‘True Detective’ earns early Emmys

Before the Emmys even air, the Louisiana-set and -shot HBO anthology series “True Detective” is a winner.

At the Aug. 16 Emmys-before-the Emmys, recognizing the creative arts categories, the show garnered four awards:

Oustanding Casting for a Drama Series (Alexa L. Fogel, Christine Kromer, Meagan Lewis)

Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Adam Arkapaw, “Who Goes There” episode)

Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) (Felicity Bowring, Wendy Bell, Ann Pala, Kim Perrodin, Linda Dowds, “The Secret Fate Of All Life” episode)

Outstanding Main Title Design (Patrick Clair, Raoul Marks, Jennifer Sofio Hall)

Come Monday night, “True Detective” will be up for more honors, including Best Drama Series and Best Actor in a Drama Series, with series stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey competing against each other. Also up for an Emmy are New Orleans native Nic Pizzolatto (Outstanding Writing) and Cary Joji Fukunaga (Outstanding Directing).

HBO’s “Treme,” set in and filmed in New Orleans, has multiple nominations, including Outstanding Mini Series, while the Big Easy-shot FX anthology series “American Horror Story: Coven” also has several nods.

Louisiana projects, in addition to “True Detective,” taking home Creative Arts Emmys were:

“Treme,” (“Sunset On Louisianne” episode), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie (Bruce Litecky, Andy Kris, Blake Leyh)

“American Horror Story: Coven” (“Bitchcraft” episode), Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Lou Eyrich, Elizabeth Macey, Ken Van Duyne)

“American Horror Story: Coven,” Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie (Monte C. Haught, Michelle Ceglia, Yolanda Mercadel, Daina Daigle)

Bye-bye, Bon Temps

Viewers will bid farewell Sunday night to the humans, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and the rest of the inhabitants of Bon Temps, as the HBO series “True Blood” takes its final bow after seven seasons.

The Alan Ball creation, based on “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” (also known as “The Sookie Stackhouse Novels”) by Charlaine Harris, is set in a fictional small town in northwestern Louisiana and was partially filmed in the state during its first two seasons, including in Shreveport, Baton Rouge and Clinton.

“True Blood” revolves around Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress whose life is turned upside down when she meets Bill, a vampire.

The finale, airing at 8 p.m., is appropriately called “Thank You.” According to HBO, in the episode “Sookie (Anna Paquin) weighs a future with and without Bill (Stephen Moyer). Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee). Sam (Sam Trammell) makes a choice, while Andy (Chris Bauer) comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

HBO is on premium cable Channel 300 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette and Channel 200 in New Orleans.

Over at LPB

Two days before he makes his college debut for LSU against the Wisconsin Badgers in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Louisiana Public Broadcasting will premiere “The Road to Stardom: The Leonard Fournette Story” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The show will re-air at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30.

The film documents the story of Fournette’s early days growing up in New Orleans’ 7th Ward and his emergence as the nation’s top recruit during his senior year at St. Augustine.

By the age of 14, Fournette had garnered national attention and was recruited by nearly every college football program in the country and a scholarship offer from LSU. His prowess as a running back has earned comparisons to All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson and New Orleans native and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk.

The documentary includes interviews with Fournette, his parents, LSU coach Les Miles, and LSU recruiting coordinator and running back coach Frank Wilson along with all of Fournette’s coaches in junior football and high school.

The program was produced and directed by Kenny Chenier.

LPB will close out its Summerfest 2014 Sunday with a 7 p.m. airing of “Great Performances 40th Anniversary Concert.”

The concert will offer performances by Tony winner Audra McDonald, and Grammy winners Josh Groban, Don Henley, Itzhak Perlman and Michael Bublé, and will also feature highlights from the show’s four decades on the air.

At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, look for an encore showing of “Bayou Bartholomew,” a documentary about the world’s longest bayou, which stretches from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Sterlington.

At 9 p.m., “Great Performances Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages” is a documentary about the late, great tenor.

“Louisiana Public Square” looks at how the state’s transportation funds are spent and what should be the state’s transportation priorities when “Down the Road: Our Transportation Future” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Up to 20 average residents will have a chance to give their opinions on the subject and question a panel of experts that include State Sen. Robert Adley, the chairman of the Senate Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee; former Department of Transportation and Development secretary Dr. Kam Movassaghi; State Rep. Karen St. Germain, the chair of the House Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee; and Rachel DiResto, executive vice president of the Center for Planning Excellence.

The program also includes interviews with Sherri LeBas, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD); St. Germaine; Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez; Boo Thomas, president of the Center for Planning Excellence; and Cathy Gautreaux of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association.

LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney and Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Robert Travis Scott will host.

The program will have an encore showing at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, and will be broadcast on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge at 7 p.m. Thursday.

WLPB, Channel 27 is on cable Channel 12.

Lion Up replay

The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational cable access channel, is re-airing the Lions’ historic NCAA football playoff games from the 2013 championship season.

The Lions’ opening round win over Sam Houston State has already aired, while the 20-17 quarterfinal loss to New Hampshire will first air at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Both games will re-air at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31.

The Lions, ranked third in the nation in most pre-season FCS polls, open their season Saturday, Aug. 30, in Strawberry Stadium against Jacksonville.

The Southeastern Channel, which replays Southeastern football broadcasts each week during the season, can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish.

The live 24-7 webcast and archived video can be viewed at southeastern.edu/tv.

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