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Breaking Bad, Modern Family Are Top Shows at Emmys (USA Today)
As Breaking Bad continues its intense journey to its final moments, its cast and crew were all smiles at the Emmy Awards. With its series climax airing in a week, the AMC show won best drama series on Sunday night. “Man, I did not see this coming,” said creator Vince Gilligan, whom star Anna Gunn called a “mad genius” when accepting her outstanding supporting actress Emmy. CNET Netflix won its first Emmy award Sunday night, as David Fincher won for best directing of a drama series. The online subscription-video service, which has been touting itself of late as the “world’s leading Internet television provider,” was nominated for 14 primetime Emmy awards this year, the first time that an online-only service had shows in the running for one of television’s top creative honors. WSJ The Emmy win could boost Netflix’s prestige in Hollywood as an outlet for high-quality original series and further encourage writers, producers and actors to consider Netflix projects at a time when competition for talent among TV networks is as fierce as ever. Deadline Hollywood It was comedy ladies’ night at the Primetime Emmys as women swept both the comedy writing and directing categories for the first time in history. 30 Rock creator/executive producer Tina Fey and writer Tracey Wigfield won the writing Emmy for the series finale, while Gail Mancuso was recognized for the “Arrested” episode of ABC’s Modern Family. Mancuso is only the second woman ever to win the Emmy for comedy directing, following Betty Thomas, who won for Dream On 20 years ago. THR / The Live Feed Stephen Colbert dethroned former boss Jon Stewart at the 2013 Emmys, as The Colbert Report ended the Daily Show‘s decade-long streak of winning best Variety Series. Colbert’s show has won two writing Emmys, in 2008 and 2010, but this was the show’s first win in the category of Outstanding Variety Series, where it’s been nominated eight times, including this year. TVNewser Jeff Daniels, who plays anchorman Will McAvoy on HBO’s Newsroom took home the Emmy for best actor in a drama Sunday. CBS News In one notable acceptance speech Sunday night, the agent remained unthanked. So did the family, and actually everyone else, when Merritt Wever won best supporting actress in a comedy series at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. In fact, Wever, of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, spoke so briefly that all she said was: “Thank you so very much. Um, I gotta go, bye.” Entertainment Weekly / PopWatch Midway through hour three of the Emmys, host Neil Patrick Harris joked: “No one in America is winning their office pool.” Except that wasn’t really a joke: The 2013 Emmy Awards featured seven big upsets in the major primetime awards. Longtime also-rans got their moment in the sun. Some low-key performances beat out showier and more popular contenders. Fox News Each year’s Emmy Awards show has a tribute slideshow featuring TV stars who died in the past year, but the 2013 Emmys took remembrances to a whole new level, featuring stand-alone tributes to no fewer than six deceased stars. Variety About halfway through the Emmys, it became clear that the producers were sort of irritated they had to interrupt their variety show with, you know, awards. And that seemed to color the rest of the evening, which featured some fine staged moments but few spontaneous ones, largely because producers were so quick to play everyone off, they didn’t give the show any room to breathe.

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From MSNBC Research Assistant to The Newsroom Co-Star

Some people have all the luck.

Consider the fateful trajectory of Margaret Judson, who plays the part of producer Tess Westin on The Newsroom. As revisited in The Daily Herald by Dann Gire and Jamie Sotonoff, this University of Illinois broadcast journalism grad had no intentions of becoming an actress. But after working initially in New York as an NBC page, she transitioned within 30 Rock to the land of meant-to-be:

“I met Aaron [Sorkin] when I was working as a research assistant for (MSNBC’s) Keith Olbermann. He came into our newsroom to research for a pilot he was calling More As This Story Develops at the time.”

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Aaron Sorkin is ALWAYS Issuing BLISTERING Rants About The Huffington Post

Aaron Sorkin, speaking at an event hosted by The New Republic and HBO, had some unkind words for The Huffington Post. According to Mother Jones, Sorkin — who is a contributor to HuffPost — said the site is a perfect example of “a genuinely damaging force in our culture.” Interesting. We feel the same way about The Newsroom!

Sorkin felt that wasn’t enough hating, so he kept going:

I don’t think we’re very nice to each other anymore… There’s just too much money to be made and too much fun to be had laughing at somebody else fail. And that’s become okay. It used to be the kind of thing that you didn’t do in public…And now it’s what covers…the homepage of the Huffington Post. ‘13 Epic #Fails.’ There’s the need to put an exclamation point after everything, and there’s the need to…create fantastic stories instead of just reporting on things that we need. So the adjectives and adverbs that you’ll see in headlines are always about how somebody issued a blistering this against [someone or something] — just anything to get a clip.

We have no idea what this fool is talking about.

Jeff Daniels Has No Time for Twitter’s Will McAvoy

As might be expected, there are a number of renegade Will McAvoy Twitter accounts. Leading the pack is @WillMcAvoyACN, which at press time had surpassed 55,000 followers.

The actor who plays McAvoy, Jeff Daniels, chatted with The Hollywood Reporter’s Erik Hayden at this week’s west coast premiere event about his personal media habits. He likes to tune into MSNBC when a big news story breaks and feels no urge to monitor The Newsroom doppeltwits:

Daniels sees immediacy, if not necessarily reliability, in Twitter – though was less enthusiastic about the McAvoy parody account that has amassed over 50,000 followers. “Will wouldn’t even bother looking at it, which is very similar to Jeff Daniels,” the actor said.

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HBO Releases New Trailer for The Newsroom

A promising second trailer for Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO drama The Newsroom premiered Sunday night prior to Game of Thrones. The show stars Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, a network news anchor struggling to honor journalistic ethics in the face of soulless corporate demands, Emily Mortimer as his executive producer, and Jane Fonda as the scary media mogul who owns their asses.