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Emmys Creative Arts: Winners list

August 21, 2010 |  3:12 pm

We're live blogging the Creative Arts Emmys, bringing you the winners as they are announced.  Surprisingly, the producers are pushing this show along by interrupting winners with orchestra music to rush them off the stage after only 20 seconds of thank-you time. Hey, isn't this show supposed to be more laid-back than this? What's the rush?

Best Casting of a Drama Series: "Mad Men"

Best Casting of a Movie/Mini: "The Pacific"

Best Casting of a Comedy Series: "Modern Family" (announced by Jane Lynch of "Glee," a losing nominee)

Best Prosthetic Makeup for Series, Movie or Mini: "The Pacific"

Best Makeup for Movie or Mini (Non-Prosthetic): "The Pacific"

Best Makeup for a Single-Camera Series, Movie, Mini or Special (Non-Prosthetic): "Grey's Anatomy"

Best Makeup/ Multi-Camera (Non-Prosthetic): "Saturday Night Live"

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy: Betty White, "Saturday Night Live" (not present to accept)

Best Costumes for Movie/Mini: "Return to Cranford"

Best Costumes for a Series: "The Tudors"

Best Music Direction: "Olympic Games"

Best Choreography: Mia Michaels, "So You Think You Can Dance"

Best Music Score: "24"

Best Music Score for Movie/Mini: "Temple Grandin"

Best Music and Lyrics: "Monk"

Best Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Program: "Academy Awards"

Best Art Direction for Movie/Mini: "The Pacific"

Best Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series: "The Tudors"

Best Picture Editing for Comedy Series: "Modern Family"

Best Picture Editing for Drama Series (Single Camera): "Lost"

Best Picture Editing for Movie/Mini (Single Camera): "Temple Grandin"

Best Short Form Picture Editing: "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

Best Picture Editing for Nonfiction Program: "By the People: Election of Barack Obama"

Best Picture Editing for Reality Program: "Intervention"

Best Animated Program: "Disney Prep and Landing"

Best Short Form Animated Program: "Robot Chicken"

Best Voiceover Performance: Anne Hathaway, "The Simpsons"

Best Stunt Coordination: "Flash Forward"

Best Visual Effects in a Series: "CSI"

Best Visual Effects in a Movie/Mini/Special: "The Pacific, Part 5"

Best Main Titles Design: "Bored to Death"

Best Main Title Theme Music: "Nurse Jackie"

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow, "Dexter" (he accidentally thanked HBO instead of Showtime!)

Best Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series: "Glee"

Best Sound Mixing for a Mini/Movie: "The Pacific, Part 2"

Best Sound Mixing for Half-Hour Series (Tie): "Entourage" and "Modern Family"

Best Sound Mixing for Music Series or Special (tie): "Grammy Awards" and "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert"

Best Tech Direction for a Series: "Dancing with the Stars"

Best Tech Direction for a Mini/Special: "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert"

Best Cinematography for Nonfiction: "Life"

Best Cinematography for Movie/Mini: "Return to Cranford"

Best Cinematography for One-Hour Show: "CSI"

Best Cinematrophy for Half-Hour Series: "Weeds"

Best Cinematography for Nonfiction: "Survivor"

Best Lighting: Winter Olympics Opening

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Neil Patrick Harris, "Glee"

Best Direction for Nonfiction: "My Lai"

Best Writing for Nonfiction: "National Parks"

Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking: "Nerakhoon (The Betrayal)"

Best Nonfiction Special: "Teddy: In His Own Words"

Best Nonfiction Series: "National Parks: America's Best Idea"

Best Special Class Program: "Tony Awards" (NPH said at the podium, "I just want to thank Boomer from The Envelope or I wouldn't have gotten this!" then he gave Boomer double thumbs up! -- CONGRATS BOOMER!)

Best Creative Achievement Interactive: "Star Wars Uncut"

Best Creative Achievement in Interactive: "The Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience"

Best Direction of Variety: "Saturday Night Live"

Best Children's Program: "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie"

Best Variety Special: "Kennedy Center Honors"

Best Variety Writing: "Colbert Report"

Best Children's Nonfiction Program: "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee - The Face Of Courage: Kids Living With Cancer"

Best Commercial: "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like • Old Spice Body Wash"

Best Reality Program: "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"

Best Reality Host: Jeff Probst, "Survivor"

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Ann-Margret, "Law & Order: SVU" (she receives the only standing ovation of the night)


Emmy race for best drama series: 'Mad Men,' 'Dexter,' 'Lost' and ... ?

June 15, 2010 |  6:47 am

Sure, "Lost" may have lost its way after winning the Emmy Award for best drama series for its first season in 2005, but many fans believe it ended well. Now, can it reclaim this category? Two-time winner "Mad Men" is undefeated here. "Dexter," "Big Love," "Breaking Bad" and "Damages" are overdue to win, and there are some scrappy rookies, including "Sons of Anarchy," "Treme" and "The Good Wife," rapping at the door.

Mad Men Emmys

Six nominees are projected for this category, but there were seven last year due to statistical closeness between the sixth- and seventh-placed vote-getters.

