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EMMYS: Comedy Supporting Acting Handicap

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor



TY BURRELL (Modern Family, ABC)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s Burrell’s third straight nomination here for Family, and he’s bidding for his second win in a row. He, like the rest of the cast, also took home a SAG Award the past two years as well as a TCA honor in 2011.

What We Say: Burrell could be poised to pull a  repeat, but with the Family vote split four ways, it’s far more likely that voters will anoint new blood.


Emmy Pedigree: Ferguson has kept pace with his costars in landing his third Emmy nod for the show. However, unlike Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet, he’s yet to win.

What We Say: The guy is really, really good. But he’s surrounded on this show—and in this category—by really, really good. It’s Ferguson’s turn. Time for him to make room for a golden gal on the shelf.

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EMMYS: Drama Supporting Acting Handicap

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor


JIM CARTER (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s Carter’s first time at the Emmy dance, but the Brit has a little bit of experience with the American awards establishment. He won a 1999 SAG Award as part of the Shakespeare in Love cast. His work on Downton stands for its charismatic zeal, elevating a smallish role of butler Mr. Carson to something far weightier, much as his costar Brendan Coyle has done.

What We Say: It’s heartening to see a vet like Carter who has long labored in the shadows finally receive some overdue recognition. That recognition does not, however, extend to actually winning.

BRENDAN COYLE (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s the first Emmy nomination for this U.K. actor and, in fact, the first television project he’s been in that would qualify for Emmy eligibility. He took the minor role of Mr. Bates and turned it into something greater than it looked on the page.

What We Say: Credit the magic of Downton Abbey with elevating a little-known British performer like Coyle to the big leagues. However, if you’re a British performer and your name isn’t Ricky Gervais, victory eludes your grasp.

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EMMYS: Q&A With Supporting Drama Actor Nominee Martin Short

By | Saturday August 14, 2010 @ 5:08pm PDT

Martin Short, age 60, is best known for his comedy work on SCTV and SNL and as Ed Grimley or Jiminy Glick. But his serious turn as attorney Leonard Winstone on the FX legal thriller Damages earned Short a drama supporting actor Emmy nomination, a category that finds him competing against Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Slattery (Mad Men), Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), and Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn (Lost). Short spoke with Ray Richmond for Deadline Hollywood about why playing against type is his new way to stave off career boredom.

Deadline Hollywood: People were surprised that you could play a dramatic character who isn’t supposed to make people laugh.

Martin Short: When someone can be effective at something that’s not predictable for them, it tends to get extra attention.

DH: Was this trying to stretch your performing muscles?

MS: It isn’t as if I’d felt unrequited never playing the assassin. Whether arrogantly or what, I view myself simply as an actor. I’ve always been drawn to comedy because there aren’t too many people who can do that in an odd original way. And I take great pride in that. But that isn’t to say I couldn’t one day play George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

DH: So we may see you do Shakespeare next?

MS: You never know. I’m an actor who loves doing comedy. But I’m now entering the most interesting phase of my career. When you have to worry about paying the rent, you’re never … Read More »

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EMMYS: Q&A With Supporting TV Movie/Miniseries Actor Nominee Patrick Stewart

By | Thursday August 12, 2010 @ 11:45am PDT

Patrick Stewart, age 70, has managed to pursue a career blending classic theater with pop culture TV to much acclaim. This year, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as Claudius and the Ghost in Hamlet on PBS’ Great Performances, competing in the made-for-TV movie/miniseries supporting actor category against the likes of Michael Gambon (Emma), Jonathan Pryce (Return to Cranford), David Straithairn (Temple Grandin) and John Goodman (You Don’t Know Jack). But to a generation of TV viewers, he will always be Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Sir Patrick spoke with Ray Richmond for Deadline Hollywood about the honor of being knighted, his obsession with Shakespeare, and why he originally thought casting him on Star Trek was crazy talk.

Deadline Hollywood: You were knighted in June. How did this all go down?

Sir Patrick Stewart: I received a letter, and when I opened it there was shock and utter disbelief. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. People have been saying this could happen to me for several years, but they’re not the kind of things I listened to. From the time I was much younger, I’d followed those actors who were similarly honored, like Sir Michael Redgrave, Sir Ian McKellan. I never anticipated someday being able to join those ranks. It’s a terrific honor and I take it as one bestowed on my profession and my associations. I am very proud and very humbled by it.

DH: I suppose that by comparison, an Emmy nomination is pretty modest stuff. You’ve received three of those before.

SPS: It is not something I take lightly at all. It’s an extraordinary distinction, particularly for playing a supporting player in a Shakespearean play. That doesn’t happen to many actors on television. Read More »

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EMMYS: Q&A With Supporting Comedy Actor Nominee Ty Burrell

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy and TCA coverage.

Ty Burrell isn’t quite an overnight success. It only seems that way. He had been working steadily in Hollywood for nearly 10 years before shooting to the next level this past year with his career-defining role as the cluelessly hilarious dad Phil Dunphy on the freshman ABC comedy hit Modern Family. He found out on July 8 that he’d earned his first Primetime Emmy nomination for supporting comedy actor, one of three noms for Modern Family Read More »

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Emmy Voters Give ‘Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill The Al Bundy Treatment

Mike Fleming

modern-familyEven though Ed O’Neill is the patriarch of TV’s hottest show Modern Family, Emmy nominators today treated him like his Married…With Children lovable loser character Al Bundy. I told you in April that O’Neill made a magnanimous gesture by submitting himself in the Supporting Actor category even though he could have gone for Lead Actor for a sitcom that was built around him. (‘Modern Family’ Cast Will All Compete For Supporting Emmys After Ed O’Neill Gesture) O’Neill did it because he felt the show had evolved into a true ensemble, and the rest of the cast followed suit. So of course, O’Neill was the only adult cast member to not get nominated. Still a classy move on his part, I say. But next year, it would be better to divvy up categories because the whole cast is so good.

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