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2014 Emmy Contenders - Lead Actor in a Drama Series

2014 Emmy Contenders - Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sure, it's McConaughey versus Cranston, but who rounds out the field?

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:


When it comes to depth, here's how I describe the difference between the Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Drama fields. There are absolutely more nomination-worthy potential Lead Actor contenders and I could make strong personal cases for at least 20, albeit with different levels of passion. But when I look at the potential nominees, I think there are maybe eight or nine actors with legitimate chances to actually earn nominations. The Lead Actress in a Drama list of candidates is much smaller, but that's the nature of the business. What sets that category apart is how deep -- 11 or 12 or 13 -- the list of conceivable nominees goes. So Lead Actor in a Drama is a great category, but I'm much more intrigued and mystified by what the Lead Actress in a Drama nomination field could look like.

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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

Credit: HBO

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Beyond the Cranston/McConaughey showdown, who belongs in a tough field?

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots last week. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.

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FX should turn 'Fargo' into 'Coen Brothers Theater'

FX should turn “Fargo” into “Coen Brothers Theater”
Rather than do another "Fargo" season, Season 2 could be a riff on “No Country for Old men, and Season 3 could be a new version of “Inside Llewyn Davis.” PLUS: Billy Bob Thornton shot 3 different endings, “Fargo” proved to be Allison Tolman’s show, and introducing “Fargo” death trading cards.

“The Bachelorette" fan fave Marquel Martin joins “Bachelor in Paradise”
Can he also become the first black “Bachelor”?

If “Rising Star” does voting live in real time, how will tape-delayed West Coasters participate?
About 80% of the country, including the Mountain Time Zone, will get to vote on “Rising Star” live. If results are too close by the time the show airs on the West Coast, the tape-delayed broadcast will be interrupted with live hits from the studio allowing West Coast viewers to weigh in. Meanwhile, viewers in Hawaii and Alaska won’t have a chance to vote.

Dana Carvey performs standup as Johnny Carson on Letterman
Watch “Carson” tell a Justin Bieber/Rob Ford joke.

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” dad Frank Giudice dies
The father of Joe Giudice suffered a heart attack early today. He was 63.

“Game of Thrones” creators recall casting complaints over Daenerys and Cersei and Jamie Lannister
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss spoke recently at Cannes Lions: "When Lena Headey was cast, people complained she was a brunette, people actually complained when we cast Nikolaj Coster-Waldau because his nose isn’t perfect, and people complained when we cast Emilia Clarke as Daenerys because the character in the book is like 13 and she’s 23 or 24. I started tearing my hair out, and we realized if we were to keep our sanity, we’d have to stop looking at everything.” PLUS: Watch a supercut of every “GoT” grunt.

MTV2 orders “Fatawesome”
The sketch comedy pilot comes from the makers of the viral video “Cat-Friend vs. Dog-Friend.”

Meet “Gotham's” villains
A new promo reveals Fish Mooney, and the future Penguin and Catwoman.

Hulu orders a “Los Cowboys” rodeo reality show
The show will follow a group of wannabe Latino cowboys as they try to qualify for the Mexican National Rodeo Finals in Guadalajara.

FCC received some complaints over ESPN's airing of NFL draft pick Michael Sam's gay kiss
Read all the complaints over Sam’s kiss.

Ashley Benson gets a restraining order against a Warner Bros. security guard
The former security guard had said told him to have a sexual relationship with the “Pretty Little Liars” star.

No joke: “Masters of Sex” nabs Erin Cummings
The former “Mad Men” prostitute will play another prostitute on the Showtime series. PLUS: “It’s Always Sunny’s Artemis Pebdani is also joining “Masters."

Conan O’Brien and Andy Cohen trade late-night stories
Conan says the talk show landscape is "like 'Game of Thrones' now with different realms. There’s an endless number of comedy realms. Maybe I’m the Lannisters, I don’t know."

“SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer recalls battling childhood leukemia, and interning for “Sesame Street” and Conan O’Brien
Bayer today answered questions on Reddit. PLUS: Aidy Bryant talks “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” 8 of the most fascinating "SNL" cast member bios, and watch the angry outtakes from Mike Ditka’s 1993 “SNL” appearance.

Anna Paquin poses nude with her “True Blood” hubby on the cover of EW
Check out her and Stephen Moyer cuddling in a coffin.

Listen to The Situation tanning salon brawl 911 call
The former “Jersey Shore” star got in a fight with his brother.

Who is Cottonelle’s “Bum” girl?
Cherry Healey has been making videos of uncomfortable subjects for years.

How “Suits” costume designer comes up with the right office wear
"I'm sensitive to the mood of the script,” says Jolie Andreatta, "and the particular case that's being addressed. I feel like I can always be a little more sexy, a little more elaborate, when it’s dealing with corporate takeovers. If it's a more emotional case, I don't want to distract from what's going on.”

MTV: Alaska-set “Slednecks” isn’t “Buckwild” on ice
The two shows may come from the same producers, but MTV compared “Slednecks” to “Jersey Shore” and “Laguna Beach.”

