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Emmy predictions roundup: The three wise men of Gold Derby

August 26, 2010 |  3:16 pm
Emmy Awards Logo 2010

Our two resident Emmy experts -- Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven) and Chris "Boomer" Beachum -- have been considering the contenders in the major categories since nominations were announced last month. They have watched all the episodes submitted to Emmy voters and produced a series of must-read reports.

Boomer vs. Rob: Best Drama Series
Boomer vs. Rob: Best Drama Series Actor
Boomer vs. Rob: Best Drama Series Actress
Boomer vs. Rob: Best Drama Series Supporting Actor
Boomer vs. Rob: Best Drama Series Supporting Actress

Rob vs. Boomer: Best Comedy Series
Rob vs. Boomer: Best Comedy Series Actor
Rob vs. Boomer: Best Comedy Series Actress
Rob vs. Boomer: Best Comedy Series Supporting Actor
Rob vs. Boomer: Best Comedy Series Supporting Actress

And we three faced off in a series of video chats where we debated and defended our choices to the last, with each of us hoping to come in first in the contest for most correct calls. My fearless, peerless 100% perfect predictions can be found here. Check out this roundup of many expert predictions here.

Video Slugfest: Best Drama Series
Video Slugfest: Best Drama Series Actor
Video Slugfest: Best Drama Series Actress
Video Slugfest: Best Drama Series Supporting Actor
Video Slugfest: Best Drama Series Supporting Actress

Video Slugfest: Best Comedy Series

Video slugfest: Best Comedy Actress

Video Slugfest: Best Comedy Series Supporting Actor
Video Slugfest: Best Comedy Series Supporting Actress

Photo: 2010 Emmy Awards logo. Credit: ATAS

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Gold Derby nuggets: EW: Emmy debate over Conan O'Brien | Jonas Brothers 'super excited' about Emmys | Jeff Bridges displays 'True Grit'

August 13, 2010 |  1:12 pm

The_tonight_show_with_conan_obrien-show• Does Conan O'Brien deserve to win the Emmy this year for his short-lived edition of "The Tonight Show"? Lynette Rice thinks so: "The public has certainly been on his side (witness the I’m With Coco campaign that surfaced on the internet earlier this year). That’s why it seems unlikely that anyone at the Aug. 29 ceremony would begrudge O’Brien if he wins the statuette. We already know his comedy is worth its weight in gold; his team, after all, won the Emmy in 2007 for writing 'Late Night with Conan O’Brien.' And voters will probably want to give O’Brien the final word on the whole sordid affair and on NBC, no less, which is broadcasting the ceremony this year." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• However her colleague Ken Tucker begs to differ, arguing in favor of "The Daily Show," which has owned this category for the past seven years: "Jon Stewart plowed new ground this season, which is to say, he built up rage against so many worthy targets, and found fresh ways of expressing that anger through humor, that his show achieved a whole new level of comic effectiveness. He deserves the win." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Those sassy promos for the Emmys that feature host Jimmy Fallon in a tongue-in-cheek tribute to two-time drama champ and current contender "Mad Men" have been pulled for now. "An NBC source said the video was aired 'prematurely' and that no more of Fallon's 'Mad Men" spoofs will run until after the voting window closes on Tuesday. The video was also removed from online. 'This promo was posted prematurely,' said a TV Academy spokesperson, "and the Television Academy appreciates NBC pulling the content until after the voting window closes." ABC

Jonas Brothers Emmy Awards • The first season of the Disney Channel hit "Jonas" starring the Jonas Brothers is contending for top children's program at the upcoming Emmy Awards. And, as Joe Jonas admitted to MTV News, "We are very super excited! We've never been up for an Emmy before. That's never been on our radar, so something like that's really exciting. We don't know who will win." The boys face off against two other Disney staples — "Hannah Montana" and both the series and telefilm versions of "Wizards of Waverly Place" — as well as the Nickelodeon smash "iCarly." Joe added, "There's a lot of Disney in there, so I think we're gonna have some friendly competition going on there. Me and ['Wizards' star] David Henrie, we've been talking to each other and kind of making fun of each other here and there about the Emmy thing. But whoever wins, it'll be cool for us to be honored." MTV

• "127 Hours" is set to close the London Film Festival on Oct. 28. The biopic from director Danny Boyle stars James Franco as hiker Aron Ralston forced to cut off his own arm to free himself from a rock slide. As Steve Pond notes, "Boyle also had the closing-night film at the festival in 2008 with 'Slumdog,' which went on to win eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director." In making the announcement, fest director Sandra Hebron referred to this fact: "It is unprecedented for us to chose a closing night film from the same director only two years later. But '127 Hours' was the obvious choice for us — with filmmaking as bold and adventurous as its subject matter, it confirms Danny Boyle as one of the world's finest and most visionary directors." THE WRAP

