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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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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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Saturday
Mar022013

“Modern Family” Stars Stuck in Hotel Elevator

@jessietyler/Twitter(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Cast members of ABC’s Modern Family found themselves trapped in a crowded elevator for nearly an hour on their way to headline a fundraiser in Kansas City, Mo.

Actors Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson were among the 15 stuck in an elevator on the third floor of the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center Friday night.

The trio was in town to headline Kids Night Out 2013, a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.

But until rescue workers from the Kansas City Fire Department could make their way down from the 40th floor to free the trapped people, the three stars kept their calm – taking pictures, making videos and tweeting from the scene.

“This is us right now. 45 minutes stuck in this elevator,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson tweeted, including a snapshot of the trio to his followers.

Bowen, Stonestreet, and Ferguson were expected to take the stage at 9 p.m., but didn’t appear until after 10 p.m. The Kansas City Star reported many in the audience thought it was a joke when the three didn’t come on at first, but nearly a third of the crowd left before the actors could take the stage.

Once on stage, the actors joked with the crowd about the ordeal. Stonestreet ended the night with a warning to the audience not to use the hotel’s elevators.

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Thursday
Feb282013

Fifteen-Year-Old "Modern Family" Star Pulling in Hefty Salary

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- How much money did you make when you were 15 years old?  Not as much as Modern Family star Ariel Winter is currently making at that age.

Winter, who plays Alex Dunphy on the ABC series, has renegotiated her contract and will make $6 million, according to RadarOnline.com, citing court documents.  She is presumably making that total per season.

The court documents state that "the minor’s professional career was protected from chronic and unwarranted interference by the mother, which had prevented the minor’s execution of a renegotiated contract for her starring role in the television sitcom, Modern Family, which contract has a value in excess of $6,000,000.”

Last year, Winter was removed from her mother's home due to abuse allegations.  As part of a custody settlement reached in December, Winter is living with her adult sister, Shanelle Gray.

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Thursday
Jan032013

"Modern Family" Star Supports Gay Marriage Bill in Illinois

Charley Gallay/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is lending his support to a proposed bill in Illinois that would legalize gay marriage.

The openly gay actor was in Chicago Wednesday to launch Marriage Equality Days of Action in the state. "I certainly respect everyone's right to their opinion but I think at the end of the day we all have to agree that treating any American as a second class citizen is not okay," Ferguson said.

If the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passes in Illinois it would become the tenth state in the U.S. to recognize same-sex marriage.

Ferguson plays Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC series.

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Tuesday
Dec112012

"Modern Family" Star's Mom Sues for Defamation

ABC/JORDIN ALTHAUS(LOS ANGELES) -- Chrisoula Workman -- the mother of Modern Family co-star Ariel Winter who lost custody of her 14-year-old actress daughter over abuse allegations -- has fired a legal salvo related to the situation, E! reports.

According to a defamation lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday, Workman is targeting Matthew Borlenghi, who called her "an abusive monster" in a posting on the Los Angeles Times website.

Borlenghi is reportedly an associate of Shanelle Gray, Winter's adult sister.  Gray was awarded temporary custody of her sister in November, when Los Angeles child protective authorities reportedly found evidence that Workman was emotionally abusive to the Modern Family star.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

"Modern Family" Star's Father Objects to Guardianship

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- The father of 14-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter, who was removed from her mother's home last month due to allegations of abuse and was placed with her older sister, is objecting to the new arrangement.

According to TMZ.com, Winter's father, Glenn Workman, has filed an objection in which he states, "I am physically, emotionally, and financially capable of caring for my daughter, without limitation.  No evidence has been produced that suggests any detriment to Ariel associated with my father-daughter relationship with her."

Winter's adult sister, actress Shanelle Workman, gained temporary guardianship of her on Oct. 3 due to the allegations of emotional and physical abuse against her mother, Chrystal Workman.

Chrystal Workman is Glenn Workman's estranged wife.

Winter plays Alex Dunphy on Modern Family.

