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Jane Lynch with her Emmy: 'Shoving it in people's faces'

October 11, 2010 |  9:21 am

Looks like Jane Lynch has the same steely nerve as her character on "Glee." When she appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last week, she playfully confessed that she behaved rather haughtily toward colleagues after winning her Emmy Award. Jane and Jimmy also dished on how nervous they were before doing that big dance number that kicked off the Emmy ceremony.

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Poll: What did you think of the Emmys?

August 30, 2010 | 10:52 am

Personally, I thought this Emmys show was one of the best in recent years. Jimmy Fallon struck the perfect pose as host — devilishly amusing as he tweaked TV sacred cows, but he didn't try to upstage the night. The winners' list was aces too. Lots of deserving new champs (Jim Parsons, "Top Chef," Kyra Sedgwick, Aaron Paul, "Modern Family," Eric Stonestreet) and welcome returning Emmy faves (Edie Falco, Bryan Cranston). Bravo, to the TV academy!

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Here are views of other media wags:

MARY MCNAMARA, L.A. TIMES: "Ambitious, energetically hilarious, and, most important, almost seamlessly constructed, this year's telecast actually did what the Emmys are supposed to do — celebrate television."

MATT ROUSH, TV GUIDE: "Dare I say it? This year's Emmy Awards show was almost, gasp, Emmy-worthy (well, up until that deadly stretch in the back half; kills the show every time). And with a surprising number of first-time winners, a few of them quite surprising and even for the most part surprisingly satisfying, it rarely felt like a retread of past seasons."

ROBERT BIANCO, USA TODAY: "The Emmy Awards on NBC  played less like a celebration of good work than as an illustration of small-screen insecurity. The entire evening felt uncomfortably rushed and flustered, as if the producers were so afraid of even momentarily losing our attention, they were determined to have something spinning, flashing, bouncing, sliding or shifting every second."

KEN TUCKER, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: "It was a terrific show."

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Jimmy Fallon as Don Draper in Emmy promo

August 12, 2010 | 12:24 pm

Emmycast host Jimmy Fallon promotes the award show by doing a riff on "Mad Men" with supporting actress nominee Christina Hendricks. "Mad Men" won best drama series for the last two years and now leads with the most nominations among "serious" series: 17.

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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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Jimmy Fallon can't wait to put the Emmys behind him?

July 20, 2010 |  4:35 pm

Or at least it looks like that from this official photo taken of the Emmys host with one of the statuettes to be doled out Aug. 29.

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Credit: Virginia Sherwood / NBC


My fearless, 100% accurate Emmy nominations predictions

July 6, 2010 | 11:35 am
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Here's who I predict will score bids when Emmy Awards nominations are unveiled Thursday morning:

BEST DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad"
"Damages"
"Dexter"
"Mad Men"
"The Good Wife"
"Lost"

ALTERNATES: "Big Love," "Friday Night Lights," "House M.D.," "Sons of Anarchy," "Treme"


BEST COMEDY SERIES
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Family Guy"
"Glee"
"Modern Family"
"30 Rock"

ALTERNATES: "Community," "How I Met Your Mother," "Entourage," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Weeds"


BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Simon Baker ("The Mentalist")
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad")
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Timothy Olyphant ("Justified")

ALTERNATES: Matt Bomer ("White Collar"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Matthew Fox ("Lost"), Peter Krause ("Parenthood"), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me"), Bill Paxton ("Big Love"), Wendell Pierce ("Treme"), Kiefer Sutherland ("24")


BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Glenn Close ("Damages")
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU")
January Jones ("Mad Men")
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife")
Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy")
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")

ALTERNATES: Sally Field ("Brothers and Sisters"), Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), Melissa Leo ("Treme"), Anna Paquin ("True Blood")


BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Steve Carell ("The Office")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Matthew Morrison ("Glee")
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk")

ALTERNATES: David Duchovny ("Californication"), Joel McHale ("Community"), Thomas Jane ("Hung"), Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men")

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Roger Ebert, Amy Poehler among Webby Awards winners

June 16, 2010 | 10:19 am

Webby_Logo The 14th annual Webby Awards were handed out Monday night in New York to a slew of websites and their creators. "The Office" star B.J. Novak emceed the evening notable for limiting winners to just five words of thanks. However, person of the year champ Roger Ebert needed just three -- "Veni, vidi, vici" -- to express his appreciation of the honor. Last year's winner of this prestigious prize, Jimmy Fallon, made the heartfelt presentation (as seen below) to the film critic who has been left without his voice due to illness.

