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Tina Fey Remembers Carrie Fisher's "Honest Writing" and "Razor-Sharp Wit"

Tina Fey Remembers Carrie Fisher's
Meeting your childhood idol can sometimes be a disappointment. But when Tina Fey met Carrie Fisher, it was a dream come true. Ironically, Fisher played Rosemary Howard, Liz Lemon's wacky childhood idol in the second season of NBC's 30 Rock. And while she didn't help Liz get her movie screenwriting career off the ground, she did help her realize her full potential as head writer of the sketch variety series Tgs with Tracy Jordan. Critics and viewers lauded Fisher's guest-starring role in Season 2. The actress received her first-ever Emmy nomination for the appearance, but lost to Desperate Housewives' Kathryn Joosten. One year after Fisher's guest appearance on 30 Rock, Fey made a...
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'The West Wing' oral history: 9 things you didn't know or forgot

'The West Wing' oral history: 9 things you didn't know or forgot
Since Frank Underwood became president on Netflix’s House of Cards, I’ve had this geek fantasy of him debating Josiah Bartlet, Martin Sheen’s idealistic and professorial president from The West Wing. Bartlet’s Washington, D.C., was the proverbial shining city on a hill, a place where intelligent, well-intentioned people gravitated to do the peoples’ business. Underwood’s capital is the nasty underbelly of a trough coated by man’s craven pursuit of power for power’s sake. It’s practically Kennedy’s Camelot versus Nixononian realpolitik. To paraphrase Anthony HopkinsNixon in Oliver Stone’s 1995 movie, “When look at The West Wing,
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'Psych's' Kirsten Nelson reminices about 'The West Wing' and the late Kathryn Joosten

Zap2it spoke with "Psych" actress Kirsten Nelson in preparation for her directorial debut on Wednesday's (Feb. 26) episode of the USA comedy. An interview about that process and the end of "Psych" is coming later in the week, but one of the other topics we touched on was her memorable guest-starring role on "The West Wing."

In the Season 2 finale of NBC's political drama, titled "Two Cathedrals," Nelson played the younger version of Mrs. Landingham, secretary to President Bartlet who in present-day had just been killed in a car accident.

Nelson tells Zap2it that it was actually due to Kathryn Joosten, the actress who played present-day Mrs. Landingham and who passed away herself in 2012, that she auditioned for the role.

"That is still one of the roles that's closest to my heart. I knew Kathy Joosten, we worked together on a very short-lived series called 'Thanks' for CBS,
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Primetime Emmys 2013: ‘Homeland’ Writer Henry Bromell Gets Rare Posthumous Emmy

Diane Haithman is a contributor to Deadline’s TV coverage. It was an emotional moment at the Emmys when the late Henry Bromell won a posthumous writing Emmy for Homeland’s intense and grueling ”Q&A” episode. Unfortunately his wife, Sarah Bromell, was only allowed a brief onstage moment. “I accept this award on behalf of Henry with deep appreciation for the Academy,” she said. “Thank you so much.” And as Homeland star Claire Danes accepted her second consecutive Emmy for lead actress in a drama, she said of Bromell, who died in March, “He was a brilliant person and so kind, and we think of him every day on a show that help define.” While no stats were immediately available from the Academy, posthumous wins are extremely rare in any category. The last one is thought to be actress Diana Hyland in 1977 for The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.
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Emmys: Comedy Nominations Play It Straight

Emmys: Comedy Nominations Play It Straight
Comedy is tragedy plus time. The Emmy nominations for comedy offer neither.

It’s not exactly a catastrophe that the field of Emmy comedy nominees has barely changed in the past year, but maintaining most of the status quo won’t exactly make the crowds at the Laffatorium double over in delight.

Should we blame the Academy for its shortsightedness or the industry for not producing fresh meat for the voters? Or should there be no blame at all? I’ll go with a combination of the three.