Jeff Bridges True Grit First Photo • Reigning best actor Oscar champ Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") could be back in the race this year. He reunites with the Coen brothers for their remake of "True Grit" and is taking on the 1969 role that won John Wayne his Oscar. Greg Ellwood previews the picture, which is due out on Christmas Day. "Paramount Pictures released the first image of "True Grit" today which features Bridges and co-star Hailee Steinfield.  Most intriguing is the eyepatch Bridge's character wears is on his right eye. Wayne wore it on left. A nod to the original film? More importantly, this potential Best Picture contender is on this pundit's must-see list, has it made yours?"
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Christopher Lisotta says that "If the first time is a charm, then 2010 could be shaping up as a downright charming year for a host of rookie Emmy nominees." He thinks that, "as voting wraps up Tuesday, buzz is building behind freshmen series 'The Good Wife,' 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' any of which could wrest key wins from veteran series like '30 Rock' and 'Mad Men,' which have become the shows to beat." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Upper photo: "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" promotional still. Credit: NBC.

Middle photo: "Jonas" promotional still. Credit: Disney Channel.

Lower photo: Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfield in "True Grit." Credit: Paramount.

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Emmy favorites, according to Yahoo

August 12, 2010 |  1:54 pm

Never mind which TV shows and stars are favored by Emmy voters. Yahoo measured the lists of Emmy nominees according to which ones were searched most by their Web browsers during the eligibility period spanning June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010.

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TOP SEARCHED BEST SERIES, DRAMA

1. "Lost"

2. "True Blood"

3. "Dexter"

4. "Mad Men"

5. "Breaking Bad"

6. "The Good Wife"
 


TOP SEARCHED BEST SERIES, COMEDY
1. "Glee"

2. "The Office"

3. "Modern Family"

4. "30 Rock"

5. "Nurse Jackie"

6. "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
 

TOP SEARCHED BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
1. Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
2. Hugh Laurie, "House"

3. Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

4. Matthew Fox, "Lost"

5. Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

6. Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"

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Gold Derby nuggets: Uh oh! Kanye West returning to VMAs | Emmy bits and bites | 'Avatar' adds love scene for re-release

August 12, 2010 |  1:42 pm

Kanye West Taylor Swift Beyonce MTV VMAKanye West will be back onstage at this year's MTV VMAs, which air live from Los Angeles on Sept. 12. This time around he will be welcomed as a performer. Last year, he set tongues wagging when he interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted the best female video award to say that Beyonce should have won. Both West and Swift are nominees this year — he for his collaboration with Drake, Li'l Wayne and Eminem on the "Forever" hip-hop music video and she for best female video for "Fifteen." In making the announcement, MTV said West will "be making his triumphant return to the VMAs" and noted  "Kanye has appeared at every VMA show since 2004, winning Best Male Video in 2005 (for 'Jesus Walks'), and Best Special Effects in 2008 ('Good Life')." West has a new album out in the fall and just debuted a new single with Beyonce called "See It Now." MTV

• Kanye should be happy to hear that Katie Hasty — who handicaps eight of the top races at the upcoming MTV VMAs — thinks that "Telephone" by Lady Gaga and featuring Beyonce will win video of the year: "It's rare to not only feature two of the biggest global pop stars into one video, but for them to interact as they do, in the non-stop wacky format that they do. While I personally find the clip to be one, long hot mess, I doubt any of  its shortcomings will keep folks from voting on it." HIT FIX

Steve Pond details the details of the upcoming Creative Arts portion of the Primetime Emmys, including this tidbit that, "the teams presenting awards will include Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy (“Glee”), John Lithgow and Clyde Phillips (“Dexter”), Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men'), Elizabeth Mitchell and Damon Lindelhof (“Lost”) and Rico Rodriguez and Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”)." As Steve notes, these kudos, "will hand out awards in more than 70 categories. The show will take place at the Nokia Theater on Saturday, August 21, and an edited version will air as a two-hour special on E! Entertainment Television on Friday, August 27."  THE WRAP

Primetime Emmy Poster • Current Emmy nominee and reigning drama supporting actor champ Michael Emerson talks about his time on "Lost" including the 12-minute epilogue that will feature on the final season DVD boxed set. He told Whitney Matheson, "I really like it. I was delighted when I found out I had one of the primary roles in it. I think I was as excited to shoot that as I was to shoot the finale of the series." As for his Emmy hopes: "You never know. But there are so many good actors in that category that haven't yet been given the award. It just seems like they should spread it around." USA TODAY

