman. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times

'Justified' recap: You can never leave Harlan


When this season of "Justified" began, we met the fractious, insular Bennett clan, a family in which the constant infighting was only trumped by the suspicion of almost everyone outside of the family. Now, after a season in which the Bennetts seemed to emerge triumphant, after a season in which family matriarch Mags took in an orphaned girl whose father Mags herself had killed, after a season in which brother turned on brother until all turned on those who would strike them down, just one Bennett remains alive at the end of "Bloody Harlan," the second-season finale.

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'Justified' recap: Three great scenes and one great episode

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The basic unit of measurement for TV drama is the two-person scene. Almost all scenes on TV boil down to a conflict or conversation between two people, even the ones that would seem to involve more than just those two. (Example: Last night’s scene where Raylan confronts Boyd at the house. Ava’s there, but she’s not really a part of the scene, not like the two men are.) These scenes are the most basic units of TV drama because they’re economical to shoot and they allow for lots of potential within a basic framework. Depending on which two characters are in the scene together, anything can happen.

In the generally terrific episode “Reckoning,” a stellar penultimate hour for what’s been a wonderful second season of “Justified,” not a single gun goes off. Raylan sets out with a mission of revenge, but he doesn’t give in to his bloodlust. The Bennett family protects its own, but so far, no one has been killed either to protect the Black Pike deal or Dickie, who goes to jail for a time so his mother can close out the deal with the mining company; she then gets him back out of jail so the family can plot its revenge. In terms of explosive excitement, “Reckoning” offers little.

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'Justified' recap: Storm clouds on the horizon


Well, that’s not good.

When Dickie Bennett turns up in the home of Arlo and Helen, rummaging around in the fridge, then shoots Helen, there's pretty much no way it can end well. Raylan's aunt has been one of the few tethers to his old life that he's allowed to stick around, and she's been something of a moral compass for many of the characters on the show -– or as much of a moral compass as someone who willingly consorts with Arlo Givens can be. Is she dead? I don't know (though it seems unlikely Dickie and his friends would miss at that range). But whatever has happened to her, Dickie is going to have two generations of Givens men after him, and that may be just what he wants.

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'Justified' recap: Here comes trouble

JUS-ep210_20110203_PG-0032 After three episodes of ever-increasing tension, “Justified” turned it down a bit this week, if only because pushing things any further likely would have resulted in Dickie Bennett setting off a nuclear bomb in Harlan or something. “Debts and Accounts” isn’t as good as the last few episodes, but it’s a necessary one, letting the audience in on how the characters are feeling about everything that’s happened and getting them in place for the big finale to come. Not a lot actually happens in terms of plot movement in “Debts,” but by the end, it’s hard not to feel like everybody’s in grave danger.

To that end, let’s sum up where all of the characters sit at the end of the hour.

Mags: Mags Bennett’s deal with Black Pike has gone through. She has money to burn, and she’s decided to leave behind the world of crime as best she can. She’s handing off giant bags of cash to Helen and weathering the cruel words of people who come up to her in the diner and tell her her sons will have to die because of how she’s betrayed the people of Harlan by selling out. But Mags is less of a presence here than she has been, though she’s still terrifying. She’s mostly just trying to make sure that everything is on the up and up, though that means cutting off …

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'Justified' recap: The best episode of this show yet

JUS-ep209_20110125_PG-0969 “Brother’s Keeper” is my new favorite episode of “Justified” ever made. If I were going to make a list of my 100 favorite TV episodes, it would stand a good shot at making it on there (and I’ve seen a lot of TV over the years).

It does pretty much everything I want a good episode of TV to do -- thrilling plot twists; putting the majority of the characters into the same, small-ish space; providing lots of strong character moments, when we learn things we didn’t know about these people before. It’s the best "Justified" episode yet at laying out just what stands to be lost if the top is blown off the mountain by the Holler, and it’s also the best episode yet at laying out how the people in the Holler will survive, no matter what happens.

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'Justified' recap: Mags Bennett's finest hour

JUS-ep208_20110114_PG-0274 One of the things that’s so terrific about the second season of “Justified” is that it constantly pushes you to reconsider which side you should be on. That’s never more apparent than in “The Spoil,” an episode where Raylan’s assignment is to protect a woman whose main goal is to cut the top off a Kentucky mountain to get at all the coal inside, thus destroying the environment and poisoning the valley that the locals live in. Though her aims would seem destructive to probably the vast majority of this show’s audience (at least everybody who’s read Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom”), she’s not the one trying to kill people.

No, if you’re a well-meaning, eco-friendly type like myself, the sort of person who opposes mountaintop-removal mining because, well, it involves removing the top of a mountain and that  can’t be good for the ol’ ecosystem, this places you in an uncomfortable position. Carol, the mining-company lackey, is a fully developed character, a woman with goals and drives and justifications for everything she does, a person who sometimes seems out of her depth with the locals. In plenty of other stories, she’d be the plucky underdog who reaffirms the company’s faith in her by heading into a difficult situation and getting a bunch of reluctant people to sign on to her company’s plan. It’s just that her plan, again, involves ruining not just the Harlan environment but also the way of life the people who live in the Holler have built up over centuries.

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'Justified' wins a third season from FX

Justified FX's "Justified," the Western-flavored drama starring Timothy Olyphant, has been renewed for a third season.

John Landgraf, president and general manager of the cable network, made the announcement Tuesday during FX's upfront presentation in New York, adding that 13 new episodes of the series have been ordered.

" 'Justified' was a critically acclaimed hit series in its first season, but the show has far exceeded our expectations this season," Landgraf said. "Creatively, the show is on a roll."

The series, which currently is midway through its second season, stars Olyphant as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, and is adapted from a short story, "Fire In The Hole," by Elmore Leonard.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Timothy Olyphant. Credit: FX



'Justified' recap: Tense as tense can be

Js2ep207_20110105_PG-0356 The latest episode of “Justified,” “Save My Love,” is an expert example of how to build tension in an hour of television. Immensely entertaining and filled with all sorts of incredible twists and turns, the episode shows off just how adroit “Justified” has become about backing its characters into corners and seeing if they can figure a way out of their predicaments. A sure sign of cracking good drama is when it seems like the writers are as much at a loss as the characters about what to do -- yet they keep piling on the problems because that’s likely what would happen if it were a real-life situation. “Justified” is heightened, yes, but in “Save My Love,” everything feels terrifyingly real, terrifyingly tense.

That $100 bill Winona took to the bank, then had taken from her at gunpoint in the last episode is still eating her up inside. She’s all but certain that the bills Raylan retrieved for her are not the one she had. No, she’s pretty sure that one had a torn corner. Raylan’s not sure this is such a big deal. If he can’t find it and it somehow pings the Secret Service’s radar and they somehow tie it to Winona, well, she might have to pay a fine, but it’s unlikely she’d ever serve jail time or have anything serious come down on her head. It would just be one of those stupid things she’d laugh about years from now. But as he’s spinning this scenario, Winona sets out to prove to him that she’d be in a whole lot more trouble than he thinks. Because, as she shows him when she zips open her gym bag, she didn’t take just the one bill. She took ALL of the money from the evidence locker, which means that she now has more than $200,000  she shouldn’t have and only a limited time frame in which to get it back to its rightful place before people start asking questions.

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