'The Big Bang Theory' actor has married Todd Spiewak.
It's been over 14 years since they first got together, but now Jim Parsons has finally gotten to marry the love of his life Todd Spiewak according to reports. That's definitely the news we needed after the recent 'Big Bang Theory' season 10 finale.
Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons at the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards
Jim Parsons officially tied the knot with his art director partner Todd Spiewak at the iconic New York club and restaurant the Rainbow Room on Saturday night (May 13th 2017); a rep for the actor confirmed the news this week and social media have gone crazy with congratulatory messages.
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Even from a young age, Katherine Johnson's family and teachers knew she was made for great things. Even as a child, her mind was something special. She was gifted with an ability to work out complicated math sums far superior to anything a young child ought to be able to do.
There were a number of factors standing between Katherine and her education - most spanning from the fact that she was black and it was the 1920's. The country of Virginia where she and her family lived would not supply an education over a eighth grade to anyone of Afro-American ancestry and few family worked impossibly hard, splitting their time over two counties, to make sure their little girl could become the success they knew she would be. Their hard work paid off and Katherine became a math teacher before being poached by a new and exciting agency looking to recruit some of the most talented mathematicians of the time.
Katherine, along with two fellow mathematicians, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, were introduced into a whole new use for maths. The ladies who worked in the department were human computers and they unravelled huge flight calculations and soon Katherine was once again headed up the ladder to work on a space mission - a mission to send a man to the moon and safely return back to earth.
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Stephen Hawking, Wil Wheaton and more gather for this special occasion.
It was the 200th episode of CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory' last night (February 25th 2016) and, as part of this milestone celebration, we got to experience Sheldon Cooper's first ever adult birthday party. It was an episode that really showed how far he's come as a human being.
'The Big Bang Theory' celebrates 200th episode with Sheldon's birthday
Sheldon (played by Jim Parsons) has changed a lot over the last nine years. Not only is he in a long-term relationship, but he's finally given Amy Farrah-Fowler the intimacy she's been waiting so long for and he's learnt a lot about proper social interaction. He's resolved long-held feuds (Wil Wheaton) and worn some epic T-shirts, but the 200th episode was just a little bit different.
The heirs to a New Hampshire teacher, who wrote a poem about a "soft kitty” claim the show is violating their copyrights.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ and network CBS are being sued by the heirs to a New Hampshire teacher over the ‘soft kitty’ song featured in the show. The daughters of Edith Newlin, who wrote a poem about a "soft kitty” in the 1930s, claim the show is violating their copyrights by using the lyrics.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ is facing legal issues over its ‘Soft Kitty’ song.
Fox News reports that the lawsuit claims the show used lyrics written by Newlin without buying the rights. It claims that in 2007, Warner Bros. Entertainment and the show's other producers sought permission to use the poem’s lyrics from Willis Music Co., a Kentucky-based company that had published them in a book called Songs for the Nursery School.
This relationship finally takes the next step.
If you thought the most exciting moment of 2015 was going to be watching 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', you'd be totally wrong. In fact, the most significant moment of 'The Big Bang Theory' so far probably tops even that. Sheldon Cooper has finally relinquished his virginity. And it's perfect.
TV's most adorable couple finally get it on
For this socially awkward, genius physicist played by Jim Parsons, intimacy and romance has always been a huge problem. Girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler is a little more into those areas, but her patience over her five-year relationship with Sheldon has been remarkable; content with holding hands, infrequent hugs and occasional brief kisses, she deserved a little more passion from her long-term boyfriend.
One of TV’s most unconventional couples are about to move forward in their relationship.
It’s been a long time coming for ‘Big Bang Theory’ fans, but it looks like Sheldon and Amy are finally going to consummate their relationship in an upcoming episode of the show’s ninth season. The couple have long been a fan-favourite pairing on the series, but at the end of season eight viewers had feared the two could be finished for good.
The cast of ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
During season eight’s finale earlier this year, Amy (played by Mayim Bialik) ended her relationship with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) over Skype, saying that she needed time alone. So far in season nine we’ve seen Sheldon attempt to woo Amy back with little luck, but it seems this could be set to change very soon.
Emmys history could be made tonight
The 66th Prime Time Emmys are kicking off tonight at 8pm EDT on NBC, and with plenty of long-running shows still in the mix to pick up awards, plenty of actors, actresses, comedies dramas and miniseries are ready to make Emmy history with their potential wins.
Will Bryan Cranston win again for Breaking Bad?
In terms of ‘first timers’, Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards" could become the first online shows to pick up high end Emmy Awards. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, the popular comedy, Modern Family and AMC’s five-season meth drama, Breaking Bad, could also make history. Modern Family could tie with Frasier on five awards for best Comedy Series, while Bryan Cranston could go level with Dennis Franz on four Best Actor in a Drama awards.
Continue reading: The 66th Prime Time Emmy: Who’s In Line To Make History?
Jim Parsons and the stars of The Big Bang Theory have scored massive new salaries.
Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki have signed deals worth $1 million per episode to continue on The Big Bang Theory for an eighth, ninth and tenth season, tripling their current $350,000-an-episode salaries.
The cast of The Big Bang Theory have scored generous pay hikes
As the Hollywood Reporter notes, when the cast of Friends united to score $1 million per episode deals in 2012, the show was doing nearly 25 million viewers a week. Twelve years later, The Big Bang Theory generates about 20 million, with half the ratings of the NBC stalwart. Nevertheless, Cuoco, Parsons and Galecki teamed up with just weeks to go before the new season's production start date and CBS had to listen.
Big Bang actors ask, Big Bang actors get
The Big Bang Theory Season 8 is back on track after the folks at Warner Bros TV picked up the toys from the boardroom floor and placed them carefully back in Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki’s respective prams.
The core Big Bang cast
The trio has been asking for ‘Friends money’, something akin to what the gang were getting per episode for the last two seasons of the legendary sitcom, anyway. And while, to many sensible humans that seems like an incredibly skewed and selfish outlook on life, they are attracting ‘Friends viewing figures’, so it was only a matter of time before they were given what they were demanding.
Big Bang stars demand big raises, but it won't be a problem, say WB and CBS officials.
Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory is mercifully being delayed over contract disputes between Warner Bros. TV and Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kayley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. According to E! Online, the contract standoff has been going on for a while, but it’s only now that the impasse is beginning to affect production.
The contract standoff is becoming a problem.
They say life's not a popularity contest but, if it was, The Big Bang Theory would be winning. Here's a few reasons why.
The finale of season 7 of The Big Bang Theory left viewers gasping for answers with regard many obstacles that seem to have fallen in the gang’s way. In reality the future of the main cast is also uncertain as their contract negotiations continue to be disputed. What is certain about this hit comedy, however, is it popularity. Here we look at the seven reasons, for seven seasons, why it's such a firm favourite with viewers worldwide.
Jim Parsons character [bottom left], Sheldon Cooper, is a big reason why The Big Bang Theory is so popular
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The cast of The Big Bang Theory demand a pay increase up to $1million per episode - but are they worth it?
Production of season 8 of the TheBig Bang Theory is yet to be confirmed as the stars of the show and its production company continue to wrangle over contract negotiations.
Jim Parsons' character Sheldon Cooper is the show's stand-out comedy character
According to Deadline.com, the entire original cast have not signed new contracts and a major issue which is dragging the deal is thought to be the actors’ pay-per-episode amount.
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Check out pictures from the premiere below
Stars gathered for the New York premiere of Zach Braff’s spiritual sequel to ‘Garden State’, ‘Wish I Was Here’ on Tuesday night (July 15).
The film sees indie favourite Braff back in the movie game following a hugely successful turn as ‘JD’ in hospital comedy-drama Scrubs. Following the sitcom, he found critical acclaim and a cult following with ‘Garden State’.
‘Wish I Was Here’ is about a single father trying to experience life and raise his kids at the same time. It stars Donald Faison, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Joey King, Mandy Patinkin, and James Avery and will be released this Friday (July 18) by Focus Pictures.
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It looks like we're going to have a decade of 'The Big Bang Theory', but why is it so popular?
'The Big Bang Theory’ has just been renewed for three more seasons, meaning that by 2017 the sitcom will be on its tenth season. So what is it about the show revolving around three geeks and their neighbours that’s made everyone love it so much?
'The Big Bang Theory' has just been renewed for three more seasons
Starting will a simple premise, a ‘hot’ girl moves across the hall from two geeks and gets drawn into their world of comic books and science, 'The Big Bang Theory’ has grown into quite the cultural phenomenon. Indeed for a simple sitcom its spawned an impressive range of merchandise ranging from t-shits to mugs and even toys. Who would have thought back when the show first aired in 2007 that it would have quite such a wide ranging appeal. The show started off trying to fill the void left by 'Friends', with an apartment building setting, a will they wont they love story and a cast of characters all with their own unique idiosyncrasies.
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It's three more for BBT
The Big Bang Theory, which debuted back in 2007 and has been an exponentially rising in popularity ever since, will be on TV screens for another 3 seasons following CBS’s order. This will take the sitcom into double figures with a total of 10 series – can it go even further?
Sheldon and Howard work things out in the season 7 finale
If these stats continue, there’s no reason why not; The Big Bang Theory is currently averaging 19.79 million viewers with a 6.1 rating in adults 18-49, and a 7.8 in adults 25-54. Any performances akin to that in the 8th, 9th or 10th season, then you can expect to see 11 and 12.
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CBS has granted 'The Big Bang Theory' three more seasons, meaning the popular sitcom will be on air for at least ten seasons.
'The Big Bang Theory' will air on CBS for three more seasons
The geeky-themed show will now run for ten seasons, until the 2016-2017 television calendar, which puts it on the same par as the universally loved sitcom 'Friends'.
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Jim Parsons, star of 'The Big Bang Theory', will be joined by musical guest Beck for hosting duties on the returning episode of SNL on March 1st.
'The Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parson will be guest host for the returning 'Saturday Night Live' on March 1st.
This will be the 40 year-old's SNL hosting debut, and he will be joined by musical guest Beck who will be making his seventh appearance on the late night comedy-sketch show.
Beck's upcoming album 'Morning Phase' hits stores one week before the show airs, on February 25th.
The actress spoke with reporters following the film's Sundance premiere
Zach Braff returned to the director's chair with Wish I Was Here, as the Scrubs star finally followed up his cult favourite Garden State. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival this week to almost unanimous praise (it currently holds a 9.5 rating on IMdB), with Braff and co-stars Kate Hudson, Josh Gad and Mandy Patinkin sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the film before the premiere.
Hudson and Braff in a scene from Wish I Was Here
Whilst Braff discussed the freedom of working independently, having the bulk of production costs paid for through crowd funding via Kickstarter, it was Hudson who seemed the most overwhelmed with the movie as she explained the emotional connection she felt towards the film and not just because she and Braff had wanted to make a film together for some time.
The rising star will debut her talented voice.
After watching her sister Kaley Cuoco become rich and famous through CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, Briana Cuoco seems to have decided she'd like a taste of that fame and wants to make her name as a singer.
Kaley Cuoco Better Watch Out! A New Star Is Rising In Her Family.
Briana's name may not be as big as her big sister's but she's been steadily working her way up for years, appearing on CBS' The Mentalist and HBO's The Newsroom. She even made a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory this year where she starred as a restaurant guest and helped choreograph a flash mob as a surprise for the show's creators.
We found out on the first episode of the new series of the hit talent contest that Briana Cuoco will be taking part in the blind auditions, and the stars of 'The Big Bang Theory' think she'll be a hit
The Voice returned to TV screens on Monday night (23 Sept.) and among the surprises in store for viewers was the appearance of The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco and her sister, Briana, who will appear as a contestant this season. Briana and her famous sis were shown in a short clip when presenter Carson Daley informed her that she will be taking on the judges for a blind audition later in the season.
Kaley will obviously have nothing but support for her sister when she does appear on the show, and she isn't alone as her Big Bang Theory co-stars have also given Briana the thumbs up and said she should do well on the show. The news that Briana will appear on the talent contest slipped out earlier than the opening episode of the fifth season of The Voice thanks to Twitter. This gave Access Hollywood ample time to quiz Kaley's co-stars on the subject on the red carpet before the 65th Emmy Awards on Sunday.
“She has a beautiful voice,” Mayim Bialik, who plays Dr Amy Farrah-Fowler on the show, told AH, adding, “She is phenomenal. She’s very, very talented.”
Jim Parsons completes his hat trick as he won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series'.
The 65th Primetime Emmy awards are here and the best and most talented personal that television has to offer have arrived at the Nokia theatre in Los Angeles.
Comedy series 'The Big Bang Theory' has come away victorious as the shows star Jim Parson won his third Emmy for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series'.
Parsons, who plays the geeky and socially awkward Sheldon Cooper in the CBS comedy has now achieved a hat trick at the television award ceremony with previous wins for the same award coming at the 2010 and 2011 Emmys.
Renegotiations could make the cast of BBT one of the highest paid sitcom teams in history.
Two of the ladies of The Big Bang Theory cast - Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch - have reportedly banded together and earned themselves a significant pay increase for the show’s upcoming season. After a highly rated previous season and given the kind of script they’ve had to work on, it sounds like a well deserved raise, although the exact amount has not been announced by Deadline, who originally reported the story.
Parsons heads up a cast of extremely well paid actors.
However, according to CNN, both actresses new salaries are somewhere in the neighborhood of $60,000 per episode, which is more than double their current salaries of $20,000 - $30,000 per episode. That’s not the end of the pay raises though – by the end of their contracts, both Bialik and Rauch are expected to earn about $100,000 per episode.
Main cast members demanding more despite current salary up to $325K per show.
The cast of The Big Bang Theory are reportedly in talks to be paid a higher salary per episode filmed. The show's three lead actors, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, are seeking potentially enormous pay rises and will negotiate with the show's bosses to reach an agreement.
Jim Parsons, AKA Sheldon Cooper, Could Earn Up To $1M Per Episode.
Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki, who's characters Sheldon, Leonard and Penny sit at the centre of the show's events, currently get paid $325,000 per episode. The last time the trio negotiated a pay rise was in 2010 but the show has since seen a much higher level of success.
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The world of theater is waiting...
Matilda: The Musical and Kinky Boots will be fighting it out for the most coveted prize in theatre on June 9th, as the Tony Awards are once again announced from Radio City Music Hall, New York. And for the fourth year running, Neil Patrick Harris will be the host.
Jim Parsons and Kristin Chenoweth announce the nominees for last year's Tony Awards
Usually, The Tony Award is a done deal long before the actual ceremony, with one stand out show impressing above and beyond its contemporaries. "It's kind of an unusual year in that it appears to be an actual race...there's no clear front-runner. Like in the year of 'The Book of Mormon' or the year of 'The Producers,' it was sort of clear that they were the one and only front-runners," said Gordon Cox of Variety. "This year, I think going into the season a lot of people thought 'Matilda' given the strength and critical praise for it would have been the clear front-runner -- and it's one of them. But I think a lot of people are surprised by the strength of 'Kinky Boots.' So it seems like there's quite a bit of affection out there for that show. I think it's actually sort of a nail-biter."
Continue reading: Tony Award 2013: A Battle Of The Musicals?
The Big Finale airs tonight and it promises more "nerd drama" than ever.
It’s that time of the year again – the season of season finales – and one of those is the final episode of Big Bang Theory. Not the final final one, though we don’t see any reason to care, if it were otherwise. But still, the series will trudge on, promoting stereotypes of smart people, while at the same time peddling to those exact same nerds. At least there’s some nice juicy drama in this one though, which comes from the thriving relationship of Leonard and Penny, surprisingly. But when Leonard gets a gig with an expedition with Steven Hawking’s team, the question is, where will their relationship go from there? Of course, Raj and his girl are having some problems too and Sheldon’s problem is that he, surprisingly, is afraid of being left alone and wants Leonard to stay. Of course, you don’t really care about the plot, because The Big Bang Theory is mostly about Sheldon’s oh-so-hilarious misanthropic quips (which, coincidentally, might be symptomatic of some form of autism).