On a lighter note, the five topical words from Isabella Rossellini -- winner of the individual performance prize for the second year in a row for her IFC webcast "Green Porno" -- were, "I say, plug the hole." And actress of the year Amy Poehler -- who won for her uplifting online series "Smart Girls at the Party" -- promised, "Me, you, P.S. 22, dance party."

The Webbys were founded in the infancy of the Internet by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Today, the academy includes an executive membership of 750 leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, as well as associate members who are Webby winners and nominees.

While a jury, including David Bowie and Martha Stewart, decided on the nominees and winners, each of the categories was also put to a popular vote. Jim Carrey won over both the jury and the public with his official website. Other joint winners included websites promoting "District 9" and "The Colbert Report" as well as both the humor site The Onion and the social networking site Twitter.

For the complete list of winners, visit the official website.

Photo: Webby Awards logo. Credit: IADAS

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TBS touts Conan O'Brien in edgy Emmys campaign

June 8, 2010 | 11:48 am

Conan O'Brien Emmy Awards TBS NBC Tonight Show Jay Leno Ad 1 Last month, Conan O'Brien surprised awards watchers when he submitted his ill-fated edition of "The Tonight Show" for Emmy consideration. NBC did not include the show on its campaign DVD, opting instead for the return of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." However, O'Brien's Emmy bid got a boost Tuesday when his new employer, TBS, ran several sassy "For Your Consideration" ads in Variety.

As Turner exec Steve Koonin explained in a statement: "Conan’s great work in 2009 and 2010 deserves Emmy consideration. We’re very excited to have him join TBS later this year." O'Brien inked a deal in April with the cabler for a Monday-Thursday 11 p.m. show set to debut Nov. 8.

That time slot is currently filled by a talker hosted by George Lopez. Lopez welcomed being bumped to the midnight hour if it meant securing O'Brien as a lead-in. "Lopez Tonight" is also among the 27 variety comedy musical series contending on the official Emmy Awards ballot. Choices range from "Attack of the Show" to "X-Play" (both of which run on cable channel G4). Voters are instructed to: "VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN TEN achievements in this category that you have seen and feel are worthy of nomination. (More than ten votes in this category will void all votes in this category.)"

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Emmy voting began June 4 and runs until the 21st of the month. Nominees will be announced July 8, and the winners will be revealed Aug. 29 during the NBC telecast of the 62nd Emmy Awards. Hosting the kudos will be Jimmy Fallon, O'Brien's successor at "Late Night."

While Fallon's first season at the helm of the 12:35 a.m. gabfest made it onto the NBC disc, also missing from that mailer was Jay Leno's disastrous foray into prime time ("The Jay Leno Show"). As Curt King, senior vice president of Universal Media Studios, explained at the time: "In the DVD campaign packages, typically we do not include shows that aren't returning."

It took O'Brien a full decade of hosting "Late Night" before the show landed its first Emmy bid in this category in 2003. It contended unsuccessfully for five years, always losing to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which O'Brien soon will face head-on in the ratings. In both 2008 and 2009, "Late Night" lost its slot to the resurgent "Saturday Night Live," while "The Daily Show" kept winning.

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Emmy battle of the 'Tonight Shows': Conan vs. Jay (plus watch out for Jon Stewart -- AND Mo'Nique)

May 21, 2010 |  9:39 am

Two TV shows produced by NBC Universal are curiously missing from the Emmy campaign DVD mailer the studio recently sent to voters: Jay Leno's disastrous foray into prime-time ("The Jay Leno Show") and the program that took its place later each night ("The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien").

But that doesn't mean both will be missing from the Emmy ballot. No, "The Jay Leno Show" hasn't been officially submitted for best variety series, but — surprise — "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" has, and it will compete against "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" — plus "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," starring the host of the Emmy ceremony on Aug. 29.

"In the DVD campaign packages, typically we do not include shows that aren't returning," says Curt King, senior VP of Universal Media Studios. "In the race for best variety series, Conan decided to submit 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien' and we decided to enter 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for Jay.'"



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All of those programs will compete against three formidable foes, which have all submitted official entry forms to the TV academy: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which has won the category for the last seven years in a row; "The Colbert Report," which is overdue to win (it's got an excellent chance to prevail this year thanks to an episode it plans to submit to Emmy jurors — Colbert's hilarious trip to Iraq); and "The Mo'Nique Show," starring the "Precious" actress who swept the last film awards derby (New York Film Critics Circle to Oscars) undefeated.