What it’s like to watch the Spanish-language “Breaking Bad”
Episodes of “Metastasis” have been posted on Hulu. But despite the lack of English subtitles, it’s easy to follow along.

When will USA renew “Playing House”?
The female friendship comedy has gotten good ratings and widespread critical acclaim.

“Blossom’s” Jenna von Oy is pregnant
Von Oy, 37, is expecting her 2nd child.

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Alt-J samples Miley Cyrus on new 'Hunger of the Pine': Listen

Yes, you read that right

Mercury Prize-winning British band, alt-J is back with the haunting, atmospheric, electronic ballad “Hunger of the Pine,” which samples, of all people, Miley Cyrus. The song, which debuted on NPR today, makes very judicious spare use of the the line, “I’m a female rebel,” from Cyrus’s tune “4x4.” While the sample may seem an odd choice, Spin reports that the band's drummer, Thom Green, talked about his desire to collaborate with Cyrus in an interview GQ. Maybe there's more than a sample comping.

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Martin Sheen heads to Netflix to play Jane Fonda’s husband

Martin Sheen heads to Netflix to play Jane Fonda’s husband
The former “West Wing” president has joined the Lily Tomlin-Jane Fonda comedy pilot “Grace and Frankie.”

ABC renews “Extreme Weight Loss”
In addition to a 13-episode Season 5, “Extreme Weight Loss” will air three special editions next summer, including one called "Love Can't Weight."

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Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves releases new tune, 'The Trailer Song'

No, that's not her underwear hanging on the line, thank you very much

Kacey Musgraves, who hits the road with Katy Perry on Sunday (22) in Raleigh, N.C., performed a new tune, “The Trailer Song,” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last Friday and now a recorded version of the song is available for purpose on iTunes starting today.

It's the first new music from Musgraves since the release of her Grammy-winning album, "Same Trailer, Different Park." The song, which melodically resembles a slowed-down “Merry Go Round” at times,” is an intentionally old-school, traditional country track about nosy neighbors.

“You ain’t got to act like you’re borrowing eggs just to see if my dishes are washed/What’s it to you if it’s Wednesday afternoon and I’ve traded my ice tea for scotch,” she sung. While her short black shorts were definitely not standard issue country, her hair —teased into a mini-bouffant— recalled early Loretta, Tammy and Dolly.

No word on the song, which she performs in concerts and has played at the Grand Ole Opry,, will be on her follow up to  “Same Trailer.”  Musgraves wrote the song with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, with whom she also penned “Follow Your Arrow.”

Musgraves' episode of CMT's "Crossroads" with Perry is airing now. Below is the "Tonight Show" version of the song. Fans can buy a studio version through her website or iTunes.

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'Big Brother' will have 2 heads of households this season

“Big Brother” will have 2 heads of households this season
Julie Chen says that four contestants will be up for eviction each week as a result of the new twist, which won't guarantee that a HOH is safe from eviction. Producers will also use a "Battle of the Block" competition to shift power in the house, and fans will be able to influence what goes on via a "Team America" twist.

Showtime orders “Roadies” from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams
The rock ’n’ roll tour comedy series will also involve “My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman.

Adam Levine: "I’m not going to lie to you, I think there are problems” on “The Voice”
The Maroon 5 singer tells Rolling stone: “Millions . . . watch the show every week and fall in love with a singer, then you don’t hear much from them. We haven’t had a breakout success like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood.”

Aaliyah’s family has hired a lawyer to block Lifetime’s biopic
The family is miffed that it wasn’t contacted about the movie, and family members intend to block Lifetime from using any of her music.

AMC will marathon every “The Walking Dead” episode starting on the 4th of July
The “Dead, White and Blue” will lead into the "Talking Dead Season 5 Preview Special” airing on Sunday, July 6.

China’s Community Party: “House of Cards” shows how widespread corruption is in the U.S.
Party’s Discipline Inspection Commission published an article yesterday on the Netflix series, saying, “Are these plots real? Is America that corrupted? In fact, if you dive deep into these issues, you will discover that the corruption problems in developed Western nations such as the U.S. are widespread.”

“Vikings” adds 3
New additions for Season 3 include the Emperor Charles of France and his self-possessed daughter.

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' still rides high on singles chart

Nico & Vinz and Magic! also soaring with debut

Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, remains in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as the Australian rapper’s break through single spends its fourth week at No. 1.

She also holds at No. 2 as the featured guest on Ariana Grande’s “Problem.”  We’ll see if her guest spot on T.I.’s new track, “No Mediocre,” also zooms onto the chart.

Newcomers Magic! continue their zoom up the charts as first single, “Rude,” soars 7-3, pushing John Legend’s “All of Me” down one spot to No. 4. Learn more about reggae/pop act here.

Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, stays at No. 5 (Snoop Dogg also comes onto the chart at No. 26 as the guest on Psy’s “Hangover” at No. 26.). DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s  “Turn Down For What” drops 4-6.

Pop duo Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” continues its upward trajectory, rising 8-7. Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” drops 6-8. Both Calvin Harris’ “Summer” and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” stay at No. 9 and No. 10 respectively, according to Billboard.

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<p>Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones.</p>

Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones.

