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The Television Academy announced Wednesday the six juried award winners for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media. The winners will receive their Emmy statuettes at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Also read: No Joke – Comedy Central Hosting ‘Schmemmy’ Emmy After-Party Winners were announced at the Interactive Media Peer Group's Emmy nominee reception in the NoHo Arts District. “Playing House” stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham presided over the evening, with assists by Nice Peter & EpicLLOYD of “Epic Rap Battles of History” fame, as well as Harley Morenstein (“Epic Meal Time”) and Yael Stone (“Orange »
- Jason Hughes
The interactive media wing of the Television Academy handed out six juried awards for the 66th annual Emmy Awards at an event Wednesday at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media is divided into four categories, two of which yielded more than one winner this year. The Interactive Media Peer Group recognizes excellence in innovation across TV and digital platforms.
“Discovery Channel’s Skywire Live with NikWallenda” took home the top prize for multiplatform storytelling.
Two winners were named in the user experience and visual design category: HBO was recognized for its “Game of Thrones Viewer Guide” but shared the winner’s circle with Comcast for its Xfinity platform on the distributor’s X1 set-top box.
The social TV experience category also yielded two winners: Pivot’s “Hit Record on TV” and National Geographic Channel’s “Live From Space.”
The only winner of the night that »
- Andrew Wallenstein
2013 was an absolutely amazing year for television, with shows like Breaking Bad and Spartacus going out with some of their best episodes yet and new series like Hannibal and Orphan Black bursting onto the scene. While the jury’s still out on how this year will compare to last, at the halfway point, 2014 is shaping up to be pretty darn great year as well. Continuing favorites have come back stronger than ever and just like last year, a few new series have quickly made strong names for themselves as well; the variety of truly great television, from comedy to drama to the many series that don’t so easily fit either description, has never been so pronounced.
However, with so much TV out there, some of the best episodes (and series in general) of the year have flown under the radar, so a handful of Sound on Sight’s podcasters »
- Kate Kulzick
You know how sometimes you go to Chipotle and you’re midway through having the guy build your burrito—then you realize you’ve made a terrible mistake? Maybe you should have gone for the chicken instead of the beef, or a wheat tortilla instead of white, or perhaps you finally decide you don’t even like Chipotle in the first place. This also happens to TV executives when ordering shows.
Sometimes, even after slogging through months of development, script revisions, a pilot order, a series order, and even announcing a premiere date, executives will still stop and go: Wait, »
- James Hibberd
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Show | Game of Thrones
The Episode | “The Children“
The Airdate | June 15, 2014
The Performance | Physical acting rarely gets its due come awards season, but Rory McCann and Gwendoline Christie’s stunningly brutal, gasp-inducing battle scene during Game of Thrones‘ Season 4 finale was one of the finest examples of the form in recent TV history — absolutely too epic to ignore.
Related Game of Thrones: The Story Behind 4 Finale Deaths and a ‘Missing’ Lady
The scene began with Christie’s Brienne of Tarth accidentally stumbling upon Arya Stark, »
I thought the best part of interviewing Andy Daly in Austin over the weekend would be getting a chance to witness the star of Comedy Central's "Review" channeling his fictional alter ego Forrest MacNeil and eating pancakes, as he did in the year's funniest half-hour of television. But though pancakes were, in fact, consumed (in the interests of accuracy, I should say that Daly ordered the short stack — albeit what turned out to be a Texas-sized short stack — and ate much, but not all, of it), the most exciting part of the interview was the news that Comedy Central was days away from announcing that "Review" (which had ended on a brilliant, but seemingly final, note) would return for a second season. (In that same announcement, Comedy Central also renewed "Inside Amy Schumer" and the animated series "TripTank," as well as greenlighting two new series: "Another Period," starring Riki Lindhome »
- Alan Sepinwall
Before Zooey Deschanel joined the cast of Fox’s “The New Girl” in 2011, she wasn’t exactly looking for a full-time television series. She had already guest-starred on plenty of established shows, like Showtime’s “Weeds,” and had a thriving film career (plus a band, She & Him, on the side). In fact, she wasn’t willing to take the role without a producer credit.
“I didn’t really want to do something unless I had a voice beyond just being an actor,” Deschanel says. “I was always wary about doing television, just because you have to play the same character for a long period of time. Being a producer gave me the confidence to know that it would be a dialogue, and I wouldn’t just be told what
Deschanel is one of many actresses who have found more creative freedom working behind the scenes on series in which they star. »
- Christy Grosz
Advertisers may look to the USA cable outlet for shows like “Suits” or reruns of “Modern Family.” But they are also taking an interest in someone who never appears on the network’s primetime schedule.
Since September, traffic reporter turned daytime host Cat Greenleaf has held forth during commercial breaks for NBCUniversal’s USA on a segment called “Talk Stoop,” where she entices Al Roker, Lauren Cohan and Jessica St. Clair to the steps of her Brooklyn home for conversation, and lets advertisers hawk their wares in the background. This week, for example, viewers will get to find out what color she is painting her front door, courtesy of Ace Hardware.
