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Holy mother forking shirt balls! Ted Danson now has the most Best Comedy Actor Emmy nominations

Holy mother forking shirt balls! Ted Danson now has the most Best Comedy Actor Emmy nominations
Good news for Ted Danson: Not only did he receive a Best Comedy Actor nomination for “The Good Place,” but he is now the most nominated performer in the category. Thursday’s nomination marks Danson’s 12th bid in the category, which he has won twice, for “Cheers” in 1990 and 1993.

Danson, who was last Emmy-nominated for his guest turn on “Damages” in 2010, was in a long-standing tie at 11 Best Comedy Actor nominations with Alan Alda and Kelsey Grammer. Alda was the first to hit 11, getting shortlisted every year for playing Hawkeye on “M*A*S*H,” winning in 1974 and 1982. Danson then pulled off the “11 nominations for 11 years” feat for everyone’s favorite bartender Sam Malone.

See Ready the trolley! Ted Danson and Maya Rudolph put ‘The Good Place’ on the map with two Emmy nominations

Though “Frasier” also ran for 11 seasons, Grammer was only nominated 10 times, missing in 2003. He got his first
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‘Modern Family’ is most likely 2017 Best Comedy Series Emmy nominee to be snubbed, readers say

‘Modern Family’ is most likely 2017 Best Comedy Series Emmy nominee to be snubbed, readers say
Is this the year “Modern Family” falls out of the Best Comedy Series Emmy lineup? That’s what you think: 59 percent of our readers say the five-time champ is the most likely 2017 nominee to be snubbed this year.

Modern Family” has been nominated for Best Comedy Series all eight years of its existence, winning in its first five tries to tie the record set by “Frasier.” But not even “Frasier” could nab nine straight nominations. If “Modern Family” proves everyone wrong – it’s currently in 11th place in our odds – it’ll tie “All in the Family” with the second most nominations in the category behind 11-time nominees “Cheers” and “M*A*S*H.”

With 28 percent, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is the second most likely 2017 nominee to fall out this year. “Kimmy,” which is in ninth place, has been nominated for all three of its seasons so far, but it only
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‘Will and Grace’ interviews: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, David Kohan, Max Mutchnick exclusive chats [Watch]

‘Will and Grace’ interviews: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, David Kohan, Max Mutchnick exclusive chats [Watch]
Can “Will & Grace” repeat its Emmy success with its highly-rated revival? During its original eight-season run the show won 16 prizes out of 83 nominations, including Best Comedy Series in 2000. All four series regulars took home acting prizes as well: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. That made it one of only three shows (along with “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls”) to win Emmys for all of its main cast members. Gold Derby recently spoke with McCormack, Messing, and creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick about bringing the show back after 11 years off the air. Scroll down and click on their names below to be taken to their full interviews.

For McCormack, it was important that the revival show Will as an older, single gay man and “explore it from a point of strength rather than apologizing.” The season showed Will attempting to date a much-younger man,
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Which 2017 Best Comedy Series Emmy nominee is most likely to be snubbed? [Poll]

Which 2017 Best Comedy Series Emmy nominee is most likely to be snubbed? [Poll]
Just like in Best Drama Series, two of last year’s Emmy nominees for Best Comedy Series – three-time reigning champ “Veep” and “Master of None” — are out this year and the other five – “Atlanta,” “Black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — are all eligible to return. But which of the five is most likely not to get nominated?

The obvious answer is “Modern Family.” People have been waiting for it to fall out for a while – no offense to the five-time champ – and many thought it would happen last year, but it clung on. “Modern Family” is in 11th place in our odds, but if it manages to stick around, it’d tie “All in the Family” with nine Best Comedy Series nominations. Only “Cheers” and “M*A*S*H” have more, each with 11.

On the other hand, “Atlanta” is the favorite to win. Season 2 was even better well received than
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2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Writing: Will Alec Berg be nominated for both ‘Barry’ and ‘Silicon Valley’?

2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Writing: Will Alec Berg be nominated for both ‘Barry’ and ‘Silicon Valley’?
The Emmy Awards ballot for Best Comedy Writing lists 224 episodes from 117 series, up from 195 episodes from 101 series last year, when the nominees were:

Atlanta” season 1

“B.A.N.” (Donald Glover)

“Streets on Lock” (Stephen Glover)

Master of None” season 2

Winner: “Thanksgiving” (Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe)

Silicon Valley” season 4

“Success Failure” (Alec Berg)

Veep” season 6

Georgia” (Billy Kimball)

“Groundbreaking” (David Mandel)

SEEour slugfest video on the top reality and variety races.

