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Emmy Watch: Michael Cudlitz on being handcuffed in his underwear for 'Southland'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

On TNT’s Southland, Michael Cudlitz and an ensemble cast delivered some of the most consistently raw and lauded performances on television. And if nothing else, he’s proud that the show, which was canceled in May, leaves behind that legacy.

“Some shows just go away — and that’s fine. They serve their purpose and their entertainment value, but there are shows that touch people in different ways and that they remember. I think this is definitely one of them,” he says. “It’s definitely a character I will never forget.”

And after last season, it’s easy to understand why. In a Q&A with EW, the actor, who many consider in the running for an Emmy nomination, relives John Cooper’s most compelling moments from the last year.

Emmy Watch: Sigourney Weaver on getting Presidential on 'Political Animals'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Last summer, the brilliant Sigourney Weaver made her series TV debut on USA’s Political Animals as Elaine Barrish, the current Secretary of State. Barrish not only had to deal with DC politics but an ex-husband who was also the former President (Ciaran Hinds), two troubled sons (James Wolk and Sebastian Stan), a snooping reporter (Carla Gugino) and a boozy mother (Ellen Burstyn). Weaver gave an award-worthy performance as a woman trying to balance her own ambition with the needs of her family.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This was your first time doing a lead role on an hour-long drama. What was that like?
SIGOURNEY WEAVER: I thought it was really exciting. Very challenging. I loved the role. I loved the ensemble. I loved working with Greg Berlanti. I had never done this kind of thing before and it was very exciting material. Of course somedays one wished one had more time but I think everyone was so good and on the ball that we really tried to go in there and squeeze everything out of it. I have even more respect for people, for instance Breaking Bad. I read about their schedule because I think Bryan Cranston is in everything!

Emmy Watch: James Wolk on being a Washington power player in 'Political Animals'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

USA’s limited series Political Animals only had a six-episode run last summer, but it left quite an impact thanks to stellar writing and acting, including co-star James Wolk. The actor, most recently seen this season on Mad Men as Bob Benson, played Douglas Hammond, the chief of staff to his mother, Elaine Barrish, who decided to run for president. While Douglas seemed like the perfect son, he actually was attempting to sabotage his own mother’s campaign by feeding secret information to local journalist Susan Berg (Carla Gugino). EW talked to Wolk about playing opposite Weaver and his inspiration for this son of a political dynasty.

Emmy Watch: 'Bates Motel' star Freddie Highmore on the cause of Norman's crazy

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

A&E’s freshman drama series Bates Motel by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano had a lot to live up to as a prequel/modern remake of Psycho. But Freddie Highmore steps out of Anthony Perkins’ shadow in his humanizing portrayal of the doomed Norman Bates. It also helps that Vera Farmiga is the one to breathe life into Norman’s infamous mother, Norma. Highmore spoke with EW about filming with Farmiga and what it’s like for both of them to play Norman’s version of “Mother.” READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Taran Killam on screaming in Justin Bieber's face -- it's dirty work...

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Since joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2010, Taran Killam has established himself as a versatile breakout for his commitment to everything from late-night Robyn music video re-recations to bizarre, dance craze-inspiring digital shorts, even Romney son impersonations. But Killam particularly enjoyed seeing a character he developed four years ago at Los Angeles’ comedy troupe The Groundlings making it to air this season. “[It's] been affectionately referred to as ‘The Glice Sketch,’” he says, “I play sort of an overbearing, protective brother. He doesn’t feel great about himself, so he does everything in his power to humiliate his sister’s new boyfriend” — played by Justin Bieber.

Killam’s character’s humiliation tactics included plenty of mocking wordplay and outright yelling in Bieber’s face for a no less than five minutes in front of an audience of millions — causing the pop superstar to barely contain his laughter mid-sketch. Killam tells EW how “The Glice Sketch” gave him new opportunities at SNL, discusses the show’s recent cast shake-ups, and shares a few memories from the show’s storied after parties. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Matthew Rhys on the challenge of playing a knit-wearing, suburban spy

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Audition processes are notoriously grueling, but actor Matthew Rhys scored his role on FX’s The Americans by literally being slapped in the face.

It happened when he and co-star Keri Russell were performing a scene from the pilot together in front of producers. At the time, Russell had already landed her role as one half of a Russian spy couple in the Cold War-era drama and they were looking for an actor to play her husband, with whom her character would share a complicated relationship.

“[There's] a scene from the pilot where [Russell's character] Elizabeth slaps [Rhys' character] Philip’s face and Keri just — I don’t think she really meant to — but man she just took a whack at him. She hit him so hard because they were both so into the scene, and Matthew didn’t even flinch. It was like he just hadn’t even gotten hit,” executive producer Joe Weisberg recalls. “There was something about that moment…when he took that hit he just seemed like the toughest guy in the world.”

This story makes Rhys howl with laughter.  “I was too much in shock,” he says of not reacting to the blow. “Internally, I was like, ‘What just happened?’” READ FULL STORY

Daytime Emmys: Complete Winners List

Days of Our Lives, George Lucas and Dr. Oz were among those honored at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, broadcast live on Sunday from Los Angeles on HLN.

The Daytime Emmys recognize network and syndicated programming. Game show icons Monty Hall and producer Bob Stewart were also given Lifetime Achievement Awards during the telecast that included a few surprises (Days won the top prize for the first time since 1975, Ricki Lake won for her canceled talker) and some embarrassing flubs (the ladies of The Talk were given the wrong envelope). But presenter Carrie Fisher did talk about dropping acid when presenting Lucas with a golden statue.

And the winners are:

Days of Our Lives, NBC

Ricki Lake, syndicated

Kristen Alderson, General Hospital, ABC

Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives, NBC READ FULL STORY

'Family Guy' takes on 'Girls' in Emmy ad


The envelope-pushing, please: In what has become an annual tradition, Family Guy has gone to great/outrageous lengths to grab the attention of Emmy voters. Last year, the animated show’s for-your-consideration ad took a shot at the Academy’s “bloated, overprivileged Brentwood Jews,” and a few years before that, it tried the heartstring-pulling “Vote for us or you’re racist” approach with a Precious parody.

This year, the Academy itself is not in Family Guy‘s comedy crosshairs, but Girls is. Peter & Co. spoof the HBO comedy’s iconic four-women-crowded-onto-a-sofa poster and top it off with a family-unfriendly tagline, which is a naughty nod to Adam Driver’s controversial sex scene.

Neil Patrick Harris announced as Emmys host

Neil Patrick Harris isn’t content to host just one major awards show this year.

The How I Met Your Mother star will host the 2013 Emmy Awards, CBS announced today. This will be Harris’ second time hosting the Emmy Awards, having first hosted in 2009. Harris will next take to an award show stage when he hosts the 67th Tony Awards June 9; he previously hosted the Tonys in 2012, 2011 and 2009.

“I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Harris in a release. “And what perfect timing – I’ll just do the exact same script I’m about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to Breaking Bad!’ See, told you it works.” READ FULL STORY

Emmy reversal: Telefilm actor categories won't merge


There was a chance that two fewer Emmys would be handed out during the telecast this year — until now.

On Thursday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors reversed its decision to consolidate the Outstanding Lead and Supporting categories for actors and actresses in movies and miniseries. Last year, the board – in hopes of streamlining the annual telecast and making it, well, less boring — voted to reduce the total number of categories by eliminating two of the telefilm actor categories.

But production of movies and miniseries has since increased (hi, The Bible!) so the board reversed its decision. So this year, there will be four categories for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actresses.

Reducing the number of categories during the three-hour telecast has long been the goal of the Big Four networks, which pay for the privilege of broadcasting the kudofest — even though many of the golden statues go to premium and basic cable recipients each year. The miniseries categories, in particular, have been dominated by cable actors.

The entry deadline for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards is Friday, May 3rd. Nominations will be announced on July 18 for the telecast that’ll air on CBS Sept. 22.

CBS sets date for 2013 Emmys


Time to begin your countdowns to TV’s biggest night of the year.

CBS has announced that it will air the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards live on Sunday, Sept 22, 2013, the same weekend the show aired this year. The event will again be held at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has also marked the third Thursday in July again for the reveal of contenders — nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 18 at the Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys will be awarded on Sunday, Sept. 15. No air date for the ceremony, which is not traditionally televised live, has been set.

The Emmys will continue its system of rotating networks that air the awards show. This year ABC brought the big night to viewers at home. Next up is CBS.

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Missed out on the buzziest moments from last night’s Emmy Awards because you were watching football or 60 Minutes? Never fear: EW is here with video of the ceremony’s most memorable bits and acceptance speeches. Though the show itself was far from unpredictable, there were a few surprises sprinkled throughout the night — especially courtesy of TV stars who weren’t afraid to do some unscripted clowning around.

The opening scene
You love Christina Hendricks, Mindy Kaling, Martha Plimpton, and Connie Britton — so what could be better than seeing all four of them, plus a few more divisive actresses (naked Lena Dunham eating birthday cake!), consoling Botox victim Jimmy Kimmel before the show? Bonus points for that dig at 2008′s Emmys host quintet.

The great speech switcheroo
In the past, Lead Actress in a Comedy nominees have brightened up the show by wearing a mustache to the awards and staging a fake beauty pageant as their category was announced. This year, the goofy tradition continued as winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus began to read her acceptance speech, then realized she had “accidentally” switched her remarks with a set written by fellow nominee Amy Poehler.

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Emmy night: Biggest snubs and shocks


The Emmys were largely predictable yet again. The Daily Show, Amazing Race, Claire Danes — we all figured those and several others would win before the 64th Annual Primetime telecast started. Still, there were several wins in key categories that prompted gasps in the backstage press room and proved prognosticators don’t always get it right:

– Giancarlo Esposito loses best supporting actor in a drama. Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul winning this award wasn’t really shocking — he was certainly deserving. But Esposito’s riveting performance as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad last season had many pundits thinking he had this one locked. “I didn’t prepare anything,” Paul said backstage. “I was shaking and trying not to sob.” And Paul said of Esposito: “I cried in his arms and said, ‘It doesn’t make sense that I was on that stage and you were not.’”

Homeland‘s Damian Lewis wins best actor in a drama. Bryan Cranston was favored to win this category for a fourth time, with many hoping Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm would dethrone the king. Lewis was a dark-horse favorite for his shifty performance as a turncoat Marine in the Showtime drama. “I still get jokes going through the airport, do you have a vest on?” Lewis quipped backstage. READ FULL STORY

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