* = nominee last year

"Big Love" *
"Breaking Bad" *
"Damages" *
"Dexter" *
"The Good Wife"
"House" *
"Lost" *
"Mad Men" *
"Sons of Anarchy"


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Will Emmy Awards make time for '24' this year?

May 25, 2010 |  8:51 am

The series finale of "24" delivered the show's trademark mix of action and drama as it wrapped up another eventful day in the life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). This year, the rogue spy battled both friends and foes before ending the day facing exile.

Kiefer Sutherland 24 Finale Emmy Awards Many critics have hailed the creative resurgence of this onetime perennial Emmy Awards contender. However, neither of our two Emmy experts -- Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria (Awards Heaven) -- foresee an awards comeback for "24." How fast the mighty have fallen!

For its fifth season in 2006, "24" finally won best drama series and Sutherland reigned as best actor. In 2007, Season 6 was deemed a disappointment, and the show failed to contend for the drama series Emmy for the first time in its run. Although "24" had made the top 10 -- as determined by a popular vote of TV academy members -- the sample episodes failed to impress the judging panel enough for the show to make it through to the final round of nominees. Then-reigning champ Sutherland did contend again in the best actor race, for the sixth year in a row, but lost to James Spader ("Boston Legal").

After being benched in 2008 because of the writers strike, the former Emmy powerhouse made a lackluster return to the race in 2009, failing to score bids for either series or TV movie ("24: Redemption"). Sutherland, who was a fixture in the best actor in a drama series category, was snubbed for the first time in the show's seven years. He had to make do with a nod in the TV movie actor race for "24: Redemption" and lost to Brendan Gleeson ("Into the Storm").

Boomer and Rob agree that reigning champ "Mad Men" will contend again this year, as will "Breaking Bad," "Damages" and "Dexter." Boomer believes freshman hit "The Good Wife" and the departing "Lost" will also make the ballot, while Rob thinks "House, M.D." and "Big Love" will round out the roster. Rob thinks Sutherland has an outside chance of making the top six in the crowded lead actor race this year, while Boomer ranks reigning champ Cherry Jones -- who portrayed America's first female president -- in the sixth slot in the supporting actress category

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Lost' finds on auction block | Woes for Oscar winners | Stamp of approval for Katharine Hepburn

May 13, 2010 | 12:21 pm

Lost_Logo • Fans of "Lost" will be able to own a piece of memorabilia from the Emmy Award-winning drama series. This summer, more than 100 props used on the show will go up for auction. As James Hibberd notes, "There's plenty of iconic memorabilia from the show (Charlie's guitar, Locke's death certificate, Hurley's Lotto ticket) and plenty of less-than-iconic (hey, who wants Ana Lucia's ID card? Anybody? How about Kate's toy airplane?)." The penultimate episode of "Lost" airs in the regular Tuesday night time slot on Tuesday. On May 23, ABC is airing a two-hour retrospective and then the 150-minute finale. FOR THE RECORD: This post previously gave the wrong date for the "Lost" finale. The correct date is May 23. THE LIVE FEED

• Stars of two of TV's freshman hits -- Joel McHale ("Community") and Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") -- will join TV academy chairman and CEO John Shaffner to announce the nominees for the 62nd annual Emmy Awards on July 8. The kudocast is scheduled for Aug. 29 on NBC with "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon as emcee.

Lynette Rice chats with reigning Emmy champ Cherry Jones about her second season in a supporting role on "24." The wide-ranging conversation includes talk "about President Allison Taylor’s trippy story arc this year (like how she’s overlooking the Russians’ involvement in the assassination of Omar Hassan and focusing on a doomed peace agreement instead)." And, as Lynette warns,"spoiler alert fans! Though the longtime stage actress doesn’t give away too much about the ending, she does tease a thing or two about where her character is headed." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• While Jeff Bridges was obviously thrilled to find his name in the best actor envelope on Oscar night, he may have been less pleased to see his name on a notice from the tax man. As Robert Snell reports, "the IRS filed a $23,997 lien against Bridges on April 7 with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds. According to the lien, he owes federal employment taxes from 2002 and 2004." DETROIT NEWS

Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker Oscars • "Triple Frontier" -- Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up film to her Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker" -- is about the South American region where the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. The area is reputed to be a center of terrorism financing. However, as per this report, "the focus on the region has angered the tourism ministers of Argentina and Paraguay, who fear the movie could damage their countries' reputation with foreign visitors. 'We discussed this subject with Paraguay's tourism minister and the governor of Misiones (an Argentine border state),' said Argentine Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer. 'We all agreed that we were deeply indignant when we discovered that this project seeks to negatively portray this region shared by three South American countries.'" AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

• This fall's return of Donald Margulies' current Tony contender "Time Stands Still" has completed casting. Tony nominee Laura Linney will reprise her role as a photographer who returns from covering the war in Iraq, wounded physically and psychologically. Also back are Brian D'arcy James as her beau and Eric Bogosian as her mentor with Christina Ricci now set to make her Broadway debut as Bogosian's much younger girlfriend. That role was played in the original run by Alicia Silverstone.

