Magazine article Variety

Some Hopefuls Sit out Circuit

Magazine article Variety

Some Hopefuls Sit out Circuit

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Out of sight, out of mind - but does that apply to Emmy campaigns?

Every year, Emmy hopefuls work the circuit by shaking hands and answering questions at endless events. But some keep a low profile, including this year's nominees Frances McDormand, Amy Poehler, Kyle Chandler, Louis C.K. and Mo'Nique. Their reasons include work commitments and/ or a tendency to avoid the media.

But awards pundits continually fret over how much the campaigning - or lack thereof - affects the outcome.

Last year, the teams from "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" seemed to be omnipresent - and both shows won

Emmys. But "Sherlock's" Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were nearly invisible - and they won as well.

Campaigners want to make sure Academy of Television Arts & Sciences members see the work before they vote. That's especially challenging with the Emmys, given the sheer number of categories, and nominees. As FX Networks' John Landgraf said at the TCA this month, "There is simply too much television. …

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