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Showtime is looking to add a little heat to its nighttime lineup. The premium network and MGM Television have begun developing a new TV project based on the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night, EW has confirmed. Written and directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, the series will be "an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi." Taylor, a Mississippi native, will also executive produce alongside Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and John Norris (Get on Up). The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. The movie starred Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier as two men working together against »
- Jake Perlman
The original film starred Sidney Poitier as an Africa-American detective named Virgil Tibbs, who is asked to investigate a murder in a racially volatile Southern town. Rod Steiger won an Oscar for playing the small-town sheriff who objects to Mr. Tibbs' presence.
The new series will be set in present day Mississippi, Tate Taylor's home state, examining race, inequality and prejudice through contemporary characters. The project will be shopped to cable networks over the next few weeks.
During his time as an NBC programming executive, Warren Littlefield developed an earlier version of In the Heat of the Night TV series which starred Carroll O'Connor and Howard E. Rollins Jr. The show ran between 1988 and 1995, with four seasons airing on NBC »
Jim Parsons joined an elite club at the Emmy Awards on Monday night. With his fourth victory as Best Comedy Actor for "The Big Bang Theory," he is now tied for the all-time record in that category with Carroll O'Connor ("All in the Family"), Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier"), and Michael J. Fox ("Family Ties" and "Spin City"). -Break- Parsons previously won this category in 2010, 2011, and 2013. He lost in 2009 to Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") and 2012 to Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men"). On the CBS laffer, he plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper. For the race this year, he submitted the episode "The Relationship Diremption" to the Emmy judging panel. In this show, Sheldon is distraught over his efforts with "string theory" as part of his job. He gets drunk and wakes up in bed with his biggest fear: a geology book. The final segment features his drunk phone calls to the legen...' »
Jim Parsons looks likely to tie the record for most Comedy Actor wins at the Emmys, as he leads our odds to pick up his fourth prize this year for "The Big Bang Theory." However, he faces strong challenges from Emmy darling Louis C.K. ("Louie") and recent Golden Globe champ Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"). -Break- Will Matthew McConaughey continue McConaissance at Emmys? Discuss this year's race with our savvy forum posters After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10. Frontrunners Parsons has won three of his previous five bids (2010, 2011, 2013). A fourth win would tie him with three funny fellows -- Carroll O'Connor ("All in the Family," 1972, 1977 - 1979); Michael J. Fox ("Family Ties, 1986 - 198..." »
If Jim Parsons claims Best Comedy Actor at this year's Emmys for his work as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory" he will be tied for most wins in that race with Carroll O'Connor ("All in the Family"), Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier"), and Michael J. Fox ("Family Ties" and "Spin City"). In our recent webcam chat (watch below), he readily said, "I'm still astounded a third one happened. -Break- As he elaborated: "Part of me is still astounded a first one ever happened. It's such a wonderful part of the journey with this TV show. This would be a wonderful journey if we never got to go to the Emmys. The show has been successful, and people really enjoy it. But the added perc of getting to go to this celebration of television... is really hard to put words to." Which "Big Bang Theory" episode should Jim Parsons submit to Emmy judges? »
On Monday afternoon, we'll talk with Jim Parsons about a pair of Emmy-contending performances: as Sheldon Cooper in the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory" and Tommy Boatwright in the HBO film "The Normal Heart." Join us for our live chat on June 16, at 12:00pm Pt/3:00pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- How many of 'The Normal Heart' supporting actors will earn Emmy nominations? (Poll) Parsons is already a three-time Emmy champ having prevailed as Best Comedy Actor in 2010, 2011, and 2013. If he wins again this year he'll tie the all-time record in the category currently held by Carroll O'Connor ("All in the Family"), Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier") and Michael J. Fox ("Family Ties" and "Spin City"). And he could win yet another prize on Emmy night, Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor, thanks to his role as AIDS activist and sel »
Over the last 15 years, Edie Falco has become an Emmy machine, racking up 11 nominations in all: six as Best Drama Actress for "The Sopranos" (she won in 1999, 2001 and 2003), one for Best Comedy Guest Actress for "30 Rock" and four and counting as Best Comedy Actress for her current role in Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," which she won in 2010. We will ask Falco all about her past Emmy glory, and discuss the current sixth season of "Nusre Jackie" when she joins us for a live chat this Wednesday, June 11, at 2.15 p.m. Pt; 5.15 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Falco is the only actress in Emmy history to win a lead acting Emmy in both drama and comedy. Robert Young (Comedy: "Father Knows Best," 1957; 1958; Drama: "Marcus Welby, MD," 1970) and Carroll O'Connor (Comedy: "All in the Family," 1971, 1976, 1977, 1978; Drama: "In the Heat of the N..."' »
The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees the return of Nick Fury and his glorious eyepatch to our oversized cinema screens, although if you want to watch the film in 3D an eyepatch of your own will cause some problems. To celebrate the release of the movie (and the fact that the eyepatch is no longer the sole reserve of the fancy dress pirate) here are seven examples of people – real or otherwise – that know how to rock the one-eyed look.
1) Nick Fury
Making his first appearance in 1963, Nick Fury is the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. , an espionage and law enforcement agency that makes the Nsa look like your local neighbourhood watch group. These days Nick Fury is synonymous with Samuel L Jackson, who has so far portrayed the character in six films including Iron Man, Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers (or Marvel Avengers Assemble »
In the New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum delves into the history of "All in the Family," the 1970s sitcom whose bigoted patriarch, Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) became an icon in ways his creator, Norman Lear, never intended. As Nussbaum pointed out on Twitter this morning, her timing is inadvertently perfect, coming hot on the heels of the "Colbert Report" controversy sparks by a racist tweet that Colbert's steady viewers were meant to know was ironic. "All in the Family," Nussbaum points out, prefaced episodes with a "nervous disclaimer" warning that the show "seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices and concerns," but Colbert works without that safety net, or even the distancing effect of a character name. "Colbert Report" fans know that Stephen Colbert and "Stephen Colbert" are not one and the same, but you can see how people might get them confused. In his Salon column, Andrew »
- Sam Adams
9 items from 2014
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