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From 'Broad City' to 'Game of Thrones,' an Emmy Nominations Wish List

When the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences doles out Emmy nominations each summer, I often wake to the announcement like a naughty kid on Christmas Day: staring down a lump of coal. In that spirit, here's a wish list of gifts I hope to find under Emmy's tree Thursday morning in the major categories. I promise I've been very good this year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 7, 2014 7:15 AM
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BTJA Awards Critics' Choice TV Awards Ahead of Today's Emmy Nominations Ballot Deadline

Last night, "Orange Is the New Black" and "Fargo" took home most of the gold at the Broadcast Television Journalists Association's 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards--an important precursor to today's deadline for Emmy Awards ballots.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 20, 2014 11:54 AM
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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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'Breaking Bad': Six Must-Watch, Shocking & Never-Before-Seen Highlights from the Epic New Blu-ray Set

The equivalent of tomes have already been written on the virtues of AMC’s "Breaking Bad," so with the June 3 release of the new Blu-ray box set of the entire series, it seems appropriate to focus less on what we already know -- that, duh, the show’s good -- and more on what goodies can be plundered in the set’s extensive special features.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2014 1:24 PM
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'True Detective,' 'Americans,' 'Orange Is The New Black' Among Eclectic TV Critics' Choice Noms: No 'Mad Men'?

As expected, voters in the Critics' Choice Television Awards nominated their golden children -- including "Louie," "Breaking Bad," "Veep" and "The Big Bang Theory" -- while also making room for surprising newcomers. Just as voters in the TV Critics Association did yesterday. But what about the snubs?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2014 12:58 PM
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'Breaking Bad,' 'Scandal,' 'The Story of Film' Among This Year's Peabody Award Winners

This year's Peabody Award winners are a zeitgeisty mix of new television classics, from "Breaking Bad" to "House of Cards" and "Scandal," and underdogs like FX's "The Bridge."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2014 2:14 PM
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With 'Hellion' Locked for US Distribution, Where Will Star Aaron Paul's Career Land Post-'Breaking Bad'?

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to writer/director Kat Candler's "Hellion," which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film stars Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis and Josh Wiggins. So after racking up four Emmy noms and two wins for his now-storied performance as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad," how will Aaron Paul's career fare in Hollywood?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 24, 2014 8:38 PM
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Why Oliver Stone Let Loose on the 'Breaking Bad' Finale: "The Most Ridiculous 15 Minutes... It Would Be Laughed Off the Screen"

While the much discussed "Breaking Bad" finale had plenty of supporters, director Oliver Stone was not one of them. He told Forbes that he "happened to tune in and saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie -- it would be laughed off the screen."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 1:42 PM
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WATCH: Meet Walter Blanco in Trailer for 'Breaking Bad' Spanish-Language Remake

Walter Blanco in "Metastasis"
Colombia has taken note of the intense popularity of AMC's recently wrapped "Breaking Bad," and come up with their own Spanish-language remake of the show. Titled "Metastasis," the Colombian series features a lead character named -- drumroll, please -- Walter Blanco. Yes, really.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 3:01 PM
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Top Five Cable and Broadcast Finales of All Time: Who's Number One?

The water cooler lives. For all the hoopla surrounding the "Breaking Bad" finale, it was neither the most-watched cable finale, nor did it come near the sheer numbers generated by the top broadcast finales. (Our analysis here, roundup here.) Variety helpfully put together a list of the top TV finale performers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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