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Can Jeremy Piven get back into the Emmy derby?

July 7, 2010 |  6:07 am

I saw this video over at Jeff Wells' Hollywood-Elsewhere blog and I think it's important to share on the eve of Emmy nominations coming out Thursday morning. Remember: When last year's list was unveiled, past champ Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") wasn't nominated. That was a shock because he had won the previous three years in a row. The snub was probably backlash from his fishy story about why he quit the Broadway production of "Speed-the-Plow." Many observers believed that Piven was a pampered TV star bored with the grueling work of appearing on stage eight times a week and so he cooked up an excuse about mercury poisoning from eating sushi to exit his contract early. Emmy voting is done by peer group, so Piven was being judged by fellow actors who take their "craft" very seriously. Here is Piven's side of the story, which he relates to Rolling Stone's Peter Travers. Do you believe him? Do you think Hollywood has forgiven Piven? Will he return to the ranks of Emmy contenders this week?


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Piven's perenially funny, but other actors have come along since "Ari Gold" was new and fresh who may capture the voters' notice (and who deserve the attention). "Entourage" becoming less and less watchable as the one-note characters fail to grow and do anything other than fulfill their assigned tasks for the 30 minute formula show.

Only if he stays away from sushi

Piven's performance was hot and fresh and funny when the show first debuted but another nomination would be overkill and undeserving. After a while it just feels like they're beating a dead horse and playing that one note way too long.



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