After all, it’s not like many of the nominees aren’t deserving, or that the Academy has overlooked a ton of new product, or that Hollywood has been completely bereft of new comic ideas. It’s just that the current combination might seem a little tired.

All five 2012 comedy series nominees that were eligible for a return trip this year had their ticket punched,
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Emmy Comedy Supporting Actress: What Will Happen?

Emmy Comedy Supporting Actress: What Will Happen?
And here it is, our final category spotlight before Thursday’s Emmy nominations. Here’s how the field shapes up for supporting actress in a comedy.

Open doors: Two of last year’s six nominee slots have opened, one because of the passing of Kathryn Joosten, the other from Kristen Wiig’s departure from “Saturday Night Live.”

The ‘Family’ way: In theory, “Modern Family” could step into that void. In addition to two-time defending champ Julie Bowen and three-time nominee Sofia Vergara, younger thesps Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter have had enough shining moments to validate their nomination platforms. (Speaking of ABC’s Wednesday family daughters, so has Eden Sher of “The Middle.”)

‘Bang’ ‘Bang’ ‘Bang’: More likely to take advantage of the vacancies is the cast of “The Big Bang Theory.” Mayim Bialik was already nominated in 2012 and only had more juicy moments this past season in her pursuit of Sheldon.
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Who are the 11 women with best odds to win Comedy Supporting Actress at Emmys?

Who are the 11 women with best odds to win Comedy Supporting Actress at Emmys?
By canvassing experts, editors and users, Gold Derby has determined that there are 11 women still in contention to reap bids for Best Comedy Supporting Actress this year. Only six will make the final cut when Emmy nominations are unveiled on July 18. Those ladies with odds to win of better than 100/1 from any group in our poll -- our Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users, and Overall Users -- are profiled below. With Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live") no longer eligible and the passing of Kathryn Joosten ("Desperate Housewives"), the category has two guaranteed open slots. Related: Who are eight women with best odds to win Comedy Actress at Emmys? Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") has won this category two consecutive years and is predicted to prevail yet again with 12/5 odds. She has the votes of 10 Experts, three Editors (Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria, David Schnelwar), 10 of our Top 24 Users, and 28% of Overall Users. ...
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Emmys 2013: The Supporting Comedy Actress Race in Review, Including Our 6 Dream Nominees

Emmys 2013: The Supporting Comedy Actress Race in Review, Including Our 6 Dream Nominees
With two of last year’s nominees (Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig and Desperate Housewives’ late Kathryn Joosten) out of the running, and a third (Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever) looking less like a long shot than a no shot, the field is wide open. Even if The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik, and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen (2012’s winner), are again nominated, that still leaves three slots open — or two if Emmy raises another glass to Arrested Development’s intoxicating Jessica Walter.

More Emmy Races In Review | Outstanding Comedy Series | Lead Comedy Actor
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HBO Goes “Behind the Candelabra” and “Smash” Ends at the Tonys

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A&E has cancelled the long-running reality show Intervention. That puts the end to a pretty remarkable run that helped 156 people turn sober and stay sober.

Mrs. Frederic has found a new job, C.C.H. Pounder is taking a role for a multi-episode arc on Sons of Anarchy, according to EW.

In the Flesh doesn’t make its stateside debut for a couple more weeks, but you won’t have to worry about how it ends. BBC Three just ordered a second season (or commissioned a second series to follow the UK TV terms) of the zombie drama.

In the Flesh

At the very least, appalling reality TV gives the chance to give critics a chance to write epic takedowns. This time, NPR’s Linda Holmes goes after Fox’s Does Someone Have to Go?, which turns out to be so much worse than I imagined.

Speaking of appalling reality programming,
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Emmy rebound for '30 Rock' scene-stealer Jane Krakowski?

