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EMMYS: Ricky Gervais “Nearly Cried” & Other Noms Twitter Reactions

By and | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 10:36am PDT

EMMYS: Ricky Gervais “Nearly Cried” & Other Noms Twitter ReactionsThe Derek star may have almost had waterworks but he was far from the only one getting emotional online after the TV Academy announced the list of nominees announced for this year’s Emmy Awards. Check out some of the best tweets we saw this morning. Do you have any more good ones we can add in?

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Deadline Big Media 64 – The Chris DeWolfe Podcast

By | Saturday December 21, 2013 @ 3:24pm PST

Deadline Big Media episode 64Deadline Financial Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom talk with Chris DeWolfe, CEO of SGN Games and former CEO and co-founder of MySpace, about the very big and very quickly evolving businesses of online video games and social media. The Davids also talk about the creepy-cool future of TV that is just around the corner and why Ernst & Young thinks most of Hollywood isn’t ready for it; and the maturation into major players by two long-time little guys, Lionsgate, which is offering its first quarterly dividend, and Hulu, which generated $1 billion in revenues in 2013

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Golden Globe Awards Nominations: ‘12 Years A Slave’ & ‘American Hustle’ Lead Pack (Full List)

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 5:18am PST

golden globeUPDATED WITH FULL LIST: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards this morning at the Beverly Hilton. Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde handled the unveiling of names and titles in 25 film and TV categories after being introduced by new HFPA president Theo Kingma. Following today’s announcement, the HFPA will mail out final ballots to members December 23 (since it’s a slow time at the U.S. Postal Service?), with votes due back January 8. Winners will be announced during the Golden Globes ceremony January 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton, aired live on broadcast partner NBC and hosted for a second consecutive year by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The duo’s well-received debut as hosts last year helped the show draw 19.7 million total viewers, a 17% jump over the year before, and a 6.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, a 20% bump — 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominationsthe best in both metrics in six years — that all but assured the pair’s return trip. One who won’t be there next month: Woody Allen, who said he would not attend to receive his 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Instead, his longtime co-star Diane Keaton will accept on his behalf. Last year’s ceremony also saw eventual Oscar winner Argo selected Best Motion Picture Drama (though Les Miserables won the most film awards with three), while on the TV side Homeland won Best Drama and Girls took Best Comedy.The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries and is produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA. Here is the full list of nominees:

Related: Golden Globes Nominees: Scorecard

Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Productions and River Road Entertainment; Fox Searchlight Pictures
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
Warner Bros. Pictures / Esperanto Filmoj / Heyday Films; Warner Bros. Pictures
Pathe, BBC Films, BFI, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow/Magnolia Mae; The Weinstein Company
Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Revolution Films; Universal Pictures

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
Warner Bros. Pictures / Annapurna Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
Mike Zoss Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Studio Canal; CBS Films
Paramount Vantage; Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures; Paramount Pictures

Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Francis Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment, A Chris Meledandri Production; Universal Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

Quat’sous Films; IFC Films
Indigo Film, Medusa Film, BABE Films; Janus Films
THE HUNT (Denmark)
Zentropa Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures
Memento Films Production, France 3 Cinema, BIM Distribuzione; Sony Pictures Classics
Studio Ghibli; Touchstone Pictures

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Eric Warren Singer & David O Russell, American Hustle

Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave

“Atlas”, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Music by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
Lyrics by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
“Let It Go”, Frozen
Music by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Ordinary Love”, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Music by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Burton
Lyrics by: Bono
“Please Mr Kennedy”, Inside Llewyn Davis
Music by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Lyrics by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
“Sweeter Than Fiction”, One Chance
Music by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff
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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

If you missed Deadline’s top TV stories, check them out:

Harry Connick Jr To The Rescue? Crooner In The Mix For ‘American Idol’ Judge
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: He is a self-professed big fan of American Idol who has done two very well-received stints as a guest mentor on the Fox singing competition and has been rumored for a judging gig on the show in the past

Are CBS & Time Warner Cable Getting Closer To Agreement?
By Nellie Andreeva - The irony was not lost on anyone who has caught a glimpse of ESPN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the U.S. Open tennis championships this week.

