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Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Cynthia Nixon received donations from Sex and the City's "Mr. Big," Lena Dunham and Alec Baldwin
Chris Noth donated $2,500 to his former co-star's gubernatorial campaign, while Baldwin gave $16,000. Also donating money were Lena Dunham, who gave $10,000, and Debra Messing, who gave $500. Nixon's HBO co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis previously donated $5,000 and $2,000, respectively.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, Amazon, CBS, FX, HBO, Hulu, NBC, Netflix, An Emmy for Megan, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Atlanta, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, I Love You, America, Insecure, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Killing Eve, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Family, Real Time with Bill Maher, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, This is Us, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Twin Peaks: The Return, Veep, Westworld, Will & Grace, Aidy Bryant, Alec Baldwin, Alex Borstein, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Maher, Chrissy Teigen, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Freddie Highmore, Issa Rae, James Corden, Jane Lynch, Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, John Goodman, John Legend, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kit Harington, Kyle MacLachlan, Laurie Metcalf, Leslie Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Moore, Megan Amram, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Brosnahan, Samantha Bee, Sandra Oh, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Sterling K. Brown, Steve Levitan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tracey Ullman, Trevor Noah, Viola Davis, Award Shows, Emmys
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Alec Baldwin offers another controversial #MeToo opinion in his return to Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Baldwin, who appeared on Season 1 of Jerry Seinfeld's web series, will be the first repeat guest when Comedians in Cars returns next Friday. While riding with Seinfeld, Baldwin expressed worry that the #MeToo movement has made him hesitant to put his arm around his wife. “I put my arm around my wife’s waist and then went, ‘Oh, I’m sorry! Was that inappropriate?’” Baldwin said. To which Seinfeld responded: “You may be over implementing the new guidelines.”
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Alec Baldwin invites Melania Trump to join him on SNL
"We know what you’re thinking. What you’re feeling," Baldwin tweeted on Saturday, adding: "Come over to the light. We will welcome you as a hero in ways you never imagined possible. And then do SNL w me."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Alec Baldwin says he could beat Trump in a presidential election: “I would absolutely win. One thousand percent"
“If I ran for president, I would win. Hands down, I would win,” Baldwin half-jokingly told Howard Stern this morning. “It would be the funniest, most exciting, craziest campaign.” But he said two things are stopping his potential run for president: His wife Hilaria's disapproval and ABC's The Match Game.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Comedians in Cars' 10th season to feature Kate McKinnon, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney and the return of Alec Baldwin
Netflix announced the official lineup for the 12-episode 10th season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which will be the first on its streaming service. Joining the previously announced Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Lewis (who taped his episode months before his death last August) are Chappelle, his Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan, Zach Galifianakis, John Mulaney, Dana Carvey, Hasan Minhaj and Brian Regan. Alec Baldwin, who already did a Comedians in Cars episode in 2012, will be the first to return to the series. Season 10 premieres on July 6.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Roseanne Barr tweets "Don't feel sorry for me," retweets fans calling ABC hypocritical
Twelve hours after she apologized and tweeted "I am now leaving Twitter," and nine hours after ABC canceled her hit show, Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter expressing remorse for her show's cancelation: "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet," she tweeted. Roseanne also urged her followers to "Please don't start all of that boycott abc stuff," adding:" "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible." Barr's statement followed her retweeting a slew of her Twitter followers who called ABC hypocritical for its cancelation. They pointed to Joy Behar likening Vice President Mike Pence's faith to mental illness on The View, or to Whoopi Goldberg wearing a T-shirt of Trump shooting himself -- which has proven to be fake. Earlier in the evening, Roseanne retweeted racist memes of Valerie Jarrett in defending her comparison of the former Obama advisor to Planet of the Apes. Roseanne also expressed ignorance of the racism in her original tweet by tweeting of Jarrett, "i thought she was saudi." But Roseanne did directly apologize to Jarrett via Twitter, tweeting: "@ValerieJarrett i don't know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!" UPDATE: Roseanne targeted her colleagues overnight, including Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert and Wanda Sykes. "You throw me under the bus. nice!" Roseanne tweeted of Sykes, adding: “her tweet made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show.” Meanwhile, Twitter mocked Roseanne for her Ambien defense.
