Eye on Emmy: Benedict Cumberbatch on Playing Sherlock at 50, His Mad Men Envy and That 'Mortifying' Downton Abbey 'PR Disaster'

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“Sherlock” – A fast-paced, witty take on the legendary Sherlock Holmes crime novels, now set in present day London and starring Benedict Cumberbatch (The Last Enemy) as the Baker Street sleuth and Martin Freeman (The Office UK) as his loyal sidekick Doctor Watson. Shown: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Why Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch has yet to be nominated for an Emmy is a question that might befuddle even his super-sleuth alter-ego. But, rather than solve the mystery, this year it might instead be resolved. Not only is the actor’s name — memorable as it is — on the verge of becoming a household one, thanks to his appearances in two of last year’s Oscar contenders, War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but he’s also collared a plum role (rumored to be that of Capt. Kirk’s nemesis, Khan) in the highly anticipated Star Trek sequel. On top of all that …READ MORE


Eye on Emmy: Suburgatory's Jane Levy Goes to Toe-to-Toe With Pros, Reacts to 'Absurd' Buzz

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Jane Levy had only one credit to her name – five episodes of Showtime’s Shameless – before landing the lead role of Tessa Altman in ABC’s Suburgatory. But watching the young actress hold her own against established actors like Jeremy Sisto, Ana Gasteyer and Cheryl Hines, it’s clear her talent is greater than her years. Now, the ingénue is on the radar of Emmy voters, too. READ MORE


Eye on Emmy: New Girl's Zooey Deschanel Breaks 'Adorkable' Stereotypes, Teases Season 2

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A whole thesaurus-full of adjectives has been bestowed upon Zooey Deschanel over the course of her almost-15-year showbiz career. But none have had quite the staying power of “adorkable,” the descriptor that Fox coined to sum up her character, Jess Day, on the fall breakout, New Girl. Mind you, it doesn’t faze the 32-year-old actress, who in real life comes off far brainier than zany. “It was a really great tagline for the show’s first season,” says the movie star (Elf) and indie darling (500) Days of Summer). “I can’t complain.” Nonetheless, it probably won’t be long until she gets stamped with another label: Emmy nominee. READ MORE


Eye on Emmy: Christina Applegate Enjoys Being Up All Night, Praises Her Brilliant (Baby) Co-Stars

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UP ALL NIGHT -- "Daddy Daughter Time" Episode 121 -- Pictured: Christina Applegate as Reagan Brinkley -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

No stranger to portraying some of Hollywood’s fiercest funny-women, Christina Applegate has never before shined as brightly – or elicited as many laughs – as she did this season on NBC’s freshman comedy, Up All Night. The Emmy-seasoned actress (she grabbed gold in 2003 for her guest-starring role as Rachel’s kid sister on Friends and later scored two Lead Actress nods for Samantha Who?) drew inspiration from her own personal experiences to bring life to Reagan Brinkley, a smart, witty and refreshingly grounded working mom. Might Emmy voters once again fall for Applegate’s onscreen charms? READ MORE


Eye on Emmy: Lena Dunham Defies Convention and Ditches Inhibitions In HBO's Golden Girls

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A year ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to find anyone who had ever heard of Lena Dunham. Now, of course, the 26-year-old New Yorker’s name is one of the household variety. Her Judd Apatow-produced HBO series, Girls, didn’t just earn its creator-writer-director-leading lady rave reviews, the pop-culture phenom also sparked discussions of nepotism and race (since she and two of her co-stars come from distinguished families, and there’s not a person of color among the cast). And, come Emmy night, it’s quite possible you’ll hear her name again, following the words “And the winner is… ” READ MORE


Eye on Emmy: Danny Pudi on the Art of Abed and Community's Award Hopes: 'We'll Never Give Up'

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor Danny Pudi is photographed for TV Guide Magazine in Los Angeles, California in January, 2011. Published image. (Photo by Jason O'Dell/Contour by Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

If you’re the type who adores Community and treasures your collection of past Comic-Con badges, you’ve probably been a fan of Danny Pudi for some time now. The rest of the world may not be as familiar with the 33-year-old Chicago native, but that’s likely to change soon. Three seasons of playing Abed Nadir, the innovative NBC comedy’s emotionally stunted pop culture fiend, has put Pudi at the forefront of the cult hit. READ MORE


Eye On Emmy: Ed Helms on His Bumpy First Year as Office Boss and Why He'll Be Back For More

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THE OFFICE -- "The Incentive" Episode 801 -- Pictured: Ed Helms as Andy Bernard -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBC

It’s safe to say The Office’s Ed Helms faced one of the most daunting acting challenges of the past TV season — succeeding Steve Carell as the manager of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. But while the show itself struggled a bit to find its creative footing in the post-Michael Scott era, the 38-year-old Helms — who has played the adorkably insecure Andy Bernard since Season 3 — never made his task look like work. READ MORE


Eye on Emmy: Revenge's Emily VanCamp on Her Badass Transition and the Identity of Em's Mom

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REVENGE - "Reckoning" - With the end in sight, Emily fearlessly pushes forward, closing in on the final phases of her plan for revenge, while the Graysons continue their downward spiral into the rabbit hole of self-destruction. But a big, explosive event leaves much hanging in the balance, courses are altered and even more is left in question, on the Season Finale of "Revenge," WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/ERIC MCCANDLESS)
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It takes a considerable amount of finesse for an actor to create sympathy for a sociopathic character, and one of Emily VanCamp’s strengths in portraying merciless Hamptons socialite Emily Thorne was born of playing the girl next door in Everwood and Brothers & Sisters. Much like Rooney Mara’s challenge to shed her Katherine Ross-like image for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo auditions, VanCamp went the distance to prove to Revenge producers that she could play dark as a girl …READ MORE


Eye on Emmy: Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam on Jax's Evolution and His Real Stance on Awards

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SONS OF ANARCHY: L-R: Charlie Hunnam: Cr: James Minchin III / FX

It’s tough making a gun-running, drug-dealing, murdering motorcycle gang member someone you want to root for. But Charlie Hunnam’s done it with ease over the past four seasons of Sons of Anarchy, FX’s Hamlet-inspired slice of gritty Americana. This could be the year that the 32-year-old Brit — whose resume includes big-screen Oscar contenders like Cold Mountain and small screen critical darlings like Undeclared – receives recognition for his brilliant turn as Jax Teller, the series’ tortured prince of Charming. READ MORE


Eye on Emmy: Homeland’s Damian Lewis Talks About Playing No Ordinary Anti-Hero

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Damian Lewis as Nicholas "Nick" Brody in Homeland (episode 7) - Photo: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: homeland_106_0399

Just as Nicholas Brody received a hero’s welcome upon being rescued from captivity in Afghanistan, Damian Lewis of Showtime’s Homeland has been met with plaudits for his riveting portrayal of the conflicted Marine sergeant, husband, father and… would-be terrorist. Lewis – going for his first Emmy nomination this year, having previously been nominated for the 2012 Golden Globes for playing Brody on this series and in 2002 for his role in HBO’s Band of Brothers – reveals how he makes the potentially reprehensible relatable. READ MORE