Sideshow: Networks slip as prime-time players

Kevin Spacey, in "House of Cards" with Robin Wright, is a best-actor nominee.
Kevin Spacey, in "House of Cards" with Robin Wright, is a best-actor nominee.
Posted: July 20, 2013

The broadcast networks were the big losers Thursday when nominations were announced for the 65th annual prime-time Emmy Awards. None of the big four made the cut in two significant categories, best drama and lead actor in a drama. In fact, one of the best-drama nominees, House of Cards, isn't even on TV - the political thriller is offered exclusively by Netflix.

It goes up against two AMC shows, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, PBS' Downton Abbey, and HBO's Game of Thrones.

Where are you, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox?

Nowhere in the best dramatic actor category, for sure. Nods go to Hugh Bonneville ( Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston ( Breaking Bad), Kevin Spacey ( House of Cards), Jon Hamm ( Mad Men), Jeff Daniels (HBO's The Newsroom), and Damian Lewis (Showtime's Homeland).

Most nominations went to a basic-cable show, FX's creepfest American Horror Story: Asylum, which earned 17 nods. Game of Thrones got 16, while Behind the Candelabra, also from HBO, is next with 15. One network show, NBC's Saturday Night Live, did well, earning 15 nods.

Netflix scored nine nominations for House of Cards, and three for its sitcom Arrested Development.

Royal baby subterfuge?

Thousands of reporters and photogs are camped outside St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London, awaiting the imminent birth of the latest Royal Baby. It hardly makes for a relaxing atmosphere for the Duchess of Cambridge and her princely hub, William. London's Telegraph newspaper says the couple may reclaim their privacy by giving the media the slip at the last minute and zipping off to Kate's birthplace, the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, just 30 miles from London.

Unnamed Royal Source tells the Telegraph there are a number of contingency plans in place for the birth.

Celebrating Robin Roberts

Good Morning America's beloved Robin Roberts was presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award Wednesday night at sports kudosfest the ESPYs. Roberts, who launched her career as a SportsCenter anchor on ESPN, was saluted for her bravery in facing breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

Liam Gallagher, a mistress, a baby

Celeb journalist Liza Ghorbani is the super-secret mother of a mega-secret baby engendered by married ex- Oasis front man Liam Gallagher, says the New York Post.

"The pair's torrid affair resulted in the birth of a baby girl seven months ago," says the tabloid, which claims a DNA test has confirmed the baby's parentage.

Liam, 40, who has one child with ex-wife Patsy Kensit and a second with current wife, singer Nicole Appleton, won't admit paternity - at least in public. Perhaps that's why Liza decided to file a $3 mil lawsuit in Manhattan Family Court. Anonymous Source tells the Post that Liam has admitted the baby's his in personal e-mails.

Liz and Liam's respective lawyers have declined comment.

When celebrities dare to love

Tina Turner, 73, has been single, foot-loose, and fancy-free since her marriage to Ike Turner ended in '78. But it seems the septuagenarian feels it's never too late to tie the knot. Reuters has revealed she wed her decades-long beau, German producer Erwin Bach, in a civil ceremony Sunday in Switzerland, where the couple lives.

Stacy Keibler tells Good Morning America's Elizabeth Vargas she laughs whenever she hears media reports that she and George Clooney broke up because he wasn't up for marrying her. "We didn't discuss that," Stacy says. So why did the two-year romance end? All Stacy would say is that the duo remain friends.

Speaking of breaks, she confirms to HuffPost Live that her legs are insured.

Tattoos are totally cool, man!

New York tattoo artist Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy tells E!News that Justin Bieber was mega-psyched to get his latest tat, a female eye, which the Canadian kid shows off in a recent Instagram post. The tat is a shout-out to Justin's mom. "Moms always watching :)," Justin says in his post.

McCurdy says Justin joked that he's addicted to tattoos. But is it just a joke? I sense an After School Special may be in the works.


Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@inquirer.com. This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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