She was definitely a dark horse in the Emmys race, but it's still a little hard to believe that the voting members of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences couldn't find a little love for "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany. The Canadian actress did not receive a nod in the Best Actress category this morning, and this is the kind of oversight that only helps to make the awards show look shamelessly, ridiculously biased in the face of impressive work it's supposed to applaud.
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So the 2013 Emmy nominees were announced this morning. Poor Kate Mara had engine trouble (her plane, not her) in New Mexico and so Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris filled in at the last minute to announce the lucky names alongside "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul.
Looking over the nominees, yeah, okay, right, that's expected, oh that show's still on?, etc., etc. I rarely find much to get excited about in an Emmy announcement, I mean. I had all my hopes on Rob Lowe's facelift getting a supporting actor nomination for "Behind the Candelabra" and somehow they spring for the window dressing of Scott Bakula. Huh?
My favorite notices, however, came for HBO's "Veep," my favorite comedy show on television right now. Last year it got a handful of looks including, naturally, leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but this year Tony Hale and (this next part is so awesome) Anna Chlumsky got to tag along in the supporting ranks and that's just awesome.
We are in the middle of a massive glut in quality scripted television. Every other week, it seems, some new channel — or, in the case of Netflix, some new content delivery service — gets into the original programming game, and starts churning out product that at least merits awards consideration.
So you can look across the 2013 Emmy nominations list and be outraged by all the quality performances and series that weren't included. (And, on occasion, by the sorts of people and shows that were.) Or you can look at it as the Emmy voters just trying to keep their head above water and recognize what they could, even as they knew they wouldn't come close to covering everyone who deserved recognition.
Emmys: Netflix scores with noms for "House of Cards," Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey
"Arrested Development" didn't score a best comedy nomination, but "House of Cards" made history, becoming the first digitally distributed series to score a major nomination, bumping "Boardwalk Empire." Overall, "House of Cards" scored nine nominations and "Arrested" had three nominations. Kerry Washington scored her first Emmy nomination for "Scandal." "American Horror Story" and "Game of Thrones" had the most nominations, with 17 and 16, respectively. PLUS: Read the full list of nominees.
—The biggest snubs: "New Girl," "Parks and Rec," Timothy Olyphant, "The Good Wife"
—More snubs: Jay Leno, Melissa McCarthy, "The Newsroom," "Sons of Anarchy," "The Office"
—Noms by series: "American Horror" 17, "Game of Thrones" 16, "SNL" and "Candelabra" 15
—Kerry Washington is the 1st black lead drama actress to be nominated since 1995
—"The Bible" facing "American Horror Story," "Phil Spector" and "Behind the Candelabra"
—Neil Patrick Harris filled in for Kate Mara, whose plane had mechanical trouble
—Nominations by network: HBO 108, CBS and NBC 53
—Kevin Spacey: "House of Cards'" 9 noms an "incredible acknowledgement of the work we’ve done"
—Don't blame Emmy voters: There's a glut of quality TV shows
—Lena Dunham reacts to all the "Girls" nominations
—"New guard": Jimmy Kimmel vs. Jimmy Fallon in variety category
Jane Lynch gets emotional talking to Jay Leno about Cory Monteith
She told Jay Leno of her "Glee" co-star: "Cory's one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light. He was one of those guys that…you know, he knew he was breathing rarified air…the gifts that this wonderful show gave us." PLUS: Finn Hudson was a revolutionary character, Monteith's mentor recalls dining with him two days before his death, and did the drug treatment system fail Monteith?
More Netflix viewers watched "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" than "House of Cards"?
During one week in April, "House of Cards" amounted to less than 1% of TV shows viewed by Netflix viewers, according to research firm GfK.
Charlie Sheen is a grandpa
Sheen's 28-year-old daughter, Cassandra Estevez, has given birth to a baby girl named Luna.
Keith Olbermann will host "SportsCenter" for a week
He'll return to his old ESPN stomping grounds in the week before his ESPN2 late-night show premieres.
Billy Campbell joins Syfy's "Helix"
He'll play the lead in the thriller about a team of doctors investigating a disease outbreak.
