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Tuesday
Aug262014

Emmy Backstage Report

Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday night. Here's what some of the winners had to say backstage:

-- The Breaking Bad crew appeared together following their win in the outstanding drama series category -- a victory that creator Vince Gilligan called a "wonderful icing on the cake" for a show that ended its run last September.

Gilligan conceded that he didn't believe Breaking Bad would take the top drama prize when he arrived at the ceremony. However, once Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all won acting Emmys, he sensed that momentum was on their side. He remarked, "It's a wonderful surprise and a real honor."

When asked why Breaking Bad had made such an impression on fans and on the TV landscape, Gilligan credited his "damn great cast." Cranston, whose role as meth dealer Walter White earned him the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, chimed in, "Hey, it's just, tell a good story."

Speaking of a good story, much was made of Cranston's extended kiss with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the latter approached the stage to accept her acting Emmy. It was the continuation of a bit that began when they presented together earlier in the night. Why did Cranston smooch Louis-Dreyfus, with whom he worked on Seinfeld? Cranston quipped, "It's not a question of why, but more a question of why not?"

-- Louis-Dreyfus was more forthcoming about their "romantic" moment. The Veep star, who was awarded the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy, revealed that both she and Cranston sought permission from their respective spouses before going ahead with the kiss. However, she noted, "We wanted to really make sure that the presenting stuff worked...because obviously I might not have won. That was very stiff competition."

-- ABC's Modern Family made Emmy history when it was named outstanding comedy series. It is the fifth time the show has triumphed in the category, tying a record held by Frasier. Modern Family creator Steven Levitan didn't want to immediately entertain the idea of breaking the mark in the future, saying, "We're just fully enjoying this moment. That is it. We never thought we'd get here. We are incredibly, incredibly honored to have gotten this much."  

-- The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies marveled at the number of talented actresses who are doing great work on TV at the moment, dropping names like Robin Wright, Kerry Washington and Claire Danes. She belongs in that category too, obviously, having just won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama. Margulies commented, "This is the golden age of television, but it's also the time for women in television."

-- A couple of the winners shared their memories of the late Robin Williams, who was saluted by Billy Crystal during the telecast. Kathy Bates, who was honored for her performance in American Horror Story: Coven, recalled a night years ago, before cellphone use was widespread, when she won a Golden Globe and didn't have a quarter to call her mother on a payphone to deliver the good news. Williams stepped up and offered her a coin; Bates said Monday night, "I never forgot that kindness."

Bates also remembered that in 1999, when she lost in an Oscars category that Williams presented, he said to her, "I really wish I could've had your name in the envelope. Are you OK? I know how hard it is to lose."

Bates told reporters, "He was so kind. This is a special night for that reason. I almost wanted to say, 'Look, I won this time, and this is for you.'"

-- Allison Janney pointed out that some of the attendees were wearing green ribbons in support of the battle against depression -- a condition from which Williams suffered. Janney -- who won two Emmys this year, for her supporting role on the CBS sitcom Mom and for her guest-starring role on Showtime's Masters of Sex -- remarked, "I dealt with it firsthand. I lost someone very dear to me. And everyone is feeling that."

-- While reveling in his Emmy win for outstanding variety series for The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert refused to look ahead to next year, when he'll replace David Letterman on CBS' Late Show. He told reporters he's still working on his Comedy Central program through the end of the year, which, he stated, "takes 100 percent of my brain to get done, because I don't have the ability to think about this show and another show in the future, and I'm still really enjoying watching Dave right now."

-- Sarah Silverman drew attention to herself on the red carpet, when she claimed in an interview that she had brought liquid pot with her. She clarified the situation backstage: "I wasn't stoned. I had pot for later in my purse....It's legal and I don't drink. I like to have a puff as a treat at appropriate times."

One can only wonder whether she lit up after the event to celebrate her Emmy victory for outstanding writing for a variety special, for Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.

-- Jessica Lange maintained that she was "stunned" to be honored for her role in American Horror Story: Coven. She also said the next season of her FX show, which is subtitled Freak Show, will be the most "extraordinary" one yet. The new season will premiere October 8.

-- The FX program Fargo collected the Emmy for outstanding miniseries or movie. Executive producer Warren Littlefield called it the best moment of his life -- not bad for a former NBC exec who was around for that network's "Must See TV" days.


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Monday
Sep232013

'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family,' 'Behind the Candelabra' Top Surprising 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- On Sunday night, you could've tuned into the next-to-last episode of Breaking Bad, or you could've tuned into the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards to see the show win its first-ever trophy for best drama series.  "Holy crap," said Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan when he took the podium at the end of the three-hours-plus show.  "I did not see this coming."

Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn also took the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series: it was her first Emmy win.  But to the surprise of many, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston failed to win lead actor in a drama.  He lost to The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels, who echoed the thoughts of the audience when he said, "Well, crap, didn't expect this!" as he took the podium.

It was the first Emmy win for Daniels, who joked that the only thing he'd won recently had been the AARP award for "best actor over 50." "With respect to the AARP, this is better," he quipped.

There were several upsets throughout the night: Kerry Washington, hotly favored to win outstanding actress in a drama series -- which would've made her the first African-American actress to do so -- lost to Claire Danes, who repeated for Homeland.   At the podium, Danes thanked her husband for "making me so whole and happy so I can be entirely unhappy in the land of make believe."

--In the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, it was a surprise win for Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale;  many thought Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul would take the prize. 

--In the Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy category, Merritt Wever from Nurse Jackie grabbed the trophy, which absolutely nobody saw coming.  At the podium, she said, simply, "Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye!" and left the stage, prompting host Neil Patrick Harris to dub her comments "Best. Speech. Ever." 

--Other surprise wins: Tony Hale of Veep in the Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy category; The Voice for Outstanding Reality Competition, beating perennial winner The Amazing Race; The Colbert Report snapping The Daily Show's 10-year winning streak as outstanding variety series.

Michael Douglas won his first Emmy for his fearless portrayal of Liberace in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, which won 11 Emmys in total this year.  At the podium, he thanked his co-star and fellow nominee Matt Damon, who played his gay lover in the movie, by saying, "Matt, this was a two-hander, and you’re only as good as your other hand. You deserve half of this. So, you want the bottom or the top?"  After Damon replied from the audience, Douglas joked, "The top? I figured that."

Of course, there were still some tried-and-true winners Sunday night.  Modern Family won outstanding comedy honors for the fourth straight year.  Jim Parsons won outstanding actor in a comedy for The Big Bang Theory for the third time, while Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy for the second straight year. 

As a host, Neil Patrick Harris sometimes appeared as though he was hosting the Tony Awards, starring in a big musical number mid-show, and singing and dancing alongside the nominees for outstanding choreography in a massive production number, as that category was presented on camera for the first time ever.  

But surprisingly, NPH didn't open the show with a musical number.  First, he did a sketch in which he attempted to binge-watch the entire TV season, and that led to a monologue in which he ended up arguing with past Emmy hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch and Conan O'Brien about the right way to host the show -- while Kevin Spacey, in the audience, claimed that he had masterminded the entire segment. 

Harris and his How I Met Your Mother cast also co-starred in a filmed bit about how Harris suffers from EHD, or Excessive Hosting Disorder, and needed to go to The Ryan Seacrest Center to recover.

The show was dubbed "the saddest Emmys ever" by Modern Family creator Steven Levitan because it was heavy with tributes to stars we lost in the past year. 

Edie Falco saluting her Sopranos husband James Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox saluting producer Gary David Goldberg; Robin Williams saying farewell to his idol and former Mork & Mindy co-star Jonathan Winters; Rob Reiner paying homage to his All in the Family mother-in-law Jean Stapleton; and Jane Lynch honoring her Glee co-star Cory Monteith.  Unfortunately, these tributes didn't include any montages of the late actors' work, so we could see what made them so great.

And in another disappointment, Elton John paid tribute to the late Liberace, the subject of HBO's Behind the Candelabra, with an oddly subdued performance.  While viewers may have expected something over-the-top and flamboyant -- especially after Elton said that Liberace had been an influence on him -- all he did was perform his somber new song "Home Again" while wearing a simple dark blue sequined jacket and blue-framed, but regular-size, glasses.

Carrie Underwood also performed: she sang "Yesterday" as a tribute to 1963-1964, "the year that changed TV history," because of JFK's assassination and the arrival of The Beatles in the U.S.  "Yesterday," however, didn't come out until 1965. Still, Carrie tweeted that she'd received Paul McCartney's blessing to perform it.

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Monday
Sep232013

Emmys Backstage Report

Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's what the winners had to say backstage Sunday night at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles:

-- Riding a wave of momentum from its captivating final season, AMC's Breaking Bad was named outstanding drama series. And star Bryan Cranston put it best when he declared backstage, "What a way to go out!"

Calling the win an "answer to a wish and a prayer," Cranston said what he'd wanted was for the entire cast and crew to be celebrated.

As the show winds down its run, Cranston said he and his co-stars can relate to the roller coaster of emotions viewers have felt in recent weeks, because they had felt those emotions, too. He recalled that reading the scripts was "like unwrapping a present because we too were wringing our hands and saying 'Oh my God' to ourselves."

