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Gold Derby nuggets: '30 Rock' goes live | 'I Love Lucy' engineering Emmy honoree | 'The Closer' among TNT renewals

July 30, 2010 |  1:47 pm

30_rock_logo • Reigning Emmy champ "30 Rock" will be live from New York for one episode in October. Peacock exec Angela Bromstad made the announcement at the TCA on Friday. Via the press release, Bromstad said, "We’ve had great success with live episodes in the past, both in a creative sense and in the ratings. I can’t imagine a series more suited to do an incredible live episode, thanks to its many cast, writers and producers, who hail from TV’s most renowned live series, ‘SNL.’" Previous NBC shows to test the mettle of actors with live episodes included "ER" and "Will & Grace." TV BY THE NUMBERS

Greg Braxton has been busy attending the TCA summer session and delivers the news that Terrence Howard has inked a deal to join the cast of the new series "Law & Order: Los Angeles." The onetime Oscar nominee ("Hustle and Flow") is to "play a deputy district attorney. He will split the district attorney duties with Alfred Molina, who was previously signed." SHOW TRACKER

• NBC Universal TV chief Jeff Gaspin tells Joe Adalian he has "no issue" with Conan O'Brien appearing on the upcoming telecast of the Emmys on the Peacock net, adding that, "as long as he's not hosting, I'm fine." This news makes Joe wonder, "So will the TV Academy ask O'Brien to appear? If asked, will Conan serve?" NEW YORK

I Love Lucy logo • While O'Brien's "Late Night" successor, Jimmy Fallon, has been tapped to host the prime-time Emmys, "Big Bang Theory" comedy duo Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will emcee the engineering Emmys on Aug. 14 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. Among those slated to be feted for technical achievements is Desilu, "for their innovation of using a multi-camera film setup before a live studio audience. Desilu also used conventional film studio materials, production and processing techniques which made 'I Love Lucy' immediately available for production and distribution of prints when the series went into syndication at local stations around the country. In addition, the honor is bestowed to commemorate the upcoming 60th anniversary of 'I Love Lucy’s' debut." THE WRAP

Mikey Glazer reports that "in L.A., costume designers descended on downtown's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Saturday for the opening of the annual installation honoring 'The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design.' Two of the stars of the evening were costume designer nominees Lou Eyrich of 'Glee' and 'Mad Men's Janie Bryant." THE WRAP

TheCloser_S5_eKyra Sedgwick will get another chance to contend for the lead actress Emmy award that has eluded her until now with Friday's news that TNT has renewed "The Closer" for a seventh season. Sedgwick has been nominated for each of the first five seasons of the crime drama. In the current derby, our pundits predict her to be an also-ran again. However, the sixth season of the show is airing currently and the seventh is slated for next summer, giving her at least two more tries. Also re-upped by the cablecaster are "Leverage" for a fourth season and freshman hit "Rizzoli & Isles." TV BY THE NUMBERS

• Following up on her look at the ladies in contention for best actress this year, Sasha Stone turns to the men of the moment. For this leading Oscarologist, "unlike the Best Actress race, the Best Actor race is still buried in the haze of expectations and unknowns. We wait for so many answers, like Jeff Bridges in 'True Grit'? Brad Pitt in 'Tree of Life'? We just don’t know. Javier Bardem‘s astonishing work in the very depressing 'Biutiful'? Sean Penn again for 'Fair Game'? George Clooney for 'The American'? Here is what we do know so far. Leonardo DiCaprio is having a hell of a year. Whether or not the actors will agree is another story. Michael Douglas turned in a very good performance in 'Solitary Man,' and will also charm audiences with 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.' Kevin Kline is making a run with 'The Extra Man.' One of the best I’ve already seen is Ryan Gosling, who does his best work yet in 'Blue Valentine.'" AWARDS DAILY

Photos, from top: "30 Rock" logo. Credit: NBC; "I Love Lucy" logo. Credit: CBS Home Video; "The Closer" season 5 DVD cover. Credit: Warner Home Video.

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