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[Brightcove "3951725281001" "" "" "auto"] His Mad Men character, Don Draper, may drink Canadian Club whiskey and Old Fashioneds, but Jon Hamm has other ideas for what should be in a cocktail named after his tortured '60s ad exec character. Skip the gin and vodka - a mixed drink named after Don Draper would contain "misery, disappointment and ice," the 43-year-old said backstage at the People Magazine Awards Thursday night. With the final seven episodes of the AMC hit set to air in the spring, Hamm (who won the People Magazine Award for Television Performance of the Year - Actor) clearly has mixed feelings »
- K.C. Blumm
The first annual People Magazine Awards are a wrap. Kevin Hart took home the first of the night, Comedy Star of the Year, while Lisa Kudrow was honored with Television Performance of the Year for HBO's The Comeback. Jon Hamm, honored in the TV actor category, thanked Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner for being "the only person" who wanted him cast in the show. On the film front, Cake's Jennifer Aniston took home the actress honor, while Birdman's Michael Keaton took home the actor award. "I'm going to by Jeff [Bridges] a shot of tequila, and I'm going to go
- THR Staff
2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad, but now is the time to narrow down our favourites to only the choicest cuts.
Our countdown of the best TV shows of 2014 continues today with 15-11 - check back tomorrow (December 18) when we'll have numbers 10-6.
Additional material by Tom Eames
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21
15. Mad Men
Season 7, Part 1 of Mad Men should have been incredibly frustrating. Inspired by Breaking Bad, the show decided to have it final run split into two parts over two years and it originally sounded like an excuse to eke out the Don Draper franchise for another 12 months. We couldn't have been more wrong.
Allowing Matthew Weiner the chance to dive further in the dark psyches of the show's key players - Don, Peggy, Roger - the »
If it were up to us, every season would be TV season. No more 10, 16, or 22-episode batches at a time - just 52 blissful weeks of new content from our favorite shows. But, alas, that's not how it works. We can pretend that the wait just makes us appreciate the shows more when they air, but in this world of instant gratification it really just makes us impatient. Here are 15 shows we're particularly excited/impatient/desperate to see return or premiere in 2015.
The first season of "The Walking Dead" only had six episodes, so we should be grateful to get eight episodes of Season 5 from October-November 2014 and eight more again when Twd returns from February-March. Plus, there's a "companion series" coming at some point in 2015 as well. And we are grateful - when we're not whining about the wait. How will Maggie Greene, Daryl Dixon and company react »
- Gina Carbone
In the first season of Mad Men, in the episode entitled "The Wheel," pitchman poet Don Draper reframed a carousel slide projector as a time machine and defined the word "nostalgia" not as "a sentimental longing" or "wistful recollection of the past" but by the Greek meaning, "pain from an old wound." Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner not only gave us a way of understanding his show and its haunted antihero but also a perspective on '60s nostalgia in general, a genre of entertainment unto itself. It began in earnest in the 1980s, when the thirtysomethings who suffered the history of Platoon, »
- Jeff Jensen
Few mysteries perplex Hollywood like the endurance and the influence of the Golden Globes, yet year after year the less than 100 members of the secretive Hollywood Foreign Press Association dole out names and somewhere a phone rings, a text is sent and a heart glows a little brighter in the early La morning with awards-season self-confidence. Then there are those who are harshly left out in the cold — like broadcast comedy, Boardwalk Empire and American Sniper were today for the 72nd annual Globes, which will be handed out January 11 on NBC with perma-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Here are a few of the snubs. I’m updating this list so anyone we missed?
The Walking Dead – Let’s be clear, the AMC series is the most popular show on television, both cable and broadcast. The blockbuster zombie apocalypse series has beaten the mighty Sunday Night Football again and again this fall, »
- Dominic Patten
With Awards season heating up, the Writers Guild of America has announced its TV nominations for the WGA Awards, which are set to take place in February. Check out the full list of nominees below…
The Good Wife, Written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Matthew Hodgson, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe (CBS)
- Gary Collinson
The Writers Guild of America announced the TV nominees for the 2015 WGA Awards on Thursday (December 4) morning and several new shows broke into the fields in a big way. And, of course, there were a number of big WGA Award nomination head-scratchers. Specifically, where the heck was FX's "Fargo"? The answer is below. Making perhaps the biggest splash was "Transparent," which earned three nominations and, since "Orange Is The New Black" earned two nods and "House of Cards" pick up one, that meant that Amazon Prime and Netflix are, at least for one award-giving organization, on equal footing as creators of original programming. The Jill Soloway-created "Transparent" is nominated for New Series, where it will go against "The Affair," "The Knick," "Silicon Valley" and "True Detective." "Transparent" and "Silicon Valley" are also up for Comedy Series, going against "Louie," "Veep" and "Orange Is The New Black." Lest you panic »
- Daniel Fienberg
Nominations for the 2015 Writers Guild Awards were announced Thursday, and newcomers like Transparent and True Detective, as well as returning favorites such as The Good Wife, Louie and Game of Thrones, were both rewarded with multiple nods.
The winners will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 14, during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.
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“Modern Family” was not selected in the comedy series category but took two nods for the “The Cold” and “Three Dinners” segments. Similarly, “Boardwalk Empire” was not named for drama series but received nomimations for the “Devil You Know” and “Friendless Child” episodes.
