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Heidi Klum, ‘UnReal’ Stars Added to Creative Arts Emmy Presenter List

3 September 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The list of presenters at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards includes reality stars … and those who pretend to work on a reality show.

Project Runway’s” Heidi Klum and “UnReal” stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer are among the final list of talent who will be presenting during the ceremony.

The list also includes past and current nominees Scott Aukerman, who was part of the “Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis” team that took home the 2014 Emmy for outstanding short-format live-action entertainment program; “House of Cards'” Reg E. Cathey, who is nominated for his second year in a row in the guest actor in a drama series category; and “Big Bang Theory” co-creator Chuck Lorre.

The final list of presenters also features Pamela Adlon (“Louie”), Sasha Alexander (“Rizzoli & Isles”), Kristen Schaal (“The Last Man on Earth”), Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street,” “Difficult People”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Brink”), Katharine McPhee »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Curiosities and Tidbits From Today’s Emmy Nominations

16 July 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Today's Emmy nominations had a few snubs and a few high points too. To round out your Emmys analysis diet, here are some lesser-heralded nominations and trivia items that may have escaped your notice.Jane the Virgin nabbed one very important nomination. For its narrator, Anthony Mendez. Mendez is up against Neil deGrasse Tyson, who's nominated for Hubble's Cosmic Journey; Miranda Richardson, who's nominated for Operation Orangutan; Peter Coyote, for The Roosevelts; and Henry Strozier, who's nominated for Too Cute! Which Too Cute! episode, you wonder? "Tubby Puppies." Tubby! Puppies! Billy On the Street is going up against Katy Perry. And if there's any justice in this world, he'll win. They're competing in the Outstanding Short-Form Live-Action Entertainment category, up against Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt, an episode of Childrens Hospital, and Key & Peele Presents Van and Mike: The Ascension. But come on! Those are not »

- Margaret Lyons

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Emmy Award Nominations: Full List of 2015 Emmy Nominees

16 July 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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”

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Comedy Series


Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Silicon Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Lead Actor, Drama

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan

Lead Actress, Drama

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Claire Danes, “Homeland

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men

Robin Wright, “House of Cards

Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie

Timothy Hutton, »

- Variety Staff

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The week in Australian TV: the good, the bad and the soon-to-be-extinct

26 May 2015 12:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Trying to find TV nuggets during prime time proved almost as futile as throwing bacon at the sun in the hope of it landing cooked. Thankfully there’s always one

Hidden away at 1am on SBS2 is the enjoyably farcical Comedy Bang! Bang! hosted by Us writer and comedian Scott Aukerman (co-creator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis). Deadpan, awkward and perfectly timed, this anti-chat show provides blessed meta-relief from the tide of men-behind-desk shows (sent up excellently by Amy Schumer), as well as existing in its own right as a petri dish of sketches and characters.

Playing the role of tortured guest on Friday was Weird Al Yankovic. Personally I prefer the episodes where there’s a straight character to play off Aukerman’s entirely unsuitable host, as with Jon Hamm in the previous week, but things are still reliably offbeat and hilarious here. The entire episode is »

- Jazz Twemlow

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IFC Renews ‘Comedy Bang-Bang!’ for a Fifth Season

5 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

IFC has picked up “Comedy Bang! Bang!” for a fifth season, the network announced today.

A unique hybrid of mock talkshow combined with offbeat sketches, “Comedy Bang! Bang” is now in its fourth season. The fifth season, slated for next year, will contain 20 new half-hour episodes.

Since premiering in June 2012, the comedy program — hosted by Scott Aukerman — has attracted guests as varied as Jon Hamm, Anna Kendrick and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. It was spun off from the podcast of the same name, which Aukerman continues to host.

Aukerman also co-created the Internet sensation “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” with its eponymous star and B.J. Porter, which recently landed big guests such as Brad Pitt and President Barack Obama.

“Scott has created an absurd world that attracts the biggest names in pop culture,” Says IFC president Jennifer Caserta. “They show up, do insane things and oftentimes come back for more. »

- Jenelle Riley

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