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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot; star Peter Dinklage accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2011 Emmy Awards.</p>

"Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

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Emmys: When will genre wins like those for 'Game of Thrones' be the norm and not the exception?

For every 'Game of Thrones' there are plenty 'Battlestar Galacticas'

Let’s say my favorite show is "Mad Men," and I tell people as such. They’d probably think, “Good show” or, “I like when Don Draper smokes that cigarette.” They’d probably not think, “Well clearly you love period television and shows about advertising.” Because TV has the power to present layered, nuanced character studies no matter the setting. Showrunners, with multiple seasons at their disposal, have plenty of time. We all know this.

Imagine that same conversation, but instead of "Mad Men" I say "Battlestar Galactica." The new one, not the original. I bet most people would have the same thought: “Neeeeeeeeeeeerd!” Why? The answer is the core of a larger trend in Emmy voting.

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<p>Aden Young in &quot;Rectify.&quot;</p>

Aden Young in "Rectify."

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Another deep field gives us the men of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' 'Hannibal' and more

Part 5 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to our first lead category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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'James Gandolfini was real. He was special. You could feel it'
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'James Gandolfini was real. He was special. You could feel it'

"James Gandolfini was real. He was special. You could feel it"

"Friends felt it," says Matt Zoller Seitz, who first met Gandolfini in  late 1998, covering "The Sopranos" for New Jersey's Star-Ledger, just before the HBO series premiered. "Colleagues felt it," he says. "People who talked to him for five minutes and never saw him again felt it. People who never met him in person and knew him only through his performance on 'The Sopranos' felt it. It was real. It was deep. It was true. James Gandolfini had an authentic connection with viewers. Everyone who watched him perform, in a starring role or a bit part, came away feeling understood."
Tony Soprano wasn't fully formed until Gandolfini beat out Steven Van Zandt and Michael Rispoli
Without Gandolfini, there would be no Walter White, Carrie Mathison, Vic Mackey
Steven Van Zandt: "I have lost a brother and a best friend"
Gandolfini's performance as Tony Soprano will never be equaled
Gandolfini in 1999 was extremely uncomfortable with his sudden fame
He was always unfailingly humble about his achievement
Watch Gandolfini's "SNL" cameo // Fans pack "Sopranos" finale diner
—Is Amazon using Gandolfini's death to sell "Sopranos" DVDs?
Gilles Marini: Gandolfini was taking a "boy trip" with his to Italy
—In 1988, Gandolfini was a 26-year-old struggling actor, apartment hopping with garbage bags
Gandolfini's unfinished projects: From CBS' "Taxi-22" to HBO's "Criminal Justice"

Stephen Colbert pays an emotional tribute to his mom

"When you watch the show, if you also like me, that's because of my mom," Colbert said in his cold opening in tribute to Lorna Colbert, who died last week at 92.

Netflix renews "Hemlock Grove" for a shorter 2nd season

Season 2 will have 10 episodes instead of 13.

NBC gives "The Office" stars a scrapbook
Check out the scrapbook marking all nine seasons.

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Outstanding Lead Actor Drama - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Lead Actor Drama - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Who will join Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis and Jon Hamm?
On a day so many of us are so shaken by James Gandolfini's sudden death, it's sadly appropriate that my Emmy focus turns to the category that the "Sopranos" star towered over, a category still dominated by characters and performances that never would have been possible without Tony Soprano.
Like love, the Lead Actor in a Drama category at the Emmys is a battlefield. All six nominees from last year return, including four actors who have been nominated for multiple Emmys for their current roles. So this category should actually be a breeze, right? Everybody repeats, right? You tell that to Kevin Spacey and Matthew Rhys and Jeff Daniels. At least one or two of those guys will surely hear their names announced on July 18. But even that means that entirely worthy candidates like Hugh Dancy and Aden Young don't even an iota of a chance. It's a battlefield.
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<p>James Gandolfini</p>

James Gandolfini

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My brief encounter with James Gandolfini

Sometimes meeting your heroes works out great

“I’m Jim.”

That’s how James Gandolfini introduced himself to me and a friend when we approached— okay pounced— on him at a intimate party  in October.

We were at a private screening in a Hollywood Hills residence for “Not Fade Away,” David Chase’s valentine to rock and roll about a group of suburban New Jersey kids in the 1960s, who form a rock band and then fall into every trap possible.

It was one of those crazy times where you’re not even sure how you scored an invitation, but you’re just glad you did. There were about 60 of us, including Chase, music supervisor Steven Van Zandt, assorted actors in the movie, and other celebrities like Joe Perry and former “The Sopranos” writer/ “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.

