Angela Lansbury, the Queen of the Tony Awards, is now officially a dame courtesy of the Queen of England. In a ceremony Tuesday at Windsor Castle, she received the title of Dame Commander. Lansbury has won five Tonys in her long career on Broadway. In November, she received an honorary Academy Award after three previous Oscar nominations. Her work on television has brought her 18 nods (mostly for her regular work “Murder, She Wrote”) but no wins yet. At age 88, she is currently appearing on the London stage in “Blithe Spirit.” Broadway World.
Thursday is the final day to join the Television Academy. Pete Hammond reminds that “there is always a surge of interest in joining the Academy around this time of year” in order to cast an Emmy ballot. This will be the first year that they will have access to online voting during the nominations round. Emmy ballots will be released on June 9. The deadline for nominating is just a short while later on June 20. Nominations will be announced on July 10. The NBC ceremony itself is Monday, August 25, a month earlier this year. Deadline.
The A new “For Your Consideration” Emmy mailer for “The Good Wife” attacks cable dramas for their lack of episodes. It points out that the CBS program produced 22 episodes this season compared to “Mad Men” (7), “True Detective” (8), “Breaking Bad” (8), “Downton Abbey” (9), and “Game of Thrones” (10). Under the show’s logo, it quotes a recent Gold Derby feature that proclaimed, “It is time to give this show its due as one of the best drama series on TV. Period.” Hollywood Reporter.
One of the hottest trailers unveiled this week is the one for “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Directed by the original’s Bryan Singer, it unites several actors from the first films (Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen) and the more recent prequel (Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence). The film arrives in theaters May 23. L.A. Times.
With recent talk of film reboots of “Ghostbusters,” “The Goonies,” and more, could a sequel to “Mrs. Doubtfire” also be on the way? Jeff Sneider reports that original star Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus are already on board for a script by “Elf” writer David Berenbaum. The original 1993 movie grossed $441 million worldwide. Now older, it should be even easier for Williams to be slathered in old-age makeup with wig, fake teeth, eyeglasses, and dress. The Wrap.
ABC’s morning show “The View” is reuniting all 11 hosts from the program’s history. The gathering will take place on May 15 in honor of founder Barbara Walter‘s retirement. The current lineup of Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, and Sherri Shepherd will be joined by Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Star Jones, Lisa Ling, Debbie Matenopoulos, Rosie O’Donnell, and Meredith Vieira. TV Line.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”) is striving to make his latest Broadway role “authentic.” In the revival of Martin McDonagh’s stage play “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” he plays Billy Claven, a physically disabled orphan whose small town on the Ireland coast is visited by a Hollywood film crew. His last outing on stage was 2011’s grueling “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which was a tough song-and-dance production eight times each week for almost a year. USA Today.
The cold and frosty debut of “Fargo” Tuesday receives a warm embrace from the audience. The 10-part limited series starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton brought in 4.15 million total viewers. Once time-shifted numbers are added in, the totals will be even bigger. Loosley based on the Joel and Ethan Coen 1996 film, the premiere episode was titled “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” and was set in a small Minnesota town. TV by the Numbers.