2016/2017 winner “Master of None” and 2015 winner “Veep” are out of contention, so there are two or three slots open, depending on how you count “Episodes,” which has never missed a nomination when eligible in this category. Having been nominated in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, “Episodes” now contends for its series finale.

Alec Berg similarly contends for his fifth consecutive nomination for “Silicon Valley.” He is also in contention for the “Barry” pilot co-written by Bill Hader, who has never been nominated for writing,
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What is Sally Struthers Up to Today?

Known largely for her role in All in the Family, Sally Struthers has been in the spotlight for decades now and doesn’t seem ready to part ways with it just yet. While she hasn’t been doing as much as she used to Struthers is still remaining active when it comes to acting and has appeared on more than one TV show in her time. The beginning of her career started back in the 1960s and was cemented when she was cast as Gloria in All in the Family. From that point on she took off in a way that was

What is Sally Struthers Up to Today?
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Kate McKinnon (‘SNL’) could be fifth three-peat Emmy champ in Best Comedy Supporting Actress

Kate McKinnon (‘SNL’) could be fifth three-peat Emmy champ in Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Kate McKinnon has had a stranglehold on our Best Comedy Supporting Actress Emmy odds since our predictions center launched and if she does prevail, she’ll join a very elite group: three-peat champs.

Only four other women have won three Emmys in a row in Best Comedy Supporting Actress. Valerie Harper (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) accomplished it first, dominating from 1971-73. Her victory in 1972 was a tie with Sally Struthers (“All in the Family”). Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”) next three-peated from 1984-86 and won a fourth trophy in 1989. Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) then went on a roll from 1992-94. Seven years later, Doris Roberts claimed three in a row from 2001-03. The late “Everybody Loves Raymond” star also bagged a fourth statuette in 2005.

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Since then, two people have come close to three-peating: Julie Bowen (“Modern Family
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Eric McCormack (‘Will and Grace’): ‘I feel very strong’ in playing Will Truman [Complete Interview Transcript]

Eric McCormack (‘Will and Grace’): ‘I feel very strong’ in playing Will Truman [Complete Interview Transcript]
Eric McCormack returned to “Will and Grace” 11 years later in 2017 without missing a step as uptight gay lawyer Will Truman. An Emmy winner for the show in 2001, McCormack reunited with fellow Emmy winners Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally for a highly successful 16-episode revival season that is now eligible for this year’s Emmys.

McCormack recently chatted with Gold Derby contributor Tony Ruiz about stepping into Will’s shoes again a decade later, his highlights from this revival season and what it was like to win an Emmy. Watch the exclusive video chat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

SEEDebra Messing Interview: ‘Will and Grace’

Gold Derby: Eric McCormack, coming back to “Will & Grace” after 11 years, did you have any hesitation or was it at all different the second time around, or did it just feel exactly like no time had passed?

Eric McCormack: We
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Will ‘Modern Family’ earn 9th Best Comedy Series nomination at 2018 Emmys? Not even ‘Frasier’ could do that

ABC’s “Modern Family” was once the toast of the Emmys, winning Best Comedy Series five times (2010-14) from a whopping eight nominations. With increased competition from cable and streaming networks, will the recently concluded ninth season continue the show’s Emmy streak? As a refresher, “Modern Family” is currently tied with “Frasier” at five wins and eight nominations. Only four comedies in Emmy history earned more than eight series bids — “All in the Family” (9), “Cheers” (11) and “M*A*S*H” (11) — so “Modern Family” is hoping to join that esteemed list this year.

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Created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd and produced by 20th Century Fox TV, “Modern Family” broke boundaries for its storylines of inclusion and acceptance. In the wake of sister company Fox News’ right-wing reporting, Levitan recently announced that he would be leaving Fox after “Modern Family” ends.
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From ‘Riverdale’ to ‘Seinfeld,’ 15 Midseason Replacements That Became Surprise Hits (Photos)

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From ‘Riverdale’ to ‘Seinfeld,’ 15 Midseason Replacements That Became Surprise Hits (Photos)
Not every show can make it into the Fall primetime lineup — and sometimes that’s a good thing. Each year, networks have to find fresh programs to fill the midseason holes they face when during long hiatuses or as cancellations creep up. And for shows like “Seinfeld,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Riverdale,” being up against some easy competition during winter and summer lulls may have set them up to become fan favorites. See a sampling below and clicking through TheWrap’s gallery to see some of the most beloved midseason replacements in TV history — and some that are still airing.

