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Emmy nominations

Ricky Gervais on Getting Emmy Nom for His Vilified Golden Globes Hosting Gig (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 9:55AM
Ricky Gervais, 'Late Show with David Letterman'After Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes this past year, he was vilified in the press and by much of the Hollywood community. Apparently, he was too harsh and insulting to some of Hollywood's elite and they were not amused. But somebody was, and David Letterman was all too pleased to bring it up on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

"For that performance, the man has been nominated for an Emmy Award," Letterman told his audience. Gervais was happy about it but conceded he wouldn't win.

Letterman's argument was that this didn't matter. In this case, just being nominated meant so much to that knee-jerk, super-negative reaction to what many others considered a great hosting performance.

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Emmys 2011: Biggest Really?! Nominations

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 14th 2011 1:15PM
Jon CryerLet's get real for a minute: The Emmys, if anything, are predictable. While there quite a few fun surprises -- more on that here -- the 2011 Emmy nominations made us roll our eyes more than a few times.

No, Tony Shalhoub didn't miraculously return from TV afterlife and get a 'Monk' nomination, but these few nods are just about as unbelievable -- in a "Come on, really?" kind of way -- as that scenario.

Here, seven nominations that made us roll our eyes, yell at the TV and wonder if things with the Emmys will ever change.

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My Emmy Reactions: Some Joy, Some Confusion and the Happy Dance List

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 14th 2011 10:40AM
Every year on Emmy nomination day, as soon as the list of nominees is released, I peruse the roster and start writing. I don't read any reactions or stories until I've read the full list myself, so what follows are my first-blush reactions to seeing the list for the first time.

As I said in my Emmy prediction piece, every year there are omissions that rankle me, but this year, I have to say, the number of nice surprises was large. So as I sit here, still not having had coffee yet, I find myself unable to be too mad at the Emmys. I'm actually pretty pleased about a few things. Is it Opposite Day? The Emmys are recognizing 'Parks and Recreation' and Louie C.K. in comedy categories and 'Friday Night Lights' in the best drama category -- things I hadn't predicted but I'm very happy about -- so maybe it is.

Without further ado, here are my Pre-Coffee Emmy Musings (which I may add to later in the day, post-coffee), followed by the Happy Dance List.

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Emmys 2011: Nominations News Roundup

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 14th 2011 9:45AM
Melissa McCarthy ('Mike & Molly') and Joshua Jackson ('Fringe') had an early start this morning as they hosted the eagerly anticipated 63rd Primetime Emmys nominations announcement ceremony at the Television Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

There were some surprises and some yawns among the nominations. 'Modern Family,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'The Good Wife' and 'The Big Bang Theory' made out like bandits.

On the other hand, there was no Emmy love for 'Terriers,' 'Game of Thrones' was almost totally ignored in the acting categories, and 'The Walking Dead' was shut out in the main categories.

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Neil Patrick Harris Gets Belated Emmy Nomination

by Anna Dimond, posted Aug 11th 2010 1:20PM
Neil Patrick Harris can add one more Emmy nomination to his list this year: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has acknowledged that it neglected to mention Harris in the special-class program category for his hosting gig at the Tonys.

While award show hosts once had their own category (Hugh Jackman, for example, won for his performance as the Tonys host in 2005), the hosts are now wrapped up in a composite award for the show overall. The 63rd Annual Tony Awards' executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss were listed as contenders when nominations were announced last month, but Harris was left out in the Emmy cold for his role in the show. The Academy amended its previous announcement Tuesday after 'L.A. Times'' awards blog Gold Derby pointed out the oversight.

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Bill O'Reilly doesn't feel so lucky there's a Family Guy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 24th 2009 2:02PM
Bill O'ReillyThere have been a lot of uneasy vibes floating around the offices of TV Squad HQ about the elevation of Family Guy to Best Comedy status by this year's Emmy nomination committee. I'm not speaking for the entire group, but it does feel a little out of place earning a nomination that even The Simpsons couldn't score in its 20 year history. It's like giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Michael Jackson for writing "Heal the World" and completely snubbing Nelson Mandela.

But no one is more unhappy about the news than pop culture's official lifeguard, Bill O'Reilly.

He called out Seth MacFarlane's cavalcade of cartoon pop culture for winning the nomination during his "Reality Check" segment.

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A surprisingly serious interview with Tracy Morgan

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 23rd 2009 10:29AM
Tracy Morgan
It's not that Tracy Morgan is never serious, it's just that when we've seen him on Late Night with Conan O'Brien or on other talk shows, he's pretty out there, almost as if he's doing some version of Tracy Jordan, or at the very least not taking anything at all very seriously.

But in this USA Today interview, he talks rather seriously about his past drinking problems, what it's like on the 30 Rock set, Tina Fey, and all those Emmy nominations. (Video starts automatically so I placed it after the jump.)

