Emmy nominations were mostly right, but it’s fun to complain about “snubs” anyway
"The simple fact is it’s no fun being reasonable about the Emmys,” says Willa Paskin. She adds: "The Emmys are now generally sophisticated enough that getting exercised about them feels worth it. And that, more than anything, is a reflection of just how much excellent television the Emmys has to choose from. The Emmys, even when not making boneheaded mistakes … couldn’t possibly acknowledge everyone deserving. And this is obviously great, if occasionally infuriating. But it’s infuriating in an invigorating way: Who wants to have exactly the same opinions as the Emmys?”
—Snubs should be expected when there’s so much great TV
—How to fix the Emmys: Expand the major categories to 10 nominees
—Read a preview of Matthew McConaughey’s Emmy acceptance speech
—Gaming the system proved beneficial to “True Detective” and “OITNB”
—“OITNB” cast members instagrammed their celebration pics from the set
—Tatiana Maslany should benefit from being snubbed
—“The Good Wife” didn’t get snubbed — it got spurned!
—Mindy Kaling kept it together while announcing her own Emmy snub
—It’s Jay Leno vs. Jerry Seinfeld in the same Emmy category
—Steve Buscemi was nominated for AOL’s “Park Bench"
—“Silicon Valley,” “True Detective,” “Masters of Sex” among contenders for best opening sequence
—Matt Bomer says “it’s great” to be up against 3 of his “Normal Heart” co-stars
—The British continue to “invade” acting categories
—Emmy trivia: Louis CK and Melissa McCarthy were nominated again for hosting "SNL"
Emmy nominee Kurt Sutter says “Sons of Anarchy” fans would lose viewers if his show got major Emmy recognition
An Emmy nominee for co-writing the song that ended Season 6, Sutter penned a piece for NikkiFinke.com explaining that "I still suffer the emotional and spiritual depletion every July when ‘Sons of Anarchy’ gets zero nominations in all major categories.” But he adds that if "SOA" was actually nominated in a major category, "My bombastic outlaw-a**hole reputation would be tarnished. Or rather, untarnished. I’d be just another smiling douchebag in a new suit, pretending to give a shit on the red carpet. Actually…taking a sh*t on the red carpet, that’s something that might drop as a ‘real and honest moment.’”
“The Comeback” Season 2 will follow Valerie Cherish on her new HBO show
This time, she’ll be followed by a behind-the-scenes crew as she gets cast on an HBO dramedy. “The DNA that we liked about Valerie is her in front of a camera unedited,” says co-creator Michael Patrick King. However, “this time we found a different way to get her in front of the camera because we wanted to evolve the character.” PLUS: It isn’t certain if “The Comeback” will come back for Season 3.
Ryan Murphy's shows earned 34 Emmy nominations
Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” “The Normal Heart” and “Glee” had more nominations than Netflix, Showtime and AMC.
Frances McDormand has been too busy to watch FX’s “Fargo”
McDormand, the star of the “Fargo” movie and the wife of Joel Coen, was promoting her HBO miniseries “Oliver Kittredge” at the TV press tour today when she was asked about the FX “Fargo.” "I will take a (‘Fargo’) question but I will not do the accent,” she said. PLUS: McDormand says HBO was brave to make the 4-part “Traumedy” “Oliver Kittreddge."
The majority of Americans use a 2nd screen while watching TV
About 56% of American viewers watch TV while using a smartphone, a computer or tablet, but that’s far behind many Asian countries.
Dave Grohl slams reality TV “song contests"
“I don't want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you if you're not a good singer,” Grohl said at the TCA panel promoting his new HBO series. “Don't get me started. To me, that's not what music's about.”
Cinemax plans to show the final season of “Strike Back” sometime next year
Production was delayed after star Sullivan Stapleton was injured.
“Getting On” cast and crew were asked about HBO’s lack of promotion
We’re a … tiny show, unlike any other show on HBO,” said exec producer Mark V. Olsen. “We’re a guerrilla show. We were always going to come in under the radar.”
Why Fox should pull the plug on “Glee” now
"Even high schoolers know you're supposed to rip the Band-Aid off."
Leah Remini addresses the camera crews on her new TLC reality show
Remini turns out to be too self conscious of the cameras on “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative,” which premieres tonight.
Roger Ebert’s documentary poster was photoshopped to put a smile on his face
It looks like the marketing department for “Life Itself” tried to soften his image.
Sprout channel is having its new space animal characters “break in” to other kids’ shows
To promote “Astroblast!,” Sprout is having its characters invade other shows on the kiddie cable network for five to 10 seconds.
Dan Rather reacts to Robert Redford playing him on the big screen
The former CBS News anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I at least know enough to recognize that having the Sundance Kid make a film about political and corporate interference of news can only help audiences understand why a truly independent press and strong investigative reporting are so important in a country such as ours."
“Elementary” casts a new protégé for Sherlock
British actress Ophelia Lovibond will play Lucy Liu’s rival.
An appreciation of Meshach Taylor
His “Designing Women” character, Anthony Bouvier, proved to be groundbreaking.
Watch a preview of truTV’s 1st sketch comedy show
The cable network devoted to reality shows is expanding to scripted programming with “Friends of the People.”
“Pawn Stars” spawns “Pawnography”
Rick Harrison says of the History channel game show, premiering tonight: "We were throwing so much stuff against the wall for a couple of years. Originally, they just wanted me to be in it, and I just thought it would just be so much funnier and so much fun with Corey and Chum in it.”
See what “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson looked like in high school
Check out the Emmy nominee's yearbook photo.
El Rey Network renews “Matador” before its premiere
Season 2 will air next year.
Emilie de Ravin’s marriage is ending
The “Lost” and “Once Upon a Time” star actually filed for divorce in 2007, but her husband has recently filed papers to end their marriage.
NBC’s “Working the Engels” wants to be “Arrested Development”
The new comedy has assembled all the right ingredients, but without any of the right quirks.
Amy Poehler’s brother wrote “Welcome to Sweden” with the help of “How I Met Your Mother”
"I had a big, gigantic, clunky Dell computer in my attic,” says Greg Poehler, "and it’s kind of embarrassing, but I’m not even joking, I started by Googling 'How to write a script.’ That was step one. In quotes. 'How to write a script.’ And then I cut and pasted the 'How I Met Your Mother' pilot, which is available online when you type in 'How to write a script.' And then kind of just went from there. I had no idea what I was doing.” PLUS: Amy Poehler says her brother has always been funny, “Welcome to Sweden” is NBC’s best comedy in a long time, it’s actually funny with a story to tell, it requires active watching by going in and out of English, this could become an NBC utility player, and “Sweden” is the terrible antithesis of “Parks and Rec."