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This Week on TV (10/12-10/18)

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MONDAY (10/12)
  • Heroes (NBC, 8pm):  “Sylar tries to remember who he was in the past.” The creepy killer on a hit show?
  • Gone Too Far (MTV, 10pm):  Series premiere. “This documentary series from Adam Goldstein (a.k.a. ) premieres as he travels to his hometown of Philadelphia to stage a surprise intervention with a 23-year-old heroin addict who won’t go into rehab without a fight.” Finally, something of substance from MTV.
  • The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo, 10pm):  Season finale. “More stress comes in the form of a disenchanted Taylor, who threatens to walk away from Team Zoe for good, triggering a relapse or Rachel’s vertigo.” Employees—you put them on a reality show, and they’re still never satisfied.

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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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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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2008 Primetime Emmy Nominations

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Bright and early this morning, Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris announced the nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.

This year, we saw many first-timers named, a long list of cable acknowledgements (for pay and basic channels) and several 6-way races.

Topping the noms for drama programs was newcomer ; NBC’s lead all comedy programs. In total, HBO was the most-nominated network while ABC came in second.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Sept. 21 on ABC.

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Grey’s Anatomy News: Katherine Heigl, Sandra Oh

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In June, Katherine Heigl made a remark that was bound to anger some of her Grey’s Anatomy co-workers. When asked about the upcoming Emmys, last year’s winner said she didn’t submit an entry because she didn’t feel she was given worthy material.

And while some accused the rising movie star of purposely sparking the controversy (in an attempt to get out of her series contract), one of Katherine’s co-stars has just now spoken in her defense. At an engagement for the Hallmark Channel, (Dr. Miranda Bailey) said:

“All actors have to do that exactly same thing every year. The public at large doesn’t understand it’s not about your body of works. It can’t be something in the middle. You can have a great seasonal arc, but if you don’t have that show that’s your show, then it’s not the right thing for the category. It was amazing to me the way it got blown out of proportion. Some years I submit, some years I don’t.”

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Emmy Finalists for Acting Categories

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston

Last week, we told you which Emmy contenders were still in the running for the Best Comedy and Best Drama categories. And while these names are not official, we now have the rumored finalists for several of the main acting awards. (NOTE: Some categories have not yet been leaked.)

 

Best Actor, Drama
  • Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
  • Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Eddie Izzard, The Riches
  • Hugh Laurie, House
  • Denis Leary, Rescue Me
  • James Spader, Boston Legal  (last year’s winner)

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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Coverage

Emmy AwardsThe 59th Annual Emmy Awards has not even started, yet I’m already sensing sensing a weird vibe about tonight’s telecast.  Will the show be a celebration of those young and new (e.g. Heroes)?  Will it be a tribute to those bowing out (James Gandolfini and crew)?  Or will performer Kanye West somehow manage to cast a controversial shadow over the rest of the ceremony?

What a difference a year makes.  Twelve months ago, we were still handing out trophies to stars from Will & Grace and The West Wing (those shows feel so five-years ago now).  Today, we welcome a new crop of nominees including Ugly Betty and 30 Rock for Best ComedyLast year, we were entertained by an always-hilarious Conan O’Brien.  This year, we are threatened by a song and dance number from this year’s host, Ryan Seacrest.  Last August, 24 snagged the award for Best Drama.  This September, it’s not even nominated (yet somehow Boston Legal is).

I think it would be safe to assume the voters would predictably (and respectfully) shower The Sopranos with honors, but I’ll still be crossing my fingers for an upset sometime tonight.  We’ll need something to talk about tomorrow…

Here’s the play-by-play of tonight’s events coming to you from the neglected West Coast!

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