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Could "Olive Kitteridge" repeat the Emmys success of "Angels in America"? Easier said than done. "Angels" pulled off a typically unthinkable sweep on Emmy night in 2004, taking Best Miniseries, as well as writing, directing and all four acting prizes. Added to its four Creative Arts wins, that brought "Angels" to 11 victories total, at that point tying the record set by "Eleanor and Franklin" (1976) for the most wins for any program in a single year. (That record was later broken by the miniseries "John Adams" in 2008). -Break- Now "Olive Kitteridge" is nominated in all seven categories that "Angels" won during the 2004 telecast, and according to our current predictions, it's the frontrunner to win almost all of them. We give it best odds for Best Limited Series, Movie/Limited Actress (Frances McDormand), Movie/Limited Supporting Actor (Bill Murray), Movie/Limited Writing and Movie/Limit...' »
If cultural progress for gay rights has tilted toward mainstreaming of characters via network television — with gradual acceptance reflected by a surplus of gay best friends, usually devoid of any onscreen love lives — pay cable emerged as the arena where gays could go for honest and open depictions of their experiences.
HBO, not surprisingly, was a trailblazer in this area, both in the movie and documentary arena. “And the Band Played On,” in 1993, explored the sad history of indifference toward AIDS, becoming the first prong of what amounted to a trilogy, each spaced by roughly a decade: “Angels in America” in 2003, and “The Normal Heart” last year. Many of the best pay-tv movies devoted to the topic were true stories, telling tales of pain and tragedy, a la Showtime’s “Soldier’s Girl.”
The most memorable series — a form where the audience has more time to bond with characters — generally arrived only this century, »
- Brian Lowry
Some sad news to begin 2015: the character actor Edward Herrmann, perhaps best known for his patriarchal role in seven years of Gilmore Girls, died on New Year's Eve in New York aged 71.Herrmann was born in Washington, grew up in Michigan, went to university in Pennsylvania and studied acting in London. Starting out in theatre, he made his Broadway debut in 1972 in Michael Weller's Moonchildren, and won a Tony Award for his performance in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession four years later.Moving into television he had early roles in Beacon Hill and Valley Forge, and played President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the first time in Eleanor And Franklin in 1976. He would reprise Roosevelt the following year in Eleanor And Franklin: The White House Years; in Annie in 1982; and hosted the documentary Fdr: A Presidency Revealed in 2005. He also played unnamed presidents in TV movies Pandora's Clock and Atomic Train. »
Edward Herrmann, the character actor who's known for roles on "Gilmore Girls" and "The Practice," has passed away on Wednesday at a New York hospital at the age of 71. The cause of death was a brain tumor. Herrmann's career stretched over more than four decades and included such shows as "Mash," "St. Elsewhere." The latter earned him two Emmy nominations. He was then nominated twice for more for his portrayal of Fdr, first in the TV movie "Eleanor and Franklin" and then in "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years." His IMDb page includes 130 total credits, with roles on "American Dad," "30 Rock," "Drop Dead Dive," and "The Good Wife." And some of you may remember him for playing the father in "Richie Rich." Herrmann leaves behind a wife and two daughter. »
Born in Washington, D.C., Herrmann began his career in theater, making his Broadway debut in 1972 and winning a Tony Award four years later. He would also earn Emmy nominations for his TV work as Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1976’s Eleanor and Franklin and 1977’s Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, as well as reprising the role of Fdr in 1982’s Annie.
Herrmann’s subsequent feature film credits included the likes of The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Lost Boys, Overboard, Nixon and The Aviator, while his TV credits included an Emmy Award-winning guest run on The Practice, as well as a starring role as Richard Gilmore in the teen drama Gilmore Girls.
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- Gary Collinson
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