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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, 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.

DGA Awards TV noms include Lena Dunham, Louis C.K, and Bryan Cranston

Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for TV and commercials. Some of the shows involved are predictable (Homeland, Mad Men, Louie, Girls), while others aren’t (check out that Reality category!). The list:

Dramatic Series:
Michael Cuesta, Showtime’s Homeland, “The Choice”
Jennifer Getzinger, AMC’s Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Showtime’s Homeland, “Q&A”
Rian Johnson, AMC’s Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”
Greg Mottola, HBO’s The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To”

Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., FX’s Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Mark Cendrowski, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
Bryan Cranston, ABC’s Modern Family, “Election Day”
Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls, “Pilot”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, NBC’s 30 Rock, “Live from Studio 8H” READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The EW TV awards

It’s time for the year end accolades. Check out EW’s awards for the best in TV below!

Best Accessory
Olivia Pope’s trench coat on Scandal


'Political Animals': Network not going forward with more episodes

It was fun while it lasted.

EW has confirmed that the USA Network has decided against ordering more episodes of its political nail-bitter Political Animals.

The Greg Berlanti drama starring Sigourney Weaver, which ended its six-episode run in August, was initially billed as a limited series run and according to the network, they have decided to stick to those plans.


'New Girl': Carla Gugino to play Schmidt's boss -- EXCLUSIVE

Max Greenfield’s Schmidt is no stranger to romantic entanglements with the boss, so perhaps it’s no surprise that things are about to get stranger at the office on New Girl. EW has learned that Carla Gugino (Political Animals, Entourage) has signed on to the Fox comedy to play Emma, Schmidt’s sweet-seeming new superior who’s actually a high-powered sex freak. The two will engage in a Fifty Shades of Grey-esque relationship when Schmidt is forced to sign a contract that binds him to Emma. READ FULL STORY

'Political Animals' extended trailer: The private lives of public people -- EXCLUSIVE

USA’s forthcoming drama Political Animals is a departure from the network’s current offerings. If you need evidence, take a peek at the extended trailer below.

Politics takes center stage on the show, which stars Sigourney Weaver as secretary of state and former First Lady Elaine Barrish. But underneath, it is also an intense family drama that tells the story of how a First Family picks up the pieces after notoriety.

Take a look at the adultery, drug addiction, and scandal that awaits: READ FULL STORY

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange interviews Hezbollah leader in TV premiere -- VIDEO

The opening episode of Julian Assange’s new talk show featured an interview with militant leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose Syria-backed Hezbollah militia is considered a terrorist organization in the United States and Europe.

The half-hour segment aired on Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT Tuesday and featured questions about Israel, Lebanon, Syria, theology and encryption. Nasrallah, who is rarely seen on English-language television, largely stuck to well-established positions.

But he did reveal that his group had been in touch with opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

He said that Hezbollah had “contacted elements of the opposition, to encourage them, to facilitate dialogue with the regime.”

Speaking through a translator, Nasrallah claimed that Hezbollah had been rebuffed.

“You have an opposition that is not prepared for dialogue … all it wants is to bring down the regime,” he said. READ FULL STORY

Eliot Spitzer tanks in Keith Olbermann's old time slot

After the sudden, inglorious exit of rabble-rousing pundit Keith Olbermann from Current TV last Thursday, Viewpoint With Eliot Spitzer debuted the next night in Olbermann’s former time slot to ominous ratings. The former New York governor’s program scored only 47,000 viewers total, slightly more than a quarter of the network’s March average for that time slot. In the make-or-break 25-54 demographic, Viewpoint landed only 10,000 viewers. The network previously bungled promotion for the show when they encouraged fans to follow Spitzer on Twitter. Spitzer does not have a Twitter account.

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Carla Gugino joins Sigourney Weaver in USA's 'Political Animals'


Carla Gugino will star opposite Sigourney Weaver in USA’s six-hour drama series Political Animals, debuting this summer. Gugino will play a Pulitzer Prize–winning newspaper reporter determined to destroy the career of Weaver’s character, a former First Lady who’s newly divorced from her philandering husband and also the newly appointed Secretary of State. The show, from producers Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters) and Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire), also stars Weaver’s You Again costar James Wolk (Lone Star) as Weaver’s son, an ambitious politico who is also her chief of staff, and Brittany Ishibashi (Parenthood) as her son’s fiancée.

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Sigourney Weaver to star in USA Network political drama


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