Netflix and 'House of Cards' Hit a Home Run as the 71st Annual Golden Globe Nominations Are Announced; We Have the Complete List
Netflix's "House of Cards" is in a tie this morning with HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" in garnering the most Golden Globe Award nominations for a TV show.
Both programs nabbed 4 nominations.
In the battle of the TV distributors, HBO led all companies with 9 nominations, folllowed by Netflix, Showtime and Starz with 6 each. Shows on CBS and NBC received 5 nominations each, while programs on ABC got 4 nominations.
Here are the TV nominations for Best Drama and Best Comedy:
Sony Pictures Television
"THE GOOD WIFE"--CBS
CBS Television Studios in Association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
"HOUSE OF CARDS"--NETFLIX
Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with
Media Rights Capital for Netflix
"MASTERS OF SEX"--SHOWTIME
Showtime, Sony Pictures Television, Round Two Productions,
"THE BIG BANG THEORY"--CBS
Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions
Twentieth Century Fox Television
"PARKS AND RECREATION"--NBC
On the feature-length movie side, in the Best Drama category the nominees are "12 YEARS A SLAVE," "CAPTAIN PHILLIPS," "GRAVITY," "PHILOMENA" and "RUSH."
In the motion picture category under Best Comedy or Musical the nominees are "AMERICAN HUSTLE," "HER," "INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS," "NEBRASKA" and "THE WOLF OF WALL STREET."more »
ABC plans to elbow in on the current popularity of “The Sound of Music" after NBC's recent live production sparked a wave of interest in the venerable musical. TheWrap.com reports that the Alphabet Network plans to air the original Academy Award-winning 1965 film over four hours on Dec. 22.
The move comes after NBC generated huge ratings for its live version of the musical, which starred “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood and “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer. The live broadcast drew 18.5 million viewers, more than NBC had expected, and the network plans to re-air the program Saturday, Dec. 14.
The 1965 film, which won five Oscars, stars Julie Andrews as Maria -- the role Underwood played in the NBC production. NBC's casting of Underwood drew considerable criticism, as TVWeek Open Mic writer Chuck Ross noted in a recent blog entry examining the production's artistic problems.
“But of course, most viewers are better acquainted with the Andrews film," TheWrap notes. "And if you’re not, ABC’s airing can take care of that."more »
George Hyatt, a former cameraman for MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” has filed a lawsuit against NBC, claiming he was fired because of age discrimination, reports TVNewser.
Hyatt, 60, claims he was fired by an NBC News supervisor in its Washington Bureau whom he overheard saying he wanted to bring in “young blood,” according to the report. Hyatt reportedly told The Daily Caller that he originally brought the case to the Office of Human Rights in Washington, but that it was dismissed.
“I initially filed a complaint with the DC Office of Human Rights for age discrimination, after exhausting every effort to regain employment at a company [where] I have devoted 30 plus years of my life,” Hyatt said. “I believe that the DC OHR dismissed the case due to understaffing and needed to clear the docket. OHR did not speak to any of my witnesses or make any attempt to contact them, albeit, they did recommend filing with EEOC.”
Hyatt told The Daily Caller that NBC News is “a sack full of lying weasels,” but went easier on "Daily Rundown" host Chuck Todd, saying Todd was not involved in his firing. "Nevertheless, Hyatt said, Todd should 'speak out' on his behalf," The Daily Caller report adds.
Contacted by TVNewser, a spokesman for NBC's news division said, “NBC News does not discriminate on the basis of age in making employment decisions."more »
An FX drama series ended its season Tuesday with an episode that delivered record numbers. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the sixth-season finale of “Sons of Anarchy” drew its biggest audience yet for one of the series' season finales.
The drama’s sixth-season finale drew 5.2 million viewers, which grew to 6.4 million with an encore telecast.
“‘SOA’ carved some deep ratings tracks this year,” the story notes. “Tuesday's episode, titled ‘A Mother's Work,’ was the second highest-rated ever for the series among viewers ages 18 to 49, exceeded only by the premiere earlier this season. That season premiere was the highest-rated telecast in the history of FX.”
The drama has ranked as the third-most watched cable TV drama with viewers in the 18-49 demo, trailing “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” the report adds.more »
NBC’s morning show “Today” apologized for a joke during a report on Nelson Mandela’s funeral. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the segment discussed allegations that the sign language interpreter who stood near speakers during the funeral used fake signs.
During the report Wednesday, “Today” showed an inset of a man mimicking the motions of sign language. It appeared for several seconds, and the hosts appeared to realize it wasn’t appropriate.
“No, guys, let's not do that," said host Natalie Morales, while Al Roker covered his face with his hands and said, “No, no, wrong.”
The show apologized on Twitter later that day, writing, “We aired a joke in our 9:00 hour that was offensive. We apologize to our viewers.”
The report adds: "The online clip that 'Today' posted on its website shows a different angle than the widely circulated YouTube clip showing the incident [below]. ... Only the audible reactions of Morales and Roker can be heard in the official 'Today' clip."
Here's a video of the incident on Wednesday's show:more »
A new series is headed to television from “Homeland” producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that FX has given a series order to the new drama, “Tyrant."
The show, which will begin production in Israel in March, is described by the network as “the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the working of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.”
“From the moment Gideon pitched me the idea, I felt that this was a tremendous opportunity to humanize and dramatize the faces behind the headlines that we read about every day,” Gordon said in a statement.
The drama tracks the younger son of a dictator in a turbulent nation, who returns home with his American wife and children.more »
Director Rob Reiner is slated to direct and executive produce a cable television series. Deadline.com reports that the Spike TV project, “Basket Case,” is a comedic drama based on the best-selling novel by Carl Hiaasen.
