The TV Acad is strongly considered renaming this category the "Supporting actors who co-star in 'Modern Family,' " as three of the sitcom's cast are competing against one another.
You don't often get actors with such bigscreen gravitas as Al Pacino, Ian McKellen, Dennis Quaid and Jeff Bridges to partake in the Emmys, but this year is an exception.
It's an even split between previous winners and newcomers in this category, which means either someone's adding to their collection or winning for their first at-bat.
ATV veteran with five decades of experience, Sharon Gless comes into this race with two Emmys already on her shelf and looking to add a third.
The six nominees who comprise this category are not only formidable femmes onscreen but off.
The dreaded mom roles have come a long way from the days when the Donna Reeds suited up in heels and pearls as they nurtured their families in between cooking and cleaning.
As is often the case in the minis-movies category, the subject matter is mostly biopics, and the actresses here certainly lived up to the legacy of their on-screen personas.
Although Emmy loves repeat winners, this year promises a change.
Considering the triumph of WWII miniseries "The Pacific" in this year's Emmy nominations (an explosive haul of 24), it would seem counterintuitive to claim that the miniseries format is in crisis.
In spite of a few freshman darlings boosting the year-to-year Emmy tallies of ABC, CBS and Fox by an average of seven nominations per network, the ratio between cable and broadcast nominees in major…