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Dexter Roberts: What I learned from 'American Idol' (exclusive video)

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As he exits "American Idol" after making it as far as the Top 7, Dexter Roberts has a mature, even a grateful, attitude about the journey he's taken as a music artist. "I've learned a lot from all of my vocal coaches," he tells Gold Derby. "I've learned to hold notes longer and when to break out and sing a certain part. I've really enjoyed all of the help that I've been given. -Break- Some of that help has been positive feedback like JLo's remark when he crooned "Keep Your Hands to Yourself": "You always come out here and sing kind of perfect." But those other judges could be tough on him. Still, he's cool with that. Watch our exclusive video chat with 'American Idol' Top 8 contestant Malaya Watson "I love the tough parts because it helps me to be a better artist," he adds. "They've been in this situation. »


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Let's peek inside Starz' Emmy campaign mailer

18 April 2014 5:03 AM, PDT

After winning its first two Emmys last year (two crafts awards for "Da Vinci's Demons") and that Golden Globe for a rather gobsmacked Jacqueline Bisset ("The White Queen"), emboldened Starz started its Emmy drive early this year. It was the second network (after Food Channel) to send a DVD package to TV academy members. Instead of viewing the disks, Emmy voters can watch all eligible programming on Starz's online awards screening room. Inside everyEmmy mailer is a special code that grants access to each recipient. Below: Contents of the five DVDs -- -Break- "Black Sails" Campaign for Best Drama Series, Best Costumes for a Series, Best Art Direction for a Period Series Episodes 101, 105, 107 "Da Vinci's Demons" Campaign for Best Drama Series, Best Costumes for a Series, Best Art Director for a Period Series Episodes 201, 202, 205 "The White Queen" Campaign for Best Miniseries, Best Le »


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Poll: Do 'Scandal' and Kerry Washington deserve to win Emmys?

17 April 2014 7:34 PM, PDT

"Scandal" just ended its third season as ABC's highest rated, most talked about drama, averaging around nine million live viewers per episode -- it's around 13 million when you factor in time-shifted viewing. But can it win Best Drama? -Break- Make your predictions for Emmys & reality TV shows – Click Here Soap operas don't usually fare well at the Emmys, but it broke through for the first time last year, earning a Best Drama Actress nomination for star Kerry Washington and winning Best Drama Guest Actor for Dan Bucatinsky, whose character, James Novak, was bumped off this season in a shocking shooting. Washington was subsequently nominated at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, but didn't win. "Scandal" was created by Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind "Grey's Anatomy," which at the height of its popularity earned two Emmy nods for Best Drama Series (2006-2007), but "Scandal" »


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'American Idol' Top 7 shocker: Dexter Roberts kicked to the curb

17 April 2014 7:01 PM, PDT

The "American Idol" Top 7 results are in, and country crooner Dexter Roberts has now gone the way of Malaya Watson, Majesty Rose and M.K. Nobilette, i.e. kicked to the curb by America's votes. While the studio audience and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. seemed shocked by Dexter's elimination, Gold Derby's racetrack odds actually predicted that Dexter would be in the bottom two. The only difference: Instead of America's choice of Jessica Meuse sitting next to Dexter on the losers' stools, we assumed it would be C.J. Harris. -Break- To cast your votes for next week's Top 6 showdown, simply log into your predictions, click on the "American Idol" button and answer our weekly questions. Or you can vote now by scrolling down to the TV Derby Predictions menu below. Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel After Wednesday's Competitor's Choice Night, Dexter had the se »


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Here's an exclusive sneak peek at the FX 2014 Emmy campaign

17 April 2014 3:13 PM, PDT

In a Gold Derby exclusive, cable network FX has provided their Emmy Awards campaign for 2014 with category placements. -Break- One of their most interesting internal battles will be in the movie/miniseries categories where veteran Emmy campaigner "American Horror Story" will be up against newcomer "Fargo". The rookie features Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton against past Emmy nominee Martin Freeman in the lead actor category. "American Horror Story: Coven," the latest installment from Ryan Murphy, will have two-time Emmy champ Jessica Lange facing another leading lady for the first time ever: two-time nominee Sarah Paulson. 'Fargo' is now the Emmy frontrunner as Best Miniseries The network has one new drama in contention this time around. "The Bridge" stars Oscar nominee Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger as detectives on the Texas-Mexico border working together to hunt a serial killer. "L »


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Oscars calendar sets key dates for 2015