Maria Elena sings the praises of composer Michael Giacchino -- an Emmy winner for "Lost" who picked up an Oscar this year for his score for "Up." As Maria reports, "Thursday night, the 'Lost' score will take center stage at UCLA's Royce Hall in a farewell event to the ABC series that will feature Giacchino conducting a 47-member orchestra. Composed of students from the Colburn School of Performing Arts and nine members of Giacchino's "Lost" ensemble, the 'Lost Live' orchestra will perform seven songs from "Lost." Several 'Lost' actors -- Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Naveen Andrews, Michael Emerson and Nestor Carbonell -- will also participate in the program." SHOW TRACKER

Katharine Hepburn Stamp • Four-time Oscar champ Katharine Hepburn was feted on what would have been her 103rd birthday Tuesday with a new stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. The first-class stamp uses a publicity still from her 1942 pic "Woman of the Year" and was unveiled at Hepburn's local post office in Old Saybrook, Conn. Speaking at the ceremony was Postmaster General John E. Potter who said, "With the Katharine Hepburn commemorative stamp as the newest in our 'Legends of Hollywood' series, we continue our proud tradition of honoring the special people who epitomize our nation’s character and aspirations." "Law & Order" stalwart Sam Waterston -- who co-starred with Hepburn in the 1973 TV adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" -- served as master of ceremonies, and Anthony Harvey, who directed Hepburn to her third Oscar in "The Lion in Winter," also attended, as did her nephew Mundy Hepburn and Chuck Still, executive director of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.

Dave Itzkoff reports, "the International Documentary Association and a group of filmmakers that includes 20 Academy Award winners and many more nominees have issued an open letter in support of Joe Berlinger, the director of 'Crude,' and objecting to a judge’s ruling that Chevron could subpoena Mr. Berlinger’s footage from that film." The documentary details the lawsuit brought by Ecuadorians against Texaco (now owned by Chevron) claiming that its oil field contaminated their water supply. Chevron says the footage could be helpful to the company's case. ARTS BEAT

• Perennial Oscar player Pixar has canceled production of "Newt," a story about the last two surviving blue newts who are brought together to breed but don't have the requisite chemistry. As per this report, "Without any accompanying explanation, Pixar's 'Newt' was quietly deleted from the May 2010 supplement to 'Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia' by Disney archivist Dave Smith. This means that 'Newt' is clearly on hold for now, if not permanently canceled as has been rumoured. Originally scheduled to be released in Summer 2011, then moved to 2012, the film was supposed to be the first Pixar feature directed by sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who previously directed the short film 'Lifted.'" PIXAR BLOG

Top photo: "Lost" logo. Credit: ABC.

Middle photo: Kathryn Bigelow at the 82nd annual Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS

Bottom photo: Katharine Hepburn first-class stamp. Credit: USPS

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Gold Derby nuggets: TCM tribute to Lena Horne | 'Fences' ropes them in | Cherry Jones back to Broadway after '24'

May 10, 2010 |  3:59 pm

Lena Horne Cabin in the SkyLisa Horowitz delivers the news that TCM has scheduled a tribute to the late Lena Horne for May 21. "The lineup features three films with defining Horne performances, as well as one of the groundbreaking singer-actress' personal favorites, the 1943 John Garfield drama 'The Fallen Sparrow.' At 8 p.m. ET, TCM will show 'The Duke Is Top' (1938), Horne’s film debut, featuring performances of the songs 'I Know You Remember' and 'Don't Let Our Love Song Turn Into a Blues.' That's followed at 9:30 p.m. by Horne's favorite among her films, the 1943 'Cabin in the Sky,' co-starring Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Ethel Waters. 'Panama Hattie' airs at 11:15 p.m. The 1942 film is an example of the type of role Horne frequently was forced to play." In a statement, our pal TCM host Robert Osborne said, "There was never anyone quite like Lena Horne as an entertainer, a presence or a trail-blazer. We’ve been shortchanged only by the limited number of worthwhile roles she was given to play in movies. But she certainly gave us 100 percent of her remarkable talent in those she did make." THE WRAP

• "Memphis" -- one of the leading contenders for the Tony Award for best musical -- has a fan in Justin Timberlake. As per this report, Timberlake took in a performance of the tuner last week and was "heard telling the show's music writer, Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan, that he's interested in turning the show into a movie." And it seems that while Timberlake was in town, he taped a spot for the season finale of "SNL" this weekend. PAGE SIX

• Add "La Cage aux Folles" to the growing list of current Tony Award nominees to announce a national tour. With road producers making up a sizable portion of the voting bloc for this top theater honor, it is a savvy move to let them know that they can program a Tony contender into their houses. This second rialto restaging of 1984's top tuner is nominated for 11 Tonys, including best musical revival.

