Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum addresses fears that shows and performers are entering into “fishy” categories to increase their chances of winning Emmys. TV Critics Association members specifically asked on Sunday about “Orange is the New Black” and “Shameless” submitting as comedies and why certain series regulars are considered guest stars. Rosenblum said, “This isn’t a new problem. I remember ‘Desperate Housewives’ entered into the comedy category. So, this isn’t something that is a new issue for the category to be raised. It predates my tenure here.” He added, “But as an organization, should we look at refining those rules? We should definitely look at it.” The Wrap.
After last year’s ceremony was dubbed “the saddest Emmys of all time,” new host Seth Meyers promises humor for 2014. Speaking to critics Sunday, the host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” said the NBC event would be “the way we approach anything — which is to be upbeat and fun. Certainly we don’t want it to feel morbid, we want it to be a celebration of this year’s TV.” The ceremony will be live on Monday, August 25. Variety.
Sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the box office king this weekend, opening 33% better than the original with $73 million. Last week’s top film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” falls to second place with $16.5 million. The third spot is held by holdover “Tammy” starring Melissa McCarthy. The standout news comes from the limited release of awards contender “Boyhood” from director Richard Linklater. It grossed $359,000 in just five theaters. Thompson on Hollywood.
Nickelodeon cancels their hot teen show “Sam and Cat” despite great ratings. The show only aired one season of 36 episodes starring Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as roommates who start a babysitting business. Production was halted in April, in the wake of racy pictures of McCurdy leaking online and reports of the two stars at odds with each other. Grande is also a rising pop star, whose hit single “Problem” was a top seller. The final episode airs July 17. TV Line.
Does Emmy champ Katherine Heigl regret leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2010? In a new interview, she said, “I made a difficult decision, but it was the right decision for me at the time. I really just wanted to spend more time with my family and my new baby and extend my family and I’m really grateful to have been able to do that and I’m very grateful for these last couple of years.” When asked about her reputation as being difficult, she added, “I can only say that I certainly don’t see myself as being difficult… So if I ever disappointed someone, it was never intentional.” TV Guide.
FX debuts their first teaser for the next installment of “American Horror Story.” Titled “Freak Show,” it will be set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950 with regular player Jessica Lange as a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows. Returning cast members include Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Emma Roberts. Emmy winner Michael Chiklis will join this season’s cast. Hollywood Reporter.
Oscar winner Christopher Walken will take on the flashy role of Captain Hook in the upcoming NBC live musical “Peter Pan” on December 4. The production will be mounted by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who produced the ratings smash “The Sound of Music” last December. They are also the most recent team behind the Academy Awards ceremony the past two years. Walken is a celebrated dancer with two past Tony nominations. Playbill.