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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
HBO's Succession score is one of the show's biggest characters
Nicholas Britell, who is in charge of Succession's score, is “more than just a composer," says executive producer Adam McKay. That's because Brittell was once a very successful currency trader. Thanks to his background, Britell has created a score that is so essential it feels like another lead character. ALSO: The pros and cons of Succession.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Longmire's Cassidy Freeman joins Danny McBride's HBO televangelist comedy pilot
The Smallville alum will play the wife of McBride's character on The Righteous Gemstones.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
The Wire: Ranking every episode of the HBO classic series
The worst episode of David Simon's beloved HBO drama series happens to be its most-watched.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
HBO orders Joss Whedon's The Nevers, a sci-fi series about Victorian women with superpowers
HBO beat out Netflix and other bidders, according to The Hollywood Reporter, for Whedon's sci-fi series that the pay cable network describes as "an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world." The Nevers marks the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel creator's return to series television. Whedon's last show was Fox's short-lived Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku, which aired in the 2009-10 season. “I honestly couldn’t be more excited," Whedon said in a statement. The Nevers is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO. Not only are they the masters of cinematic long-form, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive. It’s been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offer not just scope and experience, not just ‘prestige,’ but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but — I’m impatiently grateful to say — I have work to do.”
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 9:49AM EDT
John Oliver's gift of Russell Crowe's jockstrap couldn't stop an Alaska Blockbuster store from closing
Two of the last American Blockbuster video stores, both located in Alaska, will shut their doors soon, leaving the last remaining store in the video rental chain in Oregon. In May, one of the Alaska Blockbuster stores put Crowe's jockstrap on display from the movie Cinderella Man that Last Week Tonight paid $7,000 for at the actor's "Divorce Auction" to help the store stave off streaming services. It's likely that the jockstrap will end up back in the possession of Last Week Tonight.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Netflix got the most Emmy nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones
With 112 nominations, Netflix overtaking HBO for the most nods "is a reflection of volume, and an emerging status quo," says Willa Paskin. Netflix aired 70 new shows during the nominating period, while HBO aired 20 new and returning shows. "Forget hours: to stay ahead in the prestige game, HBO’s bread and butter, it would seem to have make more series to keep up," says Pasklin. "But there’s another way to look at these numbers. HBO still has way more nominations per show than Netflix does: Of the 10 shows with the most nominations, HBO had three; FX had two; Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix each had one, which is another way of saying that Netflix got the most nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones." She adds that amid the "overkill" of so many potential contenders, Emmy voters glom on to stuff they could actually remember and start using "brands like HBO, Netflix, and FX to look for contenders. Unlike Netflix and the networks, HBO and FX aren’t trying to appeal to everyone, but in terms of reliably attracting attention for their series, they too are the new networks."
- Netflix didn't do a few shows extremely well -- it did a lot of shows very well
- Netflix dominated by having lots of Emmy-approved shows in many categories, rather than one or two overperforming titles
- Don't write off HBO just yet: It landed more major program noms than anyone else, including the top two scripted series
- Netflix officially rules television with its 112 nominations
- A true changing of the guard will happen when Netflix wins in the major award categories
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, snubbed for Gilmore Girls, reacts to 14 noms for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: "Why are they letting me into the club?!"
- John Legend on a possible EGOT: "To do it with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice would be especially cool"
- Rachel Bloom posts a "Super chill" video of her trashing her office in reaction to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Emmy snub
- Bill Hader always wanted to do something like Barry, and now his show has earned five nominations
- Henry Winkler's Emmy nomination for Barry is his first for a regular TV role since Happy Days in 1978
- GLOW creators are proud to be part of a "really idiosyncratic group" of nominees
- Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, who was nominated for writing, on major category snub: "External validation is a popsicle"
- Jonathan Van Ness was nominated for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones
- Here are the 11 best Emmy nomination reactions -- and two of the worst
- American Vandal and Big Mouth each got nominated -- a huge victory for d*ck jokes
- Seven members of The Handmaid's Tale cast received nominations
- Donald Glover and Bill Hader each picked up four nominations, for Atlanta and Barry, respectively -- and for hosting SNL
- Roseanne wasn't snubbed -- it didn't deserve to be nominated
- The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski on her first Emmy nomination: "I can’t stop smiling, my face hurts"
- Megan Mullally was surprised Will & Grace was snubbed
- Regina King was nominated for the fourth year in a row, thanks to Seven Seconds
- Sarah Drew celebrates her surprise Emmy nomination for Grey's Anatomy: B-Team after she was dropped from Grey's Anatomy
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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
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Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood had no idea what just happened on Westworld: "It was insane to be an actor on season two"
