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Hail to the chief — our future President Kanye West stole the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, announcing his beautiful dark twisted candidacy for Commander-in-Cheezus. "Yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided to run for President in 2020," he said, after a brilliantly rambling 10-minute-plus speech that had more music in it than any of the night's performances. Kanye's stoned Video Vanguard soliloquy ("we the Millennials, bro!") was this year's Vma highlight, as everybody knew it would be. The whole point of the bash every year is »
A version of this story first appeared in the “Down to the Wire” issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. With one Emmy and two other nominations for playing Selina Meyers’ bag-toting “body man” Gary on “Veep,” Tony Hale, 44, is a supporting actor whose character is devoted to support. And in his onscreen relationship with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, he has a relationship so symbiotic and richly comic that creator Armando Iannucci described it to the New York Times as “a strange, demented double act.” TheWrap: At this point, the interaction between you and Julia seems almost effortless. Tony Hale: I don’t know if. »
- Steve Pond
This year at the Emmys, there will be three Best Production Design trophies handed out for narrative series: one for fantasy/contemporary shows, one for period programs and one for half-hour comedies. Among the laffers squaring off are a trio of Best Comedy Series contenders -- "Silicon Valley," "Transparent" and "Veep" -- as well as fan faves "The Big Bang Theory," "Hot in Cleveland" and "2 Broke Girls." -Break- Julia Louis-Dreyfus on 'Veep' at suspenseful Emmys: 'All bets are off!' TV's most watched comedy "The Big Bang Theory" was kicked out of the Best Comedy Series race this year, but could get the last laugh by winning for its production design. Emmy voters will be judging the episodes "The First Pitch Insufficiency," "The Clean Room Infiltration" and "The Skywalker Incursion." John Shaffner (Production Designer), Francois...' »
This could be a record year for Emmy records.
The award show stars were aligned when the nominations were announced last month, setting up showdowns in a slew of key categories that could result in record-setting wins (or, in a few cases, losses) come Sept. 20.
That includes both of the top series races, where old favorites “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” vie to set new all-time highs in their categories versus buzzy competitors jostling to make their own special mark on Emmy history.
“Modern Family” has claimed the comedy series prize five years running, leaving it tied for most wins with “Frasier,” which accomplished the same feat between 1994 and 1998. If the ABC comedy squeaks out one more victory, it will hold the new record solo.
- Geoff Berkshire
Julia Louis-Dreyfus refuses to get a facelift. The 'Veep' star has insisted she doesn't want to go under the knife despite having her ''share of vanity''. She said: ''[I have a] share of vanity [and] like to look nice. [I'm not planning on] pulling my face back behind my ears. I haven't done that, I don't have a plan to do that. ''I realise as I say that it sounds like I'm disparaging to those who have, but I don't want to be. My point is that I'm glad to be the age I am and to have had the career I've had and am now having. It's like, 'Yeah, I'm here, I'm still doing this, and my plan is to continue to do it for quite some time.''' That's not to say that the 54-year-old comedienne doesn't feel ''pressure'' to look good. She added to People magazine: ''I do feel the pressure. I'm »
When we told Julia Louis-Dreyfus that she and "Veep" lead Gold Derby predictions to win the Emmys for Best Comedy Actress and Series, she seemed pleased, but warned, "Now that everybody's voting, all bets are off. I'm not sure rules apply anymore." -Break- She's right. Emmy pundits must now act less cocksure than usual considering that all 18,000 members of the Television Academy may vote in some races like Best Comedy and Drama Series. In past years winners were chosen by only about 1,200 voters after viewing DVDs of sample episodes. Now video is viewed on line. Voters are still restricted to their peer group categories when they veer beyond best series, but actors, for example, can vote in all acting races instead of just two. Louis-Dreyfus has won Best Comedy Actress for the past three years in a row – plus she has two more Emmys: "New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Seinfeld. »
One of the breakout foreign films of the last few years was Ruben Östlund’s “Force Majeure.” The Swedish filmmaker has been building an ever-growing reputation over the last decade or so with provocative, thought-provoking dark comedies, but had a legitimate crossover hit with his most recent film, the acerbically funny story of a family on a ski holiday put to the test when the father briefly abandons his wife and children under threat of avalanche. It proved internationally popular (though famously missed out on an Oscar nod) and a Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starring remake is in the works, but Östlund isn’t just hanging around, with news of his follow-up breaking recently thanks to Screen Daily. The trade reports that the filmmaker is developing “The Square,” a new film being backed by the Swedish Film Institute. Read More: 'Force Majeure' Director Shares The Scene He Hopes Will Lead »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Anna Chlumsky must be hoping that third time is the charm at the Emmys as she contends again for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for her work on “Veep.” As she told us during our recent webcam chat (watch below), she has submitted the ‘Convention’ episode to Emmy voters as it showcases a pivotal moment for her character, Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer. In this fifth episode of the season, Amy confronts President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) over an issue, a screaming match ensues and she eventually quits. -Break- Chlumsky explains her choice thus: "On a personal level, I know that that confrontation was deeply personal for Amy. She has put with a lot from Selina. So it was going to be a very careful and well thought out moment and series of events that would lead up to her actually leaving. It was the absolute brink for Amy.” Regarding play the scene, »
Out of sight, out of mind — but does that apply to Emmy campaigns?
