Big screen stars bring new shine to Emmys, TV's top night

Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:28pm EDT
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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three television upstarts could shake up the annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday in a validation of the television industry's move toward sophisticated, long-form storytelling.

In what is widely seen as the start of the Hollywood awards season, some of Tinseltown's biggest talent walked the red carpet, a reflection of film stars' growing presence on the

small screen.

Led by Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson from HBO's murder mystery "True Detective," a new breed of TV backed by film stars and cinematic storytelling will square off against Emmy stalwarts "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men."

"We have a lot of sexy newcomers," said Tom O'Neil, the editor of awards handicapper "It's not just the same old slapstick comedy show with a new face."

FX's snowy psychological miniseries "Fargo" - starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman and based on the Coen brothers' 1996 Oscar-winning film - and Netflix's online-delivered dark jailhouse comedy "Orange Is the New Black" join "True Detective" as potential party crashers.

"We are in a time when television is the best that it's ever been, so just look around and realize that everyone who's here deserves an award," said Beau Willimon, the creator of Netflix's Emmy-nominated political thriller "House of Cards."

The Emmys are handed out by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in a televised ceremony from Los Angeles and will be hosted by comedian Seth Meyers.   Continued...

Julie Bowen from the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson