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68th Primetime Emmy Nominations: Judith Light, Taraji P. Henson, Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Score Nods!

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The 68th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were just announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles.  The annual kudofest saluting the best of last TV season will be held live on Sunday night, September 18th at 7PMET/4PMPST on ABC.

Key nominations were scored this morning by a few notables from the world of the soaps; both daytime and primetime.  Most exciting to longtime One Life to Live fans was the nomination for Judith Light (Ex-Karen) for her role as Shelly Pfefferman in the Amazon Prime series, Transparent.  Light will compete in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category against: Niecy Nash Getting On, Alison Janney Mom, Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live, Gaby Hoffman Transparent and Anna Chlumsky Veep. Of note: both Wright and Janney also appeared on soaps, Santa Barbara and Guiding Light, respectively.

 

In the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series category, Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon brings her recognition for her work in the sudsy Empire.  Henson will compete against: Claire Danes Homeland,Viola Davis How To Get Away With Murder, Robin Wright House Of Cards, Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black, and Keri Russell The Americans.

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Downton Abbey in its sixth and final season scored nominations in the major category of Outstanding Drama Series.  The British period soap will compete against: Better Call Saul, Game Of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mr. Robot, and The Americans.   Series icon Dame Maggie Smith, who played the Dowager Countess, also landed a nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress Category in a Drama Series.

In addition, Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DAYS) also landed a nomination in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role in the online show, Acting Dead.

To view the entire list of categories and nominations go to Emmy.com

Will you be rooting for Judith, Taraji, Downton Abbey, Dame Maggie Smith and Patrika on Emmy night?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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It can be hard to make picks when you haven’t seen every performance or program. But I’ll mention what/who I have liked that’s related to some. If they’ve done before I have to assume current nominations are merited…Judith Light (Dallas), Maggie Smith (anything she’s been in), Taraji Henson (Person’s Of Interest), Robin Wright (House Of Cards/The Princess Bride). Series-wise…Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, and House Of Cards.

Looks like some binge watching someday…maybe Game Of Thrones with ff on some scenes when I tried it first time around.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

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Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018

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It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

The Downton Abbey exhibition however, is set to travel to the United States and Australia with dates to be announced. (more…)

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SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS: Downton Abbey Scores Drama Series Ensemble Nod; This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown Tapped For Two!

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Nominations were announced this morning for the 23rd Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for performances in motion pictures and television.

The awards ill be handed out Sunday, January 29th at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live at 8/7c (5 p.m./PT) on both TBS and TNT.

For its sixth and final season, the British period soap, Downton Abbey once again made the finals in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.  They will go up against, The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.  On the snub side: the widely acclaimed and highly-rated This Is Us failed to score a nomination in the category.

In addition, this is the first time that Dame Maggie Smith did not wind up with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. (more…)

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