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Question: I’m curious about the mention of a boyfriend for Arrow‘s Felicity (in TVLine’s Comic-Con video). She’s supposed to be so traumatized by Havenrock that she has pretty much shut down and is focusing on work as a vigilante, but she’s also dating? Seems odd. —Morgan
Last night was the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, where the television academy takes the time to recognize some of the greatest accomplishments in the industry for the past season. Not surprisingly, the show that came out on top this year was none other than Game of Thrones, a show that seemingly only gets stronger and stronger as time goes on (despite the absence of source material at this point).
This also marked the year that Game of Thrones surpassed Frasier for the record total of Emmys won during a show run. Frasier previously held the record with 37 wins, and with two seasons left, Game of Thrones has secured the title with 38 wins, a record it's sure to barrel over over the course of the next couple seasons.
Below is the list of nominees and winners for several major categories at this year's Emmys!
Outstanding Drama Series
- Joseph Medina
The“Game of Thrones” dominance at this year’s Emmys gave it 38 overall wins, which just gave the drama enough juice to surpass “Frasier’s” 37 and make it the most decorated scripted series of all time. The show had better get used to this moniker, because it’s not going to change for a while.
“Game of Thrones” has two more seasons left, which will very likely rack up more wins and allow the show to pull ahead even further. Of the Top 10 most Emmy-winning shows of all time, six — “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Cheers,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Frasier” — have long since been canceled and therefore no longer pose a threat to the title.
Read More: Emmys Winners and Losers: ‘Game of Thrones’ Broke Records & Amazon Is on Fire, But What About ‘Fargo’?
The only other scripted series that’s alive in that Top 10 is “Modern Family, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Well, the dust has settled on the 2016 Emmy Awards. We laughed, we cried, some of us ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Matt Damon was there. But in between all the wacky hijinks, there was some history being made. Let's take a look at what longstanding records got overturned last night, and just how much it's going to take to overturn them again. Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes Veep into the history booksLouis-Dreyfus picked up her sixth lead actress in a comedy Emmy award Sunday, and her fifth in a row. That's a new record for the category: Previously, she'd shared it »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
HBO’s series won 12 awards on the night, taking its total haul to 38; Susanne Bier scoops directing award.
The night brought its total haul to 38, beating Frasier’s Emmys record of 37.
Read: Screen’s interview with Susanne Bier
FX’s limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story picked up the most awards on the night, taking home five in total including Outstanding Limited Series, while Veep and Transparent won two apiece.
Check out a full list of winners here…
Winner: Game of Thrones
Lead Actress, Drama
- Gary Collinson
Awards season trivia is a seemingly never-ending well of facts and figures that, practically speaking, rarely amount to more than an extra point or two at your local bar’s trivia night. Still, with TV’s biggest night of the year on the horizon, here is a list of 15 Emmy-related fun facts to impress your watch party, or at least hold you over until Sunday.
1. Netflix and Chill
Since becoming eligible to appear on the Emmy ballot in 2013, Netflix has gathered a total of 117 nominations overall. This year, Netflix reigns as the third-most nominated network — behind HBO (94) and FX (56) — with 54 nominations for 2016.
2. Glorious Cloris
Cloris Leachman reigns supreme with the most Emmy wins by a single actor, male or female, with a whopping eight victories. The TV legend has trophies from her appearances on “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Touched by an Angel,” among others.
3. Never Nominees
Popularity among audiences doesn’t necessarily guarantee Emmy success — stars »
- Arya Roshanian
The Emmy Awards is unequivocally the year's most important night for television. Yet what effect does an Emmy actually have on a television actor or series when the night is over? Can an award save a show from being cancelled, or launch an actor into super-stardom? Well, it's complicated. As Fortune pointed out in a 2015 article on the monetary impact of an Emmy, it's no Oscar. (Between 1990 and 2009, movies that won an Oscar for Best Picture saw a $14 million average increase in box office sales.) "TV deals usually span several years," Don Kaplan wrote in the New York Daily News in 2013. "In the movie business, »
- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda
Last Year’s Winner: “Veep” Was It an Upset? Kind of. Most experts believed “Modern Family’s” five-year win streak would end, but disagreed over whether “Veep,” “Transparent” or “Louie” would defeat it. Still Eligible? Yes Hot Streak: Though “Modern Family” lost its winning streak last year, it could still become the most awarded program ever in this category with just one more win. It’s currently tied with “Frasier” at five trophies. Fun Fact: The last time the highest-rated show nominated won was in 2012 (“Modern Family”). The last time the lowest-rated show won was most likely in 2004, when “Arrested Development” took home the prize over “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Will and Grace” (though lack of ratings for certain HBO programs makes it hard to tell for sure).
“Veep” is looking to extend its reign, »
- Ben Travers
Jean Smart has been a small-screen fixture since the early ’80s, but it wasn’t until a 2000 guest role on “Frasier” that Smart took home an Emmy. She’s been nominated seven times since (and turned two of those noms into wins) including this year for a standout role as crime family matriarch Floyd Gerhardt on FX’s limited series “Fargo.” Although the “Fargo” cast changes every season, Smart will soon reunite with showrunner Noah Hawley and co-star Rachel Keller on the upcoming FX series “Legion,” set in the Marvel “X-Men” universe.
Your first Emmy was for a guest role, what do you remember about the win?
They had the guest actor category at the Creative Arts Emmys before the Primetime Emmy broadcast. I was in New York doing a Broadway play with Nathan Lane. Jerry Zaks, the director, very kindly let my understudy go on for a couple of performances so I could fly out. And »
- Geoff Berkshire
TV can’t seem to wrap its annual “upfront,” when it vies to get hold of billions of dollars in advertising.
In mid-June, NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke told a group of investors that the large Comcast-owned media conglomerate was off to an auspicious start in TV’s annual “upfront” market, when U.S. media companies work to sell the bulk of their ad inventory for their coming programming cycle. “We are having a very strong upfront,” he told a conference organized by Guggenheim Partners. “We are a little over halfway done.”
Closing out that final 50% has been more challenging – and not just for NBCU.
With TV networks enjoying more leverage in these annual talks with Madison Avenue in some time, one of the world’s biggest media-buying firms, GroupM, has held firm. NBCU and Time Warner’s Turner have yet to finalize deals with the company, which represents advertisers like Unilever and American Express, according »
- Brian Steinberg
Joining the previously announced Alyssa Sutherland and Frances Conroy, eight additional actors have signed on to face the otherworldly horrors of The Mist, Spike TV’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novella:
Press Release: New York, NY, July 13, 2016 – Further casting has been announced for Spike’s new original scripted series “The Mist,” based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name. From TWC-Dimension Television (TV), “The Mist” goes into production later this summer and premieres on Spike in 2017.
“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear? The additional casting includes (in alphabetical order):
- Derek Anderson
The death of the longtime actor, whose face was familiar to TV audiences from roles on “The Golden Girls,” “Murder, She Wrote” and, most recently, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” was attributed to cancer in a paid obituary announcement in the New York Times. On Broadway, he’d been seen in “All the Way,” the Tony winning 2014 production that starred Bryan Cranston, as well as musicals “Anything Goes” (2011) and “Grey Gardens” (2006).
McMartin, who was nominated for five Tony Awards over the course of his career, made his Broadway debut in 1961 play “The Conquering Hero,” but his first signature role came in 1966 Neil Simon-Cy Coleman musical “Sweet Charity,” in which he played the nebbishy accountant Oscar, a Tony-nominated performance he reprised in the 1969 movie version opposite Shirley MacLaine.
His association with composer Stephen Sondheim began with the »
- Gordon Cox
The actor on being thrown outside naked, demolition jobs and his sister’s murder
Born in the Us Virgin Islands, Kelsey Grammer, 61, grew up in New Jersey and Florida. He became famous for his Emmy-award-winning portrayal of Dr Frasier Crane in the sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. Grammer voices Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons and his latest movie is Breaking The Bank.
He is married for the fourth time and has six children. He divides his time between La and New York.
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
To mark the release of Breaking the Bank on 20th June, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD. Discovering a rogue trader (Mathew Horne – Gavin & Stacey) has left the bank in serious financial trouble with rival American and Japanese banks circling like sharks, Charles (Kelsey Grammer – Frasier, Cheers) needs […]
The post Win Breaking the Bank on DVD appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
TV’s “upfront” marketplace may be gaining traction, though media-buying executives and other people familiar with the tone of these annual negotiations for billions of dollars of TV-advertising inventory caution that talk of serious activity may be overstated.
While all the TV companies are believed to be in active negotiations with advertisers, NBCUniversal and CBS are said to have begun securing advance advertising commitments, according to people familiar with the situation. CBS’s sales effort is in its early stages, one of these people said, while NBCU has been selling both cable and broadcast. Both networks have pressed for deals that call for increases in the rate of reaching 1,000 viewers, a measure known as a Cpm that is integral to these yearly discussions between Madison Avenue and the U.S. TV networks.
Several ad buyers could not corroborate the reports of sales activity, and some indicated that the overall market had yet to move in earnest.
The signals of activity come as TV networks and advertisers grapple with a marketplace that has grown increasingly complex, despite heightened demand for TV advertising in recent months. Media companies are trying to package cable, broadcast and digital inventory at once, as advertisers seek to create broader campaigns that reach consumers through TV advertising, mobile tablets and social media, among other types of outreach. Ad buyers, meanwhile, are trying to tamp down the rate hikes their clients have to pay even as ratings declines and new demands for TV time from certain advertisers put pressure on the available supply.
Indeed, the networks and ad buyers have been at loggerheads for several weeks over the rate of increase that ought to be paid. Initial bids from the networks called for double-digit Cpm increases – some as much as 15% or higher, according to ad buyers. Advertisers, meanwhile, have expressed a desire to pay Cpm increases of just 4% to 5%. Many buying executives have made a hard point of not wanting to agree to increases of more than 9%, though one of the people familiar with discussions said that CBS pressed for some agreements that call for hikes in the low double-digit percentage range.
Expectations have been high for this year’s market, which may be the first in several years to move in the TV networks’ favor. The networks lost leverage over the past few years, and saw their ability to increase the rates of increase for TV time erode as more advertisers experimented with streaming video as well as content and programming from new digital players. The five English-language broadcast networks secured between $8.02 billion and $8.69 billion for their 2015-16 primetime entertainment schedules, according to Variety estimates, compared with between $8.17 billion and $8.94 billion for the 2014-15 season.
In 2016, NBCUniversal has moved aggressively in discussions about rates, according to multiple executives, so much so that some buyers said they were frustrated by the terms the company has tried to set. These people said NBCU is working, as it has for the past several years, to reverse declines in its base rate for reaching 1,000 viewers. Those CPMs are said to be significantly less than those commanded by Fox, CBS and ABC, and are the result of years of ratings shortfalls that took place as NBC failed to find solid replacements for programs like “E.R.,” “Seinfeld, “Frasier” and other must-see TV delights that gave it years of top ratings and a command position that lasted into last decade.
NBC’s luster these days rests on its “Sunday Night Football” franchise as well as “The Voice,” and the addition of a handful of “Thursday Night Football” games in the coming season. The network’s parent company has also placed more emphasis on its portfolio of news, late-night, sports and general-entertainment cable options, and has its coming broadcast of the Rio Olympics, another big-viewing property to dangle in front of sponsors.
Ad buyers have suggested that TV budgets are flat to slightly up for the coming programming season, with movie studios and auto manufacturers among the categories trimming TV-ad money. Consumer packaged goods companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers, meanwhile, are said to be shifting money back to TV after several years of placing new emphasis on digital.
- Brian Steinberg
Annecy — Kelsey Grammer (“Boss,” “Frasier”) and Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Hand of God”) are attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters,” his upcoming and much-awaited animated TV series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television for Netflix.
The announcement was made June 15 at France’s Annecy Festival, the Cannes of animation, as Del Toro delivers a masterclass on his career which is expected to feature a two minute sizzle-reel from “Trollhunters,” plus some 10 minutes of clips and scenes from the series.
Billed as an epic family event series, and indeed marking Del Toro’s first work for kids and families, “Trollhunters” will bow on Netflix in December 2016. Created and executive-produced by Del Toro, Trollhunters is “set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia,” where Jim, and his two best friends “make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which will impact their lives forever,” DreamWorks Animation and Netflix said in a statement on Wednesday.
Anton Yeltsin, Chekov in “Star Trek,” voices Jim, who discovers a mysterious amulet; Grammar limns a kindly troll who helps Jim; and Perlman will provide the voice of Bular, which the series makers describe as “a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends for battle.”
The cast renews the collaboration between Del Toro and Perlman, maybe the most iconic of the director’s regular actors, having played the lead in 2002’s “Hellboy” and 2008’s “Hellboy II: the Golden Army,” two early mid-career Del Toro movies which consolidated the Mexican helmer’s reputation for spectacle, an empathy with outcasts, and a desire to mix genre, physical effects and ancient mythology with complex ethical fables.
Expectation is high to see the scope and scale which Del Toro brings to a near obsession – he is the author of a novel, “Trollhunters” – in a limited series format, having tackled vampires in the FX Network-aired “The Strain.”
DreamWorks and Netflix, for their part, promise “stunning visuals and ambitious, complex storytelling” which “raises the bar for family series as a global must-see viewing event for the entire family.”
