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Emmy nominations snubs include 'Scandal,' 'Orphan Black'

Tatiana Maslany stars on BBC America's series "Orphan

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Meanwhile, the Emmy snubs! That redoubtable list of worthies who were passed over for the 66th annual prime-time Emmys for reasons known only to that mysterious and no-always-predictable soul known as the "Emmy voter."

Obviously "The Blacklist" and "Scandal" fans were bitterly disappointed Thursday morning, but big commercial dramas have simply become passe with Emmy voters -- or at least until such time as "Breaking Bad" and"Mad Men" are no longer eligible.

In addition, "Parks and Recreation" was largely passed over, save for Amy Poehler.

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You will see some commentary reflecting on the fact that poor Jay Leno couldn't even nudge the voter needle for his last season. But David Letterman didn't either. In fact, Leno's "Tonight" never -- or hardly ever -- got a nod for best variety show; why should voters get sentimental now?

Certainly, "Orphan Black" was expected to do something Thursday morning; it did nothing. Tatiana Maslany must wait for the inevitable day when she is justly recognized. And did I mention Elisabeth Moss yet?

Also shut out -- "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." The Golden Globes of course loved "BNN" to distraction, but Emmy voters do tend to be contrarian when it comes to the Globe comedy nominations choices. In any event, as good as "BNN" was, its coronation at the Globes was a bit eccentric, given the other nominees.

Emmy nominations 2014: 'True Detective' scores big

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"True Detective," HBO's first-year anthology series that was expected to make a showing at the 66th prime-time Emmy nominations announcement Thursday morning, made a showing -- and then some. The series scored a nod for best drama, catapulting it instantly into a rarefied orbit with multiple nominees "Breaking Bad," Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards" and "Mad Men" -- each of which also received a best drama nod.

In addition, both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson -- the series' leads -- scored best actor nominations. That was a bit of a surprise, in that only McConaughey was considered an absolute lock. McConaughey is, by the way, almost certainly the favorite to win going into the August ceremony.

Meanwhile in terms of sheer numbers, FX's "Fargo" and "Game of Thrones" ended up in the winner's circle. "Fargo" got a total of eighteen nominations. "GoT" got nineteen.  

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The list of comedy award nominees was virtually a mirror of last year's list, with one notable exception: HBO freshman "Silicon Valley" also made the cut. Yes, indeed, it was a very, very good morning for HBO -- much less so for Showtime which got shut out for "Masters of Sex," but which did score one very big hit: Lizzy Caplan in the best actress category.

Meanwhile, "Modern Family" -- nominated of course -- now has a chance to win five best statues in a row. Here's your list... and do check back for more analysis, and head here for the snub list.

Drama series:

"Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards," "Mad Men," "True Detective"

What it means: That the strong remain strong. This list was absolutely predicted by everyone on the planet with a Twitter account and love of good-to-great TV. Certainly "TD" will have a few detractors -- HBO managed to get it into the prestigious drama category as opposed to the much less prestigious miniseries one. "TD" deserves to be here but "Fargo" fans would argue that it does as well. "Fargo" did well this morning - both Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton got nods - but it was still relegated to the mini cat. Will "TD" upset "Bad," which is looking to repeat? I kind of doubt that -- in Emmys, advantage usually, but not always, lies with the incumbent. But, of course, we shall see.   

Comedy series: "Big Bang Theory," "Louie, "Modern Family," "Orange is the New Black," "Silicon Valley," "Veep"

What it means: "Orange is the New Black" is a comedy? Did voters happen to see a different version from the one I saw? "Orange" is not a comedy, but it is a drama, although Netflix -- now a powerhouse in this industry -- managed to convince voters and the Emmy management apparatchiks otherwise. "Bang" certainly has the advantage here. 

Lead actor in a drama: Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

What it means: Clearly it means just one thing -- will Jon Hamm finally win for crying out loud? I mean enough already. 

Lead actress in a drama:

Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"; Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"; Julianna Marguiles, "The Good Wife"; Kerry Washington, "Scandal"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards​"

What it means: As always, the lead actress is the most hotly contended category is all of Emmydom; this extremely strong list still managed to leave out other quality candidates, yet no one can really argue with what's here. Caplan's inclusion is not a surprise but given the tough competition, a real achievement nonetheless. My hunch is that this race will come down to Wright and Margulies. 

Lead actor in a miniseries or movie:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Martin Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Billy Bob Thornton

Lead actor in a comedy:

Louie CK, "Louie"; Don Cheadle, "House of Lies";  Ricky Gervais, "Derek";  Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"; William H. Macy, "Shameless"; Jim Parsons, "Big Bang Theory"

What it means: Gervais is the huge upset here. I certainly didn't see this coming. But again, Parsons remains the fave.  

Lead actress in a comedy:

Lena Dunham, "Girls"; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"; Melissa McCarthy, "Mike and Molly"; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Rec"; Taylor Schilling, "Orange is the New Black"

What it means: Without knowing just yet which episodes were submitted, it's hard to know how this will shake out. But I very much like Dunham's chances here. Nevertheless, this is Louis-Dreyfus's to lose -- which she pretty much has not yet. She's won the last two lead actress awards, and has to be absolute favorite to win again. Under normal circumstances, I would complain bitterly about the Emmys' utter predictability -- except that she is excellent and so is her show. No crime at all if she does win again. But still, Dunham is your dark horse.  

