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Don Cheadle on Why Jeffrey Tambor Should Win the Emmy and 5 Other Nominee Questions

26 August 2015 6:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Don Cheadle is up for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy, but he thinks the award should go to someone else in the category. “Jeffrey Tambor probably should win,” the “House of Lies” star told TheWrap in an interview. Cheadle also says fellow nominee Louis C.K deserves to win for his work on the FX series “Louie.” Cheadle also discussed his thoughts on awards in general, what song he would choose as an Emmy victory song, and “Captain America: Civil War.” Also Read: Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Movie 'Miles Ahead' Sells to Sony »

- Joe Otterson

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Nominees for the 31st Annual Artios Awards Announced

24 August 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The Casting Society of America (Csa) is kicking off its 31st year right with an exciting list of TV, theater, Web series, and short film nominees for their Artios Awards, set to take place at the height of awards season on Jan. 21. Recognized in the comedy TV series category are last year’s winner Jennifer Euston (“Orange Is the New Black”), who was also nominated in the TV pilot comedy category for Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; Jeanne McCarthy, the CD behind “Silicon Valley” who also cast the five–time Oscar nominated “Foxcatcher” and landed Amy Adams her Golden Globe–winning role in “Big Eyes;” Eyde Belasco for the groundbreaking Amazon original “Transparent,” starring Jeffrey Tambor; and others. In the TV drama category: Debra Zane for “Bloodline”; Leah Daniels Butler for “Empire”; Nina Gold for “Game of Thrones”; Mark Saks for “The Good Wife”; and Laray Mayfield for “House of Cards” were all recognized. »

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Ken Howard Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA President

20 August 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ken Howard has been re-elected as SAG-AFTRA president for a two-year term following a spirited challenge by Patricia Richardson with 53.7% of the vote to Richardson’s 46.3%.

But Howard’s running mate, Jenny O’Hara, was defeated by stunt performer Jane Austin for the secretary-treasurer slot as Austin won with 52.7%. Current secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino, who had Howard’s running mate in three previous elections, opted not to seek re-election to the post.

Turnout was just under 22%, a typical rate in elections for the performer union. Of the 139,313 eligible voters mailed ballots  on July 21, a total of 30,263 voted.

Howard, 71, led the moderate Unite for Strength faction that has been in control of the performers union for the past six years. Richardson headed the self-styled progressives of the Membership First faction.

Howard became the 25th and final SAG president in 2009 and was re-elected in 2011 on a platform urging the merger of SAG and AFTRA. »

- Dave McNary

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Actor in a Comedy Series

20 August 2015 8:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Many were worried before the nominations came out that Amazon didn't have a strong enough presence to get its breakout hit "Transparent" the attention it deserves. Now that Jill Soloway's dramedy has hauled in a hefty number of nods, the concern shifts to whether or not it can win. If it's a favorite anywhere, it's here. This marks the seventh Emmys nomination for Jeffrey Tambor, and his zero-for-six record should only improve his odds at taking home the trophy this year.  Read More: How Matt LeBlanc & 'Episodes' Got Us One More Season of 'Friends' Of course, he's not alone in the category when it comes to lacking wins. Matt LeBlanc is also zero for six at the Emmys, despite repeat nominations for "Friends" and "Episodes." Don Cheadle is zero for seven, including three straight losses for "House of Lies." William H. Macy won two Emmys in 2002 for "Door to Door, »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Series

20 August 2015 8:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nostalgia is a very powerful weapon, but it goes both ways. Longing for the past can cover up the sins of the present, especially when it comes to television. Past nominees like "Louie," "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation" and even "Veep" have been around long enough for voters to establish a permanent impression of the show, rather than an accurate judgement of the current season. That could work for or against any one of these institutions, as shows that maybe haven't had their best season yet — "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation" — could benefit from years of respect to win even in an off year. Meanwhile, shows like "Veep" and "Louie," which only continue to improve, may be seen more as future candidates than present ones; meaning voters may want to put off crowning them until they've peaked. Read More: Jeffrey Tambor on 'Transparent': 'The Revolution is Here' That being said, »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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Emmys: Amazon, Netflix Break Into the Mix for Comedy Prize

19 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This could be the first year an Internet distributor harvests an Emmy from the funny farm.

Both freshmen shows competing for the comedy series prize — Amazon Studios’ “Transparent” and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — hail from digital outlets. Regardless of whether they take home any trophies, the noms reflect the heightened competitive field for unique and compelling laffers.

And raise the question: Have digital players changed the rules for what’s considered a top-tier TV comedy?

Opinions vary. According to some industryites, any show created for Netflix or Amazon could just as easily run on premium or basic cable — or even broadcast. Indeed, it’s worth pointing out that “Kimmy,” from the “30 Rock” tag team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, was in production for NBC before Netflix struck the deal to save it from an uncertain future.

“As much as (‘Kimmy’) was written for NBC, obviously NBC and we »

- Todd Spangler

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Emmy Comedy Series Showdown: ‘Transparent’ vs. ‘Veep’

19 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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 Odds

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

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Eve Ensler: trans people have been caricatures for too long

19 August 2015 7:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Transparent, Orange Is the New Black and Sense8 have brought transgender characters to wider TV audiences. But where are all the trans love stories? The author of The Vagina Monologues unveils the sexy new web series Her Story

Eleven years ago, I went up into the California mountains with a group of women who were producing and acting in the first all-transgender production of my play The Vagina Monologues. Many of the women were coming out as trans. Many had suffered terrible violence and trauma.

During those days in the mountains, I learned about the prejudices and stigma that force transgender people into stealth existences. I learned of painful childhoods, where those determined as male or female struggle against bullying and mind control to feel right in their bodies. I learned how the assignment of sex is random, and can be catastrophic. I learned how patriarchy attempts to annihilate anyone »

- Eve Ensler

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Emmys 2015: Who Should Win Best Lead Actor in a Comedy? Take Our Poll!

18 August 2015 2:51 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Emmys giveth — and the Emmys snatcheth and grabbeth like a petty thief on a city sidewalk.

Exhibit A: The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series four out of the last five years, who finds himself completely shut out of a nomination in 2015.

RelatedEmmys 2015: What Should Win Best Comedy Series? Take Our Poll!

The bad news for Parsons, of course, is excellent news for awards-show audiences that like a little variety in the stauette-distribution process.

There’ll be three newcomers from freshman series attempting to crash the party in the »

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'Game of Thrones' will win Best Drama Emmy according to Editors and Users ... but not Experts

14 August 2015 2:53 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Game of Thrones" will break new ground for fantasy at the Emmys by winning Best Drama Series … depending on whom you ask. It's the strong favorite to win according to our Editors, Users and Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who scored highest predicting last year's Emmy winners) – but not according to our Experts, who are strongly favoring "Mad Men" to win a record-breaking fifth title. Why the disconnect? -Break- 'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor is on track to finally win his overdue Emmy Well, it's true that history favors a "Mad Men" victory. It's a period drama with cultural and historical import, and it has plenty of snob appeal, taking place among affluent advertising executives that TV academy elites can probably relate to. Indeed, they've already rewarded "Mad Men" as Best Drama Series four times (2008-2011), which tied the record shared by "Hill Str..."' »

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'Transparent' could win Best Comedy Emmy thanks in part to increased trans awareness

14 August 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

We were wringing our hands before nominations were announced: Would the TV academy embrace Amazon Prime as fully as they did Netflix in recent years? Would they vote for a comedy that skews dramatic? Yes and yes. "Transparent" is the most nominated new series of the year with 11 bids, and the most nominated comedy. Does that mean it's the frontrunner to win? -Break- 'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor is on track to finally win his overdue Emmy Its noms include important citations for writing, directing, casting and editing. In fact, it's the only comedy this year to contend in all four of those fields. And the surprise nomination for Gaby Hoffmann in the Comedy Supporting Actress race (over her better-known co-star Judith Light) further demonstrates that the TV academy really did watch the show and really did love it. What's more, "Transparent" could benefit from the increased awareness of transgender ri. »

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Emmys: With Bryan Cranston Gone, Veteran Actors Face Off Against Newbies

13 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matt LeBlanc says when both he and former high school buddy Louis C.K. were vying for lead comedy actor last year as Jim Parsons’ name was announced at the Emmy ceremony, they looked at each other and mouthed, “You suck!”

Perhaps this year, both C.K. and LeBlanc’s chances have increased since the incumbent is out of play.

“Not me. That’s the name that will be called,” says LeBlanc with a good-natured laugh. “I focus on my work and I’m proud of my show and the writers getting nominated, but it gets a little surreal every year getting nominated. We only have one more season, so maybe the last time’s the charm.”

Whoever takes the lead comedy actor trophy this year will be a first-time winner in the category since four-time winner Parsons was not nominated. So it could finally be the year for C.K. »

- Susan Young

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Can the Nice Guys Finish First at This Year’s Emmys?

13 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If the best of television holds up a mirror to society, warts and all, then this year’s Emmy noms definitely embraced the darker side of human nature — at least in the lead actor categories. For every nice guy (think Richard Jenkins’ conflict-hating husband in HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge”) there were several deeply flawed antiheroes, ranging from the ruthless, Machiavellian Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s “House of Cards”) to the matricidal psychopath Peter Snowden (David Oyelowo in HBO’s “Nightingale”).

On the surface, Snowden couldn’t seem further from the actor’s heralded portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma,” and yet Oyelowo sees parallels. “Both are extremely complex characters, and that’s what makes them interesting to watch and certainly interesting to play,” he explains.