Fences Denzel Washington Viola Davis • The smash-hit revival of "Fences" won't be touring, at least not with its Tony-nominated stars two-time Oscar champ Denzel Washington ("Glory," "Training Day") and Oscar nominee Viola Davis ("Doubt"). This rialto remounting of the 1987 Tony and Pulitzer prize winner by August Wilson is packing them in and just set a new house record for the Cort Theatre topping the $1-million mark. And, as Patrick Healy notes, "the previous Cort record-holder was its last tenant, the revival of Arthur Miller’s 'A View from the Bridge,' with a gross of $988,455 earned during the last week of performances before closing in early April." That play is also in the running for best play revival at the upcoming Tony Awards. ARTS BEAT

Julie Miller presents the highlights from Conan O'Brien's 48-minute conversation with Google’s veep of engineering Vic Gundotra that is being showcased on YouTube. Among the must-see moments are "Conan’s impression of Leno (begins at 22:04), Conan’s hairy foreplay with a Google employee (begins at 23:24), and Andy Richter’s guest appearance (begins at 29:00)."  MOVIELINE

Michael Ausiello chats with "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons about, among other subjects, "the real story behind Sheldon’s season-ending 'romance' with Blossom (a.k.a. Mayim Bialik)." And, says the sassy Michael, the Emmy nominee also "opened up about the joys of working with a cast that is clean, sober, and so not insane." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• "Yank" -- the off-Broadway tuner that recently announced a transfer to the rialto in the upcoming season -- has yanked original helmer Igor Goldin from the project. Replacing him is David Cromer, a recent winner at the Lucille Lortel awards celebrating the best of off-Broadway for his direction of "When the Rain Stops Falling." The musical, about two WWII G.I.s who fall in love, was a hit for the York Theater this year. ARTS BEAT

Cherry Jones Tony Awards 24 • Roundabout Theater is reuniting two-time Tony champ Cherry Jones with Doug Hughes who directed her to the second of those wins for "Doubt" back in 2005. The actress -- who was replaced in the 2008 movie version of "Doubt" by Meryl Streep -- will headline a revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession" at one of the Roundabout's Broadway houses. While this Shavian classic has played five times on Broadway, only one of those productions -- at Lincoln Center in 1976 -- was since the inception of the Tonys in 1947. Oscar champ Ruth Gordon ("Rosemary's Baby") played the title character -- a high-class madam -- while Lynn Redgrave earned the first of her three Tony noms as the daughter repulsed by her mother's chosen profession. Jones -- whose first Tony win was back in 1995 for "The Heiress" -- has just wrapped production on her second and final season on "24" in the Emmy-winning role of President Allison Taylor.

• And to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Tennessee Williams, Roundabout Theater has scheduled Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis ("Moonstruck") to appear in a revival of his ill-fated 1963 play "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" at the non-profit's off-Broadway home in 2011.

Top photo: Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne in "Cabin in the Sky." Credit: MGM

Middle photo: "Fences" playbill. Credit: Cort Theatre

Bottom photo: Cherry Jones at the 2005 Tony Awards. Credit: CBS

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Gold Derby nuggets: Betty White + "SNL" = Emmy? | Tom Selleck reprises 'Jesse Stone' | Another amazing 'Race' finale

May 7, 2010 |  3:59 pm

Betty White SNL • The power of a Facebook petition helped land four-time prime-time Emmy champ Betty White the hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. Last year, the Emmy Awards eliminated the individual performance in a variety series category. "SNL" hosts were eligible instead in the guest acting races, and Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake both won for their stellar turns at the helm of this late-night staple. White won the guest actress in a comedy series race back in 1996 for playing an exaggerated version of herself on "The John Larroquette Show." The last four of her 16 Emmy nominations have been for guesting on both comedy and drama series. With White's career red-hot, she is also guesting on the May 19 finale of freshman hit "The Middle" as the less-than-kindly librarian who stands between Brick (Atticus Shaffer) and promotion to third grade.

• Even though this year's nominees for the Tony Awards were just announced Tuesday and we are still more than five weeks away from the kudos being awarded, there is already a front-runner for next year's best actor in a play prize. Oscar winner Al Pacino is playing Shylock in a production of "The Merchant of Venice" this summer in the renowned Shakespeare in the Park series put on by the Public Theatre. And, as Andrew Gans reports, two Broadway powerhouse producers -- Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel -- have invested in this non-profit production with an eye to transferring it to the rialto in the fall. Pacino is a two-time Tony champ, winning the featured actor in a play award for "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie" in 1969 and the lead actor race in 1977 for "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel." PLAYBILL

Quentin Tarantino is to head the jury at the 67th Venice Film Festival which runs for 11 days beginning Sept. 1. This is the Oscar champ's first time working with this fest in an mainstream capacity. He did preside over the 2004 Cannes jury that awarded Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" the Golden Palm. The top prize at Venice is the Golden Lion which went last year to "Lebanon." While that film did not figure in the Oscars, Colin Firth ("A Single Man") did parlay his Venice win into a best actor nomination at the Academy Awards. Two years ago, the top pic at Venice was "The Wrestler," which earned Oscar nods for Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. The only Golden Lion winner to compete as a best picture nominee at the Oscars in the past decade was "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005. LA BIENNALE

