Yesterday we brought you the Critics’ Choice Award nominees. Tonight belongs to the Television Critics Association. Homeland tops the list with 4 nominations. While it got the extra boost over established veterans in the Outstanding New Program category, the taut thriller earned its spots in Best Drama and Program of the Year as well as the nod to Claire Danes for her stellar performance. The critics understandably still love Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston, Mad Men and Jon Hamm, Louie and Louis C.K., Game of Thrones and Peter Dinklage, Parks and Recreation and Amy Poehler. Creator/star Lena Dunham is the freshest face in the bunch, representing in both Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding New Program with Girls. But as always, there are a few head-scratchers. Jessica Lange for American Horror Story is a legacy vote, and while her scenery-chewing was very entertaining—for Individual Achievement in Drama? No. And Smash somehow sneaked into Outstanding New Program rather than, say, Veep or Awake.
Still, the TCA always gets more right than they do wrong, especially with their neat Heritage Award. (This year’s eclectic contenders are Cheers, Lost, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek, and Twin Peaks.) Read the full list after the jump.
If you’re a fan of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Threadless just put on sale a cool Twin Peaks related t-shirt called “Welcome to Twin Peaks.” As you can see in the pictures above and after the jump, the shirt is the type you’d buy at a tourist center, or in a town gift shop. In the lower right corner, it lists off some of the famous locations like the Timber Falls Motel, Mo’s Motor, Big Ed’s Gas Farm, and a number of other places. Like all Threadless t-shirts, they only print up a limited number, so if you like it, don’t wait too long.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Twin Peaks: The Complete Series (The Definitive Gold Box Edition) for $35.99 (which is 60% off). According to Amazon:
“All 29 episodes of this David Lynch series are available on this 10-disc set, which also includes deleted scenes, extensive commentary, and other great special features.”
Like all Gold Box deals, it’s only for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 dollars you get free shipping.
Netflix has signed a two-year licensing agreement with CBS for the network’s library content. What that means for you is that if you’re a Netflix subscriber, then some classic TV shows are headed your way starting in April. The deal includes the various Star Trek incarnations, Twin Peaks, The Twilight Zone, Frasier, and Cheers. However, not included in the deal are shows that are still on the air or are owned by another company (e.g. The Big Bang Theory is owned by Warner Bros).
Still, I’m psyched that I’ll finally get to watch all of Twin Peaks and have Star Trek at my disposal. Hit the jump for the press release.
On December 1st, viewers of the popular USA Network television series Psych will be treated to a special Twin Peaks-inspired episode, entitled “Dual Spires,” that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the cult favorite. Co-written by show star and longtime Twin Peaks fan, James Roday – and with a cast including Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Robyn Lively, Lenny von Dohlen and Catherine Coulson – the episode kicks off with Shawn (Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) receiving a mysterious email inviting them to the annual Cinnamon Festival in Dual Spires, a small Northern California town that is barely visible on the map. When they arrive, they quickly find themselves in the middle of the mysterious death of a local high school student, and they begin unravel the many secrets of the town while working to figure out who’s responsible.
In a recent interview, James Roday and Sheryl Lee, aka Laura Palmer, talked about paying homage to Twin Peaks, in the true spirit of the original series (which first debuted on television in 1990), why the series meant so much to both of them, and the moving experience of reuniting so many of the cast members. Check out what they had to say after the jump: