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The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards

61st Annual Emmy Awards

Could the be another year for firsts?

Around this same time last September, the execs of basic cable were thrilled to see one of their own finally win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series (Mad Men). Meanwhile, producers of reality fare saw an award given to one of their hosts (Jeff Probst). So which other category could be covered during this round? Animation.

For the first time since 1961 (when The Flintstones were still on air), an animated program has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. So will Family Guy finally go where The Simpsons has never gone before? Not if the six other contenders have anything to say about it!

So who won? Who lost? Which funnyman took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor since Jeremy Piven wasn’t even nominated? Read our West Coast play-by-play account of this evening’s telecast and find out!

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TV on DVD: July 21, 2009

Pushing Daisies Season 2 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • Charlie’s Angels (Season 4)
  • Hotel (Season 1)
  • Jon and Kate Plus Eight (Season 4, Vol. 2)
  • The Lucy Show (Season 1)
  • The Mighty Boosh (Seasons 1-3)
  • Monk (Season 7)
  • Prison Break (Final Season)
  • Pushing Daisies (Season 2)
  • Psych (Season 3)
  • Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode II
  • Route 66 (Season 3, Vol. 1)

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2009 Primetime Emmy Nominations

2009 Emmy nominations

Bright and early this morning, Chandra Wilson and Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

Just like last year, we saw many first-timers named and a long list of cable acknowledgements (for both pay and basic channels). Thanks to expanded categories, we also saw a number of surprises (Flight of the Conchords, ) and overdue nominations (How I Met Your Mother, Big Love).

For the second year in a row, , with its 16 nominations, topped all drama programs. Meanwhile, 30 Rock broke comedy records with a whopping 22 noms. Overall, HBO was the most-nominated network with 99 mentions while NBC - yes, NBC - came in second.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Sept. 20 on CBS.

 

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Reminder: Pushing Daisies Returns Tonight

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Drama, Prime Time, ABC,

Pushing DaisiesYes, the day has finally arrived…

Tonight fans can rejoice in the long-awaited, albeit brief, return of the delightfully quirky show. The ratings-starved program was shelved back in December and has been collecting dust ever since. This evening’s episode - plus the two to follow - will officially close the chapter on the program’s second season. (The July 21 DVD release will also do the same.)

Unaired episodes of Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money will then occupy the Saturday 10:00 PM shot following Daisies’ June 13 finale.


ABC Makes Room for Daisies, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Drama, Prime Time, Reality, ABC,

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Months after pulling Pushing Daisies, and Dirty Sexy Money off the air, ABC has had a change of heart. Kind of.

Even though it looked like fans would have to wait for the eventual DVDs to view unaired episodes, the network has chosen to broadcast the remaining hours. Unfortunately, all three shows will be placed on the week’s most undesirable night: Saturday. But hey - at least we’ll have something to watch on our weekends now, right?

Get your Tivos ready by the end of May. Pushing Daisies will run May 30 - June 13, Eli Stone will follow from June 20 - July 11 and will close shop between July 18 - August 8. The trio will all air @ 10:00.

(To get a look at TV Envy’s Programming Schedule, click here.)

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Unaired Pushing Daisies Episodes Coming to DVD

Pushing Daisies cast

UPDATE: It appears ABC will show the remaining episodes after all. The bad news? They’ll air on

Saturdays

beginning May 30.

Anyone interested in a sampling a few more pieces of pie?

Although ABC cruelly ended Pushing Daisies before it had a chance to finish its run (at least got its series finale), Ned and Charlotte lovers are being thrown a small bone.

The bad news? ABC doesn’t have plans to air the program’s remaining three episodes. (Seriously? They couldn’t find room anywhere?). The good news? The upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases will include all thirteen hours from Season 2.

Daisies’ discs will become available on July 21. Those unable to wait that long could opt to attend this month’s PaleyFest instead.

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Wednesday Ratings: Criminal Minds Leads the Pack

Despite a nice showing for NBC’s Muppets special, audiences had their sights set on criminals last night. CBS was #1 with the viewers and the demos once again.

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Wednesday Ratings: Secret Millionaire Not So Secret Anymore

There’s nothing viewers like more than watching people give out money. Yesterday, FOX’s Secret Millionaire built upon last week’s numbers and won its hour in the demos. CBS, though, was the top network in both categories this Wednesday.

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Wednesday Ratings: Angels and Reindeers Score for CBS

CBS surprisingly did well yesterday without its usual Wednesday lineup. The network’s night of variety - Rudolph, Grammys, Heidi - ended up taking the night’s demos. Meanwhile, crime-free competition helped NBC pick up a rare win with the viewers.

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ABC Cancels Dirty Sexy Money, Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone

Pushing Daisies

What I feared would probably happen has now just come true. ABC has given the ax to Pushing Daisies. And Dirty Sexy Money. And Eli Stone.

Although an earlier draft of the midseason schedule hinted at this possibility, it was unclear at that time whether the shows were simply going on hiatus. Now we know the sophomore programs will wrap up production after 13 episodes. (If and when those hours will even air is another matter.) While no one is officially using the word “canceled,” it’s unlikely these titles will see any significant ratings boosts in the weeks to come.

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