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Emmy Watch: Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner Talks Trend-Setting Future Seasons

Emmy Watch: Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner Talks Trend-Setting Future Seasons
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner opened up during a Lionsgate-sponsored panel Wednesday at the Television Academy theater in North Hollywood that also featured cast members Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, John Slattery, Robert Morse, Jared Harris, Kiernan Shipka and others. (We're getting closer to the June Emmy balloting period.) Amy Dawes reports:The news that two new shows steeped in early ‘60s style and social mores have made the networks’ fall lineup was not lost on Matthew Weiner. “For them to see that there’s some commercial potential in this area, four years after we got it going – that’s pretty brave,” he said sardonically, referring to ABC and NBC, which have picked up Pan Am and The Playboy Club, respectively.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 20, 2011 5:29 AM
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Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double

Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double
Can J.J.Abrams' sci-fi Fringe earn serious Emmy love? Amy Dawes talks to the series' Aussie star Anna Torv.Fringe, the creepy, suspenseful sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams for Fox, has come into its own in season three. Once derided as an X-Files rip-off, it’s entered mind-bending new territory by introducing a parallel universe known as “Over There.” It now focuses on the struggles between its three main characters – noted fringe scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), his acerbic son Peter (Joshua Jackson), and FBI investigator Olivia (Anna Torv) – and their sinister doppelgangers.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 13, 2011 8:50 AM
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Emmy Watch: Episodes Creators Talk No-Holds Barred Skewering of Network TV Biz

Emmy Watch: Episodes Creators Talk No-Holds Barred Skewering of Network TV Biz
Reviewers love the TV network satire Episodes, which Showtime has renewed for 2012. Amy Dawes interviews the Episodes creative team, writers David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), about their no-holds-barred skewering of TV (trailer is below). Given its scathing (and very funny) critique of the television business, it will be interesting to see if the critically hailed Showtime comedy Episodes is embraced by Television Academy members when it’s time to vote for Emmys. One hurdle will be how well they remember it -- the series debuted in January and ended in March, having been launched with an order of just seven episodes. That’s because it was co-produced and mostly funded by the BBC (short runs are common in the U.K.).
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 5, 2011 6:44 AM
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Weekly Wrap: SFIFF, Cannes, Must See Summer Box Office, Casting Updates, Celebs Sell, Brad Pitt

Weekly Wrap: SFIFF, Cannes, Must See Summer Box Office, Casting Updates, Celebs Sell, Brad Pitt
BOX OFFICE & UPCOMING
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2011 8:15 AM
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Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking

Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking
Emmy Watch columnist Amy Dawes takes a hard look at the new shows that debuted this year, and ranks their chances of landing Emmy Nominations right off the bat.Nothing is more exciting – at least to an Emmy watcher - than when a brand new series not only entertains our socks off and reinvigorates the medium, but sweeps the awards its first time out.  And despite a perception that members of the TV Academy are lazy and vote for the same ol’ same ol’, this has happened a fair amount in recent years. 
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • April 28, 2011 8:28 AM
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Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars

Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars
Post-Oscar season, there's no question that these days, the best viewing to be found is on cable. Not only are AMC's critically-hailed Danish murder mystery remake The Killing, HBO's Tolkien light fantasy series Game of Thrones (adapted from George R.R. Martin's novels by top Hollywood scribe David Benioff and D.B. Weiss), and Showtime's The Borgias (adapted by writer-director Neil Jordan) compelling, gorgeously-mounted, well-written series, but they are breaking out --and reviving--talent as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 8:06 AM
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Truth vs. Fiction in HBO's Drama Cinema Verite; Diane Lane, Alan Raymond, Kevin Loud Talk

Truth vs. Fiction in HBO's Drama Cinema Verite; Diane Lane, Alan Raymond, Kevin Loud Talk
Diane Lane was eight when An American Family first aired on PBS in 1973. She remembers people talking about the twelve-part reality show, the first ever. Ten million people watched it. The Loud family would never be the same. Nor would American television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2011 9:29 AM
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Emmy Watch: Last Chance To Board Friday Night Lights Fifth Final Season

Emmy Watch: Last Chance To Board Friday Night Lights Fifth Final Season
As Friday Night Lights enters its final season, Amy Dawes gives the show that launched a spate of movie careers strong odds to nab some more Emmy nominations:TV viewers, pop culture-watchers, and Emmy voters, your last chance to get in on the low-key phenomenon that is Friday Night Lights is happening right now. The kick-off, as they say on the gridiron, was last Friday night when NBC aired episode one of the fifth and final season.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • April 20, 2011 8:12 AM
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Emmy Watch: HBO Dominates TV Movie Race with Cinema Verite, Mildred Pierce

Emmy Watch: HBO Dominates TV Movie Race with Cinema Verite, Mildred Pierce
The Emmy race is under way. And Amy Dawes will be covering it in her new weekly Emmy Watch column.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • April 14, 2011 6:28 AM
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HBO Celebrates 25 Wins at Emmy After-Party

HBO Celebrates 25 Wins at Emmy After-Party
HBO scored a whopping 25 Emmy wins Sunday, and studded the red carpet and after-parties with many of their stars. Amy Dawes and videographer Billy Vasquez were there:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • August 31, 2010 1:52 AM
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