Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Sharon Kennedy Wynne
The 66th annual Emmy Awards air Monday (yes, Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week, one of the major categories will be featured on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: actor/actress in a comedy.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
William H. Macy, Shameless
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Jim Parsons has won this award three times, each time for The Big Bang Theory, which is currently one of the most-watched shows on TV and arguably more popular now that it's ever been. He's tough to bet against.
On second thought ... William H. Macy is in this category under somewhat false pretenses; his show Shameless decided to submit itself as a comedy this year after years of submitting as a drama. Could the academy use this as a chance to honor the movie star's work on that show?
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep …Full Story
The 66th annual Emmy Awards air Monday (yes, Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week through Monday, one of the major categories will be featured on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: supporting actor/actress in a drama.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Aaron Paul winning a third statue for his role as Jesse Pinkman is likely, especially if the Emmy love for Breaking Bad is strong.
On second thought ... With last year's winner Bobby Canavale out of the mix, this category is wide open. The academy could honor Jon Voight for Ray Donovan simply because he's a heavy-hitting Oscar-winner.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA …Full Story
The story of the 1989 murders of an Ohio mother and her daughters found floating in Tampa Bay will be featured on the true crime channel Investigation Discovery on Saturday. Oba Chandler was executed in November 2011 for the 1989 murder of Joan Rogers and daughters Michelle and Christe. The Ohio family was visiting Florida when they were found floating in the bay, bound, tied to concrete blocks and stripped below the waist.
In 1997, a series of articles titled “Angels & Demons” written by Thomas French, then a staff writer at the Times, told the story of the murders, the conviction of Chandler and the impact of the crimes on the Rogers’ family. The series won a 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing (You can read Angels & Demons here.
The episode of Murder in Paradise, which includes interviews with the St. Petersburg police officers and prosecutors from the case, will be shown on Investigation Discovery at 10 p.m. Saturday.Full Story
Well, the end is upon us, fellow Truebies. It’s been a long road of crazy in True Blood’s seven seasons, and we say goodbye with Sunday's series finale.
The show based on a wildly popular book series by Charlaine Harris strayed far, far away from those stories around the middle of its run. And thank goodness for that, because this show has had some of television's best "What the heck?" moments. Remember that time Sam shapeshifted into a fly and buzzed into a vampire’s mouth, and then changed back into a human while inside her? Or that time when Jason was held hostage by a bunch of methed-out, inbred werepanthers? Or that time Russell Edgington ripped out the heart and spine of a TV newscaster on air?
But beyond the crazy, and the most boring love triangle in vampire history, the supporting characters are really what made the show great. I don’t want to let go of some of them, so I came up with three True Blood spin-off show ideas. Are you listening, HBO? …Full Story
The 66th annual Emmy Awards air Monday (yes, Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week through Monday, one of the major categories will be featured on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: supporting actor/actress in a comedy.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Adam Driver, Girls
Andrew Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep
It's the first time since Modern Family premiered that at least three of its actor haven't been nominated in this category. In the past, we wouldn't have picked against them; with last year's win going to Veep's Tony Hale, the door is open for another actor outside the Family to win. Two-time Emmy winner Andre Braugher should claim the prize for his hilarious straight-man turn on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
On second thought ... If anyone is going to beat Braugher, it's probably previous winner Tony Hale.
No one at the Times loves The Simpsons more than writer/editor Jay Cridlin. So when we found out FXX was airing a 12-day marathon featuring every Simpsons episode ever, we had to get Jay's opinion. The great thing about these episodes is that, unlike the Simpsons reruns airing now, fans can catch gems from the sitcom's early era, too.
Click here to get Jay's list of the top 10 episodes he'll be sure to DVR this weekend. What would top your Simpsons list?
We here at the Feed are busy gearing up for the Emmy Awards on Monday, and this promo is the perfect thing to take our mind off predictions and analysis for six glorious minutes. Almost a year since their show Breaking Bad went off the air, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite in "Barely Legal Pawn" as two guys who run a pawn shop. Julia Louis-Dreyfus shows up, too, and practically runs away with the whole thing. It's safe to say we enjoyed this more than just about anything on TV right now. Can this be a new show on Netflix already?
Watch the promo below, and look for our list of predictions sometime tomorrow on the Feed. We expect Cranston, Paul and Louis-Dreyfus will all be pretty happy come Emmy night.Full Story
The longest marathon in TV history is coming Thursday when FXX begins airing every episode of The Simpsons since 1989 — that’s 25 seasons spread out over 12 days starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. And for Simpsons diehard Jay Cridlin's take on the 10 episodes he'll definitely be taping, click here.
