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We'd waited months, debated Twitter fouls and argued over the too-much-too-soon of it all — finally, last week, we got a taste of what a Trevor Noah-led Daily Show would actually be like. The South African comedian had the tall task of replacing Jon Stewart, who over a decade ago turned the politically savvy late-night show into a nightly ritual for many Americans (and more recently, a reliable source for "so-and-so destroys such-and-such" articles on the Internet). The first few nights mostly inspired a lot "he seems unflappable" comments — and »
Fresh Off the Boat hits its stride when it snatches the treacly, tearjerking tropes of family sitcoms and hands them all to Constance Wu and her impeccable comic timing on a silver platter. In the capable hands of the writers and actors on the show, the same stories — growing up and realizing that your parents don’t always know best — feel fresh. Watching the same old shit through a different lens is what makes people laugh. And then it makes them cry.Last week’s episode set an overarching story line in motion: The kids are growing up. Everyone learns a lesson — there’s always a lesson, whether you like it or not — but the method isn’t hackneyed or clunky. It’s a cute little chunk of television, as delicious as a fluffy barbecue pork bun. Eddie and his boys have finally earned valuable protection in the form of »
- Megan Reynolds
ABC has had a tough time launching new family comedies but, last season, they found success with Black-ish and mid-season sitcom Fresh Off The Boat. Will the latter grow its audience in season two or will ratings shrink? Cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.
On Fresh Off the Boat, a Taiwanese family moves from Chinatown in Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida. They open a steak restaurant and experience serious culture shock while pursuing the American Dream. The castmembers are Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Soong, and Chelsey Crisp.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh »
Out writer/director Kit Williamson’s webseries, “Eastsiders,” just began its second season on Vimeo. The show depicts the romantic trials and tribulations of a handful of Glbt characters in Los Angeles’ Silverlake district including: Cal (Willamson) and Thom (Van Hansis), a couple opening up their relationship to threesomes; Ian (John Halbach, Williamson’s real life fiancé), a straight guy throwing himself into a rebound relationship after breaking up with Kathy (Constance Wu); Quincy (a scene-stealing Stephen Guarino) who hangs out with drag diva Douglas (William Belli); as well as Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) who is out of work and into a fuck-buddy; Cal’s sister Hillary (Brianna Brown), and a lesbian couple Bri (Brea Grant) and Vera (Vera Maio). Williamson chatted via Skype with /bent about his webseries and “Eastsiders” often drunk and self-sabotaging characters. What prompted you to come up with the show and the characters and their situations? »
- Gary M. Kramer
Everybody is talking about Kermit the Frog and his new gal pal Denise in marketing, but what about Miss Piggy? The Muppets star is owning her single lady status, first appearing alongside Agent Carter's Hayley Atwell in the Dubsmash War for Charity video and now she's getting awfully cozy with Castle's Nathan Fillion, as seen in the video above. Yes, Kermit caught a disheveled Fillion leaving Miss Piggy's trailer and he was not pleased. But he has Denise! The new promo above features The Muppets stars like Gonzo, Fozzie the Bear and Rowlf palling around with ABC's other players including Kerry Washington, Constance Wu, Eden Sher, Clark Gregg and more. "I think you stepped on »
Emmy-snubbed Empire enjoyed a little kudos vindication Saturday, taking home top honors at the 2015 Television Critics Association Awards.
Photos Emmys 2015: The 47 Biggest Snubs
Other noteworthy winners at the non-televised ceremony, hosted by Late Late Show’s James Corden, include AMC’s Better Call »
Give the Emmys credit for at least trying to keep up with the current explosion of quality television.
This year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences expanded the Best Comedy and Drama Series categories to seven slots each, and they made other minor changes (online voting!) meant to bring the awards into the 21st century. Still, there's more good TV now than even the Academy can keep up with, so the outrage and shock over the snubs and surprises in this morning's Emmy nominations is inevitable. Here are some of the most astonishing omissions and inclusions.
Best Drama Series
The biggest shocker here is the snub of "Empire," the season's breakout hit. Was it too soapy or guilty-pleasure-ish for the Academy to take seriously? Fellow newbie/Twitter sensation "How to Get Away With Murder" was also snubbed. Golden Globe fave "The Affair" got no love, here or in other major categories. »
- Gary Susman
Set your alarms for Thursday morning at 11:30 Et — just in case you’re dozing at your desk — as the 2015 Emmy nominations are upon us!