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Approached To Return As Golden Globe Hosts
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: Twenty million viewers can’t be wrong.

HBO’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Drama From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger & Terence Winter Taps Showrunners
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter’s long-gestating rock ‘n’ roll drama for HBO has taken another step to fruition.

‘Dancing With The Stars’ At A Casting Crossroads
By Lisa De Moraes - ABC needs to get two things right this fall: 1) Launch Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.; 2) Relaunch Dancing With The Stars.

‘Longmire’ And ‘The Glades Hit Season Highs In Finales, Await Renewal Decision
By Nellie Andreeva – It was a good finish for A&E drama series Longmire and The Glades last night.

Julianna Margulies Settles ‘Good Wife’ Commissions Lawsuit With Ex-Managers
By Dominic Patten -
Like many a good courtroom drama, they’ve reached a deal. More than a year … Read More »

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In TV Awards, Globes Honor Newbies And SAG Sticks With Favorites

By | Thursday January 10, 2013 @ 11:52pm PST

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

The Golden Globes are the awards that love you immediately and without reservation. The SAG Awards are the ones that—while somewhat more tentative—like to honor their favorites repeatedly. Those tendencies held form yet again in the TV nominations announced last month, bringing a certain consistency to exercises that typically lack it.

Indeed, if you’re looking for a red carpet to be rolled out to welcome the new kids, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is your go-to gang. Rarely does a first-year show with even moderate buzz escape Globe voters’ attention. This year, it heaped attention on freshmen including HBO’s Aaron Sorkin cable-news drama The Newsroom and star Jeff Daniels; the HBO comedy Girls and its multihyphenate young star Lena Dunham; Julia Louis-Dreyfus from the rookie HBO comedy Veep; star Don Cheadle from Showtime’s House Of Lies; lead Connie Britton and supporting player Hayden Panettiere from the ABC soap Nashville; and, most surprisingly, a comedy/musical series nod for NBC’s Smash.

The inclusion of Smash was perhaps easy to predict, because it’s the rare comedy/musical series that is both comedy and musical. It took the spot previously held down by Fox’s Glee, the category winner in 2010 and ’11 that failed to make the Golden … Read More »

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EMMYS: Shocking Wins From Past Telecasts

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 8:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

Upsets happen at the Emmys with some regularity, and they’ve been a part of things for at least 60 of the 63 years that they have been handing these things out. Let’s take a look:

Red Skelton shockingly beats Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy for best comedy series and best comedian.

The Monkees takes best comedy series over Get Smart, Bewitched, The Andy Griffith Show, and Hogan’s Heroes.

Richard Mulligan wins lead comedy actor for Empty Nest over such all-stars as Michael J. Fox (Family Ties), Ted Danson (Cheers), John Goodman (Roseanne), and Fred Savage (The Wonder Years).

David E. Kelley’s Picket Fences wins the drama series trophy in consecutive years, a pair of surprises in a field that included NYPD Blue, Northern Exposure, and Law & Order.

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EMMYS: Well-Chosen Episodes Attract Voters And Clinch The Nom

By | Sunday August 26, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are inundated with all sorts of DVD packages and download opportunities for considering would-be nominees. Starting in about March or April, the deluge begins. Looking back now, it is interesting to explore which episodes the successful nominees submitted for consideration to the TV Academy at large. Here’s a look at the episodes six program Emmy nominees submitted, covering miniseries/movie, drama, comedy, and variety series:



Normally this category would be a no-brainer because most nominees are expected to be one-off movies or minis, and there would be no need to highlight one or two episodes in order to gain entry into the race. But in the case of American Horror Story, a bit of controversy has intervened. Although most would agree that the macabre show is a weekly series, cocreator Ryan Murphy convinced the TV Academy to consider it a miniseries, based on the fact that it will return each season with a completely different storyline and its regular cast in completely different roles. OK, but it is still a series, mini or not. Nevertheless the ploy worked, and it received a leading 17 Emmy nominations including the key one for best mini/movie. Read More »

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EMMYS: The Writers Race

By | Sunday August 26, 2012 @ 8:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

