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As usual, Showtime launches first major campaign of Emmy season

March 12, 2009 |  5:50 pm

Awards-savvy Showtime is the first network to launch its Emmy campaign this year by continuing the digital innovation it introduced last year. Again TV academy members may watch episodes of Showtime's Emmy contenders on line.

Showtime claims that last year's Internet campaign "resulted in academy members tuning in at a rate of approximately four full episodes per member," according to Richard Licata, executive VP of corporate communications. Result of the awards push: 21 Emmy bids, including an historic bid for "Dexter," which joined "Damages" and "Mad Men" as the first non-HBO cable series to be nominated for best drama or comedy series.

On Feb. 28, a new version of the site was unveiled for this year's derby and last week the network shipped out its campaign box directly to voters' homes and offices. Inside each box is a passcode that grants voters access to the "online screening room" (which promises broadcast quality viewing) plus there are four DVDs that include three sample episodes of "Californication" (201, 204, 210), "United States of Tara" (101, 102, 103) and "Weeds" (401, 402, 413). Also inside: two sample episodes of "Brotherhood" (304, 308), "Dexter" (305, 310) "The L Word" (601, 606), "Penn & Teller: Bull…!" (603, 604) "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" (201, 202), "This American Life" (205, 206) and "The Tudors" (301, 302) and one sample episode of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" (201).

In April, Showtime will heighten its digital innovation by making its episodes accessible to Emmy voters via iPhones and iPodTouch devices.



Peek inside Showtime's campaign box for 2008-2009 SAG Awards

See Showtime's campaign box for 2008 Emmys

See Showtime's campaign box for 2007 Emmys

Emmy voters view 10,000 Showtime eppys in 10 days (2008)

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Gemini Awards nominations are all about the mystery

August 27, 2008 |  3:25 pm

"Murdoch Mysteries," a procedural crime drama set in 1895 Toronto, reaped the most nominations (14) for the 23rd annual Gemini Awards, Canada's equivalent to the Emmys. However, while the show earned eight acting nods in the supporting and guest slots, star Yannick Bisson was snubbed. 


As last year's big winner, "Slings & Arrows," is off the air the race for best drama series is wide open. Competing against "Murdoch" are three other crime shows — small town set "Durham County" (13 nods), police patrol "The Border" (9 nods), and spy agency "Intelligence" (nods) — as well as historical drama "The Tudors" (12 nods). While three actors from "The Tudors" are in the running, lead Jonathan Rhys Meyers was left out of the race.

Snubs seem to be a way of life with the Geminis. Last year's comedy winner "Corner Gas" (airing on TBS stateside) returns to that race, thought the cast, which won the ensemble award last year, was overlooked. Also missing for the second year running is the internationally buzzed about "Little Mosque on the Prairie" — a lighthearted look at Muslim life — which picked up only three technical nods. And though news satire "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" earned a nod, the long-lived "Royal Canadian Air Farce" did not.

"Flashpoint," the recent Canadian drama series about a SWAT team that had a successful summer run on CBS, aired outside the eligibility period of May 1, 2007, to April 30, 2008. Winners in a wide array of categories including news and documentaries, sports and children's programming will be honored over three nights, from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22. The glitzier series and acting races will be showcased in a Nov. 28 awardsfest carried on cablecaster E!

For the full list of nominees – CLICK HERE

(Photo: Showtime)

Seven Emmy geniuses predict Thursday's award nominations

July 14, 2008 |  3:24 pm

Somehow I've managed to coax six suckers brilliant kudos seers to join me in predicting the Emmy nominations that will be announced this Thursday morning: Michael Ausiello (, Matt Webb Mitovich (, Marc Berman (MediaWeek), Ray Richmond (Hollywood Reporter) and our two resident Emmy gurus — our forums moderators Robert "Rob L" Licuria ( and Chris "Boomer" Beachum. To see how we fared predicting the Emmy top 10 lists, CLICK HERE! Below: how we size up the races for best drama and comedy series. To see our predix for best lead actor and actress, CLICK HERE!




