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Emmys to split some awards categories, increase number of nominees for others

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.

Emmys to be held a month earlier and on a MONDAY

The Emmys are moving to August.

Which is no surprise.

And the Emmys are moving to a Monday.

Which is a total surprise. That last time the Emmys aired on a Monday was in 1976. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' creator knocks death-obsessed Emmys


Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan said Sunday night’s Emmys were a buzz-kill due to producers over-stuffing the ceremony with tributes to fallen celebrities.

The telecast featured the usual “In Memoriam” slideshow, plus five break-out tributes scattered throughout the evening honoring talents such as James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters and — most controversiallyGlee co-star Cory Monteith. Plus, there was a “power of television” segment touching on John F. Kennedy’s assassination. With all those black suits in the audience, one could have easily mistaken the Emmys for a funeral.

Levitan first made a reference to the ceremony being the “saddest Emmys of all time” while on stage to pick up his award for Modern Family winning best comedy series. Later he told EW the endless tributes dragged down the emotional flow of the show — particularly for host Neil Patrick Harris.

“Listen, nobody is more respectful of those who have come and gone and made a mark in this business, but I believe the Emmys should be a celebration about all that is exciting and wonderful about television,” Levitan said. “All those people are very deserving, and other people are deserving too. I thought it was too sad. Poor Neil Patrick Harris, who was so brilliant, had to keep digging himself out of the holes dug by these sad moments, time and time again. It was very difficult.” — Reporting by Tanner Stransky.

'Breaking Bad' wouldn't exist without Netflix, creator says after Emmy win

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.”

Bryan Cranston, meanwhile, lost out for Lead Actor in a Drama to surprise victor Jeff Daniels, but he was ready to share the hardware with the rest of his cast and crew.

Emmys 2013: The complete winners list

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were upset in their respective acting categories, but Breaking Bad won the night’s top prize, taking home its first Emmy for Best Drama. It was an unpredictable night in several major categories: In addition to The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels taking home the trophy for Best Actor in a Drama and Boardwalk Empire‘s Bobby Cannavale winning for Supporting Actor, Veep‘s Tony Hale and Nurse Jackie‘s Merritt Wever were surprise winners — Wever was so shocked that she practically ran off the stage without delivering an acceptance speech.

Not every category yielded a stunner, though. Modern Family was a repeat winner, taking home the Best Comedy Emmy for the fourth consecutive year, and Homeland‘s Claire Danes won Best Actress in a drama for the second year in a row. In the movie/miniseries categories, HBO’s Behind the Candelabra dominated, winning Best Movie, Best Director for Steven Soderbergh, and Best Actor for Michael Douglas.

Click below for the full list of winners from Sunday night’s 2013 Emmy Awards. READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2013: 'Modern Family' wins Best Comedy

Modern Family won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series. It’s the fourth straight win for the show — which means the ABC comedy, which is about to start it fifth season, has won for every year of eligibility. Creator Steven Levitan joked that this was a happy moment in the saddest Emmys ever, and ended his speech with a rather unique show of thanks. “None of us grew up feeling like winners. So thank you to the winners, to the bullies, to the popular kids, who rejected us and made fun of the way we ran. Without you, we never would have gone into comedy.”

Family defeated serious contenders like 30 Rock‘s final season, the ascendant HBO comedies Girls and Veep, and the critically-acclaimed Louie. Having one four times in a row, the show has now officially completed its journey from “scrappy newcomer” to “Frasier-in-1997.”

Now click here for the full list of winners at this year’s Emmys.

Emmys 2013: Claire Danes wins Emmy for 'Homeland'

Claire Danes just won the Best Actress in a Drama Emmy for Homeland. For the second straight year, the actress won for the role of unhinged superspy Carrie Mathison. She took the opportunity to say a few kind words about the late Henry Bromell, the Homeland executive producer and writer (who won a posthumous Emmy earlier in the ceremony.) She did not say “Holla!” to anyone, but maybe she’s saving that for 2014.

Now click here for the full list of winners at this year’s Emmys.

Emmys 2013: Jim Parsons wins Best Actor for 'The Big Bang Theory'

Jim Parsons has now scored a hat trick. The Big Bang Theory star won his third Best Actor Emmy for the role of Sheldon Cooper. He also took home a trophy for the CBS comedy in 2010 and 2011. “It’s so silly to be emotional,” he said.

Click here for the full list of winners.

Emmys 2013: Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins Best Actress for 'Veep'

Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fourth Emmy at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards. Tony Hale, who plays the vice president’s personal aide on the HBO comedy and also took home an Emmy tonight, escorted Louis-Dreyfus to the stage and held her purse. Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky, who plays the veep’s chief of staff, mimed texting in the audience. Louis-Dreyfus previously won for Seinfeld in 1996, The New Adventures Of Old Christine in 2006, and Veep in 2012.

Click here for the full list of winners.

Tina Fey on hosting Golden Globes: 'NBC has invited us.'

Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler’s hosting stint at this year’s Golden Globes has already become the new standard for awards-show hosting and was beloved by pretty much everyone whose name doesn’t rhyme with Baylor Bift. On E!’s red carpet Emmys pre-show, Ryan Seacrest asked Fey about the rumors that she and her fellow NBC funnygal are planning a return trip. Although Fey noted that she and Poehler were currently living on opposite coasts, she did indicate that overtures had been made. “NBC has invited us,” she said, sounding a little bit like the coolest girl in school who can’t quite decide if she’s going to go to the weird girl’s birthday party. So keep hope alive, Fey/Poehler fans!

Jack Klugman's son: My father deserves an individual Emmy tribute

The exclusion of Jack Klugman from an Emmy Awards tribute that includes Cory Monteith is an insult to the memory of the late TV veteran and three-time Emmy winner who starred in The Odd Couple and Quincy M.E., Klugman’s son says.

“I think it’s criminal,” said Adam Klugman in an interview with The Associated Press. “My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days.” READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development,' 'Elementary,' 'Da Vinci's Demons,' and more: The making of this year's Emmy-nominated music

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys celebrated behind-the-scenes artists on Sunday — including composers recognized for their work on shows like Elementary, House of Cards, and The Borgias. The characters in the series they work on play more than a small role in shaping the shows’ sounds, as EW learned in talking to the nominees in the music score categories on the carpet ahead of the ceremony, which will air on FXX this Saturday.

Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons won the award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, while Downton Abbey won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, and ReelzChannel’s World Without End snagged the award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special.

Read on to learn more about the making of the music for five shows.


Emmys to feature special 'In Memoriam' tributes to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, more

In addition to the traditional “In Memoriam” segment of the Emmys, this year’s broadcast will feature a special tribute for “five individuals who warrant special recognition,” according to a press release.

During the ceremony, Edie Falco will pay tribute to her Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, Michael J. Fox will honor his Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg, Jane Lynch will speak about Glee co-star Cory Monteith, Rob Reiner will take the stage to talk about his All in the Family co-star Jean Stapleton, and Robin Williams will pay tribute to his mentor Jonathan Winters.

The Emmys air Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.


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