Emmy rebound for '30 Rock' scene-stealer Jane Krakowski?
Has Jane Krakowski's Emmy luck ran out? Or will the final season of "30 Rock" be the charm? After netting three consecutive bids in the race for Comedy Supporting Actress (2009, 2010, 2011), Krakowski was snubbed last year for her extremely popular role of Jenna Maroney on the long-running NBC comedy. Last year's six nominated supporting players were Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Kathryn Joosten ("Desperate Housewives"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie") and Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live"). Only four of these women are eligible in this category again this year, as Wiig is no longer a regular on "SNL" and Joosten passed away. Might Krakowski re-claim her position in this crowded field? According to Gold Derby's Experts, Editors and Users, Krawkowski will return to the Comedy Sup...
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Will Julie Bowen ('Modern Family') win Emmy #3?

Will Julie Bowen ('Modern Family') win Emmy #3?
Last year, Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") won her second consecutive Emmy for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. And she is tipped to make it a hat trick this year. With the backing of five editors and two-thirds of users she has leading odds of 2 to 1.  -Insertgroups:12- Only three of her competitors return to possibly contend again in 2013 as Kristen Wiig is no longer on "Saturday Night Live," and Kathryn Joosten ("Desperate Housewives") passed away last year. Of this trio, Bowen's co-star Sofia Vergara is the strongest threat. She has also contended for all three seasons of the show and is the pick of one editor and 20% of users. That translates into odds of 3 to 1.  While Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") is likely to reap her second straight bid for this hit laffer, she has only 2% of users predicting her to prevail. That lack of support gives her odds of
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Whitney Houston, Jennie Rivera and more of 2012's Gone but Not Forgotten

As a new year dawns, a tribute to those we've lost in the year now ending is merited ... and in 2012, those sad milestones have encompassed some of the most popular personalities in television history.

Andy Griffith: The actor-producer who put Mayberry on the map forever will be remembered as one of television's most genial personalities, also extending to his run as wily lawyer Matlock.

Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.

Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also
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The ‘Parenthood’ Method Versus ‘Glee:’ Dealing With Difficult Subjects on TV Series

By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor

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NBC’s Parenthood returns tonight after two weeks off the air, bringing with it all of the difficult issues the series tackles year after year.

Season four of this intense family drama centers around Kristina Braverman’s (Monica Potter) shocking diagnosis and emotional battle with breast cancer.

Interestingly enough, cancer has been with the show since the very beginning. Actress Maura Tierney was originally cast to play Sarah Braverman, the second child of the Braverman family. However, the drama moved its premiere from the fall to midseason because of Tierney’s real-life breast cancer.

Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts between treatments and production led to Tierney leaving the cast of Parenthood. Lauren Graham, everyone’s favorite Gilmore Girls mom, replaced her. Having this tumultuous beginning poised Parenthood to be a series that could discuss serious issues and do so in a mature, sophisticated manner.

Of this season
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Contest: Win the Desperate Housewives Complete DVD Collection

We're giving three lucky TVOvermind readers the chance to win the Desperate Housewives Complete DVD collection! That's right, all 8 seasons of Desperate Housewives in one box set. Entering the contest is easy, here’s what you have to do:

Sign in with the Big Door widget in the bottom right hand corner of your screen (see that little icon with the coins?). You can login with your Facebook account, if you have one. Or choose another method.

Readers can earn virtual currency by doing simple things like signing in for the first time, sharing content with Facebook and/or Twitter, visiting the site every day or completing quests. Once you have some virtual coins, click on the little gift box icon (“Rewards”). Select the contest and redeem your virtual currency for entries in a random drawing that will award the DVD set to someone.

There is no limit on the number of entries per person,
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Contest: Win Desperate Housewives: The Complete Collection DVD Set!

Contest: Win Desperate Housewives: The Complete Collection DVD Set!
This past spring, Wisteria Lane was shut down for good when Desperate Housewives ended its eight-season run on ABC. Now, fans can relive the entire series with Desperate Housewives: The Complete Collection, a 46-disc set containing all 179 episodes of creator Marc Cherry's beloved show. Since this might be too far out of our readers' price range (yeah, that's right, I'm calling our readers a bunch of penniless hobos that read this in the library, what are you going to do about it? Vote no on 37 and make me eat a bunch of Gmo?), we are giving away copies of this boxed set. Get that mouse-clicking finger ready because these prizes will be gone before you know it! (God, I never get tired of saying that!)

