Life Style
Robin Williams suicide casts shadow over Emmys
Publish Date: Aug 24, 2014
Robin Williams suicide casts shadow over Emmys
  • mail
  • img

THE Emmy Awards take center stage Monday with "Breaking Bad," "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" among the favorites of TV's 66th annual version of the Oscars.

But this year's ceremony will be overshadowed by the apparent August 11 suicide of Hollywood great Robin Williams that rocked the entertainment world.

With emotions still raw, his friend and fellow actor-comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to the Oscar winner during the "in memoriam" part of the primetime program.

Last year, Williams -- who himself received two Emmys in the 1980s -- honored the memory of comedian and former "Mork and Mindy" sitcom colleague Jonathan Winters during the same segment.

But despite the underlying sadness, the Emmys -- to be hosted by comedian Seth Meyers -- still promise to serve up a fair amount of laughs and suspense.

Cult crime series "Breaking Bad" -- which won best drama last year -- is once again among the top contenders for the coveted title although dismayed fans saw it end almost a year ago after five seasons.

Bryan Cranston, who played the cancer-stricken teacher-turned-drugs kingpin Walter White in the blockbuster series, is nominated in the lead actor category, a top prize snagged in 2013 by Jeff Daniels of "The Newsroom" who is his competitor again this time around.

"Breaking Bad" is also up for statuettes in the best supporting drama actress and actor categories.

Another hot commodity is HBO crime drama "True Detective" that scored competing lead actor nominations for its co-stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, a police duo who hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.

It, too, is in the running for best drama series.

But Netflix's breakthrough women's prison show "Orange is the New Black" is also very much on the radar, vying for the best comedy series crown against long-running series "The Big Bang Theory," "Louie," "Modern Family" and "Veep," as well as HBO newcomer "Silicon Valley."

Taylor Schilling from "Orange is the New Black" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus from "Veep" are among those facing off for lead actress in a comedy.

The race for lead drama actress, meanwhile, pits last year's laureate Claire Danes from "Homeland" against Michelle Dockery from "Downton Abbey," Lizzy Caplan from "Masters of Sex," Julianna Margulies from "The Good Wife," Kerry Washington from "Scandal" and Robin Wright from "House of Cards."

'Game of Thrones' a big player

Not to be forgotten is HBO's grisly royal feud saga "Game of Thrones," which picked up the most nominations this year -- 19 in all -- including for best drama series.

Based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling novels about power struggles between dueling clans in seven mythical kingdoms, it has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season.

Overall, HBO heads into the ceremony with a winning 99 nods, compared to 31 for online streaming giant Netflix.

"Fargo," an offshoot of the quirky 1996 Coen brothers' movie, heads into the ceremony with nominations in an impressive 18 categories, with Billy Bob Thornton a contestant for lead actor in a miniseries.

But there were some notable snubs when the nominations were announced in July, including CBS's widely-acclaimed "The Good Wife" in the best drama race, which aside from "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective," also features "Mad Men," "Downton Abbey" and Netflix's "House of Cards."

The Emmys -- to be presented at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles -- kick off at 5:00 pm (0000 GMT Tuesday).

Joining Meyers on stage will be a slew of celebrities, including fellow comedians Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.

Others slated to make an appearance include the actresses Halle Berry, Debra Messing and Lucy Liu, as well as singer Gwen Stefani and nominees Cranston and Harrelson.


The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Gashumba represents Ugandan at Miss Grand International 2015
Lilian Gashumba, represents Uganda at the Miss Grand international 2015 peagent, happening in Huamark, Bangkok Thailand....
Penelope Cruz to direct documentary on childhood leukaemia
Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz, who plays a woman fighting breast cancer in her latest film "Ma Ma", said Thursday that she will direct a documentary on childhood leukaemia....
Gayaza high school to host patriotism cultural gala
As Uganda celebrates her 53rd independence anniversary on October this year, Gayaza High school (GHS) will host the students, parents, old girls and friends to a patriotism cultural gala....
Over 500 elderly women treated to a sumptuous meal
Over 500 grandmothers across the country have been treated to a sumptuous meal courtesy of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in conjunction with partners....
Children throng MTN Arena for national prayer festival
Thousands of children thronged MTN Arena in the first ever national prayer festival....
Sudhir treats his staff to a party at his house
Too much banking without partying, makes Cranes Bank staff dull bankers said Sudhir Ruparelia when he hosted his staff to an end of year party at his $3m worth plush residence in Kololo....
Should Makerere University fees policy be reviewed?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter