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Oscar adores biopics and fact-based dramas – and so do the Emmys when it comes to Best Limited Series

Oscar adores biopics and fact-based dramas – and so do the Emmys when it comes to Best Limited Series
Most Oscarologists are aware that half of the Best Picture winners so far this decade have been biopics or truth-based tales featuring real-life people. The titles? “The King’s Speech,” “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight” and “Green Book.”

But did you realize that Emmy’s limited series contest also has a long-held fondness for truth-based tales. Looking at the Gold Derby combined odds list, I realized that five out of the top six contenders are either biopics or accounts of an impactful real-life event. Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora,” the front-runner for now before the Emmy nominations are announced on Tuesday, is based on a 2015 prison escape in Upstate New York (see photo above). HBO’s historical drama “Chernobyl” zeroes in on the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union.

SEEWhat is the secret behind Patricia Arquette’s riveting ‘Escape at Dannemora’ performance

Netflix’s “When They See Us” is
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Limited Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Limited Series
Last Year’s Winner: “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: With its win in 2018, “American Crime Story” officially became the first series to win multiple awards in the Best Limited Series category. Now, that’s not to say franchises had yet to earn multiple wins before. “Roots” (1977) and “Roots: The Next Generations” (1979) both won the category, but the sequel season would’ve qualified as a drama series under modern Emmy rules. Meanwhile, Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology is also the only show to have the same title (“American Crime Story”) preceding its new, winning entries (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”), but other sequel seasons had won as well as unofficial franchises like HBO and Dreamworks’ “Band of Brothers” (2002) and “The Pacific” (2010). Among active franchises, “Fargo” could become the second official anthology series to win multiple trophies
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Details of The Young & The Restless' Special Tribute to Kristoff St. John

The daytime community was rocked by the sudden death of Kristoff St. John on Feb. 3. And while The Young & The Restless released a short video to honor the actor that week, the soap needed more time to put together a fittingly special tribute to St. John and his beloved character of Neil Winters. Beginning on Tuesday, April 23, and continuing through the end of the week, the residents of Genoa City will learn of Neil’s passing and come together in grief to remember him fondly. “Just watched the scripted shows airing next week in tribute to the life and legacy of Kristoff St. John,” tweeted head of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel. “Cried nonstop. Grateful to Y&R staff, cast, and crew for honoring him through the sadness.” Some familiar faces will be returning to Genoa City to pay their respects, including Shemar Moore as Neil’s younger brother, Malcolm Winters, and
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Shemar Moore Will Return For ‘The Young And The Restless’ Kristoff St. John Tribute Arc

Shemar Moore Will Return For ‘The Young And The Restless’ Kristoff St. John Tribute Arc
Former The Young and The Restless cast members Shemar Moore, Victoria Rowell, Eileen Davidson and Mishael Morgan will return to the show later this month for special tribute episodes in honor of the show’s late, longtime star Kristoff St. John, CBS said today.

A four-episode story arc will begin on Tuesday, April 23 and conclude Friday, April 26, with a special tribute episode on Monday, April 29, of former and current Y&R stars sharing memories of St. John.

In addition, CBS’ The Talk will remember St. John with a special segment

on Friday, April 26 featuring Moore, Rowell, Christel Khalil and Bryton James, as well as clips of St. John dating back to his early years on Y&R.

St. John originated the soap’s Neil Winters character more than 28 years ago and played the role until the actor’s death by suicide on Feb. 3.

In the special episodes, residents of the soap
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The Young and the Restless Kristoff St. John Tribute Details Set

It's time to wish well the character of Neil Winters in what is sure to be a moving storyline coming to The Young and the Restless.

The long-running soap opera will say a very emotional goodbye to Kristoff St. John in a four-episode arc beginning Tuesday, April 23.

The final episode of the arc will be on Friday, April 26, culminating with a tribute episode on Monday, April 29.

The tribute episode will feature former and current Y&R stars sharing memories of Kristoff and the iconic character of Neil Winters he helped create over 28 years ago.

In the special episodes, Genoa City gathers to remember one of their own when Neil Winters passes away unexpectedly.

Related: The Young and the Restless - Shemar Moore Among Actors Returning for Kristoff St. John Tribute

Neil’s family and friends come from near and far to pay their respects and remember their cherished father, colleague,
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Young and the Restless Reveals New Details of Kristoff St. John Farewell Arc

Young and the Restless Reveals New Details of Kristoff St. John Farewell Arc
The Young and the Restless has announced new details regarding its sendoff to late cast member Kristoff St. John. The farewell arc will air Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 26, with a storyline in which his character Neil Winters “passes away unexpectedly,” per the network.

A tribute episode follows on Monday, April 29, with current and former Y&R stars sharing memories of St. John’s 28-year run on the soap.

In the special episodes, Genoa City gathers to remember one of their own when Neil Winters passes away unexpectedly. Neil’s family and friends come from near and far to pay their respects and remember their cherished father,
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Kristoff St. John Dies: ‘The Young & The Restless’ Actor Was 52

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Kristoff St. John Dies: ‘The Young & The Restless’ Actor Was 52
Kristoff St. John, best known for his role as Neil Winters on CBS’ long-running soap The Young and the Restless, has died. He was 52. The cause of death is not immediately known.

The Daytime Emmy Awards shared news of his passing on its Twitter account.

“It is with unbelievable sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, #DaytimeEmmys winner @kristoffstjohn1. @YandR_CBS Rip.”

St. John won two Daytime Emmy awards out of nine nominations, along with ten NAACP Image Awards.

His attorney, Mark Geragos, paid tribute to St. John on Twitter. “Few men had the unique strength, courage & sensitivity that @kristoffstjohn1 lived every single minute of every day,” Geragos wrote. “He impacted everyone he met and millions who he inspired and in turn admired him. On behalf of @MiaStJohnBoxer & @TheStJohnFamily thank you for all of your love.”

St. John began his career as a child actor, portraying a young Alex Haley
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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Kristoff St. John Dies at 52

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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Kristoff St. John Dies at 52
Kristoff St. John, the actor best-known for portraying Neil Winters on CBS’ long-running daytime soap “The Young and the Restless,” has died. He was 52.

His attorney Mark Geragos confirmed the news to Variety. Geragos also posted on Twitter, saying, “Few men had the unique strength, courage & sensitivity that @kristoffstjohn1 lived every single minute of every day. He impacted everyone he met and millions who he inspired and in turn admired him. On behalf of @MiaStJohnBoxer & @TheStJohnFamily thank you for all of your love.”

The Daytime Emmy Awards also noted St. John’s death via Twitter. “It is with unbelievable sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, #DaytimeEmmys winner @kristoffstjohn1. @YandR_CBS Rip.”

St. John received numerous awards, including nine Daytime Emmys, over the 25 years he worked on “The Young and the Restless.” His first major role on a soap opera was on NBC’s “Generations.” The show was canceled
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Emmys 2018: ‘American Crime Story’ could become the first show since ‘Prime Suspect’ to repeat as Best Limited Series

This spring FX’s “American Crime Story” returned for its second season, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” which explores the murder of the famous fashion designer (played by Edgar Ramirez) by serial killer Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss). It’s the early front-runner to win Best Limited Series based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users who have entered their picks in our predictions center thus far. The first season of “Acs,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” also won top honors in 2016, so a victory for “Versace” would make this the first series since “Prime Suspect” to repeat as Best Limited Series.

Anthologies have had a TV revival in recent years. Ryan Murphy helped re-popularize the form with “American Horror Story,” which debuted in 2011. Since then we’ve seen other anthologies like “Fargo,” “American Crime” and “Black Mirror” earn acclaim and awards. But since that
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Aussies to put their stamp on Roots remake

The remake of a quintessentially American miniseries which traced slavery through multiple generations including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will have three Australians in key creative roles.

Phillip Noyce and Bruce Beresford will each direct an episode and DoP Peter Menzies Jr. will shoot all four episodes of Roots for A&E Networks. The original Roots based on the Alex Haley novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was the third most watched series in Us history when it screened on the ABC network in 1977.

