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2017 Emmy Award Winners


The 2017 Emmy Awards were broadcast Sunday night on CBS. Below is the list of nominees and winners. (Winners are in bold italics.)

Outstanding comedy series

  • “Atlanta” (FX)
  • Black-ish” (ABC)
  • “Master of None” (Netflix)
  • “Modern Family” (ABC)
  • “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
  • “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
  • “Veep” (HBO)

Outstanding drama series

  • “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
  • “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
  • “House of Cards” (Netflix)
  • “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
  • “This Is Us” (NBC)
  • “Westworld” (HBO)

Outstanding limited series

  • Big Little Lies” (HBO)
  • “Fargo” (FX)
  • “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
  • “Genius” (National Geographic)
  • “The Night Of” (HBO)

Outstanding TV movie

  • “Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
  • “Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)
  • “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
  • “Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
  • “The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO)

  • Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
  • Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”)
  • Allison Janney (“Mom”)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
  • Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
  • Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

  • Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
  • Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”)
  • Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
  • Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)
  • Judith Light (“Transparent”)
  • Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”)

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

  • Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
  • Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
  • Zach Galifianakis, (“Baskets”)
  • Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
  • William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
  • Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

  • Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
  • Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
  • Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
  • Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
  • Tony Hale (“Veep”)
  • Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

  • Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”)
  • Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
  • Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
  • Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)
  • Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

  • Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is The New Black”)
  • Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
  • Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)
  • Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series

  • Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
  • Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”)
  • Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
  • Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
  • Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
  • Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)
  • Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

  • John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
  • Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)
  • Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
  • Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)
  • David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
  • Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
  • Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie

  • Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)
  • Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
  • Jessica Lange (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
  • Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
  • Susan Sarandon (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
  • Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie

  • Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”)
  • Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”)
  • Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”)
  • Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”)
  • John Turturro (“The Night Of”)

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

  • Bill Camp (“The Night Of”)
  • Alfred Molina (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
  • Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”)
  • David Thewlis (“Fargo”)
  • Stanley Tucci (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
  • Michael K. Williams (“The Night Of”)

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

  • Judy Davis (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
  • Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”)
  • Jackie Hoffman (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
  • Regina King (“American Crime”)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”)
  • Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”)

Outstanding variety talk series

  • “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
  • “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
  • “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
  • “Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
  • “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Outstanding reality competition series

  • “The Amazing Race” (CBS)
  • “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
  • “Project Runway” (Lifetime)
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
  • “Top Chef” (Bravo)
  • “The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding variety sketch series

  • “Billy On The Street” (truTV)
  • “Documentary Now!” (IFC)
  • “Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
  • “Portlandia” (IFC)
  • “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
  • “Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

Outstanding directing in a comedy series

  • Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
  • Jamie Babbit (“Silicon Valley”)
  • Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”)
  • Morgan Sackett (“Veep”)
  • David Mandel (“Veep”)
  • Dale Stern (“Veep”)

Outstanding directing in a drama series

  • Vince Gilligan (“Better Call Saul”)
  • Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”)
  • Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • Kate Dennis (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”)
  • The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)
  • Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”)

Outstanding directing in a limited series or movie

  • Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies”)
  • Noah Hawley (“Fargo”)
  • Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette & Joan”)
  • Ron Howard (“Genius”)
  • James Marsh (“The Night Of”)
  • Steve Zaillian (“The Night Of”)

Outstanding directing in a variety series

  • Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”)
  • Andy Fisher (Jimmy Kimmel Live”)
  • Paul Pennolino (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”)
  • Jim Hoskinson (“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”)
  • Don Roy King (“Saturday Night Live”)

Outstanding writing in a comedy series

  • Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
  • Stephen Glover (“Atlanta”)
  • Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (“Master of None”)
  • Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”)
  • Billy Kimball (“Veep”)
  • David Mandel (“Veep”)

Outstanding writing in a drama series

  • Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields (“The Americans”)
  • Gordon Smith (“Better Call Saul”)
  • Peter Morgan (“The Crown”)
  • Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)
  • Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”)

Outstanding writing in a limited series or movie

  • David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”)
  • Charlie Brooker (“Black Mirror: San Junipero”)
  • Noah Hawley (“Fargo”)
  • Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
  • Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam and Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
  • Richard Price and Steven Zaillian (“The Night Of”)

Outstanding writing in a variety series

  • “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
  • “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
  • “Late Night With Seth Meyers”
  • “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”
  • “Saturday Night Live”

The 2016 Emmy Nominations

The Emmys will air September 18 on ABC, with late-night personality Jimmy Kimmel as the host.


