Updated July 14
The nominations were announced this morning and it appears to be a total shut out for In Treatment.
Nothing to see here. Move along…
No, I’m not upset. I’ve moved on.
Updated July 12
It is not just about Best Actor in a Drama. No, it is not. Well, mostly it is, of course, but the series In Treatment is hoping for a nomination on Thursday, too!
GoldDerby has identified the required six episodes submitted to the viewing panels for this year’s Emmy Awards. HBO has submitted these from In Treatment, Season Three in the category of Best Drama Series:
“Sunil, Week 5”
“Sunil, Week 6”
“Jesse, Week 5”
“Jesse, Week 6”
“Adele, Week 5”
“Adele, Week 6”
And this image is from The Whistling Gypsy, whom we thank!
Updated July 7
It is now or never, according to the Emmy Awards Blog over at GoldDerby.
This year sees a large exodus of series and performances from our TV screens who have yet to win Emmy Awards. Can they finally prevail for their farewell seasons?
With HBO also axing “In Treatment” after three seasons, Gabriel Byrne has one last chance to win an Emmy for his portrayal of Dr. Paul Weston. He was nominated for the second season, losing to Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) who is ineligible this year.
Oh, and don’t bother watching the Emmy experts slugfest video for best actor in a drama. These guys hardly know who Gabriel Byrne is! They have decided to give the award to Jon Hamm for his crying/drunken/vulnerable man performance in the Mad Men episode “The Suitcase.” They like Timothy Olyphant. And they think Jeremy Irons playing the Pope is great art.
Bitter? Who, me?
Um, that should probably say “The Last Season”…
Updated June 23
Variety takes a look at the Emmy actors in consideration. About Gabriel Byrne, in his role as Paul Weston in In Treatment, they say:
He sat in that chair, day after day, session after session, listening compassionately while nursing all his own bitter wounds, a treadmill with no off switch … until now, when Byrne’s inimitably prickly Paul Weston finally walked off into the sunset (or did he, HBO?) after being the centerpiece of more than 100 episodes in under three years.
Alan Sepinwall, over at HitFix, has a considerably shorter list with many familiar faces. If he had an Emmy ballot for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, looks like Mr. Byrne would be near the top of his list (although his fervor for the series took a notable dip during the last season):
Gabriel Byrne was, indeed, incredibly deserving in those first 2 “In Treatment” seasons. He has a workload unlike any other lead actor on television, carrying 2 hours or more of drama each week, memorizing massive chunks of dialogue in short order, having to convey so much about his character in how he listens and reacts to others, etc. The series’ third and final season was more flawed/repetitive than the first 2, with Byrne’s Dr. Paul Weston going through many of the same problems over and over, but the nightly acting duets between Byrne and the likes of Irrfan Khan and Amy Ryan were still riveting.
Updated June 11
Here is the Emmy ad from Variety, courtesy of I Like to Watch TV:
Variety, May 31
Let the anticipation begin! Variety has a nice article on three series that are done. Over. Kaput. You get the idea. The fact that these are three of the very best that television has had on offer during the past few years tells us something.
Here is what they have to say about one of these innovative creations that is now no more:
“Friday Night Lights,” “Big Love” and “In Treatment” had an impact that transcended their relatively small audiences…
“In Treatment” had a unique format, particularly in its debut season. That year, the half-hour drama aired Monday through Friday, with each episode focusing on one particular patient’s session, culminating weekly with Byrne’s own meeting with Wiest. Over the course of its three seasons, the cast included the likes of Debra Winger, John Mahoney and Hope Davis. For their stellar work, Wiest won an Emmy, Byrne a Golden Globe.
HBO says the show may return in a different format in the future.
“It really did feel like therapy,” says MSN senior producer Dave McCoy, who covers television and film for the site. “And it certainly reinforced what everybody knows — that therapists are as messed up as their patients. They just have the training.”
“It was also the meatiest role Gabriel Byrne had been given since ‘Miller’s Crossing,’ ” McCoy adds. “He had to sit there and listen and convey so much with his face. Then once a week he got to explode.”
Emmy nominations will be announced July 14. Start generating positive thoughts now!