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Dueling Emmy predictions: Mike versus Tom

August 13, 2010 |  1:25 pm
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Entertainment Weekly's Mike Ausiello and I mostly agree on who'll win Emmys in the top series races Aug. 29. However, there are significant differences in our rankings per category, and there is drastic disagreement over how we size up the contest for best comedy actor. I've got Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") in first place, Mike's got him in last!

Note: My predix are still a bit tentative. I haven't seen a few of the episodes submitted to Emmy judges by nominees as examples of their best work. When I finish up that viewing in a few days, I may make a few changes. Mike may want to make a few last-minute switcheroos too? Meantime, thank you, Mike, for piping in.


Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. "Mad Men" "Mad Men"
2. "Breaking Bad" "Lost"

"The Good Wife"

4. "Dexter" "The Good Wife"
5. "Lost"

"Breaking Bad"

6. "True Blood" "True Blood"


Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
2. Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"


Hugh Laurie, "House"

Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
4. Matthew Fox, "Lost"

Hugh Laurie, "House"

5. Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

Matthew Fox, "Lost"

6. Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"


Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
2. Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights" Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"

Glenn Close, "Damages"

Glenn Close, "Damages"

4. January Jones, "Mad Men" Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
5. Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU"

6. Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" January Jones, "Mad Men"


Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. "Modern Family" "Modern Family"
2. "Glee" "Glee"

"30 Rock"

"30 Rock"

4. "The Office" "Nurse Jackie"
5. "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

6. "Nurse Jackie" "The Office"


Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
2. Steve Carell, "The Office" Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
4. Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
5. Matthew Morrison, "Glee"

Steve Carell, "The Office"

6. Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" Matthew Morrison, "Glee"


Mike Ausiello

Tom O'Neil

1. Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
2. Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation" Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Lea Michele, "Glee"
4. Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

5. Lea Michele, "Glee"

Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation"

6. Julie Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" Julie Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"

Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Emmy favorites, according to Yahoo

August 12, 2010 |  1:54 pm

Never mind which TV shows and stars are favored by Emmy voters. Yahoo measured the lists of Emmy nominees according to which ones were searched most by their Web browsers during the eligibility period spanning June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010.

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1. "Lost"

2. "True Blood"

3. "Dexter"

4. "Mad Men"

5. "Breaking Bad"

6. "The Good Wife"

1. "Glee"

2. "The Office"

3. "Modern Family"

4. "30 Rock"

5. "Nurse Jackie"

6. "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

1. Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
2. Hugh Laurie, "House"

3. Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

4. Matthew Fox, "Lost"

5. Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

6. Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"

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Can drama champ Edie Falco make Emmy history with comedy win?

August 11, 2010 |  1:26 pm

Both of our Emmy experts -- Rob "Rob L" Licuria (AwardsHeaven) and Chris "Boomer" Beachum -- are predicting Edie Falco to win the comedy actress category for the first season of "Nurse Jackie." Should she prevail, Falco -- who won three of her six Emmy bids for the series "The Sopranos" (1999, 2001, 2003) -- would join Carroll O'Connor ("All in the Family," "In the Heat of the Night") as the only lead regulars to have won Emmy Awards for both comedy and drama series.

1. Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" ("Pilot")
2. Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" ("Torando!")
3. Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ("Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001")
4. Amy Poehler, 'Parks & Recreation ("Telethon")
5. Lea Michele, "Glee" ("Sectionals")
6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" ("I Love What You Do for Me")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: Julia Louis-Dreyfus was fortunate to garner another nomination in this category for the final season of "Old Christine," as the show ended without much fanfare and some expected that she might be overlooked. This episode does not present us with anything really exceptional to judge, but is what we would expect from Louis-Dreyfus – great timing as the sassy and dysfunctional Christine. But in terms of range and impact, I was left wanting more.

In my opinion, Lea Michele should have chosen the vastly superior pilot episode over this one in which she is not given much in the way of comedy to do at all. She belts out a great number and is given some poignant feel-good dramatic material, but in comparison with some of the other actresses in this category, it comes off a little slight and forgettable.

Amy Poehler similarly could have chosen a number of episodes, and yet is given similar material as the bumbling and not-very-self-aware Leslie Knope. She is very likable, and has some funny moments, but I think she might have been better off submitting "Pawnee Zoo."

As for Tina Fey, she has a few more laughs up her sleeve, but I think the writing lets her down as the episode descends into the ridiculous (and not in a good way). I just kept thinking that both of these brilliant comedic actresses didn't have a winning episode to rely on this year.

