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Emmy-winning writer-producer D.V. DeVincentis (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) has signed an exclusive overall television production deal with FX Productions. Under the pact, DeVincentis will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for all TV services and platforms. The agreement does not include his film projects. DeVincentis won producing and writing Emmys for FX’s People v. O.J. Simpson last week. The critically acclaimed show… »
Under the new pact, DeVincentis will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for FX Productions. He will create projects for all TV services and platforms. The deal does not include his film work.
“We had a great experience working with D.V. on ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.’ His ‘Marcia Marcia Marcia’ episode of Oj was one of the most memorable episodes of television this year. He’s an exceptionally talented writer-producer and will be a great partner with Fxp,” said Nick Grad, who announced the deal today with Eric Schrier, both presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
DeVincentis commented, “FX’s mission is to make content rooted in ideas and culture as much as entertainment, and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It’s the morning after the Emmy Awards, and ensconced in her hotel in Beverly Hills, a still-beaming Sarah Paulson can’t stop looking at her new accessory: the golden trophy she has long coveted. After five nominations, she finally heard her name called on Sunday evening, then stood on the stage of the Microsoft Theater to accept the Emmy Award for lead actress in a limited series for her role in “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
But this wasn’t just a win for herself, she says; it was a triumph, two decades in coming, for Marcia Clark, the prosecutor she played to critical acclaim in the FX show.
JOSÉ Mandojana for Variety
Paulson used her acceptance speech to offer an apology to Clark, whom she’d brought along as her date for the ceremony.
“I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial in my judgment,” said »
- Debra Birnbaum
Dragons and white Broncos reigned supreme at the 68th annual Emmy Awards. “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s medieval fantasy series, toppled the previous record for most Emmy wins ever for a scripted series, and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” all but swept the limited series category. On Sunday, Sept. 18, “Game of Thrones” picked up the best drama victory for the second year running, in addition to wins for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in the best writing category, and director Miguel Sapochnik for the epic Season 6 episode, “The Battle of the Bastards.” The show won nine awards at the Creative Arts Emmys, bringing the series’ 2016 total to 12. The wins pushed it over the edge to dethrone “Frasier,” the previous record holder for the most Emmys ever for a scripted program, with 38. “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” dominated its category, winning outstanding limited »
The nominee list for the 2016 Emmys was full of heavy hitters, and the show itself did not disappoint. Game of Thrones took home some major awards (though sadly none for the actors), and Veep nailed the comedy side. Meanwhile, we couldn't be happier for Rami Malek and Tatiana Maslany! Take a look below for the full list of winners. Related Stories:The Heartbreaking Reason Julia Louis-Dreyfus Cried Through Her Emmys SpeechKate McKinnon Gets Adorably Tongue-Tied While Accepting Her First Emmy AwardSterling K. Brown Grabs His First Emmy Win, Simultaneously Steals Our HeartWatch Tatiana Maslany Accept Her Hard-Earned Emmy Award With an Endearing SpeechRami Malek Perfectly Quotes Mr. Robot During His Emmys Acceptance Speech Outstanding Drama Series Game of Thrones Outstanding Comedy Series Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor, »
- Maggie Pehanick
It was a weird night at the Emmys. Although frontrunners “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Veep,” and “Game Of Thrones” won the major awards, individual honors in acting and specific callouts for writing and directing went in unexpected directions. Sometimes, those were pleasant surprises, and otherwise, not so much. Last week, Variety critics delivered their favorites and predictions; below, Maureen Ryan and Sonia Saraiya go through the winners, chronologically, and weigh in on whether or not the Academy made the right call. The full winners’ list, including all the nominees, is right here.
Sonia Saraiya: Anderson wasn’t my choice, but it was really hard to not be happy for him.
Maureen Ryan: As it turned out, I was incredibly happy that Anderson won. It clearly meant so much to him, and it’s really common (and nice!) for »
- Sonia Saraiya and Maureen Ryan
It was a night of firsts and sweeps.
Find out who won their first Emmys and what shows swept the awards, because we have every single winner from all three Emmy ceremonies below!
Jimmy Kimmel did an awesome job hosting, and even managed to point out all of the annoying gluten free stars in the audience after passing out Pb&J sandwiches his mom made. And he hoped nobody was allergic to nuts!
