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Why Emmy Snubs Kids

June 09, 2011

Playing a kid in primetime these days is anything but child's play.

The adult material tackled by young actors this year -- autism, homosexuality, alcoholism, deadbeat parents, cancer, just to name a few -- rival any plotlines traveled by three-time drama actor winner Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad or Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer, who took home the drama actress prize in 2010.

"They are no longer television's window dressing," says agent and owner of the Osbrink Agency, Cindy Osbrink, whose roster of young talent features sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning and Parenthood's 13-year-old star Max Burkholder, the first primetime series regular to play a character with Asperger's syndrome.

"Showrunners have realized that they don't have to hire brats anymore -- that kids can actually act," Osbrink says. "That all said, adults are still taken way more seriously as Emmy contenders, and I'm not really sure why." Read More