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Emmys: Who Will Go Home With the Gold?

Admitting it’s “difficult to predict,” ATAS chief John Shaffner handicaps the major categories 7/19/2010 06:58:00 AM Eastern

Emmys 2010: Complete Coverage from B&C

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Modern Family and Glee
are both wonderful, but
they’re very different kinds
of shows. The Office and 30
Rock
have been strong contenders
in the past. And then
there’s Nurse Jackie. How
does that fit with a musical?
Geez, we wonder, should
we create a third [category]?
One thing I feel is missing
are multi-camera comedies,
especially considering both
the quality and the success
of multi-camera right now.
The Big Bang Theory and
Two and a Half Men continue
to be among the highest rated
scripted shows.”

Curb Your Enthusiasm
• HBO

Glee • Fox
Modern Family • ABC
Nurse Jackie • Showtime
The Office • NBC
30 Rock • NBC

 

 

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

 

“Full disclosure; I was the
production designer on The
Tonight Show With Conan
O’Brien
. First of all, there’s
been a lot of conversation
about this, that and the
other thing. But [O’Brien]
is one of the consummate
entertainers of our time. For
all the talk about getting
even or one-upmanship, I
think the membership just
looks at him and says, ‘This
guy is friggin’ brilliant. Let’s
pay attention.’”

 

The Colbert Report • Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central
Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO
Saturday Night Live • NBC
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien • NBC

 

 

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

 

Breaking Bad has a deep
following, and True Blood,
they’re fanatics. And Mad
Men
actually had a pretty
good season. Lost is a sentimental
[nomination]. But
it’s also recognition of what
that show represented creatively.
The storytelling was
so innovative. I think this is
our last chance to recognize
true innovation.”

 

Breaking Bad • AMC
Dexter • Showtime
The Good Wife • CBS
Lost • ABC
Mad Men • AMC
True Blood • HBO

 

 

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES

 

“[The Pacific] is an enormous
contribution to
recording our history. The
commitment resource-wise
and the amount of caring,
passion and energy it took
on the part of everyone
involved is breathtaking.
On the other hand, Cranford
transcends its era and
speaks to us in this era.
It has a lot to say about
fitting into a community.
It’s a dressed-up costume
drama thing, but it’s remarkable
as well.”

 

The Pacific • HBO
Return to Cranford • PBS

 


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

 

“Lea Michele’s work is not
as comedic as one might
think. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
has created a character
that is so willfully Julia.
For Toni Collette to shift
between the roles that she
plays and still maintain the
independence of each one
of those characters takes
a special kind of skill. We
know Edie Falco is an enormously
accomplished actress.
She’s created a level
of sympathy for an acidic
character. She could very
well have a strong chance
because she succeeds at a
very difficult task.”

 

Lea Michele as Rachel Berry (Glee)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
Toni Collette as Tara Gregson (United States of Tara)

 

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

 

“Could Julianna Margulies
be more talented?
She’s such a consummate
professional. The work she
has in this role, it’s not the
flashiest. There’s no singing
and dancing. But yet, she
has such integrity with the
way that she attacks the
material.”

 

Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (The Closer)
Glenn Close as Patty Hewes (Damages)
Connie Britton as Tami Taylor (Friday Night Lights)
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife)
Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
January Jones as Betty Draper (Mad Men)

 

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

 

“Larry David’s outlook on
life is kind of in tune with
the Zeitgeist of today: the
absurdity of life. And you
cannot forget what he has
contributed as a writer to
super-popular mainstream
television. We see him
narrowing down, and he’s
refi ned the very essence
of all of his work into this
very platinum-quality vision.
And it fills a certain psychological
need. Larry David’s
work speaks to so many of
the experiences that we all
live through. On the other
hand, Matthew Morrison
is just so cross-talented.
When he sets up to do a
dancing/musical segment
that also advances the story
line, he commits to it so
completely. Jim Parsons
and [Big Bang creator]
Bill Prady have come up a
totally new creation.”

 

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
Larry David as Himself (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester (Glee)
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk (Monk)
Steve Carell as Michael Scott (The Office)
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy (30 Rock)

 

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

 

“They’re all brilliant.
Jon Hamm continues to
invigorate that character
when by now with a lesser
performer, we would all
be, OK, been there, done
that, seen that, next. And
yet he continues to engage
us. Bryan Cranston does
not have a sympathetic role
entirely, but yet he makes it
sympathetic. And how do
you bridge that? He’s so
complicated.”

 

Bryan Cranston as Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor (Friday Night Lights)
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House (House)
Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard (Lost)
Jon Hamm as Don Draper (Mad Men)

 

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