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Jimmy Kimmel on Emmys: 'American Horror Story' 'not a miniseries'

FX’s American Horror Story may have been allowed to compete in the miniseries category for this year’s Emmy Awards, but this year’s host Jimmy Kimmel certainly has a clear opinion on the matter. “It’s not a miniseries — let’s be honest,” he told a room of television critics today.

Meanwhile, Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences defended the board’s decision, following creator Ryan Murphy’s appeal to let Horror Story compete as a miniseries. “We have a terrific process to vet these kinds of decisions, and our board of governors believed that the show clearly belonged in the miniseries category,” he said.

The miniseries category, which this year also included Luther and Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, is being monitored “carefully,” Rosenblum later added. “We’ll see how American Horror Story plays out next season, but what was presented to the committee and the board of governors was persuasive enough to have them vote that the show qualified.”

Kimmel quipped: “I’m going to try to qualify as a miniseries next year. It seems like a soft category.”

UPDATE: FX president responds: Damn straight ‘American Horror Story’ is a miniseries!

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'Hatfields & McCoys': Bill Paxton talks reigniting the feud with Kevin Costner for the Emmys as miniseries hits Blu-ray

History’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the patriarchs at the center of America’s most famous family feud, hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 31 — with 16 Emmy nominations in tow. “That thing just keeps on going,” says Paxton, who earned his first nod. “And now they’ve got Kevin and I competing with these other great actors for the male lead in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie. I texted him, ‘The feud is back on.’ He texted back, ‘Stop it! Stop it!’ I would always get him laughing, and he’d always go, ‘Stop it! Stop it!'” READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' season 2 teaser goes inside Carrie's mind -- VIDEO

The first season of Showtime’s Emmy-nominated, hit drama Homeland was quite the trip into the mind of Claire Danes’ character Carrie Mathison. And season 2 looks to be much the same, as evidenced by the new teaser — it’s embedded below — the cable network just released.

It doesn’t feature any footage from the coming season, but the teaser — which shows the Emmy-nominated Danes as dialogue and imagery from the first season engulf her — points heavily toward Mathison’s mental health issues.

The second season is supposed to pick up after Mathison has been in the psych ward for about six months, after having gone through a series of shock treatments.

Homeland premieres on Showtime Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10 p.m.

Watch the teaser here:

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Emmy Awards 2012: 'New Girl' actor Max Greenfield on how Paul Rudd contributed to his big day

The Emmy-nominated Max Greenfield” is working on getting people to introduce him properly. After all, what’s the point of being nominated for an Emmy Award if the whole world doesn’t know it? “I’m working on it, but not everybody is on the same page as I am,” he laments. “I’m working on a movie right now in New York and I was expecting to get that when I walked on set, but I wasn’t treated any differently than the day before, which I thought was quite inappropriate.”

Much like the loveable Schmidt on Fox’s New Girl, Greenfield speaks without a hint of irony, but after having a little fun, the actor is quick to point out just how thankful he is by the flood of success that’s come his way in a short amount of time. “It’s been completely overwhelming and really unbelievable,” says the actor, who is currently filming They Came Together with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. “Just to think that two years ago I was running around auditioning for guest star [roles] on TV and today I walked into a trailer and Paul Rudd was like ‘Hey, congrats on the Emmy nomination; I just heard about it.'” The trip from A to B, he says, “is hard to process.” READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards: Louis C.K. talks about his record number of nominations

Comedian, television auteur, and Entertainment Weekly coverboy Louis C.K. earned seven Emmy nominations yesterday. His multi-hyphenate work on FX’s much-praised Louie earned him Best Actor, Best Writing, and Best Directing nominations. He also earned four nominations for his comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater. EW got on the phone with C.K. to talk about his nominations, the other nominees that excited him, and what’s in store for the third season of Louie.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, congratulations. I’ve seen some reports that say you broke the record for most individual Emmy nominations in a single year.
LOUIS C.K.: That’s weird. Breaking records is not something you expect to be doing. That’s like a sports thing, it’s not usually a comedy and writing thing. I love that David Lynch had the record before me [for Twin Peaks]. I love him. He’s like an idol of mine. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards 2012: Lena Dunham ponders if her breasts helped 'Girls' get nominated (Truth: It was much more than that!)

Thursday morning was the best morning of Lena Dunham’s life. Well, almost. The day her sister was born is high on the list, too. But it definitely trumped Christmas morning when she was six years old. Yes, definitely, she shares.