Laurence Fishburne will play the narrator, Kunte Kinte, portrayed in the original by LeVar Burton, who is among the producers of the remake with Mark Wolper. Mark.s father David produced the first series and the 1979 sequel, Roots: The Next Generations.

Beresford tells If, .One of the things I like about working in the Us is that producers, studios and networks are perfectly
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9 Famous Emmy Firsts: How Bill Cosby and More Made TV History

9 Famous Emmy Firsts: How Bill Cosby and More Made TV History
This year's Emmy nominations saw a historic first: Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox was nominated for the outstanding guest actress in a comedy series award, making her the first openly transgender person nominated in an acting category. (Conductor Angela Morley won several Emmys for music direction.)

The award ultimately went to Cox's Orange costar, Uzo "Crazy Eyes" Aduba – the win was announced during the Creative Arts portion of the awards, which took place on Aug. 16 – but Cox's nomination is a first nonetheless. Now in their 66th year, the Emmy Awards have seen many famous firsts. Have a
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Actress And Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee Dies At 91

Award-winning actress Ruby Dee, best known for her parts in A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster, and Do the Right Thing, died on Wednesday at the age of 91.

Dee might not be immediately recognizable to many contemporary film-goers, but both her biography and her filmography are impressive ones. She’s acknowledged as a major force in the generation of African-American actors who aspired to greater dramatic roles than those allowed to their forebears. Alongside the likes of Sidney Poitier, Dee appeared in significant film, stage, and television roles across decades, carving a niche for herself and opening the pathway for other African-American stars . She appeared opposite Poitier in the film version of A Raisin in the Sun, where they both reprised the roles they originated on stage. She later appeared opposite Jackie Robinson as his wife in The Jackie Robinson Story. She received an Oscar nomination for American Gangster,
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The History Channel to remake Roots

A remake of the classic American miniseries Roots has been confirmed with Mark Wolper, son of creator David Wolper, selling the rights to The History Channel, which is aiming for a 2015 release.

Based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel, Roots starred LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Kunta Kinte, an African man sold into slavery, and followed the story of his family line through to liberation. The miniseries was nominated for 36 Emmy Awards, winning 9, and was followed by two sequels, Roots: The Next Generations and Roots: The Gift.

In recent years, The History Channel has released numerous impressive series including Vikings, The Bible and the Kevin Costner-starring Hatfields & McCoys.
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‘Roots’ Remake in the Works at History

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‘Roots’ Remake in the Works at History
History is getting back to its roots. Or, rather, Alex Haley’s “Roots.” The cable network is developing a remake of the ground-breaking television miniseries which was based on Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” The original miniseries, which aired on ABC in 1977, won nine Emmy Awards and drew massive ratings, particularly with its eighth and final installment. The 1977 series starred LeVar Burton (pictured) as Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka warrior who’s kidnapped and sold into slavery. Also read: Miniseries About WWII Hero Felix Sparks in the Works at History “Roots” spawned two sequels, “Roots: The Next Generations
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History Planning New Roots Miniseries

History has already tackled pseudo-historical series Hatfields & McCoys,  The Bible and Vikings to great success, so the cable channel is now turning its creative talent toward developing a new Roots miniseries.  Originally based on Alex Haley's book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, the eight-episode miniseries traced the author's family line from his enslaved ancestor Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) to his descendants' emancipation.  The miniseries earned numerous awards and its finale holds the third-highest rating for a U.S. television program to this day.  Though it inspired two sequels - Roots: The Next Generations and Roots: The Gift - History is of the opinion that it's time to bring Roots to a new generation of TV viewers.  Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that History is developing a new version of Roots, envisioned as a new eight-hour miniseries.  History recently acquired the rights to both the original miniseries and Haley's novel.
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EW's Christmas day TV marathon guide: Our top six picks

EW's Christmas day TV marathon guide: Our top six picks
Well, the bread has been broken, the wine has been spilled, and the gifts have been exchanged, so now what? It’s time for a full day of TV marathons! You still have the option of watching Christmas specials so we’ll tell you what’s available for your viewing pleasure, but for those of you interested in some non-festive programming, here are our top six picks.

