The Television Academy makes some long-overdue changes to its Emmy rules

Scripted TV’s embarrassment of riches has become a literal embarrassment for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recent years as the quality and breadth of programming has outpaced the Emmy eligibility rules, leaving superlative shows and talent out of the running for television’s top prize. But the TV Academy…

Nurse Jackie will be back for a seventh season, but one of its stars won't

Showtime has issued a seventh season renewal to Nurse Jackie, the last of its original “women who lie” comedies, ahead of the show’s sixth season premiere on April 13. But while the network is typically eager about keeping the show around, where it can continue to yield the Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Edie…

Showtime at the TCA press tour: What would you say to taking chances?

This summer’s Television Critics Association press tour has featured a lot of unflappability among the executives who take the stage for grilling from journalists. There’s nothing wrong with television! Why would anyone ever think there was anything wrong with television? The business model isn’t collapsing; it’s just…

2012: The year of the half-hour TV show

For years now, hourlong dramas have been TV’s greatest claim to the title of “the only art form that matters.” If you’re going to argue with someone at a party that TV is better than movies right now—which I’d really discourage, because it’s impossible to prove your case one way or another—you would almost certainly…

Beyond the top 30: Our favorite episodes of shows that didn’t make the cut, part one

There’s so much good TV on right now that it’s impossible to confine to one list of 30 shows. As always, we’ve come up with a supplemental list of our favorite episodes of many other series that contended for our main list, but just fell short. After catching up on the top 30, follow up with these to figure out the…

Showtime at the TCA press tour: It's so hard to say goodbye to everything

It took a while, but Showtime has put together a solid little schedule, then filled in the cracks with some really bizarre stuff. So much of what Showtime has peddled for years now is attitude—a kind of loutish, asshole-y behavior that’s meant to seem clever and confident and cool. Yet in the past couple of years, the…