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MTV Movie Awards: The Best and the Worst

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 7th 2010 9:20AM

If there's one thing that the 'MTV Movie Awards' taught me last night is that a guy my age shouldn't even be allowed to have MTV on his cable.

I know that MTV is way out of my demographic range -- I no longer "want my MTV" -- but I thought there would be something to interest me on tonight's show. More than, say, the 'MTV Music Awards,' which is just an onslaught of tween stars and rap this 44-year-old can't handle. But this had Steve Carell! Tom Cruise! Paul Rudd! Action! Adventure! Comedy! Unfortunately it also had Snooki! and The Situation!

So I was lost, waiting to see what bizarre thing would happen next instead of waiting for what actual award was coming up. It was half only-young-people-will-like-this and half freak show. But it's MTV so there you go. I did watch the whole thing, so here are the Best and Worst moments. Or, to be precise, the #%^$!@* Best and Worst moments.

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2010 Television Critics Association Nominations Revealed

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 3rd 2010 3:40PM
GleeThe Television Critics Association announced its annual nominations today, celebrating the best shows and performances of the past season.

'Glee' racked up four nominations, including one for Jane Lynch and her portrayal of the awesomely evil Sue Sylvester. Joining Lynch in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category are Jim Parsons for 'The Big Bang Theory,' Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet for 'Modern Family' and Nick Offerman for 'Parks and Recreation.'

Julianna Margulies was nominated for her work on the excellent drama 'The Good Wife.' The show itself received two additional nominations in the Achievement in Drama and New Series categories, respectively.

Margulies is nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama alongside Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad,' John Lithgow for 'Dexter' and Katey Sagal for her work on 'Sons of Anarchy.'

Awards will be handed out on July 31 during TCA week in Los Angeles.

Check out the complete list after the jump, courtesy of HitFix.

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2010 Daytime Emmys: We Predict the Nominees

by Allison Waldman, posted May 10th 2010 10:00AM
soony_alexis_general_hospital_abcOn Wednesday, nominations for the 37th Annual Daytime Emmys will be announced, and we here at TV Squad are placing early bets in all of the top categories. Will last year's winner, 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' triumph again? Will Peter Bergman ('The Young and the Restless') earn his 16th nomination? Read our fearless predictions below, and don't forget to tune in to CBS when the Daytime Emmys air live Sun., June 27 at 9PM.

Outstanding Drama Series
'Days of Our Lives'
'The Bold and the Beautiful'
'General Hospital'
'The Young and the Restless'

The likeliest nomination here is 'General Hospital,' because it produced another terrific, big-event episode -- the hospital carnival, in which a car crashed through the crowd. It was an impressive and unique moment for daytime TV, so look for it to translate into a Drama Series nomination. Meanwhile, 'The Young and the Restless' offered up Colleen's death, which was moody and sad, and should be good enough to earn the seven-time champ a spot in the final four. 'Days' has been rising in Emmy estimation in the last few years, and is looking set for a nomination after the episode about Grace's death. And after last year's big win, expect 'Bold and the Beautiful' to round out the category.

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'Mad Men' Producers to Change Emmy Submissions

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 1st 2010 5:03PM
Mad MenThe producers behind 'Mad Men' are trying to maximize their potential Emmy nominations and wins. They have decided to reposition last year's nominee Elisabeth Moss from best lead actress to best supporting actress.

The move kind of makes sense, particularly given the strong performance January Jones gave at the end of last season. The emotional drama between the soon-to-be-divorced couple of Don and Betty Draper is likely to take more of the show's spotlight rather than the affairs of Peggy Olson (and I mean "affairs" literally).

Admittedly, it's kind of sad that the producers have to do this sort of political maneuvering in order to improve their chances of winning an Emmy, particularly since Peggy Olson is such a cute character. While the show centers around Don Draper, 'Mad Men' has more of the feel of an ensemble show and it has some excellent acting talent. Perhaps the Emmys should create a new category for "Best Cast." 'Mad Men' would be sure to win that one.

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WGA Awards Honor 'Mad Men,' '30 Rock' and others

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 22nd 2010 1:00PM
writers_guild_award_trophyOn Saturday night, the Writers Guild of America revealed the big winners for 2010, honoring the best in TV, movies and other media, but for our purposes, let's just stick with television. And as such, we can say the they rounded up the usual suspects.

