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Snappy Judgments: 2010 Emmy Nominations

emmy-nomination-reactImage Credit: FX; Justin Stephens/NBC (2); Mitchell Haaseth/NBC (2)I’m Super-Ecstatic About:
* The nods for Friday Night Lights‘ long-overdue leads, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.
* Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler being up for lead actress.
* Glee standout Chris Colfer sneaking into the supporting-actor race. Ditto his awesome TV dad, Mike O’Malley (for guest actor).
* Elizabeth Mitchell snagging a guest-actress nod for Lost. Ditto Matthew Fox (for lead actor).
* All the Modern Family love.
* Jim Parsons’ second consecutive nod for The Big Bang Theory.
* The Good Wife‘s rockin’ female trio (Julianna Margulies, Archie Panjabi, and Christine Baranski) all making the cut.
* Burn Notice breaking through via a nod for Sharon Gless.

I’m Rolling My Eyes About: READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2010: 'Glee, 'Mad Men' lead the nominations

11116__emmyImage Credit: NBCNominations for the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards were announced today for the telecast airing live Aug. 29 on NBC. Five of the 12 nominated drama and comedies are first-timers and newcomers make up a major portion of the performing categories. Here are the big categories:

DRAMA
OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Lost
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Mad Men
True Blood
The Good Wife

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Mariska Hargitay (Special Victims Unit)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
January Jones (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) READ FULL STORY

'Lost': Will Emmy voters give it a fond farewell?

lost-24Add this to the many questions left unanswered about Lost: Will Emmy honor the ABC drama for its final season? Unfortunately, there are no axioms to suggest that Emmy voters have soft spots in their hearts for groundbreaking and/or critically beloved shows that end their runs on broadcast or cable TV. For every Everybody Loves Raymond and The Sopranos (both of which won Emmys in their final seasons), there are many more shows that did not win the sentimental vote for Outstanding Drama or Outstanding Comedy after their curtain calls.

Nobody was surprised when the last seasons of, say, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls or even Battlestar Galactica didn’t earn Emmy nods; they weren’t as strong as previous seasons and the voters always ignored them when it came to the major categories, anyway. But when gold-standard dramas like The Wire and The Shield – two critically acclaimed shows that produced stellar final years  — get the shaft, then it certainly provokes concern that maybe Emmy voters aren’t as in tune to good TV as we’d like to think. (Both dramas failed to ever earn nods in the Outstanding Drama category during their runs, though Michael Chiklis won a statue after his first year on the FX cop show while the HBO series got noms for writing.)

Another show facing the sentimental vote question is 24. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive First Look: How 'Lost' should have ended

lost-endingIt’s been a month since the Lost finale aired and you know what that means: Make way for the parodies! The silly kids over at How It Should Have Ended — the Starz Digital animated web series that proposes alternative conclusions to popular movies and TV shows — have set their sights on the polarizing Lost swan song. And the results are undeniably ROTFLMFAO. Watch the video here.

J.J. Abrams' new NBC drama 'Undercovers': Italians are intrigued!

undercoversImage Credit: Chris Haston/NBCOne of this fall’s most intriguing new dramas is NBC’s Undercovers, a Hart-to-Hart type spy series featuring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the title roles of Steven and Samantha Bloom. The show is noteworthy because it highlights the network’s commitment to diversity (the leads are both black). It also comes from the auspices of J.J. Abrams, the uber-producer of Lost, Fringe and Alias.

That’s probably why an Italian website thought it newsworthy, albeit random, to post the first 20 pages of the Undercovers pilot script. IlPost tries to play it safe by saying “we have reasons to think it is the real thing” but the script, which includes the preface “the pace of this series is intended to be unusually, almost unspeakably, fast,” appears genuine. And the pages do set up the premise of Undercovers, which is about two ex-CIA spies – now married – who are reinstated when a fellow spy goes missing. The pilot was written by Abrams and Josh Reims (Dirty Sexy Money) and also stars Gerald McRaney (Deadwood).

