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Emmy cliffhanger: What will that rascal Conan O'Brien do if he wins?

August 27, 2010 |  4:05 pm

If Conan O'Brien's version of "The Tonight Show" wins best variety series on Sunday — as some pundits like me think it will — expect all Emmy heck to break loose.

Consider the set-up. Not only will Coco get a chance to exult in reaping ultimate revenge against NBC for being fired from "The Tonight Show" while he appears live on national TV, his victory will occur on the peacock web, which telecasts the Emmys.

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Now here's the inevitable plot complication. O'Brien can't trash NBC. He's not permitted to let loose against his former employer until Sept. 1 — that's three days after the Emmys — according to the terms of his $45-million buy-out pact.

But since O'Brien is a notoriously devilish comedian, he'll certainly find some way to inject mischief into the scene.

Will he win? His "Tonight Show" competes against "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," which has romped home with the award for the last seven years in a row, but that juggernaut is likely to stop. Winners are chosen by Emmy judges who evaluate one sample episode submitted by each nominee. "Daily Show" entered its May 10th program featuring guest, historian Jack Rakove. Fine, but not good enough in this race where several mighty rivals loom.

"Saturday Night Live" has not won this category since 1993, but now it's a fierce contender because it entered the Betty White episode that just swept the Creative Arts Emmys. Speaking of the Creative Arts Emmys, "The Colbert Report" just won best variety writing there and, in the race for best series, it's overdue to beat the show from which it spun off in 2005. In that series contest, "Colbert Report" gave Emmy judges a doozy of an episode too — the one where Stephen Colbert goes to Iraq to entertain U.S. troops and gets a surprise visit via satellite from Barack Obama.

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Betty White and Neil Patrick Harris join Emmy presenters

August 25, 2010 |  6:17 pm

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As traditionally occurs, the winners of the Creative Arts Emmys will present trophies to champs at the main ceremony. The TV academy just announced that Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow, Ann-Margret, Jeff Probst and Betty White will join the ranks of presenters, who include Will Arnett, Stephen Colbert, Edie Falco, Tina Fey, Laurence Fishburne, Ricky Gervais, Jon Hamm, January Jones, John Krasinski, LL Cool J, Julianna Margulies, Joel McHale, Matthew Morrison, Steven Moyer, Eva Longoria Parker, Jim Parsons, Anna Paquin, Matthew Perry, Keri Russell, Alexander Skarsgard, Blair Underwood and Sofia Vergara.

Juliana Margulies will present the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award to George Clooney. We have more details about the ceremony posted in our forums.

Photo: Betty White. Credit: WireImage

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Emmy pundits' video slugfest: Who'll win the guest acting categories?

August 13, 2010 |  2:58 pm

You've seen me dishing via webcam with Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven) over who'll win the Emmys as best supporting drama actor, supporting drama actress, supporting comedy actor.and supporting comedy actress. Now here we take on the guest acting categories.Underneath the video below are links to Boomer's and Rob's in-depth analysis of those categories.


Boomer vs. Rob: Best guest comedy actor

Boomer vs. Rob: Best guest comedy actress

Boomer vs. Rob: Best guest drama actor

Boomer vs. Rob: Best guest drama actress

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Betty White on the Emmys: 'Tina Fey is a shoo-in to win'

August 5, 2010 |  7:12 am

Despite what pundits say, Betty White doesn't believe she's going to win the Emmy for best guest actress in a comedy series. She's betting on Tina Fey, who's also nominated for hosting "Saturday Night Live." At least that's what she told Jay Leno when she appeared on the "Tonight Show" Tuesday night. She's wrong, of course, but she tells a sweet story of Tina sending her flowers with a cheeky note upon White's receiving her 17th Emmy nomination.

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Gold Derby nuggets: George Clooney bounces reality hosts from Emmycast | 'Modern Family' sneak peek | 'Mad Men' fails to win over advertisers

August 2, 2010 |  2:43 pm

George Clooney Emmy Awards • The winner of the reality show host race won't be accepting on the prime-time Emmy telecast, which is live nationwide this year. As the show is scheduled to repeat on the West Coast at 8 p.m. PDT, the broadcast has to be over in exactly three hours. So, to ensure there is time for George Clooney to collect the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, the host category has been bumped to the Creative Arts Emmys which take place eight days earlier and air, in an edited version, on the E! cable network. Also missing from the main telecast will be the awards for writers and directors of comedy music variety series, which alternate with the equivalent races for telefilms and minis. Ray Richmond reports on all this and more as per the show's exec producer Don Mischer, who explained, "On the long-form awards, for example, we didn't have the option of shifting the writers and directors for contractual reasons. And we really didn't want to think about taking the made-for-TV movie or miniseries award out. The reality host award was one we didn't have a commitment to in terms of keeping it in the telecast." DEADLINE

• After noting that "when the reality host category had been added to the derby two years ago, they'd been sold a bill of goods about how it was going to young-up the audience for the trophy show," Lisa de Moraes analyzes the rationale of shifting the award off the prime-time kudocast. "What the academy's not saying is that it wants to goose the show's numbers, seeing as how it does not yet have a closed contract to keep broadcasting the show on the broadcast networks. A new contract may not be a slam-dunk, given that the Emmys have become a big fat plug for cable networks, which annoys suits at the broadcast nets mightily. And, when you're trying to attract viewers to a show, you do not want to lose sight of the fact that Clooney is Clooney, while Jeff Probst is, well, Jeff Probst. And yet, despite this undeniable truth, Mischer and academy President John Shaffner continued to insist during their appearance at the Press Tour, that that is not why Probst's annual win will not be seen during the televised portion of the Emmy ceremony. The academy had no choice, they explained. Other categories you'd think would be high on the Whack-This List are protected from cutting by deals the academy has with networks and/or various guilds. Try to cut one of those categories and, for instance, a guild might decide you'd violated that pact and inform you that you're going to have to pay its members residuals on that boatload of clips you air during your trophy show. Ouch!" WASHINGTON POST

Jimmy Fallon made merry with the TV folk when he appeared at the TCA to tout his upcoming hosting gig of the Emmy Awards. As James Hibberd reports, the "Late Night" host was in fine form. " 'I want the TV academy to be happy, I want [producer] Don Mischner to be happy,' Fallon said of his upcoming Emmy stint, adding that 'I don't want to make anybody uncomfortable' with his jokes. 'You have to relate to different people as well,' Fallon said about appealing to the wider Emmy audience. 'I gotta get you to laugh and you to laugh and you to laugh -- they don't all laugh at the same thing.' " HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Modern-family-posterEd O'Neill, the only adult cast member of "Modern Family" not to receive an Emmy nomination, told the TCA "that the show's child actors were the ones who really got snubbed by academy voters. 'The truth is, if you're nominated or you're not nominated, you don't have a lot of options. For all I know, the kids could have been nominated before me ... the kids were phenomenal.' " However, his younger cast mates demurred. "Asked if he felt left out of the Emmy race, 12-year-old Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny on the show, said, 'They probably have something in store for us later in the years; it'll be great to even go to the Emmys.' " THE WRAP

• One of O'Neill's Emmy-nominated "Modern Family" co-stars -- Eric Stonestreet -- thinks that his character, Cameron, will eventually marry his gay partner, Mitchell (Jessie Tyler Ferguson). As he told Sean Daly, "I don’t know how that would happen with the real-life legality. Maybe it would be a destination (wedding). Us going somewhere that gay marriage is legal. But they have to save some of that stuff. We hope to be on the air for seven years." Show producer Christopher Lloyd admits, "Frankly we have stayed away from anything that feels overtly political. It is just not the style of our show. But we wouldn’t rule it out." NEW YORK POST

Nathan Lane has contended twice before for best guest actor in a comedy series and could well be a contender against next year for his just-announced turn on "Modern Family." Gary Levin reports from the TCA that the two-time Tony champ will play, "Pepper, the flamboyant older friend of Mitchell and Cameron,  who was referenced last season. He'll appear in one the early episodes in the fall. Lane approached producers about doing the show, and executive producer Steven Levitan says he fits the part perfectly. But mostly, 'We're toning down on stunt casting; we don't want to turn into a guest of the week. The audience loves our characters and we have enough of them' in the large ensemble." USA TODAY

