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Fox Renews ‘The Simpsons’ for 2 Additional Seasons

After tense negotiations, the voice cast agrees to a pay cut that will keep the show alive.

Fox has renewed its long-running animated comedy The Simpsons for two additional seasons. After tense negotiations regarding salary for the voice cast, Fox reached an agreement to their satisfaction, thus renewing the show for what would be it’s 24th and 25th season, a new record for a scripted series.

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Kevin Hart to Guest-Star on ‘Modern Family’

Kevin Hart is having an incredible year.

After he released a comedy special called Laugh at My Pain last week and had an unofficial hosting duty during this years VMAs, along with an official hosting gig at the 2011 BET Awards, he is going to show is acting chops on one of television’s biggest shows. According to Entertainment Weekly, Hart will play a new Physician neighbor to Phil Dunphy. No further details were revealed, including the airing of the episode (but I’m betting it will air sometime next year).

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Emmy Predictions: Comedy

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It’s that time of year again! THE EMMYS! It’s the most important day in television and here at JuniorTV. Although many of the categories won’t go in my favor (as you’ll see below), I’m still rooting for many people and their respective shows. In this edition, I’ll be predicting the Comedy categories, which include Best Comedy, and Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy. This category has gotten a major boost in the last few years, thanks to breakout hits like Fox’s Glee and ABC’s Modern Family. These two shows have made their way back to the Emmys this year, along with many other great shows. Down below is a full list of my predictions, including my picks for Best Comedy, and the Best Lead and Supporting Acting categories:

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)

WHO WILL WIN: Modern Family (ABC)

The Television Academy is know for repeat-awarding shows, and this year should be no exception. Although ‘Modern Family’ wasn’t as strong as it’s freshman season, it had some very strong episodes, giving every member of the cast a spotlight throughout it’s 22-episode sophomore season.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Parks and Recreation (NBC)

With a talented cast, strong lead character (portrayed by Amy Poehler), and incredible writing, ‘Parks and Recreation is unquestionably the best comedy on television.

Outstanding Lead Actor in A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

WHO WILL WIN:Steve Carell, The Office

For seven seasons, Steve Carell choked up audiences with his egotistically clueless character Michael Scott on NBC’s ‘The Office’. What will make more people choke-this time with anger-is that Carell has never won for Best Actor in a Comedy. Ever. The Academy knows this, and even though it might be a sympathy vote in this highly-competitive year, it makes up for the other years where Carell delivered comedy gold.

WHO SHOULD WIN:Louis C.K., Louie

As mean as this sounds to Carell, he doesn’t get even close to Louis C.K. in terms of greatness this year. Louis C.K. practically reinvented the comedy with his soon-to-be modern classic, Louie. The most simplest of ideas turn into hilarious and touching storylines, and I’ve never seen a show like this before. Watch out next year, because Louie is going to kick ass at the Emmys when it becomes known.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

WHO WILL WIN: One of the Modern Family Guys

To pick out of the 4 nominees (Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ed O’Neill) from ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ is just downright wrong. I’m almost certain that one of them will win. But who will it be? They’re so equally funny that I cant choose one to save my life.

WHO SHOULD WIN: One of the Modern Family Guys

They are all so hilariously funny, and I can’t imagine how the vote went when the ballots were counted. Is a 4-way tie possible?

Outstanding Lead Actress in A Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

WHO WILL WIN: Laura Linney, The Big C

Linney’s warm-but-hilarious performance on ‘The Big C’ is most certainly touching, but when she’s funny, she’s downright hilarious. Showtime’s Dark comedies are so complicated to categorize, but the Academy always votes in their favor. If everything goes conventional, Laura Linney will add another Emmy statuette to her award-filled collection.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

If anyone delivered the most laughs in a leading role, it’s Amy Poehler. Her performance on NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ was perfect, and if Linney wasn’t so Emmy-material, Poehler would certainly win and give Parks & Rec the recognition it so-badly deserves.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Comedy Series
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

WHO WILL WIN: Jane Lynch, Glee
Although Glee wasn’t as strong in it’s sophomore season, Jane Lynch was steady in her hilarious one-liners, and even though she doesn’t make that show, the show would be so lost without her. Lynch will win.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Jane Lynch, Glee

Although I love Sofia Vergara on ‘Modern Family,’ Lynch truly made the character her own this year, and that-among many other things-should be commended.

