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Rita (Dexter)

Julie Benz as Rita Bennet hold an infant and looks concerned in a scene from Dexter

Rita Bennett (Julie Benz), Dexter

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Dexter comes home to find baby Harrison crying in a pool of blood—and Rita dead in the bathtub.

Stream all episodes of Dexter on the SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Philippa Georgiou (Star Trek: Discovery)

Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek Discovery

Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek: Discovery.

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Discovery boldly went where no other Star Trek series had gone before: offing its presumed lead in the second episode. We were just as devastated as Michael Burnham was to lose her mentor and commanding officer, stabbed by a Klingon—but were equally shocked for Michelle Yeoh's return as a villainous Emperor in a mirror universe.

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Nicholas Brody (Homeland)

Damian Lewis stands in his prisoner uniform in front of the red rope noose moments before his end

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland.

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The turncoat Marine was found guilty of treason and publicly hanged in a Tehran square, as Carrie tearfully looked on.

Stream all episodes of Homeland on the SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

The Mother (How I Met Your Mother)

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Cristin Milioti as Tracy Mosby in hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

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Ted spent nine seasons telling his kids (and viewers) how he met his soulmate, Tracy—only to learn in the series finale that she died of an undisclosed illness.

Warrick Brown (CSI)

Actor Gary Dourdan stares dramatically while wearing his characters official windbreaker

Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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Shot twice in his car by a mole in the Las Vegas PD, Warrick dies in Grissom's arms.

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Michael Cordero (Jane the Virgin)

A dramatic overhead view of Michael Cordero Jr played by Brett Dier as he lays dieing on the floor

Brett Dier as Michael Cordero ,Jr. in Jane the Virgin.

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After flip-flopping for years between Michael and Rafael, Jane finally chooses (and marries) her first love. Their happy-ever-after appeared short-lived, after Sin Rostro shoots the new groom. Michael survives...only to collapse from complications of his gunshot wound nine months later.

Caitlin Todd (NCIS)

Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd in a scene from NCIS

Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd in drama series NCIS.

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The special agent took a bullet to save Gibbs, but was spared thanks to her protective vest. Whew, close call! Moments later, a sniper shoots her in the head.

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Will Gardner (The Good Wife)

Josh Charles as Will Gardner sits with his hands folded and stares out

Josh Charles as Will Gardner drama series The Good Wife.

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The beloved attorney is gunned down after his unhinged client opens fire in the courtroom, sending Alicia, Kalinda, Diane—and longtime fans—into a tailspin.

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Lt. Col. Blake (M*A*S*H)

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McLean Stevenson as Lt. Col. Henry Blake in M*A*S*H.

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After Blake's homeward-bound plane was shot down, a dazed Radar walks into the operating room to break the news. "There were no survivors." The (offscreen) death was a network television first: no major character had ever been killed off before!

James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Power)

Omari Hardwick as Ghost stands over large pile of cash

Omari Hardwick as James "Ghost" St. Patrick in Power.

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Pretty ballsy to whack your protagonist in the middle of the final season, but no one ever accused Power of being predictable. In the end, it was revealed that Ghost's son Tariq pulled the trigger.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-Aug 2020.

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By Nate Millado

When it comes to award-worthy shows and performances, it's been an embarrassment of riches in the age of Peak TV. But when the Television Academy announces its Emmy nominations on July 28—yes, the show will go on in September—fingers crossed we hear these 10 names among the nods. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some made us laugh until we cried.

The Good Fight For Outstanding Drama Series + Christine Baranski For Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight.

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From Season 4's opening what-if standalone—which reimagined a world where Hillary Clinton became president—to the season-ending Jeffrey Epstein episode (with a ballsy final shot), TV's best drama continues to shock and awe. Christine Baranski was nominated six times in a row for playing Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife—but never won. It's time for the Academy to let justice be served.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Evil's Mike Colter For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Mike Colter as David Acosta on Evil

Mike Colter as David Acosta in Evil.

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Demonic possessions and hauntings could be a hard sell for some, but Mike Colter somehow grounds this supernatural procedural with his nuanced performance as a priest in training. His talent is on full display in the episode "Room 320," where Colter conveys fear and desperation at the hands of Nurse Plague—all from the confines of a hospital gurney.

Stream full episodes of Evil on CBS All Access.

Schitt’s Creek For Outstanding Comedy Series

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Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek.

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The riches-to-rags cult comedy, from and starring father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, single-handedly put Pop TV on the map, but became a pop cultural phenomenon thanks to Schittheads—aka diehard fans such as Jennifer Lawrence and Mariah Carey—discovering it on streaming. Of course, it helps to have improv legends like the elder Levy and Catherine O'Hara among the cast, plus the younger Levy's GIF-worthy catchphrases ("Very uninterested in that opinion") all over social media.

As difficult as series finales can be, dare we say that Schitt's Creek stuck its landing with a hilarious yet heartfelt sendoff?

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

One Day At A Time's Rita Moreno For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Rita Moreno as Lydia on One Day at a Time

Rita Moreno makes one of Lydia's famous entrances in One Day At A Time.

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The EGOT-winning living legend deserves an Emmy for Lydia's theatrical entrances alone ("I came out of the womb wearing stilettos!") As the sassy, sexy matriarch of a Cuban-American family, Rita Moreno accents abuelita's every line on One Day At A Time with dramatic flair.

Watch Season 4 of One Day At A Time on Pop TV and stream via the Pop Now App.

Black Monday's Regina Hall For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Regina Hall in a green and blue colorblocked blazer in Black Monday

Regina Hall as Dawn in Black Monday.

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Dawn Towner, one of the few female traders in male-dominated 1980s Wall Street, is both one of the guys and in a league of her own. Regina Hall handles rapid-fire repartee and absurdist humor with aplomb, all while rocking the era's outlandish hair and shoulder pads. She truly paints a complete picture: Dawn is unapologetically zany, ambitious, and sensitive.

Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Bob ♥️ Abishola For Outstanding Comedy Series

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Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell in Bob ♥️ Abishola.

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Sure, we all ♥️ Bob (Billy Gardell) and Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), but Chuck Lorre's groundbreaking sitcom centering on a Nigerian family boasts TV's best supporting cast of scene-stealers: Christine Ebersole as Bob's offensively funny mother, Dottie; Vernee Watson as no-nonsense nurse Gloria; Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley as Abishola's super-protective auntie and uncle; Matt Jones and Maribeth Monroe as Bob's siblings, and co-creator Gina Yashere as Abishola's blunt bestie, Kemi,

Transcending stereotypical tropes, Bob ♥️ Abishola shines a light on the hardworking immigrant experience.

Stream full episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on CBS All Access.

Mom's Kristen Johnston For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

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Kristen Johnston stars as Tammy in the CBS series Mom.

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Two-time Emmy winner Kristen Johnston deserves a crack at a third winged trophy as Tammy, an ex-con with a heart of gold. Johnston is a brilliant physical comic who can uppercut you with over-the-top slapstick—but she can also knock you out with an emotional wallop, as evidenced by her scenes with long-lost Aunt Cookie (Kathleen Turner).

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

All Rise's Simone Missick for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael in All Rise.

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The JAs (judicial assistants) call Judge Lola Carmichael a "Lolacoaster" behind her back because "nobody knows where the ride is taking us." The same can be said about Simone Missick, who takes us on a ride every week with her portrayal of Lola: confident, vulnerable, empathetic, and unorthodox.

Watch All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Patrick Stewart as Picard sitting in a chair on Star Trek Picard

Patrick Stewart as Picard in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard.

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Not any actor can slip so seamlessly back into a beloved character, but Patrick Stewart is not just any actor. His early-25th-century Picard may be older and more weathered than his confident Jean-Luc from Star Trek: The Next Generation. But the way this prolific Shakespearean actor imbues Picard with melancholy and regret, and yet with a glimmer of optimism, is more than enough to make viewers "engage."

Star Trek: Picard streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

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Reporting by Marc Berman

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If you haven't tuned in to the SHOWTIME original series Black Monday—an outrageous comedy that chronicles the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street—we recommended you start binge-watching, stat! Watch interviewed cast member Casey Wilson and chatted about her crazy character, her hidden talent, and being recognized in public.

Actress Casey Wilson in TV show Black Monday

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character on Black Monday.

I play Tiff Georgina who is the fiancée of Andrew Rannells' character Blair. Tiff is hell on wheels and, frankly, abusive. She is heiress to the Georgina Jeans fortune and never met an '80s clip-on earring she didn't take off dramatically when answering the phone.

Casey Wilson and Andrew Ranells in 80s wedding attire.

Casey Wilson as Tiff Georgina and Andrew Ranells as Blair Pfaff in Black Monday.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

I don't remember deciding. I think when I was about three years old people told me I started talking about storytelling and performing. I always said I was going to write and act.

Most unusual or interesting place you've been recognized?

At a lot of baggage carousels and at piano bars.

The cast of Black Monday walks a red carpet.

Casey Wilson, Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Andrew Rannells and Paul Scheer at the SHOWTIME 2019 Emmy FYC Screening of Black Monday at the Wolf Theatre in Los Angeles.

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What's your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is gossip. I'm also writing a book of comedic essays that I'm really excited about.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully I will be spending time with my two wonderful sons and continuing to get the opportunity to act and write.

Casey Wilson and Andrew Ranells wear 80s style clothing in a still image from Black Monday.

Casey Wilson and co-star Andrew Rannells embrace the '80s fashion for Black Monday series set in New York City, circa 1987.

Photo Credit: Erin Simkin/SHOWTIME.

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By Nate Millado

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Last summer was a milestone for the LGBTQ community: the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that sparked the modern gay rights movement. So there's no better time to reflect on the groundbreaking drama Queer as Folk, which was based on a British series of the same name and aired on SHOWTIME from 2000 to 2005. Centered on the hookups and hang-ups of gay men in Pittsburgh, it was the first of its kind for American television and helped kick the door open for realistic depictions of LGBTQ life on television.

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It redefined family.

"I love your friends," says Ted's (Scott Lowell) boyfriend in the finale of Season 1. "They are like family." "Not like. They are," Ted corrects him. QAF embraced the concept of "chosen family," anchored by boy-next-door Michael (Hal Sparks). His close-knit clan included lesbian couple Lindsay and Melanie (Thea Gill and Michelle Clunie) and teen artist Justin (Randy Harrison), whose dad kicked him out of his house for being gay. Of course, it helps when you have a PFLAG-waving mom like Michael's (Cagney & Lacey's Sharon Gless as wisecracking Debbie).

A busy kitchen scene around a table where a small child is eating.

Peter Paige, Thea Gill, Michelle Clunie, and Hal Sparks on set of Queer as Folk.

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It was provocative and thought-provoking.

Peter Paige (who played out-and-proud Emmett) often said, "People came for the queer, but they stayed for the folk." When the show premiered December 3, 2000, much ado was made about the gratuitous sex—mostly involving unapologetic lothario Brian (Gale Harold). And not without reason—those scenes were steamy. But it also tackled deeply personal and political storylines: from workplace discrimination, HIV and AIDS, and same-sex marriage to conversion therapy, recreational drug addiction, and hate crimes.

A man stare intently at his laptop.

Gale Harold as Brian Kinney on Queer as Folk.

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It broke ground and records.

By the end of season 1, QAF was the highest-rated show on SHOWTIME. (While the network didn't release numbers, it said its performance was particularly successful in attracting 18- to 34-year-olds). By demonstrating that a series about gay men could hold mass appeal, it surely paved the yellow brick road for future queer-centric shows like The L Word and Looking.

A couple smiles and laughs at something happening off screen.

Michelle Clunie as Melanie Marcus and Thea Gill as Lindsay Peterson on Queer as Folk.

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It inspired viewers and its cast.

Executive producer Daniel Lipman recalled a time when a group of men from the "flyover states" came up to thank the creators, saying, "Where we live, there are no gay bars ... Queer as Folk was our connection to the gay community." With QAF, you didn't need to live in West Hollywood or the West Village to feel like you belonged. For Robert Gant, landing the role of HIV-positive professor Ben encouraged him to come out publicly in The Advocate. "I feel a sense of responsibility," he said. "I want to help change the world."

Two men have a coversation inside a comic book store

Hal Sparks as Michael Novotny and Robert Grant as Ben Bruckner on Queer as Folk.

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It was ahead of its time.

When QAF premiered, gay marriage wasn't legal—anywhere. "Don't ask, don't tell" was still active. A "Grindr" was a tool in the kitchen. And while the hairstyles and fashion of the aughts may be dated, QAF's timeless themes and fierce, fearless characters still ring loud and queer.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2019.

Stream Queer as Folk on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

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