The nominations for the 2011 Primetime Emmys have been announced. HBO, as always, led the pack as the miniseries Mildred Pierce picked up 21 nominations, Boardwalk Empire picked up 18 nominations, and Game of Thrones nabbed 13 nominations. Also, as usual, Mad Men held the most nominations of any dramatic series by picking up 19 nods. The Emmys also once again overlooked Community in favor of garbage like Glee, but they also finally showed Parks and Recreation some love. It’s also cool that Louis C.K. (Louie), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), and Walton Goggins (Justified) picked up nominations, but overlooking Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was just one of the many snubs that the Emmys have become known for.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced Sunday, September 18th at 8/7c on Fox.
Louis C.K. has been bouncing around Hollywood for a while now. Having written for David Letterman and Chris Rock, he was given a shot at directing with Pootie Tang, but it bombed though has since become a cult film. A stand-up comic, C.K. got re-energized to do more material after the failure of HBO’s retro-sitcom Lucky Louie, which he wrote and starred in. He’s finally found the perfect home for his material and sensibilities at FX with Louie. A heightened reality of C.K.’s life, it presents him as a divorced father of two who’s also a stand-up comedian. Our review of the Louie: Season One Blu-ray after the jump.
We just recently found out the nominees for the first Critics Choice Television Awards, but now we have the list of fantastic shows and talents which have been nominated for the long-running Television Critics’ Association awards. This year the 27th annual awards nominees prove that the TCA just knows what they’re talking about when it comes to quality television, even moreso than the primtetime Emmys. THR unveiled the list with Game of Thrones, Justified and Parks and Recreation leading the pack with four nominations each including love for those series’ cast members like Peter Dinklage, Timothy Olyphant and Amy Poehler. Once again it’s also great to see Community and Louie get some respect along with respective cast members Danny Pudi and Louis C.K. also receiving nominations. Check out the full list of nominees after jump.
You may know of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, but now there’s a new branch from that organization with The Broadcast Television Journalists Association, and they’ve just announced their nominations for the first Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Modern Family leads the pack with six nominations, while the dramatic side seems to be dominated by cable series including freshman series Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and The Killing. Other veteran series like Friday Night Lights, Dexter and Mad Men get plenty of love too. And before fans get upset when they don’t see any respect paid to Breaking Bad, the show was ruled ineligible since the series’ fourth season doesn’t begin until July. On the comedy side of things, kudos to the critics for recognizing the greatness of Louie and Community, both two fantastic comedy series that need more praise.
Reelz Channel will broadcast the awards telecast on June 22nd at 8/7c and will repeat at 11/10c and several more times throughout the week. The live presentation of the awards themselves will stream on VH1.com on June 20th when the awards take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.
Last year, one of my favorite new series was Louis C.K.’s self-titled comedy series Louie on FX. Like a more gritty, depressing and realistic version of Seinfeld, the show follows Louis C.K. as he deals with the trials and tribulations of being divorced, having two kids, dating and more. And throughout each episode are great stand-up bits from the fantastic comedian himself. Well, thankfully the show is returning this summer for its second season and we have a funny promo for the new season featuring Louis C.K. trying to tell us about the upcoming premiere while his onscreen daughters hop around on the couch. It’s just the right amount of comedy and standard Louis C.K. stoicism and mild depression. The new season premieres on FX June 23rd, at 10:30/9:30c, but in the meantime, check out the promo below.
Today FX announced the summer premiere dates for the all new seasons of Rescue Me starring Denis Leary and Louie, starring the hilarious comedian Louis C.K. In addition, the series premiere of the new comedy Wilfred starring Elijah Wood has also been revealed. On June 23rd, Wilfred will premiere its 13-episode first season at 10/9c followed closely by Louie at 10:30/9:30c which will have a 13-episode second season run. If you haven’t seen the trailer for the Elijah Wood comedy, you can check it out here. I know I’ll be tuning in. As for Louie, the first season was spectacular, and I can’t wait for more. But if straight-up comedy isn’t your bag, FX will bring back their long-running series Rescue Me for its seventh and final season starting on July 12th at 10/9c. Should be a great summer on FX.
Good news for anyone who has been enjoying the hell out of one of my favorite new comedy series: THR reports that FX has ordered a thirteen-episode second season of Louie, the fantastic gritty and vulgar half-hour comedy series from brilliant comedian Louis CK. Combine that with the love for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, plus a decent amount of success for The League and the animated series Archer, and FX has certainly been rocking the comedy world on television.
It looks like the network is eager to continue that success with their recent order of a pilot called Alabama, a part-scripted/part-improvised science fiction comedy from Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant, the screenwriters and creators behind Reno 911. Set a thousand years in the future, the show follows the crew of the space ship USS Alabama as they continue a seven-year mission to maintain interplanetary peace. At the Television Critics Association’s press tour, FX execs said, “The show will follow the heart-pounding action as our crew visits hostile planets, meets alien life-forms, and tries to have sex with each other in their tiny, metal bunk beds.” Seems like Star Trek meets Reno 911, and that sounds just fine to me.
Comedian Louis C.K. has always been painfully funny (emphasis on “pain”) — at least on the stage. Most would argue that the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie failed to translate the C.K. brand of comedy to the sitcom format, though the sparsely titled autobiographical Louie is an entirely different creature: half standup, half sketch comedy.
Hit the jump for a review of the first four episodes, the first two of which premiere Tuesday June 29th at 11/10c on FX.