The 2014 Emmy Nominations: 5 Surprises, 5 Snubs, and How the Voters Choose

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As predicted in who should be nominated for the Emmys the actual 2014 Emmy nominations provoked irritation and boredom by essentially copying and pasting the same names and series as the last several years.  There were a few adjustments: True Detective rightfully knocked Homeland out of the Best Drama list, but did Downton Abbey and House of Cards really deserve slots over The Good Wife‘s best season yet, not to mention an outstanding year for The Americans?  Hit the jump to learn the method behind this madness, as well as the picks for five surprises and five snubs from some of the non-major categories.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

New to Blu-ray: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, RUSH, TREME: The Complete Series, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a deliciously funny animated sequel, a new Criterion entry, Ron Howard’s latest film, and the final season plus a complete series box set for a beloved HBO show.  Briefly:

TREME’s Final Season Review: David Simon’s Sprawling New Orleans Drama Gets A Fitting Sendoff

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Not many television series are afforded the opportunity to wrap up their stories on their own terms.  Treme marks the second time David Simon has been given that rare pass, showing how much HBO believes in our ability to appreciate his work after all is said and done.  Both The Wire and now Treme were ratings underachievers, but while the former has achieved rabid cult status (and the distinction of being the answer to, “if enough white people stand around talking, they will eventually bring up …”), Treme has never been so beloved.  It’s a tough watch — you need to do your homework.  But in the end, just like with The Wire, Simon has rewarded viewers who have stuck around.  Hit the jump for more.

New to Blu-ray: THE WORLD’S END, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 Collector’s Edition, 2 GUNS, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

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First Trailer for Abbreviated Fourth and Final Season of TREME; Premiere Set for December 1st

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A short teaser trailer for HBO drama Treme has let us know the show will be back for a mere five episodes to wrap up its post-Katrina story of New Orleans.  The David Simon-penned drama will returnDecember 1st at 9 p.m. (instead of in September, as was originally discussed).  Though Treme has never had the kind of audience that HBO’s other dramas have enjoyed (not by a long shot), it’s a testament to the premium network’s respect for Simon (who also brought them The Wire and Generation Kill) that he has been given time to close out the story in a satisfying way.  Hit the jump for the promo.

HBO Renews TREME for Fourth and Final Season “Between Four and Six Hours of Programming”

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Treme returns to HBO tonight for its third season premiere.  It was unclear if this was going to be the final season.  HBO has already supported creator David Simon through two low-rated seasons that received positive reviews but not critical acclaim.  How long can a show like that stay on the air?  Thankfully, HBO will give Simon the opportunity to wrap up the series as he sees fit with a fourth season.

Well, half a fourth season.  Simon is looking at “between four and six hours of programming” to end the narrative.  Hit the jump for details.

TREME Season Three Preview

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Your heart aches, your toe taps … it’s Treme time!  HBO generously sent out the first four episodes of the returning David Simon-helmed New Orleans drama, and even though just the premiere episode would have sufficed in proving that the show just keeps getting better and better, it was nice to really get immersed back into its world.  Immersion is key with Treme, because the series is essentially a collection of vignettes about different aspects of New Orleans life, often with vague threads holding them together.  Initially the idea for the series was pitched to HBO pre-Katrina, and was meant to be just about the cities musicians, which still remains a strong theme in the current show.  But after Katrina the series obviously gained traction for a different reason, and there are few who would have handled the material so truthfully and so well as David Simon, who has created a number of critically-acclaimed dramas for the network (The WireThe Corner and the greatly under-appreciated Generation Kill).

Despite a general love for New Orleans and such inherently compelling subject matter, the series has never taken off with viewers.  Numbers for the series are low, and it rarely enters the awards race (which of course isn’t much of a benchmark of quality since The Wire was never honored either, but nevertheless).  So what is it about Treme that makes it such a difficult series?  Hit the jump for some thoughts on the highs and lows of Treme, and why it is ultimately worth sticking around for.

HBO Executives Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler Talk the Future of GAME OF THRONES, THE NEWSROOM Criticism, Another Season of CURB, the ENTOURAGE Movie and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and co-President Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how long Game of Thrones and True Blood could run for, the status of the Entourage movie, their movie deal with Larry David and the affect that could have on future seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm, their thoughts on the first season of The Newsroom, the possibility of a fourth season for Treme, and what viewers can expect from the Woody Harrelson/Matthew McConaughey series True Detective.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Trailers Released For TREME Season 3 and Remaining Episodes of TRUE BLOOD

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On the heels of naming a premiere date for its New Orleans-based drama Treme (Sunday, September 23 at 10pm to be exact), HBO has released a new extended trailer for the series’ third season.  “I’m thinking about doing something different this year,” Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters) says to his son in the opening seconds.  “I mean really different.”  It could be a reference to series creator David Simon commenting that the new season will focus more on crime. Two new characters – a restaurant investor and a reporter based on A.C. Thompson – will also be joining the cast.  Bottom line, the new trailer (featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing “Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing”) gets one’s soul stirring for whatever’s in store. For the full trailer as well as a preview of the second half of True Blood‘s current season, hit the jump.

