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Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Kerry Washington

Emmy season is in full swing! Voters will be checking off names and shows this week they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 18. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
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The Big Bang Theory Leads Critics' Choice TV Awards Winners

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory topped the third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards Monday.

In addition to the show's Best Comedy Series victory, The Big Bang Theory stars Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco also won acting awards for their supporting turns. Cuoco tied with Eden Sher of The Middle. read more

TCA Award Nominations Announced

Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Monica Potter

The Television Critics Association announced its 2013 award nominations Monday, which included such shows as Breaking Bad, Veep and Netflix's House of Cards.

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Ask Matt: Thrones Unspoiled, Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Orphan Black

Game of Thrones

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Question: So I was watching two shows I really like this week coming to the end of their seasons. The first, Orphan Black, is not so well known, though I expect that is in the process of changing. The other, Game of Thrones, is very well known and discussed. I realized as I watched these shows, how little the first one has any type of spoilers and with the second, as well read and known as it is, that I hadn't had it spoiled for me prior to this episode. I have watched many shows both with and without knowing spoilers, and after watching ...
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Top Moments: Game of Thrones' Aptly Named Red Wedding and an Awkward Fallon-Jenner Face-Off

Bruce Jenner and Jimmy Fallon

Our top moments of the week:

11. Creepiest Closing Shot: On The Killing's season premiere, Detective Linden is lured out of hibernation when Holder, her former partner, brings her a case that bears striking similarities to a murder that sent her down the rabbit hole three years prior. Linden convicted Ray Seward (a super-creepy Peter Sarsgaard) for the crime, but was she wrong? Her doubt kicks into overdrive when the evidence leads her to a swamp ...
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Ask Matt: Orphan Black, Merlin, Borgias, Nashville vs. Smash

Jordan Gavaris and Tatiana Maslany

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Question: After finishing Saturday's season finale of Orphan Black, many thoughts come to mind, but the most obvious is that if Tatiana Maslany doesn't walk away with the Emmy for best actress — or is it five nominations in the best supporting actress category? — then the people who vote just aren't watching TV. Every character she plays has such varied distinction from hair, voice, even walks, and other minor mannerisms and played them all with a determination like it was her only character. It might have been easy to phone one or two in and at times you could forget it all one person. Matt, I know you enjoy the show, but I was curious: Did you ever at any time find yourself picking a favorite? I think mine came to be Alison, because while they all have a dark side, the one who seemed to be the most sunshine and light was probably the darkest of all with a heavy dose of comedy thrown in. Can the show sustain excellence in Season 2? — Jeffrey

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Weekend TV Playlist: The Killing, Richard Pryor, Orphan Finale

Peter Sarsgaard

In the killing fields of the ubiquitous TV crime drama, there are shows that attempt to expand the formula with depth of character and a hauntingly fatalistic tone, while many others cling to the comfort zone of wrapping each case within a tidy hour, just another routine day on the job. AMC's The Killing, back for a third season of dark brooding after narrowly escaping cancellation, is ambitious to a fault. And its fault lines showed throughout the first two erratic and indulgent though often absorbing seasons, with an overextended inquiry into a single murder case that frustrated and annoyed viewers with its obvious red herrings and stubborn lack of resolution until long past interest had waned.

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Ask Matt: Upfront Fallout: 24 and "Event" Series, Parenthood, Bones, Wonderland

Kiefer Sutherland

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Question: I'm shocked and delighted by Fox's announcement about bringing back 24, but honestly, I think this points to the future of television. It's the same thing with The Following: Give us shorter seasons, TV Gods! Seriously, 22-episode seasons just don't work for so many shows, especially the serialized ones. How much filler was there in any given 24-episode season of real-time 24? A ton, inevitably. And every other heavily serialized show you can point to is eventually going to fall back on filler episodes, or extended (and frustrating) wheel-spinning, etc. It's just inevitable, and the best serialized shows are the ones that best manage this reality: for instance, The Vampire Diaries splits its season into three or four tightly focused mini-arcs that pack as much into each mini-arc as most shows cover in a whole season. read more

Ask Matt: Game of Thrones, Rectify, Orphan Black, Americans, Following, Good Wife

Finn Jones, Sophie Turner

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Question: Looking at the Best Drama shortlist from last year as an example, do you think many of the usual suspects like Mad Men and Breaking Bad may have their best days behind them (maybe not so much objectively as much as in short-attentioned minds of many voters), along with Homeland seeming to have edged ever-so-slightly into ludicrousness (get pacemaker serial number and induce heart attack, all without Chloe opening a socket), Downton Abbey now having a "perennial obligatory nominee" vibe, and Boardwalk Empire maybe not even deserving to make the final cut anymore, could this be the year that Game of Thrones finally breaks out of the fantasy ghetto and gets enough votes to have its name called when the big envelope is opened?

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The Weekend Playlist: Maron on IFC, Diana Rigg on Doctor Who, Bletchley

Diana Rigg in Dr. Who (l), Game of Thrones(r)

"You're just not for everybody," comedic curmudgeon Marc Maron is told — by the more popular TV clown (at least among a comic-store backroom of Twitter nerds) Dave Foley, who plays a rather unflattering version of his real self, as does Maron, in IFC's new dark-side-of-laughter comedy series Maron (Friday, 10/9c). Sunnier than FX's Louie if only by virtue of being filmed in California, the sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage, where he vents on his unhappy personal life, his diarrhea-prone cats and his unruly, taunting Twitter following: "Who are these people? Don't they have lives?" You might well ask the same about Maron, although if he was happy (shades of Louie) there'd be no show.

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Premiered: March 30, 2013, on BBC America
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