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Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Comedy Series

For five consecutive years, ABC's Modern Family ruled the roost, and for the past two years it has been HBO's Veep. Emmy voters definitely like consistency in their comedy series and both these shows are back in the hunt again. In fact, other than FX's first season hit, Atlanta, the lineup is identical to last year with only Amazon's Transparent missing the cut, probably since it crossed the line a bit too often between dramatic and comedic moments. Emmy likes their… Read

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Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Drama Series

In a truly remarkable, record-breaking development, no fewer than five of the seven shows nominated for Outstanding Drama Series this year are not just first timers, but series in their very first season. Part of this can be attributed to the absence of the victor of the past two years, Game of Thrones, which started to air its latest season after the eligibility window closed. But what it really points to is the extraordinary quality of this year's new output of dramas… Read

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‘Girls’ Star Becky Ann Baker On Hannah Horvath’s Fate & The Two Best Jobs Of Her Television Career

Working consistently since the 1980s in film, television and theater, Becky Ann Baker may forever be known for maternal turns in two iconic series, the blessing and occasional burden of extraordinary work. Both from executive producer Judd Apatow, those series would be cult classic Freaks and Geeks and Lena Dunham’s Girls, in which the actress powerfully manifesting the experience of grief, loss and aging in brutally honest, smartly written scenes. From the beginning of Gi… Read

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How ‘Fargo’ Season 3 Tackled The Donald Trump Era Of Alternative Facts – Emmys

The third season of FX's Fargo is bookended by one-on-one inquisitions. In Noah Hawley's Emmy-nominated first episode "The Law of Vacant Places"—which he directed—a man in 1988 East Berlin is getting the third degree from Colonel Horst Lagerfeld (Sylvester Groth) who firmly believes that the accused is Yuri Gurka, a 20-year old Ukraine murderer who recently strangled his girlfriend Helga to death. But the man in question says he's Jakob Ungerleider, a German citizen who… Read

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‘Westworld’s Thandie Newton On HBO’s Series Strengths, Season 2 & Freedom — Emmys

"Nothing's ever taken for granted on this show let me tell you," says Thandie Newton from the Season 2 set of Westworld. Certainly, with a drama topping 22 Emmy nominations this year, the much watched and much discussed HBO series based on Michael Crichton's 1973 movie has emerged as the premium cabler's new blockbuster in more ways than one. For the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama nominee, the Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan showrun series drills into deep notions of… Read

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ VFX Supervisor Brendan Taylor On Dismantling Church With Potent, Invisible Effects

In the brave new world of visual effects, where the only limitations are those of the imagination, visual effects break down broadly into categories—the flashy sort involved with Valerian-style world building, or Game of Thrones‘ dragons, and the kind that operates entirely behind the scenes, invisibly. In the case of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, visual effects supervisor Brendan Taylor was largely working with the latter. In Season 1, one of Taylor’s biggest projects was… Read

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‘Big Little Lies’ Director Jean-Marc Vallée Discusses First Television Endeavor: “There’s No Transition”

Making his way along the press circuit for HBO limited series Big Little Lies—which earned eight Emmy nominations last month—director Jean-Marc Vallée has repeatedly been asked one question: “What was your transition to television?” An Oscar nominee known for Dallas Buyers ClubWild and Demolition, the auteur has a simple answer: There isn’t one. Making another major splash with his first television series, Vallée treats all of his projects as films—whether they arrive… Read

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Emmy Predictions: Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series Or Movie Perhaps the most fiercely contested acting Emmy category in a long time, no less than four Best Actress Oscar winners and a Best Actress Oscar nominee and Emmy winner go up against a relative novice in the awards game enjoying her first major nomination for anything. Who will come out on top in this tricky and almost impossible to call race? Carrie Coon Fargo FX In a key female role in the TV version of a film that won… Read

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‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia On Jack’s Death: “We’re All Carrying This One Big Secret”—Emmys

Milo Ventimiglia has been through plenty of ups and downs in his career. Following a popular stint on Gilmore Girls, then a lead role in Heroes, Ventimiglia seemed to go quiet. While he continued working, his star never seemed to rise to its previous heights.  But now all that has radically changed with the role of Jack Pearson in NBC's This Is Us. Ventimiglia has experienced a kind of renaissance, and with it, much critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination for his nuanced… Read

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Emmy Predictions: Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Or Movie Two past winners in the category face off against a certified movie legend and a two-time Oscar winner on his first Emmy nomination. Plus two stars of the same acclaimed HBO limited series, and another screen star joining the run of Fargo make this a distinguished lineup that may not be as competitive as the ladies', but holds its own intrigue nonetheless. Riz Ahmed The Night Of HBO The new British star may be best known… Read

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Bruce Forsyth Dies: Brit TV Legend Who “Delighted Millions” Was 89

Bruce Forsyth, the veteran British entertainer and game show host who BBC director general Tony Hall called “one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known," died today. He was 89. He had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year with a severe chest infection. His manager confirmed the news on Friday. "It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by… Read

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BBC Commissions New Dramas From ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Scribe & ‘Poldark’ Producer

BBC has commissioned two new eight-part drama series for its flagship channel BBC One. The Three, based on a trilogy of books by Sarah Lotz, is adapted by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scribe Peter Straughan. It's described as a multi-stranded, international thriller with a supernatural twist and sees four planes crash on the same day in four different countries, with three children left as survivors. Commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore… Read