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It’s not the questions and answers that matter when you interview Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. When queried, Kotb and Gifford provide a ready response, to be sure– but they might wander a bit before arriving at a destination.
At a time of day when many TV stations air talk shows with a how-to bent or an issue-oriented focus, NBC simply lets these two run with their own ball in a fourth hour of “Today” that is decidedly unlike the other three. Their interplay, hard to duplicate, has provided fodder for spoofs on “Saturday Night Live,” and seems light-years away from the newsy intro that marks the program’s first few minutes each day at 7 a.m.
Does it matter? The duo’s intricate back-and-forth has gained enough traction that many NBC outlets air it again at 2 a.m., where it provides a warm embrace to insomniacs and college kids. »
- Brian Steinberg
On July 8, J.K. Rowling released a short, short story about grown-up Harry Potter and the Sequel She Swore She’d Never Write, and over in the magical land of central Florida, the Harry Potter theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion is entertaining six-hour lines on opening day. So apparently, it’s Harry Potter day, and to celebrate this completely random occasion, I’ve decided to do something equally arbitrary and sort a bunch of celebrities into the four houses of Hogwarts. Why? Art needs no reason.
First, the criteria. The Hogwarts houses are divided based on traits: Slytherins are cunning, »
- Marc Snetiker
The biggest winner at Sunday’s live-streamed Daytime Emmy Awards, emceed by Kathy Griffin, was Steve Harvey, who took home two prizes: one for his eponymous talk show and one as the host of the syndicated Family Feud. Among soap operas, The Young and the Restless dominated, nabbing Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Billy Miller), and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Amelia Heinle), among other awards.
Check out the full list of winners below:
Outstanding Drama Series
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
One Life to Live (Toln.com)
Winner: The Young and the Restless (CBS »
- Katie Atkinson
The 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held Sunday at the Beverly Hills Hilton, hosted by expletive-happy comedienne Kathy Griffin and streamed online at DaytimeEmmys.net, home of the most dreadful pre-show ever.
CBS’ The Young and the Restless came away as this year’s big winner, grabbing gold five times at Sunday night’s main gala, including for Outstanding Drama and for Lead Actor. Sister sudser The Bold and the Beautiful was shut out at the big show, but had scored four statuettes at Friday night’s Creative Arts awards ceremony (see winners list).
NBC’s Days of Our Lives »
Winners are listed in bold. Outstanding Drama Series The Bold and the Beautiful CBS Days of Our Lives NBC One Life To Live Toln.com The Young and the Restless CBS *Winner Outstanding Game Show The American Bible Challenge Game Show Network The Chase Game Show Network Jeopardy! Syndicated *Winner Let's Make A Deal CBS The Price Is Right CBS Wheel of Fortune Syndicated Outstanding Morning Program CBS Sunday Morning CBS CBS This Morning CBS Good Morning America ABC *Winner Today Show NBC Outstanding Talk Show / Informative The Chew ABC The Dr. Oz Show Syndicated Dr. Phil Syndicated Steve Harvey »
- TheWrap Staff
The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday evening. Hosted by Kathy Griffin, the ceremony streamed live via the Daytime Emmy Awards website, and honored achievements in daytime programming, including talk shows, soaps, game shows, culinary programs, and more.
Here is a list of the night's big winners:
Supporting Actor, Drama
Supporting Actress, Drama
Bobby Flay *Winner
"The Mind of a Chef" *Winner
"A Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking »
- Alana Altmann
As weddings go, this was one for the books! Designer and American Dream Builders host and author Nate Berkus, 42, married his partner, designer and TV personality Jeremiah Brent, 29, Saturday at the New York Public Library, their reps confirm to People exclusively. The pair, who got engaged a year ago in Peru, are the first same-sex couple to hold their wedding at the iconic New York landmark. The ceremony was officiated by Sheri Salata, President, Own: Oprah Winfrey Network & Harpo Studios. Berkus wore a J.Crew suit and Brent wore Saint Laurent; the two exchanged identical gold bands from Van Cleef & Arpels. »
- Jennifer Garcia
"Hasn't Rachael Ray already won several Daytime Emmys?" you might be thinking. Indeed, "30-Minute Meals," the show that made her a star, won Best Service Show in 2006, and her self-titled talker won Best Entertainment Talk Show in 2008 and 2009, but those awards go to producers, and while many TV hosts also get producing credits on their shows, Ray does not, so she's really 0-for-8 at the Emmys, with two more chances this year. -Break- Daytime Emmy reactions: 'All your misdeeds are now forgiven!' All of her nominations thus far have been for her hosting duties. Her first was a 2006 Service Show Host bid for "30-Minute Meals"; she lost to Suze Orman ("The Suze Orman Show"). She earned one more bid for the Food Network series three years later: Lifestyle/Culinary Host, which went to Ina Garten ("Barefoot Contessa"). After several guest appearances on "The Oprah Winfre..." »
CBS‘ The Young And The Restless led the pack in nominations for the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards, announced this morning. The Bold And The Beautiful was a distant second, with 18. CBS topped the list with most nominations (50), followed by PBS (44), Nickelodeon (37) and ABC (30). Katie Couric, heading her departing syndicated talk show Katie, will contend with Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray and the chatterers on The Talk and The View for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Scoring a best drama nom was now defunct online series One Life To Live. The nominations were announced this morning by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There is still no TV network for the ceremony, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Here is the complete list of nominees: Outstanding Drama Series The Bold and the Beautiful CBS Days of Our Lives »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Plenty of news from Syfy today. The most exciting bit is that Tricia Helfer is returning to the channel, joining the mini-series Ascension, according to EW. Ascension follows a secret U.S. mission where hundreds were sent to settle in a new world. However, 50 years into the journey, a murder has everyone questioning their mission. Helfer’s character is described as “beautiful, manipulative and dangerous”– because Helfer portrays those qualities so well.
The channel is also developing a series with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, as reported by TheWrap. Clone is based on a graphic novel about a man who finds out that there are clones of him when one burglarizes his home. If they can find a male actor as talented as Tatiana Maslany, we just might be willing to overlook the inevitable Orphan Black comparisons.
Syfy is also adapting Ronin… because someone doesn’t realize there »
- Lyle Masaki
Aka: ‘The Host’
Stork’s trek to TV was an unlikely one.
The Emmy-nominated host is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Duke and the U. of Virginia, but his TV break came when the easy-on-the-eyes doc was approached by a casting director to join ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
“What I try to do on the show is teach and share with people all of the little things they can do to improve their health,” says Stork, who lives in Colorado and practices what he preaches, riding his bike to work and hiking, mountain biking and skiing in his limited free time. “I think our show has really empowered people. Viewers tell me they feel more knowledgeable and »
- Paige Albiniak
In a surprising development for streaming video, Amazon Prime has obtained the rights to HBO shows. Don’t cancel your cable subscription just yet, the deal only covers older HBO shows, plus Girls and Veep episodes that are more than three years old. Still, the news is a pretty big deal. Netflix has long had older episodes of Showtime’s series (and now Hulu has a few shows), but HBO has resisted letting its shows appear anywhere but HBO Go. Game of Thrones and True Detective as well as Sex and the City (which airs in syndication) aren’t included.
Recently, CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for three seasons, which would take it to season ten. Showrunner Steve Molaro tells The Hollywood Reporter that, for now at least, he’s approaching that tenth season as the final one, which would give the show a Friends-sized run.
No hot »
- Lyle Masaki
FX has officially renewed The Americans for a third season. Ratings aren’t great for this terrific show, but apparently FX was able to make it work thanks to DVR numbers and critical praise. Too bad that kind of equation wasn’t able to save Terriers from cancellation.
To paraphrase a pair of wise bears, “More wigs more fun!”
Barney Stinson‘s catchphrase, “Legend — wait for it — dary” is what linguists call that a “tmesis,” where a word or phrase is interrupted for (usually comedic) effect.
In a profile in The Hollywood Reporter, John Oliver says that making a satirical news show on a premium channel like HBO means more freedom to tackle challenging topics. “To do a very aggressive piece on [General Motors] before a congressional investigation, that’s potentially a problem on commercial TV. I don’t think it would be outlawed. But I think there would be a sense of, »
- Lyle Masaki
Warner Bros.’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has won Daytime Emmy’s entertainment talkshow prize three times since 2008, is again the yakker to beat, especially with host Ellen DeGeneres coming off a highly viewed gig hosting the Oscars.
