Gold Derby nuggets: Kathy Griffin's naked ambition | Paul McCartney serenades Michelle Obama | George Clooney just one of the guys
• Two-time Emmy champ Kathy Griffin is a savvy campaigner for TV's top honor. In Thursday's print edition of the Hollywood Reporter, she displays her considerable talents in a "For Your Consideration" ad. Griffin poses in a cheesecake shot reminiscent of 1950s pin-up Bettie Page. The copy touts her three Emmy hopes -- best reality program ("My Life on the D-List"), best variety music or comedy special ("Balls of Steel") and guest actress in a drama series ("Law & Order: SVU"). She also heralds her work in a category that has yet to get Emmy recognition -- a YouTube sex video -- and in the ad copy says, "They don't give out an Emmy for best airbrushing but if they did, I'd totally win." Griffin has won two of her four bids for best reality show (2007, 2008) but lost both of her races for best variety special. "SVU" has proven to be a gold mine for guest actresses with four of them winning the Emmy and another 10 contending.
• "The New Adventures of Old Christine" was canceled by CBS on May 18, and Mike Ausiello delivers the scoop that ABC will not be picking up the series after all. The alphabet net was said to be interested in the laffer in years past when it was on the bubble for renewal. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series for the show's 13-episode first season run in 2006 and has contended for each of the following three full seasons. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
• Erik Pipenburg has crafted an interactive report on the four Tony Awards nominees for best sound design of a play -- Adam Cork ("Enron," "Red"), Acme Sound Partners ("Fences") and Scott Lehrer ("A View From the Bridge") -- including interviews and audio excerpts of their work. ARTS BEAT
• Sir Paul McCartney wowed at the White House Wednesday during the presentation to him of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. As Nancy Benac reports, "Stevie Wonder had the Obamas clapping to 'We Can Work It Out.' The Jonas Brothers did 'Baby You Can Drive My Car.' Corinne Bailey Rae slowed things down with 'Blackbird.' And Faith Hill stroked 'Long and Winding Road.'" However, "it was McCartney himself who brought down the house by belting out 'Michelle,' aiming his words straight at a first lady named Michelle. He said he'd been 'itching' to perform it at the White House, and asked the president's forgiveness in advance. The first lady was soon mouthing the words along with McCartney and the president was swaying in his seat." The evening will air on PBS July 28 as part of the "In Performance at the White House" series. AP
• Tony-winning writer-director Arthur Laurents ("La Cage aux Folles") has honored his late partner of 52 years Tom Hatcher by creating a new award for emerging playwrights in both their names. The prize will be given annually with $50,000 going to the creator of a full-length play of social relevance and an additional $100,000 to the non-profit theater that stages its premiere. PLAYBILL
• John Consoli has an extensive rundown of the bold-faced names appearing on the fourth annual Guys Choice Awards airing on Spike TV on Father's Day (June 20). Among those attending the June 5 taping in L.A. are nominees George Clooney, LeBron James, Kiefer Sutherland and Scarlett Johansson. Winners of the 14 awards will be decided by an online vote. THE WRAP
Upper photo: Kathy Griffin "For Your Consideration" ad. Credit: THR
Middle photo: Paul McCartney and President Obama at the White House. Credit: Andrew Harrer/EPA/Pool.
Lower photo: Guys Choice Awards logo. Credit: Spike TV.