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The idea actually came to mind in April, watching a college all-star basketball event. After the men and women’s three-point shooting contests, Portland’s Cassandra Brown edged Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos in a gender-neutral faceoff.
Like sports, acting awards remain almost entirely stratified by men and women. But as that showdown suggests, the reason for that is mostly arbitrary. So why not let male and females compete by designating, say, a “performance of the year,” without regard to gender?
If that sounds wacky, actually, a trip through the TV Academy’s archives provides an ancient bit of precedent for precisely that. The very first Emmys anointed a Most Outstanding Television Personality, a category that consisted of three women and two men. The next year, there were awards for Most Outstanding Kinescoped Personality (one woman, two men) and Outstanding Live Personality (as it turned out, an all-male sweep).
In 1951, the »
- Brian Lowry
After three straight years with four of the six supporting comedy actor slots belonging to "Modern Family," last year finally saw the majority figure cut in half with only Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson making the cut (and Burrell winning). Ed O'Neill and/or Eric Stonestreet could make a comeback, or maybe the "Family" love will reduce further this time around? That all depends on whether Tony Hale ("Veep"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Adam Driver ("Girls") and/or Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") can return from last year, and if Martin Sheen ("Grace and Frankie"), Sam Waterston ("Grace and Frankie"), Hugh Laurie ("Veep"), Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Laurence Fishburne ("Blackish") and/or Josh Gad ("The Comedians") can squeak in for their shows' first seasons (or Hugh Laurie for his first season of "Veep"). Read More: Netflix »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
After three straight years with four of the six supporting comedy actor slots belonging to "Modern Family," last year finally saw the majority figure cut in half with only Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson making the cut (and Burrell winning). Ed O'Neill and/or Eric Stonestreet could make a comeback, or maybe the "Family" love will reduce further this time around? That all depends on whether Tony Hale ("Veep"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Adam Driver ("Girls") and/or Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") can return from last year, and if Martin Sheen ("Grace and Frankie"), Sam Waterston ("Grace and Frankie"), Hugh Laurie ("Veep"), Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Laurence Fishburne ("Blackish") and/or Josh Gad ("The Comedians") can squeak in for their shows' first seasons (or Hugh Laurie for his first season of "Veep"). Read More: Netflix...
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
Even with Taylor Schilling potentially heading over to the drama side of things for "Orange is the New Black," this category is remarkably stacked. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is really the only sure thing for "Veep," with an onslaught of newcomers aiming to take out regular nominees Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"). Read More: Review: 'Parks and Recreation' Season 7 Damages One Legacy to Elevate Another Given the Emmys' tendency to resist changing the guard very often, the odds are probably somewhat against the following women all getting in, but surely one or two of them can; Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ("Grace and Frankie") definitely feel like forces to be reckoned with based on their legendary statuses alone; Ellie Kemper is getting great reviews for the Tina Fey-produced "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; Gina »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
Even with Taylor Schilling potentially heading over to the drama side of things for "Orange is the New Black," this category is remarkably stacked. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is really the only sure thing for "Veep," with an onslaught of newcomers aiming to take out regular nominees Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"). Read More: Review: 'Parks and Recreation' Season 7 Damages One Legacy to Elevate Another Given the Emmys' tendency to resist changing the guard very often, the odds are probably somewhat against the following women all getting in, but surely one or two of them can; Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ("Grace and Frankie") definitely feel like forces to be reckoned with based on their legendary statuses alone; Ellie Kemper is getting great reviews for the Tina Fey-produced "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; Gina...
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
Read More: The 12 Indies to Watch on VOD This May: 'Maggie,' Good Kill' and More"Hungry Hearts" (June 5)The psychological drama from writer-director Saverio Costanzo stars "Girls" Emmy-nominee Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher as a young married couple in New York City who engage in a fateful struggle over the life of their newborn child. As the mother's increasingly nightmarish child rearing practices take center stage, the husband is forced into an emotional ringer as the film evokes the classic slow-burn thrillers of Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock. The leads won the Coppa Volpi Awards (Best Actor/Actress Awards) at the Venice Film Festival last year. Driver has also delivered impressive performances in indies such as "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "While We're Young," and the opportunity to go full blown dramatic should make for his best acting showcase yet. "The Nightmare" (June 5)Following up »
- Zack Sharf
It feels like we've been waiting forever, but finally Love Island is less than a week away! Yep, the brand new civilian-only reboot of the show begins on Sunday, but if you can't wait that long, you're in luck - we've got our hands on all the info you need about the 12 sexy singles jetting to Mallorca in an attempt to find love. Read on to meet them...
Job: Former athlete, model, and single mum
Turn-on: A good personality and a family man ("I tell men straight away that I'm a mum"). Physically: "They have to look good, but I've learned that's not everything. I'd like him to be tall, athletic, not with big muscles but he should work out."