17 April 2014 12:58 PM, PDT

After shifting into March this year to get out of the way of the Winter Olympics, the Oscars are heading back to February next year, with the 87th annual edition of these kudos to take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. And the motion picture academy has unveiled the calendar of key events leading up to Oscar Sunday.   -Break- Nominations will open on Monday, Dec. 29 and close 10 days later on Thursday, Jan. 8. (This year's period ran from Dec. 27 to Jan. 8) Nominations will be revealed bright and early on Thursday, Jan. 15 (this year's announcement was on Jan. 16).  Predict the winners of your favorite reality shows and win prizes here Final voting kicks off on Friday, Feb. 6 and runs till Tuesday, Feb. 17. That is much sooner and shorter than this year when final voting ran from Feb. 14 to Feb. 25. Subscribe to Gold Derby's Podcasts on iTunes So, while there was a gap of 29 days »

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'Dancing with the Stars' cliffhanger: Uh-oh, is Meryl Davis at risk of elimination?

17 April 2014 8:26 AM, PDT

It seems unthinkable that Meryl Davis could be sent home from "Dancing With the Stars" after weeks of dominant performances. Our users aren't worried, still giving her best odds to win the season, but she may be more vulnerable than we realize. -Break- 'DWTS' recap: Meryl Davis dethroned, Cody Simpson sent home In week two she tied Charlie White and James Maslow as the judges' highest scoring dance, and in weeks three and four she held that distinction all by herself with near perfect scores. That included the partner switch, where Davis was one of the few competitors not to lose any ground. But on Monday's "Disney Night" several contestants earned personal-best scores, so Davis, who earned straight 9s from the judges, was only good enough for fifth place, tied with NeNe Leakes. Ahead of her were Maslow, Danica McKellar, Amy Purdy, and White. 'DWTS' Poll: Was James Maslow really perfect on. »


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Sneak peek: 'Orange is the New Black' season 2 trailer previews prison pranks

17 April 2014 8:03 AM, PDT

Netflix has just released a teaser for the second season of its hit comedy "Orange is the New Black." And, from the looks of the trailer (watch below), we can expect more merriment behind the walls of Litchfield. Fans will be able to binge on all 13 episodes of the sophomore season beginning June 6. -Break- off of the first round of Emmy voting. Online ballots go live on June 9 and TV academy members have until June 20 to cast their ballots for their favorite shows.  After failing to find much traction as a drama at the Golden Globes (only star Taylor Schilling contended) and SAG Awards where it was snubbed, Netflix is moving "Orange is the New Black" to the comedy categories for the Emmys.  Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel Before going the dramatic route, the online service had declared the series as a comedy for the Writer's Guild where i. »


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'Game of Thrones': Best (and dumbest) moves in 'The Lion and The Rose' episode

17 April 2014 2:36 AM, PDT

To finally reign supreme at the Emmys, “Game of Thrones” needed to make least one big move. And boy did they deliver in last Sunday's episode, "The Lion and the Rose," with major shifts in the storylines. Such a shakeup could get the show out of fourth place in our predictions for Best Drama Series.  (Cast your ballot in this race using our easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post.) Warning: Serious spoilers ahead.  -Break-  The King of Westeros, series villain Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), was poisoned at his own wedding. In stark contrast to the masscare at last year's Red Wedding, which saw audiences recoil in horror, this turn of events at the Purple Wedding was met with cheers of joy. After all, Barahteon was one of the most despised characters in television history met their demise. However, despite the victory cries from fans, I am sad to see him go. »


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'American Idol' Top 7: Singer going home is C.J. Harris, Dexter Roberts or Sam Woolf

17 April 2014 1:50 AM, PDT

(Pictured left to right: C.J. Harris, Dexter Roberts, Sam Woolf) There were no true stand-outs or Omg moments during Wednesday night's "American Idol" performance show in which the contestants chose (rather safe) songs for each other. Alex Preston's version of "The A Team" and Jena Irene's performance of "Creep" seem to be your favorites based on our odds, but let's shift focus and talk about who really blew it. All week long you've been voting for which singer will be sent home from the remaining Top 7 contestants, and the results of Gold Derby's odds are in: This week's eliminated singer will be C.J. Harris, Dexter Roberts or Sam Woolf. -Break- Do you agree with the results of our oddsmakers? To cast your votes, simply log into your predictions, click on the "American Idol" button and answer our weekly questions. Or you can vote now by scrolling down to »


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FX's 'Fargo' is now the Emmy frontrunner for Best Miniseries