I think that this category is really a showdown between the two Showtime powerhouses — Edie Falco and Toni Collette, both of whom bring a bit more gravitas and "acting" to their roles in comparison with the other four women. Collette won last year, and many might think that her win was a one-time deal, but going by her chosen episode, "Torando," I think she has a great chance of repeating. Admittedly, her performance is not an overtly "funny" one (and the same thing can be said for Falco), but when she transforms into the new alter ego "Shoshanna," I was absolutely dazzled by her characterization, accent and the dry humor that that particular character adds to the show. Trust me. Don't count her out just because the show itself is not the funniest thing on TV.

Similarly, Falco and "Nurse Jackie" are not belly-laugh inducing, but obviously, Emmy voters love the show (nominated for best comedy series), and they definitely love Falco (multiple winner for "The Sopranos"). Falco displays a wildly out of control character -- drug addict, liar, adulteress and unconventional nurse -- and is given some sharp-tongued lines to throw at those around her. There is also likability in some scenes that may be just enough to tip voters over the edge.

1. Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" ("Pilot")
2. Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ("Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001")
3. Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" ("Torando!")
4. Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation" ("Telethon")
5. Lea Michele, "Glee" ("Sectionals")
6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" ("I Love What You Do for Me")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: I had a pretty good feeling Falco would win this award way back when it was announced by Showtime that she would be starring in a new comedic drama. She certainly doesn't disappoint, especially in the premiere episode, in which the audience gets a real sense of who she is and why she is one of the hospital's best nurses. Voters will also discover a gifted comedic actress with some very funny moments as well as a couple of heroic ones. Falco is so good she even carried the show almost by herself into a somewhat unexpected nomination for best comedy series.

The top comedic performance in this category is once again given by Fey. I think it might be her best submission yet, with great physical comedy and one-liners throughout as she attempts to launch her own talk show. In a different year, she probably would have won her second Emmy in this category. Collette certainly shows range in her episode, especially in the momentous basement scene in which she lets loose all of her alter egos within a short period of time. Unfortunately, for all of the buildup to that moment, I thought the writing and directing let her down a good bit with the pacing and delivery of the scene. It felt forced, flat and underwhelming.

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Emmy comedy actresses: Why no recent repeats?

July 20, 2010 |  4:28 pm

Our forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum notes a curious Emmy fact. There's been surprising turnover of winners in the category of best lead comedy actress over the last decade. That's in contrast to other Emmy races that often look like a TV repeat. Consider the other top series acting categories — the winners all repeated over the last two years: Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and Glenn Close ("Damages").

Emmys Tina Fey Toni Collette

However, nine women won best comedy actress over the last nine years. The last repeat was Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") in 2000 and 2001.

2009 — Toni Collette ("United States of Tara")
2008 — Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
2007 — America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty")
2006 — Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("New Adventures of Old Christine")
2005 — Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives")
2004 — Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City")
2003 — Debra Messing ("Will & Grace")
2002 — Jennifer Aniston ("Friends")
2001 — Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond")

Photos: Toni Collette and Tina Fey. Credit: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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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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Who is Emmy front-runner: Toni Collette, Edie Falco or Tina Fey?

May 17, 2010 |  9:47 am
Toni Collette Edie Falco Tina Fey

Our Emmy gurus Robert "Rob L" Licuria (Awards Heaven) and Chris "Boomer" Beachum strongly disagree when handicapping the race for best comedy actress. Boomer says 2008 winner Tina Fey ("30 Rock") is out front to nab the prize again. Rob bets on Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), who won best drama actress for "The Sopranos" in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Both sages agree that last year's champ, Toni Collette ("United States of Tara"), is a serious threat.

Also see their predictions for these races: best drama series, lead drama actor, best drama actress, best supporting drama actor, best supporting drama actress, best comedy series, best comedy actor, best supporting comedy actor. Nominations will be unveiled on July 8, awards bestowed on Aug. 29.

1. Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie")
2. Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
3. Toni Collette ("United States of Tara")
4. Lea Michele ("Glee")
5. Mary Louise Parker ("Weeds")
6. Courteney Cox ("Cougar Town")

Alternates: Sarah Silverman ("The Sarah Silverman Program"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: Again, I am confident we'll see the three Showtime actresses battle it out with Emmy darling Fey, as well as the star of the hottest show on broadcast TV – i.e. "Glee" –  (Michele). Cox is the outside shot, and the best chance for voters to correct a very egregious wrong from years past, when she was continually snubbed for her work on "Friends" while the rest of that cast was recognized at least once.

Outside shots such as Silverman, Poehler and even Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory") could easily receive a nod here too.

1. Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
2. Toni Collette ("United States of Tara")
3. Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie")
4. Lea Michele ("Glee")
5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("New Adventures of Old Christine")
6. Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")

Alternates -- Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds"), Courteney Cox ("Cougar Town")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: It is going to be a mighty tough battle between Fey, Collette and Falco for the actual Emmy win, so all three women are safe for nominations. None of the other women on my predictions are safe, though, and I can make cases for and against all of them.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Megan Mullally exits stage left | Chloe Sevigny: No love for 'Big Love' | Simon Cowell Int'l Emmy honoree

March 25, 2010 |  5:38 pm

Lips Together • Two-time Emmy champ Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") is the talk of the rialto, but for all the wrong reasons. On Tuesday, she dropped out of the first Broadway staging of the Terrence McNally play "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" midway through rehearsals "because of frustration with the inexperience of a co-star, the comedian Patton Oswalt whom she tried to have replaced, according to four people familiar with her departure." Todd Haimes, artistic director of the producing Roundabout Theater, noted that Mullally was "in breach of her contract" and postponed the production until later in the year. One name that comes to mind as a replacement for Mullally is Julie White, who won the best actress Tony three years ago for her riotous turn in the play "The Little Dog Laughed." NEW YORK TIMES

• While this year's Tony Awards voters won't include the journos who cover theater, next year's will allow some of these scribes back into the fold. The Tonys -- which were unique among the major awards by allowing the fourth estate to take part in the determination of winners -- caused an uproar when it was decided to exclude the first night press list this season. As a compromise, members of the New York Drama Critics' Circle will be extended voting privileges for Broadway's top honor next season.

Julie Taymor -- who won a Tony in 1998 for her staging of "The Lion King" -- will be feted by the New Dramatists on May 18 with a lifetime achievement award. Presenting the prize will be Dame Helen Mirren, who stars in Taymor's upcoming film adaptation of "The Tempest." Next up for the visionary director is the long-delayed legit tuner "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" now set to come to Broadway next season rather than this one.

Chloe SevignyChloe Sevigny sure knows how to talk up the series that won her a Golden Globe in January. Asked about the recently wrapped season of "Big Love," she said, "It was awful this season, as far as I’m concerned. I’m not allowed to say that! [Gasps.] It was very telenovela. I feel like it kind of got away from itself. The whole political campaign seemed to me very far-fetched. I mean, I love the show, I love my character, I love the writing, but I felt like they were really pushing it this last season. And with nine episodes, I think they were just squishing too much in." AV CLUB

• With socko ratings for Monday's second season premieres, Showtime already has renewed both "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara." Expect the stars of these shows -- three-time Emmy winner Edie Falco and defending champ Toni Collette -- to do battle at this year's Emmys.

• The awards calendar continues to get updated. Along with Thursday's announcement from AMPAS that the Oscars will be handed out  Feb. 27, comes news from the Producers Guild that its kudos will be awarded on Saturday, Jan. 22.

• Two-time Tony champ Patti LuPone is set to host the 55th annual edition of the Drama Desk Awards on Sunday, May 23. Nominations for these kudos will be announced May 3.

International EmmySimon Cowell has yet to win an Emmy for "American Idol" but he is to be feted by the International Emmys with the Founders' Award. Cowell will pick up the prize at the 38th annual awardsfest Nov. 22 in Gotham. In making the announcement international academy president Bruce Paisner said, "Simon Cowell is an entrepreneur and performer in equal measure. He has built an international empire and in so doing has changed the face of television around the world." Cowell -- who will be leaving "Idol" this year to produce the upcoming American version of "The X Factor" -- said, "I'm delighted. I've been very lucky to be able to make shows that I love." Last year's recipient was another Brit, Sir David Frost.

• Recent Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan ("An Education") could be playing Eliza Doolittle, another ingenue made over by an older man, in the long-rumored remake of 1964's best picture champ "My Fair Lady." Oscar-winning adapter Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility") -- who is working on the script for director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") -- let this news slip Wednesday and adds she would love to see her good pal Hugh Grant in the role of the curmudgeonly Henry Higgins. BBC


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Top Photo: "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" poster. Credit: Roundabout Theater Company

Middle Photo: Chloe Sevigny at the 2010 Golden Globes. Credit: HFPA

Bottom Photo: International Emmy Award. Credit: IATAS

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Tina Fey trashes us again: 'The Internet is always wrong!'

September 21, 2009 |  4:26 pm

It was a lot of fun when Tina Fey ("30 Rock") went all nuclear on The Envelope during her Golden Globes acceptance speech this year. But she's still hurling rocks. Sunday night, backstage at the Emmys, moments after "30 Rock" won best comedy series, a journalist asked if her victory was really a "nail-biter," as she said during the acceptance speech.

