Small-Screen Titans Take The Stage At The Emmys: Our Live Blog

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Welcome, one and all, to the night of the small-screen giants. It’s the 2016 Emmys, the night the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honors the best of the year in television.

And believe it or not, beneath the glitz and glare at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, some genuine drama may actually unfold on this evening of golden statuettes. Game of Thrones leads the primetime Emmy nominations with 23 nods — but plenty of attention will also be paid to People v. O.J. Simpson, which earned 22 of its own.

Will Veep again nab the lion’s share of Emmys in the comedy categories? Will Tracee Ellis Ross, star of Black-ish, become the first African-American woman win best actress in a comedy series in more than three decades? Will any of Glen Weldon’s recklessly bold predictions come true?

Luckily NPR’s TV critic, Eric Deggans, along with Weldon and Linda Holmes of Monkey See, will be offering commentary on the show in real time. Just follow along below — or find all the fun right here on Twitter.

Below, we’ll be keeping track of the winners for you all night. Find the winners in bold.


Best Drama Series

The Americans (FX)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Homeland (Showtime)

Best Comedy Series

Veep (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Black-ish (ABC)

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler (Bloodline)
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Laurie Metcalf (Getting On)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Maura Tierney (The Affair)
Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)
Constance Zimmer (UnREAL)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele)
Matt Walsh (Veep)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Niecy Nash (Getting On)

Best Limited Series

American Crime (ABC)
Fargo (FX)
The Night Manager (AMC)
The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
Roots (History)

Best Television Movie

A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)
All the Way (HBO)
Confirmation (HBO)
Luther (BBC One)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)

Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Bryan Cranston (All the Way)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Abominable Bride)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Cuba Gooding Jr. (The People v. O.J. Simpson)
Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)
Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson)

Best Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Kirsten Dunst (Fargo)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill)
Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson)
Lili Taylor (American Crime)
Kerry Washington (Confirmation)

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson)
Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager)
Jesse Plemons (Fargo)
David Schwimmer (The People v. O.J. Simpson)
John Travolta (The People v. O.J. Simpson)
Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo)

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Hotel)
Olivia Colman (The Night Manager)
Regina King (American Crime)
Melissa Leo (All the Way)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Hotel)
Jean Smart (Fargo)

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Hank Azaria (Ray Donovan) (WINNER)
Mahershala Ali (House of Cards)
Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards)
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)
Paul Sparks (House of Cards)
Max von Sydow (Game of Thrones)

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Margo Martindale (The Americans) (WINNER)
Ellen Burstyn (House of Cards)
Allison Janney (Masters of Sex)
Laurie Metcalf (Horace and Pete)
Molly Parker (House of Cards)
Carrie Preston (The Good Wife)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Serie

Peter Scolari (Girls) (WINNER)
Larry David (Saturday Night Live)
Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live)
Martin Mull (Veep)
Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory)
Bradley Whitford (Transparent)

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) (WINNER)
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Melora Hardin (Transparent)
Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live)
Laurie Metcalf (The Big Bang Theory)
Amy Schumer (Saturday Night Live)

Best Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Best Variety Sketch Series

Documentary Now! (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
Portlandia (IFC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Best Special Class Program

Grease Live! (FOX) (WINNER)
73rd Golden Globe Awards (NBC)
The Oscars (ABC)
Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show (CBS)
69th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Best Variety Special

The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special (CBS) (WINNER)
Adele Live in New York City (NBC)
Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (HBO)
Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
Lemonade (HBO)

Best Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition

RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race) (WINNER)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars)
Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)
Steve Harvey (Little Big Shots)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway)

Best Structured Reality Program

Shark Tank (ABC) (WINNER)
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)
Lip Sync Battle (Spike)
MythBusters (Discovery Channel)
Undercover Boss (CBS)

Best Unstructured Reality Program

Born This Way (A&E) (WINNER)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
Gaycation With Ellen Page (Viceland)
Intervention (A&E)
Project Greenlight (HBO)
United Shades of America (CNN)

Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special

What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix) (WINNER)
Becoming Mike Nichols (HBO)
Everything is Copy — Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted (HBO)
Listen to Me Marlon (Showtime)
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (HBO)

Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Making a Murderer (Netflix) (WINNER)
American Masters (PBS)
Chef’s Table (Netflix)
The Seventies (CNN)
Woman With Gloria Steinem (Viceland)

Best Informational Series or Special

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) (WINNER)
Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo)
Star Talk With Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic Channel)
The Story of God With Morgan Freeman (National Geographic Channel)
Vice (HBO)

Best Writing for a Drama Series

The Americans, “Persona Non Grata” (FX), Written by Joel fields, Joe Weisenberg
Downton Abbey, “Episode 8″ (PBS), Writen by Julian Fellowes
Game of Thrones, “Battle Of The Bastards” (HBO), Written by David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
The Good Wife, “End” (CBS), Written by Robert King, Michelle King
Mr. Robot, “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov” (USA), Written by Sam Esmail
UnREAL, “Return” (Lifetime), Written by Marti Noxon, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Best Writing for a Comedy Series

Catastrophe, “Episode 1” (Amazon), Written by Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan
Master of None, “Parents” (Netflix), Written by Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang
Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly” (HBO), Written by Dan O’Keefe
Sillicon Valley, “The Uptick” (HBO), Written by Alec Berg
Veep, “Morning After” (HBO), Written by Alec Berg
Veep, “Mother”(HBO), Written by Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck

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Iranian Cyclist Dies After Crash At Paralympics

Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died on September 17 during a cycling race in Rio de Janeiro. Christophe Simon /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bahman Golbarnezhad, a 48-year-old Iranian cyclist, died after crashing during a race in Rio de Janiero on Saturday.

The Paralympian was cycling on a mountainous stretch of the road race at the time of the crash, according to a statement from the International Paralympic Committee. “The athlete received treatment at the scene and was in the process of being taken to the athlete hospital when he suffered a cardiac arrest. The ambulance then diverted to the nearby Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra where he passed away soon after arrival,” it said.

Golbarnezhad “also participated at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and took up the sport in 2002,” the committee said.

Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad (left) competes in the Men’s Road Race C4-5 at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Anthony Edgar/AP hide caption

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“The Paralympic Family is united in grief at this horrendous tragedy which casts a shadow over what have been great Paralympic Games here in Rio,” Philip Craven, the committee’s president, said in a statement.

The Iranian flag has been lowered to half-staff at the Paralympic Village and a moment of silence will be held at the Closing Ceremony.

The IPC has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the accident. According to The Guardian, the sports director for cycling’s international government body, Piers Jones, “defended the nature of the course and said full risk assessments had been carried out.”

Masoud Ashrafi, the secretary-general of Iran’s National Paralympic Committee, described Golbarnezhad as a “family man.” Speaking to The Guardian, he said “Bahman was one of the most hard-working active athletes that we’ve had. He had been cycling for 12 years and he was our best cyclist…. He loved his family, he loved his son.

“They’re having a very, very difficult situation at the moment and all I can hope for is his body is with his family and it would be something to make them feel better,” Ashrafi added.

According to the BBC, Golbarnezhad “competed in events for athletes with lower limb impairments or amputations.” Iran’s state news agency said Golbarnezhad lost his left leg during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

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Pipe Dream Becomes High-Tech Transport Line For Historic Belgian Brew

De Halve Maan brewery director Xavier Vanneste looks on as the last beer tanker prepares for its trip. The brewery will now transport beer using a pipeline. Teri Schultz for NPR hide caption

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Tradition and authenticity are so essential to Belgian beer-brewing that years ago when the European Union tried to impose certain hygiene regulations on their production, some brewers fought back to preserve their centuries-old fermentation process — including medieval dust, spiderwebs and all — and won.

So when Xavier Vanneste, heir to the six-generation Bruges brewing dynasty that owns the 500-year-old De Halve Maan brewery, started musing that he envisioned transporting his beer to its bottling plant underground through a plastic pipe instead of via tanker trucks, he got many gasps — and outright guffaws — over the idea that he would tinker even a tad with the liquid family heirloom.