Doctor Who — 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow on BBC America

The British sci-fi hit is still timeless after 49 years on the air. So situate the kids behind the couch — where they’re
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Bet Will Air 'Roots,' 'Roots: The Next Generations,' 'Roots: The Gift' & 'Queen' Ahead Of 'Django'

I chuckled when I opened up this press release in my email inbox a little bit ago, because I've had a few conversations with several folks about whether Bet (or TV One, or Bounce TV) would broadcast Roots before Django Unchained is released; and sure enough, it looks like the folks at Bet were thinking the exact the same thing, because they will be doing just that, starting on December 21st. But not only will Bet screen the 1977 mini-series, the network will continue with broadcasts of Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Roots: The Gift (1988), and finally Queen (1993), closing out the series broadcast on December 26. Or maybe Django Unchained has nothing to do with...
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'Malcolm X' actor Albert Freeman Jr. died

'Malcolm X' actor Albert Freeman Jr. died
Albert Freeman Jr., the veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s epic film, Malcolm X, has died. He was 78. Howard University in Washington, D.C., confirmed his death Friday night but details weren’t immediately available. Freeman taught acting there for years and served as chairman and artistic director of its theater arts department. “He was a brilliant professor, a renowned actor and a master director who made his mark in the classroom as well as on stage, screen and television. … He has mentored and taught scores of outstanding actors. He was a resounding voice of Howard and will be missed,
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Actor Brock Peters Dies at 78

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Actor Brock Peters Dies at 78
Actor Brock Peters, best known for his role as Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of rape in the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird, died Tuesday in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer; he was 78. According to reports, he had been diagnosed with the disease in January and had been receiving chemotherapy treatments, and the actor passed away at his home surrounded by family. An actor with a distinctive, authoritarian baritone who worked extensively in films, television and on the stage, Peters made his film debut in the lush melodrama Carmen Jones, an re-imagining of Bizet's Carmen starring Dorothy Dandridge, and appeared five years later in another musical adaptation, Porgy and Bess. In 1962, Peters took the role of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, and during filming was befriended by star Gregory Peck; in fact, Peters read the eulogy at Peck's funeral in 2003. His magnetic and heartbreaking performance in Mockingbird led to roles in The L-Shaped Room and The Pawnbroker, and though he rarely achieved leading man status, Peters worked steadily throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s in both movies and TV, and received a Tony nomination in 1973 for Lost in the Stars. He appeared in thrillers Soylent Green and Two-Minute Warning, miniseries Roots: The Next Generation, and innumerable guest spots on television series ranging from Gunsmoke to The Bionic Woman. To a later generation of fans, Peters was known for two different Star Trek roles, playing Admiral Cartwright in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as well as a recurring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Joseph Sisko, the father of star Avery Brooks' character. In 1991, Peters received a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. Peters is survived by his longtime companion Marilyn Darby and a daughter from his first marriage. --Prepared by IMDb staff

Actor Paul Winfield Dies at 62

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Paul Winfield, the prolific African-American actor who received an Oscar nomination for Sounder and went on to play Martin Luther King Jr. in the highly acclaimed King miniseries, died on Sunday in Los Angeles of a heart attack; he was 62. Coming to prominence in the groundbreaking sitcom Julia, where he played the boyfriend of Diahann Carroll's titular character, Winfield made his feature film debut opposite Sidney Poitier in The Lost Man in 1969. Despite his Best Actor Oscar nomination a few years later for Sounder in 1972, Winfield struggled to find leading man roles, but racked up a huge number of supporting roles in both television and film. From his portrayal of Jim in 1974's Huckleberry Finn to his role as Thurgood Marshall in 1999's Strange Justice, Winfield was a fixture on both the big and small screens, instantly recognizable to audiences; his films included Conrack, Hustle, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, The Terminator, Presumed Innocent and Mars Attacks, among a host of others. Winfield received Emmy nominations for roles in both King, where he portrayed the civil rights leader opposite his Sounder co-star Cicely Tyson, and Roots: The Next Generation, finally winning an Emmy for his guest role on Picket Fences in 1995. His most recent appearances were on Touched by an Angel, Crossing Jordan and a TV remake of Sounder. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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