Supporting drama actress contender Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") chats with Ray Richmond about, among other things, landing her first Emmy nomination: "It’s pretty awesome. It was amazing enough just to be on this show the past couple of years when it won. That’s been incredible. But this is even better. Matt [Matthew Weiner] gave my character Joan a lot of really amazing material this past season. That’s why I got the Emmy nomination. You won’t hear me complaining." DEADLINE

• Not surprisingly, Hollywood rewards all things young, including TV series as Randee Dawn discovers when considering the Emmy nominees for top drama. "A show should be young and complicated if it wants a berth in the top six. The eldest in this year's drama series lineup, 'Lost,' is also the only show that won't be back next year, and it's hardly old at six seasons. Not one of the other nominated drama series ('Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Dexter,' 'True Blood' and 'The Good Wife') has more than four seasons under its belt." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• Eight nominees from seven countries are competing for the news and current affairs awards to be handed out by the International Emmys in New York on Sept. 27. Contending for the current affairs Emmy are: "Dispatches" (United Kingdom),  "Enquete" (Radio Canada), "Telenoche" (Argentina) and "Tuesday Report" (Hong Kong). Up for the news prize are Al Jazeera English (Qatar), Sky News (United Kingdom), RT Channel (Russia) and TV Globo (Brazil) CBC

Avatar Sam Worthington Zoe Saldana • Had the original version of "Avatar" included the love scene in the nine minutes added for the upcoming re-release, would that have swayed Oscar voters? When asked about what audiences can expect Aug. 27, writer-director James Cameron said, "It's been restored, every last frame of it. Seriously," adding that the scene in question won't break any records — it lasts all of about 20 seconds. "I would say, just so that we correctly manage people's expectations," he explained carefully, "it does not change our rating at all. I would call it more of an alien foreplay scene. It's not like they're ripping their clothes off and going at it." MTV

• Oscar and Tony champ Marcia Gay Harden could well be contending again next year for that Emmy she needs to complete the acting triple crown. As William Keck reports, "Harden who received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance as Federal Agent Dana Lewis on NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU'  is making a return visit to mean Manhattan streets. Last seen in the eighth season premiere, Dana will return in the eighth episode of the upcoming 12th season." TV GUIDE

Upper photo: Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Credit: MTV.

Middle photo: Emmy Awards poster. Credit: NBC

Lower photo: "Avatar" promotion still. Credit: Fox.

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Can drama champ Edie Falco make Emmy history with comedy win?

August 11, 2010 |  1:26 pm

Both of our Emmy experts -- Rob "Rob L" Licuria (AwardsHeaven) and Chris "Boomer" Beachum -- are predicting Edie Falco to win the comedy actress category for the first season of "Nurse Jackie." Should she prevail, Falco -- who won three of her six Emmy bids for the series "The Sopranos" (1999, 2001, 2003) -- would join Carroll O'Connor ("All in the Family," "In the Heat of the Night") as the only lead regulars to have won Emmy Awards for both comedy and drama series.

Edie Falco Nurse Jackie Emmys COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS: ROB'S PREDIX
1. Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" ("Pilot")
2. Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" ("Torando!")
3. Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ("Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001")
4. Amy Poehler, 'Parks & Recreation ("Telethon")
5. Lea Michele, "Glee" ("Sectionals")
6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" ("I Love What You Do for Me")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: Julia Louis-Dreyfus was fortunate to garner another nomination in this category for the final season of "Old Christine," as the show ended without much fanfare and some expected that she might be overlooked. This episode does not present us with anything really exceptional to judge, but is what we would expect from Louis-Dreyfus – great timing as the sassy and dysfunctional Christine. But in terms of range and impact, I was left wanting more.

In my opinion, Lea Michele should have chosen the vastly superior pilot episode over this one in which she is not given much in the way of comedy to do at all. She belts out a great number and is given some poignant feel-good dramatic material, but in comparison with some of the other actresses in this category, it comes off a little slight and forgettable.

Amy Poehler similarly could have chosen a number of episodes, and yet is given similar material as the bumbling and not-very-self-aware Leslie Knope. She is very likable, and has some funny moments, but I think she might have been better off submitting "Pawnee Zoo."

As for Tina Fey, she has a few more laughs up her sleeve, but I think the writing lets her down as the episode descends into the ridiculous (and not in a good way). I just kept thinking that both of these brilliant comedic actresses didn't have a winning episode to rely on this year.