One of Vanneste’s most popular beers is named after and represented by a colorful court jester character, the “Brugse Zot.” The 36-year-old brewmaster says he heard a lot of references to the goofy fool. People told him, ” ‘Oh, you’re just crazy, it’s not a serious project,’ ” he says. Multiple engineers dismissed his requests to draw up plans.

Bruges Mayor Renaat Landuyt admits he was among those skeptics five years ago when Vanneste first articulated his pipe dream. “I thought, What sort of ‘zot’ idea is that, now?” he chuckles. “Asking to build a pipeline underground, under historical buildings, under a historical city, you can’t mean that!”

But Vanneste knew production demand was doubling every year. It would soon mean city authorities would ban him from adding more and more trucks to pick up the beer — huge vehicles that could barely squeeze down the fragile cobblestone streets on Walplein Square. And moving the historic De Halve Maan, itself a stop on every walking tour, was not an option. “It’s part of the heritage of the town to have an old city brewery here,” Vanneste says. “It’s really part of our life story as well to keep it here, therefore, we need[ed] to find the right compromise.”

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Launching himself into the research, Vanneste eventually convinced structural engineers and beer engineers that the pipeline was a serious option to preserve Bruges’ livability.

But what about the quality of the beer?

Yeast is notoriously temperamental, as are consumers.

Vanneste’s own mother, from whom he inherited the company mantle, was initially concerned, too. Véronique Maes couldn’t let the reputation of the 160-year-old family recipe suffer; no one had ever heard of a beer pipeline.

“I said, ‘That’s not possible,’ ” she recalls, presuming one day her son would wake up and forget his “crazy idea.”

But on the night the project was being inaugurated, sitting in the brewery’s office which had been her family home growing up, Maes now beams with pride. She regrets that her father, who passed away last year, could not see his grandson’s innovation implemented. But she says he knew before he died that the project was going ahead and he was “very, very, very proud.”

More than four years in the planning, the pipeline took less than four months to actually build. It’s expected to move about 1,000 gallons per hour. Vanneste says there was great interest from the city, but it was all positive — curious, but positive. He says not one resident protested at the public hearing.

Engineer Alain De Pre, who’s usually busy laying oil and gas lines, says there were enormous construction challenges — there’s no space to move in heavy equipment for drilling. Builders had to use the city’s iconic canals for moving large pieces, and he notes the swans weren’t quite as amenable as the beer-loving Bruges population.

But De Pre says the upsides far outweighed any difficulties. Normally, he says, people are “not very pleasant” when you explain that you’re going to be tearing up their streets and sidewalks. But this was different, De Pre explains. As news of the beer pipeline spread, so did the goodwill.

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“It was a very positive atmosphere,” he says. “They took selfies with it, with our project. So it was the first time that I saw this in my whole career.”

Of course, residents’ next thought was whether they could perhaps tap into the project, literally. Vanneste says he got plenty of emails offering free garden access in exchange for having a private spout. That wasn’t possible for hygienic, technical and other reasons.

But he says it gave them an idea. “Why not let people participate in this crazy story? Why not give them the opportunity to buy one meter of pipe?”

Beer every day

The pipeline’s crowdfunding effort was born.

Of the total 4 million euros (approximately $4.5 million) cost of the project, about 340,000 euros came from the public. Depending on the level of investment, a certain amount of beer is bestowed every year — or in the case of the “gold-level” funding, every single day — for the rest of the funder’s life.

Kathleen Bertier bought in for her son, who’s living in Hong Kong. He’s a fervent fan of De Halve Maan beers and she says he’s holding his breath for an undersea line next.

Other companies are contacting Vanneste to learn what he knows, now that he’s not seen as the “Brugse Zot,” but as a visionary. Over a glass of brew, Mayor Landuyt wonders aloud if chocolate might be next.

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New York Gov. Says Chelsea Blast Shows No Links To International Terrorism

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) visits the scene of an explosion on West 23rd Street Sept. 18, 2016 in New York. An explosion rocked one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of New York, injuring 29 people, one seriously, a week after America’s financial capital marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all 29 of those injured in an explosion Friday night in Manhattan have been released from the hospital and that there is currently “no evidence” of links to international terrorism.