This year’s crop of Emmy nominees in writing for drama series, comedy series, and movie/miniseries/special include a good mix of first-time nominees, including Lena Dunham for HBO’s Girls and Amy Poehler for NBC’s Parks and Recreation. But the real question is, which of the three writing noms that AMC’s Mad Men earned will turn into a statuette at this year’s ceremony? What follows is our handicap of everyone’s chances:


Chris McKenna Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory” (NBC)

Lena Dunham Girls, “Pilot” (HBO)

Louis C.K. Louie, “Pregnant” (FX)

Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, “The Debate” (NBC)

Michael Schur Parks and Recreation, “Win, Lose or Draw” (NBC)

What really distinguishes the category this time is the rare presence of two women here: indie film prodigy Dunham for the Girls pilot and Poehler for the Parks and Recreation episode “The Debate.” It’s exceedingly rare to have two females in the comedy writing lineup in the same Emmy year. In fact, the last time it happened was 2002, when Jennifer Crittenden landed a nom for Everybody Loves Raymond and Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky were honored for Sex and the City

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EMMYS: The Directors Race

By | Saturday August 25, 2012 @ 8:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

Among the Emmy nominees for directing a drama series, comedy series, and movie/miniseries/special are numerous first-time nominees and several more with multiple noms looking for their first wins. What follows is a look at everyone’s chances:


Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire, “To the Lost” (HBO)

Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad, “Face Off” (AMC)

Brian Percival, Downton Abbey, “Episode 7” (PBS)

Michael Cuesta, Homeland, “Pilot” (Showtime)

Phil Abraham, Mad Men, “The Other Woman” (AMC)

If you were ever going to say that a guy is due for a win, it’s Van Patten. His Emmy pedigree includes 11 total nominations and five for The Sopranos. Yet his only win was as a supervising producer on the HBO mini The Pacific. Van Patten’s fellow directors could see this and feel like maybe it’s time.

On the other hand, it won’t be easy. Not with people like Vince Gilligan vying for the trophy. Gilligan was nominated for the same episode of Breaking Bad that earned him a DGA Award nom earlier this year. It’s “Face Off,” the fourth-season cliffhanger that found Giancarlo Esposito’s memorable villain Gustavo Fring having half of his face blown off, leading to a final adjustment of his tie moments before he collapses. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is direction. Read More »

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EMMYS: Don Mischer On Awards Telecast

By | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

Few living professionals have produced more live-event TV than Don Mischer, who has manned the controls at everything from Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony telecasts to Olympic Games opening ceremonies, Super Bowl halftime shows and, in 2009, a presidential inaugural celebration. Mischer – who will preside over his 13th Primetime Emmy show as producer in September –spoke with AwardsLine about the unpredictable nature of live TV, the specific challenges of the Emmys, and why he’ll be forever grateful to a fellow named Bucky Gunts.

AwardsLine: How early do you begin preparing for an awards show?

Don Mischer: We’ve actually been on the Emmys since the beginning of June. We had several meetings with Jimmy (Kimmel) and crafted a rundown even before the nominations were announced. But in many ways, the show is shaped by the nominated work.

AwardsLine: Isn’t it frustrating to have to balance the requirement of handing out 26 or 27 awards with trying to do something that’s actually entertaining?

Mischer: Frustrating is not the word. It is, after all, an awards show. As producers, the thing we try hardest to do is keep it briskly paced and humorous. And it’s interesting, if you start the show with a certain kind of pace, it begins to pervade the evening. It manifests itself in things like people getting to the stage quicker. People don’t speak as long, because there’s a certain rhythm where it’s all short and to the point. That makes the evening fly by.

Related: Q&A: Jimmy Kimmel On Hosting Emmys

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EMMYS: Campaigners Pull Out All the Stops

By | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 7:42pm PDT

Paul Brownfield is an AwardsLine contributor

Decorum holds that during For Your Consideration season, it’s important for campaigners to make sure TV Academy members know how special a series’ last season has been, while flattering its show creator by spending generously to help win a statuette—whether it’s the first or the fifth.

In an effort to position Mad Men toward an all-time record fifth drama win, the Emmy campaigners behind Matthew Weiner’s AMC series decided that voters needed something more than the high-end mailer they were already receiving. So they invited TV Academy members to a screening of the show’s season finale on June 10, the day the episode was set to air. Overnight, there were more RSVPs than seats, according to Murray Weissman, the veteran campaigner whose PR firm, Weissman/Markovitz, is consulting for AMC.

