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Emmy Picks: What They Got Right and What They Didn't

Primetime Emmy Awards 2012

Emmy Picks: What They Got Right and What They Didn't

Originally posted 09/24/2012 08:35AM

For some reason I started Emmy night worrying that Hugh Bonneville of PBS Masterpiece's Downton Abbey would win best actor in a drama, or that there'd be a Downton sweep. He gives a perfectly lovely performance, but it's essentially like watching Piers Morgan mellowed by a life of having valets brush his evening jacket.

But Damian Lewis won for Homeland, allowing my head to clear and track what I thought the Emmys got right and got wrong.

Got right: Homeland, Showtime.
Mad Men and Breaking Bad both had tremendous seasons, but neither was as brilliantly focused right out of the gate as this new political thriller. It was fitting, too, that the acting awards went to both Lewis and Claire Danes: They're a sort of Janus head – two faces, terrorist and counter-terrorist, each collapsing under the pressure of a duty to protect (hers) and destroy (his).

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Mark Consuelos Joins American Horror Story | Mark Consuelos

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Mark Consuelos Joins American Horror Story

Originally posted 07/17/2012 12:20PM

Daytime TV's favorite husband just got a little scarier.

Former All My Children star (and Kelly Ripa's doting husband), Mark Consuelos has joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story for season 2, EW.com reports.

Consuelos will play Spivey, a patient admitted to an institution for the criminally insane in the 1960s.

Jessica Lange (who won a Golden Globe for her role as Constance Langdon in the show's debut season), James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Adam Levine, Chloë Sevigny and Lizzie Brochere also are all slated to appear on season 2 of the series.

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Jessica Lange Has 'Crazy' New American Horror Story Role | Jessica Lange, Ryan Murphy

Jessica Lange Has 'Crazy' New American Horror Story Role

Originally posted 04/19/2012 12:15PM

Diehard fans of American Horror Story might want to mentally pack for chillier weather in the fall – say, a sweater and a straitjacket – because the second season of the shiver-inducing FX series will move the action from sunny southern California to the East Coast ... and take place in an asylum run by Jessica Lange.

"[Season 2] is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica," the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, said during a panel discussion on Wednesday.

Lange won an Golden Globe and a SAG Award for playing the nefarious neighbor to Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton in season one.

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What's Next for Newly-Single Adam Levine?

American Horror Story

Adam Levine Will Appear on American Horror Story

Originally posted 04/03/2012 03:00PM

His relationship with model Anne V may have fizzled, but Adam Levine has a hot new gig to keep him busy.

The Maroon 5 frontman and judge on The Voice put rumors to rest and confirmed that he will be joining the cast of American Horror Story.

"It is the truth," Levine, 33, told E! News's Ryan Seacrest. "I don't know how much I can divulge, because [series co-creator] Ryan [Murphy] is very under wraps."

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Jessica Lange Will Return to American Horror Story

American Horror Story

UpdatePosted 03/01/2012 04:30PM

Jessica Lange Will Return to American Horror Story

Originally posted 03/01/2012 03:25PM

American Horror Story fans, rejoice: Jessica Lange is returning for season two.

But she's not reprising her role of the delightfully spooky Constance Langdon. Instead, the actress (who won a Golden Globe and a SAG award for the part) will play an entirely new role, EW.com reports.

"We have designed the second season of American Horror Story completely around her character," says creator Ryan Murphy. "This will really be the Jessica Lange show so I'm very excited about it."

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SAG Awards: The Help Cast Dreamed Big – and Won! | Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012

SAG Awards Honors The Help

Originally posted 01/29/2012 10:50PM

"Dream big, dream fierce." The real-life ladies of The Help would have agreed with Viola Davis, it's worth it.

Accepting the trophy for female actor in a leading role for the period drama, Davis told the audience gathered at L.A.'s Shrine Exposition Center for Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards: "What is there [in life] but a dream. You can't trade in your dream for another dream. I am so proud to be an actor."

It's an appropriate motto for a cast who were also recognized for their work in the film as an ensemble, the top honor of the night.

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Jessica Lange & Sam Shepard Have Separated | Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange & Sam Shepard Have Separated

Originally posted 12/19/2011 04:00PM

Actress Jessica Lange and her longtime partner, playwright and actor Sam Shepard, ended their relationship almost two years ago, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

The couple, who have been together since 1982, have two children, Hannah and Samuel, together.

"They both are pursuing independent lives," says a source.

Lange, 62, who stars as Constance in FX's hit series, American Horror Story, was just nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award. She will be seen next in The Vow, costarring Rachel McAdams, in February.

A rep for Lange confirms the split – but has no additional comment. Shepard's rep could not be reached.

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Mad Men and 30 Rock Named TV's Top Shows | Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Jon Hamm

Primetime Emmy Awards 2009

Mad Men and 30 Rock Named TV's Top Shows

Originally posted 09/20/2009 11:00PM

Comedy rocked once again at the 61st Primetime Emmys, where 30 Rock was named top sitcom series and its lead male star, Alec Baldwin, outstanding actor in a comedy series. Both also took the titles last year.

"That was a real nail biter," said the show's creator, producer and star Tina Fey when she accepted the award toward the end of Sunday night's ceremony. She also thanked NBC for keeping the show on the air, even though, as she pointed out, it is more expensive than a talk show.

For the second consecutive year, AMC's Mad Men, a period '60s look at Madison Avenue's advertising world and those who worked in it, was named outstanding drama series.

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Jessica Lange Breaks Collarbone, Bruises Ribs in Fall

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Jessica Lange Injured in Fall

Originally posted 03/18/2009 12:55PM

Jessica Lange was hospitalized on Tuesday after a fall at her Minnesota home, her rep tells PEOPLE.

The actress, 59, was vacationing when she fell from a set of stairs.

"She bruised her ribs, broke her collarbone and received a small cut on her forehead," her rep said in a statement. "She will be completely fine and expects to be released from the hospital imminently."

The Oscar winner stars opposite Drew Barrymore in the HBO film Grey Gardens, premiering April 18.

TMZ.com was first to report the injury.
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Lange Speaks of Horrors in Congo War

Originally posted 08/14/2003 10:35AM

Recalling her recent four-day humanitarian visit to the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Oscar winner Jessica Lange tells PEOPLE that "there was no way to prepare myself for what I saw."

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