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Watch out, Ellen Degeneres: Emmy rivals Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah Winfrey are teaming up

August 6, 2010 |  7:37 am

Rosie_odonnell_2Rosie O'Donnell is returning to TV next fall with a talk show on OWN -- the new cable net owned by Oprah Winfrey. In making the announcement, the two TV titans formed a mutual admiration society. Oprah said, "Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years. She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does." And Rosie added, "It's an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network. I’m excited to be back on daytime television."

When Rosie first revealed her intention in March to try her hand at another talk show, there was speculation she might even land in Oprah's time slot when the queen of daytime signed off next summer. However, as Joseph Adalian reports, "local broadcasters hate taking risks and were no doubt worried about just what kind of show the sometimes-controversial ex-Queen of Nice might be planning, even though O'Donnell and her partners had made it clear she wasn't looking to turn into the female Keith Olbermann."

The press release promises "a fun, uplifting show with Ms. O'Donnell's playful and energetic style," and that certainly sounds a lot like Rosie's original daytime talker. That self-titled show dominated the Daytime Emmy Awards during a six-year run that began in 1996. A year after Rosie signed off in 2002, Ellen DeGeneres began her own show, and this new queen of nice now reigns over the TV kudos. However, with Rosie's return, we could soon see a repeat of the smackdown that dominated the Daytime Emmys in the late 1990s.

Rosie's gabfest won best talk show five years in a row (1998-2002) and she took home the best host award for all six years of the show's run (1997-2002). Her initial victories were especially impressive because Oprah hadn't bowed out of the Emmys yet. In 1998, Rosie beat Oprah for best talk show and they tied for the hosting trophy. Oprah dropped out of the host race in 1999 and the show race the following year.

Ellen DeGeneres won best talk show from 2004 to 2007 and talk show host from 2005 to 2008. In 2008 and 2009, she lost best talk/entertainment show to "Rachael Ray" while the gaggle on "The View" took the hosting prize in 2009. This year, Ellen bounced back with a win for best talk/entertainment show but refused to submit her name for consideration in the host category. Will she continue to opt out of this race now that Rosie looms on the horizon?

Photo: Rosie O'Donnell at the 1997 Daytime Emmy Awards. Credit: Steve Fenn / Associated Press

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Gold Derby nuggets: Sasha Stone on state of best actress Oscar race | Guy Lodge: No complaints about Venice lineup

July 29, 2010 |  1:53 pm

Annette Bening Julianne Moore • Longtime Oscarologist Sasha Stone has produced a list of 17 women who could vie for the best actress prizes in the awards derby. For Sasha, "the field is already half-filled with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lawrence. But out of Cannes, came three great performances. I saw two of them, Michelle Williams and Lesley Manville. I missed Naomi Watts in 'Fair Game,' but word has it she won’t BE IGNORED, Dan. And then Tilda Swinton received her usual acclaim for 'I Am Love,' which puts her in the running." Beyond this, Sasha says, "there are more to come this year. The question is, how well will these early names hold as the festival season kicks into high gear? What names will rise to the top of the pile? Will it be a newcomer? Or will a veteran finally get her due?" AWARDS DAILY

Ray Richmond delivers an insightful report into the continuing controversy surrounding which producers are deemed eligible to contend for the best series Emmy Awards. As Ray writes, "the academy has aggressively cracked down on the producer lists submitted by nominated series contenders since about 2000, with the joint goals of weeding out the undeserving and capping the producing team’s size." The academy's awards exec John Leverence, "stresses that, over the past year, there has been a 'generalized embrace' from the Academy of the writer-producer’s role with regard to comedy and drama series in particular. The dialogue that’s been conducted between ATAS members and showrunners over the past numbers of years 'has finally resulted in white smoke coming up at the PGA and WGA and the Academy during the last year. And it points to the fact there’s an understanding of the general eligibility of writer-producers.'" DEADLINE

