Our top moments of the week:
11. Worst Argument: After he's put into the bottom three on The Glee Project, Abraham delivers a perfectly fine performance of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" for his last-chance performance. But after feeling that he gave less than his best, he storms back onstage to tell Ryan Murphy and the other judges just how much he deserves to stay. "I'm not freaking leaving until I win this competition and you write a role for me on Glee," he proclaims. Murphy appreciates his initiative...
Our top moments of the week:
14. The Miracle of Breastfeeding, Part 1: On Beverly Hills Nannies, veteran "manny" Justin isn't prepared when stay-at-home mom Marika asks him to organize her breast milk by date and ounces in a "dead-body deep-freezer of milk." "Are you stocking up for the apocalypse?" Justin asks upon seeing it already halfway filled with his boss' breast-crements. Marika is offended that Justin is so squeamish about her hoard milk, but shouldn't she have been more...
Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle
According to this year's Emmy nominations, which contained some pleasant surprises among the usual annoying snubs and omissions, there's two sure-fire methods to scoring an Emmy nod: Do a costume/period drama, or be on HBO.
As expected, PBS' Downton Abbey (relocated from the world of miniseries) shook up the drama field, while the Western miniseries blockbuster Hatfields & McCoys blazed new trails for History. And after being justifiably shut out last year, HBO (as usual the nomination leader among all networks) reclaimed half the slots in the best-comedy category, for better or worse.
Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange
The nominations are in for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, and many of the actors and showrunners who received nods have expressed their gratitude — and, in some cases, surprise.
See what the stars had to say:
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries: "I want to thank the academy for honoring American Horror Story. ... It's been wonderful to work on a show with such talented actors and the fabulous creative team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and all the brilliant writers who make Constance such an interesting character to play."
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.
Jon Hamm, Connie Britton
Mad Men and American Horror Story topped the Primetime Emmy Awards nominations Thursday with 17 each, while a slew of freshmen faces enter the field.
Mad Men will aim for an unprecedented five-peat in Best Drama Series, which would also give it the most wins in the category. It is up against Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Homeland.
Downton and miniseries Hatfields & McCoys followed ...
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes
Emmy voters are creatures of habit, known for nominating the same shows and stars year after year. Many deserve to be: Modern Family, Mad Men and their stellar casts, to name a select few. But in each of the top categories, there's opportunity to welcome new blood or correct past oversights. So here's a short list of some of the breakthroughs and/or underdogs I'd love to see make the cut when the nominations are announced Thursday morning....
Breaking Bad kicked off its fifth and final season to record numbers Sunday.
The drama drew 2.9 million, up 14 percent from the Season 4 opener, making it the most-watched episode ever. The show was also up ...
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston
In the fifth season of Breaking Bad, Walter White truly is The One Who Knocks.
The AMC drama's Season 4 finale saw Walt (Bryan Cranston) — the one-time cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who began cooking meth to provide for his family after his death — pull out all the stops to protect his loved ones and his partner Jesse (Aaron Paul) from the terrifying drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Cranston
In the latest head-on collision of top-notch Sunday night cable dramas, the return of TV's most chilling dark parable faces the arrival of an irresistible new potboiler. One you can take to the Emmy bank next week; the other you'll be tempted to take to the beach.
As the first half of the final season gets underway for AMC's masterpiece of intensity Breaking Bad (Sunday, 10/9c), mensch-turned-mastermind Walter White (three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston) escalates his criminal ways, and a man who once inspired pity now leaves even loved ones quaking in fear...