Another large question is how Del Toro will have tackled the animation. “Trollhunters” is produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix. Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow”) and Christina Steinberg (“Rise of the Guardians,” “National Treasure”) serve as executive producers. Dan Hageman (“The Lego Movie”) and Kevin Hageman (“The Lego Movie”) are co-executive producers; Chad Hammes (“Dragons: Race to the Edge”) is another producer.
More details of “Trollhunters” are expected to be revealed during Del Toro’s June 15 masterclass which has rapidly acquired the status of a must-attend event. Such has been the demand from journalists at Annecy for interviews with Del Toro that the Festival has scheduled a Del Toro press conference for June 16.
- John Hopewell
Aaron Sorkin broke the news Tuesday morning at Variety’s annual TV Summit, held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“I couldn’t be more excited about that,” Sorkin said of Ellis directing.
Ellis is a multi-time Tony-nominated director, having worked on the stage productions “She Loves Me,” “Steel Pier,” “1776,” “Twelve Angry Men,” “Curtains,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “You Can’t Take It with You.” On the television side, Ellis was exec producer on Showtime’s “Weeds.” He has directed episodes of “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Frasier” and “30 Rock,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
Sorkin spoke about “A Few Good Men” at the Variety event on a panel with NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Kenny Leon, who directed NBC’s “The Wiz Live” and is on board to direct “Hairspray Live.”
“If something happens to Scott, let me know. I’m waiting in the wings!” Leon joked on the panel, pitching himself to direct the live play. Greenblatt chimed in: “You’re busy doing ‘Hairspray.'”
“I am very exited to write it up again. It was my first play, it was my starter play. I’m very proud of it, but it still feels a little bit like my high school yearbook picture to me. I think, or I at least hope, I’m a better writer now,” Sorkin said. “I’m looking forward to attacking it just for the sake of a re-write, as well as it should be written for this particular production.”
As for casting, the panel said that they’re getting into the process.
“We are reaching out to people. We’re beyond having just a list,” Sorkin revealed, adding that the creative team is getting many phone calls, now that the new wave of live TV productions has blown up. “Actors don’t get the opportunity to do that a lot,” he said of performing live on television.
The panelists praised Carrie Underwood for being the first actor to step into the new world of live TV with NBC’s “The Sound of Music” in 2013. Three years later, actors are jumping at the opportunity to flex their creative muscles on live TV.
“I’m going to give you the long list of scaredy-cats from ‘Sound of Music’ because there are some big people who said, ‘I can’t do that,'” Greenblatt said for “A Few Good Men” casting.
In addition to talent getting excited, the entire Hollywood community has welcomed the live programming wave.
“We got a call out of the blue from Tyler Perry,” Zadan said. “He called and he said, ‘I’m calling to help you because I’m going to mobilize a social media campaign for ‘The Wiz’ because this has to succeed.’ He called Oprah and he called everyone else that he knows and they started tweeting…the support that we got from the community was so overwhelming…because they know that failure means there won’t be anymore. We needed those ratings for this to continue because they’re so expensive.”
The new trend of TV musicals come with a learning curve — and being the first live play on television in decades, “A Few Good Men” even more so.
“I have been for years wanting to see live theater come back to television,” Sorkin said. “I was thinking, ‘Boy I hope [NBC] expands into non-musicals next’ — not thinking for a second that my play would be the canary in the coal mine.’
Surely Sorkin’s revitalized play will launch a new wave of more live plays on television, just like “The Sound of Music” inspired more NBC musicals, including “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz,” and Fox’s “Grease Live.” And up next at the broadcast networks is Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and ABC’s “Dirty Dancing.”
“There are no barriers between Broadway, movies and television anymore,” Greenblatt said. “Tt’s completely interwoven now.”
“We’re probably going to do it in February,” the NBC exec revealed. “We haven’t locked in the date.”
While February will bring a new cast and a new script to Sorkin’s hit, he assures that the live production will stay true to form.
Quoting the film’s most famous line, Sorkin quipped: “It’s going to be ‘A Few Good Man.’ You can’t handle the truth! It’s going to be ‘A Few Good Men.'”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Steve Martin, who briefly appeared during Episode 1, brought his banjo along for Week 2 of NBC’s summer variety venture.
SNL‘s primetime equivalent followed up on its May 31 debut with sketches involving improper forms of etiquette, gropey ventriloquist dummies and Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things. The hour also featured special guests Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes and Drake, the latter of whom was sorely missing from all but one segment in »
With the exception of Dr. Frasier Crane on both Cheers and the spin-off series Frasier, easily the best role Kelsey Grammer has played in his career is that of Sideshow Bob, the sidekick of Krusty the Clown on the long-running animated series The Simpsons. Grammer won an Emmy for his voiceover performance as the character […]
- Ethan Anderton
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