2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Merritt Wever, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara stare down to 'Orange' ladies

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

"Orange Is The New Black" is the grand mystery here, as with most of the comedy categories. It has never been eligible before and it's already ambiguous as a comedy, so voter response could be cold, tepid or rapturously positive. As it stands now, I have zero "Orange" co-stars making the nomination cut, but I could be massively and embarrassingly wrong if Emmy voters like "Orange" as much as I like "Orange." So I guess I hope I'm wrong.

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<p>Tony Parker in Game 4 of the NBA Finals</p>

Tony Parker in Game 4 of the NBA Finals

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 4 cruises past CBS repeats, 'Hell's Kitchen' on Thursday

'Big Bang Theory' repeat puts CBS in second overall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 12, 2014.

The San Antonio Spurs have taken a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, but after another night of ratings domination, ABC will probably be rooting for the Miami Heat for a couple nights.

The fourth game of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs dominated Thursday in all measures, with repeats putting CBS in second overall and "Hell's Kitchen" carrying FOX to second among young viewers.

Most of the Thursday originals were pretty flat. "Hollywood Game Night" and "Undateable" both added a few viewers for NBC, but slipped a hair in the key demo, while "Last Comic Standing" also slipped. "Hell's Kitchen"and "Gang Related," in contrast, both stayed steady in the key demo for FOX, but lost a couple viewers overall. Really, though, none of the fluctuation was meaningful.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;I Wanna Marry &#39;Harry&#39;&quot;</p>

"I Wanna Marry 'Harry'"

Credit: FOX

FOX pulls 'Riot,' 'I Wanna Marry 'Harry'' for comedy repeats

'Harry' episodes will go up on various online platforms on Friday

After several weeks of epically low ratings, FOX has pulled the Tuesday offerings "Riot" and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry,'" replacing them with a quartet of comedy repeats.

In the short-term, all remaining episodes of "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" will be made available on Fox.com, FOX OnDemand, FOX NOW and Hulu starting on Friday (June 13) afternoon. There are no current plans along those lines for "Riot," though FOX says that the network is "currently discussing an appropriate place on our schedule for the unaired episodes."

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Comedy Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Comedy Series

Can 'Orange' or 'Brooklyn' put 'Modern Family' in jeopardy?

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.

Our next category:

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES:

Comedy is more subjective than drama, especially because a bunch of the things now categorized as comedies for Emmy purposes are difficult-to-categorize hybrids ("Orange Is The New Black"), comedies-that-are-now-dramas-but-were-never-categorized-as-comedies-before ("Shameless"), comedies that some people don't find even slightly funny ("Girls") or whatever Louis C.K. happens to deliver to FX ("Louie"). The things that are listed as dramas? Well, they're mostly just dramas.

Only one thing is for sure: Until it loses, "Modern Family" is an unstoppable force of nature.

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<p>O.J. Simpson</p>

O.J. Simpson

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: NBC's 'People vs. O.J. Simpson' special leads Wednesday

FOX splits the key demo with 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, NBC got solid numbers from the special "The People vs O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard," leading Wednesday in all measures.

Among other originals, FOX had week-to-week declines for "So You Think You Can Dance," as did ABC with "Motive," while The CW's "The 100" finale was down a hair from last week in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 234

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones' and 'Friday Night Lights' Season 2

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We had nothing to talk about this week other than the Summer Rewatch, the first Season 2 episode of "Friday Night Lights." Naturally, we went on for over 70 minutes thanks to some Listener Mail, a recap of Alan's BBQ weekend and a long segment on Sunday's penultimate "Game of Thrones" episode.

Next week? SO MUCH CONTENT. New shows! Finales galore! Etc. 

But for now...

This Week's Breakdown:
Alan goes to ATX Festival (00:01:25 - 00:12:15)
Listener Mail - "Broadchurch"/"Returned" Emmys (00:12:30 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Split Seasons (00:15:25 - 00:20:35)
Listener Mail - Resurrected Shows (00:20:45 - 00:27:00)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:27:15 - 00:50:15)
Summer Rewatch - "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:50:20 - 01:11:00)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Drama Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Drama Series

What will join 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective' in the big category?

It's Emmy Nomination Contender Time!

The 2014 Emmy Ballots were unveiled on Monday, June 9 and finished ballots are due in on the 20th. That's a very short window. Between now and June 20, we'll be breaking down the major categories, 10 of them to be specific.

As usual, the process will be pretty straight-forward. Sepinwall will blog about his preferences, using the intriguing rules and methodology that he sets for himself.

And over here, in photo gallery form, I'll be going through the featured contenders handicapping their chances of actually landing nominations. My rules and methodology are also a bit silly. Specifically, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions, vaguely in order by likelihood. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, just because.

Life has a way of messing up tight schedules like this and there's an off chance that we won't finish before the June 20 deadline. It's happened in the past and that's why this year we're starting with...

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES!

It's always one of the toughest categories on the Emmy board and it gets harder and harder each year with new players like Netflix and SundanceTV and History pushing their way into a field that gets deeper and deeper, especially when somebody like -- hypothetically -- HBO decides that something that might -- hypothetically -- normally have been a miniseries is actually -- hypothetically -- a drama series.

Normally, you'd have to wait for the end of the nomination announcements or Emmy telecast to dig into this category. Instead, it's where we're starting.

Check out the gallery below...

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<p>Tiago Splitter of the Spurs</p>

Tiago Splitter of the Spurs

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 3 rout leads Tuesday, 'Harry' falls under a million

Steady 'Night Shift' and 'Talent' put NBC in second

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

The San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, leading ABC to comfortable wins among young viewers. However, the NBA Finals Game 3 was down from Sunday's Game 2 and lost to "America's Got Talent" overall head-to-head, though ABC still scored a narrow nightly win in total viewers.

Even against the NBA Finals, NBC's summer success "The Night Shift" maintained its key demo numbers, while The CW's "Famous in 12" also stayed steady in its second week. 

Both FOX's "Riot" and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" were flat with their dismal key demo numbers, but while "Riot" added a couple viewers, the royal dating dud dipped below a million viewers. [I'd bet on "Harry" ticking above a million in Final Live + SD numbers, but for now, those are ugly numbers.]

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Hillary Clinton: Public and Private with Diane Sawyer&quot;</p>

"Hillary Clinton: Public and Private with Diane Sawyer"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: '24: Live Another Day' tops ABC's Hillary Clinton special on Monday

Nobody cares about a 'Bachelorette' recap special

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 9, 2014.

Jack Bauer for President? FOX's "24: Live another Day" beat ABC's "Hillary Clinton: Public and Private with Diane Sawyer" and carried FOX to primetime wins in most measures.

Of course, by that standard, Jack Bauer would lose the presidency to the stars of NBC's "American Ninja Warrior," which was Monday's top show among young viewers.

Among other Monday notables, "MasterChef," "Mistresses" and "Beauty and the Beast" were all down week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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<p>LeBron James didn&#39;t cramp up on Sunday</p>

LeBron James didn't cramp up on Sunday

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 2 crushes Tony Awards, Miss USA on Sunday

'Cosmos' finale is down for FOX, while 'Enlisted' loses viewers

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 8, 2014.

On a busy Sunday night of live programming, there was actually very little competition at all. ABC's coverage of the second game of the NBA Finals dominated primetime in all measures. The Tony Awards telecast put CBS in second place overall, while NBC's Miss USA coverage eked out a distant second among young viewers.

All of those numbers will be prone to adjustments when Final Live+Same Day figures trickle in. As of now, the Tony Awards were flat from last year in the key demo and down a hair overall. Miss USA was up very slightly from last year.

FOX had the night's other couple notables, as "Enlisted" ticked down a tiny bit in total viewers, while the finale for "Cosmos" was down in most measures.

On to the numbers...

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