June 23--The Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced in July, and every network and cable-TV publicity machine is running full throttle.
The 2012-2013 season brought some exciting new contenders that will alter the outcomes in several categories on Sept. 22 when the trophies are doled out.
Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell of FX's Cold War espionage drama "The Americans" easily could find themselves in the races for best leading actor and actress in a drama series. Don't overlook the chilling Vera Farmiga as the mother of Norman Bates in A&E's "Bates Motel."
Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere of ABC's "Nashville" transformed what could have been a run-of-the-mill soap into a compelling backstage drama. Even though NBC's "Smash" couldn't find an audience, don't rule out nominations for its cast, particularly the marvelous Broadway actress Megan Hilty.
"The New Normal," absurdly canceled by NBC, featured Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as an upscale gay couple who hire a surrogate to have their child. Both have shots at nominations.
"The Newsroom" seems a shoo-in for a best-drama-series nod. Jeff Daniels as a liberal anchor is a likely nominee. And Jane Fonda as the conservative cable-station owner hasn't been this sharp in ages.
I'm not sure where, or whether, Laura Linney will show up for her stunning portrait of a woman in the final months of melanoma on the Showtime comedy "The Big C: Hereafter." Running eight hours over four weeks, the show could enter the contest as a miniseries, giving Linney, who delivered the season's most gripping performance, the Emmy she richly deserves.
I expect the new "it" girl, Lena Dunham, will be back for her offbeat HBO comedy, "Girls," palpably capturing the fear and confusion of a group of 20-something women struggling to shape lives in contemporary New York.
We'll all find out what happens on July 18.
Contact Entertainment Editor George Hatza: 610-371-5075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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