Given that the final season of Breaking Bad was split in half -- the last episode is set to air next Sunday -- it's not hard to imagine the show getting another outstanding drama series nomination next year.

-- Jeff Daniels believed his work held up to that of his fellow outstanding lead drama actor nominees, but entering the ceremony he thought it was "anybody's game." Having said that, The Newsroom actor was happy to come out on top.

Daniels doesn't have too much time to revel in his victory. He has to fly to Atlanta on Monday to begin shooting Dumb and Dumber To with Jim Carrey. He promised the Farrelly brothers sequel will have elements that will make the disgusting toilet scene in the original comedy seem "lame."

-- Homeland star Claire Danes has no plans to bond with her nine-month-old son over the fact that she's won the outstanding lead drama actress Emmy two years in a row. She told reporters she won't let him watch any episodes of her show, and she won't let him play with her new Emmy statuette, either. Danes joked, "I'm just hoping he's not going to impale himself on this thing. I'm going to keep it very elevated."

-- Modern Family creator Steven Levitan was humbled by the fact that his ABC show is now tied for the second-most wins for outstanding comedy series; it has a total of four, as do The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family and Cheers. Frasier holds the record, with five.

As grateful as he said he was, Levitan lamented the fact that none of his actors won an individual Emmy on Sunday night, since "they play as big a role in this as anybody."

-- Julia Louis-Dreyfus has now claimed back-to-back Emmys in the outstanding lead comedy actress category for her role on HBO's Veep. She was excited to take her latest statuette home with her and "sleep with it."

Louis-Dreyfus said this Emmy triumph feels just as special to her as her previous three victories. She pointed out that she's lost an Emmy race 10 times in her career, so as far as she's concerned it is "delicious to win."

-- The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons picked up his third Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series. How does it feel when his name is called? He compared it to the adrenaline rush a person feels when "you narrowly miss getting into a car accident."

It didn't sound as if Parsons was in a mood to party after the ceremony. He said after-parties are "more of an afterthought to me. I prefer to read in bed. But that's because I'm 100."

-- Michael Douglas clarified the remarks he made in his acceptance speech for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie, when he praised his Behind the Candelabra co-star, Matt Damon, and referred to their collaboration as a "two-hander." Basically, he said, he meant that Damon was an excellent "partner" to work with in the Liberace movie.

In addition, Douglas elaborated on his "shout-out" to his 34-year-old son, Cameron, who is serving time in prison for drug-related crimes.

Douglas said in his acceptance speech he hoped "they allow me to see him soon." Backstage, he explained that Cameron is currently in solitary confinement, and he is not allowed to visit his son. Douglas continued, "I'm questioning the system. Obviously at first I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I've reached a point now where I'm very, very disappointed with the system."

Of note: Douglas made a casual reference to his "wife" Catherine Zeta-Jones, just as he did on stage. The couple announced their separation last month.

-- Anna Gunn has received a lot of backlash from fans for the transformation of her character, Skyler, on Breaking Bad. But she did not feel a sense of vindication after she was awarded the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. She remarked, "What the Skyler haters do, they do. It doesn't really have anything to do with me."

-- Boardwalk Empire star Bobby Cannavale was so shocked to hear his name called for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series that he couldn't remember much of his speech. He said he remembered Mad Men actor Jon Hamm, with whom he plays card games, giving him a thumbs-up.

-- Nurse Jackie actress Merritt Wever was a surprise winner for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series. Even more surprising was her very brief acceptance speech: "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye."

Wever made sure to give credit where credit was due when she met with the media backstage. She said she wanted to thank Showtime, which airs her show, and "most of all" her co-star, outstanding lead comedy actress nominee Edie Falco.

When asked how it felt to hold an Emmy statuette in her hand, Wever joked, "I'm scared because it was unexpected....I have therapy next week."

-- Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report snapped The Daily Show and his buddy Jon Stewart's 10-year reign as outstanding variety series. Colbert was quick to note backstage that Stewart's streak is still alive, in a way, because he's an executive producer of The Colbert Report. Colbert exclaimed, "Congratulations, Jon! If anybody could do it, you could!"

-- Tina Fey was appreciative of the fact that her NBC comedy, 30 Rock, was acknowledged with an Emmy for its final season, especially since it concluded last January. The show was honored for outstanding writing in a comedy series.

With Saturday Night Live's season premiere a week away, the former SNL cast member and head writer was asked for her opinion of Cecily Strong's addition to the "Weekend Update" segment. Fey was confident that Strong will appear comfortable in front of the camera.