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Friday
Nov092012

"Modern Family's" Ariel Winter Returns to Set Amid Family Drama

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Modern Family star Ariel Winter returned to work Thursday to the Los Angeles studio where the popular ABC comedy is produced, reports eonline.com. 

A female friend picked up the 14-year-old actress at her older sister's house and drove her to the set.

TMZ.com reported this week that the Winter's 34-year-old sister, Shanelle Workman, gained temporary guardianship of Winter on Oct. 3 in the wake of allegations she was physically and emotionally abused by her mother, Crystal Workman.

Crystal Workman has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the actress, who plays Alex Dunphy on Modern Family.  A hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 20.

TMZ says Crystal Workman released a statement Thursday saying, "I love my daughter very much.  I would never abuse her in anyway and I have always tried my best to always protect her and do what is right for her."

Her statement continued, "My fourteeen-year-old daughter has been dating an eighteen-and-a-half-year-old man, and when I caught them engaging in behavior that I feel my daughter is too young mentally and physically to understand and fully grasp I put a stop to it immediately."

Crystal Workman says she filed a police report.  TMZ cites an incident report filed with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department that states Crystal Workman walked in on Winter and the boyfriend in bed in a guest bedroom of her home on the night of Sept. 24. 

TMZ also reports that Crystal Workman's police report wasn't filed until two weeks after the alleged bedroom incident, and five days after she lost custody of her daughter.  Sources tell the gossip website the Sheriff's Special Victims' Bureau is investigating Crystal Workman's claims.

Crystal Workman also denied the abuse allegations to People magazine, saying, "I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused....I have stylists' letters that she's never been abused." People identifies her as Chris Workman.

TMZ also reported that Shanelle Workman was removed from Crystal Workman's home nearly 20 years ago due to similar allegations.  Shanelle Workman is also an actress whose credits include One Life to Live and Grey's Anatomy.

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Thursday
Nov082012

"Modern Family" Teen Star Removed from Home Due to Abuse Allegations

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Fourteen-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter has been placed in the home of her older sister following allegations that she was physically and emotionally abused by her mother.

According to TMZ.com, the actress' 34-year-old sister, Shanelle Workman, gained temporary guardianship of Winter on Oct. 3 due to the allegations against her mother, Crystal Workman.

Winter's mother has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the actress, who plays Alex Dunphy on Modern Family.  A hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 20.

Crystal Workman denied the allegations to People magazine, saying, "I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused....I have stylists' letters that she's never been abused."  People identifies her as Chris Workman.

TMZ further reports that Shanelle Workman was removed from Crystal Workman's home nearly 20 years ago due to similar allegations.

Shanelle Workman is also an actress whose credits include One Life to Live and Grey's Anatomy.

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Saturday
Sep292012

Sofia Vergara Dishes on "Modern Family" and Emmys

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) -- After winning five awards and almost sweeping the comedy category at this year’s Emmys, there’s no denying Modern Family is one of the biggest shows on television right now.

While other shows have reports of offstage fights among cast members, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara insists that isn’t the case on the ABC hit.

“I don’t think anyone has ever had a fight in the three seasons that we’ve been together,” Vergara told Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer. “We’re always together. It’s been amazing. The kids love each other. It’s been like a dream. I get along with Julie, I love Julie.”

At the Emmys on Sept. 23, Julie Bowen, who plays Claire on the ABC hit, won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, beating Vergara. It was Bowen’s second Emmy win. During her acceptance speech, Bowen said, “Sofia, man, I know you’re younger than me but I wanna be you when I grow up.”

“I keep telling her. Why does she need two, give me one at least,” Vergara told Spencer, laughing. “But she’s amazing and she deserves it. I mean she’s an important part of the show as we all are. So if she wins, it’s like I win.”

But Vergara didn’t leave the Emmys without honors. During the award show’s red carpet, fans voted for People magazine’s “TV’s Sexiest Woman.” Not surprisingly, she won.

 

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