UPDATE 1-‘Empire’ snubbed, ‘Big Bang Theory’ out of TV’s Emmy race | News Entertainment

UPDATE 1-‘Empire’ snubbed, ‘Big Bang Theory’ out of TV’s Emmy race

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Emmy Interview: Emilia Clarke of ‘Game of Thrones’.

Netflix earned a career-high 34 Emmy nominations Thursday, led by drama series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, the latter which had previously been submitted in the comedy category until Academy rules required hour-long series to be submitted as dramas.Emilia Clarke found out about her Emmy nomination through “a very, very loud, excited phone call” from her agent, which she took in the waiting room before a doctor’s appointment. The other patients were less excited. “I received lots of glares and stares and really weird looks,” she said. “I was trying to quietly say ‘That’s really cool, but the doctor is ready to see me now.’” Ms. The nominations came after Netflix’s stock price jumped 11 points at Wednesday’s closing bell and posted further gains at Thursday’s opening, on the heels of a second-quarter earning report that showed profits and new subscriber numbers exceeding forecasts.

Uzo Aduba, left, and Cat Deeley pose for photos at the conclusion of the 67th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announcements at the Pacific Design Center on Thursday July 16, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Despite the streaming service’s relative success, HBO still led the Emmy pack by a wide margin with 127 nominations, up from 99 in 2014. It is her first blockbuster film, but starring in a globe-spanning epic like “Game of Thrones” made the scale of it seem less daunting. “I’ve kind of been preparing for it,” she said. She called from London to discuss dragon riding, the “Thrones” phenomenon and what other actors from the series might thrive in the “Terminator” universe. HBO’s newest drama series submission, The Leftovers, was left out of the nominations altogether, though many had predicted Carrie Coon would be nominated for her tremendous, critically-acclaimed performance.

Among performers, two graduates of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” are dominant — Cloris Leachman leads women with eight, and Edward Asner leads men with seven. I don’t get recognized that much so I’ve had the time for it to kind of sink in in a rather lovely way, as opposed to in a kind of Brittey Spears, shave-your-hair-off kind of way. Yet that name was already associated with war hero and future president Dwight Eisenhower. “Immy,” a term for the image orthicon camera, was chosen instead and then changed to “Emmy” because it seemed better for a statue of a woman holding an atom. Amazon, Netflix’s strongest competitor in streaming prestige programming, earned 12 nominations, 11 of them for the groundbreaking original series Transparent. Though the major broadcast networks have seen their Emmy and Golden Globe presence eroded first by premium and basic cable original series and now by streaming platforms, the stakes are nonetheless higher for Amazon and particularly Netflix, which rely on paid subscribers beckoned by the critical success of their original programming.

It’s one of those silly things where you’re in a green area with burly men kind of making the dragon buck, kind of [makes bedspring sound effect], up and down, and someone’s got a vacuum cleaner in your face for the wind. The broadcast networks can continue to rely on ratings from popular unscripted series (like ABC’s The Bachelor) and major sporting events to remain financially viable – at least while cord-cutting is still in its infancy (though the practice promises to increase.) Both Amazon and Netflix have invested heavily in feature film programming, each vying for Oscar season recognition. Amazon hired veteran indie producer Ted Hope to lead Amazon Studios in the planned production of 12 feature films a year, including the Spike Lee-helmed Chi-Raq, which will get a late 2015, Oscar-qualifying theatrical release before landing on Amazon Prime.

Netflix has also invested in high-profile film acquisitions, including Cary Fukunaga’s Beast of No Nation, slated to premiere in October, and the David Michod-helmed War Machine, produced by and starring Brad Pitt. On the series side, Netflix can probably justify its $90 million investment in the critical flop Marco Polo as it appears to have supported a significant increase in international subscribers in 2015, which was the clear intent of the acquisition.

It probably can’t justify another failed series anytime in the near future, though, especially given the untested market for streaming original films. For the moment, binge-watching remains streaming’s bread and butter, and now that HBO and Showtime have both launched standalone VOD services, Netflix and Amazon can’t afford to skimp on prestige original series. It’s almost an unrecognizable character because of the growth she’s gone through, starting from this timid creature and now getting to play a queen who rides dragons. There was always this feeling of more than meets the eye about her, from the beginning, and it’s been a lovely, slow kind of evolution, bit by bit, stage by stage.

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