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Did you miss our exclusive Google Hangout chats with 12 of this year's Emmy contenders for Best Drama Actor? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul"), Clive Owen ("The Knick"), Sam Heughan ("Outlander"), Michael Sheen ("Masters of Sex"), Matthew Rhys ("The Americans"), Justin Theroux ("The Leftovers"), Jamie Dornan ("The Fall"), Ben McKenzie ("Gotham"), Jeremy Piven ("Mr. Selfridge"), Aden Young ("Rectify"), John Benjamin Hickey ("Manhattan") and Cillian Murphy ("Peaky Blinders"). -Break- How many of them do you think will earn Emmy nominations? Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Bob Odenkirk on the anxiety of following up "Breaking Bad" with spinoff "Better Call Saul": "I don't want to overstate it, but we..."' »
Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline. As always, I'm working with the choices listed on the actual Emmy ballots, which means I have to go along with where various shows and actors were categorized and submitted. So I have to consider "Orange Is the New Black" a drama, have to consider Key and Peele supporting actors on their own show, and can't go off the ballot to try nominating an actor like Max Greenfield from "New Girl," who didn't even put his name up for submission. Also, while I've done these as a bunch of separate posts the last few years, this thing's already so »
- Alan Sepinwall
All this week, we’re presenting the Vulture TV Awards, honoring the best in television from the past year. The nominees are: Matthew Rhys, The AmericansBen Mendelsohn, BloodlineJeffrey Tambor, TransparentJon Hamm, Mad MenAndré Holland, The Knick And the Best Male Drama Performer is ...André Holland, The Knick When did André Holland become indispensible? Sometime in the last year, probably — and it seemed to happen all at once. He went from “Who’s that guy?” to “I’ll watch that guy in anything” in the space of about three months. I’d liked Holland as Marshall Malloy in NBC’s mostly terrible 1600 Penn and as Wendell Smith in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, but prior to that he’d been cast mostly in small parts that didn’t exactly sear themselves into the mind. Then, all of a sudden, there Holland was playing a lead role on Cinemax’s Boss Tweed–era »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
For Keri Russell, sometimes filming a compelling scene can be like pulling teeth. Literally. With Emmy nominations voting underway, TheWrap spoke to Russell, star of FX’s period spy drama “The Americans,” about Season 3’s highlights. Among them: An excruciating scene during which her TV husband Philip (played by Matthew Rhys) yanks a chomper out of her mouth with a primitiveness that would make the dentist from “The Marathon Man” wince. Also Read: 'Chicago Pd's' Sophia Bush on Her Character's Emotional Meltdown and 5 Other Emmy Contender Quickies Read on for TheWrap’s conversation with Russell. TheWrap: What was the toughest thing you had to do. »
- Tim Kenneally
"I remember them telling us about Paige and thinking, oh my God, it's finally come to pass," says Matthew Rhys about one of the biggest revelations in the third season of "The Americans," which aired this spring. He and Keri Russell play Kgb spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, and in the episode "Stingers," they finally revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor). (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Is 'The Americans' Emmy-bound after Critics' Choice win? (Editors' slugfest) "It was three seasons of anticipation … and they threw us this enormous T-bone steak to get our teeth into," says Rhys of the Jennings' coming-out scene. But even though they risked exposure and arrest by telling their daughter, he thinks it was a relief for the secretive couple to come clean. "What they've been living and dealing with," he says, "is this press..."' »
FX’s Reagan-era spy drama “The Americans” featured one of the most disturbing stories of this television season — and no, it wasn’t the one where a man was doused in gasoline and burned alive.
Instead, this season’s squirmiest moments involved Philip creating a phony persona to seduce his newest asset, a rebellious 16-year-old girl (“Martha Marcy May Marlene’s” Julia Garner), because her father is the head of the CIA’s Afghan group.
And what helped send these scenes from merely unsettling head-on into the “Lolita” zone? Rhys’ pervy shag contrasted with Garner’s Shirley Temple ringlets.
Audiences weren’t the only ones who felt dirty about these scenes.
“We were all kind »
- Whitney Friedlander
The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 31st Annual TCA Awards, and Fox’s mighty Empire and Amazon’s groundbreaking Transparent lead the pack with four nods apiece.
Network-by-network, HBO came out on top with seven total nominations, while ABC, CBS, AMC, and FX each amassed five.
Among the shows looking to succeed Breaking Bad as Program of the »
Freshman shows topped the Television Critics Association annual awards, with Fox’s “Empire” and Amazon’s “Transparent” leading the pack with four nods each, including the prestigious program of the year.
The nominations were particularly widespread this year across networks, with each of the broadcast networks getting noms: ABC (5), CBS (5), Fox (4), NBC (3, though all in the heritage category), and The CW (4), which was recognized for both “Jane the Virgin” and “The Flash.”
HBO tops the network count with 7 noms (with two for “Game of Thrones”), followed by ABC, CBS, AMC and FX with 5 each. Amazon racked up 4, courtesy of “Transparent,” while Netflix settled for one for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” in the comedy category.
