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Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Fleabag’ and ‘Killing Eve’) could be the first in 21 years to achieve this Golden Globes feat

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Fleabag’ and ‘Killing Eve’) could be the first in 21 years to achieve this Golden Globes feat
It’s been a good year for Phoebe Waller-Bridge to say the least: she won three Emmys in September, including Best Comedy Series, for the second season of “Fleabag.” It could get even better at the upcoming Golden Globes, where she has a chance to win Best Comedy Series for “Fleabag” and Best Drama Series for “Killing Eve,” a show she also created and executive produces. If she does, she would be the first creator in 21 years to win both on the same night.

The last creator who achieved that double play was David E. Kelley, who won Best Comedy for “Ally McBeal” and Best Drama for “The Practice” at the Globes in 1999. He then took home the same two awards a few months later at the Emmys. Another creator has won both prizes since then, but not on the same night: the prolific Ryan Murphy took home Best Drama
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Disney Plus Orders High School Basketball Series From David E. Kelley, John Stamos to Star

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Disney Plus Orders High School Basketball Series From David E. Kelley, John Stamos to Star
David E. Kelley and John Stamos are teaming for a dramedy series set in the world of girls high school basketball for Disney Plus, Variety has learned.

Titled “Big Shots,” the one-hour series follows a temperamental college basketball coach (Stamos) who gets fired from his job and must take a teaching and coaching job at an elite all-girls private high school. Disney Plus has ordered 10 episodes.

Kelley will write the series along with Dean Lorey, with both executive producing. Brad Garrett, who pitched the original idea to Kelley, will also executive produce. Bill D’Elia will executive produce and direct the first episode. The series will begin shooting in November in Los Angeles. ABC Studios will produce.

The role will see Stamos move from one streaming series to another, with the actor having recently appeared in Netflix’s “Fuller House,” the continuation of “Full House.” He will also appear in
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Andrew Scott has to defy some major comedy bias to win the Golden Globes’ TV supporting actor prize

Andrew Scott has to defy some major comedy bias to win the Golden Globes’ TV supporting actor prize
Andrew Scott, aka Hot Priest, was so cruelly snubbed by the Emmys that even Bradley Whitford is still thinking about it. The “Fleabag” star might get some justice at the Golden Globes, where he is not only expected to earn a nomination but a win as well. However, you may want to think twice before picking him to take home the statuette.

Scott would only be the fourth person this century to win the Globes’ catch-all Best TV Supporting Actor award for a comedy series. The other three are Robert Downey Jr., who won for his comeback on “Ally McBeal” in 2001, Jeremy Piven for “Entourage” in 2008 and Chris Colfer for “Glee” in 2011. Yup, it’d be nine years between victories for comedy players should Scott prevail in January. The situation is even more dire on the actress side: Only two winners this century have been for comedies, Kim Cattrall for
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Evil Casts Renée Elise Goldsberry as Someone Crucial From David's Past

Evil Casts Renée Elise Goldsberry as Someone Crucial From David's Past
Oh, Evil‘s Leland Townshend is going to have a field day with this one.

Renée Elise Goldsberry (Altered Carbon, One Live to Live) will recur on CBS’ supernatural drama this season, our sister site Deadline reports. Her character, Renee Harris, is a charismatic lawyer who works on behalf of the Catholic Church.

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The CW to Develop Female-Led Mma Drama

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The CW is getting into the mixed martial arts ring.

Variety has learned that the broadcaster is developing a one-hour drama about a young woman who begins training in Mma. Titled “American Fighter,” the series follows JoJo Raines, who has a dead end life in a dead end town, hanging out with her friends because there’s nothing else to do and venting her frustrations with her fists in fights of her own making.

That is until she gets into it with the wrong people and is assigned community service at the veteran’s rehabilitation hospital. There she meets a wounded vet who teaches her how to hone her aggression in the form of Mma fighting. Through her training, she begins to find a sense of purpose and even a possible future, as long as the rest of the problems in her life, and her own self-destructive behavior, don’t take her down first.
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‘Veep’ video interviews: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, David Mandel and more exclusive chats [Watch]

After taking a year off, HBO’s three-time Best Comedy Series champ “Veep” returned to the Emmy race for a chance at snagging a fourth victory for its farewell season. Gold Derby recently spoke with several of the show’s contenders, including stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and Peter MacNichol, showrunner David Mandel and art directors Kimberly Wannop and David Smith, as well as actors Reid Scott and Timothy Simons. Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

The role of Selina Meyer, a calculating politician who claws her way into the presidency, has helped Louis-Dreyfus break several Emmy records. Not only do her six consecutive Best Comedy Actress victories make Meyer the most rewarded character of all time, but combined with her wins for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” they tie Louis-Dreyfus with Cloris Leachman for the most awarded
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Looking Back on David E. Kelley’s History-Making Double Emmy Wins 20 Years Later

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Looking Back on David E. Kelley’s History-Making Double Emmy Wins 20 Years Later
David E. Kelley thought there’d been a mistake. On Sept. 12, 1999, the prolific showrunner was backstage at the Shrine Auditorium, having just accepted the best drama series Emmy for “The Practice,” when he heard his name called again.