Tom Selleck No RemorseTom Selleck nabbed an Emmy nomination for best actor in a TV movie for "Jesse Stone: Sea Change" back in 2007; he lost to Robert Duvall for "Broken Trail." That was the fourth time he portrayed Robert B. Parker's creation -- a  former big-city cop living in a small Massachusetts town. On Sunday, Selleck returns with the sixth entry in the franchise. In a wide-ranging interview with Megan Walsh-Boyle, Selleck says, "I couldn’t be prouder of the Jesse Stone series and, in this case, 'No Remorse.' Each one gets better. The seventh is already filmed and in the can — it’s called 'Innocents Lost.' The thing I’m so proud of is they look like feature films and they play like feature films." Selleck remains the only Emmy champ to win while hosting the kudocast. He pulled this double duty back in 1984 when he won on his third of five consecutive nominations for "Magnum, P.I." TV GUIDE

Howard Gordon, an executive producer of "24," warns fans not to expect a happy ending for the character Jack Bauer played by Emmy champ Kiefer Sutherland. As per this report from Maria Elena Fernandez, Gordon said, "One thing we tried and didn't work was a happily-ever-after for Jack. What he's done -- forget about the last eight seasons -- but in these last six episodes ... leaves him, once again, in a very morally compromised place, morally, ethically and emotionally. This show is a tragedy, and to give Jack a happy ending just didn't feel authentic." SHOW TRACKER

• Newly-tapped Emmys host Jimmy Fallon told Alicia Rancillo he wants to keep the kudocast classy. The late-night talk show host recalled, "watching the Emmys while growing up with his mother, who would dress up in a gown and give fake acceptance speeches. He wants to make watching the telecast an event for which people will host watch parties in their own homes." AP

The Amazing Race logo • "The Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan promises "a very tense finish" as the sixteenth edition of the show wraps up Sunday on CBS. "The Amazing Race" has won all seven Emmy Awards handed out for best reality competition series. Chatting to Derrik J. Lang, Keoghan revealed, "The thing about the last leg is we really want to make it as fair as possible for all the teams." While the Emmy-nominated host won't say who won, "he does believe that the show's fans are rooting for the beloved professional bull riders to win and that the ending isn't necessarily happy for everyone. Keoghan foreshadowed that Upton and Horne are confronted by another team at the mat." AP

Nina Arianda and Bill Heck have won the Clarence Derwent award for most promising female and male performers on the New York theater scene. Arianda starred in the acclaimed two-hander "Venus in Fur" while Heck is finishing up a run in the nine-hour Horton Foote trilogy "The Orphans' Home Cycle."  Established by Derwent, the president of Actors Equity, in 1945, these kudos have gone to such notables as Annette Bening, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Allison Janney, and Christopher Walken. And past Tony contender Helen Stenborg and current Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson have won the Richard Seff prizes awarded to stage vets for their performances in "Vigil" and "Fences" respectively. This year's judges were Joe Dziemianowicz (Daily News); Adam Feldman (Time Out NY); Susan Haskins (Theatre Talk); Harry Haun (Playbill); Michael Kuchwara (AP); and David Rosenberg (Back Stage). PLAYBILL

Top photo: Kristen Wiig and Betty White on the set of "SNL." Credit: NBC

Middle photo: Tom Selleck in "No Remorse." Credit: CBS

Bottom photo: "The Amazing Race" logo. Credit: CBS

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Gold Derby nuggets: Oscar loser 'Avatar' is Blu-Ray winner | 'Glee' serenades America | New York drama critics reveal awards on Friday

April 26, 2010 |  5:06 pm

• Chatting to Jay Bobbin, Emmy champ Kiefer Sutherland admits he was caught off guard when filming finally finished on the last hour of "24," which is signing off after eight seasons: "I thought there was still one shot left. Just as I walked out on the stairs for it, they said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, that is a show wrap.' It kind of caught me off guard, but I figured, 'Well, I'd better say something.' It was going to be short, because there was nothing you could say to explain how much all of this meant." 

• The 22 members of the New York Drama Critics Circle will announce their choices for best new play and musical of the season on Friday. If a play from foreign shores is chosen, there will also be a best American play and vice versa. Winners receive $2,500 along with bragging rights and will be celebrated at a May 10 dinner at the Algonquin Hotel where these awards began 75 years ago. Last year, the off-Broadway hit "Ruined" by American Lynn Nottage won best play, while Gregory Burke's "Black Watch" was named best foreign play and "Billy Elliot" took best musical.