I think that this category is really a showdown between the two Showtime powerhouses — Edie Falco and Toni Collette, both of whom bring a bit more gravitas and "acting" to their roles in comparison with the other four women. Collette won last year, and many might think that her win was a one-time deal, but going by her chosen episode, "Torando," I think she has a great chance of repeating. Admittedly, her performance is not an overtly "funny" one (and the same thing can be said for Falco), but when she transforms into the new alter ego "Shoshanna," I was absolutely dazzled by her characterization, accent and the dry humor that that particular character adds to the show. Trust me. Don't count her out just because the show itself is not the funniest thing on TV.

Similarly, Falco and "Nurse Jackie" are not belly-laugh inducing, but obviously, Emmy voters love the show (nominated for best comedy series), and they definitely love Falco (multiple winner for "The Sopranos"). Falco displays a wildly out of control character -- drug addict, liar, adulteress and unconventional nurse -- and is given some sharp-tongued lines to throw at those around her. There is also likability in some scenes that may be just enough to tip voters over the edge.

Edie Falco Emmys Sopranos COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS: BOOMER'S PREDIX
1. Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" ("Pilot")
2. Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ("Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001")
3. Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" ("Torando!")
4. Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation" ("Telethon")
5. Lea Michele, "Glee" ("Sectionals")
6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" ("I Love What You Do for Me")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: I had a pretty good feeling Falco would win this award way back when it was announced by Showtime that she would be starring in a new comedic drama. She certainly doesn't disappoint, especially in the premiere episode, in which the audience gets a real sense of who she is and why she is one of the hospital's best nurses. Voters will also discover a gifted comedic actress with some very funny moments as well as a couple of heroic ones. Falco is so good she even carried the show almost by herself into a somewhat unexpected nomination for best comedy series.

The top comedic performance in this category is once again given by Fey. I think it might be her best submission yet, with great physical comedy and one-liners throughout as she attempts to launch her own talk show. In a different year, she probably would have won her second Emmy in this category. Collette certainly shows range in her episode, especially in the momentous basement scene in which she lets loose all of her alter egos within a short period of time. Unfortunately, for all of the buildup to that moment, I thought the writing and directing let her down a good bit with the pacing and delivery of the scene. It felt forced, flat and underwhelming.

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Emmy predix: Can Jim Parsons edge out three-time comedy acting champ Tony Shalhoub?

August 10, 2010 |  2:02 pm

Our Emmy experts Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob "Rob L" Licuria (AwardsHeaven) disagree about who will prevail in the comedy lead actor race. Boomer believes Jim Parsons can win with his second nomination as Sheldon the slightly mad scientist in "The Big Bang Theory." And Rob thinks Tony Shalhoub can take home a fourth Emmy for the eighth and final season of "Monk," adding to those he won for seasons one, three and four.

Jim Parsons Big Bang Theory Emmy Awards COMEDY LEAD ACTOR: BOOMER'S PREDIX
1. Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Pants Alternative")
2. Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" ("Don Geiss, America & Hope")
3. Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" ("Mr. Monk and the End, Parts 1 & 2")
4. Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ("Seinfeld")
5. Steve Carell, "The Office" ("The Cover Up")
6. Matthew Morrison, "Glee" ("Mash Up")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: I agree with many people that Tony Shalhoub gives the most complete and impressive overall performance of this category's nominees. It does have a little humor, but is mostly dramatic and probably contains the most crying and coughing of any comedy submission (maybe ever). The first hour is very interesting and makes you want to know what happens next, which is unfortunately the second hour and its poorly written and plotted conclusion to the series. With all of that in mind, I just can't bring myself to think that Emmy voters would want to elevate him into a pantheon with the only other men to ever win this category four times (Carroll O'Connor, Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammer).

Jim Parsons easily gives the funniest performance of the group, with nice ensemble work, individual one-on-one scenes with each character and a drunken conclusion accepting an award no less. Voters haven't warmed too much to "The Big Bang Theory," but I hope they will appreciate the all-out comedy in this particular episode. I am projecting him to take home his first Emmy this year.

I have Alec Baldwin in second place because I think it is the most complete performance he has submitted to Emmy judges yet. It doesn't have the gimmicks of previous winning submissions, but has a lot going for it and him. There is a strong possibility they aren't quite done with rewarding him yet, even more so in a year when practically nobody is predicting him to win again. Larry David is also very funny in his season finale and even gets a couple of tender moments trying to win back his ex-wife.

Steve Carell submits an incredibly weak episode this year that finds him off-screen as much as on. Speaking of weak, if I was ranking all 37 acting episodes in the comedy categories, I would most likely rank Matthew Morrison's at No. 37 (mainly due to the awful rapping).

