Bryan Cranston won’t pick up a fourth Emmy this year for “Breaking Bad,” but only because he wasn’t eligible. The show was on hiatus this season.
Hey, I like Cranston. Great performance in a great role.
But I hate the whole Emmy dynasty thing where a performer wins year after year.
I especially hate it because unlike films, where an actor plays a totally different character with each new project, TV actors find themselves winning Emmys for characters they may have created years earlier.
Granted, characters on TV can grow and change over time, but most of the hard work was done that first season.
Here’s my proposal: Once an actor wins an Emmy for playing a particular character, he/she cannot be nominated for that same character for, say, three years.
It will open up the process, it will put fresh faces and characters into the running, it will spread around the honors and prevent the whole awards thing from becoming an excercise in deja vu.
Thank you for your consideration.
| Robert W. Butler