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Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 10:16AM EST
Golden Globes: The Assassination of Gianni Versace earns the most TV nominatons
FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story led all TV series with four nominations. Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Americans, Sharp Objects, A Very English Scandal, The Kominsky Method and Homecoming tied for second with three nominations each. Cable TV had the most nominations with 32, followed by 19 for streaming services and four for broadcast networks. Among the nominees are Golden Globe Awards co-host Sandra Oh, who is up for best actress for Killing Eve.
- FX was No. 1 with 10 nominations, followed by HBO and Amazon with nine each
- This Is Us is the biggest snub, getting completely shut out after winning awards its first two seasons
- Atlanta's snub generates Twitter outrage
- Westworld, Maniac, The Handmaid's Tale, Ted Danson and Jodie Comer were among the biggest snubs
- The Good Place, The Americans, Dirty John's Connie Britton, The Alienist, Candice Bergen and Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? were the biggest surprises
- Pose, with its cast featuring five transgender actresses, makes history with its drama nomination
- Murphy Brown wasn't nominated, but Candice Bergen earned her 9th nomination for the CBS role
- From Homecoming to Kidding to The Kominsky Method: Golden Globes stuck to its tendency to honor new shows
# TOPICS: Golden Globe Awards, Amazon, FX, HBO, NBC, The Americans, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Atlanta, Barry, Homecoming, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sharp Objects, This is Us, A Very English Scandal, Sandra Oh, Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Cody Fern re-teams with Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story after breaking out on The Assassination of Gianni Versace
After receiving widespread acclaim on the recent American Crime Story season, Fern is joining the Apocalypse season of American Horror Story in the key villain role of Michael Langdon, who was the devil child born during the Murder House season.
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
Source: The New York Times
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 Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Ryan Murphy reflects on his "chutzpah" legacy, addresses his seemingly cursed Glee cast
Source: The New Yorker
A New Yorker profile, dubbing Murphy as "The Most Powerful Man on TV," reveals that the TV honcho strongly identifies with Gianni Versace, who was a subject his most recent American Crime Story series. "Murphy has long been a connoisseur of extremes and hyperbole, games and theatricality," writes Emily Nussbaum, adding: "His legacy is not one standout show but, rather, the sheer force and variety and chutzpah of his creations, which are linked by a singular storytelling aesthetic: stylized extremity and rude humor, shock conjoined with sincerity, and serious themes wrapped in circus-bright packaging." Murphy recalls his TV rise, starting with The WB's 1999 teen series Popular, where he'd receive "a fusillade of homophobic notes." And there is Glee, the show that made Murphy a household name in 2009. Yet it is Glee that has a lot of trouble associated with it, with two of its stars now dead. “It’s sad, but it’s also Hollywood,” he says. “Nobody comes here because they’re healthy. Nobody, nobody I know, was parented well who is a successful Hollywood person. Or who’s willing to endure that. You’re just trying to fill up some huge hole.”
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:44AM EDT
Ryan Murphy jokingly announces American Crime Story: Who Bit Beyonce?
"It's happening," Murphy posted on Instagram in response to Tiffany Haddish's revelation that an unnamed actress bit Beyonce at a party. "Who should play Beyonce?" ALSO: Sarah Michelle Gellar says Buffy is the mysterious biter.
# TOPICS: Ryan Murphy, FX, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Beyonce, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tiffany Haddish
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
American Crime Story should next tackle the murder of John Lennon or the Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping
Source: TV Guide
Here are 13 suggestions for future American Crime Story series -- not including the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal and Hurricane Katrina.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
The Assassination of Gianni Versace finished with one-third of the The People v. O.J. Simpson's audience
The finale of the second American Crime Story series was watched by 1.2 million viewers and ranked 15th in the demo among Wednesday night's cable shows.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Assassination of Gianni Versace was landmark TV in its portrayal of the gay experience
Source: The Muse
"It was so refreshing to see a show speak to queer people—namely, gay men and the people who understand them—so directly, so boldly," says Rich Juzwiak. "Even though Versace was built to look back (and then, via its reverse-chronological structure, back and then back some more), I can’t imagine this show being possible before right now. It takes years to build up this kind of confidence. The story that show runner Ryan Murphy and writer Tom Rob Smith chose to tell—about serial killer Andrew Cunanan’s murder spree in 1997 that culminated with the titular assassination—turned out to be a goldmine of issues that have faced gay men in the past 20 years, many of them still relevant today. HIV. Coming out. Being outed. Don’t ask don’t tell. Homophobia. Casual homophobia from fellow gay men. Aggressive homophobia from fellow gay men. Racism (specifically anti-Asian). Religion. Gay panic. Suicide. The way you put your life in someone’s hands when you make yourself so vulnerable as to hook up with a stranger in a private setting."
- Ryan Murphy talks The Assassination of Gianni Versace finale and Darren Criss' "nine-hour descent into madness"
- Darren Criss: “People constantly ask us, ‘Did that really happen?!’ I don’t know. But that’s irrelevant to me..."
