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SPECIAL REPORT
At 60, Emmys Look Ahead and Back
It will be a big year for the Primetime Emmy Awards, and not just because of the emergence of cable networks such as AMC and FX in the major categories. This will be a historic celebration, the 60th anniversary of the Emmys. ...

Basic Cable Gets Shot at Emmys
Five years ago “Mad Men” creator and writer Matthew Weiner was at a crossroads. He had an idea for a show, something he couldn’t put in a pitch. ...

Taking Cues From Real World
The Emmy kings of comedy reign over their audiences from locations including a Malibu bachelor pad, the offices of a Pennsylvania paper company, a New York late-night sketch comedy show and hot spots frequented by the Hollywood elite. ...

Bad Boys Enliven Drama Side
A cynical doctor. A high-powered, unethical attorney. A brilliant advertising agency executive. A shrink who’s also in therapy. A schoolteacher turned drug dealer. A forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer. Those are the roles played by this year’s crop of Emmy contenders for lead actor in a drama series. ...

Writing Makes a Dramatic Difference
As the Eisenhower era drew to a close and the short-lived, well-heeled magic of John F. Kennedy’s Camelot rose to replace it, a bunch of white guys in Manhattan decided to change the world, one slogan at a time. ...

Actresses Bite Into Meaty Parts
Of this year’s five nominations for lead actress in a drama series, three are for shows on cable TV: Glenn Close shines as a cutthroat lawyer in “Damages” on FX Network, Kyra Sedgwick does a star turn as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson in TNT’s “The Closer” and Holly Hunter has won acclaim as Grace Hanadarko on TNT’s “Saving Grace.” ...

Toughing It Out Leads to Emmy Nods
Looking at the list of character traits the Emmy nominees for supporting actress in a drama have been assigned on ABC’s hit show “Grey’s Anatomy,” it’s like a contest for Queen of Mean. ...

Flaws Add Flavor to Their Roles
They include a divorced mom who is dating again, a real estate agent with amnesia, a suburban drug dealer, the writer of a sketch comedy show and a fashion magazine assistant, and the women playing them are all in contention for the Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series. ...

Expanding Definition of TV Comedy Series
“I love this category,” Frank N. Magid Associates Senior VP Jill Rosengard Hill said of supporting actress in a comedy series. “I think all of them in their own right have such unique, funny takes on their characters.” ...

New Guy Takes on Veterans
Lee Pace plays a character with magical powers of life and death on ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” and he has conjured up an Emmy nomination as lead actor in a comedy series. ...

Is Comedy Better on Broadcast Than Cable?
“Broadcast still owns comedy,” said Jill Rosengard Hill, senior VP at Frank N. Magid Associates. “People love Jon Cryer [on CBS’ ‘Two and a Half Men’] and Neil Patrick Harris [CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’].” ...

Miniseries Have Major Impact
Last year AMC’s original Western “Broken Trail” took home the Emmy for miniseries, nabbing acting Emmys for Robert Duvall and Thomas Hayden Church along the way. ...

HBO Is Sure to Win Emmy
The category of lead actor in a movie or miniseries is sewn up this year by HBO, which had all the nominees in the category. ...

Not the Usual Movie Shoot
In the end, Susan Sarandon says, it was their mutual addiction to dark chocolate that enabled her and co-star Ralph Fiennes to get through the long, cold nights. ...

Crowning Achievement
By definition, the guest actor or actress is a heavy-hitter with outsized name recognition who adds extra firepower to a TV show. No surprise, then, that we’re looking at two drama categories that include performances by everyone from Robin Williams to Anjelica Huston, Charles Durning to Diahann Carroll. ...

‘Rock’ Treats Guests Well
One might think after reading the guest actor and actress nominations for this year’s Primetime Emmys that it’s the “30 Rock” award. Seven of the 11 nominees were recognized for their guest turns on the NBC sitcom, which won the comedy series Emmy last year. The five men and six women nominated for these Emmys all are celebrated actors. ...

OTHER STORIES
Basic Cable Scores in Emmy Nominations
Basic cable made its mark in the nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, with AMC's "Mad Men" and FX's "Damages" both nominated in the drama category. ...

