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Jessica Lange Leaving ‘American Horror Story’ After Next Season

 

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Jessica Lange is one of the most talked about actresses on FX’s American Horror Story. Unforttunately, fans will be sad to hear that the veteran actress is planning to exit the show after next season.

“I am coming to the end of acting,” Lange, 64, told the LATimes. “I have a list: another stage production, maybe one or two more movies, one more season of American Horror Story. . . and then that is it for me. Because I think that’s enough. I want to go out with a bang. . . or should I say, a scare?”
Her role as meddling neighbor Constance Langdon on the first season of American Horror Story got her an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In addition to that, she nabbed a nomination in the Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie category this year.

“It re-energized me; it re-energized my career,” Lange added. “There’s no shame in recognizing that. It’s exposed me to a whole new generation, which is a little strange. I’m not used to young people thinking I’m cool.”

Catch Lange in American Horror Story: Coven, which airs on Wednesdays on FX. Check your local listings for air times.

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Is a ‘Modern Family’ Spin-Off in the Works?

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ABC is rumored to be considering taking on a Modern Family spin-off.

According to Deadline, ABC and producer 20th Century Fox TV have met to discuss the possibility of creating a spin-off based on the Emmy-winning show.

No details have been confirmed at this time. However, there are murmurs that the show could revolve around Modern Family guest star Rob Riggle’s character from last season. The spin-off concept is being led by Modern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh.

Nigel Lythgoe Shocked by ‘The Voice’ Emmy Win

 

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The Voice won the award for ‘Outstanding Reality-Competition Show’ at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards on Sunday (Sep. 22), Though many fans were happy with the outcome, there’s one person who isn’t happy with the choice and his name is Nigel Lythgoe.

Lythgoe (who was let go from his post as exec producer of American Idol) took to Twitter following the NBC show’s win to voice is discontent with the decision.

“Shocked that The Voice won. Not so much for #SYTYCD but for #AmericanIdol,” tweeted Lythgoe. “The first, the best and the program that changed the face of TV.”

Lythgoe’s show, So You Think You Can Dance, was also nominated in the same category up against The Amazing Race, Project Runway, Dancing With the Stars and Top Chef. He went on to explain why the decision shocked him.

“I’m talking about over the 11 years American Idol changed the face of television across the World it didn’t win an Emmy,” he continued. “Not just lately.”

Lythgoe is referring to the fact that American Idol has lost ‘Outstanding Reality-Competition Show’ for the past several years, but newcomer The Voice was able to beat everyone in the category, after having been on television for less than five years.

Lythgoe, 64, was let go from American Idol in July 2013.

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Kerry Washington Talks EMMY Nomination with AwardsLine

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Kerry Washington recently spoke with the journalists over at AwardsLine, to discuss her EMMY nomination for her role as ‘Olivia Pope’ on ABC’s Scandal.

Among other things, Washington shares just how honored she is to be the first African American woman in 18-years to be nominated for an EMMY in the Leading Actress  in a Drama Series Primetime category.

AwardsLine: What are your thoughts on being the first black actress in close to 20 years nominated in this category?
Kerry Washington: While I don’t have a specific answer in terms of why it has taken the TV Academy so long to nominate a black actress, I will say that Scandal prioritizes inclusiveness and diversity. Not just in terms of race, but if you look at Jeff Perry’s character (Cyrus Beene) and Dan Bucatinsky’s character (James Novak), if you look at the world of the show, it prioritizes race, gender, age and sexual orientation. So the fact that a show like this and these two nominated characters (mine and Dan’s) can be celebrated, I’m really proud of that. I’m excited to live in a world where these stories can flourish.

AwardsLine: Why do you think Olivia Pope resonates with audiences?
Washington: She’s so human. It’s what Shonda Rhimes does best. It’s true of the central characters on the show—they’re so complex and three-dimensional. There are things that these characters do that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. It’s that complexity that draws audiences.

AwardsLine: What’s your take on the whole award campaigning process?
Washington: I feel really grateful for the experience. The acting work has to come first. That has to be my focus. You can never control how people respond to work. You can only control your own work ethic. I take it as such a compliment that ABC chose to prioritize the show.

Season 3 of Scandal starts Thursday, October 3 on ABC.

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Kerry Washington for EMMY Magazine [June ’13]

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Kerry Washington gets glammed up for the June issue of EMMY magazine.

Washington is now regarded as the hottest woman on prime-time television. Her show Scandal has fans on the dge of their seats each Thursday night and now Washington is dishing on the show’s success.

Subscribe to EmmyMagazine.com for her full interview, but in the meantime, check out Washington’s adorable spread below.

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Mariska Hargitay Confirms Return to ‘Law & Order: SVU’

2013 Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced, Set to Air on HLN

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