Peter MacNicol loses ‘Veep’ Emmy nod over technicality

Peter MacNicol ... disqualified
Updated 22 July 2016
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Peter MacNicol loses ‘Veep’ Emmy nod over technicality

LOS ANGELES: Peter MacNicol’s Emmy nomination for best guest actor for his work on “Veep” this past season has been revoked after officials determined he appeared in too many episodes of the HBO comedy.
MacNicol was nominated last week for his portrayal of powerbroker Jeff Kane. But the Los Angeles Times reports the Television Academy now says he is ineligible for the award because he appeared in five of the 10 episodes of the fifth season of “Veep.” Under rules changed last year, performers must appear in less than 50 percent of a season’s episodes to be eligible as a guest actor.
An HBO representative tells The Associated Press that the network expected MacNicol to appear in only four episodes and he was entered before all the episodes had aired.


Streets of Pakistan lined with pictures of Crown Prince

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Streets of Pakistan lined with pictures of Crown Prince

The streets of Pakistan were lined with pictures of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince in preparation of his reception on Saturday.

Pakistan was rescheduling flights, blocking off luxury hotels and, according to one report on Friday, collecting 3,500 pigeons and colorful balloons to release during a welcome ceremony for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Banners heralding the crown prince were already lining the streets of the capital on Friday, while the Express Tribune newspaper reported that authorities were trying to catch so many pigeons for a welcome ceremony that they were forced to collect birds from other cities.

The crown prince is expected to sign a range of agreements worth up to $15 billion, including deals for three power plants in Pakistan’s Punjab province and an oil refinery and petrochemical complex in the coastal city of Gwadar in Balochistan province.