Could Hugh Laurie finally win an Emmy? This year he co-starred as a dangerous arms dealer in the AMC miniseries “The Night Manager,” and he continued his role in “Veep” as Tom James, the vice presidential nominee in Selina Meyer’s election campaign who ended up complicating her presidential bid after an unprecedented tie in the electoral college. The actor has plenty of experience as a candidate. He received six nominations for starring in the FOX medical drama “House” and a seventh for producing the series, but he never won.
Laurie’s “House” character, an irascible medical sleuth with a drug problem, may have alienated Emmy judging panels with his snark when they viewed his sample episodes. Voters often prefer their stars to be either heroic (Kyle Chandler in “Friday Night Lights,” for instance) or full-blown monsters (Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad”). Garden-variety jerks don’t fare quite as well; just ask Steve Carell, who could never win as the often insensitive Michael Scott in “The Office.”
“House” never won any Emmys for acting, but “Veep” has already claimed six (four for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and two for supporting actor Tony Hale). That bodes well for Laurie. And while he does play a scheming politico in the HBO satire, being unlikable has thus far not been a problem for this show’s cast. But despite the TV academy’s consistent support for “Veep” and Laurie’s strong track record earning nominations, he was snubbed last year.
If that happens again this year, he has another chance at overdue Emmy hardware thanks to “The Night Manager.” The spy thriller has a strong pedigree that could put it on the TV academy’s radar: a story based on a novel by John le Carre, direction by Best Foreign Film Oscar-champ Susanne Bier (“In a Better World,” 2010) and a cast that also includes fellow British thespians Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander.
In the last decade, AMC has racked up a strong track record. In addition to its Emmy-winning drama series “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” AMC also had the 2007 winner for Best Miniseries, “Broken Trail,” as well as the miniseries “The Prisoner,” which earned a nomination in 2010 for Ian McKellen‘s lead performance.
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