Casts and execs from the ruby ball-logoed cabler’s popular programs filled the lobby of the iconic Hollywood hotel to celebrate its 31 nominations. Everyone was in good sprits, with “Ray Donovan’s” Jon Voight crashing the red carpet interview of Matt LeBlanc – who has a lead actor in a comedy nominee for “Episodes” — to tell war stories and Beau Bridges laughing about the hazards of working on the new Masters and Johnson biopic series “Masters of Sex” (hint: watch out or a sex toy might hit you in the eye).
The channel is losing fan-favorite drama “Dexter” this year, but David Nevins, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, says the buzz around the new shows bodes well for repeated nominations next year – despite all the attention to the original programming on online services like Netflix.
“[Netflix is] making good programming and they’re getting attention and absolutely they’re part of the competition,” he says. “And weirdly, they’re an important outlet. We have shows that run on Netflix after they run on Showtime, so they buy a lot of our stuff. They’re both friend and competition.”
As for the thesps, there was no elephant in the room when it came to talking about rival programming. The cast of “House of Lies” joked about the similarity in names between their dark dramedy starring lead actor in a comedy nominee Don Cheadle and Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards” with Kevin Spacey (who has a lead actor in a drama nod).
“I can tell the difference between Cheadle and Spacey, but only just,” laughs “Lies’’” Josh Lawson. “It’s the way they comb their hair.”
The rivalry wasn’t limited to Netflix. Cheadle joked that he was leaving the Emmys to watch “Breaking Bad” as soon has his category was over. And the AMC show was a frequent mention by the cast of returning champ “Homeland,” which is competing against it for the top drama nod.
“This morning I had some guy say ‘I’m surprised they let you on the plane,’” star Damian Lewis says, dropping his native English accent for a Southern drawl to describe fans’ sentiments for his marine on the run.
“Maybe they think I’m Walter White,” Lewis adds of the equally bald, equally dangerous character Bryan Cranston plays on “Breaking Bad.” Both men are nominated for lead actor in a drama trophies.
Although an unfinished version of “Homeland’s” series opener – which premieres September 29 — was illegally uploaded online, the cast would not spill any details about this season.
Instead, they joined other Showtime stars like Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever and Edie Falco and “Shameless’” Jeremy Allen White and Shanola Hampton inside the hotel to take in a concert by Rufus Wainwright and the glittery Los Angeles night while sipping specialty SVEDKA Vodka cocktails.