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Call it “Inside the Actors Studio” for the sports world.
DirecTV has ordered “Undeniable with Joe Buck,” a one-on-one interview show hosted by the Emmy-winning sportscaster. The 10-episode series, which hails from Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Productions, will feature in-depth interviews with sports legends Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter, Troy Aikman, Kelly Slater, Jerry Jones, Wayne Gretzky, Jimmy Johnson and many more.
“Undeniable” has been filming since early August for a planned fall premiere on DirecTV’s Audience Network.
“Personally, this is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am excited by the challenge of being able to showcase my abilities as an interviewer, which is not something I am able to do when doing play-by-plays,” said Buck. “When I am on stage interviewing these icons, I am just as excited as the viewer to get to know these icons as people and learn what shaped their incredible journeys.”
Said exec producer Vaughn, »
- Debra Birnbaum
You might think you can do a decent Christopher Walken, but really, you can't touch the professionals. Here, from Kevin Spacey to Steve Coogan, are the very finest impersonators in the business (of other people in the business).
1. Kevin Spacey
To know Kevin Spacey is to know his impersonations. Willing to bust out a Brando at the drop of a hat, the former Old Vic head honcho was more than willing to obey James Lipton's commands during his appearance on Inside The Actors Studio.
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16 and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the most nominations.
Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. Fox will broadcast them live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The nominees are below:
Outstanding Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lead Actor, Drama
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Lead Actress, Drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie
- Variety Staff
Jim Parsons says he wasn't exactly living a closeted life, but when a reporter asked him a question and outed him as a gay man, he was relieved. Parsons sat down with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio to discuss all things, from playing God on Broadway in An Act of God to his Emmy-winning work on The Big Bang Theory and his role in HBO's The Normal Heart. Lipton asked Parsons if he was pained living a closeted life, but Parsons said that wasn't the case with him. "I never had a coming out piece, I just didn't mention it," Parsons says in the exclusive clip below. "I took Todd with me to events…and then finally one day while working on Harvey I did a piece with Patrick Healy for »
Here’s something you can cross off your long list of questions surrounding Stephen Colbert‘s upcoming Late Show takeover: Who will lead his band?
For that gig, Colbert has chosen Louisiana musician Jon Batiste, the host announced Thursday.
“His music makes the audience feel so good, we may have to install a ‘Do Not Make Love’ sign,” Colbert said in a statement, while Batiste added, “I’m thrilled! This is a match made in heaven. Get ready for a love riot in late night. »
“The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is set to stop by Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” Variety has learned. The episode will mark the Emmy Award winner’s first appearance on the critically-acclaimed show, hosted by James Lipton.
“Having an incredibly well-rounded, successful run in theater, film and television, Jim Parsons arrived on our stage for one of the most joyful — and hilarious — evenings in the 21-year history of “Inside the Actors Studio,” said Lipton, of the session which was previously taped and airs June 18.
In the episode, Parsons — who is best known for his role as Sheldon Cooper on “Big Bang” and is currently starring on Broadway’s “An Act of God” — talks about his theater roots in Houston where he grew up, his relationship with longterm partner Todd Spiewak and the genesis of his hit CBS sitcom. As per usual on “Actors Studio,” the thesp also taps into character roles, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It should come as no surprise that critically-acclaimed series such as "The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" took home top prizes at the fifth annual Critics' Choice TV Awards on Sunday night (it's right there in the name of the event, after all). But there was plenty of love for popular shows, too, proving that quality programming is becoming more widely available and amenable to audiences during this so-called golden age of television.
"The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" each claimed high honors in the best drama and comedy series categories, respectively, and their home networks were the biggest winners of the night: HBO snagged seven statuettes, while FX collected four. "Silicon Valley" was among the shows that won multiple awards, with T.J. Miller taking home the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy.
Freshman series "Better Call Saul" and "Transparent" also walked away with two trophies apiece, while new sensation »
- Katie Roberts
The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton, and HBO was the winningest network with a total of seven prizes, including three for its Olive Kitteridge miniseries.
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FX amassed four wins, while AMC, Amazon, Fox and Comedy Central picked up two apiece.
Among the more notable first-time winners, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson came out on top in the drama actress race, while »
The 5th annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards took place Sunday at the Beverly Hilton hotel and aired live on A&E. “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley emceed the proceedings — and also found time to accept the prize for best reality host midway through the show. Despite playfully jabbing rival host Tom Bergeron during her intro by joking she’d purposefully gotten him relegated to one of the back tables in the ballroom, she was spotted warmly embracing the “Dancing with the Stars” mainstay during the ad break.
The first prize of the night went to “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks for best supporting actor in a drama, and the thesp also had the dubious honor of earning the ceremony’s first (but far from the last) bleep during his acceptance speech. The “Breaking Bad” spinoff later won a second award for Bob Odenkirk’s lead »
- Variety Staff
The fifth annual 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards were handed out on Sunday night, honoring the best of the best in small screen entertainment. The award ceremony was presented by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association and hosted by "So You Think You Can Dance" Mc Cat Deeley.
HBO was the event's big victor -- the network picked up a total of seven wins. "Oliver Kitteridge" received three wins and was the most honored program of the evening. Get a complete list of winners below and find out if your faves came out on top.
Best Drama Series
The Americans" - Winner
Best Comedy Series
Silicon Valley" - Winner
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alana Altmann
It’s time to start honoring television again, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association has released their (our) nominations for the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
HBO comes out especially strong with a whopping 27 nominations.
Any release of nominees also means its time to talk snubs, and generally start the wheels of backlash turning, and I want to know you’re reaction.
But, before that kicks off, lets see who the nominees are.
By the way, don’t miss the awards! Sunday, May 31st at 8:00pm Et on A&E!