Credit: HBO

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 235: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fargo' & 'Louie' finales

Dan and Alan also review 'Rectify' season 2 and some underwhelming new shows


Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! We weren't able to do a video show this week, and given what an eventful week it was — with finales of three different great series, plus a bunch of notable debuts, plus our ongoing "Friday Night Lights" season 2 rewatch — we wound up recording what may well be the longest Firewall & Iceberg Podcast ever. Buckle up for spoilers, many references to "Fargo" wedding rings, even more discussion of rape and rape(ish) scenes on television, and Dan actually being sympathetic to poor baby Gracie Belle for what may be the first time in history.

The rundown: 

"Rectify"(00:01:20 - 00:12:30)
"Almost Royal" (00:12:45 - 00:19:20)
"Musketeers" (00:19:20 - 00:25:49)
"The Last Ship" (00:25:50 - 00:37:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:37:30 - 01:13:10)
"Louie" (01:13:20 - 01:39:15)
"Fargo" (01:39:20 - 02:06:50)
"Friday Night Lights" (02:06:55 - 02:24:00)
As always, send questions to You can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 235

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fargo,' 'Louie,' 'Rectify' and much more


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. Time for an obscenely long installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Seriously. This is ridiculous. And it's my fault because I couldn't do a video show on Tuesday, which would have condensed some of these pieces to a more manageable length. 

But even if we'd split things over two shows, this week still featured finales for "Game of Thrones," "Louie" and "Fargo" and those were all going to deserve lots of conversation time. And we still had to talk about the "Friday Night Lights" episode in which Mrs. Coach tries to broil Alien Baby Gracie Belle in the Texas heat. And then there were four reviews we had to do, including "Rectify," which we love, and a trio of new shows, which we don't love.

In all, the running time here is 2:25, which may or may not be a record. So take your time. There's lots of good discussion, but nobody needs to listen to me and Sepinwall for 145 minutes straight.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Rectify"(00:01:20 - 00:12:30)
"Almost Royal" (00:12:45 - 00:19:20)
"Musketeers" (00:19:20 - 00:25:49)
"The Last Ship" (00:25:50 - 00:37:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:37:30 - 01:13:10)
"Louie" (01:13:20 - 01:39:15)
"Fargo" (01:39:20 - 02:06:50)
"Friday Night Lights" (02:06:55 - 00:24:00)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 


And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.


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Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly to announce the Primetime Emmy nominees

Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly to announce the Primetime Emmy nominees
The Fox star and “The Voice” host will present the nominees early on the morning of July 10.

Queen Elizabeth II to visit the “Game of Thrones” set
The British queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will tour the Belfast studios where the HBO series is filmed, next week.

“Game of Thrones” creators: Season 5 could be “the strongest yet”
Some book readers worry that Season 5 isn’t as compelling as the previous seasons. But David Benioff and Dan Weiss don’t see it that way: "For season 5 ... the fear started to dissipate when we outlined it and realized how much story we had to tell. Now that we’re nearly finished with the first drafts of each episode, we see no reason why the coming season shouldn’t be the strongest yet.”

Wil Wheaton presents a “Brady Bunch”-themed “Game of Thrones” opening
“The Wil Wheaton Project” also presented a supercut of “Game of Throne” theme covers.

“The Shield’s” Michael Jace pleads not guilty to killing his wife
The actor is currently being held on $2 million bail.

Check out the “Big Brother 16” house
There will be a “Fire Bedroom" this season.

“Angel” alum J. August Richards will play gay for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”
He’ll be married to Patrick Heusinger's character, Max, on the Bravo series.

TMZ’s CW reality show “Famous in 12” bombs
Just 628,000 viewers watched the reality show that has a family seek fame with the help of TMZ.

TCM to honor Quincy Jones
On Monday, Robert Osbourne and the 81-year-old music legend will host a series of films featuring Jones’ scores, from the original “Italian Job” to “In the Heat of the Night."

Carol Leifer: “Seinfeld” scrapped my idea of Elaine wearing a fanny pack
As she explained on Reddit, "I always thought it would be a great Elaine story if she started to use that, the fanny pack, as a way to make her day in New York a lot less taxing, you know -- getting the first taxi because she looked pregnant, getting concert tickets first because people saw her standing in line, and I think they always liked the notion of it but it never became an episode.” PLUS: Jerry Seinfeld takes his 1st selfie, and John O’Hurley recalls a lost J. Peterman monologue.

“Book of Mormon” gets mashed up with “South Park”
Watch the “Hello” opening with “South Park”-style animation.

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'Jurassic World' director teases his dinosaurs on Twitter
Credit: Universal Pictures

'Jurassic World' director teases his dinosaurs on Twitter

Looks like we'll see some old-school full-sized puppets in this one

Only time will tell if Colin Trevorrow gets "Jurassic World" right, but I think at this point it's safe to say that he gets Twitter right.

I'm impressed by the way he handled the leak of the early story details. Instead of going into defensive mode, he steered right into it, and he seemed happy to confirm some things while denying others. More than anything, it felt like he was clarifying because he knows what it's like to be a fan who is soaking up every little tiny bit of information that comes out about something.

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