Allison Janney had a good reason to skip the gym this morning: As she was getting ready to work out, her publicist let her know that she had scored two Emmy nods. One nomination is for her role as a struggling alcoholic looking to reconnect with her daughter in CBS sitcom Mom; the other’s for her guest role as Margaret Scully in the Showtime drama Masters of Sex. “It was a great way to start my day,” Janney told EW.
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Fargo scene-stealer Allison Tolman was the heart—and brains—of FX’s movie-to-TV adaptation. Playing dogged deputy police officer Molly Solverson was Tolman’s first major acting role—and now it’s her first Emmy-nominated role. The 32-year-old is in the running for best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie. Spoiler alert: She’s pretty stoked about the nod.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congrats! Were you awake when the nominations were announced? How did you find out you’ve been shortlisted?
ALLISON TOLMAN: Thank you! It’s awesome that the show is so well-represented in so many categories. I was awake; I didn’t have to wake up much earlier than usual. I was awake and logged in with my cat in my lap. I’m at home in Chicago right now, so it was nice to be able to be home while I got this news, and be in a familiar place with familiar surroundings. READ FULL STORY
Veep‘s Amy had a roller coaster of a year, what with losing (and then winning) the role of Selina’s campaign manager—but for the actress that plays her, things are looking up. We caught up with Chlumsky, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for the second year in a row, right after she found out about her nod.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations!
ANNA CHLUMSKY: Thank you very much!
Where were you when you found out this morning?
I was actually about to take a little morning nap, because I had already been up for a few hours with my daughter. I was like, “Oh, do I do yoga, or do I nap, or do I do both?” And so I was planning on doing both, and really, I was just about to put my head on the pillow and then my phone rang.
So now you don’t get to nap, but do you get to do yoga?
I will tonight after rehearsal. This is worth it. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY
When the 2014 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, Uzo Aduba was sitting in traffic. But after a phone call from her rep, the Orange is the New Black star realized that she had just earned her first ever Emmy nomination for her work as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the show’s first season. EW caught up with Aduba right after she got the news.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First of all, congratulations!
UZO ADUBA: Oh my goodness, thank you so much!
So where were you when you found out this morning?
I was in traffic. [Laughs] I was in traffic and, true story, I just happened to look down and see my phone ringing and I was like, “Oh it’s my publicist, let me pick up the phone.” I don’t know how long it was ringing because my ear buds were in, and I picked it up, and she and my manager told me. I was like, “Are you kidding?” I couldn’t stop saying, “Are you joking?” And they were like, “We would not joke about this.” READ FULL STORY
It’s still near the crack of dawn on the west coast—but reactions from newly-minted nominees for this year’s 66th Annual Primetime Emmys have already begun to roll in. Here’s a partial list of tweets and statements; we’ll update it constantly throughout the day as more nominees react. (And keep an eye out for EW’s individual nominee interviews as well.)
UPDATE: Here are the nominees in the ceremony’s biggest categories. Game of Thrones is this year’s most nominated program, with 19 nods total; close behind it are Fargo and American Horror Story: Coven, which received 18 and 17 nominations respectively. HBO, naturally, reigns as the most nominated network with 99 total nods; behind it is CBS with 47 noms, NBC with 46, and FX with 45. READ FULL STORY
Who will host the Emmys this year? Why NBC’s newest late-night star, of course. Seth Meyers will host the 66th annual awards telecast this fall when it airs on NBC.
“Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at SNL, as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on SNL and Late Night, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys,” said Paul Telegdy, president, late night, NBC Entertainment.
