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Emmy episode entries revealed: Lea Michele, Hugh Laurie, Jim Parsons plus more

July 15, 2010 |  2:09 pm

Good news, Hugh Laurie fans! After four past defeats at the Emmys, the "House M.D." star might finally win best drama actor when trophies are doled out on Aug. 29. Things are also looking great for three-time past champ Tony Shalhoub, who may get a parting Emmy gift now that "Monk" bowed off the TV airwaves.

Both stars are making exceptional episode submissions to Emmy judges.

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To be brutally frank, nominees for series acting win or lose Emmys based upon how smart or stupid they are when making episode choices. Each nominee must pick a sample of their best work from the past TV season. DVDs of the episodes are viewed by fellow actors who serve as judges. When voters file their ballots to decide who wins, they must also submit a signed affidavit attesting that they viewed all DVDs entered in the category.

That's why upsets happen so often at the Emmys. "Breaking Bad" may be a low-rated series on AMC, but Bryan Cranston has won best drama actor for the last two years based on the raw power of his shocking performance as a terminally ill cancer patient who's given up on being a good citizen and, desperate for cash, cooks up crystal meth for sale to addicted kids.

But Hugh Laurie may finally beat him this year for his dynamic performance as a Vicodin-addicted doctor who gets locked up in rehab in his episode submission "Broken." It's a special two-hour segment — therefore twice as long as most rival episode submissions in this category. That's key because size matters in Hollywood, of course, especially at the Emmys where the longest episodes often (but not always) win. Substance abuse is a powerful theme in rehab-happy Hollywood. It may have helped Cranston to win for "Breaking Bad" over the last two years. Now it may help Laurie, who grandstands emotionally throughout "Broken" as he goes through detox and resorts to blackmail while battling his doctor.

If size really matters, then Tony Shalhoub has an even bigger advantage in the battle over best comedy actor. He's submitted the two-part series finale of his hourlong "Monk." That means his entry is four times longer than other nominees' submissions. And it's a big heart-tugger too, in which his tick-wacky character finally solves the mystery of his wife's murder. It may help that "Monk and the End" is the series finale. Many stars win for the final installments of their long-running shows like Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier") and Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City").

But Shalhoub rival Jim Parsons has chosen a strong competing episode of "The Big Bang Theory" — "The Pants Alternative." It may only be 30 minutes long, but it has two strong plusses:

1.) Parsons gets a big drunk scene. Hollywood voters are suckers for those — probably because they relate to their secret fondness for themes of substance abuse. Remember: Jeff Bridges just won an Oscar for stumbling around drunk for two hours of the unwatchably bad "Crazy Heart."

2.) Jim Parsons' character is blotto when he accepts an award at a podium. (Hint, hint, Emmy voters: That proves he's a winner.)

It'll be interesting to see what the reactions of crazed "Glee" fans will be to the episodes chosen by the stars of that hit series. No doubt there will be a chorus of huzzahs over Jane Lynch picking her character's homage to Madonna, but did Lea Michele hit a sour note picking "Sectionals"? She does have a big, show-stopping musical number — "Don't Rain on My Parade," which she also belted out on the recent Tony Awards telecast. However, many fans believed she might choose the "Glee" pilot instead of "Sectionals."

Michele faces tough challenges from two Showtime stars. No doubt Toni Collette pulled off an upset last year for playing out multiple personalities in "United States of Tara." Voters are suckers for that — just like themes involving alcohol and drugs. This year Collette not only acts out all of her personalities while being stuck in a basement during a tornado, but she adds a flamboyant new one: a bossy Jewish New Yorker.

However, veteran Emmy champ Edie Falco just joined this contest. She won three times on the drama side for "The Sopranos" and now has the addiction factor as a strong plus in "Nurse Jackie." Falco's character is hooked on a whole pharmacy of pills, which is dramatized effectively in her episode choice — the series pilot.

Below is the list of titles. You can search for episode descriptions at In our forums, we list more titles, including the six episodes chosen by programs nominated for best drama and comedy series. Check out that thread for those lists plus the reactions of our posters to all of this episode news.

Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights" ("East of Dillon")
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" ("Full Measure")
Matthew Fox, "Lost" ("The End")
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" ("The Getaway")
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" ("The Gypsy and the Hobo")
Hugh Laurie, "House" ("Broken")

January Jones, "Mad Men" ("The Gypsy and the Hobo")
Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights" ("After the Fall")
Glenn Close, "Damages" ("Your Secrets Are Safe")
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" ("Perverted")
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" ("Threesome")
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" ("Maternal Instincts")

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" ("Don Geiss, America, and Hope")
Steve Carell, "The Office" (""The Cover Up")
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ("Seinfeld")
Matthew Morrison, "Glee" ("Mash Up")
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Pants Alternative")
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" ("Mr. Monk and the End, Parts I and II")

Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" ("Tornado!")
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" ("Pilot")
Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ("Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001")
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" ("I Love What You Do for Me")
Lea Michele, "Glee" ("Sectionals")
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation" ("Telethon")

Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age" ("Powerless")
Michael Emerson, "Lost" ("Dr. Linus")
Terry O'Quinn, "Lost" ("The Substitute")
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" ("Half Measures")
Martin Short, "Damages" ("You Haven't Replaced Me Yet")
John Slattery, "Mad Men" ("The Gypsy and the Hobo")

Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" ("Bang")
Rose Byrne, "Damages" ("Your Secrets Are Safe")
Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice" ("Devil You Know")
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" ("Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency")
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men" ("Love Among the Ruins")
Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife" ("Hi")

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" ("Game Changer")
Chris Colfer, "Glee" ("Laryngitis")
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men" ("Captain Terry's Spray-On Hair")
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" ("Family Portrait")
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother" ("Girls vs. Suits")
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family" ("Fizbo")

Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" ("My Funky Valentine")
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock" (" Black Light Attack")
Jane Lynch, "Glee" ("Power of Madonna")
Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men" ("Give Me Your Thumb")
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" ("Not in My House")
Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live" (host James Franco)

Photo: Lea Michele sings "Don't Rain on My Parade" in "Glee" (Fox)


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Toni Collette's entry is actually titled "Torando!", not "Tornado!"

I'm for Bryan Cranston, Connie Britton, Larry David, Tina Fey (how can she not win with that episode?), Aaron Paul (because the other BB guy needs to get recognized too, and he does remarkable work. Too bad it's a category of veterans), Elisabeth Moss, Eric Stonestreet, and Jane Lynch.

I wished Glenn Close and Rose Byrne had picked better episodes (like the finale) because I seriously wanted Close to win her third Emmy and Byrne to win her first.

I wish to win my favorite actor Hugh Laurie, because I think it would have deserved it. Lately, it has a lot and I will be forever encouraged. He will always be in my heart! I hope it wins! I love you so much Hugh! You are my model! You're my idol!

I just watched Archie Panjabi in her episode submission for the good wife -- i think she has a good shot at winning. She is phenomenal in it.

2 words- matthew morrison

I agree with the comments about Hugh Laurie. There has never in my mind been an actor who truly deserves to win the EMMY, but he does. His work as House for the last six years has been consistantly brillant, he takes this character to new depths every time, and his work on broken where he was on screen for the whole episode was amazing, he is one of the best TV actors in years and its time he should go home with the EMMY not just nonimated.

i am rooting JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS to win outstanding comedy actress, but the episode she submitted is not strong enough (although the-i-ate-five-donuts-scene is freaking funny, i could play it over and over again). she should have submitted ''subway, somehow''. it is the funniest episode this entire season with the best comic performance of her.

so now it leaves us with two options, lea michelle's sectionals or edie falco's pilot. both are killer, both are sensational (i really really hate it if michelle win this though, and i think barbra will hate it too). tina fey and pohler's submissions are hilarious, but not that impactable. i don't care less for toni collette.

What about the ladies from The good wife??

I must be the only one who thinks Game changer is one of the best episodes of Modern family, and I think Burrell is amazing in it. He deserves to win!!

I'm a fan of Hugh Laurie, but I really think that Bryan Cranston will take it again. Breaking Bad is a very human show and Bryan does a great job at it, especially the plea for his life/badass part at the end of Full Measure.

I didn't like Broken at all. A subjective reason.. it was all happy and stuff.. now for the more valid reasons.. they packed too much content in a small amount of time, he goes through a predictable timeline (denial, trying to help, guilt, love, heartbreak, acceptance) especially the love part, it only took him that short time to fall in love and get heartbroken, when Huddy hasn't happened in the 6 six seasons and Stacy (which was a great subplot!) took half of season 2.

