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Today I have a look at the nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) (TV2)

Ricky Gervais (Derek) (Doesn’t screen in NZ yet, that I am aware at least)

Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) (SOHO)

Don Cheadle (House of Lies) (Four)

Louis C.K. (Louie) (Comedy Central)

William H. Macy (Shameless) (TV2)

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The Creative Arts Emmys are handed out today in Los Angeles. They celebrate TV success in the more behind-the-scenes categories such as art direction, costume design, cinematogrophy and sound-editing. The ceremony does include the four guest-acting categories, with some pretty big names.

I will update with the four winners as they are handed out today.


Steve Buscemi (Portlandia)

Louis C.K (Saturday Night Live)

Gary Cole (Veep)

Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live)

Nathan Lane (Modern Family)

Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory)

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Today I have a look at the nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series:

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey – Prime)

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife – TV3)

Claire Danes (Homeland – SOHO)

Robin Wright (House of Cards – TV3)

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex – SOHO)

Kerry Washington (Scandal – TV2)

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A category with a lot of talent is the Lead Actor in a Drama Series. And the nominees are:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – 

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, FOUR)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, TV3)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men, SOHO)

Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, SOHO)

Woody Harrelson (True Detective, SOHO)

Matthew McConaughey (True Detective, SOHO)

Some interesting points to note:

  • Jeff Daniels is the defending champ in this category.
  • Bryan Cranston has won Best Actor in a Drama three previous times for his portrayal of Walter White.
  • If he won this year, he would equal the record for most Best Drama Actor wins.
  • Matthew McConaughey won this years Critics’ Choice TV Award for his role as Rust Cohle in True Detective.
  • Woddy Harrelson has been nominated for seven Emmy’s, and won in 1989 for Comedy Supporting Actor for his role in Cheers.
  • John Hamm has been nominated for 11 Emmy’s, and has won…zero.
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It seems the Ice Challenge has become a “thing” over in the US too, this time raising funds for ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Here is a link to the Grey’s Anatomy cast taking part – 

This is the Jimmy Fallon’s challenge video

A close race this year is the Outstanding Drama race. This year the nominees are

Outstanding Drama Series – Channel it screens in NZ in brackets

Breaking Bad (SOHO)

Downton Abbey (Prime)

Game Of Thrones (SOHO)

House Of Cards (TV3)

Mad Men (SOHO)

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The Greens released their disability policy today and are calling for 100% captioning on all television programmes.

“Internationally, New Zealand lags behind on captioning. On average only 25 per cent of New Zealand TV is captioned compared to 85 per cent in Australia and 99 per cent in the United Kingdom and United States of America.”

No on-demand TV was captioned in New Zealand.

Fair enough. I don’t know if 100% is realistic, but it would be good to see these services improved, to make TV more accessible to those in NZ with hearing difficulties. I know when I am old, I would still like to be able to know what is happening on Shortland Street if I can’t hear so well!

One of the highlights of the Emmy’s is the Outstanding Comedy Series race. This year the nominees are

Outstanding Comedy Series – Channel it screens in NZ in brackets

The Big Bang Theory (TV2)

Louie (Comedy Central)

Modern Family (TV3)

Orange Is The New Black (screened on TV2)

Silicon Valley (Soho)

Veep (Soho)

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As the NZ Herald points out this morning, beginning late August, The Block and My Kitchen Rules NZ will go head to head in the prime time ratings battle every Tuesday and Wednesday night.  The last time we saw a similar battle was between Masterchef New Zealand and The Great Food Race, and that was a clear victory to TVONE and Masterchef NZ. This time I am not so sure…

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