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Emmys: History Could Be Made in Hotly Contested Races

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

This could be a record year for Emmy records.

The award show stars were aligned when the nominations were announced last month, setting up showdowns in a slew of key categories that could result in record-setting wins (or, in a few cases, losses) come Sept. 20.

That includes both of the top series races, where old favorites “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” vie to set new all-time highs in their categories versus buzzy competitors jostling to make their own special mark on Emmy history.

“Modern Family” has claimed the comedy series prize five years running, leaving it tied for most wins with “Frasier,” which accomplished the same feat between 1994 and 1998. If the ABC comedy squeaks out one more victory, it will hold the new record solo.

It’s interesting to note, however, that the show that brought the “Frasier” winning streak to an end was Fox’s zeitgeisty dramedy “Ally McBeal. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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'Mad Men': Emmy experts predict record fifth Best Drama Series win

21 August 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The final season of "Mad Men" will be one for the record books according to our Emmy Experts, as they give the AMC hit leading 4/9 odds to win its fifth Best Drama Series trophy. "Mad Men," which won this award four years running beginning in 2008, is currently tied with "The West Wing" (2000–2003), "L.A. Law" (1987, 1989–1991) and "Hill Street Blues" (1981–1984). Over on the comedy side, laffers "Modern Family" and "Frasier" have already won five trophies apiece, so isn't it time for a drama to play catch-up? -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions A leading nine of our 12 Experts have "Mad Men" in their first position to win the Emmy: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Glenn ...' »

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Emmys: ‘Better Call Saul’ Hopes to Join Elite Ranks of Freshman Drama Winners

20 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy McGill is accustomed to being the underdog. But if “Better Call Saul” goes all the way to win the Emmy for best drama, the AMC series will join an elite club of shows that have claimed TV’s top prize for their freshman seasons.

Since 1981, when “Hill Street Blues” triumphed in its first year of eligibility, only six other series have pulled it off: “L.A. Law” (1987), “Picket Fences” (1992), “The West Wing” (2000), “Lost” (2005), “Mad Men” (2008) and “Homeland” (2012).

“Better Call Saul” is the only first-year show in the running for drama series honors this year. Securing a series nomination in year one is a feather in the cap of any show. But in the case of “Saul,” the recognition is especially sweet. It’s validation that AMC’s prequel series to Emmy darling “Breaking Bad” has overcome the long shadow of its predecessor as a creative achievement that stands on its own. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Peter Grad, Former Mtm Television President, Dies At 75

3 August 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Grad, a television executive and philanthropist, died of a heart attack Aug. 1 while on vacation in Vail, Colo. He was 75.

Grad spent five years as president of Mtm Television from 1987 to 1992. He also did a seven-year stint as a TV development exec at 20th Century Fox. During his long run in TV he helped shepherd such notable series as “L.A. Law,” “The Fall Guy,” “Mr. Belvedere” and “Evening Shade.”

Grad was married for 47 years to Laurie Burrows Grad, daughter of famed playwright-director Abe Burrows. He was the father of Nick Grad, president of original programming and production at FX Networks.

Born in Newark, N.J., Grad grew up on the Jersey shore. He attended the University of Pennsylvania. He dabbled in everything from engineering and finance to acting and producing for the stage before he turned to TV development in 1977, when he joined Paramount TV on the East Coast. »

- Variety Staff

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Video of the Day: Watch ‘Archer’ pay tribute to Woodhouse voice performer George Coe

27 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The death of television veteran George Coe earlier this month was felt keenly, as the performer amassed a body of work that included appearances on Saturday Night Live, Hill Street Blues, Max Headroom, and L.A. Law. At the time of his death, however, Coe was not retired, but was a key part of the FX animated spy comedy Archer, providing the voice for the lead character’s butler Woodhouse, a secondary but nonetheless crucial character over the course of the show’s six seasons.

Following the performer’s demise, Archer has now released a tribute video highlighting the character and the actor’s work on the series as a thank you to Coe for his work on the show. The video can be seen below.

The post Video of the Day: Watch ‘Archer’ pay tribute to Woodhouse voice performer George Coe appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Adam Bram, Paramount Attorney in Michael Jackson Case, Dies at 49

20 July 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Adam Bram, a prolific production attorney best known for successfully defending Paramount Pictures in a defamation lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson, died July 6 in Los Angeles of a heart attack. He was 49.

Bram began his career with two prominent L.A. law firms, representing major TV and motion picture studios. In 1995, Paramount hired him as a senior attorney managing the TV studio’s legal and business affairs. In addition to supervising all of their litigation, he oversaw the acquisition and distribution of entertainment product, and served as the on-site production attorney for “Hard Copy,” Paramount’s daily tabloid series. In his first year, Bram faced a significant challenge after a “Hard Copy” story aired detailing an alleged sex tape featuring a young boy and Michael Jackson. After the allegation was proven untrue, Jackson filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Paramount. Bram coordinated the studio’s defense, guided the show’s producers »

- Carmel Dagan

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George Coe, Original SNL Member and Archer Voice Actor, Dead at 86

20 July 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

George Coe, one of Saturday Night Live‘s original “Not Ready for Primetime Players,” died on Saturday after a long illness, our sister site Variety reports. He was 86.

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Following SNL’s freshman run, Coe appeared in TV series such as (but not limited to) the CBS sitcom Goodnight, Beantown, Hill Street Blues, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Max Headroom, L.A. Law, the ABC sitcom Working and The West Wing.

Coe returned to his SNL stomping grounds as recently as 1986, playing a judge in the infamous “Get a Life! »

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Alfre Woodard, Talitha Bateman to Star in Drama ‘So B. It’ (Exclusive)

28 May 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfre Woodard and Talitha Bateman (“Hart of Dixie”) will star in the film adaptation of Sarah Weeks’ young adult novel “So B. It” with Stephen Gyllenhaal directing, Variety has learned.

So B. It” chronicles the journey of a 12-year-old girl (Bateman) who decides to take a solo cross-country trip and leave the safety of her home life with her mentally challenged mother and agoraphobic neighbor, portrayed by Woodard. Production will begin in Los Angeles in July.

Producers are Outside The Box Productions’ Adam Tenenbaum and Orien Richman, who originally acquired the award-winning book and screenplay, and Branded Pictures Entertainment’s J. Todd Harris (“The Kids Are All Right”). Marc Marcum will co-produce and Michael Nelson is an executive producer.

Gyllenhaal, father of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is directing from a script by Garry Williams. His credits include “Paris Trout,” “Losing Isaiah” and “A Dangerous Woman.”

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- Dave McNary

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Jimmy Smits In For Netflix’s The Get Down With Baz Luhrmann

27 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Riding a wave of critical acclaim after his turn as pimp Nero Padilla in the final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Jimmy Smits has signed on for a lead role in The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven Netflix series The Get Down.

The period piece, set in 1970s New York, follows the daily struggles of a group of South Bronx teens with nobody to rely on apart from each other. Driven by desperation and desire, they fight to survive and usher in a new age of hip-hop, disco, punk and dance that reflects the pains of their existence.

Smits has signed on for the role of Francisco Cruz, aka “Papa Fuerte,” a political player in the area who uses his authority to deliver jobs, housing, health care and other necessary services that the city is denying Bronx residents. He rules his turf with charm, an easy »

- Isaac Feldberg

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When is the Right Time to Pull the Plug on a Long-Running Show?

29 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With the broadcast upfronts around the corner, the major networks are tasked with making crucial decisions regarding the fate of series new and old for the 2015-16 season.

Given the massive increase in the volume of primetime television shows, it’s tougher to decide whether to stick with reliable long-running programs or take a gamble on something new that could become a binge-worthy hit. Since viewers have more choices, networks may be less inclined to stick with older shows just for the sake of stability.

“In the platinum age of quality and choice, broadcasters have to be more aggressive about letting go of the past,” said producer and former NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield.

But viewers aren’t the only ones distracted by so many options. Actors are demonstrating a new willingness to bow out of successful series. Showrunners, in order to better shape a program’s long-term storytelling arc, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Hillary Clinton to Visit Los Angeles on May 7 for Three Hollywood Fundraisers

23 April 2015 10:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hillary Clinton will visit Los Angeles on May 7 to attend three fundraisers for her 2016 presidential campaign, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The first event will be a $2,700-per-person women's breakfast reception at Catherine Unger's Westwood home. Unger is a member of the Women's Political Committee. The breakfast will follow with a $2,700-per-person luncheon reception at the home of L.A. Law producer Steven and Dayna Bochco in Pacific Palisades. Sim and Debbie Farar and Howard and Cami Gordon will also host the event. Homeland writer-producer Howard Gordon previously hosted a Ready for Hillary fundraiser in

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- Tina Daunt

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L.A. Law Star Richard Dysart Dead at 86; Stage and Screen Actor Co-Founded American Conservatory Theater

9 April 2015 4:54 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Richard Dysart was known on TV for always keeping his wits about him. The star of stage and screen, who may be best known as firm partner Leland McKenzie on the hit series L.A. Law, died April 5 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., after a long illness, He was 86. His publicist confirmed the news to the media. Dysart was on L.A. Law for the Stephen Bochco-created show's duration, from 1986 until 1994, winning an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1992. While that was easily his most high-profile role, the Boston-born thesp racked up dozens of small- and big-screen credits over the course of his nearly five-decade career, including roles in films such as The Thing, The Falcon »

