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"Masters of Sex" -- the Showtime freshman based on Newsday reporter Tom Maier's biography of William Masters and Virginia Johnson -- scored a nomination for best drama in the just-announced Golden Globes. In addition, Michael Sheen earned a nod for the best actor in a drama category.
Meanwhile, on the downside, what happened to HBO Thursday morning? A not great day for TV's king...Read more »
Impresarios who run important shows know when there's an elephant in the room, or in the case of "Saturday Night Live," on Studio 8H's proscenium.
So Lorne Michaels wasted no time Saturday in tackling the intruder. In a cold open that had guest host Kerry Washington play a pair of very famous black women because "Kenan didn't want to," "Saturday Night Live" not only addressed the one issue that's seemed to dog it all season -- no black female cast members -- but also turned a cold open around on the show itself. That doesn't happen often and it's certainly rare that an open is even particularly funny, as this one actually was. (And clever.)
Here it is, if you missed it. Newsday app readers may want to go over to Newsday.com/tvzone if you want to see Kerry Washington demonstrate that she has a missed career opportunity -- as an Oprah impersonator.
Kerry Washington's hosting close up on "Saturday Night Live" arrives this weekend, but first, this rite of passage.
(Newsday app viewers, please head over to Newsday.com/tvzone for the clip.)
Kerry Washington will finally get her closeup on "Saturday Night Live," on November 2, show announced a little earlier today. She will (what else) host. No other details from "SNL" but none others really needed: Washington has emerged a major star on a major show, "Scandal,' and this represents the fruits of success (in show business.) Yes, there has been some noise about "SNL" not recruiting black female comics this season, but this booking would seem to be unconnected: Washington, after all, is hardly a "comic." Meanwhile, Eminem is musical guest, his sixth "SNL" outing.
"Scandal" -- possibly, probably, almost certainly TV's most insane show -- returns Thursday night with more hanging questions than the 2000 election had hanging chads (I know -- a ridiculous stretch of a metaphor, but we are talking "Scandal" here. "Ridiculous" is not only welcome but mandatory.).
But . . . fun show. Never dull. Kerry Washington is...Read more »
Now we're getting to where the rubber meets the road in our weeklong Emmy predictions series (word to the wise - do not bet the kids' milk money on these guesses): Best actor and actress!
Let's get straight to it, shall we?
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO Jon Hamm, Mad Men,...Read more »