2017 Primetime Emmy Winners

The 2017 Emmy Awards were presented September 17 in downtown Los Angeles. Here are the winners of genre interest:

Outstanding drama series

  • The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding TV movie

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

  • Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

  • Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Outstanding directing in a drama series

  • Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Outstanding writing in a drama series

  • Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Outstanding writing in a limited series or movie

  • Charlie Brooker (“Black Mirror: San Junipero”)

2017 Creative Emmy Awards

The two-part Creative Emmy Awards were held September 9-10 at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

The Primetime Emmys are next week.

On the first night of the two-part Creative Arts Emmy Awards the winners of genre interest were:

Outstanding Animated Program
Bob’s Burgers
Bob, Actually
Fox • 20th CentuFox Television and Bento Box Entertainment

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
Adventure Time
Islands Part 4: Imaginary Resources
Cartoon Net work • Cartoon Network Studios

Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation (Previously Announced)
Samurai Jack • XCIII • Adult Swim • Cartoon Network Studios
Bryan Andrews, Storyboard Artist

Samurai Jack • XCIII • Adult Swim • Cartoon Network Studios
Scott Wills, Production Designer

Samurai Jack • XCII • Adult Swim • Cartoon Network Studios
Craig Kellman, Character Designer

Samurai Jack • XCV • Adult Swim • Cartoon Network Studios
Lou Romano, Background Designer

Wander Over Yonder • The End Of The Galaxy • Disney XD • Disney Television Animation
Justin Nichols, Character Animator

On the second night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, HBO’s Westworld, and Netflix’s Stranger Things dominated.

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
Stranger Things
Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions
Michael Stein, Theme by
Kyle Dixon, Theme by

Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
The Holiday Summation
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Peter Chakos, Editor

Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Netflix • Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios
James Lew, Stunt Coordinator

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More)
The Handmaid’s Tale
Offred (Pilot)
Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions
Julie Berghoff, Production Designer
Evan Webber, Art Director
Sophie Neudorfer, Set Decorator

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program
Westworld
DiscoverWestworld.com
HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television
HBO
Kilter Films
Bad Robot

Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Westworld
The Bicameral Mind
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television
Jay Worth, VFX Supervisor
Elizabeth Castro, VFX Coordinator
Joe Wehmeyer, On Set VFX Supervisor
Eric Levin-Hatz, VFX Compositor
Bobo Skipper, ILP VFX Supervisor
Gustav Ahren, Modeling Lead
Paul Ghezzo, CG Supervisor – COSA VFX
Mitchell S. Drain, VFX Supervisor – Shade VFX
Michael Lantieri, Special Effects Coordinator

Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role
Gotham
Heavydirtysoul
Fox • Warner Bros. Television
Thomas Mahoney, Visual Effects Supervisor
Matthew Wheelon Hunt, Visual Effects Producer
Alex Gitler, Compositing Supervisor
Sina San, Senior Matte Painter / Art Director
Michael Capton, CG Supervisor / Lead CG Artist
Jon Anastasiades, Senior Lead Compositor
Ryan Bauer, Sequence Lead Compositor
Mark Anthony Nazal, Sequence Lead Compositor
Randy Little, On-Set Supervisor

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series
Stranger Things
Chapter Eight: The Upside Down
Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions
Bradley North, Sound Supervisor
Craig Henighan, Sound Editor
Jordan Wilby, Sound Editor
Jonathan Golodner, Sound Editor
Tiffany S. Griffth, Sound Editor
Sam Munoz, Foley Editor
David Klotz, Music Editor
Noel Vought, Foley Artist
Ginger Geary, Foley Artist

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Limited Series, Movie Or Special
American Horror Story: Roanoke
FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Makeup Designer
Michael Mekash, Special Makeup Effects Assistant Department Head
David Leroy Anderson, Prosthetic Designer
James Mackinnon, Special Makeup Effects Artist
Jason Hamer, Special Makeup Effects Artist
Melanie Eichner, Special Makeup Effects Artist
Cristina Himiob, Special Makeup Effects Artist
Maiko Chiba, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Westworld
Contrapasso
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television
Joy Zapata, Department Head Hairstylist
Pavy Olivarez, Key Hairstylist
Bruce Samia, Additional Hairstylist
Donna Anderson, Additional Hairstylist

Outstanding Main Title Design
Stranger Things
Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions
Michelle Dougherty, Creative Director
Peter Frankfurt, Executive Creative Director
Arisu Kashiwagi, Designer
Eric Demeusy, Compositor/Designer

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
Alexis Bledel as Ofglen
Late
Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions

Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series
Stranger Things
Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions
Carmen Cuba, CSA, Casting by
Tara Feldstein Bennett, CSA, Location Casting
Chase Paris, CSA, Location Casting

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series
Stranger Things
Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers
Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions
Dean Zimmerman, Editor

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour)
The Handmaid’s Tale
Offred (Pilot)
Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson Productions
Colin Watkinson, Director of Photography

Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
Westworld
The Original
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television
Christien Tinsley, Department Head Makeup Artist
Myriam Arougheti, Key Makeup Artist
Gerald Quist, Makeup Artist
Lydia Milars, Makeup Artist
Ed French, Makeup Artist

Pixel Scroll 8/7/17 There Are Eight Million Pixels In The Naked Scroll

(1) ROBOCALL BOMB THREAT LEADS TO CON EVACUATION. On Sunday fans were ordered to evacuate Yestercon, a one-day nostalgia con in Carson, California, as a result of a bomb threat. PopCultHQ has extensive coverage.

…“CelebWorx brought Keith Coogan and Greg Berg to Yestercon. At approximately 3:08, onsite staffers from the Carson civic center went through the celebrity aisle to calmly alert us to leave the facility immediately. We had no time to grab anything. When we reached the parking lot, the Carson police department asked us to get in our cars and drive away as far as possible. The show until then was going wonderfully with a healthy crowd. It was the most attended Yestercon in the past three years. We returned two hours later to retrieve our abandoned items.” – Nery Lemus – Vice President – CelebWorx

Nery then went on to provide me the following;

“After speaking to a Yestercon official, the Bomb Threat was a result of a robotic phone call singling out the name Yestercon as the target of the threat.”

(2) CAN THIS GAME BE PLAYED FOR MONEY? Yes, if you make it to the world-champion video-gaming tournament: “The biggest e-sports event in the world”.

The International isn’t just any e-sports tournament.

It’s the biggest event of its kind in the world with a prize pool of nearly $24m (£18.4m) and is hosted by Valve.

Sixteen teams, with players from all over the world, are competing in the season climax for online battle arena game Dota 2.

For many of them the prestige of lifting the trophy at this ultra-competitive event is far more important than the cash.

Alex “machine” Richardson is Dota 2’s answer to Gary Lineker and has been hosting the live stream of the group stages, which are taking place in Seattle.

(3) HOW DOCTOR WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS. ScienceFiction.com says it could have been lost for good — “Steven Moffat Explains How Last Year’s Christmas Special Was Almost The Last”.

In a recent interview, current showrunner Steven Moffat – who will cede the position to newcomer Chris Chibnall after Moffat’s last episode, the upcoming Christmas Special – outlined how the special episode almost didn’t happen this year, and may have been eliminated forever.

As Moffat explains about his discussions with the BBC regarding his departure:

“There was one big glitch, which was Christmas. I was going to leave at the end of series 10 – I had my finale planned and what I wanted to do with it. I had a good notion of that. Then I learned at a drinks event somewhere that Chris didn’t want to start with a Christmas [episode], so at that point they were going to skip Christmas. There’d be no Christmas special and we would’ve lost that slot.

(4) THE NEXT DOCTOR. The BBC tells “How Jodie Whittaker ‘missed’ fan reactions to Doctor Who role” — contains long audio on her reactions (lots of gosh-wow) and on advice she received from former Time Lords (starting at 6:50 on 2nd clip).

Jodie Whittaker says she didn’t see people’s reactions to her becoming the first female Doctor Who, because she’s not on social media.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music in her first broadcast interview since her casting was revealed, she said: “This will be a blessing and a curse.

“I’ve missed a lot of the fun stuff and probably the bad stuff.”

(5) W75 YES, COMICONS, NO. Helsinki-bound book dealer Francesca T. Barbini of Luna Press Publishing answers the question, “Why Do Authors Need To Go To Cons?”, and advises which ones to pick.

On Monday we leave for Finnish shores. Worldcon 75 here we come!

I’m laughing/crying at the logistic nightmare ahead of us: 5 cricket bags full of books! Between the early rise to catch the plane and the dragging of luggage, by the time we reach Helsinki, we’ll feel like Sisyphus in the Underworld. However, the plan is to return home much lighter 🙂 so please, make our authors (and our back) happy and adopt a book!

Conventions are a big part of an author’s life. I cannot imagine being where I am today without my con experience. Specifically, I am referring to book conventions/events, rather than traditional book fairs like London or Frankfurt, and definitely not ComicCons, which are a different matter altogether. The ones I go to are primarily about SF, Fantasy and Horror.

That said, I also realise that I am lucky to be able to attend, as they are also one of the biggest expenses in an author’s yearly schedule, which not everyone can afford, for several reasons. And what if you can’t go? What will people think?

With Worldcon upon us, I want to share my con experience with others and why I think that authors should go to conventions if they can. We’ll look at Pros and Cons as well as tips for when money is an issue…..

(6) THE SENSE OF WONDER IS NOW MAINSTREAM. Never mind the authors aching for Dragon Awards, it used to be that sci-fi shows watched by millions couldn’t get a sniff of the Emmys. Vanity Fair remembers: “From Game of Thrones to Stranger Things: How Geek TV Crashed the Emmys”

In 2005, Emmy voters opened their mail to find a mysterious black envelope stuffed with DVDs. “‘The No. 1 Television Show of 2005’—Time Magazine,” the cover read, without disclosing the title of the program on the discs. The show was Battlestar Galactica, a serious-minded reboot of the campy 1970s series, and the idea was to trick snobby TV Academy members into watching a science-fiction drama without rolling their eyes.

“We were battling the name,” Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore told me recently, of his effort to get colleagues who were making dramas such as The West Wing and 24 to take seriously a show set in a distant star system. “It was considered kiddie stuff: ‘That’s not real TV. It’s people running around in silly outfits. There was real TV and then what we were doing. You couldn’t get a meeting on NYPD Blue,’” Moore said. The black-envelope strategy didn’t work—despite receiving widespread critical acclaim for its writing, acting, and directing, Battlestar Galactica collected nominations only in the visual-effects categories that year.

What a difference a decade or so makes. Fantasy and science-fiction TV are now decidedly prestige TV, as shows such as Moore’s latest—the time-traveling Starz series, Outlander—exist in a crowded world of awards-hungry monsters, zombies, and robots. There’s HBO’s Westworld, which tied Saturday Night Live as the show with the most Emmy nominations this year (22), Netflix’s Stranger Things (18) and Black Mirror (3), Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale (13), USA’s Mr. Robot (3), and Starz’s American Gods (2), to name a few. Many of the shows sit on the shoulders of HBO’s barrier-breaking Game of Thrones, which became the most awarded scripted series in Emmy history last year, with 38 wins. That a cable program featuring chain mail and dragons could shatter a record once held by NBC’s Frasier reveals how much the TV industry has changed. (Due to the timing of its season, Game of Thrones is not eligible for Emmys this year, to the relief of every one of its competitors. Outlander, which has been nominated for three Emmys and four Golden Globes in the past, is out of contention this year for the same reason.)

(7) BEFORE HE WAS SPOCK. While Bill was searching for more clippings about celebrities who love Mexican food (triggered, presumably, by the item about Boris Karloff the other day) he came across this Leonard Nimoy item in The Boston Globe for March 31, 1968 – which has nothing to do with food, but you may like it anyway….

[Leonard Nimoy] was asked to tell the story again about the time he was driving a cab and he picked up John F. Kennedy. “That was in 1956. I was just out of the service and I was driving a cab at night in Los Angeles and looking for acting jobs during the day. I got a call to go to the Bel Air Hotel to pick up a Mr. Kennedy. It was a highly political time — right before the conventions — and Stevenson and Kefauver were running strong. When I got to the Bel Air I asked the doorman if I was waiting for the senator from Massachusetts. He said he didn’t know. When Kennedy came down the doorman whispered to me, ‘Is this guy a senator?’

“As Kennedy got in the cab I said, ‘How are things in Massachusetts, senator? He perked up. He said, ‘Are you from Massachusetts?’ He asked me so many questions — he was very socially-oriented — he asked me why I was in California, where my folks were from, why they came to the U.S. and what they thought about my being an actor. I asked him about Stevenson’s chances and he said, ‘You talk to a lot of people. What do you think?’ I asked him what would happen if Stevenson won the nomination and lost the election. He said ‘He’d be finished politically.’ That was the one flat statement he made about politics. I dropped him at the Beverly Hilton. The fare was $1.25 and he didn’t have any cash in his pocket. He went into the hotel and I followed him, tagging along for my $1.25. He finally found somebody he knew and he borrowed three dollars and he turned around and handed it to me.”

(8) NAKAJIMA OBIT. Vale, kaiju. Rue Morgue reports the death of original Godzilla suit actor Haruo Nakajima.

Very sad news: The man who first portrayed Japanese cinema’s greatest monster has passed on, leaving behind an enormous footprint.

Haruo Nakajima, who donned the rubber suit for the title character of 1954’s GOJIRA (released Stateside as GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS in 1956),

(9) LOS ANGELES UNDERSTOOD. A Bradbury quote begins this LA Times article about the 2028 Olympics: “A dream and a reality, the 2028 Olympics give Los Angeles a chance to imagine its future”.

When asked to explain the secret of Los Angeles on the eve of the 1984 Olympics, the late poet, novelist and fantasist Ray Bradbury broke it down, capturing the ingenuous advantage the city enjoyed as it was coming of age.

“L.A. is a conglomerate of small towns striving toward immensity and never making it, thank God,” he wrote. “We have no kings, queens, or courts, no real pecking order, no hierarchies to prevent those of us who care to lean into creativity from running loose in the big yard.”

(10) BRADBURY’S MARS. Local NPR station KPCC devoted part of today’s Take Two show to “‘The Martian Chronicles:’ An out-of-this-world projection of LA”. Audio clip at the link.

It doesn’t even take place on this planet, yet this Sci-fi classic by longtime resident Ray Bradbury has a lot to say about L.A. in the early 1950s.  David Kipen is a book editor and founder of the Libros Schmibros lending library. You can take Bradbury out of L.A. but you can’t take L.A. out of Bradbury, he says. …

Parallels between native peoples of Earth and Mars

The stories add up to something greater than the sum of their parts. They add up to this parable of what Ray experienced as an immigrant to Southern California where the only remnant left that he could readily see of the Tongva, of the Chumash, were some cave paintings up in Santa Ynez, and a lot of place names like Tujunga – like Topanga. The Native Americans were here but there weren’t where Ray Bradbury grew up on Alexandria or Kenmore in Hollywood. Ray was not going to see much evidence of that. So it’s this sense of a bygone civilization of which only remnants remain. Ray, as a guy coming to LA in the 1930s with his family, was only going to get these kind of ghostly hints of the people who once lived on this same land for thousands of years before. And he transmutes that into the way he presents the Martians as these people very much in sync and in sympathy with the land, and rather otherworldly, and at the same time, endangered.

(11) COMICS SECTION. John King Tarpinian’s radar also spotted the Bradbury reference in today’s Frazz.

(12) WORLDCON PROGRAMMING. Not in Helsinki today? Here’s something else you’ve missed:

(13) STILL PACKING. Some may be delayed because their SJW credential is trying to stow away.

(14) A SURPRISE. Lou Antonelli, in “First thoughts on the Dragon award”, included this insight about the award’s management:

I’ve been a finalist for both the Sidewise and Hugo awards, and in both cases, if you have made the ballot, you are contacted in advance, and asked if you accept the honor. Sometimes people prefer to take a bye.

Nominations for the Dragon closed July 24, and after a week had passed I assumed I had not made the grade. I was sure of it last Thursday night when I received an email that had a link to the final ballot.

I opened the ballot, to see who HAD made the grade, and was startled to see my name there. The Dragon award apparently is less bureaucratic than some others, I suppose, and they simply released the final ballot the way the nominations fell.

(15) DRAGON WITHDRAWAL. Alison Littlewood preceded John Scalzi in taking herself out of contention with “A statement regarding the Dragon Awards”.

It has just been announced that The Hidden People has been nominated for a Dragon Award.

While this would normally be a great pleasure, it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc who are attempting, for reasons of their own, to influence the awards outcome. Essentially, the same group who set out to fix the Hugo Awards are now encouraging their supporters to follow their voting choices in the Dragon Awards.

I’m grateful to anyone who has voted for The Hidden People in good faith, but I am deeply concerned that the voting should be fair going forward and so I have today emailed the organisers and asked for The Hidden People to be withdrawn from consideration.

I would just like to add that I have had no contact with the voting bloc and indeed have never asked anyone to vote for me in the Dragon Awards. Thank you again to anyone who did so because they enjoyed the book!

(16) THE PROFESSIONALS. Chuck Wendig and Jim C. Hines are working hard to extract the lessons to be learned from this year’s Dragon Awards.

(17) KERFUFFLE LITERARY HISTORY. Doris V. Sutherland will cover some of this year’s Dragon Award nominees as part of a book project: “Dragon Awards 2017: Which Finalists to Write About?”

So yeah, I’ve been working on a book called Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers, about the stories caught up in the whole Puppies-versus-Hugos kerfuffle. I’m planning to cover every single Hugo-nominated prose story published from 2013 to 2016 (the years of the Sad Puppies campaign). I’m also going to look at the nominees for other SF/F awards from the same period – but in those cases I’ll be a little more discriminating about what gets covered and what doesn’t.

With the ballot for the second Dragon Awards announced, my main concern is figuring out which finalists are worth looking at in my book. So here goes…

Blood of Invidia got a boost from the Puppysphere, and judging by its Amazon synopsis, it’s a jokey, self-aware urban fantasy. Alongside zombie apocalypse, that’s one of the few horror-adjacent genres that the Puppies have shown much support for. Into the horror chapter it goes, alongside Jim Butcher and Declan Finn.

I might give The Hidden People a mention as it was one of Vox Day’s picks, against the author’s wishes. Don’t see that The Bleak December is particularly relevant to my topic, though.

(18) HASSELHOFF. Gwynne Watkins of Yahoo! Movies, in “David Hasselhoff’s Road to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’? ‘It All Started with ‘Knight Rider!’”, interviews actor David Hasselhoff, who says that his part in Guardians came about because director James Gunn loved Knight Rider as a kid.  Hasselhoff says “I’ve got the kids market wrapped up” because of his role in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.

Do you have people telling you that a lot that you were a father figure to them because of Knight Rider?

Almost every day, a man comes up to me and says, “I need to tell you my Knight Rider story.” Or a man will tell me that he loves me. Or a person from Thailand will say, “You are my mentor.” Or a person from Afghanistan who’s driving a cab says, “You’re my hero.” I say, “Where are you from?” And he goes, “Afghanistan.” I say, “Oh my God.” Iraq. Iran. It’s just insane. And it’s incredibly fantastic because they all have got a specific story, from India or Pakistan — watching it like Slumdog Millionaire, 200 people around a TV — to the shah of Iran’s wife saying,We used to sell tickets on the back lawns. People would gather and watch the show illegally by satellite for 25 cents in Iran!” And I’m going, “What? What? What?”