That’s all for my Emmy predictions! Come back soon to see the full list of winners in my super-packed recap!–see you then! And don’t forget: The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs this Sunday, September 18 on FOX, hosted by Jane Lynch!

ALSO: For live updates, go to my twitter page @JuniorTV. Follow me while you’re at it! 🙂

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EMMYS: Final Predictions! My Emmy Ballot for Tomorrow

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We’re less than 24 hours until Emmy Nominations! Of course I’ll be analyzing who got nominated and who didn’t (effectively being snubbed), and just so you’ll see how I will react for the most part on the nominations, here are my predictions for the major Drama and Comedy categories, performers included! NOTE: This will not include nominations for non-scripted categories and miniseries or television movies.

DRAMA

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

MAD MEN
THE GOOD WIFE
JUSTIFIED
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
GAME OF THRONES

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JON HAMM, MAD MEN
SEAN BEAN, GAME OF THRONES
KYLE CHANDLER, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT, JUSTIFIED
STEVE BUSCEMI, BOARDWALK EMPIRE

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JOHN SLATTERY, MAD MEN
PETER DINKLAGE, GAME OF THRONES
MICHAEL PITT, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
WALTON GOGGINS, JUSTIFIED
JOHN NOBLE, FRINGE
ALAN CUMMING, THE GOOD WIFE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

JULIANNA MARGULIES, THE GOOD WIFE
ELISABETH MOSS, MAD MEN
KYRA SEDGWICK, THE CLOSER
CONNIE BRITTON, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
KATEY SEGAL, SONS OF ANARCHY
KATHY BATES, HARRY’S LAW

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, MAD MEN
ARCHIE PANJABI, THE GOOD WIFE
CHRISTINE BARANSKI, THE GOOD WIFE
MARGO MARTINDALE, JUSTIFIED
KELLY MACDONALD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
DEBRA WINGER, IN TREATMENT

COMEDY

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

30 ROCK
THE OFFICE
GLEE
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION
LOUIE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

STEVE CARELL, THE OFFICE
ALEC BALDWIN, 30 ROCK
JIM PARSONS, THE BIG BANG THEORY
JOEL MCHALE, COMMUNITY
LOUIS C.K., LOUIE
ROB LOWE, PARKS AND RECREATION

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

ERIC STONESTREET, MODERN FAMILY
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, MODERN FAMILY
ED O’NEILL, MODERN FAMILY
NICK OFFERMAN, PARKS AND RECREATION
CHRIS COLFER, GLEE
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

TINA FEY, 30 ROCK
EDIE FALCO, NURSE JACKIE
AMY POEHLER, PARKS AND RECREATION
PATRICIA HEATON, THE MIDDLE
MARTHA PLIMPTON, RAISING HOPE
LAURA LINNEY, THE BIG C

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

JULIE BOWEN, MODERN FAMILY
SOFIA VERGARA, MODERN FAMILY
JANE LYNCH, GLEE
BETTY WHITE, HOT IN CLEVELAND
JANE KRAKOWSKI, 30 ROCK
BUSY PHILLIPS, COUGAR TOWN

There you go! So many nominees, and I would’ve loved to include non-scripted categories, but this post would’ve been infinitively long! Just know that I’m pulling for The Daily Show and Real Time to get noms in the variety category! Make sure to wake up nice & early tomorrow for the 63rd Annual Emmy Award Nominations! Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson will announce, along with John Shaffner at 8:30AM Eastern Time (5:30AM for you people on the West Coast!). I’ll have full coverage and live reactions on twitter (follow me @JuniorTV) and right here on the blog! I’ll be up super early before the nominations to have full coverage. See you then!

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Primetime Emmy Nominations Are One Month Away!

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The fall season came and went, and since it’s over, Emmy season is in full swing. We are exactly one month away from the 63rd Primetime Emmy Award nominations!

We still don’t know who will announce the nominations, but I do think that this will be a great year in nominees. I’m just hoping and praying that they will give an Outstanding Drama Series nomination to Friday Night Lights, which is in it’s final season, and is good enough to win the whole category.

But enough of my thoughts, that will he saved for later. For the next 4 weeks, I’ll be posting which shows and performers are early favorites to get nominations leading up to the Emmy nominations on Thursday, July 14.

So stay tuned for Thursdays, where I will start with the Comedy category!

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