Julianna Margulies, Jimmy Fallon
This week, Jimmy Fallon and Julianna Margulies teamed up for a SaturdayNight Live-esque sketch on The Tonight Show, and SNL alum Nasim Pedrad revealed her Aziz Ansari impersonation on Conan. An amazing mashup fused Orange Is the New Black with The Golden Girls, and competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi went up against ... a hamster. Oh, and Bryan Cranston performed a one-man "MLB on TBS" postseason show. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Paul Wesley, Daniela Ruah, Taylor Kinney
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Any scoop on The Vampire Diaries? — Jessica
You've probably already Season 6's first teaser, which features Stefan telling Elena to move on. Well, there's a reason their convo wasn't face-to-face. When the season begins, Stefan will definitely not be anywhere near Mystic Falls. In fact, he will have taken up a surprising new profession in his new "home." And while we're the topic of professions, Alaric also has a new job. Hey, newly resurrected vampires have rent to pay too!
How long will Talia be sticking around on NCIS: LA? — Mary
Sorry, Densi 'shippers: It doesn't look like Talia (Mercedes Masohn) is going anywhere soon....
Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers
In planning this year's Emmy Awards, host Seth Meyers and his executive producer, Mike Shoemaker, took a cue from the Golden Globes. Shoemaker, who spoke with TV Guide Magazine behind the Nokia Theatre right after Monday night's telecast, says he and Meyers wanted to emulate how the Globes open by going straight to the jokes.
If you take comfort in the Emmy Awards' almost shocking predictability in rewarding so many of the same shows and stars year after year, this might have been your favorite Emmy show ever. Otherwise, good luck distinguishing this rather dreary ceremony from any other year's. Instead, maybe it's worth looking ahead to next fall, when Breaking Bad will be out of the running and (lighting a candle to the Academy powers that be) Mad Men's Jon Hamm might finally get his Emmy after losing seven in a row, although at this point I wouldn't count on it. (It would help if Mad Men raises its game for its last stand.)
Taylor Schilling, Matthew McConaughey
Can anyone defeat Matthew McConaughey? Scratch that — can anyone defeat Modern Family? We'll find out Monday at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT). In the meantime, check out our picks for the top races and tell us yours.
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Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
This week, Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston reunited (alongside Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to play the owners of "Barely Legal Pawn Shop" for an Emmy promo in which Louis-Dreyfus tries to pawn her Best Supporting Actress Emmy for cash to buy an island. Jimmy Fallon fulfilled a childhood dream by playing the "GoldenEye 007" video game against James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan. Numerous celebrities, including Ben Affleck and former President George W. Bush, accepted the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge. And Taylor Swift just about broke the Internet with the premiere of her new video, "Shake It Off." Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
It's the elephant in the room on Chasing Life and so many other TV shows, movies, novels and plays: Is the character with cancer going to die? Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith admits he had the same question when he was first approached to join the ABC Family drama (Tuesdays, 9/8c) about a young journalist April Carver (Italia Ricci) who learns that she has cancer. "One of my first reactions was, 'Well, how do you keep this show going?' For me, the show is...
Juliana Margulies, Tatiana Maslany
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Question: Once again, this year's Emmy nominations are predictably boring. What was the bigger snub: No Good Wife nomination for Best Drama (especially with a weak Downton Abbey season in its place) or no nomination for Tatiana Maslany for her web of roles on Orphan Black? (I already know the answer: Both snubs were egregious.) — Erin
How do you solve a problem like Saul Goodman? According to Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould, the question should be, "What problem does being Saul Goodman solve?"
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson
According to the Emmy Awards ballot, True Detective isn't a miniseries, but Fargo and American Horror Story: Coven are. Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie and Shameless are comedies, even though there are frequently more tears than laughs on those shows.
The debate over how to classify shows that defy classification ruffled plenty of feathers during this year's Emmy campaign season. Yet...