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Veteran actor and comedian Anthony Anderson reaped his first Emmy bid for playing successful ad exec Dre Johnson in ABC's freshman sitcom "Black-ish." This laffer follows the Johnson clan as they try to reconcile their affluent lifestyle with their racial heritage. He hopes to prevail with his episode submission, "Sex, Lies and Vasectomies." Will first time be the charm for Anderson? -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis Dre (Anderson) panics when his wife Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) has a pregnancy scare. After having their four kids, he had agreed to have a vasectomy, but he never went through with the procedure and has been lying about it ever since. She discovers she's not pregnant, but also uncovers the truth about Dre, so while he tries more and more desperately to lie his way out of trouble, she puts the pressure on, feigning a pregnancy until he confesses, »
At Monday's cocktail reception for Emmy nominees hosted by the Performers Peer Group of the TV academy, we chatted with Best Comedy Actor contender Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish") on the red carpet about his Emmy episode submission and knocking four-time champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") out of the race. Watch our fun interview below. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Anderson's Emmy entry is "Sex, Lies and Vasectomies," the episode in which his character, Andre "Dre" Johnson, must come clean about never having the vasectomy he was supposed to get years earlier. "It was a great story from beginning to end," he reveals to Gold Derby editor Chris Beachum. "The journey that Andre went on throughout that story I thought was a good one to tell. And here we are." This year, there are seven nominees for Best Comedy Actor inst »
The Emmy nominees were pretty light-hearted about the forthcoming 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Montage Beverly Hills Monday night for the Television Academy’s Performers Peer Group party. Although a very excited-to-be-there Anthony Anderson did jump the gun a bit when TV Academy Governor Bob Bergen announced his name to come up to the podium.
“Yes, I won!” he said as he attempted to take home the Emmy on stage that was larger than he was to laughs from the crowd. “Oh, so this is alphabetical order,” he joked.
“Again, I say how lucky I am because the first nomination was what 27 years ago?” Banks noted. “I’d say I’m a pretty lucky guy.
“The evolution of your career, of your life, »
- Mannie Holmes
Television stars took over the Montage Beverly Hills patio Monday night for the TV Academy’s Emmy Performers Peer Group celebration. The nominees were the guests of honor at the annual cocktail party and took a gander at where they would like to see themselves on television next.
“Reno 911!” alum Niecy Nash is nominated for a more serious performance in the HBO dark comedy, “Getting On.” After playing a security guard on Ryan Murphy’s horror-comedy “Scream Queens,” Nash said that she would like to extend her acting chops further with more dramatic roles.
“Oh my goodness, I would love to guest star on ‘Masters of Sex,’ I would love to guest star on ‘Ray Donovan.’ Her husband quickly reminded her that she was a fan of “American Crime” on ABC. She quickly responded, “Oohh that’s the one. I would love to be on ‘American Crime!'”
“Black-ish” dad »
- Mannie Holmes
This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC) Proudest moment: After screening our pilot across the country, the most common response was, "When I watch your show, I see my family on the screen." It moved me that this feedback came from a mixed group of viewers. Playing this role, I've learned: That if I'm honest with myself, I will be honest with others. Couldn't get into character without: Sleep and a thumping groove and bass. Funniest on-set moment: Me walking around the set all day —
- Shawna Malcom
This fall, Zendaya will take a break from her spy training to pay the Johnsons a visit.
The K.C. Undercover actress will guest-star on black-ish Season 2, playing Resheida, a friend of Zoey’s (Yara Shahidi), People.com reports. Resheida doesn’t have a father, causing her to turn to Anthony Anderson’s Dre — and his belief that all fathers should be respected and heralded.
RelatedFall TV 2015: Your Handy Calendar of 120+ Season and Series Premiere Dates
As TVLine exclusively reported last week, fashion icon Tyra Banks will also guest-star on the ABC comedy’s second season.
black-ish returns Wednesday, Sept. »
“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. The three-year pact will see Barris continue as the executive producer of the family sitcom, in addition to developing new series and projects for network, cable and streaming. The series stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as affluent African-Americans who try to maintain their cultural identity in their predominantly white community. Anderson was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show is loosely based on Barris’ own life. Also Read: »
- Joe Otterson
Earning an Emmy nomination must feel wonderful, but earning your first Emmy nomination? Well, that has to be priceless. This year's Emmy nominations spread the love to tons of people who had never been nominated, including American Horror Story: Freak Show's Finn Wittrock, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, and Black-ish's Anthony Anderson. Take a look below to see who is toasting their first-ever Emmy nomination, and mark your calendar for the ceremony on Sept. 20! Disclaimer: While it's very exciting that Amy Schumer has been nominated for Inside Amy Schumer, it's actually not her first nomination; she was nominated last year for her writing on the show. »
The Emmys giveth — and the Emmys snatcheth and grabbeth like a petty thief on a city sidewalk.
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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 »
Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
What do you get if you remake a movie, but in truth make it more of a sequel to the original? The answer is The Town that Dreaded Sundown, a film that ends up being a likeable oddity, even if a little generic in terms of being a horror…
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorised the small town of Texarcana, the killing returns to strike again. Jami (Addison Timlin) a victim who manages to escape his initial attack becomes obsessed with discovering who the killer is. Is it a copycat killer? Or has the ghost returned to remind the people of the town of his past deeds?
- Paul Metcalf
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
65 years after a spate of murders in a small town the killings start up again, but how could it be the same killer?
This trend of delving back into our beloved horror movies and totally screwing with the mythology is a strange one, especially as there seems to be no such thing as a straight sequel any more. The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a title that should be familiar to most genre fans as it has a fairly solid reputation as a proto-slasher/crime thriller that pre-dates Halloween by two years and presents a masked killer stalking and killing the innocent inhabitants of a small American town. This sequel/reboot with the same name is a curious beast in that it »
- Gary Collinson
The Teen Choice Awards are kicking off Sunday night, gathering some of the biggest stars in music, movie, TV and the Web world to let teenagers decide who wins.
“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Furious 7” head up the nominations, nabbing five each. Also strong contenders, “Insurgent,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” “Avengers” and “Empire” received four nominations each.
See a full list of nominees below, updated live as winners are announced.
Choice Movie Actor: Action
Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner
Choice Movie: Action
Furious 7 (Winner)
- Variety Staff
The Teen Choice Awards are kicked off Sunday night, gathering some of the biggest stars in music, movie, TV and the Web world to let teenagers decide who wins.
In music, One Direction and Fifth Harmony took home an impressive bounty, winning such awards as choice selfie taker and choice summer song, respectively. “Empire” unsurprisingly won the prize for best breakout TV show, and “The Vampire Diaries'” Nina Dobrev won her final award for the drama.
See a full list of winners below.
Choice Web Star: Female
Bethany Mota (Winner »
- Variety Staff
Surfboards were handed out to music, TV, web, and fashion fan faves at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday. "Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez was on hand to host the festivities, alongside Ludacris and Josh Peck.
What did the young people of the world vote for when it comes to entertainment? Who's the reigning choice celeb selfie taker? Find out the big winners below.
Choice Music Group: Male
One Direction (Winner)
5 Seconds of Summer
Choice Summer Music: Group
One Direction (Winner)
5 Seconds of Summer
Choice Summer Tour
5 Seconds of Summer - Rock Out with Your Socks Out
Ariana Grande - The Honeymoon Tour
Ed Sheeran - X World Tour
Taylor Swift - The 1989 World »
- Alana Altmann
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
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
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 »
Schumer: Ali Goldstein; Anderson: ABC/Tony Rivetti; Forte: Frank Ockenfels/Fox; Macy: Cliff Lipson/Showtime; Cheadle: Michael Desmond/Showtime Amy Poehler and Edie Falco go up against each other for the last year, Comedy Central nets a couple of much-deserved noms, and everything else you need to know about the comedy performances that earned nods this year! Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”The sitcom dad is a well-worn TV trope, constantly trying to prove his still-viable virility, yet bumbling and goofy. Anderson’s role on “Black-ish” added a welcome layer to that cliché: Underneath the posturing, he was trying to teach his kids about identity. He often failed, but that was to our benefit. Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”Four seasons in, Cheadle still manages to make the fast-talking, devilish management consultant Marty Kaan more charming than despicable—which is fairly impressive, given the despicable »
If Black-ish wasn't on your radar (or DVR) over the past TV season, you have been sadly missing out. The freshman family comedy is adorable, warm, and hilarious, and has several standout cast members. In fact, Anthony Anderson just earned a well-deserved Emmy nod for his role as the Johnson patriarch, Andre, but the entire clan is seriously hysterical. Here are just a few examples of why this ABC is sitcom is so damn funny. »
Pamela Adlon has recurred on "Louie" since its first season as his on-again-off-again girlfriend Pamela, but her nomination this year for Best Comedy Guest Actress is her first for her work on-screen. However, it's far from her first recognition at the Emmys: she also contends for Best Comedy as a producer of the series, and she shared a Comedy Writing bid with Louis C.K. in 2013. Before that, she won Best Voice-Over Performance in 2002 for playing multiple characters in the Fox animated sitcom "King of the Hill." Will she prevail a second time thanks to her episode submission, "Bobby's House"? -Break- Emmys exclusive: Which episodes are submitted by Anthony Anderson ('Black-ish') and Louis C.K. ('Louie')? Synopsis: Pamela laughs at Louie after he's assaulted by a woman, but when he asks her for makeup to cover up his bruises, she's inspired to make an unusual request: to make h. »
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