Jon Hamm has never been able to win an Emmy Award despite six nominations for acting on "Mad Men" (4) and "30 Rock" (2). While he again contends for both those shows, his best hope of taking home an Emmy is for producing the AMC drama series.
This marked Hamm's first season as a producer on the reigning four-time Best Drama Series. He directed the episode "Tea Leaves" and has had more creative involvement behind the scenes. According to the exclusive Gold Derby odds, "Mad Men" is the favorite at 2/1 over "Breaking Bad" (12/5) to win a record-breaking fifth trophy in this top category.
Hamm also earned his fifth nomination as Best Drama Actor for his role as advertising executive Don Draper. He lost the first three times to Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and last year to Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights").
He has submitted the episode "The Other Woman" to Emmy judges. However, that is seen by many as a showcase for nominees Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss. Cranston is the heavy favorite (4/5) to win a fourth time over Damian Lewis ("Homeland") at 4/1. Hamm is in third place with odds of 11 to 2.
Hamm is also nominated again as Best Comedy Guest Actor for a brief appearance on "30 Rock." In the episode "Live From Studio 6H," he did not play his regular character of Dr. Drew Baird but participated in two live variety show sketches as Abner and David Brinkley. In that race, he is also in third place with 10/1 odds. That is well behind Michael J. Fox ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") at 27/20 and Jimmy Fallon ("Saturday Night Live") at 15/8.
Hamm is one of a small number of performers who have earned Emmy nominations as producers. Cranston and Mark Wahlberg ("Boardwalk Empire") have done it on the drama side this year. Among comedies, the celebrity producers are Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"). And for movies and minis, well-known names behind the scenes are Kevin Costner ("Hatfields and McCoys"), James Gandolfini ("Hemingway and Gellhorn"), and Tom Hanks ("Game Change").
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