For Oyelowo, characters that are easily categorized as “the good guy” are less easy for audiences to relate to, “because you may be ‘good’ outwardly, »

- Jenelle Riley

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'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor is on track to finally win his overdue Emmy

12 August 2015 6:40 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Jeffrey Tambor may want to get an acceptance speech ready. He's the overwhelming favorite to win Best Comedy Actor at the Emmys for his role as a transgender woman coming out late in life in Amazon's "Transparent." And it's about time. This is his seventh nomination, and he's never won. -Break- Emmys experts predict Comedy Series battle between 'Veep' and 'Transparent' He earned four past bids for "The Larry Sanders Show" (1993, 1996-1998) and another two for "Arrested Development" (2004-2005). All of those previous nominations were for Best Comedy Supporting Actor; "Transparent" marks his first recognition for a leading role. He won the Golden Globe for this performance back in January, and he followed that in May with a victory at the Critics' Choice TV Awards. The only major prize he has lost so far was the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in a Comedy. That hon...' »

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Gotcha! 'The Gold Derby Show' reveals how Jim Parsons got snubbed (Video)

11 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Bazing-oh-no! Jaws needed to be picked up off the floor this year when Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") missed out on an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Actor. He was such an Emmy favorite that he actually won the race four out of the last five years. So how did it all go wrong for this Emmy powerhouse? (Watch the lively mash-up below). -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions This week on "The Gold Derby Show" (watch below) my sassy puppet accomplice Monty and I break down the two shock contenders that knocked Parsons out of the ring: Will Forte from "The Last Man on Earth" and Anthony Anderson from "Black-ish." This is as I come to terms with a post-apocalyptic world where there are no surviving comedy actor winners. Monty breaks down the odds to see if these two longshots can »

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TCA Awards 2015: Empire, Jon Hamm, Amy Schumer, Americans, Fosters and John Oliver Among Winners

8 August 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Emmy-snubbed Empire enjoyed a little kudos vindication Saturday, taking home top honors at the 2015 Television Critics Association Awards.

Fox’s freshman smash was named Program of the Year, besting FX’s The Americans, HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s Mad Men and Amazon’s Transparent.

Photos Emmys 2015: The 47 Biggest Snubs

Amy Schumer also had a big night, snagging trophies for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy (both for Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer).

Other noteworthy winners at the non-televised ceremony, hosted by Late Late Show’s James Corden, include AMC’s Better Call »

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Archer: Moves to Fxx; Paired with New Comedy Cassius and Clay

7 August 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Fxx has ordered 10 episodes of a new animated comedy called Cassius and Clay for 2016. It will be paired with the seventh season of Archer which is moving over from FX. Both will premiere in 2016.

Here are the details:

Fxx Orders Comedy "Cassius And Clay" And Becomes New Home For Hit Comedy "Archer"

Cassius and Clay, From Archer Creator Adam Reed and Modern Family Producer Megan Ganz, Stars Kaitlin Olson and Lake Bell as Female Bandits in a Futuristic, Post-Apocalyptic American South

Voice Cast Includes Susan Sarandon, Jeffrey Tambor, Jb Smoove, Kevin Michael Richardson, Stephen Root, Katy Mixon and Robert Patrick

Archer Moves to Fxx for Season 7 and Will Be Paired with Cassius and Clay



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'Cassius and Clay' drop suave lady bandits into the post-apocalyptic South

7 August 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Have you ever watched “Archer” and wished the show had more elements of a post-apocalyptic dystopia? Wish granted! Fxx announced today they have picked up “Cassius and Clay” for a 10-episode freshman season. Think of it as Ray Gillette’s hillbilly family. Only instead of swinging marijuana farmers, “Cassius and Clay” focuses on two lady bandits surviving — even thriving — in a futuristic Southern wasteland. The show will focus on Cassius Cordwood (Katilin Olson) and Shopcarter Clay (Lake Bell) and a band misfits making their way through life in the town of Wilke. Cassius is the hard-drinking charmer with debts to pay while Clay is the fastest gun in the South and drives a sweet station wagon.  But that’s not all! Susan Sarandon is signed on to voice Connie Mack, the ruthless and cutthroat woman who runs Wilke by running the saloon and the brothel. Connie is engaged in a »

- Donna Dickens

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FX Networks Gives Series Orders to Comedies ‘Better Things,’ ‘Cassius and Clay’

7 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

FX has given a series pickup to “Better Things,” a comedy from “Louie” vets Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, while Fxx has ordered the animated series “Cassius and Clay.”

FX’s animated comedy “Archer” is also moving to Fxx for its seventh season next year, where it will run in tandem with the female buddy comedy “Cassius and Clay.” FX Networks announced the orders as part of its presentation Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the Beverly Hilton.

Better Things,” which has a 10-episode order, revolves around the life of a single mother and working actress who is struggling to raise three daughters. Adlon stars and co-created the series with C.K. for his Pig Newton production banner and FX Prods. C.K. directed the pilot.

“Pamela is one of the sharpest and most endearing actresses working in television today and we are thrilled she has joined »

- Cynthia Littleton

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FX Orders Pamela Adlon Comedy, Fxx Picks Up Animated Cassius and Clay

7 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

FX and Fxx are adding a pair of female-centric comedies to their stables.

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FX has ordered a 10-episode first season of Better Things, starring Pamela Adlon (Louie, Californication). Co-created Adlon and Louis C.K., the comedy centers around Sam (Adlon), a working actress struggling to raise her three daughters by herself. According to a press release from FX, “Her life is funny to watch, but you wouldn’t want to live it (except sometimes).”

Fxx, meanwhile, has ordered the animated comedy Cassius and Clay to series; it stars Kaitlin Olson (It’s »

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