HBO Announces Premiere Dates for Returning Series BOARDWALK EMPIRE and TREME

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HBO has set the dates for two of its acclaimed returning series this fall, both of which will be starting in with their third seasons - Boardwalk Empire (starring Steve Buscemi), which will air Sunday, September 16, and Treme, which will start Sunday, September 23.  Treme, which will return for 10 episodes, usually premieres in the spring, but HBO chose to start Game of Thrones earlier than last year, and pair it with two new half-hour series, Girls and Veep rather than the New Orleans-based drama.  Still, the wait for fall may benefit the series, which will now be running after perhaps a more appropriate intro in Boardwalk Empire.

Treme will also be adding two new characters in its third season – Sam Robards (The West Wing) will portray a restaurant investor (hopefully for Janette!), and Chris Coy (True Blood) will be on board as a character based on reporter A.C. Thompson.  Hit the jump for more on Treme’s upcoming season, along with some scoop on the season premiere of Boardwalk (spoiler alert for the latter, though with ample warnings).

Treme Season 2 DVD Review

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The first season of Treme faced the unique challenge of making New Orleans approachable for outsiders.  Viewers had to be immersed (and entertained) in a world with hurricane aftermath, generations of racial tension and an exclusive music scene. Somehow David Simon successfully ushered audiences through this unfamiliar landscape, much like he did with The Wire, also for HBO. After a critically adored first season, Simon and company expanded on their Louisianan universe with another compelling eleven episodes. Continue reading for my full review.

India Ennenga Talks NOBODY WALKS and TREME Season 3 at Sundance 2012

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One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Ry Russo-Young‘s (You Won’t Miss Me) Nobody Walks.  Written by Lena Dunham and Russo-Young, the ensemble drama stars John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga and Justin Kirk.  In the film, “Krasinski plays Peter, a Hollywood sound designer who’s agreed to help Martine (Thirlby) with her experimental art film as a favor to his wife (DeWitt). Martine, a beautiful and driven 23-year-old artist, comes to stay in the family’s pool house at their posh Silver Lake home, and her arrival ignites raw emotions and desires throughout the entire family.” Ennenga plays the daughter.  Since premiering, Magnolia picked up the film for domestic distribution, so you’ll be able to see it at some point down the road.

During my interview with Ennenga we talked about being at Sundance, who she plays in the film and what it’s about, and how she got cast.  In addition, with Ennenga currently filming Treme season 3, we talked about what we can expect from her character, the music of New Orleans, how much is improvised, and what else she has coming up.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Anthony Hemingway Talks RED TAILS, TREME, and THE WIRE

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Opening today is director Anthony Hemingway‘s World War II action-drama Red Tails.  Produced by George Lucas and Rick McCallum, the movie is based on the real-life story of the first all African-American squadron and their fight to defend our country.  They were given second-hand planes and the most dangerous missions, and it makes their story all the more incredible. Red Tails stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, Brandon T. Jackson, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly, Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith, Rick Otto, Daniela Ruah, and Michael B. Jordan.

Last week I did an exclusive phone interview with Hemingway. During our wide ranging conversation we talked about how he got involved in Red Tails, what it was like to meet and collaborate with Lucas, how much of the film was “Hollywoodized,” the boot camp for the actors, deleted scenes, test screening, and if they ever think about releasing the film in 3D.  In addition, with Hemingway having worked on The Wire and Treme, we talked about both of those series and what it’s like to direct TV.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

HBO News: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rhys Ifans in Talks for 40-Hour Series THE CORRECTIONS; Season Three of TREME Delayed Until Fall

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If you’re dismayed by the lack of “wow” in movies as of late, may I remind you that some of the best storytelling on any medium is currently happening on television. Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones—from sprawling epics to intimate character dramas, we’ve got some insanely great entertainment at the command of our fingertips. One of the most anticipated new television series is the HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Corrections. The story centers on an elderly Midwestern couple with three adult children who decide to trace their lives from the mid-20th century to “one last Christmas” together near the turn of the millennium.

Noah Baumbach is directing the pilot, and we’ve already got Dianne Wiest, Chris Cooper, and Ewan McGregor attached to star. Now comes word that Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rhys Ifans may join the increasingly impressive cast. Hit the jump for more, including news concerning a delayed premiere for the HBO series Treme.

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