'Mad Men' was tops in Drama Series and '30 Rock' was tops in Comedy Series. There was something new honored, Best New Series was 'Modern Family,' but seeing how the category makes new a requirement, it's not that shocking that it won.

However, in the episodic categories, for individual shows, there were was variance. The pilot of 'Modern Family' won in a tie with '30 Rock' for the episode 'Apollo, Apollo.' And the two part episode of 'House' -- 'Broken, Part 1 and Part 2' -- overcame all the 'Mad Men' nominees to take the WGA prize.

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Joan Rivers Returning to E!

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 22nd 2009 3:50PM
Joan RiversCelebrities on the red carpet, take note: Joan Rivers is back on E!.

The entertainment network has enlisted the outspoken comedienne with her own touch of crass to host a couple of awards-themed "Fashion Police" prime-time specials next month. First up: the Golden Globes on January 18, followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 24. No word yet on whether the Oscars will be added to that list.

Joining Rivers on the one-hour program will be Khloe Kardashian, Giuliana Rancic and Jay Manuel (of 'America's Next Top Model' fame), with daughter Melissa Rivers producing behind-the-scenes.

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2010 Writers Guild Award nominees announced

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 16th 2009 9:38AM
writers_guild_america_logoRound up the usual suspects. That would seem to be the appropriate line when you look at the nominees for the 2010 Writers Guild Awards. That doesn't mean that all these nominees are not worthy; they are some of the best 2009 television for sure. It's just that inevitably some shows are left out in favor of the tried old faves.

For instance, in the comedy category, can you really put Modern Family in and completely diss The Big Bang Theory? I can't. I'm not even happy about the annual goopfest for 30 Rock, a sitcom that I've grown tired of -- but that's just me. I'd prefer How I Met Your Mother to get some time, or United States of Tara or Nurse Jackie or The Middle. All four of those show have been superior to 30 Rock -- to me.

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Brilliant! Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 26th 2009 6:36PM
ricky_gervais_headshotDuring the recent broadcast of the Primetime Emmys, one of the funniest presenters was Ricky Gervais. It's not surprising that Ricky was funny that night. He's a brilliant comic actor, writer and director. I say this even after suffering through The Invention of Lying, a film that had a wonderful premise but was a crappy movie. Nevertheless, I still think he's fantastic. And I will watch the 67th Annual Golden Globes with Ricky Gervais as host.

The NBC censor's finger will surely be on the button January 17, the night of the broadcast, because you could imagine Ricky getting a wee bit close to the line of what you can and cannot say on TV. Although he's probably clever enough to say or do something that the censors wouldn't get till after it airs.

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The Simpsons are getting honored again

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 5th 2009 7:02PM
The Simpsons and if you don't know who they are by now, trying living in something other than a caveThe Simpsons have been around for so long that one must wonder if there is an award they haven't been given yet. I mean other than that stupid, meaningless paperweight the industry calls the Emmy.

The Paley Center for Media
will pay a special tribute to The Simpsons at this year's annual fundraising gala. The Center's president Pat Mitchell said they chose to honor the show because of its "tremendous impact on the television sitcom over the last 20 years and continues to influence and redefine the medium."

So I guess now when the nominating committee for the Paley Center has their annual honor candidate hoedown and someone suggests The Simpsons, the South Park delegate can yell "Simpsons did it!"

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MTV's star-studded West Side Story parody

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 29th 2009 11:35AM
Russell_Brand_MTV_VMA_awardsHow do you pump up the viewership for a music award show on a network that used to be all about music but lately has been all about reality TV and nasty scandals? Well, apparently MTV has decided to go retro and keep it funny. To promote the upcoming 2009 Video Awards, MTV has created a West Side Story parody, not too different from the brilliant solo turn by Neil Patrick Harris at last June's Tony Awards.

The commercial is a mixed bag. Taylor Swift proves that she has the real goods as a singer, doing the toughest part of the "Tonight" quintet. Ne-Yo's dance turn is more of a salute to Michael Jackson than an homage to composers Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. And Katy Perry's rooftop bit reinforces the fact that she's funny and playful.

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Tina Fey's Sarah Palin earns a big 'You betcha' from the Emmy people

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 17th 2009 2:03PM
Tina Fey as Sarah PalinTina Fey's surprise return to Saturday Night Live as Sarah Palin was one of the ten greatest TV moments of 2008 (and quite possibly the decade, the century, the millennium and the eon).

