William H. Macy On ‘Shameless’ Season 6: “It’s All About Pregnancy” – Emmys
Playing ultimate drunk Frank Gallagher on Showtime's Shameless, William H. Macy has snagged, so far, noms for a Critics' Choice, a Globe and two Emmys. This past season, Macy had the added challenges of directing an episode–it included a sex scene and a shooting–and figuring out how to portray Frank in a rare phase of sobriety. This year he'll also be cheering on his wife Felicity Huffman at the Emmys, since she's nominated for her role in ABC's American Crime. Macy tells… Read
‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6 Trailer: UK Start Date Set For Final Sojourn At The Estate
ITV has dropped a promo for the final season of its flagship period drama, Downton Abbey. The network also confirmed today that Season 6 will kick off on September 20 in the UK. Not much has been publicly revealed about the upcoming farewell, other than it being set in 1925. The teaser above does presage more change at the Abbey as Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) tells Mr Carson (Jim Carter), “If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would. But I can’t, Carson, for… Read
Emmys: Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Christine Baranski And Other Double-Nominees – Photo Gallery
Sometimes working double-time has its rewards. Five actors received multiple nominations this year, in some cases by segueing seamlessly between comedy and drama. Allison Janney became the queen of multitasking when she won two Emmys last year for the same two roles she's nominated for again this year. Will there be more double-wins come Emmy night on September 20?
Martin Scorsese Short ‘The Audition’ Won’t Be Ready For Venice Film Festival
Martin Scorsese’s short film The Audition will not be screening at the Venice Film Festival next month after all. The festival said today that because of “unexpected technical problems” the roughly 17-minute short will not be ready in time for the September 2-12 fest. The film features Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in a promotion for a pair of casinos in Asia.
Separately, the festival confirmed the screening of Heaven Can Wait by Ernst Lubitsch for… Read
Bill Maher Slams Donald Trump’s “Go Back To Univision” Comment As Racist
Bill Maher is taking Donald Trump more seriously these days. While continuing to use the Republican front-runner as an ever-ready punchline, the HBO host seemed more angry than bemused during last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher when talking about the increasingly amped-up anti-immigration rhetoric used by Trump and some of his supporters. Maher was particularly outraged by the recent dust-up between Trump and Jorge Ramos, news anchor for the Spanish-language… Read
Trump To Sarah Palin: Jorge Ramos “Just Putting On A Show”
If you haven’t watched One America News Network, you’re not alone. Available in only 12 million homes, the San Diego-based 24/7 news channel feels almost like a vlog rather than a huge journalism operation. Loose and conversational, and openly partisan, you can’t say it isn’t entertaining, especially if you’re politically conservative. This channel was launched expressly for people who think Fox News isn’t conservative enough.
But even if you haven’t watched it, you’ve no… Read
Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Vin Scully To Return For 67th Dodgers Season
Jimmy Kimmel tonight helped announce that longtime Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully will indeed be coming back next baseball season, marking his 67th year in the job. The pleasant surprise was revealed on the Dodgers videoboard during the second inning of tonight’s Dodgers-Cubs home game.
The short video showed Kimmel in his ABC studio, as he dropped cardboard signs saying that Scully “is back for one more year (at least). God bless us everyone.” The Dodgers… Read
NBCUniversal Heading To Trial In Age Discrimination Case From Award-Winning Ex-KNBC Producer
It's looking more and more certain that Frank Snepp is going to get the trial he wants against NBCUniversal and Comcast. A L.A. Superior Court Judge today refused the media giant's best efforts to have the Emmy and Peabody-winning journalist's nearly 2-year old age discrimination case thrown out. That means the November 2 jury trial start date is still on the calendar – and approaching probably too fast for Comcast.
The former CIA analyst first filed suit on October 1… Read
ABC Nabs Dramedy From Liz Heldens Based On ‘Big Ballet’ UK Reality Series
In a competitive situation, with multiple networks pursuing, ABC has landed ballet-themed dramedy written/executive produced by Deception and Mercy creator Liz Heldens and executive produced by Sue Naegle. The project, which has received a script commitment with a significant penalty, hails from Sony Pictures TV’s recently relaunched TriStar TV label.
The British reality series, which had a brief run on Channel 4 last year, featured 18 amateur, plus-sized dancers, many… Read
Steven Pasquale Cast As Male Lead In CBS’ New ‘Doubt’ Pilot
Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife) is set as the male lead opposite Katherine Heigl in CBS‘ new pilot for legal drama Doubt. The project, from writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly Prods, centers on Sadie Ellis (Heigl), a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients, the decent, altruistic pediatric surgeon Billy (Pasquale), who may or may not be guilty of… Read
Richard Pryor Pic Set; Oprah Winfrey To Play His Brothel-Owner Grandma, Eddie Murphy “Uncle” Buck, Mike Epps And Kate Hudson As Pryor And Wife Jennifer
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company is ready to greenlight its Richard Pryor biopic, and my, have Harvey Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together a terrific cast. The new additions: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there; Eddie Murphy will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. Kate Hudson is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. And Mike Epps is now locked to play Pryor, a role coveted by a lot of… Read
‘The Jury’ Legal Drama Produced By Carol Mendelsohn Sold To ABC With Big Penalty
ABC is developing The Jury, a drama project written by Justified writer-producer VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (MTV pilot Self Promotion) and executive produced by CSI alumna Carol Mendelsohn. The project, from Sony Pictures TV, where Mendelsohn is under an overall deal, landed at ABC with a significant penalty. While the network is stopping short of categorizing it as a put pilot, I hear the size of the penalty is in a high-six-figure range that regularly qualifies as a… Read