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Multiple HBO Series, 'Mad Men,' & 'Downton Abbey' Among 2012 Emmy Nominees

July 19th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Mad Men
Early this morning Jimmy Kimmell and Kerry Washington announced the nominees for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards. Multiple nominees include "Mad Men," "Downton Abbey" and "30 Rock."

Battling it out for the Outstanding Drama Series award will be "Mad Men," "Homeland," "Downton Abbey," "Dexter," "Breaking Bad," and "Boardwalk Empire."

Outstanding Comedy Series nods go to "30 Rock," "Girls," "Modern Family," "The Big Bang Theory," "Veep," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Notable nominees include Zooey Deschanel from fledging series "New Girl," Julia Louis-Dreyfus from HBO's "Veep," Claire Danes f...
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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' On Top, But CBS Dominates

March 14th, 2012 9:35am EDT
Person of Interest
‘American Idol’ returned to the top two perches on the weekly ratings chart this week. It seems that the live competition may be helping the sagging series, although a lot of programs were in repeats for the week.

Both editions of ‘Idol’ held off ‘The Voice.’ Wednesday’s ‘Idol’ placed first with 18.7 million viewers, followed by Thursday’s episode with 17.3 million. ‘The Voice’ followed with 16.8. Not too far behind, folks!

‘Person of Interest’ is turning into the “little engine that could” for CBS. With ‘NCIS’ in repeats, ‘Person of Interest’ ranked in the Number 4 slot, the network’s hi...
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My 10 Celebrity Valentines For 2012

February 13th, 2012 11:00am EST
Adam Levine
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I don't have a valentine this year, but I'd like to give a few out to 10 celebs whose work I have particular affection for.

1. Adam Levine

My favorite The Voice coach is someone I'll always admire, and deservedly so: he has more hardware than a Home Depot. This past year alone, he and Maroon 5 scored their first American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and a Grammy nomination. I totally concur with my friend Jesse Blaze Snider, who referred to them as a band "with three near-perfect albums." (And a fourth on the way, reportedly due in June.)

Now,...
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Katy Bates Considers Retiring To Write, Paint & Travel

February 9th, 2012 11:15am EST
kathy bates
Kathy Bates is eyeing retirement once her TV drama "Harry's Law" ends.

The Oscar winner has enjoyed a long film career with roles in "Misery," "Titanic" and "About Schmidt," and she has also scooped up nine Emmy Award nominations.

And the 68 year old confesses it's time to think about calling it quits.

She tells Star magazine, "I'm thinking about stopping when Harry's Law finishes. I would like to move on to other things in the time I have left. Writing, painting, maybe travelling and finally learning how to speak French while I've still got my wits about me. I've had some wonderful oppo...
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'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

September 19th, 2011 7:41am EDT
Modern Family
Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...
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2011 Emmy Predictions: Bad Fashion, Cuss-Ridden Acceptance Speeches & More!

September 17th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Anna Paquin
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards take place tomorrow. ChaCha recently polled a selection of its users on the nominees fashion choices, expected wardrobe malfunctions, impromptu kisses and more.

Who is going to be fashion's biggest nightmare at the Emmy's this year?
January Jones – Mad Men (24 percent) (She just had her baby, so we don't think she'll show up this year.)
Anna Paquin – True Blood (37 percent)
Mindy Kaling – The Office (37 percent)

Who is most likely to have a wardrobe malfunction?
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men (11 percent)
Evan Rachel Wood – Mildred Pierce (57 percent) or...
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Kathy Bates Is Ready For Another Course Of 'Harry's Law'

September 14th, 2011 11:18am EDT
Harry's Law
‘Harry’s Law’ is gearing up for a second season on NBC, and star Kathy Bates is ready to go.

The show was one of NBC’s bright spots last season, and the network is confident enough to move the show to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EDT starting Sept. 21.

Bates, for one, is having a ball. In a conference call, Bates says she is riding the momentum from the first season, and she’s enjoying it now. She notes the challenges of such a physical job and learning so many lines. “You know, it was a steep learning curve last year,” she says, “But I’m really enjoying it. I really enjoy going into work ever...
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Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

September 6th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...
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'Mad Men' And 'Mildred Pierce' Lead 2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations (See List)

July 14th, 2011 10:19am EDT
Mad Men
Hit drama Mad Men looks set to dominate the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards after scoring 19 nominations, including Best Drama.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Laurie (House) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law).

The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a closely-fought affair - Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Friday Night Ligh...
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'Human Target's' Mark Valley Takes Aim At 'Harry's Law'

July 12th, 2011 8:43pm EDT
Human Target
Well, my fellow Mark Valley fans won't have to wait long for their next fix.

While we're still mourning the cancellation of Human Target on FOX, the show's leading man has signed on to become a series regular for the sophomore year of NBC's Harry's Law. Details on his role are scant thus far, but Entertainment Weekly reports that he'll be one of the new attorneys hired by main character Harriet "Harry" Korn (Kathy Bates).

The job reunites Valley with David E. Kelley; he was previously a regular for the first three seasons of Kelley's Boston Legal, playing the character of Brad Chase, w...
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Who Aced The 2010-11 TV Season? (Hint: It's Not NBC)

June 4th, 2011 3:30pm EDT
The Voice
The 2010-2011 TV season is officially over. The ratings are in. If there is one surprise, it’s that last year’s top five shows were all up in viewers this year. With hefty viewer erosion in recent years, that’s nothing short of a miracle.

Most other veteran shows, however, saw a drop-off in viewers. There are some exceptions, however, such as ‘Modern Family,’ which saw very healthy ratings in its second year, particularly in the 18-49 demo.

The stats didn’t change much from last year. CBS won the season in total viewers with 11.6 million. It’s the eighth time in nine years the netwo...
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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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TV Cancellations, Renewals And Shocks, Oh My!

May 14th, 2011 3:04pm EDT
The Event
They’re goin’ down like flies.

This week, FOX tear-gassed its on-the-bubble shows, and NBC and ABC have taken similar approaches. Either pilot season has produced some very promising material, or the networks are getting violent. Either way, there are a lot of casualties.

Let’s start with the good news: Among shows in trouble, NBC’s ‘Chuck’ has been renewed for one more season, but the caveat is that it’s just one more season, and a 13-episode one at that. Still, it’ll provide plenty of closure for fans. NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ was also granted another wish from the network’s genie, with i...
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Anatomy Of A TV Season: The Hits & Misses

April 15th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Kathy Bates
It’s almost May Sweeps, and season finales will be upon us faster than the networks can cancel soaps. Let’s break it down, network by network, of what succeeded – and what flopped – this TV season.

NBC

Let’s start with the weakest network. After the ‘Jay Leno Show’ debacle last season, NBC is still scrambling to find original programming that will net decent ratings.

‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ has proved a disappointment, as evidenced by its massive overhaul and return to floundering ratings. The comedy ‘Outsourced’ is on the bubble, and shows such as ‘Chase’ and ‘Undercovers’ bombed ...
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Kathy Bates' 'Harry's' Role Was Written For A Man

January 28th, 2011 4:44pm EST
Kathy Bates
Veteran actress Kathy Bates had to "fight" for her role on hit TV series Harry's Law - because it was originally written for a man.

The actress made her debut in the legal drama as tough-talking lawyer Harriet Korn earlier this month, after winning over casting bosses with her talents.

However, she admits she faced another challenge to convince network executives at NBC and creator David E. Kelley to keep the title the same once she was on board and not change it to the more feminine Harriet's Law.

She says, "It actually was written for a man... They sent me the script; it had 'Harry'...
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