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Jim Parsons

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Question: I was absolutely thrilled with the Emmys, both the show itself, plus the recipients of the awards were for once not terrible to watch. But a couple of questions remain. I was probably happiest that Jim Parsons received the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy, though I wish the show itself would have gotten recognition. I know that you have discussed previously why Big Bang Theory wasn't nominated and probably won't be, but do you think that Parsons' win could possibly change that? The show seems to be on a continuing upward spiral, and I hope that the Academy will maybe recognize that next year.

My mom and I were discussing the Emmys the morning after, and I told her that Modern Family had beat Glee in the comedy series category. She couldn't fathom how Glee would possibly be considered a comedy (she's probably seen about half of its episodes). I tried to explain to her that if Glee had gone in as a drama that it would have had absolutely no chance, and that putting Glee and, for example, Mad Men on the same playing field would be absolutely ridiculous. Maybe you could help better explain why Glee is a comedy, and why it's not a drama? — Alex

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Keck's Exclusives: Law & Order: SVU Invades LO:LA

Skeet Ulrich and Mariska Hargitay

Crossover alert! In Law & Order: SVU's September 29 episode, Mariska Hargitay's Det. Olivia Benson leaves New York for Los Angeles, where she joins forces with Skeet Ulrich's Det. Rex Winters—the central character in the new Law & Order: Los Angeles (which debuts that night at 10/9c, on NBC).

It's an issue close to... read more

Watercooler: Futurama Rockets to a Milestone

Futurama

If there was ever a time for Futurama fans to go on a bender (get it?!), it was last night. Because after 11 years, two networks and a whole bunch of time off in between, the damn thing finally celebrated 100 episodes.

Ever since Matt Groening unleashed his follow-up to The Simpsons in 1999, the sci-fi snark-toon has had trouble finding its footing... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Project Runway — Always the Bridesmaid...

Michael Costello, Project Ruway

Cheers to Project Runway for taking the fashion equivalent of chicken bleep and turning it into chicken salad.

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The 11 remaining designers on Lifetime's creatively resurgent reality show were presented with real-life women (read: not models) in real-life bridesmaid's gowns (read: monstrosities) and asked to turn them into something chic. The results ranged from the high-stylish ... read more

Rubicon's Rogue Revealed!

Michael Cristofer, Rubicon

There are renaissance men in this world, and then there's Michael Cristofer.

He's currently kicking keister on Rubicon as eccentric intelligence czar Truxton Spangler — a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a trench coat — but acting hasn't always been his thing. In fact, Cristofer is way better known as a playwright (he won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for "The Shadow Box") and film scribe (The Witches of Eastwick), and he's also an acclaimed director (his HBO movie Gia made Angelina Jolie world famous). Now he's penning his first opera... read more

Leverage: The Con is Gone

Leverage

Parker, play dead! Those are the instructions given to Leverage's blonde grifter-in-training played by Beth Riesgraf as Nate (Timothy Hutton) and his team of do-gooder con artists pull their last con of the summer — a job that brings them one step closer to nabbing the as-yet-unseen international crook Damien Moreau... read more

The Squad Takes Us Behind Prison Walls

John Fisher, Valerie Hampton, Jerry Lester, Jason Woodall

If Prison Break were set inside this big house, Michael and Linc never would have seen daylight. In A&E's eye-opening docuseries The Squad (Thursday, 10/9c), a crack team of Tennessee corrections officers is followed as it thwarts escapes, hinders smuggling and investigates all manners of jailhouse crimes. We were scared straight after speaking with the squad's special agent in charge Jason Woodall about things he's witnessed behind the walls... read more

Watercooler: Jimmy Fallon's Batting 300

Jimmy Fallon with Yo Gabba Gabba

Just when we didn't think Jimmy Fallon couldn't get cooler after killing it as Sunday's Emmy host, the Late Night cut-up went and one-upped himself for his 300th episode.

First, he braved a sit-down with notoriously chilly "Vogue" editrix Anna Wintour and be-kilted fashion designer Marc Jacobs — while wearing a Jacobs suit, no less — that could have fallen flatter than a runway model's chest. After all, these two aren't your average talk-show guests. But then again, this isn't your average talk show, and the mix of Fallon's charmingly awkward style, anything-goes attitude and unexpected fashion savvy led to lively back-and-forth... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Stars Tease Their Favorite Upcoming Scenes

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet

On the Emmy red carpet, I asked the stars of our favorite shows to tease the upcoming season's scenes they're most anxious for us to see. Sounds like it's going to be a fun year... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Top Chef Takes a Victory Lap — in Orbit!

Padma Lakshmi and Buzz Aldrin

Cheers to Top Chef: D.C. for following up its first-ever Emmy victory over The Amazing Race with one of its most amazing episodes ever.

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The five remaining chef-testants were charged with... read more

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