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Netflix's critical hit "Orange Is the New Black" picked up four nominations for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards -- where it's entered as a comedy series.
The show (and its cast) is entered in the drama field for some other upcoming awards shows, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It's a bit of a tweener show, mixing both comedy and drama, but as there are no "dramedy" awards anywhere, it's a comedy for writing purposes.
The full list of series nominees is below. You can go here to see all the WGA TV and radio nominees, including those for news and children's programming. The awards are scheduled for Feb. 1.
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- Michael Ausiello
Nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards were announced and "Frozen" and "Monsters University" led the pack with 10 nominations each. "Despicable Me 2" and "The Croods" followed closely with 9 noms each.
I am rooting for "Frozen" to win! It's a return to form to what Disney does best -- affecting fairy tale with memorable musical numbers. "Monsters University," on the other hand, was bland. The film bored me on second viewing.
Steven Spielberg will receive the Winsor McCay Award for career achievement at the awards ceremony happening on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Patrick Warburton will serve as host.
2013 Annie Award Nominations
1 . Best Animated Feature
A Letter to Momo . Gkids
Ernest & Celestine . Gkids
Frozen . Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Wind Rises . The Walt Disney Studios
2 . Annie Award for Best Animated »
Dan Harmon returned to "Community" for Season 5, but the experience of being bumped from his own show for a season has changed him. It's no secret that Harmon lost a lot of faith in the network television medium after his difficulties working on his beloved project, and he took that expectation of network executives along with him to Adult Swim.
There Harmon teamed with voice actor, writer and producer Justin Roiland to create the animated TV series "Rick and Morty." Roiland voices both title characters, but that wasn't always the case. The process of convincing Adult Swim senior executive vice president Mike Lazzo to make the show Roiland and Harmon wanted to create helped revitalize Harmon's faith in the network TV process.
During an interview with Zap2it, Roiland explains that "Rick and Morty" was developed around him voicing both brilliant grandfather scientist character Rick and his young grandson Morty. »
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Family Guy surprised its viewers with a shock plot twist as one of its iconic characters was killed off last weekend.
In an episode first aired in the Us on November 24, Brian the talking dog - voiced by creator Seth MacFarlane - met his grisly end after being hit by a car. However, there has been speculation among Family Guy fans that Brian's demise may not be all that it seems.
So, as viewers come to terms with the loss of the loyal and beloved Brian, we attempt to tug on your heartstrings a touch more with 8 of the saddest fictional dog deaths on the big and small screen.
1. Turner & Hooch
We can still taste the endless salty tears that streamed down our face following Hooch's untimely death in the line of duty in Turner & Hooch.
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Don't fall victim to another Black Friday massacre! Going out the day after Thanksgiving might yield some amazing deals for your pocket book. But you can likely find similar items online for the same price. Is getting your old Aunt Joyce the last crumpled copy of 2 Broke Girls: The Complete Second Season DVD really worth having your kidneys stomped past your teeth and out of your mouth, where they will become a permanent part of the local Wal-Mart floor? You don't need that hassle. We understand you have a lot of folks to shop for, and everyone loves a movie! So, check out our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for 2013, where we're sure to end the pain and suffering of figuring out what to get that extended family member or friend. We've thought of everyone! Be sure to browse through our extensive list, and we guarantee you'll find something for »
Family Guy sent one of its most beloved characters – the sensible and relatable talking dog Brian Griffin – off to a bloody grave on Sunday, letting him get run down by a car in a surprisingly somber episode that was nevertheless filled with the cartoon series' trademark one-off jokes and wacky cutaways. In the two days since, Brian's death has hit many Family Guy fans hard, leading them to protest the decision with an online petition but also to wonder if his death is really permanent.
Five Expendable Simpsons Characters: Why »
To celebrate the release of Season 5 of Sons Of Anarchy on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, we are giving three lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a copy of the season on Blu-Ray.
Take a seat at the head of the table with Jax in the most illicit and violent season to date, when TV’s darkest and adrenalised drama returns for its brutal fifth season. Relentless and utterly addictive, Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 has now powered onto Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
From the creative genius of Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy is a dark and gritty thriller with comedic undertones. The hit Us thriller tells the story of Samcro, a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegally thriving arms business, »
- Simon Gallagher
Creator: Kurt Sutter
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Ron Perlman, Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Maggie Siff, Theo Rossi, Ryan Hurst, Harold Perrineau, Jimmy Smits, Walton Goggins, Ashley Tisdale, Joel McHale,
Running Time: 677 minutes
Sons Of Anarchy returns for a fifth season and it’s the first season I’ve watched myself. Despite this obvious hindrance when viewing I was immediately gripped and entertained throughout. How much higher can you praise a show than merely stating that it left me wishing I’d been there from the beginning? On the surface, it may seem like a machismo biker show, but it travels to much darker and involving depths. Sons Of Anarchy charts the rise and fall of certain criminal organisations and gangs, with the focus being on the titular biker gang. Where it succeeds in being so much more is the dramatic and theatrical elements, such as »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Exclusive: Veteran animated comedy writer-producer David Goodman has signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV where he has been for the past decade and a half. Goodman has spent most of that time working with 20th TV-based uber producer Seth MacFarlane — eight years on the animated Family Guy, where Goodman rose to executive producer/showrunner, and currently consulting on live-action freshman Dads. Additionally, Goodman co-created and served as showrunner on 20th TV’s animated comedy Murder Police, which was picked up to series by Fox but will not air; developed/ran the studio’s Fox animated series Allen Gregory; and served as a co-executive producer on 20th/Fox’s Futurama. “David is someone we’ve been in business with for 15 years, and quite simply, we can’t imagine being in business without him,” said 20th TV chairman Dana Walden. “He’s worked on nearly every animated series we’ve ever made, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
I can’t recall many astronauts being entwined within popular culture. Yuri Gagarin obviously was the first but he sadly died seven years later; Neil Armstrong is probably the most famous but he shied away from the media frenzy and Buzz Aldrin gave his name to Buzz Lightyear and appeared on The Simpsons, Futurama, Transformers and Mass Effect 3 so possibly he gave it a friendly hug rather than fully embracing it. Just recently however the one Spaceman who has caused a major media hoo-ha is Chris Hadfield (Cmdr or Col. take your pick) with his pictures of the Planet Earth, and of course the one huge thing the world remembers is Cmdr. Hadfield and his Iss bound rendition of Space Oddity by David Bowie.
I’d like to pretend and fib that I’m a Nasa snob and brag to people that, »
- Gary Collinson
J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman's "Almost Human" premieres this weekend starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealey in society growing accustomed to human-like robots, artificial intelligence and sophisticated cyborg technology. But do you think any of those 'bots can crush a sixer like "Futurama's" Bender? The HitFix staff has compiled and ranked our list of our favorite (read: The Very Best) robots from television. From the comic stylings of Crow and Tom Servo from "Mystery Science Theater 3000" to the fashion stylings of Conan O'Brien's "Pimpbot 5000," from Data's cool on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to Rosie animation on the "Jetsons," »
- Katie Hasty
Katey Sagal does more than act in "Sons of Anarchy." She is also an accomplished singer who has just released her first full-length album in nine years, "Covered." What sort of music made it into Sagal's tracks?
According to an interview the actress and singer did recently with Billboard, the music chosen includes songs that have inspired her throughout her life. Among them are "For a Dancer" (Jackson Browne) and "Free Fallin'" (Tom Petty). "A few of them are songs that inspired me as a kid," Sagal said in the interview. "I listened to lots of Joni Mitchell, so I wanted to include music from her, and I also listened to a lot of rock and roll, so I really liked Tom Petty."
There are a few reasons why Sagal waited so long between albums. "Probably a lot of writers' block, and a really busy schedule," she claimed were the main reasons. »
The Star Trek universe is in flux right now. On the one hand we have the classic series, the movies that followed, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine et al. On the other we have J.J. Abrams new take on the Trek mythos with the big screen Star Trek and its recent follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness. Its a division of old and new… Yet in the world of literature it seems old Trek still reigns and its to those hardcore Trekkers out there that still lean to the old Roddenberry days that Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years will appeal.
