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6 items from 2014


Young and the Restless Tops Daytime Emmy Noms

1 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 41st Daytime Emmys, with The Young and the Restless leading the way with 26 nominations. Sesame Street had the most nominations for a children's program, with 15, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show was the most-nominated talk show, with 9 nods. Talk shows, kid shows, game shows, cooking shows — these are the purview of the Daytime Emmys. Among the expected nominations, though, are a few interesting tidbits: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Wayne Brady are both nominated in the Outstanding Original Song category; Brady wrote the lyrics to "30,000 Reasons to Love Me" on Let's Make a Deal, and Miranda composed the music for "Rhymes With Mando" on Sesame Street. Netflix earned two nominations, even though "daytime" doesn't really seem like a meaningful distinction for the streaming service. (Both nominations are for Turbo Fast: outstanding children's animated program, and outstanding »

- Margaret Lyons

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'The Young and The Restless' Leads Daytime Emmy Noms

1 May 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The 41st annual Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, with soap operas earning the highest number of nods. “The Young and the Restless” leads with 26 nominations. “The Bold and The Beautiful” is nominated 18 times, and “General Hospital” is up for 16. Actors on “The Young and the Restless” dominate two categories, with a majority in both lead actor and supporting actress; there were nominations for Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson, Christian LeBlanc, and Billy Miller, and Melissa Claire Egan, Amelia Heinle, and Elizabeth Hendrickson. “Sesame Street” received 15 nominations, including one for outstanding pre-school children’s series, and another for outstanding original song, thanks to “In the Heights” star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis Santeiro’s tune “Rhymes with Mando.”  Netflix is continuing to prove it’s a serious contender with its content earning two nominations, both for the children’s series “TurboFAST”; it’s a first for the streaming service. In terms of networks, »

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11 Memorable Tony Award Performances

29 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

With the 2014 Tony Nominations announced this morning, we’ve got Tony fever! In anticipation of the performances coming to us June 8 at the 68th Annual Tony Awards, we look back at some of the very best performances in Tony history! “Evita,” Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, and Company (1980)LuPone became a star as Eva Perón in the classic “Evita,” and this epic performance of "A New Argentina" can still elicit chills—and serves as proof that she deserved the Tony she took home later that night. “Gypsy,” Bernadette Peters (2003)Peters was already a legend when she represented the revival of “Gypsy” at the 2003 Tony Awards. Singing “Rose’s Turn” as if it were her own personal credo, Peters showed the Broadway world that, depsite the ill health that plagued her early in the show's run, she could still power through. Though she was nominated, Peters lost the best actress in a »

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Pivot Unveils Scripted Drama and ‘Docu-Comedy’ in Efforts To Reach Millennial Viewers

16 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Pivot, the start-up cable network backed by Participant Media, said it would add the first scripted drama to its schedule as part of its ongoing quest to build a media outlet around the mission of inspiring young consumers to embrace social causes and change.

The drama, “Fortitude,” will come in 12 60-minute episodes and feature Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Sienna Guillory and Luke Treadaway. Series focuses on a close-knit Arctic town that is shaken by a violent crime.  Produced by Sky and Pivot Original. Simon Donald is writer and executive producer. Patrick Spence and Frith Tiplady are the executive producers for Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect.

The network, which is less than a year old and reached just under 45 million households, is firm in its belief that viewers between 18 and 34 who are active in trying to improve the world around them represent a coveted consumer base for advertisers, said Evan Shapiro, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Now Casting ‘In the Heights’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

21 March 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Chance Theater in Anaheim, Calif., is currently seeking submission for its production of “In the Heights.” “In the Heights,” the Tony Award-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the story of a tight-knit Dominican-American community in Washington Heights, NYC. All roles are being cast for this production, and submissions are welcome from various California cities. This is a paid gig!  For more details, check out the casting notice for “In the Heights” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Spend Sundays at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda

6 March 2014 12:00 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

When Lin-Manuel Miranda drove up to the United Palace Theatre for the second installment of his new monthly film series “Sunday Movies at the Palace With Lin-Manuel Miranda,” he had Rita Moreno in tow. They were billed for a Q&A preceding the showing of the iconic “West Side Story.” “We drove up and she asked, ‘Is anybody gonna show up?’ And [then] she saw that line around the block...and gasped.” One thousand five hundred and eighty anybodies showed up. Miranda first discovered the Palace two years ago in preparation for the five-year reunion concert of his Tony-winning musical “In the Heights.” “I’d seen that building for years and never been inside,” he told Backstage of the United Palace Theatre on West 175th Street and Broadway. “It really is such an incredible theater, and the fact that the outside is so unassuming, you’d never guess that it was »

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