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Why American Horror Story is a Miniseries, and This Year's Other Emmy Trivia

Connie Britton

The decision to place American Horror Story in the movie and miniseries categories paid off for the show — probably better than anyone expected. The anthology series received a whopping 17 nominations, tied with Mad Men for the most this year.

American Horror Story could have gone into the drama field — but the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences ruled earlier this year that it was eligible to be classified as a miniseries. (PBS' Prime Suspect is a previous example of a show that competed in the miniseries category.)

"The rules of the academy are pretty clear," says TV academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum. "If a show qualifies in more than one category that producer is entitled to choose which category they want to submit. The American Horror Story example is unique. The way the show is designed, it's a very close-ended series this year. Our academy was convinced that this belonged in the miniseries category and voted accordingly." That decision hasn't sat well with some movie and miniseries producers ("I feel the academy made a very poor decision," Hatfields & McCoys executive producer Leslie Greif told TV Guide Magazine last month.)

But the debate over how to classify TV shows that defy categorization — witness the debate over whether Desperate Housewives is a comedy — is an ongoing one at the TV Academy. "It's an evolving industry," says Rosenblum, who notes that the organization is still figuring out how to deal with the growth of programs produced for digital platforms.

Here are several more trivia nuggets and curiosities that have emerged out of this year's Emmy nominations: read more

Emmys Surprises and Snubs: New Faces Are In; Hugh Laurie, The Office Are Out!

Zooey Deschanel, Hugh Laurie

Could Downton Abbey be the one to dethrone four-time defending drama series champ Mad Men at the Emmys? The upstairs/downstairs crew nabbed a whopping 16 nominations, but its haul wasn't the only shocker Thursday morning.
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Desperate Housewives' Kathryn Joosten Dies at 72

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten, best known for her roles on Desperate Housewives and The West Wing, died Friday of lung cancer, TVLine reports. She was 72 years old.

Joosten, who won two Emmys for her portrayal of Mrs. McCluskey on Housewives, passed away in... read more

Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Give Me the Blame/Finishing the Hat"

Desperate Housewives

We're finally here, folks: the end of our time on Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane. It has been eight long seasons of tragedy, tawdriness and tomfoolery, and it all comes down to this. But before we can kiss the ladies goodbye, there is still much left to resolve: Bree's on trial for the murder of Alejandro; Lynette and Tom Scavo are still separated; Julie Mayer is about to give birth; Renee and Ben's wedding is imminent; and Mrs. McCluskey's health has taken a turn for the worst. (Not Mrs. Landingham!) So rather than belabor every detail of the bloated two-hour finale, here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to skip to the end and tell you where everyone ends up.

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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Give Me the Blame/Finishing the Hat"

We're finally here, folks: the end of our time on Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane. It has been eight long seasons of tragedy, tawdriness and tomfoolery, and it all comes down to this. But before we can kiss the ladies goodbye, there is still much left to resolve: Bree's on trial for the murder of Alejandro; Lynette and Tom Scavo are still separated; Julie Mayer is about to give birth; Renee and Ben's wedding is imminent; and Mrs. McCluskey's health has taken a turn for the worst. (Not Mrs. Landingham!) So rather than belabor every detail of the bloated two-hour finale, here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to skip to the end and tell you where everyone ends up.

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Desperate Housewives Videos: 5 Scandalous Sneak Peeks of the Series Finale

Desperate Housewives

[SPOILER ALERT! If you don't want even the tiniest hints about what is going to happen on the Desperate Housewives series finale, do not play any of these clips! Don't say we didn't warn you.]

There's only two hours left of Desperate Housewives, but the ladies of Wisteria Lane have a lot of loose ends to tie up before they say goodbye... read more

Behind the Scenes for Desperate Housewives' Emotional Series Finale

Desperate Housewives

Eva Longoria knows what it's like to be let down by the finale of one of her favorite TV

series. Nearly two years after Lost signed off, she's still grumbling that she wasn't given "a better explanation of what the f--- [the island] was. I wasn't keen on The Sopranos finale, either. All that investment and this is it?"

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Desperate Housewives

Sifting through the proverbial critic's notebook, a quick look back at some of the week's more memorable TV happenings:

Let's start with the death we didn't see coming: By which I mean HBO putting down Luck. With only two episodes to go in its underwhelming (though beautifully acted and shot) first season, the show was abruptly canceled two episodes into production on a Season 2 that probably shouldn't have been green-lighted in the first place. The reason wasn't ratings, which were dismal, but the third accidental death of a horse on the set (two died during Season 1). Which is... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Scoop on Desperate Housewives, The Vampire Diaries and House

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder told me at the People's Choice Awards that he'd just shot a Vampire Diaries scene where Damon "wakes up naked with another woman who is a hot vampire." Might this be Katherine? Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine) hints, "I can't say whether or not I'm in that scene, but it is a character fans are familiar with and Elena will definitely have an opinion on it."

Years ago... read more

The Mentalist Recruits Diane Farr and Bonnie Somerville

Bonnie Somerville, Diane Farr

The Mentalist has recruited Numb3rs' Diane Farr and Friends' Bonnie Somerville to guest-star in an upcoming episode, TVLine reports.

Farr, 42, will play Amy, a Type-A owner of a small Northern California winery. Somerville, 37, will play Amy's friend and... read more

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