16 April 2014 7:26 PM, PDT

With prestigious source material and strong reviews -- scoring 87 on MetaCritic -- "Fargo" would have been a contender at the Emmys under any circumstance, but the stars are aligning for the FX series in more ways than one. -Break- 'Fargo' Exclusive Interviews: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Keith Carradine First, given the increase in longform programming, the TV academy decided once again to split movies and miniseries into separate categories after three years of having them compete together. This means "Fargo" won't have to contend with high profile telefilms like HBO's "The Normal Heart" or Lifetime's "The Trip to Bountiful." Second, HBO decided that its acclaimed anthology series "True Detective" will compete as a drama series instead of a miniseries, where it might have been tough to beat. Hurray, Emmys bring back separate miniseries category Now it appears that "F »


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Is FX's 'Fargo' now the Emmy frontrunner for Best Miniseries?

16 April 2014 7:26 PM, PDT

With prestigious source material and strong reviews -- scoring 87 on MetaCritic -- "Fargo" would have been a contender at the Emmys under any circumstance, but the stars are aligning for the FX series in more ways than one. -Break- 'Fargo' Exclusive Interviews: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Keith Carradine First, given the increase in longform programming, the TV academy decided once again to split movies and miniseries into separate categories after three years of having them compete together. This means "Fargo" won't have to contend with high profile telefilms like HBO's "The Normal Heart" or Lifetime's "The Trip to Bountiful." Second, HBO decided that its acclaimed anthology series "True Detective" will compete as a drama series instead of a miniseries, where it might have been tough to beat. Hurray, Emmys bring back separate miniseries category Now it appears that "F »


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Emma Roberts: 'We were duped' on 'American Horror Story: Coven' (exclusive video)

16 April 2014 5:24 PM, PDT

"We were all duped!" exclaimed "American Horror Story: Coven" star Emma Roberts regarding what all of the actresses were told behind the scenes about who would be the ultimate Supreme witch to replace Jessica Lange's character at season's end. -Break- Writer/creator Ryan Murphy finally settled on Sarah Paulson's character, but Roberts told GoldDerby exlusively, "We were all kind of told in so many words that we were all the Supreme. And I think that was the point, that Ryan kind of wanted all of our attitudes to be like, 'It's me.' And then toward the end, we were like, 'Wait, they told you you were the Supreme? They told me I was the Supreme!'" Roberts chatted with Gold Derby Wednesday evening to discuss all things Emmy awards, how she got the part in "Coven" and the upcoming fourth season titled "Freak Show." (Watch the entire webchat below. »


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News Nuggets: Angela Lansbury made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II

16 April 2014 5:13 PM, PDT

Angela Lansbury, the Queen of the Tony Awards, is now officially a dame courtesy of the Queen of England. In a ceremony Tuesday at Windsor Castle, she received the title of Dame Commander. Lansbury has won five Tonys in her long career on Broadway. In November, she received an honorary Academy Award after three previous Oscar nominations. Her work on television has brought her 18 nods (mostly for her regular work "Murder, She Wrote") but no wins yet. At age 88, she is currently appearing on the London stage in "Blithe Spirit." Broadway World. -Break- Thursday is the final day to join the Television Academy. Pete Hammond reminds that "there is always a surge of interest in joining the Academy around this time of year" in order to cast an Emmy ballot. This will be the first year that they will have access to online voting during the nominations round. Emmy ballots »


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Here's an exclusive sneak peek at Lifetime's 2014 Emmy campaign

16 April 2014 11:35 AM, PDT

In a Gold Derby exclusive, cable network Lifetime has provided their Emmy Awards campaign for 2014 with category placements. -Break- As in recent years, Lifetime movies have been one of the top TV destinations for award-winning actors and actresses. This year alone, you'll find Oscar winners Ellen Burstyn ("Flowers in the Attic"), Whoopi Goldberg ("A Day Late and a Dollar Short"), Holly Hunter and William Hurt ("Bonnie and Clyde"), and Martin Landau ("Anna Nicole"). Also in the mix are previous Emmy champs Kathy Baker ("Return to Zero"), S. Epatha Merkerson ("Gabby Douglas Story"), and Cicely Tyson ("The Trip to Bountiful"). Cicely Tyson among Tony winners for 'The Trip to Bountiful' The network has two new shows in contention this time around. "Devious Maids" is a comedy about five Latina maids working in Beverly Hills from "Desperate Housewive »


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Will Heather Tom ('Bold and the Beautiful') tie Erika Slezak's Daytime Emmys record?