Tony Shalhoub Emmy Awards Monk COMEDY LEAD ACTOR: ROB'S PREDIX
1. Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" ("Mr. Monk and the End, Parts 1 & 2")
2. Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Pants Alternative")
3. Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ("Seinfeld")
4. Matthew Morrison, "Glee" ("Mash Up")
5. Steve Carell, "The Office" ("The Cover Up")
6. Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" ("Don Geiss, America and Hope")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: Unbelievably, I have reigning champion and multiple Emmy winner Alec Baldwin in last place in this category, based solely on the episode that he chose to submit to judges. In "Don Geiss," I don't think he was given nearly as much to do as in previous entries. He doesn't have as much of the witty dialogue that we are accustomed to seeing and there's not even any of the over the top mugging for the camera (like in last year's "Generalissimo" episode) that I think was the main factor that propelled him to the top last year. I think it is safe to say Baldwin will sit this one out this year.

Similarly, Steve Carell is good but not great in his episode. There are some laughs, and the usual cringe-inducing hysteria that this character is renowned for, but I never once thought to myself that this performance would drive Emmy voters to tick off his name on the ballot. There is almost zero likeability, which Carell has had in past attempts (and still lost), which I think will ultimately cost him votes. Maybe next year, in his final season, he might get that great send-off episode that will (finally) get him the Emmy that has so far eluded him.

I was tempted to place Matthew Morrison in last position because I think he (or his representation, or the show's producers) made an almost fatal error by submitting the very episode that demonstrates the one incredibly irritating factor that he and the show were mercilessly criticized and picked on about all season long: Mr. Schu RAPPING. And it's not even once, but TWICE, in two separate song-and-dance numbers, that we have to suffer through the horror of it all. That all being said, Morrison is by far one of the most talented actors on TV right now – and that much is clear from his episode. He is an accomplished all-round performer and will garner some votes because of this. He also has plenty of screen time, some range, and even some laughs. So he proves that he deserves to be here, but I couldn't wait for the episode to be over, and I have a feeling that I won't be alone in that assessment.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Jimmy Fallon into 2010 Emmys | Bryan Cranston out of 2011 Emmys

August 5, 2010 |  2:54 pm

• Count singer John Legend among those who believe in the power of Twitter. He sent out a tweet that included a picture of his broken 2005 best R&B album Grammy and the explanation: "casualty of the nephews staying with me. I hope they send replacement grammys!" Soon enough he got a reply tweet from the Recording Academy that read, "Don’t worry, we can send a replacement GRAMMY Award to you!" TMZ

• Hollywood veteran Paula Wagner will produce the 22nd annual awardsfest of the Producers Guild of America. In making the announcement, PGA presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch said, "Paula is an innovative and dynamic producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business. She has tremendous respect and passion for the producing craft, and we’re thrilled she accepted our invitation to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards show." Nominations will be announced on Jan. 4, and the ceremony will be held Jan. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Jimmy Fallon Emmy Awards • "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon is emceeing this year's Emmy Awards and chatted with Amy Dawes about the gig. " 'It'll have the spirit of the late-night show,' Fallon says of his approach. 'I'll do jokes and impressions, and we'll keep it very high-energy and positive and keep it moving.'" And Dawes reports, "Given his show's reputation for digital savvy, Fallon says the Emmy broadcast can be expected to amp up its New Media quotient. 'I think we're going to do live streaming from backstage, so you can see what the winners are saying to the press back there, and we'll do a live Q&A with me during the commercial break, where you can tweet in your questions. It'll be a full-on social media attack,' Fallon promises. 'We might even use Ustream to show what the writers are doing backstage, when they're coming up with new bits to react to what's happening during the show.' " THE ENVELOPE

• According to Lynette Rice, the Emmy Awards could be in for a shakeup as the deal that rotated the kudocast among the big four broadcast networks expires this year. As Lynnette notes, "The Big Four are itching to shake things up, even if that means allowing the Emmys to move to cable. Gripes one Big Four suit, 'How can we be expected to pony up more money for what continues to be, with few exceptions, a show that celebrates cable TV?' (The TV Academy declined to comment.)" ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Brad Brevet delivers his first preview of the Oscars season. However, he cautions that "near every movie I'm working with has yet to be seen, or even talked about on any kind of buzz-worthy level. If I hadn't attended Cannes I would have only seen four of the 23 films on my list of Best Picture contenders and even with Cannes I've only seen seven of them. That isn't saying much. I guess what I'm trying to get at here is to tell you to take these predictions with a grain of salt because I'm working on only the smallest amounts of information for each." Topping his best picture list is "Another Year," while veteran Robert Duvall ("Get Low") and Anne Hathaway ("Love and Other Drugs") rank first among the acting contenders. ROPE OF SILICON

Bryan Cranston 2009 Emmy AwardsRay Richmond delivers the scoop that the fourth season of "Breaking Bad" won't begin airing till July, making it ineligible to contend at the Emmys till 2012. That means Bryan Cranston -- a front-runner this year to add a third Emmy to the two he has already won for this AMC drama -- will be sitting out next year's best actor race. As Ray writes, "To bridge the 13-month gap between seasons, the plan is to produce short interstitial mini-episodes of 3 to 4 minutes apiece early next year after the show goes back in production in January. They'll be posted on AMC’s website. 'The idea is to keep people aware and interested in the show during the long time away,' Cranston says to me. 'But I, for one, am eager to make these little interstitials important. I don’t want them to be simply filler or recap, but something that actually moves the storyline forward. If we’re going to do it, it ought to be a real part of the larger show.'" DEADLINE

• Cranston was one of the nominees on hand, reports Mikey Glazer, when the TV academy "hosted the Performers Peer Group for an invitation-only soiree with 50 of the org’s governors and VIPs in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night." Other nominees including "Kyra Sedgwick ('The Closer'), Cranston’s 'Breaking Bad' co-star Aaron Paul, Julia Ormand (HBO’s 'Temple Grandin'), and Chris Colfer ('Glee') mingled over Grey Goose cocktails with key voters at Chakra, in the shadow of the Writer’s Guild Theatre on Doheny." THE WRAP

• "Inception" writer/director Christopher Nolan is to be feted by his countryman on Nov. 4 when he receives the John Schlesinger Britannia Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Artists/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA). In addition, Emmy nominee Michael Sheen ("The Special Relationship") will be honored with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. As Steve Pond notes, "Last year, the John Schlesinger Award went to 'Slumdog Millionaire' director Danny Boyle, while the British Artist of the Year honor was given to actress Emily Blunt. In recent years, the directing award has also gone to Anthony Minghella, Stephen Frears, Mike Newell and Jim Sheridan, while actors receiving honors include Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet and Tilda Swinton." THE WRAP

Top photo: Jimmy Fallon. Credit: NBC.

Bottom photo: Bryan Cranston at the 2009 Emmy Awards. Credit: CBS.

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Emmy predix: Battle of the champs in supporting drama actor race

August 5, 2010 |  8:41 am

Our two resident Emmys experts -- Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria (Awards Heaven) -- disagree about which previous award winner will prevail in the supporting actor in a drama series category. For Rob, 2007 champ Terry O'Quinn is the frontrunner for the final season of "Lost." However, Boomer believes Andre Braugher, from "Men of a Certain Age," will add to the two lead actors Emmys he already has for the series "Homicide" (1998) and the telefilm "Thief" (2006). Both place Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" in the second position.

Below is their analysis of this race. Rob and Boomer already have shared their insights on guest drama actor, guest drama actress, guest comedy actor and guest comedy actress. And the three of us have weighed in on the top drama series and comedy series races as well as best TV movie, best reality/competition show and best reality show host.

Terry OQuinn Lost Emmy Awards DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR: ROB'S PREDIX
1. Terry O'Quinn, "Lost" ("The Substitute")
2. Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" ("Half Measures")
3. Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age" ("Powerless")
4. Michael Emerson, "Lost" ("Dr. Linus")
5. John Slattery, "Mad Men" ("The Gypsy & the Hobo")
6. Martin Short, "Damages" ("You Haven't Replaced Me Yet")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: This is a terribly difficult category in which to decide who the front-runners are, because at least four of these guys deliver a performance that in any other year would be seen as worthy of a win. Starting with those I think are easiest to rule out, I would suggest that Martin Short's few scenes with his grafter father are good but not great (in terms of impact and screen time), and in this company, a nomination should be all that the awesome Martin Short should expect. Same goes for John Slattery, who has chosen his best submission yet but fails to deliver much in the way of impact. However, some of his one-liners are gold.

Of the top four who are truly in this race, I think it boils down as follows. Of the two actors from "Lost," Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn share some scenes in their respective episodes, and both do quite well both in their scenes in the alternate "sideways" timeline and on the island itself. Emerson has a couple of more flashy scenes where he discusses how he has sacrificed his daughter to save the island and plays the Dr Linus role quite effectively. O'Quinn, on the other hand, is in practically all of the scenes in his episode and commands the screen as the villain on the island and as the stubborn wheelchair-bound John Locke in the sideways world. Of the two, I think O'Quinn’s performance is the more memorable, not to mention the more buzzed-about from the last season.

