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.
Hall and Joan Rogers with their daughters Michelle, standing, and Christe. The women were found bound and floating in Tampa Bay.
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.
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? …
Andre Braugher, second from right, in Brooklyn Nine-NIne
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.
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.
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.
Live tweeting 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.
Celebrity guests 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.) …
Michelle Stark and Brittany Volk, Times staff writers
Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:00pm
The infamous dinner scene.
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. …
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.
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.
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.
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. …
Sheesh, can CBS's franchise shows keep their hands off interesting TV actors already?
First, they nabbed eternal gem Scott Bakula to star in an NCIS spinoff, where he'll claim the Ted Danson Award as most underused actor on TV. You might remember Bakula from his Golden Globe-winning performance on Quantum Leap, or as a series regular on the serverely underrated dramedy Men of A Certain Age, or from his fantastic turn as an older gay man last year on HBO's Looking. We're not counting on NCIS: New Orleans to provide such interesting material.
Now it's James Van Der Beek's turn. Deadline is reporting that the erstwhile Dawson's Creek star has been cast in CSI: Cyber, yet another spinoff of the CSI franchise about Internet crimes. Yawn. The show stars Patricia Arquette (who also deserves better; have you seen Boyhood?) as an agent who heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. Van Der Beek plays FBI Agent Elijah Mundo, an expert in battlefield forensics. …
Today in Depressing Celebrity Salaries news: Three of the five main cast members of The Big Bang Theory reached a deal with Warner Bros. Television to continue starring on the show. Predictably, the deal gets them a whole lot more money to do so. Bazinga!
Production on CBS' Big Bang Theory was briefly delayed last month as the cast of TV's most popular sitcom went through prolonged negotiations with the studio. But don't fear, BBT fans, the show can now go on: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco inked new three-year deals that will keep them on the show through its 10th season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And what will they each be paid for their strenuous labors? $1 million per episode. Yes, per episode, which means next season alone each actor will earn somewhere north of $20 mil. Charming.
The other two cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are still in negotiations. …
The Feed is your source for television news, reviews and commentary. A group of Tampa Bay Times writers will blog about everything from their current TV obsessions to the changing TV/media landscape (binge-watching galore!). Let's all geek out over our favorite shows together.
As a wee TV fanatic, Times pop music critic Sean Daly first learned to tell time via Lee Majors classic The Six Million Dollar Man. On family trips, instead of asking "Are we there yet?" he would inquire of his parents: "How many more Six's?" Thus, the concept of an hour. Not nearly as cute: An adult Sean wears a Tigers hat not to support Detroit but because Tom Selleck wore one on Magnum, P.I.
Michelle Stark is a Times writer, editor, designer and unabashed TV nerd. Her millennial TV-watching habits rely on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon instead of traditional cable, but she never misses her favorite shows, which include everything from Girls, Parenthood and New Girl to high-minded dramas like Mad Men and Homeland. She never met a reality dance show competition she didn’t like.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Times writer and editor part of that first generation of toddlers raised on Sesame Street. She's still a big fan of Sesame Street, but also darker fare like American Horror Story and Scandal. As our resident reality TV fan (though she's ashamed to admit it), she has complex theories on Survivor, Amazing Race and Big Brother strategies.