Kelley immediately figured that the producers were summoning him out again to take the award away from his ABC legal drama and give it to “The Sopranos,” the HBO series that had skyrocketed like a pop culture comet in its first season. “Sopranos” had been the heavy favorite to win the Emmys’ top prize that year, given the intensity around the show.

But there was no mistake. Kelley was ushered back onstage because Television Academy voters decided to make history by handing him a second big win, the comedy honor for his Fox series “Ally McBeal.” Kelley is the first and to date only producer to command the Emmy Awards for best
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Emmy episode analysis: ‘Barry’ scene-stealer Anthony Carrigan could take out the competition

Emmy episode analysis: ‘Barry’ scene-stealer Anthony Carrigan could take out the competition
Anthony Carrigan received his first Emmy nomination this year for playing scene-stealing NoHo Hank, a weirdly exuberant, theatrical but ultimately naive Chechen mobster on HBO’s “Barry.” He co-stars alongside co-creator and leading man Bill Hader, who plays a depressed hit man with aspirations to be an actor and gets caught up in the messy lives of mobster Hank and his ruthless but often incompetent gang of thugs.

Carrigan is contending in the Best Comedy Supporting Actor category against 2018 champ Henry Winkler and his other “Barry” co-star Stephen Root, plus previous winners Tony Hale (“Veep”) and Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and past nominee Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”).

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Carrigan’s Emmy episode submission is “Past = Present x Future Over Yesterday,” which aired April 14 and was the third episode of the show’s second season.

In this episode,
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Peter MacNicol (‘Veep’) on his ‘descent into darkness’ playing Jeff Kane [Complete Interview Transcript]

Peter MacNicol (‘Veep’) on his ‘descent into darkness’ playing Jeff Kane [Complete Interview Transcript]
Peter MacNicol earned an Emmy nomination this year for his recurring guest role as Jeff Kane on “Veep.” MacNicol is a previous Emmy winner for “Ally McBeal” back in 2001. He was notably nominated in 2016 for “Veep” but it was rescinded due to a technicality.

MacNicol recently spoke with Gold Derby contributing editor Zach Laws about saying goodbye to “Veep,” his memories of winning an Emmy for “Ally McBeal” and whether he would participate in a Jonah Ryan spinoff series. Watch the exclusive video interview above and read the complete transcript below.

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Gold Derby: Peter, you’ve been with the “Veep” family since Season 5. You’ve been one of everyone’s favorite characters on the show as the foul-mouthed Jeff Kane. Talk a little bit about returning for this final season. Were you sad to see this show go, to have to say goodbye to this character?
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Emmy episode analysis: Peter MacNicol (‘Veep’) seeks revenge 3 years after nomination disaster

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Emmy episode analysis: Peter MacNicol (‘Veep’) seeks revenge 3 years after nomination disaster
Better late than never? That’s no doubt what Peter MacNicol is thinking after receiving an Emmy nomination for guest-starring on “Veep” three years after his last bid was rescinded because of a technicality. MacNicol was replaced by Peter Scolari (“Girls”) on that 2016 Emmy ballot, who against all odds wound up winning. Flash-forward to this year and MacNicol is now a favorite to prevail for his role as political strategist Jeff Kane, aka the screeching uncle of Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), thanks to his performance in the penultimate episode, “Oslo.”

SEEPeter MacNicol (‘Veep’) admits he ‘didn’t enjoy saying goodbye’ to his ‘black hole’ of a character [Exclusive Video Interview]

MacNicol only pops up briefly in “Oslo” (we count 48 total seconds), but his performance is so memorable it’s no surprise he received Emmy recognition. After Jonah’s father dies of chicken pox, Jeff crashes the funeral to harass his least favorite nephew.
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Peter MacNicol (‘Veep’) admits he ‘didn’t enjoy saying goodbye’ to his ‘black hole’ of a character [Exclusive Video Interview]

Peter MacNicol (‘Veep’) admits he ‘didn’t enjoy saying goodbye’ to his ‘black hole’ of a character [Exclusive Video Interview]
Peter MacNicol admits he “didn’t enjoy saying goodbye” to his character on “Veep.” The veteran actor frequently popped up as a guest star on HBO’s political satire as Jeff Kane, the foul-mouthed, devilishly wicked uncle to bumbling politician Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons). “It calls upon resources you don’t even know you have to play somebody so effortlessly vile,” which was “fun” for him to do. Watch our exclusive video interview with MacNicol above.