Any news involving an Abrams show seems to be a hot commodity on Italian websites these days. Last month, the site Macchianera.net posted six pages from the Lost finale and the final call sheet. Other than in name, Abrams wasn’t involved in the series finale. Given the ilPost story, however, Abrams may want to go undercover himself to see if he’s harboring an Italian mole at Bad Robot, his production company. Sadly, Warner Bros. – which is producing Abrams’ drama for NBC – isn’t commenting.

NBC will air Undercovers from 8-9 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall.

For more on Undercovers:
Fall TV: 10 rookie shows Ken Tucker wants to see
At the NBC Upfront: Trying to make you forget 2009 ever existed, mostly with ‘sex-pionage’

My Dream Emmy Nominations part 2: Best Supporting Actor and Actress (drama)

dream-emmyImage Credit: Justin Stephens/Fox; Bob D'Amico/ABC; Eike Schroter/CBS; NBC; Jaimie Trueblood/HBOTraditionally the toughest categories to narrow down due to the sheer number of potential nominees, this year’s supporting actor and actress in a drama races were made easier for a couple of reasons: Big Love‘s big letdown of a season opened up a bunch of slots, as did the absence of In Treatment. Also, several standout performers (Lily Tomlin for Damages, Walton Goggins for Justified, John Lithgow for Dexter) decided to enter the guest race instead. Having said that, I was still faced with some agonizing dilemmas as I narrowed the field down to a top 12. Emmy voters, you know the drill. Copy and paste my picks when ballots arrive next week. And check back tomorrow for my lead actor/actress picks. READ FULL STORY

Early 'Lost' ratings: Solid, not spectacular

lost-finaleImage Credit: Mario Perez/ABCUPDATE: We interrupt your morning-after Lost finale debate to bring you some early ratings data from last night’s polarizing climax. READ FULL STORY

'Lost' pilot on Saturday fails to reunite the fans

ABC gave fans (and non-fans) a chance to relive the magic of the Lost pilot last night but few took advantage of the opportunity: the two-hour episode – which provided valuable pop-ups featuring information about the show’s mythology – only averaged 2.55 million viewers, according to preliminary ratings. The first hour came in third place (2.46 million) behind Major League Baseball on Fox and a repeat of CSI on CBS and but dropped to No. 4 at 9 p.m. (2.64 million) behind more baseball, the eye’s 48 Hours Mystery and a rerun of Law & Order on NBC. ABC’s rerun of the cult hit Castle (3.1 million) fared better at 10 p.m. 

When the heavily-promoted pilot first debuted on ABC on Sept. 22, 2004, it attracted 18.6 million viewers. Last night’s rerun didn’t get much in the way of hype since most of the promotional push has gone into tonight’s finale.

Overall, ABC finished Saturday in fourth place among viewers (2.75 million) behind CBS (5.07 million), Fox (4.54 million) and NBC (3.55 million).

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Lost,' 'Grey's,' 'Dexter,' '24,' 'Good Wife,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Danny Feld/ABC; Mario Perez/ABC; Chris Haston/Fox; David M. Russell/CBSGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: I just watched the first seven minutes of the Grey’s Anatomy finale on Hulu. I hope you alert everyone because, as I’m sure you’ve seen, it is very disturbing/shocking! —Elizabeth
Ausiello:
News flash: If you thought the first seven minutes were disturbing/shocking, I strongly suggest you skip the remaining 78-odd minutes. Some seriously dark and depressing s**t goes down in that hospital, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Fun fact: Something big happens in the second hour that doesn’t fit into any of the categories in my May Sweeps Scorecard.

Question: Is the Grey’s Anatomy finale truly going to be epic, or is the hype a bit exaggerated? —Dana
Ausiello:
Based on what I’ve seen (the first hour) and heard (much of the second), it’s no exaggeration.

Question: Got any Smallville season 10 scoop? —Matt
Ausiello:
Only the biggest one everREAD FULL STORY

'Lost': Will we see Mr. Eko again?