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Here's the Emmy list of top 10 guest drama actors

July 2, 2008 |  8:55 pm

Keith Carradine, "Dexter" ("Morning Comes")
Charles Durning, "Rescue Me" ("Yaz")
Danny Glover, "Brothers and Sisters" ("The Feast of Epiphany")
Robert Morse, "Mad Men" ("Nixon vs. Kennedy")
Peter O'Toole, "The Tudors" ("Episode 208")
Oliver Platt, "Nip-Tuck" ("Carly Summers")
Peter Riegert, "Damages" ("Do You Regret What We Did?")
Stanley Tucci, "E.R." ("The War Comes Home")
Glynn Turman, "In Treatment" ("Alex: Week 8")
Robin Williams, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit ("Authority")

NOTABLE SNUBS: Peter Facinelli ("Damages"), Aidan Quinn ("Law & Order: SVU"), Heath Freeman ("The Closer") and Edward Herrmann and Jason O'Mara ("Grey's Anatomy"). Curiously, Isaiah Washington took himself out of the Emmy running last year for "Grey's Anatomy" after the T.R. Knight flapdoodle, but he was a contender in this lineup for the "Trust Issues" episode of "Bionic Woman."

Emmys spy report from secret judge No. 2: Huzzahs for 'Boston Legal,' 'Damages,' 'House' and 'Mad Men'

June 28, 2008 | 11:36 pm

Our trusty forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum got some dish on Saturday's Emmys judging panel at the TV academy today too and gives this report in our forums. (CLICK HERE!) Based upon what he heard from secret Emmy judge No. 2, Boomer believes the five nominees will be "Boston Legal," "Damages," "Grey's Anatomy," "House" and "Mad Men." "I think 'Grey's Anatomy' is on the bubble, though," he adds, "and could be replaced by 'Lost' or 'The Wire' (in that order). There is no realistic chance for 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Dexter' or 'The Tudors.'"

Boomer's prediction agrees with four of those from our secret Emmys judge No. 1: "Boston Legal," "Damages," "House" and "Mad Men." Judge 2 discounts the hopes of "The Wire" and gives much higher marks to "Lost." CLICK HERE to see our first judge's predix. If both sets of predix prove true about two shows — "Damages" and "Mad Men" — they will become the first non-HBO cable series ever nominated for best drama series. (No non-HBO cable series has ever been nominated for best comedy series either, by the by.)

Words below are Boomer's based upon our second report:

1. Today's 10 episodes were viewed alphabetically starting with "Boston Legal" and ending with "The Wire." Tomorrow's (Sunday's) drama panel will have these reversed. The lunch break was after "Friday Night Lights" and before "Grey's Anatomy."

2. This panel had about 30 people (few of them under age 50). One voter said that may make the appeal of "Mad Men" even greater because many of them were actually working in the 1960s. By the way, that voter had "Mad Men's" episode ranked fourth overall.

3. "Grey's Anatomy" only had Part 1 of "Freedom" as the show's entry. There was some audible grumbling in the room that these voters were left hanging on what happened in the last half. I heard that one voter had it ninth on their ballot.



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Our Emmy gurus predict the actors' top 10s: Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Charlie Sheen, Steve Carell . . .

June 27, 2008 | 12:24 pm

The TV academy hasn't admitted it, but its chiefs will probably unveil the rest of the top 10 Emmy finalists — the ones for acting — next week after they're done basking in the huzzahs over their comedy and drama lists. (And well deserved! Congrats, TV academy!)

Below are the predix of our Emmy gurus: Michael Ausiello (Entertainment Weekly), Marc Berman (Media Week), Matt Webb Mitovich (, Ray Richmond (Hollywood Reporter) and our two resident Emmy gurus Robert "Rob L" Licuria ( and Chris "Boomer" Beachum. Comedy predix are below. To see drama predix, CLICK HERE!




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Our six Emmy prophets tied for most correct predix, but only one of us saw sneaky 'Family Guy' coming!

June 27, 2008 | 11:52 am

All six of our Emmy Awards prophets tied for the same score — 15 out of 20 when forecasting the top 10 finalists for best comedy and drama series: Michael Ausiello (Entertainment Weekly), Marc Berman (MediaWeek), Ray Richmond (Hollywood Reporter), me and our forum moderators and resident Emmy gurus Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria of

To see our original drama series predix, CLICK HERE! For our comedy forecast, see the chart below. (Apologies for not posting it sooner!) To see the official academy lists of finalists, CLICK HERE!