16 April 2014 11:21 AM, PDT

Heather Tom has been a staple of daytime television for more than two decades, beginning with her star-making role on "The Young and the Restless" in the 1990s and continuing into "One Life to Live" and currently "The Bold and the Beautiful." She's the two-time defending champ for Best Drama Actress, and if she wins again this year she'll tie soap opera queen Erika Slezak as daytime's most awarded actress. -Break- Daytime Emmy pre-nominations shower 'General Hospital' and 'Young and Restless,' shun online soaps Slezak played Victoria Lord on "One Life" for 42 years, from 1971 all the way through to its ill-fated online revival in 2013. For her work she won six Daytime Emmys for Best Drama Actress, more than any other woman. She is tied with Justin Deas as the second most awarded daytime actor overall; they both trail Anthony Geary, who won his seventh Emmy for "Genera. »


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Watch: Does Michael Kelly still have a job on 'House of Cards'?

16 April 2014 10:24 AM, PDT

Even Michael Kelly doesn't know if he still has a job on "House of Cards" for next season. In a video chat with Gold Derby, he admitted, "I was kind of hoping you would have some insight for me. I don't know anything yet. Beau (Willimon) and that whole staff keep everything really tight to the chest." -Break- Kelly plays Doug Stamper, the chief of staff to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on the Netflix drama. His character helped the former Majority Whip move swiftly into the Vice President's office and ultimately sworn in as President of the United States in the season finale. Can 'House of Cards' stop 'Breaking Bad' sweep at Emmys? In the second season finale, Stamper is hit over the head by a prostitute he has been hiding. The audience (and Kelly himself) are left to wonder for many months ahead if Stamper is dead or just knocked out. »


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'American Idol' odds: Winner will be Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene or Alex Preston

16 April 2014 1:21 AM, PDT

(Pictured left to right: Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene, Alex Preston, Sam Woolf, Dexter Roberts, Jessica Meuse, C.J. Harris) With only seven contestants left, the race for who'll be the next "American Idol" is really starting to heat up. And, according to Gold Derby's racetrack odds,  three singers are frontrunners to win Season 13, two are in with a chance and another two definitely won't be claiming the title. Let's analyze the current odds of each of the remaining Top 7 contestants, from first to worst: -Break- Caleb Johnson is your current "Idol" favorite, with 6/5 odds to win. Caleb is no stranger to topping our leaderboards, as he previously appeared in the #1 position last week and again during during Top 10 Week. Can Caleb be the first rock star "American Idol" winner since David Cook's victory in Season 7? (See our photo gallery of past winners below.) Subscribe to Gold Derby's Yo »


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Usher eliminates two more artists on Tuesday's 'The Voice'

15 April 2014 7:14 PM, PDT

Usher made his final three selections on Tuesday's "The Voice." With those choices, we now know the 12 finalists for the live shows starting next week on NBC. Following the playoff nights from his opposing coaches -- Adam Levine, Shakira, and Blake Shelton -- Usher's team did not have a great hour. Not one of his finalists was as good as any of the other performers from previous shows. -Break- Blake Shelton boots out two of his 'The Voice' team members A bad night for men for Adam Levine & Shakira on Monday His first competitor was T.J. Wilkins singing the Rufus song "Tell Me Something Good," which was written by Stevie Wonder. Melissa Jimenez was next and a little shaky with the Beyonce hit "Halo." Rocker Stevie Jo showed his blues range with the classic "The Thrill Is Gone" by B.B. King. The Rolling Stones slow rocker »


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News Nuggets: Tatiana Maslany says the new 'Orphan Black' season will be even riskier

15 April 2014 2:06 PM, PDT

After rapturous reviews for the first season of "Orphan Black" in 2013, star Tatiana Maslany discusses the risks of a daunting second season, which debuts this Saturday on BBC America. She said they filmed the first episodes from last year wondering if anybody would even watch. Now with such huge expectations from rabid followers, she added, "We take the risks with the knowledge that people have an investment in these characters, and they'll feel upset or they'll feel excited and their reaction is so visceral and so present." Her interview with Dalton Ross also includes her thoughts on the many clones she portrays, understanding the complex scripts, and what will be better about the second season. Entertainment Weekly. -Break- Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres is once again named the most powerful gay celebrity in America. Out magazine places her at the top of their annual rankings, just ahead of Apple CEO Tim. »


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