"I had no idea what was happening in season two. At all," Wood said, echoing Ed Harris' comments. "And we shot out of order, so most of the time — I mean, it was insane to be an actor on season two. I don’t know how I feel about it. (Laughs.) But it was a ride. We stopped reading the call sheets. We would show up and Jeffrey (Wright) and I would ask what episode we were in. It was kind of that level of — we just lived in the moment in whatever scene that we were doing, and that’s how we made it."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Sharp Objects premiere viewership was bigger than Big Little Lies
About 1.5 million watched the premiere of the Amy Adams-starring HBO limited series, which was HBO's most-watched debut since Westworld in 2016. Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies have been compared to each other since they both are female-fronted series starring big-name movie actresses. They also share the same director and executive producer, Jean-Marc Vallée.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
In defense of AT&T's plans to expand HBO
HBO's new overseer, John Stankey, telling the boutique pay cable channel that AT&T will invest more money so it can create broader programming is better than the alternative -- that HBO would have to cut costs, says Andrew Wallenstein. Regardless, HBO knows it can't rest on its laurels. "Don’t think for a second anyone at HBO is bemoaning the impending loss of its boutique status; these guys are hungry to scale up for for the fight against new rivals," says Wallenstein. "Stankey may have looked like a hardliner by demanding HBO exceed 40% penetration of the pay-TV world but (HBO CEO Richard) Plepler already publicly eyed the 50% barrier a few months ago." ALSO: Some HBO-connected producers expressed relief with AT&T's plans, with one fearing that HBO could become obsolete like IBM computers.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Sophie Turner: Game of Thrones used code names all over the place for final season -- dubbed "Face Of Angels"
Call sheets didn't use the actors' real names, either, "so that no-one knew who was really going to be on set," says Turner in an interview with Esquire UK. She also backed up Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's claim that the actors were given self-destructing scripts. "Yeah, it's all true. I mean, we wouldn't get anything physical," she says. "We would have it on an app. We would get sent sides for the scene (we were shooting) the next day. So we would have to learn it all the day before." ALSO: Turner is a food reviewer on her secret Instagram account.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Game of Thrones prequel pilot to film in Belfast later this year
Jane Goldman's potential series, tentatively known as The Long Night, will film at the Paint Hall studios where Game of Thrones filmed and where the Titanic was built.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
HBO's profits would go down, not up, if it vastly increased its amount of programming
John Stankey, the AT&T executive now charged with overseeing HBO and other Time Warner properties, sounds like he wants HBO to become more like Netflix by producing more programming that can be consumed throughout the day, rather than weekly, according to a report published Sunday. But while Netflix is way more valuable than HBO, HBO's "quality over quantity" model greatly outshines Netflix when it comes to profit. Basically, it sounds like Stankey "wants to both have his cake and eat it," says Felix Salmon. As Salmon explains, Stankey says "that he wants more profits from HBO—that while HBO is currently making money, it’s not making enough. The problem is that if he starts ploughing billions of extra dollars into the HBO budget—the kind of money that would enable the unit to put out more content and get more hours a day—then that will bring the unit’s profits down, not up. Spending more money on premium content will probably bring in some new subscribers, but not nearly enough to cover the cost of the new content. That’s why the old Time Warner never did it. Lowering the cost of a subscription would also bring in new subscribers, while reducing profits and angering many cable operators. HBO was the crown jewel of Time Warner precisely because it was so incredibly profitable, year in and year out. If Stankey wants higher revenue, he can get that through investment. He can get more engagement, too. But he’s probably deluding himself if he thinks that he can hit the trifecta and get higher profits to boot." Salmon adds: "It makes sense for Stankey to want to compete with Netflix, but HBO is simply not the best platform to use to do so. HBO cares about nothing more than its reputation for quality: It will make Veep, but it would never make Fuller House. That obsession has turned it into one of the most valuable brands in the media world. HBO is worth much more than the $4 billion that Disney paid for Lucasfilm, plus the $4 billion Disney paid for Marvel, plus the $7.4 billion Disney paid for Pixar: The New Yorker estimated it was worth more than $30 billion in 2015, and it has surely increased in value since then. "
- The New York Times story on John Stankey's comments didn't tell the full story of AT&T's plans
- Applying Netflix's "more is more" approach would only dilute HBO's exclusive and valuable brand
- It's perplexing: HBO makes billions in profits while Netflix operates at a loss, yet AT&T wants HBO to be more like Netflix in order to become more profitable
- AT&T's plan for HBO is eerily similar to Season 2 of Westworld
- Why AT&T's plan to scale HBO's quality just might work
- HBO's deliberate approach to developing shows has led to numerous Emmys, while Netflix has yet to win an Emmy for best drama, comedy or miniseries
- AT&T's plan sounds as bad as its one for your phone
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Issa is still living with her ex in Insecure's new Season 3 trailer
Issa Rae's HBO comedy returns Aug. 12 with her character still without her own apartment.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
James Franco is conspicuously missing from HBO's The Deuce premiere date announcement
HBO tweeted the first promo pic of Season 2, announcing that the 1970s-set David Simon New York City porn drama will return on Sept. 9. But Franco, who was accused of sexual misconduct earlier this year, is nowhere to be found in the image accompanying the announcement. Instead, the promo shows Maggie Gyllenhaal. According to TVLine, "HBO declined to comment, but a source for the cabler tells TVLine that the image accompanying the announcement is merely one of several Season 2 photos set to be released. The insider also stressed that the picture is not the official key art."