1. “Seinfeld” — Premiered July 5, 1989 on NBC

One of the most famous sitcoms of all time debuted in the dead of summer, but that didn’t stop the self-proclaimed “show about nothing” from becoming something.

2. “Happy Days” — Premiered Jan. 15, 1974 on ABC

Maybe a winter launch was what made the Fonz so cool in the first place.
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Come and Knock on Their Door — Secrets of 'Three’s Company' Uncovered (Exclusive)

Becoming a part of the popular conversation in the mid-1970s was the phrase "Jiggle Television," which was designed by NBC to be an insult to ABC's programming of the time. Instead, it became a short-hand, if you will, to describe shows like Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman, the ladies of Charlie's Angels, and, of course, Three's Company. The latter focuses on Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), and Jack Tripper (John Ritter), living together platonically and pretending that Jack is gay to keep their landlords, the Ropers (Norman Fell and Audra Lindley), at bay. The show would turn out to be a combination of slapstick humor and sexual innuendo usually arising from misunderstanding — and it was a huge hit. "If you look back to '70s sitcoms," explains Chris Mann, author of 1998's Come and Knock on Our Door: A Hers and Hers and His Guide
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‘Will & Grace’ revival blooper reel showcases silly side of Emmy favorite [Watch]

‘Will & Grace’ revival blooper reel showcases silly side of Emmy favorite [Watch]
The revival of “Will & Grace” is poised to be a key player at the upcoming Emmy Awards. As a reminder that the fun and games continue off-camera, the studio has released a blooper reel featuring the four Emmy-winning stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. Watch this quirky quartet make merry with various mishaps and miscues during filming of the ninth season of this beloved sitcom.

Over the course of the eight seasons that began in 1998, “Will & Grace” won 16 Emmys from 83 nominations, including Best Comedy Series in 2000. And all four regulars won at least once each: McCormack (2001) and Messing (2003) in lead and Hayes (2000) and Mullally down in supporting. With Messing’s win in 2003, “Will and Grace” became only the third TV series in Emmy history in which all four of the main cast won awards, following “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls.”

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David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (‘Will & Grace’ creators) on picking up ‘where they left off’ with hit sitcom revival [Exclusive Video Interview]

David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (‘Will & Grace’ creators) on picking up ‘where they left off’ with hit sitcom revival [Exclusive Video Interview]
Will & Grace” co-creator Max Mutchnick admits he and David Kohan had no idea there was such a high demand for the series to return. “We’ve written it small, and we’ve thought of it small,” says Mutchnick, “and maybe that’s been the thing that’s worked for us because we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.” The NBC sitcom starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally originally ran from 1998-2006, and it returned in 2017 after 11 years for what was initially supposed to be a 10-episode run. That morphed into a 16-episode season, and then a second- and third-season renewal. Watch our exclusive video interview with Mutchnick and Kohan above.

See Debra Messing (‘Will & Grace’) on ‘jumping into Grace’s skin again’ after 11-year hiatus [Exclusive Video Interview]

You might think reuniting the cast after more than a decade apart would be a challenge, but “they really
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2018 Emmys: 5 reasons why ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ will win Best Comedy Series

“I really think you may be onto something with your ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ prediction,” Gold Derby chief Tom O’Neil confided to me via email. “But, sorry, I’m not gutsy enough to join you.” For months now I’ve been predicting “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to finally win the Best Comedy Series Emmy. However, looking at the official Gold Derby odds I know I am going out on a limb. None of our experts from around the web or other in house editors are predicting the HBO stalwart to take home the top honor.

Take a read of my five reasons that “Curb” is in prettty prettty prettty good shape to win on Emmy night and then let me know in the comment section what you think. Is Tom being foolish for not joining me out on that limb or am I going to fall in disgrace?

