It's Emmy night now, which is just plain fun. The red-carpet coverage has already started on E and will also be on Fox at 7; the ceremony itself starts at 8.
I'll be blogging about this through the night, adding comments as it goes along. Meanwhile, here's the advance story I wrote; it includes a list that you can kind of check along with:
By MIKE HUGHES
Somewhere in the TV world, people might
shrug at winning Emmy awards.
Maybe at the “Daily Show”; it's won
eight straight Emmys as best variety series. Or at “The Amazing
Race”; last year, its string (best reality competition series)
ended at seven.
Still, there are plenty of others who
are giddy awards. Just ask Margo Martindale, who's been a working
actress for almost 40 years.
“I've been … poor, counting pennies
on the floor,” she said. Then came deep role on “Justified,” as
the matriarch of a crime family in the Kentucky hills. Now she has an
Emmy nomination (supporting actress in a drama), a new job (CBS' “A
Gifted Man”) and no poverty prospects.
“It just feels fantastic,”
Martindale said. “I turned 60 and everything fell into place.”
Or ask Jane Lynch. Lately, she's become
an Emmy-winner who is hosting this year's show.
Lynch, 51, grew up as a TV buff who
would pull out the listings each Sunday and mark he plans. Later, as
a semi-employed actress in the 1990s, she would watch the “Seinfeld”
people win supporting Emmys. “I remember (thinking)” 'What a
life! They're on this hit show; they're character actors.'”
Now she has that situation herself, as
Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” Last year, Lynch was in the Emmys'
opening song-and-dance number – “Jon Hamm to the left, Kate
Gosselin to the right” – and won the Emmy. Now she's up for her
second and she's the host.
Lynch said she'd like to copy the
formula of last year's host, Jimmy Fallon. “He was so relaxed and
the show was all about his energy, which is very open and funny and
Still, she's not the relaxed type. “I
have (a) cocktail of excitement, anticipation and abject fear.”
Mark Burnett (“Survivor”), the
Emmys producer, will watch the pave. “I think the best way to do
these shows is a lot of shorter bits,” he said, “so it keeps
moving along, and adding in short, spoof films.” Here are the
nominees in some categories, plus comments:
– Comedy: Last year's winner, “Modern
Family” (ABC); also, “Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Glee” (Fox)
and “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation”
Comment: “We'd love to see “Big
Bang,” TV's best comedy, win; “Modern Love” will probably
repeat, however, which will be fine.
– Drama: Last year's winner, “Mad
Men” (AMC), plus “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Friday Night Lights”
(DirecTV and NBC), Dexter (Showtime) and HBO's “Boardwalk Empire”
and “Game of Thrones.”
Comment: After five quietly brilliant
years, “Friday Night Lights” is leaving without the awards it
deserves. The winner will probably be the beautifully crafted
– Variety: “The Daily Show” is
back for more, facing “Saturday Night Live” and the talk shows of
Fallon, Conan O'Brien, Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert.
Comment: There's a reason why “Daily
Show” keeps winning. It's REALLY funny.
– Reality competition: “Top Chef”
(Bravo), which broke the “Amazing Race” string last year, is
back, plus “Race” (CBS), “American Idol” (Fox), “Project
Runway” (Lifetime), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) and “So
You Think You Can Dance” (Fox).
Comment: We keep rooting for “So You
Think You Can Dance”; no one listens.
– Movies or miniseries: HBO's “”Too
Big to Fail,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Cinema Verite,” plus
“Downton Abbey” (PBS), “”Pillars of the Earth” (Starz) and
“The Kennedys,” which was made and dropped by History, ending up
Comment: “Too Big to Fail” was
important and brilliantly done. Still, the rich texture of “Mildred
Pierce” will probably give it thw win.
Acting: In each category, we'll list
our favorite first and note last year's winner, when applicable:
– Actress, drama: Mireille Enos, “The
Killing” (AMC); Kathy Bates, “Harry's Law” (NBC); Connie
Britton, “Friday Night Lights”; Mariska Hargitay, “Law &
Order: SVU” (NBC); Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS);
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men” (AMC).
--Actor, drama: Hugh Laurie, “House”
(Fox); Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”; Kyle Chandler, “Friday
Night Lights”; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Jon Hamm, “Mad
Men”; Timothy Olyphant, “Justified” (FX).
– Actress, comedy: Laura Linney, “The
Big C” (Showtime); Edie Falco (last year's winner), “Nurse
Jackie” (Showtime); Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Melissa McCarthy,
“Mike & Molly” (CBS); Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”
(Fox); Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC.
– Actor, comedy: Jim Parsons, “The
Big Bang Theory” (last year's winner); Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”;
Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX; Steve Carell, “The Office”; Johnny
Galecki, “Big Bang Theory”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
– Actress, movie or mini-series: Kate Winslet, “Mildred
Pierce”; Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite”; Elizabeth McGovern,
“Downton Abbey”; “Taraji Henson,” “Taken From Me”
(Lifetime); Jean Marsh, “Upstairs, Downstairs” (PBS).
– Actor, movie or mini-series: William Hurt, “Too Big
to Fail”; Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America); Laurence
Fishburne, “Thurgood” (HBO); Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper, “The
Kennedys”; Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos” (Sundance).
– 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Fox
– Red-carpet preview, 6-8
p.m., E; 7-8 p.m., Fox.
– Emmy previews, 5-6 p.m., E;
7-8 p.m., TV Guide