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Emmys poll: Who should host in 2015?

Hosting a major awards show is a thankless task. Just ask David Letterman and Seth MacFarlane. (Don’t even bother asking James Franco.) Seth Meyers, who won almost unanimous praise for hosting the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2011, received mixed reviews in his first stint as Emmy host Monday night, with his hometown tabloid detractors pointing to a perception of passiveness that yielded the stage to other, more dynamic performers. But perhaps he should be commended for sharing the spotlight so generously, letting others shine, and keeping the three-hour show moving. Nothing wrong with getting by with a little help from one’s friends, especially when such friends are as funny as Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, et al.

Looking at Meyers’ Emmys from a raw data perspective, his numbers were solid. He couldn’t compete with last year’s CBS telecast, which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, but his show’s 10.9 rating was the second most-watched Emmys in eight years. Perhaps the audience would’ve been even larger if the Emmys had aired on the traditional Sunday night. (Or perhaps not, with stronger competition from Sunday night’s water-cooler cable shows.)

Either way, I’ll give Meyers a passing grade—though EW‘s critics were less generous—and am already looking ahead to 2015’s Emmys. Who should host next year? READ FULL STORY

Donald Glover to finally play Spider-Man -- in a cartoon

Remember way back in 2010, when Donald Glover campaigned to land an audition for the lead role in Marc Webb’s 2012 Spider-Man reboot? Turns out Glover will finally get a chance to be behind the webs, albeit in a slightly different way than imagined back then.

USA Today reports that the actor and rapper will be voicing the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man in this season of Disney XD’s animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, subtitled Web Warriors. For the uninitiated, Morales, a half-black, half-Latino teenager, has been the Spider-Man of the Ultimate universe for three years now—since the ‘Ultimate’ version of Peter Parker died in the summer of 2011.

It’s a neat example of a meme coming full circle—writer Brian Michael Bendis, who created Miles in the comic books, cites the #donald4spiderman hashtag as the inspiration for Miles’ creationUltimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors begins Sunday and will find Peter Parker teaming up with a number of alternate Spider-Men in order to stop the Green Goblin from collecting all of their DNA for his latest scheme.

For a clip of Glover’s voice in action, head on over to Vulture for an exclusive clip from the forthcoming season.

Will Cary Joji Fukunaga's man braids spawn copy cats?

Since Jared Leto didn’t walk the red carpet at Monday’s Emmys, another man’s locks had to be an object of obsession. Thank goodness True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga was on hand—and donning some excellent braids. Fukunaga won an award last night for directing the episode “Who Goes There,” but his hair emerged as the most talked about element of his appearance on the broadcast. Has the man bun given way to man braids?

The former has been around for longer than you think—The New York Times had a man bun trend piece back in 2012—and it shows no evidence of going out of style: Kit Harington trotted out the bun on the red carpet yesterday, while Leo DiCaprio donned one in his ice bucket challenge video. Still, Fukunaga’s braids sent corners of the Internet into a frenzy, perhaps heralding a new age of hipster men’s hairstyles. READ FULL STORY

A brief history of Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy shenanigans

At the Emmys, lead actresses officially have the most fun. This year’s make out session between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston is just the latest stunt pulled by the funny ladies nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category. Louis-Drefyus has been the main perpetrator of the category’s goofiness in recent years—but the legacy of shenanigans precedes her now three-year winning streak.  Let’s look back at the greatest hits. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 4

Another week in Paradise, another week of enjoying the beautiful beaches, the perfect weather, the great activities that the Yucatan peninsula has to offer, and of course, the ups and downs of love and relationships. We begin this week seeing one of my favorite couples in Bachelor history—Graham and Michelle Money. These two serve as a crisp taco shell to wrap this episode, but we will get to that later. I know that Graham and Michelle may not count as a “couple” since they are not romantically involved (anymore), but they are such great friends that it’s fun to watch their dynamic and undying support of each other. Michelle was the source of much entertainment this week. (What else is new?) You gotta love a girl who will take the hit of not being taken on a date with Robert and then do the hair of the woman who did get asked. As Money says, “(it’s) tough, but I’ll make your braid look awesome.” Yeah, I bet that braid is pulling extra tight on Sarah’s head. READ FULL STORY

Ranking the Emmy acceptance speeches

The Emmys honor the best performances on television, but the telecast is all about celebrating the best speeches. Here’s how we called it:

1. Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Lead Actor in a Drama Series: It was Cranston’s night. He had the perfect amount of humility (“Even I thought about voting for Matthew”), humor (“I love you, especially those scenes in bed,” he told Anna Gunn) and inspiration (find your passion, Sneaky Petes).  READ FULL STORY

Billy Crystal remembers Robin Williams during Emmys

Billy Crystal remembered Robin Williams, who died Aug. 11 at 63, during the Emmys memorial segment Monday evening.

Before Crystal’s tribute, the Emmys also remembered other stars who died this year, including Paul Walker, James Avery, Ann B. Davis, Shirley Temple, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, and Sid Caesar, in a video segment that played as Sara Bareilles sang Nat King Cole’s “Smile” live.

The video segment ended on a photo of Robin Williams as Billy Crystal began his tribute onstage. “He made us laugh. Hard,” Crystal started. “Every time you saw him.” Crystal and Williams starred in 1997 comedy Fathers’ Day together and also both had supporting roles in 1996’s Hamlet. READ FULL STORY

Billy Eichner and Seth Meyers quiz New Yorkers about the Emmys

Billy Eichner took his screaming act to the big time during an Emmys segment with host Seth Meyers, running around the streets of New York to test strangers about their awards show knowledge. Strangely, not that many people care about Tatiana Malsany’s snub.

They got someone to actually donate money to the cast The Big Bang Theory, Billy really wanted to talk about Judging Amy, and someone thought Seth Meyers was actually Seth MacFarlane. Billy asked one woman: “You’re a lesbian, do you watch Orange Is the New Black?” She responded in deadpan fashion: “I do, but I’m not a lesbian.” READ FULL STORY

Julia Louis-Dreyfus celebrates Emmy win by making out with Bryan Cranston

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When Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy for her role in Veep for the third time, she didn’t head straight for the stage: Instead, she made a pit stop to furiously make out with Bryan Cranston.

Cranston once played a dentist (and Elaine’s love interest) on Seinfeld, something he and Louis-Dreyfus mentioned when they presented an award together earlier Monday evening, so it only made sense for the two to reunite. After a few seconds of aggressive kissing, Jimmy Fallon broke up the session and Louis-Dreyfus quickly headed to the stage to accept her award. That wasn’t the complete end of it though—during her speech, the camera switched to a shot of Cranston dramatically wiping his lips. Apparently Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t the only winner. READ FULL STORY

Sarah Silverman shows off her pot stash on the Emmys red carpet

Sarah Silverman wasn’t shy about the contents of her purse on Emmys night—she proudly showed off her pot on the red carpet. READ FULL STORY

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