In six seasons, Big Bang has more than doubled its viewership and is currently one of CBS's top productions. So, who knows, maybe there's something there. If you’re keen on watching the team’s shenanigans, the finale will air as usual tonight (Thursday) on CBS.
Johnny Galecki, aka Leonard, arriving at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Zach Braff's follow-up to Garden State could hit theaters as early as September 2014.
So, Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff's follow-up to Garden State looks likely to happen after 20,000 Kickstarter users pledged $1.5 million within 24 hours. The actor and director is looking for $2 million to make the movie, in which he will star as a struggling actor who had to home-school his children. "I want you to be my financiers and my audience so I can make a movie for you with no compromises," Scrubs star Braff said in his appeal to fans.
Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons has already agreed to co-star in the movie, while Braff's Scrubs co-star Donald Faison is likely to make a cameo appearance. The actor and writer was inspired to appeal for help for the movie after the Veronica Mars movie received the entirety of its budget from crowd-funding website Kickstarter. "I couldn't help but think maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control," he wrote on his donation page.
The 38-year-old mapped out a detailed plan for how the money would be spent on Wish I Was Here and how the production process would unfold. He placed emphasis on the soundtrack (Garden State's soundtrack went platinum) and said the new movie would use music in the same way. "One of the cool things about being a backer is that you can get access to weekly song picks by me, and be the first group to stream the soundtrack," he noted.
The Big Bang Theory is going strong, but are talent shows on the way down?
The geeks are coming. American Idol can’t beat out the Big Bang Theory when it comes to the ratings; people enjoy Sheldon, Leaonard, Howard and Raj just too much to switch off for some talent show.
But it’s not just the brand new episodes of Big Bang that are making the American Idol bosses angry; the re-runs are even keeping those wannabee stars off the top spot. The new episode brought in 11.2 million viewers and a 3.0 rating at 8 p.m., in the 18-34 demographics. The 9 p.m. repeat episode brought in 10.8 million viewers and a 3.2. TV execs love the 18-34 gang because advertisers love them too. They’ve got a bigger disposable income, and are more likely to splash out. Pus, they’re the easiest to market to. Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have reached prominence with their roles in The BBT, and have become household names because of it. This success has lead to a significant rise in their salaries, with reports of a rise from $60,000 to $200,000 per episode during the fourth season.
The gang minus Leonard and Penny
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The Big Bang Theory cast have been celebrating four years on the air at PaleyFest 2013.
The last time the cast of The Big Bang Theory appeared at PaleyFest, some four years ago, their sitcom wasn't considered among the Top 40 rated shows in the United States. Now, the Cecil Thomson starring show has the most viewers in the coveted 18-49 age range and was the second most watched show last week, with over 20 million viewers.
Reruns of the show have been difficult to avoid, which explains the big figures, though the show is still considered one of the most popular in the United States. "You're kind of forced to watch the show now," joked actor Simon Helberg during the show's PaleyFest celebrations this week, "We're shoving it down people's throats, and then they're learning that they love that." It appears to be a theme of Chuck Lorre's shows - when a new episode isn't showing, you can bet a rerun won't be far away on the schedule. The Big Bang Theory follows two roommates, physcists Leonard (played by Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) as well as their friends and colleagues, played by the likes of Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. "There's something impossible to fathom about viewers and numbers and things like that," Parsons explained. "I can barely picture 20 people in one room. If you want to say 17 or 18 million, well you've lost me."
Despite celebrating four years at the top, the Big Bang cast were careful to give away any major plot developments, though did explain that Thursday night's episode includes the discovery of a letter from Howard's long-lost father. As for eventually wrapping up the sitcom, Helberg had a couple of ideas, "Well I think (Howard's) pants will probably be as skinny and probably a bit tighter. I think that Sheldon will probably still be sitting in his spot. It may be in a different apartment. I think he'll sit in that spot until he's in a home. Howard and Bernadette probably will ... God, God help them if they have children. We know she hates them and we know that Howard, essentially, is a child. So I wish them luck."
Continue reading: Big Bang Theory: Four Years Celebrated At PaleyFest 2013!
Roll in the Christmas specials! The world (of avid TV fans anyway) eagerly awaits the Christmas episodes of things like Downton Abbey and Doctor Who. And of course, as people are marking off days until the seasonal episode of their favorite shows, CBS have released the trailer for the seasonal edition of The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon and his crew are up to their usual meant-to-be-nerdy, slightly grating antics in The Santa Simulation.
As the boys gather for “a rousing game of Dungeons and Dragons”, the girls will have a night out and try to find a date for the awkward Koothrappali a date (remember children, gender appropriate activities are a must in sitcom universe). Can you guess where this is heading by now?
Surprise, surprise, Sheldon hates Christmas for a number of snooty reasons (he hates the overuse of words like ‘tis and ‘twas and the custom of giving only one stocking, when everyone knows they should come in pairs), but a present from Leonard will prompt a Christmas Carol-esque flashback into Christmasses past. Overall, it looks like it’s going to be an eventful Christmas for the most infamous nerds on TV. The show airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Two-and-a-Half Men is the show that forks out the most for its lead actors; last year Charlie Sheen topped Forbes' list of TV's Highest-Paid TV Actors list with $40m and this year its new lead Ashton Kutcher has taken over the prestigious spot, albeit with a decidedly smaller sum of just $26m.
Hugh Laurie for his role in 'House' and Ray Romano, for a now cancelled 'Men of a Certain Age' were runners up to Kutcher, each raking in $18m. We'd all be happy to plum for second place in this race. Aside from Laurie, it was entirely sitcom actors that scored the bigtime in this list, with stars of 30 Rock, Last Man Standing, Men, and The Big Bang Theory - Alec Baldwin, family favourite Tim Allen, Jon Cryer, and Jim Parsons and Alan Galecki, respectively, all managing to make it into the top ten.
However, as much as it's always great to celebrate in the successes of others, for women in the equivalent category, financial success seems to not be quite so easy. Sophia Vergara from Modern Family is this year's female top earner, but at just (ha! just?) $19m, she's lagging behind Kutcher by $7m! Plus, the genres in which these women find their careers is far more varied than men - still including comedy, but also drama, reality and medical dramas all find their way into the list. Desperate Housewives is one show that truly shows women multitasking, and Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria, two stars of the show, both appear in the top ten. Although men still earn more than women, it seems the ladies can take the prize for versatility.
British actor Damian Lewis and screen veteran Maggie Smith were among the winners at the Emmy Awards 2012 in Los Angeles on Sunday evening (September 23, 2012). Lewis – who plays an American soldier in ‘Homeland’ – picked up the award for Best Actor in a Drama, while Downton Abbey’s Smith won Best Supporting Actress.
On receiving his award, Lewis joked with the star-studded audience, “I'm one of those pesky Brits, I apologise,” adding, “I don't really believe in judging art, but I thought I'd show up just in case.” Lewis’ show ‘Homeland’ upset the odds by taking the evening’s biggest prize, for Best Drama, ahead of big favorite Breaking Bad and four-time winner Mad Men. Maggie Smith’s award was the solitary highlight in a terrible night for Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey, which had been nominated for a whopping sixteen prizes. Instead, it was national security drama Homeland, HBO’s Game Change and the much-loved US comedy Modern Family who won the most awards, with three each. Armed with Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the BBC would have felt quietly confident for the Lead Actor and Supporting Actor gongs, but both actors missed out.
Another big surprise at this year’s Emmys was Jon Cryer’s award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in ‘Two and a Half Men’. The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons was the hot favorite for the award, though it was Cryer who walked away with the prize. Who needs Charlie Sheen?
The Emmy Awards 2012 has been and gone. The tuxedos dry cleaned and the dresses sold in ex-worn outlet stores, never to be donned by a star again for fear of the unwanted headlines. But hang on a minute; why aren’t the AMC Execs still shaking off a hangover? Why isn’t Bryan Cranston polishing his Emmy? Why in the great gods of television isn’t Jim Parsons heading to his Big Bang Theory rehearsals without an extra skip in his step?