Barack Obama chose ABC's long-running "The View" as the first daytime talker to receive a visit from a sitting president. Had he waited till this fall, he would have been faced with a quandary as "The Talk," another female-friendly gabfest, is set to debut on CBS. On Tuesday, the sextet of sassy ladies who will gather daily to dish met the TV press. Among those joining show creator Sara Gilbert on the panel is, "Julie Chen, who will remain a contributor to 'Early Show' and host of CBS' 'Big Brother,' and said the show will be a discussion of motherhood and more. All the hosts, including Sharon Osbourne and actresses Holly Robinson Peete and Marissa Jaret Winokur, are parents. 'This show should feel like you're watching six women talking about what everybody's talking about, whether it's Mel Gibson or the Arizona immigration law,' Chen said. 'But we don't have an edit button.' " AP

• While "The Talk" replaces the canceled soap "Another World," another daytime drama -- "All My Children" -- is still going strong thanks in no small part to Susan Lucci, who has starred on the show for four decades. Now comes the news that the reigning diva of daytime is finally penning her autobiography. The press release promises that "in addition to providing readers with an exciting and satisfying behind the scenes look at her career, Lucci will devote much of the book to her personal life off-camera. Lucci will reveal information on her devastating car accident, her miscarriage, and the joy that came with finally winning an Emmy in 1999 after eighteen previous nominations."

Screen shot 2010-07-29 at 4.12.19 PM • For Guy Lodge, Wednesday's announcement of 22 films in competition in Venice "looks much as we expected -- we'd effectively been promised Sofia Coppola' s 'Somewhere' and Julian Schnabel's 'Miral' since they failed to show up at Cannes, while Tuesday’s Toronto announcement tipped us off to the presence of Francois Ozon's 'Potiche,' the Dustin Hoffman starrer 'Barney’s Version' and the Haruki Murakami adaptation 'Norwegian Wood.'" And as Guy notes, "the list is no less appetizing for its lack of real surprises. Topping my 'can’t wait' list is another film that had widely been expected to play the Lido: Kelly Reichardt’s 'Meek’s Cutoff,' a period western starring Michelle Williams and Paul Dano." IN CONTENTION

• The international version of the Emmy Awards sent out a glossy reminder to save the date of Nov. 22 for the 37th annual edition of these kudos. The ceremony at the New York Hilton is slated to include salutes to Brit bad boy Simon Cowell and Canuck comedy maestro Lorne Michaels, who have changed the face of U.S. television with "American Idol" and "Saturday Night Live," respectively. The weekend prior will see the unspooling of the international television festival highlighting many of the contenders.

Amy Poehler has a busy few weeks ahead of her as she and hubby Will Arnett prepare for the arrival of a second child to join son Archie and both prepare to attend the Emmy Awards. She is contending for lead actress in a comedy series for "Parks and Recreation" while he is up for best guest actor in "30 Rock" which was created by their good pal -- and Amy's category rival -- Tina Fey. Amy dishes with Leslie Bruce about the nomination, her dream role and her plans to get post-baby red-carpet ready. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Photos, from top: Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in "The Kids Are All Right." Credit: Focus Features. Venice Film Festival logo. Credit: La Biennale.

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Daytime Emmy TV ratings jump 83%

June 29, 2010 |  8:40 am

CBS' Sunday night telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards drew 83% more viewers than last year's show on the CW. The current tally of 5.6 million is also larger than the 5.3 million who tuned in to see the awards show in 2008. Here's the breakdown over the last 10 years.

Emmy 19

6/27/2010 — CBS — 5.6 million
8/30/2009 – CW – 2.6 million
6/20/2008 – ABC – 5.3 million
6/15/2007 – CBS – 8.3 million
4/28/2006 – ABC – 6 million
5/20/2005  – CBS – 7.6 million
5/21/2004  – NBC – 8.3 million
5/16/2003  – ABC – 8.6 million
5/17/2002  – CBS – 10 million
5/18/2001  – NBC – 10.2 million


Daytime Emmys in Las Vegas: 'Shameful' or 'an improvement'?