- Writer Tom Rob Smith says the finale "works as a retrospective on loss"
- Versace never caught on like The People v. O.J. Simpson because it was something darker
- Many TV critics missed the point in dismissing The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Darren Criss is half-Filipino, plays a half-Filipino serial killer but says it would be "unfair" to identify as Asian-American
The Assassination of Gianni Versace star admits in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture that he has the "luxury of being half-white and looking more Caucasian," despite also being half-Filipino. So he says he has an advantage over fully Filipino actors like Jon Jon Briones, who plays Andrew Cunanan's father on the FX series. Criss says Ryan Murphy was impressed with Briones, and wondered why he had never heard of him. "He’s a Filipino man, dude," Criss recalls telling Murphy. "There’s only so many opportunities that people can lock themselves into accepting when they’re casting sh*t, unless he’s playing the Thai terrorist on CSI or something." Criss admits that his career has benefitted from his apparent white look. "I just look like a Caucasian guy, which is nice," he says. "I’ve got the multiethnic thing going on. People think I’m like Italian or Mediterranean. No, my mom’s very Filipino. I grew up with a Filipino mom." When asked if he identifies as Asian-American, Criss responded: "No. I think that’d be unfair. I think that’d sound like I’m reaching for the minority card on a college application. I think that would be unfair. Yeah, my mom’s Asian-American. She’s from the Philippines and came here and then married a white guy, and here I am. But maybe it’s because of the way I look. Maybe if I looked a little more pan-Asian and I was put in that box then I would be like, 'Yeah, I identify as Asian-American,' but maybe because the obstacles that may come up haven’t that I don’t think about it. But that’s a really interesting question. I’ve never thought about that. For better or for worse, I guess not. But I guess I am. What do you think? Am I? On paper I guess I kind of am."
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Matt Bomer on directing American Crime Story: "I wanted my first directing experience to be the full-meal deal"
“When Ryan Murphy called and asked me to do this — after I passed out, regained consciousness and said yes — I knew that it was a serious responsibility,” the actor tells TVLine of directing tonight's The Assassination of Gianni Versace episode. “I’d been offered directing jobs before, but they were jobs I was also acting in, and I wanted my first directing experience to be the full-meal deal. I wanted to really do it, to be on the location scouts and design meetings and castings and really have the full experience.”
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
The Assassination of Gianni Versace failed to catch on partly because it's hard to watch somebody with no redeeming qualities
Source: The Ringer
The second American Crime Story series was bound to disappoint following The People v. O.J. Simpson, says Alison Herman. But Versace isn't your typical Ryan Murphy series. "Versace is straight-faced where Murphy’s house style is smirking, sorrowful where his oeuvre leans dramedic," she says. "Watching one disturbed individual’s vanity, entitlement, and megalomania claim life after life makes for an excruciating marathon of violence and pain, rarely leavened by the campy humor that runs throughout Murphy’s other work." She adds that "Versace’s structural choices make for a confounding and even alienating viewing experience with a vacuum at its center. There’s a reason so many shows give in to the temptation of valorizing their monsters: It’s hard to get an audience on board with spending hours on hours, week after week with a person who has no redeeming qualities, however fascinating their pathology or sympathetic their supporting cast." ALSO: Versace feels like it's running out of steam as it approaches its finale.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal may actually be a good thing for FX, which has become too reliant on the uber producer
Source: TV Guide
Despite other high-profile FX creators like Pamela Adlon, Donald Glover and Noah Hawley, FX seems defined by Murphy's work, says Kaitlin Thomas. "Murphy's projects have been well received by critics and fans and have gone on to produce multiple Emmy Awards for FX, but in recent years, it's also often felt like FX was relying too much on the producer to be the backbone of its schedule," says Thomas. "It's not to say this reliance was not merited — again, the quality of Murphy's body of work and the awards it has received speak for themselves — but Murphy's departure potentially opens up the door for new and distinct voices to find a home at FX too."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:16AM EST
Ryan Murphy inks deal worth up to $300 million to move to Netflix
Source: The New York Times
The prolific producer has signed a five-year deal worth as much as $300 million to move from 21st Century Fox to the streaming service in what The New York Times is calling one of the biggest deals ever for a TV producer. The deal will hurt Disney, which reached a deal to acquire Fox in December. Murphy has been one of the 21st Century Fox's most prolific producers with hits ranging from American Crime Story to Nip/Tuck to Glee and American Horror Story. Last month, Murphy said he felt uncomfortable with Disney's takeover of Fox despite reassurances from Disney CEO Bob Iger, pointing out “point-blank the stuff I do is not Disney." The Times reports Amazon also courted Murphy, whose Fox deal expires this summer. “The history of this moment is not lost on me,” Murphy said in a statement. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me.” ALSO: Murphy's current shows aren't going anywhere.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Ryan Murphy should ditch American Horror Story for American Crime Story
Source: Entertainment Weekly
True-crime is the perfect genre for the TV megaproducer/mastermind, says Kristen Baldwin. “Adapting true stories allows Murphy to create the vivid characters and captivating, socially-relevant narratives he and his team are so known for — but the iron framework of facts surrounding true-to-life subjects forces Murphy to apply a discipline to his storytelling,” she says. “In contrast, American Horror Story plays to Team Murphy’s worst instincts – the temptation to shock, terrify and titillate (usually all at once) at the expense of story, and the need to go bigger and more ‘bats**t’ each successive season.” ALSO: James Corden says “I am having so much fun watching” The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
New Girl and The Assassination of Gianni Versace share both Max Greenfield and a loft
Source: The A.V. Club
FX's American Crime Story committed murder this week using the New Girl loft building.