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• "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall is fully recovered from his bout with Hodgkin's lymphoma, says his wife Jennifer Carpenter. Hall, who won a Golden Globe and SAG award in January, is set to return to production on the Showtime series about a sympathetic serial killer in June. Season five should unspool on the paycaster in the early fall. SHOW TRACKER

Russell Brand has revealed what he was thinking while hosting last year's MTV Video Music Awards and watching Kanye West hijack Taylor Swift 's acceptance speech for best female video. "It was like watching a wildlife documentary, when the leopard goes to kill the little antelope and you're like, 'Why wouldn't the cameraman stop it?' That's not their duty, theirs is to observe." HOLLYWOOD

• For those that missed the eighth annual TV Land Awards on Sunday night, the cable net has set up a great website that includes many of the evening's highlights. Among them: the cast reunion of "Bosom Buddies" including two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks and a rendition of the "Glee" signature tune "Don't Stop Believing" by an all-star cast led by David Hasselhoff and Marilu Henner. TV LAND

Tim Stack has the details of the upcoming live concert tour of Golden Globe and SAG winner "Glee." The series' creator Ryan Murphy reveals, "We’re gonna do between 15 and 18 numbers. We made a decision to do our biggest hits because that’s what fans want to see. It’s a concert tour, but it also has a story in it." And reports Stack, "Staying true to the series, the plot will focus on the kids of New Directions and their rivalry with glee club all-stars, Vocal Adrenaline." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Last year's Tony-winning best play "God of Carnage" will close on June 27, two weeks after this year's kudos are bestowed. The four-hander by Yasmina Reza also won Tonys for director Matthew Warchus and lead actress Marcia Gay Harden. She and the others in the quartet (all of whom were Tony nominees) -- Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and James Gandolfini -- stayed with the show till last November. The current cast includes Tony champ Janet McTeer ("A Doll's House") -- who created Harden's part in the original West End production and lost the Tony to her last year when she was nominated for "Mary Stuart" -- and Daniels who is now playing the other male role.

• The British version of the Emmys -- the BAFTAs -- splits up its awards between on-air and behind-the-scenes talent. Nominees for the Craft BAFTAS were announced Monday with "Red Riding" -- an inter-linked series of films on Channel 4 -- leading the way with seven bids. Winners will be announced on May 23 at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Christine Bleakley ("The One Show") at the London Hilton. BAFTA

• Who needs gold-plated Oscar statuettes when there's a mother mode of real retail gold for the taking? As Ben Fritz reports, it only took "Avatar" four days to break the Blu-Ray sales record held by "The Dark Knight." The James Cameron blockbuster sold 2.7 million discs over the weekend in this newest home theater medium edging out the "Batman" sequel which has shifted 2.5 million copies in the last 16 months. COMPANY TOWN

Photo: 20th Century Fox


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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Mad Men' returns in July | 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' back next year | '24' movie script ready

April 20, 2010 |  5:35 pm

Mad-men-logo-300x159 • "Mad Men" returns to the AMC lineup for a fourth season on July 25 at 10 p.m. ET. The reigning two-time Emmy champ for best drama series is a strong bet to contend for a third consecutive year when nominations are announced on July 8. The third season ended with many of the characters in a state of flux. Just how long this series will continue to explore the lives of Don Draper and company is up for debate. Creator Matthew Weiner has voiced concern about continuing beyond six seasons, but the network says no end date has been discussed. TV SQUAD   

• As Steve Pond reports, "The Screen Actors Guild has chosen the nominating committees for its 2011 SAG Awards, selecting 2,100 of its more than 125,000 members for a committee that will select the feature film nominees, and another 2,100 to choose the television nominees." Actors are only allowed to serve on a committee once every five years. And the studios are kept from knowing the names of the nominators, with SAG acting as a clearinghouse for screeners. Nominations for the 17th annual kudos will be announced Dec. 16, with the awards handed out Jan. 30. THE ODDS

564_curb_your_enthusiasm_468 • "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will be back for a 10-episode eighth season in 2011. The five-time Emmy contender for comedy series drew its best ratings for Season 7, which used a reunion of "Seinfeld" as a plot device for creator and star Larry David to repair his TV marriage. In making the announcement, David said, "After much soul searching — and by the way, it was nowhere to be found — I have decided to do another season of 'Curb.' I look forward to the end of shooting, when I can once again resume the hunt for my elusive soul. I know it’s here somewhere or perhaps in the rugged mountainous regions of Pakistan." ZAP 2 IT

Emily Christianson has compiled a fun and fact-filled photo gallery saluting the various casts of classic TV fare who have reunited over the years at the TV Land Awards. This year, it was two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks who joined his "Bosom Buddies" on-stage. In years past, these kudos have saluted Emmy-winning fare like "The Carol Burnett Show" and "The Golden Girls" as well as rerun staples such as "The Brady Bunch." THE ENVELOPE

24-logo-1Kiefer Sutherland just wrapped the finale of "24," but he is already talking about a movie version of the 2006 Emmy champ for best drama series. The real-time crime drama is signing off May 24 after eight event-filled years. And says Sutherland, screenwriter Billy Ray ("State of Play") has finished a film script that may be more in keeping with the spirit of the early years of the TV show. "It doesn't have to be a bomb. It can be something personal that people understand." IGN

• The much-delayed Broadway musical "Turn Off the Dark," based on Spider-Man, has lost its villain with Tony Award winner Alan Cumming ("Cabaret") committing to a regular role on TV's freshman hit "The Good Wife" instead. The tuner, first announced in early 2009, had already lost its leading lady, Evan Rachel Wood ("The Wrestler"). Only newcomer Reeve Carney, who is to play the webbed crusader, remains on board. The tunes are by Bono and the Edge of U2 with two-time Tony winner Julie Taymor ("The Lion King") helming the big-budget production. PLAYBILL