RelatedMichael Ausiello’s Fearless, Somewhat Frightening 2015 Emmy Predictions
You probably know which possible nods will make your heart sing with joy, and which potential snubs will leave said organ shattered like a champagne flute against a tile floor — but who are some of your favorite actors and writers cheering for?
We polled 19 industry insiders about which shows and performers are on their “must-be-recognized” list — and to up the stakes, we asked ’em to avoid »
In a little over a week, we’ll be finding out who’ll be picking up nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards, the biggest celebration of achievement in television. Emmy votes like the familiar, and once a show is in the club, it’ll mostly continue to pick up the same nods every year, regardless of quality. Now more than ever in this golden age of television, this means that there will be an enormous amount of talented performers who will be overlooked (you may recall that “The Wire,” arguably the greatest show in the history of the medium, got two Emmy nominations during its five season run, both for writing), and that will likely continue to be the case. So as we look ahead to next week’s announcement, we’ve picked out twenty phenomenal performances that are very, very unlikely to pick up nods but are just as deserving of being highlighted. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Did you miss our exclusive Google Hangout chats featuring this year's Emmy contenders for Best Comedy Actress? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"), Constance Wu ("Fresh Off the Boat"), Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish"), Kristen Schaal ("The Last Man on Earth"), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer ("Broad City") and Aya Cash ("You're the Worst"), as well as our podcast with Lisa Kudrow ("The Comeback") -Break- How many of them do you think will earn Emmy nominations? Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Edie Falco on the ending of "Nurse Jackie": "There's so much pressure about this 'last episode syndrome' about having to make it the most special thing, [but] it feels in ..." »
“Do you honestly think that things just work out for the best? That true love conquers all?”
Showtime’s The Affair is posing a tough question in the first trailer for its upcoming second season.
RelatedThe Affair Season Finale Recap: They Can’t Handle the Truth
In the video below, Alison and Noah’s morally ambiguous relationship appears much less romantic than it did in Season 1: They fight, they cry in the shower and Noah, who was arrested at the end of last year’s finale, is thrown into a jail cell. (What are you waiting for? Press play! »
Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline. As always, I'm working with the choices listed on the actual Emmy ballots, which means I have to go along with where various shows and actors were categorized and submitted. So I have to consider "Orange Is the New Black" a drama, have to consider Key and Peele supporting actors on their own show, and can't go off the ballot to try nominating an actor like Max Greenfield from "New Girl," who didn't even put his name up for submission. Also, while I've done these as a bunch of separate posts the last few years, this thing's already so »
- Alan Sepinwall
All this week, we’re presenting the Vulture TV Awards, honoring the best in television from the past year. The nominees are: Louis and Jessica, Fresh Off the BoatJane and Rafael, Jane the VirginDanny and Mindy, The Mindy ProjectBob and Linda, Bob’s BurgersStef and Lena, The Fosters And the Best Couple is ...Louis and Jessica, Fresh Off the Boat Every TV couple, like every couple in real life, has problems, and the strength of their relationship is determined by how well they handle them. The Mindy Project’s Mindy and Danny approach life differently, which leads to silly misunderstandings and, occasionally, heartache. Rafael struggles to meet Jane's expectations on Jane the Virgin. These couples are flawed and realistic, their issues familiar. Fresh Off the Boat’s Louis (Randall Park) and Jessica (Constance Wu) Huang have problems, too, but unlike most couples we see on TV, their biggest problems are »
- Gazelle Emami
All this week, the Vulture TV Awards honor the best television from the past year. The nominees are: Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Broad City Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback And the Best Female Comedy Performer is ... Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Broad City I don't know that I'd tend to an actual friend after he or she had dental surgery, but I wanted to spend every waking second with Abbi in her post-wisdom-teeth haze. I'm not a big kiss-and-tell these days, but if I thought Ilana's twerking might encourage me to be more sexually adventurous, I'd give her a call. I believe St. Marks Place is a grotesque wasteland (except for that one good bar), but I'd happily walk down it, flipping the bird, alongside the heroines of Broad City. It's not just clever writing and »
- Margaret Lyons
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