Congrats to Richmond for being the only seer who saw that bid for "Family Guy" coming! He ended up besting the rest of us when sizing up the laffers by a score of 8 to 7 out of 10. Two mistakes we all made: betting on "Desperate Housewives" and not foreseeing the landing of "Flight of the Conchords."

However, Richmond pulled only a score of 7 in the drama lineup, where the rest of us tied for first place with eight correct predix. Nonetheless, Richmond, Ausiello and Berman were the only gurus to predict success for "The Wire. " However, all three didn't hail the reign of "The Tudors." Only Beachum and I called that. Our worst calls: Four of us picked "Brothers & Sisters" and three had big hopes for "Big Love. "


'Mad Men,' 'Dexter,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Boston Legal' and 'House M.D.' will make Emmy's list of top 10 drama series, our experts say

June 4, 2008 |  9:37 pm

Before a TV series can be among the five nominees for Emmy's best drama, it must first make the top 10 runoff after a popular vote is conducted of the TV academy's 14,000 members. That balloting starts this week and ends June 20. Next, judges evaluate a sample episode of the 10 finalists. Their scores are combined on a 50-50 basis with results of the original popular vote, thus determining the five nominees that will be unveiled on July 17.

I've asked this jury of esteemed Emmy gurus to join me in predicting the top 10 finalists for best drama series: Mike Ausiello (now with Entertainment Weekly, formerly with TV Guide), Marc Berman (MediaWeek), Ray Richmond (Hollywood Reporter) and our two resident Emmy gurus Robert "Rob L" Licuria ( and Chris "Boomer" Beachum.


Here's a rundown of all of the top series in contention, which I handicapped recently in The Envelope's Emmy print section in the L.A. Times, CLICK HERE.

Below, the "logic" behind my predictions. Let's start with last year's top 10 finalists. Because Emmy's popular voting usually looks like a TV repeat, we should expect most to return.

Three aren't on the air anymore ("The Sopranos," "Rome") or aren't eligible this voting period ("24"). At least one of the others has lost most of its buzz and heat ("Heroes"). I fear that the same is true — admittedly, to a lesser degree — for "Friday Night Lights" despite continued huzzahs from TV critics and the show's low viewership. Some of my fellow gurus are picking it to return, and they may be right, but I'm taking a flier on a few newbies to the top 10.

Bottom line: expect the other 5 shows to return: "Boston Legal," "Dexter," "Grey's Anatomy," "House M.D." and "Lost."

"The Tudors" probably came close to getting in last year. Emmy voters, like Oscar voters, are usually suckers for British royalty stuff. This year "The Tudors" has gotten even better ("fantastic" is the word I'd use) and it recently unspooled at the tail end of the Emmy voting period. Smart skedding.

I was shocked "Brothers & Sisters" didn't make it last year. Especially since it's an acting-heavy drama for boomers (the average age demographic of Emmy voters). Following Sally Field's notorious win as best drama dame last year (you can't possibly have forgotten how the Emmycast censored her anti-war rant), the show will probably, finally, be a finalist.

Just to make sure that TV academy voters didn't forget "Damages" after it debuted last summer and wrapped up in early fall, FX network sent campaign DVDs to TV academy voters twice— once in September and again last month. That means they'll remember it now while inevitably recalling all of the critical acclaim it received upon its debut.

"Mad Men" will make the cut, of course. It's the hottest new cable series. It's probably the front-runner to win.

So what will the 10th entry be? So far, I haven't cited a single HBO drama and at least one must be a finalist, right? Heck, the pay channel's had at least one nominee in this race for the past nine years. How could it miss making the top 10 altogether?

"Big Love" could certainly make it, especially considering that HBO's ho-hum "Rome" made last year's list. But "Big Love" has lost a bit of its cache and has a really big Ick Factor considering that creepy, real polygamy case going on in Texas. (Or maybe that actually helps, do you think?

Sure, there's "The Wire" as an HBO Emmy alternative, but it didn't make the finalist list over the last two years. Why should we think "The Wire" could finally prevail now that the series has ended? Usually, off air means out of Emmy voters' minds.

