At January's Screen Actors Guild Awards,"Modern Family" star Ty Burrell pulled off an upset in Best TV Comedy Actor, beating reigning seven-time champ Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"). Indeed, Baldwin had never lost a bid for that role before.
Will third time be the Emmy charm for Michelle Dockery as beloved Lady Mary on "Downton Abbey"? She's yet to win despite two previous bids, but that could all change this year as the Best Drama Actress nominee submitted the two-hour season premiere in which Mary mourns the loss of her husband.
At last year's Emmys, after "The Colbert Report" finally defeated "The Daily Show" for Best Variety Series, journalists grilled Stephen Colbert in the press room about how he was able to finally take down the decade-long champ.
"I'm grateful Jon Stewart took the summer off during the voting period," a contemplative Colbert surmised. "Not that Jon Oliver didn't do the greatest job ever, but I don't know, maybe that helped."
After two consecutive wins as Best Drama Actress, Claire Danes ("Homeland") is looking to make it three in a row. If successful with her episode submission "The Star," she will join just two other leading ladies who went undefeated for three consecutive years: Barbara Bain ("Mission: Impossible") from 1967-1969 and Tyne Daly ("Cagney & Lacey") from 1983-1985 (she won a fourth in 1988). Can Danes pull it off?
(Pictured left to right: Mike 'Boogie' Malin, Will Kirby, Rachel Reilly, Jordan Lloyd)
The reviews are in, and "Big Brother" Season 16 ranks as one of the most predictable seasons ever. Thanks to the Bomb Squad taking control of the house week after week, we can tell who's going home from a mile away. And since predictability can lead to boredom (and low ratings), we have an idea for how CBS can make this season more exciting for viewers at home: Bring back former winners!
Many of these previous champs know how to make good TV and can show this group of houseguests how to keep things interesting. CBS should let them take control for a week or two -- maybe as coaches, maybe as challenge hosts, or heck, maybe even as full-fledged players in the running again for the $500,000 prize. The question is, which "Big Brother" winners do you want to see return to the house to shake up the game? (Vote in our poll below.)
Will Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex") win an Emmy on her very first nomination? The only fresh face in the Best Drama Actress race, she submitted the well-received pilot to Emmy judges. In this kickoff to the Showtime period piece, her character, Virginia Johnson, joins William Masters (Michael Sheen) to work on his groundbreaking study of sexuality.
On Monday at 1 p.m. PT/ 4 p.m. ET, we're chatting live on our home page with Jane Fonda about her new Emmy nomination for "The Newsroom" in which she portrays Leona Lansing, a ferocious owner of of a cable TV news channel.
Allison Janney has a strong chance of doing something that rarely happens -- winning two acting Emmy Awards in the same year. We will ask Janney about her nominations for "Mom" and "Masters of Sex" when she joins us for a live chat this Monday, July 28, at 6:00 p.m. PT; 9:00 p.m. ET on Gold Derby's home page.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is starting to dominate her Emmys category of Best Comedy Actress. If she wins a third consecutive time in August for her role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on "Veep," she will be moving into the same territory of control that Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") had decades ago. We will ask her about those Emmy chances when she joins us for a live chat this Monday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. PT; 5:00 p.m. ET on Gold Derby's home page.
Join Us for Live Webcam Chats Today with Jane Fonda, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Allison Janney
You can participate by adding your comments or questions to the chat room that will appear on our home page next to the live-stream video.
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Monday, July 28, 1:00 p.m. PT; 4:00 p.m. ET
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep")
Monday, July 28, 2:00 p.m. PT; 5:00 p.m. ET
Allison Janney ("Mom" & "Masters of Sex")
Monday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. PT; 9:00 p.m. ET
Gail Mancuso ("Modern Family" director)
Tuesday, July 29, 11:00 a.m. PT; 2:00 p.m. PT
Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance")
Tuesday, July 29, 12:00 p.m PT; 3:00 p.m. ET
Taylor Schilling ("Orange is the New Black")
Wednesday, July 30, 11:30 a.m. PT; 2:30 p.m. ET
Adam Bernstein ("Fargo" director)
Wednesday, July 30, 1:00 p.m. PT; 4:00 p.m. ET
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
CLICK HERE to see our in-depth chats with Matt Bomer, Beau Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Lizzy Caplan, Carson Daly, Minnie Driver, Edie Falco, Ricky Gervais, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Hale, Colin Hanks, Matt LeBlanc, Kate Mulgrew, Jim Parsons, Kerry Washington and more.
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
We analyze the pros and cons
of episodes submitted by actors
to Emmy judges
Who submitted well? Click links below to read our in-depth analysis of each actor's episode entry.
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")