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Derek Waters on surprise Emmy nomination for 'Drunk History': 'I still don't believe it's real' [Exclusive Video]

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Derek Waters co-created and produces Comedy Central's "Drunk History," which features historical reenactments narrated by inebriated storytellers, but he wasn't anticipating the Emmy nomination the show received for Best Variety Sketch Series. As he explains in our exclusive video chat, "It's obviously an honor, and I still think I might have a disease and this is just people trying to make me feel better … I still don't believe it's real." (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Emmys exclusive: Which episode is submitted by Amy Schumer ('Inside Amy Schumer')? The Variety Sketch category is new to the Emmys. Previously, sketch shows competed against talk shows in one race, where talk shows like "The Late Show," "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" have dominated for almost two decades. "I think it's really cool that this new category exists," says Waters, »


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Why Virgil Gadson will beat Jaja Vankova, Jim Nowakowski on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

31 July 2015 2:36 PM, PDT

This upcoming Monday will be the fourth live performance round of "So You Think You Can Dance," season 12. While fans all have their favorites, three standouts have separated themselves from the pack as likely winners according to Gold Derby users: Jaja Vankova, Jim Nowakowski and Virgil Gadson. Let's take a look at their pros and cons: -Break- 'So You Think You Can Dance' poll: Is the Twitter Save fair? Jaja Vankova  (8/5 odds as of this writing) Pros: After her contemporary performance to "All Waters" by Perfume Genius this past Monday, Jaja has soared to the top of our users' rankings as the favorite to win it all. That routine likely struck a chord with viewers who questioned her versatility; she proved to be the most magnetic performer on stage even though she was joined by two contemporary dancers (Alexia Meyer and Derek Piquette) who were very much within their wheelhouse. »


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Emmy episode analysis: Alan Alda's scene-stealing performance in 'The Blacklist''

31 July 2015 4:40 AM, PDT

Alan Alda is an Emmy favorite from such shows as "M*A*S*H" and "The West Wing," but will his guest role on "The Blacklist" win him another trophy? His episode submission for this year's Best Drama Guest Actor race is "The Decembrist," a game-changing hour for the series that saw the demise of his recurring character, Alan Fitch. -Break- Join 'The Blacklist' discussion in our lively message boards Synopsis: Red (James Spader) discovers Alan Fitch's true motives as the Decembrist, but since they have a history together, Red decides not to kill him. Unfortunately, Berlin (Peter Stormare) has other plans. Berlin's men kidnap Alan and put a bomb around his neck. The FBI have trouble defusing the bomb, so they take Alan to the command center and lock him in the same glass box where Red was once held. A forlorn Alan tells a young agent »


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'Big Brother' recap: Did you correctly predict fifth eviction of Season 17?

31 July 2015 1:40 AM, PDT

Did you predict that Jason Roy would be eliminated on "Big Brother" Thursday night? If so, you should be taking place in our weekly prediction contest. Hurry -- make your predictions for Week 6 and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who'll be evicted next. -Break- Who will win 'Big Brother'? See exclusive predictions According to Week 5's exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by users like you, Jason was the overwhelming favorite to get the boot Thursday night. He had leading 4/7 odds of going home, while Becky Burgess was a distant second place at 8/1 odds. Congratulations to our user Eeric for earning the top score in this week's contest. He's the only user to reap 89% prediction accuracy (with 71,165 points) while predicting all of Week 5. If eligible, as per our contest rules, »


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Emmy episode analysis: Jon Hamm loses his cult following in 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

30 July 2015 6:26 PM, PDT

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...' »


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Emmys exclusive: Which episodes are submitted for the Best Drama Series nominees?

30 July 2015 5:00 PM, PDT

Gold Derby has exclusively learned the six episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by five of the seven 2015 nominees for Best Drama Series. Because there are seven contenders this year, that means 42 episodes will potentially be viewed by voters. All of them will be available on the Television Academy's secure website this time and not sent out in random pairings on DVDs. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions With two-time reigning champ "Breaking Bad" now gone, it opens the field potentially to a new winner. In fact, the only contenders victorious in this category before are "Mad Men" with its four wins and "Homeland" with its single trophy. Back for another try are "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," and "House of Cards." Former comedy nominee "Orange is the New Black" makes its first efforts as a drama. AMC enters "Breaking..."' »


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Can Maggie Gyllenhaal reap an Emmy win for 'Honorable Woman'?

30 July 2015 12:11 PM, PDT

Maggie Gyllenhaal is an Emmy underdog with 25/1 odds to win Best Movie/Limited Actress for her role as businesswoman Nessa Stein in the political thriller "The Honorable Woman," but are we underestimating her? We made that mistake at the Golden Globes, where she defied the odds and defeated two of her current Emmy rivals, Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge") and Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Freak Show"). Can she do it again? -Break- Watch our chats with 'Honorable Woman' Emmy nominees Gyllenhaal, Hugo Blick The Emmys love Oscar-nominated movie stars. That would normally be an advantage for Gyllenhaal, who was recognized by the motion-picture academy with a Supporting Actress nod for "Crazy Heart" in 2009, but she happens to be in an Emmy contest where everyone is a past Oscar contender. In addition to past champs McDormand and Lange, Queen Latifah ("Bessie") and Felicity Huffman ("American Cr..." »


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'Big Brother' Wtf moment: Will Steve's out-of-nowhere hatred of Becky send her packing?'

30 July 2015 7:58 AM, PDT

The focus of Wednesday night's Veto episode of "Big Brother" provided the most shocking game move yet, when Jason Roy went up as the replacement nominee after Clay Honeycutt removed himself from the block. But perhaps the biggest Wtf moment came before that when, in a Diary Room entry during the Veto competition, the otherwise unassuming Steve Moses verbally attacked Becky Burgess. Will Steve's surprising comments impact who is evicted this week? Head over to the prediction center now to make your predictions for the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. -Break- Who will win 'Big Brother'? See exclusive predictions For devoted live feed watchers, episodes of "Big Brother" rarely provide surprising elements as most of the goings-on unfold on the feeds for them in real time. The one area where new information is gleaned, however, is in the cast's Diary Room entries and this week we »


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Emmy episode analysis: Cicely Tyson ('How to Get Away With Murder') kills the competition

30 July 2015 6:52 AM, PDT

Cicely Tyson is the overwhelming frontrunner to win Best Drama Guest Actress at Gold Derby for her role as Ophelia, Viola Davis' mother on ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder." But she's been in the lead position before and lost -- last year we predicted her to win Best Movie/Mini Actress for "The Trip to Bountiful" instead of "American Horror Story:Coven" lead Jessica Lange. Can Tyson's role in the "Mama's Here Now" episode bring her a fourth Emmy? -Break- Join the 'How to Get Away with Murder' discussion in our lively message boards Synopsis: Ophelia walks into the house and starts shouting for Annalise, who it turns out is her daughter. She wakes up Annalise, who's in a bad state because her husband cheated on her and was then murdered. Ophelia tries to throw out all of Sam's things, but Annalise won't let her. When »


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Emmy episode analysis: Pamela Adlon makes an honest woman out of 'Louie'

29 July 2015 11:10 PM, PDT

Pamela Adlon has recurred on "Louie" since its first season as his on-again-off-again girlfriend Pamela, but her nomination this year for Best Comedy Guest Actress is her first for her work on-screen. However, it's far from her first recognition at the Emmys: she also contends for Best Comedy as a producer of the series, and she shared a Comedy Writing bid with Louis C.K. in 2013. Before that, she won Best Voice-Over Performance in 2002 for playing multiple characters in the Fox animated sitcom "King of the Hill." Will she prevail a second time thanks to her episode submission, "Bobby's House"? -Break- Emmys exclusive: Which episodes are submitted by Anthony Anderson ('Black-ish') and Louis C.K. ('Louie')? Synopsis: Pamela laughs at Louie after he's assaulted by a woman, but when he asks her for makeup to cover up his bruises, she's inspired to make an unusual request: to make h. »


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Win $100 predicting who'll be eliminated on 'Big Brother': Jason Roy or Becky Burgess?'

