<p>Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

The toughest category on the whole ballot, with more than two dozen worthy performers

Okay, it's part 3 of our look at the Emmy nominations process for 2012. As always, Fienberg and I are going to approach things in two ways. I'll pretend that I have an Emmy ballot and make my picks for the six actors or shows I would put on my ballot, while Dan will rank the potential nominees from most likely to least. And, as always, we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't consider people who didn't submit themselves, nor can we reassign anyone to a more suitable or easier category.

This time up, we're dealing with the candidates for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my picks are coming right up...

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<p>Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams in a scene from the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams in a scene from the "Girls" season finale.

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'Girls' producers Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner finale interview, part 2

An extra-long interview concludes with talk of the season's high and low points

So it turns out there sometimes are word limits even on the internet, and a 9000-word interview with "Girls" producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner was too much to try to squeeze into a single post. So you can read the first half here, and after the jump, the two women continue to talk about the first season — including more on James Franco, and how fellow producer Judd Apatow predicted every stage of the show's public and critical reaction — coming up just as soon as I drink some expired Milanta...

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<p>Linden (Mireille Enos)&nbsp;had time to watch a movie in &quot;The Killing&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Linden (Mireille Enos) had time to watch a movie in "The Killing" finale.

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Season finale review: 'The Killing' - 'What I Know'

The series finally reveals Rosie Larsen's killer, but was the long wait worth it? Nah.

A review of "The Killing" finale coming up just as soon as I smoke in a garage...

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<p>Lena Dunham directing a scene in the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Lena Dunham directing a scene in the "Girls" season finale.

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'Girls' producers Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner talk finale, backlash, Judd Apatow and more

What did they learn making season 1 of the HBO comedy? And how do they feel about James Franco, TV critic?
Even by the standards of a national approach to popular culture where we build people up quickly only to tear them down just as quickly, the roller coaster of good and bad hype for Lena Dunham and "Girls" was pretty extreme. Before the show premiere, TV critics were falling over themselves to come up with new superlatives for it. (Mine was "it may, in fact, be the best new HBO comedy since 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'") Almost immediately after it debuted, there was a backlash to the show (and to the reviews), then a backlash to the backlash, a backlash to the backlash to the backlash, etc.
 
The praise and pans kept flying back and forth, back and forth, and all the while Dunham and showrunning partner Jenni Konner just kept working on the show, first finishing up the 10 episodes of season 1, then seguing almost immediately to production on season 2. And because the two of them in general — and Dunham in particular, who co-writes every episode, stars in all of them and directs many of them — are so busy making "Girls," they were able to exist in a bubble about the feedback — but only to a point. Dunahm says she tries to do "half press avoidance," but can only avoid so much — especially since her mother likes to forward her press clippings.
 
So when I sat down with Dunham and Konner for a bookend to the interview we did before the season, it was in the context of me having seen the entire first season (here's my review of the season finale), and of them being aware of most, if not all, of the good and bad things people had been saying about it. Over a long lunch — I should warn you, this transcript clocks in at close to 9,000 words, so I've broken it up into sections for those who want to read it piecemeal — we talked about the reaction to the series, about the ways the show and their working relationship evolved, lessons learned that will be applied to season 2, Dunham's weight loss (thanks to better eating habits and a daily spin class, she's noticeably slimmer than when the first season was filmed), and more, all coming up just as soon as I'm wearing two plaids...
 
UPDATE: It turned out this interview may have been the point at which word limits actually do matter on the Internet, as it keeps being cut off before the end. So I'm splitting it up into two parts, with the first three sections down below, and the next two here. Sorry for the confusion.
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<p>Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in "Girls."

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Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'She Did'

A surprise announcement from Jessa throws the girls into turmoil

"Girls" has wrapped up its first season. I did a long interview with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner again to bookend the pre-season chat we had, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I blog from a tortilla soup contest...

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<p>Edie Falco and Bobby Cannavale in &quot;Nurse Jackie.&quot;</p>

Edie Falco and Bobby Cannavale in "Nurse Jackie."

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Season finale review: 'Nurse Jackie' - 'Handle Your Scandal'

A consequence-heavy season comes to a strong conclusion

A review of the "Nurse Jackie" season finale coming up just as soon as security comes to escort me from the building...

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<p>Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif) and Johnny (Sean Bridgers) in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif) and Johnny (Sean Bridgers) in "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 4: 'Requiem for a Gleet' (Veterans edition)

Al's health worsens while Wolcott's power base strengthens

We're into week 2 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

A review of episode 4, "Requiem for a Gleet," coming up just as soon as I have a Nubian genie at my disposal...

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<p>Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif)&nbsp;and Johnny (Sean Bridgers)&nbsp;in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif) and Johnny (Sean Bridgers) in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 4: 'Requieum for a Gleet' (Newbies edition)

Al's health worsens while Wolcott's power base strengthens

We're into week 2 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode 4, "Requiem for a Gleet," coming up just as soon as I have a Nubian genie at my disposal...

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<p>Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate on "Parks and Recreation."

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If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

The women of 'Suburgatory,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Cougar Town' and more

Okay, it's part 2 of our look at the Emmy nominations process for 2012. As always, Fienberg and I are going to approach things in two ways. I'll pretend that I have an Emmy ballot and make my picks for the six actors or shows I would put on my ballot, while Dan will rank the potential nominees from most likely to least. And, as always, we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't consider people who didn't submit themselves, nor can we reassign anyone to a more suitable or easier category.

Yesterday, we looked at the comedy supporting actors, so now it's time to make our picks for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. (Click here for Dan's predictions.)

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<p>Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen in &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen in "Burn Notice."

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Season premiere review: 'Burn Notice' - 'Scorched Earth'

What did everybody think of Michael Westen and friends' return?

When "Burn Noticewrapped up its previous season back in December, I wrote that while I still enjoyed the show as a summer diversion, it had been telling the same kinds of stories for so long that I'd run out of new things to say about it, and had lot some emotional investment along the way. So unless this new season presents an unexpected masterpiece at some point, I'm going to be watching but not writing.

But since I got to see the season premiere in advance, I wanted to at least take the temperature of the room on where the show is right now. Many of you agreed with me on last season's finale — not that the show had gone awry, but that we'd seen it all before, many times. Did the seven months away rekindle your passion for Michael, Sam and Fi, or are you still feeling the same ennui I am? How did you feel about the way the Anson and Fiona stories played out in the premiere? Do you buy that Michael would be this reckless for the sake of Fi? Were you happy to see the return of an old face? How did you feel about the introductory narration finally including Jesse? 

Have at it, folks. Again, barring something special, I'll be back around mid-season finale time.