Strong will join returning anchor Seth Meyers on "Weekend Update." Meyers' future at the fake news desk after he takes over for Jimmy Fallon as host of NBC's Late Night next February remains to be seen.

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Sunday
Sep222013

Emmy Winners List

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the winners in the top categories at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. A full list of winners is available at Emmys.com.

Drama Series
Breaking Bad

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Comedy Series
Modern Family

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Hale, Veep

Miniseries or Movie
Behind the Candelabra

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Reality-Competition

The Voice

Variety Series
The Colbert Report

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Tuesday
Sep252012

Emmys Audience Up from Last Year

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- This year's Emmy Awards saw an uptick in viewership from the 2011 ceremony.

ABC's telecast of the Emmys on Sunday night, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was seen by an estimated 13.2 million viewers.  It aired live across the country.

Last year's Emmys ceremony, which aired on Fox and was hosted by Jane Lynch, drew 12.4 million.

Sunday's telecast didn't match the audience of NBC's Sunday Night Football, which pulled in 19.8 million viewers for a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Showtime's Homeland and ABC's Modern Family won the Emmy for best drama and best comedy, respectively.

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Monday
Sep242012

"Homeland," "Modern Family" Win Big at 64th Annual Emmy Awards

Showtime(LOS ANGELES) -- Returning favorites and new faces mingled at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards, which were handed out during a Sunday night telecast on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

On the new side, the freshman series Homeland emerged as a big winner, scoring the win for Best Drama -- the first-ever best series Emmy win for Showtime, in any category.  It also deprived Mad Men of a record-breaking fifth Emmy in that category. 

In addition, Homeland's stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, were named best lead actor and actress in a drama series, respectively, and it also picked up an Emmy for dramatic writing.

At the podium, Lewis cracked, "I don't really believe in judging acting, but I thought I'd show up just in case!"

A pregnant Claire Danes thanked her husband, actor Hugh Dancy, calling him "my love, my life, my baby daddy," and adding, "This doesn't mean anything without you."

On the comedy side, it was mostly about Modern Family, which picked up its third Emmy for Best Comedy.  Cast member Eric Stonestreet won his second Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy, while another Modern Family star, Julie Bowen, won her second in a row for best supporting actress.  The show also won for Best Directing, Comedy.

Onstage, Stonestreet, who's straight, said, "I never knew I'd be on TV as a gay man, but I love the pictures of hairy chests you guys are sending me, it's really amazing.  Thank you for those." 

Bowen, meanwhile, joked that her role on the show consisted mostly of "me falling down and making faces while wearing lipstick and nipple covers."   She repeated "nipple covers" several times during her speech.

A surprise winner in the comedy category was Jon Cryer, who won his first-ever Emmy as a lead actor for Two and a Half Men.  He was shocked, stating at the podium, "I'm stunned!  I did not win this.  This did not happen."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named best actress in a comedy for her new HBO show Veep, but when she started her speech, she said, oddly, "First of all, I'd like to thank NBC, Parks and Rec, my beautiful boys Archie and Abel..."  That was, of course, Amy Poehler's acceptance speech, had she won -- Dreyfus pretended to read it in error.  Poehler ran onstage and gave her the "right" speech.

In the drama category, Aaron Paul won his second best supporting actor in a drama Emmy for Breaking Bad, and thanked the show's writers for not killing him off.  The award for best supporting actress went to Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, who won last year, but that was when the show was in the Miniseries/Movie category.

Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron won his first-ever primetime Emmy for best reality show host, but at the podium, he noted that it was probably because Survivor's Jeff Probst, who's won the award four times in a row, wasn't nominated this year. 

He joked that he was glad that he'd beat Betty White in the category -- the veteran actress was nominated for her show Off Their Rockers -- saying, "It's particularly satisfying since she always kicks my ass in our mixed martial arts class."  The Amazing Race won yet again for best reality series.

Jon Stewart's The Daily Show won its 10th straight Emmy for best variety, comedy or music series. 

At the podium, Stewart held up his Emmy and said, "Years from now, when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit, they will find a box of these and they will know just how predictable these bleeping [awards shows] are!" 

Kimmel later joked that he saw Stewart backstage, "throwing away his Emmy."

In the Miniseries/Movie category, winners included Game Change for best miniseries or movie, and its star Julianne Moore for best lead actress; Kevin Costner and Tom Berenger, respectively for best lead actor and best supporting actor for Hatfields & McCoys; and Jessica Lange for best supporting actress for American Horror Story

When Moore, who portrayed Sarah Palin in Game Change, came to the podium, she said, "I feel so validated, because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!"

