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Gold Derby nuggets: Will 'Flight of the Conchords' be grounded? | 'The Sound of Music' soars once more

November 3, 2009 |  4:21 pm

Flight of the Conchords "Flight of the Conchords" star Jemaine Clement has said his offbeat HBO comedy series may not continue for a third season because it requires so much work, but a final decision will be made within a month. Clement told Reuters that he needs to discuss the future of the show with his co-star, Bret McKenzie, and with the director of the series, James Bobin. The first two seasons of "Conchords" netted 10 Emmy nods but no wins. At the most recent Emmys, the show lost the best comedy series race to three-time victor "30 Rock" while Clement lost his best actor bid to that show's repeating champ Alec Baldwin.   REUTERS

Sharon Waxman says Disney should return the Miramax name to founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein. The boys named their new company after their parents Miriam and Max in 1979 and sold it to Disney in 1993. Says Sharon, "Individuals close to the Weinsteins confirm that Harvey and his brother would like to ask (Robert) Iger if he’d consider giving up the name, since the major studio seems to care so little about it. The Weinsteins still consider the decision a slight and are particularly sensitive since their mother is alive and non-appreciative of Disney’s position."  And she says, "If Disney allowed the brothers to buy the name, one Weinstein executive said on condition of anonymity, they would change the name of TWC back to Miramax." THE WRAP

The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary CD • In honor of the golden anniversary of the original stage production of "The Sound of Music," Sony Masterworks is releasing a special edition of the cast recording this week. This last show from Rodgers and Hammerstein tied with "Fiorello" for best musical at the Tonys. As Maria, the singing nun, Mary Martin took home her third Tony, beating, among others, Ethel Merman as Mama Rose in "Gypsy." Five years later the film version broke box office records and won five Oscars, including best picture. Among the extras on this new CD is a musical spoof -- "The Pratt Family" -- performed by the film's star Julie Andrews and her good chum Carol Burnett three years earlier in their Emmy-winning 1962 TV special "Julie and Carol Live at Carnegie Hall." PLAYBILL

Steven Zeitchik bemoans the dearth of contenders in the original screenplay race this year. For him, "A Serious Man," "Inglorious Basterds" and "Up" are likely to land Oscar nods. Beyond that, he says the field is sparse with the "Star Trek" reboot and "The Hangover" among those in the mix. Steven concludes, "If this were just a down year, that would be one thing. But the lack of established writers is catching the eye of many in the development community as something more permanent. 'I think you can look at the state of the category as a direct result of studios' reliance on known brands and the death of the spec market,' says one agent." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


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