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• Mike Ausiello is doling out his dream Emmy Awards ballot in bite-size pieces this year. Among the tasty morsels is this one about the never-nominated stars of "Friday Night Lights" -- Kyle Chandler: "His coach turned the misfits of East Dillon into champions. Surely that warrants an Emmy"; and Connie Britton: "Carried the ball, never fumbling, even with a tricky abortion plot." Mike also touts the awards potential of a pair of onetime "Six Feet Under" co-stars -- Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"): "He killed as Dex tried (and failed) to have it all"; and Peter Krause ("Parenthood"): "His character is flawed. His performance? Not so much." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
• Andy Richter is close to inking a deal to host the latest revamp of the classic game show "Pyramid." The original incarnation hosted by Dick Clark was an Emmy powerhouse in the 1970s and 1980s. However, this gamer is not guaranteed to get to air. As Josef Adalian reports, it "is still competing with other projects for the 'As the World Turns' slot. Another potential project is a 'View'-like talk show co-hosted by Sara Gilbert and Julie Chen, and we hear rumblings that Sharon Osbourne has been talked about to join them for a pilot." NEW YORK
• Coincidentally came news that Dick Clark will be feted at the 37th annual daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas on June 27. "It was time for us to talk about Dick Clark and his influence on daytime," said the awards show's exec producer, David McKenzie. "He had a huge influence on television and was a tremendous cornerstone of the music business as well. We couldn't pass up the opportunity." Paying tribute will be Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, Garth Brooks, Cher, Simon Cowell, Jay Leno, Barry Manilow, Marie Osmond and the Spinners. The kudocast, to air on CBS, will be hosted by Regis Philbin.
• Reigning Emmy champ Michael Emerson says the upcoming DVD edition of the complete series of "Lost" will include an extra that might satisfy some fans left mystified by Sunday's finale. Explains Emerson, "there is a bonus feature ... a lost scene. It’s a lot. It’s 12 or 14 minutes that opens a window onto that gap of unknown time between Hurley becoming number one and the end of the series. It’s self-contained, although it’s a rich period in the show’s mythology that‘s never been explored, so who knows what will come of it." G4
• The "Twilight" franchise dominated the third National Movie Awards in London Wednesday with winners, determined by a public vote, including Robert Pattinson for best performance, while "New Moon" nailed best fantasy and "Eclipse" earned the award for most anticipated movie. The sixth film in the "Harry Potter" series -- "Half Blood Prince" -- took best family film while the entire run won a special recognition prize. Also honored were "Sherlock Holmes" (best action/thriller), "The Time Traveler's Wife" (breakthrough film) and Tom Cruise as a screen icon.
• Kathy Griffin dropped by "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to promote the upcoming season of "My Life on the D-List." She regaled Jay Leno with stories of her road trip to Alaska with Levi Johnson in the hopes of landing a dinner invite from his onetime potential mother-in-law Sarah Palin. The sixth season of this two-time Emmy winner for best reality series begins on Bravo June 15. TV SQUAD
• The Tony Awards in conjunction with longtime host broadcaster CBS and Macy’s are conducting an online contest to find two would-be Broadway belters to walk the red carpet at the 64th annual theater kudos June 13. Winners will be chosen in a two-part process. Contestants have uploaded videos of their renditions of selected show tunes and an online vote that goes till June 1 will determine five finalists who will be flown to Gotham to take part in a sing-off at the flagship Macy's in Herald Square on June 11, where an expert panel will pick the two winners. CBS
• Theater critic David Sheward has come up with his own kudos that canvas the entire Gotham legit scene. As he explains, "These are strictly my own personal choices for what I thought was the best of 2009-10 and not to be confused with my predictions for any other awards -- that will come later. If a designer or actor did outstanding work in more than one production in the same category, such as Jessica Hecht in 'A View from the Bridge' and 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' I include them both. Sometimes the choices are similar to those for other awards like the DDs, Lortels, Outer Critics, and Obies, sometimes I include totally overlooked work, such as the stunning Australian production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' at BAM which no award group recognized." BACKSTAGE
• Recent Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") will be on hand to present at the Student Academy Awards on June 12. A lucky 13 students will be celebrated with a week of events at the academy culminating in the awards ceremony. The academy began these awards in 1972 "to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level." Previous student winners have gone on to receive 40 Oscar nominations and have won or shared seven awards. AMPAS
Top photo: Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler in "Friday Night Lights." Credit: NBC.
Middle photo: "Lost" logo. Credit: ABC.
Bottom photo: Tony Awards logo. Credit: American Theater Wing.