And now, 30 years later, it gets to be in one of the biggest movies of all time. And it’s just still following me around, and I embrace it. The theme of Knight Rider is, “One man can make a difference.” And I’m still alive and proving that, hopefully, almost every day.

(19) VAN HELSING TRAILER. Syfy brings back Van Helsing for a second season.

The world is over and so is the wait. Slay. All Day. Van Helsing returns this Fall with all-new episodes on SYFY. About Van Helsing:

Van Helsing is set in a world that has been taken over by vampires following a volcanic explosion that blocked out the sun. Vanessa Van Helsing is the last hope for survival, as she unknowingly awakens to discover she has a unique blood composition that makes her not only immune to vampires, but with the ability to turn a vampire human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. Her objective: Save humanity – and find her daughter.

 

[Thanks to ULTRAGOTHA, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Mark-kitteh, Carl Slaughter, Martin Morse Wooster, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Bill.]

Pixel Scroll 7/13/17 Lucky Scroll Means Fine Pixel (LSMFP)

(1) LIMERICK DERBY. Fantasy Literature’s Kelly Lasiter says it’s time for “FanLit’s 2017 SFF Limerick Contest”

Your task is to create a limerick that has something to do with speculative fiction. It could be about a character, a series, an author, or whatever fits the theme…

Full guidelines at the post. Entries are made in comments there.

Here is the winning limerick (by Ben) from 2015:

The day came that I had been dreading,
It would surely end in beheading
and my family depressed
as they murdered their guests,
Never go to a Westeros wedding

(2) PIRATES WITHOUT RESERVATIONS. Otakon, the Washington D.C. Asian pop culture convention, discovered someone trying to victimize members by creating a fake hotel website. Otakon Hotel and Venue Manager John Nadzam has issued a warning. [H/T to Petréa Mitchell.]

To all of our members:

It has come to our attention that an outside party set up a pirate housing website: “otakon2017.org”.

This website was in no way associated with Otakon, Otakorp Inc., or Experient (our exclusive and official housing provider).  We have taken all efforts to shut down the site as soon as we found out, but we cannot determine if any reservations were taken, if reservations through this site will be honored, or what may have happened to any information they may have gathered.

If you did not receive a confirmation email that looks like the one at the end of this message, or if you have any doubts on your reservation’s validity, please contact Experient immediately…

There have been reports of this happening to several different conventions (genre and otherwise) now, and cons are starting to warn members about it. For example, DesignCon 2018 and ASBMR 2017 Annual Meeting have prominently posted “Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations” on their websites.

(3) MORE EMMY NEWS. The Hollywood Reporter enthuses: “Carrie Fisher Gets Posthumous Nomination for ‘Catastrophe'”.

The actress was nominated for her guest role in the Amazon comedy series’ third season as Mia, the troublesome mother of Rob (played by Rob Delaney), an American who moves to London when his one-week fling leads to an unplanned pregnancy. She had finished filming her scenes in the notable sixth episode shortly before her death in December. Fisher was 60 years old when she suffered a major heart attack during a transatlantic flight and died a few days later in the hospital.

…Fisher appeared in four episodes throughout Catastrophe‘s initial two seasons, and her third-season episode became a tribute to the late star. “It was such a shock to lose her and so unexpected and so awful, that all we had was her performance in episode six to think about,” co-creator and star Sharon Horgan told THR of Fisher’s “funny and heartfelt performance” back in April. “So, that’s what we concentrated on: making that episode a dedication to her, I guess, and beyond that, no, because it’s hard watching her onscreen so alive and yet no longer with us.”

(4) CANNED FROG. Steve Whitmire, in “It’s Time To Get Things Started…” at Steve Whitmire Muppet Pundit, says he was fired by Disney.

In 1978 when I was asked to join The Muppet Show, the Muppets were the hottest thing on the planet. I was invited to sit at the feet of the true masters, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and Dave Goelz; working alongside them, absorbing different skills from each, as we, along with many talented others, contributed towards the same shared vision, the vision of one man. The result became a skill-set for myself that was sort of a compilation of the best of them all.

For me the Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion. They are a calling, an urgent, undeniable, impossible to resist way of life. This is my life’s work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.

As I am sure you can imagine, I have experienced every possible emotion since October 2016, when I received a phone call from The Muppets Studio’s executives to say they were recasting. Through a new business representative, I have offered multiple remedies to their two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call. I wish that we could have sat down, looked each other in the eye, and discussed what was on their minds before they took such a drastic action.

(5) ASTRONAUT IN CHARGE. “Former astronaut Julie Payette to be Canada’s next governor general” – the CBC has the story.

Former astronaut Julie Payette will be the Queen’s new representative in Canada, CBC News has confirmed.

The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, will be named the 29th governor general, a position that comes with a $290,660 annual salary and an official residence at Rideau Hall.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement Thursday.

A computer engineer with a commercial pilot licence, Payette was picked from among 5,330 applicants in 1992 to be one of four new astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

She participated in two space flights to the International Space Station and served as the CSA’s chief astronaut between 2000 and 2007.

Payette is active on a number of causes and has served as a board member for Drug Free Kids Canada as well as being listed as a National Champion of the Trans Canada Trail.

…Acting as the Queen’s representative in Canada, the governor general also serves as commander-in-chief of the Canadian Armed Forces and represents Canada at events, ceremonies and official visits at home and abroad.

(6) POSTMODERN STOIC. Kameron Hurley tells “How Pro Writers Deal with Pro Criticism”.

You write until the words are the right ones.

So if you think that leveling up as a writer means that nobody ever critiques your work again, or every word you shit will be gold, here is your reminder: it doesn’t get easier as you go. The bar gets higher. You need to jump further, climb higher, level up. If you didn’t make a million out the gate your first time, welcome to the long slog toward the breakout book, where you constantly have to stay on top of your game or fall down and start over again.

I have heard from many writers that I was “lucky” to make it out of the implosion of my first publisher with a relatively high profile (if not high $$, though Legion sales are steady af) career afterward. The best writer career path is, frankly, to have a “hit” right out the gate and build on that success. While it’s VERY possible to get a break out later (I can think of several writers who had written anywhere from 4-11 books before their breakout book), it sure does seem easier, from the outside, to build on that success than to take the long way up like I am, slowly, slowly, selling more and more books with every contract.

