Do the Emmys matter anymore?
That the Emmys have been relegated to a Monday night in August this year should be a cause for concern. Yes, the Emmys had an eight-year high last year, but that was thanks to football. As Verne Gay notes, the Emmys are "sliding into, if not outright irrelevance, then senescence … That's the harsh view, and maybe an unfair one, but the numbers appear to confirm that slow, inexorable slide.” PLUS: How Emmy voters vote, and play the Emmy drinking game.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” unveils a split-tongue trailer
Check out “Lick.”
Fox explaining “Gotham” with a 4-part online special
The 20-minute series explores the mythology behind the Batman prequel.
Seth Meyers would rather celebrate than roast TV at the Emmys
“This is a time to remind people how good the good is in television right now,” he says. “It’s maybe better than ever.” PLUS: Meyers and Brian Williams have lunch together, and Meyers gets why people are upset over the reported James Corden pick.
Peter Capaldi explains how his “Doctor Who” is unique
"He's sort of fiercer than Matt," Capaldi says of predecessor Matt Smith. "But he's not grim; he's actually very funny and passionate. He loves the universe and this job that he has, this freedom to travel through time and space. He's a guy who's passionate about life and art … and he gets impatient with people who don't recognize how fantastic the universe is.” PLUS: Steven Moffat says Capaldi looked “incredibly right” for the role, a beginner’s guide to “Who,” Moffat seems to preoccupied with the Doctor’s age in the premiere, Capalidi’s gravitas and wry eccentricity make up for his lack of youthfulness, and Capaldi is instantly endearing.
“The Simpsons” boss would like to end the series with Episode 1
Al Jean tweeted: "My idea for last episode -- ends w/arrival at Xmas pageant (beginning of first episode). Whole series a continuous loop…” PLUS: What happens when you watch 24-straight hours of “The Simpsons” marathon?, Wisconsin farm creates a “Simpsons” corn maze, James L. Brook says: “We are misty eyed in Simpsonland,” Hank Azaria says he’s lived the “Simpsons” marathon, and the marathon gets big ratings for FXX.
Happy 75th birthday, Valerie Harper!
The “Rhoda” star is “seemingly indestructible.”
Aaron Paul starts a production company, inks a deal with “Breaking Bad” producer Sony TV
Under the deal, Paul will help develop and produce new series.
“Silicon Valley” creator Mike Judge may attend Burning Man for “research”
Burning Man has become a must-attend event for rich techies.
“Houdini” star Adrien Brody was told that doing TV could help revive his movie career
The Oscar-winning actor, who hasn’t done any high-profile movie projects in years, was told that the 15 million viewers watching the History channel could showcase his talents and put him up for better roles.
Melissa Joan Hart launches a clothing collection for boys
The "Melissa & Joey” star created the line because she found the clothing for her three young boys lacking.
Revisiting the “True Blood” pilot
Bill Compton’s hair sure has changed since Episode 1, but Sookie has been working as a waitress since the beginning. PLUS: Recalling the “True Blood-iest” sex scenes, where “True Blood” buys vampire gear, the 17 most disgusting deaths, ranking the best and worst villains, and ranking the sexiest characters.
Even as a kid, Kelsey Grammer looked like “Frasier”
See a photo of Grammer from "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Every MTV Video Music Awards, ranked
Why the 1995 VMAs = No. 1.
“SNL’s” Kenan Thompson: An appreciation
Going into his 12th season, Thompson appears to be the old guy who never moves on. "'Why is Kenan still on this show?' is a commonplace thought,” notes Rembert Browne. "And it’s understandable when, well after you’ve reached the decade milestone, you still aren’t a beloved cast member. But that lack of universal acceptance sheds light on why Kenan is special. And in a small group of ‘SNL' cast members who can pull off a very difficult, built-to-fail brand of performance art.” PLUS: Meet the “SNL” editor responsible for all those viral videos.
MTV reality star Diem Brown diagnosed with colon cancer
Brown is now battling cancer for the third time after being treated for ovarian cancer twice.
Lizzy Caplan thinks “Real Housewives” stars deserve Emmys
"Clearly they all deserve Emmys for those riveting performances as normal human beings,” the “Masters of Sex” star tells NY Times Magazine. "I find reality television to be so delectable. I cannot even fully express how much it means to me.” Why is that? "It’s this idea of taking a somewhat normal human being and then putting them on this frying pan of fame. In real time, you can watch fame ruin somebody and makes them go insane.”
A “Pawn Stars” episode lasts 3 minutes when you cut out all the filler
Here is what the History channel reality show looks like without the padding.
What is the future of “Rectify”?
Ray McKinnon says of a possible Season 3: "There were a lot of things left open, if they brought us back, we would try to figure out a way to confound expectations if we can.” PLUS: “Rectify” overcame some growing pains in Season 2, and Aden Young talks about the season finale.
Ranking the “America’s Next Top Model” judges
J. Alexander is the best.
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams passed her driver’s test
The event was so important that her driving school wrote up an article about it.
Every “My So-Called Life” episode, ranked
Is the pilot the best episode?
“Dating Naked” stars are getting married
Will they get married naked? PLUS: 8 things that “Dating Naked” should ban.
“Mad Men” in a hospital? PBS presents “Breathless”
The “Masterpiece” miniseries, starring Jack Davenport, takes place in a hospital in the ‘60s. It premieres Sunday night.
“Scandal” nabs a “Mistresses” hunk
Matthew Del Negro has been cast in "a secret, yet juicy role.”
“Today’s” Jenna Wolfe is pregnant again
She’s expecting her 2nd child with NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk.
“Bojack Horseman” is more clever than funny — and bleak
The Netflix animated comedy, available for streaming now, is very comfortable with darkness and being lonely. PLUS: It’s strange and somewhat delightful, and it’s not very good.
BBC America’s “Intruders” is a show about body snatchers that doesn’t mess around with mythology
Premiering Saturday after “Doctor Who,” “Introducers” stars John Simm and Mira Sorvino. PLUS: There is not enough life in this concept.