Neil Patrick Harris Takes on the Emmys

By Lynn Elber (AP) LOS ANGELES – If only one awards show host at a time holds the “it” title, then the current darling is Neil Patrick Harris. Harris entered the big leagues with this year’s Tony Awards, using his musical theater skills and easy charm to win over the audience and critics. A phone […]

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CBS Hinting at Emmy Presenters

CBS is beginning to unveil who the presenter’s will be for The 61st Annual Emmy Awards this Sunday. And there will be quite an eclectic group including Gossip Girls, Housewives, Vampires and Mad Men in the house. For those of you who were shocked and hurt that HBO’s ‘True Blood’ was overlooked when it was […]

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Inside Emmy: Handicapping the Best Supporting Comedy Series Actress Race

With “SNL” regulars becoming eligible in the series categories last year, Minneapolis Star-Tribune TV critic says he’s not wild about folks “who do impressions and sketches every week coming against stock characters. To me, it’s not the same thing.” Still, Justin concedes “SNL’s” Kristin Wiig is the “comedienne of the moment,” and should be considered […]

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Inside Emmy: Handicapping the Best Supporting Comedy Series Actor Race

Jeremy Piven, who won this category the last three years as “Entourage’s” Ari Gold, isn’t in contention, freeing him to consume as much mercury-tainted sushi as he wants on awards night… and freeing the category to new blood. According to Neal Justin, TV critic for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “How I Met Your Mother’s” Neil Patrick […]

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Inside Emmy: Handicapping the Best Comedy Actor Race

This competitive race features three-time winner Tony Shalhoub, in his last go-around as Monk, going against defending champ Alec Baldwin. Look for Baldwin to ride the wave of “30 Rock” industry hype to yet another Emmy. Jemaine Clement – “Flight of the Conchords” (HBO) Why he’ll win: Emmy voters will look for someone fresh (Clement […]

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Inside Emmy: Handicapping Best Comedy Series

With creator and star Tina Fey coming off an career-type year of Sarah Palin impressions and continued laughs in her own prime time series, “30 Rock” looks to threepeat in this category. But “The Office” was strong last season, too, and this category includes an additional two contenders this year. Let’s look at what Emmy […]

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Inside Emmy: Handicapping Best Actress, Dramatic Series

“There’s a lot of movie-star envy going on with the Emmys right now,” notes Alan Sepinwall, TV critic for the Newark Star-Ledger, noting a category that this year contains feature film veterans Glenn Close (last year’s winner in the category), Kyra Sedgwick, Holly Hunter and Sally Field. “Whenever a movie star descends into their medium, […]

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Inside Emmy: Handicapping The Drama Series Trophy

With seven entries this year instead of the traditional five, this year’s race for Emmy’s Best Dramatic Series trophy is as wide open as it’s ever been. Well, at least it seems that way (we think it’s still “Mad Men’s” statue to lose, but that’s just our prediction). Here’s how this year’s contenders shape up. […]

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Inside Emmy: Handicapping Lead Actor, Drama

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES . As a walk-up to the 2009 Emmy Awards, Fancast will provide inside looks at the major categories. First up, Lead Actor in A Drama Series. BRYAN CRANSTON – BREAKING BAD (AMC) Why he’ll win: Creatively, “Breaking Bad” was even better this year, and so was Cranston. Why he […]

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