But here’s the thing. I’m well aware that to write a breakout book, I have to level up my work. We like to pretend it’s ALL luck with a breakout book, and sometimes that’s true (the “Hollywood bought it!” phenomenon), but sometimes it really is about skill, about writing a story that connects with more people, a story folks can’t put down, a story that everyone goes, “You have to read this trilogy because it’s great and OMG the third book has THE BIGGEST PAYOFF AND MOST EPIC THIRD ACT.” That part isn’t luck, it’s writing a good story. And to write that good story takes consulting with other professionals and working to make the story the best it can be. You will always be the ultimate owner of anything that you write (Meyna is staying in the book!), but you have to learn when to be able to take constructive feedback for what it is and when to throw out stuff that doesn’t work with your own vision. That’s a tough skill, I admit. I struggle with it all the time. Being able to sort through feedback to find the right way through takes a lot of practice, and it’s this, too, that makes you a pro.

(7) COLLABORATION. Stewart Baker has tips for “How to Write with a Co-author” at the SFWA Blog.

There are as many different ways to share authorship of a story as there are combinations of people. Some prefer to split up the tasks of writing, with one author creating an outline that the other drafts from, or vice versa. Others might draft every other scene, or only write a particular character’s sections, and so on.

The benefits of co-authoring are potentially great: Each writer has a chance to learn new habits and strategies, and brainstorming can go much more quickly with two people involved. But, as with any kind of partnership, it’s important to establish early on how the relationship is going to work. Making assumptions about the writing process and your expectations for your co-author can lead to misunderstandings and stress, and has the potential to end friendships and scuttle careers.

(8) MARVEL GENERATIONS. Another spin on Marvel Legacy —

In a flash, the Marvel heroes are offered a gift: to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who came before them! These heroic journeys all launch from the same point: the Vanishing Point! This epic 10-issue series brings together iconic and present-day heroes such as Laura Kinney and Logan, Amadeus Cho and Bruce Banner, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, and many more of your favorite characters. The stories of GENERATIONS begin at the Vanishing Point where time has no meaning, and these epic tales offer fans a direct bridge and prelude into the senses-shattering Marvel Legacy, as the challenges and revelations of GENERATIONS will alter the destinies of our heroes moving forward in a dramatic fashion!

 

(9) NEXT AT KGB. “Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series” hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present Karen Neuler and Genevieve Valentine on July 19 at the KGB Bar. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Karen Heuler

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has received an O. Henry award, been a finalist for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award, the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction (twice), and a bunch of other near-misses. She has published four novels and three story collections, and this month Aqueduct Press released her novella, In Search of Lost Time, about a woman who can steal time.

Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine is an author and critic. Her most recent book is the near-future spy novel ICON; her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen Best of the Year anthologies. Her comics work includes Catwoman for DC Comics and the Attack on Titan anthology from Kodansha. Her criticism and reviews have appeared in several venues including the AV Club, the Atlantic, and The New York Times. Please ask her about the new King Arthur movie.

(10) TODAY’S DAY

Embrace Your Geekness Day

Wellcat Holidays organized the holiday stating that we all should be proud of the things that define us, and little defines us as much as those things we’re passionate about. “Dungeon games, comic books, vampire dress-up” we should have no shame about anything we’re into. In fact, you should shout it loud and proud.

(11) TODAY IN HISTORY

  • July 13, 1984 The Last Starfighter premiered

(12) TODAY’S BIRTHDAY BOY

  • Born July 13, 1940 – Sir Patrick Stewart
  • Born July 13, 1942 – Harrison Ford

(13) STORMY WEATHER. Setting up a close view of the Great Red spot: “NASA Spacecraft Gets Up Close With Jupiter’s Great Red Spot”.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will be directly over the spot shortly after 10 p.m. ET Monday, July 10, about 5,600 miles above the gas giant’s cloud tops. That’s closer than any spacecraft has been before.

The spot is actually a giant storm that has been blowing on Jupiter for centuries. It’s huge, larger than Earth in diameter.

“It’s lasted a really long time,” says Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and principal scientist for NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. “No scientists really understand exactly how that storm is created or why it could last so long.”

(14) NASA BUDGET. The Planetary Society told members the House of Representatives’ NASA budget includes $62.5 million in support of a new Mars orbiter, “effectively matching the recommendations made by The Planetary Society in our report, Mars In Retrograde: A Pathway for Restoring NASA’s Mars Exploration Program.”

The committee released July 12 the report accompanying the commerce, justice and science (CJS) appropriations bill, which its CJS subcommittee approved on a voice vote June 29. At that time, the committee had released only a draft of the bill, with limited details about how the nearly $19.9 billion provided to NASA would be allocated.

In NASA’s science account, planetary science emerges as a big winner, with the report allocating $2.12 billion, a record level. That amount is $191 million above the White House request and $275 million above what Congress provided in 2017.

Some of that additional funding will go to missions to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, thought to have a subsurface ocean of liquid water that could sustain life. It provides $495 million for both the Europa Clipper orbiter mission and a follow-on Europa Lander, to be launched by 2022 and 2024, respectively. The administration’s budget request sought $425 million, devoted solely to Europa Clipper.

The report also provides additional funding for Mars exploration, including $62 million for a proposed 2022 orbiter mission. NASA sought just $2.9 million for studies of future Mars missions, raising worries among scientists that NASA would not be able to get an orbiter, with telecommunications and reconnaissance capabilities, ready in time for the 2022 launch opportunity.

(15) FIRST COMICS ENCOUNTERS. A companion piece to NPR’s survey: “Cartoonists Tell Us: What Do Comics Mean To You?”

The first comic book I ever read was an obscure DC title that I begged my parents to buy for me from a rotating rack at a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop. World’s Finest Comics #306, “The Senses-Shattering Saga of Swordfish and Barracuda!” Not the highest of high art, maybe — even the cover described S&B as “THE GREATEST SUPER-HERO TEAM SINCE — WHAT’S-THEIR-NAMES?” But still — that was the first inkling I had that comics could be portals to other worlds, purveyors of strange wonders, and certainly a hell of a lot more entertaining than the blue “sport cloth” backseat of our 1981 Corolla.

In honor of this year’s big reader poll of favorite comics and graphic novels, we’ve asked some very cool comics creators to tell us what comics meant to them, whether as children or adults.

