On Monday night, Gail Mancuso took home the Emmy for “Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series” for her work the Modern Family season five episode “Las Vegas.” This was Mancuso’s second win in a row and the show’s fourth win in a row in this category. This year, Mancuso beat out Comedy Film School favorites Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham as well as seasoned film directors Jodie Foster (for Orange is the New Black) and Mike Judge (for Silicon Valley). Looking even further back, the last time a network show director, in which directing is historically more like house-painting than Picasso, lost to a cable director is in 2004, when [...]
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 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 [...]
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:
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 [...]