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The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Thursday, Aug. 21:
7:15 p.m. Ty Burrell is the first one on the carpet at Audi’s pre-Emmys party at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, in jeans and a sport coat. Classic look. Hands in his pocket, top two buttons unbuttoned, showing a little chest.
7:21 p.m. Joe Morton hits the carpet wearing a B613 baseball cap, a reference to his role in “Scandal” as the (former) head of the covert government program and candidate for world’s worst dad. Morton also sports the Lorne Michaels »
- Kevin Noonan and Whitney Friedlander
Rich Sommer has mad love for his Mad Men costar Vincent Kartheiser and new wife Alexis Bledel. Speaking with Us Weekly at an Aug. 19 screening of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's new movie, Are You Here, Sommer, 36, raved about what a good couple the newlyweds are. "She's lovely, and I can truly say that Vinny is night and day — he's a different person since they first started hanging out," the actor told Us of the stars, who tied the knot in June. Of the [...] »
Pitts, whose credits also include Eurotrip and Person of Interest, will play Paul Ettinger, a brilliant and wealthy mathematician who assembles a team of his fellow math geniuses to help identify a killer that Holmes and Watson are tracking. Pitts will appear in the same episode as the returning Mad Men star Rich Sommer.
Elementary returns Oct. 30 at 10 p.m. Et on CBS. »
- Natalie Abrams
The Mob is invading Gotham.
Related Gotham Boss Promises Abundance of Villains, a Superhero That’s Not Batman
In the Batman mythology, Maroni — who was played by Eric Roberts in The Dark Knight — is one of the city’s most dangerous gangsters and among the caped crusader’s first enemies. He is also infamous as the man responsible for disfiguring Da Harvey Dent, leading him to transform into Two-Face.
In Gotham (debuting Sept. 22), Maroni is striving to gain more territory, »
A leggy starlet with a headful of hair-sprayed curls emerges from her convertible to welcome a grizzled, yet handsome man after his long flight.
What helped make the scene so memorable was the ice blue, itsy bitsy, teeny weeny babydoll dress worn by actress Jessica Pare.
Aside from causing fashionista fan girls to swoon across the Twittersphere, the episode also garnered costume designer Janie Bryant and her team an Emmy nod — Bryant’s fourth for the series and a category she won (with Le Dawson) in 2005 for “Deadwood.”
“We wanted to give Megan an amazing dramatic entrance,” Bryant says. “That was actually a vintage dress that I used. I loved it because it was the color of the sky, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Four of the hottest stars on TV are joining the cast of Michael Showalter's new indie comedy “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” including Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Kyle Mooney (“Saturday Night Live”), TheWrap has learned. The comedic quartet join fellow TV stars Max Greenfield (“New Girl”), Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) and Rich Sommer (“Mad Men”), as well as fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff and two-time Oscar winner Sally Field, who stars as the title character. Showalter, who made his directorial debut with the underrated 2005 comedy “The Baxter,” co-wrote. »
- Jeff Sneider
If ever there was an organization perfectly suited to piggyback on the current vogue for live public table-reads of screenplays, it would be the Black List, whose annual compilations of the most popular unproduced scripts have saved many a scribe from obscurity. On June 14, the group finally got in on the act, with a reading of Stephany Folsom’s screenplay, “1969: A Space Odyssey, or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon” at the Los Angeles Theater.
Acknowledging the obvious influence of Jason Reitman’s live-read series at Lacma, Black List founder Franklin Leonard billed the evening as the first of many similar events to come, before introducing a sizable cast that included Clark Gregg and Kathryn Hahn. The script in question had an intriguing premise, looking to flesh out the popular myth that Stanley Kubrick helped shoot a fake moon landing for the U.S. »
- Andrew Barker
Every actor will tell you that the TV pilot process is only predictable in its total and utter unpredictability. Last week, we ran a piece in which we spoke briefly to seven actors who had shot pilots that were up for possible series pickups at this week's network upfronts. Now that everything's shaken out and we know which shows are going to appear this upcoming fall, here are the extended transcripts of our discussions with Mad Men's Ben Feldman (the recently departed Ginsberg), whose A to Z will appear on NBC, and Rich Sommer (Harry Crane), whose Good Session will unfortunately not be on CBS. The two, interviewed separately, talk about the pilot dance, what it was like starting on Mad Men, and what life might be like after the show ends.Ben Feldman A lot of people have compared the whole pilot season situation to dating.Oh, absolutely. »
- Jennifer Vineyard
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting details on The Chair, Camp of the Damned, and Love Sick, trailers for Chimeres and Phantasmagoria, production and distribution news on Australian film, The Pack, and much more:
Exclusive Casting News for The Chair: We’ve been told that Travis Love (Shumpert from The Walking Dead) has been added to the cast of the upcoming horror/thriller, The Chair. Love will play the Commanding Officer in a flashback scene that features Jimmy (Jacob Banser) and Sullivan (Brian Thompson).
Synopsis: “Based off of the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, »
- Tamika Jones
(Cbr) Like every other obsessive Marvel fan who measures their life in firm pre-and-post-"Avengers" eras, I'm really looking forward to Netflix's upcoming television series. When it comes to Marvel's 2015 output, I might actually be more excited for those shows than I am for "Avengers: Age of Ultron." I love the Avengers -- after all, without them I wouldn't be able to remember which big life events happened before or after 2012. I just have a bigger attachment to these new Netflix heroes than, well, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Y'all, just the thought of seeing a live action Misty Knight causes me to start fist pumping. But there's one character that I'm most excited to see on the small screen, and I believe he's the exact character that the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs right now. That character is Foggy Nelson. Yeah, Daredevil's buddy Franklin "Foggy" Nelson. Yeah, that chubby lawyer »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
AMC’s “Mad Men” has reinvented television and made household names out of stars like Jon Hamm. So it’s no wonder the cast and crew were reluctant to say goodbye when they premiered the first half of the last season on April 2 at Arclight Hollywood.
