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Emmy-winner Kyra Sedgwick’s Set No Family Affair This Year

Kyra Sedgwick

EMMY AFTERMATH:  Kyra Sedgwick, savoring her Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “The Closer,” had husband Kevin Bacon close by her side throughout the evening, even standing off-stage, sipping champagne as he watched her field questions in the press room.  The couple isn’t getting togetherness time on her series set this year, however.  Kevin isn’t directing any episodes of “The Closer’s” Season 6 because he’s busy with his own projects, according to Kyra.  And their daughter Sosie, 18, isn’t coming back to the show in her role as Kyra’s niece – she’s too busy with her freshman year of college getting underway.  Son Travis, 21, also flew the nest awhile ago.  So this year, unlike the past five years of her “The Closer” duty, Sedgwick isn’t facing mixed emotions about leaving the family in New York to shoot her series in L.A.

Now that she finally has her Emmy, what honor could come next?  The actress has heard there’s “talk of a wax museum figure.  That’s a little strong, I think.”

Seriously, she’s happy focusing on the show and her now-iconic character, deputy police chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.  “I’m always pushing for the personal stories. As an actor, that’s why I’m doing the job,” she observes.  “I was offered procedurals in the past.  The personal aspect is what got me on board our show.  I think that’s the key to success.”

That and its truly Outstanding star.

AND:  It’s nice to see Aaron Paul acknowledged with an Emmy for his first rate supporting work on “Breaking Bad” – particularly knowing what a grinder the role of drug-selling Jesse has been for the actor.  Playing Bryan Cranston’s hapless partner in crime, Paul’s been roughed up, knocked down, thrown through a screen door that didn’t quite go the way the stunt was planned and generally left bruised and scraped more times than he could probably count by now.

Watch Out — Now it’s Walter White Jr. ‘Breaking Bad’

RJ Mitte "Breaking Bad" AMC Photo

Look out, “Breaking Bad” fans.  As nerve-shattering as critics agree the past few episodes of the Bryan Cranston series have been, there are more stunners coming.

“Keep your eyes on my character.  You’ll start seeing a big change in the next three episodes.  The sky is the limit with him.”  So says RJ Mitte, who plays Cranston’s son, Walter White Jr., on the highly-decorated AMC show.  Like his TV alter-ego, RJ has a mild case of cerebral palsy.

“I was really excited about what I have coming up.  He really comes of age.  He could be going to the bad side,” reports the 17-year-old actor.  “Things are definitely going to go wild for the whole family.”

RJ says that when it comes to working with his disability, the “Breaking Bad” team is very free about asking if certain physical activity, camera angles and so on can work for him in scenes, and making changes if necessary.  However, when it comes to Walt Jr.’s storylines, “I think the writers aren’t thinking about the disability so much as real life.  People with disabilities are just like anyone else,” he notes.

“It’s a fun character to play, very interesting, very complicated.  You have to really put yourself into what he’s going through to play it,” he adds. “Your parents are getting divorced, your dad’s dying and there’s all this other stuff going on.”  That other stuff would be Dad’s crystal meth business and all its violent and otherwise nasty ramifications.

With a possible fourth season production start on “Breaking Bad” late this summer, RJ says he has a couple of potential movie roles on the horizon, and a trek to New York to speak on behalf of  the Screen Actors Guild’s I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People With Disabilities) program, for which he serves as national spokesman.  But his biggest excitement: “I have a prom next month.”  He’s escorting a friend to her prom in Philadelphia, and right now, getting his tux and everything else organized for the trip is at the forefront of his mind.

‘Breaking Bad’ Turned ‘Upside Down’ in New Season says Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad'

Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad'

Bryan Cranston, who’s earned two Emmys for his work on “Breaking Bad,” tips that the third season of the highly-lauded AMC show will be “like a million-piece puzzle that’s hiding the picture on the box.”Cranston, who directs the March 21 season-opener, reveals that as the story progresses this year, “The very structure of the show is turned upside down.” His character, science teacher Walter White, who started cooking crystal methamphetamine to make big money to support his family when he learned he had terminal lung cancer, has been keeping his double life secret.

“Yet, the one thing that can’t happen does happen. His wife finds out and all is lost,” Cranston says. “He must make amends, live with the fallout of his actions and try to win his wife back and to reconcile who his is.”

That might be, but make no mistake that drugs won’t still be a vital part of the story, as will Aaron Paul, who plays Walter’s former student who’s teamed up with his one-time teacher in the drug trade.

Cranston, who counts his role as the father in “Malcolm in the Middle” among his many credits, notes how flawed many television heroes have become today. Among them: Denis Leary as an alcoholic fireman in “Rescue Me,” Edie Falco as a cheating, drug-addicted wife in “Nurse Jackie,” murderers and such in “Sons of Anarchy.”

The way Cranston has figured it out, “In the old days, the leading man was handsome, never drank, didn’t abuse drugs, always figured out what his problems were and solved them. But today, we are accepting more sophisticated storytelling — more honest portrayals of the human experience.”

MAKING IT HAPPEN:  Robert David Hall, a.k.a. “CSI’s” coroner Al Robbins, is about to unveil “Things They Don’t Teach You in School” — a bluesy Americana-style labor of love he recorded last summer in Austin, with “some of the best sidemen in the business.”

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

He tells us, “I’ve been a musician and a singer almost all my life, but it just sort of faded.” Then, “My baby brother came down with cancer, liver cancer. He’s 46.” His brother’s battle awakened Hall to the fact that none of us has unlimited time to accomplish “that secret list of things we want to do in life” — and sparked him to get busy.

“I’m a good musician. I think I’m a good writer. I have no illusions. I just hope that people who check this out will enjoy it,” says Hall, who wrote seven of the songs on “Things They Don’t Teach You in School” and co-wrote two more. Samples of his enjoyable folksy fare can be checked out at his robertdavidhallmusic.com website.

Meanwhile, Hall, a mighty multi-tasker if there ever was one, continues his “CSI” duties as well as his leadership roles as an advocate for people with disabilities — as well as being among the founding fathers of the Screen Actors Guild’s iActor online casting database. It allows “all paid members to upload their reels, headshots and resume information. It’s a place where casting people can look and know that they have paid up union member.”

EXPANDING HORIZONS: Lea Thompson is moving forward with preproduction on her “Damaged Goods” project — that will have the “Jane Doe” mysteries and former “Caroline in the City” star behind the cameras, as a director. Though Lea’s directed herself in “Jane Doe” movies, this will be her first shot at helming a big-screen romantic comedy.

It’s about a high-flying, chic Malibu lifestyle guru who finds herself falling for a guy who operates a used furniture store in New Mexico and, well, owns chickens. Can love prevail?

James Denton and Jonathan Cooper are cast and subsidiary roles are being filled now.

CASTING CORNER: Now that the applause has had a chance to die down since the announcement that Kate Winslet will star in a remake of “Mildred Pierce” as an HBO miniseries, there are questions to be asked. First, who’ll play the key role of Veda — the selfish ingrate daughter that tenacious businesswoman Mildred can’t please.

Casting forces are working on that one now. The role won Ann Blyth an Oscar nomination for the 1946 feature — which, of course, netted Joan Crawford a Best Actress statuette.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster