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Mark Banks on @etvSA's #ILoveSouthAfrica: Banking on Laughs

e.tv’s I Love South Africa is a hit – and that’s |partly thanks to comedian Mark Banks, writes Buhle Mbonambi

It's not often that I watch a variety show and immediately fall in love with it. And e.tv’s I Love South Africa is that show.

Presented by Masechaba Lekalake, I Love South Africa sees celebrities team up with comedians Mark Banks and Tats Nkonzo, facing off to find out which team knows the most about South Africa. From general knowledge questions to song lyrics and spelling words in all 11 official languages, the show tests celebrity guests and viewers. 

Adapted from The Netherlands, more than 30 countries have their own versions. It’s therefore no surprise that our local version is such a success, not only because of the combined wits of Banks  and Nkonzo, but because it also makes you feel patriotic and embarrassed when you find out you don’t really know a lot about your country. 
I spoke to Banks about the show, which celebrities left an impression, and his future TV plans. 

What about the show prevented you from saying no to it?
I love that it has such a wide audience appeal. It’s an authentic show and I like that it has a live TV-show feel. It could easily work as a live stage show and go on a nationwide tour with ordinary South Africans. It’s a nation-building show, instilling pride in our country, even with its problems. 
Was it difficult working with different celebrities almost daily?
Every day is different on the show and that’s why it works, which adds to the spontaneity of it. It’s really unscripted. Only Masechaba – who is great, I must say – has a script, but she also rarely follows it. What happens, happens. The celebrities add a different vibe to the show. 
Speaking of celebrities, do they make or break the show?
I think they do. It’s that element of surprise each time we see them while shooting, because we hardly ever know who’ll be on the show and on our team a few minutes before we shoot.
Who is the one famous |person whose company you enjoyed on the show?
The maddest one was actor Joe Mafela and also Owen Sejake (actor). They were great fun and the audience loved them. I loved seeing that.
And the one who didn’t impress?
Ah, I don’t think there was one. Or maybe they were too boring to leave an impression (laughs). In all seriousness, everyone on the show has a great time, a ball! You know how in comedy shows there are bloopers? Well, a part of the show is one blooper reel! 
You and Tats have this friendly war going on – what’s it like to work with him?
That boy is fantastic! I’ve known him and have been following his career for a while. It’s great to see him become a success. He doesn’t try hard to be funny. Plus, he’s naughty and he’s talented.
The I Love My Country format is very popular– what makes ours better than the rest?
It’s a mix of everything. From general knowledge to songs, expressions, music and dance – it’s the best things about the country. It’s a melting pot of South African culture mixed to serve up one amazing show. It’s also funny because you get to see just how little we know about South Africa, or that we can’t spell in other languages. It’s about seeing South Africa in a positive light and what I like most is that it appeals to everybody, and that’s a very rare occurrence for a local TV show that the whole family can watch together and enjoy.
So, as a comedian, what are your thoughts on a late-night show?
We need to have one already. |I want to be on a late-night TV show. The thing with South Africa, though, is that we need to laugh at ourselves. Everyone is too careful and too politically correct. We need to throw that out the window and have fun with the issues we have. 
Is there a plan for one? 
Well, there’s one that we are developing. I can’t say any more. Let’s talk in November.
What do you love about South Africa?
South Africa has come so far. Every day is different. We are such a unique country and we have the power to change the country ourselves. Like every country, we have problems, but we do have it good. I wish we’d laugh more – and that’s what I’m trying to do by being on the show.

Catch Banks on I Love South Africa, Saturdays at 6.05pm on e.tv.

This article was published in the Sunday Tribune's SMtv magazine on Sunday, 29 June 2014


Daytime #Emmy Awards: Red carpet a disaster, actual show a hot mess @WashingtonPost Review

Show host Kathy Griffin, left, Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne, right, present the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

“Welcome to the [expletive]-show!” said host Kathy Griffin at the beginning of the evening, perfectly summing up the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Where to even begin? The Daytime Emmy Awards were already a questionable endeavor this year, given that the Academy couldn’t work out a deal in time for the telecast to air on a real TV network — therefore relegating the award ceremony to an online-only live stream for the first time in history.
We’ll cut to the chase: The entire thing was a top-to-bottom train wreck. From the horrifying red carpet show (which enlisted four “social media experts” to badger the stars about nothing remotely related to daytime TV) to lots of awkward pauses, empty teleprompters, colorful expletives and sexual innuendos during the actual ceremony, it was a complete hot mess.
It looked like a pretty no-frills affair: Just people presenting awards for 25 categories honoring daytime talk shows, entertainment news shows and soap operas, followed by acceptance speeches. Though that’s a recipe for snoozeville, so we’ll give the producers credit for something: The show was anything but boring. How could it be, with Sharon Osbourne talking about oral sex; General Hospital star Kelly Monaco offering to flash the audience; and host Kathy Griffin storming on stage during The Young and the Restless producer’s speech for winning Outstanding Drama Series and screaming “Wrap it up, lady!”
If you really want to know who won, you can check out the full list of winners and nominees below. But let’s get to the good stuff: The most cringe-worthy moments from an evening that honestly felt like a fever dream.
* The red carpet disaster. Apparently trying to reach a younger crowd that might actually watch the show online (unlike, say, the older viewers that frequent daytime TV viewership and therefore probably missed this whole thing), the TV Academy hired a group of wildly unprofessional young social media experts to host the red carpet show: Brittany Furlan, Lauren Elizabeth, Meghan Rosette and Jessica Harlow. They evidently knew absolutely nothing about soap operas or the people they were interviewing.Below is a video of a typical moment, in which Furlan and Elizabeth talk to Maura West (“General Hospital”) and Tyler Christopher (“General Hospital.”) Notice the complete lack of knowledge — Furlan seems to think they are a real-life couple — and confused/vaguely terrified expressions by the actors. Most of the interviews went pretty much like that. People on Twitter noticed...

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Daytime Emmy Awards 2014: The Winners

The Emmy's for all the daytime shows watched by housewives (and husbands) took place last night in LA and The Young and the Restless took top honours. The show is aired on e.tv in South Africa. The Bold and the Beautiful won quite a number of awards for technical categories, also sharing one with their sister show, The Young and the Restless. 

Ellen De Generes and Steve Harvey also won big, as did Mario Lopez's Extra. We'll bring you analysis of the awards, from The Washington Post in the next post. 

Here are the winners

Outstanding Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
One Life to Live (TOLN.com)
WINNER: The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Outstanding Culinary Series
A Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking (PBS)
Beer Geeks (Syndicated)
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction (Food Network)
Giada at Home (Food Network)
WINNER: The Mind of a Chef (PBS)
My Grandmother’s Ravioli (Cooking Channel)
Outstanding Game Show
The American Bible Challenge (Game Show Network)
The Chase (Game Show Network)
WINNER: Jeopardy! (Syndicated)
Let’s Make a Deal (CBS)
The Price Is Right (CBS)
Wheel of Fortune (Syndicated)
Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Show
Divorce Court (Syndicated)
Judge Judy (Syndicated)
Justice for All With Christina Perez (Syndicated)
WINNER: The People’s Court (Syndicated)
Outstanding Morning Show
CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)
CBS This Morning (CBS)
WINNER: Good Morning America (ABC)
Today (NBC)
Outstanding Talk Show/Information
The Chew (ABC)
The Dr. Oz Show (Syndicated)
Dr. Phil (Syndicated)
WINNER: Steve Harvey (Syndicated)
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
WINNER: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated)
Live! With Kelly and Michael (Syndicated)
Rachael Ray (Syndicated)
The Talk (CBS)
The View (ABC)
Outstanding Entertainment News Show
Access Hollywood (NBC)
E! News (E!)
WINNER (tie): Entertainment Tonight (CBS)
WINNER (tie): Extra (Syndicated)

TMZ (Syndicated)
Outstanding Special Class Special
A World of Dreams: Voices From the OUT100 (Here TV)
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (ABC)
mun2 News Special: Hecho en America (mun2)
WINNER: The Young and the Restless: Jeanne Cooper Tribute (CBS)
Billy Miller with his award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his role on "The Young and the Restless" and Eileen Davidson with her award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role on "Days of Our Lives" pose backstage during the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, California June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten 
Outstanding Lead Actress Drama
WINNER: Eileen Davidson, Days of Our Lives (Kristin)
Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful (Brooke)
Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful (Katie)
Arianne Zucker, Days of Our Lives (Nicole)
Outstanding Lead Actor Drama
Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless (Jack)
Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless (Paul)
Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless (Michael)
WINNER: Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless (Billy)
Jason Thompson, General Hospital (Patrick)
Outstanding Supporting Actress Drama
Melissa Claire Egan, The Young and the Restless (Chelsea)
Jane Elliot, General Hospital (Tracy)
WINNER: Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless (Victoria)
Elizabeth Hendrickson, The Young and the Restless (Chloe)
Kelly Sullivan, General Hospital (Connie)
Outstanding Supporting Actor Drama
Bradford Anderson, General Hospital (Damian)
Steve Burton, The Young and the Restless (Dylan)
Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful (Liam)
WINNER: Eric Martsolf, Days of Our Lives (Brady)
Dominic Zamprogna, General Hospital (Dante)
Outstanding Younger Actress Drama
Kristen Alderson, General Hospital (Kiki)
Lindsey Godfrey, The Bold and the Beautiful (Caroline)
WINNER: Hunter King, The Young and the Restless (Summer)
Kim Matula, The Bold and the Beautiful (Hope)
Kelly Missal, One Life to Live (Danielle)
Outstanding Younger Actor Drama
Bryan Craig, General Hospital (Morgan)
Chad Duell, General Hospital (Michael)
Max Ehrich, The Young and the Restless (Fenn)
WINNER: Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives (Will)
Daniel Polo, The Young and the Restless (Jamie)
Outstanding Culinary Host
WINNER: Bobby Flay, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction (Food Network)
Giada De Laurentiis, Giada at Home (Food Network)
April Bloomfield, The Mind of a Chef (PBS)
Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day (Food Network)
Outstanding Game Host
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal (CBS)
Jeff Foxworthy, The American Bible Challenge (Game Show Network)
WINNER: Steve Harvey, Family Feud (Syndicated)
Todd Newton, Family Game Night (Hub Network)
Outstanding Talk Show Host
WINNER (tie): Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show (Syndicated)
WINNER (tie): Katie Couric, Katie (ABC)

Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray (Syndicated)
Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk(CBS)
Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, The View (ABC)

The TV Snitch- Bonang, SABC, Generations, Heroes and Game of Thrones

Bonang versus SABC

Last Sunday, the news broke that SABC had severed its ties to TV and radio personality Bonang Matheba. The public broadcaster allegedly fired Bonang – who has previously been the host of SABC 1’s Live before joining SABC 3’s Top Billing and Metro FM’s The Front Row – all because she chose her SuperSport show, World Cup Live.
SABC 1 had told selected members of the media that Bonang was to be part of a lifestyle show centred on the World Cup, Good Morning Brazil. Bonang was supposed to be a contributor on the show, alongside Lerato Kganyago.  The broadcaster claims no talent on any SABC platform is allowed to be on any other broadcasters.
The broadcaster might feel they “own” her and the brand she  cultivated. However, one cannot blame her for wanting to broaden her horizons. 
How is it okay for a writer on SABC 2’s Muvhango, to also be a head writer on Rockville, which is on Mzansi Magic?
How is it okay for Robert Marawa, Unathi Msengana and William Lehong, all three on Metro FM, to also be on SuperSport, M-Net’s Idols and eNCA respectively?
No one can blame Bonang for wanting to broaden her horizons and the genre of TV she presents. In the ever-changing world of TV, one needs to be multitalented, which is what Bonang is. And this is why she is one of the best presenters . This is a sad loss for the SABC. 

Is Generations misogynistic?

I’ve been watching Generations these past few weeks and I’ve noticed the women can never win. If they are not being cheated on, stalked, their downfalls plotted and used as pawns in a chess game, the female characters on the SABC 1 soap never have anything going for them.
Take Dineo Dlomo, portrayed by Katlego Danke. Dineo has been through everything. Failed marriages that were always written as if it was her fault; miscarriages, which led to her doing extreme things just so she could give her husband a child; being editor of successful magazines, yet getting kicked out just because she and the chief executive didn’t get on well; being seen as a bitter woman; and, she just got kicked out of Ezweni Communications, where she was chief executive.
She’s one of the most hard-working characters on the show and all these bad things that keep happening to her make it seem like the writers don’t like women who know what they want. I know calling the show misogynistic is far-fetched, but I’m sick of the good things only happening to Sibusiso Dlomo, who happens to be the show’s biggest villain. 
Let’s hope the addition of Atandwa Kani, who will apparently be playing a playboy, will shake things up.

Heroes Reborn: Mr Bennett Returns
Remember the guy with the horn-rimmed glasses we never knew was good or bad? Well, he’s coming back for the Heroes reboot. Noah Bennett, portrayed by Jack Coleman, is the first original cast member to be joining the show. Noah was cheerleader Claire’s father. The show will premiere next year and creator Tim Kring and NBC boss Bob Greenblatt revealed at last month’s NBC Upfront that some of the familiar faces from the show are bound to pop in. 

Game of Thrones Finale

M-Net, thanks to the Memorial Day holiday, caught up to the US broadcast of Game of Thrones. Now that the finale has aired – what do you think of it? Please tweet us about your thoughts on it. This season has lived up to its theme “Valar Morghulis”, which means “All Men Must Die”. So many key characters died this season: Joffrey, Lysa Aryn, Oberyn Martell, and two big characters – but I won’t spoil it for viewers who haven’t watched.  
Now what can we expect next season? Keep it locked on the blog for interviews with the creators on what we can expect in season five.

*This column was published in the 22 June 2014 issue of the Sunday Tribune SMtv Guide*

David Basckin... On the Couch: Bar the nose, it’s all good

You don’t need to be in Brazil and you didn’t need to be at Kings Park to be riveted – and wherever Frans Steyn lands up, you’ll be able to enjoy him, writes David Basckin

As the soccer World Cup so clearly shows, televised sport delivers the biggest audiences. You really don’t have to be in Brazil to get the stories, such as they are.  

Meanwhile, fans of the even more beautiful game had two sizzling international tests this last weekend: France/Australia and South Africa/Wales. Of course, television increasingly promotes referees to star status and Wayne Barnes who controlled the France/Australia game revealed his class.  Not only were there unambiguous decisions but all were conducted in an unconfrontational tone emphasising his clear belief that he was neither a player nor God. What’s more he spoke English to the Australians and French to the French. Peace in scrums, goodwill to all men.

Meanwhile back in Durban the Springboks performed to a whole new script. Topping the bill was the extraordinary Willie le Roux who combined personal brilliance with a clear understanding of team play.  

Ah, but what about the absent Frans Steyn, I hear you whisper?  What indeed. Greater rugby minds than mine have shaken their wise old heads at the lèse-majesté of Mr Steyn who removed himself from the Springbok team. 
Sadly this curious form of nationalism assumes that the Springboks are anything more than a corporate structure with similar forms, goals and management to any other business. What we see with Steyn’s appropriate action is the withering away of the State, a direct and healthy consequence of professionalism in sport. Steyn is a brand in his own right and is free – truly free – to ally himself with the rugger business that offers him the best deal. Believe me, so great is his television presence that I will go out of my way to watch the team that he ornaments, rather than pretend any silly “national” loyalties .

Which brings us, kinda inevitably, to a series called Last Chance Salon. This is classic late-night viewing, specially crafted for an audience of night crew, lighthouse keepers, oil riggers, serial insomniacs and the custodial staff of prisons throughout the world. This show is entirely about plastic surgery gone wrong and the cast’s heroic attempts to repair the damage. Just as a warning, or maybe a taster, is a brief disclaimer after the main titles: The Following Program Contains Scenes of Real Surgery or Injuries. 

Being an urbane and seasoned citizen of the universe this cut no ice with me, with the result that when the good doctor unpeeled a living nose and revealed red pulsing flesh, I nearly choked on my mutton quarter bunny.

What else was good? Ah yes, Dating In The Dark. This is a deeply, profoundly and unambiguously queasy BBC show in which morons of both standard genders feel each other up in the dark. They can’t see anything, but thanks to the miracle of infrared lighting, we can. This degrades the image to grainy greys with the irises of the performers reduced to coal black. 

The effect for fans of True Blood is not too different from the Maenads as demonic possession set in, way back in Series One. To assist our understanding of events, the performers chatted to the camera revealing their deepest thoughts and emotions on the topic of human relationships. It seems that what really matters is appearance. 
Even in the dark, you gotta look good. That’s all folks.


Can't wait for the #GameofThronesSA finale on @MNet tonight? Well, here are a few teasers

Forget about the World Cup, the biggest event on the television calendar this year is the conclusion to season 4 of Game of Thrones, writes The Independent's Neela Debnath

The final instalment of Game of Thrones is set to send fans and Twitter into a meltdown when it airs tonight.

