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Here's something crazy: It's going to be difficult for Sunday's 59th Primetime Emmy Awards to top last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy extravaganza that found Kathy Griffin managing to use Christ's name in vain during an acceptance speech and Elaine Stritch declaring, "I'm a recovering alcoholic, a riddled diabetic and I've got laryngitis -- but I just won an Emmy!"
Indeed, Tony Soprano has nothing on Griffin, whose outstanding reality series triumph for her Bravo series My Life on the D-List inspired her to utter remarks that are being censored from Saturday night's taped telecast on E! even though a Saturday Night Live parody tune titled "Dick in a Box" earned its own Emmy the same night.
By contrast, decorum is expected to carry the night Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium -- along with 15-time nominee The Sopranos. It would, to be sure, prove a monumental upset were the iconic HBO mob hour somehow to be denied the statuette for outstanding drama series in its much-hyped swan song campaign.
However, if these confounding awards have taught us anything, it's that the Emmys are rarely anyone's rubber stamp. Were a long shot to derail the Sopranos coronation, it would prove on a par with Michael Chiklis' shocking victory in 2002 as lead drama series actor for FX's The Shield. This, despite the fact a victory would make Sopranos the first drama in 30 years -- since PBS' Upstairs, Downstairs in 1977 -- to win in the category in its final season.
The race looks to be significantly more wide open for top comedy series, where there is no true heavy favorite and a case can be made for each of the five nominees. »
Win or lose, The Sopranos is ending on an Emmy high note.
Its 15 nominations not only leads the pack among all series this year but also represents the highest total a series has ever nabbed in its final season.
The Emmys have a mixed track record when it comes to letting acclaimed programs go out on top. As recently as 2005, the comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond capped its closing season with a healthy 13 nominations and went on to win in the series category.
But it's a different story on the drama side, where a Sopranos win would mark the first final-season winner in 30 years. That distinction belongs to Upstairs, Downstairs, the British series that ran on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre and collected the last of its three wins in that category in 1977.
Some of TV's most legendary dramas have had trouble maintaining their momentum by Emmy standards. After a storied Emmy career, four-time best-series winner The West Wing faded to six nominations in 2006. Among other four-time winners, Hill Street Blues had just three nominations in 1987, and L.A. Law eked out just one in 1994.
Sopranos spread its nomination haul across a variety of categories, including two apiece in editing and writing. »
British actor Gareth Hunt has died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Redhill, southern England. He was 65. Hunt is best known for playing Mike Gambit in 1970s TV show The New Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee and Joanna Lumley. He also starred in UK television shows Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs and Eastenders. In a statement, Hunt's agent says, "He fought the disease with great courage and through his strength of character and his wonderful sense of humor he continued to work right up until the end of 2006." Hunt is survived by his wife Amanda and three sons. »
3 items from 2007
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