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Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Emmy winner Nanette Fabray dies at 97: Original One Day at a Time alum played mom to famous sitcom characters
Fabray played Mary Richards' mom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Ann Romano's mom on the original One Day at a Time, appearing on 42 episodes. Fabray also won three Emmys working with Sid Caesar on NBC's Caesar’s Hour in the 1950s.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
Reg E. Cathey dies: The Wire star won an Emmy for House of Cards
Cathey, 59, played Frank Underwood’s favorite D.C. rib cook Freddy Hayes, a role that earned him three consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actor, including a win in 2015. Cathey also famously played political operative Norman Wilson on The Wire. “Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set,” tweeted The Wire creator David Simon. “On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing.” House of Cards creator Beau Willimon added: "Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed."
Posted Sunday 1/28/18 at 3:52AM EST
Reese Witherspoon has become a big-time TV producer thanks to the massive Emmy success of Big Little Lies
Since Big Little Lies won eight Emmy Awards last September, Witherspoon has made deals to produce three TV series for Apple — including one she’s starring in with Jennifer Aniston — and her Hello Sunshine production company has potential series in the running at ABC and NBC. “It opened a lot of doors for me,” Witherspoon says of the massive Emmy victory in an interview with the New York Times. “People wanted to be in business with me as a producer in the TV space. My mission was to create television for other women, for other female storytellers that are actresses, other directors and other writers. I think it just clicked in people’s minds.” The Times’ John Koblin says Witherspoon’s TV producing work “puts her in the company of series creators like Dick Wolf, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.” “Reese has been very smart about what she wants to do," says Rhimes. "She has leveraged her power in a very smart way to get big projects done. She knows what she’s doing.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Actress Olivia Cole, who won an Emmy for Roots, dies at 75
Cole won the best supporting actress Emmy for her portrayal of Matilda, the wife of Ben Vereen's Chicken George on the ABC miniseries. She also starred on the 1989 NBC miniseries Backstairs at the White House and ABC’s 1989 miniseries The Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Vince Gilligan recalls the “F*CK YEAH!” in Breaking Bad oral history in honor of its 10th anniversary
The groundbreaking AMC series premiered on Jan. 20, 2008 amid the writers’ strike and up against the overtime portion of the NFC championship game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. Few watched Season 1’s first seven episodes, yet they were good enough to garner four Emmy nominations, including a surprise victory for Bryan Cranston for best actor in a drama series. “I’ll never forget that moment they read out Bryan’s name,” says Gilligan in Esquire’s oral history. “I launched out of my seat like some drunken sports fan, and screamed “F*CK YEAH!" so loud I actually hurt my vocal chords, and I was slamming my hands together. It wasn’t even clapping, just beating them together. I’d never clapped so hard in my life, it was almost scary. Bryan is the whole package; he’s such a fine actor that even if he were the world’s biggest a**hole, he’d be worth working with. But he’s also the greatest guy, and so beloved by his peers. So in hindsight, I think, of course he won! But at the time, it was a shock.” ALSO: Watch a Better Call Saul gag reel.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Hugh Wilson, creator of WKRP in Cincinnati, dies at 74
Wilson was nominated for the Emmy three times for the 1970s radio station sitcom, but his only Emmy win came for outstanding writing for Frank’s Place, starring WKRP alum Tim Reid. Frank’s Place, which Wilson created, ran from 1987 to 1988 and was the last one-season sitcom to be nominated for best comedy series at the Emmys.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
The Golden Globes is losing its reputation of being “hip and with-it” when it comes to TV
As Vox points out, “in the past, the Globes often led the way when it came to the TV prizes, awarding new series that the Emmys often weren’t hip enough to touch. But due to the way TV’s awards calendar is increasingly turning the spring into the medium’s equivalent of Oscar season — the better to qualify at the last minute for the Emmys — the Globes (which take the full calendar year into account) increasingly have to follow the lead of the Television Academy, as they did in rewarding both Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 5:50PM EST
TV Academy announces new Emmy rule changes: Variety specials will be separated into live and pre-recorded categories
The restructuring of the “Outstanding Variety Special and Special Class categories” is due to the confusion around the term “special class.”
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 2:13PM EST
NBC’s Emmy broadcast will return to September
The Peacock’s last three Emmys — in 2006, 2010 and 2014 — have aired in late August to accomodate Sunday Night Football. In 2018, the Emmys will air in the traditional late September slot, specifically on Sept. 17.
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 10:51PM EST
An HBO executive is suing the TV Academy after she slipped and fell on the Emmy red carpet
Nancy Lesser is seeking $1 million from the TV Academy, the City of Los Angeles and the Anshultz Entertainment Group after sustaining multiple fractures after slipping on dirt on the red carpet at last year's Emmys.
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 10:48PM EST
TV Academy votes to ban Harvey Weinstein for life
“After a hearing today, the Television Academy’s governance has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy for life,” the TV Academy said in a statement Monday night. “The Academy supports those speaking out against harassment in all forms and stands behind those who have been affected by this issue. The unfolding and widespread examples of this horrific behavior are deeply disturbing to the Academy’s leadership.
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 7:48PM EDT
Lena Waithe nearly walked away from writing her Emmy-winning Master of None “Thanksgiving” episode
At one point, she told creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, “my plate’s too full. Not going to do that.”
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 4:11AM EDT
TV Academy votes to begin disciplinary proceedings on Harvey Weinstein
The television academy set a hearing for early November, in accordance with its “established procedures” for kicking out one of its members. Weinstein has 17 Emmy nominations, including 13 for Project Runway.
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 4:16PM EDT
Billy Eichner: Nobody would talk to Sean Spicer backstage at the Emmys, except the Young Sheldon actor
Eichner recalls to Conan the green room where only one Hollywood actor would speak to the former White House press secretary: Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Kevin Spacey shares video of seatmate Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning her Emmy
“From one Pres to another, you inspire our nation both on TV & in life,” the House of Cards star tweeted to the Veep star.