These random asides are what one gets when chatting with Dunham, the pleasantly honest, uncommonly candid, and now Emmy-nominated star of HBO’s Girls. And today, after her show walked away with three big Emmy nominations — for Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy, and Best Comedy Writing — EW thought it was a prime opportunity for a chat. Read on — and try to keep up.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about your morning.
LENA DUNHAM: I woke up and acted like I wasn’t nervous. When I went to sleep, I was listening to the Ellie Goulding single “Lights” over and over again. “I’m just a free young person. I don’t care what happens with the Emmys.” And then I set my alarm for 9 (ET) because I thought it would be really cool of me to sleep past when everyone knows — and of course I woke up at 7:30! Then my very close friend called me at 8:35 and the shrieking that ensued was legendary. I ran around my house down my hallway with no pants on, ran back into my house, called Jenni Konner — the other executive producer, screamed, called my mom, screamed, called my friend in Japan, screamed. It was a really shrieky morning. Then I found out that the director who was doing the current episode of our show had a spider bite and I had to direct for one day. So I had to mentally prepare myself for these scenes that I hadn’t really thought about how to shoot. Now I find myself talking to you. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards: Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad' on his nomination and his show's very good morning

The sun was shining brightly on Albuquerque today, as AMC’s Breaking Bad was nominated for 13 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, and acting nods for four of its power players, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, and Giancarlo Esposito. “It’s a good day to break bad,” quips Cranston, who was nominated again for his mesmerizing performance as Walter White, the terminally ill high school chemistry teacher who has corroded into a dangerous meth lord. “Everybody get out there and break a little bad.” EW spoke with three-time Emmy winner about his nomination, the show’s great fortune, and his favorite moments from season 4.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you sleep last night?
BRYAN CRANSTON: I go right to sleep. In fact, we just had a New York trip, so I was a little bit jet-lagged. But no, I sleep well. I don’t think about that sort of thing. I don’t think I should. I don’t think anybody should. This kind of thing should be a nice surprise that you react to, not anticipate.

Well, when you saw all the nominations for the cast, that was certainly a good thing to react to.
That was huge. Once I found out that we had 13 nominations for our little show, it’s like, “Wow, that’s fantastic.” And it would be phenomenal to see those people get their recognition. I mean, they did, today. And it would be lovely if they were able to win an award. And especially the show. Because we’re all involved in it collectively.

What sticks out to you when you look back at Walt’s story last season? He is well on his journey to the dark side by the end of the season when he declares, “I won.”
He is. Last season seemed to be where all the elements were coming into play for him, where he was finally not only accepting his new life, but embracing it, allowing him to feel empowered. For the most part of the season, however, he was feeling oppressed by Gus Fring’s [Giancarlo Esposito] heavy hand and wasn’t able to come out from under that kind of pressure. Against all odds, he did. He was Bobby Fischer defeating the champion. It was the Miracle on Ice, the American hockey team beating the Russians. Because he had all the cards. He had money. He had control. He had henchmen. He had video cameras. He was three, four, five steps ahead of Walt and had all the advantages. So to be able to defeat someone like that was huge. And now I look at it, and I think, “Well, there’s two ways you can go with that. Either you thank your lucky stars and realize, ‘We just dodged a bullet here, and now let’s get out of this horrible business and get back to some semblance of a life.’ Or you go, as Walt chose this year, ‘Yeah, damn right. Look what I did. I won! I beat him!’ And now, unfortunately for Walt and everyone else around him, he is behaving like a teenage track star. He’s pounding his chest and saying, “Look at me!” and wants to create an even bigger enterprise than Gus Fring had. Now he’s challenged. He’s competitive — and not in a healthy way.

Do you have a favorite Walt scene from season 4?
I just keep thinking of “Crawl Space.” That moment of futility when he realizes that he can’t protect his own family because the money’s not there, so he can’t give it to the guy who makes people disappear. And not only that, to rub salt in the wound, the money went to my wife’s ex-lover. [Laughs] The absurdity of that just caught him by surprise — the absolute despair — because he’s laughing as a dead man and realizes the irony of how this all played out, and this is how it’s going to end. That struck me.

Also just the logistics of “End Times,” where Jesse comes to Walt’s house. Walt is completely expecting the assault, and he’s ready. And Jesse want to put a bullet in his head because Brock, the boy, was poisoned with ricin. And he must know it’s me, and I’m laying there — he pushed me down — and I’m saying, “Why would I do this? Why? What do I have to gain by doing this?” And you know who does have something to gain and who has used children in the past. All that logic was able to come spewing up. It was perfectly played by Walt. The interesting thing is that I, Bryan, didn’t know that Walt had indeed poisoned the child when we were shooting that episode. Because I had not read the final episode yet. And so I was able to play that earnestly. And I thought I was telling the truth. I thought Walt was saying, “Think! Why would I do such a thing? It doesn’t make any sense!” It was all so well played that I was reading the final episode — “Oh, we got him. It blew up. Oh my God. We gotta go clean the thing up, and blow up the superlab…” — and then the last page almost insignificantly had three lines of action in the description. And I didn’t even turn the page before it over completely because there was a sea of white and just three black lines of ink. I went, “Blah, blah, blah, backyard… oh, what’s this? Camera pushes in on a plant… Lily of the Valley…” And all of the sudden, I was like [gasps] “Oh my God! I did do it!” It was just amazing to me. That’s what’s so great — I did not see that coming.

