Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Simon Baker
Here are the four biggest surprises among the nominations:
Rookie of the year: Sixteen million viewers can't be wrong, as CBS' breakout hit The Mentalist got some critical love for its charming, fair-haired star, Simon Baker, who received a nomination in the fiercely competitive Best Actor in a Drama category (see below).
Who else was nominated? Check out all the new and old Emmy faces
Therapy breakthrough: In a crowded field of cable dramas, HBO's tiny but intriguing, five-episodes-per-week psychotherapy drama In Treatment nabbed an impressive three acting nominations: Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest nabbed their second nods for Best Actor and ...
Tina Fey, Jim Parsons
An extra slot in this year's Primetime Emmy categories meant fresh, new nominees as Family Guy, Flight of the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother, Jim Parsons, Simon Baker and more newcomers joined Emmy stalwarts like 30 Rock, House and The Office on the ballot.
NBC's 30 Rock was the most-nominated show with 22 nods, and HBO had the most nominations of any network with 99.
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Parsons, who announced the nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmys Thursday with Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson, benefited ...
Simon Baker is poised to return to his legal roots — this time on the big screen.
The Aussie hunk, who played an attorney on The Guardian before he found The Mentalist, has joined the cast of The Killer Inside Me as an attorney, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Baker's character is on the trail of a small-town murderer, who turns out to be ...
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
All is right in the perfect world of The Mentalist.
On the show's set, on a crisp, sunny day in Los Angeles, everyone is smiling. The stars are smiling, the public relations people are smiling, and the reporters shuttled in from their hotel to eat donuts and talk to the cast are smiling. But no one smiles brighter than Simon Baker.
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
How psyched is CBS about The Mentalist? So much so that it has given it a full season order.
But who didn't see this coming? (No pun intended.) Averaging 16.14 million viewers, the Simon Baker-led drama, about a psychic-turned-cop, is the fall's ...
Elisabeth Reaser by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
CBS reportedly will announce on Wednesday the pick-up of six new series for the 2008-09 TV season, including no less than four new dramas. Among that bunch are The Ex List (nee The Mythological Ex, a title you knew wasn't going to play in Peoria) starring Grey's Anatomy's Elizabeth Reaser; The Mentalist, starring Simon Baker; Jerry Bruckheimer's Eleventh Hour (in which a science professor advises a government agency; and Harper's Island (a murder mystery set at an island wedding).CBS two new comedies are Worst Week of My Life, chronicling the days before a young couple's wedding (because Big Day blew the roof off the place) and an untitled laffer starring Jay Mohr as a recent divorce. As reported earlier by Ausiello, CBS is expected to bring back The Unit and How I Met Your Mother, though Moonlight and Old Christine remain question marks. MWMMore Fall TV news: Eli Stone Renewed! October Road Axed! Moonlight Dead? Reaper Is Renewed It's Official: Scrubs to AB...
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Simon Baker, who in his first time around the dance floor with CBS portrayed The Guardian (and more recently costarred in the short-lived Smith), has signed on to front The Mentalist. As previously reported here, the drama pilot concerns a man who uses his heightened power of observation to help solve crimes.According to Variety, Baker will be joined in the cast by Owain Yeoman (The Nine), Amanda Righetti (The O.C.), Shaun Toub and Tim Kang.
Naomi Watts courtesy Focus Features
Naomi Watts will star in a big-screen reimagining of the Daphne du Maurier short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Martin Campbell is in talks to direct, and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle will produce.... Also per Variety, Ricky Bobby hottie Leslie Bibb is Miss Nobody in an indie comedy about a mild-mannered secretary who learns she has a knack for knocking people off. Adam Goldberg, Missy Pyle and Kathy Baker will also star.... Simon Baker has the lead role as a bank manager haunted by the death of his daughter in the psychological thriller Not Forgotten.
Didnt take long for the first shoes to drop this season, did it? Lets analyze the moves network by network.CBS We start here because CBS has wielded the cancellation ax first, dropping the Sopranos-lite caper Smith immediately from the otherwise successful Tuesday lineup. Strike one for this seasons new wave of serialized dramas. Crime-drama repeats (what else?) will occupy its slot starting this Tuesday.Im not terribly surprised. Though there was some buzz for the show and its very expensive (I heard $6 million at least) pilot, plus its starry cast (someone sign Simon Baker up for another show now!), Smith always struck me as an empty version of a Sopranos or a Shield, to name two distinguished shows with criminals as protagonists. The characters on Smith just felt hollow to me, giving us little reason to care or to root for or against them.CBS other big move was a no-brainer: switching the time periods for Monday comedies The Class and How I Met Your ...
Colin Ferguson, Eureka
Starting tonight at 9 pm/ET, Sci Fi Channel's Eureka ventures into the same Pacific Northwest that played home to Twin Peaks as it tells the tale of a tiny town harboring a big secret: namely, a population of geniuses, many of whom toil for a top-secret government think tank. Playing U.S. Marshal Jack Carter, through whom viewers experience this strange (and soon about to become stranger) world, is Colin Ferguson, whose alter ego has little idea that this quick pass through town, with a temperamental teenage daughter in tow, will turn into a very "extended" stay.
TVGuide.com: How are you doing there, Colin?
Colin Ferguson: I'm han