“I will never forget the difficulty in taking a breath for a solid six, seven minutes,” says Dan Bucatinky about winning an Emmy in 2013 for his role on “Scandal.” “Backstage, I felt like I needed to be sedated. I asked, ‘Does anybody have a tranquilizer gun?'”
Now he is in the running for a colorful guest role that the Hollywood Reporter says makes him a strong new contender. In the season finale of “Superstore,” he portrayed “a total dork” and “corporate d-bag” who “just wants store employees to get along and trust that the company has their back at all costs” so they will not form a union, he says. “Things get very explosive and they obviously walk out at the end and he’s horrified. It was a lot of fun to play.” Watch our webchat above.
Bucatinsky is also in the Emmy running as a producer of two programs. “It Got Better” — a web series that features LGBT celebrities sharing their stories of personal struggle — competes for Best Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series. “Who Do You Think You Are” – the TLC program that traces celebs’ genealogical roots – returns to the race for Best Structured Reality Program where it was nominated in 2014. Previously, it had been nominated for Outstanding Reality Program.
Next year Bucatinsky could snag an Emmy nom for his role as a government agent in “24: Legacy,” the reboot of the Fox series that won 20 Emmys, including Best Drama Series of 2006. He portrays a government communication analyst who frequently assists Miranda Otto.