Every year, Emmy hopefuls work the circuit by shaking hands and answering questions at endless events. But some keep a low profile, including this year’s nominees Frances McDormand, Amy Poehler, Kyle Chandler, Louis C.K. and Mo’Nique. Their reasons include work commitments and/or a tendency to avoid the media.
But awards pundits continually fret over how much the campaigning — or lack thereof — affects the outcome.
Last year, the teams from “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” seemed to be omnipresent — and both shows won Emmys. But “Sherlock’s” Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were nearly invisible — and they won as well.
Campaigners want to make sure Academy of Television Arts & Sciences members see the work before they vote. That’s especially challenging with the Emmys, given the sheer number of categories, and nominees. As FX Networks »
- Tim Gray
It seems utterly inconceivable that Amy Poelher has never won an Emmy. Between her long-term stints on "Saturday Night Live," "Parks and Recreation," and hosting the Golden Globes — for all of which she served as both a creative mind and physical interpreter — the fact that she's never been awarded television's highest honor just seems silly. With her NBC sitcom over and done, she's got one last shot at earning the trophy for a program that may form the basis of her legacy — but there are five other ladies looking to stop her. Read More: Lisa Kudrow on How 'The Comeback' Began, How Season 2 Ended and a Potential Season 3 You have to start with the returning champ, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. A member of TV royalty, Louis-Dreyfus has won one or more Emmys for each of her landmark roles: "Seinfeld," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and "Veep." Edie Falco »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
There is no reason to believe that the winner in this category for the past three years, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, can't pull off a four-peat for her role in Veep. But there could be a sentimental tide brewing for multiple nominee Amy Poehler, who has never won in five previous noms and has her last shot for Parks And Recreation this year. Another Amy, as in Schumer, is hotter than hot and could give our Veep candidate a run for her money, too. These are likely the top three… »
Mary Tyler Moore, watch your back.
If Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes home the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, you’ll have to share with the Veep star your position as most-honored woman in the category (at five statuettes apiece).
RelatedEmmys 2015: Who Should Win Best Lead Actor in a Comedy? Take Our Poll!
A win by Louis-Dreyfus would come as no shock, either, considering she’s seeking her fourth straight win (for her fourth season of the HBO political comedy).
To make history, Louis-Dreyfus will have to get past some other ladies with serious Emmy clout. »
For five years running, the Emmys have kept the best comedy series race all in the family.
The quintet of consecutive wins for “Modern Family” already put ABC’s breakout laffer in the TV Academy’s record books: It’s tied with “Frasier” for the most ever wins in the top comedy category. One more victory and it would hold the record solo.
He says it would be “thrilling” if “Modern Family” broke the tie but doesn’t feel like it’s a competition. Rather it would mean recognition of how hard the show’s cast and crew continue to push themselves after six seasons and over 140 episodes.
