Together with the Creative Arts Emmys, which were held last week, PBS scooped 14 Emmys in total, making it the most successful broadcast network. HBO was the top cable network, with 19.
'Downton Abbey' won the Emmy for Outstanding Made For Television Movie/Miniseries, in what creator Julian Fellowes called a David and Goliath story, "except in this case Goliath was wonderful, some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it seems perfectly extraordinary that we've won."
The Masterpiece drama was victorious in a strong field dominated by Emmy powerhouse HBO, which had three nominations -- 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Too Big to Fail' and 'Cinema Verité.'
Accepting his award from David Boreanaz and Anna Torv, Pearce joked that "I got to have sex with Kate Winslet many, many times."
As Winslet gave him two thumbs up from the audience he paid tribute to her, saying "I share this [award] with you. Thank you for letting me insert myself into your world of Mildred."
To gales of laughter from the audience he went on to thank his wife -- also named Kate -- "who had to listen to me talk about that every day."
Backstage, Winslet told reporters she "was thrilled," not offended, by Pearce's speech.
Creative Arts Emmys: 'Boardwalk Empire' Leads the Way With 7 Wins, Paltrow and Timberlake Grab Guest Gold
HBO's Atlantic City prohibition drama 'Boardwalk Empire' led the way with seven wins, including Casting in a Drama Series and Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.
Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch' won four Emmys, including both Cinematography and Picture Editing for a Reality Series.
Other highlights included: 'The Walking Dead' got recognized for its awesome zombies, winning for Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Gwyneth Paltrow won the Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy for her role on 'Glee'; and Justin Timberlake scored Best Comedy Guest Actor for 'Saturday Night Live.'
'The Kennedys,' 'Mildred Pierce,' 'SNL' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' took home three statues each.
Check out the complete winners list after the jump, courtesy of Goldderby.com. The Creative Arts Emmys air next Sat., Nov. 17, on Reelz Channel, and the Emmys air live Sun., Sept. 18, 8PM ET/5PM PT on Fox.
The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.
On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.
After appearing in Australian TV drama 'Neighbours' in the 1980s, Guy got his big break as a flamboyant drag queen in 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' and has been working steadily since in movies like 'L.A. Confidential' and 'The King's Speech.' Pearce (who, let the record show, is completely unpretentious and charming) spoke to PopEater about those racy love scenes with Kate Winslet and the enduring popularity of Priscilla.
I'm loving 'Mildred Pierce.'
As soon as I knew it was Kate and Todd [Haynes, director], I mean how can you say no? They offered it to me and there was another film that I was potentially going to be doing that would have clashed with 'Mildred Pierce,' so at first I wasn't sure if I could do it. I then found out that I didn't get the other film that was in the works so it worked out well. That other film didn't end up being very good and I got to do 'Mildred Pierce,' so I was very pleased.
Wood plays the daughter of Winslet's character in the upcoming HBO mini-series 'Mildred Pierce,' and the risqué role called for the young actress's first nude scene. But lucky for Wood, her co-star has stripped down on film several times before and was there to lend support.
"She coached me through my first nude scene," Wood told E! News at Monday evening's premiere. "I mean, she's done it all. She was literally next to the camera going [thumbs-up]."
There are three topics in this week's podcast: HBO's 'Mildred Pierce,' which stars Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood and debuts Sunday; Netflix's entry into the scripted-content arena with 'House of Cards'; and a couple of recent 'Chuck' and 'Supernatural' panels that were moderated by some mutant redheaded TV critic.
Running times for each part of the discussion are below.
As soon as 2011 rolled around, the networks unleashed a bumper crop of new and returning shows, and only in the past couple of weeks did the relentless pace of premieres and returns simmer down to a manageable level.
We can't get complacent, however, because in the next few weeks, cable and broadcast networks will release yet another barrage of notable new shows, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'The Killing' to 'The Borgias.'
To make sure you don't miss anything, here's a handy list of 19 notable March and April programs. I've put a * next to new programs I've seen at least one episode of. Look for full reviews of most of these programs on TV Squad in coming weeks.
At the start of the interview, Ellen DeGeneres surprises Leo with a swear jar and a tiny pair of earphones to shield her Oscar from any possible profanity. Then, Leo explains that curse words are simply part of her regular vocabulary. "It's part of my vernacular, part of my upbringing," she said.
Television in 2010 proved to be quite a rollercoaster, with highs ('Walking Dead,' the 'Lost' finale, the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear) and lows (the late night war, a weak fall season) alike. It was the year 'Glee' blew up into a phenomenon, Betty White took over pop culture and The Situation became a household name.
So what's in store for TV fans in 2011? Here are 10 things we're looking forward to this coming year ...
The just-released trailer for the upcoming HBO five-part miniseries 'Mildred Pierce' is set in a Depression-era California that reeks of desperation but has touches of glamour when the pampered Veda takes to the opera stage.
In this version, Kate Winslet is the suffering single mom and Evan Rachel Wood plays Veda, her bratty, diva daughter. The miniseries directed by Todd Haynes of 'Far From Heaven' fame.
"She has something in her that that I thought I had,'' says Winslet's Pierce, in the midst of numerous slow-to-fade edits. "Haven't I've given you everything!'' Pierce later exclaims.
If we know Veda, the answer is no.
Oscar-nominated actress Melissa Leo could avoid the comparisons, though, since she didn't start watching 'The Wire' until she joined David Simon's new HBO show, 'Treme' (premiering Sun., 10PM ET).
'Treme,' much like 'The Wire,' is the story of a city -- New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina. But unlike 'The Wire,' Simon's new show doesn't focus on the failure of institutions; 'Treme' is the story of characters, many of them musicians, struggling to rebuild their lives. Leo plays attorney Toni Bernette, who is tracking down a missing man, while her professor husband Creighton (John Goodman) rails about the government to anyone who'll listen. The cast also includes 'Wire' veterans Wendall Pierce and Clarke Peters, as well as 'Deadwood' star Kim Dickens, 'CSI: Miami' alum Khandi Alexander and Steve Zahn.
Leo spoke to AOL TV by phone from New Orleans about the great expectations, her bursting movie schedule and the passing of producer David Mills.
The five-part miniseries, based on James M. Cain's classic novel, stars Kate Winslet as the titular character, a depression-era woman caught in a dead-end marriage who sets out to make something of herself. Guy Pearce and indie darling Evan Rachel Wood co-star as Winslet's lover and daughter, respectively.
More casting news after the jump.
There's a lot to be excited about with this news. For starters, instead of just a two-hour TV movie, HBO is giving the adaptation of James M. Cain's novel time. It'll be a five-hour miniseries which virtually ensures more time to delve into the original story. Then there's Winslet essaying the role. She's such a good actress that it's a certainty she won't do what Joan did with the role. We'll be seeing another Mildred, Winslet's own interpretation of the role.
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