Daytime Emmy Awards winners: 'Bold and the Beautiful,' 'As the World Turns' and ...

Photo: National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Daytime Emmys in Las Vegas: 'Shameful' or 'an improvement'?

June 28, 2010 | 11:03 am

Maura West Michael Parks Daytime Emmy Awards Emmys We won't know the ratings for Sunday's CBS airing of the Daytime Emmys till Monday afternoon. However, many of our forum posters watched, and their comments on the kudocast number almost 600 so far. Many of these were slams against the show for being a two-hour plug for Las Vegas rather than a celebration of the best of daytime TV. 

While they thought the tribute to TV legend Dick Clark was heartfelt, many of our posters found it out of place at these kudos. Including this musical serenade as well as several Vegas stage acts left little time in the telecast for a salute to daytime drama "As the World Turns," which is leaving the airwaves after 53 years.

" 'The Lion King' performance was longer than 'ATWT's' tribute," fumed our poster BamaEd. "Plus the cast didn't get to go on stage? SHAMEFUL!"

Our forum posters follow the Daytime Emmy Awards with devotion. Many of them took part in our viewing panels, which watched the same episodes submitted by the nominees to the Emmy judges. Each had their individual favorites, but as a group they were dismayed with Drew Tyler Bell taking younger actor for his work on "The Bold & the Beautiful." A sampling of their comments is below, with many more to found in this thread devoted to the show. Click on the page numbers at top right and bottom to read the full discussion.

YoungRestlessOne: Horrible opening. They could've cut the 10 minutes we had to endure that boob Philbin blathering on like a nincompoop and showed us actual clips for the nominees!!! When will these people learn? My bad. They won't. This is why daytime TV is going down the crapper fast.

DS0816: Is this about Las Vegas … or the Daytime Emmys?

George Balanchine: They're doing the American Bandstand tribute. Hope it's over quick. The has been OFF the air for how many years??????

MarkPGH: Here's my philosophy on why this show is turning into a mini-concert. I guess the producers feel this is the only way to get people to watch.

742: The producers of shows like these never understand how easily their viewers can smell desperation. The philosophy of an award show should be, "If you build it, they will come." Maybe [make] the Daytime Emmy Awards about the Daytime Emmys, and the people who care about the Daytime Emmys will show up. If you fill it with all this irrelevant crap, you'll lose the Daytime Emmy fans without gaining anybody new. But I'll admit it was very moving to see them cut to Dick Clark crying at the end of his tribute.

RB: I am speechless over tonight's show. In a bad way. The telecast has almost completely disregarded the daytime drama industry and we are already in 40 minutes. Does anyone remember the thread back in the spring where we talked about what we wanted in the Daytime Emmy Awards? Well, this is the antithesis of that. This is completely disrespectful to the daytime actors and staff who have worked so hard during the past year. This telecast is targeted at people who do not watch daytime, and are not watching this show anyway. No clips for the nominated actors = shameful. I usually don't get worked up over things like this, but I used to really enjoy this as an annual event. This is just depressing.

DLD: I hate the zero clips its insulting to their slight moment in the sun. give me a break a 30 sec clip per nominee adds less then 10 min to show total.

Davidfur: And the way to honor the industry is to SHOW CLIPS of the performers and the shows!

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Daytime Emmy Awards winners: 'Bold and the Beautiful,' 'As the World Turns' and ...

June 27, 2010 |  8:45 pm

"As the World Turns" was just canceled after 53 years on TV, but it received two major consolation prizes at the Daytime Emmys. The soap opera won the trophies for best actor Michael Park and lead actress Maura West when the awards were bestowed Sunday night at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Daytime Emmy Awards winners news

"We had to say goodbye to over 60 members of our family on Wednesday," Park said tearfully, accepting the first Emmy of his career. "It was heartbreaking, and I pray you never have to endure what we endured on Wednesday.… I can't think of a better way to say goodbye to a 13-year run on a 53-year-old show than this right here. Thank you so much."

"The Bold and the Beautiful" won best drama series for a second year in a row after previously never claiming the top Emmy since its launch in 1987.

Below are other victors. More winners were announced last week at the Creative Arts Awards.See The Envelope's full list here.

"The Bold and the Beautiful"

Maura West, "As the World Turns"

Michael Park, "As the World Turns"

Billy Miller, "The Young and the Restless"

Julie Pinson, "As the World Turns"

Julie Marie Berman, "General Hospital"

Drew Tyler Bell, "The Bold and the Beautiful"

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Daytime Emmy predictions: Experts clash over who will win

June 26, 2010 | 10:18 am

After being dumped by the broadcast TV channels two years ago, the Daytime Emmy Awards were rescued by the CW network in 2009, but will return to CBS on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT. The ceremony will be held in Las Vegas, emceed by Regis Philbin.

Daytime Emmy Awards predictions winners Emmys news

Who's going to win? We set up a special forum thread where our posters carefully studied the episodes submitted to judges by the nominees as examples of their best work. After duplicating the voting process, our experts made gutsy predictions in all top races. We spotlight some races here at Gold Derby: best drama series, lead actor, lead actress and talk show/entertainment. See more in our forums.

Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada agrees with our pundits that Crystal Chappell ("Guiding Light") will win best actress, but he disagrees with our gurus who say Michael Park ("As the World Turns") will triumph as best actor. Branco predicts the gold will go to three-time past champ Peter Bergman ("The Young and the Restless").

Branco picks "General Hospital" to prevail as best drama series for a record-setting eleventh time. ("The Young and the Restless" is in second place with seven victories.) So does one of our pundits, who is known as BC in our forums.

However, Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier picks "The Bold and the Beautiful." See more of Branco's predix here.


Inside track: Daytime Emmys' race for best drama series

Daytime Emmy predictions: Rachael Ray's show will triumph again

Daytime Emmy predictions: 'Guiding Light' star Crystal Chappell will win best actress

Daytime Emmy predictions: 'As the World Turns' star Michael Park will win best actor

Photo credit: National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Daytime Emmy predictions: Rachael Ray's show will triumph again

June 25, 2010 | 10:02 am

Two of our forum posters agree that "The Rachael Ray Show" will win the Daytime Emmy Award on Sunday for best talk show/entertainment for the third year in a row. Both Brian "BTN" Niven and Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier viewed the same DVDs of sample episodes submitted to judges by the nominees, and they express their views in depth below. Also see our posters' predix for best drama series, lead actor and lead actress. Check out our special forum with predix in all races.

Rachael Ray Emmy

(Ranked by likelihood of winning)
1. "The Rachael Ray Show"
2. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
3. "Live With Regis and Kelly"

Ellen DeGeneres used to dominate the category and was beaten the last two years by Rachael Ray. I think that Rachel Ray will win again.

I watched Ellen DeGeneres' episode first because of her show's previous success with the Emmys. The episode is from October 2009. She talked about writing for O magazine, and I thought of her mentioning a previous big winner at the Emmys. Then she dances to an Usher song and talks about future shows. Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour dancers perform.

Her first guest is Taylor Swift, and they talk about Ellen's launch party for her album and how Ellen deserves all the credit for its success. Swift talks about attending an election night party in 2008 where Stevie Wonder addressed the crowd after [Barack] Obama was announced the winner. They write a song together, which is a way for Taylor to guess Ellen's secret phrase for the day (which was "spiral staircase").

The second guest is Tim McGraw, who sings his song "Southern Voice." Then he and Ellen talk about his daughters, wife Faith Hill and his new cologne.

Then she talks to a single mother, and Ellen gives her a car and $10,000. Lots of screaming and hugging.

"Rachel Ray" has a Thanksgiving episode that starts with a narration by Morgan Freeman (!) in full Freeman narrating mode. You get background on the town of Wilmington, Ohio, which had just been hit with 10,000 job losses when DHL shut down its plant. Ray is there to redesign its soup kitchen and give the town a big Thanksgiving dinner feast with special guests The Fray singing "How to Save a Life" and "You Found Me." The show is really about the town, its people and its survival. Ray, I think, has like five minutes of screen time. It really didn't seem like that much. Powerful episode.

