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Emmy fans, we won’t blame you for getting chills if you see two ghosts floating up to the podium this year to accept their trophies. Both Ann Dowd (Best Drama Guest Actress for “The Leftovers”) and Ben Mendelsohn (Best Drama Guest Actor for “Bloodline”) are nominated at the 2017 Emmys for playing dead characters who […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
After more than 30 years in showbiz, Ann Dowd has finally been recognized with not one, but two Emmy nominations, as Best Drama Guest Actress for her role as the menacing Patti Levin on “The Leftovers,” and as Best Drama Supporting Actress for her role as the sadistic Aunt Lydia on “The Handmaid’s Tale.” For “The Leftovers,” […] »
- Rob Licuria
This is yet another toss-up category, but in this case it’s likely between just two nominees for the win. Chrissy Metz from “This Is Us” and Thandie Newton from “Westworld” are your potential winners. “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Ann Dowd could surprise, but that actresses’ Emmy chances are much better in the other category she’s nominated in, Guest Actress in a Drama Series for “The Leftovers.” Before the nominations were announced, many believed Metz would easily win.
Continue reading 2017 Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Predictions at The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Damon Lindelof is not going to lie and tell you he wasn’t a little bummed out about the bruising left hook Emmy voters landed on The Leftovers earlier this month when they honored the acclaimed HBO drama with a total of zero nominations in the major categories.
“I wish I could say I don’t care about that stuff,” he admitted to me over the weekend at TVLine’s Comic-Con interview lounge (watch video above). “But the Emmys are a big deal. It’s the validation of your peers. I’m voting for the shows that I love.”
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Happy Monday, Jason from Mnpp here with our weekly "Beauty vs Beast" fun-time experience. While you were all enjoying Elisabeth Moss' charm offensive on the Emmy Actress Roundtable this past weekend what you should have been doing is baking a birthday cake for her, because she turns 35 today.
Did we all watch The Handmaid's Tale? I'm thinking enough of us did (there was actressing from every angle, after all) that we can go ahead and have this week's contest be between Moss as Offred and her fellow Emmy nominee (not to mention honorary member of Team Film Experience!) the great Ann Dowd. Does Aunt Lydia's religious fervor strike too close to home, or is Dowd's take on the role just too delicious to ignore? You tell me.
Not every TV show can get the Emmy nominations they deserve. That’s been a fact of life since the awards ceremony began 68 years ago, and it’s only intensified in the new golden age of television.
“The Leftovers” earned one Emmy nod, for Ann Dowd as Guest Actress. “BoJack Horseman” landed one, as well, for Kristen Schaal’s voice acting. And “Transparent” did very well in total nominations — landing seven, including three acting nods — but missed out on Outstanding Comedy Series for the first time in its three seasons of eligibility.
All this came after massive Fyc campaigns, sterling reviews, and enthusiastic support from fans. Heading into the nominations, »
- Ben Travers
Louisa Mellor Jul 23, 2017
The gripping penultimate episode of The Handmaid's Tale season one shows a glimmer of hope among the tragedy...
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It’s rare for anybody in Gilead to say what they mean. In public, communication is reduced to a set of empty mottos swapped like tokens, merging individual voices into one homogenous, docile hum.
Privacy offers no freedom either. The republic’s eyes and ears are in people’s homes. There too, real meaning is camouflaged under pretence. Serena Joy can’t tell Rita she’s looking for a stiff drink instead of chamomile tea. Rita can’t pour her one without first offering a euphemistic excuse.
To know the characters’ real feelings, The Handmaid’s Tale audience has to be alert to the artifice and hear what’s being said behind each line. We need to »
When the 2017 Emmy nominations were announced last week, TV’s best show “The Leftovers” only earned one measly bid for the well-deserved Ann Dowd. In fact, Dowd’s nomination for Best Drama Guest Actress is the show’s only Emmy notice after three years on the air. That’s particularly shocking when you consider that “The Leftovers” seems […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
The challenging goal of the Emmy Awards is to reflect who we are in this moment, to single out those shows that represent the best of what’s being created across all platforms. This year’s list of Emmy nominees succeeded in some ways — highlighting risk-taking freshmen shows such as FX’s “Atlanta” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” and exceptional performances from Sterling K. Brown, Nicole Kidman, Riz Ahmed and many others.
But frustratingly, the voters also showed a stubborn reluctance to let go of the past, with nods for legacy shows long past their prime. The result is an uneven lineup, scattered with bright spots but plagued by too many noteworthy omissions.
To be fair, their job isn’t easy — sifting through the nearly 500 scripted shows produced in the past year that fed into 117 categories and a record-breaking 9,000 submissions. No one reasonably has time to watch them all. (Those of us who cover TV barely do »
- Maureen Ryan
When the Netflix series Stranger Things took off last summer, Shannon Purser experienced a peculiarly modern form of overnight success. Then an 18-year-old from Atlanta, plucked from obscurity for her very first screen role, Purser went from total unknown to Internet meme as fast as binge-watchers could tear through the show's first season. As "Barb" Holland, best friend and intrepid protector of Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer), a popular girl whose virginity (and life) is at stake amid supernatural threats, Purser turned a minor character into a nerd icon – her face »
The Handmaid’s Tale made a huge splash with fans and critics alike, earning 13 Primetime Emmy nominations last Thursday.
“It’s incredible to bring it to life and have people discover it,” executive producer Bruce Miller tells Et, adding that the recognition is “a testament to the work of the cast and the crew.”
Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the Hulu original series tells the story of women placed in servitude -- and subjected to ritualized rape in order to stave off infertility -- shortly after the fall of the U.S. government to a totalitarian and Christian fundamentalist government known as Gilead. At the center of this near-future dystopian saga (and the audience’s narrator) is Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a woman caught while trying to flee to Canada and eventually forced to become a handmaid in the household of Commander Fred Waterford »
The Emmy showdown for Best Drama Guest Actress includes just one past winner (Cicely Tyson), one previous nominee (Laverne Cox), and four first-time contenders (Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Shannon Purser, Alison Wright). We’ve got all six episode titles being submitted for these 2017 nominees, so let’s take a look at what Emmy voters will be […] »
- Chris Beachum
“Saturday Night Live” capped a banner Season 42 with a boodle of Emmy nominations.
The NBC late-night institution set an Emmy record for most nominations in a single year for a variety show, and it tied “30 Rock’s” record of 22 nominations in a single year for a comedy series (yes, it competes in a different category, but funny is funny). The Emmy windfall comes on the heels of the show delivering its most-watched season in 22 years.
The haul includes taking half of the slots in the supporting comedy actress field — with noms for Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon — and a bid for Alec Baldwin’s public service effort in playing candidate and then President Donald Trump. Thanks to its 42 years and counting run, “SNL” also ranks as the most-nominated series in Emmy history, with 231 bids to date.
- Cynthia Littleton
Purser’s character, whose disappearance was virtually ignored by the fictional town, only appeared briefly in four episodes. But where Barb lacked in screen time, she made up for in internet enthusiasm. Fans quickly took to the quirky character and rallied behind her redemption.
“I am so incredibly honored,” Purser wrote on Twitter. “Thank you so much. Congratulations to all the other incredible nominees.”
Purser is up against Alison Wright (“The Americans”), Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”), and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”) in the category.
The cult sci-fi drama scored a total of 19 nominations in its first year of eligibility, with a nom for best drama against “Better Call Saul,” “The »
- Rebecca Rubin
This could be the year that Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes Emmy history.
Nominated once again for playing Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus is the favorite to win her sixth consecutive Emmy as outstanding comedy actress. In doing so, she would beat the record for most Emmys won by a performer in the same role for the same series.
Right now, Louis-Dreyfus is in a three-way tie with Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) and Don Knotts (“Andy Griffith Show”). All three thesps won five Emmys for their roles on those shows. Now, Louis-Dreyfus is poised to leap ahead.
What’s more, she’s also in line this year to tie Cloris Leachman for the most Emmys ever won by a female performer. Leachman has eight; Louis-Dreyfus has seven – tied with Mary Tyler Moore and Allison Janney. (Janney, of course, is competing with Louis-Dreyfus in the comedy »
- Michael Schneider
Carrie Coon got thrilling news on Thursday morning when she received her first-ever Emmy nomination. But the actress, who nabbed a limited-series lead actress nod for her role as Gloria Burgle on FX’s “Fargo,” was hoping that her other series, HBO’s “The Leftovers,” would get more Emmys love. That show, which signed off last month after three seasons, earned just one nomination this year, for Ann Dowd as best guest actress in a drama. “I was very hopeful to see Justin ’s name for best drama actor — I was a little heartbroken about that,” she told TheWrap. “I was a. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Hulu’s biggest awards play yet paid off this year, as “The Handmaid’s Tale” was nominated for 13 Emmy awards for its first extraordinary season — one which echoed disturbingly timely themes reflected in real world events. While the searing dystopian drama captivated critics with its detail-rich production design and jaw-dropping storytelling, it came into the awards race as an underdog, mostly due to Hulu’s lack of history with awards success.
While Hulu has been in the awards mix before — their Jason Reitman-produced dramedy “Casual” was nominated for a Golden Globe in its freshman year — this is the first time it has ever been nominated for any major Emmy awards. In 2016, it was nominated just twice, for outstanding special visual effects in “11.22.63” and outstanding writing for a variety special for “Triumph’s Election Special 2016.”
This year, “Handmaid’s Tale” is a major contender, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Hulu has finally joined streaming giants Netflix and Amazon in the Emmy race, thanks to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Scoring 13 nominations, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the first Hulu series to truly capture Academy acclaim. Though the streaming service has received noms before, none were for above-the-line key categories. (Last year, Hulu saw a variety writing nom for “Triumph’s Election Special 2016” and a visual effects nom for “11/22/63.” Its very first nomination was back in 2014 for sports series “Behind the Mask.”) Now with a hit in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu is officially ready to take on the big boys.
Most notably, “The Handmaid’s Tale” received noms in the drama series, writing, and directing categories, as well as lead actress for Elisabeth Moss, supporting actress for Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley, and guest actress for Alexis Bledel.
After the nominations were announced, Moss said, “There’s things about it that we didn’t hold back, and »
- Danielle Turchiano
Nabbing an Emmy nod in the competitive era of Peak TV is hard enough, but leave it to these overachievers to take up real estate on this year’s list with numerous nominations …
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In the Oscar-themed episode of FX’s “Feud,” Bette Davis and Joan Crawford went head-to-head at the 1963 Academy Awards. At the 2017 Emmys, life will imitate art, as “Feud” stars Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange are both up for the same award in the same category.
But it’s not just “Feud” that earned multiple acting nominations in the same categories. Other A-list shows, like HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and NBC’s “This Is Us” and “Saturday Night Live” also have their stars nominated beside each other — an exemplary “first-class problem,” as they say.
Lange and Sarandon are up against one another in the limited series or movie lead actress race alongside co-stars of “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Similarly, in the limited series or movie lead actor race, “The Night Of” stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed are nominated against each other.
Ahmed, a double nominee also being honored for his guest stint »
- Danielle Turchiano and Elizabeth Wagmeister
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