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Of the many projects that Hollywood currently has in its mammoth machine the one most “flying under the radar” right now to me, feels like the forthcoming Muppets TV show, set to premiere this Fall on ABC.  These classic Jim Henson characters that many of us grew up with, are getting a modern-makeover in their televised presentation. I’m not referring to their physical appearance, but rather their stylistic approach.  The show will feature a behind-the-scenes style format that could allow the writers to do some truly unique and entertaining things with this “cast.”  Now, we at home get a chance to take a full look at the pitch video that got the series green-lit!

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With all the madness of San Diego Comic Con about to burst – Psst! Follow our SDCC coverage here – you’d think they could have held off on the announcement of the Primetime Emmy nominations by at least a week. I mean, come on, don’t they realize we have toy exclusives to report on!

But announced them they have, and as expected, a few standout series are leading the pack. Game of Thrones has nabbed 16 nominations including Best Outstanding Drama Series,  Peter Dinklage for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Still supporting!? What does this guy gotta do to get recognized as a lead actor!?), Emilia Clarke for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Okay… beginning to think no one from GoT is considered a lead, and that’s bullshit.), Outstanding Guest Actress for Dame Dianna Rigg, and Outstanding Writing for “The Rains of Castamere” by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Sadly though, Thrones didn’t get the most noms, that title goes to American Horror Story: Asylum with its 17 nominations. Other big nomination earners were Breaking Bad with 13, Mad Men and Downton Abbey with 12, Homeland with 11, and Boardwalk Empire with 10. Netlflix’s House of Cards, proving you don’t need to air on television in order to get nominated, picked up nine.

On the comedy side of things, SNL leads with 15, followed by 30 Rock with 13, Modern Family with 12, and The Big Bang Theory with eight.

You can find the complete list of nominations of the Emmy’s website. Who’d you like to see win? Who do you think got snubbed?

Sources: Deadline, Coming Soon

Yet another year is coming to a close.  This means we’ve got yet another Top [insert number here] list of [insert year here].  In this case, it’s the American Film Institute‘s awards for the top 10 motion pictures and the top 10 television programs of 2012.

The list includes many of the expected film titles like The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables.  Same goes for the TV series; we’ve got Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Modern Family and The Walking Dead to drop some big names.  Fun fact for y’all: Mad Men is now the most recognized AFI Awards TV honoree in history after 5 straight years on that list.  I guess everybody loves themselves some Hamm, eh?  Eh?

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NBC and Fox have both released their Fall 2011-2012 TV schedule, now ABC has released theirs. The circle is now complete. I’d say they saved the best line-up for last, but I’m not going to ’cause it’s not. Really, in comparison to FOX and NBC, there’s really not a whole lot of new shows in the ABC schedule that interest me. At least from a nerd perspective that is . If I was a typical force feed American, then I might get my jollies off seeing Castle, Modern Family, and The Middle back in the mix. New shows like PanAm (1960’s show to play in the same sandbox of AMC’s Mad Men) and Revenge (show about an avenging ex-yuppy) might have me stroke my chin in curiosity. However, I’m a nerd. Give me something some fantasy, sci-fi, or something supernatural.

Looking over their line-up, the only NEW series that tickles my fancy is the fantasy series Once Upon A Time, a show where fairy tales collide with the modern day.

From the inventive minds of “Lost” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis comes a bold new imagining of the world, where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide. And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems.

According to ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, Once Upon a Time is “completely unlike Lost. But in some ways it’s like Lost … because it’s about a group of people who are trapped.” While the new series will use flashbacks like Lost, those flashbacks will be of the fairytale world the characters come from, he said.

Eh, consider me sold. Once Upon A Time and NBC’s fairytale counterpart, Grimm are two shows on my radar.

HIT THE JUMP for full show synopsis and listing of the fall-lineup

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