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Eric McCormack (‘Will and Grace’): Revisiting the role of Will Truman was ‘like putting on a very comfortable pair of shoes’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Eric McCormack (‘Will and Grace’): Revisiting the role of Will Truman was ‘like putting on a very comfortable pair of shoes’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was a no-brainer. We knew we could make it happen,” exclaims Eric McCormack about the successful revival of NBC’s “Will and Grace” this past season. The series, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006, returned to the peacock network in the fall and has already been renewed for two additional seasons. McCormack’s performance as fastidious attorney Will Truman earned him four Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Actor, winning once in 2001. In our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above), McCormack discusses that Emmy win and how returning to play Will was “like putting on a very comfortable pair of shoes.”

SEEDebra Messing (‘Will and Grace’) on ‘jumping into Grace’s skin again’ after an 11-year hiatus [Exclusive Video Interview]

For both McCormack and the show’s co-creator Max Mutchnick, it was important for the revival to show Will as an older, single gay man and “explore it from a point of strength rather than apologizing.
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Norman Lear (‘One Day at a Time’ producer) on exploring subjects that are important to American families [Red Carpet Interview]

Norman Lear (‘One Day at a Time’ producer) on exploring subjects that are important to American families [Red Carpet Interview]
Legendary TV producer Norman Lear is known for exploring hot-button subjects in his comedies, including “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons.” The current Netflix incarnation of “One Day at a Time” is no exception. Adapted from Lear’s original series that ran from 1975 to 1984, it explores the experiences of a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles. And family is what it all comes down to for Lear. We talked with him recently on the red carpet at a special Netflix Fysee event for “One Day.”. Watch our interview above.

“I was born into a family, and a lot of these things we dealt with [on TV] my family dealt with,” said Lear about the subject matter of his shows. “And if it wasn’t my family it was the family next door, or up the street, or across the street. This is what Americans were going through.”

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Multi-Cams Are Staples of Broadcast TV — Will Streaming Follow Suit?

Heading into the fall, multi-camera comedies are poised to have their biggest season in years on broadcast television. The Big Four have ordered eight multi-cams among them for the 2018-19 season, up from just four the year before.

The format can trace its roots back to the first days of television, with some of the biggest and most celebrated series in history being multi-cams: “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Cheers,” “All in the Family,” “I Love Lucy” among many others.

Yet despite their proven track record, and the fact they are notably cheaper to produce than single-camera comedies, most networks and streaming services
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Cold Turkey

Norman Lear’s Cold Turkey is preferred by 4 out of 5 doctors, and the other doctor is a fool that doesn’t smoke cigarettes. Lear’s triple-threat writing, producing and directing effort is by no means a lazy comedy, with its twenty featured actors dashing around like asylum inmates for ninety minutes. It’s not the show to help one kick the habit, that’s for sure — even though it makes smoking look appropriately disgusting.

Cold Turkey

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1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date May 29, 2018 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Pippa Scott, Tom Poston, Edward Everett Horton, Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, Vincent Gardenia, Barnard Hughes, Graham Jarvis, Jean Stapleton, Barbara Cason, Judith Lowry, Sudie Bond, Helen Page Camp, Paul Benedict, Simon Scott, Raymond Kark, Peggy Rea, Woodrow Parfrey, M. Emmet Walsh, Gloria LeRoy, Walter Sande, Harvey Jason, Ted Knight, Stan Gottlieb.

Cinematography:
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ABC Considers Plans to Rebrand ‘Roseanne’ Without Controversial Star

Comedy is hard. Just ask ABC. Or CBS, or NBC, or Fox.

The major networks have struggled mightily for a decade to field an unqualified sitcom smash. ABC’s reboot of “Roseanne” was that show — until it all fell apart with the touch of a “Send” button.

ABC took the extraordinary step of canceling “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr sent a racist tweet that likened Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Barr apologized for what she called a “joke,” but the damage was done. As outrage at the racial slur steamrolled online, ABC and parent company Disney were
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Norman Lear, Julie Plec, Cheo Hodari Coker on Becoming Masters of TV Universes

The universe has quickly become the place to be. Such companies as Marvel have taken over the film world with their intricately plotted universes, in which individual projects are tied together by sharing characters, settings and plot points. DC Entertainment has films including “Justice League,” with plenty of other examples either already released or on the way.

The trend has also carried over into television. Marvel has five series on Netflix alone, four of which played into “The Defenders” crossover event series in 2017. The fifth, “The Punisher,” was launched off the title character’s appearance in “Daredevil” season two. Then
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