Emmy nominations were mostly right, but it’s fun to complain about 'snubs' anyway

Emmy nominations were mostly right, but it’s fun to complain about “snubs” anyway
"The simple fact is it’s no fun being reasonable about the Emmys,” says Willa Paskin. She adds: "The Emmys are now generally sophisticated enough that getting exercised about them feels worth it. And that, more than anything, is a reflection of just how much excellent television the Emmys has to choose from. The Emmys, even when not making boneheaded mistakes … couldn’t possibly acknowledge everyone deserving. And this is obviously great, if occasionally infuriating. But it’s infuriating in an invigorating way: Who wants to have exactly the same opinions as the Emmys?”
Snubs should be expected when there’s so much great TV
—How to fix the Emmys: Expand the major categories to 10 nominees
—Read a preview of Matthew McConaughey’s Emmy acceptance speech
Gaming the system proved beneficial to “True Detective” and “OITNB”
“OITNB” cast members instagrammed their celebration pics from the set
Tatiana Maslany should benefit from being snubbed
“The Good Wife” didn’t get snubbed — it got spurned!
Mindy Kaling kept it together while announcing her own Emmy snub
—It’s Jay Leno vs. Jerry Seinfeld in the same Emmy category
Steve Buscemi was nominated for AOL’s “Park Bench"
—“Silicon Valley,” “True Detective,” “Masters of Sex” among contenders for best opening sequence
Matt Bomer says “it’s great” to be up against 3 of his “Normal Heart” co-stars
The British continue to “invade” acting categories
Emmy trivia: Louis CK and Melissa McCarthy were nominated again for hosting "SNL"


Emmy nominee Kurt Sutter says “Sons of Anarchy” fans would lose viewers if his show got major Emmy recognition
An Emmy nominee for co-writing the song that ended Season 6, Sutter penned a piece for NikkiFinke.com explaining that "I still suffer the emotional and spiritual depletion every July when ‘Sons of Anarchy’ gets zero nominations in all major categories.” But he adds that if "SOA" was actually nominated in a major category, "My bombastic outlaw-a**hole reputation would be tarnished. Or rather,  untarnished. I’d be just another smiling douchebag in a new suit, pretending to give a shit on the red carpet. Actually…taking a sh*t on the red carpet, that’s something that might drop as a ‘real and honest moment.’”


“The Comeback” Season 2 will follow Valerie Cherish on her new HBO show
This time, she’ll be followed by a behind-the-scenes crew as she gets cast on an HBO dramedy. “The DNA that we liked about Valerie is her in front of a camera unedited,” says co-creator Michael Patrick King. However, “this time we found a different way to get her in front of the camera because we wanted to evolve the character.” PLUS: It isn’t certain if “The Comeback” will come back for Season 3.


Ryan Murphy's shows earned 34 Emmy nominations
Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” “The Normal Heart” and “Glee” had more nominations than Netflix, Showtime and AMC.


Frances McDormand has been too busy to watch FX’s “Fargo”
McDormand, the star of the “Fargo” movie and the wife of Joel Coen, was promoting her HBO miniseries “Oliver Kittredge” at the TV press tour today when she was asked about the FX “Fargo.” "I will take a (‘Fargo’) question but I will not do the accent,” she said. PLUS: McDormand says HBO was brave to make the 4-part “Traumedy” “Oliver Kittreddge."


The majority of Americans use a 2nd screen while watching TV
About 56% of American viewers watch TV while using a smartphone, a computer or tablet, but that’s far behind many Asian countries.


Dave Grohl slams reality TV “song contests"
“I don't want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is  to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you if you're not a good singer,” Grohl said at the TCA panel promoting his new HBO series. “Don't get me started. To me, that's not what music's about.”


Cinemax plans to show the final season of “Strike Back” sometime next year
Production was delayed after star Sullivan Stapleton was injured.


“Getting On” cast and crew were asked about HBO’s lack of promotion
We’re a … tiny show, unlike any other show on HBO,” said exec producer Mark V. Olsen. “We’re a guerrilla show. We were always going to come in under the radar.”


Why Fox should pull the plug on “Glee” now
"Even high schoolers know you're supposed to rip the Band-Aid off."


Leah Remini addresses the camera crews on her new TLC reality show
Remini turns out to be too self conscious of the cameras on “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative,” which premieres tonight.


Roger Ebert’s documentary poster was photoshopped to put a smile on his face
It looks like the marketing department for “Life Itself” tried to soften his image.