- Watch Roseanne Barr and the head of ABC joke about her tweets at ABC upfronts two weeks ago
- How ABC decided to pull the plug on Roseanne: Tuesday's tweet was considered "unsurvivable" -- this was the third or fourth time her tweets presented a problem for ABC
- President Trump didn't mention Roseanne during a rally Tuesday night in Nashville
- Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner says he hopes Barr "seeks the help she so clearly needs"
- Roseanne Season 10 contracts included provisions for reckless personal conduct
- Valerie Jarrett received an apology call from Disney CEO Bob Iger before the cancelation: “He apologized. He said that he had zero tolerance for that sort of racist, bigoted comment, and he wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show," she said on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" special.
- Why Roseanne Barr's bigotry finally became a liability: "Barr’s tweet didn’t suddenly show ABC — or her agency, ICM, which also dropped her as a client — that she was bigoted," says Anne Helen Peterson. "That much was abundantly clear to anyone who wasn’t willfully attempting to convince themselves otherwise. Rather, it showed that her bigotry, like all bigotry, is not a matter of a mischosen word. It’s not a slip-up or an isolated instance. It’s a worldview, and it’s a pathogen: It can be covered up and it can be ignored, but it can’t — without major substantive, contemplative, and personal work — be controlled. And to be uncontrollable in Hollywood is to render yourself a liability to the brand and, even worse, to the bottom line."
- Roseanne's son predicted her downfall -- and supported her view of Jarrett: "Mom will probably Be called racist and fired for this cuz libtards think Muslims are a race but omg is it funny and true hahahahahaha"
- Jimmy Kimmel -- who referred to ABC as "Roseanne-istan" at upfronts -- called the cancelation a "huge blow...we don't have much on this network"
- Trevor Noah blames President Trump "because he makes all of his supporters think they’re as impervious as he is"
- Jordan Klepper mocks Roseanne Barr defenders and their referencing the first amendment
- ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey didn't make the decision alone, but it is striking that she was the one who condemned Roseanne Barr
- ABC's rejected pilots starring Kat Dennings or Ginnifer Goodwin could end up filling the Roseanne void
- What about a Roseanne-less Roseanne? Why few would watch that kind of show
- Barr had long expressed openly racist ideas on Twitter, but there is only a renewed interested in them now because ABC amplified her voice with this reboot
- Alec Baldwin thinks Roseanne deserves another chance: He proposes she give half her salary to the NAACP and her character be forced to confront her real-life actions
- In the long term, keeping Roseanne on air made no sense, especially with its declining ratings and lack of back-end revenue
- John Goodman was photographed looking glum following news of cancelation
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Alec Baldwin says SNL should get somebody else to do Trump full-time
During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning, Baldwin had a "no comment" response to speculation that SNL's Sopranos-themed season finale cold open could be the last we see of his President Trump. But when the Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest pressed him, Baldwin seemed to hint he might be done with the character, according to The Daily Beast. “It does crash every weekend you have with your kids,” Baldwin said. “I enjoy doing it, but what’s going to happen in the future? I don't know where I’m going to working, where I’m going to be.” He said The Sopranos series finale ending "could be" foreshadowing, “but who knows what’s going to happen, if I do it again or don’t do it again.” But then he added in a telling statement: “They should get somebody who can do it all the time.”
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Meghan McCain wonders if she's the first former Lorne Michaels intern to be parodied on SNL
The View co-host tweeted on Sunday in reaction to SNL's "Morning Joe" sketch in which she was played by Aidy Bryant: "Can’t believe I got parodied on SNL last night - is this the first time this has happened to a former Lorne Michaels intern?! Also fun fact, @aidybryant and I went to the same high school in Phoenix." ALSO: Did SNL whack Alec Baldwin's Trump with Sopranos cold open?
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
The Alec Baldwin Show will be the first network primetime talk show since NBC's The Jay Leno Show
Alec Baldwin's new talk show, which will emphasize lengthy sit-down interviews, is something rarely done in broadcast primetime. But as Variety points out, "the Sunday 10 p.m. time slot has been such a challenge for ABC in recent years that there’s not much to lose by giving Baldwin a shot."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ABC unveils its fall schedule, featuring Roseanne Barr and Alec Baldwin
The Trump fan and the Trump hater will share the network stage this fall, with Roseanne returning to its Tuesday timeslot and Baldwin's talk show, now titled The Alec Baldwin Show, airing at 10 p.m. on Sundays. ABC is also moving Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless to Fridays. Nathan Fillion's The Rookie will air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. while Whiskey Cavalier and Grand Hotel will be held to midseason.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
SNL's celeb-filled cold opens have become tired and "cringeworthy pieces of self-satisfied liberal propaganda"
The recent star-studded cold opens mocking President Trump's scandals have become parodies of themselves, says Harry Cheadle. Beyond the novelty, he says, "the jokes are tired references to current events that never build on one another. Instead, they are limply tossed out as obvious applause lines to an anti-Trump crowd." ALSO: Rudy Giuliani refers to Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti as "a guy who books for Saturday Night Live."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Alec Baldwin responds to Joe Piscopo saying SNL's Stormy Daniels cold open went "over the line"
"Stormy Daniels on SNL? Lorne Michaels doesn’t even ask me to go on SNL," said the early 1980s SNL cast member in a Fox Business interview. “It was such a great, organized sketch,” he said. “But don’t put Stormy Daniels in there – what do I tell my kids?” Baldwin responded: "You tell them Trump is a compulsive adulterer who pays off porn stars w $ from dubious sources. What else?"
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Michelle Wolf's White House roast denounced by person who booked her for her "truth-to-power style"
On Feb. 22, White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev named Wolf the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, saying in a statement: “Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.” On Sunday night, following nearly 24 hours of controversy over Wolf's polarizing speech, Talev issued another statement that referred to Wolf only as "the entertainer": "Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people," Talev said. "Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission." Wolf responded to Talev's statement on Instagram, quoting those last seven words: "Not in the spirit of that mission."
- President Trump slammed Seth Meyers in mocking Wolf and calling Saturday's WHCD an "embarrassment" that should be put "to rest": "The filthy 'comedian' totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance)"
- WHCA president Talev defended Wolf earlier Sunday for saying "what she thought was important to say" -- but noted that her speech wasn't pre-screened
- Kathy Griffin stuck up for Wolf: Of course Sarah Huckabee Sanders was going to get the toughest jokes -- "she was Trump's proxy" on the dais
- No, Wolf didn't joke about Sanders' looks: "Smoky eye" was a riff on a Maybelline slogan
- The Handmaid's Tale joke also wasn't a slam of Sanders' looks
- Comedians stand by Wolf: "comics r truth tellers - deal with it," tweeted Rosie O'Donnell
- 2012 WHCD host Jimmy Kimmel: "Dear 'the media' - @michellewolf was FUNNY. Hire a juggler next year"
- Roseanne Barr appeared to side against Wolf: "first rule of comedy: NEVER target someone more famous than U who is in the audience," she tweeted. "U will lose the entire crowd"
- Journalists urging Wolf to apologize for what should have been an uncontroversial joke sends an incredibly dangerous message
- Fox News' Brian Kilmeade said Wolf attacked to impress Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: “Congratulations, when the three of you go out to dinner, I’m sure you’ll be laughing a lot. But in terms of the people here and the people at home — totally offensive, horrible choice. In fact, it’s the reason why the president didn’t want to go.”
- Michelle Wolf got it just right: "Wolf, according to the commentariat, violated a sacred standard of decency that defines the correspondents’ dinner every year," says Molly Roberts. "The comedian should roast people, yes, but she should do it at a suitably low temperature for this town’s all-too-tender egos. Wolf broke protocol by turning on the broiler. Yet the figures she scorched have shattered norms that are far more important than an unspoken prohibition on vagina jokes."
- Celebrities shunned the WHCD this year: Kathy Griffin and Jordan Klepper were the biggest entertainment names in attendance
- Will Wolf hasten the death of the WHCD?: "The annual event’s contradictions have become too heavy to bear"
- Alec Baldwin praised Wolf's joke mocking his fellow NBC star Megyn Kelly
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, The Handmaid's Tale, Alec Baldwin, Brian Kilmeade, Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Talev, Megyn Kelly, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump Presidency, Twitter, White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Rob Schneider criticizes SNL for being "completely against Trump"
Schneider, who went from being a lifelong Democrat to a Republican in 2013 to recently becoming an independent, tells The New York Daily News: "The fun of Saturday Night Live was always you never knew which way they leaned politically. You kind of assumed they would lean more left and liberal, but now the cat's out of the bag they are completely against Trump, which I think makes it less interesting because you know the direction the piece is going." Schneider also criticized Alec Baldwin's portrayal of Trump, comparing it to Dana Carvey's Bush impression: "I don't find his impression to be comical," he says. "Because, like I said, I know the way his politics lean and it spoils any surprise. There's no possible surprise. He so clearly hates the man he's playing ... Carvey played it respectfully. To me, the genius of Dana Carvey was Dana always had empathy for the people he played, and Alec Baldwin has nothing but a fuming, seething anger toward the person he plays."