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Netflix's success at the Emmys is a major media breakthrough

By Tom O'Neil
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Aug 04 2015 14:38 pm
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A dramatic Emmy moment occurred last week at TCA Press Tour when Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix, told the TV critics, "It's hard to believe that this is only the third year that we've been in the business of creating original programming for Netflix. It's also hard to believe how much the landscape has changed in that short time. On February 1st of 2013, less than 30 months ago, we only had two shows, just 21 episodes of content, hardly enough to get your attention for very long."

Now consider this: Netflix is tied with HBO for having the most programs up for the top series awards -- three: Best Comedy ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") and Best Drama ("House of Cards," "Orange Is the New Black"). That's impressive.

Last year the streaming service won a major race: Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Uza Aduba. Now that "Orange Is the New Black" has moved over to the drama categories, Aduba competes for Best Supporting Drama Actress and is within striking distance of winning (12-to-1 odds). Meantime, Tina Fey ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") leads Aduba's old guest-acting comedy race with 8-to-13 odds and "Kimmy" also leads the contests for comedy guest actor (Jon Hamm with 8-to-13 odds) and supporting actor (Tituss Burgess with 7 to 5 odds).

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Emmys mystery: Can 'Last Man on Earth' win writing and directing awards without Best Comedy Series bid?

By Marcus James Dixon
By Marcus James Dixon
Aug 04 2015 05:31 am
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Can Fox's freshman hit "The Last Man on Earth" win a pair of Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Directing without even being nominated for Best Comedy Series? Before you dismiss the concept entirely, don't forget -- that's exactly what happened with "Malcolm in the Middle" in 2000 and "My Name is Earl" in 2006. Add to that the fact that those wins came for their inaugural seasons. 

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Emmys experts predict Comedy Series battle between 'Veep' and 'Transparent'

By Paul Sheehan
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Aug 04 2015 05:05 am
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Our 11 Emmy experts are divided as to what will win Best Comedy Series at the Emmys on Sept. 20.  Six of us are predicting that "Veep" will finally prevail on its fourth straight bid while four favor newcomer "Transparent." And only one expert expects "Modern Family" to claim a record sixth trophy. 

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Will zombies and cannibals win 'The Walking Dead' Emmy #3 for Best Prosthetic Makeup?

By Marcus James Dixon
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Aug 04 2015 03:55 am
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Be afraid, Emmy voters. Be very afraid. This year's leading contender for Best Prosthetic Makeup has to be "The Walking Dead," AMC's zombie apocalypse drama that won this same trophy in 2011 and 2012. TV academy members will be watching "Strangers," the second episode from Season 5 that featured gooey water zombies and cannibals feasting on a man's leg.

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Expected eliminations of Asaf and Marissa, but a surprise injury

By Daniel Montgomery
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Aug 03 2015 23:07 pm
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It was a good night for Gold Derby predictions when the top 16 performed on "So You Think You Can Dance." Our racetrack odds correctly forecast three out of the four results: the eliminations of Asaf Goren (Team Street) and Marissa Milele (Team Stage), and that Ariana Crowder would be among the bottom three street dancers but saved. We thought Edson Juarez would also be one of the bottom dancers, like he was last week, but viewers unexpectedly rallied around him and he sailed through to the next round.

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'Big Brother' WTF moment: Should Shelli Poole be evicted for throwing HOH comp?

By Marcus James Dixon
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Aug 03 2015 22:13 pm
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If Shelli Poole gets evicted this week on "Big Brother," as 43% of our readers predict, she has only herself to blame. After winning Head of Household twice, this ultra competitor decided to throw this week's HOH comp because she didn't want to be seen as a threat. Will this move cost her the game? Hurry -- make your predictions for the rest of Week 6 and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who'll be evicted next.

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Emmy episode analysis: Will Gaby Hoffmann win for brave birth episode of 'Girls'?

By Charles Bright
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Aug 03 2015 19:35 pm
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Can breakout star Gaby Hoffmann win at least one of her two Emmy nods this year? That's what she's hoping to do in the Best Comedy Guest Actress category with her performance as Caroline Sackler on the HBO comedy "Girls." The episode she submitted was the Season 4 finale, "Home Birth."

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Emmy episode analysis: Elizabeth Banks brings both laughs and tears to 'Modern Family' role

By Charles Bright
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Aug 03 2015 15:00 pm
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Elizabeth Banks earned her first Emmy nomination for playing the recurring role of Sal, the best gal pal of the gays on "Modern Family." This is her third Best Comedy Guest Actress bid following two for playing Avery Jessup on "30 Rock"; she lost those races to Gwyneth Paltrow ("Glee") in 2011 and Kathy Bates ("Two and a Half Men") in 2012. She contends this year for the episode "Fight or Flight."

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Emmy episode analysis: Rachel Brosnahan's life and death struggle on 'House of Cards'

By Charles Bright
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Aug 03 2015 09:33 am
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Can Rachel Brosnahan win the Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actress on her first (and last) nomination for "House of Cards?" On the Netflix political drama, Brosnahan plays Rachel Posner, a girl who gets in too deep with all the wrong people. The episode she submitted is this year's season finale, "Chapter 39."

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