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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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Today FX announced the renewal of two of its most critically-acclaimed shows: Louie and Fargo. Writer/director/star/producer/editor Louis C.K. will create a fifth season of his unpredictable show. And Noah Hawley will get to make a second season of Fargo. But for the latter show there are some big changes ahead. The entire cast, story, and setting will be different for season two.

Update: Some story and setting details have been revealed about Fargo season 2 — that info is below. And part of this new info contradicts the previous report. The cast will be new, but a couple of characters will return, in younger incarnations.

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Louie

After an interminable nearly-two-year absence, Louis CK‘s FX original series Louie finally made a return this past week. I’ve missed this show dearly. Not only does it allow viewers to mainline CK’s twisted, bleak worldview, but every episode is beautifully shot and edited, and every episode is directed by CK himself.

This week’s season premiere actually consisted of two episodes, the latter of which, “Model,” I was particularly taken with. In the episode, CK performs at charity benefit full of billionaires and bombs horribly, only to be seduced by a beautiful heiress who finds him funny. “Model” was so gorgeously filmed that I just had to pick apart some of the shots to explore what CK was trying to do with them. You’ll find my (SPOILER-filled) thoughts after the jump. Louie airs on Mondays on FX.
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FX Sets ‘Louie’ Season 4 Premiere Date

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Briefly: Remember Louie? FX comedy, critically acclaimed, last seen in the fall of 2012? Well, it’s finally coming back. FX announced today that it has set the Louie Season 4 premiere date for 10 PM on Monday, May 5And to reward Louis C.K.‘s patient fans, the network is even throwing in an extra episode. Season 4 will run 14 episodes long instead of the usual 13, with two episodes airing per week through June 16.

By the time Louie returns, it’ll have been off the air for about 19 months. At the time that the hiatus was announced, C.K. told press that he needed “a little breathing room” so that the show could “keep getting better.” In a statement, FX CEO John Landgraf enthused that C.K. had done just that.

“Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better,” he said. “Based on the first three episodes we’ve seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal.” [TheWrap]

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Louis C.K. is deep into writing and shooting the next season of Louie, but he took a break earlier this week to share some thoughts on Sirius XM’s The Opie and Anthony Show. In addition to talking with Tim’s Vermeer producer Penn Gillette and talking about his first movie Tomorrow Night (which is now online), the comic lambasted two of 2013′s critical successes: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost.

On the topic of Gravity, C.K. admitted it was the last movie he saw in IMAX 3D and joked about Sandra Bullock’s character being highly unbelievable. As for All Is Lost, C.K. is a ship captain himself so he was equally annoyed at how Robert Redford’s character handled that particular situation. And, as you’d imagine, all the observations are on point and hilarious. He also talks about the new season of Louie, which includes a hurricane and American Hustle. Listen below. Read More »

Louis CK Developing Another Series at FX

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FX made a wise decision this week and invested more heavily in the twisted mind of Louis CK. The comedian, now one of the most popular and influential in the world, has been racking up acclaim for the network with his show, Louie. Now FX has signed him for an overall production deal which includes a brand new show that he’ll create, executive produce, and potentially write and direct.  Read More »

WGA Awards Go to ‘Argo’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

In the last major pre-Oscars guild awards, the WGA followed the PGA, the DGA, and the SAG (not to mention the HFPA, the BAFTA, and most every other film-related acronym you can think of) in feting Argo, this time for the excellent adapted screenplay by Chris TerrioMark Boal‘s Zero Dark Thirty nabbed the original screenplay award, but at this point Argo seems a virtual lock to pick up Best Picture come Sunday.

Meanwhile, Malik Bendjelloul‘s documentary Searching for Sugar Man continued its winning streak, while critical faves Breaking BadLouie, and Girls all emerged victorious in the television categories. Hit the jump to see the winners.

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This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.

But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of  the big surprises.

The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »

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