See Julia Louis-Dreyfus interview: ‘Veep’

MacNicol describes Kane, a longtime lobbyist and political power broker, as “a descent into darkness. I haven’t seen his likes before.” Playing him “was like living in a black hole. I was a black hole as the character, and the lines were a black hole, because they were so packed with expletives, and nothing was logical.” The dialogue was “dense” and “hallucinogenic,” with Kane calling his woefully-inept nephew pearl-clutchingly disgusting names.
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Emma Thompson would join these record-holders with an Emmy win for ‘Saturday Night Live’

Emma Thompson would join these record-holders with an Emmy win for ‘Saturday Night Live’
Emma Thompson has seven Emmy nominations and one win. That single victory came for her guest appearance on “Ellen” in 1998, and now, 21 years later, she could win that same category again and be just the eighth person to do so.

Thompson, who missed on a bid for “King Lear,” is up in Best Comedy Guest Actress for her hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live.” No one has won this category more than twice. The seven two-time champs are Colleen Dewhurst, Tina Fey, Kathryn Joosten, Cloris Leachman, Jean Smart, Tracey Ullman and Betty White.

Should Thompson prevail, she’d join an even more exclusive club with Dewhurst, Smart and Ullman as the only people with a perfect 2-for-2 record in the category. Dewhurst won for “Murphy Brown” in 1989 and ’91; Smart for “Frasier” in 2000-01; and Ullman for “Love & War” in 1993 and “Ally McBeal” in 1999.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge could do what only David E. Kelley has pulled off at the Emmys

Phoebe Waller-Bridge could do what only David E. Kelley has pulled off at the Emmys
Twenty years ago, David E. Kelley made Emmy history as the first producer to win Best Drama Series (“The Practice”) and Best Comedy Series (“Ally McBeal”) in the same year. No one has duplicated the feat since, but someone has the chance to do so this year: Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The TV academy released the official vetted list of producer nominees for program races on Monday, and as expected, Waller-Bridge is up in Best Comedy Series for “Fleabag” and in Best Drama Series for “Killing Eve.” Could she actually win both? Well…

She certainly has a better shot in comedy, as the second and probable final season of “Fleabag” was the toast of the town (and the internet) in the spring and nabbed 11 nominations, up from literally zero for Season 1. There is a lot of passion and love behind “Fleabag,” and with presumed departing favorite “Veep” underwhelming with nine nominations, the
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‘Big Little Lies’ Gives Us What We Want. That Isn’t a Good Thing (Column)

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‘Big Little Lies’ Gives Us What We Want. That Isn’t a Good Thing (Column)
If it’s even possible to feel sorry for the most celebrated actress of our time, then the second season of “Big Little Lies” has made me feel a bit bad for Meryl Streep.

In the season’s early episodes, the actress seems to have intended to continue what she began with Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” in 2017 — to work once again alongside a director willing to push her and to create a character who pulses with real life, one whose actions have the power to surprise us and yet that feel consistent throughout. In much of her 2010s work, Streep has had a tendency to default to “doing Meryl,” to uncorking a comforting and familiar suite of tics in playing outsized types in projects she dominates through force of persona. Here, though, as Mary Louise Wright, a character whose mousy passive-aggression is unfamiliar in her recent oeuvre, Streep had
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‘Big Little Lies’ Review: ‘The Bad Mother’ Sets Up a Dumbfounding Finale in an Exasperating Episode 6

‘Big Little Lies’ Review: ‘The Bad Mother’ Sets Up a Dumbfounding Finale in an Exasperating Episode 6
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Big Little Lies” Season 2, Episode 6, “The Bad Mother.”]

So, it all comes down to… this? A courtroom inquisition with Nicole Kidman’s abused wife acting as her own attorney against Meryl Streep’s aggrieved, possibly vengeful grandma; one parent questioning the other for the title of “The Good Mother,” aka the legal guardianship of two young boys? Even if we don’t bring in the behind-the-scenes knowledge of how this season came about, Episode 6, “The Bad Mother,” feels like David E. Kelley throwing his hands up in the air and screaming, “Fuck it! Let’s just make it about the law!”