“The Simpsons” had its usual strong showing with four bids for animation writing with “Bob’s Burgers” taking two. »
- Dave McNary
The highlight of the awards gala at the Hilton New York came when Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery presented the honorary International Emmy Founders award to the show’s creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner, who is preparing the final episodes of the advertising agency saga to air in 2015.
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- Associated Press in New York
Mere minutes separated the moments when Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner made the comment, "Nationalism drives people apart, but entertainment brings people together," while accepting the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award inside the New York Hilton Midtown, and when the verdict to not indict a Ferguson police officer for the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown was announced, inciting protests and riots nationwide. Nevertheless, the creator of the AMC drama was visibly emotional about receiving the honor — "I knew I was gonna win, what am I gonna get emotional about? I didn't beat anyone!" — and tried
- Ashley Lee
The awards were presented at a ceremony in New York last night (November 24) by Matt Lucas.
See the full list of nominees and winners below:
The Exhibition (Canada) - Winner!
El Informe Kliksberg II - El otro me importa (Argentina)
Nonfiction W: Picture Book Touch, Feel, and Fragility (Japan)
Wagnerwahn - Mythos und Machenschaften des Richard Wagner »
On Monday night the 2014 International Emmys took center stage at the New York Hilton Hotel to celebrate the best of international television. The 42nd edition of the awards were presented by Little Britain star Matt Lucas and some of the celebrity presenters to walk the carpet included Laverne Cox, True Blood's Carrie Preston, Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Scandal's Darby Stanchfield and Reign's Megan Follows. As well as presenting awards for the best international television programming and performances, the Academy also presented two special awards at the black tie event. Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner received the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award,
- Abid Rahman
U.K. drama series “Utopia” has earned the International Emmy Award for best drama series.
The Channel 4 fantasy drama is being remade by David Fincher and Gillian Flynn for HBO. Series created by British TV vet Dennis Kelly is a production of Shine Group’s Kudos banner. It had two seasons on Channel 4 but was not renewed for a third.
Stephen Dillane, star of Canal Plus’ “The Tunnel,” won for best actor. Bianca Krijgsman of the Netherlands’ “The New World,” a show about a single mother working in an airport immigration center, won best actress. Krijgsman dedicated her award to the show’s extras, all of whom were refugees.
- Variety Staff
The cast of AMC’s much-ballyhooed drama “Mad Men” ought to be recognized by Emmy voters, the show’s creator and executive producer said Monday.
“One of my great frustrations is that they haven’t been recognized more,” said Matthew Weiner, speaking during a question-and-answer session organized by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “None of these actors has ever won an Emmy and they are the gold standard.”
Weiner has been named the 2014 recipient of the International Emmy Founders Award.
“I still feel like their contribution has been unrecognized,” he added.
Weiner said his cast – largely unknown when “Mad Men” first appeared in July of 2007 – “kind of did it on their own.” He cited the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” as a model for his ad-world drama, noting that “Brothers” did not make use of a marquee star and yet still managed to be successful at home and in international markets. »
- Brian Steinberg
Ahead of accepting the International Emmy Founders Award on Monday night, Matthew Weiner spoke openly on his Mad Men cast, critics and the creative process at an International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown earlier that afternoon. "Since we're here at an Emmy organization, it is one of my great frustrations that they haven't been recognized a little bit more," he told the ballroom of guests. "None of these actors have ever won an Emmy. I think they are the gold standard, and in a weird way, I don't think people know
- Ashley Lee
This story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. There was a time when the industry paid about as much attention to the International Emmys as it does the best documentary short category at the Oscars — which is to say: none whatsoever. The only buzz the foreign version of the Emmys typically got was for the Hollywood flash that came in the form of its presenters and lifetime achievement honorees. This year's Founders Award winner, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, will enjoy a substantial portion of the spotlight, alongside series stars Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and
- Scott Roxborough
In the nascent days of “Mad Men,” when creator Matthew Weiner was struggling to persuade buyers that his pilot script about ad execs on Madison Avenue in the 1960s held universal appeal — “there were no discernible TV stars in it, and it seemed like it was going to be a tough sell” — he likened his drama, flush with nuance and sexual indiscretions and dark psychological themes, to a “French movie.”
“I had a very non-formulaic way of telling a story,” says Weiner, who will receive the 2014 Intl. Emmy Founders Award during the International Emmys ceremony on Nov. 24. (“Mad Men” stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will be on hand to present.) “I felt that that sort of non-verbal, non-dialogue driven psychological storytelling was more European, very internal, and symbolic in places and that’s not considered part of the American language even though we did invent it.”
Knowing that a »
- Malina Saval
It’s both fitting and convenient that the first major history of the golden age of television was titled Difficult Men. The dominant narrative of this era has been one of masculine antiheroes getting their just comeuppance (but not before five or so seasons of vicariously thrilling alpha male posturing), and, if this latest set of episodes is any indication, Mad Men will not be breaking this trend. Don Draper's chosen profession may not be illegal in nature, but it's no less treacherous than Tony Soprano's mafia or Walter White's drug trade, and perhaps no more beneficial to society as a whole. But Mad Men has never been only about Don, and even if his professional life ends, it's not the end of the world that the show has created. Showrunner Matthew Weiner is smart enough to know this, and luckily, it seems as though Don does too. The forward »
- Anders Nelson
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