The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences kicked off Emmy season with a cocktail reception for the nominees who will compete for gold on Sept. 22. Of course, the actors also dished about what's coming up for their characters:
Glee's Jane Lynch (supporting actress in a comedy) tells me Sue Sylvester, who was fired last season amid a school-shooting scandal, will be returning to McKinley High — with a sweet promotion: "She has a new position of power, and there's one scene where she makes everybody get a polio vaccine, even though the disease was eradicated decades ago." Might Sue be the new principal? "Principal Figgins is still around, but we'll learn in what capacity," Lynch says. "And I have power over [new Cheerios coach] Roz Washington."
The Modern Family cast, including Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who are nominated in the supporting comedy categories, revealed that the new season sees career changes for several characters. Claire will go to work for Jay's closet company, where she creates "complete chaos," says Bowen; Mitch contemplates resigning from his law firm after another clash with his odd boss; and Cam will work in Alex's high school as the freshman football coach. And, says Sofia Vergara (also a nominee), Gloria and Phil get the acting bug when they are cast as extras in a commercial shooting at their local coffee shop: "It's their 15 minutes of fame, and they ruin the whole shoot."
The Big Bang Theory's lead actor in a comedy nominee, Jim Parsons, says his Sheldon will show a rarely seen emotional side after roommate Leonard's departure to sea. "You find out just how badly Sheldon misses him, but he doesn't want to admit it to anyone," Parsons says. "It's causing him a lack of sleep and bad dreams."
And while Breaking Bad supporting actor in a drama nominee Aaron Paul wasn't about to divulge the details of his character Jesse's final scene with Walter White (Bryan Cranston), he did say that when the director called "cut," "I was a sobbing mess." Paul received a very personal and sweet parting gift (presumably not crystal meth) from Cranston and collected a few set souvenirs of his own. "[Creator] Vince Gilligan gave me the pink teddy bear from Season 2 that fell from the plane. And I took Jesse's license plate off his car, a gas mask and a hazmat suit." Sounds like Paul's ready to go into business for himself.