Monday, August 25, 2014

Seth Meyers Hosts, Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams, at the 66th Prime Time Emmy Awards Monday 8~25~2014 8PM ET/5PM PT

[Prime Time Emmy Awards Press Release]

Late night talk star Seth Meyers is set to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, live coast-to-coast on NBC on August 25.

Television producer Don Mischer — known for steering such big galas as the Super Bowl halftime shows, Olympic Games openings, the Oscars and more — is set to executive-produce the 66th Primetime Emmys. Producing with Mischer will be Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare.

"Seth's expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at 'SNL,' as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys," said Paul Telegdy, President, Late Night and Alternative Programming, NBC Entertainment. "Plus, with Don's vast experience at putting these type of big productions together, we'll be in great hands."

"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards," said Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. "We are also excited to welcome Don back this year and very much look forward to their collaboration as we celebrate television's biggest night during one of the most transformative years in Television Academy history."

Primetime Emmy winner Meyers took over hosting duties on NBC’s Late Night in February following Jimmy Fallon’s jump to the Tonight Show. He also voices the character Prock on Hulu animated original The Awesomes, the superhero series he executive produces and co-created with Mike Shoemaker.

Widely recognized as the longest serving anchor on iconic Saturday Night Live segment “Weekend Update," the Northwestern University alum also served as head writer for SNL for 9 of his 13 seasons with the series.

Meyers won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for SNL host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue in 2011 and has 10 additional Emmy nominations for television writing to his credit. Earlier today, Meyers was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014.

Critics forecasting what a Meyers-helmed Emmys show might be like may look to his turns hosting the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN — and perhaps his appearance at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner — all of which garnered solid reviews.


Acclaimed television and live events producer Don Mischer returns for his twelfth Primetime Emmys run and his eighth time as executive producer.

He has been honored with 14 Emmy Awards, a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, 2 NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. Mischer is also the recipient of Europe's prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux and the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.

Among some of his producer and director credits are several Super Bowl Halftime shows (Prince, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen), the Democratic National Convention, the Academy Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and more.

Mischer has also produced specials with Beyoncé, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Britney Spears, James Taylor, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, the Black Eyed Peas and Carrie Underwood, among others.

Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards Executive Producer Don Mischer announced this morning at the Red Carpet Rollout that Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams during the In Memoriam segment of the 66th Emmy Awards.

Additionally, Mischer announced that the In Memoriam segment will feature a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

First Group of Presenters Announced for 66th Emmy Awards

This year's esteemed presenters represent some of television's biggest stars including Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, Tony, Golden Globe winners and more.

Halle Berry – Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winning actress currently starring in the CBS series Extant

Bryan Cranston – Two-time Emmy, Tony (2014's All The Way), and Golden Globe-winning actor, and Emmy-nominated star of AMC's Breaking Bad

Zooey Deschanel – Three-time Golden Globe nominee and star of the FOX series New Girl

Woody Harrelson – Oscar winner, Emmy winner and nominee this year for his role in HBO's True Detective

Adam Levine – Grammy-winning recording artist from Maroon 5, and the star of the NBC series The Voice

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Golden Globe and four-time Emmy winner, as well as the Emmy-nominated star of HBO's Veep

Julianna Margulies – Emmy and Golden Globe winner as well as the Emmy-nominated star of CBS' The Good Wife

Matthew McConaughey – Oscar and Golden Globe winner, and Emmy-nominated star of the HBO series True Detective

Jim Parsons – Golden Globe and three-time Emmy winner, as well as the Emmy-nominated star of CBS' The Big Bang Theory

Amy Poehler – Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated star of NBC's Parks and Recreation

Julia Roberts –Oscar and Golden Globe winner, Emmy-nominated actress and star of HBO's movie The Normal Heart

Gwen Stefani – Grammy winning recording artist as well as newest coach for the NBC series The Voice

Kerry Washington – Two-time Emmy nominee and star of ABC's Scandal

Additional award-winning stars and critically acclaimed performers announced include:

Viola Davis – Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actress as well as the star of the upcoming ABC series How to Get Away with Murder

Allison Janney – Four-time Emmy winner and two-time nominee this year for her roles on CBS' Mom and Showtime's Masters of Sex

Keegan-Michael Key – Emmy-nominated writer and performer from Comedy Central's Key and Peele

