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Netflix exec talks historic Emmy nominations and the company's future

With 14 Emmy nominations — nine for House for Cards, including Outstanding Drama Series and acting nods for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright – Netflix has definitely made a statement while making history as the first Internet network to break into the field. “The great message is, and I think Emmy voters confirmed it for us today, great television is great television, no matter how it gets to the screen,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says.

“What we were able to put on the screen this year earned 14 Emmy nominations. We’re thrilled. We’re a little giddy about it,” he says, laughing hard. “We took some really big bets, but we bet on some really big talent in David Fincher, Mitch Hurwitz, and Eli Roth,” he continues. Hurwitz’s Arrested Development earned three nominations (for lead actor Jason Bateman, single-camera picture editing, and original music composition), while Roth’s Hemlock Grove was recognized for its main title-theme music and special visual-effects.

“We also took a big bet on staying out of their way and letting them create a show,” Sarandos says. “These shows that were nominated today are not the result of pilots and testing and studio and network notes. This is really the result of great storytellers telling great stories, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

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Jim Parsons will never get tired of being nominated for Emmys

Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons just got nominated for his fifth Emmy Award — but don’t assume that means he’s grown immune to the honor. “Oh my God, are you kidding? No!” he says, a note of incredulity in his voice. “[In Hollywood,] one day you’re working and one day people are saying, ‘Who?’ So it’s always a pleasant surprise.”

In fact, says Parsons, he feels more honored to be nominated with every TV season that passes. “There’s more on the air every year, there’s more choices out there,” he explains, “and when people choose you in any way … it’s really touching. I don’t know what other word to use.”

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Emmy Awards: Don Cheadle, Amy Poehler and more react to their nominations

Nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards were announced this morning and those nominated couldn’t be happier.

Claire Danes, Homeland (outstanding lead actress in a drama)
“It is truly a great day on the Homeland set with so many of my fellow castmates being nominated. I was going to do some serious screaming into pillows if Mandy [Patinkin] hadn’t gotten a nod. I’m also very glad that [writer] Henry Bromell, who we lost too soon, has been recognized for his extraordinary work on our show.”

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (outstanding lead actor in a comedy)
“It’s days like this that make me miss 30 Rock.  Many thanks to everyone that nominated me.”

Hugh Bonnevillle, Downton Abbey (outstanding lead actor in a drama)
“I am honored, overwhelmed and dead chuffed.”

Mark Burnett & Roma Downey, The Bible (outstanding miniseries; outstanding sound editing for a miniseries, movie, or a special; outstanding sound mixing for a miniseries or a movie)
“We are honored that our peers have nominated The Bible for an Emmy. We are thrilled we get to share this nomination with our tremendous cast and crew from all around the world who worked so hard with us to bring the epic story of the bible to the screen.”

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (outstanding supporting actor in a comedy)
“I am honored and humbly surprised that this good fortune continues. I’ve never had something so wonderful happen four years in a row before, other than winning the NY state lottery from 1993 to 97. I share this with the entire cast and crew of Modern Family. I’m sure it’s not surprising to anyone who’s ever worked on a television show, but our writers are the reason we’re still in this position. I’m eternally grateful for their talent and surprising good looks.”

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (outstanding lead actor in a drama)
“I’m certainly more excited than perhaps Mr. Carson would be. Last year was a thrill, this year even more so. Thank you Emmy voters.”

Don Cheadle, House of Lies (outstanding lead actor in a comedy)
“Given all the hilarious film work I’ve done, from Traffic to Crash to Flight, it’s nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am. Thank you, Academy members.”
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Emmys 2013: And the nominees are...

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Nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 22 on CBS. And they are: READ FULL STORY

Emmy nominations announced for News and Documentaries

Nominations for the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The awards, given out in 42 categories including Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Outstanding Interview, and Best Documentary, will be given out October 1 in New York City.

CBS leads with 46 nominations, followed by PBS with 45 and HBO with 21.

“Congratulations to our esteemed nominees,” Malachy Wienges, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a release. “We are honoring this year’s outstanding news stories, and we are also pleased to have David Fanning as this year’s Lifetime Achievement recipient. David has guided Frontline to the pinnacle of public affairs television. This year’s event promises to be a wonderful evening honoring the best that news and documentary television can be.”

A full list of nominations can be found on the Emmy Awards’ website.

Emmy Watch: Tatiana Maslany shows many shades in 'Orphan Black'

Leading up to today’s deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com is featuring interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Could BBC America’s addictive new drama Orphan Black hold the flag for classic sci-fi when Emmy nominations roll around? Tatiana Maslany, the show’s captivating and chameleon-like star, sure hopes they can.

“It would be so amazing if the show got nominated or we got out there; I think people would be really excited about that because so many incredible sci-fi-shows go under the radar and don’t get taken seriously in award season,” she says. “But I think sci-fi definitely belongs there because it tells sort of subversive stories about society without hitting you over the head. It puts very real stories into the context of a fantastical world, so there’s a sense of escapism but there’s also a sense of, ‘This isn’t far from our reality.’”

Reality has just started to set in for the newcomer, who has burst onto the scene to become a dark horse contender for a nomination this Emmy season. In a Q&A with EW, she talks about the show’s success and some of her most challenging scenes. And with seven different roles, she had plenty to choose from!

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Emmy Watch: Vera Farmiga on playing a 'Psycho' mother for 'Bates Motel'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

We all know that Psycho’s Norman Bates had mother issues. But now we know why thanks to Vera Farmiga’s full-bodied performance as mama Norma on Bates Motel, A&E’s reboot of the famous Hitchcock thriller. Desperately clinging to her son like a manic depressive lioness, Farmiga portrays both a formidable heroine and an unstable mess.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You have a very successful film career — why take on a TV series?
VERA FARMIGA: I’m not trying out TV, I think my career was born out of TV way back with [Fox’s 1997 series] Roar and my first prominent job, my first big paycheck, or real paycheck rather, the start of my career was Roar. I supposed there are very few things on my don’t list: Don’t eat poisonous mushrooms, don’t do my own taxes, and I guess TV just wasn’t on my don’t list. And culturally, as well, things have shifted. For me then what I gravitate toward is character and challenge and I’m quite honestly wasn’t feeling challenged in a long time in this way, in this capacity. So man, I jumped at the opportunity.
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Emmy Watch: Monica Potter on Kristina's tough year on 'Parenthood'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Monica Potter brought TV viewers to tears every week this season on Parenthood as super-mom Kristina Braverman battled breast cancer that nearly took her life.

We’ve said it once, twice and 10 times over: Potter gave a performance that’s worth its weight in Emmy gold. So it’s only fitting that we hopped on the phone with her as part of our continued coverage leading up to nominations to dissect all those gut-wrenching scenes.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You were really the center of the storm this season. And I know you had your own personal breast cancer scare and Jason Katims’ wife is a survivor. What surprised you about how the whole story line was approached?
POTTER: You know, I feel like we didn’t talk about it too much. I don’t think I talked to Kathy — maybe just once about it. We just came in every day and tackled the scenes and let it happen naturally. That, to me, was such a learning experience because I don’t normally do that with the show — or anything I do. I’m always on it too much. I’m trying to figure out what’s going to happen next and analyzing things, and this year, I didn’t do that at all. We just sort of let things happen as we went along. And for me, it was the best way to approach it.
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Emmy Watch: Michael Cudlitz on being handcuffed in his underwear for 'Southland'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

On TNT’s Southland, Michael Cudlitz and an ensemble cast delivered some of the most consistently raw and lauded performances on television. And if nothing else, he’s proud that the show, which was canceled in May, leaves behind that legacy.

“Some shows just go away — and that’s fine. They serve their purpose and their entertainment value, but there are shows that touch people in different ways and that they remember. I think this is definitely one of them,” he says. “It’s definitely a character I will never forget.”

And after last season, it’s easy to understand why. In a Q&A with EW, the actor, who many consider in the running for an Emmy nomination, relives John Cooper’s most compelling moments from the last year.
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Emmy Watch: Sigourney Weaver on getting Presidential on 'Political Animals'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Last summer, the brilliant Sigourney Weaver made her series TV debut on USA’s Political Animals as Elaine Barrish, the current Secretary of State. Barrish not only had to deal with DC politics but an ex-husband who was also the former President (Ciaran Hinds), two troubled sons (James Wolk and Sebastian Stan), a snooping reporter (Carla Gugino) and a boozy mother (Ellen Burstyn). Weaver gave an award-worthy performance as a woman trying to balance her own ambition with the needs of her family.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This was your first time doing a lead role on an hour-long drama. What was that like?
SIGOURNEY WEAVER: I thought it was really exciting. Very challenging. I loved the role. I loved the ensemble. I loved working with Greg Berlanti. I had never done this kind of thing before and it was very exciting material. Of course somedays one wished one had more time but I think everyone was so good and on the ball that we really tried to go in there and squeeze everything out of it. I have even more respect for people, for instance Breaking Bad. I read about their schedule because I think Bryan Cranston is in everything!
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Emmy Watch: James Wolk on being a Washington power player in 'Political Animals'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

USA’s limited series Political Animals only had a six-episode run last summer, but it left quite an impact thanks to stellar writing and acting, including co-star James Wolk. The actor, most recently seen this season on Mad Men as Bob Benson, played Douglas Hammond, the chief of staff to his mother, Elaine Barrish, who decided to run for president. While Douglas seemed like the perfect son, he actually was attempting to sabotage his own mother’s campaign by feeding secret information to local journalist Susan Berg (Carla Gugino). EW talked to Wolk about playing opposite Weaver and his inspiration for this son of a political dynasty.
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Emmy Watch: 'Bates Motel' star Freddie Highmore on the cause of Norman's crazy

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

A&E’s freshman drama series Bates Motel by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano had a lot to live up to as a prequel/modern remake of Psycho. But Freddie Highmore steps out of Anthony Perkins’ shadow in his humanizing portrayal of the doomed Norman Bates. It also helps that Vera Farmiga is the one to breathe life into Norman’s infamous mother, Norma. Highmore spoke with EW about filming with Farmiga and what it’s like for both of them to play Norman’s version of “Mother.” READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Taran Killam on screaming in Justin Bieber's face -- it's dirty work...

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Since joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2010, Taran Killam has established himself as a versatile breakout for his commitment to everything from late-night Robyn music video re-recations to bizarre, dance craze-inspiring digital shorts, even Romney son impersonations. But Killam particularly enjoyed seeing a character he developed four years ago at Los Angeles’ comedy troupe The Groundlings making it to air this season. “[It's] been affectionately referred to as ‘The Glice Sketch,’” he says, “I play sort of an overbearing, protective brother. He doesn’t feel great about himself, so he does everything in his power to humiliate his sister’s new boyfriend” — played by Justin Bieber.

Killam’s character’s humiliation tactics included plenty of mocking wordplay and outright yelling in Bieber’s face for a no less than five minutes in front of an audience of millions — causing the pop superstar to barely contain his laughter mid-sketch. Killam tells EW how “The Glice Sketch” gave him new opportunities at SNL, discusses the show’s recent cast shake-ups, and shares a few memories from the show’s storied after parties. READ FULL STORY

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