If Breaking Bad doesn't win any Emmys on Monday night, don't blame the show — blame the fact that the last time anyone saw a new episode of the series, it was just a little under a year ago. Bad's final season just managed to qualify for this year's awards, and while that's great news for fans hoping to see its cast reunite once more, the long time off the air doesn't bode well for the series' chances of winning any Emmys. And it's not just Bad: Girls, Downton Abbey, Episodes and more nominated shows also saw their seasons end many months back, some even before a few network nominees' episodes even began.
And, even worse, it's still going to be awhile before those shows (minus Bad) return, not to mention how long it's going to be until True Detective, Orange is the New Black and other series whose seasons finished up as recently as earlier this summer come back into our lives. Thankfully, the months ahead are not entirely absent of TV's best stars; while their shows may still be on hold, many Emmy-nominated actors have movies coming out later this year, some of which look like pretty great ways to pass the time between seasons. Here are 12 nominees with movies to look for in 2014:
Movie: Horrible Bosses 2 (Nov. 26)
In the sequel to the 2011 comedy, Spacey returns as a sadistic boss last seen getting sentenced to jail after his former employee and friends decided to take down their awful superiors.
Thing to Note: Nearly all of the original movie's cast is returning: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and more.
William H. Macy
Movie: Rudderless (Oct. 17)
The actor directs and stars in this musical drama about a grief-stricken father (Macy) who, after discovering his dead son's demo tapes, meets a young musician (Anton Yelchin) and decides to start a band.
Thing to Note: The Sundance darling also stars Selena Gomez, and judging from the trailer, it's the actress' darkest role yet.
Movie: St. Vincent (Oct. 24)
A single mom (McCarthy) desperately asks her hard-drinking neighbor (Bill Murray) to babysit her pre-teen son (Jaeden Lieberher), and the two guys form an unlikely bond.
Thing to Note: It's a smaller, sweeter movie than Tammy or Identity Thief — and that's exactly what McCarthy needs. Could a second Oscar nomination be on its way?
Movie: Dumb and Dumber To (Nov. 14)
Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) return for more dimwitted adventures in the reunion no one was asking for.
Thing to Note: Jennifer Lawrence has a cameo. So that's... something?
Movie: The Interview (Dec. 25)
A TV journalist (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) are recruited by a CIA official (Caplan) to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Thing to Note: This is the movie that nearly started a war.
Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 (Nov. 21)
In the third installment of the franchise, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly fights for her nation as a symbol of rebellion, along with her old pals Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Haymitch (Harrelson).
Thing to Note: Haymitch's hard-partying, friendly ways are gone in this movie, thanks to a mandatory alcohol detox and a fight with Katniss after he broke his promise of saving Peeta before her in Catching Fire.
Lena Headley and Peter Dinklage
Movie: Low Down (Oct. 24)
The Game of Thrones siblings reunite as supporting characters in this biopic of a drug-addicted jazz pianist (John Hawkes) raising a teenage daughter (Elle Fanning).
Thing to Note: The movie also stars Glenn Close and Orange is the New Black's Taryn Manning. This is gonna be good.
Movie: Interstellar (Nov. 7)
Confusing Christopher Nolan-directed science/space stuff, starring McConaughey and a bunch of other A-list actors.
Thing to Note: If the movie does as well with critics as it's expected to with audiences, McConaughey could potentially get his second Oscar nomination in as many years.
Movie: Tracks (Sept. 19)
Based on the true story of a woman (Mia Wasikowska) who travels 1,700 miles across Australia, her journey documented by a National Geographic photographer (Driver).
Thing to Note: Tracks is just one of many Adam Driver movies coming out soon; he also has This is Where I Leave You and the new Star Wars.
Movie: Dark Places (Sept. 1)
Hendricks plays a long-dead mom in this Charlize Theron-starring adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling 2009 novel.
Thing to Note: This will be Hendricks like we've never seen her — dark, messy, and scared for her life.
Movie: Foxcatcher (Nov. 14)
In the most highly-anticipated movie of the fall, Ruffalo stars as an Olympic wrestling champion killed by a paranoid schizophrenic (Steve Carell).
Thing to Note: This movie is going to win all the Oscars. Move over, McConaughey; the Ruffaissance has begun.
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