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Daytime Emmy predictions: 'As the World Turns' star Michael Park will win best actor

June 24, 2010 |  4:26 pm

Two of our forum posters agree that Michael Park ("As the World Turns") will win best actor at the Daytime Emmys this weekend. Both Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier and Peter "Italian Stallion" Stallone viewed the same DVDs submitted to judges and express their views in depth below. Also see our posters' predix for best drama series and lead actress. Check out our special forum with predix in all races.

As the World Turns Michael Park

(Ranked by likelihood of winning)
1. Michael Park, "As the World Turns"
2. James Scott, "Days of Our Lives"
3. Doug Davidson, "Young and the Restless"
4. Peter Bergman, "Young and the Restless"
5. Jon Lindstorm, "As the World Turns"

MATTHEW'S COMMENTARY: The lead actor race this year is filled with industry veterans who are all well respected. Included among this esteemed group is multiple Emmy-winner Peter Bergman ("Young and the Restless"), multiple past nominee Michael Park ("As the World Turns"), previous nominees Doug Davidson ("Young and the Restless") and James Scott ("Days of Our Lives") and first-time nominee Jon Lindstorm ("As the World Turns").

Among this group, James Scott gives the most genuine and honest performance. Michael Park gives a great performance, but I feel myself connecting more to James Scott's reel.

Two nominees are not factors — Peter Bergman and Jon Lindstrom, who submitted less than thrilling tapes.  There are other factors working here, though, besides just the tapes. That "As the World Turns" is going off the air this September may bode well for Park, who has never won an Emmy in all his years of working on soaps. I think that this is a case where block voting will come into play. Because we have no nominees in this race from ABC, it will affect how the votes go. Assuming all of NBC's actors vote for James Scott, that leaves CBS' actors who will likely split their votes between Davidson and Park.

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Daytime Emmy predictions: 'Guiding Light' star Crystal Chappell will win best actress

June 23, 2010 |  6:50 am

Over the last month, many posters in our forums volunteered to view the episodes submitted to Daytime Emmy judges as examples of their best work. In an earlier post, they made informed predictions covering whidh show will win best drama series. Below, our poster named GL Fan and our message-boards moderator Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier analyze and forecast the best-actress derby. Both agree that past winner of best supporting actress, Crystal Chappell ("Guiding Light"), will prevail in lead. See analysis of other categories in our special forum

Crystal chappell emmy

(Ranked by likelihood to win)
1.) Crystal Chappell, "Guiding Light"
2.) Maura West, "As the World Turns"
3.) Michelle Stafford, "The Young and the Restless"
4.) Bobbie Eakes, "All My Children"
5.) Sarah Brown, "General Hospital"

GLFAN'S COMMENTARY: All of this year's nominees are previous nominees in either the lead, supporting or younger actress categories. In fact, the only person in this category without a bronzed winged lady is "All My Children's" Bobbie Eakes. It doesn't look like Ms. Eakes will be taking home the Emmy this time around either, but her competition isn't nearly as severe as it has been in the past. Emmy heavy-hitters like Kim Zimmer, Susan Flannery, and Erika Slezak aren't on 2010's final ballot of five. What is even more shocking is that only two of these ladies had that "it" moment in their tape — you know, that shocking revelation that makes a tape jump alive from the regular boring hum drumness that can put Emmy voters to sleep after watching so many tapes.

Previous supporting-actress Emmy winner Crystal Chappell has one of those tapes. Her declaration of love to her "friend" Natalia is not only one of the most talked about moments in soaps last year, it's also one of the best played in all of these leading ladies' reels. Coupled with her poignant monologue in the graveyard and two earlier scenes with Jessica Leccia's Natalia and Emmy winner Justin Deas' Buzz, Chappel's tape is wrought with that soap-opera angst. The writing is surprisingly strong and gives the actress something to really sink her teeth into. It is in that tombstone monologue and later that pivotal scene where Olivia admits to Natalia on her wedding day that she is in love with her that Chappell shines brightest and secures this award.

