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Glee And Conan Get Emmy Nods!

Filed under: AwardzJay LenoConan O'BrienJimmy FallonGlee

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How exciting!

Glee has received 19 Emmy nominations including best comedy series and nods for Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele!

Conan O'Brien was also nominated for his work on The Tonight Show for best variety, music or comedy series while Jay Leno got a big fat snub — HA!

The Pacific received the highest number of nominations at 24.

The Emmy Awards will air on August 29 with Jimmy Fallon as host and we can't wait to watch!

Will U be tuning in?

CLICK HERE to check out the full list of Emmy nods!

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The Big O Preps Martin Luther King, Jr. Miniseries For HBO!

Filed under: TV NewsPolitikOprah Winfrey

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Sounds good!!

Oprah's production company, Harpo Films, is working with HBO to develop a seven hour miniseries called America: In the King Years, which is based off of Taylor Branch's books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is slated to write the script.

Harpo's Kate Forte says:

“People have tried telling this story using Parting the Waters, but nobody had all three books until now and that was incredibly enticing for us. This really is America in the King years, from 1954-68. Dr. King is the most dominant character, but there are so many other players who figure prominently. That includes his relationships with two presidents, JFK and Lyndon Johnson, his relationship with Coretta Scott King and his family, Bobby Kennedy, Stokely Carmichael and SNCC. This will cover the freedom rides, the Birmingham campaign, Selma, and the poor people's march on Washington that he was organizing when he was killed. It will be the seminal Civil Rights era film. We thought Robert’s work on The Pacific was incredible and he can hit the ground running."

Sounds like a massive undertaking, but we think the project is in good hands!

We're looking forward to it!

What do U think?? Are U excited to see a Martin Luther King, Jr. miniseries??

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Tom Hanks Talks Controversial New Projects

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Tom Hanks is one of few actors to receive the honor of getting a Time Magazine cover, out this week, and in his interview talks about his upcoming projects, including the HBO World War II miniseries The Pacific and a TV project about the JFK Assassination, which he claims is one of "the most controversial things that has ever been on TV."

Wow!! We are definitely intrigued.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

On growing up around the military:
“Growing up I always knew Dad was in the Pacific somewhere fixing things. He had nothing nice to say about the Navy. He hated the Navy. He hated everybody in the Navy. He had no glory stories about it. My idea of history was just a course you had to take. Strange to think I’ve become the World War II guy. We all lived in naval housing and everybody who was like a primary care giver to me talked about The War. But when it came to understanding the history, I nodded off.”

On the correlations between WWII and today:
“From the outset we wanted to make people wonder how our troops can reenter society in the first place. How could they just pick up their lives and get on with the rest of us. Back in World War II we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different Gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. Does that soud familiar by any chance to what’s going on today? At least the Pacific War Soldiers coming back form WWII decompressed on ships for weeks. And then once the troops arrived portside it was often a long train ride home to Peoria. Today these guys in Afghanistan fight in bloody hell and then are flown back in 18 hours. How can they cope with that? How can they suddenly go from Tora Bora to Peyton Place?”

On his JFK Assassination Project:
“We’re going to do the American public a service. A lot of conspiracy types are going to be upset. If we do it right it’ll perhaps be one of the most controversial things that has ever been on TV.”

We think Tom Hanks is absolutely fantastic, and we're thrilled he's taking a stand and raising awareness about very relevant moments in US History that we could probably all learn from, instead of repeating the same mistakes over and over.

We're also curious to see what kind of controversy he raises around John F. Kennedy!!

What kind of dirt did he dig up?? We can't wait to find out!!

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