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The headline of the comedy race is, of course, the question of whether “Modern Family” will claim its sixth consecutive crown, breaking its current tie with “Frasier” for the all-time record. Yet two series may play spoiler: Amazon proved it could be a contender in the awards race with its Golden Globe win for “Transparent,” the delicately nuanced story of a family patriarch who comes out as transgender. And HBO’s “Veep” soared to new comic heights in its fourth season, as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ politico continued to fumble in her quixotic quest for political power.
The safe bet may well be with “Modern Family.” Just look at this season’s clever “Connection Lost” episode, filmed entirely on all manner of Apple technology. But all dynasties must eventually come to an end. Keen-eyed prognosticators say momentum has shifted to a pair of formidable women. Louis-Dreyfus has owned the lead »
- Debra Birnbaum
Being a part of the modern television landscape comes with a number of challenges, with different groups facing different obstacles, both in doing their job and in surviving in the industry at large. Over the past few years, The Hollywood Reporter has taken the Emmy nominations as a way to gather luminaries from different fields in the television industry to talk about their experiences and challenges in their own words.
Following previous conversations with Dramatic Actresses in television and Dramatic Actors in television, the newest roundtable session turns to look at comedic actresses, and how their challenges are similar to, yet different from, their dramatic counterparts. On the panel is Amy Schumer (currently an Emmy nominee for her work on Inside Amy Schumer), Tracee Ellis Ross (currently on black-ish), Kate McKinnon (currently an Emmy nominee for her work on Saturday Night Live), Gina Rodriguez (currently on Jane the Virgin), Ellie Kemper »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Last week we got the kickoff of THR's television roundtable talks with their sit down with some of the small screen's hottest dramatic actors. And this week they're starting things out by delivering their conversation with the women who are making us laugh, and as always, it's a pretty great group of people to spend an hour or so with. Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer"), Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live"), Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"), and Ellie Kemper ("The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") gather for a seventy minute talk about their work, roles on television, their experiences in the industry, and finding substantial roles in film. So carve out some time, and watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last week we got the kickoff of THR's television roundtable talks with their sit down with some of the small screen's hottest dramatic actors. And this week they're starting things out by delivering their conversation with the women who are making us laugh, and as always, it's a pretty great group of people to spend an hour or so with. Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer"), Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live"), Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"), and Ellie Kemper ("The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") gather for a seventy minute talk about their work, roles on television, their experiences in the industry, and finding substantial roles in film. So carve out some time, and watch below.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here's the third part of its annual Emmy season roundtable chats that we all love so much, released leading up to the September 20 Primetime Emmys this fall. Today's hour-long conversation features the comedy actresses, including Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Lena Dunham, Ellie Kemper, and Kate McKinnon - as they talk sexism and racism in Hollywood, sex scenes, why women need to stop apologizing, and much more. It's uncensored, so, if you're at the office, you may want to plug in your headphones. I particularly appreciate the candidness of these uncensored chats. Watch the hour-long conversation below: »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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
With a handful of recent Emmy nominations and just outright comedic brilliance in its first season, we're thirsting for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two. The series, created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper and first-time Emmy nominee Titus Burgess, is just about to start shooting its second season, and we have even more news about the next installment, courtesy of Fey, fellow showrunner Robert Carlock, and the stars, from their panel at this Summer's TCA. »
Jon Hamm's Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Guest Actor this year is his first for playing the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in the Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," but of course it's not his first recognition from the TV academy. Counting his nominations this year for Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actor for "Mad Men," he's been nominated 16 times without ever winning. Will his Emmy drought finally end? He hopes his episode submission will do the trick: "Kimmy Makes Waffles," the first season finale. -Break- Ellie Kemper on playing 'optimistic' and 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' [Exclusive Video] Synopsis: Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) and her fellow Indiana Mole Women revisit the bunker where they were held captive for 15 years in the hopes of finding evidence against the Reverend. They discover a videotape in which the cult leader advertises his party DJ services, auditions for...' »
Ellie Kemper's high school drama teacher was hotter than yours! The "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star opened up about taking a high school drama class taught by the "Mad Men" star during the Netflix TCA panel on Tuesday. Hamm was an alum at Kemper's high school and came back after college to teach drama for one year, where the red-headed beauty was lucky enough to study under the "Bridesmaids" star! "He was not ugly," the 35-year-old told reporters of Hamm. "He was a wonderful teacher." "I was in ninth grade and he taught me the improv section of my theater class, and everyone loved him," she added. The actors recently reunited on "The Office" alum's new show, where Hamm made a guest appearance as Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. "When they told us that he would be playing the reverend, it was fantastic. But I was a little scared," Kemper »
- tooFab Staff
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess entertained his Twitter followers with a lip sync rendition of a Beyoncé song, and got co-star Jane Krakowski and the Netflix sitcom’s co-creator Tina Fey in on the action, too. The three actors, who all scored Emmy nominations for their performances in the sitcom nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, moved their lips along to the 2013 hit single “Flawless” before cracking up. “Kimmy Schmidt,” which stars Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) as the eponymous lead, follows the survivor of a doomsday cult trying to live a normal life in New York City. Also read: Tituss Burgess Blasts 'Idiots'. »
- Greg Gilman
No stranger to spoofing presidential candidates, “Saturday Night Live” alum Tina Fey weighed in on Donald Trump’s presidential bid at a panel for her Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday morning.
“It’s great for comedy,” she quipped of Trump’s increasingly controversial campaign. “I’m sure ‘Saturday Night Live’ wished they were on the air right now … I do feel like next year at this time hopefully you’ll be doing a panel with just Darrell Hammond being given a lifetime achievement award for whatever sketches come away.” Sadly, Fey admitted she had “no fully formed jokes” for Trump’s run yet.