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TV Squad Ten: Emmy categories we desperately need

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 20th 2009 11:01AM
Emmy nominations 2009
The list of Emmy nominations have become the Hummer limo of the awards show world. They get longer and even more uncool, even though they are attempting to show just how cool they are with each passing year.

The whole system is in serious need of revamping. For the most part, the category structure hasn't changed in the last 50 years when then Academy President Rod Serling chose to eliminate favoritism by widening the playing field and the judging, a move so disastrous that no one has dared to even touch the system since then.

So if you're not going to revamp the process, at least add some categories that we wouldn't mind giving up four hours of sleep, exercise and our lives to wait for the winner.

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Emmy Wish List: Supporting Categories - Drama

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 15th 2009 3:26PM
Emmy_statueTalk about a wealth of choices! When it comes to the Primetime Emmys in the supporting actor and actress categories for drama, there are a plethora of worthy candidates. Some shows, like Mad Men or Lost, for instance, have multiple choices in the supporting ranks, especially since these ensembles seem to have a hard time determining who's really the lead.

Earlier, I shared my wish list for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama nominations, and I mentioned that Chloe Sevigny from Big Love would be a deserving selection. A TV Squad reader let me know that Chloe has actually been submitted in the supporting category. Good to know, and with that in mind, I'll start my wish list by talking about that category. (Remember, there are six nominees per category.)

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News/documentary Emmy nominations announced

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2009 6:35PM
Katie CouricThis isn't just the week for prime time Emmy nominations, we also have the nominations for news.

Here's the list of news and documentary Emmy nominations. There are many categories, including several for the cable news channels, but a few of the big nominations include Charlie Gibson's interview with Sarah Palin for Outstanding Interview (really?), NBC Nightly News coverage of Tim Russert's death for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story, 60 Minutes taking three of the four nominations in the Outstanding Feature Story in a News Magazine category (Primetime took the other), and three nominations for The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

[via TV Newser]

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Emmy Wish List: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 14th 2009 2:01PM
Emmys_ABC_awardsThe actresses who have been competing for the Primetime Emmy award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category these past few years are some of the top names in the business. Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field for Brothers & Sisters, multiple Emmy winner -- including last year's award -- Glenn Close for Damages. Previous winner Mariska Hargitay for Law & Order: SVU. Oh, yes, there's also Saving Grace's Holly Hunter, another former Oscar winner, and Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer.

All these ladies are worthy of winning nominations again, and it wouldn't be surprising to see one or all of them nominated. But if I were to have a say, there are some other women I hope to see recognized when the Primetime Emmy nominations are announced this Thursday.

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Is Derek Shepherd a supporting character?

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 19th 2009 3:07PM
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd on Grey's AnatomyWith the Emmy announcements inching closer, one for your consideration caught me off guard. Patrick Dempsey is not a Lead Actor this year. He is throwing his name into the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. Why is Patrick Dempsey announcing that he is a supporting character? I think several storylines this season of Grey's Anatomy (especially his breakdown and his proposal) are lead actor moments.

Is Patrick Dempsey scared of his competitors? Probably. ABC wants to get an Emmy in any form or fashion and they are probably clearing the path for Lost or Brothers and Sisters to make a stab for lead.

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TV's highest paid stars, starting with Charlie Sheen

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 5th 2008 8:03AM
Charlie SheenOn Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen plays a vulgar playboy, a shallow guy who's more interested in booze, women and having a good time than being responsible and working hard. The role has earned him a couple of Emmy nominations and a lot of money. A lot of money. In fact, in a new poll from TV Guide, Charlie Sheen is the highest paid actor on TV, making $825,000 per episode; in a season of 23 shows, that comes out to nearly $20 million.

That's more than he could make in the movies, and unlike films, Charlie can keep on raking it in on Two and a Half Men for years. The show is a huge hit in syndication, so more episodes will simply mean more money down the road.

Right behind Charlie on the list is fellow CBS leading man, CSI's William Petersen. He's making $600,000 an episode. He's only doing ten episodes this season, but since he's also an executive producer on the series, he's probably making even more.

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Eight 30 Rock guest stars that Emmy forgot - VIDEOS

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 23rd 2008 9:02AM
Dean WintersWith seven separate nominations in the Guest Actor and Actress categories, it's hard to believe that any 30 Rock guest stars were left off this year's list. The men nearly swept the nominees list for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, earning four of the five available spots. The ladies made up half of the Guest Actress category; not bad!

Still, a few brilliant and hilarious performances were left out. You can't argue with nominations for Will Arnett and Elaine Stritch, but I'd swap one or two of the nominees with a few of my own favorites. Check out my list of overlooked 30 Rock guest stars after the jump. And yes, I left out Jerry Seinfeld. Emmy got that one right.

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My reactions to the Emmy nominations, part two

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 18th 2008 9:03AM
Emmy goldEarlier today I did a first take on the Primetime Emmy nominations, sharing with you my first impressions and noting a few surprises. Now, I'm going to finish what I started. Please, share your comments and your opinions about the nominations.

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