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At least this wouldn’t be the year of #EmmysSoWhite. (Memo to Oscars: The pressure is on.)
This year’s slate of Emmy nominees offered up diversity across the acting categories. But that’s not to say TV has achieved anything close to parity. Far from it.
Witness the lead actress in a comedy race, which is shockingly pale. Whither Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”)? At least in the supporting race, Niecy Nash (“Getting On”) made the cut in a lineup that stretched to eight nominees.
Only one black actress has ever won for comedy: Isabel Sanford took home the trophy in 1981 for “The Jeffersons.” There’s been a shutout for actresses of color in that race since Phylicia Rashad in 1986 for “The Cosby Show.” That’s 29 looooong years. There’s nothing funny about that.
- Debra Birnbaum
After crowning the same champion for three consecutive years, the lead actress in a comedy category suddenly feels like one of the season’s most competitive races. And that’s without the should-be-nommed likes of Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”). Of course, it wouldn’t be surprising to see “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus walk off with a fourth trophy. But there’s a strong case to be made for every one of her competitors, especially two very funny, and very popular, ladies named Amy.
When it comes to Emmy voting, it’s never wise to bet against the incumbent, especially a performer as consistently inventive and exceptional as Louis-Dreyfus. Consider her the front-runner until the moment someone else’s name is called. If you’re looking for an underdog surprise, Amy Poehler »
- Geoff Berkshire
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 »
Take that, Oscars. In a year when the film industry’s biggest awards were roundly criticized for having an all-white lineup of acting nominees, the Emmy Awards nommed a record 18 black actors in 11 different thesping categories. Impressively, the number comes without any single program leading the charge.
HBO’s “Bessie” landed noms for star Queen Latifah and supporting standouts Mo’Nique and Michael Kenneth Williams, but other than the “How to Get Away With Murder” daughter-mother duo of Viola Davis (lead actress) and Cicely Tyson (guest), the remaining 13 nominees hail from 13 different programs on outlets ranging from ABC to Netflix to Showtime.
That reinforces how the smallscreen’s much-ballyhooed movement toward diversity isn’t just a matter of one or two shows or progressive networks, but instead a wider spread of diverse voices.
But before TV Academy voters give themselves a collective pat on the back, it’s worth noting »
- Geoff Berkshire
The Emmy Award nominations are out. Unleash the hounds!
What new outrages have the TV Academy committed? Who have the voters overlooked? How can the process ever be taken seriously again after, well, insert your favorite oversight here?
Other than being announced this year at a less-ungodly hour, the annual unveiling has assumed an element of predictability in the digital age. Early-morning phone calls extending congratulations to and soliciting thoughts from the nominees, almost immediately followed by peals of righteous indignation on behalf of the deserving souls who are not, alas, among them.
Both of these are legitimate pursuits, but neither really tells the full story – or, for that matter, exhibits much perspective about the expanded roster of options now available and the increased viability of niche-oriented programming, which can survive on prestige longer than was once feasible in the days of ad-supported broadcast networks and a couple of premium channels. »
- Brian Lowry
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 »
Only three of last year’s Emmy nominees are missing from the comedy ballots this year (and it’s because all three — “Orange Is the New Black’s” Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew and “Derek’s” Ricky Gervais — are now competing in different categories). Combine that high volume of returning favorites with an influx of buzzy new series, and odds are high there will be a lot of disappointed contenders come Thursday morning. Here’s who we’re predicting will make the very competitive cut. Click to see our picks for those in the running for the drama series categories.
With six consecutive nominations and a record-tying four wins under his belt, “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is this category’s undisputed favorite. But he’ll face heavy competition this year from Jeffrey Tambor, whose transcendent performance in Amazon »
- Geoff Berkshire
The Emmys forever seem to be grappling with a tension that, in award circles, is virtually unique to television — one that, thanks to a spate of big series finales, seems more sharply focused than usual this year. In the simplest terms, the choice boils down to paying tribute to the old, or ushering in the new?
While the Grammys, Oscars or Tonys are presented with a new list of candidates every year, the Emmys feature contenders that are frequently nominated — and sometimes win — year after year. Witness “Modern Family’s” gaudy five-year stranglehold on the best comedy category, or “The Daily Show” and “The Amazing Race’s” decade-long runs in their fields.
While the TV Academy is ostensibly charged with honoring the best programs from any particular year, it’s difficult not to take past performance and context into account. And that can cloud and complicate the decision-making process, especially »
- Brian Lowry
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
“I think it’s brilliant, to be honest,” she tells TVLine. “I love the storyline. This is one of my favorite seasons.”
“What I really loved about it is this is life,” she explains. “It’s not like Sam was sleeping with two people at the same time. He was in a relationship. I was in a relationship. »
Once Upon a Time is locked in for its fifth trip to the San Diego Comic-Con, while The Muppets are set to make their debut at the pop culture showcase.
RelatedComic-Con 2015: Your Guide to the TV-Related Panels and Screenings
ABC has announced that Once will present its panel on Saturday, July 11, at 10 am (in Ballroom 20), followed by an autograph signing at 11:15 (in Booth 4245).
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue and Robert Carlyle, plus newly promoted series regulars Rebecca Mader and Sean Maguire, will join Once creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz for the Q&A, »
A version of this story first appeared in the TheWrap Magazine’s Emmy Comedy-Drama Issue. #selfieinterview produced in partnership with Verge. ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” is only the second sitcom about Asian-Americans, and the first since Margaret Cho‘s All-American Girl in 1994. It has also proven to be a showcase for actress Constance Wu, who plays the wife in a Taiwanese family who move to Orlando to open a restaurant. Wu’s previous roles were mostly in support in projects like “Stephanie Daley” and “Law & Order: Svu.” “I think that it’s great that we’re claiming our identity as Asian-Americans, »
- Tim Appelo
June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is just days away. And that’s a source of both great anticipation and nameless dread for those of us obsessed with quality television.
RelatedTVLine’s Full Lineup of 2015 Dream Emmy Nominees
Team TVLine has already brought you our Dream Emmy Ballots in 10 key Emmy races — click here to see our picks! — but we wanted to make one last push on behalf of a few favorites whose work was so outstanding this year that the possibility of a snub makes us want to channel Cookie on Empire and wallop some fools with a broom. »
American Crime is continuing to flesh out its Season 2 cast — and it looks a lot like that of Season 1.
RelatedAmerican Crime Season 2 to Focus on Sexual Identity, Class Warfare
“After playing individuals on the fringes of the law, Season 2 will offer complete role reversals for both Elvis and Richard,” series creator John Ridley told our sister site Deadline. “Elvis playing a fundamentally good man scapegoated by the system in which he works. »
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