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Richard Dysart Dead: L.A. Law Star Dies at 86

9 April 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Richard Dysart has died at 86. The veteran actor, who was best known as Leland McKenzie on the NBC '80s courtroom drama L.A. Law, passed away at his Santa Monica, Calif., home on Sunday, April 5. Dysart's daughter-in-law Jeannine Jacobi told the Associated Press that the star died after a long illness, but did not give further detail. Born in Boston and raised in Maine, he served in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Emerson College with a speech communications master's degree before breaking out in Hollywood [...] »

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Richard Dysart, Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Actor, Dies at 86

9 April 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Dysart, a stage and screen actor known best for his performance as Leland McKenzie in the NBC legal drama “L.A. Law,” died Sunday in his home in Santa Monica. He was 86.

Dysart was born in Boston and raised in Maine. In the 1950s, he got his start in radio and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre.

He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater in the 60s, and played roles on Broadway throughout his career in “All in Good Time,” “The Little Foxes” and “A Place Without Doors.” His performance in “That Championship Season” for his role of the Coach which he created won him a Drama Desk Award in 1972.

In “L.A. Law” Dysart played patriarchal law firm partner LeLand McKenzie. The series aired for eight seasons from 1986-1994. Dysart’s performance earned him a primetime Emmy in 1992.

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Richard Dysart, Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Actor, Dies at 86

9 April 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Richard Dysart, a stage and screen actor known best for his performance as Leland McKenzie in the NBC legal drama “L.A. Law,” died Sunday in his home in Santa Monica. He was 86.

Dysart was born in Boston and raised in Maine. In the 1950s, he got his start in radio and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre.

He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater in the 60s, and played roles on Broadway throughout his career in “All in Good Time,” “The Little Foxes” and “A Place Without Doors.” His performance in “That Championship Season” for his role of the Coach which he created won him a Drama Desk Award in 1972.

In “L.A. Law” Dysart played patriarchal law firm partner LeLand McKenzie. The series aired for eight seasons from 1986-1994. Dysart’s performance earned him a primetime Emmy in 1992.

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- Seth Kelley

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Richard Dysart Dead -- 'L.A. Law' Star Dies from Cancer at 86

9 April 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Richard Dysart -- a veteran of stage and screen best known for his role on "L.A. Law" -- died Sunday after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned. He was 86.  According to Dysart's daughter-in-law, he passed away at his home in Santa Monica. His wife tells us he'd been diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. Dysart had a penchant for playing famous figures -- he portrayed Dwight D. Eisenhower (twice), J. Edgar Hoover »

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Richard Dysart, Emmy-Winning Star of L.A. Law, Dead at 86

9 April 2015 11:37 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Actor Richard Dysart, best known for his Emmy-winning role as senior partner Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law, died April 5 after a long illness, our sister site Deadline reports. He was 86.

Dysart — who got his start in radio and on stage — starred in the long-running NBC drama from 1986 to 1994. The performance earned Dysart a supporting actor Emmy in 1992.

During his time on L.A. Law, Dysart took part in one of the most shocking moments in TV history, the elevator-shaft death of Rosalind Shays:

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Richard Dysart Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Star And Stage Veteran Was 86

9 April 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Richard Dysart, the stage and screen actor who won an Emmy Award in 1992 for playing senior partner Leland McKenzie on NBC’s hit legal drama L.A. Law, died April 5 in his home after a long illness. He was 86. Born March 20, 1929, Dysart got his start in radio as a teen and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre in the 1950s. But it was his role as McKenzie on L.A. Law that most know him for. He was nominated for four Supporting Actor Emmys in a row… »

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Richard Dysart Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Star And Stage Veteran Was 86

9 April 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Richard Dysart, the stage and screen actor who won an Emmy Award in 1992 for playing senior partner Leland McKenzie on NBC’s hit legal drama L.A. Law, died April 5 in his home after a long illness. He was 86. Born March 20, 1929, Dysart got his start in radio as a teen and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre in the 1950s. But it was his role as McKenzie on L.A. Law that most know him for. He was nominated for four Supporting Actor Emmys in a row… »

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Richard Dysart, the Patriarchal Senior Partner of 'L.A. Law,' Dies at 86

9 April 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama L.A. Law, has died. He was 86. Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season, died Sunday at home in Santa Monica after a long illness, his wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, told The Hollywood Reporter. The acclaimed L.A. Law — created by Steven Bochco (who eventually handed off the series to David E. Kelley) and Terry Louise Fisher — aired for eight seasons from 1986

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