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Linda Cardellini, 'Mad Men' superfan, talks secrets and her Emmy nod

Mad Men is a series that traffics in secrets, both onscreen (Don Draper’s increasingly less obscured past) and behind the scenes (creator Matt Weiner’s famous reluctance to reveal any information about what’s coming next). But though the show’s sixth season featured plenty of unanticipated shocks, its two biggest both involved one top-secret new character: Linda Cardellini’s Sylvia Rosen, a bored housewife who a) had an affair with Jon Hamm’s Don (gasp!) which led to b) Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) discovering her father cheating on his wife (double gasp!!).

It was an undeniably juicy guest role — which is why the Emmy Awards honored Cardellini with her very first nomination this morning. The actress, best known previously for her work on Freaks and Geeks, is understandably over the moon: “It feels amazing!” she gushed to EW today. “When I started the part, I didn’t know what it was I would be doing. And so having it unfold the way it did was amazing. And the idea that she is sort of a catalyst for all these things that happen in Don’s life — it became such a great role. So that happening, and now this on top of all that, it’s really a dream.”
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Emmys: Kevin Spacey celebrates 'House of Cards' nods, threatens murder

Was corrupt congressman Frank Underwood pulling strings at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this morning? It sure seems that way: His pitch-black Netflix series, House of Cards, scored an impressive nine nominations, including nods for Drama Series and Lead Actor in a Drama. Its huge tally pushed Netflix’s total nomination count to 14 — not bad for a “network” best known for hosting old episodes of Saved by the Bell until this past winter.

For series star Kevin Spacey — who plays the devious Underwood — this amount of recognition is nothing short of revolutionary.  “It’s such a big acknowledgement. We are in many ways the new kids on the block, and to have broken through, it has been really satisfying,” he told EW this morning. “The Academy is more modern than anyone suspected.”

More broadly, the actor believes that House of Cards and Netflix’s Emmy breakthrough could indicate a sea change for TV (and America’s financial health) itself.  READ FULL STORY

Emilia Clarke discusses her first Emmy nom, shouting in Valyrian, and throwing things at the alarm clock

Actress Emilia Clarke is best known for her role on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Princess of Dragonstone, Breaker of Chains, Mhysa, and Mother of Dragons. Now the actress can add Emmy nominee to her titles. EW chatted with the London-born actress on the phone this morning about the big news.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on the nomination! How did you find out this morning?
Emilia Clarke: It’s genuinely the weirdest thing. 6 a.m. rolls around, and my alarm in the hotel went off, and I definitely didn’t set it — definitely, definitely. So I went into a frenzy, throwing everything I could at all of the electrical appliances in the room trying to make whatever noise was going on stop. Then I saw my phone and I was like, Ah! Oh my goodness, hopefully the show got nominated because I had a sleepless night praying Dan and David would get nominated for writing. Because I just think they deserve it so much. So it took a couple of phone calls for me to actually hear from my publicist that I myself was also nominated. [Laughs] And then I cried. [Laughs] It’s all quite too much to handle.
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Emmys: Kerry Washington on her nomination, today's 'Scandal' table read

ABC’s Scandal scored two Emmy nominations this morning, one for lead actress Kerry Washington, who stars as fixer/on-again-off-again presidential mistress Olivia Pope, and one for guest actor Dan Bucatinsky, who recurs as Cyrus Beene’s husband, TV journalist James Novack. Before Washington heads to the drama’s first season 3 table read this afternoon, she phoned EW for a quick chat.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you find out about your nomination? From Twitter, it sounds like you were flying this morning.
Kerry Washington: I was getting on a plane to fly back to LA from northern California. I was at the airport, and it was that wonderful thing — you know how you’re always a little preoccupied at the airport? You’re trying to get the right food to take on the flight with you. I had my dog with me, and I had to walk her, and go through security. [Laughs] My hands were full, and it was really nice to be so distracted. And then my phone rang and I saw that it was my publicist/friend Michelle, and I was like, Oh, oh, yeah. Whoa. I wonder what she’s calling to say.
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Elisabeth Moss marvels at her Emmy 'double down': 'It sounds so crazy!'

Emmy nominations are nothing new for Elisabeth Moss. She’s been racking up nods for her role on Mad Men every year since 2009, once in the Supporting Actress category and thrice in the Lead Actress category — so today’s fifth citation can’t have been much of a surprise.

She was, however, pleasantly shocked to discover that she’ll also be competing for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie alongside heavy hitters Jessica Lange, Laura Linney, Helen Mirren, and Sigourney Weaver. No wonder she calls her competitors “ridiculously intimidating” — Moss, cited for her work in the BBC Two/UKTV/Sundance miniseries Top of the Lake, is the only nominee in the category who hasn’t also been nominated for multiple Oscars.

“It sounds so crazy to hear you say that!” she said with a laugh after EW congratulated her for getting two nominations. Moss’ mother apparently reacted to her news in much the same way: “I called my mom and woke her up, and she promptly responded that she was going to jump out a window,” she said, “which I thought was an appropriate response. I talked her down from the ledge.”
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Bill Hader: Grateful for his Emmy nom, exhausted from partying with Jon Hamm

As it turns out, parties at Jon Hamm’s house are just as awesome as you’ve always dreamed they would be. “It was just like, really crazy famous people everywhere,” Bill Hader says, describing a shindig that the Mad Men star hosted after emceeing the ESPYS last night.

“For about an hour, it felt like a Vanity Fair Oscar party: ‘Oh, there’s Tom Cruise talking to Ben Affleck, and there’s Eric… Schmidt. You know?” Hader says, laughing. (No, we do not know.) “And you’re just kind of hugging the food area, standing there with some hors d’oeuvres, just like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a lot of people here.'”

As the father of two young kids, Hader is usually a homebody — but he attended the post-ESPYS party yesterday on a whim: “I was like, ‘I got nothing. I don’t have to wake up early tomorrow.'”

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Vera Farmiga talks about her Emmy nomination, the next season of 'Bates Motel,' and 'The Conjuring 2'

Vera Farmiga found out this morning that she had received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Norma Bates, the matriarch of A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel. But there’s no point asking Farmiga about her chances of beating the likes of Claire Danes (who was nominated in the same category for her performance in Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards), or Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men). “I can’t answer that question,” she says. “I have never seen an episode of any of them. Shame on me. But I’m just too busy!”

You can say that again. The mother of two young children has just finished shooting The Judge alongside Robert Downey Jr. and also stars as real-life paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in director James Wan’s new horror film The Conjuring, which opens tomorrow.

Below, Farmiga talks more about her nomination, the second season of Bates Motel, and the likelihood of her returning for the already-in-development Conjuring 2. READ FULL STORY

Netflix exec talks historic Emmy nominations and the company's future

With 14 Emmy nominations — nine for House for Cards, including Outstanding Drama Series and acting nods for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright — Netflix has definitely made a statement while making history as the first Internet network to break into the field. “The great message is, and I think Emmy voters confirmed it for us today, great television is great television, no matter how it gets to the screen,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says.

“What we were able to put on the screen this year earned 14 Emmy nominations. We’re thrilled. We’re a little giddy about it,” he says, laughing hard. “We took some really big bets, but we bet on some really big talent in David Fincher, Mitch Hurwitz, and Eli Roth,” he continues. Hurwitz’s Arrested Development earned three nominations (for lead actor Jason Bateman, single-camera picture editing, and original music composition), while Roth’s Hemlock Grove was recognized for its main title-theme music and special visual-effects.

“We also took a big bet on staying out of their way and letting them create a show,” Sarandos says. “These shows that were nominated today are not the result of pilots and testing and studio and network notes. This is really the result of great storytellers telling great stories, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

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Jim Parsons will never get tired of being nominated for Emmys

Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons just got nominated for his fifth Emmy Award — but don’t assume that means he’s grown immune to the honor. “Oh my God, are you kidding? No!” he says, a note of incredulity in his voice. “[In Hollywood,] one day you’re working and one day people are saying, ‘Who?’ So it’s always a pleasant surprise.”

