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Sunday, June 12, 2011
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On Friday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend about 40 minutes in New York with the actor John Slattery, whose portrayal of the acerbic and philandering ad-man Roger Sterling on Matt Weiner’s “Mad Men” (2007-, AMC) has earned him best supporting actor in a drama Emmy nominations each of the last three years. Slattery, 48, will almost certainly receive a fourth nod this year for his work on season four of the show, at which point he would probably have his strongest shot yet at bagging a win. Why? Because (a) the shows of each of the three men who previously beat him — Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”), Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages”), and Michael Emerson (“Lost”) — are now off the air, and (b) he did some of his most impressive work in the last episodes before “Mad Men” went on its prolonged hiatus, especially #4 (in which he verbally abuses prospective Japanese clients, possibly costing SCDP a much-needed account) and #10 (in which he is informed that Lucky Strike will be taking its account elsewhere, but keeps that fact secret from his other partners).

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