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Emmy Watch: Matthew Rhys on the challenge of playing a knit-wearing, suburban spy

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.

Audition processes are notoriously grueling, but actor Matthew Rhys scored his role on FX’s The Americans by literally being slapped in the face.

It happened when he and co-star Keri Russell were performing a scene from the pilot together in front of producers. At the time, Russell had already landed her role as one half of a Russian spy couple in the Cold War-era drama and they were looking for an actor to play her husband, with whom her character would share a complicated relationship.

“[There's] a scene from the pilot where [Russell's character] Elizabeth slaps [Rhys' character] Philip’s face and Keri just — I don’t think she really meant to — but man she just took a whack at him. She hit him so hard because they were both so into the scene, and Matthew didn’t even flinch. It was like he just hadn’t even gotten hit,” executive producer Joe Weisberg recalls. “There was something about that moment…when he took that hit he just seemed like the toughest guy in the world.”

This story makes Rhys howl with laughter.  “I was too much in shock,” he says of not reacting to the blow. “Internally, I was like, ‘What just happened?’” READ FULL STORY

Daytime Emmys: Complete Winners List

Days of Our Lives, George Lucas and Dr. Oz were among those honored at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, broadcast live on Sunday from Los Angeles on HLN.

The Daytime Emmys recognize network and syndicated programming. Game show icons Monty Hall and producer Bob Stewart were also given Lifetime Achievement Awards during the telecast that included a few surprises (Days won the top prize for the first time since 1975, Ricki Lake won for her canceled talker) and some embarrassing flubs (the ladies of The Talk were given the wrong envelope). But presenter Carrie Fisher did talk about dropping acid when presenting Lucas with a golden statue.

And the winners are:

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMA
Days of Our Lives, NBC

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW HOST
Ricki Lake, syndicated

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kristen Alderson, General Hospital, ABC

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives, NBC READ FULL STORY

'Family Guy' takes on 'Girls' in Emmy ad

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The envelope-pushing, please: In what has become an annual tradition, Family Guy has gone to great/outrageous lengths to grab the attention of Emmy voters. Last year, the animated show’s for-your-consideration ad took a shot at the Academy’s “bloated, overprivileged Brentwood Jews,” and a few years before that, it tried the heartstring-pulling “Vote for us or you’re racist” approach with a Precious parody.

This year, the Academy itself is not in Family Guy‘s comedy crosshairs, but Girls is. Peter & Co. spoof the HBO comedy’s iconic four-women-crowded-onto-a-sofa poster and top it off with a family-unfriendly tagline, which is a naughty nod to Adam Driver’s controversial sex scene.
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Neil Patrick Harris announced as Emmys host

Neil Patrick Harris isn’t content to host just one major awards show this year.

The How I Met Your Mother star will host the 2013 Emmy Awards, CBS announced today. This will be Harris’ second time hosting the Emmy Awards, having first hosted in 2009. Harris will next take to an award show stage when he hosts the 67th Tony Awards June 9; he previously hosted the Tonys in 2012, 2011 and 2009.

“I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Harris in a release. “And what perfect timing – I’ll just do the exact same script I’m about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to Breaking Bad!’ See, told you it works.” READ FULL STORY

Emmy reversal: Telefilm actor categories won't merge

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There was a chance that two fewer Emmys would be handed out during the telecast this year — until now.

On Thursday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors reversed its decision to consolidate the Outstanding Lead and Supporting categories for actors and actresses in movies and miniseries. Last year, the board – in hopes of streamlining the annual telecast and making it, well, less boring — voted to reduce the total number of categories by eliminating two of the telefilm actor categories.

But production of movies and miniseries has since increased (hi, The Bible!) so the board reversed its decision. So this year, there will be four categories for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actresses.

Reducing the number of categories during the three-hour telecast has long been the goal of the Big Four networks, which pay for the privilege of broadcasting the kudofest — even though many of the golden statues go to premium and basic cable recipients each year. The miniseries categories, in particular, have been dominated by cable actors.

The entry deadline for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards is Friday, May 3rd. Nominations will be announced on July 18 for the telecast that’ll air on CBS Sept. 22.

CBS sets date for 2013 Emmys

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Time to begin your countdowns to TV’s biggest night of the year.

CBS has announced that it will air the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards live on Sunday, Sept 22, 2013, the same weekend the show aired this year. The event will again be held at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has also marked the third Thursday in July again for the reveal of contenders — nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 18 at the Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys will be awarded on Sunday, Sept. 15. No air date for the ceremony, which is not traditionally televised live, has been set.

