Each year, select television actors and producers are woken up at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m., a ringing telephone interrupting their beauty sleep. However, the bright and early wake-up call is something they've been waiting for their entire professional lives.
The 59th annual Emmy Award nominations were announced from Los Angeles this morning by actors Kyra Sedgwick and Jon Cryer, simultaneously fulfilling and interrupting the dreams of several who work in the television industry. Unfortunately, for every mantle about to be adorned with another trophy, several mantles will once again go bare as there can only be one winner in each category.
ABC once again led the broadcast networks in overall nominations with 70, up slightly from last year's total of 63 (the network walked ...Read more
This year's Emmy nominations aren't due out until later this month, but screenings to narrow down the list of finalists are already under way.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences doesn't make it a practice to reveal which shows make its initial run of potential nominees. The organization only reveals the final five nominees (this year the nominees will be announced on July 19), but actually begins with a list of 10 possibilities in each category before names are whittled down to half that number.
TheEnvelope.com, a Web site run by the Los Angeles Times, specializes in all things awards show and has apparently managed to track down the Academy's top 10 choices worthy of Emmy nomination in a few categories.
According to information acquired from anonymous sources, the following shows are being considered for best drama series and best comedy series:
Drama Series / Episode ...Read more
The waiting is the hardest part.
HBO announced they will push back the eighth season premiere of acclaimed mafia drama The Sopranos due to star James Gandolfini's knee surgery. Cartoon Network is moving back the premiere of season two of edgy animated series Boondocks to March of next year.
The final season of the The Sopranos was originally scheduled to return January 7, but HBO chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht, speaking with the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, said that lead actor James Gandolfini's knee surgery pushed back production by several weeks, which would have caused the show to be delayed and air opposite post-season football games. Now, the cable network has penciled in a premiere date in March as a possibility.
HBO also made the announcement that beginning in the fall, they will stop premiering first-run cable moves on Saturday and move them to Sunday night, which ...Read more
Cable giant HBO Monday axed The Comeback, a mockumentary comedy starring Lisa Kudrow as a has-been actress seeking to revive her career. In the show, Kudrow plays the character of Valerie Cherish, star of the fictional '80s sitcom I'm It. The faux reality show The Comeback chronicles Cherish's return to television in the fake sitcom Room and Bored, which is populated by scathing depictions of Hollywood personality types.
The former Friends star also created the show with production partner Michael Patrick King. Its 13-episode run ended September 4. Said an HBO spokeswoman, "We've looked at our schedule, and given our future commitments, we felt we would not be able to give the show the support it needed."
In July, HBO canceled the flagging supernatural drama Carnivale, which had struggled through two expensive seasons without finding a large audience. The Comeback ...Read more
The 65th Golden Globe Awards were held last night, but the usual hoopla of worshipping celebrities was reduced down to a few flash bulbs. The awards show, normally one of Hollywood's hottest nights and a precursor to the Oscars, was whittled down to a mere press conference as the writers strike continues to interfere with Tinseltown's day-to-day operations.
While the red carpet was nowhere to be seen and stars stayed at home, awards were still announced during the speedy 30-minute event. Cable channel AMC, which got its start replaying old classic movies, parlayed its first major original programming hit into two awards, including best drama and best dramatic actor for lead Jon Hamm.
TNT's Damages continued its showing as an awards show juggernaut, with Glenn Close recognized for best actress in a drama for her role as a ruthless litigation lawyer. On the comedy side, Saturday Night ...Read more