MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week’s altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Maria Elena Fernandez, Matea Gold and Tom O’Neil.
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: The kids of “Glee” may have ended their season without (sob!) claiming a trophy at regionals, but odds are strong that the Fox show will earn some hardware gold — at the very least for Jane Lynch’s cranky Sue Sylvester.
REAL LIFE: Portraying controversial figures has been very good for Al Pacino. He scored his only Emmy playing lawyer Roy Cohn in “Angels in America,” and insiders say he’s sure to be a front-runner for a nomination for his uncanny portrayal of Dr. Jack Kevorkian on HBO’s “You Don’t Know Jack.”
A FINE METH: The “Breaking Bad” bench is mighty deep. Beyond the leads is the journey Anna Gunn’s Skyler takes from anger at her husband’s meth making to resentful acceptance to wanting in on the money laundering. Dean Norris’ portrayal of FBI man Hank’s breakdown has been beyond powerful.
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DO THE RIGHT THING: Stop ignoring “Friday Night Lights.” In its fourth season, the Texas high school football drama came into its own with its poignant and captivating narrative and sterling performances.
A LEG UP: Can Jim Parsons win the comedy actor Emmy? Based on the episode of “The Big Bang Theory” he submitted, we say he’s got a shot. He opted for “The Pants Alternative” episode, in which he shows up to accept an award drunk. Hollywood voters are suckers for drunk scenes.
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WHERE IS THE LOVE? “Nip/Tuck,” the bizarre FX series about two plastic surgeons that just ended, has never won a major Emmy in its six years and hasn’t scored a big nom since its pilot episode — a director nod for creator Ryan Murphy, who now can pin his hopes on his latest effort, “Glee.”
FLYOVER TIME: USA’s Emmy hopes for the handsome Matt Bomer and his snappy heist show “White Collar” are soaring so high that the network hired planes to fly banners over the homes of voters living along the coast as balloting began.
HOPPER TRIBUTE? The Starz series “Crash” may get more attention due to the death of its star, Dennis Hopper. The actor, who had a stormy but acclaimed career, may even score a nomination.