HBO leads the networks in nominations with 27, followed by FX which garnered 16. Topping the list of nominated series are Justified (FX) and Olive Kitteridge (HBO), both with five nominations. The Americans (FX),Bessie (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Transparent (Amazon) and Wolf Hall »
- Marc Eastman
The critics are out for (new) blood!
Nominations for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday, and the list is chock-full of first-time nominees from rookie hits and established series.
In something of a surprise, FX’s Justified parlayed widespread acclaim for its final season into a leading five nominations, including best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who’s also up for his guest work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter and guest performer for Sam Elliott. »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the nominations for its annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, with HBO leading the networks with 27 nominations and FX coming in second with 17.
FX’s “Justified” and HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” tied for most-nominated series with five bids each, followed by FX’s “The Americans,” HBO’s “Bessie,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and PBS’ “Wolf Hall” with four each.
“From streaming television to broadcast and cable, single-camera to multicamera productions, inventive reality shows to high-end drama series, this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards contenders really span the gamut,” said Btja president Joey Berlin. “It’s thrilling to continue to see such creativity and diversity in television programming, and as television journalists, it’s exciting to be able to share our favorites with viewers.”
The awards ceremony will be held May 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live starting at 8 p. »
- Whitney Friedlander
New series are ascendant in the Critics' Choice Television Awards nominations, but it's the final season of "Justified" that reigns supreme.
The FX drama topped the nominations list with five nominations, including Best Drama, Best Actor for Timothy Olyphant, and Best Supporting Actor for Walton Goggins. "Transparent" was the leading comedy, with four nominations.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Best Actress In A Drama Series
Eva Green, »
- Kelly Woo
The cast of “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” joined James Lipton Tuesday evening for a mock edition of “Inside the Actors Studio” to discuss Bravo’s first-ever scripted series, in front of a crowd filled with TV Academy members.
Following the panel, “Top Chef” Boston contestants served up the Universal Studios Hollywood reception with dishes from season 12 winner Mei Lin, plus finalists Melissa King and Doug Adams. King prepped scallop crudo with citrus, Adams served a Texas-style brisket chili, and Lin made her winning congee dish. During the tasting party, small bites including mini cheeseburgers, brie crostinis and kimchi falafel were passed around, and chocolate-dipped strawberries were the hit of the dessert buffet.
Before the party began, Lipton took the stage at Universal Studios’ Globe Theatre with “Girlfriends’ Guide” creator Marti Noxon and ensemble Lisa Edelstein, Paul Adelstein, Beau Garrett, Necar Zadegan and Alanna Ubach.
In line with the show’s racy content, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Liza Minelli is seeking help.
The 69-year-old singer-actress has checked into rehab, her rep confirmed to Et.
"Liza Minnelli has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years and whenever she has needed to seek treatment she has done so," her rep said in a statement.
Watch: Liza and Her Siblings Reunite for 'Wizard of Oz' Tribute
Minnelli has been open about her past trips to rehab, including a stint in 2004, and her battle with alcoholism.
News: Adrian Grenier Examines Drug Abuse in Hollywood
The Cabaret star's rep said that "she is currently making excellent progress at an undisclosed facility."
Watch the video below to see John Travolta urge action on Hollywood's drug abuse.
Hollywood & Highland
The posters are up all over Hollywood and Oscars 2015 is less than a week away. If you follow the Academy’s official Twitter feed (@TheAcademy), Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have been giving fans daily updates of the show and are in full rehearsal mode at the Dolby Theatre.
From Entertainment Weekly’s cover to “Inside The Actors Studio,” host Neil Patrick Harris has been doing his part in promoting the 87th Oscars. Listen as the first time host talks about following in the famous footsteps of previous emcees.
For movie fans in the Hollywood area during Oscar Week, events at The Academy begin February 17th and run through February 21.
On Tuesday, the Academy kicks off the week as it celebrates the nominated films and filmmakers of the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories. Actor Sean Astin serves as host for the evening. »
- Michelle McCue
Leave it to Neil Patrick Harris to make his already super-cute four-year-old twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace appear even more adorable.
The 41-year-old former How I Met Your Mother star is appearing on Thursday's episode of Inside the Actors Studio, in which he dishes on the different personalities of both Gideon and Harper. The fraternal twins were born via surrogate, with each child being a biological match to either Harris or Burtka.
"There was a separate egg donor who donated anonymously even though we had vetted her," Harris explains to host James Lipton.
"We were hoping that one would take, and two took," Burtka adds, noting that each of them is a father to one of the children.
Video: Neil Patrick Harris Arrives at the 'Freak Show'
But what are their personalities like?
"They're pretty quintessential boy and girl," Harris says. "Harper is a girl, girl, girl. Girl. She wears mermaid outfits and has falls in her »
Neil Patrick Harris has a fresh take on the How I Met Your Mother series finale. Yes, we're still thinking and talking about it just like you. Harris stops by Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, Feb. 12 and talks about the controversial finale with host James Lipton. His take on Barney and Robin may make you think twice about all the grumbling you did. "I loved the ending, yeah," Harris tells Lipton in the exclusive clip below. "[Robin and Barney] didn't belong together. She was meant to be with Ted…I loved the circles about the show and I love that whole season nine was trying to want them to be together and thinking that they're perfect together." We all »
A familiar face could create quite a mess for the Devious Maids in Season 3.
Brianna Brown — whose character, Taylor Stappord, hasn’t been seen since she moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband in Season 2 — will return to the Lifetime drama as a series regular in its upcoming third season, our sister site Deadline reports.
Any guesses why the Stappords, or at least Taylor, will be back in Beverly Hills? Hit the comments with your thoughts and theories.
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