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Critic's Notebook: The Emmy Nominations

Lena Headey

No one expects the Emmy nominations to please everybody — there's simply too much TV these days, including on unconventional platforms like Netflix, and there are always going to be shows and performers that won't make the cut, however deserving. But even when the Emmy voters get something right, like adding HBO's freshman hoot Silicon Valley to the best-comedy contenders, we still find ourselves griping over where they stumbled, nowhere more glaringly than in the drama-series race. (For a list of nominees in the major categories, go here.)

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Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Drama Series

Michael J. Fox, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies

Emmy ballots are due Friday! Voters have mere hours to check off the names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. And so, here's our final dream ballot for Best Drama Series:
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Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Matthew McConaughey

Emmy voting is underway! This week, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
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Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Tatiana Maslany

Emmy voting is underway! This week, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. 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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Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Bellamy Young

Emmy voting is underway! This week, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
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Mega Buzz: Game of Thrones' Power Change, Rizzoli's Goodbye and Orange Sexytime

Sophie Turner, Angie Harmon, Natasha Lyonne

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams

The only bad thing about the long holiday weekend was no new Game of Thrones! What's up with Sansa now that Littlefinger killed her aunt? — Georgia
Because she's the only witness to what happened to the Lady Regent of the Vale, the eldest Stark daughter is suddenly thrust into a position of power. As this preview implies, Sansa holds Littlefinger's fate in her hands. But will she actually testify against the man who helped her escape King's Landing? Let's just say that her choice will show exactly how far she's come in playing the game.

How is Rizzoli & Isles writing out Lee Thompson Young— Kit 
Jane and Maura... read more

TCA Award Nominees: True Detective vs. Breaking Bad

Matthew McConaughey, Bryan Cranston

Breaking Bad, True Detective, The Good Wife were among the shows that received nominations for the 30th Television Critics Association Awards.

The final season of Breaking Bad will have to defend its title as Program of the Year in an impossibly tight race against True DetectiveGame of ThronesThe Good Wifeand Orange Is the New BlackBryan CranstonMatthew McConaughey and Julianna Margulies are nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama, alongside The AmericansMatthew Rhys and Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany.

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Ask Matt: Finales (Castle, Mentalist), Penny Dreadful, Cancellation Fallout

Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Last week, you wrote about how producers "often — too often, to be honest — try to end their seasons with a bang ... in hopes of stimulating interest for when they return several months later." I understand the reasoning, and it definitely worked for me with Person of Interest — it was game-changing and left me very curious to see how it goes, but satisfying. However I had the opposite reaction to Castle, which looked to be heading for a good place to pause with a minor game-changer (Mr. & Mrs. Castle), even got some nice wedding emotion going, and then threw in a ridiculous "dun-dun-dun" moment which had zero emotional impact as no one believes Castle could be dead. Most of these cliffhangers now seem to me like cheap tricks, a shyster trying to "buy" your viewing next fall, while moving the story to a new level seems a legitimate way of keeping interest and far more likely to have a good payoff in terms of the story next year. Anyway, it led me to wonder are there any "cliffhangers" of the past that you remember with pleasure and/or satisfaction, or is it only the game-changers that stand out in your mind? As always, thanks for an interesting column. — Elle

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Top Moments: Mad Men Does It Their Way, and Fallon Oils Up and Nips Out

Terry Crews and Jimmy Fallon

Our top moments of the week:

16. Worst Wordplay: It's always important to stand out, especially during your initial meeting, but for one Bachelorette contestant, it doesn't go over quite well. Introducing himself to Andi, Emil tries to offer a mnemonic device for ... read more

The Americans Postmortem: Will the New Twist Cause a Rift Between Phillip and Elizabeth?

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of The Americans. Read at your own risk!]

The constant threat of being caught working as a Russian spy is nothing compared to the new challenge that Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) will face on The Americans in Season 3: The Second Generation Illegals Program.

Upon learning that fellow spies Emmett and Leanne Connors were killed by... read more

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Premiered: January 30, 2013, on FX
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: Two KGB spies pose as an American married couple living in 1980s Washington, D.C.

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