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My fearless, 100% accurate Emmy nominations predictions

July 6, 2010 | 11:35 am
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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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Pundits' slugfest: Emmy nominations predictions -- best drama actress

July 6, 2010 |  6:12 am

Gold Derby's Emmy gurus Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria ( and I agree on four of the six women who will be nominated for best drama actress when Emmy bids are unveiled on Thursday, but we widely disagree on the last two spots.

Also check out our video slugfests over who will win best drama series, comedy series and lead drama actor. Plus, see the complete lists of our Emmy predix, category per category: mine, Rob's and Chris'.

Glenn Close, "Damages" — Beachum, Licuria, O'Neil
Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters" — Licuria
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad" — Licuria
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" — Beachum, O'Neil
January Jones, "Mad Men" — Beachum, Licuria, O'Neil
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" — Beachum, Licuria, O'Neil
Anna Paquin, "True Blood" — Beachum
Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy" — O'Neil
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" — Beachum, Licuria, O'Neil

BEACHUM'S ALTERNATES: Melissa Leo, Holly Hunter
LICURIA'S ALTERNATES: Mariska Hargitay, Anna Paquin
O'NEIL'S ALTERNATES: Sally Field, Melissa Leo


Tom O'Neil "fearless, 100% accurate" Emmy nomination predictions

Chris "Boomer" Beachum's Emmy nomination predictions

Rob Licuria's Emmy nomination predictions

Pundits' video slugfest: Emmy nominations predictions -- best drama actor

Pundits' video slugfest: Emmy nominations predictions -- best drama series

Pundits' video slugfest: Emmy nomination predictions -- best comedy series

Pundits' video slugfest: Emmy nominations predictions -- best drama actress

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Inside track on Emmys: Drama actresses

June 18, 2010 |  1:37 pm
Glenn close damages Julianna Margulies the good wife

Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters"
Lauren Graham, "Parenthood"
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU"
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
January Jones, "Mad Men"
Melissa Leo, "Treme"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Anna Paquin, "True Blood"
Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Big Love"

SPOTLIGHT: "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies is a good bet to reign. Not only did she win a Golden Globe and a SAG Award earlier this year, but she was an Emmy fave during her heyday as nurse Carol Hathaway on "ER." Margulies was nominated six times (four in lead, twice in supporting), winning the supporting trophy in 1995.

Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
Regina King, "Southland"
Evangeline Lilly, "Lost"
Mary McCormack, "In Plain Sight"
Ellen Pompeo, "Grey's Anatomy"
Jada Pinkett Smith, "Hawthorne"
Kate Walsh, "Private Practice"

(Long shots)
Kim Delaney, "Army Wives"
Emily Deschanel, "Bones"
Marg Helgenberger, "CSI"
Anna Torv, "Fringe"

Khandi Alexander, "Treme"
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Calista Flockhart, "Brothers & Sisters"
Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice"
Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy"
S. Epatha Merkerson, "Law & Order"
Chloe Sevigny, "Big Love"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"

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Emmy race for best drama series: 'Mad Men,' 'Dexter,' 'Lost' and ... ?

June 15, 2010 |  6:47 am

Sure, "Lost" may have lost its way after winning the Emmy Award for best drama series for its first season in 2005, but many fans believe it ended well. Now, can it reclaim this category? Two-time winner "Mad Men" is undefeated here. "Dexter," "Big Love," "Breaking Bad" and "Damages" are overdue to win, and there are some scrappy rookies, including "Sons of Anarchy," "Treme" and "The Good Wife," rapping at the door.

Mad Men Emmys

Six nominees are projected for this category, but there were seven last year due to statistical closeness between the sixth- and seventh-placed vote-getters.

* = nominee last year

"Big Love" *
"Breaking Bad" *
"Damages" *
"Dexter" *
"The Good Wife"
"House" *
"Lost" *
"Mad Men" *
"Sons of Anarchy"


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

June 2, 2010 | 12:13 pm
Sons of Anarchy-4

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.

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FX revs up 'Sons of Anarchy' and 'Justified' for Emmy race

June 1, 2010 | 10:19 am
Sons of anarchy fx emmy news

FX is a savvy Emmy player. Back in 2002, it became the first basic-cable network to nab a top award when Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") won best drama series actor. Two years ago it became one of the first basic-cable channels to be nominated for best drama series (along with AMC for eventual winner "Mad Men") when "Damages" made the list. "Damages" repeated that feat last year (as did "Mad Men," which won again) while its star, Glenn Close, prevailed as best drama series actress at both derbies.

FX 4 emmy

Now, watch out: FX is making a major push for more Emmy glory. Not only did it just ship a handsome package of three DVDs to TV academy members, but it published a glossy 56-page publication that's bundled and poly-bagged with the June issue of Emmy Magazine, which is sent separately to all 14,000 academy members.

The publication deserves an award for marketing savvy. Text is large, bold and easily readable (thank you, art director). Design is elegant and dramatic. Most curious: what FX touts first inside its pages — "Sons of Anarchy," which is the network's highest-rated series ever. TV critics are crazy for it too. Blurbs inside the booklet quote the views of top media like Time magazine ("one of the best dramas on TV") and the New York Daily News (" 'Sons of Anarchy' can't be left out of any conversation about the golden age of cable drama"). says Katey Sagal "delivers a steely, layered, Emmy-worthy performance."

FX 1 emmy

Next inside the booklet: "Justified." Matt Roush of TV Guide calls the new crime show "an instant classic," adding, " 'Justified' is cool. It is hot. And it is great."

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