Al Jean, one of the original writers and the showrunner of The Simpsons since 1998, says that he and other writers from the show, former writers and Simpsons guest stars will be adding their commentary on Twitter throughout the marathon, though there are no confirmations about when. @EverySimpsons is the Twitter account reserved especially for the marathon.
James Earl Jones was the voice of Maggie Simpson in the “Treehouse of Horror V” in 1994. (Saturday, 4 p.m.)
Michael Jackson appeared in the first episode of Season 3 as a mental patient who pretended to be Michael Jackson. When the episode aired, Jackson was credited as “John Jay Smith,” and it was a few years before it was finally confirmed that it was indeed the Gloved One. (Friday 3:30 a.m.) …Full Story
Follow along with Michelle Stark, the Feed's TV expert and Outlander novice, and Brittany Volk, an 'Outlander' book fanatic and TV nerd, as they share their thoughts on Starz's new series every week. For their in-depth thoughts on the show as a whole, click here and here. Here's what they thought about episode 2, "Castle Leoch."
Michelle: Well, Brittany, this is the episode of Outlander that sold me on the series. I liked the premiere, even as someone who has never read the books and doesn't care much for the fantasy/sci-fi genre. But this is the hour that made me realize I want to stick with the show for a while. What I've quickly found with Outlander is that it defies genre categorization. It is its own genre, and it's a fascinating world to live in. I love how this episode picks up right where episode 1 leaves off, and advances the plot a LOT. By the end of the ep, Claire has gone from newbie at the castle to prisoner. Rude. What are your first impressions? Bet you enjoyed how quickly we got to that scene with Claire and Jamie by the fire. …Full Story
In today's unsurprising TV news, Starz's historical-fantasy-romance Outlander has been renewed for season 2, a day before the second episode of its first season even airs.
The show is an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's super popular book series. And with a budget of more than $50 million and months spent filming on location in Scotland, Outlander is on track to be one of Starz's most ambitious -- and popular -- shows ever. Viewership of last week's premiere was seen by more than 5 million views across all platforms, according to the channel.
The second season will be adapted from the second book in Gabaldon's eight-book series of Outlander novels, Dragonfly in Amber. Starz says the season will be "at least" 13 episodes, which probably means we'll get more than that. This first season is 16 eps, but they're being separated into halves, with eight airing this year and eight airing in 2015.
For my thoughts on last week's premiere, click here. Our resident Outlander book fiend Brittany Volk also weighed in on how the show compares. Check back here at the Feed Sunday morning for a recap from me and Brittany, where we'll discuss our thoughts on episode 2. …Full Story
As word of Robin Williams' death raced through social media Monday, a collection of memories and tributes emerged as well. We've collected some of the best ones here. Scroll down to see them.
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Robin Williams and the "O Captain" scene that inspired a generation http://t.co/XqMSXcb2v5
The many faces of Robin Williams http://t.co/wvt8z38T3a
RIP Robin Williams. You were a gift to us all. pic.twitter.com/lzHEXphbEZ
"He wasn't just an entertainer…he was an actor." Peter Travers remembers his favorite Robin Williams performances: http://t.co/0Dfz0baAHc
Robin Williams cheerleading for the Denver Broncos, 1980 pic.twitter.com/xg0yJqc3Z4
One of my all time favourites. Movies I grew up watching over and over again. A genius that will be so missed. R.I.P. Robin Williams.
Starz's new series Outlander isn't merely a feminist Game of Thrones.
In fact, it's refreshingly hard to pin down, a vibrant concoction of rollicking adventure, passionate romance and strikingly beautiful history lesson. Throw in a bit of sci-fi and the show becomes its own captivating genre.
Oh, and did we mention there's a lot of sex?
Click here for my full review of the new show, which premieres tonight at 9p.m. on Starz.
Discovery Channel's popular Shark Week is back starting Sunday, and we've got everything you need to know about it right here. In the meantime, please enjoy this promo starring Rob Lowe, who very unfortunately is not starring in any Shark Week specials during the week.
For a different perspective: TV writer Michelle Stark reviews the show as someone who's never read the books.
Chances are, if we’re friends and you like to read, I’ve recommended the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. But convincing someone to jump into eight books (and counting) that clock in at about 800 pages each ... well, it’s not easy. But as the TV adaptation premieres Saturday on Starz, I have a feeling my books might be on loan for awhile.
Fellow book lovers, trust me when I say this: After years of anxiety that any TV or movie adaptation could give Gabaldon’s words justice, it’s a relief that this show is spectacular.
The book series holds a special place in my heart. My dad’s wife introduced me to the books and, from there, we grew a lasting friendship. When Gabaldon came to Haslam’s book store in St. Petersburg last summer to meet fans and sign books, I even got in line early to get my book signed. …Full Story