Top photo: "Mad Men" logo. Credit: AMC

Middle photo: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" logo. Credit: HBO

Bottom photo: "24" logo. Credit: Fox


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Gold Derby nuggets: Charlie Sheen exiting 'Two and a Half Men'? | Lucille Lortel nominations | Busy Betty White

April 1, 2010 |  5:58 pm

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen could be leaving his hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men" at the end of this seventh season. Sheen -- who has had his share of personal woes over the course of the series -- faces charges for a domestic dispute at Christmas and is currently in rehab. The actor has picked up four consecutive Emmy nods for his work on the CBS Monday night staple and makes a reported $850,000 per episode. Whether this is just posturing for an even better payday remains to be seen. PEOPLE

• While we will have to wait and see if Sheen does not return to his show, S. Epatha Merkerson definitely won't be reporting for duty if "Law & Order" is renewed by NBC for next season. She tells Mike Ausiello that after 16 years, "It’s time to move on. I’m doing other things and this will be a great way to leave what has been an extraordinary gig." Merkerson delivered one of the all-time great acceptance speeches when she won an Emmy in 2005 for her lead performance in the telefilm "Lackawanna Blues" and her notes disappeared down her decolletage. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Mike Fleming delivers the news that the three amigos at the center of all the fun -- Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms -- finally have signed  for the sequel to "The Hangover." The surprise winner of the Golden Globe for best comedy/musical of the year is the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. The trio are looking at $5-million-plus payouts each, while director Todd Phillips will make at least $10 million on the picture. DEADLINE

• LAT theater critic Charles McNulty extols the efforts of Valerie Harper to use new media like Facebook and Twitter to draw people to the old medium of live theater. The four-time Emmy champ is appearing on Broadway as the theatrical diva Talullah Bankhead in the new play "Looped." CULTURE MONSTER

Lortel_Awards_logo • While Harper could contend for a Tony as her show runs on Broadway, the off-Broadway community rewards its top productions with the Lucille Lortel awards. Nominations for the silver anniversary of these kudos were announced Thursday. The plays "The Glass Menagerie," "Pride" and "When the Rain Stops Falling" lead with six apiece. Among the performers contending are Oscar-winning songwriter Keith Carradine ("Nashville") and three-time Emmy champ Laurie Metcalf for their featured work in "A Lie of the Mind." Winners will be announced May 2, two days before Harper finds out if she is a Tony nominee. PLAYBILL

• Two-time Tony champ Nathan Lane, director Kenny Leon and Macy's Thanksgiving parade will be honored at the 2010 Drama League luncheon on May 21 in Gotham. PLAYBILL

• Oscar winner Anna Paquin declared herself to be bisexual in a PSA for the Give a Damn campaign, which promotes gay and lesbian equality. Paquin, who picked up a Golden Globe for the first season of "True Blood," is engaged to her on-screen paramour, Stephen Moyer.

• Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson has a new gig as the spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. The "Dreamgirl" star gave birth seven months ago and credits the program with helping her shed the baby weight. She will be appearing in TV spots and print ads. On "Good Morning America" on Thursday, Hudson said, "No one recognizes me anymore. I wanted to go in a different direction and find a better lifestyle." E ONLINE

Betty WhiteBetty White is busier than ever. When not appearing in TV series, like the upcoming finale of freshman hit "The Middle," or preparing her own TV Land sitcom this summer -- "Hot in Cleveland" -- the five-time Emmy champ is picking up lifetime achievement awards. Last summer the TV critics honored her, in January SAG sang her praises and on April 14 she will be feted by the American Women in Radio & Television. Says Jay Leno, who will present her this latest prize, "This Golden Girl has won my heart and the hearts of many fans from around the world."

• Advertisers will pay a premium for a spot on the series finale of "24." Prior to the announcement that the 2006 Emmy winner for best drama series was signing off after eight event-filled years, Fox had been looking for a cool half-million per ad for the May 24 two-hour closer. That rate has jumped to $650,000, and there may be little inventory left already. AD AGE


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Top photo: Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men." Credit: CBS.

Middle photo: Lucille Lortel award logo. Credit: Lucille Lortel Foundation.

Bottom photo: Betty White at the SAG Awards. Credit: TNT

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Glee' gives back | Tonys a no-go for Conan O'Brien | 'Avatar' rules Empire awards | 'Lost' finale finds big bucks

March 30, 2010 |  7:00 am

Glee_logo • "Glee" fans who can't wait for the return of the freshman hit to Fox on April 13 can see the show a few days early at "Glee" charity screenings in nine cities nationwide. Monies raised from the preview of the 14th episode of the Golden Globe-winning musical comedy series will support the school music program run by the Grammys foundation.

