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Emmy Talk 2014: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

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Welcome to the third edition of Emmy Talk 2014. Between now and the official Emmy nomination announcements, I will post who is in the running in each of the Comedy and Drama categories. 

If you want to jump to other categories click on the link below.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy:

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The Category: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

The Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category has remained pretty consistent over the last several years with characters that have been on television for 4+ years. It’s tough for new characters to break through in this race. Let’s take a look at the veterans and the potential newcomers.

(in alphabetical order)

Christine Baranski - The Good Wife

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Aside from Maggie Smith, Christine Baranski has the lengthiest resume filled with film and television roles. Having won an Emmy back in 1995 and earning ten additional nominations since then, saying that Baranski is a TV Academy favorite is an understatement. More specifically, four of those nominations went towards her current role as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife, which is more consistant than Julianne Margulies’ track record for this show. It is not likely that she will win this year, but it is very likely she will be nominated again. 

Betsy Brandt - Breaking Bad

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Betsy Brandt’s performance on the Emmy-winning Breaking Bad has truly been underrated. And during the final season, her character hit the emotional breaking point. Brandt has never been nominated in this category and her co-star Anna Gunn broke through in 2012 and struck gold in 2013. The TV Academy may just send its love to Gunn in this category, but perhaps there can be room for two. 

Emilia Clarke - Game of Thrones

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Many were surprised that Emilia Clark scored a nomination last year for her iconic role as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. And with the growing popularity of HBO’s hit drama, this young talent is not going anywhere. 

Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey

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One of the biggest underdogs in the race this year is Joanne Froggatt. She arguably had the most emotional storyline on the latest season of Downton Abbey, but her powerhouse co-star Maggie Smith will probably overshadow her performance. 

Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad

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Many were shocked to see Anna Gunn break Maggie Smith’s winning streak at the Emmys. And if she won for her performance as Skyler White for the first have of Season Five, winning for the second half should be a piece of cake. 

Christina Hendricks - Mad Men

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Christina Hendricks has four consecutive nominations in this category for her role as Joan Harris on Mad Men. Many thought 2012 was her year to win, but Maggie Smith pulled the rug from right under her. Depending on where the final years of Mad Men takes her character, Hendricks may be out of the running to win. But another nomination should be a sure thing. 

Michelle Monaghan - True Detective

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When HBO made the gutsy move to compete their anthology series True Detective in the drama categories instead of the miniseries, this affected all of the players, including Michelle Monaghan, who plays the wife of womanizing cop. A nomination and a potential win would have been feasible in the miniseries categories. Now it’s a bit of a more uphill battle. Hopefully the popularity of True Detective will carry on through Emmy season. 

Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife

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Archie Panjabi earned her first Emmy win and nomination as Kalinda Sharma on CBS’s The Good Wife. She since have been nominated twice, but was surprisingly snubbed at last year’s ceremony. What would have been a confident contender is now on the fence of a nomination this year. 

Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey

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Two-time Oscar winner and Three-time Emmy winner Maggie Smith may have lost last year, but she is a living legend that remains to be a lock in this category. You know what’s even more of a safe bet than another nomination? Her absence at the ceremony. But hey, she can do whatever she wants. She’s Maggie Smith. 

EMMY BREAKDOWN

Locked In:

Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey

Great Odds:

Christine Baranski - The Good Wife

Emilia Clarke - Game of Thrones

Christina Hendricks - Mad Men

Fair Chances:

Betsy Brandt - Breaking Bad

Michelle Monaghan - True Detective

Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife

Biggest Stretches 

Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey

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A rare behind-the-scenes color photograph from Some Like it Hot

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Is FX the new HBO?

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Back in the late 1990s, HBO redefined television when it jumped from basic cable to premium cable programming. The shows that marked the transition of this decades-old network included The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Oz, The Wire, and Six Feet Under

HBO paved the way for darker, more explicit content that was (and in most ways still is) off limits to broadcast networks. Since then, cable networks as well as other premium channels have upped their game. One in particular, AMC, has three widely successful shows under their belt: 1960s period drama Mad Men, the critically-acclaimed Breaking Bad, and the most-watched show on cable The Walking Dead. You may be asking yourself, “Well, isn’t AMC the new HBO?”.

The answer is “no”. Here’s why:

Although those three shows all have something going for them (Mad Men's Emmy wins, Breaking Bad's acting, The Walking Dead's ratings), that's all AMC has. Actually, one is already done, one is finishing next year, and the one remaining has likely passed its prime despite the high viewership. What else does AMC have to present? Struggling and/or failed dramas and absolutely zero comedies. 

However, one network has skated through the years and like HBO has grown finer with age. That network is FX. 

FX began airing original programming in the early 2000s with shows like The Shield, Nip/Tuck, and Rescue Me. They all lasted several years, featured notable performances, and had their followings. FX soon delved into comedy with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League, which are still airing to this day but have moved to the sister channel FXX.

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As time went on, network viewership increased when shows Sons of Anarchy and Justified aired alongside comedies like Archer and Louie. Additionally, Louie became FX’s first serious breakthrough contender at the Emmys scoring numerous wins and nominations over the last few years. No other show from FX received this much praise from the TV Academy.

In 2011, FX unexpectedly became the game-changer in television miniseries. With the growing popularity of The Walking Dead, FX wanted to throw themselves in the ring in the new television genre of horror. The network turned to Nip/Tuck creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and they birthed the most-watched show on FX: American Horror Story

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Unique, fun, and above all scary, American Horror Story lured in award-winning actors like Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton and introduced us to rising stars like Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, and Lily Rabe. It wasn’t announced until mid-season that the show would consider itself as an anthology series. Not only does that mean each season would involve different characters, settings, and plots, it means it gets to compete in the lesser-competitive miniseries categories at the Emmys. The show has earned four Emmys thus far including one for Jessica Lange and 30 other nominations over two seasons. Asylum and Coven landed such talents as James Cromwell, Adam Levine, Ian McShane, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Stevie Nicks. The Shield star Michael Chiklis will return to FX in the fourth season titled Freak Show

The surprising success of American Horror Story sparked the hit gritty cop anthology series True Detective on HBO. 

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Then in 2013, FX debuted The Americans, the network’s finest drama to date. Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, this espionage drama follows two Soviet spies who go undercover as Americans and infiltrate the American government during the 1980s Cold War. Seeking for similar traction as Homeland, The Americans exceeds in almost every single manner. The show is a tightrope drama, a balancing act of love, family, morals, and loyalty. Critics are praising this drama (It currently has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. And yes, Rotten Tomatoes now covers television). FX has overlooked the weak mainstream attention and renewed the show for a third season. Season One had such little presence at last year’s Emmys, similarly to the Best Drama snub of Breaking Bad. Perhaps FX has its own Breaking Bad in the works. The Americans certainly has the potential of earning that title. 

What’s getting much more attention is the recently premiered miniseries Fargo, a television adaptation of the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers film. The show is not a full-blown remake but rather inspired by the universe of the 1994 film, using similar settings and characters instead of the same plot. The all-star cast includes Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Goldberg, Kate Walsh and Oliver Platt. The first episode racked in big ratings, luring curious audiences with gruesome violence and dark humor. It is still being determined whether this will be a one-time airing or if it will be renewed for a second season.  

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A lot is in store for the future of FX programming. Debuting this summer is Tyrant from 24 and Homeland creator Howard Gordon. Little is known about this upcoming series other than it is about an “unassuming family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation”. Also debuting this summer is the vampire drama The Strain from executive producer Guillermo del Toro. It was recently announced that FX has picked up The Comedians. Based on a popular Swedish sitcom, the show follows a veteran and a rookie comedian who come together to rejuvenate their careers. Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are attached to star.  

Of course, this isn’t to say that HBO is fading. Far from it. Game of Thrones, Girls, and Veep are still thriving shows with many freshman series like Silicon Valley, Getting On, Looking and True Detective are just getting started. 

And let’s compare that to FX’s current slate. Justified, Sons of Anarchy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The League have set the base, American Horror Story, Louie, Archer, and The Americans are building up, and Fargo, Tyrant, The Strain, and The Comedians are becoming the icing on this giant cake. 

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Not many networks have such a wide range of television shows that are critically-acclaimed and have reached large fan bases. FX may not have the highest Emmy count (yet), but don’t underestimate this continuously-growing network that has redefined itself because it’s heading towards the direction of greatness. 

What do you think? What are some of your favorite shows on FX? How about on HBO?

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I want to say congrats to Chelsea Clinton. Last week, she announced that she is expecting her first child. That’s great. If it is a girl, it will get some of Chelsea’s old hand-me-downs. And if it’s a boy, it will get some of Hillary’s.
Jimmy Fallon
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What if you’re right?

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"Eek, Eek, Eek, Eek, Eek!"

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Nesting Grounds - A Well-Crafted Short That Runs A Bit Too Long

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Nesting Grounds is a harrowing short film that follows Noah (Anthony Stratton), a hoarder that isolates himself from the rest of the world. Surrounding him and his two caged little birds are piles of what normal people call garbage, newspaper-covered windows, and boxes of his deceased mother’s belongings. 

Throughout the entire fifteen-minute short, we hear a one-sided conversation between him and an unknown person on the phone (presumably that someone was on the other end), as if it were a monologue piece, which it easily could have been as it is based on the play of the same name by co-writer of the film Alex Parobak.

The writing itself is slightly unfocused. It isn’t your typical beginning/middle/end story but rather a character study. Noah spouts his reasoning for imprisoning himself within four walls and keeping every piece of trash he calls memories, much of it gets repetitive. That could be partly due to the lack of context of the phone conversation. Whether it was a good friend, the landlord, or even if was in fact talking to himself, knowing that information and the potential relationship he had with that person on the phone would have added a layer to Noah. 

However, there is a moment when he retells one of those precious memories about a girl he met at a party long ago and it wasn’t necessarily the story itself that made that moment so great but how it was presented. Firstly, we see dream-like flashbacks of this girl running through a slow-motioned sprinkler (wonderfully shot by director/cinematographer Ian Scott McCullough), But secondly, and most importantly, this gives the often agitated and angered Noah a few minutes of bliss, a nice (and brief) change of pace for that character.

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Anthony Stratton is a one-man show and he holds his own as the overly neurotic and painfully alone Noah. He gives an emotional performance and helps make Nesting Grounds a lively piece. 

Ian Scott McCullough, who also serves as the producer, co-writer, and editor, shows potential among the new generation of filmmakers. Although the non-traditional writing of this film isn’t exactly my cup of tea, he certainly has vision as proven with his cinematography, the biggest strength of Nesting Grounds. Perhaps he’ll have a better grasp at writing with the room of a feature-length script. 

Nesting Grounds would have helped itself with a shorter running time, but no matter what length, the film features a strong performance by its lead actor and pleasant imagery from its director. 

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Hillary Clinton likes to say, “It takes a village to raise a child”. You know it really shouldn’t. Satisfying your husband, that apparently takes a village.
Tim Allen, Last Man Standing
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Perhaps this was why we had a brutal winter…

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The first official image of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.