TCA Awards Winners: BREAKING BAD Named Program of the Year; TRUE DETECTIVE, VEEP, and THE GOOD WIFE Win Top Honors

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Though the Primetime Emmy Awards are the TV honors that everyone’s familiar with, when it comes to clout, the Television Critics Association Awards take the cake.  Voted on by over 200 professional journalists, the TCA Awards honor the very best in television regardless of which networks can afford the most expensive campaigns, and so the list of 2014 winners comes with a considerable degree of weight.  Breaking Bad took the “Program of the Year” title for the second year in a row, while the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award went to CBS’ critical favorite The Good Wife.  The Best Comedy award resulted in a tie between the blissfully explicit Veep and FX’s wholly unique Louie, while True Detective won both Best Miniseries and Individual Achievement in a Drama for Matthew McConaughey.  As for Best New Program, that honor went to Netflix’s swell Orange Is the New Black.

Check out a full list of the TCA Awards winners after the jump, and if you missed the recent Emmy nominations announcement click here.

TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 2 Plot Rumors Revolve Around Corruption and Addiction

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A few days ago the news hit that True Detective Season 2 was zeroing in on its leads (Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks to join the hit HBO series with Taylor Kitsch being in the mix for another role).  The day before that creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles and William Friedkin claimed to be considering a directing gig on the series (Season 2 will have multiple directors, standing in contrast to Season 1 which was directed solely by Cary Fukunaga).

At the time Pizzolatto seemed reticent to discuss plot specifics, backing away from the rumor that Season would deal with the U.S. transportation system.  But now talk of that story angle has returned with a much greater degree of specificity.  There’s also a lot of new info in terms of the demons that will be haunting our protagonists.  Hit the jump for more on True Detective Season 2 plot rumors.

TRUE DETECTIVE: Colin Farrell in Talks for Season 2 of the Hit HBO Series; Taylor Kitsch Also in the Mix

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True Detective season 2 may have finally begun casting its major roles as Colin Farrell is in talks to join the hit HBO series.  Additionally, Taylor Kitsch might be in the mix as well  Earlier today, we posted an interview with HBO’s President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, and Lombardo said he assumed “at least some announcements will be happening in the next week.”  Since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson got two juicy roles and earned nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series, the show is presumably a hot ticket in Hollywood for actors and actresses looking for rich material in an acclaimed series that won’t permanently take them away from acting in movies.  Yesterday, creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles, and now Farrell presumably has one of them, and Kitsch is being eyed for a part as well.

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HBO’s Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 5 and 6, TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2, Progress on WESTWORLD, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how they’re not at all concerned about Game of Thrones getting further ahead than George R.R. Martin’s writing, that they plan to stick with the series until the story is finished, that Nic Pizzolatto’s first two scripts for the new season of True Detective are even more exciting than the first season, that they expect a casting announcement to be made in the next week, how they feel things are going with both Silicon Valley and The Leftovers, their strategy for drama, going forward, the progress of Westworld, and the status of the Ryan Murphy series, Open.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Will Have Multiple Directors and 4 “Central Roles”; William Friedkin in the Mix

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As it does every year, HBO lead the Emmy nominations this morning with a whopping 99 nods and it has a very solid chance at winning in some of the major categories thanks to the phenomenal True Detective.  Though the anthology series wrapped up its complete story at the end of the first season, many (myself included) have been incredibly curious to see what True Detective season 2 will bring.  Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto has previously teased that the next batch of episodes takes place in the “psychosphere ambiance” of California and deals with “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”  Subsequently, speculation has run rampant with what little information we have, and casting rumors have been in abundance.

During an interview earlier today regarding the first season’s nominations, Pizzolatto dropped a few more details about True Detective season 2, walking back the whole “occult history” angle and confirming that it will indeed have multiple directors.  Moreover, The Exorcist director William Friedkin separately confirmed that he has met about working on the series.  More after the jump.

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.

The 2014 Emmys: Who Should Be Nominated?

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Before Thursday, when the real 2014 Emmy nominations will become known (and spark, probably, both outrage and boredom), there’s a chance to suggest who should be nominated in each major category.  This isn’t about winners and losers, but about recognizing some of the best talent on TV this past year (or the Emmy year: from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014).  There are sure to be some omissions and snubs even within my own list, so hit the jump to check out my choices (and occasional Emmy-rules-bending inclusions).