29 July 2015 9:13 PM, PDT

Who will be eliminated next on "Big Brother": grocery store clerk Jason Roy or self-described trainwreck Becky Burgess? Hurry -- make your predictions for the rest of Week 5 and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who'll be evicted next. -Break- Who will win 'Big Brother'? See exclusive predictions According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by users like you, Jason is the overwhelming favorite to get the boot Thursday night. He has leading 3/2 odds of going home, while Becky is in distant second place with 15/2 odds. During Wednesday's Veto ceremony, Clay Honeycutt removed himself from the block and Hoh Vanessa Rousso shocked the house by nominating Jason in his place. Vanessa had already given her word to the entire house that she's put up her close ally Austin Matelson, »


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Emmys exclusive: Which episodes are submitted by Limited Series Supporting Actor nominees?

29 July 2015 8:27 PM, PDT

For the first time in Emmys history, the academy has decided this year that the supporting nominees from limited series must choose specific episodes to submit to judges. (Nominated performers from TV movies will continue to submit the entire project.) This is true only for the supporting nominees and not for the lead contenders. Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by all of the 2015 nominees for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. See below for details. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Richard Cabral ("American Crime") will submit "Episode Ten" of ABC's anthology series to Emmy judges. Damian Lewis ("Wolf Hall") is entering the fifth episode of his PBS period piece, titled "Crows." Bill Murray ("Olive Kitteridge") only appeared in the final episode ("Security") of the HBO mini, so he'll submit t »


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Emmys exclusive: Viola Davis ('Htgawm') explains why she submitted 'Freakin' Whack-a-Mole''

29 July 2015 7:18 PM, PDT

Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder") is a two-time Tony winner and two-time Oscar nominee, but this year marks her first Emmy nomination. She's nominated as Best Drama Actress for playing Annalise Keating, a prominent law professor and criminal defense attorney on the ABC freshman drama. During our webcam chat from before the nominations were announced, she discussed with me and Daniel Montgomery why she wanted to submit the episode "Freakin' Whack-a-Mole" to Emmy judges. Watch the interview below. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions "I love that whole episode," she explains of her 2015 Emmy submission. "I'm telling Sam to stay and that I thought showed a pathetic aspect of Annalise, which I found interesting -- the juxtaposition with her strength." Davis continues, "I like the courtroom scene in 'Freakin' Whack-a-Mole.' Tha..." »


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'American Horror Story,' 'Parks and Recreation' sweep Gold Derby TV Award nominations

29 July 2015 6:26 PM, PDT

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" and "Parks and Recreation" top the 12th Annual Gold Derby TV Award nominations. Ryan Murphy's horror anthology picked up a whopping 11 nominations for its fourth installment, up from seven last year for "Coven," while "Parks and Rec" contends for nine awards for its farewell season, way up from the four bids it received last year. (Click here for the complete history of the Gold Derby Awards.) -Break- Happy with the Gold Derby Award nominations? Outraged? Sound off in our forums These nominations were decided by hundreds of users selecting their favorites across 28 categories spanning comedy, drama, longform, variety, reality and animation. You can vote for the winners right now. To register and cast your ballot, Click Here and then click on the Gold Derby TV Awards 2015 button in the "Choose an Event" box. To select winners in each category, select One nominee and move it from. »


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Emmys exclusive: Which episode is submitted by Kyle Chandler ('Bloodline')?

29 July 2015 3:15 PM, PDT

Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode that will be submitted to the Emmys by Kyle Chandler from "Bloodline" as Best Drama Actor. He is entering the penultimate "Episode 112" for the Netflix drama series. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions For the freshman program, Chandler plays John Rayburn, a detective and local deputy in the Florida Keys amidst turmoil in his own family. On this episode, his brother Danny's past and present troubles become a threat to the family. This is his fourth career Emmy nomination which includes a victory in this same category for the final season of "Friday Night Lights" in 2011. We will continue to reveal all other Emmy submissions this year for the series and acting races as they are provided to us by networks, studios, or personal reps. Experts Emmy predictions: All 32 categories Who do you think will win as Best Drama. »


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Emmys exclusive: Which episode is submitted by Taraji P. Henson ('Empire')?

29 July 2015 2:50 PM, PDT

Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode that will be submitted to the Emmys by Taraji P. Henson from "Empire" as Best Drama Actress. She is entering the "Pilot" episode for the Fox drama series. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions For the freshman program, Henson plays Cookie Lyon, the outspoken ex-wife of hip hop mogul Lucious Lyon. As he is making the decision of which of their three sons will take over the business one day, Cookie emerges from a 17-year stretch in prison for drug dealing. She is determined to reclaim her share of Empire Entertainment and bring the family back together. This is her second career Emmy nomination after another in 2011 for Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress in "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story." We will continue to reveal all other Emmy submissions this year for the series and »


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Emmys exclusive: Which episodes are submitted by Amy Schumer ('Inside Amy Schumer') and Lily Tomlin ('Grace and Frankie')?

29 July 2015 11:11 AM, PDT

Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Comedy Actress. Amy Schumer is entering the "Inside Amy Schumer" episode titled "Cool With It." Lily Tomlin selects the "Grace and Frankie" episode called "The Vows." -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Schumer had a writing nomination last year for her variety sketch show and now adds four more this season. She is nominated in this lead category plus for directing, writing, and producing the program for Comedy Central. Her acting episode is the second show of the third season in which "Amy goes to a strip club, stars in a boy band's music video, and fights crime as a plainclothes police detective." This year marks the 22nd career Emmy nomination for Tomlin with five writing victories and one for narration. On the first-year Netflix comedy, »


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Emmys exclusive: Which episodes are submitted by Limited Series Supporting Actress nominees?

29 July 2015 10:30 AM, PDT

For the first time in Emmys history, the academy has decided this year that the supporting nominees from limited series must choose specific episodes to submit to judges. (Nominated performers from TV movies will continue to submit the entire project.) This is true only for the supporting nominees and not for the lead contenders. Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by all of the 2015 nominees for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress. See below for details. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Angela Bassett ("American Horror Story: Freak Show") has decided on the season's penultimate episode, titled "Show Stoppers." Kathy Bates ("Ahs: Freak Show") will submit the first of two Halloween hours, "Edward Mordrake, Part 1." Zoe Kazan ("Olive Kitteridge") is entering the introductory episode, "Pharmacy," of he...' »


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Our 'Big Brother' top scorer says Vanessa Rousso will win Season 17

29 July 2015 1:17 AM, PDT

"I am rooting for Vanessa Rousso to win as I think she is smart, articulate and competitive," confesses our current "Big Brother" top scorer Frederic Lam. "But I think she has been winning too many competitions and getting too much blood in her hands. She needs to lay low and get other alliance members to do her dirty work. Otherwise, she will become a target soon." Can You take down Lam to win our "Big Brother" prediction contest? Hurry -- make your predictions for the rest of Week 5 and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next. -Break- Who will win 'Big Brother'? See exclusive predictions Check out the overall Season 17 leaderboard to the right. Currently our #1 "Big Brother" predictor is Lam with overall 86% accuracy, but there are still »


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Has Asaf Goren overstayed his welcome on 'So You Think You Can Dance'? (Poll)

28 July 2015 11:01 PM, PDT

23-year-old b-boy Asaf Goren was a late addition to Team Street on "So You Think You Can Dance." On the first night of live performances, it was announced that he would compete as a last-minute substitute for Alain "Hurrikane" Lauture, who was injured. Now, after three weeks of competition, do you think he has earned his spot, or should he have been sent home by now? Vote in our poll below, then let us know who will be eliminated next week for a chance to win $100 in our predictions contest. -Break- 'So You Think You Can Dance' poll: Is the Twitter Save fair? From the very beginning, it was clear that Goren was struggling with choreography, so much so that team captain Twitch had to pull him aside for pep talks or reprimands more than once, as shown in training-week clip packages. Twitch didn't have to give him »


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