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Emmy nominations: Rob Licuria's good, bad and ugly

By Rob Licuria
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Jul 18 2013 09:30 am
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What a pleasure it is to see so many great new faces this year, especially in the supporting categories. So, welcome to Emmy’s Class of 2013, Morena Baccarin ("Homeland"), Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones"), Adam Driver ("Girls"), and Tony Hale ("Veep").

Louis C.K., Emmy loves you! With nine nominations, he breaks his record from last year, when he received a whopping seven nods. A great achievement, to go along with his show “Louie” finally making it into the Comedy Series race. I’m sure they are popping the champagne corks at the FX offices today, at least on the comedy side.

Congrats as well to Elisabeth Moss, who was able to land two lead acting nominations today for both drama (“Mad Men”) and movie/mini (“Top of the Lake”). Similarly, Bobby Cannavale showed his versatility with bids for both drama -- supporting for “Boardwalk Empire” -- and comedy -- guesting on “Nurse Jackie."

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are nominated for their regular gigs on "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation" and for co-hosting the Golden Globes, which contends for a special class prize. 

Finally, finally, finally – “Breaking Bad” makes a great showing in the Best Drama Writing category. In fact, the show is nominated across the board and appears to have strengthened its chances to finally win the top Drama Series prize. 

“Homeland” and “Game of Thrones” both bettered their previous hauls with additional acting nominations. The drama races are going to be very very interesting this year!

On the Creative Arts side, I am happy to see that “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” made a showing with three nominations (Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Special Visual Effects) and my favourite nomination of the day goes to the hauntingly beautiful main title theme composed by Jeff Beal for “House of Cards."

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First-time Emmy nominees break through: Jeff Daniels, Kerry Washington ...

By Daniel Montgomery
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Jul 18 2013 09:20 am
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The Emmys welcomed a wealth of new blood in this year's surprising nominations. Among stars celebrating their first career bids is Jeff Daniels, nominated for Drama Actor for his role as an outspoken anchor on "The Newsroom."

A trio of first-timers broke through in the Drama Actress race: Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga is a contender for "Bates Motel." Kerry Washington ("Scandal") becomes only the fifth black woman ever nominated in the category, and would be the first to win. Robin Wright ("House of Cards") has three previous Daytime Emmy bids for "Santa Barbara," but this is her first time contending at the Primetime Emmys.

Longtime TV star Harry Hamlin ("L.A. Law") is nominated for the first time in his career for his guest role on "Mad Men." Another notable TV alum, Linda Cardellini ("Freaks and Geeks," "ER"), also received her first nomination for a guest role on that series.

Toby Jones earned his first Emmy bid for portraying a sinister Alfred Hitchcock in "The Girl." Playing his wife in the telefilm, Imelda Staunton also earned her first Primetime Emmy bid, though she was an International Emmy nominee in 2006 for "My Family and Other Animals." (Staunton is the wife of "Downton Abbey's" Jim Carter, who received his second nomination for Drama Supporting Actor.)

Staunton competes against another British veteran who is nominated for the first time: Charlotte Rampling ("Restless").

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Drama Supporting Actress nominee Morena Baccarin and Drama Guest Actor nominee Rupert Friend are both first-time contenders for their roles on Showtime's "Homeland."

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Now that we know Emmy nominees, who'll WIN?

By Tom O'Neil
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Jul 18 2013 09:05 am
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When we invited 15 Emmy experts to predict nominations, we asked them to rank contenders in each category according to likelihood of winning. Over all, they fared pretty well with their forecasts compared to the real list of nominees (see those here), so now let's look back at their original rankings and racetrack odds to forecast who'll win.

Note: In the acting categories, we do not yet know what sample episodes the nominees intend to submit to Emmy juries. Usually, the strongest entries win. Many of these predictions may change drastically after Gold Derby reports the titles of the episodes and we offer in-depth analysis.

BEST COMEDY SERIES: Reigning titleholder "Modern Family" leads by a wide margin among the Experts polled by Gold Derby. Ten of our 15 pundits pick "Modern Family," compared to 2 for "The Big Bang Theory" and 1 for "Louie." The score among our Editors: 3 for "Modern Family," 3 for "The Big Bang Theory" and 1 for "Louie." "Modern Family" has already won 3 times in a row. Only 3 shows in TV history have prevailed 4 times ("All in the Family," "Cheers") or more (5 for "Frasier").

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BEST DRAMA SERIES: Seven Experts predict a repeat victory for last year's champ "Homeland," but 6 say "Breaking Bad," 1 says "Downton Abbey" and 1 bows to "Game of Thrones." Gold Derby's Editors disagree strongly, preferring "Breaking Bad" over "Homeland" by a 6-to-3 vote, with 1 maverick picking "Game of Thrones." "Breaking Bad" has lost 4 times, but many shows did not nab a victory until their fifth bid, including "24" and "The Sopranos." This year "Breaking Bad" may have an edge because it will be airing its final episodes during the Emmy voting period.

