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The Child in Time review – an agonising portrayal of panic and guilt

23 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald are both brilliant as the parents whose child goes missing in a deeply affecting drama. Plus: Antiques Roadshow hits Brideshead

God, that’s not an easy watch, the first 10 minutes or so of The Child in Time (BBC1). First, Stephen (Benedict Cumberbatch) returns home in a police car and goes inside to tell his wife, Julie (Kelly Macdonald), the worst news in the world: that their four-year-old daughter Kate has disappeared. “She was there,” he says. “She was there, she was just there, she was right there.”

Next, we’re a few years down the line. Stephen, a writer of children’s books as well as a member of a government childcare committee, is trying – inevitably not entirely successfully – to carry on with some kind of life. Without Julie, however, who, also inevitably, now lives separately. How can a marriage ever survive that? Not just the loss and the pain, »

- Sam Wollaston

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How ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Ep Casey Patterson Gives Viral Sensation a Shelf Life

18 August 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lip Sync Battle” keeps on rocking, recently setting a Spike Network ratings record. Executive producer and co-creator Casey Patterson says it’s the very nature of the audio-dubbed beast that makes it so successful. “It’s a show you want to watch with other people, and there’s something very modern about that,” Patterson told TheWrap of the series, nominated for Best Structured Reality Program. Like all the reality-show categories, structured reality tends to see the same shows year after year: “Shark Tank,” “Antiques Roadshow” and “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” are three constants in a category that pretty much defines apples and oranges. »

- Matt Donnelly

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How Each Network Looks Going Into the 2017 Emmys

1 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The competition ramped up among broadcast, cable and streaming networks. for Emmy bragging rights. *This list reflects networks that received more than five nominations.)

A&E: 10

Despite being down two nominations from last year, the cabler pulled out a respectable number in this year’s Emmy race, led by the Down syndrome docuseries “Born This Way,” which received six noms, doubling its impact from last year’s debut in the Emmy race. “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” landed two noms, with “Intervention” and “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later” filling in the list with one each.

ABC: 36

If you count the accolades for its digital platform ABCd — and the Academy does — then the Alphabet network is actually up slightly from last year’s total of 35. The strongest showing is from reality giant “Dancing With the Stars”: Despite not getting recognized in the overall reality competition series category, it »

- Danielle Turchiano

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‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘Westworld’ Top 2017 Emmy Nominations

13 July 2017 8:44 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” tied for the most nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards, earning the most with 22 each.

HBO’s drama scored with viewers, averaging 12 million per episode across all its platforms — the most ever for a freshman series on the cabler. It’s been renewed for a second season, though no premiere date has been announced.

NBC’s veteran sketch show, “SNL,” similarly enjoyed a ratings surge this season, fueled by the swirl of headlines from the election and the Trump Administration, and star turns from Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer (both were nominated). This past season ranked as its most-watched in 23 years.

Netflix’s freshman hit “Stranger Things,” meanwhile, landed 19 nominations, with noms for best drama, supporting actress Millie Bobby Brown, and supporting actor David Harbour, among others. “Feud: Bette and Joan” also nabbed 18 noms, thanks to lead actresses Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon and »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Emmys 2017: Full List of Nominations

13 July 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards were unveiled on Thursday morning.

The honorees were announced at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood by “Veep” actress Anna Chlumsky, “S.W.A.T.” star Shemar Moore, and Television Academy CEO Hayma Washington at 8:30 a.m. Pt.

HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” tied for the most nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards, earning the most with 22 each.

As Peak TV reaches new heights, it’s only fitting that this year saw a bigger Emmy ballot. Drama series had the largest number of submissions with 180, with best actor in a drama close behind at 140, and best actress in a drama up next at 113.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Pt. on CBS.

