Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Oscars 2017
The Latest News and Insider UpdatesDon't Miss

Article

THE ROOKIES

Posted on

BEST NEW TV ACTRESS

CAREY LOWELL

You’d think it would be tough joining the ensemble of Law & Order, a show that goes through cast members like Jim Carrey goes through facial expressions. But Carey Lowell, 31, is the new element in L&O that has people paying fresh attention to the seven-year-old drama. As assistant DA Jamie Ross, the former model and Licence to Kill Bond girl makes plea bargaining pleasing, managing to be grim, intelligent, and alluring at the same time. Lowell’s a divorced single mom (she was married to actor Griffin Dunne). So is Jamie, and, says the actress, ”I don’t know if I’m giving anything away, but my ex-husband, who’s a defense attorney, might come into an episode. It’s kind of a Marcia Clark custody thing — the mother’s too busy working, and the husband will be trying to take the child away, with Jamie in the Marcia Clark position.” Unlike Clark, however, Lowell has no trouble making a tough assignment fit like a glove. — Ken Tucker

BEST NEW TV ACTOR

RAY ROMANO

”I’m a skeptic at heart, and pessimistic all the time,” says Ray Romano, the star of CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond. Take his reaction to the standing ovation he got after a recent taping: ”They were getting up to leave anyway.” As fans of the nasal, put-upon comic already know, Romano, 39, is prime time’s most appealing new standup sitcom star. In Raymond he essentially plays himself: a family mensch with three kids, a sharp wife (on camera, Patricia Heaton; off camera, Anna, a homemaker), demanding parents, and a droopy brother. Ratings success has proved elusive. It didn’t help that Raymond premiered against ABC’s new hit Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. ”My daughter watched Sabrina,” says Romano. ”I had a zero share in my own house.” The news that CBS has ordered five more episodes brought some cheer to the Romano household. ”My wife, of course, went right to the mall,” says Romano. ”She’s spending syndication money already.” — Bret Watson

BEST NEW DIRECTORS

STANLEY TUCCI AND CAMPBELL SCOTT

Thanks to Big Night, the year’s most delicious movie, our pasta and panini dreams got a lot more saucy. Using talents both fresh and seasoned to tell the tale of two Italian emigre brothers trying to save their 1950s Jersey restaurant, actors-turned-directors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott used pathos and humor (along with oregano and olive oil) to create one orgasmic out-of-this-world objet d’overindulgence. ”It’s a secret recipe handed down to my mother from my father’s mother’s family,” Tucci says of the film’s girth-quaking timpano dish, a giant pasta pie shaped like a kettledrum, ”but nobody listens.” Actually, Hollywood is listening; between them, Tucci and Scott have at least nine projects lined up. Still, Tucci thinks he might be in the wrong field. ”Business at Italian restaurants is picking up wherever the movie is playing,” he says. ”The movie’s doing fine, but I wish I had a piece of that action.”

Comments