No one expects the Emmy nominations to please everybody — there's simply too much TV these days, including on unconventional platforms like Netflix, and there are always going to be shows and performers that won't make the cut, however deserving. But even when the Emmy voters get something right, like adding HBO's freshman hoot Silicon Valley to the best-comedy contenders, we still find ourselves griping over where they stumbled, nowhere more glaringly than in the drama-series race. (For a list of nominees in the major categories, go here.)
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones topped Thursday's Primetime Emmy nominations with 19, followed by Fargo with 18 and American Horror Story: Coven with 17.
Thrones will duke it out for drama series against reigning champ Breaking Bad,Downton Abbey, House of Cards, four-time champ Mad Men and True Detective.
Look back at last year's Emmys
True Detective, which opted to enter the drama race instead ...
George R.R. Martin
Author George R.R. Martin is known for the rich and verbose details in his fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, from which HBO's megahit Game of Thrones is adapted. But when it comes to fans who worry that Martin will die before he finishes the epic story of Westeros, he has a very concise message: "F--- you."
Not too long after a Washington Post writer linked Neighbors to Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger, another site is asking if disparate television nudity has contributed to male entitlement as well.
The Society Pages recently posted an article by Sezin Koehler, who writes: "Ann Hornaday ... argues in the Washington Post that male entitlement fantasies are part of a climate in which women are displayed as objects for the sexual fulfillment of men.
Terry Crews will emcee the Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 19, the organization announced Thursday.
Game of Pugs
This week, we learned that the Game of Thrones opening credit sequence is much better when redone with pugs. After passing on the sci-fi pilot Delirium last year, Fox opted to make the episode available on Hulu. Also, actress Eliza Coupewondered whether she should fake her own death and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog stopped by a few bars to observe fans watching the World Cup. And breakout singer Sam Smith debuted a gorgeous cover of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know." Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best onlinevideos:
Is this the year Game of Thrones finally breaks through the Emmy geek ceiling? Shows with sci-fi, fantasy or horror themes are rarely major awards contenders, despite earning great reviews and top ratings. In fact, in Emmy history, only one genre show has won Outstanding Drama Series — Lost, in 2005. More often, these shows get rewarded in the craft categories, like special effects and makeup, if they...
Kiefer Sutherland, Michelle Fairley
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the most recent episode of 24: Live Another Day as well as possible future episodes of Game of Thrones. Read at your own risk.]
24: Live Another Day may have fooled audiences when the show "killed" President Heller, but this week's casualty is a goner for sure.
After Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) were able to fake the death of President Heller (William Devane) by hacking into the video feed on the drone terrorist Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) was using to target the leader of the free world, Margot honored her word to crash all her other drones and cease the attacks on London. However, when Margot realized she'd been tricked...
Game of Thrones may have ended its fourth season in a singularly satisfying way, but fans are already feeling bereft of their weekly dose of intrigue and backstabbing.
Only the show's return or perhaps author George R.R. Martin releasing another chapter can truly help alleviate our Westerosi withdrawal symptoms. In an attempt to keep the spirit of the series alive until then, TVGuide.com offers up Game of Thrones' biggest unsolved mysteries as food for thought (lovingly prepared by Hot Pie) and discussion:
Keifer Sutherland, William Devane
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Question: Let's talk 24: Live Another Day. What are your thoughts on the season so far? I have to say, I'm loving it! The two-hour opener wasn't the best, and I'm not thrilled about the Chloe with the dragon tattoo, but it's been getting progressively better each week, and it's starting to feel like the 24 that I used to love (i.e., up to Season 5.) By the end of the original series, they had lost what made it great: the intriguing peripheral characters, politics and side-stories, and completely focused on indestructible Jack and his band of disposable supporting players. But this season he's found a worthy sidekick in Kate, we have all the drama around Heller and his team, the Russians lurking in the background, and I'm really digging where they're going with the hipster CIA tech. (Could we have a new Chloe on our hands?)