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The hit ABC drama ‘Scandal’ broke out in a major way in its second season, winning over an army of fans and the passionate support of critics with its wild plot twists and breakneck pacing. Kerry Washington, who received her first Best Actress Emmy nomination for her performance as D.C. fixer Olivia Pope, discusses her favorite moments from the season.

Olivia’s Tender Moment With Huck
Episode 19: ‘Seven Fifty-Two’

One of my favorite scenes was with Guillermo Diaz (Huck), the final monologue in “Seven Fifty-Two.” It’s the “we both live on the dark side of the moon” scene, which now, in light of what I’m learning in Season 3, is even more shocking. Now I understand what that means even more than I did then. That whole episode is so special, and that scene with Guillermo, in particular, is uniquely meaningful. Guillermo’s performance in the entire episode, and especially in that scene, is powerful and heartbreaking.

Olivia and Fitz’s Phone Calls
Episode 2: ‘The Other Woman’

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Linda Cardellini’s Emmy Turn

Linda Cardellini scored an Emmy nomination for her memorable turn as Don Draper’s mistress on ‘Mad Men.’ The actress dishes to Marlow Stern on the role, ‘Freaks and Geeks’ memories, and more.

Linda Cardellini has played some interesting characters, to say the least.

Linda Cardellini Portraits

Linda Cardellini poses for a portrait on June 5, 2013, in New York. (Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

There was the bespectacled Velma in the live-action Scooby-Doo films; Sam Taggart, a nurse, single mom, and recovering alcoholic, on the NBC television series ER, a floozy waitress who has a fling with Heath Ledger’s character in Brokeback Mountain, the list goes on. Cardellini’s probably best known for playing Lindsay Weir, the good girl turned burnout, on the short-lived TV show Freaks and Geeks.

For her turn as Sylvia Rosen, the reluctant mistress to suave ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) during the sixth season of AMC’s Mad Men, Cardellini received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

The loss of favorite characters. Two acting legends sharing the screen. Emmy winner Julian Fellowes, up for Best Writing and Best Drama Series awards this year, shares his personal favorite moments from the past season of the hit PBS Masterpiece drama.

Sybil’s Death
Episode 5

I think the episode of Sybil’s death turned out very well. I think all the actors played it really well. I loved the fight between the doctors, because it was so irrelevant and so stupid. So often when you’re having a family crisis, in parallel you’re having a fight with the garage because they haven’t changed the wheels properly or something—the sort of petty and the enormous in our lives are so inextricably entwined. I felt we sort of got that. Each actor individually defined what their response was to the death of Sybil. And the actual death scene I thought was really terrific. It made me cry, and I wrote it!

Matthew’s Death
Episode 9

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Joan’s Best ‘Mad Men’ Moments

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks on Mad Men. (Michael Yarish/AMC)

Joan Harris (née Holloway) was really put through the wringer during Season 6 of AMC’s acclaimed TV series ‘Mad Men.’ Although she’s now a partner at SC&P, Don Draper and Co. still treat her like a secretary, and she eventually lands in the hospital. Christina Hendricks, who received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for her stellar turn, discusses Joan’s finest moments from the past season.

Harry Attacks Joan in Front of the Partners

Episode 4: ‘To Have and to Hold’

Joan and Harry have had struggles over the years, a sort of power play with each other. And this isn’t the first time Joan has fired someone for doing something they shouldn’t have done, in this case Harry’s secretary, and then their boss comes through and saves the day for them, basically taking away any power Joan has. And Harry feels powerless because he’s not a partner, and he doesn’t know what Joan is saying to the partners and he gets paranoid, so he comes in and humiliates her to get his power back, saying, “I’m sorry that my accomplishments happened in broad daylight.” The Jaguar situation has not been addressed with any of these people to Joan in Season 6, so all of a sudden we’re seeing it hit the fan. And then Don turns around and treats her like a secretary again, too! Because of the way Joan acts, dresses, and presents herself, even though she’s just as good at what she does as Peggy is at what she does, people assume, “Oh, you must have slept your way to the top.” She’s proved time and again that she’s incredibly capable, even more capable than others, but that assumption is being made all the time.

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The Emmy Nominees Are ...

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The Good, The Sad, and The Ugly

Netflix makes a splash with ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Arrested Development’. But come on, Tatiana Maslany was robbed for ‘Orphan Black.’ Jason Lynch on the surprises and snubs from this year’s Emmy nominations.

On Thursday, the Television Academy announced its nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, and Netflix crashed the party in a big way with its two high-profile shows, House of Cards (which racked up nine nominations) and Arrested Development (which had three).

HOUSE OF CARDS

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But those newbie nominations were largely the exception, as an extraordinary crop of new series and performances—Orphan Black, Hannibal, and The Americans among them—failed to gain traction with Emmy voters, many of whom reflexively gravitate to the same shows and actors each year.

In many cases, though, those repeat nominees are well-deserved: Emmy mainstays Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and 30 Rock are back this year, celebrating their respective superb seasons with another abundance of nominations. But let’s skip the stalwarts and focus on the rest of this year’s Emmy crop: the good, the sad, and the ugly.