Jon Hamm courtesy AMC
If you heard someone momentarily flatlining in the audience at the reading of the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, that was me. They were announcing the best drama series candidates and I was mostly on board as I checked my list in the back of the TV Academy theater. Damages. Yay! House. OK. Boston Legal. I dont approve, but Im no longer surprised. Lost. OMG! Dexter. OM-Freaking-G! Wait. Thats five. Surely they didnt leave out . . . And they didnt. AMCs dazzling Mad Men, the last to be announced, not only made the cut, it made history. With 16, its the most nominated drama of the year, and with FXs Damages (seven nominations total), represents basic cables first-ever breakthrough into the top tier of Emmy accolades for best series. Mad Men also has to be seen as the odds-on favorite for best drama at this point.While were on this categoryand lets face it, this is the golden age of TV drama, so this really is t...
Jimmy Smits, host of A Capitol Fourth
New Dexter costar Jimmy Smits serves as host of A Capitol Fourth (tonight at 8 pm/ET, PBS), the annual holiday bash from Washington, D.C. The fireworks are provided by Jerry Lee Lewis, Huey Lewis and the News, Taylor Hicks and, of course, the fireworks.TV Guide: Sounds like a pretty sweet way to watch fireworks….Jimmy Smits: You've got to experience the fireworks on the lawn with the backdrop of all those monuments and the "1812 Overture!" It gives you goose bumps.
TV Guide: What does the 4th of July mean to you?Smits: It's joyous, but kind of reflective too considering we're in the midst of conflict.
TV Guide: You've just joined Dexter. Details! Smits: There's not a lot I can say because I just hopped on. I play an assistant ADA
Ellen Pompeo by Mitch Haddad/ABC, Allison Mack by The CW, David Caruso by Cliff Lipson/CBS
Senior editors Matt Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor field your burning questions!Can you give me some info on Grey's? Maybe a little hope for my favorite couple, Alex and Izzie? DanielleMatt: The ink is barely dry on the production draft of the season opener, and while I have no tasty bone to throw Alex-Izzie fans, I can share this: This year's Grey's premiere is two hours of goodness, written by (of course) series creator Shonda Rhimes herself.I am stumped as to why there has been nothing said about the CSI: Miami finale. Is Horatio dead? Scoop please! AimeeMatt: H is dead "in a TV kind of way," a CBS insider tells me with a wink.Now that Smallville's Lex is gone, please tell me Chloe will get her job back at the "Daily Planet." She was fired so unfairly. twistedlynMatt: I want Allison Mack's plucky newshound back at work as much as you. Alas, Chloe will have some serious 'splaining to do before the government loosens the cuffs and lets her return to the ke...
Michael C. Hall in Dexter by Peter Iovino/ Showtime
Wondering whats up with your favorite blood-spatter analyst Wonder no more At the Saturn Awards executive producer Clyde Phillips filled us in when we asked about Season 3 and just how long Dexter Morgan can stay under the radar Previewing whats to come he said Dexter inadvertently sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life not only for this year but change his life forever and that doesnt mean a manhunt Were done with that says Phillips But that doesnt mean hes not in great jeopardy For Season 3 we had to basically start it all over We really had to cut [the storyline] from whole clothAs Jimmy Smits joins the cast it may be surprising to hear that its not as an adversary to Dexter He plays an assistant district attorney who is a rising star in the city of Miami shares Phillips His brother dies in the first episode and he and Dexter form an alliance Thats basically all I can tell you other than the fact that Jimmy Smits is
Lee Pace and Anna Friel in Pushing Daisies by Scott Garfield/ABC
At least now we know which shows don't have the proverbial snowball's chance in Hollywood of getting best-series nomination. Underdogs like Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad and The Shield (to name the top drama snubs from my own cheat sheet) and How I Met Your Mother, The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Big Bang Theory (three superior CBS comedies passed over for Two and a Half Men, again) as well as Desperate Housewives (whose creative comeback failed to sway the Emmy nominators) and the beyond-edgy Californication.All were shut out when the TV Academy released its list of top-10 contenders for best drama and comedy series, which now submit themselves for inspection this weekend by a blue-ribbon panel whose rankings will help narrow the cut to roughly five in each category. The lists are heavy on hip cable fare: four in comedy, and fully half of the 10 drama contenders. Critics' darlings that have survived so far include Friday Night Lights, The Wire, Dexter, Mad Men, Damage...
Question: As a fan of the Dexter franchise, I had a question about the Season 2 DVD. I know you don't usually talk about DVD stuff, but I thought you might make an exception. After not watching the first two seasons, I decided to give myself a nice Christmas gift last December by purchasing the first season of Dexter. As you can imagine, I fell in love with the show right away. I was eagerly awaiting the second season's release (which I thought was supposed to be a few weeks ago) and I now find out that the DVD has been pushed back to late August. Since I assume the third season will begin in September as the show has done in the past, doesn't this release date seem a little close to the next season premiere? Do you think this is just a case of Showtime trying to score some pre-season buzz and remind fans to tune back in a few weeks later? Personally, I find it a bit frustrating since I might not be able to finish the entire DVD before season three starts and don't want anything ...
JImmy Smits by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jimmy Smits has joined the cast of Showtime's Dexter, and will be featured in 10 of Season 3's dozen episodes, premiering this fall. Smits will play Miguel Prado, an "ambitious and charismatic assistant district attorney" who comes from one of Miami's most politically powerful and beloved sugar cane dynasties families. Our boy Dex will join forces with crime-buster Prado to track a murderer who affects both of their lives directly. Matt Mitovich
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley in Gossip Girl by Giovanni Rufino/The CW
It was only a matter of time. Media watchdog group Parents Television Council is hot on the Louboutin heels of the CW's "OMFG" marketing campaign for Gossip Girl, saying it's just too sultry. The print and online campaign has been heating up for the past few weeks (you can take a peek here!).The Council takes issue in particular, with what they say is a "sexually suggestive photo showing a teenage boy kissing a girl's cleavage." In a statement, PTC said it "deplores the CW's deliberate use of profanity and sexual imagery to exploit and further corrupt young viewers." Further, the Council adds, GG "glamorizes casual sex and drug use among teens. Storylines have featured a would-be teen rapist, threesome among teens, and teenage girls having sex with adults."Gossip Girl and the CW are only the latest target, however, of PTC wrath. In the past, the Council has also taken issue with shows including Dexter, America's Next Top Model and Las Vegas, among other targets, such as the networks...
Julia Benz may not be a serial killer, but she just happens to play the girlfriend of one on Dexter. In PETAs brand-new PSA for animal rights, the actress is raising awareness of the link between animal abuse and violence against humans. Check out the 30-second ad below its definitely worth watching!
Michael C. Hall as Dexter by Randy Tepper/Showtime
Emmys, schmemmys. When it comes to rewarding the very best of TV (and radio), I tend to look at the annual announcement of the prestigious Peabody Awards as my guidepost. Administered through the University of Georgia, the Peabodys is hardly a stuffy institution. This years eclectic list of honorees, released earlier today, ranges from terrific critical breakthroughs like NBCs 30 Rock and AMCs Mad Men to such deliciously offbeat choices as Showtimes darkly delicious Dexter and Bravos stylish Project Runway, the first reality show ever to make the cut. (For a full list of this years and past years winners, go here.)I have come to know Peabody director Horace Newcomb through our joint participation on many AFI Awards jury panels, and hes as serious, and seriously open-minded, about quality in both news and entertainment programming as it gets. This years Peabody Board chose from more than 1,000 entries to select this years 35...