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Every year it’s like clockwork. The Emmy nominations are announced, and immediately the grumbling begins about what shows and stars got snubbed.
There are so many complaints it must be like white noise to Emmy voters. But the longer something is ignored, the louder the fuss, and we’ve reached a fever pitch when it comes to FX’s Cold War drama “The Americans.”
The show, about a pair of Russian spies living undercover as a suburban couple with kids in Reagan-era America, happens to be my favorite among the eligible series in any category this year. But more than that, it won best drama prizes from both the Television Critics Assn. Awards and the Critics Choice TV Awards, an AFI Award and a Peabody. It’s not just good, it’s the very definition of an outstanding drama series. Isn’t there supposed to be an Emmy category for that? »
- Geoff Berkshire
Emmerich will play the longtime friend of Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) who joins the billionaire hedge fund honcho on an impromptu road trip that tests the limits of their bond.
“Billions,” which debuts Jan. 17, is set in the world of ultra-wealth on Wall Street and revolves around the power politics and finance of New York investment firms.
Lewis (“Homeland”) stars alongside Paul Giamatti, who plays the hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. The cast is rounded out by Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad.
Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin co-wrote and exec produce “Billions,” which is currently in production on the 12-episode series in New York. Neil Burger directed the pilot and will also serve as an exec producer. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Digital Spy recommends the very best in television - these are the seven most exciting shows airing this week, from steamy period drama with The Scandalous Lady W to the return of hit Us series The Americans.
But when the powerful Sir Richard Worsley seeks compensation from her lover in a very public trial, she decides to expose the truth about her marriage and the affair.
The latest instalment of the 1960s crime thriller starring David Duchovny.
Mike Vickery, Sam's chief informant, has been accused of murder, so Sam »
One of two dramatic pilots to land on Amazon Prime recently, Casanova stars Diego Luna as the eponymous Venetian, recently escaped from imprisonment in the Doge’s palace and on the run to Paris, determined to right his ways and prove himself to be more than his debaucheries. All, however, does not go to plan. He immediately falls into the political game of the French court, finding himself caught between the ongoing machinations of Madame Pompadour (Bojana Novokovic) and his old friend, de Bernis (Ben Daniels).
When you think of Giacomo Casanova, sex is probably the first thing that comes to mind. His infamous debaucheries and reputation for seduction have formed the basis for various adaptations, including the rambunctious BBC version with David Tennant in the title role. »
See Also: Burnt gets a new poster
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). Burnt is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.
Burnt is set for release on October 16th in the UK and October 23rd in the Us. »
- Gary Collinson
On August 8, "The Americans" won Best Drama Series at the TCA Awards, where it was also nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama (Matthew Rhys) and Program of the Year. A couple of months before that, "The Americans" also won Best Drama at the Critics' Choice TV Awards. Our users have gotten on-board too, nominating the FX drama for Best Drama Series for the first time at the Gold Derby Awards. -Break- TCA Awards winners: 'Empire,' 'The Americans,' 'Better Call Saul,' Amy Schumer (twice) TV academy, you're late to the party. And not fashionably late, like when it took you a year or two to fully catch on to shows like "Seinfeld," "The X-Files" and "Will & Grace." After three seasons of scant nominations for "The Americans," it's time to catch up to the rest of us. It's starting to get conspicuous. Every single Critics' Choice winner...' »
Viewers are one big step closer to seeing Robert Kirkman's take on demons and exorcisms, as production has officially started in South Carolina on the Outcast series, which is slated for a 2016 debut on Cinemax and has now added six new cast members to its ranks, including Brent Spiner and Lee Tergesen.