The org’s endorsement of this year’s new shows meant last year’s winners are Mia. Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” which won outstanding new program, failed to gain a single nod, as did »
- Debra Birnbaum
"Empire" and "Transparent" were the big winners when the 2015 Television Criticis Association Awards nominees were announced, but will either newbie be able to knock off more well-established shows like "Mad Men" and "Big Bang Theory"? The way the TCA Awards (which will be presented at an untelevised ceremony in Beverly Hills on August 8) are structured, with no differentiation between lead and supporting actors, or between actors and actresses, and with a separate category to honor new series, a new show inevitably leads each year's nominations list. In this case, it was a pair of them: "Empire," which almost single-handedly brought the primetime soap, the Fox network, and broadcast television itself back from the dead; and "Transparent," the beautiful Amazon dramedy that the TCA membership at large opted to vote in as a comedy(*). (*) There are no rules about which categories a show can be assigned to — see also "The Daily Show" frequently being nominated for, »
- Alan Sepinwall
It should come as no surprise that critically-acclaimed series such as "The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" took home top prizes at the fifth annual Critics' Choice TV Awards on Sunday night (it's right there in the name of the event, after all). But there was plenty of love for popular shows, too, proving that quality programming is becoming more widely available and amenable to audiences during this so-called golden age of television.
"The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" each claimed high honors in the best drama and comedy series categories, respectively, and their home networks were the biggest winners of the night: HBO snagged seven statuettes, while FX collected four. "Silicon Valley" was among the shows that won multiple awards, with T.J. Miller taking home the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy.
Freshman series "Better Call Saul" and "Transparent" also walked away with two trophies apiece, while new sensation »
- Katie Roberts
The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton, and HBO was the winningest network with a total of seven prizes, including three for its Olive Kitteridge miniseries.
RelatedEmmys 2015: Orange Is the New Black Must Compete as Drama
FX amassed four wins, while AMC, Amazon, Fox and Comedy Central picked up two apiece.
Among the more notable first-time winners, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson came out on top in the drama actress race, while »
The 5th annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards took place Sunday at the Beverly Hilton hotel and aired live on A&E. “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley emceed the proceedings — and also found time to accept the prize for best reality host midway through the show. Despite playfully jabbing rival host Tom Bergeron during her intro by joking she’d purposefully gotten him relegated to one of the back tables in the ballroom, she was spotted warmly embracing the “Dancing with the Stars” mainstay during the ad break.
The first prize of the night went to “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks for best supporting actor in a drama, and the thesp also had the dubious honor of earning the ceremony’s first (but far from the last) bleep during his acceptance speech. The “Breaking Bad” spinoff later won a second award for Bob Odenkirk’s lead »
- Variety Staff
The fifth annual 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards were handed out on Sunday night, honoring the best of the best in small screen entertainment. The award ceremony was presented by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association and hosted by "So You Think You Can Dance" Mc Cat Deeley.
HBO was the event's big victor -- the network picked up a total of seven wins. "Oliver Kitteridge" received three wins and was the most honored program of the evening. Get a complete list of winners below and find out if your faves came out on top.
Best Drama Series
The Americans" - Winner
Best Comedy Series
Silicon Valley" - Winner
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alana Altmann
"Justified" could steal the show on Sunday when the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. bestow their annual Critics' Choice TV Awards. It snagged five bids -- the most of any series -- and since the first ceremony in 2011, the programs with the most number of nominations have each won at least one award. -Break- Who Really deserves to win? Debate in our lively forums Timothy Olyphant is currently favored to win Best Drama Actor. He leads with odds of 10/9 with Matthew Rhys ("The Americans") in second place at 3/1. And in Drama Supporting Actor, Walton Goggins (also in contention for his guest role on "Sons of Anarchy") is out front with odds of 4/5. His closest competitor is Jonathan Banks ("Better Caul Saul") at 9/2. Sam Elliott is currently ranked second in Drama Guest Performance with odds of 5/1. Cicely Tyson has leading 5/6 odds for her scene-stealing work on "How t..."' »
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The story follows a warrior knight in King Edward I's charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
Series regulars include Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and guest star Matthew Rhys.
The pilot recently wrapped production in Wales and shooting on the rest of the season will resume this summer before the series begins airing this Fall. The first photo from the series has also gone online.
- Garth Franklin
Hot off the conclusion of his long-running FX series Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter is reteaming with the network on medieval epic The Bastard Executioner, which has just been green-lit for a 10-episode first season to air this fall.
Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter and Sam Spruell all star in the period drama, which, according to FX’s official press release, tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all. Expect a bloodstained, gritty series comparable to Game of Thrones and Camelot.
- Isaac Feldberg
Sons of Anarchy may be over, but Kurt Sutter won’t be long gone from your television screens. FX announced today that it has ordered the Sons of Anarchy creator’s new show The Bastard Executioner to series, with the 10-episode first season slated to debut on the network this fall. The series puts Sutter in period drama territory, as it tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all. Newcomer Lee Jones, True Blood actor Stephen Moyer, and Soa alum/Sutter’s wife Katey Segal lead the show, with Sutter also taking on a role. The series regular cast also includes Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, »
- Adam Chitwood
FX has given a 10-episode order to the drama created by the “Sons of Anarchy” creator about a Late Middle Ages warrior knight who gets pulled back into fighting just when he thought he was out. Lee Jones plays titular executioner Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge.
There will be blood. #Tbx
— kurt sutter (@sutterink) May 22, 2015
Sutter wrote the pilot. He is exec producing along with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay. Barclay directed the pilot. Sutter also appears in the series, along with his wife, Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer, Flora Spencer-Longhurst and Sam Spruell. The cast also includes Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and Matthew Rhys.
“I love history. I love theology. I love blood. It’s been very satisfying weaving »
- Whitney Friedlander
Per the official description, the 10-episode period piece “tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.”
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