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UPDATED: Leaked List Leads To Laughs At TCA Awards

By | Saturday July 19, 2014 @ 9:56pm PDT

UPDATED: Leaked List Leads To Laughs At TCA AwardsUPDATED from TCA Awards: “First of all, I’d like to thank Variety and Gold Derby for letting me know that I should come tonight — I appreciate that very much. I got a dress, lickety split!” Julia Louis-Dreyfus said as she picked up her trophy for Best Individual Performance in Comedy.

The winners of the 2014 TCA Awards were leaked online this afternoon. But, in truth, the winners had learned some time ago they’d won — only winners show up at this non-televised trophy show. Nobody made Matthew McConaughey wise about this, however. Taking the stage to receive the trophy for Best Individual Performance in Drama, he tried to personally address his fellow nominees in his acceptance speech, calling them out by name and looking for them in the Beverly Hilton ballroom — the same room in which the Golden Globes are held each year. After running through the first couple names, creating awkwardness among critics, he singled out fellow nominee Bryan Cranston, saying, “You are here, sir!” Cranston, however, showed up not because he was nommed in the drama acting derby, but because Breaking Bad  had won Program of the Year for a second year running.

“Everyone [tonight] is thanking HBO,” Cranston said after HBO programs took four of the night’s trophies. “So,  thank you, HBO! Early on — you turned us down,” Cranston said on stage when the Breaking Bad win was announced.  He thanked TV critics for praising the AMC drama when few were watching “this story … Read More »

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‘Veep’s Matt Walsh Joins Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange In ‘Wild Oats’

By | Saturday June 21, 2014 @ 5:54pm PDT

‘Veep’s Matt Walsh Joins Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange In ‘Wild Oats’EXCLUSIVE: Matt Walsh will join Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, Demi Moore and Billy Connolly in Andy Tennant’s feature comedy Wild Oats which has been lensing in Spain over the past few weeks.  Wild Oats centers on a widow (MacLaine) who receives an unexpected windfall check because of a computer glitch and goes on the run from the law. Walsh will play a con man named Forbes, who partners with Connolly’s character.  The Weinstein Company is handling domestic while Sony will distribute abroad. Walsh, who is one of the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, is having a busy year: On August 8, he takes on his first action lead role in Warner Bros./New Line’s Into the Storm as an obsessed tornado chaser.  Walsh is also starring in the Blumhouse thriller Miranda 6 Drive with Kevin Bacon and is currently putting the final touches on his second directorial comedy film A Better You starring Brian Huskey (who also co-wrote), Horatio Sanz, Joe Lo Truglio, Morgan Walsh, Mo Gaffney and Rob Huebel. This fall, he returns to production on the fourth season of HBO’s Veep as the deadpan press secretary Mike McLintock to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ commander-in-chief.  Walsh is repped by CAA, Principato Young and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
Related: Shirley MacLaine Joins ‘Wild Oats’

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EMMYS: Contenders Gain Exposure At Non-Traditional Campaign Stops

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 2:49pm PDT

EMMYS: Contenders Gain Exposure At Non-Traditional Campaign StopsWhen it comes to the thought of tubthumbing himself to his peers during Emmy season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Michael Schur personally exclaims, “I don’t want to get involved with vote solicitation.”  Shur’s philosophy isn’t uncommon among the denizens of actors, actresses and show creators during Emmy season: Nobody wants to be seen schilling for a vote.

However, in the last few months, a prospective nominee might have had the opportunity to make a couple of appearances outside the litter of TV Academy screenings; events that by their nature aren’t considered traditional Emmy campaign stops, but in hindsight, were potentially the best exposure for a contender in the conversation:  The American Comedy Awards and The White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Read More »

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EMMYS: Confusion And Controversy Surround The Best Comedy Series Race

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 3:03pm PDT

Mitch & Cam 'Modern Family' WeddingHistory could be made at this year’s Emmys. Should Modern Family win the best comedy series award, it would tie the record set by Frasier in the ’90s. Frasier is the only TV show—comedy or drama—to win a best series Emmy five times. Will Modern Family share the enviable title? There’s also some history being made with a call to reform the category. The brouhaha broke out when the TV Academy announced it had approved the move of Showtime’s Shameless to the best comedy arena after three years of largely unsuccessful stabs as a drama series contender. Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Anna Chlumsky Of ‘Veep’ On Playing It Straight

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 5:21pm PDT

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Anna Chlumsky Veep Emmys 2014Occasionally she still gets recognized on the street for her starring role in 1991’s My Girl, but Anna Chlumsky is better known these days for HBO’s Veep, in which she plays the Vice President’s chief of staff Amy Brookheimer, an all-business problem-solver who spends much of her time keeping VP Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) out of political hot water. Chlumsky, who received a supporting actress Emmy nom last year, also took a left turn to appear on NBC’s Hannibal this season. “I was happy to do something completely different. It stretches you just enough,” she says of her role as ill-fated FBI trainee Miriam Lass. Here, she speaks about working with Veep showrunner Armando Iannucci and the luxury of being pickier about roles.

AWARDSLINE: You worked with Armando Iannucci previously on In The Loop. What has your experience been like on Veep?
ANNA CHLUMSKY: We’re unlike any television show that I’ve heard of (because) we actually workshop the episodes first. Awardsline logo_use this oneWe all get into a room with the writers and read whatever draft we’ve got of each episode. Then after we read the draft, we get up on our feet and we work out scenes. Improv goes into those sessions and the writers are just furiously taking notes. A lot of times that stuff will end up in the production draft and (then) onscreen. So it’s all about collaboration, which is probably the reason why I have vowed that I will follow Armando Iannucci anywhere. It’s just the most delicious way to work. Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Ties Series High, ‘Veep’ Hits High, ‘Silicon Valley’, ‘John Oliver’ Remain Strong

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT

HBO__130417192016-200x200HBO’s Game Of Thrones tied its series high Sunday night, drawing 7.2 million viewers at 9 PM and 8.5 million for the night. The 8.5 million number is slightly lower than its May 4 record of 8.6 million. Veep drew 1.1 million viewers at 10:30 PM, its third consecutive season high. Combined with its second play, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer tallied 1.5 million viewers for the night. Silicon Valley was down slightly from its season-best performance two weeks ago, but still strong, drawing 1.7 million viewers at 10 PM, vs. 1.8 million May 4. Combined with its second play, the series totaled 2 million viewers for the night. Last Week With John Oliver delivered over 1 million viewers at 11 PM. For the night, the episode attracted 1.3 million viewers.

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Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Debuts OK, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Down, ‘Veep’ Hits High

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 3:27pm PDT

penny dreadfulIt was a night of bloody Victorian beginnings, some tribulations in Westeros and D.C. season highs on cable Sunday. The beginning was the premiere of Showtime’s new 19th century horror series Penny Dreadful. Created by Oscar-nominated scribe John Logan and exec produced by Skyfall director Sam Mendes, the 10 PM series debut drew just 872,000. That’s a far drop from the 1.35 million Ray Donovan got when it debuted on June 30 last year in the same time slot. With a stronger lead-in of Dexter as compared to Californication last night, the debut of the Hollywood fixer series last summer was the best original series premiere in Showtime’s history. Over the multiple plays last night, Penny Dreadful had a total of 1.443 million viewers. Of note is that 895,000 of those viewers, or 62%, were in the adults 18-49 demo – the best such result for a Showtime drama since Dexter launched in 2006 with 65% demo in its total viewership. Over all its plays, last night’s grouping of Victorian icons was also a slight 5% gain on what Homeland and Masters Of Sex had in their 2011 and 2013 fall debuts. Also of note is that Penny Dreadful’s premiere episode has been available online for the past two weeks and attracted 900,000 Showtime subscribers. Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Draws 7.2 Million Viewers On Sunday, ‘Silicon Valley’ & ‘Veep’ Hit Highs

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 7:46am PDT

HBO‘s Game Of Thrones hit another serieshbo45 high on Sunday drawing 7.2 million viewers at 9 PM and 8.6 million viewers for the night. Season-to-date, GoT is averaging 17.8 million viewers per episode. up +24% compared to 14.4 million last season. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley averaged 1.8 million viewers at 10 PM, its best performance since its debut. Combined with its second replay, Silicon Valley delivered 2.1 million viewers for the night. Season-to-date, the series is averaging 5.4 million viewers per episode. Veep tallied a season-high of 1 million viewers at 10:30 PM. Combined with its second replay, the series drew 1.4 million viewers. Season-to-date, Veep is averaging 4.5 million viewers per episode, up 17% compared to last season’s average of 3.9 million viewers, and making it the most watched season for the series.

