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Emmy Predictions: Drama

It’s that time of year again! THE EMMYS! It’s the most important day in television and here at JuniorTV. Although many of the categories won’t go in my favor (as you’ll see below), I’m still rooting for many people and their respective shows. Besides, there has to be a shocking win somewhere this year, right? (Remember Kyra Sedgwick last year?) So today, a day before the ceremony(!), here are my predictions on who will win, and who should win for the major drama categories, including Best Drama and the Best Acting categories for in drama.:

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
Friday Night Lights (Direct TV)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)

WHO WILL WIN: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

This show has every single ingredient for Emmy glory: A period drama with a seemingly unending but thrilling storyline with characters that keep viewers hooked. AMC’s Mad Men is getting it’s Drama Emmy streak taken away and there’s nothing it can do about it.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)

My favorite drama ever ends it’s five season run and I’m so disappointed that it hasn’t won a single Primetime Emmy throughout it’s run, and that’s just criminal on the Academy’s part.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (Direct TV)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, House (FOX)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

WHO WILL WIN: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

This man is the heart of this show, and his performance already scored him a SAG Award for Best Actor in a Drama. I have almost no doubt in my mind that he will win, but I would be glad if he lost to a certain someone.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights

This is that certain someone. For five seasons, he lead a now legendary role as Coach Eric Taylor in one of the most critically-acclaimed shows of all-time. Its about time that he gets one, and it’s the Academy’s last chance to redeem themselves, but they wont.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age

WHO WILL WIN: Walton Goggins, Justified

I’m so glad that FX’s ‘Justified’ will finally get the recognition it deserves tonight, as Goggins’ performance was the best of the year for actors in the supporting role. See why I think so below.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Walton Goggins, Justified

His character is sinister but also has much emotion. He helps his enemy, but also wants to destroy him, and that makes him one of the most versatile characters on TV.

Outstanding Lead Actress in A Drama Series

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

WHO WILL WIN: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Last year, many thought her award was robbed by Kyra Sedgwick, but this year, she is invincible.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Although not a leading lady like Margulies, Britton has had incredibly important storyline moments throughout Friday Night Lights’ five season run, and the award is long overdue.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

WHO WILL WIN:Margo Martindale, Justified

Her performance as the wicked Mags Bennett is historic, portraying one of the most evil characters on television. Martindale has this one locked.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Margo Martindle, Justified

It’s nearly impossible for Emmy voters not unanimously vote in her favor to win. I hope she has her speech ready.

That’s all for now! Come back soon to see who I think will win on the Comedy side–see you then! And don’t forget: The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs this Sunday, September 18 on FOX, hosted by Jane Lynch!

ALSO: For live updates, go to my twitter page @JuniorTV. Follow me while you’re at it! 🙂

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Emmy Nominations: Who got Nominated and Who Didn’t?


Before I get to the analysis, I have to say—this is the best list of Emmy nominations I have ever seen! So many people and shows that deserved to be nominated were finally recognized by the Television Academy. They mostly got it right, giving nominations to Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Mireille Enos, Michelle Forbes (The Killing), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) in the Drama categories. They should also be commended for giving nominations to Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Louis C.K. (Louie), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), the guys and gals from Modern Family (Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, and Sofia Vergara), Chris Colfer (Glee) and Laura Linney (The Big C) in the Comedy categories.

Even though they did a great job, they could always do better, and they definitely overlooked some performers. Katey Segal was snubbed like crazy, not getting any recognition for her performance in Sons of Anarchy. Speaking of SOA, the show didn’t get nominated either, and neither did any of the actors on the show. Over on the Comedy side, I think it was a big error to nominate Melissa McCarthy for her performance in Mike & Molly. Don’t get me wrong, she definitely deserves the nomination, but just not this year. I truly thought that this would finally be the year that Patricia Heaton would return to the Emmy ballots for her incredible performance as Frankie Heck on the ABC Comedy The Middle. Another snub was the exclusion of Sean Bean in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. I’m also disappointed that Fox’s Fringe didn’t get nominated for one single thing. The CW barely gets recognized by the academy, but it did get nominated for one thing this year: Sound Editing on Nikita. Nice. Another snub is in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, where both Joel McHale (Community) and Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) were overlooked by the academy and instead placed Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and Matt LeBlanc (Episodes). The biggest disappointment that I had with the nominations were that none of the guys from Parks and Recreation weren’t nominated, especially Nick Offerman! He was truly robbed of the nom by Jon Cryer.

For now, those are the surprises and snubs that I know of. If there are any more (which chances are, there are,) I will of course update the post with more of my rants. So that’s it! Emmy nominations announced! We’re now 66 days away from the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards! Make sure you watch on September 18 at 8/7c on FOX.

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Emmys: Favorite Performers in Drama


NOTE: As of this post, we are just one week away from the Primetime Emmy Award nominations!