Here are the nominees:


“The Americans”

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


“House of Cards”

“Mr. Robot”



“Master of None”

“Modern Family”

“Silicon Valley”


“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”



Kyle Chandler – “Bloodline”

Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”

Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schrieber – “Ray Donovan”

Kevin Spacey – “House of Cards”


Claire Danes – “Homeland”

Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”

Taraji P. Henson – “Empire”

Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black”

Keri Russell – “The Americans”

Robin Wright – “House of Cards”


Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish”

Aziz Ansari – “Master of None”

Will Forte – “The Last Man on Earth”

William H. Macy – “Shameless”

Thomas Middleditch – “Silicon Valley”

Jeffry Tambor – “Transparent”


Ellie Kemper – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”

Laurie Metcalf – “Getting On”

Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish”

Amy Schumer – “Inside Amy Schumer”

Lily Tomlin – “Grace and Frankie”


Jonathan Banks – “Better Call Saul”

Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones”

Kit Harington – “Game of Thrones”

Michael Kelly – “House of Cards”

Ben Mendelsohn – “Bloodline”

Jon Voight – “Ray Donovan”


Emilia Clarke – “Game of Thrones”

Lena Headey – “Game of Thrones”

Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”

Maura Tierney – “The Affair”

Maisie Williams – “Game of Thrones”

Constance Zimmer – “UnREAL”


Louie Anderson – “Baskets”

Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”

Tony Hale – “Veep”

Keegan-Michael Key – “Key & Peele”

Matt Walsh – “Veep”


Anna Chlumsky – “Veep”

Gaby Hoffmann – “Transparent”

Allison Janney – “Mom”

Judith Light – “Transparent”

Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”

Niecy Nash – “Getting On”


Bryan Cranston – “All the Way”

Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

Idris Elba – “Luther”

Cuba Gooding Jr. – “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson

Tom Hiddleston – “The Night Manager”

Courtney B. Vance – “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson”


Kirsten Dunst – “Fargo”

Felicity Huffman – “American Crime”

Audra McDonald – “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Sarah Paulson – “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson”

Lili Taylor – “American Crime”

Kerry Washington – “Confirmation”


Sterling K. Brown – “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson”

Hugh Laurie – “The Night Manager”

Jesse Plemons – “Fargo”

David Schwimmer – “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson”

John Travolta – “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson”

Bokeem Woodbine – “Fargo”


Kathy Bates – “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Olivia Colman – “The Night Manager”

Regina King – “American Crime”

Melissa Leo – “All the Way”

Sarah Paulson – “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Jean Smart – “Fargo”


“A Very Murray Christmas”

“All the Way”



“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”


“American Crime”


“The Night Manager”

“American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson”



“The Amazing Race”

“America Ninja Warrior”

“Dancing With the Stars”

“Project Runway”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”


Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

“Last Week Tonight”

“The Late Late Show”

“Real Time with Bill Maher”

“The Tonight Show”

67th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday. Fox will broadcast the awards ceremony live on Sept. 20 and one of that network’s stars, Andy Samberg of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” will host. Nominees in the major categories are below.


Comedy Series

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Parks & Recreation” (NBC)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“Transparent” (Amazon)

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

“Veep” (HBO)

Drama Series

Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“Homeland” (Showtime)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix)

Limited Series

“American Crime” (ABC)

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)

“Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)

“The Honorable Woman” (Sundance)

“Wolf Hall” (PBS)

Outstanding Television Movie

“Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Poirot’s Last Case” (PBS)

“Bessie” (HBO)

“Grace of Monaco” (Lifetime)

“Hello Ladies: The Movie” (HBO)

“Killing Jesus” (National Geographic Channel)

“Nightingale” (HBO)

Lead Actor in a Comedy

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Will Forte, “The Last Man on Earth”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”

Julia Louis Dreyfuss, “Veep”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder”

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Tatania Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Adam Driver, “Girls”

Keegan-Michael Key, “Key and Peele”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Niecy Nash, “Getting On”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”

Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Timothy Hutton, “American Crime”

Ricky Gervais, “Derek”

Adrien Brody, “Houdini”

David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”

Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”

Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”

Queen Latifah, “Bessie”

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”

Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”

Emma Thompson, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Alan Alda, “The Blacklist”

Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”

F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”

Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”

Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”

Pablo Schreiber, “Orange Is the New Black”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Margo Martindale, “The Americans”

Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards”

Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”

Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”

Khandi Alexander, “Scandal”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Mel Brooks, “The Comedians”

Paul Giamatti, “Inside Amy Schumer”

Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”

Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”

Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”

Jon Hamm, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Christine Barasnki, “The Big Bang Theory”

Gaby Hoffmann, “Girls” Pamela Adlon, “Louie”

Elizabeth Banks, “Modern Family”

