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TCA Awards: Jon Hamm, ‘Empire’ Thank the Critics

8 August 2015 10:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Television Critics Association Awards were held Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, or as host James Corden called it, the ceremony that celebrates “the dramas, the comedies and whatever category ‘Orange is the New Black’ is now calling itself.”

Exec producers and stars accepted awards for categories like individual achievement in comedy (which went to Amy Schumer), outstanding achievement in comedy (which went to her Comedy Central show) and outstanding achievement in youth programming (which went to ABC Family’s “The Fosters”).

“Are you giving this award to us sarcastically?” asked John Oliver via prerecorded message when his HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” won outstanding achievement in news and Information over more traditional choices like PBS’ “Frontline” and CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Winners were informed ahead of time, which Corden joked would allow more time for speech preparation.

“I thought I was supposed to fake surprise,” said “Better Call Saul’s” Peter Gould, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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‘Empire’ Wins Program of the Year at TCA Awards

8 August 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Empire” may have been snubbed by the Television Academy when it comes to the Emmy Awards, but it won redemption from the Television Critics Association, winning the organization’s top prize, Program of the Year.

In winning program of the year, “Empire” edged out “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “The Americans” and “Transparent.” Amazon’s family dramedy had been nominated for four TCA awards, but ultimately won none.

The evening’s other big winner was pop culture’s “it” girl of the moment, Amy Schumer, who took home two prizes: for her Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer” as Outstanding Achievement in Comedy as well as for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

AMC earned two wins, too: its highly praised freshman series “Better Call Saul,” the prequel to “Breaking Bad,” was crowned Outstanding New Program, and “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm claimed his second Individual Achievement in Drama award for his portrayal of adman Don Draper. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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TCA Awards 2015: Empire, Jon Hamm, Amy Schumer, Americans, Fosters and John Oliver Among Winners

8 August 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Emmy-snubbed Empire enjoyed a little kudos vindication Saturday, taking home top honors at the 2015 Television Critics Association Awards.

Fox’s freshman smash was named Program of the Year, besting FX’s The Americans, HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s Mad Men and Amazon’s Transparent.

Photos Emmys 2015: The 47 Biggest Snubs

Amy Schumer also had a big night, snagging trophies for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy (both for Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer).

Other noteworthy winners at the non-televised ceremony, hosted by Late Late Show’s James Corden, include AMC’s Better Call »

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'Empire,' Amy Schumer, 'The Americans' are big TCA Awards winners

8 August 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tonight, the Television Critics Association press tour takes a pause for the annual presentation of the TCA Awards, with the big winners including "Empire," "The Americans," "Inside Amy Schumer" and Jon Hamm. "Empire" was named the Program of the Year, which is an award designed to encompass not only quality, but cultural impact. "Inside Amy Schumer" won both the comedy series award and an individual award for Schumer herself. "The Americans" was named the best drama by critics, while Hamm won the individual achievement in drama award (his second TCA win) for the final season of "Mad Men." It was a share the wealth night, with Schumer being the only double winner. AMC's "Better Call Saul" beat out a lot of impressive nominees (including "Empire") to win the new program award, HBO won for both the movies & miniseries category with "The Jinx" and for news & information for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Back to the Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Time-Travel Classic

3 July 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Since its release 30 years ago this week (on July 3, 1985), "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.

Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, we're firing up the flux capacitor and traveling back 30 years to learn the secrets of "Back to the Future."

1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time.

2. Zemeckis and Gale took their idea to Steven Spielberg, »

- Gary Susman

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Carol Leifer to Adapt Her Memoir 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying' for TV

1 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Four-time Emmy nominee Carol Leifer will turn her life writing TV comedy into, well, a TV comedy.  The stand-up comedienne And "Modern Family" and "Devious Maids" writer will adapt her 2014 memoir/self-help guide, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying," into a series for Gaumont TV.  Leifer was also recently named a co-ep on the NBC comedy "Better Late Than Never."  Here's the book synopsis for "How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying": For many years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys’ club -- until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live" to "Seinfeld," "The Ellen Show," and "Modern Family," Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of...

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- Inkoo Kang

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Woody Allen’s Producer Jack Rollins Dies at 100

18 June 2015 5:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime comedy producer-manager Jack Rollins, who handled Woody Allen, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Lenny Bruce, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 100.

Rollins, a native of Brooklyn, was a co-producer with the late Charles H. Joffe on many of Allen’s films. The duo managed many of the industry’s top comedy acts starting in the 1960s.

Rollins appeared briefly in Allen’s 1984 film, “Broadway Danny Rose,” in which Allen played a manager of a variety of strange acts — a character he loosely modeled on Rollins.

Rollins and Joffe had producing credits on all of Allen’s films between 1969 and 1993, including “Take the Money and Run,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Bananas,” Sleeper,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Zelig,” “Radio Days” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Born as Jacob Rabinowitz in Brooklyn, he broke into the business after World War II as a Broadway producer, then founded a talent »

- Dave McNary

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'Empire,' 'Transparent' Lead Television Critics Association Awards Nominees

4 June 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for its annual awards, which will be given in an untelevised ceremony on August 8. "Empire" and "Transparent" led the pack, with four nominations each. Past winners can be viewed here. The TCA's membership includes more than 200 critics writing for online outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Program of the Year "The Americans," FX "Empire," Fox "Game of Thrones," HBO "Mad Men," AMC "Transparent," Amazon Heritage Award "Friends," NBC "Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman," CBS/NBC "The Shield," FX "Star Trek," NBC "Twin Peaks," ABC Outstanding Achievement in Drama "The Americans," FX "Empire," Fox "Game of Thrones," HBO "Justified," FX "Mad Men," AMC Outstanding Achievement in Comedy "The Big Bang Theory," CBS "Inside Amy...

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- Sam Adams

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TCA Awards: Empire, Transparent, Jane, Americans, Mad Men Lead Nominees

4 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 31st Annual TCA Awards, and Fox’s mighty Empire and Amazon’s groundbreaking Transparent lead the pack with four nods apiece.

The CW’s Jane the Virgin, AMC’s Mad Men and FX’s The Americans followed with three nominations each.

RelatedCritics’ Choice Television Awards: HBO, Better Call Saul, Taraji P. Henson and Amy Schumer Among Big Winners

Network-by-network, HBO came out on top with seven total nominations, while ABC, CBS, AMC, and FX each amassed five.

Among the shows looking to succeed Breaking Bad as Program of the »

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‘Empire’ and ‘Transparent’ Lead 2015 TCA Nominations

4 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Freshman shows topped the Television Critics Association annual awards, with Fox’s “Empire” and Amazon’s “Transparent” leading the pack with four nods each, including the prestigious program of the year.

The nominations were particularly widespread this year across networks, with each of the broadcast networks getting noms: ABC (5), CBS (5), Fox (4), NBC (3, though all in the heritage category), and The CW (4), which was recognized for both “Jane the Virgin” and “The Flash.”

HBO tops the network count with 7 noms (with two for “Game of Thrones”), followed by ABC, CBS, AMC and FX with 5 each. Amazon racked up 4, courtesy of “Transparent,” while Netflix settled for one for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” in the comedy category.

The org’s endorsement of this year’s new shows meant last year’s winners are Mia. Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” which won outstanding new program, failed to gain a single nod, as did »

- Debra Birnbaum

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'Empire' & 'Transparent' lead 2015 Television Critics Association Awards nominees

4 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Empire" and "Transparent" were the big winners when the 2015 Television Criticis Association Awards nominees were announced, but will either newbie be able to knock off more well-established shows like "Mad Men" and "Big Bang Theory"? The way the TCA Awards (which will be presented at an untelevised ceremony in Beverly Hills on August 8) are structured, with no differentiation between lead and supporting actors, or between actors and actresses, and with a separate category to honor new series, a new show inevitably leads each year's nominations list. In this case, it was a pair of them: "Empire," which almost single-handedly brought the primetime soap, the Fox network, and broadcast television itself back from the dead; and "Transparent," the beautiful Amazon dramedy that the TCA membership at large opted to vote in as a comedy(*). (*) There are no rules about which categories a show can be assigned to — see also "The Daily Show" frequently being nominated for, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Late Show with David Letterman

21 May 2015 7:23 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: CBS

Episodes: 4,263 (62 minutes)

Seasons: 22

TV show dates: August 30, 1993 -- May 20, 2015

Series status: Ended

Performers include: David Letterman, Paul Schaffer, Bill Wendell, and Alan Kalter.