Lucy Liu – Star of the CBS drama Elementary

Debra Messing – Emmy-winning actress and star of the upcoming NBC series The Mysteries of Laura

Jordan Peele –Emmy-nominated writer and performer from Comedy Central's Key and Peele

Andy Samberg – Golden Globe winner and star of Fox's Brooklyn 99

Octavia Spencer – Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actress as well as the star of the upcoming Fox series Red Band Society

Sofia Vergara – Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and star of ABC's Modern Family

The final group of Emmy presenters announced includes:

Uzo Aduba – Emmy winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Netflix's Orange is the New Black

Scott Bakula – Star of the upcoming CBS series NCIS: New Orleans

Ricky Gervais – Emmy-nominated star of the Netflix series Derek

Chris Hardwick – Host of the Emmy-nominated Comedy Central series @midnight

Lena Headey – Emmy-nominated actress from the HBO series Game of Thrones

Katherine Heigl – Star of the upcoming NBC series State of Affairs

Mindy Kaling – Star of the FOX series The Mindy Project

Joe Morton – Emmy winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on ABC's Scandal

John Mulaney – Star of the upcoming FOX series Mulaney

Hayden Panettiere – Star of the ABC series Nashville

Liev Schreiber – Star of the Showtime series Ray Donovan

Kate Walsh – Star of the upcoming NBC series Bad Judge

Allison Williams – Star of the HBO series Girls

The Emmy Award-winning late night hosts each confirmed to present include:

Stephen Colbert – Host of Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated The Colbert Report and Emmy Award winner this year for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series for The Colbert Report

Jimmy Fallon – Host of NBC's Emmy-nominated Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Emmy Award winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for NBC's Saturday Night Live

Jimmy Kimmel – Host of ABC's Emmy-nominated Jimmy Kimmel Live

The 66th Emmy Awards will air coast-to-coast on Monday, August 25 (8:00 PM EDT live / 5:00 PM PDT live) on NBC. Emmy's Official twitter #Emmys



Monday, August 18, 2014

TNT'S DALLAS PREPARES FOR STEAMY RETURN IN AUGUST Season Three of Hit Drama Continues with "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" Summer Premiere Monday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

[TNT Press Release]

TNT'S DALLAS PREPARES FOR STEAMY RETURN IN AUGUST Season Three of Hit Drama Continues with Summer Premiere Monday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Things are about to get real steamy for the Ewing family when TNT's Dallas returns with a whole new crop of back-stabbing, double-crossing fun. The hit drama stars Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, Mitch Pileggi and Emma Bell, with Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

This season has also seen the addition of Juan Pablo Di Pace as a regular cast member and the return of guest stars AnnaLynne McCord, Ken Kercheval, Judith Light, Kuno Becker and Marlene Forte. Produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Dallas will be back to kick off the second half of its third season on Monday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Dallas centers on the Ewing family, which has made a fortune in cattle ranching and oil. Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) is now the family patriarch following the death of his older brother, J.R. Ewing.

The complicated and often bitter relationship between the two brothers can be seen reflected in the relationship between Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), Bobby's adopted son, and John Ross III (Josh Henderson), the son of J.R. and former wife Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray).


The summer run of TNT's Dallas opens in the aftermath of a devastating fire at Southfork Ranch and the unexpected overdose of John Ross' wife, Pamela Barnes Ewing (Julie Gonzalo). Each member of the family struggles to understand what's happened, including John Ross, whose two-timing behavior may have finally caught up with him after Pamela discovered him with another woman. To make matters worse, that other woman is Emma Ryland (Emma Bell), the daughter of Bobby's wife, Ann (Brenda Strong).

Christopher continues to reel after his engagement to Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) fell through, and the search for his mother ended with news that she died in 1989. He has found some comfort in a new relationship with Heather (AnnaLynne McCord), a 20-something ranch hand and single mother. But Heather's ex-husband has just returned, bringing turmoil back into her life and the life of her 5-year-old son.

Elena, who grew up at Southfork as the daughter of the Ewings' cook, Carmen Ramos (Marlene Forte), recently learned that the Ewings may have cheated her father out of valuable land by altering the original deed. Consumed with thoughts of justice for previous wrongs against her family, Elena has turned to an old childhood friend, Nicolas Treviño (Juan Pablo Di Pace).

