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The Emmys Continue to Sort of Appreciate Good Comedy and Also 'The Big Bang Theory'

The nominees for the 66th Emmy Awards have been announced, and as usual, it's a mix of quality nominees with some real groaners — yes, Ricky Gervais was nominated for playing a mentally disabled guy in Derek. But there are also some great surprises, like SNL's Kate McKinnon and Portlandia's Fred Armisen getting nominations. Also nominated are folks like Louis CK, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Adam Driver, and Tony Hale. The Outstanding Comedy category has some surprises: Silicon Valley and Orange is the New Black were nominated, but Parks and Rec, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Emmy favorite Girls were not.

The awards ceremony will take place [...]

'The Simpsons' Will Kill Off Another Character This Season; Who Will it Be?

The Simpsons premiered its 25th season on Sunday night, but the show hasn't completely settled in its ways. In a recent phone conference, executive producer Al Jean told reporters that another regular character will be killed off this year:

"I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is," Jean said cagily.

The show hasn't been shy about killing off characters in the past; most notably, Maude Flanders met her demise in 2000's "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily."

But Jean's clue doesn't give much away about the identity of the soon-to-be-deceased Springfield resident, as the show has [...]

Stephen Colbert Celebrated His Emmy Win By Rubbing It In Jon Stewart's Face

The Colbert Report returned last night, and Stephen had to celebrate his double Emmy win, which broke The Daily Show's 10-year streak. Of course, he couldn't help but rub it in Jon Stewart's losing face. Below, watch Jon's genuinely sweet comment on Colbert's win from his own show:

All the Interesting Comedy Stuff that Happened at the Emmys

The zillionth annual Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and we weeded through the three-hour ceremony to pull anything interesting related to comedy that happened. Below, please find a full list of comedy winners and nominees from the ceremony (which is available in its entirety on CBS's website) and the clips of the best comedy moments from the event, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus's acceptance speech with help from her bodyman Tony Hale and Will Ferrell's closing bit.

As far as the awards winners go, there were very few surprises, which is pretty typical of the Emmys. Modern Family won for best comedy series for the fourth year [...]

Jimmy Kimmel On Making His Show Consistently Good

"The most satisfaction I get is when I do a show that is solid from beginning to end. Getting the consistency to a point where you don’t feel like dry heaving after the show every night is a major milestone."

- Jimmy Kimmel talked to The New York Times about his show getting better, The Emmys, and comparing himself to Letterman

Scott Aukerman Calls for Separate Emmy Categories for Late Night and Sketch Shows, and He's Absolutely Right

Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman wrote a piece for The Hollywood Reporter today about how ridiculous it is that all the great sketch and late night talk shows on TV compete for one category at the Emmys. Aukerman proposes splitting the Outstanding Variety Category into "variety/talk program" and "sketch/alternative program." Here's a bit of what he had to say:

"In August, either The Daily Show or The Colbert Report will win the Emmy for outstanding variety series — and America will yawn. Probably because the ceremony is heading into the four-hour mark at that point. But also because, once again, smaller alternative-comedy sketch shows (Key and PeelePortlandiaKroll ShowInside Amy Schumer and, yes, my show Comedy [...]

This Week in Comedy: Fall TV Season Continues

-It was the second week of fall TV season, with the premieres of South Park, Parks and Recreation, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Crazy Ones, and more.

-SNL's new season premieres tomorrow. We looked at the biggest transitional seasons in the show's history and made a list of things looking forward to this season. Nick Rutherford, the lone member of sketch group Good Neighbor who wasn't hired this year, talked about that experience for the first time.

-Just prior to Breaking Bad's finale, we looked at creator Vince Gilligan's past as a comedy writer.

-Justin Bieber joined Zach [...]

Watch Joel McHale and Dan Harmon's Creative Arts Emmy Awards Monologue

Joel McHale and Community creator Dan Harmon performed the opening monologue for The Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which aired on FXX Saturday and took place a week earlier. Here's their Ricky Gervais-style monologue, which is worthy of an Emmy itself.

Executive Producers For All The Emmy-Nomitated Sitcoms Chatted Today

“Half the time the scripts [Louis] gives me, this is not funny at all. But now I know the comedy is going to come."

- Louie executive producer Blair Breard talking at the Variety Emmy Elite Showrunners Breakfast with fellow EPs Judd Apatow of Girls, Steve Molaro of The Big Bang Theory, Armando Iannucci of Veep, Jack Burditt of 30 Rock, and Danny Zuker of Modern Family

Louis C.K., Melissa Leo, 'Childrens Hospital' Won at the Creative Arts Emmys

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, where awards are given to technical positions as well as categories that don't quite fit into the main Emmys night, were held last night, and as is the way with award shows these days, Louis C.K. did pretty well for himself. He won for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special for his HBO special, Oh My God, and Melissa Leo won Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her fantastic appearance on Louie. 

Other big comedy winners included Bob Newhart for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for his turn on The Big Bang TheoryChildrens Hospital for Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program, and Outstanding Interactive [...]

Seth Meyers to Host the 2014 Emmy Awards This August

Two months after taking over Late Night and a day after being named one of Time's 100 most influential people, TV Line reports that Seth Meyers has signed on to host this year's Emmy Awards, which will air August 25th on NBC. This makes Meyers's first big-time awards hosting gig since the ESPY Awards and the White House Correspondents both in 2011. Said NBC's Paul Telegdy on the decision: "Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at SNL, as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on SNL and Late Night, makes him [...]

Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm Hosted an Emmy Losers Party

Proving themselves to be the best losers in Hollywood, Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm hosted an Emmy Losers Party on Sunday night. The pair, who between them have lost dozens of Emmys, insisted that Emmy winners like Tina Fey and Ty Burrell donate money to the party's charity, the Worldwide Orphans fund, in order to get in the door. It was their first Emmy Losers party, but maybe not their last; they raised over $20,00 for WWO. The Hollywood Reporter even has a copy of their adorably self-effacing invite.

A Look Through the Best Emmys Openings and Monologues

When several of the best recent hosts joined Neil Patrick Harris during his monologue last night at the Emmys, it was as a reminder that, despite the usual award show grumblings and random musical performances, the producers of the Primetime Emmys have a pretty good track record. They try new things and let the hosts have fun, and for the most part, their network-influence emcees are appropriate and talented (and when they get it very wrong, they course correct). Here's a look back at some of the best openings and monologues from the ceremony's impressive history:

Splitsider's Fantasy Emmy Picks 2013

The 2013 Primetime Emmys are set to take place this Sunday under the reign of host Neil Patrick Harris, with shows, performers, and behind-the-scenes types competing for the TV industry's most sought-after awards. Real Emmy nominees were announced in July, but because some of us don't live in reality, here are Splitsider's fantasy Emmy nominations and winners: