Thursday, July 10, 2014

'Game of Thrones' and ''Fargo' lead Emmy Nominations

When it comes to bloodshed, the more the merrier, especially when it means garnering the most Emmy nominations.

"Game of Thrones" and "Fargo" and its characters may have been showered in blood this year, but now they're getting showered with 19 and 18 Emmy nominations, respectively, in the drama and movie/miniseries fields. "Orange is the New Black," which had a bloody season one finale, was the laffer with the most nominations at 12.

In its biggest Emmy nomination haul to date, "Game of Thrones" contends once again for best drama series, with Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey earning supporting bids for their work, and Diana Rigg getting a repeat guest drama actress nod.

The drama slate includes previous winners "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men", previous nominees "Downton Abbey" and "House of Cards" and freshman series "True Detective". "Mad Men" has the least number of nods among drama series nominees with 8, not earning a single directing or writing nomination

"Fargo", using the Oscar-winning film of the same name as its source material, received the most nominations among miniseries contenders, landing lead actor bids for Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton and supporting bids for Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks. Freeman will go head-to-head with his "Sherlock: The Last Vow" co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead actor race, but competes in the supporting category for his turn in the movie.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Emmy Nominations Predictions

Courtesy of ATAS
With nominations coming up Thursday morning, here's a quick overview of what, and who, will be nominated for the TV industry's highest honors. While new shows are expected to make big breaks ("Orange is the New Black" and "True Detective'), some common standards should make comfortable returns ("Veep" and "Breaking Bad") but a few others may be all but forgotten ("Homeland" and "Mad Men").

Last year made a huge leap for online TV shows, like "House of Cards" reaping the first drama series nod for a online streaming service (Netflix). With "Orange is the New Black" garnering critical and commercial success on the streaming site, expect the dark prison comedy to be the site's first comedy series nominee as well, with a few acting nominees to boot.

Anywho, here's a list of what I think will be nominees come Thursday morning at 8:35 EST. The nomination announcement will be aired live on most broadcast networks and on the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences's website at

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tina Fey Hosting Special 'Mean Girls' Screening in UD on August 16

Writer Tina Fey with "Mean Girls" star Lindsay Lohan

Tickets for the “Mean Girls” screening in Upper Darby featuring Tina Fey are still on sale and at a cheaper price.
Prices for the August 16 screening now range between $40 and $100 for seats in the 1,600-seat Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Lauren Yacina, director of marketing for the PAC, said there are plenty of seats still available.
Fey will also host a Q&A following the screening with Damian Holbrook, senior writer of TV Guide Magazine, who will be moderating the Q&A.
All proceeds from the screening will go toward a $300,000 sound system for the PAC.
A 1987 alumnus of Upper Darby High School and the summer stage program, Fey drew inspiration from her days as a student for the cult classic film, and also adapting elements from the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes”.
“Mean Girls” was a box office success when it was first released, grossing $129 million internationally and injected such iconic phrases like “fetch,” “boo, you whore” and the “plastics” into everyday conversation.
Tickets may be ordered online at, over the phone at 610-622-1189, or in person at the PAC box office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The screening starts  at 7:30 with the Q&A to follow.