Press Release: "Los Angeles, August 10, 2015 – Principal photography has begun in South Carolina on Robert Kirkman’s upcoming exorcism drama, Outcast, produced for Cinemax by Fox International Studios (Fis). On the heels of production start, Fis also today confirms the addition of six new cast members to the cast. David Denman (13 Hours), Melinda McGraw (The X Files, Mad Men), Grace Zabriskie (The Killing), Catherine Dent (The Shield, Astronaut Wives Club), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: Next Generation) and Lee Tergesen (The Americans, The Get Down) have been cast opposite Patrick Fugit, Wrenn Schmidt, Philip Glenister and Reg E. Cathey. »
- Derek Anderson
Outcast tells the tale of Kyle Barnes (Almost Famous star Patrick Fugit), a young man who “has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, »
Outcast, Cinemax's exorcism drama from The Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman and Chris Black, has added six new cast members as production begins in South Carolina. David Denman (13 Hours), Melinda McGraw (Mad Men), Grace Zabriskie (The Killing), Catherine Dent (The Shield), Lee Tergesen (The Americans) and Brent Spiner have been cast opposite Patrick Fugit and Philip Glenister in the 10-episode series based on the Skybound/Image comic title by Kirkman and… »
Breaking Americans news: The role of Clark Herbert Westerfeld — one of Matthew Rhys’ many alias’ on FX’s acclaimed Cold War spy drama — has been hijacked by… me. For one night, anyway.
Let me back up for a second.
Back in early July, Amber Dowling — then-vp of the Television Critics Association — approached me about presenting one of the trophies at the annual TCA Awards. The category was Outstanding Achievement in Drama, the (then-top secret) recipient was The Americans, and my co-presenter would be TVGuide.com writer-editor Hanh Nguyen. I accepted without hesitation. I love The Americans. My fondness for Keri Russell is well documented. »
After being snubbed in many top Emmy races, "Empire" picked up a plum of a consolation prize on Saturday at the Television Critics' Association Awards. Gold Derby users had predicted that this freshman sensation would prevail in the competitive Program of the Year category. "The Americans" also struck Emmy revenge by winning Outstanding Achievement in Drama at the TCA Awards after being overlooked in that race by TV academy voters. That snub is all the more shocking considering "The Americans" also won Best Drama Series in May at the Critics' Choice TV Awards, which are rival kudos to TCA. See the list of Critics' Choice winners here. -Break- Join the lively chat about the TCA Award winners going on right now in our forums Of the 10 TCA categories, Gold Derby's racetrack odds got only four races correct: Program of the Year, Best Drama Series, Best News and Information Program and Best Youth Program. »
Emmy-snubbed Empire enjoyed a little kudos vindication Saturday, taking home top honors at the 2015 Television Critics Association Awards.
Photos Emmys 2015: The 47 Biggest Snubs
Other noteworthy winners at the non-televised ceremony, hosted by Late Late Show’s James Corden, include AMC’s Better Call »
Kurt Sutter‘s new period drama The Bastard Executioner might be set in a different time and place from his last FX series, Sons of Anarchy, but that doesn’t mean the two shows don’t have something in common. (Beyond their creator, of course.)
As one might expect from its killer title, Bastard — which focuses on a 14th-century warrior (played by Lee Jones) who begins leading the life of a journeyman executioner — won’t shy away from a little bloodshed. But Sutter insists the violence will serve a higher storytelling purpose.
VideosBastard Executioner Trailer: First Footage from Sons of Anarchy »
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) is front and center on the newest poster for his upcoming comedy Burnt. The film was previously titled both Chef and Adam Jones, which makes this the first poster to use its new name. The Weinstein Company decided to change its title from Chef to avoid confusion with Jon Favreau’s film of the same name.
Adam Jones had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin chef with the bad habits to match, the former hospitality terrible of the Paris foodmaking scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To jumpstart his career again, he travels home to London and recruits the best professionals ever in order to get three stars for a top restaurant.
Burnt is set for release on October 16th in the UK and October 23rd in the Us. In addition to Cooper, »
- Justin Cook
Amazon Studios wants you to decide the fate of its new shows, per its usual crowdsourcing development process. Will these get a full series order? That's up to audiences. This weekend, you can stream Jean-Pierre Jeunet's pilot "Casanova," starring Diego Luna as the 18th-century playboy as he flees to Paris. Exiled from Venice at the dawn of the Enlightenment, he hopes to put his past behind him. Co-stars are Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson and Ben Daniels. Stuart Zicherman of "The Americans" penned the script. Executive producers Bryan Cranston and David Shore's "Sneaky Pete," a drama pilot rejected by CBS, stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man fresh out of prison who assumes the identity of his cellmate and moves in with his family. Co-stars are Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae, and it's directed by Seth Gordon, who helmed "Horrible Bosses." "House" writer David Shore penned the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
While Netflix is the streaming service that grabs all the headlines and is making the traditional TV networks and movie studios sweat, Amazon has quietly been building up its own catalogue of original shows to provide some serious competition.
Amazon Studios was launched back in 2010, with the aim of producing a host of content new and exclusive to its Amazon Instant Video service, but it wasn’t until 2013 that the first pilots appeared. Their model was different in that they released all of these online, and what went to series was largely based on the reception they got from audiences. Thus quite high-profile shows like the Zombieland TV series and Onion News Empire didn’t make the grade, while the John Goodman starring Alpha House was their first hit.
Since then it has gotten a lot more confident, and last year released the sitcom Transparent. It featured »
- James Hunt
On that date, both the Sneaky Pete and Casanova pilots will be available to all Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers in the U.S., UK, and Germany. Soon afterwards, the pilots will be joined by others in Amazon’s recent round of its pilot program. Prime users will then be able to vote on their favorite pilots, which Amazon will greenlight as full series orders.
Sneaky Pete, which Amazon was reportedly courting back in June 2015, comes from executive producers Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House M.D.). The Amazon original series’ story centers around a released-from-prison conman, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who takes his old cellmate Pete’s identity and gets sucked into his family’s bail bond business. »
- Bree Brouwer
Though Emmy voters at large have been slow to embrace FX's "The Americans," they have a soft spot for Margo Martindale, who is nominated for Best Drama Guest Actress for the third year in a row as Kgb handler Claudia in the 1980s-set spy drama. But she has yet to win. She lost this race in 2013 to Carrie Preston ("The Good Wife") and last year to Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex"). She's back in the running this time with her Emmy episode submission "I Am Abassin Zadran." -Break- Emmy episode analysis: Will 'Game of Thrones' scene-stealer Diana Rigg finally win? Synopsis: Gabriel (Frank Langella), the current handler for Kgb spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell), meets with Claudia to reassure him about a course of action. Gabriel is having second thoughts about recruiting Philip and Elizabeth's teenage daughter, but Claudia encourages him to proceed. »
The 100 is adding to its numbers for Season 3. The post-apocalyptic CW series has recruited three new actors to join the show in recurring roles as Arkers and Grounders in its third season. As first reported by The Wrap, Black Sails‘ Zach McGowan will recur in The 100 Season 3 as a new character named Roan, “a rogue Grounder warrior who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.” No other details about McGowan’s character have been revealed. Additionally, as EW.com reported yesterday, Sons of Anarchy alum Michael Beach will also recur in another new Season 3 role. Beach will play an Arker named Pike, “a tough and charismatic member of the Ark with a staunch moral code.” Lastly, per Deadline, Neil Sandilands (The Americans, SundanceTV’s upcoming Hap & Leonard) has also landed a major Season 3 recurring role. Sandilands’ character Titus is described as “an embodiment of the Old Guard, who works to… »
- Chris King
London — Commercial broadcaster ITV has secured exclusive rights in the U.K. to seasons three and four of espionage drama “The Americans.”
The series, which received two Emmy nominations last week, will air on ITV’s pay TV channel ITV Encore, which is dedicated to bigger-budget drama.
The first two seasons of “The Americans” aired on ITV in June 2013 and May 2014. They will be retransmitted on ITV Encore from this month, with the third season starting later this summer.
“The Americans” is a period drama about the complex marriage of two Kgb spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who have two children, grows more passionate and genuine by the day.
- Leo Barraclough
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