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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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Transgender Cinema: Becoming Chaz, Gun Hill Road

Transgender Cinema: Becoming Chaz, Gun Hill Road
Transgender continues to be a hot topic in the media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2011 11:47 AM
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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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ShortsHD Launches on DIRECTV: Like A Mini Short Film Festival Each Night

Shorts fans and filmmakers rejoice. Shorts International now boasts ShortsHD on DIRECTV. Their HD Extra Pack subscribers can now check out channel 568; a selection of the most popular titles will also be on VOD channel 1568. ShortsHD offers a library of titles from Oscar and international festival circuit winners to CGI animation and "cinematic gems" from around the world. The program will feature a premiere each night, and scheduling will group shorts together in 30 or 60 minute theme blocks, including comedy, docs, thrillers, musical, dramas and animation.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 5, 2011 5:06 AM
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2011 Webby Award Winners: Arcade Fire, Twitter, Bieber, Funny Or Die, Jim Carrey and More

"This year’s Webby winners exemplify the type of profound effect the Internet is having on popular culture and the world at large,” declares Webby Awards' exec-director David-Michel Davies. "From Arcade Fire’s reinvention of the music video format with The Wilderness Downtown, or the New York Times coverage of revolution in Egypt and the Middle East, the Internet is the driving force of change in the world today.” Among the winners are Justin Bieber, Lisa Kudrow, Arcade Fire, Jim Carrey, Pandora, foursquare, Twitter and FunnyOrDie.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2011 5:47 AM
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Oprah's OWN Mother's Day Programs: Judds, Extraordinary Moms, No Woman, No Cry, Shania Twain

Oprah Winfrey's OWN network is celebrating Mother's Day weekend with brand new specials and series May 7 & 8. The schedule, listed below, includes Extraordinary Moms (executive produced and hosted by Julia Roberts; Time interviews her and Hillary Clinton about their participation here. ), No Women, No Cry (Christy Turlington's directorial debut), Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes (pictured), the series finale of The Judds, and an intimate portrait of Shania Twain's life and career, Why Not? with Shania Twain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2011 5:03 AM
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Spring Fest Mania: Brit Week Meets American Idol, TCM Classics, LAT Fest of Books

A pile-up of events are crowding this week in LA. Brit Week kicked off Tuesday with the annual champagne party at the British consul general's mansion in Hancock Park. BAFTA producer Nigel Lythgoe's six American Idol kids roamed the lawn followed by cameras, soaking up attention. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introed Royal cousin Lord Freddy Windsor, who raised a toast to the Royal couple, and eschewed the fish and chips.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2011 6:48 AM
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Royal Wedding Video & Pictures

Stop the presses! Prince William and Kate Middleton are married. In case you aren't already maxed out, a sampling of video and pictures is below. HuffPo reports that the media was wall-to-wall. The rest of the world may now return to 2011.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2011 3:18 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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