The damage to the site at West 23rd St. in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood is extensive, Cuomo told reporters on Saturday morning. “The force of the explosion, you can see it down the block, across the street. There’s glass everywhere. Shrapnel everywhere.” He added: “When you see the damage, I think we were fortunate that there were no fatalities.” The explosion happened at around 8:30 pm Eastern time, as we reported.

Cuomo added that there is “no reason to believe at this time that there is any further, immediate threat.” But at the same time, nearly 1,000 New York State police and members of the National Guard will be deployed to bus terminals, airports and subway stations.

At this preliminary stage, Cuomo said, there are no clear links to international terrorist groups but they plan to eventually prosecute this as a terror crime:

“No one has taken credit, there have been no international groups that have put out any statements connecting them with this action. Now it depends on your definition of terrorism. But a bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism, but it’s not linked to international terrorism – in other words we find no ISIS connection, etc.”

He adds that a second device, found nearby on West 27th St. and cleared by police, was “similar in design” to the first.

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The Long Goodbye: When To Be There For A Dying Parent

Dear Sugar Radio is a weekly podcast from member station WBUR. Hosts Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed offer “radical empathy” and advice on everything from relationships and parenthood to dealing with drug problems or anxiety.

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Today the Sugars tackle a tough question: How much should you be in the life of a parent who may not have much time left to live? It’s especially difficult when you live far away and the timeline is vague. To help answer the question, the Sugars are joined by Robin Romm, author of The Mercy Papers, a memoir that tells the story of her mother’s death from cancer.


Dear Sugars,

Three years ago, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. When he was diagnosed, I was 25 and in graduate school out of state, 17 hours away. It was hard, but as the years have gone by, I have graduated and fallen in love in my new state. I am in a serious relationship, and I have moved my younger brother out here as well.

My dad says to live my life, and he would rather me stay where I am than move closer to home if it makes me happy. Some days I don’t know. I have guilt, the type of guilt where I will be sitting thinking about how I am a terrible daughter and my father is home with my mother dying without me. He could die a year from now or 10 years from now.

Am I being selfish? How do children cope with this? I feel responsible for my parents even though I know they only want the best for me. Am I a crappy daughter? I took their son away as well! I feel like I have abandoned them, but I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to move home, but I don’t want them to feel like I don’t want to be there.

Sincerely,

Daddy’s Girl

Cheryl Strayed: My mom died of cancer when I was 22 and she was 45. The question for me wasn’t: Is my mom going to die in a year, or 10 years? I knew my mom was going to die quickly — she died seven weeks after her diagnosis. The most important thing for you to do in this period is just to love the people you love with abandon and truth, because we all could die any time. With a long-term cancer diagnosis, there will come a time when it will be appropriate to go to him and maybe stay with him for months. That’s a very different prospect than picking up your life and living in a town near your father just because he might, in 10 years, perish from cancer.

Steve Almond: And then there’s this line, “I took their son as way as well.” This is what happens when we feel guilt because somebody we love is ill. She’s taking on her brother’s decision making. He’s an adult. He decided to move to this state. In a certain way, you have an opportunity. Now that you know there’s limited time, talk with your dad about what his life consisted of, what your relationship has been, and what he thinks of what you’re making of your life. Try to seize the day. After all, I think that’s what parents want.

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Robin Romm: I don’t regret going home [to be with my mom near the end of her life], though it was not an easy experience, and it did disrupt quite a lot of my life in my 20s. It disrupted my relationship, my schooling, work, everything. But I remember thinking, a long time from now when I’m much older and my mom is dead, what will I wish I had done?

It became very clear that, for me — and I don’t think this is necessarily true for everybody — the answer was that I would have wanted to be there. But I will say, when I was there, especially in the last few weeks leading up to my mom’s death, there was so much pressure on that time. There’s a lot of fighting. It was just painful, beyond painful. It certainly wasn’t fun and it wasn’t necessarily beautiful, but it was really authentic, and I’m grateful to have had those last, messy, authentic moments with my mom. And so, I just think that you have to play it by ear in a way.

You can get more advice from the Sugars each week on Dear Sugar Radio from WBUR. Listen to the whole episode to also hear from one woman plagued with guilt for missing the death of her mother.

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