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Gold Derby nuggets: Carol Burnett guesting on 'Glee' | Grammys honoring Barbra Streisand | Jeff Probst skipping Emmys

August 4, 2010 |  1:15 pm

Glee_logo Carol Burnett has been booked to appear as the Nazi-hunting mother of Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) on a second-season episode of "Glee." For its freshman year, the Fox hit picked up 19 Emmy nominations, including one for Lynch, who is the front-runner in the supporting actress race. Burnett won the most recent of her six Emmys for a guest spot on the laffer "Mad About You" in 1997. She contended last year for a decidedly darker turn as a murderous mama on "Law & Order: SVU." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• This year, the TV academy is bestowing one of its most prestigious honors -- the Governors' Award -- on both longtime talent exec Norman Brokaw and the Ad Council. In making the announcement, TV academy chairman and chief executive John Shaffner said: "Norman’s extraordinary career achievements have helped shape the entertainment industry and its 'best practices' rules of business. The Ad Council’s cumulative years of unsurpassed public service reinforces the positive impact that the power of television can have on our society."

Steve Pond provides essential background on the recent elections at the movie academy, including a second one-year term for president Tom Sherak. As Steve notes, "It is virtually unheard of for a sitting president not to be reelected, if he chooses to run for reelection." He also says, "Sherak has been a member of the academy’s Board of Governors for eight years. He was considered one of the prime lobbyists for the move from five to 10 best picture nominees." THE WRAP

Barbra Streisand Love is the Answer Billboard Grammy Awards Entertainment News 2468097 • Eight-time Grammy champ Barbra Streisand will be feted by the music academy's foundation at its annual dinner Feb. 11. The songstress is being saluted for her philanthropic work. As NARAS president and COO Neil Portnow said in a statement, "The enormous talent, passion and dedication she brings to her creative projects, whether film, television or music, are matched by the generosity and commitment she devotes to her charitable causes." Streisand could also be a nominee at this year's kudos held two days later for her well-reviewed collection of jazz standards, "Love is the Answer," which set several records when it debuted last year in the top slot. GRAMMYS

Melinda Newman reviews the MTV VMA nominations and finds that the record-breaking Lady Gaga "has almost singlehandedly revived the moribund genre. Not every video is a winner -- we’re not a fan of 'Alejandro' -- but there is no doubt that both 'Bad Romance' and 'Telephone' (with Beyonce) deserve their slots in the Video of the Year category." For Melinda there were some notable snubs, including Justin Bieber, whose video "Baby" has "just replaced Lady GaGa for the most viewed video ever at YouTube with something like 245 million views, and that doesn’t even get him a best pop video, best collaboration (with Ludacris) or best male video? Sure, his videos are not the most exhilarating or creative -- and, in some ways, we understand his not getting a ton of nominations, but slotting him only in best new artist seems a bit of a slap." HIT FIX

• "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston is heading for a three-peat at this year's Emmy Awards, according to Louis Virtel: "In a TV landscape awash with antiheroes, the character of Walter White is unquestionably the most chilling. Cranston deserves this one even more than his previous two now that Walter’s already-monstrous instincts have turned murderous." However, as Louis cautions, "choosing Cranston for the win would be an act of defiance for the Emmys, who’d be voting against the gaining speed of the under-rewarded Michael C. Hall." MOVIELINE

Jeff Probst Emmy Awards Survivor • If Jeff Probst wins his third straight Emmy as best reality show host, he won't be on hand to accept at the Creative Arts awards. As Andrew Wallenstein and Leslie Bruce report, "he'll be in Nicaragua filming 'Survivor.' He had carved out time in the show's shooting schedule so he could attend the Primetime Emmys, 'but it's too late for us to change our shooting schedule again,' he said." The category was dropped from the NBC kudocast to make time for George Clooney to accept the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. "It's the latest slap in the face to the genre," said Jen Bresnan, senior vice president for alternative programing at CBS Entertainment. "These shows have brought new and younger viewers to television; it's really a shame." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• Surveying the nominees at this year's Emmys, Randee Dawn discovers "nonbroadcast acting nominations take up just nine of the acting slots up for grabs in 2010 compared with last year's 10. Perhaps a detente has been achieved between distribution models, leaving more room to search for the best of the best among new and familiar faces." And Randee reports, the academy's senior vice president for awards John Leverence says "voters consistently look for at least one key element in every performance: Range."  HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• Save the Date: The 20th annual edition of the Gotham Independent Film Awards will be handed out Nov. 29. at Cipriani's Wall Street. There will be seven competitive categories, with winners decided by juries as well as various tributes. Last year's champ was "The Hurt Locker," which went on to take the top prize at the Oscars.

Photos: "Glee" logo. Credit: Fox; "Love is the Answer" CD cover. Credit: Columbia Records; Jeff Probst at the 2009 Emmy Awards. Credit: CBS.

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