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Sam Waterston of 'The Newsroom'
Sam Waterston, "The Newsroom"
Nomination Status: Revered pro sneaks in if "Newsroom" resonates
In His Favor: Charlie Skinner is almost never at fault for any of the myriad things that are wrong with "The Newsroom" and the character gives Sam Waterston some interesting things to do and frequent chances at well-played righteous indignation. As an eight-time Emmy nominee, and allegedly a winner for "Lost Civilizations" in 1996, Waterston is in the upper tier of the industry's most respected and loved professionals. If Emmy voters have affection for "The Newsroom," Waterston is much too low in this gallery.
Working Against Him: Will TV people have affection for a show that savages a lot of what happens on TV today? It's unclear. "The Newsroom" got a couple Golden Globe nominations, which had to be encouraging for HBO, but then its only Screen Actors Guild nomination was for Jeff Daniels. Waterston was left out both times. That just doesn't bode well.