IN A DRAMA
Rolling right along now with the acting in a drama series categories. As we all know, the drama has been flourishing as of late and it has allowed a lot of excellent actors to really show us their chops. Of course, this makes the decision even more difficult and it makes the list of oversights even longer than usual (Kristen Bell, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Morris, etc). Here are PTR's predictions and picks for acting in the drama categories. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in PTR's Emmy polls.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christopher Meloni — Law & Order: SVU
Denis Leary — Rescue Me
Peter Krause — Six Feet Under
Kiefer Sutherland — 24
Martin Sheen — The West Wing
Who Will Win: This is one of the toughest categories to call because it pits over-due Kiefer Sutherland and first-time nominee and deserving winner Denis Leary against each other. And then there's possible spoiler Martin Sheen as well. Leary is just so strong, so my money is on him walking away with the statue Sunday night.
Who Should Win: Leary. His emotionally troubled Tommy is just too good of a performance to ignore. Hopefully, the Academy will recognize his brilliant work this year after ignoring his performance last year.
And now it's your turn to decide which actor you would like to see take the statue Sunday night. Please vote for your favorite below in the PTR Emmy Poll.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kyra Sedgwick — The Closer
Geena Davis — Commander In Chief
Mariska Hargitay — Law & Order: SVU
Frances Conroy — Six Feet Under
Allison Janney — The West Wing
Who Will Win: This is another tough category because there are a lot of probable outcomes. The Academy loves to give Janney awards and this was her last season on The West Wing. Davis would have been a favorite had her show not drastically fallen off the quality map, and she could still win this category. But, I think this one belongs to Sedgwick. Her show burst onto the scene in a big way and the Academy loves to reward film actors.
Who Should Win: Sedgwick for her incredible performance. She makes you forget that you're watching the girl from Hearts and Souls because she is Brenda Leigh Johnson. She brings emotion, humor, sadness and depth to a character that could have faded into the crime drama background.
And now it's your turn to decide which actress you would like to see take the statue Sunday night. Please vote for your favorite below in the PTR Emmy Poll. And be sure to check back all week for your chance to pick your favorites in all the major categories including your favorite comedies and dramas! The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live this Sunday, August 28th on NBC. To vote in yesterday's comedy categories, click HERE. For Monday's reality show poll, click HERE.
*USA network is bringing back The 4400 for another season. The news confirms the message from star Jacqueline McKenzie in her MySpace.com account over the weekend and reported here at PTR earlier this week. The fourth season will contain 13 original episodes. Shooting will begin next year with a summer 2007 premiere.
*CBS is releasing the identities of the next group of castaways for the upcoming 13th season of Survivor. This season features a brand new twist as well as a hold-over from last season. When the 13th edition kicks off next month, expect the 20 contestants to be divided along ethnic lines into four groups: African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and White. The groups will merge later on in the show. And look for the return of Exile Island, which one contestant will be banished to each week with the opportunity to find the Immunity Idol. The 20 castaways this time around include a professional volleyball player from Marina Del Ray, CA; heavy metal guitarist from New York; an actress from Los Angeles; a performance artist/rollergirl from Chico, CA; and a pre-med student from Fayetteville, NC. Survivor: Cook Islands premieres September 14th on CBS.
*And finally, unhappy with this year's crop of Emmy nominees? Wish more of your favorites were on the list? Well, Media Village feels your pain. The site has set up its own set of awards and you get to be the judge. Click on over to MediaVillage.com to vote for your favorites for comedy and drama series, acting and reality competition series. All votes must be in by September 5th. And while you're there, be sure to cast a vote for Kristen Bell and Lauren Graham!
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