• Oscars co-host Steve Martin told Sandy Cohen he wasn't nervous the second time around on the stage of the Kodak Theater because he has been performing live so much as of late. The musical Martin has been strumming the banjo out on tour with the Steep Canyon Rangers. AP

• Add comic-book star to the list of achievements for daytime and prime-time Emmy champ Ellen DeGeneres. The one-time Oscar host is featured in a series of comics from Bluewater Productions that salute women of power. Previous installments of the series have spotlighted politicos Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi as well as TV legends Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey.

• Reporting on Sunday's American Cinematheque fete for Matt Damon, Josh Duboff notes, "It was more like a Comedy Central roast than a stuffy Hollywood ceremony." Among those skewering Damon were his best bud and Oscar-winning screenplay collaborator Ben Affleck ("Good Will Hunting"), that film's acting Oscar champ,  Robin Williams, and Oscar winners George Clooney, Clint Eastwood and Charlize Theron. The ceremony will air on ABC sometime in the coming months. NEW YORK

Tony Award • CBS offered Conan O'Brien the hosting gig at the upcoming Tony Awards, but the onetime NBC star declined. Reports are that O'Brien had agreed to forego appearing on TV until Sept. 1 when the peacock net paid him nearly $45 million after he was yanked from "The Tonight Show" just seven months into his contract. However, O'Brien is still going legit as he hits the road beginning April 12 with the 30-city tour of the aptly titled "The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour." GOSSIP COP

• Two contenders for this year's Tony Awards are shuttering on Sunday, well in advance of the June 13 ceremony. The first rialto revival of the 1960 Tony-winning play "The Miracle Worker," starring Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Tony nominee Alison Pill ("The Lieutenant of Inishmore), opened to mixed reviews March 3. And the musical melange "All About Me" with Tony champ Dame Edna Everage ("The Royal Tour") and cabaret darling Michael Feinstein never found its footing after debuting March 18 to middling notices. These unexpected theater vacancies may well be filled by other shows rushing into town before the April 29 cutoff for Tony eligibility.

• Investing in a Broadway show is not for the fainthearted so the news that the musical "Next to Normal" has recouped its $4-million budget is indeed welcome. The tuner, about a woman battling bipolar disorder, won star Alice Ripley the lead actress award at last year's Tonys, bested "Billy Elliot" for score and tied with that show for orchestrations as well. Composer Tom Kitt credits the performance by the cast on the kudoscast with making the difference between profit and loss. "It seemed that our performance in a national forum that night created a new interest in the show." NEW YORK TIMES

Avatar Poster • On Sunday, "Avatar" picked up three awards, including best picture, from the U.K. film magazine Empire. James Cameron, who took the best director prize, attended the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House and said in his acceptance speech (with tongue firmly planted in cheek) that, "clearly the Empire magazine readership is more discerning than the British or American academies." No doubt Cameron was especially pleased that the film's performance-capture star Zoe Saldana won best actress. Supporting actor Oscar champ Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds") went home with the best actor award. EMPIRE

• 1996 supporting actress Oscar champ Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient") has a starring role on the official poster of the Cannes film festival, set to unspool for the 63rd time beginning May 12 for a dozen days along the Croisette.

Rachel Weisz -- the 2005 supporting actress Oscar winner for "The Constant Gardener" -- may be battling James Bond in the 23rd installment of the long-running movie franchise. Weisz, who appears opposite Bond star Daniel Craig in the upcoming "Dream House," has joked in the past about being a Bond girl. But the plan is to have her star as the head of Quantum, the evil organization that has beset Bond in the last two movies. CINEMA BLEND

• Last year, Tim Allen reunited with the cast of "Home Improvement" to receive the Fan Favorite prize at the TV Land Awards. On April 17, he will host the eighth edition of these kudos at Sony Studios, with the festivities airing on the cable net on April 25. Among the already announced recipients are "Everybody Loves Raymond" (Impact award), "Glee" (Future Classic award) and, appropriately enough, the Legend award to both Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. And Farrah Fawcett -- who was left out of the "In Memoriam" segment of the Oscars -- will be paid tribute by her "Charlie's Angels" costars.

Lost_Logo • The 2005 Emmy-winning best drama series "Lost" signs off for good on May 23, and the alphabet net is reportedly looking for $900,000 -- that is four times the usual rate -- for a 30-second spot on the two-hour finale. Although that would make it the most expensive ad buy for a series this season, it is a real bargain next to the $2.3 million that some advertisers paid to NBC for spots on the finale of "Friends" in 2004. No word yet on what Fox will charge for the two-hour series finale of the 2006 Emmy-winning best drama series -- "24" -- when it airs the following night. AD AGE

• Add Adam Lambert to the list of bold-faced names topped by Tom Ford appearing at the L.A. celebration of the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 17. Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teenager whose high school canceled the prom rather than allow Constance and her girlfriend to attend, will present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Wanda Sykes. GLAAD


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First photo: "Glee" logo. Credit: Fox

Second photo: Tony Award statue. Credit: American Theater Wing

Third photo: "Avatar" poster. Credit: Fox

Fourth photo: "Lost" logo. Credit: ABC

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