New to Blu-ray: TRUE DETECTIVE, NON-STOP, COSMOS, RAY DONOVAN, JACK RYAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a trio of very television offerings, a pair of new Criterion releases, and more.  Briefly:

Matthew McConaughey Says He’s “Open” to More TRUE DETECTIVE

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Few can argue that there was a more arresting presence on TV in 2014 so far than that of Rustin “Rust” Cohle, played by Matthew McConaughey, in HBO’s anthology series True Detective.  Rust’s “time is flat circle” comments (among so many other) captured the zeitgeist alongside the performance of his co-star Woody Harrelson (“what is ‘scented meat?’”) and the show’s exceptional writing and directing (by Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Fukunaga respectively).

But McConaughey’s role as Rust has also been an integral part of the “McConassaince,” which started with Magic Mike and Dallas Buyers Club, and has included films like Mud and presumably the upcoming Interstellar.  Still, his turn in True Detective was one that really resonated with TV audiences in a way few expected.  Might he do it again?  Hit the jump for more.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two Will Have 3 Leads; Takes Place in “Psychosphere Ambience” of California

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While most TV shows these days have to find their audience, and don’t really start finding widespread acclaim until their second or even third seasons, True Detective exploded with people buzzing about “The Yellow King”, “Time is a flat circle”, and countless impressions of Matthew McConaughey‘s nihilistic Rust Cohle.  It’s going to be a tough act to follow, and details have been scarce about season two.  All we’ve known thus far is that it’s about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”

Now, a few more details have emerged.  Hit the jump for more.

Jessica Chastain Offered Lead Role in Second Season of HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE [Update: Reps Deny Involvement]

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Ever since Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) made their mark in the first season of HBO’s taut drama True Detective, fans have been wondering just who would star in the anthology’s follow-up season.  If tonight’s news pans out, one of those leads could very well be Jessica Chastain.  The successful show, which is boldly vying for a Best Drama Series instead of Miniseries at this year’s Emmy Awards, was rumored to see a change in genders of the lead roles in its second season, so the Zero Dark Thirty actress would certainly be an inspired choice.  Hit the jump for more. [This story has been updated after the jump]

Challenge Accepted: HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Will Compete in Drama Series Category at the Emmys

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Well this certainly makes things interesting.  HBO’s stellar True Detective is an anthology series, with each season telling a standalone story with different characters and a different cast, but it appears that the network is feeling rather bullish and will be submitting True Detective in the highly competitive Drama Series category at the upcoming Emmy Awards.  Many assumed HBO would be submitting True Detective as a Miniseries, where it would no doubt clean up with awards for the show as a whole, director Cary Fukunaga, writer/creator Nic Pizzolato, and actors Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

However, with this interesting turn of events, True Detective will now square off directly with Breaking Bad’s final season in the fiercely competitive drama series field.  Hit the jump for more.

THE COLLISION: Episode 79 – TRUE DETECTIVE

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by TV editor Allison Keene to discuss HBO’s True Detective.  We talk about the show’s instant-hit status, the way it subverts the buddy-cop drama and other unique aspects, viewer expectations, positive and negative reactions to the series, and much more.  We also look ahead to other quality TV shows that have recently returned (like Hannibal and Bates Motel) or are about to return (like Game of Thrones and Veep).  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The 86th Academy Awards”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Deleted Scene from TRUE DETECTIVE Reveals Rust and Laurie’s Break-Up

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Love it or hate it, the season finale of True Detective’s inaugural run was one of the most talked about hours of television so far this year.  Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with Allison’s recaps, but even if you’ve been obsessed with Nic Pizzolatto’s series this year, there’s a good chance you missed a few things.  Like, remember when Matthew McConaughey’s moody character, Rust Cohle, temporarily found love again with Elizabeth Reaser’s Laurie Spencer?  Did you ever wonder what happened to split the two of them up (or why Reaser had one total line all season)?  Well, now you can find out in this newly released deleted scene from the HBO series.  Hit the jump to check it out.

TRUE DETECTIVE Creator Nic Pizzolato Talks Season 1 Finale and Alternate Endings; Teases Season 2 Plot Details

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HBO’s stellar True Detective came to a close last night with its first season finale, which was essentially a series finale given that the show is an anthology series and the finale closed out the story of Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Chole and Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart for good.  The finale appears to have had a bit of a polarizing reaction on its audience, with those deeply invested in the mythology and clue-hunting coming away a bit disappointed and those who were more engrossed in the character study aspect of the series feeling fulfilled.  Personally, I find myself in the latter category as I thought writer Nic Pizzolato and director Cary Fukunaga delivered a stellar finale that stuck the show’s primary focus: the characters.

While many are still trying to piece together what was and wasn’t answered, Pizzolato took part in an illuminating post-mortem on the finale, discussing the concluding chapter of the show and other alternate endings he considered.  The scribe also provided a tantalizing tease about season two, which will “keep being strange” and involve “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”  Read on after the jump, but beware of full spoilers for the True Detective finale.

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