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Gold Derby nuggets: Matt Damon guesting on '30 Rock' | 'Law & Order' updates | Emmy-winner David Mills dies at 48

March 31, 2010 |  4:34 pm

30_rock_logoMatt Damon will make a rare appearance on TV when he reunites with Alec Baldwin -- a co-star from "The Departed" -- on "30 Rock." The Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Good Will Hunting" was at the top of Tina Fey's wish list of guest stars. Last fall Damon told Mike Ausiello he was a huge fan of the show and "would do it in a heartbeat if they asked me to come on. I have not been approached about doing it. She (Fey) should call my people or even better me." That phone call was made and Damon will play the latest in a long line of ill-fated suitors for Fey's character. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin ("Children of a Lesser God") produced a TV pilot -- "My Deaf Family" -- that featured a California family with deaf parents and hearing children. When it didn't sell, she turned to YouTube -- which offers closed captioning -- to generate interest in the idea. As she tells Alex Pham, "I guess in this world where economics, number crunching and demographics are what drive decisions, you have to roll up your sleeves and find other ways to prove that your show is good TV. I wouldn't mind an exclusive online agreement or network agreement, as long as I can find the means to tell more stories about this fascinating family." COMPANY TOWN

• Add Isabelle Huppert to the growing list of movie stars who have guested on TV's "Law & Order: SVU." As per exec producer Neal Baer, the Gallic great will appear in the upcoming 10th season finale as the mother of a kidnapped child. Huppert is the Meryl Streep of French cinema, having been nominated for 13 Cesar Awards but winning only once -- in 1996 for "La Ceremonie." She has rarely worked in English since making the misfire "Heaven's Gate" in 1980. Another French film star -- Leslie Caron -- was one of four guest actresses on "SVU" to win Emmys for their appearances. AP

Law & Order logoNellie Andreeva reports that NBC's renewal for a record 21st season of "Law & Order" could be contingent on a new deal with TNT which carries the procedural in a second window. "Law & Order" won the Emmy for best drama series in 1997 and has contended 10 more times, most recently in 2002. THR

• Should "Law & Order" sign off this year, Olympic gold medallist Lindsay Vonn will be one of the show's last guest stars. The ski champ will feature in the season finale as a key witness in a terrorism case. AP

Mark Malkin delivers the news that Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe will be guest host of an upcoming episode of "Saturday Night Live." The "Precious" leading lady has been busy already this year with her recurring role on the new Showtime series "The C Word" opposite Laura Linney. E ONLINE

• "Glee" star Jane Lynch will be feted with the achievement award at the 14th annual Outfest in L.A. on July 8. That marks opening night for the gay and lesbian film festival. Previous recipients of the top kudo have included filmmakers Don Roos, Jane Anderson and Rob Epstein, all of whom were recognized for significant contributions to the LGBT film and media. OUTFEST

The Corner DVD cover • Scribe David Mills -- who won two Emmys in 2002 for "The Corner" -- died suddenly in New Orleans Tuesday at age 48. He was in the city as part of the production team for the upcoming HBO series "Treme." Over the years, Mills also picked up Emmy nominations for his writing on "NYPD Blue" and for producing that show and "ER."  Before his stellar TV career, Mills was a journalist and his controversial 1992 interview with rapper Sister Souljah became part of that year's presidential campaign. NOLA

• Fans of "The Amazing Race" will get a chance to run their own version of the show in Europe this summer. A Cleveland company is offering 17 teams the chance to compete for a $9,000 cash prize by completing various tasks over a nine-day period including a 4,000-foot-high alpine toboggan. Cost to enter is $2,675 per person. The CBS Sunday night staple has never lost the race for best reality series at the Emmys since the category was introduced back in 2003. NEW YORK TIMES


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Top photo: "30 Rock" logo. Credit: NBC

Middle photo: "Law & Order" logo. Credit: NBC

Bottom photo: "The Corner" DVD cover. Credit: HBO

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