In addition, veteran TV producer Don Mischer was announced Thursday as executive producer of the Emmy telecast. Mischer recently produced / directed the 2011-13 Academy Awards shows on ABC. “Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards,” said Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. “We are also excited to welcome Don back this year and very much look forward to their collaboration as we celebrate television’s biggest night during one of the most transformative years in Television Academy history.” READ FULL STORY
Even more changes are afoot for the Primetime Emmy Awards, especially in the Miniseries/Movie category. The Television Academy announced late Wednesday that several award categories have been altered “to ensure that the Primetime Emmy Awards accurately celebrates the excellence in our ever-evolving industry.” Among the shifts:
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie is getting split
In 2011, two formerly separate categories were combined “due to a general industry downtrend of the genre,” the TV Academy writes. But after an uptick in quality miniseries and movies, the Academy has decided to separate the categories once more this year — though only for the overall program award. All other miniseries/movies awards will remain combined between both formats.
Outstanding Reality Program is getting split
The Emmys previously named both an Outstanding Reality Competition and an Outstanding Reality Program. The latter category will now be split into Outstanding Structured Reality Program — for series with set formats, such as Antiques Roadshow or Mythbusters — and Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, for more free-wheeling series such as Pawn Stars or Duck Dynasty.
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Fresh off their win for Best Drama on Sunday night, the Breaking Bad crew granted a reporter’s press room request to yell in unison: “Emmys, bitch!”
But creator Vince Gilligan remembers a time when the AMC drama wasn’t the belle of the ball. “Television has changed a lot in six years,” he said, surrounded by the show’s cast. “And I have to credit it, I’m no expert on the sociological elements of it, but I gotta think a big part of what has changed is streaming video on demand, specifically with operations like Netflix and iTunes and Amazon streaming and whatnot. I think Netflix kept us over here. Not only are we standing up here tonight and won for best show; I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season 2 if not for streaming video on demand, and also the social Internet component of it, where folks get to chat online with folks all around the world afterward really has helped. It’s a golden era of television, and we’ve been really fortunate that we’ve reaped the benefits of these two wonderful developments.”
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has won Outstanding Variety Series at the Emmys for 10 consecutive years, but the streak was broken Sunday night by a very personal foe: The Colbert Report. And, in the Emmy press room, Stephen Colbert had a tongue-in-cheek explanation for why his show triumphed this time.
“I’m grateful Jon took the summer off during the voting period,” he said of Stewart’s hiatus to film a movie this summer. “Not that John Oliver didn’t do the greatest job ever, but maybe that helped.”
In all seriousness, Colbert spoke earnestly about his time working with Stewart on The Daily Show and how Jon has influenced his career. “He invited us to have a passion and an opinion about what we were writing,” Colbert said. “And he wanted to make sure we had our own thoughts behind what we were saying. And it was from him that I actually learned how to write satirical comedy, which I had never really been a fan of. And he’s still there for me. I can call him anytime, to ask for ideas, to ask for moral support, or ask for the energy to keep doing 160 shows a year. And I’m the luckiest man in the world that he’s my lead-in and he’s the guy I can turn to for advice and for strength.”
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Breaking Bad won the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series, beating out Downton Abbey, Homeland, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Mad Men.
“Holy crap. I did not see this coming,” creator Vince Gilligan said in his acceptance speech. “I thought this was going to be House of Cards!…Could of been any of them in this Golden Age of television that we feel so proud to be a part of. Thank you to the best cast on TV, starting with Bryan Cranston.”
Check out the full list of winners here.
If you were surprised by Jeff Daniels’ win for Best Actor in a Drama Series at Sunday’s Emmys, you were in good company: The Newsroom star himself couldn’t believe it either.
“I’ve been nominated a bunch of times — Google it — enough to kind of not lean forward, not hope too much, be glad to be invited to the party,” Daniels said backstage after his win. “There are six of us nominated; there easily could have been 10 other guys that could have been where we are. It’s a really crowded time in television. It’s a great time to be in television. I felt the work stood up to what the other guys are doing, but we’re all doing different things. It’s anybody’s game, really. I was happy to win, but surprised, because it could have been anyone.”
So will there be more Will McAvoy in the future? Daniels tweeted a few weeks ago that the Aaron Sorkin-created series had been picked up for season 3, but HBO has been mum so far.
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