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Inside track: Daytime Emmy race for best drama series

June 22, 2010 | 10:19 am

In anticipation of the Daytime Emmys this weekend, our forum posters have carefully evaluated the sample episodes submitted by nominees to the judges. We created a whole new message board just for that analysis. Below: discussion from that forum over what show will win best drama series. Matthew "Boidiva02" Cormier predicts "The Bold and the Beautiful" will prevail. Our poster known as BC picks "General Hospital."

General Hospital Bold and the Beautiful Daytime Emmy predictions

(Ranked by likelihood to win)
1. "The Bold and the Beautiful"
2. "The Young and the Restless"
3. "General Hospital"
4. "All My Children"

In most years, this is a race between two series: "General Hospital" (ABC) — which usually wows viewers with a specially produced stunt-laden, special-effects-driven episode — and CBS' "The Young and the Restless," which usually produces some big, heartfelt family drama featuring death and heartbreak to balance each other. This year is not like that at all. The two front-runners this year don't even include ABC's highest-rated soap opera. Instead, the nominees are CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," and ABC's recently transported-to-Los Angeles "All My Children," which scored a pretty surprising nomination over fellow ABC soap "One Life to Live." ("One Life to Live" had been critically acclaimed all year long.) Also nominated is the previously mentioned "General Hospital," which is not a factor in the race at all this year.

If I were a betting man, my money this year would be on "The Bold and the Beautiful," which last year made history by becoming a victor for the first time. It also become the first half-hour soap opera to win this award since "Ryan's Hope" won in 1979.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Justin Bieber rocks Much Music Awards | 'Red' in the black | 'Mad Men' returns July 25

June 21, 2010 |  3:42 pm

Justin Bieber Much Music Awards • Hometown favorite Justin Bieber was a big winner at Sunday's Much Music Awards in Toronto. These kudos are the Canadian equivalent of the MTV VMAs. Bieber won for best video by a Canadian ("One More Time"), favorite video ("Baby"), and favorite new artist. "It's my first award, and to have it in Canada is just amazing," Bieber told the crowd. "I want to say thank you to all my fans who got me in this position." Teen queen Miley Cyrus, who also performed and presented, won best international video for "Party in the U.S.A" which she dedicated it to her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. NY DAILY NEWS

•  Alan Sepinwall has been busy as of late compiling his wish list for the upcoming Emmy Awards nominations. While he was able to winnow the supporting races to a half dozen would-be contenders, he admits, "lead drama actor, on the other hand, was a real bear, so much so that I'm actually going to write a few words about some of the people I just couldn't find room for on the list, and why. You may not agree with those rationalizations, and there may be times when I don't, either, but I had to find some way to cut this puppy down to six names, and these were the reasons that made sense to me as I did it." Among those actors he dropped: "Lost" leading man Matthew Fox and Kyle Chandler of "Friday Night Lights." HIT FIX

• Popeater began a Facebook campaign to boost the profile of "Friday Night Lights" star quarterback Zach Gifford and land him a supporting actor nomination at the Emmy Awards. Mike Hess, who writes for this offshoot of AOL, was impressed by Gifford's performance in a recent episode where his character comes to terms with the death of his father. For Hess, "Gifford ran the gamut of emotions in a way that few actors as young as he is (or older, even) ever could. Brutal sadness, confusion, tension-cutting laughter: They were all there, and all executed in perfect real-life harmony." Monday marks the end of the nomination phase with the results announced July 8. POPEATER

Red Playbill • One week before its limited run on Broadway ends, the producers of the Tony-winning best play "Red" announced it had recouped its $2.25 million investment. This two-hander about abstract artist Mark Rothko and his assistant is by John Logan, who was Oscar-nominated for scripting best picture champ "Gladiator" and best pic nominee "The Aviator." The West End transfer of "Red" won five of its other six Tony bids -- featured actor (Eddie Redmayne), director (Michael Grandage), lighting design (Neil Austin), scenic design (Christopher Oram) and sound design (Adam Cork). PLAYBILL