Collier Thrilled to See AMC's Talent Rewarded by TV Academy
AMC, not so long ago a humble cable channel running classic movies, racked up the most Emmy nominations of any ad-supported cable network with 20. The nominations came not only for the already widely acclaimed “Mad Men,” but for Bryan Cranston and “Breaking Bad” as well, making the network two for two with its most recent original scripted series. ...

How Does It Feel to Be Nominated?
Nominees react to the nods of the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ...

Adalian Column: Enough Emmy Excuses
If Emmy voters had a message for the broadcast networks this year, it was this: No more excuses....


Familiar Faces or Fresh Blood?

When the 60th Primetime Emmy Award nominations are announced July 17 at 5:35 a.m. PT, will we be hearing the names of the same actors, actresses and shows the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has honored in the past? According to one expert, Joel Keller of AOL’s TVSquad.com, we should not be surprised if that’s the case.

Getting to the ‘Why’ of Behavior
In Glenn Close’s estimation, Cruella de Vil, the character she played in the 1996 hit Disney film “101 Dalmatians,” is the spiritual mother of Patty Hewes, the hard-charging, brilliant, manipulative litigator she plays on FX’s “Damages.”


He’s Not ‘Bad,’ Just Written That Way

The guy was already at his breaking point. He has a pregnant wife and a son with cerebral palsy who’s also a teenage wiseacre; he settled for teaching chemistry when he wanted to change the world; and, try as he might, he cannot find a way to motivate his high school students.

‘Daisies’ Looks Like Right Call
When the nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards are announced July 17, there’s a good chance that actress Kristin Chenoweth’s name will be among those listed for supporting actress in a comedy series. As Olive Snook on “Pushing Daisies,” Ms. Chenoweth is part of a talented ensemble and a show that’s likely to garner a slew of Emmy nominations.

‘Who’s’ Emmy Veteran
Jean Smart is smart enough—and experienced enough at the Emmy game—to know that you just never know when it comes to getting an Emmy nomination or a win.

DeVito’s ‘Sunny’ TV Return
Actor Danny DeVito is having a great time on the set of the FX comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Before he joined the show in 2006, in its second season, Mr. DeVito’s only other regular role on television had been as Louie De Palma on “Taxi.”


A Star Is Opened on ‘In Treatment’

Did you catch the episodes with the fighter pilot, played by Blair Underwood?


‘Christine’ Star Beats the ‘Curse’

Just as she did as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in the mid-1980s, Julia Louis-Dreyfus finds performing in front of a live audience exhilarating. As Christine on the CBS sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” Ms. Louis-Dreyfus is heading into her fourth season on the program after its recent pickup by the network—with many more opportunities to experience the thrill.


Getting to Know ‘Your Mother’ Takes Time, Radnor Says

“How I Met Your Mother,” one of CBS’ top comedies, recently was renewed for its fourth season. Talking with the star of “Mother,” actor Josh Radnor, the cast would rather be known for scooping up some Emmy nominations than rubbing shoulders with Britney Spears.


The Fine Art of Sleeping Around

Neil Patrick Harris closed out the third season of the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” by having a romance with pop star Britney Spears.

A Lifetime Wives’ Tale
“Army Wives,” the highest-rated series in the history of Lifetime Television, can be highly addictive. Detailing the lives and challenges of a group of—you guessed it—Army wives...


Making Movie Themes Special

When you talk to Richard Beckman, president of the Conde Nast Media Group, about “Movies Rock: A Celebration of Music in Film,” you can hear the pride in his voice.

‘Amazing Race’ Keeps It Fresh
If you are looking for a sure thing when the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations are announced, bet on “The Amazing Race” being one of five in the reality-competition programming category.


‘Deadliest’ Shoot on Cable TV

Crab fishing in the subzero conditions of the Bering Sea is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and the focus of Discovery Channel’s riveting “Deadliest Catch.”


‘Runway’ Has Really Taken Off

Being spoofed on “Saturday Night Live” is a sure sign that a TV program is becoming entrenched in pop culture. But Bravo’s “Project Runway,” which concluded its fourth season earlier this year, has blown past that signpost with a slew of other accolades. It has been nominated for an Emmy for reality competition program in each of the past three years, and recently won a prestigious Peabody Award.