Despite Kimmel's best efforts, the Emmy telecast wasn't very exciting or interesting -- it felt quite flat.  There were a few amusing moments, though, including:

-- An opening segment in which an overly-Botoxed Kimmel was found sobbing in a ladies' room stall, saying he couldn't host the show because his face looked terrible.  A host of top comic actresses, including Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, offered to "punch his face back in" for him, which they did.  As a now normal-looking Kimmel headed out onstage, they pointed out he wasn't wearing any pants, so Ellen DeGeneres handed hers over.

-- A bit where Kimmel pulled 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan out of the audience, instructed him to lie down on stage, and then told everyone watching to go to Twitter and Facebook and post, "OMG! Tracy Morgan just passed out on the Emmys! Turn on ABC now!"  For a while, it was a trending topic.  Morgan actually laid there onstage for quite a while before being carried off by his arms and legs.

-- An "In Memoriam" bit where Kimmel paid tribute to himself.  As a montage of clips from his show was shown, Josh Groban was on hand to play piano and sing a dramatic version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."

-- Kimmel's opening montage, where he said Downton Abbey gave viewers "a sense of what it was like to grow up in Mitt Romney's house," and said that he doesn't want President Obama to watch Homeland -- the commander-in-chief's favorite show -- "for the same reason I don't want Charlie Sheen to watch Breaking Bad."

And one amusing moment was actually a mistake: Seth McFarlane came onstage to present the Best Reality Show Host category and started delivering his lines at a place on the stage where there was no microphone.   Realizing his error, he said, "Oh, the mic's over there," and walked over to it.  Then, he cracked, in the voice of his Family Guy character Stewie, "This is what happens when you don't come to rehearsal!"

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Monday
Sep242012

Primetime Emmy Awards Winners List

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the winners in the 16 leading categories at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  For a full list of winners, head over to Emmys.com:

Drama Series
Homeland

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Comedy Series
Modern Family

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Miniseries or Movie
Game Change

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore, Game Change

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race

Variety Series

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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Thursday
Jul192012

2012 Emmy Nominations Announced

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The 2012 Emmy Awards nominees were announced this morning in Los Angeles.  The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, September 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and broadcast live on ABC.

The nominations were announced by actress Kerry Washington of ABC's Scandal and Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Perhaps the most notable takeaway from Thursday's announcements is that for the first time ever in Emmy history, none of the major broadcast networks scored a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.  All of the nominees are from cable or, in the case of Downton Abbey, public television. 

Here are the nominees for the 12 leading categories.  For a full list of nominees, head over to Emmys.com.

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downtown Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Emmy Nominations Will Be Announced Thursday Morning

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced in North Hollywood on Thursday at 5:40 a.m. Pacific time.  Scandal actress Kerry Washington and Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman will participate in the announcement, which can be seen at Emmys.com.

It's a safe bet that the 2011 winner for best drama, the AMC series Mad Men, will be a nominee in that category again this year.  Other candidates include two other AMC series, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, plus HBO's Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, and Showtime's Homeland.

ABC's Modern Family, which won best comedy in 2011, will likely get the chance to defend its title.  Its competition may include former best-comedy winner 30 Rock, plus fellow NBC comedy Parks and Recreation and CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

Tom O'Neil, of the website Gold Derby, is one of the lead predictors when it comes to Hollywood awards shows.  He tells ABC News Radio we'll hear the names of shows like Mad Men and Modern Family called a lot.

"About two-thirds of last year's nominees will be back, because they always come back," O'Neil said. "And the guessing game is what newcomers will make the cut."

O'Neil thinks that cable could dominate: "It is possible, that for the first time ever, all nominees for best drama series will be from cable.  Last year only one broadcast show broke through.  It was The Good Wife.  This year...it could be a complete shut out for the broadcast channels."

Jimmy Kimmel will host ABC's Emmys telecast from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. live in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 23.

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Thursday
May102012

ABC's "General Hospital" Leads Nominations for Daytime Emmys

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's lone daytime soap opera is the leading nominee for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards.

General Hospital on Wednesday garnered 23 nods, including in the outstanding drama series category.  All My Children, which ABC cancelled, is also a nominee in the top soap category.

Another defunct ABC drama, One Life to Live, is represented in the lead actor and actress categories.  ABC topped all networks with 56 nominations.

Regis Philbin is the sentimental favorite for outstanding talk show host.  He and Kelly Ripa are nominated for their final year together on Live! with Regis and Kelly.

The 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.  No TV network is currently slated to televise the ceremony.

A complete list of nominees is available at EmmyOnline.TV.

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