Congrats to all the winners. How many surprised you by the way things turned out? FX proved that there may be too much television to choose from, but what they're putting out there is of the great variety.
HBO offered up repeats with Game of Thrones and Veep, Keeping The Americans from a Best Drama win, but Rami Malek got the best actor win, even if we were also cheering heartily for Matthew Rhys. And our girl »
- Carissa Pavlica
Peak TV finally got the Primetime Emmy Awards that it deserves.
Sure, “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” repeated their wins Sunday in the top drama and comedy series categories (giving HBO its second year of winning both). And legends like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jeffrey Tambor continued their trophy dominance.
But underneath that, a whole new generation of fresh faces picked up their first-ever Emmys on Sunday night. Actors and actresses that seemed like long-shots just a few years ago were instead embraced by a large voting body that appears ready to embrace the new talent earning raves in this new golden era of Peak TV. Superstars and newbies alike hit the stage, and even the surprise winners were hard to argue.
Read More: Emmys 2016: Full Winners List
- Michael Schneider
“People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which has been showered with Emmys, is a prime example of feature film talent flocking to TV in order to take on the kind of material that doesn’t play much at the multiplexes these days.
The 10-hour miniseries also was the first time screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Kazaszewski turned their efforts to the small screen. The same is true for D.V. DeVincentis, who won a writing Emmy for his work on the show.
“We are totally spoiled by TV,” Simpson said, noting their good fortune with the success of “People V. O.J. Simpson.” The pair shepherded the adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction tome for some time before they were paired with uber-producer Ryan Murphy by FX.
- Cynthia Littleton
Emmys 2016: full list of winners
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We’ve compiled some of Kimmel’s best lines here.
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Lanre Bakare writes our news story on the night from Los Angeles:
Winter might be coming for the residents of Westeros but for the creators of Game of Thrones and HBO it was »
- Benjamin Lee, Alex Needham, Brian Moylan and Amber Jamieson in New York, Dave Schilling and Lanre Bakare in Los Angeles
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” one of the season’s best-reviewed and most buzzed-about shows, won a much-anticipated Emmy for outstanding limited series Sunday night. The Ryan Murphy-produced drama beat a formidable field that included another highly lauded FX project, “Fargo,” as well as ABC’s “American Crime,” AMC’s “The Night Manager,” and History’s “Roots.”
“Crime Story,” along with the highly regarded Espn documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” sparked a renewed media interest earlier this year in the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial. With a star-studded cast that included John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance, Nathan Lane, and David Schwimmer, “Crime Story” earned rave reviews — in particular for longtime Murphy collaborator Sarah Paulson’s turn as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
The limited series was executive produced by Murphy with, Larry Karaszewski »
- Daniel Holloway
The crime of the century became a media circus, with no angle hidden -- yet behind what we saw on TV was even more conflict and consternation. This eight-hour miniseries is a beautifully constructed recreation with excellent casting, even though its O.J. doesn't remind us much of the original. It's highly absorbing stuff to anyone who lived through it. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Blu-ray Fox Home Video 2016 / Color /1:78 widescreen / 498 min. / Street Date September 6, 2016 / 49.99 Starring Sarah Paulson, John Travolta, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Nathan Lane, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Robert Morse, Steven Pasquale, Cheryl Ladd, Larry King, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Billy Magnussen. Cinematography Nelson Cragg Film Editors Chi Yoon Chung, Stewart Schill, Adam Penn Original Music Mac Quayle Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (creators), Jeffrey Toobin, D.V. DeVincentis, Joe Robert Cole, Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky Produced by Alexis Martin Woodall, »
- Glenn Erickson
The Television Academy honored this year’s Emmy-nominated producers at its annual Thursday night fete at The Montage Beverly Hills. Creators from the celebrated shows were in attendance, including Jay Roach, who directed Bryan Cranston in HBO’s “All The Way,” Dan O’Keefe, writer and producer of “Silicon Valley,” Chad Oakes of FX’s “Fargo,” producer and writer Stephen Schiff of “The Americans,” and D.V. DeVincentis, producer and writer of one of this year’s lead nominated shows, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Executive producer David Mandel, who took over “Veep” after Armando Iannucci’s exit, revealed Season 6 of the series will follow “the world of [Selina Meyer] in the post-presidency. Libraries, books foundations — all the fundraising and charity that she doesn’t want to do.” And considering all the real-life political drama happening, he adds, “We never want to pull too close. We’re influenced from everything [over the years]. I’m so glad we’re »
- Emily Bicks
Emmy Writing nominees gathered at the Television Academy to celebrate their fellow nominees Wednesday evening ahead of the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
“I mean it’s beyond an honor. Obviously we didn’t expect any of this a year ago. It’s humbling. It’s such a weird little show and we explore really dark things and the way it’s worked out is a shock, a welcome shock, but a shock nonetheless,” he said.
