At The Envelope (the awards-centric section of the LA Times), Tom O’Neill compiles a roundup of nomination predictions. This is a discussion of which shows, among the top ten favorites already selected, will get one of the five nominations for Best Dramatic series. Polling five TV critics, and offering his own predictions, only three shows get unanimous agreement: Mad Men, House, and Damages.

At the Salt Lake Tribune, Vince Horiuchi discusses his own ballot.

Never has my hand been more sure than when marking a check next to “Mad Men,” AMC’s sterling first entry into original programming.

Variety interviews Jon Hamm, as part of a series on Emmy contenders.

…and our commenter kartheiser_grl hooked us up with another Variety article, this one about John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser, focused on actors in Emmy contention for supporting roles.

As we’ve blogged before, Mad Men’s own Ann Dudek has absolutely stolen the season. I was all about how House had jumped the shark, and I was about to drop it from my DVR subscriptions, but she waltzed in on infinitely long legs and saved the series.

I don’t want to give away anything that happened, it was amazing and, while this blog spoils Mad Men left and right, no one comes here expecting House spoilers. As an episode of House, the writing was top-notch, the willingness to explore new character directions was laudable, and I was on the edge of my seat.

But Ann Dudek. Wow. It’s not giving anything away to say she both plays the character of Amber (aka Cut-Throat Bitch) and a dream version of Amber, so that she’s in various stages of real and imagined throughout the episode. She is by turns gorgeous and glamorous, ordinary and focused, vulnerable and tender, all thanks to superb acting and hey that makeup department.

I believe we know she’ll be back in season 2 Mad Men (do we know that? Should I double-check that?). I am so looking forward to seeing her work there.

Well it sorta relates because we’ve been talking about House.

I knew Robert Sean Leonard when he was 13 and I was 17. We were both participating in a local, non-professional young-people’s summer stock program. He was a great kid then; a talent and a sweetie.

And I’ve watched his career ever since. He was good looking enough and got enough attention from Dead Poet’s Society that he could’ve followed the path of the matinee idol; instead I remember hearing he was involved with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon.

I got to say hello to him a few years ago following a preview of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. I waited at the stage door. Watched Ms. Redgrave (or was it Dame?) get escorted to her limo. Watched a shockingly-more-handsome-up-close Brian Dennehy. Watched Phillip Seymour Hoffman! And lastly RSL. After saying a few hellos to his audience, I called out, Bobby Leonard! It got his attention. I told him right away my name and how we’d known each other. He sorta kinda remembered me. Let’s face it, I only sorta kinda remembered him. He spoke to me and my mom for five or ten minutes.

Then he got on his bicycle and rode down the street.

I heart Bobby Leonard.

That’s right, last night we had Cutthroat Bitch back on House (Ann Dudek—Francine on MM) and she was awesome.

It was one of the best House episodes I’ve seen in a while, and I laughed out loud quite often (Wilson kills me). Dudek was terrific in it; she looked absolutely gorgeous and she was smart and funny.

I didn’t think much of her when she first showed up on House, and I wanted them to just get rid of her. Then I realized she was Francine, and I realized the actress had some real chops, to be on two shows I watch regularly without me recognizing her right away (although I caught on eventually). My carpool friend also watches both shows, and didn’t realize both characters were the same actress until I pointed it out. Some of it is costume and hair, but it’s still impressive.

By the way, one of my favorite pop culture obsessed blogs is Polite Dissent. An inspiration for a blog like ours, Polite Dissent is written by a medical doctor who examines how medicine and medical issues are treated and mistreated in pop culture; mostly comics, but there’s a weekly write-up of House and of Private Practice (which, ugh, I hate).

Whoahh! Our very own post-partum psychosis dabbler, Francine, (Anne Dudek), is back on House!

After having been auff’d from Dr. House’s bizarre reality show of a recruitment process, we thought we’d seen the last of her on FOX and that we could keep her all to ourselves. But nope! Cut-throat Bitch seems to have a softer side, at least in the eyes of the lovely and talented Dr. Wilson. As Wilson’s new girlfriend, her character outta be in for quite a run (as in, she’ll probably be on the show awhile).

Okay when I grow up I want to be both on Mad Men and on House.  At the same time.