The Ewings' chief nemesis, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), has done everything he can to bring the Ewing family down, including getting his daughter, Pamela, to infiltrate the family by marrying Christopher. But after an attempt to sabotage an oilrig resulted in injuring Pamela and killing her and Christopher's unborn twins, Cliff suddenly found his daughter turning against him. Pamela helped the Ewings gain a controlling interest in Barnes Global, then settled in for what she hoped would be a happy life with her new husband, John Ross.

Bobby’s wife, Ann, continues to battle with Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi), her scheming ex-husband who claims to be a government informant helping to shut down a drug smuggling operation. Ann also continues to build a relationship with her daughter, Emma, a sheltered beauty who has jumped in bed with John Ross – both literally and figuratively – in a bid to stir up trouble for her father, Harris. Things become even more difficult for everyone with the return of Harris' controlling mother, Judith (Judith Light), who not only owns a controlling interest in her son's transportation business but also runs a high-price prostitution ring.

Dallas premiered in 2012 and finished the year as one of basic cable's Top 10 new dramas. In its third season, Dallas is averaging 3.1 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, with 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.1 million adults 18-49. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas was developed by executive producer Cynthia Cidre from the series created by David Jacobs. Serving as executive producers with Cidre are Michael M. Robin, Robert Rovner and Bruce Rasmussen.



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Monday, August 04, 2014

Partners, Starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer Debuts on FX Monday 8~4~2014 9PM

[FX Press Release]

Partners is a half-hour, multi-camera comedy centered on the newly established partnership of high-end elitist lawyer Allen Braddock (Kelsey Grammer) and for-the-people, ethics driven lawyer Marcus Jackson (Martin Lawrence).

After his father fires him from the family law firm, Allen Braddock seeks to get back in the lawyering game on his own terms - making big bucks on high profile cases via legal loopholes and skirting ethics. Recently divorced, nice-guy Marcus tries to balance family and operating his law office out of his home, doing cases for neighbors and friends pro-bono, or for baked goods.

When a court ordered sanction teams Allen Braddock with Marcus Jackson in hopes that some of Marcus' conscience will rub off, the two find themselves in a partnership nature never intended.

Marcus struggles to be a good father to his sweet, albeit naive and idealistic daughter, "Laura”, a good son to his opinionated, old-school mom, "Ruth", and even tries to get a little bit of work out of his ambivalent assistant, "Michael."

Meanwhile, Allen juggles a step daughter, "Lizzy”, who came with his brand new shiny young trophy wife. He has absolutely zero idea how to interact with her, but a few bucks is usually a good start.

Together, the once-elite Braddock and "mom-and-pop" Jackson struggle to learn from each other to keep the new law firm profitable AND ethical - something neither of them has ever had.

Partners is a smart, edgy legal comedy highlighting the cultural contrast between the haves, the have-nots, and the "Aww, Hell-No's."


"PARTNERS" TO COMMENCE AUGUST 4 ON FX

The 10/90 Comedy Stars Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence

Two New Episodes Will Air Back-to-Back For Five Weeks Ahead of Anger Management

LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2014 - The series premiere of FX's newest 10/90 comedy, Partners starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer has been set for Monday, August 4. FX will air two back-to-back episodes of the show from 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT for five consecutive weeks. Also beginning August 4, Anger Management will move to Mondays and air back-to-back episodes from 10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT immediately following Partners.

In Partners, Grammer and Lawrence play two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court as they each face a personal crisis. Marcus Jackson (Lawrence) is a kind-hearted community activist going through a heartbreaking divorce when he meets Allen Braddock (Grammer), an elitist lawyer who has just been fired from his father's firm.

Brought together by fate and desperation, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives. Other series regulars include Telma Hopkins, Rory O'Malley, McKaley Miller, Edi Patterson and Danièle Watts.

Bob Boyett and Robert Horn serve as Executive Producers and Showrunners. Executive Producers also include Martin Lawrence, Kelsey Grammer, Brian Sher, Stella Bulochnikov, Michael Green and Sam Maydew. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Grammnet NH Productions and You Go Boy Productions. It is distributed by Debmar-Mercury.

FX ordered 10 episodes of Partners as part of a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple sitcoms. As is standard with the 10/90 model, if the series meets designated ratings thresholds over its first 10-episode run, the network will trigger an additional 90-episode order.