Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange
The nominations are in for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, and many of the actors and showrunners who received nods have expressed their gratitude — and, in some cases, surprise.
See what the stars had to say:
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries: "I want to thank the academy for honoring American Horror Story. ... It's been wonderful to work on a show with such talented actors and the fabulous creative team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and all the brilliant writers who make Constance such an interesting character to play."
Zooey Deschanel, Hugh Laurie
Could Downton Abbey be the one to dethrone four-time defending drama series champ Mad Men at the Emmys? The upstairs/downstairs crew nabbed a whopping 16 nominations, but its haul wasn't the only shocker Thursday morning.
Jon Hamm, Connie Britton
Mad Men and American Horror Story topped the Primetime Emmy Awards nominations Thursday with 17 each, while a slew of freshmen faces enter the field.
Mad Men will aim for an unprecedented five-peat in Best Drama Series, which would also give it the most wins in the category. It is up against Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Homeland.
Downton and miniseries Hatfields & McCoys followed ...
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes
Emmy voters are creatures of habit, known for nominating the same shows and stars year after year. Many deserve to be: Modern Family, Mad Men and their stellar casts, to name a select few. But in each of the top categories, there's opportunity to welcome new blood or correct past oversights. So here's a short list of some of the breakthroughs and/or underdogs I'd love to see make the cut when the nominations are announced Thursday morning....
Breaking Bad kicked off its fifth and final season to record numbers Sunday.
The drama drew 2.9 million, up 14 percent from the Season 4 opener, making it the most-watched episode ever. The show was also up ...
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston
In the fifth season of Breaking Bad, Walter White truly is The One Who Knocks.
The AMC drama's Season 4 finale saw Walt (Bryan Cranston) — the one-time cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who began cooking meth to provide for his family after his death — pull out all the stops to protect his loved ones and his partner Jesse (Aaron Paul) from the terrifying drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Cranston
In the latest head-on collision of top-notch Sunday night cable dramas, the return of TV's most chilling dark parable faces the arrival of an irresistible new potboiler. One you can take to the Emmy bank next week; the other you'll be tempted to take to the beach.
As the first half of the final season gets underway for AMC's masterpiece of intensity Breaking Bad (Sunday, 10/9c), mensch-turned-mastermind Walter White (three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston) escalates his criminal ways, and a man who once inspired pity now leaves even loved ones quaking in fear...
When Breaking Bad returns for the first half of its fifth and final season, "You barely see any glimpse of Walter White," reports Aaron Paul, who plays Walt's partner in crime, Jesse. But it's not what you think — Walt's body is still around, but his soul has been replaced by that of his sinister alter ego. "Heisenberg is dangerous. [Creator] Vince Gilligan said he wanted to do a show about Mr. Chips turning into Scarface, and that's exactly what he's done. Walt's a puppeteer, and we're all ...
Alex O'Loughlin, Ellen Pompeo, Stana Katic
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Got any Hawaii Five-0 scoop not related to McGarrett's mom? — Melissa
ADAM: You mean you don't want to know that McGarrett's recently MIA galpal Catherine shamelessly flirts with a witness protection agent to get details on Mama McGarrett's whereabouts? OK, fine: I also hear that Ed Asner's art collector/smuggler August March will be back this season. McGarrett will call on him when a band of armed thieves knock over a years-old art gallery and make off with a couple of priceless paintings. However, the simple heist eventually gives way to a kidnapping, a hostage situation and a deadly shootout.
Please tell me you have something, anything on Grey's Anatomy! — Jackie
NATALIE: Among the new castings for the season premiere — besides two new docs, a couple of medical professionals and a new resident — are...
Walter White defeated Gus Fring in the Breaking Bad season finale and his winning streak is not about to end there.
"This year ... what you're going to see new is Walt winning," executive producer and creator Vince Gilligan says in this exclusive clip. "Gus Fring is dead and Walt is the new kingpin."
Breaking Bad First Look: All hail King Heisenberg!