In the Season 2 finale of NBC's political drama, titled "Two Cathedrals," Nelson played the younger version of Mrs. Landingham, secretary to President Bartlet who in present-day had just been killed in a car accident.
Nelson tells Zap2it that it was actually due to Kathryn Joosten, the actress who played present-day Mrs. Landingham and who passed away herself in 2012, that she auditioned for the role.
"That is still one of the roles that's closest to my heart. I knew Kathy Joosten, we worked together on a very short-lived series called 'Thanks' for CBS,
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,
Open doors: Two of last year’s six nominee slots have opened, one because of the passing of Kathryn Joosten, the other from Kristen Wiig’s departure from “Saturday Night Live.”
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.
More Emmy Races In Review | Outstanding Comedy Series | Lead Comedy Actor
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.
Mrs. Frederic has found a new job, C.C.H. Pounder is taking a role for a multi-episode arc on Sons of Anarchy, according to EW.
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.
In the Flesh
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,
Andy Griffith: The actor-producer who put Mayberry on the map forever will be remembered as one of television's most genial personalities, also extending to his run as wily lawyer Matlock.
Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.
Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also
NBC’s Parenthood returns tonight after two weeks off the air, bringing with it all of the difficult issues the series tackles year after year.
Season four of this intense family drama centers around Kristina Braverman’s (Monica Potter) shocking diagnosis and emotional battle with breast cancer.
Interestingly enough, cancer has been with the show since the very beginning. Actress Maura Tierney was originally cast to play Sarah Braverman, the second child of the Braverman family. However, the drama moved its premiere from the fall to midseason because of Tierney’s real-life breast cancer.
Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts between treatments and production led to Tierney leaving the cast of Parenthood. Lauren Graham, everyone’s favorite Gilmore Girls mom, replaced her. Having this tumultuous beginning poised Parenthood to be a series that could discuss serious issues and do so in a mature, sophisticated manner.
Of this season
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The Academy of Television Arts & Science in some instances can look rather progressive. One minute they appear to have their shit together one moment–honoring Showtime’s Homeland, Outstanding Drama Series–but at the same time have their heads up their collective asses when they awarded ABC’s Modern Family nearly every major piece of hardware it could qualify for.
Despite being nominated in 17 categories, acclaimed drama Mad Men failed to register a single award, with its four year stream as Outstanding Drama Series broken by the Golden Globe-winning Homeland, while the other top honours went to Modern Family (Outstanding Comedy Series), Game Change (Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie), The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series) and The Amazing Race (Outstanding Reality-Competition Program).
Homeland continued its success in the acting categories, with Damian Lewis and Clare Danes named as Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress (Drama) respectively), while it also received the award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Now that all of the winners have been named, you can take a look back and see who cleaned up for television this time around.
Click past the jump for a complete winners list for the 2012 Emmy Awards.
"Game of Thrones"
Outstanding Actress In A Drama
Winner: Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Winner: Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
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