For those who missed the Primetime Emmy Awards in September, there was a repeat at the SAG Awards tonight, with Modern Family winning the top comedy prize for a fourth straight time and Breaking Bad topping the drama field for the first time. “What a way to go out in style,” Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston exclaimed when accepting the best drama ensemble trophy for the show’s final season. That going out in style included a sweep for the acclaimed AMC drama, which won both categories it was nominated in — best drama series ensemble and best actor in a drama series for Cranston, his second consecutive win. It was also the second consecutive year that three time Emmy winner Cranston left the Shrine Auditorium with two SAG trophies — last year he won best actor for Breaking Bad and shared best feature ensemble for Argo.
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Best comedy ensemble victor Modern Family also was a double winner tonight, with Ty Burrell earning the first individual SAG Award for the show. He ended Alec Baldwin’s incredible streak of seven consecutive wins for actor in a comedy series. Because of a SAG Awards rule quirk, 30 Rock qualified for the SAG Awards for an eighth year, even through the comedy ran for seven seasons. The Emmy-winning NBC comedy landed three nominations — for best comedy ensemble, Baldwin, and last year’s comedy actress winner Tina Fey — but for the first time in its history left without a single statuette. Burrell’s win means that three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, on his third consecutive SAG Award nomination, is yet to get a win as is the ensemble of his show, three-time nominee The Big Bang Theory.
Can you blame Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “forgetting” what awards show she was at while accepting her best comedy actress SAG Award for HBO’s Veep? She has been a fixture on the awards circuit for the past two years and is the two-time reigning Emmy champion. And let us all just agree that while Maggie Smith is playing the deliciously cantankerous elder Lady Grantham on Downton Abbey, she automatically gets at least one major acting award a year. In 2011 and 2012 it was an Emmy, last year it was a Golden Globe, now she won her first individual SAG Award (she also shared in the show’s best drama ensemble trophy last year.) Read More »
ABC‘s Emmy-winning comedy will film its next vacation episode in Australia. Written by Danny Zuker and Elaine Ko and directed by Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan, the episode will feature the show’s entire cast sans Jay and Gloria’s baby boy. The show will film in Sydney, in the Blue Mountains and hopefully at the Great Barrier Reef with the cooperation of Australian airline Qantas. Here is what Levitan had to say about next month’s stint:
We are so excited about our trip down under and we promise not to do any ‘down under’ jokes. We look forward to a fantastic shoot in many exotic locations. We loved the family vacation episodes we shot in Hawaii and Wyoming – this one is certainly our most ambitious yet. We promise to feature a kangaroo, a koala and a boomerang. I’m sure there will be lots more, but so far that’s all we know about Australia – our American school system is a disaster. So we thank Qantas for this amazing opportunity to broaden our horizons. Plus it’ll be nice to go to a place where everyone looks like Hugh Jackman and Miranda Kerr. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron’s space odyssey took Best Original Screenplay and the John Ridley-penned historical drama got the Adapted Screenplay nod in awards presented tonight by scripting software company. The wins come days after Gravity and 12 Years A Slave both missed the cut for WGA Awards nominations. ABC’s Modern Family and AMC’s now-wrapped Breaking Bad won for best TV comedy and drama, respectively. The hardware was handed out during the ninth Final Draft Annual Awards, hosted by Jay Chandrasekhar and held on the Paramount lot. Nancy Meyers received the awards’ Hall of Fame honor.
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Last week, the latest numbers for Modern Family‘s freshman run in syndication came out. The Emmy winning ABC comedy, which airs on USA and in broadcast syndication, hit new combined highs in all key measures, including households (5.1), Adults 18-34 (3.1) and Adults 18-49 (3.1). Modern Family now ranks as the No.2 program in all of syndication among 18-49 behind The Big Bang Theory (3.4) and is No.1 in 18-34. At the same time, the season to date rankings for all broadcast programs came out, and Modern Family is averaging 5.0 in 18-49 in 18-49 through the first 12 weeks of the season (in most current ratings that include DVR playback). That is not bad, as Modern Family is tied with NBC’s The Blacklist for No.3 in 18-49 behind Sunday Night Football (7.9) and Big Bang (6.8). But vs. the same 12 weeks last season, Modern Family is down 21%. That despite the show’s solid start in syndication. Read More »
TBS successfully paired a reality series, game show King Of The Nerds, with its prized off-network comedy The Big Bang Theory. USA Network is looking to do the same with its marquee off-network comedy, Modern Family. The cable network has given an eight-episode order to Chrisley Knows Best (working title), a half-hour original reality series. Described as a real-life family comedy, it follows Atlanta-based self-made multimillionaire Todd Chrisley, his devoted wife Julie, and their five children who live a seemingly picture-perfect Southern life with everything money can buy. (Watch a promo below.) The series, produced by Maverick TV and All3Media America, is slated to premiere with two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, March 11 at 10 PM, immediately following Modern Family. In a synergy move, USA sibling E! will air repeats of each episodes on Sundays at 10:30 beginning March 16. “Chrisley Knows Best is a broad family comedy that is a modern version of Father Knows Best with the volume turned way up,” said Heather Olander, SVP, alternative programming for USA Network. “While their lifestyle is over-the-top and their personalities are larger-than-life, the Chrisleys are a very close-knit family who are refreshingly honest and genuinely funny.” The series is executive produced by Adam Greener, Jim Sayer, and Stephanie Chambers.
There are no hard rules for AFI‘s list of Top 10 programs of the year as the film institute tends to mix critical darlings with crowd pleasers, series, miniseries and TV movies. (Cable ratings juggernauts The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Asylum made the AFI Awards list last year, along with the HBO movie Game Change). No longform entries on this year’s list, which features one major surprise — the omission of ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family, which had been among AFI’s Top 10 programs each of the past four years. Also MIA this season is Showtime’s drama Homeland, which made the cut the last two years. This is the most drama-heavy AFI list I can remember, with only one half-hour series, HBO’s Veep. (Netflix’s hourlong Orange Is The New Black was nominated as a comedy by the WGA but is competing as a drama for the Golden Globes and the Emmys.)
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The guilty pleasure on the roster is ABC’s hot sophomore drama Scandal, landing its first major best series awards recognition. The rest of the series have been in top awards consideration and received WGA noms last week, with the exception Game Of Thrones, which was not in the running due to a submission error. Returning from last year are Game Of Thrones, Emmy winner Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Here is the full list: Read More »
Modern Family debuted at No. 1 with women among all syndication premieres in more than a decade, distributor Twentieth Television noted today, citing Nielsen’s newly-released stats. The ABC comedy, produced by 20th Century Fox Television, debuted at No. 2 in households among all syndication premieres over the same period, with a 4.1 household rating — behind only The Big Bang Theory‘s fall of 2011 syndication launch (4.5). The numbers reflect the comedy’s launch both in broadcast and cable syndication. Here’s the announcement: Read More »
ABC did best during Premiere Week with primetime entertainment shows at attracting upscale 18-49-year-olds, Nielsen reported today. ABC’s first-place status was powered by returning Modern Family and the premiere of Marvels Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Those two entertainment programs rated No. 1 and 2 with 18-49-year-olds in $100K homes. ABC clocked a 2.8 rating with its entertainment programming in this metric, followed by NBC with a 2.4 rating, CBS’s 2.3 rating, and Fox’s 1.7 rating. Modern Family reported an annual median income of $80,400 for its young adult audience. S.H.I.E.L.D, meanwhile, clocked in at $70,800. In addition to S.H.I.E.L.D, three more freshman series made Premiere Week’s Top 15 list of regular entertainment broadcasts among upscale 18-49-ers: NBC’s The Blacklist ($65,700), CBS’s The Crazy Ones ($62,500) and ABC’s The Goldbergs ($69,800).
EXCLUSIVE: ABC‘s flagship comedy Modern Family, which is coming off a fourth consecutive best series Emmy win, may be getting a spinoff. I’ve learned that the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV have met to discuss potentially spinning off the hit comedy. Details are sketchy as conversations are in very early stages with multiples ideas discussed, but I hear one offshoot concept that is being explored is for a show built around standout Modern Family guest player Rob Riggle and the character he played in two episodes last season. The idea is being spearheaded by Modern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh who would run point and write the script. (Modern Family co-creator/executive producer Steve Levitan would likely have some involvement, while fellow co-creator/exec producer Christopher Lloyd is expected to remain solely focused on the flagship series, now in its fifth season.) Riggle’s Gil Thorpe is Southern California’s most successful real estate agent and rival of Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) who briefly employed Phil’s wife Claire (Julie Bowen). Thorpe is abrasive and has a penchant for inserting his name in words, like “Thorpedoed” and “Gil Pickles.” Corrigan and Walsh, who became a writing team when they met in NYU’s film school, have been on Modern Family since after the pilot. They wrote one of Riggle’s two Modern Family episodes, “Career Day” (check out the video below). Read More »
Modern Family finished its fourth consecutive best-comedy Emmy victory lap just in time to begin celebrating its successful launch in off-network syndication. In broadcast, the series nailed the second-biggest comedy syndication launch in the past five years. It trailed only Warner Bros TV’s CBS multi-cam comedy The Big Bang Theory’s 2011 launch in households, with a 1.5 HH rating. In 18-49 the 20th Century Fox series’ 0.8 rating ties BBT’s off-net unveiling. And, in 25-54, Modern Family (1.0 rating) edges out BBT’s syndie launch (0.9). In New York, the mockumentary hit increased the Fox O&O’s household ratings 54% at 7 PM and 20% at 7:30. In Los Angeles, with Modern Family, the Fox O&O jumped 75% and 32% in the same time periods.
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The ensemble comedy, which airs initially on ABC, also made inroads in its USA Network debut Tuesday night. Over its three hours on USA, the Pritchett family saga young-ed up the NBCU cable net’s primetime by about 13 years, to a median age of 32.2, compared with 45 with Law & Order: SVU on the comparable night last year. Modern Family shed some of SVU’s older viewers – accounting for the USA’s overall drop from 1.58 million viewers in prime same night last year, to just under a million on Tuesday. But the 18-34 crowd jumped by 27%.