The Emmys will continue its system of rotating networks that air the awards show. This year ABC brought the big night to viewers at home. Next up is CBS.

Read more about the Emmys on EW.com:
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Emmy highlights: Julia & Amy's switched-speech bit, Jon Stewart's mad dash, and more -- VIDEO

Missed out on the buzziest moments from last night’s Emmy Awards because you were watching football or 60 Minutes? Never fear: EW is here with video of the ceremony’s most memorable bits and acceptance speeches. Though the show itself was far from unpredictable, there were a few surprises sprinkled throughout the night — especially courtesy of TV stars who weren’t afraid to do some unscripted clowning around.

The opening scene
You love Christina Hendricks, Mindy Kaling, Martha Plimpton, and Connie Britton — so what could be better than seeing all four of them, plus a few more divisive actresses (naked Lena Dunham eating birthday cake!), consoling Botox victim Jimmy Kimmel before the show? Bonus points for that dig at 2008′s Emmys host quintet.

The great speech switcheroo
In the past, Lead Actress in a Comedy nominees have brightened up the show by wearing a mustache to the awards and staging a fake beauty pageant as their category was announced. This year, the goofy tradition continued as winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus began to read her acceptance speech, then realized she had “accidentally” switched her remarks with a set written by fellow nominee Amy Poehler.

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Emmy night: Biggest snubs and shocks

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The Emmys were largely predictable yet again. The Daily Show, Amazing Race, Claire Danes — we all figured those and several others would win before the 64th Annual Primetime telecast started. Still, there were several wins in key categories that prompted gasps in the backstage press room and proved prognosticators don’t always get it right:

– Giancarlo Esposito loses best supporting actor in a drama. Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul winning this award wasn’t really shocking — he was certainly deserving. But Esposito’s riveting performance as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad last season had many pundits thinking he had this one locked. “I didn’t prepare anything,” Paul said backstage. “I was shaking and trying not to sob.” And Paul said of Esposito: “I cried in his arms and said, ‘It doesn’t make sense that I was on that stage and you were not.’”

Homeland‘s Damian Lewis wins best actor in a drama. Bryan Cranston was favored to win this category for a fourth time, with many hoping Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm would dethrone the king. Lewis was a dark-horse favorite for his shifty performance as a turncoat Marine in the Showtime drama. “I still get jokes going through the airport, do you have a vest on?” Lewis quipped backstage. READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2012: 'Homeland' ends 'Mad Men' Best Drama winning streak

Mad Men‘s season full of acid trips, go-go boots, and suicides wasn’t enough to bring home the Emmy; the fan favorite show was completely shut out at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

Not only did Showtime’s Homeland beat out the AMC show to snag the Emmy for best drama, but agelessly handsome Jon Hamm, who plays dashing-yet-flawed Don Draper, lost out to Homeland’s Damian Lewis in the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category. This is the fifth year in a row Hamm’s been nominated, but hasn’t won. Is he on his way to becoming the Susan Lucci of the Primetime Emmys?

Elisabeth Moss, as the show’s resident ad copywriter-slash-feminist Peggy, lost out as best lead actress to another Homeland star, Claire Danes.

Jared Harris, as dismal ad exec Lane, lost out to Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, who snatched up the best supporting actor award. Christina Hendricks, Mad Men’s va-voomy Joan, lost out in the best supporting actress category to Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith.

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Jimmy Kimmel's best Emmy jokes

Jimmy Kimmel took the stage at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night as host of the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. His opening four-minute monologue including taking shots at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Mad Men star Jon Hamm’s Emmy losing streak. Here are Kimmel’s strongest jokes — so far:

– “Downton Abbey is an amazing show … it really gives you a sense of what it must have been like to grow up in Mitt Romney’s house.”

– [After surveying how many in the Emmy audience were Republicans]: “Forty Republicans and the rest are godless liberal homosexuals. See that’s why Kelsey Grammer didn’t come tonight.”

– “Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at Glee.” READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2012: 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' dominate awards

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Showtime’s freshman drama Homeland unseated Mad Men in the best drama series during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday on ABC. Actors Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, along with drama’s writers, confirmed pundit predictions by winning the gold for starring in Showtime’s year-old thriller that (conveniently!) returns for its second season next Sunday. But the night’s biggest surprise occurred when the domestic terrorist drama triumphed over AMC’s perennial winner Mad Men as well as last year’s period favorite, Downton Abbey, in the series category.

Modern Family ruled in the comedy categories yet again, including repeat wins for stars Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet. “We feel so lucky to have jobs that we love with people we love,” said Co-Creator Steve Levitan, who also won a statue for directing.

Julianne Moore took the gold for playing Sarah Palin in the HBO movie Game Change. “I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!” she said on stage. Kevin Costner won his first Emmy for starring in History’s Hatfields & McCoys, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus returned to TV with Veep this season on HBO and promptly won her third gold statue (previous wins occurred on The New Adventures of Old Christine and Seinfeld). Jon Cryer also grabbed another for co-starring on CBS’ Two and a Half Men – a prize he clearly did not expect to receive. (Backstage, he told reporters he thought the gold would go to Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory).

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won its 10th consecutive Emmy for outstanding reality series. “We were told we get a free sandwich after 10,” he joked on stage. Longtime TV host Tom Bergeron finally scored for emceeing Dancing with the Stars, and The Amazing Race won its 1,345th for best reality show.

ABC’s latenight host Jimmy Kimmel served up some of the night’s biggest yuks as host. His opening monologue included a few political potshots (“Being Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at Glee”) and a prophetic quip about Mad Men’s Jon Hamm (“I, for one, am shocked you did not win tonight.”). He would turn out to be right: Lewis won in that category. Other gut-busting moments included Melissa McCarthy lusting for the nominees in the male comedy actor category, a video clip of the Modern Family cast that depicted Lily – aka Aubry Anderson-Emmons — as the set’s biggest diva, and Kimmel asking viewers to tweet that 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan had passed out stage. (He then got Morgan to lay down on stage through an award presentation and a commercial break).

Later, Ron Howard took the stage to pay tribute to his TV dad, the late Andy Griffith, and the many actors and execs who passed over the last year. (Farewell, Davy Jones, Richard Dawson, Sherman Hemsley, Phyllis Diller, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chad Everett, Don Cornelius, Andy Rooney, Ben Gazzara, Kathryn Joosten, Harry Morgan, and Dick Clark, among others).

And the winners are:

Outstanding comedy series: Modern Family
Outstanding drama series:
Homeland
Outstanding miniseries or movie:
Game Change
Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie:
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding directing for a miniseries or movie: Jay Roach, Game Change
Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie:
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie:
Danny Strong, Game Change
Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie:
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie:
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Outstanding variety series:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding directing for a variety special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding writing for a variety special:
Louis C.K., Louie C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series:
Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Outstanding directing for a drama series: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Outstanding writing for a drama series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding host for a reality show: Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding reality-competition program: The Amazing Race
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Outstanding directing in a comedy series: Steve Levitan, Modern Family
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Outstanding writing for a comedy series: Louis C.K., Louie
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

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Connie Britton, Michael J. Fox, Giancarlo Esposito to present at Emmys

Stars of some new fall shows are set to present Emmys at the TV awards ceremony this weekend. Revolution‘s Giancarlo Esposito and Nashville‘s Connie Britton have joined the group of celebrities to take the stage at the Nokia Theater on Sunday. They also will be at the ceremony as nominees — Britton for American Horror Story and Esposito for Breaking Bad — along with fellow newly announced presenter Michael J. Fox, nominated for guest roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife.

Other presenters announced today include Ron Howard, Lucy Liu, Kiefer Sutherland and nominees Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, and Julianne Moore.

They join previously announced presenters Jon Cryer, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Emily Van Camp, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Ginnifer Goodwin, Mindy Kaling, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC this Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

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Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel promises 'biggest prank ever pulled' this Sunday

On Sunday, Jimmy Kimmel will host the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC, 8 p.m. ET), and he says it’s imperative that you watch: “I am gonna do something very weird during the show. I think it could possibly be the biggest prank ever pulled, as far as number of people involved. Possibly. I haven’t researched it, but it’ll definitely be right up there,” he says. “The audience will be a participant in this. So it’s important that you watch because you’re either going to be in on it or not.”

Will he instruct at-home viewers to tweet that some scandalous thing that just happened at the Emmys, and the people who aren’t watching the show won’t know that it didn’t really happen? “I will say nothing,” Kimmel insists. Let’s see what else we can (or can’t) get out of him. READ FULL STORY

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