Sprout channel is having its new space animal characters “break in” to other kids’ shows
To promote “Astroblast!,” Sprout is having its characters invade other shows on the kiddie cable network for five to 10 seconds.


Dan Rather reacts to Robert Redford playing him on the big screen
The former CBS News anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I at least know enough to recognize that having the Sundance Kid make a film about political and corporate interference of news can only help audiences understand why a truly independent press and strong investigative reporting are so important in a country such as ours."


“Elementary” casts a new protégé for Sherlock
British actress Ophelia Lovibond will play Lucy Liu’s rival.


An appreciation of Meshach Taylor
His “Designing Women” character, Anthony Bouvier, proved to be groundbreaking.


Watch a preview of truTV’s 1st sketch comedy show
The cable network devoted to reality shows is expanding to scripted programming with “Friends of the People.”


“Pawn Stars” spawns “Pawnography”
Rick Harrison says of the History channel game show, premiering tonight: "We were throwing so much stuff against the wall for a couple of years. Originally, they just wanted me to be in it, and I just thought it would just be so much funnier and so much fun with Corey and Chum in it.”


See what “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson looked like in high school
Check out the Emmy nominee's yearbook photo.


El Rey Network renews “Matador” before its premiere
Season 2 will air next year.


Emilie de Ravin’s marriage is ending
The “Lost” and “Once Upon a Time” star actually filed for divorce in 2007, but her husband has recently filed papers to end their marriage.


NBC’s “Working the Engels” wants to be “Arrested Development”
The new comedy has assembled all the right ingredients, but without any of the right quirks.


Amy Poehler’s brother wrote “Welcome to Sweden” with the help of “How I Met Your Mother”
"I had a big, gigantic, clunky Dell computer in my attic,” says Greg Poehler, "and it’s kind of embarrassing, but I’m not even joking, I started by Googling 'How to write a script.’ That was step one. In quotes. 'How to write a script.’ And then I cut and pasted the 'How I Met Your Mother' pilot, which is available online when you type in 'How to write a script.' And then kind of just went from there. I had no idea what I was doing.” PLUS: Amy Poehler says her brother has always been funny, “Welcome to Sweden” is NBC’s best comedy in a long time, it’s actually funny with a story to tell, it requires active watching by going in and out of English, this could become an NBC utility player, and  “Sweden” is the terrible antithesis of “Parks and Rec."

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'Constantine' says goodbye to its female lead, Lucy Griffiths

“Constantine” says goodbye to its female lead, Lucy Griffiths
The NBC drama based on “Hellblazer” is moving in a different direction, one that won’t include Griffiths’ character Liv, who is teamed up with Constantine.

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'Boardwalk Empire' returns for a final, 8-episode season on Sept. 7

“Boardwalk Empire” returns for a final, 8-episode season on Sept. 7
HBO confirmed today that Season 5 will be set during the Depression in 1931. PLUS: "The Comeback" will come back in November, along with "Getting On."


“True Detective” creator: “There are four central roles” for the California-set Season 2
Nic Pizzolatto wouldn’t reveal much more, but HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said today: “The two scripts we have are… I hate to jinx it, but are more exciting than the first season,” and casting announcements should come next week.


HBO isn’t concerned about the “Game of Thrones” books, says Larry David is still thinking about “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said he recently bumped into Larry David. “I said, ‘So Larry, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?’ He says, ‘No, no, no.’ As long as he’s still thinking about it, we have a place for him.”


“Big Brother” will begin tracking housemates’ every move with wireless activity trackers
The Fitbit Flex trackers will generate information that will be posted on CBS.com.


Donald Trump calls Rosie’s “View” return “a good move” — but "Rosie always self-destructs”
Rosie O’Donnell’s longtime nemesis says: “I think it’s a good move on ABC’s part. It’ll have a short term positive effect. The show has really missed not having Barbara (Walters) on it. With that said, it’ll have a short term positive impact, but then you have the long term. Rosie always self-destructs.”


HBO will show Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “On the Run” tour
The “major musical event” will tape in Paris in September.


Cinemax renews Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” before its premiere
The 1900-set NYC hospital drama won’t premiere for another two months.


Kate Mulgrew earned her very 1st Emmy nomination today
"This is my first Emmy nomination,” she says of her “Orange is the New Black” nod. "Can you believe it, after 40 years in this business?"


Ali Larter: I’m not reprising my “Heroes” role
Larter says she’s too committed to TNT’s “Legends” to return for “Heroes: Reborn.”

