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CBS is still the most-watched network but almost all of their established shows are down year-to-year. Plus, none of their new shows can really be considered hits. Which will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned!
New CBS shows (so far): The Crazy Ones, Hostages, The Millers, Mom, and We Are Men.
Returning shows (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss.
There's lots of data that CBS looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing »
NBC again edged ahead of its Big Four rivals in adults 18-49 last week, but Univision has made it two straight frames as the top-rated network overall in the key demo.
With its year-round slate of firstrun telenovelas, the Spanish-language Univision typically stacks up better relative to the major networks in the summer than during the traditional TV season. It won a couple of times last summer too.
The network is especially dominant among the younger 18-34 segment of the prime 18-49 demo, and has now won four consecutive weeks in this age group.
Discovery, meanwhile, led cable in key demos with its Shark Week — setting ratings records for the event in women 18-49, women 25-54 and adults 25-54. It also stood as the No. 1 network on all of television in men 18-49.
Overall, according to “live plus same-day” Nielsen estimates for the week of Aug. 11-17, Univision finished on »
- Rick Kissell
George Takei is an easy man to like. Even in his late seventies, the Star Trek actor and activist has seen a meteoric rise in the popular consciousness. His Facebook page, filled with wry photos and Lgbt-friendly articles, has amassed nearly seven and a half million followers. His face and voice is a familiar sight to anyone who has turned on a television set, either from his playful, purry exclamations of “Oh my!” in commercials or playing himself on programs like The Big Bang Theory. Meanwhile, he boldly went where few public figures had gone before: a path to become an ardent advocate for gay marriage equality. (Today, Takei is married to his longtime boyfriend, Brad.)
In the pleasant and entertaining biographical doc To Be Takei, director Jennifer M. Kroot shows a different side of celebrity. Beloved by more fans by the day, the 77-year-old look like the most down-to-earth celebrity in Los Angeles. »
- Jordan Adler
CBS and TBS have worked out a unique deal in which the first season of CBS's “Mom” will air on TBS in the month before its second debuts on CBS. TBS will air season one of “Mom” weeknights at 7:30 p.m. (Et/Pt), from Aug. 25 through Sept. 19, immediately following episodes of “The Big Bang Theory.” Both shows are the work of executive producer Chuck Lorre. Also read: ‘Mom’ Review: A 12-Step Up for Chuck Lorre The deal has benefits for the broadcaster and cable network: TBS gets to run a new series years before it would traditionally be available for syndication, »
- Tim Molloy
Chuck Lorre knows one thing for sure about television: Repeats matter.
To generate more sampling for his CBS comedy “Mom,” Lorre had the brainstorm of setting up an unusal deal with TBS. The cabler will air reruns of the show’s first season for a month starting Aug. 25 (which happens to be the night of the Emmy Awards, where co-star Allison Janney is nommed for “Mom.”) “Mom” segs will run weeknights through Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. behind repeats of “The Big Bang Theory,” which are nightly tentpoles for the Turner cabler.
Lorre got the inspiration from his recent discovery of the “Freakonomics” book series by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. He loved the way the books examine the role of hard data in predicting human behavior.
Lorre knew from experience that when “Two and a Half Men” and “Big Bang” went into syndication, ratings for the first-run primetime episodes went up. »
- Cynthia Littleton
If you’re not a comic book fan, chances are that the only place you’ve seen Aquaman will be in shows like Family Guy and The Big Bang Theory where he has been mercilessly ridiculed. It’s not hard to understand why, especially as on the surface it appears as if the aquatic superhero does little more than talk to fish.
However, there’s a lot more to Aquaman than that, perhaps explaining why he’s set to make an appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice before taking on a leading role in both Justice League and his own solo movie. Of course, none of those will mark the character’s first live-action appearance as Alan Ritchson played him in Superman TV show Smallville and he was at one point set to have his own series starring Justin Hartley.
This upcoming take promises to handle Aquaman in »
- Josh Wilding
Filming for Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory began earlier this week, but that’s not the only reason the show has been hitting headlines recently. Fans were horrified when rumours began to circulate that Jim Parsons had quit the show due to animosity between himself and co-star Johnny Galecki – but these were soon confirmed by the actor to be completely false.
Only a short while later, it was announced that the cast had finally managed to renegotiate their contracts with the show’s bosses – a process that had been ongoing for months and even delayed filming of the new series – along with the revelation that Parsons, Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will now receive one million dollars per episode. Whew!
It’s difficult to believe that as of 2014, the hugely popular sitcom will have been on our screens for a full seven years and as many seasons – and yet, after all this time, »
- Stephanie Farrell
For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution – gamble on it.
While betting money on the Emmys in the state of Nevada might technically be illegal, it doesn’t mean the odds aren’t worth a glance (see full list below).
According to Eckstein, HBO’s decision to enter “True Detective” into the competition as a drama series instead of miniseries is unlikely to pay off for the crime drama, as it faces stiff competition from “Breaking Bad,” which sits at 1/5 odds ($5 would win $1) to “True Detective’s” 5/1.
Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” meanwhile, is Eckstein’s surprise favorite to win in the best comedy series category at 3/2 odds, which would hypothetically end “Modern Family’s” four-year winning streak. ABC’s defending champ, undefeated in the comedy category, is close behind at 5/2 odds. »
- Kevin Noonan
Wondering how to get ready for the big show? Clear your schedule (no, really, your entire schedule) for a nonstop day of food, drinks, and all the TV episodes you need to watch to be an Emmy expert.