Joan Cusack, “Shameless”

Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Outstanding Variety Series

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

“Last Week Tonight” (HBO)

“Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS)

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

“Project Runway” (Lifetime)

“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)

“Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)

“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

“Portlandia” (IFC)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

“The Case Against 8” (HBO)

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” (HBO)

“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” (HBO)

“Sinatra: All Or Nothing at All” (HBO)

“Virunga” (Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

“American Masters” (PBS)

“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” (PBS)

“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” (HBO)

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” (PBS)

“The Sixties” (CNN)

Outstanding Animated Program

“Archer” (FX)

“Bob’s Burgers” (Fox)

“Over the Garden Wall” (Cartoon Network)

“The Simpsons” (Fox)

“South Park” (Comedy Central)

Kristin Chenoweth to Co-Star in ABC’s ‘Good Christian Bitches’

As I Am (Kristin Chenoweth album)
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Kristin Chenoweth to Co-Star in ABC Dramedy Pilot ‘Good Christian Bitches’
March 15, 2011

Deadline.com is reporting that Broadway (and BroadwayWorld) favorite Kristin Chenoweth will be co-starring in the pilot for the new ABC dramedy – Good Christian Bitches. Chenoweth will co-star with Leslie Bibb and will play Darlene, the beautiful and manipulative head of this group of women, the G.C.Bs. They report that “A classic Dallas housewife and villain motivated by her skewed sense of goodness, Darlene is a good Christian woman who goes to church regularly, knows her Scripture, and has no compunctions about breaking a few Commandments here and there. She was once one of the girls Amanda was mean to, but she’s now too much of a good Christian to do anything more than forgive Amanda and welcome her back to her hometown.”

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film with captivating grace. Kristin recently returned to Broadway, and starred as Fran Kubelik in the revival of Promises, Promises starring alongside Sean Hayes. Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a leading actress Tony Award nomination. She appeared in Fox’s comedy Glee, starred as Annabeth Schott on the hit drama The West Wing, and recently guest judged on American Idol.

She received rave reviews while starring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies, where she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Kristin_Chenoweth_to_CoStar_in_ABC_Dramedy_Pilot_Good_Christian_Bitches_20110314?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+broadwayworld%252FpWRb+%2528BroadwayWorld.com+Featured+Content%2529&utm_content=Google+Reader#ixzz1GfBDfrpF

Glee’s Villain, Jane Lynch To Host Saturday Night Live October 9th

Vogue!  with Jane Lynch
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GLEE’s Jane Lynch to Host Saturday Night Live
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by BWW News Desk

According to Movie Line, GLEE star and Emmy nominated actor Jane Lynch will be hosting the October 9 edition of “Saturday Night Live.”

Lynch has sketch comedy experience and has appeared at Second City in the past.

Lynch was recently nominated for the Emmy Award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy. The trophy will be awarded on August 29. Lynch will return to play Sue Sylvester when GLEE begins its second season on September 21.

Television’s most award-winning new series, GLEE was recently honored with 19 Emmy nominations; a Peabody Award; a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical; a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy. The music from GLEE is an international sensation with “Glee: The Music, Volume 1″ and “Glee: The Music, Volume 2″ topping charts in Australia, the U.K., New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. In the U.S., over 4.5 million songs have been downloaded, and both albums have been certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 units.

GLEE follows an optimistic teacher who – against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach – inspires McKinley High’s Glee Club to conquer the world one singing competition at a time. GLEE stars Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz.

GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk and Dante di Loreto serve as executive producers, while Ian Brennan serves as co-executive producer

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Tater Top Awards Are Here! Vote Now for Breakout TV Star And More

Tater Tops Are Here! Vote Now for Breakout TV Star
Mon., Jun. 28, 2010 3:45 PM PDT by KRISTIN DOS SANTOS
Eric McCandless/ABC; Justin Lubin/NBC; Alan MarkfieldThe CW; Carin Baer/FOX; Adam Larkey/ABC

Little known fact: Next week, the Television Academy will be handing out nominations for something called the “Primetime Emmy Awards” (pronounced: pry-mm ty-me eh-mee ah-words) .

Of course, we all know where the real glory comes in for TV’s best-loved stars: E! Online‘s annual Tater Top Awards—the only awards decided solely by the voters who know best: you fans.

And it begins right here…

Tater Tops is the chance for you TV-lovin’ couch potatoes (Taters? Get it? So clever, we know) to give love to the TV shows and stars you love the most.

All joking about the “real glory” aside, I can tell you that the Tater Top Award winners do receive real, bona fide Golden Tater trophies, and many of the actors and producers who’ve won in the past have reached out to say how utterly cool it is to know how much you fans care.

