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Reality TV is known for having a blueprint. Competition shows hit all the same thematic beats, usually involving some sort of challenge and deliberation. There are also stock characters that reappear in every show like the villain or the comic relief. Other shows like the “Real Housewives” and “Kardashians” franchises follow more of a sitcom formula in which conflict is introduced, and the characters must figure out a solution. And as narratives repeat, the music does too.
“Survivor” composer David Vanacore says the blueprint for how reality sounds comes less from the CBS hit’s world music soundtrack and more from the orchestral scores of shows such as “Temptation Island” and “Joe Millionaire.” Vanacore worked on those shows in addition to other reality staples including “Big Brother” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” But since he created that quintessential sound, Vanacore has run into some frustration — that’s all anyone wants to hear. »
- Seth Kelley
Padma Lakshmi loves her curves! The "Top Chef" host is currently on a dream vacation with her daughter Krishna in her native India -- and has been showing off the picture-perfect location and amazing beach body all over social media. "The only benefit of gaining weight is what it does to your boobs! #idliboobs," she captioned the pic above. In the photo, the gorgeous star wears a tiny blue bikini that shows off her enviable physique and major cleavage as she enjoys the beach. "Maawm, it's so hot and bright!!!" "Um, yup we're in India" #lastdip #littlehands A photo posted by Padma Lakshmi (@padmalakshmi) on Aug 11, 2015 at 5:57am Pdt Just one look at the Bravo star's Instagram feed will give you some serious vacation envy. Between the local cuisine, gorgeous scenery and elephant rides, this is one trip we wish we were on too! What do you think of »
- tooFab Staff
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the 2015 Emmy nominations this morning. Spoiler alert: they were both nominated, along with Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Anthony Anderson for Black-ish. There are a few double nominees and a ton of first-timers, making this year's race already one of the most exciting in a while - not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones has a whopping 24 nominations. Take a look at the full list below! Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black Outstanding Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, »
Once again, Downton Abbey received the most nominations of any British drama, continuing the series’ long-running awards success in the Us. The fourth series saw nominations for Jim Carter for best supporting actor and Joanne Froggatt for best supporting actress.
The ITV show, which has earned the most Emmy nominations of any non-us show in history, will again compete against glossy American dramas such as House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Mad Men for the accolade of outstanding drama series.
The biggest surprise at the announcement of the 2015 Emmy »
- Lanre Bakare and Brian Moylan in New York
Game of Thrones, Mad Men, House of Cards and Transparent are among the shows that received multiple nominations in major categories for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. Game of Thrones alone received 24 nominations. Better Call Saul, Louie, Homeland, Veep and Orange Is the New Black also got notable nods. The awards ceremony, which Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Andy Samberg will host, will be broadcast live on Fox on September 20th at 8 p.m. Est.
Here is the complete list of nominees for the 2015 Emmys Awards: Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is The New Black Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks & Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Limited Series American Crime American Horror Story: Freak Show Olive Kitteridge The Honorable Woman Wolf Hall Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Lead Actress in a Drama Series Claire Danes, Homeland Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder Taraji P. Henson, Empire Tatania Maslany, Orphan Black Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Robin Wright, House of Cards Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Adrien Brody, Houdini Ricky Gervais, Derek Timothy Hutton, American Crime Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge David Oyelowo, »
- Richard Rushfield
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
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
Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday by Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) and Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), and HBO led the pack with 126 total nods. ABC (with 42 contenders), NBC and CBS (41 each) and FX (38) rounded out the Top 5.
