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Friday, July 13, 2018

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Sandra Oh Makes History as First Asian Woman to Earn Best Actress Emmy Nomination. Sandra Oh has made Emmy history. The 46-year-old received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series on Thursday for her role as MI5 security officer Eve Polastri in the BBC America thriller Killing Eve, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to earn a nod in that category. Oh will compete with The Crown's Claire Foy, The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss, The Americans' Keri Russell, Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood and Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany. This marks the sixth Emmy nomination for the actress, who was born in Canada to Korean parents. She was previously nominated five times for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Cristina Yang in Grey's Anatomy. In 2010, Archie Panjabi became the first performer of Asian descent to win an Emmy for acting, receiving the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role on The Good Wife. In 2016, Riz Ahmed won Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his performance in The Night Of, becoming the first male actor of Asian descent to win an Emmy in an acting category. (Eonline)

Emmys: Anthony Bourdain Posthumously Nominated for 'Parts Unknown'. The celebrity chef, best-selling author and journalist died June 8. Anthony Bourdain on Thursday morning was nominated for an Emmy for his work on CNN's Parts Unknown. The late celebrity chef, best-selling author and journalist was nominated for best informational series or special. He not only hosted but executive produced the series. The show scored a total of six Emmy nominations. Bourdain died June 8 in France. He was 61 years old. His death was ruled a suicide. Parts Unknown premiered on April 14, 2013 and revolved around Bourdain traveling the world. More often than not, he would visit lesser-known areas of the globe and try local cuisine while listening to the stories of the natives about their history and traditions. Of course, he wasn't against also visiting Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Bourdain was working on an episode at the time of his death. The bad boy of cooking first came on the scene with a huge slash thanks to his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000). From there, he worked on shows that included A Cook's Tour, which ran on the Food Network (2002-03), then hosting the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005-12) before making the leap to CNN. He would also go on to write a number of other books, including A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal (2001) and Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (2010). (Hollywood Reporter)

2018 Emmy Nominations Snubs and Surprises: Mandy Moore, The Good Place, The Handmaid's Tale and More. The 2018 Emmy nominations were announced, which means there are a lot of happy and disappointed people walking around Hollywood right now. As per usual, the nominated shows, actors and professionals are a mixed bag of deserving folks...and old favorites. Previous winner Tatiana Maslany made a comeback for the final season of Orphan Black, Ted Danson and Maya Rudolph got deserved nominations for The Good Place and Yvonne Strahovski broke through for her work in The Handmaid's Tale. But of course there were snubs. What does Mandy Moore have to do to get an Emmy nomination? Break hearts on a twice-weekly basis? She's already doing it on a weekly one on This Is Us! The Emmys air Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Samantha Bee Earns Emmy Nomination Despite Ivanka Trump C-Word Controversy. The 'Full Frontal' host earned a nomination for best variety talk series despite the backlash she received for referring to the president's daughter as a "feckless c -- t." Political controversy posed no challenge for Samantha Bee as the late-night host secured an Emmy nomination for best variety talk series. Bee, whose TBS show Full Frontal earned nominations for best variety talk series and best writing in a variety talk series last year (the show won for best writing for a variety special for its "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner), earned another Emmy nom this year despite sparking controversy when she referred to Ivanka Trump as a "feckless c -- t" on an episode of her show in May. The comedian apologized the next day for her comment, saying, "I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night," Bee said. "It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it." Advertisers for Full Frontal such as Autotrader.com and State Farm pledged to pull their marketing from the show after Bee's comment. Following the incident, network management at TBS increased scrutiny over Bee's show, a source with knowledge of the situation told THR, with the plan being to prevent another incident that could potentially scare advertisers off. Still, some supported Bee, including former Daily Show host Jon Stewart (with whom Bee worked from 2011-2015), who shifted the blame to the political right, calling the outrage a "game." On her show the following week, Bee apologized on-air, saying she had "regret" over the remark. "I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for that," Bee said. "The problem is that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their lives ... and don't want it reclaimed. I don't want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest." In addition to Full Frontal's nomination for best variety talk series, the show also earned a nom for best live variety special for its "Great American* Puerto Rico" episode in March. (Hollywood Reporter)

"This S--t Just Got Real!" Uzo Aduba's Running Wild Looks Very Dramatic. It's hailing and Uzo Aduba is stuck on top of some cliffs in Spain's Pyrenees Mountains. She has to descend down them herself with a rope that isn't knotted. In fact, it's the "not a knot" technique, one wrong pull and everything could go wrong. Seems like the Emmy winner would rather be in TV prison than on this mountain in the latest episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls. "This is real survival right now," the Orange Is the New Black star says while getting whipped with wind and rain in the exclusive clip. "If you pull the right rope, you have a chance of making it down alive. I think that's about as close to as survival gets." Bear Grylls is going down first, leaving Aduba to maneuver her way solo. "This is hard stuff, because you have to remember when you're cold, you're wet slash scared," Grylls tells her. "I'm really nervous about this one, because this one I have to do entirely by myself," Aduba says. "This is the opposite of where I want to be right now." She sums it up perfectly as she watches Grylls make his way to lower ground: "Holy s -- t." "Wow. That is wild up there now. This is going to push this girl," Grylls says as the hail comes down on Aduba. "This s -- t just got real," Aduba says. Also in the episode, which airs Sunday, July 15 at 7 p.m. on NBC, Grylls and Aduba come face-to-face with a poisonous viper, attempt to get dinner out of field mice and use a crossbow to zip-line across a huge drop. (Eonline)

Kristin Cavallari Says Hubby Jay Cutler "Has No Game" on Very Cavallari: "I Don't Know How He Got Me." When it comes to game, Kristin Cavallari says her hubby Jay Cutler has none. In the clip from Sunday's all-new Very Cavallari, Kristin recounts the early days of her and Jay's relationship. "Jay was actually incredibly sweet. That was the man that I fell in love with, writing me love letters and love emails when I'd be in L.A. 'cause it was long distance," Kristin tells her BFF Kelly. While Jay amassed a bit of a bad boy image while in the NFL, the reality star says she's the real player. "Jay has no game. Let me just put that on record. I don't know how he got me, but he has no game," Kristin jokes. "I have much better game than Jay, trust." The Uncommon James founder goes on to poke fun at her husband, but don't fret, Jay's got jokes too! "I'd come in town, we would have so much fun together and I don't know what happened," Kristin laments. "You decided to go to bed at 8:45 every night," Jay fires back. (Eonline)

Bon Jovi almost made a Bravo cameo. Bon Jovi was lucky to avoid becoming an unwitting reality star. We're told that the rock god stopped by Maison Vivienne in Southampton over the weekend -- just before Bravo's "Summer House" began shooting there. The singer dropped by "with his son Jesse to say hi and find out how well their rose, Hamptons Water, is selling," said the source. "Thankfully, they were gone by the time the cameras rolled." (PageSix)

Christina Applegate to Star in Netflix Comedy Series 'Dead to Me' From Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The 'Bad Moms' actress will play a woman with a dark sense of humor and an anger problem in the 10-episode streaming series. Christina Applegate is returning to television. The former Married... With Children actress will star in Dead to Me, a new Netflix dark comedy series from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The casting marks Applegate's first substantial TV role in six years. Although she has been highly sought after for broadcast, cable and streaming projects in recent years, she has often passed on such TV offers. Written by Liz Feldman, the 10-episode half-hour series will center on a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow, Jen (Applegate), and a free spirit with a shocking secret. As Jen, Applegate will play a poised and put-together woman with a dark sense of humor and an anger problem that she doesn't necessarily want to deal with. She's been struggling to keep it together in the months since her husband was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Dead to Me will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Ferrell and McKay's Gloria Sanchez Productions for the streamer. Feldman will serve as showrunner and will executive produce the series alongside Ferrell, McKay, Applegate and Jessica Elbaum. Filming on Dead to Me is set to begin this fall in Los Angeles. The show, of course, reunites Applegate with Ferrell and McKay after she starred in the pair's Anchorman films. The actress recently graced the big screen with her holiday-themed Bad Moms sequel, Bad Moms Christmas. She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson. Deadline first reported the news of Applegate's casting. (Hollywood Reporter)

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