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Fox reveals fall premiere dates

Fox reveals fall premiere dates
Fox’s fall season kicks off on Sept. 7 with “Utopia,” “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” return Sept. 16, “Gotham” debuts on Sept. 22 and “Mulaney” won’t premiere until Oct. 5.


“How I Met Your Dad” may be revived next year with a brand-new cast
The pilot starring Greta Gerwig is officially dead since the casts’ contracts expired last month. But according to TV Line, “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are planning to redevelop “HIMYD” for the 2015-16 season.


11 black actors received Emmy nominations this year
That’s the most since “Roots” was up for consideration in 1977.

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'Glee’s' final season reduced to 13 episodes

“Glee’s” final season reduced to 13 episodes
The Fox musical dramedy will have its shortest season yet with Season 6, which will air at midseason.

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President Obama’s 'Between Two Ferns' interview is up for an Emmy

President Obama’s “Between Two Ferns” interview is up for an Emmy
The president will be battling it out in the same category as his White House Correspondents Dinner roaster, Joel McHale.


Mark-Paul Gosselaar will play not 1 but 2 notorious serial killers on “CSI”
He’ll guest-star as twins on a multi-episode arc this fall.


Madeleine Albright congratulates Amy Poehler on her Emmy nomination
The former secretary of state took to Twitter to write: “Dear Leslie: Keep up the good work!”


“Game of Thrones” isn’t Sean Bean’s favorite onscreen death
Bean, speaking before TV critics today about his upcoming drama “Legends," said he much preferred his death on “Lord of the Rings.” “Quite bizarre, isn't it?” Bean added. “I've died quite a few times, actually, and I've died quite a few different deaths. Maybe it's the quality of my death.”


Seth MacFarlane’s “Cosmos” earned 12  Emmy nominations
That's the same number of Emmy noms received by HBO’s “True Detective."


Jerry Seinfeld drives Aziz Ansari's massive tour bus on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
The tour bus' name: "Good Times."


Check out the 1st official image of Peter Capaldi’s “Doctor Who” and Clara
The image is from the season premiere.

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Jimmy Kimmel and his co-head writer wife welcome a baby girl

Jimmy Kimmel and his co-head writer wife welcome a baby girl
Kimmel just tweeted: "Congratulations to my beautiful and very tough wife,” Molly McNearney, "on delivering our baby girl this morning.” Kimmel already has two kids, a boy and a girl who are in their 20s, with his first wife. PLUS: After giving birth, McNearney tweets: "Kids, don't do drugs. Until you have a baby. Then do ALL OF THEM." UPDATE: The baby's name is Jane Kimmel.


“Fargo” creator hints at tackling another Coen Brothers movie for Season 2
Will Noah Hawley next tackle “Raising Arizona” or “A Serious Man”?


Chris Rock congratulates his mom on her new TV gig
Rose Rock is the new co-host of Myrtle Beach’s “Carolina & Company Live."


TruTV gets a new logo, adds 4 new shows
The four new shows include musical "Branson Famous,” bar competition “The Shake  Up,” “Hack My Life” and “Kart Life.”


“True Blood” gets a “Cheers” makeover
Watch “True Blood’s” new theme song, courtesy of “The Wil Wheaton Project.”

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ABC makes it official: Rosie is returning to 'The View'

ABC makes it official: Rosie is returning to “The View”
“The View” confirmed the news via a tweet: "It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18."

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Halle Berry’s 'Extant' ratings: Good but unspectacular

Halle Berry’s “Extant” ratings: Good but unspectacular
About 9.4 million watched the premiere of the Steven Spielberg series, making it the summer’s top premiere, but Spielberg’s “Under the Dome” last year premiered to 13.53 million viewers.


See Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston
The first photo of the former "America’s Next Top Model’s” from the Lifetime biopic has been released.


“The Simpsons” was snubbed by the Emmys for the 1st time in 20 years
The last time “The Simpsons” was left out of the Outstanding Animated Program category was in 1994.


Study: Jimmy Fallon talks the least of all the late-night talk show hosts
Fallon talks just 37% of the time, down from 51% for Jay Leno, according to a study by “TV’s Greatest Talk Shows” author Stephen Winzenburg, a communications professor. Craig Ferguson is the next lowest at 43%, followed by Jimmy Kimmel (48%), Seth Meyers and David Letterman (51%) and Conan O’Brien (53%).


Whoopi Goldberg rants about “The View” hosting rumors: "We are grown-ass women"
Goldberg opened today’s show by saying, "We don't know who's coming in,” she said. "We will do our best to bring you the view that Barbara Walters wanted you to have, which is women talking about issues. We are not little kids. We are grown-ass women."


