Awards shows: Fun, but also more fun if you’re either A.) In the audience or B.) A little bit buzzed. Since you won’t be heading to the Emmys this year, PopWatch has broken down all the likely phrases and jokes you’ll be hearing when Neil Patrick Harris takes to the Emmys stage tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Obviously, PopWatch cautions you to celebrate responsibly — especially if you’re not planning to switch over to Breaking Bad halfway through. Pace yourself! READ FULL STORY
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Judgment Day is almost upon us.
By that, of course, I’m referring to Sunday, Sept. 22 — when millions of TV viewers will be forced to choose between Dexter Morgan’s last stand, Walter White’s second-to-last stand, and TV’s biggest night.
Dexter‘s series finale begins at 9 p.m. ET that evening. So does “Granite State,” the 75-minute-long penultimate episode of Breaking Bad. By that point, the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards — which begin at 8 p.m. and go until at least 11 p.m. — will be in full swing as well. Just to complicate matters further, HBO is also premiering a new episode of Boardwalk Empire at 9. (There’s also a Sister Wives reunion special on TLC, but somehow I doubt that’s your first priority at a time like this.)
Let’s be real: As much as you may love Nucky, Boardwalk just isn’t as zeitgeisty as its three major timeslot competitors. (To say nothing of Sister Wives.) But even discounting HBO’s drama, TV lovers will have a tough decision to make. Even if you’re planning to stay up until 1 a.m. in order to watch all three, you can’t take in Dexter, Breaking, and the Emmys at the same time. Before making a final decision, let’s weigh the pros and cons of viewing each one live:
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys this weekend on CBS, but first he’s joining us for a conversation with EW’s Laura Hertzfeld and a few lucky fans live on Google+ today. Tune in at 8:45 a.m. PT/ 11:45 a.m. ET and watch the hangout here. To join the chat and submit a question for NPH, click over to the event on Google+.
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Have a burning question for Emmys emcee and How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris? EW and Google are teaming up for a live Google+ hangout with the host with the most on Friday, Sept. 20 at 8:45am PT/ 11:45am ET to chat about this weekend’s Emmy awards and what’s coming up for Barney on the upcoming final season of HIMYM. Add the chat to your calendar by clicking here and check back to EW.com Friday morning to watch the hangout live online.
To submit a question for the chat, add your question on the Google event page or tweet us @EW with the hashtag #EWtalksTV.
Gosh, after such a whirlwind fan-dom week we’ve had with the Breaking Bad spin-off and another J.K. Rowling movie in the works, what could possibly be in store for us the week of Sept. 15 – Sept. 22 that could match or top our excitement? Why, it’s the return of Fall TV and the beginning of TV awards season to cap off the week! You’re gonna want to hold on to your remote.
All times listed are Eastern.
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At Entertainment Weekly’s cover shoot featuring the cast of How I Met Your Mother, we had stars Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel play a game of “Finish the Line,” featuring quotes from their hit series. Watch the actors struggle to remember lines from the show below:
The tongue-twisterly titled comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike also saw another spike — in ticket sales — in the week since it won the Tony Award for Best Play on June 9. According to figures from the Broadway League, Christopher Durang’s sendup of Chekhov grossed $654,304 for the week ending June 16, up a whopping 18 percent from the week before. That’s an impressive 85 percent of the potential earnings for the Golden Theatre. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella — a Tony winner for Best Costumes, which were impressively on display during a production number early in CBS’ Tony broadcast — also saw a 19 percent boost in revenues last week, to $1.06 million. (That’s nearly two-thirds the show’s potential gross.)
Sales for the season’s most highly touted new musicals, Matilda and Best Musical winner Kinky Boots, both rose 4 percent last week, to $1.18 million and $1.47 million, respectively. Both productions have been top grossers, so dramatic sales jumps were unlikely even after their Tony victories — and both gave well-received mini-performances during the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted telecast. Tellingly, though, the average ticket price for each show climbed nearly $5 in the last week — signaling that producers will use premium pricing to eke out more profits from already popular shows. The new revivals of Annie ($962,027) and Pippin ($1.01 million) benefited even more from the primetime exposure, boosting their weekly takings by nearly 8 percent.
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Fans have been clamoring for it, and now it’s official: Theater Man of the Month and all-around consummate entertainer Neil Patrick Harris will be returning to Broadway next spring, starring as the transgender fictional rock fronter Hedwig in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” said Harris, who was last seen on stage in the New York Philharmonic’s concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, in a release. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”
“Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?” said John Cameron Mitchell, who wrote the book and starred in the original stage and film productions of Hedwig, in a release. “It’s like you’re putting together a fantasy rock band and Paul McCartney agrees to play bass,” said composer Stephen Trask.
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You really didn’t think that Neil Patrick Harris was going to say goodnight at the Tonys with a quick, courtesy sign-off? S-H-I-can’t-help-myself.
After a quick tease, Harris started spitting Broadway-inspired rhymes tuned to “Empire State of Mind,” and was soon joined by Audra McDonald. I believe there was even a LeBron James reference… you know, for the sports fans who didn’t tune in in the first place.
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If NBC cancels your TV show, you know you’ll always have a home on the Tony Awards stage.
Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty, and Laura Benanti — who starred in NBC’s now-defunct The New Normal, Smash, and Go On respectively — appeared with Neil Patrick Harris at the ceremony to perform their ode to working in television. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY
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