The night she won the Golden Globe for her warm, funny and versatile work as the kindhearted title character in the CW comedy "Jane the Virgin," Gina Rodriguez brought her whole family — Mom and Dad, her two older sisters and their husbands — to the celebrity-filled InStyle after-party at the Beverly Hilton. They hung out for about an hour, people watching, but Rodriguez mostly sat with her parents while her sisters Iveliss and Rebecca tracked down Channing Tatum for a selfie.
Once that mission was accomplished, Rodriguez and her parents headed back to her one-bedroom Santa Monica apartment, where the 30-year-old actress made up her couch ("Of course, my mom and dad get dibs on the bed") and conked out early. She had to be on set at 5 a.m. the next day.
"The reason I got the Golden Globe was because of my job, so I needed to make sure I wasn't a hot mess the next day," Rodriguez says. "Yes, they probably would have cut me a little slack, but I didn't want to disappoint."
Last year's Emmy season started off confusing ("Orange Is the New Black" is a comedy? Really?) and ended up wholly predictable, with no new winners in the drama and comedy series and acting categories, and "Modern Family" taking the comedy trophy for the fifth year running. And while television academy voters have never really been known for their impulsive choices (Again with the "ER"?), the rubber-stamping of the past seems at odds with the sheer volume of great choices available every year.
Put it another way: If we are indeed living in yet another Golden Age of television, shouldn't somebody besides Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Parsons win an Emmy?
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The television academy's board of governors seems to think so, changing several rules in recent months that might make this year's Emmys a bit more interesting. "I think we'll know fairly quickly if these have an impact on the process," says television academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum.
At the very least, the revisions...Read more
While the Oscars were largely a dry white straight male season, the Emmys are shaping up to be anything but, with acclaimed shows starring women, people of color and characters of various sexual and/or gender orientations. The list of newcomers breaking some rare ground is impressive: "Jane the Virgin," "The Nightly Show," "black-ish," "Empire," "Fresh Off the Boat," "How to Get Away With Murder," "Cristela" and "Transparent."
They join longer-running shows, including "Orange Is the New Black," "The Mindy Project," "Being Mary Jane," "Power," "Scandal" and "Looking," in giving the audience characters and stories from communities that were previously all but invisible on television.
One of the champions of the "normalizing" of TV — the term she prefers over "diversity" — is Shonda Rhimes. Her three ABC shows do so, starting with colorblind casting for "Grey's Anatomy." "Scandal" was the first network drama in 30 years to star a black woman. The newest Shondaland entry, "How to Get Away...Read more
This month, "Mad Men" made its exit, to the dismay of fans everywhere. As the satirical Twitter account @LosFelizDayCare put it in March, "A lot of the children are afraid and asking but the truth is we don't know what life looks like after 'Mad Men.'"
If we can't look forward to more from the series about 1960s admen (and women) and their lives, at least we can look back. From the first episode, the show gave us dramatic, outrageous and stunning scenes that burned into viewers' consciousness — the runaway lawn mower, Betty Draper shooting the bird, the hanging suicides (Lane Pryce and Don's brother Adam), Mrs. Blankenship, Peggy's surprise baby.
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Every twist was unexpected, and yet the turns never felt like a soap opera. Instead, the series delivered a weekly commentary on the cultural shifts in American society.
Here, cast members recall the biggest bombshells hurled at them, with series creator Matthew Weiner weighing in.
Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris)
They've never been lovers. They're definitely not cop buddies. And they're not really related. But some TV twosomes are more than the sum of their parts. They may have been thrown together by writers unsure what else to do with their quirky characters, by circumstance of age or even worldview. But a good platonic pairing can pop from the screen faster than even the most sizzling of romantic couples. Here are three of the most electric duos we've spied lately on TV, twosomes whose intimacy is on a whole different level than their counterparts but who leave us wanting more — like their own spinoff series!
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Dowager Countess of Grantham Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) and Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton)
Two of a kind: Two of the most elder stateswomen of Downton, the dowager and Isobel started off sniping at one another over class differences (Violet was, after all, the dowager and Isobel just the middle-class mother of the newly discovered Grantham...Read more
"Homeland's" Peter Quinn is not to be trifled with: He's a crack shot and a tireless investigator for the CIA, though not without flaws (he's just begun an inadvisable relationship with Claire Danes' volatile Carrie Mathison, and he once stabbed a suspect through the hand). Rupert Friend, who plays Quinn on the Showtime series, may not be an assassin, but he could be. In fact, give him a few weeks of study and he'll be anyone you want. And he's full of surprises: When the British actor sat for an interview in an Italian restaurant near his New York City home, he ordered in fluent Italian, then went on to discourse on everything from Philippine knife-fighting to Ernest Hemingway.
Here's just a taste of what the 2013 Emmy nominee had to say.
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You decided to learn Italian after watching "The Godfather," which is an interesting inspiration to take from that film.
It's so rarely spoken, when you find someone who does speak it, it's sort of a secret code you have. Those...Read more