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Follow the bouncing Emmy contenders: Katey Sagal moves up, Calista Flockhart drops down

June 2, 2010 | 12:13 pm
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Emmy voters will spy lots of curious things on the ballot when voting commences Friday.

"Glee" star Cory Monteith has entered the supporting race rather than lead for the freshman season of this Fox hit comedy.

Moving up to lead drama actress status from supporting and hoping for their first nominations: Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad") and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy").

Dropping down to supporting actress status from lead: Calista Flockhart ("Brothers and Sisters"), whose TV mom Sally Field landed lead bids for each of the first three seasons of the show, and Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), a contender last year.

Inside HBO's Emmy campaign box, Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") is listed as shooting for the lead actress prize, but she recently changed her mind. She'll remain in the supporting race, where she has had two unsuccessful bids (2003, 2006). 

And Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad") enters the supporting race rather than guest actor.

Left photo: Katey Sagal in "Sons of Anarchy." Credit: FX.

Right photo: Calista Flockhart in "Brothers and Sisters." Credit: ABC.

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Congratulations to Katey Sagal! She's a brilliant actress, in a terrific role. So, I'm glad to see that FX is putting on a full-court press for this year's Emmys. Katey is well-deserving of Emmy attention for her role in "Sons of Anarchy" and, to me, it really is a lead (rather than supporting) role. Again, kudos to Katey!

Mostly misguided moves as far as I can tell.

Monteith is a lead on Glee, as the pilot was structured in part on his decision to join the glee club and how that got the club moving in the first place.

With so few sure-fire contenders in the supporting actress in a drama series category, Britton, Gunn, and especially Sagal (given what she had to work with this season) would have been much better off not going lead, which has too many entrenched nominees.

Flockhart had juicier material and had more of a plotline to contend for a leading slot than ever before this year, but I understand her frustration leading to the switch and it may even net her a nom. And Moss definitely had less to do this season than Jones, and, although Hendricks's character is and will probably always be the classic showier supporting category, there is certainly room in the category for all comers this year.

And I'm so relieved for Hines entering the supporting race after all as I thought she would. I still think she can gut out a nom and maybe all of this category confusion may help her get the extra attention she may need to make the cut!

Hooray for Katey! Katey's work on "Sons of Anarchy" has been outstanding and her recognition is very well deserved.

Love Katey Sagal - and her performance this past season on "Sons of Anarchy" was simple amazing. But I don't think she can compete in the Lead Drama category. I wish she would have gone for Support Drama - and she really would have stood a good shot of not only being nominated, but winning {especially if the judges watched her performance}.


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