• Just before airing the 62nd edition of the Emmy Awards live nationwide on Aug. 29, NBC will feature a one-hour red carpet special hosted by Billy Bush and Maria Menounos who appear on the NBC-produced "Access Hollywood." They will be joined by Nate Berkus whose self-titled talker debuts in Sept. including on many of the NBC O&O stations.
• In a first, NBC is trying to reach Emmy voters shopping at three Los Angeles branches of Bloomingdales with displays showcasing their potential nominees. As Nellie Andreeva reports, "each is themed after a UMS-produced primetime series in contention for Emmy nominations, with the mannequins dressed like characters from the series in settings and situations reminiscent of the shows. UMS' costume designers dressed the mannequins with clothes from the Bloomingdales’ collections, and the studio’s visual artists created a scene representative of each show (for example: in the 'Parks and Rec' display, a parks and rec worker in a hard hat is planting a tree while two colleagues sit on a park bench.)" DEADLINE
• Bob Sassone profiles five actors and four shows that he would like to see earn Emmy nominations. Among these are two past supporting champs — "Lost" foes Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson — as well as potential lead actor nominees Timothy Olyphant ("Justified") and Zachary Levi ("Chuck"). For Bob, the comedy series category should include "Chuck," "Cougar Town," The Middle" and "Party Down." TV SQUAD
• Sean Hayes says he won't use his forum as Tony Awards host to talk about the recent controversy caused by Newsweek columnist Ramin Setoodeh who slammed him for playing straight in the rialto revival of the 1968 tuner "Promises, Promises." As well as emceeing these top theater kudos, the Emmy champ for "Will & Grace" is a contender in the lead actor race. He told reporters Wednesday, "he'll keep the Tonys moving along quickly so folks in the audience and at home will be entertained. He was short on specifics, though he did say he and (co-star Kristin) Chenoweth will appear together during the CBS show." SHOW TRACKER
• Add the following bold-faced names to the roster of talent appearing on Sunday's Tony Awards: Paula Abdul, Katie Holmes, Angela Lansbury, Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Sanchez, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Stanley Tucci. The kudocast will air in 45 countries spread across four continents.
• Our great pal Lou Lumenick reports, "Harvey Weinstein apparently smells Oscar potential in 'Miral,' the new film from "Diving Bell and the Butterfly'' director Julian Schnabel. A news release says the embattled mogul 'personally acquired' the French-financed film, starring Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave in a fact-based story of a Jerusalem orphanage founded in 1948. Release before the end of the year is promised and the film is expected to premiere at the Venice and/or Toronto film festivals. NY POST
• Patrick Healy has the details on the upcoming first rialto revival of the 1980 Tony-winning musical "Evita." Argentinian Elena Rogers will portray the fiery Eva Peron in this Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice tuner while Ricky Martin will play Che Guevera. Both parts won their Broadway originators — Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin — Tony Awards. Rogers contended for the Olivier in 2006 for the West End version of this remounting and won that award last year for her performance in "Piaf." ARTS BEAT
• Four of the stars of "Glee" — Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Matthew Morrison — are featured on the cover of the TV academy's magazine. Inside the aptly-titled publication, Lynch — who is a leading contender in the supporting race — talks about her character Sue Sylvester: "There’s a real person beneath the bravado who wants to be accepted and loved although she would never show that. In her narcissistic view of the world, everything’s about one-upping and victory. I had an acting teacher in college we called the Dragon Lady. She taught through shame and humiliation, and when she walked down the hall, people would part like the Red Sea.”
• Tina Jordan has good news for "Glee" fans suffering from withdrawal without their weekly fix. "Little, Brown has multiple book projects in the works for its 'Glee' program; the first will be an original novel called 'Glee: The Beginning.' This prequel to the show, which includes a double-sided poster, will hit stores this August." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Top photo: Emmy Awards statue. Credit: ATAS.
Middle photo: Tony Awards statue. Credit: American Theater Wing.
Bottom photo: Cast of "Glee" on the cover of Emmy magazine. Credit: ATAS.