Rosie responds to Elisabeth Hasselbeck by bashing on Twitter
Rosie O’Donnell tweeted she was “shocked" by her former “View” co-host’s comments yesterday.


Meghan McCain will guest-host “The View” next week amid talk of her joining the panel
Will next week’s appearance be a tryout for the daughter of John McCain?


Letterman recaps “Under the Dome” with Paul Shaffer musical accompaniment
Watch Dave make fun of the CBS drama.


Watch the trailer for “Sleepy Hollow” Season 2
The 1st promo of promises that “evil takes hold” next season.


In defense of “The Strain’s” worm-eye posters
Kids have always been exposed to disturbing images in the art for horror films.


The Situation accused of passing more bad checks
The former “Jersey Shore” star, who was accused of passing bad checks to his tanning salon employees, is now accused of giving “worthless checks” to his former lawyer.


Google Street View takes you inside “MythBusters” star’s “cave”
Now you can view Adam Savage’s collection of movie memorabilia thanks to Google Maps.


Check out “The Sopranos” opening, remade for "Grand Theft Auto V”
The “reenactment” was made by YouTuber “8-Bit Bastard."


Sofia Vergara’s “Modern Family” co-stars poke fun at her dating Joe Manganiello
Vergara’ s reaction: "what????!!!!”

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The system is broken: Too many Emmy nominations were lazy or just plain bad
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The system is broken: Too many Emmy nominations were lazy or just plain bad

The system is broken: Too many Emmy nominations were lazy this year
"The system is broken,” says Alan Sepinwall. "The categories don't make sense any more (and the ridiculous ‘Shameless' switch to comedy only paid off with William H. Macy being nominated, but not Emmy Rossum), and there's more television to watch then a voter — or, really, any human — has time for. Maybe come August, when I expect to be seeing Vince Gilligan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one of Bryan Cranston or Matthew McConaughey, and some other deserving winners walking to the podium, today's irritation will fade somewhat. But even in a year when the voters got so many things right, the many things that are wrong, or just illogical, stand out all the more.”
--Jon Hamm earns his 7th nom, and this was the 1st time he was awake for it
--Which leading male actor will beat Hamm this year?
--There were too many rubber-stamped nominees this year
--Explained: Why “OITNB’s” black stars were nominated for “guest” acting Emmys
--Laverne Cox is the first transgender Emmy nominee
--Has 1 category ever contained reigning Emmy, Oscar and Tony winners before?
--Emmy voters seem stuck on a big DVR backlog
--What Emmy voters got right: “OITNB,” “Fargo’s” Allison Tolman, Chiwetel Ejiofor
--Fred Armisen scores a surprising best supporting actor nom for “Portlandia"
--“SNL’s” “(Do It On My) Twin Bed” earned an Emmy nomination
--“OITNB’s” Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne react to their nominations
--The biggest losers: Keri Russell, Dean Norris, Mads Mikkelsen, Tatiana Maslany, “Parks and Recreation"
--“Dog with a Blog” earned more nominations than “The Americans” or “Orphan Black"
--“Girls” replaced by “Silicon Valley,” a show without girls
--Josh Charles: "Of course I totally knew today was the day…"
--The 22 most outraged tweets over Tatiana Maslany’s snub
--Why Maslany will always be snubbed: She stars in a genre show that isn't "Game of Thrones"
--Maslany’s snub is everything that’s wrong with the Emmys
--The Undeserving: Ricky Gervais, “Downton Abbey” stars, Jon Voight
--"The Sound of Music Live!” earned 4 noms, "Key & Peele" got hairstyling and makeup nominations
--Even more snubs: Eric Stonestreet, Elisabeth Moss, Bellamy Young
--Lizzy Caplan learned of her nomination when her pal Lindsay Sloane woke her up
--Surprising Emmy nominees: Daniel Craig, Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Wahlberg, Jodie Foster, Bruno Mars, Zach Galifianakis, Guy Fieri
--"Fargo's" Allison Tolman woke up early, put her cat in her lap, preparing for the news
--Why "True Detective" vs. "Fargo" isn't happening
--"The Soup" received a nom for its "True Detective" spoof
--Billy Bob Thornton: "I don't get out much. The next time I'll be out will be at the Emmys. I'm kind of a hermit"
--Allison Janney reacts to her 2 nominations
--An emotional Laverne Cox credits Jodie Foster for her Emmy nod

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