• Fox is jumping on the country music awards bandwagon with the inaugural kudocast of the American Country Awards set for Dec. 6. As Andrew Wallenstein and Shirley Halperin report, "ACA will attempt to differentiate itself from the other shows by having the fans vote for the winners. The executive producer of the program is Bob Bain,who runs the Teen Choice Awards, another viewer-driven awards show for Fox. After years of decline, there seems to be renewed faith in awards shows given the resurgence of several key franchises, including the Grammys, which rocketed to 26.6 million viewers this year, up more than 7 million from 2009." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• The fourth film from theater visionary Julie Taymor -- a re-imagining of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" -- will close the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 11 and will also be the Centerpiece selection for this year’s New York Film Festival, unspooling in Manhattan on Oct. 2. The picture stars Oscar champ Helen Mirren ("The Queen") as Prospera, a gender-bending take on the character of Prospero, a sorcerer marooned on an island with his daughter. The film features another Oscar winner -- Chris Cooper ("Adaptation") -- as well as Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn and Ben Whishaw. In making the announcement, NYFF selection chairman Richard Pena said, "Julie Taymor is one of the boldest, most innovative artists working in American theater and film, and her elegant adaptation of 'The Tempest' is a perfect illustration of her unique artistry." NYFF

Mad-men-logo-300x159 • "Mad Men" may have won over the Emmy Awards but it is striking out with ad agencies. As Brian Steinberg writes, "airings of 'Mad Men' took in only $1.98 million in ad revenue in 2009, according to Kantar Media. In 2008, the show nabbed just less than $2.8 million, and in 2007, approximately $2.25 million. These are paltry amounts when one considers that a 30-second ad in an equally buzzy program such as '24' on Fox cost between $200,000 and $280,000 as the show, off its peak, headed into its final season." However, as Brian notes, "while ad dollars placed against 'Mad Men' may be small, AMC's use of the program can help it win more revenue from other sources. Since 'Mad Men' arrived, the amount AMC gets paid by cable and satellite operators per subscriber has increased to 24 cents from 22 cents, according to SNL Kagan. Before the show debuted, that fee had declined to 21 cents in 2006 from 22 cents in 2005. The channel is available in more than 95 million homes." AD AGE

• The red-hot Betty White is guesting on the season opener of the sophomore season of "Community." David Kronke visited the set to see "America's favorite octogenarian, who plays a deeply eccentric anthropology professor named Jane Bauer." She tangles with Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) in a smackdown that required the use of a stuntwoman at one point. And, as David reports, "White, the usual sugar in her voice, asks her, 'Honey, will you do me a favor?' The stunt double, as awed as the rest of the cast and crew by the iconic White, replies, 'Anything for you.' White says flatly, 'Don't screw up,' delivering her improvised joke for the sole benefit of those in attendance with the same élan as she does her punchlines in appearances seen by millions." TV GUIDE

• Although Will Arnett was at the TCA Monday touting his new Fox sitcom "Running Wilde," he found time to talk about his last series with Fox, the much-missed "Arrested Development," which won the Emmy for best comedy series for the first of its three seasons in 2004. Arnett told TheWrap that a film version of the caustic comedy is "definitely happening" and "that he'd spoken with other principals in the project over the weekend. 'We just had a meeting about it yesterday morning,' Arnett said. 'Timing we're still working on, but it's definitely going to happen.' " THE WRAP

Photos, from top: George Clooney on the "Hope for Haiti" telethon. Credit: MTV; "Modern Family" first season poster. Credit: ABC; "Mad Men" logo. Credit: AMC

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Early Emmy predix: Betty White looks like lock to land fifth Emmy for hosting 'SNL'

July 19, 2010 |  7:51 am

While our Emmy experts Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria ( are divided as to which guy will get an Emmy for guesting on a comedy series, they agree that today's "it girl" Betty White is a sure thing to win the guest actress race for hosting "Saturday Night Live." Indeed, there was so much Emmy love for this episode of the late-night staple that it also got nominations for directing, writing, art direction, hair styling, lighting and makeup.

