With defending champ Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) missing from the Golden Globe field of drama actor nominees, this year's prize is up for grabs.
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Robin Tunney, The Mentalist
Nearly every show on TV has to deal with will-they-won't-they sexual tension between its series leads. CBS' The Mentalist is no different.
"You always want to keep the audience wanting and guessing," Robin Tunney tells TVGuide.com. "Once it happens it's very difficult to know where to go from there."
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As California Bureau of Investigation Agent Teresa Lisbon, Tunney finds herself fighting that battle with co-star Simon Baker's Patrick Jane. Lisbon's disdain for Jane slowly gave way to flirty camaraderie, and in the Season 1 finale, Jane fatally shot a man to protect her. But that doesn't mean 'shippers should expect a wild love affair in Season 2...
Tina Fey, Jon Hamm
Tina Fey an Emmy presenter? You betcha.
The 30 Rock mastermind and multiple Emmy nominee will be among the presenters at Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced. Fey will head into the ceremony already a winner, having snatched up a comedy guest actress statuette at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend for her impersonation of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.
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Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Simon Baker
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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).
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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.
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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.