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What If MTV Ran the Emmy Awards?

UpdatePosted 08/25/2014 09:20AM

What If MTV Ran the Emmy Awards?

Originally posted 08/20/2014 07:10PM

To avoid a conflict with Sunday Night Football, NBC moved the 2014 Emmy Awards telecast up a month, to August 25. But in swerving clear of the football juggernaut, the Emmys steered right into the lane of the landmark cultural occasion of late August: the MTV VMAs, scheduled for one day prior.

It got us thinking: What if we took things to their logical conclusion and handed MTV control of the Emmys, as well?

Using categories from both the VMAs and their summertime counterpart, the MTV Movie Awards, we've imagined what would happen if the cable network was in charge of handing out trophies for everything that's on TV, not just music videos.

Massive spoilers below!

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Why Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Should Win an Emmy

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Why Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Should Win an Emmy

Originally posted 08/22/2014 05:45PM

If there were an Emmy Award for scene stealing, Maggie Smith would win it every time.

Whether she's delivering lines with deadly precision or arching an eyebrow to withering effect, it's obvious why Dame Maggie has won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards and two Emmys for playing Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess, on Downton Abbey.

Smith, 79, nominated again this year as outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, is "the Queen of the Double Take," says costar Jim Carter, who is also nominated for an Emmy this year for playing Mr. Carson.

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Can You Guess the Best Series Emmy Nominations?

Can You Guess the Best Series Emmy Nominations?

Originally posted 08/20/2014 09:50PM

Say, which shows are nominated at the Emmys this year?

You may be able to name a few, but we're betting you can't remember every single series nominated in the Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Miniseries categories this year.

So, we've built this infographic to test your TV knowledge. Can you get the names of all 18 shows just from one object or symbol? It's harder than it looks, so to help you out, we've listed each show's network underneath.

Happy guessing! (The answers are at the bottom, if you want to cheat.)

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Christina Aguilera Delivers, Uzo Aduba Wins an Emmy & More Weekend News

What You Missed Over The Weekend

Christina Aguilera's New Baby, Gwyneth Paltrow's New Man & More Weekend News

Originally posted 08/17/2014 08:00PM

Famous families grabbed headlines this weekend, from the Crawley clan's water bottle faux-pas and NPH's sweet photo to Christina's baby girl. Here's the news you might have missed:

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Downton Abbey Cast Responds to 'Water-Bottle-Gate' in Amusing Photo

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Downton Abbey Cast Responds to 'Water-Bottle-Gate' in Amusing Photo

Originally posted 08/16/2014 01:05PM

The Crawley crew has once again found its way out of a soggy situation.

On Saturday, the Downton Abbey cast issued an appropriately cheeky response to water-bottle-gate, after a historically inaccurate promotional photo went viral on Thursday. The rebound is perfectly in keeping with the family's ability to finesse an awkward situation with creativity, nobility – and a dash of humor.

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Downton Abbey Photo Gaffe Sparks Internet Sensation

Originally posted 08/15/2014 09:30AM



Say this for the Crawleys: They sure know how to hydrate.

Thing is, as this publicity photo to help hype the upcoming season 5 of Downton Abbey all too nakedly displays, for once the noble family has done something wrong – and very publicly.

As picked up by the BBC and several other news outlets worldwide – to say nothing of fans by the thousands – a very modern plastic water bottle perched behind them spoils the otherwise perfect period pose of Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), and his daughter, Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael), as they stand before the grand mantelpiece of the manor.

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See Downton Abbey New Season 5 Teaser (VIDEO)

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Downton Abbey Unveils New Season 5 Teaser (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/25/2014 11:35AM

When last we left the good folks at Downton Abbey, Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) had to choose between suitors, one more handsome and wealthy than the other.

Such a dilemma.

So, where is the show going with this?

Thanks to this newly released teaser for season 5, fans of the acclaimed British period drama can get a glimpse of what's to come – and seemingly without spoilers.

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See Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Upcoming Season of Downton Abbey

UpdatePosted 06/18/2014 02:00PM

See Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Upcoming Season of Downton Abbey

Originally posted 06/18/2014 10:45AM

When last we left Downton Abbey, the Crawley family was teaming up to rescue the Prince of Wales from a royal scandal, while Paul Giamatti was making his first appearance as Cara's boorish brother.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter has a first glimpse at the set of the British drama's upcoming fifth season, currently shooting at England's Highclere Castle.

From the looks of it, the British drama is about to enter its P.G. Wodehouse years, with the ornate finery of the pre-war era giving way to a more casual definition of elegance. (That means tweed. Lots and lots of tweed.)

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For Better or Worse: TV's 8 Best Weddings Gone Bad | Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer

UpdatePosted 04/12/2014 04:45PM

Game of Thrones's Red Wedding & More TV Nuptials Gone Bad

Originally posted 04/11/2014 05:15PM

Ready yourself, Game of Thrones fans. It's wedding season again in Westeros. Soon Margaery Tyrell will walk down the aisle to join GoT's top twerp, King Joffrey, in holy matrimony.

The HBO show's last set of nuptials, better known as the Red Wedding, cut through the heart like a hot blade of Valyrian steel, leaving many wary about what will happen when Joffrey gets hitched. (No spoilers, book readers!)

Weddings are said to be joyous occasions, but TV doesn't always follow the rules. In preparation for Game of Thrones' next "celebration," here are the TV weddings that went horribly wrong.

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Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife

Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters

Originally posted 03/24/2014 12:00PM

Killing off a main character in a television show is a risky move: You're upending the show's world (and putting a coworker out of a job) in the hope that the shake-up will lead to something greater down the line. And guess what? Despite the ministrations of fans, who claim that they will never watch their favorite show without [insert character name here], it often works!

Below, 13 shows that did the same thing The Good Wife did Sunday night, and not only survived, but thrived.

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