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  • Robert Russaw
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    I was wondering if actors, the network execs or show execs, or a combination of all submit the episodes for actors once nominated.    I only ask because sometimes actors seem to not really know what the process is or seem to be nonchalant regarding episode submissions.     For example, I remember one year, I thought that the Showtime submitted one of Michael C. Hall’s nominated episodes for Dexter, “Teenage Wasteland,” I think, and it was an unpopular choice for us Derbyites, but the showrunner defended the choice.     If memory serves me correctly, HBO always submitted the episodes for their actors on shows like “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” and “Six Feet Under.”

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    I think some actors are generally just more into it or aware of it. I personally think both Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet were great Emmy submitters, although maybe that had something to do with the fact that they had more choices than their co-stars… I don’t know. 

    Wasn’t there something about the Desperate Housewives ladies a few years ago, where Felicity Huffman didn’t realize that Emmy voters would be seeing all of the characters in all of the tapes, and didn’t realize that she had Marcia Cross to thank for her own Emmy win in 2005. That’s one of Tom O’Neil’s favorite stories, lol…  

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Also, Tyne Daly didn’t know about episode submissions. Tom told this one story about how Tyne Daly thought she won for the season (which is the case in most situations), but she didn’t know she won for an episode. Also, James Spader didn’t even know what episodes were submitted for him. It’s kind of sad considering that both actors have eight Emmys combined. 

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    AviChristiaans
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    I want to know who has the final say in episode submissions? For example, what if the Actor doesn’t agree with the tape chosen for submission by the Show/Network execs? And visa versa.

    I’m asking because there have been some very dubious selections over the years that has cost some people possible gongs. 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    For Hugh Laurie, his representative chose his. Most of them weren’t bad, but they never were really that competitive (save for “Broken” in 2010). I don’t know who was submitting for Michael C. Hall because most of his submissions weren’t very good, and the year that he actually submitted a great episode (2010 with “The Getaway”), the competition was too stiff?

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    In the last few years, Alec Baldwin and Edie Falco have had questionable submissions leading me to believe that they both just picked theirs out of a hat. 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    In the last few years, Alec Baldwin and Edie Falco have had questionable submissions leading me to believe that they both just picked theirs out of a hat. 

    I think Baldwin submitted episodes like the ones he has recently because he wants to give someone else a chance at winning, which is a very selfless thing to do, IMO. Falco’s episodes have been pretty good, actually. Yes, they are questionable, though, because they’re more dramatic than comedic. 

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    [quote=”dude93″]In the last few years, Alec Baldwin and Edie Falco have had questionable submissions leading me to believe that they both just picked theirs out of a hat. 

    I think Baldwin submitted episodes like the ones he has recently because he wants to give someone else a chance at winning, which is a very selfless thing to do, IMO. Falco’s episodes have been pretty good, actually. Yes, they are questionable, though, because they’re more dramatic than comedic. [/quote]

    Around the time of Baldwin’s 5th season on 30 Rock, I recall reading somewhere that he’d apparently tweeted “Please vote for Steve Carell”. If that’s true, it would certainly explain his tape choice, as that was when he submitted the episode where Jack thinks that Kenneth was his kidnapped wife, which was just weird. 

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    Chris Beachum
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    Having worked with a bunch of them in the past decade+, I can tell you its all over the map.

    Some nominees are extremely involved (watching episodes, making choices). Some have no idea at all; they will often let the studio or producers choose for them. Most fall in the middle (they want the final decision but listen to advice from several people).

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    vinny
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    I never really paid much attention to epsiode submissions before 2006 but I have to admit some actors reaally know how to submit episodes. The Modern Family cast (or whoever chooses for them if thats the case) are perfect examples.

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