Nominations ballots for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy awards went live on the academy's website on June 10 and must be returned to Ernst & Young, the accountants who oversee the process, by 5 pm PT on June 28. The nominations will be announced at 5:30 am PT on July 18 while winners will be revealed during the Sept. 22 kudocast on CBS.
"Primetime" is defined as between 6 pm and 2 am. The eligibility periods runs from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013. With the exception of the web-based awards, programming must air on broadcast or cable television with a reach of 51% of the national market. Nominees are chosen from entrants who have paid a fee to the academy and met certain guidelines.
As with the motion picture academy, the 16,000 members of ATAS belong to one or more peer group. Each peer group decides the nominees for the categories that recognize their respective talents -- i.e., performers nominate performers, writers nominate writers, etc.
While nominations for individuals are decided by each peer group, all academy members are eligible to make nominations in the program categories, with the exceptions of the animated and documentary genre awards which are decided on by those peer groups.
When the Emmy ballots were published last week, one of the biggest shockers was the sly, unannounced move of "Archer" into the race for Best Comedy Series.
Why did the show opt to submit in a category where its status as an animated show could be something that works against it? And why go into a category that has a much more crowded field of contenders?
A FX press rep informs Gold Derby that the decision to move was made by show creator Adam Reed and it was endorsed by FX execs. "Archer's" Emmy history – or lack thereof – inspired the switch.
"Archer" premiered in January of 2010 to critical acclaim and decent ratings, but it failed to score an Emmy nomination for Best Animated Program. Its consolation prize was a bid for Best Voice-Over Performance for H. Jon Benjamin as the voice of the title character.
Since then, the show has not made a single mark at the Emmys even though its ratings have grown impressively over its four TV seasons. It's now FX's highest rated comedy, higher even than "Louie" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
Now there seems to be growing hope that "Archer" may be coming an awards target at last. For the second year in a row, "Archer" won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Animated Series. Last year it was also nominated for Best Comedy, but it lost to "Modern Family."
At the Emmys, animated shows have not traditionally done well when submitted outside of the animation categories. Only "The Flintstones" in 1961 and "Family Guy" in 2009 managed to get nominated. "The Flintstones" lost to "The Jack Benny Show" and "Family Guy" got crushed by "30 Rock."
This same bias exists at other awards, too, of course.
It caused the Oscars to create a separate category for Best Animated Picture in 2001. Since then, two animated films also scored bids for the top Best Picture race, but only after the category was expanded beyond five nominees: "Up" (2009) and "Toy Story 3" (2010).
While a film may compete for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, an animated TV series may only enter one program race at the Emmys and deciding on which one may be strategically tricky. This year "Archer" would have taken on 26 rivals for Best Animated Program, but it's taking on more competition for Best Comedy, a race with 69 entries.
The 2013 Tony Awards telecast is now available to purchase and download on iTunes, Amazon, and Blackberry World. Fans can get the entire broadcast on iTunes and Blackberry World, while individual numbers are available for purchase on Amazon.
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We asked you which of eight departing comedy series you most wanted to see get some Emmy love.
As you can see from the chart of results above, you overwhelmingly went for "30 Rock." (If you haven't voted yet, take a minute and do so in the poll at the bottom of this post.)
This laffer, which exited after seven years, topped our poll with just under 50% of the vote. It won Best Comedy Series three times in a row beginning in 2007. This year, it sits in fifth place in our exclusive ranking of contenders.
"The Office," which won the top prize in 2006, came in second in our poll, with 20% of you hoping that the TV academy would give this mockumentary a farewell hug.
"Happy Endings" had a loyal, if little, following and rated third place in our poll with 15% of you hoping that it could finally earn some Emmy love.
The only other departing series to break double digits in our poll was "Enlightened," the off-beat Laura Dern laffer that was axed by HBO after two season. It merited fourth place in our poll with the support of 12% of our readers.
For those of you hoping that “Man of Steel” might break through the academy’s prejudice against superheroes and score a Best Picture nomination, don’t hold your breath.
Despite its record-breaking $128 million opening weekend haul -- the best in the franchise’s history -- the reviews have been like Kryptonite. The reboot scored 56% at Rotten Tomatoes and 55 at Metacritic.
Sure, films like “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "Crash" have survived such low scores and thrived at the Oscars but that was due to their awards cache. While Superman may have a lot of noble qualities, Oscar-baityness isn’t one of them.
That’s not to say that the film won’t factor in several tech categories.
After all, the original “Superman” (1978) received three major nominations – Film Editing (Stuart Baird), Original Score (John Williams), and Sound (Gordon K. McCallum, Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Roy Charman) – and won a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects (Les Bowie, Colin Chilvers, Denys N. Coop, Roy Field, Derek Meddings, Zoran Perisic). It lost its competitive bids to “The Deer Hunter” (Film Editing and Sound) and “Midnight Express” (Score).
However, it took nearly three decades for the man in the red cape to get some more Oscar recognition: the widely dismissed “Superman Returns” (2006) scored in the Visual Effects category (Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover, Jon Thum).
So, if there’s anywhere “Man of Steel” can find some love, it’s in Visual Effects, where it may very well win. Aside from that, the Sound categories have always tipped their hats toward superhero films. Production Design, Costume Design, and Score could also be in play.
The Television Critics Association, which is composed primarily of print and web writers, announced the nominees for their 28th annual awards shortly before the Critics' Choice TV Awards announced their winners, and like their Critics' Choice rivals the TCA bestowed four nominations on "The Americans," more than any other program this year. It contends for Program of the Year, Best New Program, Best Achievement in Drama, and Best Individual Achievement in Drama (Matthew Rhys).
