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Emmys 2016: Who Should Win Best Lead Actor in a Drama? Take Our Poll!

27 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Will a Soviet Kgb officer or a vigilante computer hacker walk away with Emmy gold?

One thing’s for sure: A win in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category for either The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys or Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek — both first-time nominees — would not be considered an upset.

In fact, with Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels out of the running, this particular Emmy race is wide open.

RelatedEmmys 2016: What Should Win Best Drama Series? Take Our Poll!

Of the other four nominees, only Kyle Chandler of Bloodline (with »

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New Character Portraits for Salem Season 3, Premiering November 2nd

25 August 2016 3:17 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ahead of its November 2nd premiere on Wgn America, Salem Season 3 is teased in new character portraits featuring faces both familiar and new.

Press Release: Los Angeles, August 25, 2016 – In anticipation of the season three premiere of Wgn America’s hit supernatural thriller “Salem,” the network has released character portraits featuring the twisted and sexy cast, including the first-look at Samuel Roukin who portrays The Sentinel, a fallen angel and protector of the Devil boy (Oliver Bell). Season three of “Salem” will debut Halloween Week, Wednesday, November 2.

The third season of “Salem” dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. »

- Derek Anderson

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Emmy Drama Series Race: ‘Game of Thrones’ vs. ‘Mr. Robot’

18 August 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Even with seven series in the hunt, Emmy’s drama field could be twice as large because of all the worthy candidates in the peak TV era. Among the contenders this time, the battle lines seem to be drawn as a choice between the great spectacle of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the seductively subversive world of USA’s “Mr. Robot.” But two beloved spy-fi series could well be sleepers to watch: FX’s “The Americans,” which finally earned some Emmy respect after four seasons, and Showtime’s “Homeland,” which reinvented itself yet again in season five.

The Odds

The chances of reigning champ “Game of Thrones” nabbing back-to-back wins are strong. The fantasy drama raised the stakes again with the emotional arcs for its core characters and the stunning accompanying visuals. Plus, given the opportunity, Emmy voters love repeat victories. Shows that logged consecutive drama series wins during the past 30 years include “L.A. Law” (1989- »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Emmy Lead Actor Races Welcome Four Worthy First-Time Nominees

17 August 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With four of last year’s Emmy-nominated drama and comedy lead actors out of the running, we were guaranteed to see new faces this year. But the pleasant surprise was just how deserving the newcomers turned out to be.

Both categories welcomed one star of a freshman series and one previously overlooked lead of a veteran show. In drama, those were “Mr. Robot” breakout Rami Malek and “The Americans” anchor Matthew Rhys.

Malek’s nomination had been expected — he was up for both a Golden Globe and a SAG Award this year, and toplined what was arguably the buzziest new drama of the season (and the only freshman drama up for the top series award). It’s impossible to conceive of the show without his bug-eyed, nervous energy, his manic flights of fancy, and the deadpan delivery he brings to both the show’s playful, free associative narration and his character’s more carefully calculated dialogue.

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- Geoff Berkshire

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Your 9 2016 First-Time Drama Nominees

17 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesRami Malek, “Mr. Robot” Twitter: @itsramimalek Hometown: Los Angeles Representation: William Morris EndeavorMalek first appeared on our TV screens in a 2004 episode of “Gilmore Girls.” Over a decade later, he’s delivering one of the most compelling performances on television today. Perhaps it’s the intense eyes that make Malek seem so accessible to us as Elliot’s audience (writer-creator Sam Esmail’s shrewd monologues don’t hurt either). But even when Elliot is a mystery unto himself, rattled by capitalistic surroundings that refract through his schizophrenic alter ego, Malek makes his intentions crystal clear. The actor was nominated for a Golden Globe this year for his portrayal of the disturbed hacker and picked up a Critics’ Choice Television award. We can’t wait to see what he does at the Emmys. Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” Twitter: @matthewrhys Hometown: Cardiff, wales Representation: William Morris »

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Why the Emmys Should Crown ‘The Americans,’ Not ‘Game of Thrones’: IndieWire’s Emmy Endorsements (Drama)

16 August 2016 11:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Drama Series

Nominees:

The Americans

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

House of Cards

Mr. Robot

IndieWire’s Vote: “The Americans

We’re obviously big fans of a lot of these shows. “Better Call Saul,” “Mr. Robot” and even “House of Cards” are deserving nominees, and there’s no shame in voting for any one of them. But come on: “The Americans” getting an Emmy nod for Outstanding Drama Series is like the Chicago Cubs reaching the World Series. If they made it this far — finally — they better freaking win. “The Americans” has been the best drama on cable for four years. An intricate spy thriller side-by-side with an equally compelling family drama, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields have crafted a series as appealing as it is relevant. When it comes to FX’s best show (which is saying something), it’s more than just “you should »

- Ben Travers

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Robert Downey Jr., True Detective Boss Eye (Perry Mason?) Series at HBO

15 August 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

As it mulls a third season of True Detective, HBO is reportedly teaming with series creator Nic Pizzolatto on a series that would star Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.

RelatedHBO Boss on True Detective‘s Status, Game of Thrones End Date and More

Per our sister site Variety, Pizzolatto and Downey Jr. are in talks to respectively pen and star in a drama series that just might be a small-screen reboot of the Perry Mason film the latter had been developing at Warner Bros.

Among its several incarnations, Perry Mason is best remembered as a CBS TV series that »

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Review: ‘The Wine Show’ Needs More Rhys-ling, But Pairs Nicely With Friends

15 August 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

What do you look for in foodie TV?

You know what I’m talking about. One of two things happens:

You find yourself zoning out on a Saturday morning, staring blankly at your TV, and suddenly you become fascinated by the amateur chefs cooking for a chance at running their own restaurant. You make the conscious choice to sit down and invest in foodie TV, perhaps of the more artful variety — like “Chef’s Table.”

Basically, viewers are looking for something to either compliment shutting off their brain, something a little bolder, or something in between. “The Wine Show,” a British import brought to the States courtesy of Hulu, falls into the in between, offering up engaging and educational segments as it simultaneously tries to goof around and have a good time. While it finds its feet in this tricky duality as it progresses, the series’ biggest draw is also »

- Indiewire Staff

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Review: ‘The Wine Show’ Needs More Rhys-ling, But Pairs Nicely With Friends

15 August 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What do you look for in foodie TV?

You know what I’m talking about. One of two things happens:

You find yourself zoning out on a Saturday morning, staring blankly at your TV, and suddenly you become fascinated by the amateur chefs cooking for a chance at running their own restaurant. You make the conscious choice to sit down and invest in foodie TV, perhaps of the more artful variety — like “Chef’s Table.”

Basically, viewers are looking for something to either compliment shutting off their brain, something a little bolder, or something in between. “The Wine Show,” a British import brought to the States courtesy of Hulu, falls into the in between, offering up engaging and educational segments as it simultaneously tries to goof around and have a good time. While it finds its feet in this tricky duality as it progresses, the series’ biggest draw is also »

- Indiewire Staff

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13 Times Keri Russell Oozed Cool, Laid-Back City Girl

12 August 2016 5:05 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

It's been a long time since Keri Russell's Felicity days, but the actress is still traipsing around New York City like a breath of fresh air. These days, though, Keri primarily hangs in Brooklyn with her family: her boyfriend and The Americans costar, Matthew Rhys; their newborn baby boy, Sam; and Keri's daughter, Willa, and son, River, from her previous marriage to Shane Deary. Besides being a total fashion inspiration and bringing her sartorial excellence to the red carpet, Keri also happens to be a down-to-earth borough babe - she's often spotted riding her bike around town like any other normal, cool city girl and has been photographed doing the school drop-off, schlepping paint samples while pregnant, and picking up beer on a hot Summer day. We're paying homage to Keri's low-profile Brooklyn lifestyle and rounding up all the times she made us proud to be city girls, too. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Emmy-Nominated Lead Actors Balance Humor and Tragedy

12 August 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After three seasons of using his fists, scowls, or libido to express his feelings, Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan found another way to show his guilt and torment in the third season finale of the eponymous Showtime series: Confessing to a priest about all the crimes he’s seen and done, this brute broke down in tears.

“Those are the scenes that actually feel cathartic,” Schreiber says. “The hardest thing to do with a character is to ramp up tension and not express it, because it’s a very subtle thing to do. It also involves creating an emotional energy inside yourself that you don’t release that’s been sat on and repressed and gets held. I think that’s the stuff that’s bad for you, mentally. That confession scene; I’m really grateful to David [Hollander, the series’ showrunner and episode’s director] and Leland [Orser, who played Father Romero] and the crew for creating the environment for Ray to get something off his chest, both »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Tatiana Maslany and Matthew Rhys Talk Emmy Nominations, Role Playing and Final Seasons

12 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Call them the small screen’s masters of disguise. Tatiana Maslany has played 11 unique characters, and counting, on the sci-fi thriller “Orphan Black,” and Matthew Rhys has donned well over a dozen alternate identities as undercover Kgb spy Philip Jennings on “The Americans.” And yet despite significant critical acclaim for their work from the very beginning, it took Emmy voters awhile to catch on. Maslany earned her first nom last year in her third season, while Rhys finally broke through this year in season four. Variety introduced the Canadian-born actress and Welsh-born actor by phone, while she was in Prague and he was in Brooklyn. Together they reflect on what it’s like to play roles within roles, prepare for their respective final seasons, and be “snubbed.”

Congratulations on the Emmy nominations this year. Both of you had a few years of people saying you were “snubbed.” And how does actually getting nominated compare?

Maslany: »

- Geoff Berkshire

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The Americans: Creators Tease Season Five of FX Spy Drama

10 August 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

During their TCA summer 2016 presser, The Americans TV show-runners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields dropped hints about the upcoming fifth and sixth seasons, the final chapters of the FX Cold War Spy drama. The 1980s-set series stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as Kgb operatives living in the Us under the aliases of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings.The Americans TV series cast also includes Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Noah Emmerich, Lev Gorn, Costa Ronin, Frank Langella, Margo Martindale, and Brandon J. Dirden. Warning: Spoilers for The Americans seasons five and six, after the jump.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Drama Writers’ & Directors’ Struggle for Emmy Gold Starts With Pitched Battle

10 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” took Emmy nominations in the Drama Series categories for its massive “Battle of the Bastards” and the heartrending “The Door,” but the competition is fierce. “Downton Abbey” and “The Good Wife” are favorites in their final seasons; “Mr. Robot” and “UnReal” are hot newcomers; and “The Americans,” “Homeland,” The Knick,” and “Ray Donovan” are established stalwarts.

Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Directing: Miguel Sapochnik, “Battle of the Bastards”; Jack Bender, “The Door”

Writing: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, “Battle of the Bastards”

Death and battles are always certain on “Game of Thrones.”

“I think Dan and David are particularly cognizant of that and always looking for a way to up their game,” Sapochnik says. “A pitched field battle is something they’ve been wanting to do for a long time —I think as far back as season one or two — and so when we first talked about it, a »

- Rob Owen

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‘The Americans’: 10 Things We Learned From the Showrunners at TCA

9 August 2016 5:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Americans” showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields took a well-deserved victory lap at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, on the heels of the FX drama nabbing breakthrough Emmy noms for drama series and acting bids for stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.

Weisberg and Fields addressed the process of mapping out the show’s final two seasons during the Q&A at the Beverly Hilton. The spoiler-conscious showrunners didn’t give up much in terms of plot points for season five and six. But a few things could be deduced from the pair’s cautious comments.

Here are 10 things we learned from “The Americans” panel:

Martha lives! Alison Wright’s Martha Hanson character was shipped off to the Soviet Union at the end of last season after she learned the truth of her sham marriage to Rhys’ Clark alter ego. Weisberg and Fields wouldn’t confirm whether she will be seen again in »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Americans’ EPs Drop Heavy Hints About Season 5: TCA

9 August 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Slight spoiler alert about Season 5 of FX’s The Americans. The TCA press corps needled The Americans EPs Joseph Weisberg and Joel Fields about what the series’ final two seasons might be like. Here’s what they divulged about the Cold War drama starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as Americanized Soviet spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings: — Of Philip’s second wife, a former FBI secretary: “Martha is not dead, and there’s good reports from Gabriel (Frank Langella) about… »

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The Night Of Recap: With Great Power Comes Grape Responsibility

7 August 2016 7:07 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Raise your hand if you found yourself gagging during this week’s The Night Of — and not because of a return visit to the gruesome crime scene or the tenuous state of Naz’s case or even the unfortunate placement of Stone’s “eczema chopstick.”

RelatedHBO Boss on Game of Thrones End Date and Possible Spinoff, Deadwood Revival, Curb Season 9 Timetable

Nope, I’m talking about that scene where our presumed-innocent inmate sits across from his legal team and surreptitiously tries to gulp down four grape-sized packets of drugs that had moments prior been extracted from the netherregions of a fellow prisoner’s mother. »

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Matthew Rhys Joins Girls' Final Season, Calls Role 'A Total Departure'

7 August 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Matthew Rhys is spying a totally new cover.

The Emmy-nominated star of FX’s The Americans has quietly booked a role on Girls, appearing in the sixth and final season in a role described as “a total departure” from the parts he has previously inhabited.

“That’s a prime example of our show [opening doors],” Rhys recently told The Hollywood Reporter of his forthcoming role on the HBO comedy. “[Lena Dunham] watches it and goes, ‘Oh, come and do this.’ It’s a total departure, and that’s what you always want. »

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Bill Maher: Transgender Equality Must Wait Until After 'Armageddon Election’

6 August 2016 8:27 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Bill Maher used this Friday’s “New Rules” segment to ask that socially aware voters keep quiet until after the 2016 election.

VideosSeth Meyers to Clinton: Ignore Trump, Prep ‘Jim Halpert Look’ for Debates

The Real Time host argued that above all else, defeating Donald Trump should be the No. 1 priority of anyone who wants to see their “boutique issues” — including equal rights for the transgender community — eventually addressed by the U.S. government following this “Armageddon election.”

“From now until Election Day, everything else — every issue, every fight, every cause — has to take a backseat to defeating Trump,” he contended. »

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TVLine Items: Bryan Greenberg Joins Mindy, B99's New Captain and More

5 August 2016 12:41 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Bryan Greenberg (How to Make It in America) will tend to The Mindy Project‘s offspring in Season 5.

RelatedMindy Project: Chris Messina Returning for Season 5 But Not as a Series Regular

The actor will recur as Ben, the new pediatric nurse forced to deal with Mindy and her child’s ever-changing illnesses, our sister site Deadline reports.

Additionally, Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society) will appear in multiple episodes as Anna, a put-together but slightly evil doctor in the office who becomes a foil for the titular heroine.

The Mindy Project Season 5 premieres Oct. 4 on Hulu.

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