“We aren’t writing for validation on ‘Modern Family,’ but we did set out »
- Geoff Berkshire
The headline of the comedy race is, of course, the question of whether “Modern Family” will claim its sixth consecutive crown, breaking its current tie with “Frasier” for the all-time record. Yet two series may play spoiler: Amazon proved it could be a contender in the awards race with its Golden Globe win for “Transparent,” the delicately nuanced story of a family patriarch who comes out as transgender. And HBO’s “Veep” soared to new comic heights in its fourth season, as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ politico continued to fumble in her quixotic quest for political power.
The safe bet may well be with “Modern Family.” Just look at this season’s clever “Connection Lost” episode, filmed entirely on all manner of Apple technology. But all dynasties must eventually come to an end. Keen-eyed prognosticators say momentum has shifted to a pair of formidable women. Louis-Dreyfus has owned the lead »
- Debra Birnbaum
- Clarence Moye
Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus win Best Comedy Actress again for the role of Selina Meyer on HBO’s "Veep"? Louis-Dreyfus is three-for-three in this category as the Veep-turned-Potus, but whether or not she makes it four-for-four as the now Potus-turned-Presidential Candidate depends on her performance in the episode submitted to Emmy judges, the Season 4 finale "Election Night." -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis: As the episode title suggests, it's election night for incumbent Selina Meyer and after a season that saw the fracturing of her otherwise tight-knit team, the stakes couldn't be higher. Meyer is threatened on every front. Not only is her staff fresh out of grand jury testimonies, but she's also fighting against the popularity of her running mate, played by Hugh Laurie. At the end of the episode, the result of the national election is that Meyer and her. »
So many factors go into Emmy voting, nostalgia could easily be considered one of them. How great was it to see Claire Danes step into the leading role on “Homeland” after adoring her as a teen on “My So-Called Life?” When voters cast their ballots for Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep,” they likely have fond memories of her time as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld” — or maybe they appreciated her recent appearance as herself on “Inside Amy Schumer.” The same could be said of “Nurse Jackie” star Edie Falco, who won three Emmys for playing Carmela Soprano, or “The Comeback” queen Lisa Kudrow, who won in 1998 for “Friends.” Once you’re in the winner’s circle, you stand a better chance of being invited back.
And the smallscreen has long been a great place for actors, particularly women. If “new golden era” is becoming a tired phrase to describe the current TV landscape, »
- Seth Kelley
After crowning the same champion for three consecutive years, the lead actress in a comedy category suddenly feels like one of the season’s most competitive races. And that’s without the should-be-nommed likes of Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”). Of course, it wouldn’t be surprising to see “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus walk off with a fourth trophy. But there’s a strong case to be made for every one of her competitors, especially two very funny, and very popular, ladies named Amy.
When it comes to Emmy voting, it’s never wise to bet against the incumbent, especially a performer as consistently inventive and exceptional as Louis-Dreyfus. Consider her the front-runner until the moment someone else’s name is called. If you’re looking for an underdog surprise, Amy Poehler »
- Geoff Berkshire
"Always a bridesmaid, never a bride" is a phrase Amy Poehler must loathe hearing by now, at least when it comes to the Emmys. Poehler has been nominated a staggering 15 times without a win, including six bids for Best Comedy Actress for her leading role as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation" (she's also been nominated once as a writer and twice as a producer on the series). She's back in the running this year and has submitted for consideration the series finale, appropriately titled "One Last Ride." Poehler currently ranks second in our predictions with odds of 9/2, just behind reigning Emmy Queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who's looking for her fourth consecutive win for "Veep" (odds of 2/3). -Break- Click here to see our interviews with 50+ Emmy nominees Synopsis: As the Pawnee gang faces their last day as employees of the Parks Department, Leslie rallies the troops to fix a...' »
Dr. Fiona Wallice’s three minutes are up.
Showtime has pulled the plug on Web Therapy, Lisa Kudrow‘s comedy about an unorthodox shrink whose “modality” involves giving terrible advice in 180-second sessions, after four seasons. TVLine has updated its Cable Renewal Scorecard to reflect the news.
RelatedCable Renewal Scorecard 2015: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Asked by reporters about the possibility of a Season 5, Showtime president David Nevins declared “No, that’s done,” after the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
The quirky, improvised »
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