How do you navigate the Giancarlo-Aaron situation, seeing that they’re both nominated in the same category?
I said, “I’ll vote for you.” To each one of them.

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Emmy Awards: ‘Breaking Bad’ star Giancarlo Esposito on his nomination, plans for Emmy night

Emmy Awards: 'Breaking Bad' star Giancarlo Esposito on his nomination, plans for Emmy night

How is Giancarlo Esposito feeling on Emmy nomination day? “How do you think I am? I’m fantastic!” exclaims the Breaking Bad standout, who received a nod in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama category this morning for his turn as meth lord Gustavo Fring. “It’s a great honor. I was tongue-tied all morning talking to all kinds of press, but I’m in gratitude.” EW tried to untie Esposito’s tongue and get him to talk about his big morning, his chance to make history, and much more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you stay up all night thinking about the call or did you sleep like a baby?
GIANCARLO ESPOSITO: I slept like a baby… until 3 a.m. (laughs) At 3 a.m., I started to get squirmy, I don’t know why I couldn’t sleep, I guess somewhere in my consciousness, I knew it was coming down the pike. I got up, I sat on my yoga asana, crossed my legs and meditated for awhile, just in case I got the call. I wanted to be calm and really present.

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Emmy Awards: 'Breaking Bad' actress and nominee Anna Gunn on Bryan Cranston's strange advice

At 5:28 a.m. on the West Coast, Anna Gunn woke up — despite her best efforts to sleep through Emmy nominations, which took place this morning. Lying next to her daughter, who’d crawled into bed with her during the night, she told herself to leave the TV off, lest the youngster wake. “If the phone rings, great. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” she told herself. It rang.

By the time Gunn called EW this afternoon, her face hurt from smiling, but it’s easy to understand why. The Breaking Bad actress was nominated for her first Emmy Award this morning in the Supporting Actress category, the show was nominated for the third time, her castmate Bryan Cranston was nominated for the seventh time (he’s won three for Breaking Bad and was nominated three times prior for Malcolm in the Middle), Mark Margolis was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor, and Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito were nominated in the Supporting Actor category. If any day is happy dance worthy, it’s this one. So that’s exactly what she did.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So after your phone rang…
ANNA GUNN: I rushed downstairs and started making squealing noises. Then, of course, both girls woke up and did a happy dance with me. I was sorry I’d woken them up so early, but it was for a good reason. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards: Jared Harris calls 'Mad Men' nod a 'thrill'

It’s an understatement to say Jared Harris’ character Lane had one tough year on Mad Men. (Spoiler Alert for those who haven’t seen the fifth season!) Lane’s season-long struggle culminated in his devastating final episode that saddened both the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce crew, and fans who’ll have to adjust to a Pryce-less show when Mad Men returns.

A bright spot: Harris’ incredible work was noticed when, in addition to several other award nominations for Mad Men, the actor received an Emmy nod for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Harris got on the phone with EW from Wales to talk about Lane, his castmates’ work, and saying goodbye.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations!
JARED HARRIS: I’m very excited! What a thrill; what a surprise.

How did you find out this morning?
I’m actually in Wales, visiting a friend of my Dad’s down here in Wales and I was actually cooking him lunch and a phone call came through and my girlfriend answered the phone, and she jumped up and down shrieking with joy, and then I got on the phone and I promptly forgot about the food I was cooking. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards: 'Homeland' star Damian Lewis on his nomination, and singing with co-star Mandy Patinkin

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It was a big morning for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Homeland, which netted nine Emmy nominations, including Best Drama Series, Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Claire Danes, and Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Damian Lewis. The noms were a record for the network and the most for any freshman series this year. “I’m really thrilled,” says Lewis, celebrating on a day off from the series currently shooting season two in Charlotte, N.C.. “Over the moon. I was asleep. So I was just getting some extra zzzzs and I woke up with my phone buzzing next to my head.” EW talked to Lewis about Homeland as well as season two and carrying a tune with his co-star Mandy Patinkin.

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Emmy Awards: Mayim Bialik talks about her nod and 'Big Bang Theory'

Mayim Bialik already had a busy morning — she had an interview about world breastfeeding month at 8:30 a.m., right as Emmy nominations were being announced.

Needless to say, her morning suddenly got a lot busier. The actress, who earned a Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Emmy nomination for her work as Amy on The Big Bang Theory, (in addition to a Best Comedy nod for the show) got on the phone with EW to talk about how she’ll celebrate (vegan cupcakes), working with Jim Parsons, and what she loves about Amy and Sheldon.

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