The project will be written by Alex Taub of “Drop Dead Diva.” It’s about an investigative reporter who has difficulty with everything from authority to women. He’s demoted to the obituary section of the paper after a professional misstep, and from there tries to regain his credibility, the story says.
“Corruption, murder, and laughs. I can’t think of a more satisfying combination,” Reiner said. “Carl Hiaasen strikes the perfect balance. I’m so looking forward to entering his twisted world.”
The production is from FremantleMedia North America in association with Random House Television Productions and Castle Rock Entertainment. It’s the first scripted series sale for Random House, which started its TV division a year ago and has a first-deal look with FremantleMedia. Both Random House and FremantleMedia are owned by Bertelsmann AG.
"When it signaled a return to scripted series in April, Spike bet heavily on event series, which made up its entire spring scripted development slate," the Deadline report notes. "The deal for 'Basket Case' does not mean a change of course. 'Though our primary focus has been on finding marquee limited event series, we have vowed that when an unbelievable opportunity for a series presents itself, we will be ready to pounce,” said Spike TV’s EVP Sharon Levy. 'It doesn’t get much better than Hiaasen and Reiner for Spike.'”
Reiner, known early in his career for playing Meathead on “All in the Family,” went on to direct a string of successful films including “This Is Spinal Tap," “The Princess Bride” and “Misery.” On television, Reiner has guest-starred on shows such as “Hannah Montana” and “30 Rock” and directed episodes of Fox’s “New Girl.”
Hiaasen commented: “Among writers of satire, ‘Spinal Tap’ stands as a work of genius. I’m excited to see what Rob will do with my twisted little novel."more »
What Will Former 'Today' Regular Ann Curry Do Next? Her $12 Million NBC Contract Has a Window Coming Up
Ann Curry may be getting close to her next career move, as her $12 million NBC contract has a window in early 2014, and she’s expected to want to move on from the network following her awkward ouster from “Today,” reports Marisa Guthrie in The Hollywood Reporter.
Her representative, attorney Robert Barnett, has tipped the competitors of NBC News to the fact that Curry will be available, the story says. Barnett declined to comment for the story.
“A CBS News executive tells THR he respects Curry's journalistic chops but that there really isn't a place for her at that division,” Guthrie writes. “Sources say Curry, 57, also has not had talks with CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, her former ‘Today’ producer.”
Guthrie adds: “Al Jazeera America, the Qatar emirate-backed network that launched in August and has struggled to lure viewers, did express interest in Curry this year when executives reached out to numerous anchors and producers to gauge availability. Certainly her style of journalism -- she's an intrepid, empathic interpreter of humanitarian crises -- would be a good fit for AJAM. And the network, available in 55 million homes, has demonstrated willingness to spend top dollar to attract such talent as former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler and Ali Velshi, lured from CNN.
“But sources there say there are no current discussions with Curry or her reps."
Curry could also create her own production company, news analyst Andrew Tyndall tells the publication. He points to Soledad O’Brien as an example of a news host who went in that direction.more »
A Texas woman who had a series of small roles in television shows including AMC’s “The Walking Dead” pleaded guilty in a case in which she was accused of sending letters tainted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shannon Guess Richardson's plea is part of a deal that her lawyer, Tonda Curry, has said will limit her prison time to 18 years, the story reports. Prosecutors, however, say she faces life in prison for the charge to which she entered the guilty plea, THR reports.
At a federal court in Texarkana the actress pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin. She was arrested earlier this year after officials said she had attempted to frame her estranged husband, Nathan Richardson, for the letters, the story adds.
"Prosecutors say Shannon Richardson mailed three letters from New Boston, outside Texarkana, then went to police and claimed that her husband had done it," THR reports. "She acknowledged in a signed plea agreement document filed Tuesday that she ordered castor beans online and learned how to process them into a substance used to make ricin. She obtained an email address, a PayPal shopping account and a post office box in her husband's name without his knowledge, according to the document."
Richardson admits in the document that on the morning of May 20, she waited for her husband to go to work, and says: "After he left the house, I printed the mailing labels for President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze with The Raben Group." All of the targets appear to be chosen for their pro-gun control efforts.
"Glaze is director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Bloomberg's group advocating for tougher gun control," THR notes.
The plea document says the letter to Obama read: "What's in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president."
It reportedly continues: "You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face."
Shannon Richardson reportedly admits mailing the letters, then attempting to blame Nathan Richardson and lying to authorities.
The THR report adds: "Curry has said that Richardson wanted to 'tell the government who else was involved in those offenses,' but declined to name anyone. In the document filed Tuesday, known as a factual resume, Richardson does not name anyone else but says that the supplies she ordered 'were used to make ricin'-- not that she made the ricin herself."
Shannon Richardson, 35, has reportedly also appeared on the TV shows “The Vampire Diaries” and "Franklin & Bash," among others, and in the feature films "The Change-Up" and “The Blind Side.”more »
"The fiery crash that took Paul Walker's life has plunged Universal Pictures into an unprecedented crisis," writes Kim Masters for The Hollywood Reporter, adding, "Executives are trying to find a way to salvage footage already shot for 'Fast & Furious 7' instead of starting fresh."
The story continues: "Sources say writer Chris Morgan now is at work crafting revisions to the script that Universal execs hope can retire Walker's character from the series using scenes already shot. If he succeeds, cast and crew could be called back to work by late January -- but that's a big if."
The article also notes: "Studio chairman Donna Langley -- in her first major leadership test since being promoted in September -- and production co-president Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, the lead exec on the 'Fast' movies, were designated to run point on finding a creative solution for the franchise. According to a knowledgeable source, the studio already has poured about $150 million into the film, a bill that its insurance firm, Fireman's Fund, might have to pay in full if Universal concludes the picture must be started anew. Fireman's Fund declined comment, as did Universal."more »