Robin Williams Emmys tribute

The 2014 Emmy Awards were full of emotional moments for TV makers and their fans alike, but the part that had everyone blinking back tears was when Billy Crystal took the stage to honor his departed friend Robin Williams.

“He made us laugh. Hard,” Crystal began. He then launched into a somber reflection on what made Williams “the brightest star in a comedy galaxy,” sharing a couple of funny anecdotes along the way. Watch Crystal’s full Robin Williams Emmys tribute after the jump.

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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His Last Vow — and that’s only if you count the four Creative Arts Emmys it won earlier this month on top of the three it picked up during the telecast.

On the comedy side, Emmy voters continued to be high on Modern Family, which won Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Indeed, the most noticeable pattern to emerge in 2014, better or for worse, was Emmy’s preference for repeat winners over new ones. All four victors in the major acting categories had won before. Meanwhile, newbies like Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley were shut out. Even True Detective managed just one win during the ceremony, for director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Oh well. At least Fargo went home with Best Miniseries.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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2014 Emmy Nominations Announced

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2013-2014 has been such a strong year in television, you could easily double the number of Emmy nominees in some categories and still wind up snubbing some worthy contenders. But tough choices must be made, and this morning Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly got up early to reveal which Emmy hopefuls made the cut. Get the 2014 Emmy nominations after the jump. Read More »

2013 Emmy Nominations Announced

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While most of us on the West Coast were still sleeping, Aaron Paul and Neil Patrick Harris got up at the crack of dawn this morning to announce the nominees for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

American Horror Story: Asylum and Game of Thrones led the nominations with 17 and 16 each, respectively. Most of the usual suspects, including Modern FamilyThe Big Bang TheoryMad Men, and Breaking Bad received recognition as well. Welcome newcomers included Kerry Washington for Scandal, Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel, and Adam Driver for Girls. But sorry, Orphan Black fans — no love for Tatiana Maslany this year. Hit the jump to read the nominations.

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Between the final seasons of Dexter and Breaking Bad and the premiere of CBS’ Under the Dome, this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for TV viewers. After the jump:

  • George R.R. Martin teases new characters for Game of Thrones Season 4
  • Melissa Leo boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Wayward Pines
  • Tracy Morgan and Jenna Elfman find new jobs
  • Amazon makes some decisions about its new series
  • Comedy Central renews Inside Amy Schumer
  • Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys again
  • Vince Gilligan chats about the potential Saul Goodman spinoff
  • See new pics from CBS’ Stephen King thriller Under the Dome
  • Meet Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the new Dexter promo

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Today’s Star Wars Bits looks back to Return of the Jedi, and forward to Episode VII. After the jump:

  • See rare photos from the Jedi set
  • Ian McDiarmid has fond memories of playing the Emperor
  • J.J. Abrams was afraid of becoming the reboot guy
  • ILM eyes a new location in London
  • The Clone Wars gets Emmy recognition

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Today’s TV Bits consists of a bit of casting info, some scheduling notes, and several interesting promos. After the jump:

  • Bates Motel casts the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory kid as Norman
  • Isla Fisher and Terry Crews have been added to Arrested Development
  • Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks will go gangster on CBS’ Vegas
  • Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication return in January
  • HBO and CBS lead the Creative Arts Emmys with 17 and 13 wins, respectively
  • Revisit familiar faces in the first teaser for Season 2 of Girls
  • See The Office‘s newest additions in a new promo for Season 9
  • Still more American Horror Story: Asylum teasers hit the web
  • Everyone is exhausted in new Walking Dead teaser and stills

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2012 Emmy Nominations Announced

Every year, we wonder what surprises Emmy voters have in store for us this time, and most years we’re disappointed to find it’s the same exact shows and people who got nominated last year. Yes, Modern Family, I’m looking at you. Four out of six names in one category? Again? Now that’s just greedy.

Still, the usual suspects managed to make room for some newly dominant names as well. Downton Abbey has some six acting nominations this year over last year’s two, while Breaking Bad, left entirely out of last year’s ceremonies due to its scheduling, is more powerful than ever with nominations for Anna Gunn and Giancarlo Esposito this time around. And as you probably guessed from the header image, Sherlock‘s leads are getting some well-deserved recognition this time. With regard to freshman series, it’s nice to see that both Girls and New Girl are getting some attention from voters.

But sorry, comedy nerds — there’s still nothing out there for Community, Happy Endings, or Ron Swanson. At least Louis C.K. managed to get into the Best Actor category again.

You’ll have to head over to the Emmy website to get a list of all nominees, but hit the jump to get a look at some of the key categories.

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