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AMC’s “Mad Men” has two chances to make Emmy history this September. If it wins a fifth award for drama, the series would set an all-time record in the category. It would also become one of the precious few dramas to win an Emmy for its final season.
Bagging a farewell victory may seem like a cinch; AMC’s other crown jewel, “Breaking Bad,” managed it just last year. The final season of HBO’s “The Sopranos” accomplished it in 2007 (with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner on staff, no less).
But before those touchstones of TV’s current Golden Era? You have to go back to 1977, when the PBS import “Upstairs, Downstairs” won the top prize for its swan song. Prior to that, no long-running drama had pulled it off.
- Geoff Berkshire
Drea de Matteo, best known for the hit HBO show “The Sopranos,” got an offer she couldn’t refuse from boyfriend and Whitesnake rocker Michael Devin during the band’s Atlantic City concert over the ...Read More
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Runaway Features and Michael Copon Studios have unveilved the first sneak peak promo for season one of new TV show Dystopia, a sci fi thats sees time travellers from the future travelling back to the present to prevent the extinction of mankind.
It is the year 2037. Our world is dying, slowly, from a virus that has rendered mankind infertile. Not a single child has been born in 25 years. Governments are now powerless puppets for the biggest corporations and Biocorp, the world’s biggest, keeps promising a cure that never comes. A pair of scientists (Michael Copon and Simon Phillips) attempting to create the world first teleporter manage to create something even more powerful: time machines. They travel back to 2017 in order to change the events of their past and prevent the virus from ever taking hold. But their actions have unintended consequences, with the butterfly effect taking hold. As their »
- Gary Collinson
It's good to be Drea de Matteo… The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy actress got popped the big question over the weekend, in the most rock 'n' roll way ever—during a concert! The 43-year-old was at Whitesnake's concert in Atlantic City over the weekend, when her longtime beau, Michael Devin, proposed. "I fell in love with a very beautiful woman a few years ago, I want to embarrass her as much as I can," he explained mid-way through the show. "I've been in love with you since the day I met you and I will for the rest of my life, and I hope that you'll marry me…I have two questions for you: One, will you make sweet passionate love to me for the rest »
There are a couple of questions asked at every HBO TCA executive session: Will we see a new show from The Sopranos creator David Chase, and how about a new season of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm? There was some encouraging news on both fronts today. The network six years ago started to develop a new series with Chase, A Ribbon Of Dreams, about the early Hollywood film industry. “I’ve seen pages,” HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo reported. "He showed us… »
Welcome to the ninth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the ninth episode, “Boca," coming up just as soon as you lie like I play the French horn... "I didn't hurt nobody." -Tony In the grand scheme of "Sopranos" season 1, the most important part of "Boca" takes place on a Jersey golf course, where Uncle Junior and Tony »
- Alan Sepinwall
Read More: 'Sons of Anarchy' Series Finale: How Far Has Jax Fallen After 7 Seasons? Ally Walker's ("Sons of Anarchy") directorial debut "Sex, Death and Bowling" has found a home with Monterey Media. The distribution company has acquired all North American rights to the indie and will release it in theaters this fall. Written and directed by Walker, the dramedy stars Adrian Grenier ("Entourage"), Selma Blair ("Hellboy"), Bailey Chase ("Longmire"), Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos") and Joshua Rush ("Mr. Peabody and Sherman"). The official synopsis reads: "Eli McAllister (Rush) is on a quest. He is also setting out to win The Fiesta Cup, a local bowling tournament. Joining him is his famous fashion designer uncle, Sean McAllister (Grenier). Sean hasn't spent time with his family – specifically his father – for years. But now he has come home to bid farewell to his older brother, Eli's father. »
- Sarah Choi
A limited edition variant of The Walking Dead #1 by renowned artist Ken Kelly will be given to Wizard World Richmond Comic-Con-goers free of charge. Also: the short film Sweet Dreams featuring D.C. Comics super-villain Harley Quinn and details on the Creature From the Black Lagoon figure by Living Dead Dolls.
The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced “Kiss” album cover artist Ken Kelly has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, July 31 - Aug. 2. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available »
- Tamika Jones
Welcome to the eighth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the eighth episode, “The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti," coming up just as soon as I devote my energies to the dignity of Connie Francis... "Where's my arc?" -Christopher And here we come to the meta — before it was even 100% meta. "The Sopranos" quickly became a hit for HBO »
- Alan Sepinwall
Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Comedy Actress. Edie Falco is entering the "Nurse Jackie" series finale titled "I Say a Little Prayer." Amy Poehler is taking the same approach by choosing the "Parks and Recreation" series finale "One Last Ride." -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums For Falco, this year's nomination is her sixth for the Showtime comedy. Along with the six that she reaped for "The Sopranos," she is now tied with Angela Lansbury for the most by an actress in a leading role on a series. She has won a total of four Emmys, including one for the first season of "Nurse Jackie." On the program, she has played drug-addicted nurse Jackie Peyton for seven seasons. The finale was the 12th episode »
On Thursday, Edie Falco earned her sixth Emmy nomination for "Nurse Jackie." Along with the six that she reaped for "The Sopranos," she is now tied with Angela Lansbury for the most by an actress in a leading role on a series. Lansbury received all 12 of her nods for the drama "Murder, She Wrote." Falco already shares another record with a TV great, Carroll O'Connor. They are the only two perfomers to win Emmys for lead roles on both comedies and dramas; she for "The Sopranos" (1999, 2001, 2003) and "Nurse Jackie" (2010) and he for "All in the Family" (1971, 1976-78) and "In the Heat of the Night" (1989). Below, 13 more facts, stats and records regarding this year's Emmys. -Break- Related: Complete list of 2015 Emmy nominations Nomination Records & Trivia With his eighth Emmy nomination for Best Drama Actor, Jon Hamm is now tied for the all-time »
With her Emmy nomination Thursday for “Nurse Jackie,” Edie Falco now ties Angela Lansbury as the actress who has earned the most Best Actress nods in drama and comedy series combined. Falco was nominated seven times for HBO’s “The Sopranos” and won twice, in 2000 and 2003. On Thursday, she received her fifth nomination for the final season as a pill-popping nurse in Showtime’s dramedy “Nurse Jackie.” The previous record holder for series acting nominations was Lansbury, who collected a dozen nominations for playing mystery-writing sleuth Jessica Fletcher on CBS’ long-running “Murder She Wrote.” Also Read: Emmy Nominees 2015: The Complete List The. »
- Thom Geier
The nominations for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, with HBO’s fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” leading the pack with 24 nominations — including one for outstanding drama series.
Limited series “American Horror: Freak Show” and “Olive Kitteridge” were the second- and third-highest nominees with 19 and 13 nominations, respectively.
Also competing in the drama series category alongside “Game of Thrones” are Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” AMC’s “Mad Men” and “Better Call Saul,” Showtime’s “Homeland” and PBS’ “Downton Abbey.”
Thanks to “Game of Thrones’” haul, HBO set a new Emmy best by raking in 126 noms in total, topping its previous high of 124 set in 2004.
ABC was a distant second with 42, followed by NBC and CBS with 41 apiece. FX Networks claimed 38 and Fox grabbed 35. Netflix was »
- Cynthia Littleton
Lady Gaga's American Horror Story: Hotel promotion is on point. Just days after FX released the first teaser promoting the singer's starring role in the drama, Gaga took to Instagram to show off a very important asset…her script. She captioned the shot above with, "Just doing a bit of monster homework. Horrible lipstick accident. #Ahs." Good to know the first episode of the season is currently titled "Checking In." Also, who do you think she's on the phone with? Ahs: Hotel is far from Lady Gaga's first acting role. Prior to achieving musical stardom she appeared on The Sopranos. She's also lent her voice to The Simpsons and appeared in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Machete »
Welcome to the seventh installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the seventh episode, “Down Neck," coming up just as soon as the clown gets arrested, too... "My son is doomed, right?" -Tony The morning after "The Sopranos" series finale aired, David Chase reluctantly got on the phone with me to talk about everything but his intentions for the final scene. »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Emmys forever seem to be grappling with a tension that, in award circles, is virtually unique to television — one that, thanks to a spate of big series finales, seems more sharply focused than usual this year. In the simplest terms, the choice boils down to paying tribute to the old, or ushering in the new?
While the Grammys, Oscars or Tonys are presented with a new list of candidates every year, the Emmys feature contenders that are frequently nominated — and sometimes win — year after year. Witness “Modern Family’s” gaudy five-year stranglehold on the best comedy category, or “The Daily Show” and “The Amazing Race’s” decade-long runs in their fields.
While the TV Academy is ostensibly charged with honoring the best programs from any particular year, it’s difficult not to take past performance and context into account. And that can cloud and complicate the decision-making process, especially »
- Brian Lowry
New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures have announced today that they have found a new writer for their long-awaited adaptation of hit video game Splinter Cell, reports Deadline.
Frank John Hughes has been set as the new scribe for the film, which is set to star Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) and will be directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) initially worked on the script, as did Sheldon Turner (X-Men: First Class). Hughes, who has acted in television shows as 24 and The Sopranos, previously wrote 2012’s Dark Tourist.
The film will see Hardy taking on the role of Sam Fisher, “a highly trained special operative in a fictional black-ops sub-division, “Echelon.”
- Scott J. Davis
New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures are still committed to bringing Splinter Cell to the big screen, and Deadline reports today that the studios have brought Frank John Hughes on board to write a new script for the military-action thriller, which Edge of Tomorrow‘s Doug Liman is still attached to direct.
A hotter-than-ever Tom Hardy, riding a wave of critical adoration after Mad Max: Fury Road, is still in line to star as Sam Fisher, a highly trained special operative in a fictional black-ops sub-division known as Echelon. Along with his fellow Echelon agents, Fisher tackles dangerous terrorist threats with an array of combat skills, high-tech gadgets and ingenuity.
Hughes is best known as an actor, having appeared in The Sopranos and 24, but he recently adapted sci-fi Shovel Ready for Warner Bros. He’s the latest in a significant string of scribes to take a crack at Splinter Cell, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Welcome to the sixth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the sixth episode, “Pax Soprana," coming up just as soon as I’m living next door to Gunga Din… “I love you. I’m in love with you. I’m sorry. It’s just the way it is.” -Tony One of the things I've most loved about covering »
- Alan Sepinwall
Could Hugh Laurie finally win an Emmy this year? He joined the cast of "Veep" this season as Tom James, the vice presidential nominee in Selina Meyer's election campaign. But by the time Laurie took the role, he already had plenty of experience as a candidate. He received six nominations for starring in the Fox medical drama "House" and a seventh for producing the series, but he never won. -Break- Last year's Emmys contest champ says 'Modern Family' should watch out for 'Veep' Laurie's "House" character, an irascible medical sleuth with a drug problem, may have alienated Emmy judging panels with his snark when they viewed his sample episodes. They often prefer their stars to be either heroic (Kyle Chandler in "Friday Night Lights," for instance) or full-blown monsters (James Gandolfini in "The Sopranos," Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad"). Garden-variety jerks don't fare quite »
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