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EMMY WINNERS ANALYSIS: ‘Modern Family’ Comedy King, ‘Mad Men’ Still Drama King, Big Night For First-Timers, 20th TV, HBO

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: ABC’s freshman Modern Family was the big series winner at the 62nd Emmy Awards, scoring 3 awards for a total of 6 Emmys, including best comedy series, while AMC’s Mad Men was once again named top drama. In the top comedy category, Modern Family overtook three-time winner 30 Rock, which, in one of the biggest surprises on a night full of surprises, was completely shut out this year. Modern Family and fellow freshman Glee, which earned a total of 4 Emmys, including 2 tonight, brought the breath of fresh air many were predicting. It was a big night for first-time winners overall, with awards for Modern Family, its co-star Eric Stonestreet, Glee‘s Jane Lynch, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, The Closer‘s Kyra Sedgwick, The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, as well as Ryan Murphy and Steve Shill for directing Glee and Dexter, respectively.

Things were mostly status quo on the drama side, with AMC’s Mad Men extending its winning streaks in the best series and best writing categories to three each and Bryan Cranston three-peating as best lead actor on a drama series for another AMC drama, Breaking Bad. Meanwhile, there was no farewell love for ABC’s Lost, which was completely snubbed tonight and ended up with one Emmy out of 12 noms, winning for best sound editing for the finale at the Creative Arts Awards.

Overall, HBO’s The Pacific and Temple Grandin scored the most awards with 8 and 7 statuettes, respectively, … Read More »

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EMMYS BACKSTAGE: Tom Hanks & ‘Pacific’

Tom Hanks was beaming backstage after having picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries for his work producing the HBO 10-parter The Pacific, the $200 million-plus project that was the most expensive in TV history. Hanks, who with Playtone partner Gary Goetzman exec produced the mini with Steven Spielberg, began by expressing mock outrage that The Amazing Race didn’t win for top reality competition series. “What?” he screamed. “You’re kidding!” He then expressed his wish that more miniseries had been nominated, beyond The Pacific and the Masterpiece Theatre project Return to Cranford. “There are a lot of themes and stories for which miniseries is the perfect medium for them to be told,” Hanks said. “We are all storytellers, and this was a terrific story to be able to tell over the eight years it took to get it done. That’s the great thing about HBO. It isn’t standard television at all. They let us say and do what we wanted. There are no act breaks for commercials and no specific time frame. They give you absolute and total freedom to tell your story and explore your theme in the best way possible. If you have millions to spend, you’d sure as hell better come through or you’re in big trouble.” – Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s Emmy coverage.

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‘Pacific’ Emmy-Nominated McKenna Plots 3D Battle Of Midway Pic With Warner Bros

By | Saturday August 28, 2010 @ 1:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: It’s almost considered a foregone conclusion that HBO’s The Pacific will sweep the Emmy Award categories for miniseries, due in no small part to the writing work of co-executive producer Bruce C. McKenna who scripted 7 of the 10 installments and is nominated along with Robert Schenkkan for penning the final episode. Now, HBO’s sister company Warner Bros is getting in on his WWII action. The studio has made a preemptive buy of The Battle of Midway, a McKenna pitch for a 3D film about the June 4-6, 1942, turning point of the war. I’m told the studio bought the pitch late last week, and that it is being fast tracked, with McKenna expected to turn in a script in 8 weeks for a film that will likely carry a price tag around $200 million.

I’m told Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road will be the producer of WB’s pic. The Battle of Midway took place six months after the demoralizing surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. When it was over, the supremacy of the Imperial Japanese Navy was lost along with 4 of its aircraft carriers and 1 heavy cruiser. The Japanese never recovered. The Pacific miniseries, which reportedly cost north of $200 million, has already won 7 Creative Arts Emmy Awards; it’s up for 24 total. The mini was exec produced by Steven Spielberg and Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, the same guys … Read More »

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