Glenn Whipp analyzes why this year’s Emmy newcomers “True Detective” and “Fargo” are competing in different categories. HBO’s “True Detective” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson only aired eight episodes but will compete as a drama series. Showrunner Nic Pizzolatto says, “I probably just went from being a contender to a long shot, but it was a great vote of confidence in their belief in the show’s quality.” The FX progam starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman is airing 10 hours, but network president John Landgraf doesn’t see it that way. He says it is “actually unfair” for HBO to make this move “because essentially you can get certain actors to do a closed-ended series…who you can’t get to sign on for a seven-year deal.” L.A. Times.
Was Stephen Colbert the first choice by CBS to replace David Letterman? In an interview with Howard Stern this week, Neil Patrick Harris revealed that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves approached him about the job. Harris said he turned down that New York job as well as Craig Ferguson‘s “Late Late Show” job in Los Angeles. He said, “I think I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure of it is so set. I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act. Good night.” TV Guide.
The original Harry Potter trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are reuniting. They will be part of the centerpiece for the new themed area at the Universal resort in Orlando. On the new thrill ride “Escape from Gringotts,” the young wizards will help visitors retrieve a magical object and re-create a scene from the movie series. The second themed area at the amusement park will open this summer and will double the Harry Potter landscape. Huffington Post.
Robin Thicke is “so desperate to get his wife back,” he has written a song that he will perform live this Sunday on the Billboard Music Awards. Estranged from actress Paula Patton, Thicke’s lyrics for the song “Get Her Back” include the lines “I should’ve kissed you longer / I should have held you stronger.” TMZ.
Watch video as all 11 co-hosts past and present of ABC’s “The View” gather Thursday to salute the retiring Barbara Walters. Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Lisa Ling, Rosie ODonnell, and Meredith Vieira were among the ones who have moved on to other jobs in recent years. Deadline.
The 40th annual Saturn Awards will present special awards to actor Malcolm McDowell, director/producer Bryan Fuller, make-up artist Gregory Nicotero, and writer Marc Cushman. The science fiction and fantasy awards ceremony will be held on June 26 in Los Angeles. McDowell is known for his sci-fi roles in “A Clockwork Orange,” “Cat People,” and “Star Trek: Generations.” Fuller currently produces the NBC drama “Hannibal.” Variety.
The Daytime Emmys are presenting producer and director Russ Morash with their lifetime achievement award this year. Morash was one of the creative forces behind Julia Child‘s “The French Chef” and the PBS shows “This Old House,” “The Victory Garden,” and “The New Yankee Workshop.” In his 54-year career, the former New Zealander has won 13 Daytime Emmys. NATAS.