(16) AND TOTO TOO. A “modern dystopian buffet”: “‘Tropic Of Kansas’ Rips Dystopia From The Headlines”

And as has been said a thousand times by critics far smarter than me, there is nothing that happens in science fiction that is not a reflection of our own grubby reality. We have been afraid of nuclear war, of environmental calamity, of technology, plague and politics and the enmity of our fellow man, and these dreads have always made their way into our entertainment. The worse the days, the more baroque the diversions. And these days are very bad indeed.

So this mess of a present has birthed a new breed of dystopian novels, of which Christopher Brown’s Tropic Of Kansas is the latest. Not simple dystopia, but complicated by present reality and recognizable politics. Not nameless or alien, but very much named and very close to home. And while these books have utopian leanings, they are not happy stories. No one walks away smiling. They are revolution porn.

(17) BOY NEXT DOOR. Whatever’s in that radioactive spider bite is great for romance. Page Six reports “‘Spider-Man’ co-stars Tom Holland and Zendaya are dating”, and they’re just the latest.

This isn’t the first time a “Spider-Man” movie brought us new Hollywood romances. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield began dating while filming “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2011. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst also dated during his stint as the superhero in the early 2000s.

We may even get to see Holland and Zendaya’s relationship bloom on-screen as well, as the end of the movie may have foreshadowed a future romance.

(18) WONDER ACCOUNTING. The Hollywood Reporter says Wonder Woman has legs —  “Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Holding Better Than Any Superhero Movie in 15 Years”.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman is still going strong as it heads into its seventh week. The movie, grossing $371.3 million through Tuesday, is now assured of topping out at $390 million or more domestically, becoming the No. 8 comic book adaptation of all time, not accounting for inflation. And it will soon pass up Disney and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($385.8 million) in North America to become the top summer earner.

(19) CHICKEN GEAR. Adweek is surprised to discover “KFC Is Now Selling Apparel, Home Goods and a Meteorite Shaped Like a Chicken Sandwich”.

Last week, we mysteriously received a Colonel Sanders pillowcase in the mail, designed to look like we were sleeping together. Now, KFC has explained what that whole thing was all about: As of yesterday, the brand launched KFC Ltd., an online merchandise shop packed with limited-edition goods and high-quality fried chicken apparel.

This includes that randy pillowcase, which you can score for just $14.

It’s easy to compare this idea to Pizza Hut’s Hut Swag idea from last year. But while Pizza Hut was punting stuff like leggings, scarves and hoodies with phrases like “Pizza is bae” (why?), KFC is swinging for a somewhat more discerning (or fetishist) market. Gear includes vintage apparel, “finger lickin’ good jewelry” and—wait for it!—a meteorite they’ve carved into the shape of a Zinger sandwich (which they recently decided to launch into space). The meteorite is going for $20,000.

(20) CHICKEN BLEEP. Io9 has been digging through the documents released from a lawsuit brought by The Walking Dead’s Frank Darabont — “Frank Darabont’s Furious Emails to His Walking Dead Coworkers: ‘Fuck You All'”.

Darabont and AMC spent about six months figuring out what should remain confidential as they prepare their cases and exhibits for New York judge Eileen Bransten. After coming to an agreement, they’ve released thousands of pages of documents, which include depositions, expert testimony, and financial details for other AMC shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. The documents show how convoluted Hollywood deals and negotiations are, for better and worse, but they also shine an unflattering light on Darabont’s behavior during his time on The Walking Dead.

One of the biggest conflicts behind the scenes of The Walking Dead was AMC’s decision to cut the budget by almost half a million dollars per episode between seasons one and two. Darabont’s solution, which was to film the whole season in one location, the infamous farmhouse, created problems and resulted in arguably the series’ worst season. Darabont became overwhelmed, struggling to create more with less (plus, AMC demanded to see all the scripts ahead of time), and it showed in his behavior toward the team. Here’s an email to executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and others from June 2011, one month before he was fired:

Fuck you all for giving me chest pains because of the staggering fucking incompetence, blindness to the important beats, and the beyond-arrogant lack of regard for what is written being exhibited on set every day. I deserve better than a heart attack because people are too stupid to read a script and understand the words. Does anybody disagree with me? Then join the C-cam operator and go find another job that doesn’t involve deliberately fucking up my show scene by scene.

This email supports the earlier rumors that Darabont became difficult to work with, along with several other messages that contain just as many profanities toward dozens more behind-the-scenes crew members: camera operators (“Ray Charles could operate better”), an episode director (“It’s like we yanked some kid with no experience out of high school and put her in charge”), and even his writing staff, as shown in a particularly tense email to an AMC executive.

(21) VIDEO OF THE DAY. The Beatles, Hippies, and Hells Angels is a video on Vimeo by Fons Scheidon which is an introduction to a Sky Atlantic documentary about Apple Corps.

[Thanks to Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge, Chip Hitchcock, JJ, John King Tarpinian, and Carl Slaughter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Andrew.]

2017 Emmy Award Nominees

Saturday Night Live and Westworld tallied the most nominations (22) in this year’s Emmy Award announcement, followed by Stranger Things and FEUD: Bette and Joan (18).

The drama series race includes three new genre nominees, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, and Westworld. (Game of Thrones isn’t eligible for the Emmys this year because of its mid-July premiere date.)

The Emmy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 17.

Because there are so many categories, major categories with nominees of genre interest have been reported in full, but in the below-the-line categories only genre nominees are listed.

Drama Series

  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • This Is Us (NBC)
  • Westworld (HBO)

Drama Actress

  • Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
  • Claire Foy (The Crown)
  • Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Keri Russell (The Americans)
  • Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
  • Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Drama Actor

  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
  • Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
  • Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
  • Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
  • Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
  • Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Limited Series Actor

  • Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Lying Detective)
  • Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
  • Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
  • Geoffrey Rush (Genius)
  • John Turturro (The Night Of)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • John Lithgow (The Crown)
  • Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
  • Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
  • Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
  • David Harbour (Stranger Things)
  • Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
  • Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Ann Dowde (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)
  • Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
  • Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
  • Thandie Newton (Westworld)

Television Movie

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love
  • The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
  • Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)
  • The Wizard Of Lies

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

  • Adventure Time • Islands Part 4: Imaginary Resources • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
  • Disney Mickey Mouse • Split Decisions • Disney Channel • Disney Television Animation
  • Marvel’s Rocket & Groot • Space Walk • Disney XD App • Marvel Animation and Passion Animation Studios
  • Steven Universe • Mr. Greg • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
  • Teen Titans Go! • Orangins • Cartoon Network • Warner Bros. Animation

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More)

  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Offred (Pilot) • Hulu
  • Penny Dreadful • Perpetual Night • The Blessed Dark • Showtime
  • Westworld • The Bicameral Mind • HBO
  • Westworld • The Original • HBO