As I mentioned in my last Emmy post, the Drama category has greatly improved versus seasons past, but I don’t expect a gigantic change in the performing categories. First, lets begin with the actors. For Outstaning Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Bryan Cranston is out of consideration this year, so someone new will get the Emmy this year, and god willing, it will be Kyle Chandler (DirecTV/NBC’s Friday Night Lights), but I’m also hoping that Timothy Olyphant (FX’s Justified) gets one as well for his outstanding performance as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Others likely to get nominated are Jon Hamm (AMC’s Mad Men), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s Dexter), and a new entry, Steve Buscemi (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire). Another newcomer to the category could be Peter Krause (NBC’s Parenthood,) who critics say had a monumental season on the show, and Sean Bean (HBO’s Game of Thrones) who pleased viewers and critics alike on the most anticipated new series of 2011. One more thing: Remember this name, William H. Macy (Showtime’s Shameless), you might hear it.

For Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, there are at least two slots open for newcomers, since the guys from ABC’s Lost (Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn) are obviously out of contention. Expect a big change with this category, as John Noble (Fox’s Fringe), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) are very likely to get nominations. Martin Short (FX’s Damages) and Andre Braugher (TNT’s Men of a Certain Age) got nominations last year, but anything can happen, and newcomers could take over in this very vulnerable category, although this is rather unlikely. Other names that I’m just going to throw around are the guys from The Good Wife, Alan Cumming and Chris Noth, who had audiences reeling during the sophomore season of CBS’ older-skewing drama. Also, Walton Goggins (Justified) and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) could get a nomination as well.

Next: The actresses! For Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, I barely expect a change, but if I had to choose one who won’t get a nom, it would be Mariska Hargitay (NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), which is becoming a more repetitive character on the show. Who could fill in her slot? I definitely hope it’s Regina King (TNT Southland) who’s performance of Detective Lydia Adams has gotten universal praise from critics and viewers alike. Some other possible candidates are Lauren Graham (NBC’s Parenthood) and Anna Torv (Fox’s Fringe). For this category, I’m going full force with support for Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights,) and no one else. Her performance on FNL is hands down the best in all of television. Also, don’t be surprised if Emmy voters flip-flop on the leading women of AMC’s Mad Men. January Jones was nominated last year, and Elisabeth Moss could possibly have her turn this year, as they both go head-to-head for the first time this year. Kyra Sedgwick surprisingly won last in when pretty much everyone (including me) thought it would be Julianna Margulies from The Good Wife, chances are she’ll win this year. Before the next category, here’s another name you might hear: Mireille Enos (AMC’s The Killing).

Last but not least, the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which had a pleasantly shocking winner (The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi,) but will that win hold up this year? Possibly. Competition is stiff and Panjabi’s costar Christina Baranski could steal her thunder. Margo Martindale’s incredible performance in FX’s Justified might just get her her first Emmy, and Kelly MacDonald could get a nomination; this time in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Although I don’t expect Sharon Gless from USA’s Burn Notice to get a nomination like she did last year, I do expect to see Rose Byrne get another nomination for Damages.

That was a lot of typing, but it was completely worth it! That’s a wrap of Emmy nomination analysis! Stay tuned next week as I’ll have full coverage of the 63rd Primetime Emmy nominations! I have tons of stuff in store for next week, so stick around!

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CBS Fall Schedule Includes JJ Abrams Drama, 2 New Comedies, and More!


In this upfront-packed week, we’ve seen tons of presentations. NBC, Fox, and ABC have already announced their schedules for this Fall, and now the highest-rated network takes its turn at the spotlight (like it isn’t already.) Of all the networks (with the exception of The CW,) CBS is ordering the least amount of new shows for the 2011-2012 season. Why? Well, if you know the TV business, you know why (so skip to the next paragraph.) For others who don’t, it’s because CBS is the most steady and successful network in all of television. They have the highest-rated drama (NCIS), comedy (Two And a Half Men), and most of their other dramas and sitcoms are also among the highest-rated. So for CBS, they don’t really need to order much. Even if their new shows bomb, repeats of veteran shows can easily fill the gap and get good numbers (yes, even on a repeat!)

So what new shows did the eye order? The most buzzed-about of all would be yet another JJ Abrams drama (a Thriller called ‘Person of Interest,’) a supernatural drama ‘Unforgettable,’ paranormal mystery ‘A Gifted Man’ and 2 new comedies (‘2 Broke Girls’ and ‘How to be a Gentleman’). What’s even more talked about is the relocation of several CBS shows, including ‘CSI,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ and (the most shocking) ‘Rules of Engagement. CBS moved the aging CSI (which will be in its 12th season next fall) will move to Wednesdays at 10 PM, ‘The Good Wife’ will move to Sunday’s at 9 PM (so its officially renewed!), and ‘Rules of Engagement’ will get the death slot of Saturdays at 8 PM (Ouch!) Also, the network has picked up a new series from Robert DeNiro named ‘2-2’ and will premiere in the midseason.

