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My fearless, 100% accurate Emmy nominations predictions

July 6, 2010 | 11:35 am
Emmy Awards 12

Here's who I predict will score bids when Emmy Awards nominations are unveiled Thursday morning:

"Breaking Bad"
"Mad Men"
"The Good Wife"

ALTERNATES: "Big Love," "Friday Night Lights," "House M.D.," "Sons of Anarchy," "Treme"

"The Big Bang Theory"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Family Guy"
"Modern Family"
"30 Rock"

ALTERNATES: "Community," "How I Met Your Mother," "Entourage," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Weeds"

Simon Baker ("The Mentalist")
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad")
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Timothy Olyphant ("Justified")

ALTERNATES: Matt Bomer ("White Collar"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Matthew Fox ("Lost"), Peter Krause ("Parenthood"), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me"), Bill Paxton ("Big Love"), Wendell Pierce ("Treme"), Kiefer Sutherland ("24")

Glenn Close ("Damages")
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU")
January Jones ("Mad Men")
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife")
Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy")
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")

ALTERNATES: Sally Field ("Brothers and Sisters"), Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), Melissa Leo ("Treme"), Anna Paquin ("True Blood")

Steve Carell ("The Office")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Matthew Morrison ("Glee")
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk")

ALTERNATES: David Duchovny ("Californication"), Joel McHale ("Community"), Thomas Jane ("Hung"), Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men")

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Emmywatch: What not to miss on TV in May

May 2, 2008 | 10:12 am

Remember to catch the airings of these shows that are sure to be top Emmy players in the movie/mini categories.

"Cranford" — Judi Dench and BAFTA best actress winner Eileen Atkins are caught up in the intrigues of a British village in the 1840s. May 4, 11 and 18 on PBS.

"An American Crime" — The true story of a suburban housewife who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. Stars Catherine Keener, Ellen Page, Bradley Whitford. May 10 on Showtime.

"Recount" — Controversial HBO drama about the voting hubbub in Florida during the U.S. presidential election in 2000. Stars Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary, Tom Wilkinson, Laura Dern. May 25 on HBO.

Emmys 2010: 'Cranford' to continue

April 1, 2008 | 11:31 am

Buoyed by the success of "Cranford" with both audiences and BAFTA (10 nominations in total, including a nod for best serial), the BBC has announced plans for a two-part continuation of the story to air at Christmas 2009. BAFTA nominee Dame Judi Dench is to reprise her role as the sly spinster who spins together the various threads of the story.


The original five-hour adaptation of the Elizabeth Gaskell trilogy of novels about life in an 1840s English village attracted upwards of 8 million viewers when it aired last fall in England. And this miniseries hopes for maximum exposure when it airs on producing partner PBS in May.

Two years ago, the pubcasters co-produced another Emmy hopeful drawn from a Victorian novel with their lavish version of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House." While that mini won five BAFTAS, including best drama serial and best actress (Anna Maxwell), it lost out at the Emmys to "Elizabeth I." The star of that HBO/Channel 4 co-production, Dame Helen Mirren, had set tongues wagging back home when she chided BAFTA for snubbing her and the show.

Dame Judi certainly cannot complain about her treatment by BAFTA. After all, this nod for "Cranford" brings her TV total up to 12 noms (and four wins) matching the dozen nods (with five wins) that she has for her film work. While she has an Oscar ("Shakespeare in Love") and a Tony ("Amy's View), she does not have an Emmy. Her only nomination came in 2001 for "Last of the Blond Bombshells." She lost that best-actress race to Judy Davis who played Judy Garland in "Me and My Shadows." And should she lose this year, she could well be back in the race in 2010.

Photo: BBC)



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