The episode entitled "The Children" has been billed by the show's creators as the best finale on the show to date. According to showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, it will be the "finest hour" the pair have produced. They have even admitted that they will be “a little intimidated” about making future episodes that can live up to this one.

But just what is in store for us? We’ve broken down and analysed the 30-second trailer for "The Children" and put together our theories on what will happen in the last episode.

The weir wood tree, has Bran reached the three-eyed crow?
Bran, Hodor and the Reeds have been continuing on their journey beyond the Wall to find the three-eyed crow this year. But it seems that they have finally found it – if this shot of a sunlit weirwood tree is anything to go by. That’s the white-wooded tree with red leaves, a symbol of the old gods that the Starks worship. It would suggest that there’s going to be some kind of mystical involvement. Bran may finally fly.

Cersei questions her father over his true loyalty to his family
Cersei is questioning how much her father really knows about his own family. For instance, does he know that his twin son and daughter have been at it for years and have produced three illegitimate offspring? There has never been any question of Tywin Lannister’s loyalty to his family but that doesn’t mean he’s always done the right thing for them. In her rage, will Cersei reveal who Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella’s real father is?

Is this the end for Tyrion?
Meanwhile Tyrion is languishing in his cell, waiting to meet his fate. "The Children" will see the conclusion of Tyrion’s sentence, are we about the re-live another Ned Stark-esque death? This a point of uncertainty but surely they can’t kill off everyone’s favourite wise-cracking imp, can they?

Arya and the Hound have a seemingly unwelcome visitor
Arya and the Hound have been delighting fans this season with their hilarious exchanges. These two are the most unlikely comedy duo in Westeros but they have provided some of the show’s comic relief this year – and in Game of Thrones a small break from the murder and destruction is always welcome. But their storyline could not keep going on from one comedy sketch forever. Arya is after all the Hound’s hostage, who he failed to sell off after discovering Lysa Arryn is no more. From the trailer is appears that the youngest Stark girl could find herself becoming someone else’s hostage. As long as it is not Ramsay Bolton, it's fine.

Jon Snow has ventured north of the Wall again in a suicide mission, will he survive this time?
Jon Snow has now gone beyond the Wall to find Mance Rayder. He's caught up in another battle with the Wildings and the King Beyond the Wall, who promises to slay “every last man” in Castle Black. Towards the end of the trailer, Jon appears to have a sword inching towards his neck. Will this be the end of Jon Snow? We lost Ygritte last week, so this could be it. Then again, will he bump into Bran? This season has deviated significantly from the novels with both Bran and Jon’s storylines, so it could be entirely possible.

Daenerys gives a mournful look, is she leaving Meereen behind?
The majority of Daenerys’s storyline has played out over season 4. Last week audiences witnessed the exile of Jorah Mormont, who was discovered to have been spying on her for the Iron Throne. Is the Mother of Dragons now planning on taking her children back to Westeros and reclaiming her rightful kingdom? Or does she plan to linger further in Meereen while the Sons of the Harpy attack her men?

Story from The Independent, which the Sunday Tribune has lifting rights to. Full story here

Tune into Game of Thrones tonight on M-Net at 9.30pm 

#GameofThronesSA Finale Tonight: What to Expect via @MNet @HBO

David Benioff and Dan Weiss are sure that “The Children” will surpass viewers’ high expectations when it airs tonight as the tenth episode of an acclaimed fourth series, writes Neela Debnath

“It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none,” the pair said in a statement. “The performances from our cast, the direction from Alex Graves, the VFX work, the new cues from Ramin Djawadi – all of it came together in perhaps the finest hour we’ve produced.”

Benioff and Weiss added that they are so “immensely proud” of the finale that there are concerns no future episode will better it.“We’re a little intimidated by the episode because now we have to get back to the business of season five and figure out a way to top it,” they continued.

Last week’s episode, “The Watchers on the Wall”, saw Jon Snow show his mettle at the epic battle of Castle Black in season four’s most cinematic instalment.

But much more action can be expected in “The Children”, slightly longer than usual at 66-minutes, which looks set to break from past narrative patterns of quieter finales. Fans are still waiting for news on the fate of Tyrion Lannister after he was sentenced to death at the end of the eighth episode, while Jon Snow is on a mission to kill Mance Rayder.

