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Tuesday night's 'Glee' may be Chris Colfer's next Emmy submission

October 5, 2010 | 12:14 pm

Attention, Chris Colfer fans: Tune in to "Glee" Tuesday night to see "Grilled Cheesus" because Fancast's Matt Webb Mitovich says, "this episode belongs to Chris Colfer, who likely has staked his claim to a second Emmy nod."

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Colfer recently lost the supporting comedy actor Emmy for the "Laryngitis" episode of "Glee" in which he belts out "Rose's Turn." Very dramatic submission in the comedy category. Often that's a good strategy, believe it or not, but he lost to Eric Stonestreet's comedic turn as a clown in the "Fizbo" episode of "Modern Family."

Tonight we see more of Colfer's drama chops. Mitovich tells Gold Derby about the "Glee" eppy: "Kurt's dad has a heart attack, is in bad condition. The episode as a whole takes a look at the question of God's existence. Kurt, being gay, is a non-believer, but the others compel him to find faith in something during this difficult time. There are also great moments with non-believer Sue Sylvester and her impaired sister."

Photo: Recent Emmy champ Jane Lynch and recent Emmy loser Chris Colfer appear together in a scene in tonight's episode of "Glee." (Fox)

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Emmy prediction smackdown: Experts forecast who'll win

August 26, 2010 |  1:39 pm

Here's a roundup of Emmy Award predictions from the best pundits on the planet: Mike Ausiello (Entertainment Weekly), Kristin dos Santos (E! Online), Maggie Furlong (AOL TV Squad), Joseph Kapsch (Zap2It), Steve Pond (The Odds, The Wrap), Matt Roush (TV Guide) plus the Gold Derby/The Envelope team of Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria and me. Read category-per-category analysis here.

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COMEDY SERIES
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Glee" — Dos Santos
"Modern Family" — Ausiello, Beachum, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
"Nurse Jackie"
"The Office"
"30 Rock"

COMEDY ACTOR
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Pond, Roush
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Matthew Morrison ("Glee")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") — Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil
Steve Carell ("The Office")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")

COMEDY ACTRESS
Lea Michele ("Glee") — Dos Santos
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine")
Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") — Ausiello, Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")
Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") — Furlong

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Chris Colfer ("Glee") — Kapsch, O'Neil
Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family")
Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") — Beachum, Dos Santos, Licuria, Pond
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") — Ausiello, Furlong, Roush
Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Jane Lynch ("Glee") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Julie Bowen ("Modern Family")
Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family")
Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live")
Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock")
Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men")

DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad" — Dos Santos
"Dexter"
"The Good Wife"
"Lost" — Furlong
"Mad Men" — Ausiello, Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
"True Blood"

DRAMA ACTOR
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") — Ausiello, Furlong
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") — Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") — Dos Santos
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Matthew Fox ("Lost")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")

DRAMA ACTRESS
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")
Glenn Close ("Damages")
Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights")
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit")
January Jones ("Mad Men")

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Podcast: Chris Colfer on his 'crazy' Emmy contest and 'terrifying' red carpets

August 10, 2010 |  1:36 pm

"It just makes it all the more crazy!" "Glee" star Chris Colfer confesses in our podcast chat when I ask what he thinks when he hears Emmy pundits dish his chance to win best supporting comedy actor. "This is a race I never thought I would be a part of. Hearing people analyzing it and breaking it down by what episode I submitted, it's all very crazy and foreign to me. I feel like a wide-eyed deer in the headlights."

To listen to the audio of our full chat, click the right-pointing arrow below. Watch pundits analyze his odds to win here and here.

Colfer could make Emmy history if he wins the Emmy on Aug. 29, becoming the youngest actor ever to claim that category. He's only 20 years old. The current record holder is Woody Harrelson, who was 28 when he prevailed for "Cheers" in 1989. Next youngest is Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace"), who was 30 when he triumphed as best supporting comedy actor of 2000. (Thanks go to Chris "Boomer" Beachum for pointing out this nifty trivia.)

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Meantime, Colfer may hold another Emmy age record: "I'm the first person born in the 1990s to be nominated and I think that's pretty cool," he notes — with caution. He was informed of that tidbit by a fan who tweeted him.

Whether Colfer wins or loses depends largely upon what episode of "Glee" he chose to give to Emmy judges. He picked wisely — "Laryngitis" — in which he performs the big, defiant anthem from "Gypsy" that helped three stars to win Tony Awards on Broadway (Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Patti LuPone). "I think I'm one of the only guys who's ever sung that song — publicly at least," he says. "I'm sure lots of us do it in the shower.
 
"I think that episode had the greatest range for my character," he adds. "Kurt decides to change who he is to please his dad (but then) he decides it isn't worth it. He can't be anyone but himself. He projects that into the song 'Rose's Turn.' "

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Performing that number was "my favorite moment so far, personally, doing the show," he says. "It was just me and the crew late night. It's me and an empty stage.… When you're alone in a theater, there's something magical about it."

Colfer admits he's nervous about attending the Emmys. "Every red carpet I've ever gone to has been absolutely terrifying," he says. "From the minute you get out of the car, people are yelling your name constantly. It's like high school all over again except that they're not throwing things at you this time. They're just taking pictures. My heart is speeding for the first 10 minutes. It's very nerve-racking. I haven't gotten used to it."

Colfer tackles a range of topics in our podcast, including this whimsical question: What does he imagine will happen to his character Kurt in the future? How will his life turn out?

"I've always seen him being the editor in chief of Kurtin Magazine someday and, of course, 'Kurtin' would be spelled k-u-r-t-i-n. I personally see him as the next Anna Wintour — except even more scary. I just want to see him happy."

"Glee" producers say Kurt will get a love interest in season two. Does Colfer know more than that? "I have no idea who's it's going to be with," he replies. "We'll find out."

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Emmy pundits' video slugfest: Who'll win best supporting comedy actor?

August 9, 2010 |  7:54 pm
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OK, OK, maybe all of our webcam chats dishing who'll win the top Emmy races aren't exactly slugfests, but in this one Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven) and I really come out swinging. Fearlessly, I take on both of them with my daredevil prediction that Chris Colfer ("Glee") will win supporting comedy actor, but they counter-punch for clown Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"). Read our expanded analysis of the contest here. Who do you think is correct?

 Also watch our webcam match-ups over who'll win best supporting drama actor and supporting drama actress.


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Photos: Eric Stonestreet in "Modern Family" (ABC), Chris Colfer in "Glee" (Fox)

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