Turn-off: Arrogance, untidiness, men who think they're better than everyone else, and "loud and obnoxious" behaviour. »
In this exclusive video, Andrew Rannells (“Girls,” “The Book of Mormon”) counts down his seven favorite TV episodes, films, and documentaries streaming on HBO’s new Internet service, HBO Now, which allows users access to tons of content even if they don’t have cable access. See which HBO projects made Rannells’ list below! “Oz,” Season 5, Episode 6: “Variety”As a theater actor himself, Rannells recounts a very special musical episode of the prison drama “Oz,” in which the inmates put on a variety show. “It’s a really trippy, trippy, trippy episode, but it’s certainly one that made a big impression on me,” he says. “Enlightened,” Season 1, Episode 1The Laura Dern-starring drama also makes Rannells’ list of favorite things streaming on HBO Now. Particularly, it’s the pilot he finds so gripping. “She’s just so raw and fearless, and it’s just so compelling to watch, »
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
“I thought I was going to lose, so I ate a lot,” “Silicon Valley” actor T.J. Miller said through a mouthful of macaroons when he accepted the award for best supporting actor in a comedy at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
He might have been shocked, but his character is so brash and unruly that it’s hard not to let him represent all members of that HBO comedy’s stellar supporting cast of comedians. He stood a much better chance of winning than other nominees like “Girls'” Adam Driver and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Tituss Burgess, who maintain a sliver of the spotlight compared to their shows’ more high-profile stars.
This isn’t to say that the show was without its surprise moments.
Jonathan Banks finally received some recognition for AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” Always considered a beloved performer by critics, he was frequently overlooked on previous »
- Whitney Friedlander
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.
RelatedEmmys 2015: Orange Is the New Black Must Compete as Drama
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
Way to sink your teeth into politics, Lena Dunham. Dunham, the star of HBO’s “Girls,” made her preferences in the 2016 presidential election known on Friday, posting a photo on Instagram with a Hillary Clinton campaign bumper sticker. To be precise, the sticker was gripped between her pearly whites. Must have been tasty. Also Read: New Yorker Defends Lena Dunham's Controversial 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?' Article “Had the pleasure of visiting campaign headquarters in my very own Brooklyn!” Dunham wrote. “Didn’t find the grande dame herself but this bumper sticker is pretty dope… “ “Getting excited,” Dunham added. »
- Tim Kenneally
Many online users are not happy that Lena Dunham endorses Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 election, while the Girls star and creator has fired back at her critics in a, well, interesting way. Hillary, 67, a Democratic Party Leader, former Secretary of State and wife of former two-term President Bill Clinton, 68, had announced her presidential bid, her second, on April 12. If she wins, she would become the first female U.S. president in its 238-year history. After her announcement, Dunham, 29, expressed her support on Instagram. On Friday, she shared a selfie of herself at Hillary's headquarters in New York City, holding a blue campaign bumper sticker in »
Lena Dunham has never been shy about letting it all hang out on "Girls" -- and it's no different on social media ... where she puts her body on display on the regular, whether you like it or not!Check out 12 times Lena's body just could not be denied! 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Details have finally been revealed about Andy Serkis' character. Just a precious few. Information about the new film, the first of a third trilogy, has been released gradually since the movies were announced in 2013. The new Star Wars features several returning stars, such as Harrison Ford, and a lot of newbies, including Girls' Adam Driver. Few details about their roles have already been revealed, while Serkis' was kept under wraps. Until Thursday. That day, StarWars.com published an interview with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who photographed members of the cast in costume, on the set, earlier this year for Vanity Fair. Pics of other actors were »
For months, one of the mystery roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has revolved around Andy Serkis. Who exactly he would be playing and would he once again don a motion capture suit has been a question on everyone’s mind. After the first trailer was released last December it was revealed the dialogue spoken throughout is actually from Serkis, confirming some theories that he could be playing a Sith Lord.
Some of those questions have at last been answered today as Andy Serkis was announced to be playing Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order. With this announcement also came a picture of Serkis in a full motion capture suit sitting in a Emperor Palpatine-like pose.
Already the name Snoke has been gaining attention online with some people suggesting Snoke is a fake name to keep the real one hidden from the public for a while longer. »
- Ricky Church
The Hollywood Reporter hosted an especially candid and entertaining roundtable interview with some of TV's best and brightest comic actresses, and the results speak for themselves. The participants (and probable Emmy nominees) -- Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Kate McKinnon ("SNL"), Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"), Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish") and Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer") -- spoke out about what it's like to be a prominent woman in comedy and, in some cases, running their own TV shows. Here are the best bits of the roundtable, in which the actress-comediennes discuss nudity and sex on set, overt and covert sexism at the workplace, the difficulty of actually asking for higher pay, death and rape threats on social media, the limited roles for women of color, the late-night gender gap and the ongoing issue of "fuckability." THR: Is there...
- Inkoo Kang
Just in time for your next Summer road trip, Thompson Square's Shawna and Keifer Thompson have created a fun road-trip playlist for Popsugar! The married duo and chart-topping country act knows a thing or two about great music, and they shared some of their favorite songs for this catchy mix. "We like tunes that remind us of 'back in the day.' Songs that have a killer groove, great lyrics - the ones you hear and get mad because you didn't write them," said Keifer, adding, "We're a big fan of those loud guitars. They make us want to drive fast!" Shawna agreed, saying, "We're both big blues fans, too, so those songs always make the list. When it's late and the road is long, putting on the Merle Haggard box set or any classic country and letting it roll is a great choice. That's what we both were raised on. »
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