Andre Braugher is no stranger to Emmy voters, having won twice before in relatively little-known or buzzed-about shows. He makes another Emmy appearance in this TNT drama that did not make much of an impact elsewhere in other categories, and immediately you can see that many voters will be drawn to his flawed, bitter and regret-filled character. I think the show itself is a little depressing, dreary and slow, but I don't think that's enough to turn off voters. They love Braugher and will respond to the "journey" of sorts he makes in this episode, which, perhaps most importantly, ends happily in a scene that is quite effective.

Aaron Paul was probably the front-runner last year for his performance in an episode that I don't think he will ever top. This time around, he delivers the same tension, nuance and anguish, but he may be slightly overshadowed by Bryan Cranston in the scenes they share. Don't completely write him off, though, as voters may decide to give him this award to make up for last year and to award the show in general, which has proved to be quite popular with the academy. Based on the episode itself, a win is not out of the question but just not the slam dunk it could have been a year ago.

Andre Braugher Men of a Certain Age Emmy Awards DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR: BOOMER'S PREDIX
1. Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age" ("Powerless")
2. Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" ("Half Measures")
3. Michael Emerson, "Lost" ("Dr. Linus")
4. Terry O'Quinn, "Lost" ("The Substitute")
5. Martin Short, "Damages" ("You Haven't Replaced Me Yet")
6. John Slattery, "Mad Men" ("The Gypsy & the Hobo")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: I think four men have a very legitimate shot at winning this category, but their names are not Martin Short or John Slattery. Both are good in their episodes but have limited screen time and impact compared with their competitors.

Fourteen different men in the last 14 years have won this category. Somebody will break that streak in the near future, but until it happens, you will not find me going against such a strong trend. With Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson as recent winners, I do question whether they will win again this year. Of the two, I would absolutely vote for O'Quinn myself because of his overall importance to the final season of "Lost" (in a dual good-guy/evil-guy role), but Emerson gets the more emotional material in his chosen episode (especially toward the end, when he seems a very broken man with a life-shattering choice).

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Emmy predix: Sharon Gless versus Christina Hendricks in supporting actress contest

August 5, 2010 |  7:58 am

Just as they disagree over who will prevail in the supporting drama actor race, our Emmy gurus Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria (Awards Heaven) differ on which woman will win the equivalent award. Boomer is buzzed about the return of two-time lead actress champ Sharon Gless ("Cagney & Lacey," 1986, 1987) to the derby while Rob prefers the chances of Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men"). However, both place another Emmy winner -- Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife") -- in the second position.

Their commentary on this contest is below. Rob and Boomer have already analyzed guest drama actor, guest drama actress, guest comedy actor and guest comedy actress. And the three of us have weighed in on the top drama series and comedy series races as well as best TV movie, best reality/competition show and best reality show host.

Sharon Gless Burn Notice Emmy Awards DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS: BOOMER'S PREDIX
1. Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice" ("Devil You Know")
2. Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" ("Bang")
3. Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men" ("Love Among the Ruins")
4. Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" ("Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency")
5. Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife" ("Hi")
6. Rose Byrne, "Damages" ("Your Secrets Are Safe")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: Look back over the years, and you'll find two trends for this category. Voters like emotional performances with anger, fear, crying and/or overwrought emoting (a lot!!), and they usually like veteran actresses (Cherry Jones, Blythe Danner, Allison Janney, Stockard Channing, Tyne Daly, etc.). There is only one lady this year with an emotional performance (Sharon Gless), and she just happens to be a longtime Emmy favorite with multiple wins. I am as surprised as anyone that I am making this prediction for a popcorn action show like "Burn Notice," but follow the facts and not your heart to come to the same conclusion.

Christine Baranski is very solid in her episode but has no real emotional work, not even in the courtroom scenes, which normally win over voters due to the passionate speeches given. If voters want to reward consistency over time, they will select Elisabeth Moss for her great work on "Mad Men." Her character has gone from a meek, lowly secretary to a copywriter with more power at work and in her love life in just a few short yet pivotal years. Her chosen episode showcases some of that change but doesn't have a single "wow" moment.

Everybody seems to be jumping on the Christina Hendricks bandwagon, but I just don't buy it for an actual Emmy win yet. Her sexpot image will probably work against her with voters who will not give her credit for the fine acting she exhibits. I would love to see her recognized for this performance, though. Archie Panjabi is one of the strong points of her show, but I found nothing memorable on her episode to make me want to vote for her. Rose Byrne wins the prize for one of this year's worst episode selections. She barely has anything to do in it.

Christina Hendricks Mad Men Emmys DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ROB'S PREDIX
1. Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" ("Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency")
2. Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" ("Bang")
3. Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men" ("Love Among the Ruins")
4. Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife" ("Hi")
5. Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice" ("Devil You Know")
6. Rose Byrne, "Damages" ("Your Secrets Are Safe")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: I am puzzled as to why Rose Byrne chose this episode, the third-season premiere. Perhaps she doesn't want to win an Emmy, or maybe she doesn't care all that much, because she is given very little at all to do in the episode, and when she is on screen, I liken her performance to something akin to comatose. Very disappointing, especially when she could have been really competitive with an episode from later on in the season (like "All That Crap About Your Family," for instance).

Sharon Gless is one of the Emmy veterans who pops up every so often for a show that is not usually on the Emmy radar. Having been close to a nomination before (Gless made the top 10 "run-off" a few years ago), this nomination was not a total shock but more of a welcome surprise. And to back up the affection that the academy has for her, the episode she has chosen really does showcase her character as best as possible and puts her in this race as a spoiler to her competition from more fancied Emmy-friendly shows.

Archie Panjabi is one of the breakthrough stars of the past TV season and one of my favorite characters on TV at the moment. I was a little concerned about what episode she would choose, because, although her character, Kalinda Sharma, makes an impact in every scene in which she appears, there is no real stand-out episode that Panjabi has to really knock the socks off voters. "Hi" was probably as best as she was going to find (although I would've picked the season finale, "Running").

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

August 4, 2010 |  1:15 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Emmy predix: Jane Lynch looks like lock to win for 'Glee'

August 4, 2010 | 12:08 pm

Our Emmy gurus Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven) are in agreement that veteran comedy actress Jane Lynch will win her first Emmy Award for her supporting work on the rookie hit "Glee." Beyond this top pick, they rank the other nominees with both believing Julie Bowen from another freshman series -- "Modern Family" -- to be a strong contender.

Below is their in-depth analysis of this contest. Rob and Boomer also share their insights on guest drama actor, guest drama actress, guest comedy actor and guest comedy actress. And the three of us weigh in on the top drama series and comedy series races as well as best TV movie, best reality/competition show and best reality show host.

Jane_Lynch_Madonna_Glee_April14news COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS: BOOMER'S PREDIX
1. Jane Lynch, "Glee" ("The Power of Madonna")
2. Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock" ("Black Light Attack")
3. Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" ("My Funky Valentine")
4. Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men" ("Give Me Your Thumb")
5. Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live" ("Host: James Franco")
6. Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" ("Not in My House")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: Jane Lynch wins the Emmy for this category within the first three minutes of the Madonna-themed episode and then just keeps adding on funny scene after funny scene. She also gets to star in a shot-for-shot remake of the famous "Vogue" music video. Easy prediction and a well-deserved victory after many years of great comedic performances.

I imagine actresses over 35 on this judging panel will be enthralled by Jane Krakowski's episode in which she faces the perils and horrors of moving from the ingenue to mother stage of an acting career. She has so many funny moments, it is kind of a shame she will probably never win for this role. Julie Bowen gives a charming performance on a Valentine's Day-themed episode where she and her husband go on a date and pretend to pick up each other in a bar. It's a nice blend of sparkling dialogue and physical humor.

Holland Taylor has already received several nominations for this character but no wins. I liked some of her previous submissions much more than this one, which is somewhat on the dry-humor side rather than physical. Kristin Wiig has only two moments on her episode that might appeal to voters (the Lawrence Welk parody and her impersonation of Kate Hepburn), but it can't top the other ladies in this category.

Sofia Vergara made a major error on her episode choice, in which she has little to do other than react to a stuffed dog butler in her home. She has such a high industry buzz right now, a win could have been possible with the right choice.

JaneLynch.glee.photo COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ROB'S PREDIX
1. Jane Lynch, "Glee" ("The Power of Madonna")
2. Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" ("My Funky Valentine")
3. Kristin Wiig, "Saturday Night Live" ("Host: James Franco")
4. Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men" ("Give Me Your Thumb")
5. Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock" ("Black Light Attack")
6. Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" ("Not in My House")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: I think the episodes in this category are not nearly as strong as the comedy supporting actors' choices. Right off the bat, Sofia Vergara either isn't sure how the process works or simply is not interested in winning an Emmy this year. Her performance in her chosen episode is negligible, to say the least. And Vergara has some episodes in the can that make her very competitive.

Ditto for Jane Krakowski, who I found to be irritating in this episode. Not funny at all in my mind, and this is coming from a fan of hers. I'm not sure any actors from "30 Rock" are going to win this year, what with the relatively weak material they were given in the substandard fourth season. Similarly, Holland Taylor's nomination smacks of a filler to me. She has a couple of good scenes and is generally a well-liked veteran and excellent actress, but this performance is nothing to write home about.

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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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