Indian-American Mindy Kaling has her own show on Fox called The Mindy Project. Chinese-American Lucy Liu is Dr. Watson in a modern Sherlock Holmes story on CBS called Elementary. TV critic Eric Deggans says neither show gives any indication there might be anything culturally Indian or Chinese about their characters.
Homeland, which puts the battle against terrorism on American soil, was honored Sunday night as best drama series at the Emmy Awards. The show's stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis also won trophies. Modern Family was named best comedy.
A sitcom premiering Monday night called Partners has a major advantage over the other new shows this season. Partners was directed by James Burrows. That's a name with particular resonance in Hollywood. When Burrows directs a TV pilot, it's more or less a given the show will be picked up for a full season.
The Scottish actress plays Margaret Thompson, a young Irish widow who marries a corrupt politician on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Macdonald, who got her start in Trainspotting, tells Fresh Air that she enjoys playing a "strong character" for a change.
The actor says she researched her Emmy-nominated role as bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison by watching YouTube videos of people in manic states. She returns to television in the second season of Showtime's Homeland on Sept. 30.
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