If you take comfort in the Emmy Awards' almost shocking predictability in rewarding so many of the same shows and stars year after year, this might have been your favorite Emmy show ever. Otherwise, good luck distinguishing this rather dreary ceremony from any other year's. Instead, maybe it's worth looking ahead to next fall, when Breaking Bad will be out of the running and (lighting a candle to the Academy powers that be) Mad Men's Jon Hamm might finally get his Emmy after losing seven in a row, although at this point I wouldn't count on it. (It would help if Mad Men raises its game for its last stand.)
Can anyone defeat Matthew McConaughey? Scratch that — can anyone defeat Modern Family? We'll find out Monday at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT). In the meantime, check out our picks for the top races and tell us yours.
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This week, Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston reunited (alongside Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to play the owners of "Barely Legal Pawn Shop" for an Emmy promo in which Louis-Dreyfus tries to pawn her Best Supporting Actress Emmy for cash to buy an island. Jimmy Fallon fulfilled a childhood dream by playing the "GoldenEye 007" video game against James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan. Numerous celebrities, including Ben Affleck and former President George W. Bush, accepted the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge. And Taylor Swift just about broke the Internet with the premiere of her new video, "Shake It Off." Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
It's the elephant in the room on Chasing Life and so many other TV shows, movies, novels and plays: Is the character with cancer going to die? Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith admits he had the same question when he was first approached to join the ABC Family drama (Tuesdays, 9/8c) about a young journalist April Carver (Italia Ricci) who learns that she has cancer. "One of my first reactions was, 'Well, how do you keep this show going?' For me, the show is...
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Question: Once again, this year's Emmy nominations are predictably boring. What was the bigger snub: No Good Wife nomination for Best Drama (especially with a weak Downton Abbey season in its place) or no nomination for Tatiana Maslany for her web of roles on Orphan Black? (I already know the answer: Both snubs were egregious.) — Erin