Hall says Dexter's voice-overs, weaving the audience in and out of his thoughts, "makes them complicit in the how and why of his crimes. It makes it easier to sympathize."
Nod thrills rookie Bergeron
Jeff Probst started it all with "The tribe has spoken." Howie Mandel urges "Deal or no deal?" Heidi Klum warns contestants, "Either you're in, or you're out." Ryan Seacrest exclaims, "This is ' American Idol!' "
And Tom Bergeron? He may not have a signature catchphrase, but the "Dancing With the Stars" host wasn't at a loss for words on Thursday, saying he was pleased the television academy created the new reality show host category and "doubly happy that I'm in the virgin group. I only hope that they're gentle.
"I suppose the PC thing to say is that I'd be happy to see any one of them up there," Bergeron said of his fellow nominees, "but, of course, I wouldn't," he said and laughed.
Probst, who is in Gabon, Africa, shooting the 17th season of "Survivor," wrote in an e-mail that " 'Survivor' is considered by many to be the first reality show, so it's especially fun for me to be one of the first nominees recognized. . . ."
Seacrest joked during his radio show Thursday that he now has two opportunities to lose, since "American Idol" has been nominated for reality-competition program six times and has never won.
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'Pushing Daisies' is a late bloomer
Despite expectations that broadcast series, interrupted by the writers strike, might suffer at Emmy time, two ABC series appeared to overcome that handicap. "Pushing Daisies" landed a dozen Emmy nominations on Thursday, including acting, writing and art direction nods. The network's "Samantha Who?" was also nominated twice, for lead and supporting actresses in a comedy series.
While most basic cable shows, the major force in this year's nominations, were able to finish their full seasons before the writers strike began in November, many series on broadcast TV were truncated when the strike put casts and crews out of work. "Pushing Daisies" filmed only nine of 22 planned episodes in its first season and was expected to suffer from "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome. Season 2, which began filming in June, will launch in October. "Samantha Who?" filmed 15 of 22.
Kristin Chenoweth, who was nominated for supporting actress in "Pushing Daisies," suggested the show's writing was the source of its success in its limited first season. Others pointed to its distinctive look. "It's just a little gem of a show," Chenoweth said. "I was hoping the public would embrace it and they did. It was really a critical hit."