BEST COMEDY ACTOR: Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") is the fave to pick up his third prize in this category, according to both Experts and Editors. He's backed by 7 Experts, while 6 choose Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") and 2 predict Louis C.K. ("Louie"). Editors' scores: 5 for Baldwin and 2 for Louis C.K.

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS: Last year's champ was Emmy darling Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") who has the overwhelming support of 12 Experts, while 2 pick Lena Dunham ("Girls") and 1 opts for Tina Fey ("30 Rock"). Louis-Dreyfus also leads among our Editors (5), but by a much smaller margin as 3 choose Fey and 1 backs Dunham.

BEST DRAMA ACTOR: Experts pick 3-time category champ Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") while our Editors opt for last year's victor Damian Lewis ("Homeland"). Experts' scores: 12 for Cranston, 3 for Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"). Editors' scores: 4 for Lewis, 3 for Cranston, 2 for Spacey.

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Top 12 shocking Emmy nominations snubs: 'Arrested Development,' Margulies, Stonestreet

By Daniel Montgomery
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Jul 18 2013 08:03 am
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The Emmy nominations were full of surprises when it comes to who was nominated in this year's race, and they were equally surprising who was left out. (Click here for a list of some of this year's shocking inclusions.)

Among the most surprising was the nearly complete shutout of "Arrested Development," which received only a single acting nomination (Comedy Actor for Jason Bateman) and was snubbed in writing, directing, and Best Comedy Series. The series was nominated all three years of its original FOX run, winning in 2004, but Emmy voters rejected its Netflix revival.

Another previous winner left out of the race this year was Julianna Margulies, nominated three years in a row for "The Good Wife," winning in 2011.

Perhaps even more surprising was the snub of "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet, who had been nominated all three years of the show's run, winning twice (2010, 2012). He's the lone adult actor from the show sitting out this year's event.

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"Boardwalk Empire" and its star Steve Buscemi had been nominated for Best Drama and Best Drama Actor the past two years. It was expected to fall out of the top category this time around, but Buscemi also surprisingly missed out on an acting bid this year.

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Top 15 biggest Emmy nominations jaw-droppers: Laura Dern, Connie Britton ...

By Daniel Montgomery
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Jul 18 2013 07:23 am
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The Emmys welcomed no shortage of new blood, including a number of nominees most of our predictors at Gold Derby didn't see coming.

Connie Britton continues her streak of Emmy nominations: two Drama Actress bids in a row for "Friday Night Lights" in 2010 and 2011, a Movie/Mini Actress nod for "American Horror Story" in 2012, and now she returns to the Drama Actress race for the ABC music-industry soap "Nashville." She had been ranked 11th by our predictors.

Vera Farmiga also broke through in that category for A&E's freshman series "Bates Motel," a prequel to the horror classic "Psycho." She ranked ninth in our overall odds.

Laura Dern earned a Comedy Actress bid for HBO's "Enlightened," which was cancelled by the network after just two seasons. This is the fifth nomination for Dern, who was most recently in contention for the 2008 TV movie "Recount." Also a surprise nominee for the series was guest actress Molly Shannon.

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"Glee," which seemed to have fallen out of favor at the Emmys, picked up repeat nominations for supporting actress Jane Lynch and guest actress Dot-Marie Jones, as well as a nomination for Comedy Directing, which the show won for its first season in 2010.

"Veep" was nominated again for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but it also received surprise supporting nominations for Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale. Hale's nomination is ironic; he was also eligible for "Arrested Development" but entered instead for "Veep," which proved a savvy move considering "Arrested's" poor showing overall.

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Emmy Award nominations: 'American Horror Story,' 'Game of Thrones' lead, 'House of Card' makes history

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Jul 18 2013 07:10 am
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As usual, HBO leads the Emmy Awards nominations (108) but streaming service Netflix made a dazzling debut reaping 14 bids, including Best Drama Series ("House of Cards"). (See full list of nominations here.)

HBO rebounded from last year's 81 bids to break into triple digits again. CBS and NBC are tied with 53 nominations, followed by ABC (45), Showtime (31), PBS (25) and FOX (19). 

HBO's "Game of Thrones" is first among all dramas with 16 noms, including Best Drama Series. Other rivals for that top prize are AMC's "Breaking Bad," which netted 13 nominations and "Mad Men," which set a dubious Emmy record last year when it went 0 for 17. This year, the four-time drama champ contends for 12 awards as does PBS' "Downton Abbey."

Showtime's "Homeland" and stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis return to defend their Emmy crowns. The sophomore season of the political drama reaped 11 bids in all.

Three-time comedy winner "30 Rock" (2007 - 2009) leads all laffers, earning 13 nominations for its farewell season on NBC including a bid for Best Comedy Series. 