Plus, that trophy sure makes for a stunning centerpiece, as it is 100 percent feng shui certified and real gold (in color)!

Today, we kick off our 2010 Tater Top Awards with the brightest and newest favorites of the TV season: Male and Female Breakout Stars. (Some of them may have been working for a while, but were discovered by you during the past year.)

The nominations were all sent in by you, and tallied by us.

We’ll be tackling a new category each weekday for the next three weeks as Tater Tops continues, so don’t forget to keep nominating and voting until winners are announced on July 20.

And listen up robo-voters, we’ve got ya pegged! Thanks to our handy dandy cheat-blocking device, there will be no uber-voting allowed throughout the Tater Tops Awards. So don’t fret, each poll’s results will be 100% accurate. We promise.

To vote for Breakout Star: CLICK HERE

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Bill Maher: Never A Winner, But Always “The Winner”

Mister D: Some people are just too smart for their own good and that’s just not the popular thing. However, in my book, Bill Maher will always be The Winner in whatever category you want to put him in….hands down…people just have a hard time with the truth I have found in my own personal life and it seems that way as a whole, too. We like our lives wrapped up in pretty little lies…little white lies…and so it goes….

Bill Maher, always a bride’s maid
The ‘Real Time‘ host is nominated for the 22nd time, but if history is a predictor, he’ll lose. Again.
By Ray Richmond, Special to the Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2010

Bill Maher doesn’t feel like a loser. And the truth is, it’s a bit odd to be labeling a guy that way who has earned 22 Emmy Award nominations — 11 for his seminal strange-bedfellows talk show “Politically Incorrect,” nine for his HBO late-night series “Real Time With Bill Maher” and a pair for stand-up comedy specials.

It’s just that Maher has never won. Three years ago, he surpassed 18-time nominee Angela Lansbury as having earned the most nominations without taking home a single Emmy trophy, an ongoing legacy of defeat dating to 1995.

Larry Charles, himself a two-time Emmy victor for “Seinfeld” in the early 1990s and director of the 2008 Maher docu-comedy ” Religulous,” notes of Maher’s record-setting winless run, “It’s just an astounding thing, really. The fact Bill does the kind of thought-provoking show no one else is doing anymore and consistently gets nominated year after year is, to me, of greater significance than the arbitrary outcome of who wins.”

Maher, however, seems to take his string of losses in better humor.

To what do you attribute the fact that you are the all-time Emmy Awards “non-winner,” if you will, with precisely zero wins to show for nearly two dozen nominations?

You know, that’s an awfully good question. I mean, you’d think I’d have won one just by clerical error. Or it should be like when you get your card punched at Subway. For every 10 nominations, you get one Emmy free. I should have two by now.

So, you believe you’ve been penalized for not eating enough submarine sandwiches?

Honestly, my take is that you cannot speak the truth about as many things as I do without incurring the wrath of some people who vow every year not to vote for me. I’m sure that happened after I said what I said about 9/11. [While Maher did not side with the terrorists, he did say that flying a plane into a building is not “cowardly” as some called it.] I guarantee there have been those who pledge, “I’ll never vote for him because he’s an atheist and says all those things about God.” Others probably declare, “I’ll never vote for him because he doesn’t think we should get a flu vaccination.”

Yet, would you agree with the idea that if there were a God, you’d certainly have won an Emmy by now?

(Laughing) I can’t really say.

But does it seriously bother you that you’ve never won?

Hey, I’m the same as everybody, so at first I wanted a little trophy if they were giving out trophies. Of course, it’s thrilling when you’re first nominated. But you eventually do get cured of that. And I can’t put too much stock in any of it because in my category I think it’s like 10 people in the TV academy who do the voting and make the decision. From what I’ve been able to gather, it’s not exactly a broad consensus.

And, of course, as is often said, it’s just an honor to be nominated. Or something like that. Right?

Well I certainly don’t feel I’m being actively snubbed anymore. It really is the nomination that comes from within the industry, and I’ve been nominated for my shows every year they’ve been eligible since 1995. That’s like 14 straight times. Each time I’m nominated, “Real Time” is beating out dozens and dozens of other shows for that recognition. I see that as an annual victory.

It’s also true that you’re in some pretty good company among those never to have won an Emmy: Jackie Gleason, Bob Newhart, Andy Griffith and Jason Alexander, for starters.

And Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar [other than honorary]. One could make the argument that it’s sort of a badge of honor to keep padding my losing record. The good news is, I’ve stopped caring if I win or not, and there’s something very liberating in that.

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