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Emmys: Will being an hour-long show hurt ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ in Best Comedy Series? [Poll]

Emmys: Will being an hour-long show hurt ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ in Best Comedy Series? [Poll]
Nineteen years ago, “Ally McBeal” made Emmy history as the first hour-long show to win Best Comedy Series. A door had been kicked down, it was the dawn of a new era… except it wasn’t. “Ally McBeal,” which was never nominated again for its final three seasons, remains the only one-hour Best Comedy Series champ. But it could finally have some company this year thanks to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

In the absence of “Veep,” “Mrs. Maisel” is currently in second place in our Emmy odds behind “Atlanta.” Coming off a strong awards run with wins at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild Awards earlier this year, it has four Experts and five Editors picking it to take home the Emmy. Its eight-episode first season would make it the second shortest season to win Best Comedy Series after “The Wonder Years,” but you can argue that it
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”s eight episodes would be second shortest season to win comedy series Emmy

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”s eight episodes would be second shortest season to win comedy series Emmy
Is eight episodes enough to win Best Comedy Series? That’s how long the first season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is. If the Amazon series does walk away with the trophy, it’d do so with the second fewest amount of episodes in a season while continuing a marked trend in Emmy champs.

“Mrs. Maisel” would be behind “The Wonder Years,” the surprise Best Comedy Series champ in 1988 after its six-episode freshman run. The nine-episode first season of “The Art Carney Special,” which won in 1960, is the current No. 2. “Mrs. Maisel” is second place for the win in our early odds, trailing “Atlanta,” which consists of 10 episodes this year.

While it’s more pronounced in Best Drama Series — no show with more than 13 episodes in a season has won since the 24-episodes-per-season “24” in 2006 — both series races have increasingly featured contenders and eventual winners with shorter episode lengths than the broadcast standard of 22 per season.
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Emmys 2018: Experts say Iain Armitage (‘Young Sheldon’) could become youngest Comedy Actor nominee in history

Emmys 2018: Experts say Iain Armitage (‘Young Sheldon’) could become youngest Comedy Actor nominee in history
Will Iain Armitage (“Young Sheldon”) make Emmy history with a nomination for Best Comedy Actor? He turns 10-years-old this year, so if he makes the cut this summer he’ll be the youngest nominee in the history of the category and the second youngest nominee in Primetime Emmy history. Now a couple of the Expert journalists we’ve polled thus far are predicting exactly that.

To date there have only been two Comedy Actor nominees under the age of 18: Fred Savage contended for “The Wonder Years” in 1989 when he was 13, and Frankie Muniz was up for “Malcolm in the Middle” in 2001 when he was 15. The Primetime Emmys have long been hesitant to recognize child actors, with a few exceptions. Roxana Zal (“Something About Amelia”) became the youngest champ when she prevailed for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress in 1984 at age 14. And Kristy McNichol (“Family”) won Best Drama Supporting Actress
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Fred Savage Denies Harassment Allegation

Fred Savage Denies Harassment Allegation
Studio 20th Century Fox Television said that it found “no evidence of any wrongdoing” on the part of Fred Savage in a completed investigation into claims that the actor verbally harassed female crew members on the set of comedy series “The Grinder.”

Fox takes all allegations of improper conduct very seriously,” a 20th Century Fox spokesperson said Wednesday. “We conducted a thorough investigation into these allegations and found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage. We will vigorously defend against these unfounded claims.”

A former female crew member on Wednesday filed suit against Savage and Fox,
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We're About to Meet Toby's Parents on This Is Us - Here Are the Actors Playing Them

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The second season of This Is Us brought many new revelations to light; we finally found out how Jack Pearson dies, we witnessed Kevin's heartbreaking struggle with addiction and guilt, and we realized that Toby actually has a last name. In the big finale - which we're promised will be an emotional rollercoaster - we also get to meet Toby's parents ahead of his wedding to Kate (which, by the way, may or may not even happen). Related6 Storylines You Can Expect to See During This Is Us Season 3 During a panel for the hit NBC series at SXSW on Tuesday, creator Dan Fogelman revealed that Toby (Chris Sullivan)'s parents are played by veteran actors Dan Lauria (probably best known for The Wonder Years and Pitch) and Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland, and also Pitch). Chrissy Metz told Entertainment Weekly that Toby's parents are "everything and nothing you'd expect.
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Toby's Parents on This Is Us Are TV Legends

Toby's Parents on This Is Us Are TV Legends
This Is Us is rolling out the welcome mat to TV legends Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria. The duo will appear in the season two finale as the parents of Toby (Chris Sullivan). Malick is known for her work in Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland and Dream On. Lauria has more than 180 acting credits to his name, notably The Wonder Years and recently Pitch and Fly. The duo appeared together in Pitch and have appeared together on stage, including performances of Love Letters. The casting announcement was made at This Is Us' SXSW panel. Ahead of the finale, Sullivan and costar Susan Kelechi Watson praised the casting choices. "I love the casting of your parents," Watson said. "Yeah, my...
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The Fosters Season 5 Episode 15 Review: Mother's Day

One of television's greatest mysteries is how a series like The Fosters has graced our screens and touched our hearts with transformative storytelling, authentic characters, and capable actors, but greater award recognition and accolades have eluded the series for half a decade. 