TV show description:

Derived from Late Night With David Letterman, this Emmy Award-winning late night talk show was born as David Letterman switched networks from NBC to CBS. It's produced by Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated and follows much the same format as its predecessor.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Watch Foo Fighters Score David Letterman's Career-Spanning Montage

21 May 2015 5:58 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Foo Fighters, David Letterman's favorite band, appeared on the final episode of the host's Late Show to deliver a fiery, emotional and extended rendition of the band's 1997 single "Everlong." The band once performed the song, by request, after Letterman's open-heart surgery in 2000. And on Wednesday night Dave Grohl and his outfit once again broke out their anthem at the Ed Sullivan Theatre to soundtrack the finale's epic montage, a rapid-fire series of clips featuring hundreds of Late Show highlights. Even as the elongated "Everlong" cruised past the six-minute barrier »

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David Letterman’s Ep Rob Burnett on Favorite Moments, the Final Show, and His Likely Exit as Worldwide Pants CEO

20 May 2015 3:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Wednesday night will mark the end of an era for late-night TV: The David Letterman Decades. But as Dave waves goodbye after 33 years on TV, so will his executive producer, former head writer, production company president, CEO and longtime collaborator. By the way, those are all the same guy: Rob Burnett. Burnett began his career with Letterman in 1985 as a 22-year-old intern. In 1988, he joined the writing staff of “Late Night with David Letterman,” becoming head writer four years later. He moved with Letterman from NBC to CBS, where he continued as top scribe through 1996. That  year, the five-time Emmy. »

- Tony Maglio

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The DC Comics vs. David Letterman Top Ten List

20 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Everyone is talking about whatever contact they may have had with David Letterman this week, and I’m no different.

I’ve mentioned before that I believe some of the reasons I ended up working at DC Comics almost 27 years ago was because I could pitch softball better than what most people there and that the guy I was interviewing with was the head of the company softball team, and that I went to the game that was scheduled to be against the crew from Late Night With David Letterman.

What I’ve never mentioned before now is that somebody in the DC production department had devised their own strategy to psych out the other team, and had written the entire thing out on big pieces of cardboard, like cue cards.

When the game was forfeited, the giant cards were left behind on the field— and I, being a true »

- Glenn Hauman

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Bill Murray Falls Off His Chair During Drunken TV Appearance (and the Video Is Just So Bill Murray): Watch!

20 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bill Murray can even make falling off a chair while drunk seem charming and charismatic! The 64-year-old actor appeared on Tuesday night's penultimate episode of Late Night With David Letterman where he hilariously jumped out of a cake and chugged vodka with the 68-year-old late night host. But all that drinking may have been a little to much for Murray to handle because his appearance on MSNBC's The Last Word later that night didn't go so smoothly. First Murray drunkenly stumbled onto the Last Word set while host Lawrence O'Donnell was still discussing Elizabeth Warren. O'Donnell convinced Murray to head backstage until his segment. Later on, the St. Vincent star made his way back to the »

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Watch David Letterman's First 'Late Night' Episode

20 May 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

David Letterman will bid farewell to his Late Show tonight with a surprise-filled (and Foo Fighters-featuring) finale, but before the late-night legend says goodbye to airwaves, take 45 minutes to remember Letterman at the onset of his 33-year career. Decider unearthed Letterman's incredible debut episode of his Late Night NBC program from February 1, 1982, which featured guests Bill Murray and Donald "Mr. Wizard" Herbert.

The episode opened up with actor Calvert DeForest, or Larry "Bud" Melman as he was known on the show, delivering a spooky prologue inspired by actor Edward Van Sloan »

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Revisit: Tom Savini on Letterman

20 May 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Tonight, David Letterman signs off, leaving a late night legacy that began in 1982 on NBC with Late Night with David Letterman. Now a legend, Letterman’s 33 years in nightly broadcast talk show were alternately pioneering in late night comedy, and carrying a tradition of those that came before, including Steve Allen and Johnny Carson.…

The post Revisit: Tom Savini on Letterman appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers Pay Tribute To David Letterman

20 May 2015 9:16 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ABC and NBC late night show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers paid tribute to David Letterman last night. First, Kimmel explained he got hooked as a kid, staying up late at night to draw in his room, during which he would “watch a television show called Late Night With David Letterman. And, if you watched it, it was lot like Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in that they had guests and an audience and a band. But it was weird;  it was totally original, primarily… »

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Teary, Bittersweet Letterman Tribute

20 May 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

As we inch toward to an 11:35 p.m. time slot without David Letterman, many of today's hosts have paid tribute to the man who changed the face of late-night television. Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon have already honored the influential Letterman, and on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue where he thanked Letterman for single-handedly inspiring his career in entertainment.

In a teary remembrance — Kimmel had to stop numerous times to compose himself — the host shared staying up late at night to "watch a television show »

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