Fresh faces, new-look veterans enter Emmy spotlight

Mon Jul 5, 2010 7:31pm EDT
 
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fresh faces and veteran players in new roles are expected to grab the spotlight when nominations are announced on Thursday for the primetime Emmy Awards -- the highest honors in the television industry.

But potential Emmy newcomers, like "Glee" star Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara of comedy "Modern Family," along with old hands Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife" and Edie Falco's pill-popping "Nurse Jackie" will be joined by actors from Emmy favorites like comedy "30 Rock", and dramas "Mad Men" and "House" after a strong TV season.

The winners of the 62nd Emmy Awards, organized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, will be announced on August 29 in Los Angeles. Jimmy Fallon will host the ceremony.

TV insiders hope the nominations will inject fresh blood and excitement into a field which has been dominated in recent years by the same little-watched contenders. In 2009, "Mad Men" was named best drama for a second year, and "30 Rock" best comedy for a third.

"This year, there are two serious threats in the race for best comedy series -- Fox's 'Glee' and ABC's 'Modern Family' -- which will revitalize the Emmys, and both have an excellent chance of winning," said Tom O'Neil of awards website TheEnvelope.com.

In the best drama category, "Mad Men" on cable channel AMC, is expected to be challenged by law series "The Good Wife" on CBS -- one of the season's biggest new hits with some 13 million regular viewers -- and FX outlaw motorcycle gang series "Sons of Anarchy."

Margulies, the former Nurse Hathaway on hospital drama "ER", is seen as a certain best actress nominee for her role as the stoic spouse of a disgraced district attorney in "The Good Wife" after winning both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards earlier this year.

Katey Sagal, the former "Married ... with Children" star who plays scheming matriarch Gemma Teller Morrow in "Sons of Anarchy", is seen as overdue for a nomination.   Continued...

 
<p>Colombian actress Sofia Vergara from the comedy series "Modern Family" arrives at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>