8 items from 2013
Diane Haithman is a contributor to Deadline’s TV coverage. It was an emotional moment at the Emmys when the late Henry Bromell won a posthumous writing Emmy for Homeland’s intense and grueling ”Q&A” episode. Unfortunately his wife, Sarah Bromell, was only allowed a brief onstage moment. “I accept this award on behalf of Henry with deep appreciation for the Academy,” she said. “Thank you so much.” And as Homeland star Claire Danes accepted her second consecutive Emmy for lead actress in a drama, she said of Bromell, who died in March, “He was a brilliant person and so kind, and we think of him every day on a show that help define.” While no stats were immediately available from the Academy, posthumous wins are extremely rare in any category. The last one is thought to be actress Diana Hyland in 1977 for The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Comedy is tragedy plus time. The Emmy nominations for comedy offer neither.
It’s not exactly a catastrophe that the field of Emmy comedy nominees has barely changed in the past year, but maintaining most of the status quo won’t exactly make the crowds at the Laffatorium double over in delight.
Should we blame the Academy for its shortsightedness or the industry for not producing fresh meat for the voters? Or should there be no blame at all? I’ll go with a combination of the three.
After all, it’s not like many of the nominees aren’t deserving, or that the Academy has overlooked a ton of new product, or that Hollywood has been completely bereft of new comic ideas. It’s just that the current combination might seem a little tired.
All five 2012 comedy series nominees that were eligible for a return trip this year had their ticket punched, »
- Jon Weisman
And here it is, our final category spotlight before Thursday’s Emmy nominations. Here’s how the field shapes up for supporting actress in a comedy.
The ‘Family’ way: In theory, “Modern Family” could step into that void. In addition to two-time defending champ Julie Bowen and three-time nominee Sofia Vergara, younger thesps Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter have had enough shining moments to validate their nomination platforms. (Speaking of ABC’s Wednesday family daughters, so has Eden Sher of “The Middle.”)
‘Bang’ ‘Bang’ ‘Bang’: More likely to take advantage of the vacancies is the cast of “The Big Bang Theory.” Mayim Bialik was already nominated in 2012 and only had more juicy moments this past season in her pursuit of Sheldon. »
- Jon Weisman
By canvassing experts, editors and users, Gold Derby has determined that there are 11 women still in contention to reap bids for Best Comedy Supporting Actress this year. Only six will make the final cut when Emmy nominations are unveiled on July 18. Those ladies with odds to win of better than 100/1 from any group in our poll -- our Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users, and Overall Users -- are profiled below. With Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live") no longer eligible and the passing of Kathryn Joosten ("Desperate Housewives"), the category has two guaranteed open slots. Related: Who are eight women with best odds to win Comedy Actress at Emmys? Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") has won this category two consecutive years and is predicted to prevail yet again with 12/5 odds. She has the votes of 10 Experts, three Editors (Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria, David Schnelwar), 10 of our Top 24 Users, and 28% of Overall Users. »
With two of last year’s nominees (Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig and Desperate Housewives’ late Kathryn Joosten) out of the running, and a third (Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever) looking less like a long shot than a no shot, the field is wide open. Even if The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik, and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen (2012’s winner), are again nominated, that still leaves three slots open — or two if Emmy raises another glass to Arrested Development’s intoxicating Jessica Walter.
More Emmy Races In Review | Outstanding Comedy Series | Lead Comedy Actor »
- Team TVLine
A&E has cancelled the long-running reality show Intervention. That puts the end to a pretty remarkable run that helped 156 people turn sober and stay sober.
In the Flesh doesn’t make its stateside debut for a couple more weeks, but you won’t have to worry about how it ends. BBC Three just ordered a second season (or commissioned a second series to follow the UK TV terms) of the zombie drama.
At the very least, appalling reality TV gives the chance to give critics a chance to write epic takedowns. This time, NPR’s Linda Holmes goes after Fox’s Does Someone Have to Go?, which turns out to be so much worse than I imagined.
Speaking of appalling reality programming, »
- Lyle Masaki
Has Jane Krakowski's Emmy luck ran out? Or will the final season of "30 Rock" be the charm? After netting three consecutive bids in the race for Comedy Supporting Actress (2009, 2010, 2011), Krakowski was snubbed last year for her extremely popular role of Jenna Maroney on the long-running NBC comedy. Last year's six nominated supporting players were Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Kathryn Joosten ("Desperate Housewives"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie") and Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live"). Only four of these women are eligible in this category again this year, as Wiig is no longer a regular on "SNL" and Joosten passed away. Might Krakowski re-claim her position in this crowded field? According to Gold Derby's Experts, Editors and Users, Krawkowski will return to the Comedy Sup »
Last year, Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") won her second consecutive Emmy for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. And she is tipped to make it a hat trick this year. With the backing of five editors and two-thirds of users she has leading odds of 2 to 1. -Insertgroups:12- Only three of her competitors return to possibly contend again in 2013 as Kristen Wiig is no longer on "Saturday Night Live," and Kathryn Joosten ("Desperate Housewives") passed away last year. Of this trio, Bowen's co-star Sofia Vergara is the strongest threat. She has also contended for all three seasons of the show and is the pick of one editor and 20% of users. That translates into odds of 3 to 1. While Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") is likely to reap her second straight bid for this hit laffer, she has only 2% of users predicting her to prevail. That lack of support gives her odds of »
8 items from 2013
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