Boomer and Rob each assess the state of this race below and have already made forecasts, as did I, for best comedy series as well as lead actor and actress.

Betty White Saturday Night Live Guest Actress Emmy Awards GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: BOOMER'S PREDIX
(Ranked by likelihood to win)
1. Betty White, "Saturday Night Live" ("Host: Betty White")
2. Tina Fey, "Saturday Night Live" ("Host: Tina Fey")
3. Kristin Chenoweth, "Glee" ("The Rhodes Not Taken")
4. Elaine Stritch, "30 Rock" ("The Moms")
5. Christine Baranski, "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Maternal Congruence")
6. Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives" ("The Chase")
7. Jane Lynch, "Two and a Half Men" ("818-JKLPUZO")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: This Emmy Award was practically won weeks before the episode even aired! Most everybody was excited about Betty White hosting "Saturday Night Live" when it was first considered and then announced, but she surpassed all of the lofty expectations with the help of the writers, director, cast, returning "SNL" stars and her own funny, funny, funny performance. It was truly one of the most incredible performances I have ever seen on "SNL" or any variety series!

Along with White, this category is completely loaded down with past Emmy winners in every spot except for Jane Lynch (who will most likely pick up an Emmy for "Glee" in another category). Tina Fey won this same category last year for a return trip to her SNL roots. She again gets to play Sarah Palin (as she did last year with her win) plus quite a few other characters in various sketches. The "Brownie Husband" commercial alone might sway the voters, but Betty White is just too much to overcome.

Kristin Chenoweth has the perfect role of a former glee club star and does an especially good job throughout her episode (both acting and singing). Elaine Stritch always elevates every moment of her time on "30 Rock," and this time is no exception. She has also won an Emmy for this role, but her screentime is more limited than for her winning year.

While I love Christine Baranski as Leonard's mother on "The Big Bang Theory," I thought her performance last year was better written and developed. Both Kathryn Joosten and Jane Lynch are good but must bring up the rear for this overloaded category this year.

Betty White Tina Fey Guest Actress Emmys GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: ROB'S PREDIX
(Ranked by likelihood to win)
1. Betty White, "Saturday Night Live" ("Host: Betty White")
2. Christine Baranski, "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Maternal Congruence")
3. Kristin Chenoweth, "Glee" ("The Rhodes Not Taken")
4. Tina Fey, "Saturday Night Live" ("Host: Tina Fey")
5. Elaine Stritch, "30 Rock" ("The Moms")
6. Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives" ("The Chase")
7. Jane Lynch, "Two and a Half Men" ("818-JKLPUZO")

ROB'S COMMENTARY:I am still not sure why Jane Lynch or Kathryn Joosten were nominated in this category. Both excellent actresses and great roles, but this year and in the episodes they have submitted, it’s just not enough for what I consider to be an otherwise competitive category. Lynch has about three and a half minutes in one scene to shine, and although she has some great one liners, she doesn’t move from her seat and barely registers any other emotion other than a more toned-down Sue Sylvester (her character from "Glee"). This nomination is a bit of overkill I think. Ditto for Joosten, who is charming and ultimately heartbreaking as an old gal diagnosed with cancer. True-to-life sentiment and the high regard that voters hold for Ms. Joosten got her in this race, but I can’t see it being her winning here again this year.

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Betty White won't host the Oscars: 'It's too much!'

July 15, 2010 |  5:04 pm
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Oscarcast producer Don Mischer recently admitted to the L.A. Times that Betty White's name is being tossed about as potential ceremony host. And now there's a Facebook campaign to drum up support for her to get the job too. A similar cyber-drive worked to get her the gig of hosting "Saturday Night Live" in May, which just earned her an Emmy nomination.

But Betty isn't interested in hosting the Academy Awards. "I can tell you now I won’t be doing the Oscars, Emmys or any other awards," she says. "I was terrified out of my skin doing 'SNL,' so the Oscars is not going to happen. It's too much."

Photo: Betty White hosting "Saturday Night Live." Credit: NBC.

