Primetime Emmys 2013: ‘Homeland’ Writer Henry Bromell Gets Rare Posthumous Emmy

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 7:32pm PDT

Diane Haithman is a contributor to Deadline’s TV coverage.

It was an emotional moment at the Emmys when the late Henry Bromell won a posthumous writing Emmy for Homeland’s intense and grueling ”Q&A” episode. Unfortunately his wife, Sarah Bromell, was only allowed a brief onstage moment. “I accept this award on behalf of Henry with deep appreciation for the Academy,” she said. “Thank you so much.” And as Homeland star Claire Danes accepted her second consecutive Emmy for lead actress in a drama, she said of Bromell, who died in March, “He was a brilliant person and so kind, and we think of him every day on a show that help define.”

While no stats were immediately available from the Academy, posthumous wins are extremely rare in any category. The last one is thought to be actress Diana Hyland in 1977 for The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Last year, Kathryn Joosten netted a posthumous Emmy nom for supporting actress for Desperate Housewives.

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EMMYS: Exec Producer Defends Choice Of Cory Monteith For Individual Tribute

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 12:50pm PDT

Cory Monteith will be among the deceased to whom special tribute is paid at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards in an effort to appeal to a younger generation, the Emmy show’s exec producer Ken Ehrlich told reporters on a conference call this morning. On Monday, CBS and the TV Academy announced that, in addition to what has become the traditional In Memoriam segment, the Emmycast also will include special tributes to recently deceased industry figures James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton and Monteith. Some reporters on the call questioned the inclusion of the former Glee star, while others felt more deserving folks, including Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman, were left out.

“Cory’s appeal was to maybe a little different generation than some of the others, and we felt they needed to be represented,” Ehrlich said, reminding the reporters Monteith was “just 31” when he died under “very tragic circumstances.” “It was important to be responsive to younger viewers, to whom Cory Monteith meant as much as the other four individuals meant to their own generations. We made the choice it was important to have, as part of these segments.”  Ehrlich admitted that when the decision was made to include Monteith, “there was discussion about the fact that this probably is going to become an interesting topic of conversation. We stand by what we’re doing.” Read More »

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EMMYS: A Love-Hate Relationship For The Networks

Broadcasting the Primetime Emmy Awards may seem a thankless task for the broadcast networks that take turns airing the ceremony. The license fee is pretty stiff, considering it’s a three-hour infomercial for the basic and premium cable networks (and now, Netflix) that have siphoned off a good chunk of their audience. Cable networks long ago took over the Emmy longform derbies, then they took over the best-drama derby, and now they’re moving in on comedy. CBS can expect to make a few million on the show, after factoring in the cost of production, etc. And, yes, it’s still a good platform for launching its new TV season, which officially starts the next night — not to mention the in-show plugs, like this year’s host Neil Patrick Harris, who’s the star of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother. And Allison Janney and Anna Faris are among this year’s lineup of notable female TV duos who are presenting — only because they star in the new CBS comedy series Mom. The other duos are far more newsworthy: Kerry Washington and Diahann Carroll are, respectively, the first African-American in nearly two decades to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the actress who broke color barriers when she starred in the 1968 series Julia; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the reigning TV-comedy co-queens; Zooey and Emily Deschanel are the Barrymores of Fox.

Still, the Emmy Awards ranks high on the Aggravation-o-Meter at times for the broadcast host. For instance, when the Academy decides to have Netflix’s House Of Cards star Kate Mara read off the names of nominees in July. As luck would have it, Mara’s plane had a mechanical malfunction, so she had to bail, and Harris stepped in — CBS plug!
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EMMYS Q&A: Ryan Murphy

Ryan MurphyFor two years running, Ryan Murphy’s miniseries American Horror Story has earned more Emmy nominations than any other show. This year American Horror Story: Asylum has 17 noms including the marquee movie/miniseries category. But the real question is whether those noms will turn into more wins this time around. To date, the genre show has taken home only two statuettes: one for leading lady Jessica Lange and one below-the-line for makeup. Murphy has made no secret of the fact he covets his own Emmy for AHS and spoke to Deadline’s AwardsLine editor Christy Grosz:

Deadline: Do you think this is your year to win for the series?
Ryan Murphy: I never would think about, “Oh, are we going to win? Do we deserve to win?” I like that people who have worked so hard on the show have, for the most part, been nominated. That thrills me to no end. It’s a very ambitious show in its scope, in its breadth. It’s 13 hours worth of material. From start to end, it takes almost 18 months to cook it up, to work it, to write it, to shoot it. It’s a really large endeavor and thankfully Fox Studios has given me the time and financial resources to do that. Last year, in particular, it was more than a horror show to me. What we really tried to make it be was a social commentary. It really was a look at the mental-health industry in the 1950s and 1960s and how it eventually was shut down and how that in itself was a great “American Horror”. Every year we take that phrase and try to make it specific. I thought it really came together in a great way. So should we win? I never know about those things. I’m just glad we were acknowledged. I think our competition is incredible. All of those nominees are certainly deserving. You never know. It’s really just a crapshoot at the end of the day, but I was really happy we were in there in such a big way two years in a row. When the show started I think a lot of people didn’t think it was going to fly or have legs. There’s a lot of supposition and stereotyping when it comes to the horror genre, so anything we can do to knock down some walls and make way for other people is great thing.

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Yahoo Picked To Be First Digital Partner For Emmy Awards

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 7:02am PDT

LOS ANGELES – (July 2, 2013) – Entertainment fans will get front row access to television’s biggest night, as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced Yahoo! will be the official digital partner for red carpet and behind-the-scenes content surrounding the 65th Primetime Emmy® Awards. Yahoo! is the Television Academy’s official online destination to live stream the red carpet and offer the Academy’s Backstage LIVE companion program, as well as deliver exclusive streaming content after the live coast-to-coast television broadcast airing Sunday, September 22, 2013, on CBS.

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‘Modern Family’ Cast To Poke Fun At Salary Negotiations In Emmy Awards Video

By | Saturday September 22, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Modern Family videos are becoming a mainstay at the Primetime Emmy Awards telecasts. Two years ago, a pre-recorded Modern Family clip that brainstormed ways to improve the show and featured a cameo by George Clooney was one of the highlights at the ceremony. With ABC, the network home … Read More »

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2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Party List

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 3:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Like a gypsy wedding which can go on for days, the festivities surrounding the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are kicking into high gear and will make for a busy week leading into Emmy night on Sunday. Here is a list of the pre- and post-Emmy bashes. Notably missing is the Entertainment Tonight Emmy After Party as the celebrity newsmagazine is putting an end to a decade-old tradition (and some great gift bags). Speaking of an end of an era, NBC’s pre-Emmy party is moving from its long-time home at Spago to Boa. (Note: This list was originally posted last Sunday)

Directors  Nominees Reception, Sept. 18, 7:00 – 9:00pm Directors Guild of America 7920 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles

Writers Nominees Reception, Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30 PM, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 5220 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood

TV Academy Performers Nominees Reception, Friday Sept. 21, 7:30 PM, Spectra by Wolfgang Puck, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave At San Vicente

UTA Emmy Party, Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30 PM, at the Brentwood home of UTA Managing Director Jay Sures and his wife, interior designer Molly Isaksen

CAA Emmy Party, Friday, Sept. 21, 8PM – 1AM, Bouchon, 235 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills

Women in Film & Variety Party celebrating 2012 female Emmy nominees, Friday, Sept. 21, 8:30-11:30 PM, Scarpetta at the Montage, 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills

WME Emmy Party, Friday, Sept. 21, 9 PM-12 AM, Milk Studios, 855 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles

Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party, Friday, Sept. 21, 9 PM, Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood

ICM Partners Emmy Brunch, Saturday, Sep. 22, 11:30 AM, Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood Read More »

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TV Academy Names Juried Winners In Animation & Costuming

By | Wednesday August 22, 2012 @ 12:15pm PDT

NoHo Arts District, CA, August, 22, 2012 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today the juried winners for the 64th Primetime Emmy® Awards in the categories of Individual Achievement in Animation and Costumes for a Variety Program or Special. These awards will be handed out during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, September 15. The 2012 juried winners include:

Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation

Disney Phineas And Ferb • Doof Dynasty • Disney Channel • Disney Television Animation
Jill Daniels, Background Paint

Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice • ABC • Walt Disney Animation Studios
Bill Schwab, Character Design

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome • Nightmare Sauce • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
Robertryan Cory, Character Design

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome • Nightmare Sauce • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
Chris Tsirgiotis, Background Design

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EMMYS: Matthew Weiner And Maria Jacquemetton On ‘Mad Men’

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT

Anthony D’Alessandro is managing editor of AwardsLine

When Jared Harris received an email from the Mad Men production crew asking him whether his signature had a calligraphic flair, he finally saw the writing on the wall: His character, Lane Pryce, the nebbish British partner of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce ad agency, was being eliminated from the show.

