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A day ahead of the Golden Globes nominations, the Screen Actors Guild has announced its nominations for best of the year. The SAG Awaards (which now have a TV venue) have grown in prestige in recent years - notably because they do tend anticipate the rest of the awards season, and they do tend to get the nominees right (which always helps.) That said, they do tend to also reinforce the Emmys choices of a few months earlier, and as such tend to a little predicatable. Ye who seek surprises will find none here. And without further comment, the (worthy) TV nominees are...
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) BREAKING BAD DOWNTON GAME OF THRONES HOMELAND
...in a comedy series: 30 ROCK ARRESTED DEVELOPM,ENT THE BIG BANG MODERN FAMILY VEEP
Outsanding performance by a male Actor in a Drama Series STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO) BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC) JEFF DANIELS / Will McAvoy – “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO) PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO) KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime) ANNA GUNN / Skyler White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC) JESSICA LANGE / Fiona Goode – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN” (FX) MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS) KERRY WASHINGTON / Olivia Pope – “SCANDAL” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK” (NBC) JASON BATEMAN / Michael Bluth – “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” (Netflix) TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) DON CHEADLE / Martin “Marty” Kaan – “HOUSE OF LIES” (Showtime) JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS) JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime) TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK” (NBC) JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
'The Sound of Music Live !," NBC's unexpected little stocking stuffer to itself, will get a curtain call on Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m.
Last Thursday's three-hour telecast was watched by 18.6 million viewers who marveled at Carrie Underwood's thespian skills, but that number grew to 21.3 million when NBC factored in the so-called live-plus-three figure, which included those who watched via DVR. So the news gets better for the network. NBC had planned to air "It's a Wonderful Life," but that will now be telecast on Friday, Dec. 20.
"Tosh.O' -- which you have probably never heard of unless you are a guy somewhere past puberty up to the age when you are about to be engaged (forget about watching after you get married) -- just got a three-year pickup.
For "Toshies," great news. Even better for host Daniel Tosh. Everyone else beware. This series has, after all, contributed to the diminution of the mental capacity of millions of males between the ages of 15 and 30, for whom it is a major attraction -- arguably THE biggest hit among them on Tuesdays. (It wraps the fifth season in a few hours.) The sixth season will do even more damage -- thirty episodes will air.
Press release quotes:
Said CC chief of original content Kent Alterman, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, "We believe ‘Tosh.0’ has the potential to resonate with our audience, and we want to give it time to connect.” Said Tosh, “I am extremely fortunate and very grateful that I can continue to work with such fun and talented people on a very supportive network. Sorry for the lack of snark – I will leave that open for the comments section.”
NBC told its favorite newspaper this afternoon that another musical will be mounted next year at this time, following the huge success of last Thursday's breakout live production of "The Sound of Music.'
So what next? If you head here, the network's understandably very happy top entertainment executive, Robert Greenblatt, says lots of ideas are under consideration. But if you stay here,...Read more »
"Californication" - one of the most acquired, or not, tastes on all of television - will finally wrap after next season, Showtime just announced. Calling it "one of our groundbreaking signature series," Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins said creator Tom Kapinos has "carefully planned the final chapter of Hank’s journey and has brought it to a beautiful and...Read more »
The History Channel released the new season promotional trailer for "Vikings" during last night's three-network simulcast of "Bonnie & Clyde." For my brief one-word critical appraisal of this 30-second pitch: Bizarre! (A Lorde song tracks.) Series' second season begins in February.
Meanwhile, "Bonnie & Clyde:" the first part of the mini (part two tonight) scored nearly 10 million viewers. For my brief, two-word assessment of that performance: Very good. Though no where in the "Hatfields & McCoys' universe. The audience was roughly split three ways between the partners.
Here's "Vikings" and if you're a Newsday app-ster, please go to Newsday.com/tvzone to view...
...here. Yes, "Sherlock" - the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Brithit that returns to PBS Jan. 19 at 10 - is one of TV';s hotter shows, and there is abiding interest in the new season insofar as one Sherlock Holmes did not exactly survive the conclusion of season two. This trailer will reassure fans, as if they needed any reassurance, that the world''s greatest detective is back and on the job. Cumberbatch - if you are not aware, and it's kind of hard not to be aware - is one of the world's biggest actors, all of a sudden. This brilliant series, has contributed mightily to this growing legend...
Just when you thought -- assuming for some reason you were thinking about this -- Ryan Seacrest was no longer part of the who-will-replace-Matt-Lauer-someday sweepstakes, he pulls himself right back into the discussion: On yesterday's "Reliable Resources," he expressed interest in taking on the role.
And he was serious.
"I like live broadcasting,"...Read more »
"Saturday Night Live" would have been cr-raazy not to revisit in some form Thursday's stunning ratings success of "The Sound of Music," which appeared on the very same network, even cr-raazzzier not to deploy some classic characters from "SNL" past.
It did all that — and more — in the first six minutes of last night's Paul Rudd-hosted edition. Watch this and you will be a) Offended. b) Amused, and will even laugh. c) Offended, be amused, and will laugh. (Trifecta!)
Clearly this all came together long ago — not some quick hash-out on Friday before the show. Or maybe not. Maybe this all did come together in 24 hours. No reason why not. See if you can guess who plays who — two Long Islanders, as well. (Give up? Kate McKinnon, as Maria; Kristen Wiig, as Denise von Trapp), and Fred Armisen as Lawrence Welk.
Mobile users can see the video here: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/
Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at the age of 95, seemed like an indelible and welcome presence on our TV screens over the last two decades -- not quite omnipresent, but hardly invisible either. In fact...that's all a bit of an illusion: He didn't do all that many major TV interviews. I suppose this all comes under the heading of "He Had More Important Things To Do..." But more important than TV! In fact, there are some politicians who don't make a beeline for the camera, and he was apparently one of them.
I've collected a few notable interviews here,however, from Oprah to Charlie Rose, and a couple in between. Of course, this is hardly conclusive -- far from it -- but this small tour does reveal a gracious screen presence who seemed to intuitively understand the two rules of interviews: 1.) Don't evade; 2.) say what's in your heart (as long as what's in your heart isn't loathsome, I suppose -- then please hide it.)
I've posted Charlie's full interview below -- please don't blame me, Charlie, but it's good; the world needs to see! Meanwhile, if you're a Newsday app-ster, please head on over to Newsday.com/tvzone. .