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It was obviously another huge night for AMC, which took home the most prestigious Emmy prize of Outstanding Drama Series for the 5th time in the last six years, this time for long overdue Breaking Bad. Inside the Governors Ball following the Emmys, a raucous celebration at the 400 tables, 3-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston didn’t seem to care that he personally lost in a shocker to The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels. “This is the one I really wanted,” he told me about the show’s win. I asked AMC topper Charlie Collier why he programmed a new episode of Breaking Bad against the Emmy broadcast instead of running a repeat. ”There may be a few thousand people here who pay attention to the Emmys tonight. But there are millions who want to know what’s going to happen on Breaking Bad!,” he told me. As for the win, ”this was a show no one could believe got on the air, didn’t get cancelled, and kept thriving,” he added.
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Even AMC stable mate and 4-time drama series winner Mad Men’s Matt Weiner came by and hugged Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, perhaps the nicest guy who has never won an Emmy until now. I asked Gilligan if he really thought any of the other shows he mentioned by name in his acceptance speech were going to win over his. “Oh yes, absolutely. I was convinced House Of Cards would win,” he told me. A day earlier, Saturday’s … Read More »
A night full of surprises finally took a predictable turn in the final stretch when Modern Family and Breaking Bad took the best series honors. ABC’s Modern Family extended its streak to four consecutive best comedy series wins to tie such classics as All In The Family, Cheers and The Dick Van Dyke Show. After getting upset last year, AMC’s Breaking Bad earned its first ever top drama prize. But there were upsets galore, with no The Daily Show as best variety series or The Amazing Race as best reality competition series for the first time in a decade. HBO’s Behind The Candelabra, which had an already insurmountable lead following the Creative Emmys, added three more Emmys to his haul for 11 total, more than twice the next winningest program. HBO once again topped the list of networks with the most trophies, 27. And Saturday Night Live surpassed Frasier with most lifetime Emmys, 40.
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On a night of surprises, the lead actor in a comedy series categories were a rare island of status quo. Frontrunner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) won his third Emmy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus repeated as winner for Veep. But the supporting comedy acting categories were ripe with upsets. Merritt Wever of Nurse Jackie was so stunned by her win, she just walked offstage with no acceptance speech. Who can blame her — she was a true underdog. Her counterpart, fellow surprise winner Tony Hale of Veep, was a bit more eloquent but only a bit. For the first time ever, Modern Family was shut out from the acting categories with a cast member not taking at least one Emmy (the series’ cast submit themselves as supporting), though the series got a directing award.
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It was comedy ladies’ night at the Primetime Emmys as women swept both the comedy writing and directing categories for the first time in history. 30 Rock creator/executive producer Tina Fey and writer Tracey Wigfield won the writing Emmy for the series finale, while Gail Mancuso was recognized for the “Arrested” episode of ABC’s Modern Family. Mancuso is only the second woman ever to win the Emmy for comedy directing, following Betty Thomas, who won for Dream On 20 years ago. Fey/Wigfield was the fourth woman/all-female team to snag the writing award, following Fey, who won for 30 Rock in 2008; Diane English for Murphy Brown in 1989; and Treva Silverman for Mary Tyler Moore in 1974. All those female writing winners share a bond — they worked for groundbreaking workplace shows with strong women at the center.
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The writing win for 30 Rock‘s Fey and Wigfield also is brimming with symbolism: the reigning comedy queen Fey teamed with a rising star writer. Wigfield started off as a writers assistant on 30 Rock before getting a shot at becoming a writer on the show and trusted with co-writing the series finale with Fey. “I want to thank Tina … Read More »
Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV host Melana Scantlin about the likely winners in key comedy segments in this weekend’s Primetime Emmys, including whether defending champ Modern Family can stave off The Big Bang Theory and other contenders for its fourth straight win as Best Comedy Series.
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With every passing year, it becomes tougher for a winning show like ABC’s Modern Family to take home the biggest Emmy prize. Family is trying to win its fourth consecutive series statuette, something that NBC’s 30 Rock couldn’t manage after winning three in a row from 2007-09. Standing in the show’s way this time is a formidable quintet headed by FX’s Louie as well as 30 Rock, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (trying to win for the first time in its third nomination) and a pair of one-word HBO longshots: Veep and Girls. It’s noteworthy that the show that could perhaps have given Family the most trouble, the Netflix reboot of Arrested Development, failed even to land a nomination. However, cable series earned three of the six category slots.
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THE BIG BANG THEORY
This season was chock-full of special moments, including one in which Sheldon (Jim Parsons) spanks Amy (Mayim Bialik) and another featuring a guest appearance by Bob Newhart. Upsets happen, and you just never know. It’s tough for a show to win for the first time in its sixth season. Too tough, in this case. It’s tougher still for a series from the stable of creator Chuck Lorre, who gets less respect than he should as one of television’s most successful producers. Read More »