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Emmys 2015: Louis J Horvitz Back To Direct Fox Telecast

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Louis J. Horvitz will return to direct his 17th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, the TV Academy said today in announcing the production staff for the Fox broadcast. Danette Herman is also back for a 26th year with the Emmy telecast as co-producer for Don Mischer Productions, which has set Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare as executive producers. Bob Dickinson (Peter Pan Live!) is also returning as lighting designer for the live telecast. Newcomer Baz Halpin… Read

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Will Forte Says “Plan Wasn’t For Me To Be In” ‘Last Man On Earth’ At Awardsline Screening

The Last Man on Earth cinematographer Christina Sprenger likes the emphasis on low light and shadows utilized in the comedy. "You’re giving the audience credit that it can fill in things. (Audience members) can participate more in the show.”

In case you missed it, back on June 11 Deadline hosted a screening of the first two episodes of The Last Man On Earth, followed by a panel discussion moderated by our own Dominic Patten. A fun and frequently funny conversation followed, diving into the lessons star Will Forte learned as sole showrunner during the first season, the highs and lows of his career on television and in film, and the how astonishingly easy working for That 70s Show seemed to him when he was just… Read

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Charles Grodin On Working With Louis C.K. In ‘Louie’ & Why He’s Like “No Other Director” – Emmys

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It’s great to see Charles Grodin acting again. For about 11 years, the legendary screen actor who sublimely segued between comedy and drama, took a break from acting for a career in the TV news realm. Grodin returned to the big screen in 2006 in the Jason Bateman-Zach Braff comedy The Ex, and lately he’s been guest starring on FX’s Louie as a deadpan, philosophical doctor Dr. Bigelow who prioritizes sandwiches and newspapers over his patients. Grodin is being submitted at… Read

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Emmy Ballot Deadline Tonight As Voting Could Be Closest In Years

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If you haven’t yet voted, consider this warning as your last chance to get your ballot in. Polls close for Emmy voting at 10 PM PT  tonight. As noted when this process started, this is the first year no paper ballots are allowed. It is all strictly online and the Television Academy firmly expects numbers of those over 18,000 active members  participating to increase significantly. The Academy has been frequently sending out reminders ever since voting began early last… Read

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‘Veep,’ ‘American Crime’ & ‘The Slap’ Editors Cut In Tension, Laughs & Multiple Perspectives

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep costars

Being an editor is a little like being a mortician. You're often the last one to see the finished product and, if done well, no one notices your handiwork. Of course, in TV, millions attend the viewing. And a bad wake can be the death of a show or career. But such are the perils of the TV editor, who must at once represent the director's vision while maintaining the skepticism and surprise of a viewer. And whether it's maintaining mayhem, layering the tension, or keeping… Read

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‘Masters of Sex’s’ Caitlin Fitzgerald Casts First Emmy Ballot

Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson and Caitlin Fitzgerald as Libby Masters in Masters of Sex (season 3, episode 1) - Photo: Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: MastersofSex_301_1678

Having her first recurring TV role on a third-season cable series is probably enough to keep Caitlin Fitzgerald busy, but the Masters of Sex star has another first this year. As a first-time Emmy voter, Fitzgerald is juggling playing the long-suffering wife of a sex researcher with digging through hundreds of Emmy-worthy series before she casts her first ballot. "I'm watching a lot of TV," Fitzgerald says with a laugh. "It's such an exciting time to be in television, and… Read

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‘Transparent’ Is “Built With Trans People Participating”, Says Associate Producer Zackary Drucker

Rhys Ernst, Jeffrey Tambor, and Zackary Drucker, Transparent

Before Transparent, says Zackary Drucker, the transgender community was reflected in cinema through stereotypes—victims or villains on cop procedurals, disturbed serial killers in the likes of Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. From the outset, Transparent creator Jill Soloway sought a different approach. Notes Drucker: "Transparent has been built with trans people participating in the storytelling." Drucker and her partner, Rhys Ernst, have been advocating for the trans… Read

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Kathryn Hahn: Making ‘Happyish’ Was “The Last Thing In Anybody’s Mind” After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Passing

Kathryn Hahn of Happiness

Kathryn Hahn has long excelled in supporting roles (Girls, Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation), but at last she's front and center in Showtime's Happyish. Created by novelist and This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander, Happyish follows disgruntled advertising exec Thom Payne and his artist wife Lee, played by Hahn. In the pilot, the role of Thom belonged to Philip Seymour Hoffman, but following his untimely passing, the show was eventually reworked for Steve… Read

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Aziz Ansari On His Netflix Comedy Series, New Book & The End Of ‘Parks And Recreation’

AwardsLine interview with Aziz Ansari

In Aziz Ansari's most recent stand-up special Live At Madison Square Garden, the observational comic mined such heavy topics as the meat industry, love and dating, and immigrant parents—and managed to get all the laughs. His timely takes on everyday things in an ever-maddening world has since led to an academic-lite—though humorous—relationship book, Modern Romance, that Penguin released earlier this month. Next up is his untitled comedy series, also for Netflix, which he… Read

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‘The Knick,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Penny Dreadful’ Production Design Mines The Late 18th & 19th Centuries

A scene from The Knick

There was a time on TV when the phrase "period piece" conjured images of grand country estates, stiff corsets and even stiffer acting. But those days are gone, as evidenced by a trio of shows finding variety and vitality in the world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thanks in no small part to their talented production designers. High Contrast The Knick A newcomer this year, The Knick was created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh… Read

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Wendi McLendon-Covey On ‘The Goldbergs’ Season 3, Nicolas Cage And Meeting The Real Beverly Goldberg

Wendi McLendon-Covey in The Goldbergs

Wendi McLendon-Covey burst into the mainstream in 2011 with her role in Bridesmaids, and has since wowed audiences with her comedic talent (Modern Family, Blended). In ABC's The Goldbergs, McLendon-Covey is Beverly Goldberg, a controlling, clingy mom with boundary issues–the show is inspired by the life of the show's creator Adam Goldberg. McLendon-Covey is also set to star opposite Nicholas Cage's in Army of One–the true life tale of Gary Faulkner, a Colorado contractor… Read

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Kyle MacLachlan On New ‘Twin Peaks’: “It’s Going To Be Amazing”

Kyle MacLachlan on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

With a long-ranging and eclectic career under his belt–from David Lynch's Dune in 1984, to Twin Peaks, The Doors, Hamlet and Sex and the City to name a fewKyle MacLachlan could afford to rest on his laurels and relax, but instead he's recently been hard at work on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a show MacLachlan particularly enjoyed."I certainly miss the character," he says, "I miss the range that that character allowed me to play with." He also voiced the father of 11 year-old… Read