This summer marks the end for two noteworthy female TV characters: "They are two of the most brilliant, powerful and wonderfully flawed women to emerge from television's rich drama field. Indeed, looking over the 60-plus years of prime-time history, it would be difficult to think of two more fascinating female characters than Glenn Close's Patty Hewes and Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda Leigh Johnson. And now we must say goodbye to both of them. How much poorer will the TV landscape be without Patty, the master manipulator pulling the strings on 'Damages,' and Brenda, the unorthodox yet incredibly effective interrogator on 'The Closer'?" THE PLAIN DEALER
Dick Askin will receive the Syd Cassyd Founders Award at this year's Creative Arts Emmys on September 15. From the press release: "Former Television Academy Chairman Dick Askin has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the esteemed Syd Cassyd Founders Award, it was announced today by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. Named in honor of the Television Academy’s founder, the Syd Cassyd Award was created to recognize members who have made a significant, positive impact on the Academy through their efforts and service over many years of involvement ... 'Dick left an invaluable mark on the Television Academy during his years of service on the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee and during two terms as Chairman,' said Rosenblum."
Melissa Leo delivered a bawdy performance on "Louie": "It's not that anyone necessarily doubted Melissa Leo could be funny, it's just that the Oscar-winning actress hasn't really needed to be -- her recent career's been defined by roles that have been fierce ('The Fighter'), frightening ('Red State'), warm ('Treme') and desperate ('Frozen River'), but not funny. But as Laurie, the landscaping company owner set up at a dinner party with Louis C.K.'s Louie on last night's episode, Leo's is gruffly hilarious and unsettling, upending gender expectations while physically manhandling the 'Louie' protagonist into a hook-up." INDIEWIRE
Can any other new series besides "Homeland" break through at the Emmys? "Nominations for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced in less than two weeks, and it's a near certainty that Showtime's 'Homeland' will be a big player in the awards ... But 'Homeland' might be the only member of the 2011-12 season's freshman class to score big nomination totals when they're announced on July 19. Last season featured a pretty decent crop of new series, but given the stranglehold veteran shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'Mad Men' (drama) and 'Modern Family' and 'Glee' (comedy) have in their respective categories, it could be tough for the newcomers to break into the club." ZAP2IT
Canadian Daytime Emmy winner for "Take This Lollipop" hopes to boost the Nova Scotia industry: "A web developer from Halifax is hoping his surprising win at the Daytime Emmy Awards will help the industry at home. Jason Nickel partnered with film director Jason Zada to create a Facebook app last Halloween called 'Take this Lollipop' ... Now that he's back home, the Emmy winner is hoping to team up with other local developers and expand his business. 'I'm hoping to raise awareness that there's good development companies in Halifax,' said Nickel. 'I do a lot of work with Los Angeles, but they're fine with me actually working from up here no problem, so it's something I'd like to build a base of, out of Halifax.'" CBC NEWS
Tony-winning "Anything Goes" revival ended its Broadway run July 8: "The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of 'Anything Goes' began previews March 10, 2011, and officially opened April 7, 2011. The 1934 confection has songs by [Cole] Porter and a libretto by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, who drew on the original Depression-era script (by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse) for this 1987 version of the show (it was named Best Revival at the Tony Awards that season, as well). When it ends its run, it will have played 32 previews and over 500 regular performances. This is the second longest Broadway run in Roundabout's history, following its revival of 'Cabaret.'" PLAYBILL