Seemingly inspired by the recent Star Wars books The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force and Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side, Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years is an “in universe” history of Star Trek complete with excerpts from Starfleet records, chronicling the pivotal »
- Phil Wheat
In my apparent continuing quest to interview all the great voice actors living today (because they are the most fun, okay?), I now bring you my interview with the talented and Emmy-winning Maurice Lamarche, a.k.a. The Brain, Squit, Kif Kroker, Morbo, Lrrr, several Futurama robots, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dizzy Devil, Yosemite Sam, Mr. Freeze, Victor von Doom, General Var Suthra, Mortimer Mouse, Chief Quimby, and more.
It was a real pleasure to speak with Maurice, who I’ve been listening to in various guises since I was a wee thing (I was a big Inspector Gadget fan as a child; and then with Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Futurama being amongst my other favorite shows through the years, I guess I’ve pretty much been listening to Maurice all my life!). It was also great to see him do many of his excellent voices and impressions both during the interview, »
- Emily S. Whitten
Futurama has come to an end. It’s the fourth time that we’ve heard that, but this time it seems conclusive. The series finale of season 7 (season 6 in the UK) entitled ‘Meanwhile’, the 140th episode of Futurama’s on again, off again history, opened with the hilarious caption “Avenge Us” and had a tearfully happy ending for two of our beloved Planet Express crew members. That’s all I’ll say for now so that we can steer clear of any spoilers.
The happy ending brought the show to a sweeter and more natural ending than the three previous episodes that Groening and co. had originally expected to be the last stand: season 4′s ‘The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Play Things’, the straight-to-dvd movie ‘Into the Wild Green Yonder’, and the season 6 finale (season 5 in the UK) ‘Overclockwise’. The fact that Futurama has already had four ‘final’ episodes »
- Matt Hirons
I love visiting New York City, and New York Comic Con is one of my favorite shows. I always have a great time, and this year was no exception. One other thing that remains consistent every year I go is that it all goes by in a total whirlwind blur, and I can barely remember all the things I saw and did, or when they occurred.
But for you, my faithful readers who may not have been able to attend, I’ll try to remember some of the best parts of the weekend, and, as Inigo Montoya would say, “sum up.” So here we go! In no particular order, some of the coolest experiences I had in NYC:
- Emily S. Whitten
Murder Police is Dba: dead before arrival.
Fox has killed its new animated comedy before the first airing. The series, about an inept detective and his cop co-workers, was set to star Jane Lynch (Glee), Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) and Phil Lamarr (Futurama).
The cancellation comes on the heels of other animation-related Fox news: the record-setting renewal (Season 26!) of The Simpsons, a fifth-season order for Bob’s Burgers and American Dad‘s move to TBS next season.
TVGuide.com reports that execs were displeased with early cuts of the show, but may try to shop it to cable networks. »
- Misha Solomon
The folks at "Murder Police" have an important homicide to solve -- their own.
The animated series, originally picked up by Fox for 13 episodes, won't air on the network after all, TV Guide reports. Instead, producer 20th Century Fox TV aims to shop the series around to cable networks.
Insiders tells TV Guide that Fox execs weren't happy with early cuts of the show, resulting in the show losing its spot on the net's 2013-14 schedule. As such, the studio will begin the hunt for a new precinct for the law enforcement-skewering series once more complete episodes are available to screen for the potential buyers.
"Murder Police" is built around an inept detective and his co-workers. Phil Lamarr ("Futurama") voices undercover cop Donel, while Jane Lynch ("Glee") plays Justice, a detective and working mother. Will Sasso ("MadTV"), Chi McBride ("Pushing Daisies"), Pater Atencio ("Key and Peele"), Justina Machado ("Welcome to »
As The Onion has pointed out, full-episode parodies of movies can be a sure sign that a TV show is running out of steam and ideas. And, historically, they're right. (See: Almost any '90s comedy series that ever did a Halloween episode homage to cheesy horror movies.)
But there are a select few shows that have consistently brought the goods when it comes to film satire, using movie plots as a springboard to create something special with their own characters instead of just covering for a lack of originality with 23 minutes of "Hey, look at us making references to this thing you loved!"
Here are the nine shows that have paid tribute to movies with outstanding results.
9. 'Family Guy': 'Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy' ('Star Wars')
The comedic Force isn't always with "Family Guy" (had to), which over the years has had moments that »
- Adam D'Arpino
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