Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) are set to co-star opposite David Tennant in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of UK’s Broadchurch. James Strong, who directed the pilot and multiple episodes of the original series, has come on board to direct multiple episodes of the Fox version — including the opening hour, on which he will serve as executive producer. Gracepoint, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny. Gunn, repped by UTA and The Schiff Co., will play Detective Ellie Miller, a wife and mother who was passed over for a promised promotion in favor of an outsider, Carver, but her disappointment quickly fades in light of tragedy. Weaver, repped by ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Toczek, will play Susan Wright, a glowering, mysterious woman who is new to town.
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Three of the supporting acting drama series hopefuls, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones) and two guest acting drama series hopefuls, Linda Cardellini and Robert Morse (Mad Men), share thoughts on their characters, shows and nominations.
AwardsLine: Have you enjoyed the way your character Skyler has transformed?
Gunn: When I first talked to Vince Gilligan about the part, there wasn’t a huge amount of information about her in the pilot. I wanted to make sure she wasn’t off in the background as the long-suffering wife. Vince sold me completely when he told me, “She’s going to be Carmela Soprano, but she’s going to be in on the crime.”
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This year’s Emmy race for drama supporting actor shapes up as an intriguing battle between a couple of past winners and an actor who goes in as the sentimental (and perhaps prohibitive) favorite. The latter would be Jonathan Banks, nommed for Breaking Bad and building momentum as the man to beat. Of course, he’ll need to upend his fellow Bad man Aaron Paul, a four-time nominee and two-time victor for his work as mini meth mogul Jesse Pinkman. Then there is the man standing in the way of both, past winner Mandy Patinkin of Homeland. Also nominated (for the third consecutive year) is Peter Dinklage for Game Of Thrones (a winner in 2011), along with Bobby Cannavale for Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter.
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Why He Could Win: The buzz is with Banks and his world-weary hitman Mike Ehrmantrait, even though he was hit himself as season five wrapped. His last nom came 24 years ago (for Wiseguy).
Why He Could Lose: Banks’ castmate Aaron Paul has already won two of these things. Plus, he’s been off the show (and out of sight) for a year.
Related: EMMYS: Drama Series Overview