So it's no surprise that Fey's name and show 30 Rock came up so many times in the recent list of Emmy nods. I'm no longer convinced that she's a woman. I'm convinced she's an experimental humanoid prototype designed by studio executives solely to win awards like Tom Hanks (aka "Project Red Shoe").

It's also no surprise that one of the two acting nods she scored included her Palin performance on SNL.

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The Shield gets the big ol' cold shoulder from the Emmy collective

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 17th 2009 12:02PM
Michael Chiklis and David Rees Snell from The Shield
Television is a vast alien landscape of shows, programs and other watchables. So the odds of a really good show not getting special recognition are about as good as Michael Chiklis' chances of his noggin being mistaken for a shiny, beige Brunswick in a bowling alley.

The Emmys also tend to favor younger shows rather than the oldies that have had their chance to win some awards because the best stuff on television is always fresher out of the gate. It's just the beast of the cycle. Great movies age like a fine cheese. Great TV shows age like spray cheese.

The Shield, however, got totally snubbed from this year's nomination list. And is that something the Academy really wants to do to a guy with a hair trigger anger who considers a Smith and Wesson as his "backup piece"? (I should ask myself the same thing after that bowling ball noggin joke.)

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The Simpsons leads WGA Award nominees

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 9th 2008 3:28PM
the simpsons wga writers guild awards homerMaybe I should watch The Simpsons more often. The Writer's Guild of America has nominated FOX's long-running animated sitcom for best comedy series along with 30 Rock, The Office, Entourage and Weeds. This is the first time The Simpsons has nabbed a Best Comedy nom from the WGA. Considering that the show has been on for 19 years, I gotta ask -- Why now?

Did the success of The Simpson's Movie really re-energize the show's creative team that much? It's been years since I watched The Simpsons regularly, or even quoted the show in conversation with my friends. I figured its best days were behind it, but maybe I was wrong. The few eps I caught last season were pretty hit-and-miss. I wasn't too impressed with the Departed spoof, "The Debarted," but I really dug watching Homer invent grunge music in "That '90s Show." Were all the following eps as good as that one?

The WGA also nominated four episodes of The Simpsons in the category of best animation broadcast. Needless to say, I'll probably be tuning in when the series returns with fresh eps next year. Click through for a list of more WGA TV nominees.

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Dance Battle! Crews will face off on the Teen Choice Awards

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 24th 2008 7:03AM
Miley Cyrus hugs a surfboard. The Teen Choice Awards will feature a dance battle between two of the toughest, roughest, street-est (not a word, I know) dance crews around. No, Lil C and his crew won't be there crumping. Miley Cyrus and Mandy Jiroux's M&M Cru will battle ACDC, the dance crew featuring Jon M. Chu and Adam Sevani of Step Up 2: The Streets. The two crews are BFFs and they challenged each other back in April. A more heated rivalry has not been seen since TuPac and Biggie. Yeah! Totally street. "Street" is even in the name of the movie.

The Teen Choice Awards have some other performers and appearances lined up too. But they're not "street" so who cares? Shia LaBeouf, David Archuleta, James Marsden, Sophia Bush, Josh Holloway, Scarlett Johansson, Zac Efron, Pink, JoJo, Kristen Bell, and Hayden Panettiere are some of the other names previously announced. Mariah Carey is slated to perform her new single, "I'll Be Lovin' You Long Time."

The Teen Choice Awards will air on August 4th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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TCA Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock and The Wire are big winners - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 19th 2008 11:01PM
TCA logoTonight, the members of the Television Critics Association (including me) gathered at the Beverly Hilton to give out its annual awards. The membership voted on the awards in the month leading up to the press tour; we were given a number of candidates to choose from in various categories. The membership was also asked to choose recipients for an individual Career Achievement award and the Heritage Award, which recognizes a past show that had a big impact artistically and on the industry.

The members didn't reach back too far for the Heritage Award: it was given to The Wire. As for current shows, the members gave Mad Men a bushel of awards: Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, and Outstanding Achievement in Drama. 30 Rock won for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Tina Fey won the Individual Achievement in Comedy award for her performance. John Adams won the mini-series award; its star, Paul Giamatti, won the Individual Achievement in Drama award. Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live received the Career Achievement award.

A complete list of winners is after the jump.

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