The 5 p.m. screening, at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, was followed by a Q&A and reception with Weiner and some of the cast.
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EMMYS: Comedy Supporting Acting Handicap

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor



TY BURRELL (Modern Family, ABC)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s Burrell’s third straight nomination here for Family, and he’s bidding for his second win in a row. He, like the rest of the cast, also took home a SAG Award the past two years as well as a TCA honor in 2011.

What We Say: Burrell could be poised to pull a  repeat, but with the Family vote split four ways, it’s far more likely that voters will anoint new blood.


Emmy Pedigree: Ferguson has kept pace with his costars in landing his third Emmy nod for the show. However, unlike Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet, he’s yet to win.

What We Say: The guy is really, really good. But he’s surrounded on this show—and in this category—by really, really good. It’s Ferguson’s turn. Time for him to make room for a golden gal on the shelf.

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EMMYS: Comedy Lead Acting Race Handicap

By | Thursday August 23, 2012 @ 8:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

Veteran nominees and previous winners make up most of the actor and actress nominations this year, with the exception of two first-timers: Lena Dunham of HBO’s Girls and Zooey Deschanel from Fox’s The New Girl. Here’s a look at each performer’s history with the TV Academy and where they stand in this year’s Emmy race:



Emmy Pedigree: This is Baldwin’s sixth nomination in a row in this category for 30 Rock, and he’s got 14 Emmy noms in total (including a pair this year because he is also honored as one of the show’s producers). He’s converted two of those into wins, in 2008 and ’09. That’s to go along with three Golden Globe triumphs (2007, ’09, ’10) and a record seven SAG Awards. Jack Donaghy, Baldwin’s impossibly colorful and bombastic creation on 30 Rock, is truly a character for the ages. As good as everyone on the show is, without Baldwin it would never have survived.

What We Say: Everyone is relieved that Baldwin never followed through on his annual threats to leave the show. Yet barring an unforeseen flood of late buzz, his Emmy-winning days appear over.

DON CHEADLE (House of Lies, Showtime)

Emmy Pedigree: This is Cheadle’s fifth Emmy nomination, and he’s still looking for his first win. His first pair came in 1999, as supporting actor in the HBO original The Rat Pack and as lead in the film A Lesson Before Dying. He also had a supporting nom in 2002 for the telepic Things Behind the Sun and guest actor in a drama in 2003 for an episode of ER. Oh, yes, and Cheadle also landed an Oscar nomination as lead actor in 2005 for his work in the film Hotel Rwanda. His only major award win came in 1999 when he took home a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in Rat Pack. His character on House of Lies, Marty Kaan, is a wonderfully bold and original creation. Too, Showtime is on something of a roll in placing lead actors in the
series categories.

What We Say: Cheadle has made a big impact on House of Lies in a short time with his comic vitality and effortless charisma. As such, he has a shot at an upset here. Read More »

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EMMYS: Drama Supporting Acting Handicap

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor


JIM CARTER (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s Carter’s first time at the Emmy dance, but the Brit has a little bit of experience with the American awards establishment. He won a 1999 SAG Award as part of the Shakespeare in Love cast. His work on Downton stands for its charismatic zeal, elevating a smallish role of butler Mr. Carson to something far weightier, much as his costar Brendan Coyle has done.

What We Say: It’s heartening to see a vet like Carter who has long labored in the shadows finally receive some overdue recognition. That recognition does not, however, extend to actually winning.

BRENDAN COYLE (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s the first Emmy nomination for this U.K. actor and, in fact, the first television project he’s been in that would qualify for Emmy eligibility. He took the minor role of Mr. Bates and turned it into something greater than it looked on the page.

What We Say: Credit the magic of Downton Abbey with elevating a little-known British performer like Coyle to the big leagues. However, if you’re a British performer and your name isn’t Ricky Gervais, victory eludes your grasp.

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EMMYS: Drama Lead Acting Race Handicap

By | Wednesday August 22, 2012 @ 8:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

The competition is fierce in this year’s lead drama actor and actress race, with veteran nominees that are hopeful for a first-time win battling it out with first-time nominees looking for their own shot at a statuette. Here’s a look at the favorites and the dark horses:



Emmy Pedigree: This is Bonneville’s first nomination. He also landed a Golden Globe nom earlier this year for his Downton Abbey portrayal of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. He’s a veteran actor who, at 48, has been plying his craft with great success in the U.K. for nearly a quarter-century. Everyone in this exquisite cast had to pulls his/her weight to create an Emmy phenomenon in the show’s shift from movie/miniseries to the drama series category, and Bonneville did his part.

What We Say: It’s heartening to see a deserving veteran like Bonneville get his due in America. That doesn’t mean he’s going to win. Barring a huge upset, he won’t.

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EMMYS: Longform Category Challenges Rules

By | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

It’s difficult to keep track of exactly what’s what in the outstanding made-for-TV movie/miniseries category, and this year offers a couple of prime examples.

Three of the six nominees this time–FX’s American Horror Story, PBS’ Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, and BBC America’s Luther–are hardly what one would call standard-issue longform contenders. Horror Story was a 12-parter that began with a pilot episode. Luther was the second season of a continuing series. And the Sherlock film was a movie-length episode of a series operating under the Masterpiece banner. Emmy rules were stretched a bit to allow all three to qualify in the movie/mini area, yet they fit the current criteria as limited-run projects that tell a single story with a beginning, middle and end that is resolved within the piece. Read More »

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EMMYS: Bruce Rosenblum On His Plans For TV Academy

By | Sunday August 19, 2012 @ 2:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Warner Bros Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum is in the midst of his first Emmy campaign as chairman of the TV Academy, a post he took over in January that makes him the first top Hollywood player in two decades to lead the organization. His first major TV appearance as TV Academy chief was at the Emmy nominations announcement last month where he shared the stage with pajama-clad Primetime Emmy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel’s stint was a departure from tradition (forced by an unexpected travel complications for Nick Offerman), just like Rosenblum is looking to change things up at the TV Academy.

AwardsLine: What are the major changes you have made since becoming chairman?

Bruce Rosenblum: We are in the early stages of reinventing the Academy. We were successful in attracting high-level executives to the executive committee, we have some new governors, and the old faces at the Academy have worked extremely well with the new faces. We thought about adding voices from places like Hulu (CEO Jason Kilar) and producers who have experience with different ways of storytelling (Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun). On the other hand, you have one of the premiere writers in Ryan Murphy, and both (Sony TV’s) Steve Mosko and (20th TV’s) Dana Walden have been critical in adding a voice to ways we can implement things at the Academy.

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EMMYS: The Miniseries/TV Movie Race

By | Saturday August 18, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT
Pete Hammond

If there is an endangered species among programming categories on the Primetime Emmy telecast, it is clearly the now-combined miniseries/made-for-TV movie. With the four major broadcast networks almost completely out of the movie/mini business, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has investigated moves in recent years to downsize the time devoted to longform on the telecast, including shifting it to the less prestigious Creative Arts ceremony a week earlier or even spinning it off as its own separate cable show. Recently, the TV Academy announced it would eliminate the supporting actor and actress category for the 2013 ceremony, the start of a slippery slope as far as movies/minis are concerned. However, for the time being at least, the category is being celebrated at the Primetime Emmys, and nominees in the marquee Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category are a diverse bunch, bringing some big movie names on to the small screen. Here is how their chances stack up: Read More »

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EMMYS: The Reality-Competition Race

By | Friday August 17, 2012 @ 8:30pm PDT

Michael Ausiello is Editor-in-Chief of TVLine.

When looking over this year’s nominees for the reality-competition Emmy, the saying “Been there, done that” might come to mind, were it not for one glaring omission and one shining inclusion. For the first time since the category was created in 2003, Fox’s American Idol did not make the cut, and, in its place, NBC’s The Voice did.

Still, when the statuette is handed out–considering that CBS’ The Amazing Race has lost only once in the last nine years–another saying might seem apropos: The more things change, the more they stay the same. While you draw your own conclusions, here’s our assessment of the nominees and their chances:

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