News Nuggets: Why did Emmy voters snub ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘True Detective’?

 Matt Roush, one of our Emmy pundits, answers a reader question about the snubs of “Orange is the New Black” and “True Detective“: “I seriously doubt Emmy voters were worrying about upsetting viewers in their determinations. There was plenty of speculation in the aftermath that the Emmy results suggested a backlash of sorts against those who tried to game the system, but in the drama category, it was clearly heading toward a ‘Breaking Bad sweep,’ so ‘True Detective’ and/or HBO may be kicking themselves for not targeting the arguably less competitive miniseries category (although my vote would have gone to ‘Fargo’ over Detective, so I’m happy how that turned out). With Orange and the comedy category, that was a bit of a shock for those of us who bought the Netflix hype, but the Emmy voters (an unusually consistent lot lately) played it safe and honored an actual comedy series, one they still obviously revere after five seasons — though if they were going traditional, I wish they’d rewarded ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ which has actually improved with age.” TV Guide

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Nick Holdsworth recaps the four latest Oscar contenders in the foreign-language film category: Croatia chose local hit comedy “Cowboys,” directed by Tomislav Mrsic. The film is based on a hit Croatian stage play about a group of friends breaking all rules of theater as they try to put on a play. Serbia opted for the sequel to a box-office hit about the country’s involvement in the first soccer World Cup in the 1930s, “See You in Montevideo,” by Dragan Bjelogrlic. Finland’s choice is atmospheric black-and-white urban thriller “Concrete Night,” by award-winning director Pirjo Honkasalo. And Estonia’s nomination is the country’s first co-production with Georgia, “Tangerines,” by Georgian director Zaza Urushadze. Hollywood Reporter

Jessica Rawden reviews the teaser trailer for the upcoming fifth season of “Downton Abbey“: Filled with inspiring music and quotes from favorite characters of the devoted fans, the trailer promises even more romance for Mary, changing family bonds, big dreams for Daisy and a large fire that is certain to change the dynamics in the Grantham household. British viewers will see the new episodes starting this month. American viewers must wait until January on PBS. Cinema Blend

A star-studded cast helps propel the upcoming Broadway comedy “It’s Only a Play” to almost $800,000 for its first five previews alone. The play reunites “The Producers” stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane along with Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally, and Rupert Grint. Variety

 Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker takes part in an extensive interview about her career working with director Martin Scorsese. She is at the Venice Film Festival this week accepting the Golden Lion life achievement award. Among other topics, she and writer Nancy Tartaglione discuss the controversy last year of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” how digital editing is changing the industry, and the upcoming Scorsese film “Silence.” Deadline

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Emmy winner Larry David (“Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is headed to Broadway. Preview performances of the play “Fish in the Dark” will begin on February 2 at the Cort Theater. David describes the play as “a comedy about a death in the family” and that he is playing a character similar to himself. Co-stars will include Jayne Houdyshell, Rosie Perez, and Jake Cannavale. New York Times

Five-time Emmy champ “Modern Family” is recruiting a trophy queen as a guest star. Six-time Emmy winner Tyne Daly (“Cagney and Lacey”) will play Mrs. Plank, a “stern, old-school” teacher, on an episode for the upcoming sixth season. The premiere episode for the new season debuts September 24 on ABC. Entertainment Weekly

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