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Hot Video: Two Veeps Hangin’ Around — Joe Biden and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

What happens when the real U.S. Vice President decides to pal around with the Hollywood faux U.S. Vice President from HBO’s award-winning series Veep? Check out this hysterical video that played before President Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner tonight.

Related: White House Correspondents’ Dinner Live Blog: Obama Hits Fox News Hard, Slaps CNN

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HBO Renews ‘Veep’ And ‘Silicon Valley’

By | Monday April 21, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

veep seaosn 4 debutThe two orders follow HBO‘s recent two-season pickup on Game Of Thrones. The news also follows the series’ second-week numbers coming in. Sunday’s Silicon Valley at 10 PM averaged 1.6 million viewers, after the previous Sunday’s premiere debuted with 2 million viewers. For the night, the Mike Judge series achieved a gross audience of 2.1 million viewers.  At 10:30 siliconvalley04PM, Veep delivered 775,000 viewers and a gross audience of 1.3 million viewers; last week Veep returned for a third season with 955,000 viewers, which was down 20% from the 1.2 million who tuned in to the show’s Season 2 debut on April 14 last year.  The two comedies’ second telecasts of the season followed Game Of Thrones‘ third episode, which averaged 6.6 million viewers at 9 PM last night, just shy of the season high. Another 1.6 million watched across two replays bringing the night’s tally to 8.2 million viewers.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Draws 6.3 Million Viewers To Shocker; ‘Silicon Valley’ & ‘Veep’ Steady

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

hbo45__130924185923-275x112HBO‘s Game Of Thrones on Sunday drew 6.3 million viewers at 9 PM, a 48% gain in comparison to last season’s second episode. Last night’s installment, which features yet another shock surprise (we won’t tell you about that in this post — but you can read about it here) that the series is becoming known for, Game-of-Thrones__140319040101-275x407added another 1.7 million across a pair replays later in the night, bringing the viewer tally to 8 million viewers. Those totals are steady with last week’s Season 4 premiere, which garnered a record-breaking 6.6 million viewers – not only was the most watched GoT episode ever but the second-best result HBO has seen since the 11.9 million who watched the series finale of The Sopranos in 2007.

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In its second week, the Mike Judge comedy Silicon Valley last night averaged 1.7  million viewers at 10 PM and 2.2. million viewers including replays. It bowed last week with an average of 2 million viewers, the best debut HBO for a half-hour at the network since 2.8 million watched the Hung premiere in 2009.  Veep starring Julia Louis-Drefus followed at 10:30 last night also with its second episode, drawing 860,000 … Read More »

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‘Veep’s Reid Scott Cast In Trio Of Features

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 4:10pm PDT

reid scottVeep‘s Reid Scott is keeping busy with three film roles while on hiatus from the HBO comedy. (Veep returned last week for a ten-episode third season.) He’s joined Jessica Alba and Lily Rabe in Universal and Blumhouse Productions’ The Veil, about a documentary crew who returns to the site of a cult massacre with the lone survivor. Filming on the Robert Ben Garant-scripted pic, directed by Phil Joanou, is underway in L.A. Scott will also star opposite Blythe Danner in the Brett Haley-helmed dramedy I’ll See You In My Dreams, about a widow struggling to find purpose in her increasingly isolated twilight years. The actor has also been cast in romantic comedy Bad Boys Crazy Girls, from directors Don Argott and Sheena Joyce. Heather Maidat penned the script about two close friends and co-workers who are embarrassingly unlucky in love. Scott will play the bad boy who prompts the pair to try the bad and crazy lifestyle. Tammy Tiehel is producing. Reid is represented by Gersh, Impression Entertainment, and attorney Richard Genow.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere Hits New High, ‘Silicon Valley’ Debuts Strong, ‘Veep’ Returns Down

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:17pm PDT

game of thrones season 4 debut 2With swords in hand and palace intrigue in the shadows, HBO’s Game Of Thrones was back for its fourth season last night with a record-breaking 6.6 million viewers. That’s up 52% over the 4.4 million who tuned in for the Season 3 debut on March 31, 2013 – no wonder GoT crashed HBO Go last night. Sunday’s viewership result is not only the most watched GoT episode ever but is the second-best result HBO has seen since the 11.9 million who watched the series finale of The Sopranos back in 2007. The Season 4 opener also soared 23% up from the 5.4 million viewers the Season 3 finale drew on June 9. Until last night, the most-watched GoT episode ever was the May 5, 2013, airing that pulled in an audience of 5.5 million. With two more plays last night, GoT had a gross audience of 8.2 million on Sunday.

Related: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Gets “Welcome Back” From ‘House Of Cards’

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PaleyFest: ‘Veep’ Reps Discuss Bad ‘House Of Cards’ Acting, Political Cameos & President Schwarzenegger

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 9:46pm PDT

Veep 1“They’re very welcoming in Washington [D.C.] – the fools!” Veep creator Armando Iannucci told PaleyFest attendees tonight. He and the HBO comedy’s cast reminisced about all the politicos in Washington who were only too happy to divulge personal secrets to them as they did research for the show – like the woman who kept her phone on her pillow at night and said “whoever dates me dates [my boss].” President Clinton, meanwhile, recently told Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won an Emmy last year for playing VPOTUS Selina Meyer, that the best part about her character is “no term limits.”

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘Veep,’ Season 3

Paleyfest 2014 logoIannucci declared that there never will be a crossover episode of Veep and Netflix’s House of Cards, as one PaleyFest ticket-buyer suggested during the Q&A period. That’s because “the cast is very talented in Veep – more talented than the ones in House of Cards. There’s some basic staring at cameras while you say your lines [in House of Cards], which is a fundamental mistake. It should be rooted out – Acting Class 101,” he joked.

Related: HBO’s ‘Veep’ Renewed For A Third Season

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Hot Teaser: ‘Veep’ Season 3

By | Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 4:25pm PDT

Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back as Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, which returns for its third season April 6 following the series return of Game of Thrones. Check out the new trailer:

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TCA: HBO Sets Season 4 Premiere Date For ‘Game Of Thrones’, Slots ‘The Normal Heart’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 3:12pm PST
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gameofthronesHBO‘s flagship drama series Game Of Thrones will return for a fourth season on April 6, the network announced at the top of its TCA presentation today. It will be followed by the third-season debut of Veep at 10 PM and the series premiere of Mike Judge‘s new comedy series Silicon Valley at 10:30 PM. The following Sunday, the three series will be joined by the second season of Vice at 11 PM. HBO stressed that Season 2 will not include controversial former NBA star Dennis Rodman. And HBO Films’ The Normal Heart, an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons, will have its premiere in May. The first official trailer for GOT‘s upcoming season will air this Sunday on HBO, immediately before the debut of True Detective.

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Matt Lauer To Host ‘Going For Gold’

NBC announced this morning Matt Lauer will host GoingMattLauer__130326235800-e1364342305297-200x272 For Gold — and yet,  it’s not a Sochi Olympics walk-up. It’s a celebrity-studded walk-up to the network’s broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards, is an NBC News production, and will air Friday at 8 PM. If it’s Sochi Olympics walk-up you’re looking for, NBC will broadcast Shaun White: Russia Calling on January 25 — an hour-long program examining how the two-time gold medal winner balances work and play while prepping for the Games. It is not produced by NBC News, instead by Shaun White Enterprises, with Shaun White exec producing, and promises, modestly, to be “a rare inside look into the challenges and sacrifices that are made in order to be the best in the world.”

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Primetime Emmys 2013: Political Series Win In A Landslide

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.

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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.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Pierre Lescure Honorary Chief Of Dijon Event; Sky Atlantic HD Sets ‘Hello Ladies’, ‘Veep’ Bows; More

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 »

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