Mason Vale Cotton, who plays Hamm’s character’s son Bobby, tag-teamed the red carpet with Robert Morse, frequently stopping interviews to inform journalists that the theater legend is his favorite actor on the show. (Morse only had to coach him a few of those times).
Mason Cotton's (Bobby Draper) secret to career longevity? Stay cute & be nice. #MadMen—
Whitney Friedlander (@loislane79) April 03, 2014
The show has had a considerable impact on fans’ personal wardrobes and home decor — something that even the cast hasn’t been able to escape off screen.
January Jones’ character of Betty Draper Francis became one of the archetypes for this fashion innovation, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Danielle Nicolet (Family Tools) has joined the cast of CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Good Session. Written by John Hamburg and Matt Miller and directed by Hamburg, the project revolves around a happy couple, Joel (James Roday) and Lindsay, who go to a therapist (Tracey Ullman) to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Nicolet will play Andrea Fisher, the no-nonsense, straight-talking wife of Joel’s best friend Seth (Rich Sommer). Nicolet, repped by Innovative Artists and Klwgn, most recently recurred on Bet’s The Game. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle) has landed a guest star/recurring role in ABC/Warner Bros TV single-camera comedy pilot Selfie, written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Julie Anne Robinson. It centers on Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed twentysomething who is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. Henstridge will play Mrs. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The CBS relationship pilot “Good Session” has found a loveable singleton.
The single-camera Wbtv project revolves around a seemingly happy couple (“Psych’s” James Roday and an as-yet-to-be-determined actress) who seek therapy when they cannot decide if they should have a baby. Tracey Ullman plays the therapist. “Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer is also part of the cast.
Nogueira is repped by Innovative Artists, Gartner/Green Entertainment and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.
- Whitney Friedlander
The first-half debut of season seven of AMC's Mad Men is left than a month away, as advertised in the season's first poster and teaser and batch of images. Now we have a new teaser to share with you that proves that not only is everything better in slow motion, but that air travel was much classier for everyone in the past. Hit the jump to watch the teaser. The show stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Jessica Pare, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka, and Kevin Rahm. Mad Men season seven part one premieres on AMC April 13th. Have a look at the new teaser for season seven of AMC's Mad Men below (via The Playlist): »
- Dave Trumbore
The half-hour, single-camera comedy follows a seemingly happy couple who visit a therapist (Ullman) when they can’t decide if they should have a baby. “Psych’s” James Roday plays the husband, while the role of the wife has not been cast. “Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer also costars.
Ullman’s numerous credits include her sketch shows for Fox, HBO and Showtime and even playing a therapist on the David E. Kelley sudster “Ally McBeal.” She can next be seen in Rob Marshall’s cinematic adaptation of the musical “Into the Woods.” She’s repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell, Ltd. in the U.K. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) has signed on to CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Good Session, opposite James Roday and Rich Sommer. Written by John Hamburg and Matt Miller and directed by Hamburg, the project revolves around a happy couple, Joel (Roday) and Lindsay (Tbd), who go to a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Ullman will play Ellen, the astute, straightforward therapist who uses her own brand of insight and humor to inspire the couples she helps to tell the truth. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Emmy and Golden Globe winner Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething, Brothers And Sisters) has joined the cast of CW‘s drama pilot Identity, exec produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. It centers on Mia (Ahna O’Reilly), a young New Yorker who learns she needs an organ transplant to survive and her only »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
AMC has brought online a new TV spot for the first half of the final season of "Mad Men." Check it out in the player below! "Mad Men" stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Karthheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare and Kevin Rahm. "Mad Men" returns Sunday, April 13 on AMC. »
Following last week's brief teaser, AMC has brought online six new stills from the first half of the final season of "Mad Men," hinting that Sterling Cooper & Partners is going to be doing some traveling. Check out all the images in the gallery viewer below! "Mad Men" stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Karthheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare and Kevin Rahm. "Mad Men" returns Sunday, April 13 on AMC. Click on any of the images below for larger versions: »
Another day, another peek at season 7 of Mad Men. Like the first images we saw of Don Draper stepping off a plane, or the subsequent shots thoroughly analyzed by EW’s Darren Franich, this photo keeps with the aviation theme. It also indicates that as the ’60s are closing out, the gang is getting into the groovy, and they appear to be taking their show on the road. (To Los Angeles, home of their satellite office?)
- Dan Snierson
AMC’s marketing campaign for the seventh and final season of the fantastic drama series Mad Men kicked off last week with a teaser trailer and poster, and now some gallery images from the new season have been released. The network is splitting season seven into two halves of seven episodes each, with the first set to debut next month. Though these images are gallery shoots instead of stills from the new season, they do give us a slight idea of where we’ll find the characters when season seven picks up; creator Matthew Weiner is big on secrecy, so any and all information on what we can expect is basically non-existent. Hit the jump to check out the images. The show stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Jessica Pare, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka, and Kevin Rahm. Mad Men »
- Adam Chitwood
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