For some more details of CBS’ new shows, here are their descriptions via CBS’ press release:

The New Dramas are:

UNFORGETTABLE stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It’s not just that she doesn’t forget anything – she can’t; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister’s long-ago murder. Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she’s unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), when she consults on a homicide case. His squad includes Det. Mike Costello (Michael Gaston), Al’s right-hand man; Detective Roe Saunders (Kevin Rankin), the junior member of the team; and Detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya), a sassy, street-smart cop. Being back on the job after a break feels surprisingly right for Carrie. Despite her conflicted feelings for Al, she decides to permanently join his unit as a detective solving homicides – most notably, the unsolved murder of her sister. All she needs to do is remember. Ed Redlich, John Bellucci, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers for Sony Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

PERSON OF INTEREST stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese’s (Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Finch (Emerson), a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions catch the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter (Henson), and Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a cop who Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything. Emmy Award winners J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (“Lost”), Academy Award nominee Jonathan Nolan (“Memento”), David Semel (“Heroes”) and Greg Plageman (“Cold Case”) are the executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.

A GIFTED MAN is a drama about a brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the “hereafter.” Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is an exceptional doctor who lives a materialistic life of luxury thanks to his work-obsessed career and powerful and wealthy patients; however, Michael’s ordered world is rocked when his ex-wife, Anna (Jennifer Ehle), an idealistic free-clinic doctor and the love of his life, mysteriously appears to him. Michael’s off-beat sister, Christina (Julie Benz), a single mom to her teenaged son, Milo (Liam Aiken), is thrilled that Anna’s back in her brother’s life, even as an “illusion,” because Michael was always a better person with her. Curious about Michael’s sudden change in behavior is his efficient assistant, Rita (Margo Martindale). When Anna asks Michael to go to her clinic to help keep it running, he meets Autumn (Afton Williamson), a volunteer carrying on Anna’s work with the underprivileged. Touched by those in need and accepting of Anna’s compassionate “presence,” Michael’s attitude toward serving the rich and poor is turned upside down, and he begins to see that there’s room in his life for everyone. Academy Award nominee Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”), Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Neal Baer (“ER”) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

The New Comedies are:

2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash. Sassy, streetwise Max (Kat Dennings) works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline (Beth Behrs) is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money. While they save their tips, they’ll stay at the restaurant, working with Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an overly flirtatious Russian cook; Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old kool-kat cashier; and Han Lee (Matthew Moy), the new, eager-to-please owner of the diner. Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break. Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”) and writer-comedian Whitney Cummings (“Chelsea Lately”) are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.

HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, inspired by the book of the same name, is a comedy about the unlikely friendship between a traditional, refined writer and an unrefined personal trainer. Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) is an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has lead to a life detached from modern society. Infectiously optimistic, Bert Lansing (Kevin Dillon) is a reformed “bad boy” from Andrew’s past who inherited a fitness center, but can still be rude, loud and sloppy. When Andrew’s editor, Jerry (Dave Foley), tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less “gentle man” and more “real man.” Andrew’s mom, Diane (Nancy Lenehan), and his bossy sister, Janet (Mary Lynn Rajskub), support the plan, as would Janet’s husband, Mike (Rhys Darby), if he was allowed to have an opinion. Though Andrew and Bert’s views may be centuries apart, they may find they’re each other’s missing link. David Hornsby (“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”), Adam Chase (“Friends”), Ted Schachter (“The Invention of Lying”), Joe Hipps and Modi Wiczyk are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

The New Midseason Series:

From Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal comes THE 2-2, which follows six diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan. The new trainees include Jennifer “White House” Perry (Leelee Sobieski), a former college volleyball star and Marine MP in Iraq with a take-charge attitude; Ray “Lazarus” Harper (Adam Goldberg), the oldest rookie and a former police news reporter with better sources than many seasoned cops; Tonya Sanchez (Judy Marte), who comes from a family with a criminal history and has a very personal connection inside the force; Ahmad “Kiterunner” Kahn (Tom Reed), an Afghani native who fought his way to freedom; Kenny McClaren (Stark Sands), a fourth-generation police officer with great instincts but qualms about joining the force; and Jayson Toney (Harold House Moore), a young basketball legend who squandered his opportunity in the NBA. Their demanding Field Training Officer, Daniel “Yoda” Dean (Terry Kinney), is a case-hardened, unsentimental veteran of the force who emphasizes basics and holds each cop accountable for their actions. With unique backgrounds, personalities and reasons for being on the force, the new cops will make their share of rookie mistakes while they figure out how to relate to their boss, each other and to the people they swore to protect. Two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (“The Godfather: Part II,” “Raging Bull”), Jane Rosenthal (“Meet the Parents”), Academy Award nominee Richard Price (“The Color of Money”), Ken Sanzel (“Numb3rs”) and James Mangold (“Walk the Line”) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Tribeca Productions. The pilot was directed by James Mangold.

As always, here’s a graphical look at what’s to come on CBS this fall made by Entertainment Weekly.

(As always, thanks EW.com!)


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