Greg Ellwood recaps the 30 bold-faced names who impressed the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce enough to receive stars on the Walk of Fame. "This year's group will feature the first 'family' induction with Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd and Laura Dern all laying down their stars at the same time. Other intriguing nominees include Oprah Winfrey, 'American Idol' creator Simon Fuller, Tina Fey, Penelope Cruz and The Muppets. In general, all the nominees have five years to set an induction date or the honor will, um, 'expire.' All honorees are selected in one of five categories: Motion Pictures, Television, Recording, Radio and Live Performance/Theatre. No radio inductees made the cut this year." HIT FIX

• Nominees Wayne Brady (“Let’s Make a Deal”) and Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy”) along with 2003 supporting actress champ Vanessa Marcil (“General Hospital”) have been added to the list of presenters at Sunday's Daytime Emmy Awards. The 37th annual edition of this kudocast airs live on CBS from Las Vegas and will be hosted by Regis Philbin. TV BY THE NUMBERS

Kraig Becker reports that the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" is "stirring up controversy in Japan, where several theaters, including one on an U.S. Army base, have removed it from their screens, while others decide if they should risk showing it all. Last week, three theaters pulled the film, which depicts the annual dolphin slaughter in a Japanese village, after they received a number of protests and angry phone calls from nationalist political groups. That caused 23 other theaters to reconsider showing the movie as well." GADLING

Mad-men-season-4-poster • "Mad Men" returns to AMC on July 25 for a fourth season. The two-time Emmy winner for best drama series is likely to contend again this year for its third season. Andrea Reiher analyzes the first promotional poster for the upcoming episodes. "Rather than last year's image of Don Draper calmly smoking a cigarette amidst rising water, this one shows a solo Don Draper staring contemplatively out the window of his empty office. At the end of Season 3, Don left Sterling Cooper, the ad agency he has worked for since the show's inception, to strike out on his own. He also agreed to give his unhappy housewife Betty a divorce." ZAP2IT

• "True Blood" has barely begun its third season on HBO, but the paycaster has already renewed it for a fourth year. This news is not so surprising when you consider that Sunday's premiere drew 5.1 million viewers. That was up 38% from last season, which is the one in the running for this year's Emmy Awards. The first season of the show was snubbed last year despite Anna Paquin winning a Golden Globe and the show contending there as well.

Top photo: Justin Bieber at the 2009 Much Music Awards. Credit: Much Music.

Middle photo: "Red" playbill. Credit: Golden Theater.

Bottom photo: "Mad Men" poster. Credit: AMC.

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Regis Philbin loves to gripe about the Daytime Emmys, but he'll host the ceremony anyway

May 18, 2010 |  6:18 am
Regis Philbin Daytime Emmys

Sure, Regis Philbin portrays a grumpy nonconformist on his morning TV chatfest, but he just proved he's really a good sport. Although "Live With Regis and Kelly" has never won best talk show at the Daytime Emmys, he's agreed to host the awards ceremony on June 27, when it will be telecast from Las Vegas by CBS. See a full list of nominees here.

Philbin and/or his TV program are usually nominated every year, but he usually snubs the Daytime Emmy ceremony. He wasn't present in 2001 when he won the award for best talk-show host (for "Live") plus game-show host ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"), although he accepted via satellite from Atlantic City, where he was performing a nightclub act with "All My Children" star Susan Lucci.

Philbin also won an Emmy in 2006, along with TV cohost Kelly Ripa, but not in the competitive race for best talk-show emcee. Philbin and Ripa won one of those cake-walk, noncompetitive "area awards" for hosting "outstanding special class special" the "Walt Disney World Christmas Parade." (Area awards can have one, many or no winners.) He wasn't present for that victory.

Philbin did show up in 2008 when he received advance word that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences planned to give him its lifetime achievement award.

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