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May 21, 2008

Beyond the big four


Cable Ate the Emmys!

As far as we're concerned, that should've already happened, what with ground-breaking shows like "The Wire," "Rescue Me" and "Damages," just to name a few dramas, dotting the schedule.

But, as Ray Richmond writes in THR, cable's just now coming into its own, as far as benchmark primetime awards are concerned. When the Emmy nominations are announced in July, expect such developments as:

A nomination for HBO's superb "In Treatment." Dark and intense? Talky? Sure! But we were more intrigued by listening to other people whine five nights a week than we ever thought possible. And incidentally, who knew Josh Charles had it in him? Now we do.

Laura Linney, three-time Oscar nominee, will likely rack up her third Emmy for "John Adams," with the miniseries likely to continue HBO's unparalleled domination in the category.

"Mad Men," which has done more for AMC's rebranding than a million themed-movie nights could, will rock.

"Pushing Daisies" -- one of the only new network shows worth watching during this past truncated season -- could get recognized alongside "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (four nominations, no wins) and "30 Rock" (reigning champ).

We haven't officially kicked off the rants about what will be left off the Emmy list, but we're gearing up for it. Two words: "The Wire." Check back later for the beginning of many fist-shaking hissy-fit-throwing commentaries.


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Oscar Contenders

  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

    Watch this blog for updates, ephemera and all manner of postulating.

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  • Mmmmm, chocolate Oscar. Not every star will walk away from the 81st annual Academy Awards with a trophy, but if they hit the high-profile Governor's Ball they can have pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted candy version. Also on the menu from celeb chef Wolfgang Puck is tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, chopped Chino Farms vegetable salad with ginger soy vinaigrette, Maine lobster and caviar. Serve it up! (Getty Images)

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