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And just like that...W. Kamau Bell's late night talk show on FX spinoff, FXX, is over. The network has officially confirmed a report that first appeared in Deadspin a little while ago.
Too bad -- really. Host and show ("Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell") displayed promise during the initial run at FX, while Bell -- who attended the last couple of summer TV Critics' tours -- seemed like a genuinely charming and (more important) funny guy. The numbers at FXX must've been dismal. Hard to move over to a new network that many viewers still don't know even exists.... Chris Rock was the original executive producer behind this, by the way.
Per FX, Bell's last edition is tomorrow night -- Jim Norton as guest -- but the best-of-the-week "Mixtape" episode Sunday night at 11 is the final stand.
FX hit "Justified" returns January 7 - I know, good - while "Archer" is getting a new night too. FX just announced the winter schedule, and here's the thru-line on the fifth season of "Justifed":
This season, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) confronts the Crowes, a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind. Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter) as he partners with the Dixie Mafia’s Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns).
"Archer?" Moves to Mondays (at 10), starting Jan. 13.
We have arrived, friends, at the final Emmys 2013 pick/guesses -- the last entry in my weeklong series telling you who should win (but alas probably won't).
Good thing about this year's nominees? Not a piker in the bunch. They are all outstanding, and so if any of the following wins, no one should be surprised. With that, to our nominees ...
COMEDY SERIES: "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; "Girls," HBO; "Louie," FX; "Modern Family," ABC; "30 Rock," NBC; "Veep," HBO
Who will win: The past six years have been dominated by just two comedies, but even dominance eventually cracks, and for "Modern Family," this could well be that year. The winner is "The Big Bang Theory."
Who should win: "Louie," without question. But dark comedies -- and "Louie" is hardly always comic -- don't fare well here. Couple of "Girls" episodes merit a win, too, but like, "Louie" -- also produced in NYC, where there are fewer Academy voters -- this is a tough sale.
DRAMA SERIES: "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Downton Abbey," PBS; "Homeland," Showtime; "Game of Thrones," HBO; "House of Cards," Netflix; "Mad Men," AMC.
Who will win: "Homeland" had a so-so sophomore season, but voters hate to disawow their judgment, especially after crowning this with such gusto after its freshman season. Could be guilt over snubbing "Bad" for so long, but I fully believe it will prevail at the 66th Emmys, if not Sunday night. That's why the edge goes to ... "Homeland."
Who should win: "Game of Thrones." "Thrones" had a remarkable season (another one), but fantasy fiction is a tough sell to voters. I wouldn't mind seeing that long-overdue nod to "Bad," either -- and what a nice achievement to be awarded on the night your penultimate episode airs.
The best actress and actor category in the 2013 65th Primetime Emmy Awards is possibly the most difficult to call of 'em all -- many fine candidates, only two will win. And let's get to those, shall we?
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix Louis C.K., Louie, FX Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime Jim Parsons,...Read more »
Welcome to movies, miniseries and -- what the heck -- let's do reality and variety series too, in today's Emmys' picks. The minis category is always a good one, thanks to HBO. And as you will notice below, HBO will most assuredly will win something this Sunday.
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Michael Douglas, "Behind The Candelabra," HBO; Matt Damon, "Behind The Candelabra,"...Read more »
FX has been shipping out little snippets of clips of "American Horror Story: Coven" — the promotional equivalent of lighting matches in say an empty and very dark Giants Stadium at midnight ... (Here's an example, but watch the clip below first ...)
But it's finally provided a flashlight. This new clip, just released, is a quantum advance, best I can tell, in terms of giving you, the fan, a glimpse of what the new season will look like. And if looks could kill, this goes about doing just that.
Check it out — you will henceforth be sold on the new season of "AHS," which arrives Oct. 9 ...
(App users, view the video at newsday.com/tvzone.)