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TV Academy Leadership Led By Chairman Bruce Rosenblum Extended For One Year

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There will be no TV Academy elections this year as the academy’s board of governors tonight approved a pretty unprecedented one-year amendment to its bylaws that extends the terms of current officers and governors for an additional 12 months, from Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. The bylaw amendment also temporarily lifts the four-year term limit for the chairman and CEO position, allowing title holder Bruce Rosenblum to serve in this capacity for a fifth year. The… Read

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Alex Rocco, ‘Godfather’s’ Cocky (And Doomed) Moe Greene, Dies At 79

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Alex Rocco, the instantly recognizable character actor who, as casino owner Moe Greene provided The Godfather with one of its most memorable killings, died Saturday. His daughter Jennifer Rocco confirmed his passing on Facebook, attributing his death to cancer, and posted a link to Rocco’s final interview. The actor was 79. With his streetwise Italian demeanor and a gravelly voice that could sound as much Brooklyn as his native Boston (he once described his Boston youth… Read

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‘Empire’s Lee Daniels Now Says F-Bomb To TV Academy Was Joke: “I Love The Emmys”

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UPDATED, 7:30 PM: Looks like the co-creator of the blockbuster Fox series made a funny that he says some people didn’t pick up on. After dropping the F-bomb online earlier today over the Emmy snubs of Empire, Lee Daniels now is saying it was all a joke. #shutuphaters #emmypower #congratstoall 🎉🎉'🏿' https://t.co/DiUJJs3hMc — lee daniels (@leedanielsent) July 16, 2015 The executive producer went back online Thursday to apparently clarify his remarks in a much calmer f… Read

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‘American Crime’ Creator John Ridley On The Series’ 10 Emmy Noms, Diversity & Season 2 – Emmys

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The 10 Emmy nominations American Crime received this morning are validation of creator John Ridley's hope that the limited series would be impactful and relevant, but he's measured when discussing how close to the truth the anthology series—about a small town murder and the various people it affects—ended up being. "With any show that you're doing you certainly want to know that you're relevant, but I, very sincerely—there were places I would've traded relevancy over the… Read

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‘American Horror Story’ Nominees Sarah Paulson & Finn Wittrock Talk ‘Hotel’ & Playing Dark For Ryan Murphy – Emmys

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“He trusts his gut more than most actors do.” Finn Wittrock is talking about American Horror Story: Freak Show co-creator Ryan Murphy, who selected him actor to play the sociopath rich brat Dandy Mott after playing a dying AIDS patient in the HBO movie The Normal Heart. The roles couldn’t be different. Ask Wittrock, “How did Murphy know you could go dark?” and the actor is dumbfounded. Murphy also had a similar instinct with actress Sarah Paulson, who started off playing… Read

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Could Amy Schumer Emmy Nom Add Steam To ‘Trainwreck’?

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EXCLUSIVE: With Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer racking up seven Emmy noms today including a lead comedy actress nom for Schumer, chances are the comedian probably has popped the cork on a bottle of champagne. Well, she can start chilling another one. Fandango reports that presales for Schumer’s R-rated comedy feature debut Trainwreck are out-pacing Spy and Ted 2 at the same point in their sales cycle. Spy, which was directed by Bridesmaid helmer Paul Feig and stars… Read

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Tatiana Maslany Finally Lands A Lead Actress Nom For ‘Orphan Black’ – Emmys

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Call it Emmy season justice. After being overlooked for two seasons by TV Academy voters, Canadian thesp Tatiana Maslany finally notched an Emmy lead drama actress nomination for her turn as various clones on the dystopian future BBC America show Orphan Black. Prior to today, award pundits as well as TV Academy members continually smacked their foreheads over Maslany being left out of the race. Maslany faces off this season in the category against Viola Davis (How To Get A… Read

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The Caitlyn Effect: ‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway On Jenner’s Positive Influence – Emmys

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It's hard to say if the Emmy success of such shows as Transparent and Orange Is the New Black reflects the current conversation about trans awareness in the country, or helped enable it. But on the heels of Caitlyn Jenner's widely discussed speech upon accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night's ESPY Awards, some of this morning's nominees are making the connections. "That (speech) was amazing," says Transparent creator Jill Solloway. "It was so beautiful that… Read

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Emmy Nominations 2015 Analysis: Broadcast TV’s Slump Continues, Multicam Comedies Falter, Vince Gilligan & Tina Fey Return

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Vince Gilligan has made a seamless Emmy transition. A year after his hit AMC drama Breaking Bad ended its run with back-to-back best drama series Emmy wins, prequel series Better Call Saul, which Gilligan created with Peter Gould, picked up right where Breaking Bad left off. This morning it logged seven Emmy nominations in its awards debut, including drama series, lead actor Bob Odenkirk and supporting actor Jonathan Banks — both alums from the original series reprising… Read

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Ben Mendelsohn On Joining ‘Star Wars: Rogue One': “Things Are Looking Positive”

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Fresh off an Emmy nom for his supporting role in Netflix’s streaming drama Bloodline, Ben Mendelsohn hints he will join the cast of Star Wars: Rogue One. "I think it's looking OK,” he says hesitantly. “Things are looking positive, but I would think that's something for them to discuss.” For some months now, rumors have circled Mendelsohn for a role in the anthology, with the actor telling AwardsLine only last month, “I’m waiting for them to call me.” The film’s IMDB page… Read

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Emmy Noms Set Record With 64% Gain For African-American Actors

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The Primetime Emmys showed substantial progress this year in recognizing African-American thesps, who received 18 nominations across all acting categories — easily eclipsing last year’s record high of 11 noms. The best actress, drama category set a first-time record with two African-American nominees: Viola Davis from ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and Taraji P. Henson from Fox’s Empire. In the best supporting actress, limited series/movie slot, three African American… Read

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Brits At The Emmys: First Nom For ‘Poirot'; Period, Contemporary Dramas Strong

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Period and contemporary British drama series had a fine showing in today's Emmy nominations. The usual suspects like Downton Abbey (sans Maggie Smith or Michelle Dockery) are here with eight noms, tying BBC/Masterpiece’s roundly-lauded Wolf Hall. Previous contenders such as Sherlock and Luther were not eligible this year and thus don't figure. But a new British entry, which is also the last in a long-running series, provided a couple of firsts. Acorn TV, the British TV… Read