Jodie Foster Earns First DGA Noms For ‘Orange’ & ‘House Of Cards': Inside Her Process
TV is where it is at for Jodie Foster. While she hit a bump with her 2011 feature directorial, the Mel Gibson drama, The Beaver ($971K), her TV directing credits over the last year for House of Cards and Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is The New Black earned the two-time Oscar-winning actress her first DGA noms of her career. The helmers’ union recognized Foster for her work on the House of Cards second season episode “Chapter 22″ as well as the first episode of The Orange Is The N… Read
International Emmys: UK’s ‘Utopia’ Wins Best Drama Series
The UK’s Utopia was hailed as Best Drama Series tonight at the 42nd annual International Emmy Awards, and Belgium’s What If? won Best Comedy. Game Of Thrones star Stephen Dillanewon Best Performance by an Actor for UK drama The Tunnel, and Bianca Krijgsman took the actress award for the Netherlands’ The New World. The UK series won awards tonight; no other country took two.
Not to be confused with the ill-fated social experiment reality format that was recently cancelled… Read
National Television Academy Names Ex-CBS VP Bob Mauro New President
The former VP of CBS Network Operations and CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide will take over operations, including planning of the various Emmy Awards programs.
Here’s the release:
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and its Board of Trustees announced today that after an industry-wide search, Bob Mauro, former CBS Vice President of Network Operations and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwide, has been appointed… Read
Ian Fraser, Emmy-Winning Music Director, Dead At 81
The 11-time Emmy winner, Television Academy Peer Group Governor and music director for the 1995 Henry Mancini/Leslie Bricusse Broadway adaptation of Victor/Victoria died at home Friday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.
“It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of Ian Fraser, after a courageous battle with cancer,” Television Academy chairman and chief exec officer Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement released by the Academy. … Read
“Better Call Saul’ Music Video Redefines “Who Ya Gonna Call?”
Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel, debuted an entertaining music video tonight, featuring the great country singer and guitarist Junior Brown. The video surfaced in the middle of AMC’s binge-worthy marathon of the Emmy-winning meth maker’s… Read
Books: ‘Weeds’ Star Mary-Louise Parker Will Pen Memoir For Scribner
You might say she’s going from Weeds to leaves, though not of grass. Mary-Louise Parker, best known to TV audiences as Nancy Botwin on the hit Showtime series, will publish what Scribner is calling “an autobiographical literary work of nonfiction” titled Dear Mr. You. Pub date is fall 2015.
One of Broadway’s most sought-after actresses, Parker won a Tony Award for her performance in Proof, as well as a Golden Globe and Emmy for the HBO adaptation of Angels In America. Her… Read
‘SNL’ Book Excerpt, Updated For Show’s 40th Anniversary As It Rolls Out Vintage Episodes, New Team
NBC began its celebration of Saturday Night Live’s 40th season last night with a primetime rebroadcast of 1975’s Show No. 7 — an episode that stuck a needle in the rump of America, as SNL did weekly back in those days — when Chevy Chase hurled increasingly offensive racial slurs at janitorial job applicant Richard Pryor, calling it a word-association test.
Half an hour later, SNL aired the first episode of the 40th season with guest host Chris Pratt singing a song he… Read
‘Fargo’s Noah Hawley To Adapt His Novel ‘Before The Fall’ In Sony Pic Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired Before The Fall, a novel written by Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of Fargo. That series also brought Emmy nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. Hawley will adapt his novel and he will produce the feature with John Cameron. The book tells the story of a mysterious private-plane crash, starting in Martha’s Vineyard, and focuses on the two… Read
‘Bad Judge,’ ‘Gracepoint’ Most Buzzed-About New TV Shows on Yahoo
Bad Judge has had plenty of bad news in its formative months, but maybe there truly is no such thing as bad publicity. Over the past month, the NBC show starring Kate Walsh got more audience interest the past month than any other show debuting this fall, according to a Yahoo analysis of searches on its site.
The others in the top five most buzzed-about new shows the past month were Gracepoint (FOX), A To Z (NBC), How To Get Away With Murder (ABC), and Stalker (Read
Stephen Colbert Changes His Show Name To Conform With Gwen Stefani’s Preferred Pronunciation
Stephen Colbert — whose Comedy Central program was named winner of the Emmy for best variety series at Monday night’s ceremony (actually, presenter Gwen Stefani said the winner was The Colborg Report, but we figured it out when Colbert came on stage to accept) — is not doing original episodes this week, but found a way to mock Stefani’s unfamiliarity with his show during his opening credits. (Stefani also tried to make a joke about her flub when she appeared on the series… Read
EMMYS: The Categories They Forgot
This year's Emmy Awards broadcast was a weird tedious highly entertaining practically unwatchable terrific mildly amusing boring repulsive celebration of the best of TV, hosted by yet another white guy who did a terrific job lacking passion or personality – we're consolidating all of this morning's headlines because we know you're very busy, and you're welcome.
But here are a few categories they forgot to hand out last night:
Best Minimization Of Emmys Promotional… Read
The Emmys Go Social: Good But They’re NOT The MTV Video Music Awards
Sometimes, these contests just aren’t fair. The good old Emmys, the TV Academy and this year’s host network, NBC, all lined up the most fiercest lineup ever they imagined of social-media goodness for Monday night’s broadcast of TVs top awards. And as far as social-media impact goes, they did pretty well, according to Nielsen’s TV ratings, with the total unique audience up 6 percent from last year, when CBS hosted edition 65 on a September Sunday.
But those numbers… Read