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Actors' Emmy Race Competition Stiffen: Lead & Supporting Categories Combined

The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors' and actress' competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year's contenders, but will go into effect in 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2012 1:46 PM
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Coen Brothers Join TV Migration with Detective Comedy

Everybody's going to TV. Even Joel and Ethan Coen have sold an hour-long private detective comedy to Fox, HarveKarbo. With Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston on the script, the brothers' single-camera show will trace the life of P.I. Harve Karbo and his noir-like investigations into the seedy underbelly of Hollywood high society. The Coens, along with Johnston, Imagine co-founder Brian Grazer and president Francie Calfo, will executive produce, reports Deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:16 AM
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63rd Emmy Awards: Video & Photo Highlights, Movie Stars as TV Stars

63rd Emmy Awards: Video & Photo Highlights, Movie Stars as TV Stars
Movie stars were TV stars last night, from Kate Winslet (Outstanding Leading Actress in a Mini-series or Movie, Mildred Pierce), Guy Pearce (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Movie, Mildred Pierce), Maggie Smith (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-series or Movie, Downton Abbey), Julian Fellowes (Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special, Downton Abbey) and Martin Scorsese (Outstanding Directing In For A Drama Series, Boardwalk Empire) to Peter Dinklage (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series, Game of Thrones), Melissa McCarthy (Outstanding Actress in a Comedy, Mike & Molly) and Barry Pepper (Outstanding Leading Actor in an Mini-Series or Movie, The Kennedys). Here's the rest of the big winners. Our favorite part of the show? Jane Lynch telling Don Draper that in the future people can fast forward commercials (see her intro below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 19, 2011 7:50 AM
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Honor Roll: SAG Honors Mary Tyler Moore, BAFTA Awards Beatty, SBIFF Tributes Michael Douglas

Honor Roll: SAG Honors Mary Tyler Moore, BAFTA Awards Beatty, SBIFF Tributes Michael Douglas
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA LA) will honor Warren Beatty with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. The actor, producer, director and writer has starred in a bevy of classics including: Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy, and Splendor in the Grass. Only Beatty and Orson Welles have been Oscar-nominated as an actor, director, writer, and producer for the same film; Beatty for Heaven Can Wait and again for Reds, and Welles for Citizen Kane. BAFTA will honor Beatty on November 30, 2011.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 8, 2011 4:07 AM
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David Strick's Emmy Nominee Photos: Justified, Glee, Modern Family, 30 Rock

David Strick's Emmy Nominee Photos: Justified, Glee, Modern Family, 30 Rock
Check out David Strick's photos from the sets of Emmy-nominated shows. From Glee to Justified, here's the complete set and a selection below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2011 4:44 AM
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Emmy Watch: Seven Nominees with Promising Film Futures: Elba, Wiig, McCarthy, Enos, Hamm, Hendricks

Emmy Watch: Seven Nominees with Promising Film Futures: Elba, Wiig, McCarthy, Enos, Hamm, Hendricks
Some Emmy nominees will win on September 18, but other Emmy nominees are already winning with major film careers taking off.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 6:11 AM
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Bridesmaids Star Melissa McCarthy Trains with Joel McHale for Emmy Nominations Announcement

Bridesmaids Star Melissa McCarthy Trains with Joel McHale for Emmy Nominations Announcement
Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy will announce the Emmy nominations on July 14. To train, she went to last year's announcer, Joel McHale:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 4:55 AM
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Emmy Watch: Comedy Actresses Fischer, Poehler, Cuoco, Michele, Hatcher

The six funniest women in television—all around one table. The Emmy-nominated actors for best comedy meet up in a THR video round table (below) to talk about everything you want to hear comedians chat about: blanking on stage, improvising, and avoiding their own TV-shows on in-flight entertainment.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 17, 2011 4:34 AM
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Emmy Watch: Shameless Cast Talks Candid Approach to Drunkenness and Sex

Emmy Watch: Shameless Cast Talks Candid Approach to Drunkenness and Sex
Executive producer John Wells and cast members of Showtime’s Shameless convened recently for an Emmy season event in which the show’s frankness with regard to nudity and alcoholism were much-discussed. But there’s more than that to this adventurous new series, as Amy Dawes has discovered.“These are people who would be easy to look down on, except that they don’t look down on themselves,” said Wells at a panel following an L.A. Times-sponsored screening of Shameless last week. “They go out into the world and are shameless about who they are. In a similar way, we know no bounds about what we’ll do to get you to laugh or cry when you watch this show.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 10, 2011 9:22 AM
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Emmy Watch: Greed Gets the Blame in HBO's Too Big To Fail, Bill Pullman Talks

Emmy Watch: Greed Gets the Blame in HBO's Too Big To Fail, Bill Pullman Talks
HBO Films put another big dog into Emmy Awards contention this week with the premiere of Too Big To Fail, based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, about the very recent banking crisis and its ongoing implications. Amy Dawes reacts to the movie and talks to actor Bill Pullman, who portrays banker Jamie Dimon:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 25, 2011 7:15 AM
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