Mad Men“I figured, ‘Oh, he’s forging a check,’ and if he’s doing it in secret, that’s not good”, explains Harris, who learned during the episode 10 shoot that Lane would hang himself in episode 12 after Don Draper (Jon Hamm) discovers he embezzled ad agency funds.

It might have taken 10 episodes for Harris to find out about his character’s fate, but Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner dropped hints all season: Don drew a noose during a meeting with Lane (episode “Signal 30”), and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) and his train buddy Howard Dawes (Jeff Clarke) converse about insurance and suicide (“Lady Lazarus”). Read More »

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Little Diversity Among Past Emmy Winners

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is a contributor to AwardsLine

One of the dirty little secrets that haunts the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is its woeful (some might even say shameful) track record in honoring African-American actors and actresses with Emmy Awards. Consider that were Giancarlo Esposito of AMC’s Breaking Bad to win this year for supporting actor in a drama series, or the mixed-race Maya Rudolph to take the comedy guest actress prize for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, they would become the first black performers to win in their respective categories ever. Similarly, if Don Cheadle triumphs in the lead actor in a comedy race for his work in the Showtime half-hour House of Lies, he’d become only the second African-American in history to win in that category.

In fact, the four lead comedy actor/actress and supporting comedy actor/actress races have found African-American performers winning Emmys a grand total of four times–once in each category. Combining the victories for black actors and actresses in all 16 performing categories throughout the 63-year history of the Primetime Emmys results in 35, or roughly 5% of the total number of statuettes handed out. Read More »

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EMMYS: Vince Gilligan And Bryan Cranston On ‘Breaking Bad’

By | Tuesday August 14, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

It began with the simple pitch “Mr. Chips evolves into Scarface,” but the man doing the pitching — Vince Gilligan — never thought that Breaking Bad would ever see the light of day, much less a supersized, two-part, 16-episode fifth season and 13 Emmy nominations.

“I still pinch myself that it’s even on the air,” Gilligan admits. “I feel like I’m just extraordinarily lucky, much as a lottery winner is lucky.”

You hear the word “lucky” a lot when talking with showrunner Gilligan as well as the cast of the mega-intense AMC drama whose fan base is not so much huge as it is profoundly devoted. People don’t watch the show, they live it. And even as Breaking Bad prepares to depart this mortal coil with a final eight installments that head into production this November for air in summer 2013, the zealous multitudes (Badheads?) already are beginning to feel severe pangs of coming withdrawal. Read More »

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EMMYS: The Drama Race

By | Monday August 13, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT

Michael Ausiello is Editor-in-Chief of TVLine.

For the first time in ages, it isn’t a foregone conclusion that the drama series Emmy will be given to Mad Men. Though in any other year AMC’s crown jewel could probably eke out a victory, even in the wake of its … Read More »

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Q&A: Jimmy Kimmel On Hosting Emmys

By | Sunday August 12, 2012 @ 9:17am PDT

Ray Richmond is a contributor to AwardsLine

When the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out Sept. 23 at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theater (and telecast live on ABC), Jimmy Kimmel will be the man on the hot seat in his first Emmy hosting gig. But after presiding over the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April and emerging unscathed, Kimmel suddenly looks positively bulletproof. Not that he necessarily sees it that way. He spoke to AwardsLine about the Emmys, the late-night wars, the competition, and a certain business venture he’s got an eye on.

Jimmy Kimmel Emmy HostAwardsLine: So it seems as if after 9½ years hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live, you’ve got the job at this point. What lessons have you learned after nearly a decade in late night?

Jimmy Kimmel: Oh about a million of ’em, big ones and little ones. I think the most important lesson is that you have to look at this as a long-term thing. And every show matters. You might not make the impact you’d like to with one thing that you’re proud of, but it all adds up. And people notice consistency.

AwardsLine: Do you find that you’re more relaxed on the air now?

Kimmel: Yeah, definitely. I think that part of it is, a lot of the guests didn’t know who I was or what I was doing there at the beginning. It made me feel very insecure and like I had to prove something to them in each interview. That part has changed. It’s just like being in high school, really. Your first year you’re terrified, you’re scared on the bus, and by year four you’re sneaking up behind the chemistry teacher and giving him a wedgie. Read More »

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EMMYS: Steven Levitan And Christopher Lloyd On ‘Modern Family’

By | Saturday August 11, 2012 @ 12:36pm PDT

Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor

After two Emmy wins, it is no shocker that ABC’s megahit Modern Family has been nominated again for comedy series. What does come as a bit of a surprise is that having the most Emmy noms of any series this season, 14, hasn’t kept this from being jitters time for Levitan and Lloyd. In much the same way that Meryl Streep said she feared “Streep Fatigue” would cost her the Oscar for Iron Lady at this year’s Academy Awards, cocreators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd both say it’s tough to decide how to react when you are top dog.

