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Emmy Dream Ballot: Drama


Lead Actor — Drama

Michael Chiklis (Mackie, The Shield): The former Commish and Daddio star continues his career transformation in this dark crime drama's best season yet. Like a Soprano with a badge, Vic Mackey is part cop, part crook — and thanks to Chiklis's crafty and muscular intensity, always scarily unpredictable.
Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.): Since Emmy loves to honor showy performances, Gallagher's subtle work as the wry patriarch of Fox's beachfront sudser is likely to go unnoticed. That's too bad: He anchors the whippersnappers' Sturm und Drang in heart and soul, making a show about plastic people feel breathtakingly real.
James Gandolfini (Tony, The Sopranos): By now, we've come to think of Gandolfini as a slugger. Throw him anything, and he'll hit it outta the park. So we weren't surprised that he was able to reveal even more new facets of his small-screen Don Corleone upon the read more

EXPECT FIREWORKS

It's official: Miramax honchos Bob and Harvey Weinstein have picked up distribution rights to Michael Moore's much-hyped Dubya-dissin' doc, Fahrenheit 9/11, from parent company Disney. The duo plan to release the Cannes Film Festival winner on July 4. read more

2004 Dream Emmy Ballot


Although nominations for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards won't be announced until July 15, one thing is certain (at least if history is any indication): The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is gonna get it all wrong! That's why for the fourth year in a row, TV Guide's Matt Roush and Michael Ausiello (with a little help from Bruce Fretts and freelancer Ben Katner) have compiled a list of the shows and actors we feel are truly deserving of recognition. Please, Academy members, we implore you: Print out these pages and use them as your personal cheat sheet when the official ballots begin arriving in your mailboxes this week. Otherwise, we all run the risk of Will & Grace getting the last laugh over Scrubs. And that would be, well, not funny at all. Below are our picks for Best Drama and Comedy. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to proceed to the acting categories.

Outstanding Drama Series

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Emmy Dream Ballot: Comedy


Lead Actor — Comedy

Jason Bateman (Michael, Arrested Development): A revelation. The former child actor has grown into a wonderfully appealing leading man. As the one sane member of a bitterly dysfunctional family, Bateman drips with irony, sarcasm and wit.
Zach Braff (J.D., Scrubs): Let's just get this out of the way now: Braff is a freakin' comic genius. Whew, we feel better now. That said, in a TV landscape overpopulated by cynics and sexpots, his gawky medicine man gently reminds us of the importance — and the appeal — of being earnest.
Bernie Mac (Bernie, The Bernie Mac Show): Listen up America: Big Mac's day has come. And gone. He's overdue to be shown the love by the Academy. So what's the holdup? Bill Cosby, he ain't. But that's one of the (many) reasons we adore about the affable grump.
Matthew Perry (Chandler, Friends): The other Matt may have gotten the s read more

Emmy Dream Ballot: Comedy


Lead Actor — Comedy

Jason Bateman (Michael, Arrested Development): A revelation. The former child actor has grown into a wonderfully appealing leading man. As the one sane member of a bitterly dysfunctional family, Bateman drips with irony, sarcasm and wit.
Zach Braff (J.D., Scrubs): Let's just get this out of the way now: Braff is a freakin' comic genius. Whew, we feel better now. That said, in a TV landscape overpopulated by cynics and sexpots, his gawky medicine man gently reminds us of the importance — and the appeal — of being earnest.
Bernie Mac (Bernie, The Bernie Mac Show): Listen up America: Big Mac's day has come. And gone. He's overdue to be shown the love by the Academy. So what's the holdup? Bill Cosby, he ain't. But that's one of the (many) reasons we adore about the affable grump.
Matthew Perry (Chandler, Friends): The other Matt may have gotten the spinoff read more

Emmy Dream Ballot: Drama


Lead Actor — Drama

Michael Chiklis (Mackie, The Shield): The former Commish and Daddio star continues his career transformation in this dark crime drama's best season yet. Like a Soprano with a badge, Vic Mackey is part cop, part crook — and thanks to Chiklis's crafty and muscular intensity, always scarily unpredictable.
Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.): Since Emmy loves to honor showy performances, Gallagher's subtle work as the wry patriarch of Fox's beachfront sudser is likely to go unnoticed. That's too bad: He anchors the whippersnappers' Sturm und Drang in heart and soul, making a show about plastic people feel breathtakingly real.
James Gandolfini (Tony, The Sopranos): By now, we've come to think of Gandolfini as a slugger. Throw him anything, and he'll hit it outta the park. So we weren't surprised that he was able to reveal even more new facets of his small-screen Don Corleone upon th read more

2004 Dream Emmy Ballot


Although nominations for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards won't be announced until July 15, one thing is certain (at least if history is any indication): The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is gonna get it all wrong! That's why for the fourth year in a row, TV Guide's Matt Roush and Michael Ausiello (with a little help from Bruce Fretts and freelancer Ben Katner) have compiled a list of the shows and actors we feel are truly deserving of recognition. Please, Academy members, we implore you: Print out these pages and use them as your personal cheat sheet when the official ballots begin arriving in your mailboxes this week. Otherwise, we all run the risk of Will & Grace getting the last laugh over Scrubs. And that would be, well, not funny at all. Below are our picks for Best Drama and Comedy. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to proceed to the acting categories.

Outstanding Drama Series

24: After a r read more

LOTSA GREEN

The one-two punch of Shrek 2 and The Day After Tomorrow gave Hollywood its best Memorial Day weekend ever. Over the four-day period ending Monday, Shrek 2 grossed $92.2 million, while Tomorrow collected $86 million. The green giant has taken in $257 million to date and is expected to surpass the original's total of $276 million by Wednesday. Rounding out the top five: Troy (No. 3 with $15 million), Raising Helen (No. 4 with $14 million) and Soul Plane (No. 5 with $7 million). read more

PARTY OF TWO

Former Party of Five star Scott Wolf — that's Bailey to you — married Real World: New Orleans alum Kelley Limp Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., the bride's hometown. read more

THE WRITE STUFF

In other Apprentice news, The Donald's adviser-cum-sex-kitten Carolyn Kepcher has inked a deal with Simon and Schuster to pen a business-advice book for young women, USA Today reports. In the book, which is due in stores this fall, Kepcher plans to share lessons such as "What Makes or Breaks Someone in an Interview or a Boardroom." read more

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