Although the show is currently in its second season, Esmail already has the future for the series planned out.
“Initially this was supposed to be a feature-length film and so I know where we’re going and the ending, so probably about four or five seasons. I like to know where we’re going and where we’re heading. I »
- Maria Cavassuto
As the great Ed Harris once said, “You gotta take a side.” And this year, you’ve got to choose between “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Fargo.” Sure, “The Night Manager” was a solid throwback thriller and “Roots” justified its reimagining with one helluva run (while “American Crime” remains a dangerously misguided acting exercise), but these two standout entries would be easy choices if they weren’t competing against each other. Noah Hawley’s second season was even bolder than his first, but we’ve got to stick with our TCA pals and back “The People.” Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski’s anthology did what many deemed impossible by making O.J. relevant again, and the craft applied to »
- Ben Travers
Basic cable fared well in limited series this year. FX racked up nominations and buzz with “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Fargo.” AMC’s John le Carre adaptation “The Night Manager” was nominated for both writing and directing. HBO, which has dominated in the past with its prestige made-for-tv movies, earned only a directing nom for Lbj drama “All the Way.”
For their first small-screen venture, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski hung onto the aesthetic they established in such offbeat feature biopics as “The People Vs. Larry Flynt.” Karaszewski calls it “a weird mixture of tragedy, absurd humor, satirical pieces, but »
- Bob Verini
It was around the time Pierre Bismuth won his Oscar as an original story creator on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind that he stumbled upon an unknown work by Edward Ruscha via a BBC documentary. This tape captured the artist as he created a fake rock dubbed “Rocky II,” a fiberglass/resin creation that ultimately replaced “Rocky I” once it was proven unsuitable for longevity in the desert (having been manufactured from wheat paste). It’s a fascinating discovery—a piece by a renowned figure that nobody’s seen or even knows exists because it’s missing from his resume of work. So, posing as a journalist in 2009 to enter a Ruscha retrospective, Bismuth confronts the pop artist with the titular question of his feature debut: Where Is Rocky II?
Ruscha admits its existence, bidding Bismuth “good luck” in finding it. So of course he drops everything to do exactly that. »
- Jared Mobarak
The writers room has just started working on Katrina: American Crime Story, Ep Brad Simpson told TV critics today, adding that The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Ep/writer D.V. DeVincentis is working with Ryan Murphy on the next project in FX’s Acs franchise. But Simpson said, disappointingly, “I’m not going to make any big news,” when asked about the next iteration during a TCA panel for the freshman one on the trial of the century. “Yes, you will have… »
Connie Britton owned the screen the moment she showed up early in the series as Nicole Simpson’s friend Faye Resnick, who has remained one of its most memorable supporting characters. Faye’s tell-all book about her friend became a sensation after the notorious murders, and Faye herself rode a wave of attention as the case took on a life of its own and all but took over popular culture in the mid-’90s.
Britton, best known for her work on “Friday Night Lights” and “Nashville,” was able to find both the comic and melodramatic sides of her character, whose blase revelations about cocaine use and extramarital sex provide some of the most incongruously amusing moments in the series. Britton had previously worked with Ryan Murphy, »
- Maureen Ryan
For the second consecutive week, The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story ranked as television's #1-rated show in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 on Tuesday inclusive of all broadcast networks and basic and premium cable network programs according to The Nielsen Company. The Live+3 delivery for the first two episodes of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story illustrates the increasing irrelevance and incomplete picture of Live+Same Day ratings compared to the ultimate viewership of an FX original series and most scripted entertainment programs. The series aired its third of 10 episodes, The Dream Team, last night at 10 Pm Et on FX.
The first-run of the second episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story delivered 3.9 million Adults 18-49, an astounding +104% Live+3 ratings increase over its delivery in Live+Same Day. The 1.87 million Adults 18-34 delivery for episode two was equal »
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