Mr-EkoSorry, Mr. Eko fans: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will not be staging a comeback to Lost. Though the producers wanted to find a reason to bring back the former tailie, EW has learned that a deal could not be reached in time. Akinnuoye-Agbaje had indicated a strong desire to return to the drama that made a big impact on his career: In August, the British actor told EW that “fans of Mr. Eko should have hope” and that he loved playing the character.

“I’m here for [the producers],” Akinnuoye-Agbaje continued. “Adewale is open for business. We have had talks about some things they might do for the final season and there are other dead folks coming back allegedly but at the moment it is still a maybe. A strong maybe but I have not shot anything yet or signed any contracts. But I’m hoping.”

Akinnuoye-Agbaje was the first castaway to vote himself off the island in season three.

There is one other Lost alum who fans would love to see resurface — Julie Bowen, who played Matthew Fox’s former wife Sarah. Speculation of her possible comeback hit a fever pitch in March when Bowen and the cast of Modern Family traveled to Maui to shoot a vacation episode. The thought was that Bowen would use her down time to hop a plane to Hawaii, but Lost insiders won’t comment on whether the actress pulled a little tropical double-duty.

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Grey's,' 'Smallville,' 'True Blood,' 'Gossip Girl,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC; Michael Yarish/Fox; Jack Rowand/The CWGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: All this vague “a crisis like no other” talk about the Grey’s Anatomy finale is killing me. And you don’t wanna be responsible for my death. Seattle Grace scoop, STAT. —Andy
Ausiello:
Would it qualify as putting you on life support if I got series creator Shonda Rhimes to tell you a bit about the two-hour season-ender? Let’s find out. “The theme of the first hour is sanctuary, which sort of uses the idea that the hospital is our characters’ safest place and our safest place as viewers,” she says. “[Then we use] the hour to slowly turn that on its head [so] that by the end, the hospital is definitely kind of the least safe place in the world.” Yikes! “The second hour,” she continues, “is about choices, and we get to watch our characters make big ones. Lexie chooses between Mark and Alex. Owen chooses between Teddy and Cristina. Bailey faces the hardest medical choice that a doctor has to make. And the other choice that’s being made is Callie and Arizona, and whether or not they’re going to be together or not. It IS going to come down to the baby thing.” You still with us, Andy? Hello? Bueller? Someone call 911! READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on '24,' 'Smallville,' 'Mother,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Michael Desmond/ABC; Fox; CBSGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: I’m literally dying for some 24 scoop. Please, give me some! – Daniel
Ausiello:
The May 24 series finale will find Jack squaring off against his most formidable adversary yet: Chloe! “Chloe and Jack are in a real face-off,” reveals executive producer Howard Gordon. “And Chloe has to decide between her duty [as head of CTU] and her friendship and allegiance to Jack. Their relationship gets put to the test in a way it’s never been tested before. It’s a collision course that culminates in the finale. It’s about as hairy a confrontation as you can possibly imagine, and it’s a nearly lethal one.” Playing those scenes was “really fun” and “very emotional,” says Mary Lynn Rajskub. “[It's] kind of crazy…what happens between Jack and Chloe. I’ve never done anything like that.”

Question: I realize Katherine Heigl isn’t returning, but will Grey’s Anatomy find a way to give Alex closure about Izzie? —Sharon
Ausiello:
Not on Shonda Rhimes’ watch. The boss lady tells me she has no plans to tie up the loose ends of the Alex-Izzie love story. “It’s going to linger,” she says. “And I actually feel good about it lingering because [it means] Alex is left with unfinished business. And that’s going to be very interesting for his character.” READ FULL STORY

'Lost' exclusive: Who's Ben's new [spoiler alert]?

benjamin-linusImage Credit: Mario Perez/ABCLeave it to Lost to save Ben’s knottiest twist for last: Sources confirm to me exclusively that next month, the show’s enigmatic puppeteer will find himself mixed up in a most unlikely romance. READ FULL STORY

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