All of the above-mentioned programs will compete against one show that they don't need to worry about: "Real Time With Bill Maher." Not only has it failed to win a single Emmy, even in the crafts categories, but Maher is the new Susan Lucci — the biggest loser in the history of TV's top award, with 22 defeats and no wins for producing, writing and performance.

It took Conan O'Brien a full decade of hosting "Late Night" before the show landed its first Emmy bid in the variety comedy music series category in 2003. It contended unsuccessfully in that race for five years, always losing to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which O'Brien will now face head-on in the ratings when he launches his new chat fest on TBS. In both 2008 and 2009, "Late Night" lost its slot in the list of nominees to the resurgent "Saturday Night Live," while "The Daily Show" kept winning.

O'Brien and his scribes finally won an Emmy in the writing category in 2007 after being also-rans every year from 1996 to 2004 and then again in 2006. That was the only Emmy won by "Late Night" out of 29 nominations, including two more bids for writing in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, the "Late Night" writers lost to the team behind "The Colbert Report" and in 2009 to the scribes for "The Daily Show."

Prior to "The Daily Show" owning the series category, "Late Show With David Letterman" won that award five years in a row beginning in 1998. The CBS late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman has competed in the top Emmy race every year since its debut season in 1994, when it won. In addition, it has taken three technical Emmys for a total haul of nine awards out of 64 nominations.

Compare that with the track record of Jay Leno, who returned to the "Tonight Show" in March. While he may be beating longtime rival David Letterman once again in the ratings, don't expect Leno to contend anytime soon at the Emmys. After all, he and the show were snubbed by the Emmys for his (first) farewell tour last year. The last nomination for Leno's edition of the NBC staple was in 2005, when he contended for the now-defunct individual performance prize, losing to Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman.

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Jimmy Fallon to host Emmys, edging out Justin Timberlake

May 4, 2010 | 10:19 am

Now that Jimmy Fallon has Conan O'Brien's old TV time slot, he has O'Brien's old part-time job too. NBC just announced that Fallon will host the Emmy Awards ceremony.

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NBC will telecast the show on Aug. 29, so that means an NBC star must emcee. O'Brien did the honors successfully the last two times the peacock web aired the Emmys (2006, 2002). It was unlikely that the network would choose Jay Leno instead this time, considering his recent fiasco in prime time. NBC has been pushing "Parks & Recreation" aggressively, so there was speculation Amy Poehler might prevail, but that was scuttled when the telecast was moved from September to August, precisely when Poehler is due to have a baby.

Gold Derby has learned exclusively that the TV academy also seriously considered the team of Andy Samberg (who's hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009) and Justin Timberlake, who won an Emmy together in 2008 for their "Saturday Night Live" song "… in a Box." They were also nominated last year for their "Motherlover" tune. Timberlake was also considered as a solo emcee of the upcoming awardscast since he won an Emmy as best guest comedy actor last year for hosting "Saturday Night Live."

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Poll: Who should host the Emmys?

February 10, 2010 | 10:14 am
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"With Conan O'Brien out at NBC, who will now host the Emmy Awards this August?" asks our moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum in the forums. "He had hosted the previous two times the ceremony was on NBC and was certainly going to be the host again before everything changed.

"Before you shout out 'Jay Leno,' I seriously doubt that the academy or even NBC wants the publicity nightmare that would cause. The only thing in Leno's favor is that he was offended when Conan hosted the past two times. It wouldn't be beyond him to add that to his newly renegotiated NBC contract."

The peacock web will obviously want to stick with members of its network family such as  Jimmy Fallon, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Amy Poehler etc. Personally, I like the idea of teaming up Fallon or Carell with Fey or Poehler — or Fey and Poehler together. A combo not mentioned in our forums is one I'd like to volunteer: Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, who won an Emmy together in 2007 for that naughty song about you-know-what in a box. They were nominated last year for "Motherlove."

Chelsea Handler and Ryan Seacrest are on this list because Comcast owns both NBC and E! Entertainment Network. Why not toss them in, eh? Seacrest hosted successfully as solo emcee in 2007 and shouldn't be blamed for that train wreck of five reality-TV co-hosts the next year. Seacrest was merely riding that train; bad writers crashed it.

Check out the discussion in our forums for more suggestions and views.

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