It's no coincidence that many of the lead actresses nominated for Emmys this year play characters filled with determination, as Randee Dawn writes to kick off today's Road to the Emmys actress preview coverage in Variety.

… "There's something seductive about characters who are powerful and manipulative and kind of opaque," says Glenn Close, who has won twice for playing lawyer Patty Hewes on DirecTV's "Damages" and is now nominated for a fifth time for the role. "There are very few women characterized anywhere who have the power that Patty has, and she's unapologetic about it. In a way, I think it is wish-fulfillment." …

Read the full story here, and then check out our breakdown of the nominees in drama, comedy and movies-minis.

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