Gold Derby nuggets: 'Mad Men' creator Matt Weiner re-inks | Do Jon Hamm + Tina Fey = Emmy? | New Emmy smackdown for Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien?
• "Mad Men" creator and producer Matthew Weiner has inked a deal to return to the helm for the third season of the Emmy and Golden Globe winner. As per the Hollywood Reporter, "After months of negotiations, the show's creator on Friday closed a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with producer Lionsgate TV to continue on the acclaimed AMC drama." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
• And speaking of "Mad Men," Jon Hamm, the Golden Globe-winning star, guests on an upcoming arc of "30 Rock" as the latest love interest for Tina Fey, our forums member here at The Envelope. This laffer has garnered eight guest-acting Emmy nods in just two seasons with a win last year for Tim Conway. TV SQUAD
• Conan O'Brien talks for the first time about the decision to have Jay Leno, his predecessor at "The Tonight Show," still precede him on the NBC schedule. "I don’t think any of us were expecting a Monday through Friday thing for Jay like that. And there was a period where everybody was just trying to figure out: what does this mean? After about an hour and a half I just started asking if I was still going to be getting the ‘Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’ that I used to watch with my father in my living room in Brookline, Massachusetts. And my producer, Jeff Ross, said, 'Yes it is,' and I said, 'Then I’m good.'" Now the two hosts will not only end up competing for guests, but they also could be Emmy foes once more. The only time the two shows competed against each other in the Emmy battle for best variety series was in 2003, and they both lost to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." That was the last time Leno's show competed in that race. Conan's show had five successive bids ending in 2007. Now that Leno is going to be in prime time, this newfound prominence could propel him back onto the ballot. O'Brien's show has long been an Emmy bridesmaid, with only one Emmy — for writing in 2007 — to show for 29 nominations. NEW YORK TIMES
• Greg Ellwood, who was a consulting editor here at The Envelope last Oscar season, is now chief at HitFix.com, a new entertainment website. He tied for third place in our recent Golden Globe poll of awards experts, and now this savvy prognosticator has posted his first set of predictions for Thursday's Academy Awards nominations. HITFIX
• Variety shines a spotlight on the TV movie, a format that once ruled the airwaves with nearly 250 titles per year running across the nets that "is gradually reconstituting itself, albeit on cable, for fewer dollars and on Saturdays. Think of it less as a happy ending than a not-so-steamy new chapter. Several movies and miniseries, meanwhile, will crop up elsewhere over the next few weeks, from CBS' latest Hallmark Hall of Fame entry to TNT's 'Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,' a Johnson & Johnson-sponsored vidpic starring Cuba Gooding Jr., to a rare network multi-part pic, 'The Da Vinci Code'-lite adventure 'The Last Templar' on NBC. HBO also continues to dabble in prestige movies, from the Sundance selection 'Taking Chance' in February to the flashier Jessica Lange-Drew Barrymore combo 'Grey Gardens' this spring." VARIETY
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