ABC's reigning three-time comedy series champ "Modern Family" defends its title with five of its six  adult cast members numbering among its dozen nominations. 

CBS' top-rated "The Big Bang Theory" contends in this category for a third year, netting eight nominations in total. 

FX's "Louie" cracked the series race, as multi-hyphenate Louis C.K. earned a record nine nominations including four of the six for this show. 

Two HBO sophmore laffers -- "Girls" and "Veep" -- round out the race with five noms each. 

"American Horror Story" was introduced as a drama series on FX but was reclassified as a miniseries when it was revealed that each season will be distinct. It leads that genre with 17 nominations, including a bid for Best Movie/Miniseries.

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Complete list of Emmy Award nominations

By Gold Derby News Desk
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Jul 18 2013 05:50 am
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Nominations for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday, July 18 at 5:35 am PT from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater at the TV Academy by Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") and Emmycast emcee Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother"), who was a last minute replacement for Kate Mara ("House of Card"), along with chairman/CEO of the TV academy Bruce Rosenblum.

Winners will be revealed during the Sunday, Sept. 22 ceremony from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles beginning at 5:00 pm PT and airing live on CBS.

The full list of nominees in all categories can be found below.

DRAMA

BEST DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"Homeland"
"House of Cards"
"Mad Men"

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Connie Britton, "Nashville"
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
Vera Farmiga, "Bates Motel"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jonathan Banks, "Breaking Bad" 
Bobby Cannavale, "Boardwalk Empire" 
Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey" 
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" 
Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland" 
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Morena Baccarin, "Homeland" 
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones" 
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" 
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey" 

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Dan Bucatinsky, "Scandal" 
Michael J. Fox, "The Good Wife" 
Rupert Friend, "Homeland" 
Harry Hamlin, "Mad Men"
Nathan Lane, "The Good Wife" 
Robert Morse, "Mad Men" 

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Linda Cardellini, "Mad Men" 
Joan Cusack, "Shameless" 
Jane Fonda, "The Newsroom" 
Margo Martindale, "The Americans"
Carrie Preston, "The Good Wife" 
Diana Rigg, "Game of Thrones" 

COMEDY

BEST COMEDY SERIES
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Girls"
"Louis"
"Modern Family"
"30 Rock"
"Veep"

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Emmy predictions: 'American Horror Story,' 'Modern Family' will lead nominations

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Our experts, editors, and more than 1,300 users are predicting Emmy nominations in 22 categories that will be announced tomorrow, and in those major categories we're expecting strong showings for the FX anthology series "American Horror Story: Asylum," ABC's comedy "Modern Family," and CBS's legal drama "The Good Wife," among others.

"American Horror Story: Asylum" will be nominated for Best Movie/Miniseries and sweep the acting categories with five bids and three wins -- for lead star Jessica Lange and supporting actors James Cromwell and Sarah Paulson -- though, like last year, it's a true-life HBO drama that is likely to win the top prize in that race: "Behind the Candelabra," about the relationship between Liberace and his younger lover Scott Thorson.

"Modern Family," the three-time defending champion for Best Comedy Series, will once again lead the way among laffers. It is expected to win the top prize for the fourth year in a row -- tying "All in the Family" and "Cheers" -- in addition to two acting wins (for two-time champs Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen) out of seven bids.

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"The Good Wife" is also poised to receive multiple nominations. Though it is not ranked by our predictors as a likely contender for Best Drama, it is expected to sweep the acting categories with eight nominations, thanks mostly to its prestigious guest actors, including previous Emmy winners Michael J. Fox, Stockard Channing, and 2012's defending Drama Guest Actress champ Martha Plimpton.

 

Can 'The Newsroom' bring Aaron Sorkin back to Emmy glory?

By Charles Bright
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Jul 17 2013 13:23 pm
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With his new HBO series, "The Newsroom," Aaron Sorkin is looking to get back into the Emmy game he used to dominate as writer and executive producer of "The West Wing." But based on the predictions of our experts, editors, and users, along with mixed reviews from critics, his prospects don't look too bright. The show is currently in ninth place among contenders for Best Drama Series with a mere three users predicting it to win.

However, the show does appear to have a better chance in the acting races. Jeff Daniels is in fifth place for Drama Actor with odds of 12/1, Sam Waterston ranks fourth in the Drama Supporting Actor category with 10/1 odds, and in the Drama Guest Actress race Jane Fonda is in second place with 10/3 odds. Nods for writing and directing could be in the cards for the show as well.

From 2000 through 2003, Sorkin won six Emmys for his work on "The West Wing," including a record-tying four consecutive trophies for Best Drama Series, a Drama Writing award in 2000, and a Special Class award for "The West Wing Documentary Special" in 2002.

Since then he has been more focused on screenwriting. He penned "Charlie Wilson's War" in 2007. Three years later he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Social Network." And the year after that was nominated for another Oscar in the same category for co-writing "Moneyball."

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