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Allison Janney on Her Double Emmys Win and Post-‘West Wing’ Act in TV

28 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When “The West Wing” ended in 2006, Allison Janney was secretly terrified.

She worried she would never find another TV series role as powerful as the one she held in the Bartlet administration for seven seasons. She was nervous about being typecast as a specific breed of alpha-female. And she fretted that reality TV was going to take over network TV entirely, turning high-end scripted shows into endangered species.

Boy, was she wrong.

Janney, 54, is the embodiment of the extraordinary range of opportunities available to established actors in television’s ever-widening programming landscape. She took home two Emmys (Nos. 5 and 6 on her mantle) this month for her work in two very different series: the CBS comedy “Mom” and the Showtime period drama “Masters of Sex.”

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As fellow winner Julianna Margulies observed as she accepted her trophy for “The Good Wife” at the Aug. 25 Emmy Awards, “What a »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies at 58

28 August 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Stephen Lee, the character actor who hilariously played an overly loquacious cabinet installer on Seinfeld - among dozens of other roles on TV and in the movies - has died at 58. Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, his actress friend Lisa Pescia told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The Englewood, New Jersey, native began his acting career in the early 1980s on dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He had a recurring role as Tony B. on Nash Bridges and also appeared on shows including Quantum Leap, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies at 58

28 August 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Stephen Lee, the character actor who hilariously played an overly loquacious cabinet installer on Seinfeld - among dozens of other roles on TV and in the movies - has died at 58. Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, his actress friend Lisa Pescia told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The Englewood, New Jersey, native began his acting career in the early 1980s on dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He had a recurring role as Tony B. on Nash Bridges and also appeared on shows including Quantum Leap, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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'Breaking Bad' goes out on top with Emmy as Best Drama Series

25 August 2014 7:59 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Breaking Bad" finished its run with an Emmy Award as Best Drama Series for the second straight year Monday night. This will be the last stop for the AMC drama at any awards show since the final episodes aired a year ago. -Break- See complete list of Emmy winners and nominations To prevail in the category for 2014, it defeated "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards," "Mad Men," and "True Detective." Unlike most shows which win early and then crumble away over time, "Breaking Bad" was always a slow build at awards events. The show wasn't even nominated in the top category at the Emmys for its first chance in 2008, although star Bryan Cranston did pull off a surprise victory. Biggest Emmy shockers: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jessica Lange ... Unlike early success stories like "Mad Men," "The West Wing," or "Hill S..."' »

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Allison Janney Is First Actor to Win Double Emmys in 12 Years (Video)

25 August 2014 7:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Allison Janney took home the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy for her role in “Mom.” It was her second victory of the year and sixth overall. See photos: Emmys Red Carpet Arrivals Janney became the first actor or actress to win two Emmys in the same year since her “West Wing” co-star Stockard Channing accomplished the same feat in 2002 (for “The West Wing” and “The Matthew Shepard Story,” both on NBC.) Also read: Emmys 2014: TheWrap's Live Blog On Aug. 16, Janney won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series at the Creative Arts Emmys for playing a sexually. »

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HBO releases the first trailer for the upcoming final season of ‘The Newsroom’

25 August 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With series such as Sports Night and The West Wing to his credit, Aaron Sorkin has, over the course of his career, become a familiar name in the television world. Recent years have also found Sorkin gain success on the big screen, with an Oscar win for The Social Network as well as a nomination for Moneyball. His newest television series, The Newsroom, saw him tackling the inner workings of a television news production, and it was recently announced by cable channel HBO that the show’s upcoming third season would be its last. Consisting of six episodes, the third season now has its first teaser, along with the news that it will premiere in November. The teaser, which provides hints at upcoming storylines via a look at certain parts of episode scripts, can be seen below.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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My So-Called Life: where are they now?

24 August 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Oscar-winning to Homeland and more, here's what the cast of My So-Called Life have been up to over the past 2 decades...

Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?

While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.

Claire Danes (Angela Chase)

After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and »

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‘Friday Night Dinner’ Has Second Helpings On Us TV

22 August 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s been a success on Channel 4 this side of the pond with three series under its post-feast belt. But America has taken its time to digest Friday Night Dinner – a pilot was shot for NBC a couple of years back, though despite starring The West Wing‘s Allison Janney and Monk‘s Tony Shalhoub, it failed to get to the main course. Now CBS are giving it a go, with creator Robert Popper’s Popper Pictures on board alongside Wbtv, 3 Arts and Big Talk.

