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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Glee' in vogue with viewers | 'South Park' celebrates 200 episodes | Rachel Weisz as 'Jackie'

April 14, 2010 |  3:49 pm

Jane Lynch Glee Madonna • The Golden Globe and SAG winner "Glee" returned to the Fox lineup Tuesday night and made good use of lead-in "American Idol," nearly doubling its audience from last fall. The tuneful series, which had been off the air since December, drew 13.7 million viewers, compared with an average of 7.7 million for its first 13 episodes. Capping off the telecast was a sneak peek from next week's episode -- the video "Vogue" -- with sure-to-be Emmy nominee Jane Lynch re-creating Madonna's iconic 1990 hit, down to every last hand gesture and pose.

• HBO is certainly confident in the prospects for "Treme," which it renewed for a second season just two days after the premiere episode aired to an audience of 1.4 million on Sunday night. This critically acclaimed series about life in post-Katrina New Orleans may help the paycaster become a major player again in the Emmy race for best drama series. Since "The Sopranos" won the trophy in 2007 for its final season, HBO has nabbed only one nomination in the category, with "Big Love" losing to AMC's "Mad Men" last year.

• Mexico's version of the Oscars, the Ariels, also honored a female director for the first time, as "Five Days Without Nora" from Mariana Chenillo won seven awards Tuesday night, including best picture, original screenplay, actor (Fernando Lujan) and supporting actress (Angelina Palaez). While Chenillo won the award for best first work, veteran helmer Carlos Carrera took home best director for "Backyard," which also won best actress for Asur Zagada. Another first film, "Meet the Head of Juan Perez" by Emilio Portes, won supporting actor (Jose Sefami) and three technical awards. THR

South Park Episode 200 • "South Park" airs its 200th episode Wednesday and will once more mock all of the celebrities it has skewered over the years. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have a lot to celebrate besides reaching this production milestone. They have done quite well with the Emmys over the years, winning three of their eight bids for animated program of less than one hour (2005, 2007, 2009) as well as another in 2008 for an extended version of the show. Now they are teaming up with Tony-winning composer Robert Lopez ("Avenue Q") for the new Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," which is slated to open next March. Jason Moore -- a Tony nominee for directing "Avenue Q," which won the 2004 best musical Tony Award -- will helm this production in conjunction with Parker, who, by the by, was a 1999 Oscar nominee along with composer Marc Shaiman for a ditty they composed for the "South Park" movie.

• New tuner "The Addams Family" may have hit a false note with the critics last week, but as Patrick Healy reports, the cash registers have been ringing ever since. "The show sold $851,000 in tickets last weekend on top of a $15 million sales advance, huge figures for a new Broadway run, and all but guaranteeing that it will be hard to snag a pair of good orchestra seats until fall. After five months of well-publicized creative difficulties for the show, this seeming paradox amounts to a theater world version of the golden fleece: the critic-proof smash." Whether it will win over Tony voters as well will be revealed on May 4, when nominations for the 64th annual awards are announced. NEW YORK TIMES

• Two Tony Awards winners -- Anika Noni Rose ("Caroline or Change") and Michael Cerveris ("Assassins") -- are to co-host the 55th annual edition of the Village Voice Obie awards on May 17 at Manhattan's Webster Hall. These kudos, founded in 1955, are unique among the Gotham theater kudos in that they celebrate both off- and off-off-Broadway productions.

Rachel Weisz Jackie Oscars • Oscar champ Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") has proved she will tackle any part, no matter the challenge. She just swept the West End theater awards for her acclaimed performance as  Blanche DuBois in a revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now comes word, via Nicole Sperling, that she is to play Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie," a biopic helmed by her fiancee, Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler"), from a script by Noah Oppenheim. Seven of the last 10 women to prevail in the lead actress race at the Oscars did so by playing real-life roles. This film will chronicle the four days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963. No doubt Weisz wishes the just-announced September 2011 release of an oral history by the former first lady was available now. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• The International Emmys bestowed prizes for digital content on Monday at MIP. As with the program awards, Britain dominated here too, winning both the fiction prize for "Primeval Evolved," an online companion to the now-canceled ITV series, and the nonfiction award for the Open University Web documentary "Virtual Revolution." New Zealand took home its first international Emmy for the interactive online children's mystery series "Reservoir Hill."

• The Razzies have not only announced the date for their awardsfest next year -- Feb. 26 -- but also the news that the ceremony may finally be shown on TV. Razzie chief John Wilson issued this statement: "With Sandra Bullock having just followed in the footsteps of Halle Berry, Bill Cosby and Ben Affleck to good-naturedly accept a Razzie statuette, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation is exploring the possibility of a first-ever television broadcast of their award ceremonies next spring as well as developing other Razzie-branded entertainment properties." Eric Ortner will produce the award show for potential TV airing.

• Add Oscar-winning helmer Martin Scorsese ("The Departed") to the growing list of converts to the 3-D process for making movies. Tatiana Siegel reports that the veteran filmmaker will use the technology for his next project, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." This adaptation of Brian Selznick's bestselling children's book -- set to begin production in June with a script by John Logan ("The Aviator") -- is slated for a Christmas 2011 release. VARIETY

Top photo: Jane Lynch in "Glee." Credit: Fox

Middle photo: "South Park" production still. Credit: Comedy Central

Bottom photo: Rachel Weisz at the 2005 Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS


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