Though D.C. rarely returns the favor, Hollywood continued to fawn over Washington at the Emmys. Neither Netflix’s political thriller House Of Cards nor Showtime’s domestic terrorism drama Homeland took home The Big One — best drama series — but plenty of trophies were handed out to Washington-centric shows.
HBO’s Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave the night’s best acceptance speech, when she repeated her win for best comedy actress with her made-for-TV assistant Tony Hale standing behind her, holding her evening bag, and tactfully cueing her when she forgot to thank her family. Hale had, moments earlier, been named best supporting actor in a comedy. In what was maybe the night’s biggest surprise, Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best lead actor in a drama series for his starring role in HBO’s political/media fantasy The Newsroom — his first win, he said, since winning a Golden Barcalounger from the AARP as Best Actor over 50 for The Squid And The Whale. Backstage, Daniels insisted he’d tweeted correctly when he said The Newsroom has been renewed for a third season, but they’re still trying to work out the schedule.
House Of Cards — the first online show to be nominated in Emmy glam categories — took home one statuette, for best drama director. Sadly, David Fincher was not there to pick up his trophy. House Of Cards had won two Emmys the previous Sunday during the Creative Arts portion of the two-night Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, for best drama-series casting and best single-cam cinematography.
Pierre Lescure Named Honorary President of Dijon Film Meetings Former Canal Plus president Pierre Lescure has been named the honorary president of the annual Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dijon, set to take place next month in the French town. The executive, who was co-director general of Vivendi Universal following the French giant’s ill-fated acquisition of the studio in 2000, recently completed a government-commissioned study on anti-piracy laws and France’s fiercely protected Cultural Exception in the digital era. The film meetings in Dijon are organized by writers, directors and producers association ARP. The annual three-day confab includes several panels on issues facing the French and European film industry and regularly attracts heavy-hitters from the media and film sector as well as the Motion Picture Association and some of the U.S. guilds. Michel Hazanavicius is president of the org, but will be absent this year due to a scheduling conflict. VP Costa-Gavras will run the show in his stead. The event is set for October 24-26. Read More »
HBO’s Family Tree hasn’t started with very strong viewing roots. The 10:30 PM debut Sunday of the new comedy pulled in 794,000 viewers. That is a big drop off from the 1.2 million who watched its lead-in … Read More »
HBO has renewed comedy series Veep for a 10-episode third season, which will air next year. The pickup comes on the heels of the Washington DC-set comedy hitting a season high in total viewers this past Sunday, drawing 1.3 million viewers, up from 1.1 million on April 21 and 1.2 million for the season debut April 14. Created by Armando Iannucci, Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer, a role which earned her an Emmy last year. Read More »
Another week, another viewership high for HBO‘s Game Of Thrones. The Sunday episode of the fantasy drama drew 4.9 million viewers at 9 PM, a new series-high mark. GOT has now set series viewership records with three of … Read More »
Sunday was a night of new highs and a season return on HBO. In the third week of its third season, HBO’s flagship series Game Of Throneshit a viewership record with 4.7 million. The series’ previous high was the 4.4 million who tuned in for the season premiere March 31. Meanwhile, Veep was back at 10 PM for its second season with 1.2 million viewers. The political satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus was down from the 1.4 million who watched the Season 1 premiere on April 22, 2012 but the second-best result Veep has had, following its Season 1 debut. Sunday’s show was also up 11% from Season 1 finale June 10. Over two plays, Veep garnered 1.5 million viewers. Read More »
Film and TV production in Maryland just got a big boost — a $17.5 million boost to be specific. Earlier this week, the state’s House of Delegates passed a bill increasing Maryland’s film tax credit program from its current $7.5 million for the fiscal year 2014 to $25 million. It now heads to Gov. Martin O’Malley to sign. The Democratic Governor was a big supporter of the bill and, according to a spokesperson from his office, “could sign the bill as early as Tuesday.” Intended to bring out-of-state production to Maryland, the bill also extends the state’s program for another two years until June 30, 2016; the current tax credit program was set to expire on July 1 this year. The legislation benefits productions that spend at least $500,000 in Maryland. In recent years, the state has been a destination for political-themed productions, with Netflix’s House Of Cardsand HBO’s Veepshooting there. Game Change, the Emmy-winning HBO movie about the 2008 Presidential election, also filmed there.
Kevin Dunn has been promoted to regular on HBO’s comedy Veep. Dunn, who plays Ben, President’s pragmatic Chief of Staff, along with Gary Cole, joined the comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus for major recurring arcs … Read More »
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy last fall for her role as self-absorbed Vice President Selina Meyer, and now she’ll get even more help in Season 2 of Veep with cast additions Kevin Dunn and Gary Cole. The second-season premiere of HBO’s White House satire is April 14.
HBO‘s comedy Veepis coming back April 14, the cable network announced today. The 10 PM debut of Season 2 will immediately follow airings of Game Of Thrones, which returns for its third season March 31. Veep … Read More »
As the UK’s Sky Living ramps up its NBC co-production Dracula with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, it’s also commissioned a slate of new series with talent that includes The Newsroom‘s Emily Mortimer and Emmy- and … Read More »
Gary Cole has been cast in a major recurring role on the upcoming second season of HBO‘s comedyVeep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer. I hear Cole will appear in as many as eight … Read More »
Kevin Dunn has been tapped for a recurring role on HBO’s comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He will play Ben, the President’s Chief of Staff. Pragmatic and no-nonsense, Ben finds himself unable to navigate the all-spin-all-the-time world of Washington politics. The casting brings Dunn back to HBO, where he co-starred on drama Luck. Dunn, repped by Gersh and Lighthouse Entertainment, will next be seen in Lionsgate’s The Frozen Ground, in the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs and Diego Luna’s Chavez. Read More »
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The win by Julia Louis-Dreyfus for lead actress in a comedy series sent Emmys historians scrambling to the record books to discover whether anyone had previously won trophies for regular roles in three different series — as Louis-Dreyfus now has for Seinfeld (supporting comedy actress, 1996), The New Adventures Of Old Christine (lead comedy actress, 2006) and this year for HBO’s Veep (lead comedy actress). There had been speculation that it had been done previously by Betty White for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and — way back in 1952 — something called Life With Elizabeth. But the only problem is, neither IMDb nor the TV Academy have a record of White winning for Life With Elizabeth.Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:Matt Walsh is going to chase tornados for Steve Quale. The Veepactor has joined Quale’s Untitled natural disaster thriller at New Line. Walsh will play Pete, a storm chaser looking to get a … Read More »
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has little to prove after starring in two successful comedy series, Seinfeld and The New Adventures Of Old Christine. But the actress is on her way to a three-peat with her latest show, HBO comedyVeep. … Read More »