News Nuggets: Will Queen Latifah and ‘Bessie’ be the ones to beat at the Emmys?

One of this year’s top Emmy Awards contenders in the movie/limited series categories could well be “Bessie.” The telefilm will debut may 16 on HBO and stars past Emmy and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah as the legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. She started as a struggling young singer and became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. Watch an HBO trailer and teaser in advance of the debut. Co-stars include Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Mo’Nique, Charles S. Dutton, and Oliver Platt. TV by the Numbers

The Television Academy Honors announce their recipients for the 2015 ceremony. This year’s list includes “Black-ish,” “Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest,” “The Normal Heart,” “Paycheck to Paycheck,” “Transparent,” and “Virunga.” Each selection is a program that uses the power of television “to shift cultural acceptance and influence the hearts and minds of the viewer.” Emmy winner Dana Delaney will host the show in Beverly Hills on May 27. The Wrap

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Showrunner Graham Yost answers the most burning questions about the “Justified” series finale airing Tuesday night. SPOILERS AHEAD. He talks about the four-year time jump towards the end of the episode that provides the fates of characters played by Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins (who have the final scene for a prison visit). Joelle Carter‘s character of Ava, an on-the-run fugitive, ultimately gets a happy ending. TV Line

Actors Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis will announce the 2015 Tony Awards nominees on April 28. The morning announcement will include nominations in all 24 categories and will take place in Manhattan. Parker is a past Tony and Emmy winner. Willis is an Emmy winner who will make his Broadway debut later this year in the play “Misery.” Playbill

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Weeks before its third season debuts, Netflix renews “Orange is the New Black” for a fourth season in 2016. The company also announces a record for growth, adding on 4.9 million new streaming customers in the first quarter of this year. They attribute the better-than-expected surge to their expanding lineup of original content, which also includes “Bloodline,” “House of Cards,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Variety

Could this be the next Oscar contender for three-time champ Meryl Streep? A new trailer debuts for “Suffragette,” a historical drama about liberal crusader Emmeline Pankhurst. She campaigned in the 19th and 20th centuries for British women to have the right to vote. The film, also starring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, is slated for a release this autumn. Yahoo Movies

As “The Voice” enters its top 10 week on NBC, the network announces the mentors for each team next week. Mark Ronson will advise the team for Christina Aguilera. Ryan Tedder will assist coach Pharrell Williams. Scott Hendricks will be the mentor for the Blake Shelton team. Dave Stewart will work with coach Adam Levine. Billboard

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