You’ll need energy for this, so kick off the binge with orange juice, black coffee, and Orange Is the New Black standout episode “Lesbian Request Denied.”
Time is a flat circle. Also a flat circle: pancakes! Eat some with True Detective episode 4, “Who Goes There.”
- Marc Snetiker
Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting. Between now and then, Dan and I will be making our picks for both who should and will win many of the major categories — if you're wagering, keep in mind that Dan tends to be much better at predicting the winners than I am, but also that he was just as flummoxed as I by last year's winners like Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever and Bobby Cannavale — continuing as we shift into the acting categories with comedy and drama supporting actress. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory" Julie Bowen, »
- Alan Sepinwall
As the star of “Mad Men,” Jon Hamm has been asked dozens of times about that drama’s depictions of shifts in American culture and the greater meaning of advertising. These days, he is content to talk about such things as comic books (he praises “Elektra” and “100 Bullets”), the beard he has grown since wrapping up filming on that AMC series and some of his pet projects – like a second cycle of “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” which has aired in the United Kingdom and will start on cable’s Ovation Tuesday night.
Hamm says he is quite taken with the series, based on a collection of short stories by Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, which centers on the memoirs of a young doctor’s life in 20th century Russia. Daniel Radcliffe also stars. “It’s not a show that appeals to an incredibly wide swath,” he notes, openly realizing the »
- Brian Steinberg
So the big Emmys don't air until next Sunday night and at Moviefone we will have, of course, full coverage. But last night the Creative Arts Emmys were handed out, for the people that are largely responsible for making these shows that you absolutely love -- you know, the behind-the-scenes talent tasked with conceptualizing and realizing your favorite programs. Oh -- and some guest actor and actresses awards were handed out, so there's that too!
In the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category Uzo Aduba took home the prize for "Orange is the New Black." Since we are, very shamefully, one of a handful of Americans who hasn't seen a single second of "Orange in the New Black," this doesn't mean a whole lot to us, but we are very happy for her! (We promise, we'll watch soon.) For the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, the »
- Drew Taylor
As a precursor to the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards , the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held the Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday evening to honor the creative disciplines of TV production, with the likes of Game of Thrones, True Detective, Fargo, Orange Is the New Black, The Simpsons, Sherlock and Saturday Night Live among the big winners.
Here’s the full list of winners from the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys…
Acting, casting and program awards
Outstanding Animated Program: Bob’s Burgers
Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program: Disney Mickey Mouse
Outstanding Narrator: Jeremy Irons, »
- Gary Collinson
Saturday Night Live had a good Saturday night: The show won five awards — more than any other program — at the annual Creative Arts Emmys, held August 16 in L.A.
Although the Creative Arts Emmy focus on the non-performance aspects of TV programming, there were a few awards handed out for guest acting: Uzo Aduba won for her role as Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black while Allison Janney won for playing Margaret Scully in Masters of Sex.
The Primetime Emmy Awards air August 25. See the full list of Creative Arts Emmys winners below:
Outstanding Animated Program
“Mazel Tina, »
- Ariana Bacle
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles last night (August 16).
HBO scooped the highest number of awards, with Game of Thrones and True Detective among the winners.
Digital Spy presents a full list of all the winners and nominees below:
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Programme
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Programme
Deadliest Catch - Winner
Million Dollar »
The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls. Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black," for example, won Emmys for editing, series casting and for Uzo Aduba, who is considered a guest actress for the purposes of these awards. No other comedy series was able to build any other momentum going into next week's show, with "The Big Bang Bang Theory," "Nurse Jackie," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" grabbing isolated tech prizes and Jimmy Fallon winning the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series award for the second time in three years for his "Saturday Night Live" hosting duties. The two guest acting awards on the drama side »
- Daniel Fienberg
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist
Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist
(Winner) “Downton Abbey”
Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist
Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist
Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, »
- Variety Staff
Find out who already won an Emmy.
Today, we have some Emmy announcements!
Traditionally held the weekend before the Primetime Emmys, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards are largely for achievements in technical and behind-the-scenes work. The Creative Arts Emmys show is today at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and will air on Fxm on Sunday, August 24.
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Orange Is the New Black is up for 12 Emmys and started off the night with the first win.
Casting in a Comedy Series
Casting in a Dramatic Series
Casting in a Miniseries
Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
After 20 nominations, editor Peter Chakos has finally earned his first Emmy. Chakos won the award for editing in a comedy series for The Big Bang Theory. The other shows nominated in the category were The Colbert Report, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, How I Met Your Mother and Jimmy Kimmel Live. "I seriously thought I was going to have to wait for a lifetime achievement award," Chakos joked as he accepted the award onstage Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmys. His previous nominations were for episodes of Big Bang, Will & Grace and Cheers. E-mail: Carolyn.Giardina@THR.com Twitter: @CGinLA
- Carolyn Giardina
Morton walked away a winner for his first-ever Emmy nom. Janney is a double nominee this year, also for her costarring role on the CBS comedy “Mom.”
Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” got off to a good start, winning the first award of the night, for casting in a comedy series.
Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” won for animation program.
Jennifer Euston won the casting award for “Oitnb.” Casting for a drama series went to HBO’s “True Detective” (Alexa L. Fogel, Christine Kromer, Meagan Lewis); FX’s “Fargo” won casting for miniseries (Rachel Tenner, Jackie Lind).
- Shelli Weinstein
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