They've rightfully been nominated and/or won GLAAD, Teen Choice, and Television Critics Awards, but to have never been considered for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, or if I may be audacious, the prestigious Peabody, is confounding. 

The final season of The Fosters has resolved itself to not go out with a whimper, and The Fosters Season 5 Episode 15 was no exception.

Sure, this series is groundbreaking and progressive -- transgressive even. It's bold, topical, and occasionally controversial. It hasn't taken on some of its subject matter flawlessly. There were times when it was melodramatic or clumsy, but it has been all the better for having tried.

As we
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Everything Sucks!: first trailer

Joseph Baxter Kirsten Howard Feb 7, 2018

Netflix has released a big trailer for their new 90s-set show, Everything Sucks!, which is likely to tug at every nostalgic heartstring...

While the insane array of original series on Netflix probably can’t be accurately categorised by any one offering, the streaming giant has taken a special shine to nostalgia, evidenced by the embracing of the 1980s-era idiosyncrasies of Stranger Things, its fostering of the 2001 (early 1980s-set) cult film Wet Hot American Summer into a television franchise, as well as Full House spinoff Fuller House. However, teen comedy series Everything Sucks! brandishes a mantra that fits in the angsty era in which it will take place: the 1990s.

Here's the first trailer...

Amongst the array of 1990s iconography and tropes lies an irreverent take on the high school experience, that – in a comparison that can’t be evoked enough – is clearly reminiscent in tone
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The Best Post-Super Bowl TV Episodes of the Last 35 Years

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The Best Post-Super Bowl TV Episodes of the Last 35 Years
Until the 1980s, the networks didn’t give much thought about what they aired after the Super Bowl — it was sometimes golf, “Lassie,” or nothing at all. But then, in 1983, NBC aired the second episode of new action hour “The A-Team,” turning it into an immediate hit. The next year, “Airwolf” launched behind the Super Bowl, and in 1988, ABC found success debuting “The Wonder Years” after the game, solidifying the strategy of premiering brand new shows — at least temporarily.

The gambit wound becoming a bust by the 1990s, as post-Super Bowl shows turned into quick failures: “Grand Slam,” “Davis Rules,” “The Good Life” and “Extreme.” NBC came up with a new strategy in 1996, running an episode of its biggest show there — “Friends” — which allowed it to charge hefty ad rates for what was assuredly a big event.

Read More:‘The Alienist’: Luke Evans Sheds Light on His Character’s
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Apparently The Wonder Years Was Cancelled Because of a "Ridiculous" Sexual Harassment Claim Against 16-Year Old Fred Savage

For those of you who have ever wondered why the classic series The Wonder Years was canceled, actress Ally Mills, who played Norma Arnold in the series, said it due to a sexual harassment scandal involving 16-year-old Fred Savage, which she says was "completely ridiculous."

This is the first time anything like this has been talked about regarding the show. While talking to Yahoo, Mills explained:

“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years was going to be renewed. And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage — who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the Earth.”

The sexual harassment lawsuit was filed in 1993 by a 31-year-old costume designer named Monique Long. It wasn't just against Fred Savage, though. It was also filed against 20-year-old Jason Hervey,
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Did “The Wonder Years” End Because of a Sexual Assault Lawsuit?

The good news about this story is it shows that the issue of sexual harassment has been around for at least 30 years, and most likely even before that. The reason it is good news is not because women were being sexually harassed, but that the #metoo-ers can’t claim they “discovered” the problem and are actively doing something about it. In the case of “The Wonder Years” the sexual harassment victim was a behind-the-scenes woman who made the claim against the stars of the show. One of the interesting things about this claim made 30 years ago is that the

Did “The Wonder Years” End Because of a Sexual Assault Lawsuit?
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‘The Wonder Years’ Star Claims Sexual Harassment Allegations Ended the Show

‘The Wonder Years’ Star Claims Sexual Harassment Allegations Ended the Show
Thirty years after the family comedy “The Wonder Years” premiered on ABC, the show’s star Alley Mills now claims sexual harassment allegations prevented the show from returning for a seventh season.

Mills played Norma Arnold, the mother of Fred Savage and Jason Hervey’s characters on the drama, which ran from 1988 to 1993. In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Mills said a costume designer, Monique Long, brought a lawsuit against Savage and Hervey for physically and verbally harassing her on set.