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Nifty Emmy facts about 'Glee,' 'Lost' and 'The Good Wife'

July 9, 2010 |  7:21 am

Our Emmy guru Chris "Boomer" Beachum notes these fascinating Emmy factoids:

Emmy Statuette Detail Zoom

● The comedy lead actress race has three former "Saturday Night Live" cast members as nominees (Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler).

● "Glee" received nominations in every single acting category (both leads, both supportings, both guests).

● The comedy supporting actor race has three cast members from "Modern Family."  It is only the third time this has happened in this category (both other times for "Cheers" -- 1985 with Nicholas Colasanto, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt and 1988 with Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson and George Wendt).

● With that top bid for "The Good Wife," this is the first year CBS has had a drama series nominee since "Joan of Arcadia" in 2004.

● With an Emmy win for "Lost" next month, composer Michael Giacchino would have won an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar all in 2010.  He also won an Emmy in 2005 for composing the score of "Lost."

● With Betty White's nomination this year, a "Mary Tyler Moore Show" cast member has had a nomination in 34 of the past 40 years (1971-2010).  The only years not represented were 1983, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2008.  Edward Asner, Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White are four of the most rewarded performers in Emmy history, both with wins and nominations.

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Emmy nominations smackdown: Betty White vs. Tina Fey

July 8, 2010 |  7:30 am

Just how mighty is all this Betty White mania? She got an Emmy nomination, as expected, for hosting "Saturday Night Live," but she faces a fierce diva battle against "SNL" costar Tina Fey, who won the category last year for her Sarah Palin spoof.

Oh, yeah, Betty White is also nominated against Elaine Stritch ("30 Rock," for the episode "The Moms" — she won this category in 2007 for portraying Alec Baldwin's monster mother), Jane Lynch ("Two and a Half Men," "818-JKLPUZO"), Kristen Chenoweth ("Glee," "The Rhodes Not Taken"), Christine Baranski ("The Big Bang Theory," "The Maternal Congruence") and former TV academy governor and past champ Kathryn Joosten ("Desperate Housewives," "The Chase").

There was so much Emmy love for the Betty White episode of "Saturday Night Live" that it also got nominations for directing, writing, art direction, hair styling, lighting and makeup.


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Do Betty White + Carl Reiner = Emmy gold for 'Hot in Cleveland'?

July 1, 2010 |  6:11 am

Carl Reiner Betty White Hot in Cleveland When considering whom to cast as a date for four-time Emmy champ Betty White on "Hot in Cleveland," it was only natural for producers to turn to another Emmy favorite -- Carl Reiner. The all-around talent has taken home nine of these awards: two supporting-actor Emmys for "Caesar's Hour" (1957, 1958); three for his writing on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1962-1964); two for producing that best comedy series (1965, 1966); one for writing the "Your Show of Show" reunion variety special (1967); and a guest comedy actor award for an appearance on "Mad About You" (1995).

That last Emmy Award was for reprising his role as Alan Brady, the manic boss who ruled the roost on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." (Michelle Obama cites that classic sitcom as one of her favorite TV shows.) Reiner had based the character, in part, on Sid Caesar, the lead player on "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour."

With nine Emmys on his mantle, Reiner has won an impressive 60% of his 15 Emmy bids. His six losses were for supporting actor ("Your Show of Shows," 1954; "Caesar's Hour," 1956); writing ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," 1965); individual achievement ("Linus the Lionhearted," 1966); guest comedy actor ("Beggars & Choosers," 2000); and special class ("The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited," 2004).

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Betty White reflects on a golden career

June 17, 2010 | 12:50 pm

Betty White Emmy Awards Betty White is one of the true pioneers of television, making her debut on the nascent medium in 1939. More than seven decades on and she remains a star of the small screen, headlining a new sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland," which debuted to record ratings for TV Land Wednesday night. 

White was interviewed in 1997 by the Archive of American Television, an offshoot of the foundation of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is just one of scores of TV legends to have granted this invaluable resource in-depth video interviews. Other subjects include two of the other "Golden Girls" -- Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan -- along with Dick Clark, Norman Lear, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carl Reiner, Isabel Sanford, William ShatnerAaron Spelling, Ted Turner, and Barbara Walters.