In fact, says Parsons, he feels more honored to be nominated with every TV season that passes. “There’s more on the air every year, there’s more choices out there,” he explains, “and when people choose you in any way … it’s really touching. I don’t know what other word to use.”

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Emmy Awards: Don Cheadle, Amy Poehler and more react to their nominations

Nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards were announced this morning and those nominated couldn’t be happier.

Claire Danes, Homeland (outstanding lead actress in a drama)
“It is truly a great day on the Homeland set with so many of my fellow castmates being nominated. I was going to do some serious screaming into pillows if Mandy [Patinkin] hadn’t gotten a nod. I’m also very glad that [writer] Henry Bromell, who we lost too soon, has been recognized for his extraordinary work on our show.”

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (outstanding lead actor in a comedy)
“It’s days like this that make me miss 30 Rock.  Many thanks to everyone that nominated me.”

Hugh Bonnevillle, Downton Abbey (outstanding lead actor in a drama)
“I am honored, overwhelmed and dead chuffed.”

Mark Burnett & Roma Downey, The Bible (outstanding miniseries; outstanding sound editing for a miniseries, movie, or a special; outstanding sound mixing for a miniseries or a movie)
“We are honored that our peers have nominated The Bible for an Emmy. We are thrilled we get to share this nomination with our tremendous cast and crew from all around the world who worked so hard with us to bring the epic story of the bible to the screen.”

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (outstanding supporting actor in a comedy)
“I am honored and humbly surprised that this good fortune continues. I’ve never had something so wonderful happen four years in a row before, other than winning the NY state lottery from 1993 to 97. I share this with the entire cast and crew of Modern Family. I’m sure it’s not surprising to anyone who’s ever worked on a television show, but our writers are the reason we’re still in this position. I’m eternally grateful for their talent and surprising good looks.”

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (outstanding lead actor in a drama)
“I’m certainly more excited than perhaps Mr. Carson would be. Last year was a thrill, this year even more so. Thank you Emmy voters.”

Don Cheadle, House of Lies (outstanding lead actor in a comedy)
“Given all the hilarious film work I’ve done, from Traffic to Crash to Flight, it’s nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am. Thank you, Academy members.”
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Emmys 2013: And the nominees are...

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Nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 22 on CBS. And they are: READ FULL STORY

Emmy nominations announced for News and Documentaries

Nominations for the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The awards, given out in 42 categories including Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Outstanding Interview, and Best Documentary, will be given out October 1 in New York City.

CBS leads with 46 nominations, followed by PBS with 45 and HBO with 21.

“Congratulations to our esteemed nominees,” Malachy Wienges, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a release. “We are honoring this year’s outstanding news stories, and we are also pleased to have David Fanning as this year’s Lifetime Achievement recipient. David has guided Frontline to the pinnacle of public affairs television. This year’s event promises to be a wonderful evening honoring the best that news and documentary television can be.”

A full list of nominations can be found on the Emmy Awards’ website.

Emmy Watch: Tatiana Maslany shows many shades in 'Orphan Black'

Leading up to today’s deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com is featuring interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Could BBC America’s addictive new drama Orphan Black hold the flag for classic sci-fi when Emmy nominations roll around? Tatiana Maslany, the show’s captivating and chameleon-like star, sure hopes they can.

“It would be so amazing if the show got nominated or we got out there; I think people would be really excited about that because so many incredible sci-fi-shows go under the radar and don’t get taken seriously in award season,” she says. “But I think sci-fi definitely belongs there because it tells sort of subversive stories about society without hitting you over the head. It puts very real stories into the context of a fantastical world, so there’s a sense of escapism but there’s also a sense of, ‘This isn’t far from our reality.'”

Reality has just started to set in for the newcomer, who has burst onto the scene to become a dark horse contender for a nomination this Emmy season. In a Q&A with EW, she talks about the show’s success and some of her most challenging scenes. And with seven different roles, she had plenty to choose from!

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