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Program (One Hour Or More)

  • The Man In The High Castle • The Tiger’s Cave • Amazon
  • Stranger Things • Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers • Netflix

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less)

  • The Big Bang Theory • The Dependence Transcendence • CBS

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Reality Or Competition Series

  • Bill Nye Saves The World • Earth Is A Hot Mess • Netflix

Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series

  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Hulu
  • Stranger Things • Netflix
  • Westworld • HBO

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Offred (Pilot) • Hulu
  • The Man In The High Castle • Fallout • Amazon • Amazon Studios
  • Mr. Robot • eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc + eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc • USA
  • Sense8 • Obligate Mutualisms • Netflix •
  • Stranger Things • Chapter Eight: The Upside Down • Netflix
  • Westworld • The Original • HBO

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes For A Series, Limited Series Or Movie

  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Offred (Pilot) • Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson
  • Westworld • The Original • HBO

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Offred (Pilot) • Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson • Directed by Reed Morano
  • The Handmaid’s Tale • The Bridge • Hulu • MGM, Hulu, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures, Daniel Wilson • Directed by Kate Dennis
  • Stranger Things • Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers • Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre • Directed by The Duffer Brothers
  • Westworld • The Bicameral Mind • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. • Directed by Jonathan Nolan

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series

  • Stranger Things • Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers • Netflix
  • Stranger Things • Chapter Seven: The Bathtub • Netflix
  • Westworld • The Bicameral Mind • HBO

Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory • The Holiday Summation • CBS

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

  • Penny Dreadful • Ebb Tide • Showtime
  • Stranger Things • Chapter Two: The Weirdo On Maple Street • Netflix
  • Vikings • Revenge • HISTORY
  • Westworld • Contrapasso • HBO

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Limited Series Or Movie

  • American Horror Story: Roanoke • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program

  • The Man In The High Castle: Resistance Radio • Amazon • Amazon Studios
  • The Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience • USA • Universal Cable Productions, Here Be Dragons, Esmail Corp.
  • Stranger Things VR Experience • Netflix • Netflix and CBS Digital
  • Westworld • DiscoverWestworld.com • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television

Outstanding Main Title Design

  • American Gods • Starz • FremantleMedia North America, Inc.
  • Stranger Things Stranger Things • Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions • Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions Page 22
  • Stranger Things • Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions
  • Westworld • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television

Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

  • Penny Dreadful • Perpetual Night • Showtime
  • Stranger Things • Chapter Six: The Monster • Netflix
  • Vikings • All His Angels • HISTORY
  • Westworld • The Original • HBO

Outstanding Makeup For A Limited Series Or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)

  • American Horror Story: Roanoke • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Limited Series, Movie Or Special

  • American Horror Story: Roanoke • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television
  • Penny Dreadful • No Beast So Fierce • Showtime
  • The Walking Dead • The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be • AMC
  • Westworld • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros.

Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)

  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events • A Bad Beginning • Netflix • Music by James Newton Howard

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

  • Stranger Things • Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions • Theme by Michael Stein, Kyle Dixon
  • Westworld • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television • Theme by Ramin Djawadi

Outstanding Music Supervision

  • Stranger Things • Chapter Two: The Weirdo On Maple Street • Netflix

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Late • Hulu • Alexis Bledel as Ofglen
  • Stranger Things • Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly • Netflix • 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre Productions • Shannon Purser as Barb Holland

Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series

  • Con Man • Comic-Con HQ • Con Man Productions & Redbear Films, Inc • Alan Tudyk as Wray Nerely

Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series

  • Con Man • Comic-Con HQ • Con Man Productions & Redbear Films, Inc • Mindy Sterling as Bobbie
  • Fear The Walking Dead: Passage • AMC.com • RadicalMedia and AMC Studios • Kelsey Scott as Sierra

Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Drama Series

  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Hulu
  • Stranger Things • Netflix
  • Westworld • HBO

Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series

  • Fear The Walking Dead: Passage • AMC.com
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot • ABCd/ABC.com

Outstanding Short Form Variety Series

  • Honest Trailers Honest Trailers • YouTube • DEFY Media
  • The Star Wars Show • YouTube • Lucasfilm Ltd.

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Star Wars Rebels. • Disney XD • Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series

  • Gotham • Destiny Calling • FOX
  • Stranger Things • Chapter Eight: The Upside Down • Netflix
  • Westworld • The Bicameral Mind • HBO

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special

  • American Horror Story: Roanoke • Chapter 1 • FX Networks

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)

  • Mr. Robot • eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx • USA
  • Stranger Things • Chapter Eight: The Upside Down • Netflix
  • Westworld • The Bicameral Mind • HBO

Outstanding Special Visual Effects

  • American Gods • The Bone Orchard • Starz
  • Black Sails • XXIX • Starz • Platinum Dunes and Quaker Moving Pictures in association with Starz Originals
  • The Man In The High Castle • Fallout • Amazon • Amazon Studios
  • Vikings • On The Eve • HISTORY
  • Westworld • The Bicameral Mind • HBO

Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role

  • Gotham • Heavydirtysoul • FOX • Warner Bros. Television
  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Birth Day • Hulu •

Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie

  • Gotham • Warner Bros. Television • FOX • Norman Douglass, Stunt Coordinator
  • Marvel’s Luke Cage Marvel’s Luke Cage • Netflix • James Lew, Stunt Coordinator

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series

  • The Big Bang Theory • The Locomotion Reverberation • CBS

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

  • The Handmaid’s Tale • Offred (Pilot) • Hulu • Teleplay by Bruce Miller
  • Stranger Things • Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers • Netflix • Written by The Duffer Brothers
  • Westworld • The Bicameral Mind • HBO • Written by Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan

Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program

  • Bill Nye Saves The World • The Sexual Spectrum • Netflix

 

2016 Emmy Award Nominations

Emmy t-68th-emmy-horiz-72-RGB

The nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards were announced today. The winners will be revealed at the 68th Annual Emmy Awards airing September 18 on ABC.

For the third year in a row, HBO’s Game of Thrones received the most nominations, 23.

Series of genre interest that received three or more Emmy nominations:

  • Game of Thrones 23
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show 20
  • Houdini 7
  • The Big Bang Theory 7
  • Gotham 4
  • The Last Man on Earth 4
  • The Walking Dead 4
  • Daredevil 3
  • Peter Pan Live 3

Some selected nominees of genre interest are:

Outstanding Animated Program

  • Archer • The Figgis Agency • FX Networks • FX Studios
  • Bob’s Burgers • The Horse Rider-er • FOX • Bento Box Entertainment
  • Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer • Disney XD • Disney Television Animation
  • The Simpsons • Halloween of Horror • FOX • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television
  • South Park • You’re Not Yelping • Comedy Central • Central Productions

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

  • Adventure Time • Hall of Egress • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
  • The Powerpuff Girls • Once Upon A Townsville • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios
  • Robot Chicken • Robot Chicken Christmas Special: The X-Mas United • Adult Swim • Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
  • SpongeBob SquarePants • Company Picnic • Nickelodeon • Nickelodeon
  • Steven Universe • The Answer • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Mr. Robot

Rami Malek as Elliot

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Game Of Thrones

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Game Of Thrones

Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Game Of Thrones

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Game Of Thrones

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Game Of Thrones

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

American Horror Story: Hotel

Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally / Billie Dean Howard

American Horror Story: Hotel

Kathy Bates as Iris

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Game Of Thrones

Max von Sydow as The Three-Eyed Raven

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Game Of Thrones • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television and Startling Television
  • Mr. Robot • USA • USA Network in association with Universal Cable Productions and Anonymous Content

The Hollywood Reporter’s story about the biggest Emmy snubs named a past Hugo nominee —

Rachel Bloom, who won a Golden Globe in January for her role in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was left out of the outstanding actress in a comedy series category.

Click this link for the complete list of 2016 Emmy nominees.

Here is a list of all the Emmy nominations received by selected shows of genre interest. (Click this link for the complete roster.)

American Horror Story: Hotel

  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE CONTEMPORARY OR FANTASY PROGRAM
  • (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
  • OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A CONTEMPORARY SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
  • OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
  • OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (NON-PROSTHETIC)
  • OUTSTANDING PROSTHETIC MAKEUP FOR A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
  • OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL

Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462

  • OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES

Galavant

  • OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS

Game Of Thrones

  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE CONTEMPORARY OR FANTASY PROGRAM
  • (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
  • OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A PERIOD/FANTASY SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (NON-PROSTHETIC)
  • OUTSTANDING PROSTHETIC MAKEUP FOR A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
  • OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
  • OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION FOR A DRAMA SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
  • OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Game Of Thrones Main Titles 360 Experience

  • OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE PROGRAM

Gotham

  • OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION FOR A DRAMA SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

The Last Man On Earth

  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Limitless

  • OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)

The Man In The High Castle

  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE CONTEMPORARY OR FANTASY PROGRAM
  • (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
  • OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN
  • OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

Marvel’s Daredevil

  • OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION FOR A DRAMA SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

  • OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN
  • OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC

Mr. Robot

  • OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
  • OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Muppets

  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE PROGRAM (HALF-HOUR OR LESS)

Orphan Black

  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Outlander

  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE PERIOD PROGRAM (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
  • OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A PERIOD/FANTASY SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Penny Dreadful

  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE CONTEMPORARY OR FANTASY PROGRAM
  • (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
  • OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (NON-PROSTHETIC)
  • OUTSTANDING PROSTHETIC MAKEUP FOR A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
  • OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
  • OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

Sense8

  • OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC

Steven Universe

  • OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM ANIMATED PROGRAM

The Walking Dead

  • OUTSTANDING PROSTHETIC MAKEUP FOR A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
  • OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

2016 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominees

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

There are about 110 pages of nominees in the press release, of which around 60 pages are for categories covering animated series, nearly all some variety of fantasy, or otherwise of sf/f genre interest. So it’s not practical to distill all that into a post.

Here for your edification are links to the release in two formats. (A web page version is coming, but was not posted as of this writing.)

The awards ceremony will be held May 1.

Game of Thrones Wins “The Big One”

HBO’s Game of Thrones destroyed the Emmy record book tonight, winning a total of 12 Emmys (including eight won at the previously held Creative Arts Emmys).

Game of Thrones broke The West Wing’s single-year record of nine wins set in 2000.

Major category wins announced during the televised ceremony were:

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Peter Dinklage
  • Directing Emmy: David Nutter
  • Writing Emmy: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Finally “The Big One”: This was the first year that the HBO series, nominated five times as the Outstanding Drama, won in that category.

Complete list: 2015 Emmys won by Game of Thrones.

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage)
  • Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (David Benioff and Dan Weiss, “Mother’s Mercy”)
  • Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series (David Nutter, “Mother’s Mercy”)
  • Outstanding Make-Up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) (“Mother’s
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (“The Dance of Dragons”)
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) (“High Sparrow,” “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” “Hardhome”)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series (“Hardhome”)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Scripted Series (“Hardhome”)
  • Outstanding Special Visual Effects (“The Dance of Dragons”)
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

2015 Emmy Award Nominees

The Emmy Award nominations were released on July 16. The winners will be announced on September 20.

Game of Thrones earned the most nominations overall, with 24.

Some nominees of genre interest are listed below.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Game of Thrones

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA

  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

LIMITED SERIES

  • American Horror Story: Freak Show

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA

  • Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA

  • Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones
  • Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones

GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

  • Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for Game Of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions

DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Ryan Murphy for American Horror Story: Freak Show from Monsters Among Us, FX Networks and 20th Century Fox

Variety interviewed Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany

“Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany has been a critical favorite since BBC America’s “Orphan Black” debuted in 2013, scooping two Critics’ Choice Awards and a Television Critics Assn. win for her dazzling performance as four lead characters (clone “sisters” Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena) — as well as numerous supporting and guest roles — on the genre-bending sci-fi series. Now, in 2015, the Television Academy has finally caught up with the buzz, rewarding Maslany with her first Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama.

2014 Primetime Emmy Award Nominees

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Game of Thrones surpassed all other shows with 19 Primetime Emmy nominations, including best drama series. The announcement was made July 10 by the Television Academy. The miniseries American Horror Story: Coven, another genre show, received 17 nominations. The complete shortlist including technical categories is available here.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Outstanding Drama Series
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Bob Newhart, "Big Bang Theory"

Bob Newhart, “Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Outstanding Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Diana RIgg, "Game of Thrones"

Diana RIgg, “Game of Thrones”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Diane Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, “Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
“Game of Thrones” — “The Children” (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
“Game Of Thrones” — “The Watchers on the Wall” (Neil Marshall)

Futurama-t_0Outstanding Animated Program
Futurama” — “Meanwhile”

And sf/fantasy and effects-heavy science shows monopolized the Outstanding Special and Visual Effects category: Almost Human, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Game of ThronesThe 100: We Are Grounders, Part 2, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D . all received nominations

Also, Cosmos received nominations for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program, and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.