The archive has released the embed codes so that compelling conversations, such as this one with White, can be shared with the blogosphere. In part one of this five-part interview, the actress discusses her early days in radio and television and her first Emmy win. See the other parts at the archive website

As White recounts, her connection with television dates to an appearance on an experimental Los Angeles channel in 1939. She and her high school classmate sang songs from the light operetta "The Merry Widow." They were sweltering in a small studio on the sixth floor of the Packard building while the viewing audience gathered in the ground floor auto showroom.

After WWII, White landed a variety of gigs on live TV shows on which she was spotted by local DJ Al Jarvis, who was transferring his hit radio show to television. Soon, White was playing "girl Friday" to Jarvis for 33 hours per week of live lively TV during the day. The pair also hosted a weekly variety show in the evening and from that evolved White's first half-hour situation comedy, "Life with Elizabeth."

As she recalls, the live edition of that show landed her an Emmy bid in 1952 where she was pitted against Zsa Zsa Gabor for "Bachelor's Haven." White won -- much to both their surprise -- and began a love affair with the Emmy Awards that has continued for nearly half a century.

Photo: Betty White with her local Emmy Award for "Life with Elizabeth" in 1952. Credit: Los Angeles Herald

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Can Betty White make it 'Hot in Cleveland'?

June 16, 2010 |  2:28 pm

Hot_in_cleveland_betty_white Betty White was all over the tube this week promoting her new sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," which debuts on TV Land on Wednesday night. This first foray into an original sitcom for the cable net earned respectable reviews from the likes of the New York Times -- "This is not perhaps the most daring or avant-garde comedy on television, but there is nothing shameful about 'Hot in Cleveland.' It’s actually kind of fun" -- and the Los Angeles Times -- "Like the women in it, the show is solid and professional and holds together well."

That White is red-hot is evidenced by her top billing on the TV Land website above nominal stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. While Bertinelli won two Golden Globes for "One Day at a Time" in the early 1980s and Leeves and Malick reaped one and two Emmy noms for "Frasier" and "Just Shoot Me," respectively, in the 1990s, it is White who is the awards darling of the group.

Though White has made memorable appearances in movies as of late, most notably as Sandra Bullock's sassy grandmother in last year's smash hit "The Proposal," her connection with television dates to an appearance on an experimental Los Angeles channel in 1939. Since then, White has conquered every aspect of the medium, including hosting five hours of live TV per day in the 1950s and guesting on countless game shows in the 1960s -- such as "Password," where she met her husband, host Allen Ludden -- and starring in classic sitcoms of the 1970s ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and 1980s ("The Golden Girls"). More recently, White has cornered the market on crazy-as-a-fox guest roles.

Along the way, White won four of her 16 prime-time Emmy bids as well as a daytime Emmy for hosting the game show "Just Men!" and even a local one for her first sitcom, "Life With Elizabeth." White took home her first prime-time Emmy in 1975 for her supporting work on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and got a matching bookend award the following year. She was the first of the "Golden Girls" to win an Emmy prevailing as lead actress for the first season of the smash hit in 1986 and earning a nomination in each of the remaining six years. White talks eloquently about both those hits -- as well as her self-titled misfire that came in between and the flop follow-up "The Golden Palace" -- in a fascinating interview with the TV academy (below).

Betty White won the last of her four prime-time Emmys in 1996 for playing an exaggerated version of herself on "The John Larroquette Show." The veteran scene-stealer also contended in the guest comedy actress category for appearances on "Suddenly Susan" in 1997 (Carol Burnett won Emmy no. 7 for "Mad About You") and "Yes, Dear" in 2003 (Christina Applegate won for "Friends").

Her heralded appearance last month hosting "Saturday Night Live" could land White with her 17th Emmy nomination. When the Emmy Awards eliminated the individual performance in a variety series category last year, "SNL" hosts became eligible to contend in the guest-acting races. Emmy darling Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake both won for their stellar turns at the helm of this late-night staple. White, nominated for her over-the-top appearance as Crazy Witch Lady on "My Name is Earl," was one of those felled by Fey.

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