Program-by-program, HBO’s Game of Thrones reigned with 24 total nominations, followed by FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show (19), HBO’s Olive Kitteridge (13) and HBO’s Bessie (12), Tying for fifth place, Netflix’s House of Cards, the final season of AMC’s Mad Men and Amazon’s Transparent each amassed 11 nods. »
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were just announced by Uzo Aduba and Cat Deeley -- and we have the full list of nominees below! The actual ceremony, hosted by Andy Samberg, will air on September 20 at 8 p.m. on Fox. "Game of Thrones" was the clear winner this morning, racking up 24 nominations -- including Outstanding Drama Series and acting noms for stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Dianna Rigg. "American Horror Story: Freak Show" was close behind with 19, with stars Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Finn Wittrock all up for awards. Newcomer "Better Call Saul" is up for seven categories, including Outstanding Drama, while "Mad Men" picked up 11 nominations for its final season. "Orange Is the New Black" only up for 4 categories. And, after being snubbed in the past, "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany Finally got recognized for her work on the BBC series. »
- tooFab Staff
This year's Emmy Award nominations have been announced and "Game of Thrones" topped the list with a whopping 24 nominations, followed by "American Horror Story: Freak Show" with 19 noms and "Olive Kitteridge" with 13.
HBO was by far the network to be with 124 nominations in total across the prime time and technical categories. They were followed by ABC (42), CBS & NBC (41), FX (38), Fox (35), Netflix (34), PBS (29), Comedy Central (25) and AMC (24).
With a new online voting system, the list of nominees are a bit fresher than usual with a lot of first-time nominees in acting categories, and some notable absentees like network comedy stalwarts "The Big Bang Theory" and Melissa McCarthy in favour of fresher faces such as "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". There was some excellent and overdue casting nominations such as Tatiana Maslany for "Orphan Black" and Taraji P. Henson for "Empire," along with the new 'Limited Series' element and more suitable classifications for some »
- Garth Franklin
And they're off! Nominations for the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were just announced on Thursday, July 16. "Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba and "So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley revealed the major nominees, but there are actually a lot more (like for costume design, sound editing, cinematography, etc.) and you can head to the Nominees and Winners page of Emmys.com to check out the very long roundup of nominees.
Here are the announced Emmy nominations:
"Better Call Saul"
Outstanding Actor In A Drama
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Outstanding Actress In A Drama
- Gina Carbone
Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Sunday Jul 5, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 America’s Got Talent 17,047 2 2 The Voice 11,659 3 4 Empire 3,806 4 3 America’s Funniest Home Videos 3,558 5 5 Glee 2,602 6 6 The Simpsons 1,273 7 7 Kitchen Nightmares 1,264 8 8 American Idol 1,256 9 10 Dancing With The Stars 1,018 10 9 What Would You Do? 783 –
Cable/Streaming Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Sunday Jul 5, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Key and Peele 8,582 2 2 Pretty Little Liars 5,823 3 3 Dance Moms 4,899 4 4 Top Gear 4,352 5 – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp 3,568 6 6 Teen Wolf 3,568 7 – Lip Sync Battle 2,951 8 – Inside Amy Schumer 2,398 9 – Game of Thrones 2,281 10 5 Orange Is the New Black 1,989 –
Late Night Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Sunday Jul 5, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 30,872 2 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 29,702 3 3 Conan 15,541 4 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver »
- Jason Klein
The problem with Betty White earning a reality TV Emmy nomination follows a pattern, overall, with the nods every year: the same predictable, safe, often inexplicable choices. I love Betty White. But she has been nominated for an Emmy the past three years in the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program category for her work on "Off Their Rockers." Reading off a teleprompter for a few minutes as part of the hidden camera show apparently constitutes "outstanding" work as a "host," which is an insult to both words. But welcome to reality TV, the genre the industry loves to loathe. In 2007, the Emmys got it right, giving "Survivor’s” Jeff Probst the award for outstanding host. But then they kept giving it to him -- for four years straight. This is a problem beyond reality television, of course (I'm looking at you, "Modern Family"), but again, it's »
- Andy Dehnart
The 2009 season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” famous for the competing Voltaggio brothers Michael and Bryan, was the first show to break the string of Emmy Award wins for “The Amazing Race” (CBS) in the reality competition category. Since those 2010 awards, “The Amazing Race” has had only one other loss, to NBC’s “The Voice.”
