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Damian Lewis on playing volatile King Henry VIII in 'Wolf Hall' [Exclusive Video]

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"It's much more of an interior drama. It's much more about the looks thrown between men in darkened rooms," reveals Damian Lewis about his role as King Henry VIII in the limited series "Wolf Hall." The six-part program recently completed its run on the long-running PBS anthology series "Masterpiece."

In our recent video chat (watch below), he admits, "Everytime anyone speaks they feel they're on a knife's edge; it could go either way. No one is sure of their career, of their head remaining in place as they do the bidding of this incredibly mercurial king."

Related: An exclusive sneak peek at the PBS 'Masterpiece' Emmy campaign

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'Transparent,' 'Olive Kitteridge' will sweep Critics' Choice TV Awards

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By Daniel Montgomery
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May 28 2015 16:28 pm
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Amazon's dramedy "Transparent" and HBO's limited series "Olive Kitteridge" will be the top winners at this Sunday's Critics' Choice TV Awards according to the combined predictions of our Editors, Top 24 Users (at last year's awards) and All Users. We're forecasting them to win three apiece.

(Click here to see our complete predictions by category.)

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News Nuggets: 'Foyle's War' deserves as much Emmy attention as 'Sherlock'

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May 28 2015 13:40 pm
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Emmys Foyle's War Michael Kitchen Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch Martin Freeman EntertainmentMary McNamara makes the case that "Foyle's War" deserves as much Emmy attention as "Sherlock" has been receiving lately. That BBC set of telefilms was able to snag awards for lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch and supporting actor Martin Freeman at last year's ceremony. She calls "Foyle's War" the "Mona Lisa of television: small, quiet, utterly hypnotic and mysteriously perfect." Now streaming on Acorn TV, the British production is finally eligible at the Emmys for the first time in its long run. The final installment "Elise" stars Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks. L.A. Times

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Jamie Dornan ('The Fall') on Emmys and whether he should get away with murder [Exclusive Video]

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May 28 2015 12:19 pm
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"So many people have said this to me, that you're almost rooting for him to get away with it, which is really weird," says actor Jamie Dornan about his role as a serial killer in the Netflix crime drama "The Fall." "I don't think I want him to get away with it. I don't really have much sympathy for the guy." (Watch our complete video chat below.)

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5 reasons why Emmy voters will finally embrace 'The Americans'

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May 28 2015 11:02 am
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While the clever spy duo on the FX drama "The Americans" can outwit just about anybody, they haven't quite figured out one group yet: Emmy voters. However, that could all change with the recently concluded third season. Below, five reasons why this compelling period piece will reap major bids this year. 

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'Game of Thrones' death watch: Jon Snow has 33/1 odds of dying next

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May 28 2015 01:58 am
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According to exclusive Gold Derby predictions, Jon Snow has 33/1 odds of dying on the next episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "Hardhome." Do you agree or disagree with those odds? Hurry -- make your own predictions for Sunday's episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will die next.

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Here's why Caitriona Balfe ('Outlander') is a major Emmy contender

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May 27 2015 15:20 pm
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"I just made a change in my predictions for Best Drama Actress. I'm going with Caitriona Balfe to be nominated for 'Outlander,'" reveals Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil in our latest Emmy predictions video slugfest (watch below at the 1:11:25 mark).

O'Neil's prediction is bold, considering he's the only one of our Experts or Editors picking her to make the list, but he believes that Balfe fits in to a fascinating pattern of past voting.

"If you look back in this category historically, there are lots of nominations for actresses who have a strong cult following, portraying characters about female empowerment," O'Neil says.

O'Neil cites Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel"), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman"), Amber Tamblyn ("Joan of Arcadia") and Patricia Arquette ("Medium") as such examples of leading ladies who reaped Emmy nominations for their genre shows. Heck, Arquette even won.

In many of those cases, their TV series did not reap much Emmy recognition in other top categories, but their leading ladies broke in to the Best Actress race even though most pundits didn't predict they'd do so.

"This woman fits all of that," he adds. "And she is an international, huge star. There's a quality of passionate support for the show that I think could be enough to get her that nomination."

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Evan Peters on Emmys, challenges of 'AHS: Freak Show' and playing drunk (Exclusive Video)

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May 27 2015 14:04 pm
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"You know, I wrote a list of all the horrific things that happened to Jimmy and I thought I'd read them off real quick," says Evan Peters at the tail-end of our video chat (watch below) about the FX limited series "American Horror Story: Freak Show." He goes on to list about two dozen of the most gut-wrenching, emotional things that happened to his character Jimmy Darling, all of which took place over the course of only 13 episodes.

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Critics' Choice TV Awards cheat sheet: You should predict Gina Rodriguez, Timothy Olyphant, ...

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Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering our contest to predict this weekend's Critics' Choice TV Awards for a chance to win $100 and a place of honor on our leaderboard? Then take a look at our racetrack odds below. The predicted winners are indicated in gold (be sure to click on each category title for an in-depth look at that race).

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