Winners Receive:

Desperate Housewives: The Complete Collection 46-disc DVD set

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below
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Gripe Focus: Comedy At The Emmys Remain A Bad Joke

It’s a shame that the path of the television year must end on the Emmys, the awards show contained several highs, many lows and just some unfathomable results. Frustration, celebration, and embarrassment come to mind when mentioning the 2012 Emmys. Is it different any other year? No, not really. But its results sour the memory of a great year in television, right as we’re about to usher a new season this week at BuzzFocus. There were more deserving shows that were nominated but for whatever reasons unknown, the powers that be don’t agree.

The Academy of Television Arts & Science in some instances can look rather progressive. One minute they appear to have their shit together one moment–honoring Showtime’s Homeland, Outstanding Drama Series–but at the same time have their heads up their collective asses when they awarded ABC’s Modern Family nearly every major piece of hardware it could qualify for.
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The winners of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are...

Following the announcement of the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month, the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out last night during a star-studded ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences celebrated the very best in primetime programming over the past year.

Despite being nominated in 17 categories, acclaimed drama Mad Men failed to register a single award, with its four year stream as Outstanding Drama Series broken by the Golden Globe-winning Homeland, while the other top honours went to Modern Family (Outstanding Comedy Series), Game Change (Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie), The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series) and The Amazing Race (Outstanding Reality-Competition Program).

Homeland continued its success in the acting categories, with Damian Lewis and Clare Danes named as Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress (Drama) respectively), while it also received the award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
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Homeland and Modern Family Clean Up at Primetime Emmy Awards; Mad Men Shut Out

The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards were given out last night, and longtime favorite Mad Men had a pretty rough evening. Matthew Weiner’s AMC drama was shut out in every category in which it was nominated (Christina Hendricks was robbed), denying the series a record-breaking fifth consecutive Best Drama Series Emmy in favor of Showtime’s excellent freshman series Homeland. The cable thriller nearly swept the drama series category, even landing Damian Lewis a surprising Best Actor win over perennial favorite Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Mad Men’s way overdue Jon Hamm. It’s hard to complain, though, as Homeland had a positively stellar first season and star Claire Danes gave a powerhouse performance as a psychologically plagued CIA analyst, for which she was awarded Best Actress. On the comedy side of things the awards were a tad more predictable, with ABC’s Modern Family pulling off another sweep in the genre.
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Homeland Cleans Up at the 2012 Emmy Awards

Well if you hadn't really heard of Homeland prior to this weekend, you probably have by now. The Showtime series pulled off a major upset at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards last night, winning a large chunk of the major awards in the Drama category over favourites like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis both took home awards for Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series, while the show also broke Mad Men's four-year win streak for Outstanding Drama Series. Elsewhere, Aaron Paul won his second Emmy for his supporting performance as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Lead Actress in a Comedy for Veep. Modern Family still took the Outstanding Comedy Series, however, while the HBO movie Game Change took the Outstanding Mini-Series or TV Movie. Kevin Costner did manage to pick up some
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Emmy Awards Winners List: 'Homeland'-'Modern Family' Edition

Emmy Awards Winners List: 'Homeland'-'Modern Family' Edition
If you are a big fan of either Showtime's "Homeland" or ABC's "Modern Family," last night's Emmy Awards were probably a ball for you. If you're a fan of anything else, it was just another three-hour award show.

Now that all of the winners have been named, you can take a look back and see who cleaned up for television this time around.

Click past the jump for a complete winners list for the 2012 Emmy Awards.

Outstanding Drama

Winner: "Homeland"

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Breaking Bad"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"

"Mad Men"

Outstanding Actress In A Drama

Winner: Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"

Glenn Close, "Damages"

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Winner: Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Outstanding
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