But actually thinking more about it, Hugh could take it since he's acting through those varying phases in that one episode. When the hitman in Breaking Bad had more screentime than Bryan on Full Measure

I think Steve Carell should win this year because he's overdue but he should have submitted the "Murder" episode which was way better than the "cover-up" episode the murder was one of the best season I think if he submitted that episode he would surely win but I dont think he'll have a very good chance with the cover up episode so he might lose to Larry david or Jim parsons

Hugh Laurie deserves the Emmy award. He has the unique distinction, among all of the Drama Actor nominees, of having done work in drama that is amazing enough to be nominated by Emmy for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Award, for FIVE YEARS - 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

It's about getting the opportunity to do good work, but it is also about consistent excellence.

This season's opener "Broken" won the Writers' Guild of America's Television Award for Episodic Drama, and Hugh was in front of the camera over 90% of the time in that episode. Even the best writing for the screen needs an exceptional actor to interpret it. HUGH LAURIE IS THAT ACTOR, AND IT'S ABOUT TIME.

Morrison probably didn't choose "Matress" because it was too exclusively dramatic. In "Mash-Up", he gets two songs and four dance numbers.

Bryan Cranston is probably unlikely to get a third consecutive Emmy for Breaking Bad - mainly because 3 or 4 year streaks are rare for the leading actors for drama series' - so most likely Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall or Jon Hamm will win this time around.

If Laurie doesn't win for "Broken", then he will most likely never win an Emmy for House.

The nomination is the reward for Kyle Chandler and Matthew Fox - but as the Emmys occassionally like to shock, who knows?

I knew "The Pants Alternative" was probably going to be Parson's submission. When it aired in March, his performance, especially the final scene, was obvious Emmy bait. It's probably his best submission choice.

I disagree with you sam, I think "Subway, Somehow" would have been a poor choice for Julia Louis-Dreyfus; it was hysterical, but a little to over the top!

looks like Glenn Close won't be accepting her third consecutive emmy...she should have submitted the finale!!

I would have pegged Lea for either Ballad or Bad Reputation-those 2 really show her comedic chops for me.

Jane-Throwdown. I was laughing the entire time. Some of her best stuff from the show is in there.

why didn't matthew morrison pick the episode (i think its called mattress) that showcased him finding out about his wife's pregnancy -- that was such a superb performance on every level -- that he would have been a shoo-in to win.

AM I the only one who disliked Jane Lynch in Vogue, it was nicely done yes , but it wasn't funny and it was a stretch even in glee terms for plot development. I think Lea should have pick Ballads, funny , nice duet, nice dramatic scene with Mr Shue too.

Sectionals was a very good episode but not many comedic moments for Lea.

I disagree about your call about Lea michelle's pic -- i rememeber watching that show and being so moved by her performance by the end when she sang -- don't rain on my parade -- which i would imagine is why it was repeated at the tonys. I really hope matthew fox wins -- he has had such amazing "breakdown episodes" that I hope that the end will be enough. He deserves it. And this will be the last time they can reward him. I wish julia louis dreyfuss had chosen the hilarious subway storyline.

Perfect choice for Tina Fey. Freakin' hilarious.
Michele does have the big showstopper in Sectionals but I find her to be truly touching in the pilot.
Not the best choice for Ty Burrell. OH I STILL HOPE HE WINS! He's my fave!

Tina Fey should have submitted the season finale. She must be afraid to win again. LOL.

The two frontrunners for Comedy Supporting Actress made odd choices. I expect Lynch will still win, but this opens the door a crack for Krakowski.

Colfer made a fantastic choice on the Supporting Actor side, but with Burrell messing up it's down to NPH vs Stonestreet.

(although people have won with poor submissions in the past, so who really knows?)

"Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001" ep is hilarious, good chance for Fey to win. tracy jordan was awesome in it too, shame he wasn't nominated.
I'm liking Krakowski's ep, hope she wins.
don't think Baldwin has a chance with that "Don Geiss, America, and Hope" ep.

Hugh Laurie's choice is perfect! The rest of the season was pretty awful (turning the show slowly into a not so smart anymore Huddy soap opera, ugh), but Broken was one of the most amazing episodes ever!




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