Documenting the weekly family meals of the Goodman family, the UK version stars Tamsin Greig (Episodes) as put-upon matriarch Jackie, wife to eccentric Martin (Paul Ritter, who often walks around shirtless) and grown up sons Adam and Jonny (The InbetweenersSimon Bird and Tom Rosenthal) who engage in slapstick comedy fights. Mark Heap plays Jim, their mentally unstable neighbour, always accompanied by dog Wilson who appears to terrify him. »

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Walter White vs. Hal Wilkerson: The Most Memorable Roles of the 2014 Emmy Nominees Face-Off

20 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Alright, alright, alright! Matthew McConaughey earned his first Emmy nomination this year along with Taylor Schilling, Lizzy Caplan and many more. But 2014's crop of honorees is also full of veterans. Many of the performers nominated are already known for bringing one if not multiple classic small-screen characters to life. Julia Louis-Dreyfus alone has graciously given us Elaine Benes, Selina Meyer and Christine Campbell. This left us wondering, what would happen if each 2014 Emmy nominee could only have one memorable character live on in TV history? We struggled through some true TV "Sophie's Choices" to pick the characters we believe pop culture needs to survive. »

- Kelli Bender, @kbenderNYC

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Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers Talk Manhattan, Learning about The Manhattan Project, What They’re Most Excited for Audiences to See, and More

19 August 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

What happens if you round up the nation's most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project - the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation. I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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NBC To Develop Legal Drama Based On The Devil’s Advocate

18 August 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With a sneering, scenery-chewing Al Pacino and a breakout turn from Charlize Theron, The Devil’s Advocate remains a popular watch on cable. However, that successful film could have a more permanent place in the minds of TV watchers, as NBC is now developing a drama series based on the legal thriller from 1997. Arnold Kopelson (producer of the film) and The West Wing‘s John Wells are in talks to produce the series.

Like the film, The Devil’s Advocate series will focus on a rising lawyer who joins a firm run by Satan. Keanu Reeves played the public defender in Taylor Hackford’s film, while Al Pacino got to play the Devil, spouting juicy one liners about how vanity was definitely his favorite sin. The network already has a pilot ready to be filmed, written by Matt Venne (A&E’s Bag of Bones), but there is no guarantee NBC will pick it up, »

- Jordan Adler

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Allison Janney Thrives with Her Second Act in TV

17 August 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Allison Janney picked up Emmy No. 5 on Saturday at the Creative Arts kudos, but the bigger win for the actress has been the fact that she’s in the midst of an extraordinary second act in TV following her run on “The West Wing” more than a decade ago.

“I’m really lucky that I got to play this part. They don’t come around that often, these kinds of roles,” said Janney said backstage at the ceremony held at the Nokia Theater. She won for guest actress in a drama series for her role on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” And she’s a double nominee this year, for supporting comedy actress in the CBS comedy “Mom.”

Janney acknowledged her good fortune in landing not one but two meaty roles last year. It was not easy for her to move on after “West Wing” ended its seven-season run in 2006, she said. »

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Allison Janney ('Masters of Sex') dishes Emmy-winning sex scenes (Video)

16 August 2014 7:13 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

After winning the Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actress at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys, Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex") wasted no time getting down and dirty with the press about all those crazy sex scenes on the racy Showtime drama. (Watch the entire video below.) -Break- Psst: Here's how Joe Morton ('Scandal') pulled off that Guest Actor Emmy shockeroo Janney was the overwhelming favorite to claim this acting prize according to Gold Derby's Experts, Editors and Users. This is Janney's fifth overall Emmy after four prior wins for "The West Wing" (two as Lead, two as Supporting). Gold Derby's combined racetrack odds gave Janney leading 2/7 odds ahead of dark horse Kate Burton ("Scandal") with 8/1 odds, but Janney's frontrunner status was too tempting for the Emmys to overlook. Do you agree with the Emmys' decision to honor Allison Janney as Best Drama Guest Actress? Sound off in the comments sect. »

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Emmys: 'Masters of Sex's' Allison Janney Wins Fifth Trophy