Follow along for live updates as the nominations »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Emmy predictions: Ellen Page and W. Kamau Bell could break new ground for Best Reality Host

3 July 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

With the rise of reality TV in the last two decades, the TV academy decided to introduce a category for Best Reality Host in 2008. The category is intended to consider the hosts of all reality programs: documentary-style unstructured shows like “Dirty Jobs,” structured reality shows like “Antiques Roadshow,” and competition shows like “Survivor” or […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Guilty Pleasure TV: Shows Critics Watch When They Should Be Working — IndieWire Survey

13 June 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is your go-to guilty pleasure viewing?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Love what you watch, watch what you love and don’t be guilty to love what you love. Life is too short to have guilty pleasures. Of course, are there things I watch that I know aren’t “quality”? Sure! Any time I watch an episode of “House Hunters” or “House Hunters International” and find myself rooting for an incompatible, self-absorbed couple with an outlandish and indefensible budget to either break up on the spot or to make a housing choice that will surely facilitate a “Money Pit-“style scenario in which their »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Guilty Pleasure TV: Shows Critics Watch When They Should Be Working — IndieWire Survey

13 June 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is your go-to guilty pleasure viewing?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Love what you watch, watch what you love and don’t be guilty to love what you love. Life is too short to have guilty pleasures. Of course, are there things I watch that I know aren’t “quality”? Sure! Any time I watch an episode of “House Hunters” or “House Hunters International” and find myself rooting for an incompatible, self-absorbed couple with an outlandish and indefensible budget to either break up on the spot or to make a housing choice that will surely facilitate a “Money Pit-“style scenario in which their »

- Hanh Nguyen

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ITV Moves ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Finale to Avoid Clash With Ariana Grande Benefit Concert

31 May 2017 5:07 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

U.K. broadcaster ITV has moved the upcoming finale of “Britain’s Got Talent” to avoid a clash with TV coverage of Ariana Grande’s “One Love Manchester” benefit concert Sunday.

The finale of the talent show will now go out a day earlier, on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.

Ariana Grande’s ‘One Love Manchester’ benefit concert is bringing artists and the public together, and will raise funds for the Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund,” said an ITV spokesman. “ITV and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ have no desire to distract from this important cause, so we have taken the decision to move the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ final from Sunday night.”

Public broadcaster BBC is televising the concert live on flagship channel BBC One. It cleared other programs, including “Antiques Roadshow,” from its schedule to accommodate the coverage, which will run from 6.55 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The proceeds of the concert, which »

- Stewart Clarke

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Getting to Know the Top 5 Antiques Roadshow Appraisers

16 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The Antiques Roadshow, including both the original British version and the American version which followed, has become more popular than anyone could have expected. The British version first aired in 1979. The American episodes were first aired on PBS in 1997; produced by the Boston, Massachusetts based Wgbh-tv. There have been several hosts for both the U.K. and the United States series, and there have been many more appraisers. Focusing on the United States version gives viewers plenty of unbelievable appraisal values to ponder. The high-value items have prompted antique lovers everywhere to poke through their personal collections and wonder

Getting to Know the Top 5 Antiques Roadshow Appraisers »

- Nat Berman

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A Collection of Honest Captions from Antiques Roadshow

1 May 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

If you are familiar with the show Antiques Roadshow then you’ll get a kick out of these photos. If not let me explain the show and then you’ll probably still get a kick out of these photos. The show began in 1997 and still airs to this day. When collectors discover that they can turn trash into treasure, thanks to the appraisal skills of the show’s specialists in antiques and fine art, it’s not only entertaining but helpful to your own cause because that thing that’s been in your attic for 50 years may very well be worth something. The

A Collection of Honest Captions from Antiques Roadshow »

- Nat Berman

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Awards Roundup: American Cinematheque Award to Fete Amy Adams at Annual Benefit Gala and More

11 April 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The American Cinematheque has announced that the 31st American Cinematheque Award Sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg, will be presented to Academy Award-nominee Amy Adams at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. The presentation will take place Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton  in Beverly Hills, CA. The award presentation will be held in the International Ballroom and will include in-person tributes from some of Adams’ colleagues and friends. Other show participants will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming months.