It’s because none of them won! That’s why! And what a scandal that is. But what exactly happened? Well the Bryan Cranston one we can see; he’s won it before for the same character (Walter White), and Damien Lewis was quite something in Showtime’s terrorist drama Homeland, but did the show deserve the most prestigious award of Best Drama? Breaking Bad’s 4th season was truly something to behold. It had everything, and it’s not like the competition stopped there, with Mad Men vying for an unprecedented 5th award. But Homeland was the first season of a truly ground-breaking show: a drama that addressed a growing elephant in the rooms of many western citizens. Terrorism. Add to that the stellar performances – with Claire Danes picking up Best Actress as well - and we can just about understand the way the voters went.
Now, for the comedy awards, we’re not so sure. Modern Family was always going to win the big prize, and given that the ABC comedy had nearly a billion nominations* going into the ceremony, other wins were inevitable. However, Jim Parson’s portrayal of Sheldon Cooper has – alongside some incredibly snappy writing – carried The Big Bang Theory to beyond 100 episodes. With Charlie Sheen leaving, and Jon Cryer adopting a bigger role, he bagged the prize, but even he was surprised and shocked as he gave a press conference; big fat Emmy in his right hand. Oh, and Lena Dunham should have won too. Her performance in Girls sets new benchmarks for women comedy actors being allowed to ‘be’ different things. Now time to start predicting the 2013 awards…
Continue reading: So, What Exactly Happened At The Primetime Emmys?
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off last night, and there were some surprises and with Homeland winning best drama. Modern Family also picked up best comedy, but everyone knew that would happen
Some expected Breaking Bad to sweep up, and others predicted that Mad Men would take the crown for an incredible fifth time. As it turned out, the terrorist drama/thriller Homeland took home the top prize. And the show's stars didn't miss out either, with Claire Danes and Damian Lewis both winning the best actress and best actor awards for their performances in the show. It was a great night for Showtime, as everyone (including us) expected the explosive end to season 4 of Breaking Bad to be a shoe-in for the big awards. Aaron Paul, who depicts Jesse Pinkman in AMC's meth drama did win best supporting actor, though.
In a more predictable turn, Modern Family scooped up the best comedy award. The ABC laugh-a-minute comedy, which hits screens again with a new series starting September 26th, picked up a further three prizes, with both supporting actor prizes and the writing award to make it four for the night. Whilst Jim Parsons was widely expected to win the best actor in a comedy award, his performances as Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory being so popular, it wasn't to be, and Jon Cryer of Two And A Half Men was named winner. "Something has clearly gone terribly wrong," Cryer joked.
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmys kicks off this Sunday (September 23rd) and what better way to spend a Friday night than trying to predict who’ll walk home with the big prizes? None. There’s none, apart from maybe watching some of the shows nominated.
The headline this year will be Breaking Bad v Mad Men, and all things considered, it looks like Walter White v Gus will snatch it for Vince Gilligan’s meth-lord drama. Breaking Bad has been somewhat of a revelation since Mr White first approached Pinkman to propose a small time meth empire, but it’ll be fondly remembered in TV lover’s hearts as one of the greatest shows to ever grace a box-set. Contact Music predicts Breaking Bad to break Mad Men’s spell, halting the 50’s advertising magnate’s quest for a 5th Primetime Emmy.
Elsewhere in the drama category are; Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Homeland, and you can guarantee that HBO’s prohibition crime drama will clean up on any set design, make up and costume categories. Claire Danes should pick up Outstanding actress in a drama for her startling role in terrorist thriller Homeland, whilst we tip Bryan Cranston to make it a special evening for AMC by picking up his fourth Emmy award for the male award.
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Brad Harris is having what he calls a 'no-life crisis'. He is stuck in a soul destroying job and he is still living with his parents, despite him being in his mid-thirties. The one thing that holds any interest for him is bird watching. When he discovers that this year is known to 'birders' as 'The Big Year' - one year where birders set out to find as many birds in the country as possible - Brad is determined to beat the record previously set by Kenny Postick.
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Date of birth
24th March, 1973
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