“That season in Vegas has been talked about among fans as the one with the most talented cast,” says executive producer Dan Cutforth, who considers the Emmy win a highlight of his career. “Having the Voltaggio brothers battle right down to the end had a Shakespearean or biblical quality. There was an interesting dynamic to that season, even though it was fairly predictable as to who would be there at the finish. I think the clinching factor was the relatable drama of the sibling rivalry.”
“Top Chef” has been a perennial among nominees, making the »
- Phil Gallo
“Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi and “The Voice’s” Carson Daly are both in the business of making people who have little to no experience on television feel comfortable on camera. And both are responsible for serving in what Daly describes as the role of “conductor.” The hosts of two of TV’s most prominent, Emmy-winning unscripted series were eager to compare notes when Variety brought them together for a wide-ranging conversation. They proved to be kindred spirits from the start when both were quick to change into more comfortable clothes immediately after our photo shoot.
What is the hardest part of pulling off a production with so many contestants that runs several months?
Padma Lakshmi: It’s knowing these chefs have taken so much time out of their schedule to be on our show. They don’t know if they’ll have a job when they get back. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Holy cleavage! Khloe Kardashian turned up the heat at the NBCUniversal Upfronts on Thursday in New York City, putting her killer curves on display in a super sexy blue dress. Though she wore a long-sleeved maxi, the reality star's plunging neckline provided plenty of cleavage, and a giant slit up the middle flashed lots of leg. By her side were mom Kris Jenner and younger sister Kylie, who were way more covered up for the daytime event. Kris looked chic and sophisticated in a white suit with nude heels, while her 17-year-old daughter sported a long white dress with a high slit and a heavy belt at the waist. We have to commend Kylie for keeping her usually-dark makeup to a minimum -- she looked amazing with neutral eye shadow and a toned-down nude lip. Fans got to see even more of Khloe thanks to a very revealing Instagram pic »
- tooFab Staff
In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment.
School: Northwestern U.
Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage
High Marks: Agrawal’s plays have been produced in theaters in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; Ithaca, N.Y.; New Bedford, Mass.; and Seattle. She was a writing intern with HBO last summer and the winner of an Emmy Foundation scholarship.
School: Ringling College of Art and Design
Major: Motion design
High Marks: Not only did Ajmeri intern with Psyop and the Mill, two premier motion design studios in New York, but also has been offered a job with the latter. Ajmeri’s national and local freelance work includes a new musicvideo for Jason Derulo.
School: Northwestern U.
Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage
High Marks: Arbery’s “The Logic” was »
- Malina Saval, Christy Grosz, Seth Kelley and Marianne Zumberge
“Top Chef” is getting ready to serve up the Golden State this fall.
Season 13 of Bravo’s culinary competition will travel across the California coast on a six-city expedition visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the greater Palm Springs area.
The new crop of “chef-testants” will feature California-based chefs. As always, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges will ready up their appetite throughout the season.
“The entire food landscape has transformed in the 10 years since ‘Top Chef’ first launched. What better way to explore where it all started then to head out to California, one of the top culinary destinations in the world, for an unprecedented six-city expedition,” said Shari Levine, exec vice president of current production for Bravo Media, alluding to the first and second seasons, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The restaurant world can be cutthroat — and in the dystopian culinary world of Get Jiro!, if you insult a chef, your throat might literally get cut. In 2012, writers Anthony Bourdain (yes, that Anthony Bourdain) and Joel Rose, along with artist Langdon Foss, released a tongue-in-cheek graphic novel following the adventures of a stoic warrior-sushi-chef named Jiro. Entitled Get Jiro! and published by Vertigo, the comic was a lysergic mixture of Top Chef and The Warriors, filled with kitchen wisdom and ultraviolent warfare between rival Los Angeles cooking gangs. Improbably, it was a huge hit. And now Jiro and his deliciously over-the-top world are coming back. We're pleased to exclusively announce that Vertigo has tapped Bourdain and Rose to write a prequel, Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi. Illustrated by longtime superhero comics artist Alé Garza, the graphic novel will take place in Tokyo, years before the L.A.-set events of »
- Abraham Riesman
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