After we watched the movie in the screening room, there was a buffet  and that’s when I saw him.  He was standing alone in the kitchen, eating.

I have had a lot of crushes in my life, but James Gandolfini was a big one for me. I hated that I found a character as reprehensible as Tony Soprano attractive, but credit solely went to the way Gandolfini found his soul, an inner sadness and all his broken places, and gave this inhumane character humanity (Clearly, I wasn’t alone: TV Guide placed him 28 on its “50 Sexiest Stars of All Time” list).

As the gruff father in “Not Fade Away,” Gandolfini brought the same hurt. He took a man, so shattered by his own disappointments that he poured them all over his son. He was unwilling to let his boy fly because he was so bitter that he had remained tethered to the ground and given up his dreams. In a movie that had more than its share of cliches, Gandolfini’s portrayal stood out as authentic and heartfelt (He brought that same tough exterior/marshmallow interior to Carol, whom he voiced in “Where The Wild Things Are”).

I stared at him for a bit, trying to summon up my courage, and then I decided that I may never have a chance to talk to him again. So my friend and I  walked up to him, apologized for interrupting while he was eating, and introduced ourselves. He said his name was Jim and he was happy to meet us.

We talked about the movie and his portrayal and even specific scenes, including one where he says nothing but telegraphs every bit of desperation and fleeting hope he feels simply with a look.  If you’ve seen it, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

He told us the character came easily to him because he was playing his dad: all the frustration, hurt, anger, and disillusionment came from his father.  It’s one of those times when someone reveals something private to you and you don’t know whether to delve deeper or let it go. He made it clear that, as an adult, he'd made peace with his dad and understood him in a way that he didn't when he was growing up. He even asked us when we realized that our parents had to let go of some of their dreams, as if he really wanted to hear the answer. We switched to talking about his relationship with David Chase. He said it was a wonderful working one.  “David puts it all there on the page,” he said. He just had to bring it to if that were the easy part.

He then asked us what we did and what brought us to the party. I told him I was a reporter, but not to worry, anything he said was off the record (well, until this point). I remember he laughed a kind of big bear laugh, and said, “I don’t give a shit,” in the sweetest possible way, like a man completely comfortable with himself. He might have said “I don’t give a f**k.” He used that word very liberally throughout our chat.

We talked about music and his upcoming roles and were in the middle of a very nice, easygoing conversation, the kind you rarely have at these types of events, when a publicist came up and stopped us so he could introduce Gandolfini to Dyan Cannon. What a true Hollywood moment.

We ceded our spot and while I was disappointed at first, I later realized it ended perfectly. There was no way I could have extricated myself because I didn’t want to, and I was probably only one moment away from breathlessly gushing a la Chris Farley’s “Saturday Night Live” character who asks if his guest remembers a certain performance and then can only muster up “That was so cool” instead of a question.

He was so nice and relaxed, generously speaking to anyone who approached, and, otherwise, hanging with his buddies. He eventually left and I was shocked to see that his wife had given birth to a baby girl the next day. He would have surely rather been home with his expectant wife that night, but instead he hung out with all of us, eager to do whatever he could to glad hand and talk about Chase’s labor of love.

I’ve met some of my musical heroes and been sorely disappointed and left wishing I’d let their music speak for them. My experience with Gandolfini couldn’t have been more the opposite. I’m so glad that I got the chance to tell him how much I appreciated his work.

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<p>James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.</p>

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.

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Remembering James Gandolfini and Tony Soprano

The right actor in the right role transformed the way we looked at television

James Gandolfini, whose performance as Tony Soprano forever transformed the way we thought about the TV characters we invited into our living room, has died suddenly while on vacation in Rome. He was 51.

As the star of "The Sopranos," what was so amazing about Gandolfini wasn't so much the way he looked — TV had had overweight and/or balding leading men before (and at the start, Tony wasn't that big) — but the way that he acted. He was a mobster, and an unapologetic one. Tony Soprano took what he wanted, rarely cared about who was hurt in the process, and at times was more animal than man.

We had been told all our lives that we would not watch an ongoing series about such a man. A bruising, foul-mouthed giant with a dent in his forehead was the villain, not the protagonist. TV had always made compromises, always made sure that "flawed" heroes were ultimately redeemable and lovable.

Tony Soprano was not. And we loved him, often despite ourselves.

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<p>James&nbsp;Gandolfini with Delroy&nbsp;Lindo and John&nbsp;Travolta in &quot;Get Shorty&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini with Delroy Lindo and John Travolta in "Get Shorty"

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James Gandolfini always made an impact, as character actor or leading man

From 'Get Shorty' to 'Zero Dark Thirty,' he always made you sit up and take note

I finally met James Gandolfini last year. It was Paramount's Christmas party at Spago in Beverly Hills and he was there with his "Killing Them Softly" director Andrew Dominik. He was, in a word, imposing. I shook his hand and it engulfed my own. He seemed incredibly unwilling to suffer a fool and I loved that about him, as I do people like Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, etc. But he was willing to engage, willing to give a glimpse of that soft-center.

Now, suddenly, he's dead. A heart attack in Italy. Too soon doesn't begin to say it, but as the news makes its way across the wires I find myself, as we always do at times like this, thinking back on the work. And Gandolfini had a wealth of it. You see, he wasn't always this star, this "name." He made his hay as a character actor in film after film, always leaving a deep impression, long before "The Sopranos" came calling.

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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' remains atop the Billboard Hot 100

Imagine Dragons sets a record with 'Radioactive'

Blurred Lines” from Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell remains at No. 1 for a second week on Billboard’s Hot 100. It is also the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, with 371,000 downloads sold, as well as on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and the R&B Songs charts.

Pharrell is also featured on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which rises 3-2, making Pharrell the first artist in four years to have songs at No. 1 and No. 1.  Black Eyed Peas achieved the feat as the main artists in 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling,” according to Billboard.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ray Dalton falls 2-3, while Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” moves 6-4, finally hitting the top 5 42 weeks after it first appeared on the chart and setting a new mark for the longest climb into the Top 5.  “Radioactive” drops Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” down one spot to No. 5.

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” also slides down one place to No. 6 (while staying atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for a 16th week). The remainder of the Top 10 stays the same: Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Nate Ruess is at No. 7, Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” at No. 8; Ariana Grande’s “The Way” featuring Mac Miller at No. 9 and Icona Pop’s “I Love It” featuring Charli XCX at No. 10.

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<p>James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano</p>

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

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James Gandolfini is dead

James Gandolfini is dead at 51
"The Sopranos" star suffered an apparent heart attack while in Italy, HBO confirms. Gandolfini was vacationing in Italy and it was recently announced that he would return to HBO to star in the limited series "Criminal Justice." Gandolfini is survived by, his wife, a daughter born last year and a teenage son. PLUS: Gandolfini spoke to TMZ just 1 month ago. Watch Gandolfini win his first Golden Globe and first Emmy, Hollywood reacts to his death, Anthony Jeselnik jokes about it, and watch Gandolfini sing, listen to Kathy Griffin's encounter with Gandolfini, watch him on "Inside the Actor's Studio." Also, his death will ensure that Tony Soprano "will forever be indelibly etched to him."

David Chase: "He was a genius"

"Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that," says "The Sopranos" creator, in a statement. "He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."

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<p>The cast of &quot;The Neighbors&quot; perform Alan Menken's song.</p>

The cast of "The Neighbors" perform Alan Menken's song.

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Emmys: Alan Menken aims for the elusive EGOT

Veteran composer could complete the set with a song for sitcom 'The Neighbors'

Earlier this month, as Kris reported, Cyndi Lauper got herself one Oscar away from joining the elite club of EGOT winners -- those over-achieving individuals who have managed to win competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards over the course of their careers. It is, needless to say, a pretty rare achievement: Scott Rudin became the most recent EGOTist with a Grammy win last year.

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FX greenlights Kelsey Grammer-Martin Lawrence comedy

FX greenlights Kelsey Grammer-Martin Lawrence comedy
They'll play mismatched Chicago lawyers in a deal that's much like Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management." FX ordered 10 episodes, with an option of picking up 90.

Showtime teams with John Legend for a comedy about music managers

The project will be based on the experienced of Legend and his real-life manager.

Charlie Sheen vs. Dan Harmon
Who is TV's biggest ingrate?

"Homeland" will feature less Brody next season
As exec producer Alex Gansa explains, "He is the most wanted man on the planet. By definition, he’s going to be hiding somewhere. And if he's hiding, that limits what he can do."

"The Bachelor" creator launches a dating app with Chris Harrison

Will you get better results with "At First Sight" than producers have gotten in 26 seasons of "The Bachelor" and "Bachelorette"?

"Nashville" loses its music guru
T Bone Burnett, who is married to creator Callie Khouri and oversaw more than 100 original recordings, has opted not to return for Season 2.

Cher wished there was a show like "The Voice" when she was young

"This is amazing," she says, "when you have actual people who have been in the business, been successful and want to help you. You can bypass a lot of trashy stuff."

Aaron Paul will mark the end of "Breaking Bad" in a cemetery
He's hosting a finale party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which hosts film screenings.

"America's Got Talent" ringer?: Country-singing carpenter already had a major record deal
Turns out Marty Brown, who performed on the season premiere, released three albums through MCA in the '90s. He also performed on the Grand Ole Opry.

Sienna Guillory out at "Believe"
The British actress is being written out of the NBC J.J. Abrams drama.

Jerry Seinfeld still insists those cars in "Comedians in Cars" aren't his
"We mostly borrow them from generous car clubs," he tweeted.

Chris Hardwick hosting a Comedy Central game show called "Midnight"
The comedian/podcaster's show is described as "a rapid-fire game show inspired by the darkest recesses of social media."

OWN announces summer premiere dates

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" returns July 28.

"New Girl" star and "Parks and Rec" star couple up for music video

Watch Jake Johnson and Aubrey Plaza in Uptown Sound's "Rouse Yourself" video.

"Homeland's" David Harewood among "Doctor Who" possibilities

The 47-year-old British actor has seen his odds go up recently. PLUS: Julian Rhind-Tutt also tipped for "Who," and read a "Doctor Who" fan's obit.

Heather Locklear: There's a lot of Amanda Woodward in my new "Franklin & Bash" character
"The character was already pretty laid out for me, and I'm just adding what I would do on a daily basis in my acting," she says.

HBO rejects Michael Chabon's WWII pilot, but FX may pick it up
Darren Aronofsky was originally set to direct "Hobgoblin," in which magicians and conmen use deception to take down Hitler.

"Futurama" tonight kicks off its final episodes

After 14 years, the once-canceled show is humming along on Comedy Central. PLUS: Billy West considers "Futurama" his career high point, and David X. Cohen compares cancelations.

How "Mad Men's" Sally Draper coped with smoking

"I caught on," says 13-year-old Kiernan Shipka. "We did enough takes that by the end of it, I was like, 'Oh, I’m a pro at this now. I can do this.' Everyone was all, 'No, you’re not a pro at it quite yet.'" PLUS: Linda Cardellini says "Sally Draper" didn't witness what she witnessed.

"The Late Show" tries Vine

Watch Monday's Letterman show in six seconds.

Spike TV's new MMA reality show finds inspiration from "The Voice"
"Fight Master: Bellator MMA" will also use four judges/coaches in comfy chairs, but no blind auditions.

"Desperate" Doug Savant lands on "Rizzoli & Isles"
He'll pay a visit to the TNT series in Season 4.

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<p>Miley Cyrus in &quot;We Can't Stop&quot;</p>

Miley Cyrus in "We Can't Stop"

Watch: Miley Cyrus dons a grill and twerks in 'We Can't Stop'

What else should you put in a piñata?

There's a lot riding on Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" because it's Brand Building Season for the artist formerly known as Hannah Montana. As the first single from her next album, "We Can't Stop" arrived around the same time she was voted Sexiest Woman an Maxim, months after she led the hook on a new Snoop Dogg song, and is brandished as front-page tabloid fodder. Her success as a post-teen pop artist hinges on this, her first teen-ish single of this new Miley era.

"We Can't Stop" sets the table on that brand. I can't swallow everything that's served.

In the first frames, we see the singer putting a grill on her teeth and having sex with the air in skin-tight clothes. She's partying with friends in the pool, in the Hollywood hills, dorking around with lavishly silly party favors and then of course there's twerking. For 20 different shots of Miley Cyrus sticking her tongue out, go no further than this video and if you're trying to create a meme from thin air, take some tips from the piñata, the grown man sucking his thumb, crotch smoke and the knit cap with the death veil on it.

Cyrus looks very beautiful. She isn't above trying on seriously daring (and somestupid) fashion, but I like the freedom she has with her body and dressing it up in some fun ways. The colors are ON and the extras are hot.

Then taking from the page that all young female singers apparently must: writhe needlessly, touch yourself, strip-tease and, hell, why not just make-out with a miniature mannequin version of yourself. For a song so carefree as "We Can't Stop," she and her directors seem to be trying too hard on the gif-ready male gaze front. This brand opportunity reveals little on who Miley Cyrus actually is. Not that the song does us any favors there, either.

Start "We Can't Stop" below.

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