I'm going to go with "In Treatment" in my 10th slot because I can't imagine HBO getting shut out of this rundown completely. Yes, TV ratings were very low and, frankly, I thought the series (what I watched of it) was a snooze. But I also think that it has a high Cool Quotient and I believe that its focus — therapy — is of infinite fascination to the self-absorbed wackos of Hollyweird.



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Emmy episodes: 'Californication,' 'Dexter,' 'Weeds,' 'The Tudors'

May 5, 2008 |  9:16 pm

Best Drama Series ("The Dark Defender")
Lead Actor: Michael C. Hall ("There's Something About Harry")
Supporting Actor: David Zayas ("There's Something About Harry")
Supporting Actor: Erik King ("There's Something About Harry")
Supporting Actor: James Remar ("There's Something About Harry")
Supporting Actor: C.S. Lee ("The British Invasion")
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Carpenter ("Left Turn Ahead")
Supporting Actress: Julie Benz ("Waiting to Exhale")
Supporting Actress: Lauren Velez ("Resistance Is Futile")
Guest Actor: Keith Carradine ("Morning Comes")
Guest Actress: Jaime Murray ("Morning Comes)
Directing: Keith Griffin Gordon ("The Dark Defender")
Directing: Tony Goldwyn ("An Inconvenient Lie")
Directing: Marcos Siega ("Resistance Is Futile")
Directing: Steve Shill ("The British Invasion")
Writing: Clyde Phillips ("Waiting to Exhale")
Writing: Tim Schlattmann ("The Dark Defender")
Writing: Melissa Rosenberg ("An Inconvenient Lie")
OTHER CATEGORIES: Art Direction, Casting, Cinematography, Single-Camera Picture Editing, Prosthetic Makeup, Music Composition, Sound Editing, Special Visual Effects


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Emmy entries: 'Tudors' (final), 'Brotherhood,' 'L-Word'

April 26, 2008 |  6:41 pm

That fickle-hearted, bed-hopping stud Henry VIII just changed his Emmy episode again! But this time he swears — with all the sincerity he musters each time he takes a new wife — that he'll remain devoted to this one: episode 209. In it, he dumps Anne Boleyn, whips up a witch hunt against her and gets all a-giddy over Jane Seymour. That's sure to endear him to Emmy voters, right? It airs near the end of May — right at the tail end of Emmy eligibility period.

Best Drama Series
(205 "Anne's Family's Power Is Jeopardized" airs April 27)
Lead Actor: Jonathan Rhys Meyers (209)
Supporting Actor: Henry Cavill (210)
Supporting Actor: Jeremy Northam (205 "Anne's Family's Power Is Jeopardized")
Supporting Actor: Nick Dunning (208)
Supporting Actor: James Frain (209)
Supporting Actress: Maria Doyle Kennedy (207)
Supporting Actress: Natalie Dormer (210)
Guest Actor: Peter O'Toole (208)

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O, fickle king! Jonathan Rhys Myers switches Emmy eppy

April 22, 2008 |  7:24 am

In episode 203 of "The Tudors" — that's the one where King Henry VIII makes Anne Boleyn his queen — there's an assassination Tudorswhitebar_2 attempt that goes unnoticed by the royals. Well, it sure looks like our assassination attempt against that episode being Jonathan Rhys Myers' Emmy submission got noted. (CLICK HERE.) We're now hearing that episode 203 is dead — Showtime is no longer considering it. Instead, the not-yet-telecast episode No. 209 is being eyeballed as well as the previously announced alternative 210. Both just finished shooting and will air in late May right at the end of the Emmy eligibility period. I know nothing about their plot details.

Apparently, 210 must deal with the beheading of Anne because we just heard that Natalie Dormer has picked it for her Emmy reel. Like Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill (as Henry's pal Charles Branson) has nixed episode 203, too; he's going with 205. See the full list of "Tudors" Emmy eppys - CLICK HERE.

What do our Emmy-savvy Envelope posters think of this? Check out the reax in our forums – CLICK HERE! (Note: If you'd like to post comments in our forums, you must register, which is easy, confidential and free. Look for the "Join/ Log in" link at right in the horizontal brown bar in the middle of the page.) Keep Reading - CLICK HERE!

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