“(Emmy voting) should be done on the merits of (DeGeneres’) talkshow, not on the basis of hosting the Oscars because it’s a different category,” says Brad Adgate, research director at Horizon Media. “But her numbers are up, she’s been doing this for 12 years and she’s had some great moments on YouTube. At this stage, she’s probably the odds-on favorite. There’s no next Oprah, but I think she’s probably the closest.”
DeGeneres’ talk strip just emerged from its strongest February sweep in its 11-year history, scoring a 3.2 “most current” rating in households, according to Nielsen, second only to CBS Television Distribution’s “Dr. Phil.” (One caveat: “Ellen »
- Paige Albiniak
At a press conference, Neil Patrick Harris responded to speculation about him taking over for David Letterman as Late Show host, “I’m super-focused on Hedwig at the moment, so that hasn’t even been a conversation at all.” He later added, “It would be an asinine amount of work.”
Meanwhile, as the speculation into the next Late Show host continues, TheWrap reports that CBS was talking with Chelsea Handler about hosting a syndicated talk show or taking over The Late Late Show when Letterman announced his retirement. Now, those talks have moved towards the Late Show spot.
Syfy has ordered 13 episodes of Olympus, a drama about a young man who grows to be someone capable of banishing the gods to Hades.
- Lyle Masaki
Here we go again, the season premiere of Game of Thrones managed to crash HBO Go. Not too long ago, the app crashed when people tried to use it to watch the season finale of True Detective.
Speaking of Game of Thrones, how about that Red Viper? (There are spoilers at the link, of course.) After the initial thrill faded, it felt like the status quo for me.
I don’t have many complaints about looking at Pedro Pascal, at least.
FX has signed a big deal with the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The deal includes two more seasons of Sunny (which will make it cable’s longest-running live-action comedy, in terms of seasons), an order for a new series starring Tracy Morgan (from all three Sunny creators) as well as ordering three scripts for potential comedy series. One of those series, We’re Good, »
- Lyle Masaki
We know what you're thinking…how does Joe Biden get his ridiculously sensational skin?! That's precisely what Rachael Ray asked the Vice President of the United States of America during his guest appearance on her daytime talk show. "I have to ask you: You have the most glowing, perfect skin of any person I've ever seen," she told him while giggling. "I really want to know what moisturizer you use. I love moisturizers! My husband is a moisturizer, as well. Would you tell me what moisturizer you use?" And while we're fairly certain it's 90 percent genes (that's our highly scientific hypothesis, anyway), Biden spilled the beans on his skincare »
Vice President Joe Biden took his final pitch on the Affordable Care Act to Rachael Ray's syndicated program Monday and found an emotional, effective pitchwoman in the daytime talk show host. Ray began to tear up as she described to Biden and her audience how her family used Healthcare.gov to help her brother find a new insurance plan after he was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. »
- Matt Wilstein
As Amazon.com spends more money on original and exclusive content for its streaming-video service, the Internet retail giant is declining to renew deals for some TV content.
Amazon Prime Instant Video, available through the Prime free-shipping program, recently removed shows licensed from Scripps Networks Interactive and Discovery Communications, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Scripps stood to earn $11 million in 2014 licensing revenue from Amazon, according to Sanford Bernstein senior analyst Todd Juenger. Scripps has about $0.04 earnings per share in jeopardy, out of a projected Eps of $3.95, unless the programmer can reach a deal with another Svod service like Netflix or Hulu.
Discovery, for its part, has told Wall Street that no Svod licensing revenue was factored into fiscal 2014 guidance. “We continue to see upside to that conservative assumption, believing Discovery is likely to get at least a small deal from one of the Svod players,” Juenger wrote in a research note. »
- Todd Spangler
A day after committing to three seasons of The Big Bang Theory, CBS has renewed 18 shows, which leaves only The Mentalist, Intelligence and, most worrisome, The Crazy Ones with their fates undetermined.
John Cho will star opposite Karen Gillan in the ABC comedy pilot Selfie, about a woman who starts over after being the star of a humiliating viral video. Cho will play an expert she hires to help rehabilitate her reputation.
Don’t care about the source, I just want to keep my John Cho delivery system working.
Syfy has ordered its first mini-series since 2009, according to The Hollywood Reporter — and it’s a return to a series set in space. Ascension is described as “part Battlestar (Galatica) and part Downton Abbey,” and follows a space shuttle that was secretly sent on a mission to find a world that can be colonized back in 1963. If the mini-series is successful, »
- Lyle Masaki
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