See "Next Top Model" alum's mugshot
Cycle 8's Renee Alway was arrested after a six-hour standoff with police.
"Revenge" books "Pan Am" alum
Karine Vanasse will guest as Margaux.
Watch Karen Gillan on "NTSF:SD:SUV"
The former "Doctor Who" star is a "gadget girl."
"Sons of Anarchy" giving away temporary Opie tattoos at Comic-Con
With the message: "I Got This." PLUS: Ryan Hurst buys a mansion.
TV Guide Network orders a Wendy Williams reality show, plus "Tequila Sisters"
Country singer John Rich is also getting his own TV Guide show.
"Breaking Bad: Alchemy," a companion book, is now available for download
The electronic book features more than 100 pages of original content.
Alan Thicke lends his voice to son Robin Thicke's new song
The "Growing Pains" alum can be heard on "Ain't No Hat."
"Under the Dome" unveils a half-cow Comic-Con poster
The CBS series is scheduled for a Sunday session.
Discovery will air a documentary on the White House Chief of Staff
The Sept. 11 broadcast is from the Naudet brothers, who filmed the 1st plane striking the World Trade Center.
"Super Fun Night" adds Rebel Wilson's Aussie sketch partner
Australian Kate Jenkinson will play a neurotic lawyer on the ABC comedy.
Jason Sudeikis: A lost a lot of weight by having sex with Olivia Wilde
"I have the greatest workout partner in the world," he says of his fiance.
A review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I give you my lenticular business card...
Hey there, “Big Brother” fans. With most of the HitFix staff currently in an insanely long line at Comic-Con, I’ll be filling in for a few days covering the show. I’ve spent the last few weeks watching the program with as much enjoyment as dread: while certain aspects of the show have been as compelling as ever, the sheer amount of bigoted hatred on display has dulled almost all pure enjoyment. Watching “Big Brother” has turned into hanging out at a family reunion with THAT RELATIVE who always spews the craziest nonsense at the loudest volumes. “Big Brother” isn’t above rigging the game in order to keep controversial players in the house as long as possible. But if Aaryn isn’t sitting with Julie Chen this Thursday (and my God what an interview THAT would be), I’d be shocked.
The Venice Film Festival may be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, but there's a separate, smaller milestone contained within it: the tenth birthday of the independent Venice Days sidebar. Founded in 2004 by an association of Italian filmmakers to showcase offbeat independent work outside the main festival selection, Venice Days is effectively the festival's equivalent of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, and while it doesn't get as much publicity, a number of significant films have premiered there over the past decade.
Kings of Leon’s new single, “Supersoaker” unleashes with a torrent of ringing acoustic guitars (sounding a little like Mumford & Sons) before drums come crashing in, followed by Caleb Followill’s impassioned vocal. He wants to see you, in case you didn't figure that out. It doesn't have much of a hook, but it's got great energy.
The song is the opening salvo from “Mechanical Bull,” the band’s sixth album, out Sept. 24.
The band, who have been performing the song on the road, will play “Supersoaker” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on July 22.
A couple of weeks ago, the news landed that this year's vastly acclaimed Palme d'Or winner, Abdellatif Kechiche's romantic drama "Blue is the Warmest Color," is ineligible to be the French entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The simple reason: its domestic release date falls nine days after the submission deadline, making it eligible for consideration in the category next year, but not this time round.
Jerry O'Connell joins "Veronica Mars" movie as "Sheriff Lamb"
Not Don Lamb, but Dan Lamb.
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” clearly stakes its claim on the spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the sixth week. The song ties Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, for the most weeks in the pole position in 2013.
Thicke isn’t the only one celebrating: Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Holy Grail” bows at No. 8, the only new track in the Top 10. The song comes from Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail, which nabs the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, according to Billboard.
“Lines” keeps Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at No. 2 for the fifth consecutive week, while Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” stays at No. 3 and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds at No. 4.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ray Dalton swaps places with Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” featuring Nelly, rising one spot to No. 5, while FGL slide to No. 6.
Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” increases in value as it move 8-7. Timberlake’s Mirrors” is No. 9 and Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s ‘While I’m Gone’) remains at No. 10.