Gold Derby nuggets: Megan Mullally exits stage left | Chloe Sevigny: No love for 'Big Love' | Simon Cowell Int'l Emmy honoree
• Two-time Emmy champ Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") is the talk of the rialto, but for all the wrong reasons. On Tuesday, she dropped out of the first Broadway staging of the Terrence McNally play "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" midway through rehearsals "because of frustration with the inexperience of a co-star, the comedian Patton Oswalt whom she tried to have replaced, according to four people familiar with her departure." Todd Haimes, artistic director of the producing Roundabout Theater, noted that Mullally was "in breach of her contract" and postponed the production until later in the year. One name that comes to mind as a replacement for Mullally is Julie White, who won the best actress Tony three years ago for her riotous turn in the play "The Little Dog Laughed." NEW YORK TIMES
• While this year's Tony Awards voters won't include the journos who cover theater, next year's will allow some of these scribes back into the fold. The Tonys -- which were unique among the major awards by allowing the fourth estate to take part in the determination of winners -- caused an uproar when it was decided to exclude the first night press list this season. As a compromise, members of the New York Drama Critics' Circle will be extended voting privileges for Broadway's top honor next season.
• Julie Taymor -- who won a Tony in 1998 for her staging of "The Lion King" -- will be feted by the New Dramatists on May 18 with a lifetime achievement award. Presenting the prize will be Dame Helen Mirren, who stars in Taymor's upcoming film adaptation of "The Tempest." Next up for the visionary director is the long-delayed legit tuner "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" now set to come to Broadway next season rather than this one.
• Chloe Sevigny sure knows how to talk up the series that won her a Golden Globe in January. Asked about the recently wrapped season of "Big Love," she said, "It was awful this season, as far as I’m concerned. I’m not allowed to say that! [Gasps.] It was very telenovela. I feel like it kind of got away from itself. The whole political campaign seemed to me very far-fetched. I mean, I love the show, I love my character, I love the writing, but I felt like they were really pushing it this last season. And with nine episodes, I think they were just squishing too much in." AV CLUB
• With socko ratings for Monday's second season premieres, Showtime already has renewed both "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara." Expect the stars of these shows -- three-time Emmy winner Edie Falco and defending champ Toni Collette -- to do battle at this year's Emmys.
• The awards calendar continues to get updated. Along with Thursday's announcement from AMPAS that the Oscars will be handed out Feb. 27, comes news from the Producers Guild that its kudos will be awarded on Saturday, Jan. 22.
• Two-time Tony champ Patti LuPone is set to host the 55th annual edition of the Drama Desk Awards on Sunday, May 23. Nominations for these kudos will be announced May 3.
• Simon Cowell has yet to win an Emmy for "American Idol" but he is to be feted by the International Emmys with the Founders' Award. Cowell will pick up the prize at the 38th annual awardsfest Nov. 22 in Gotham. In making the announcement international academy president Bruce Paisner said, "Simon Cowell is an entrepreneur and performer in equal measure. He has built an international empire and in so doing has changed the face of television around the world." Cowell -- who will be leaving "Idol" this year to produce the upcoming American version of "The X Factor" -- said, "I'm delighted. I've been very lucky to be able to make shows that I love." Last year's recipient was another Brit, Sir David Frost.
• Recent Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan ("An Education") could be playing Eliza Doolittle, another ingenue made over by an older man, in the long-rumored remake of 1964's best picture champ "My Fair Lady." Oscar-winning adapter Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility") -- who is working on the script for director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") -- let this news slip Wednesday and adds she would love to see her good pal Hugh Grant in the role of the curmudgeonly Henry Higgins. BBC
Top Photo: "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" poster. Credit: Roundabout Theater Company
Middle Photo: Chloe Sevigny at the 2010 Golden Globes. Credit: HFPABottom Photo: International Emmy Award. Credit: IATAS