The 68th annual Tony Awards hosted by Hugh Jackman on June 8 is lining up an impressive list of over 25 presenters. They include Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (who has his film adaptation of Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” opening soon) and Oscar nominees Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Vera Farmiga, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Ethan Hawke. Also presenting are Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum, and Liev Schreiber. Playbill.
Television Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum admits in a new interview that “if anybody tells you they’re watching all the shows, they’re lying.” In regards to the Emmys, he discusses the rise of digital content providers (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon), the new online voting system, and the chasm between popular favorites (“The Big Bang Theory,” “The Walking Dead“) and low-rated Emmy darlings. Recent goals for this past year: “We have redisigned our brand. We want to expand our voting base. Most importantly, we’ve launched a $40 million capital campaign to build a media center with a 600-seat theater and offices for our foundation.” Hollywood Reporter.
“True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto spills more details about a second season next year on HBO. With casting coming soon, he says the next cycle will feature three lead characters with an all new story and timeline somewhere in California (but not Los Angeles). The new version will “try to evoke a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place” like they did last time in Lousiana. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will not return, and rumored lead Jessica Chastain has also denied interest. TV Line.
The seventh annual Television Academy Honors are announced for the event to be held on June 1. For using the “power of television to bring awareness to important social issues,” this year’s honorees are “The Big C: Hereafter,” “Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor,” “The Fosters,” “Mea Maxima Culpa Silence in the House of God,” “Mom,” “Screw You Cancer,” and “Vice.” Emmys.
Maury McIntyre is promoted to a new position as President and COO of the Television Academy. He has been there since last year as VP of Digital, overseeing a new website and content partnership with Yahoo. McIntyre will oversee Academy staff and report to Chairman Bruce Rosenblum and Foundation Chairman Jerry Petry. He fills the void left by the April death of former president Lucy Hood. Deadline.
Newer productions get all the glory, but classics like “The Lion King” and “Wicked” continue to lead Broadway box office revenues. Each of those shows almost made $100 million for the 2013-14 season which is concluding. A record $1.2 billion has been earned over the past 12 months. Other top earners are still “The Book of Mormon,” “Kinky Boots,” “Motown,” and “Matilda.” beyond. Variety.
The ratings are in for two of the final Emmy contenders of this season. HBO’s “The Normal Heart” drew 1.4 million viewers Sunday night. Stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, and Matt Bomer are strong awards contenders. Lifetime’s sequel “Petals on the Wind” with Emmy champ Ellen Burstyn and Heather Graham brought in 3.4 million viewers on Monday, down from the original’s 6.1 million viewers in January. TV Guide.