“Everyone comes on the stoop because they are promoting something,” Greenleaf said. But she uses her acumen, forged in dozens of quirky interviews over the years, to take the exchanges to a different place. “We always talk about what they came to discuss, »
- Brian Steinberg
A tip from Playing House: Don't go skinny dipping. Well, don't go skinny dipping with 30 Rock star and Late Night with Seth Meyers writer John Lutz in a Jewish community center pool. In our exclusive sneak peek below, Maggie (Lennon Parham) and Emma (Jessica St. Clair) have a little dust up while "skinny dipping" (they're clothed, really). They don't' get a chance to resolve their argument before Marc (Keegan-Michael Key) busts them in their state of undress. Another tip: Don't get Tased while wet. The episode, titled "Drumline," finds the ladies reconnecting with some high school friends. "It's like a John Hughes movie," St. Clair told us. In addition to »
The ladies are back! Two years after their first show NBC's Best Friends Forever was cancelled before its time, real-life best friends and Upright Citizens Brigade alums Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair have created another TV comedy, Playing House. In their USA debut, the pals play Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair)—two childhood friends who have decided to raise Maggie's baby together in their small hometown. Us Weekly editor Rachel McRady spoke to the pair about their devoted friendship, their writer's room inspirations, and one particularly [...] »
Heading into its upfront next week, USA Network has ordered comedy presentation Difficult People, executive produced by Amy Poehler. It will be toplined by Billy On The Street star Billy Eichner and head writer/co-executive producer Julie Klausner. Klausner wrote the autobiographical project, which will have Eichner and Klausner play versions of themselves, comedian friends living in New York. Andrew Fleming is directing the pilot for Universal Cable Prods. Poehler is exec producing with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Michele Armour of Marobru (Chappelle’s Show). USA ordered its first original comedy series in 15 years, Sirens and Playing House, at its upfront last year. Sirens just finished its run, with no word yet on its future, while Playing House – also featuring two comedians playing versions of themselves, Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair – just premiered. Related: 2014 USA Network Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Not only are they best friends in real life, but Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair keep playing them on TV. The comedy duo, last seen on NBC's Best Friends Forever, are back once again playing BFFs, but this time on USA's new sitcom Playing House (Tuesdays at 10/9c). Parham stars as Maggie Caruso, who decides to raise her baby alone after catching her cheating husband in an online affair. St. Clair is her best pal Emma Crawford, who gives up her career to help Maggie raise the baby. Parham and St. Clair, who are also executive producers on the show, filled out our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why Playing House is worth an appraisal.
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- Michael Schneider
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: April 29, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
A comedy, this series revolves around childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair). They've shared countless adventures growing up together in the charming town of Pinebrook, Ct. Now, they're about to have one of their biggest adventures -- raising a baby.
When Maggie discovers that her husband Bruce (Brad Morris) is having an online affair (with a muscular German woman), Emma gives up her burgeoning business career in China to stay in their hometown and help Maggie raise her baby.
Meanwhile, as Maggie prepares »
If all else fails in life, just run away to China and become a boss, with a capital B. But that's just the tip of the iceberg in the unusual situation of USA's new comedy Playing House. In the show, Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham play childhood best friends who reunite when times get tough. We sat down with the funny ladies to hear more about what makes this show great. Click to watch, and you'll also freak out when you hear a special behind-the-scenes story from the filming of Bridesmaids. »
- Becca Frucht
Television history is littered with buddy comedies, though it isn't often that the buddies in question are women. I'm sure someone somewhere is working on an article about how this is the year of the woman in television, pointing to "Broad City" and, well, this show -- "Playing House" (debuts Tues. April 29 at 10:00 p.m. Et on USA) as the start of a big trend in girl power overtaking TV or some such. Tthat's kind of a shame, really. "Playing House" isn't notable because it has two female leads, or because it's part of a trend, or will soon have a baby in the mix. "Playing House" is notable because it's smart and it's funny. Period. Our two leads -- Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair -- work from a template that's familiar but not eye-rollingly so. Maggie (Parham) has never left the small town in which she and Emma (St. Clair) grew up, »
- Liane Bonin Starr
What happens when you take two women who have extensive comedy experience—they were trained by the likes of Amy Poehler in the Upright Citizens Brigade—and are real life best friends and give them a TV show? USA Network's wonderful new comedy Playing House, our new TV obsession. Created by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the new comedy follows the very pregnant Maggie (Parham) and what happens when her life essentially falls apart. Enter her childhood best friend Emma (St. Clair). "We basically decided this time we'd make it really easy on ourselves," St. Clair told E! News. "Our writers room was full of Ucb [Upright Citizens Brigade] people and we put up on the board: »
Laverne and Shirley, Lucy and Ethel, Snooki and JWoww and now Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair? The two comedians and writers created and star in the new USA sitcom Playing House about best friends Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair), who decide to live together and help raise Maggie's baby in the suburbs. The show premieres on Tuesday, April 29 on USA, and here's what you need to know about the funny ladies heading up TV's next big comedy: 1. They Are Best Friends Forever … Literally Before [...] »
If at first you don't succeed, try cable. Which helps explain the déjà vu feeling that accompanies USA Network's new-but-kinda-familiar Playing House (Tuesday, 10/9c), starring and executive produced by real-life BFFs and partners-in-comedy Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who performed similar duties for the blink-and-you-missed-it NBC sitcom dud Best Friends Forever, which aired for several weeks two midseasons ago.
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- Matt Roush
In the summer of 2012, the duo started brainstorming ideas for a new TV show when St. Clair pitched a story about them raising a baby together. "She was like, 'This is insane, right?' And I was like, 'Actually, I kind of love it,'" Parham tells TVGuide.com. "That's definitely a ...
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- Kate Stanhope
Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV like "Game of Thrones," "House of Lies," "Shameless" and "Mad Men," but what do the other nights have to offer? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of your upcoming week. "The Following" - Season 2 Finale Monday, April 28th at 9pm on Fox Tensions are high following last week's roller coaster episode -- which featured the death of Valorie Curry's character, Emma Hill. Death, however, still looms on the horizon in the season two finale. Longtime adversaries Ryan Hardy and Joe Carroll must join forces to save the woman they both love. "Playing House" - Series Premiere Tuesday, April 29th at 10pm on USA Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, co-creators and co-stars on NBC's short-lived comedy series "Bff," reunite on this 30-minute cable comedy, which also centers on two longtime friends. Maggie Caruso, »
- Shipra Gupta
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