Last year's Program of the Year winner, "Game of Thrones," is nominated again in that category, along with another bid for Achievement in Drama, but if TCA history is any indication, "Thrones" may be an underdog in the top race; in 28 years, only one program has ever repeated a win for Program of the Year: "The Sopranos" (1999 and 2001).
For the first time in the history of these kudos, women outnumber men in contention for the performance prizes by six to four. Last year was the first time that they had achieved parity in these categories. Among those women are Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), Monica Potter ("Parenthood"), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), who hope to continue their awards momentum after wins at Critics' Choice.
Critics' Choice winners in contention at the TCA Awards also include Louis C.K. ("Louie"), who won both Achievement in Comedy and Individual Achievement in Comedy at last year's event and hopes to repeat in both of those categories this year.
But for Achievement in Comedy "Louie" will have to face "The Big Bang Theory," which was the surprise winner of Best Comedy at Critics' Choice and won this prize at TCA in 2009.
Whoever thought that a show about a drug kingpin who poisons little children, watches a woman die of a drug overdose and sets up the execution of nine men in order to save his own skin would be in the Emmy conversation?
But it is.
And according to Gold Derby's experts, editors and users, "Breaking Bad" could very well win its first Best Drama Series trophy this year thanks to several factors -- none of which seem to be its gritty nature.
Currently the fan-favorite meth series finds itself cooking in second place in our poll with 27/20 odds, behind only last year's winner "Homeland" with leading 8/13 odds. Coming in third is "Downton Abbey" with 10/3 odds, then "Game of Thrones" with 4/1 odds, followed by four-time champ "Mad Men" with 4/1 odds.
While the show has never earned an Emmy for writing, directing or Best Drama Series, it has taken home an impressive five statues in acting -- three for Bryan Cranston as Drama Lead Actor and two for Aaron Paul as Drama Supporting Actor. Both men are predicted to prevail yet again this year according to our exclusive polling.
A top score of 99% at Metacritic for its most recent season places "Breaking Bad" as one of the best-reviewed shows on television. In addition, the series won the top prize at this month's Critics' Choice Television Awards and also scored at recent kudos like the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.
We took to the Gold Derby forum to find out whether or not "Breaking Bad" has any hope at the top prize this year. Below are just some of your many responses. (See the entire lively discussion here.)
"I actually think this is the show's best shot at winning yet. The competition is all scattered now, and every other show has factors hurting their chances somewhat, even 'Homeland,'" said Renaton. "Whether it happens this year or next year I'm not sure, but I think it's the one show that has only built more and more momentum each season."
Taloson wrote, "Breaking Bad's season aired a year ago but the fact that it will be airing its final eight episodes during voting will certainly help. People will be talking about it again and I think there's an overdue factor that may occur."
Reflecting on getting the part of Shoshanna in “Girls,” Zosia Mamet admits in the video chat below: “I was actually a little bit shocked when I got the part because I didn’t go to college. So I was never really around sorority girls and I’ve never really met that type of individual before. So I was just sort of winging her a little bit.”
At the end of the show’s first season her character lost her virginity. The actress thinks “that’s an experience that changes anybody, especially a young woman. It was something that was sort of her cross to bear for the first season... and it was a big deal for all of us when she lost it. In the second season she’s no longer a virgin, she has this boyfriend and I think that marks a big aspect of her growing up.”
As for Shoshanna’s role on the show, Mamet says: “We often refer to her as the moral compass of the show... I think that there’s a naiveté and a sincerity to her that the other ones don’t necessarily have... there’s part of her that will never be able to do anything without being herself.”
Despite being this moral compass, her sexual awakening led to Shoshanna cheating on Ray with a doorman. The actress defends the choice of her character, arguing “it felt very organic to me... she [Lena Dunham] writes all the characters as exceptionally human and humans play against type constantly in life; especially when you’re growing up... So it seemed like something natural to me to take this character who had just discovered her sexuality and have her go a little too far with it.”
And, as for the resulting break up with Ray which ended the second season, Mamet admits, “It was really sad, I remember the first time I read it and I got so sad and a texted Lena and was like “We’re breaking up?” and Alex Karpovsky legitimately made me cry while filming that scene ... Breaking up is never fun to do and I wanted it to work out for them but I knew it was never going to.”
A different kind of highlight from the season was when Shoshanna told Ray she loved him at a subway stop: “It felt very New York and very Woody Allen and very kind of epic to declare my love while subway trains were going by... the subway was still running so we had to shoot around the trains... it was an exciting day.”
As with all of our experts, Kroll missed out on "Days of Our Lives" winning Best Drama. However, he did predict the winners in five of the six acting races (Younger Actress tripped him up) and was the only expert to foresee that win by "The Dr. Oz Show" in Talk Show (Informative).
Of our other experts who predicted 20 races, Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) got seven right while Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps) predicted six winners and Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby) foresaw five champs. Richard Simms (Soaps in Depth) nailed four while both Michael Fairman (Michael Fairman Soaps) and Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential) got three.
Dan Kroll (Soap Central)
Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby)
Roger Newcomb (We Love Soaps)
Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby)
Richard Simms (Soaps in Depth)
Michael Fairman (Michael Fairman Soaps)
Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential)
Stephanie Sloane (Soap Opera Digest)
Nelson Branco (Soap Opera Uncensored)