Seth McFarlane, Joss Whedon
TV fans might have noticed some familiar names at the box office this summer. Now that it's widely accepted that some of Hollywood's best work is found on the small screen, television's top creative minds are finding a receptive audience in the film world as well.
Mili Avital; Larry King
"We've got an incredibly diverse audience. It's big and getting bigger. That gives us a lot of latitude," Hulu's SVP of content Andy Forssell told the Television Critics Association during the fall previews on Tuesday.
Hulu's new summer programming slate reflects that diversity. After launching its first original scripted series Battleground in February, Hulu is continuing its commitment to creating new programs and distributing curated content from around the web, networks and globe. Check out its summer lineup:
Prisoners of War
The nine-time Israeli Emmy Award-winning series starring Mili Avital and Ishai Golan inspired Showtime's critically acclaimed Homeland.
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:
Larry King's new talk show has landed at Hulu, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Larry King Now will premiere on Monday on the online video site and will become available for viewing in the early evening, Monday through Thursday. Digital network Ora.TV will also run the series.
Audiences lined up to befriend new releases Ted and Magic Mike at the box office.
Ted, the debut film from Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane, surpassed The Hangover's record for best opening for an original R-rated comedy, Box Office Mojo reports. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and a very crude bear voiced by MacFarlane, the film grossed an...
Fox has put the brakes on its upcoming reboot of The Flintstones TV series due to Seth MacFarlane's jam-packed schedule, Deadline reports.
The Flintstones, which was first announced in May at the network's upfront presentation for a...
Mila Kunis, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Kiefer Sutherland
Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama and Laura Prepon will be feeling groovy on Fox again.
The network is bringing back cast members from its past hit shows That '70s Show and In Living Color, among others, for a night of celebration on its 25th Anniversary Special, airing Sunday, April 22 at 8/7c.
The Cleveland Show
It's been a busy year for Cleveland Brown. He's been to the NBA All-Star Game and Comic-Con and now he's going to the movies. For The Cleveland Show's holiday episode (airing Sunday at 8:30/7:30c, on Fox), the Stoolbend gang tackles its...
Dinner with the Kings
Tyra Banks says her America's Next Top Model persona is far removed from who she really is.
Featured on Larry King's CNN special Dinner With the Kings, the supermodel said: "When I'm sitting there and have all this makeup on and I'm like, 'Your picture is not fierce,' that is a character. In real life I'm passive aggressive, I'm anti-confrontational, I'm even in coaching to learn how to be confrontational."