Last season’s Game of Thrones finale became the most-pirated TV show of 2013 when 5.9 million individuals illegally downloaded it. If this year’s hype is anything to go by, “The Children” could be the most popular episode to date.- The Independent

*Story from The Independent, which the Sunday Tribune has lifting rights to. *

Discovery Channel present- Idris Elba: King Of Speed

*** Press Release***

Award-winning British actor Idris Elba makes his debut on Discovery Channel this month in the brand new series Idris Elba: King Of Speed which charts the origins and history of underground racing and examines how the quest for high speed has affected modern motorsport and the cars of today.

Premiering on 27 June (DStv 121) from 20:05 the first episode sees Idris travel from his childhood home in east London to 'Motor City', Detroit and then on to New Jersey where he delves into the history of the first boy racers and explores how the quest for high speed has shaped professional motorsport and popular culture.

In the second, Idris examines the history of the rallying MINI and gets to grips with the combination of technology and skill involved in driving at a professional level. He also discovers that the underground driving craze of drifting, which began in Japan, has become the fastest growing motorsport in Europe. This passion for skill and handling has changed the way Europeans race today.

Idris then fulfils a personal ambition as he gets behind the wheel of a full-spec rally car and takes on a genuine Finnish rally course, with help from Ari Vatanen.

Explore the history and need for speed in underground racing with ‘Idris Elba: King Of Speed' only on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) premiering on 27 June from 20:05.

Critics' Choice TV Awards 2014: The Winners

The Critics' Choice Awards took place last night and Mom's Allison Janney walked away with two awards, even though one was shared. 

As expected, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor in a Drama for his role on HBO's True Detective, Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a Drama for her groundbreaking role in Orphan Black. It was lovely seeing Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba win Best Guest Performer in a Comedy for her portrayal as Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren, with Kate Mulgrew winning Best Supporting and the show winning Best Comedy.  Sharing the title of most awards with Orange, was FX's Fargo, walking away with Best Mini-Series, Actor in a Mini-Series and Supporting Actress. 

Here's the full list of winners. 

Best comedy series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Broad City (Comedy Central)
Louie (FX)
WINNER: Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Veep (HBO)

Best actor in a comedy series
Louis CK, Louie (FX)
Chris Messina, The Mindy Project (FOX)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
WINNER: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones (CBS)

Best actress in a comedy series
Ilana Glazer, Broad City (Comedy Central)
WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs (ABC)
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Emmy Rossum, Shameless (Showtime)

Best supporting actor in a comedy series
WINNER: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Keith David, Enlisted (FOX)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife (ABC)
Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
Jeremy Allen White, Shameless (Showtime)

Best supporting actress in a comedy series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
WINNER (tie): Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
WINNER (tie): Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Best guest performer in a comedy series
WINNER: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Sarah Baker, Louie (FX)
James Earl Jones, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Mimi Kennedy, Mom (CBS)
Andrew Rannells, Girls (HBO)
Lauren Weedman, Looking (HBO)

Best drama series
The Americans (FX)
WINNER: Breaking Bad (AMC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Masters of Sex (Showtime)
True Detective (HBO)

Best actor in a drama series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Hugh Dancy, Hannibal (NBC)
Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel (A&E)
WINNER: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (HBO)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Best actress in a drama series
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
WINNER: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

Best supporting actor in a drama series
Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)
Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)
WINNER: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing (AMC)
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Best supporting actress in a drama series
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Annet Mahendru, The Americans (FX)
Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead (AMC)
Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
WINNER: Bellamy Young, Scandal (ABC)

Best guest performer in a drama series
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
WINNER: Allison Janney, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Joe Morton, Scandal (ABC)
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife (CBS)
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best movie
An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)
WINNER: The Normal Heart (HBO)
Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

Best mini-series
American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Bonnie & Clyde (A&E/History/Lifetime)
Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
WINNER: Fargo (FX)
The Hollow Crown (PBS)
Luther (BBC America)

Best actor in a movie or mini-series
David Bradley, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
Martin Freeman, Fargo (FX)
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart (HBO)
WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)

Best actress in a movie or mini-series
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero (Lifetime)
Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short (Lifetime)
Holliday Grainger, Bonnie & Clyde (A&E/History/Lifetime)
WINNER: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

Best supporting actor in a movie or mini-series
WINNER: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Warren Brown, Luther (BBC America)
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Colin Hanks, Fargo (FX)
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

Best supporting actress in a movie or mini-series
Amanda Abbington, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)
Jessica Raine, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart (HBO)
WINNER: Allison Tolman, Fargo (FX)