16 August 2014 5:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Allison Janney has added another trophy to her Emmy collection. The Masters of Sex actress was recognized for her guest role as unfulfilled wife Margaret Scully in Showtime's period drama, the first Emmy for the series starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. This marks Janney's fifth Emmy win, as she previously nabbed four awards for quick-witted White House press secretary C.J. Cregg in NBC's political drama The West Wing. Accepting her award on stage Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmys, Janney made sure to thank "the crew guy who got me a shot of bourbon before my first sex scene.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ To Close London Film Festival; Zurich Fest Unveils First Gala Premieres; More

14 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Last year, the London Film Festival was bookended by a pair of Tom Hanks movies. This year, the fest is going in a different direction with opening- and closing-night films set during World War II. The event will open with The Imitation Game on October 8 and now has set David Ayer’s Fury as the capper on October 19. The pic stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal. Pitt and Ayer are confirmed to attend the closing-night festivities in Leicester Square with screenings to be simulcast to cinemas across the UK. The film is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final push in the European Theater. A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a five-man Sherman tank crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines where they face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Written and directed by Ayer, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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ABC Family's 'Switched at Birth' renewed for Season 4, 'Twisted' canceled

13 August 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Switched at Birth" has been renewed for Season 4. Only days before airing the hit series' third season finale, ABC Family has announced that the Peabody and TCA Award-winning series will be returning next year with a new batch of episodes. “Fans will be clamoring for season four and to know what happens with Daphne and Bay after the season three finale next week,” said ABC Family President Tom Ascheim in a statement. In less positive news, the network's freshman drama "Twisted" starring Avan Jogia, Maddie Hasson, Kylie Bunbury, Ashton Moio and Denise Richards has been canceled. The Season 1 finale (and ultimately series finale) of the Adam Milch-created series aired back in April to unencouraging ratings. "Switched at Birth" tells the story of Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc), two teenage girls who discover they were mixed up at the hospital as newborns. The show follows the trajectory of »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Votd: The Art Of Steadicam

13 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Garrett Brown operating Steadicam on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining Refocused Media compiled a video celebrating the great Steadicam tracking (or Steadicam on a crane) shots of classic movies. The supercut features almost 40 films (from Stanley Kubrick to Paul Thomas Anderson) and a couple tracking shots from television (yes, The West Wing). Larry Wright explains […]

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Watch Out, Fitz and Olivia! Mary McCormack and Josh Randall to Guest Star on Scandal as New Power Couple

12 August 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Pour yourself a glass of wine, Scandal fans, and help us toast the newest guest stars on the Season 4 roster! Josh Randall (Ed) and Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) will appear on the show for an episode in early October, and will play a couple, E! News has confirmed. That's all we know. Any other details on their appearance are being kept—as most Scandal details usually are—under wraps. McCormack is best known for starring as Mary Shannon on In Plain Sight, but has also had memorable roles on The West Wing and last season's shortlived sitcom Welcome to the Family.  Randall is probably most remembered for his roles on Ed, Greek, or any number of appearances »

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Scandal Scoop: Mary McCormack and Josh Randall Cast as Power Couple

12 August 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In Plain Sight alum Mary McCormack and Ed‘s best friend Josh Randall just might be in need of a quick “fix.”

Video Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington Welcome Viola Davis to ‘Shondaland Thursday’

The TV vets are set to guest-star in a Scandal Season 4 episode, TVLine has learned, playing a power couple.

No further details on their storyline are available.

Previously announced Scandal Season 4 castings include Arrested Development‘s Portia De Rossi (in a “top-secret” arc) and The Newsroom‘s Kelen Coleman (who appears in the Sept. 25 premiere).

Related Scandal‘s ‘Randy’ Season 4 Premiere Title: What Could It Possibly Mean? »

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Editors' Emmy predictions slugfest: Who'll win Best Comedy Supporting Actress?

12 August 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Gold Derby Editors declare Best Comedy Supporting Actress to be a head-vs.-heart conundrum. Their heads tell them to predict Allison Janney ("Mom") because she's a bonafide Emmy goddess with four prior wins for "The West Wing," but their hearts suggest maybe going with legend Kate Mulgrew ("Orange is the New Black") who's up for her very first career Emmy nom. And we don't quite rule out recent two-time champ Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") either. Joining me in our latest video (watch below) are Rob Licuria, Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan as we analyze the episodes submitted to Emmy judges as examples of their best work from the past TV season. Janney submitted "Estrogen and a Hearty Breakfast," Mulgrew opted for "Tit Punch" and Bowen settled on "The Feud." The other nominees are: Mayim Bialik for "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Indecision Amalgamation"), Anna Chlumsky for &quo...' »

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