"Yeah," she said, "The Internet is always wrong. So when I heard we were the favorite on the Internet, I thought, 'Oh, no! We're dead!' "

Since this is the only website that pools Emmy predictions and we're a site Tina knows well (she said at the Globes that we're one of the few sites she likes to hang out at — see the video here — while snooping in our message boards, which she blasted in her acceptance speech), it's probably safe to say that she was largely referring to The Envelope again at yet another awards show. So here is our reply to Tina.

We're "always wrong," Tina? In 2007 and 2008, we correctly predicted "30 Rock" would win best comedy series, and last year we foresaw your victory as best actress and Alec Baldwin's as best actor. This year we correctly forecast repeat victories by "30 Rock" and Baldwin, but, yes, we did get one major prediction wrong in the laugh lineup. We believed you'd repeat at best lead actress. However, we warned loud and clear that Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") was poised as a spoiler because Hollywood voters are such suckers for multiple-personality roles.

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Emmy prophets' facedown: Is Tina Fey invincible?

September 18, 2009 | 11:17 pm

While Chris "Boomer" Beachum is supremely confident that Tina Fey ("30 Rock") will win the Emmy Award for best comedy actress again, Rob Licuria and I are leery of challenges by Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") and Christina Applegate ("Samatha Who"). The reason: Emmy voters have a bizarre adoration of actors performing multiple personalities, as Collette and Applegate — read more about that here.

Watch our video smackdowns covering these races too: best drama actor, lead drama actress and best comedy series and lead comedy actor.

Also, read Boomer's and Rob's in-depth analysis of these contests: best comedy series, lead comedy actor, lead comedy actress, supporting comedy actor, supporting comedy actress, guest comedy actor, guest comedy actress, comedy writing, comedy directing, best lead drama actorlead drama actresslead actor in movie/mini and lead actress in a movie/mini. See a chart of predix by top journalists here. Read more predix in our forums.


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Can Toni Collette spin 'The United States of Tara' into Emmy gold?

January 16, 2009 |  2:03 pm

Looks like The United States of Tara" — written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno") and starring Oscar and Emmy nominee Toni Collette as a woman besieged by multiple personalities — will be a formidable force at the Emmys, Golden Globes and other awards ahead.

The parent network of "The United States of Tara," Showtime, has emerged as a major player at the Emmys and Golden Globes in recent years. Examples: Last year David Duchovny won the Globe for best TV comedy actor for "Californication," which was also nominated for best series. Both got repeat noms this year. "Weeds" and star Mary-Louise Parker also scored double bids. Ditto "Dexter" and star Michael C. Hall, a program that just pulled off a historic breakthrough at the Emmys where it joined FX's "Damages" and AMC's "Mad Men" as the first non-HBO cable shows ever to be nominated for best series.


Voters of showbiz awards are suckers for these kind of split-personality roles we see in "The United States of Tara." Maybe they feel like they're getting a real bargain — several performances for the price of one vote?

Joanne Woodward won at the Oscars for ("The Three Faces of Eve," 1957). Daytime Emmys champ Erika Slezak of "One Life to Live" claimed her fourth and fifth daytime awards in 1995 and 1996, respectively, for acting out six personalities, one of them a 10-year-old boy.

At the prime-time Emmys, Sally Field pulled off an upset for best actress in a made-for-TV movie in 1977 over Jane Alexander ("Eleanor & Franklin: The White House Years") by the sheer force of personalities — 16 of them in "Sybil" — and stunned award pundits who had been betting on an easy win for Alexander.

At the most recent Emmys, Cynthia Nixon prevailed for portraying multiple personalities in the "Alternate" episode of "Law & Order: SVU." But no victory for this kind of role is more notable than Lindsay Wagner of "The Bionic Woman," who stunned kudos watchers by beating Sada Thompson of "Family" as best TV drama actress of 1977. Lindsay's secret weapon: She played good and evil twin versions of her role.

While reviews for "The United States of Tara," debuting this Sunday, are mixed, most made mention of the show as a showcase for Toni Collette. The Australian actress plays a Kansas artist, wife and mother of two who by turns becomes a troublesome teenager, a proper '50s housewife and an improper good old boy. Collette earned a 2000 supporting actress Oscar nod for "The Sixth Sense" (she lost to Angelina Jolie for "Girl, Interrupted"); a 2000 Tony nom for best actress in a musical for "The Wild Party" (she lost to Heather Headley for "Aida"); and a 2007 Emmy bid for supporting actress in a movie/mini for "Tsunami: The Aftermath" (she lost to fellow Aussie Judy Davis for "The Starter Wife").

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