After all, Kelley, a former attorney, has been writing about lawyers and courtrooms and legalese for more than three decades. The “L.A. Law,” “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal,” “Harry’s Law,” and “Goliath” creator has made it his “Practice” to place as many dramatic confrontations as possible between a pacing attorney and a cowering witness.
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2’s Woes Started With Its Writing (Column)

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2’s Woes Started With Its Writing (Column)
The expectations going into the second season of “Big Little Lies” — a season that initially was never going to exist, before the first become such a success — were perhaps insurmountably high. Its all-star cast added yet another unparalleled performer in Meryl Streep, and with original director and editor Jean-Marc Vallee busy with “Sharp Objects,” acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Arnold stepped in. And while she and Vallee share a fondness for dreamy landscapes and wistful closeups, the assumption was that hiring her to steer the entire season meant that she might put her stamp on it in a way, or at least lend a new color to an already rich palette. What a new Indiewire report suggests, however, is that Arnold never got the chance to do so — which is frankly unsurprising given how “Big Little Lies” season 2 has so far unfolded, and therefore a real shame.

There’s no saying just
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Emmys 2019 slugfest: Will the comedy guest acting races reward ‘Veep’ and ‘Big Bang Theory’ or will ‘SNL’ dominate once again? [Watch]

Emmys 2019 slugfest: Will the comedy guest acting races reward ‘Veep’ and ‘Big Bang Theory’ or will ‘SNL’ dominate once again? [Watch]
Gold Derby contributor Luca Giliberti declares that Peter MacNicol will return to the Emmy race for his guest turn on “Veep” because he thinks the HBO political comedy will have a stellar showing in its final season. “When a show is much stronger across the board, it translates in these guest categories,” he explains. The fact that his 2016 nomination in the category was infamously rescinded will also “help him,” he adds. Giliberti recently joined me and Riley Chow to dish those highly competitive Comedy Guest Acting categories. Watch our full slugfest above.

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MacNicol, a previous Emmy victor for his supporting role in “Ally McBeal” (2001), currently leads our racetrack odds for Best Comedy Guest Actor. Rounding out the top six are John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”), Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory
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Richmond Shepard, Celebrated as ‘The World’s Oldest Mime,’ Dies at 90

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Richmond Shepard, Celebrated as ‘The World’s Oldest Mime,’ Dies at 90
Richmond Shepard, one of America’s foremost practitioners and proponents of the art of mime, died in Manhattan July 2 at age 90.

Shepard’s family announced his passing with an unusual request: “In lieu of flowers, Richmond has requested a moment of noise.”

Although he was most famous as a mime — and received fresh notoriety three years ago when he was featured in an online New Yorker video, “The World’s Oldest Mime” — Shepard was also a well-known personality in the bicoastal theater communities as a director, critic and theater operator, with small stages that bore his name in both L.A. and New York.

Shepard was the author of “Mime: The Technique of Silence,” a 1970 book considered an essential text for anyone looking to take up the craft. His early television work included appearances on “The Today Show” and talk shows with Merv Griffin, Steve Allen and Dinah Shore. His
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‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Series From David E Kelley in the Works at CBS

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‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Series From David E Kelley in the Works at CBS
A TV adaptation of “The Lincoln Lawyer” from David E. Kelley has been given a series production commitment at CBS, TheWrap has learned.

Based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling series of novels, “The Lincoln Lawyer” centers on Mickey Haller, who is described as “an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles.”

The “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” creator will write and executive produce.

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Connelly and Ross Fineman, who also produced Kelley’s Amazon series “Goliath,” will serve as executive producers on the drama from A+E Studios, in association with CBS Television Studios.

Matthew McConaughey previously starred in a 2011 film adaptation of the “Lincoln Lawyer” book series from director Brad Furman.
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‘Lincoln Lawyer’ Series in Development at CBS from David E. Kelley

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‘Lincoln Lawyer’ Series in Development at CBS from David E. Kelley
David E. Kelley is returning once more to the court of legal dramas.

CBS has issued a series production commitment for “The Lincoln Lawyer,” with Kelley in position to pen and executive produce.

Based on the series of bestselling novels by Michael Connelly, the show hails from A+E Studios in association with CBS TV Studios. It will center around Mickey Haller, an iconoclastic idealist who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car, as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles.

Connelly’s original “The Lincoln Lawyer” novel, which came out in 2006, was adapted for the big screen in 2011 with Matthew McConaughey playing Haller. The Brad Furman film was a box office hit and also starred Marisa Tomei in the role of Haller’s ex-wife Maggie McPherson. There is yet no word on who will be playing the
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