2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Lead Actress in a Drama Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Threepeat for Claire Danes? Can Tatiana Maslany make the cut? Who drops out?

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:

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

There are some great performances in the Lead Actor in a Drama field, but when it comes to  viable top-tier nomination contenders, no category can top Lead Actress in a Drama for depth. I only did 15 slides for this gallery, but at least 10 or 11 of them are legitimate contenders whose nominations wouldn't be even slightly surprising and then at least another two are former nominees who are still kicking around giving interesting performances.

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<p>Monday&#39;s (June 16) &quot;MasterChef&quot;</p>

Monday's (June 16) "MasterChef"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'MasterChef' rises, '24' dips and FOX leads Monday night

'Bachelorette' puts ABC in second for the night

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 16, 2014.

Posting week-to-week growth, "MasterChef" led FOX to a Monday win among young viewers, while even a declining episode of "24: Live Another Day" was enough to give FOX the primetime lead overall as well.

There weren't many other Monday notables. "The Bachelorette" was down a hair, but "Mistresses" was steady for ABC. "Beauty and the Beast" lost a couple viewers for The CW. And The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" repeat built on the original episode that opened the hour, for whatever reason.

On to the numbers.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn has 'Ozymandias,' but who will compete with her?

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:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Like "Breaking Bad" itself, Anna Gunn arrived on the Emmy podium a year ahead of schedule last September. It's not that I didn't think Gunn deserved to win last year, but I figured she had one year of being deserving-but-snubbed and then she'd take advantage of this year's seemingly inevitable "Breaking Bad" sweep. With Gunn already in place as defending champion and boasting "Ozymandias" as an inevitable submission episode, does anybody else really stand a chance? 

Probably not. It helps Gunn's cause that there aren't any no-brainer newcomers in this category, though a strong performance from "True Detective" should make Michelle Monaghan a real contender.

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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

"Game of Thrones"

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' Season 4 finale falls short of series highs

'The Children' rises 32 percent from last year's finale

Sunday (June 15) night's fourth season finale for "Game of Thrones" was up significantly over last summer's finale, but fell short of delivering series highs for the acclaimed drama.

Titled "The Children," Sunday's season-ender drew an estimated 7.1 million viewers in its initial 9 p.m. airing, up by 32 percent over last season's finale. With two additional plays, the "Game of Thrones" finale rose to 9.3 million viewers for the night.

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<p>Tim Duncan celebrates</p>

Tim Duncan celebrates

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Spurs' NBA Finals clincher dominates Sunday night

'Game of Thrones' finale ratings will come later

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Sorry, ABC. That's it for your NBA Finals summer ratings infusion.

The San Antonio Spurs dispatched the Miami Heat in only five games, with Sunday's series clincher doing the best numbers for this NBA Finals, dominating primetime in all measures and denying ABC what certainly would have been even bigger ratings for Game 6 and Game 7.

Sunday offered few other network notables -- "Game of Thrones" finale numbers will be available later -- with the "Believe" finale and "Crisis" whimpering weakly for NBC, but still far outperforming FOX's steady-but-tiny returns for "Enlisted." 

On to the results...

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Can Dean Norris break in? Will Josh Charles return? Big questions abound

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:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

This is always one of the toughest categories on the ballot because of the depth of some of these ensemble casts. "Breaking Bad" could fill three or four slots. "Boardwalk Empire" could fill a whole field. "Game of Thrones" has a few actors worthy of consideration. And those are all shows that have been represented here in the past. Will a new show like "Ray Donovan" break the field? Will a past favorite like "Mad Men" or "The Good Wife" make their presence felt? Is this the year that Emmy voters notice "The Americans" or expand their notice of "Scandal"

The results could be amazingly boring and familiar (and not necessarily wrong) or they could make pundits look very silly.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

How many 'Modern Family' men will make the cut this year?

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:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Unlike the Supporting Actress in a Comedy category, which has the influx of talent from "Orange Is The New Black," as well as other sources, Supporting Actor in a Comedy is pretty flat. In one version of reality, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Enlisted" might be infusing the category with three or four new nominees. Instead, it'll probably be Andre Braugher representing all of FOX's low-rated comedies. And while all of the "Orange" women seem like they could be contenders, is there any way "Orange" could be popular enough to get a nomination for Jason Biggs? Unlikely, but not impossible.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Merritt Wever, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara stare down to 'Orange' ladies

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:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

"Orange Is The New Black" is the grand mystery here, as with most of the comedy categories. It has never been eligible before and it's already ambiguous as a comedy, so voter response could be cold, tepid or rapturously positive. As it stands now, I have zero "Orange" co-stars making the nomination cut, but I could be massively and embarrassingly wrong if Emmy voters like "Orange" as much as I like "Orange." So I guess I hope I'm wrong.

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<p>Tony Parker in Game 4 of the NBA Finals</p>

Tony Parker in Game 4 of the NBA Finals

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 4 cruises past CBS repeats, 'Hell's Kitchen' on Thursday

'Big Bang Theory' repeat puts CBS in second overall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 12, 2014.

The San Antonio Spurs have taken a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, but after another night of ratings domination, ABC will probably be rooting for the Miami Heat for a couple nights.

The fourth game of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs dominated Thursday in all measures, with repeats putting CBS in second overall and "Hell's Kitchen" carrying FOX to second among young viewers.

Most of the Thursday originals were pretty flat. "Hollywood Game Night" and "Undateable" both added a few viewers for NBC, but slipped a hair in the key demo, while "Last Comic Standing" also slipped. "Hell's Kitchen"and "Gang Related," in contrast, both stayed steady in the key demo for FOX, but lost a couple viewers overall. Really, though, none of the fluctuation was meaningful.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;I Wanna Marry &#39;Harry&#39;&quot;</p>

"I Wanna Marry 'Harry'"

Credit: FOX

FOX pulls 'Riot,' 'I Wanna Marry 'Harry'' for comedy repeats

'Harry' episodes will go up on various online platforms on Friday

After several weeks of epically low ratings, FOX has pulled the Tuesday offerings "Riot" and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry,'" replacing them with a quartet of comedy repeats.

In the short-term, all remaining episodes of "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" will be made available on Fox.com, FOX OnDemand, FOX NOW and Hulu starting on Friday (June 13) afternoon. There are no current plans along those lines for "Riot," though FOX says that the network is "currently discussing an appropriate place on our schedule for the unaired episodes."

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