“We don’t have fatigue, but I think we do worry that people won’t root for us as much as they did before we won”, Levitan admits. “We’re still very much invested in winning and whatever comes with that. Winning and what it represents”.

“But it’s very difficult, because you don’t want people to think we don’t care and [that] we’re past that”, he continues. “We’re not. We do care. But at the same time, you don’t want to seem presumptuous. This is a very strange and new experience for me, to be in this position where we have won two Emmys in a row and are going for a third. We have to be even better because there will be a lot of people looking to say, ‘Where else can I cast my vote?’ ” Read More »

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EMMYS: Chuck Lorre And Bill Prady On ‘Big Bang Theory’

By | Saturday August 11, 2012 @ 10:06am PDT

Adam Buckman is an AwardsLine contributor

This was the season The Big Bang Theory became ubiquitous. Perched at the top of the primetime ratings, its reruns became omnipresent on TBS and local TV stations, which together air as many as 24 episodes of the show every week. Yet the show’s ascendance to the summit of the pop-culture mountain has not altered the routines of those who work on the hit CBS show.

The Big Bang Theory“That has nothing to do with what you do every day, just to try and find a good story and execute it”, cocreator and executive producer Chuck Lorre says mildly, making the achievement seem ordinary.

“There’s actually a cognitive disconnect between the impact that the show has culturally, on television, and all that stuff, and your day-to-day experience”, adds cocreator and executive producer, Bill Prady. “You drive to a lot, you go to an office, you procrastinate a little bit, you go sit in a room with writers, you do your best to write an entertaining show about the characters you have in front of you, you (do) run-throughs, you do rewrites, you shoot in front of an audience–and none of that changes”. Read More »

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EMMYS: The Comedy Race

By | Friday August 10, 2012 @ 12:22am PDT

Michael Ausiello is Editor-in-Chief of TVLine.

If ABC were to go into Emmy night confident that Modern Family was about to add its third comedy series statuette to the network’s trophy case, no one would be the slightest bit surprised. … Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel On Primetime Emmy Awards: TCA

By | Friday July 27, 2012 @ 5:47pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Jimmy Kimmel, flanked by Primetime Emmy exec producer Don Mischer and TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum, says he has the modest goal as this year’s awards show host of simply not disappearing from the telecast for lengthy periods of time. ”I’d like to be part of the show throughout”, he said this afternoon during a TCA panel on the September show. “It would be nice to be able to comment on things as they’re happening. Hopefully I’ll be able to insert myself in the entirety of the broadcast”. That was as close as anyone came to divulging specifics, other than expressing that it would be much easier to put on an entertaining telecast if they didn’t have to hand out a whopping 26 awards. “We want to keep the show really fast-paced and really funny”, Mischer expressed. Kimmel joked that the most economical way to meet that objective would be to “load all of the awards into a t-shirt cannon and fire them into the audience”. But Kimmel expressed that he isn’t feeling any nerves in anticipation of his first Emmy hosting gig — certainly not as many as he felt prior to his April gig fronting the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C, in April. “I think I’m more comfortable in front of an audience of shallow Hollywood stars”, he concluded.

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TV Academy Re-Ups Longtime General Counsel Dixon Dern

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 2:08pm PST

North Hollywood, CA November 8, 2011 — The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that is has extended the services of its general counsel Dixon Q. Dern for another three years. Dern has represented the Television

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EMMYS: Producers Under Pressure To Cut Charlie Sheen From Broadcast

Nellie Andreeva

Charlie Sheen To Make Surprise Appearance On Sunday

EXCLUSIVE: I hear that there has been some pressure put on the TV Academy and the producers of tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards telecast not to have former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen as a presenter. Here is what I’ve learned has happened: Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, who was the subject of many of Sheen’s public insults last spring and is currently being sued by the actor over his termination from the show, confronted TV Academy chairman John Shaffner, who is the production designer of two of Lorre’s comedy series, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. I hear that Lorre demanded that Sheen’s planned appearance be cut from the broadcast. Meanwhile, Warner Bros Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum — who oversees the studio producing Men, Warner Bros TV, which also is being sued by Sheen — made a call to Fox chairman Peter Rice asking whether it would be possible for Sheen to be dropped. After Rice couldn’t commit to doing so, Rosenblum asked him to at least not give Sheen an open mike that the actor may use to embarrass Lorre or the other Emmy nominees from his shows, all produced by WBTV. Read More »

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