After composing TV music for more than 30 years, Bob Christianson reaped his first-ever Emmy nomination this year for the tune "No Trouble" from the PBS special, "A Christmas Carol: The Concert." Bob Cratchit, played by tenor Scott Coulter, sings of the memories of his late son, Tiny Tim, while observed by Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmases Yet to Come.
In our recent webcam chat (watch below), the composer revealed his sense of accomplishment, describing this song as "something I always wanted to write that bypasses the brain and goes directly to the heart and, in all honesty, I can't listen to it without sobbing." He also spoke at length of his collaboration with lyricist Alisa Hauser.
Jane Fonda is back in the Emmy derby competing for Best Guest Drama Actress for her role in "The Newsroom" as eccentric media tycoon Leona Lansing – and this time she's got several strong plusses: she's nice, she's stoned (more on that in a moment) and she gives a rousing speech in the episode she submitted to judges ("Red Team III").
Two-time Emmy-winner and 10-time nominee William H. Macy has landed his first bid for Showtime's "Shameless" after a surprise switch from the drama categories, where the show competed for its first three years. Macy competes for Best Comedy Actor for his portrayal of deadbeat dad Frank Gallagher.
Jim Carter has earned his third consecutive Drama Supporting Actor nomination for playing Mr. Carson, head butler for the Crawley family, on "Downton Abbey." He has submitted the two-hour fourth season premiere to the judging panel.
Two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul may have driven off into the night on AMC's "Breaking Bad," but he's front and center in this year's Drama Supporting Actor race for his role as conflicted meth dealer Jesse Pinkman.
"It was a hefty show to do," Julia Louis-Dreyfus tells us about shooting "Crate," the episode of "Veep" that she submitted to Emmy judges deciding the race for Best Comedy Actress, which she won for the past two years (plus back in 2006 for "New Adventures of Old Christine").
On Thursday, Gold Derby will be talking with Emmy-nominee Anna Chlumsky from "Veep." We’ll get her thoughts on the big season three twist in which VP Selina Meyers, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was flung into the presidency. To hear her break it all down, join Chlumsky on the Gold Derby home page this Thursday, July 31, at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET.
Do this year's Emmy nominees have their speeches prepared? I'm not just talking about the ones they'll deliver when accepting their awards in August. If they hope to prevail, they would be well advised to have speeches ready in the sample episodes they submit to Emmy judges: preferably lengthy monologues delivered with scorched-earth passion about grave injustices.
Peter Dinklage is once again nominated at the Emmys for playing Tyrion Lannister on HBO's "Game of Thrones." He has been nodded all four seasons as Best Drama Supporting Actor, winning his first time out in 2011 for the episode "Baelor."
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Kate Mulgrew ("Orange is the New Black")
Thursday, July 31, 10:00 a.m. PT; 1:00 p.m. ET
Ryan Murphy ("The Normal Heart" & "AHS: Coven")
Thursday, July 31, 12:00 p.m. PT; 3:00 p.m. ET
Anna Chlumsky ("Veep")
Thursday, July 31, 12:30 p.m. PT; 3:30 p.m. ET
Laverne Cox ("Orange is the New Black")
Monday, August 4, 1:00 p.m. PT; 4:00 p.m. ET
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Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES
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DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Kate Burton ("Scandal")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")