“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Amy Adams as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque Chairman. “Amy Adams is one of the most beloved, admired and respected actresses in movies today. Her credits range from critical favorites like ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Arrival »

- Kate Erbland

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Later... With Jools Holland: a cockroach in the schedules

8 April 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The format is tedious and the host is excruciating, but the BBC’s last remaining live-music showcase ploughs on regardless. It will probably outlive us all

Later… With Jools Holland (11 April, 10pm, and 14 April, 11pm, BBC2) is back with its 50th series. Really? Only 50? I could have sworn there were more than that. Like the Antiques Roadshow and MasterChef, it is a cockroach in the schedules: inelegant, insistent, indestructible. The BBC proudly calls Later… its “flagship live music show”, apparently forgetting that it’s actually its only live music show, if you don’t count talent contests or the customary musical play-out on The Andrew Marr Show. Because where else can you find live music on the box?

To today’s youngsters, reared on apps and algorithms, televised pop music must seem like a quaint concept. But for those of us too lazy or knackered to unearth new music by ourselves, »

- Fiona Sturges

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Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman Want to Laugh at Your Crafts

29 March 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Will Hipsters Finally Get Their ‘American Idol’?

Reality-tv historians rightly remember Antiques Roadshow as one of the genre’s formative forebears. One of the earliest updates of the storied traveling freak show for the televisual medium, the venerable institution (the original British version dates to the very punk year of 1979) paved the way for cheap, glorious crap like the early rounds of American Idol, everything about Hoarders, and everything on Hgtv. But what if, instead of finding garbage in their attics, insufferable people made the garbage with their own two hands? What if NBC filmed it? That’s the question that hipster hero Amy Poehler and her production company, Paper Kite Productions, are asking in their sell of The Handmade Project, an “unscripted series” focused on competitive arts and crafts. To make things even more affable, she will be joined by Nick Offerman, her co-star on NBC’s hit Parks and Recreation. NBC »

- Andrew Karpan

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Whitney Way Thore Adds Bikini Photo to Her Dating Profile Because She’s Not ‘Trying to Hide How Fat I Am’

21 March 2017 6:32 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Whitney Way Thore is jumping back into the online dating pool — and to be as honest as possible with potential dates, she decided to post a photo of herself in a swimsuit.

Thore enlisted the help of her friend Tal to construct the perfect profile, but they have different ideas about what’s appropriate.

“Now, do you think it’s a little forward to have a picture of yourself in your bathing suit on your profile?” Tal asks Thore in this exclusive clip from Tuesday’s episode of My Big Fat Fabulous Life.

“I’m just tired of people not knowing what they’re getting, »

- Julie Mazziotta

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Mindy Newell: Collecting

13 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Yesterday was a tough one for the Newell family. Actually, the past few months haven’t been easy; my dad is – well, the best way to describe the situation is that my father is a soul trapped in the shell of what was once a healthy, vibrant human being. To be honest, I don’t know why he isn’t dead. And my mom had a stroke about a month ago – and although she’s up and walking around (with the aid of a walker), the energetic and vivacious woman with whom I laughed and fought and loved is gone, too, leaving behind an old lady who is dip-shit batty – though I must admit that some of what she says is pretty funny.

And at least they both are in the same nursing home.

We have spent the last few weeks cleaning out their apartment – especially my brother, who has »

- Mindy Newell

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The week in TV: Horizon: Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth; Sherlock; Endeavour; A Series of Unfortunate Events; Antiques Roadshow

22 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Horizon exposed clean food quacks, Sherlock signed off in style, and Netflix’s Lemony Snicket adaptation was a super-smart surprise

Horizon: Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth (BBC2) | iPlayer

Sherlock (BBC1) | iPlayer

Endeavour (ITV) | ITV Hub

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)

Antiques Roadshow | iPlayer

Armed with little more than charm, a sweet smile, a certain way with him and an (apparently rare these days) ability to separate provable science from rank credulity, Dr Giles Yeo did us all a huge and necessary favour in Horizon, about every charlatans’ latest fad – clean eating.

I was left truly moved by last Sunday’s Antiques Roadshow. Not a sentence often written

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- Euan Ferguson

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