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2016 Critics Choice Award Nominations: Jonathan Jackson, Judith Light, Hayden Panettiere & Taraji P. Henson Land Nods!

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Nominations were announced Monday morning for the 21st annual Critics Choice Awards, as voted on by the Broadcast Film, and Television Journalists Association, who after having their awards seperately since 2010, have combined the presentation and ceremony into one show that will air on January 17th on A&E (and simultaneously on Lifetime and LMN) hosted by Silicon Valley’s  T. J. Miller.

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According to Variety: “Previously, TV awards were handed out in June. Because of the new combined format, only television shows airing primarily within the seven months from June 1 to Dec. 31 were eligible for nomination.  The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. consists of nearly 300 reviewers from TV, radio and online. The Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. was begun a few years ago as an offshoot, with its first TV ceremony held in June 2011. There are about 100 voters. In the new configuration, movie critics will vote on the film awards, while TV reviewers will vote on TV.”

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And in the TV categories some very soap famous notabes have made the cut and will vye for the award come January.  Former General Hospital star and Five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, now Avery) along with his on-screen love interest played by former Guiding Light and OLTL star Hayden Panettiere (Juliette), both scored nominations for their work on Nashville! Jackson will compete in the Supporting Actor category in a Drama Series, while Panettiere will compete in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Former One Life to Live star and two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winner, Judith Light (Ex-Karen Wolek), who was also recognized with a nomination last week for the Golden Globes for Transparent, also scored a nod for the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the critically-acclaimed Amazon Prime series.

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Fox’s sudsy Empire also was recognized in a few categories.  In the acting field, it was once again Taraji P. Henson’s turn as Cookie Lyon that scored her a nod in the Lead Actress in a Drama category, while the series is competiting in the Best TV Drama category.

The Young and the Restless budding starlet, Alyvia Alyn Lind  (Faith Newman) also landed a nomination for her star turn as a young Dolly Parton in the motion picture made for TV, Coat of Many Colors.  Lind is up in the Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited series Category.  While there are other TV category genres honored by the critics associations; such as reality programming and talk show, daytime dramas are not represented.   Check out the entire nominations here!

Are you excited to learn that Jonathan, Judith, Hayden, Taraji, and Alyvia received nominations today? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jonathan Jackson delivers every time the camera comes on, he learned his craft at the foot of two legends.

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Amen, Pat! He is one fo the key elements of NASHVILLE that make it work. And I loved how he has carried Avery’s arc from the bad-boy, self-serving rocker to a genuine caring man. He is amazing!

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I totally agree, he started out at 10 years old acting long side of Tony Geary and Genie Francis, Wow, can’t get any more training then that. He is so talented, I am a loyal fan of Nashville because I love, love, love his role opposite Hayden Panetiere. they are awesome together and I only hope that they are reunited as lovers on the show. Can’t see either of them with anyone else. If that happens will stop watching :).

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JUDY K

NEVER WATCHED GH WHEN JONATHAN JACKSON WAS ON…..NOW AFTER WATCHING AND LOVING HIM IN NASHVILLE I SEE WHY HE WON EMMYS AND PRAISES…HE IS A HUGE PART OF NASHVILLE!!!!!

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TEEN CHOICE AWARDS: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Empire’ & Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Jussie Smollett Score Nods

On Wednesday, the nominees for those ‘way cool’ surfboard trophies at the upcoming 2018 Teen Choice Awards were revealed.  The ceremony will air live on FOX on Sunday August 12th at 8/7c live from Los Angeles.

The awards voted on by fans for their favorites in television, movies and music kicked off the determination of the winners today. Fans have the chance to vote up to ten times a day on each platform: Twitter and at TeenChoice.com up until June 19.  For Twitter, viewers can tweet a category hashtag along with the nominee’s name for the vote to be counted.

In the television categories, Riverdale and the just cancelled Shadowhunters led the nominations. but a few of your favorite primetime soapy dramas also came away with nominations in the major categories … This Is Us, and Empire.  In addition, Sterling K. Brown (Randall) and Chrissy Metz (Kate) scored acting nominations for This Is Us, while Jussie Smollett (Jamal) received an acting nod for Empire.

Check out these main TV drama categories below and remember to vote.