Lead actress in mini/movie: Helena Bonham Carter, "Burton and Taylor"; Minnie Driver, "Return to Zero"; Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, both "American Horror Story"; Cicely Tyson, "Trip to Bountiful"; Kristen Wiig, "The Spoils of Babylon"

'Glee's' Chris Colfer is not leaving series: Fox

Chris Colfer signs copies of his new book

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No, Chris Colfer is not leaving "Glee," but score one for an Internet troll anyway.

"Glee" fans -- and those who cover culture and entertainment -- went on high alert Thursday when a tweet appeared on the 24-year-old actor's Twitter account reporting the following: "Due to personal issues, I have been let go from the cast of GLEE. Explanations will come shortly . . . "

Explanations did: Colfer's account had been hacked.

But in a modern-day demonstration of Mark Twain's observation that "a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes," a handful of prominent websites, including the Hollywood Reporter and, posted the tweet as fact.

Within moments the reports were corrected after Fox sent out a statement saying: "We've been alerted that Chris Colfer's Twitter account has been hacked. Rumors of his dismissal from Glee could not be further from the truth. We love Chris and look forward to working with him again this season."

Naya Rivera -- who plays Santana Lopez -- was also subject of stories recently claiming she had also been forced off the show's sixth and final season. Those have since been denied by Fox and Rivera.

EW Thursday said it "regrets posting the erroneous tweet," while adding that the incident could be "explored" in the final season, "perhaps with Chris Colfer's Kurt duetting with guest-star Lindsay Lohan in a performance of Ms. Lohan's underrated electropop ditty 'Rumors.' "

'Sherlock' will be back

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Arthur Conan Doyle's master sleuth

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"Sherlock," one of TV's great series and pleasures, will be back - but when and where and for how many? (Episodes, that is.)  The BBC offered some answers a short while ago. There will be, for example, a "special" - unclear what a "special" is but it does sound special. Then, there will be three new episodes. Shooting begins next year, per the BBC. So assume that the series is back much later in 2015.

Co-creator, writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss, said in a statement: “Series Four! At last ! It's always special to return to Sherlock but this time it's even more special as we're doing... a Special! Not only THAT, we'll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before. The whole Sherlock team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on - again!"


Jennifer Love Hewitt joins 'Criminal Minds' (good luck with that)

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Jennifer Love Hewitt has joined the cast of "Criminal Minds" -- news announced Tuesday but I didn't have the heart to post until now. She'll play -- per CBS -- "Kate Callahan, a seasoned undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit," and begins with the 10th season premiere.

Why no heart in the matter? I like Hewitt, think she's a perfectly good actress, and was good in the "The Ghost Whisperer." ("The Client List" I can't speak to.) What's ominous here is "Criminal Minds," which has had something of a revolving door with female leads or semi-leads in the last few years (Jeanne Triplehorn just left, but A.J.Cook and Kirsten Vangness have stuck around almost since season one).

What's the problem with "CM"? The show certainly had what we politely refer to in the critical trade as "content problems" -- a veritable parade of butchered people often women. CBS staked a claim in this type of programming years ago, known as "women in peril," which was once a staple of its long-gone movie franchise. 

I have no idea whether "CM" is as awful as it once was; maybe it's turned into "The Good Wife," for all I know. But it was awful. Not that this is the only series on TV that traffics in blood porn; it's everywhere or in far too many places in fact and seems to be an absolute requirement for entry into the prestigious FX club. But "CM" entered the debate when Mandy Patinkin abruptly quit without explanation, then said this years later: 

I didn't pay attention to the material, because once you get yourself locked onto the one need that you think you have [money, steady employment], which was the security of the job and having the job to go to every day, which I love, and the economic false security, 'cause I wasn't in trouble, I was doing fine -- I ignored the fact that there was a woman in a cage being tortured. I thought, "Well, this is just the pilot. You can't do that every show, for God's sake. How long would that be interesting?" Yet it remained interesting for now, I think, seven or eight years they're into.

So welcome, Ms Hewitt. And good luck. You may need it. 

Shaun Cassidy Amazon drama 'Hysteria' to star Mena Suvari

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Shaun Cassidy -- certainly one of Hollywood's most interesting multi-hyphenates -- is getting back into TV, or more specifically, the Internet, with a drama on Amazon titled "Hysteria," starring Mena Suvari and James McDaniel ("NYPD Blue"). Amazon just announced, and this joins a reasonably full pilot season on the web service, which is heck-bent on joining the exclusive club that Hulu and Netflix...

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'Community' gets a sixth season, courtesy of Yahoo

Jonathan Banks as Hickey, left, and Joel McHale

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Yahoo, which has lately been in the business of rebooting TV careers (Katie Couric), has now gone to series, and an especially good one: "Community."  

The company Monday announced, via a handful of websites, including its own, that the classic will return for a sixth season -- and thirteen episodes. For "Community" fans, this has to be one of those darkest -- before-the-dawn (or timeline) pieces of news, for Hulu had essentially passed on the revival a week ago. 

"I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo," "Community" creator Dan Harmon said in a statement. "I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, BangBus!"

 ("BangBus," as you might imagine, is a puckish Harmon reference to a porn series.)

Community's finale  -- or final scene -- kinda hinted the show just couldn't be taken out back and shot like any other NBC sitcom. Before long -- wouldn't you know it! -- there were those all-knowing reports to the online trades and other well-sourced places (which is to say agents talking to Sony or vice versa via the trades) that a revival was possible.

 But of course this is all very good news for fans of great TV and those true believers who never lost faith in the ability of Dan Harmon to pull one more rabbit out of whatever hat he actually wears. 

Will the entire cast return? Will most of the cast return? Details, mere details. We'll get back to you with some answers as soon as Yahoo figures out who else besides EW actually covers the TV business. May take a while...

'Mad Men' has finally, officially, wrapped

Jon Hamm arrives at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

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For those obsessed "Mad Men" fans who wondered whether Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Joan Holloway, Roger Sterling and Company would ever fade from the scene, to become part of our cherished TV memories, the moment has arrived. "Mad Men" has slipped into history.

The show held its wrap party during the weekend in Los Angeles, and -- old show biz maxim -- that which has been wrapped cannot be unwrapped, except for the TV movie or perhaps special limited-run series. (Another old show business maxim: Money always talks.)

But "Mad Men" is over and it is inconceivable that it could ever again continue in any fashion, even though "Breaking Bad" has reinterred part of its soul for "Better Call Saul."  Now consider this: All those stars and producers who congregated Saturday at The Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles know something you and I don't know -- how it all ends.

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What a perfect place for a burial. The old Roosevelt is one of those grand, beautiful, dowdy, heavily rouged LA landmarks -- the Norma Desmond of hotels. (Some might also imagine it evokes the  "Barton Fink" Hotel Earle, but that was shot in the lobby of a classic silent era theater on Western Boulevard, so no relation.)

The Roosevelt is also haunted or reputed to be, and of course Don saw a ghost in the closing seconds of the midseason finale. (Actually, not exactly a "ghost," but we've already discussed this at length.)

 Also: This was the Roosevelt hotel where the first Academy Awards were held. Maybe "MM" held the wrap here to confer good karma onto Jon Hamm, who will most certainly be honored with another Emmy nomination for best actor next week and most certainly deserves to finally win. 

Or maybe this is just practical: A large part of the seventh season after all has been West Coast-based, and maybe the West Coast is where it will all end up.

The Manhattan-based Roosevelt, or just The Roosevelt, like its West Coast counterpart, is of the same vintage. Both were built in the middle of the Jazz Age, honoring a president who at that moment must have seemed the epitome of American ambition and energy. It also happens to figure prominently in "Mad Men" history, as this was the place Don repaired after Betty kicked him out of the house in one of the early seasons.

The Roosevelt of the 1960s -- and like the LA one, has since been refurbished -- was a perfect place for a disgraced ad man looking to hang his hat for a night or two -- a seen-better-times dinosaur that did in fact look like the Hotel Earle, and a quick overnight stop if one missed the last train out of Grand Central, or one's wife had just kicked one out of the house. 

The wrap party in  LA was sponsored by Johnnie Walker. Why booze? Why need you ask with regards to "Mad Men?" Plus, Christina Hendricks was JW's prominent spokeswoman star not too long ago.

(Brooks Brothers was also a sponsor, and as fans know, BB -- just across Madison Avenue from The Roosevelt -- supplied Don's classic suits over the years, and even began a "Mad Men" line. )

I'm going on at length here only for reasons of sentimentality. It's over. Maybe you too feel the slightest sense of loss.

 The last half of the seventh season arrives sometime next year. I'll hold my own private wrap party then, maybe at The Roosevelt. 

Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd fired from 'The View'

Debbie Matenopoulos, left, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy

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"The View," a daytime TV pillar and until last month headed by a TV legend, has come undone: ABC and its production partners on the franchise late Thursday fired Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, leaving just Whoopi Goldberg, who joined the show in 2007, as the only current castmember.

"The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve...

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Gary Oldman on 'Jimmy Kimmel': 'I am profoundly, profoundly sorry...'

Actor Gary Oldman attends the "Dawn of the

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Gary Oldman tried to diffuse the controversy generated by comments made to Playboy by apologizing Wednesday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- a long cri de coeur that disavowed a whole range of observations (about Mel Gibson, "political correctness" and Jews) which were quite obviously idiotic and bizarrely out of sync with anything anyone in the world is apparently talking about these days. "Especially to younger fans I should be an example and an inspiration and I'm an [expletive] and I should know better."

Kimmel instantly punctures the moment, however: "I'm so surprised you call your fans 'Team Oldman.' " (What's especailly peculiar about this clip is that it concludes with a billboard from "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" -- a commercial! So, in the end, everything really is just about ticket sales.)

Here's a good Washington Post blog that lays out the oddity of this whole Oldman controversy.



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