“When we shot the series finale, nobody knew whether or not ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed,” Mills said in the interview. “That’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage who was like the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the earth.”

People reported in 1993 that Long said Savage repeatedly told her, “Oh, Monique
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'Wonder Years' Mom: 'Ridiculous' Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Ended Show

'Wonder Years' Mom: 'Ridiculous' Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Ended Show
Nearly three decades after The Wonder Years first made its TV debut, actress Alley Mills is claiming that a "ridiculous" sexual harassment lawsuit is what brought the beloved ABC show to a sudden halt in 1993.

Mills, who played wholesome matriarch Norma Arnold in the Sixties-set teen drama, told Yahoo! Entertainment that a lawsuit brought about by her costumer, Monique Long, against her TV sons Fred Savage and Jason Hervey, ultimately led to the show's cancellation after six seasons.

"When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years
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'Wonder Years' Star Alley Mills Says "Completely Ridiculous" Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Ruined Show

The Wonder Years is one of the most well-known and beloved sitcoms in TV history, and now one of the show's stars says it was derailed due to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Fred Savage, Jason Hervey and others in the early 1990s.

Actress Alley Mills, who played mom Norma Arnold on the show, recently told Yahoo the show never got back on track after a former costume designer for the ABC classic accused the men of constant verbal and physical harassment.

“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years was going...
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‘The Wonder Years’ Was Canceled Due to a ‘Ridiculous’ Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fred Savage, Says Alley Mills

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Twenty-five years later, “The Wonder Years’” cancellation still raises questions. The final episode was filmed in such a way that allowed it to serve as either a series or season finale, depending on the voiceover narration that was added to the closing scene; exactly how and why ABC chose to end things has remained a point of contention among viewers. Now Alley Mills, who played matriarch Norma Arnold on the family drama, says the show was canceled due to a “completely ridiculous” sexual-harassment lawsuit filed against stars Fred Savage and Jason Hervey.

Read More:Watch (Exclusive): ‘The Wonder Years’ Cast Reflects on How Nostalgia Shaped the Show

“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed,” Mills tells Yahoo in a video interview. “And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage — who is,
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‘Wonder Years’ Mom Says Show Axed Over ‘Ridiculous’ Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fred Savage

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‘Wonder Years’ Mom Says Show Axed Over ‘Ridiculous’ Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fred Savage
The Wonder Years” actress Alley Mills is opening up about the reason the hit ABC period show was canceled after six seasons — and she blames a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fred Savage that she called “ridiculous.” “When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed,” Mills, who played Norma Arnold, said in a recent interview with Yahoo (watch it below). “And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage — who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever...
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NBC Orders Four Multi-Cam Comedy Pilots, Including Two From Ep Sean Hayes

NBC has ordered four multi-camera comedy pilots, marking the network’s first comedy orders for the 2018-2019 season, Variety has learned.

Two of the projects boast “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes as an executive producer. The first is titled “Like Family” and follows Aubrey and Artie, who formed the tightest of sibling-like bonds growing up together in foster care. But they are now discovering that such closeness makes adulthood even more complicated.

Suzanne Martin will write and executive produce with Hayes and Todd Milliner also executive producing via their Hazy Mills banner. Universal Television will produce along with Hazy Mills, which is under an overall deal at the studio.

Martin previously created the TV Land comedy series “Hot in Cleveland,” which ran on the cable network for six seasons. She also created the “Hot in Cleveland” spinoff series “The Soul Man” starring Cedric the Entertainer, as well as the NBC comedy “Crowded.” Hayes executive
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Child Support: Season One Ratings

ABC has achieved pretty good results rebooting classic television game shows like $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game, and even The Gong Show. Now they're trying out a new spin on the concept, with the Child Support TV show. A humorous take on the format, on the new series, in the end, it is up to children whether the adults win or lose. Does that sound like a Nielsen ratings winner? Will Child Support be cancelled or renewed for season two on ABC? Stay tuned. Fred Savage, who came to fame as one of TV's most endearing kids on The Wonder Years hosts Child Support, which was created by Ricky Gervais. Adult players have to answer ten questions correctly, in order to win the top prize of $200,000. When the grownups give the wrong answer, that’s when five cute and funny kids ride to the
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Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, who started as an actor and went on to become a prolific TV director throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, died Nov. 19 in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was 86.

Baldwin won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing “The Wonder Years” and a Cable Ace Award for “Dream On.”

Born in Winnetka, Ill., he was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout in his senior year at Stanford. He became one of Paramount’s “Golden Circle of Newcomers” and appeared in films including “Stalag 17,” “Little Boy Lost” and Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”

He served three years in the Navy and returned to Paramount, where he appeared in “The Tin Star” and “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and Doris Day.

After touring with Julie Harris in “The Warm Peninsula” play, Baldwin moved to Italy, where he appeared in films by Robert Rossellini, Dino Risi and Francesco Rosi. There he started
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