The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” co-creator also discussed the appeals of the Netflix model now that the producers are creating a season specifically for the streaming site (while season one was originally intended to air on NBC). While »
- Variety Staff
The cast and creators of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" took part in Netflix's Television Critics Association press tour stop on Tuesday, and dropped some details about the beloved show's upcoming second season.
"Kimmy" was famously saved by Netflix after NBC decided to pass on the project, but not before filming its entire 13-episode first season. Thanks to network mandates, the show was pretty PG, and that's not going to change much for season two, either.
"I don't think you'll hear profanity or see nudity, but it gives us a license to play with time and structure without worrying about potentially offending an advertiser," co-creator Tina Fey explained of the differences between making the show for a traditional network versus for a streaming service like Netflix. That also means that future episodes of "Kimmy" will likely be longer than the standard 21 minutes and 15 seconds of airtime that network sitcoms get, though no installments will run past 30 minutes. »
- Katie Roberts
Want to get to know these sweet little furry people? Check out the latest tiny-sized videos.
However, the funniest is still Chloe!
Watch the teaser for the loveable film below.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life Of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.
Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.
- Melissa Thompson
Two new viral videos for the animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets are practically too cute for words.
The teasers introduce you to two very special puppies, the heavy metal-loving poodle Leonard and his mischievous counterpart Buddy.
Illumination Entertainment has enlisted several of comedy's biggest names to lend their voices to the animated movie.
The Secret Life of Pets opens in Us cinemas on July 8, 2016, with a UK release set for June 24, 2016. »
While there were some expected snubs at the Emmys, there were also delightful surprises — for example, Tituss Burgess snagging his first Emmy nomination for playing Titus “Pinot Noir” Andromedon on Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. After the announcement, Vulture called Burgess, who made a point of saying that he's sharing his nomination with (snubbed) co-star Ellie Kemper.Congratulations! How did you hear the news? My publicist, my agent, and my manager had a call, and they conferenced me in. I watched a little bit of the live telecast online. After I realized that the other nominations weren't going to be broadcast, I went downstairs and poured myself a drink and came upstairs. Then my phone rang. A lot of your co-stars, including Jane Krakowski, Tina Fey, and Jon Hamm, got nominated. And the show got a nomination for best comedy. Did you expect that? No. But »
- E. Alex Jung
While Jane Krakowski is “over the moon” after scoring a Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for her role as Jacqueline Voorhees in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she knows there’s one person who won’t be sending her a congratulatory bouquet of dogs.
“Where is Mimi Kanasis?” she asks TVLine of her character’s arch frenemy (played by Amy Sedaris), before dreaming up this perfect headline: “Mimi Kanasis Found Dead from Shock on Jacqueline Voorhees’ Marble Kitchen Countertop.”
PhotosEmmy Nominations 2015: TVLine Staff Picks the Snubs That Broke Our Hearts
“Honestly, we have such an incredible cast and crew,” she adds. »
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” almost didn’t make it to air, but today, Kimmy is singing a different tune.
“Schmidt” had a strong showing with seven nominations for its freshman season, including a surprise berth in the comedy series race. That’s icing on the cake for a show that hit some turbulence when NBC decided to pass on after it had lensed a full season. Now “Schmidt” is seen as an underdog in race, which suits the show that stars Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes after years in a cult and has to adjust to her new life in the big city.
“Two of the first emails we got were from (NBC execs) Jen Salke and Bob Greenblatt,” Robert Carlock, who created the series with his “30 Rock” partner Tina Fey, tells Variety. “We wouldn’t be in this place if it were not for their imaginations saying, ‘Where »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Many familiar TV favorites were nominated Thursday morning for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, but some very popular actors and shows were left out.
It was a stellar morning for "Game of Thrones" (which earned 24 noms), "American Horror Story: Freak Show" (19) and "House of Cards," "Mad Men" and "Transparent" (which all earned 11 noms each).
But who won’t be fretting over what designer to wear on Emmy night or how to work their publicist's name into their acceptance speech? AccessHollywood.com takes a closer look at ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
There's not enough room for everyone on Emmy nomination morning. While we're doing a Clone Club dance over the fact Tatiana Maslany finally got recognized this year for her work on "Orphan Black," there are a few omissions that still hurt. We're counting down the 10 Biggest Snubs below. Check out the full list of nominees right here! 1.) Ellie Kemper "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" picked up 7 nominations -- including Outstanding Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actor for Tituss Burgess as the incredible Titus Andromedon. But Ellie Kemper, who plays the title character on the Netflix show, was left out in the cold. 2.) Empire The show was all anyone could talk about when it was airing, but it only managed to get three nominations this morning. The series itself was shut out of the Outstanding Drama category, and star Terrence Howard wasn't recognized for his work as Lucious Lyon. 3.) Gina Rodriguez The "Jane the Virgin »
- tooFab Staff
In this new Golden Age of TV, where great shows are available in abundance, only no one has time to watch them all — least of all the people who actually work in television, and thus vote for the Emmys — the only way to look at each year's Emmy nominations is to treat them like the theme song from "The Facts of Life." You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both, and there you have this year's Emmy nominees list. So there were pleasant surprises, like Tatiana Maslany finally getting into the lead drama actress field, and "Parks and Recreation" making its way back into the comedy series category for its triumphant final season after only being nominated there once before. But there was also the usual rubber stamping of past nominees(*), like "Downton Abbey," "Homeland" and "House of Cards" taking up three of the seven drama »
- Alan Sepinwall
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