Choice Drama TV Show (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
Empire
Famous in Love
Riverdale
Star
The Fosters
This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
Freddie Highmore — The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams — Grey’s Anatomy
Jussie Smollett — Empire
K.J. Apa — Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Bella Thorne — Famous in Love
Camila Mendes — Riverdale
Chrissy Metz — This Is Us
Lili Reinhart — Riverdale
Maia Mitchell — The Fosters
Ryan Destiny — Star

So, which show from the nominees do you think the voters will chose for Choice Drama TV Show, Actor and Actress?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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EMPIRE Season Four Finale: A Wedding, Two Deaths … Maybe More!

On the season four finale of Empire, two deaths, maybe another, and a marriage, highlighted the twists and turns of the Fox hip-hop music soap opera.

First, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) long time rival, Boo Boo Kitty aka Anika, played by Grace Gealey, took one of the more horrific signature tumbles that Empire is known for.  Payback is definitely a bitch!

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Andre (Trai Byers) spiked Anika’s champagne before her press conference when she announces she has taken over as CEO of “Empire.”  While she is making her speech, she starts seeing visions of Rhonda, featuring Kaitlin Doubleday reprising her role. As she is speaking to the press, Anika is having hallucinations of Rhonda and her delusions reach epic proportions.  Then, we watch Anika smash through glass and fall several floors below to her death. According to showrunner EP Greg Mahoney, Anika is truly dead.

But also, at the top of the hour, recovering junkie Tori, played by Rumer Willis, was rushed to the hospital.  This was following an emotional confrontation with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). He visits her in the rehab center where she realizes she’s still got deep addiction issues.  After, they have a talk, she tells him to watch out for himself, and that the Lyon family will bring him down, and he needs to find his own path in life. Later, Jamal comes back to see her, only to find out that she has suffered complications from a grand mal seizure, and has died.  This prompts Jamal to go on a self-journey, and leave the Lyon’s nest for now.

Meanwhile, at the end of the episode, Cookie and Lucious (Terrence Howard), finally, finally after all the bickering … all the backstabbing … all the health issues … all the betrayals … went down to city hall to get re-married.  This was a long time coming. It was a simple ceremony, but as with any Empire season finale, there was a major juxtaposition going on adjacent to the main scene, and this was also the case for season four’s final moments.

While Cookie and Lucious were getting married, the camera cuts to Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and his baby mama Tiana (Serayah McNeill) getting ready to travel in a car along with white rapper Blake in tow, only to see that Blake’s racist father comes out of nowhere and attempts to assassinate Hakeem!  We don’t know if anyone was struck … we don’t know if anybody died … we fade to black.

On the business end of things, Eddie, played by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, won the “Empire” auction.  He has forced the Lyon family to start from scratch as they no longer have the business that they spent years putting their blood, sweat, and tears into.

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When TV Line asked showrunner Brett Mahoney about the shooting at the end of the episode and if it will lead to a third death, he said, “I won’t say.  I will say that things won’t be the same between the four people that were involved in that.” Mahoney added that the early part of season five will focus on the Lyon family building a new empire.  He teased, “Yes.  But I think it’s going to be a much more difficult process than Cookie thinks it’s going to be.  And it’ll tear at the relationship between Cookie and Lucious and the boys, in terms of trying to achieve that goal.”

 

So, what did you think about the season four finale of Empire?  What did you think about who died?  What did you think about Cookie and Lucious tying the knot?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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EMPIRE Renewed For Season 5!

The Lyon family drama lives on!  News today from Michael Thorn, entertainment president for Fox Broadcasting, confirmed that Empire has been officially renewed for its fifth season!

With only four episodes left in its fourth season, and the Upfronts in New York in just a few weeks previewing the  2018-2019 season for advertisers, this was the perfect time to reveal the pick-up for the sudsy musical drama series.

In his statement, Thorn said of the series: “Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team – Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie – whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire.”

Although the once huge Wednesday juggernaut has slid significantly in the ratings in 14 episodes this season, the show is averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.8 million total viewers — down 31% and 24%, respectively from last season, the series is the network’s second most watched in multi-platform viewing, averaging 11.3 million viewers.

There was no confirmation of how many episodes will be ordered for the fifth season of Empire, but it is says to be most likely 18. (more…)

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