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Video: Kathy Griffin dishes her ultimate Emmy nightmares -- Ryan Seacrest and no tickets

August 11, 2010 |  7:26 pm

"If you're going to start throwing Ryan Seacrest around, then you just want me to burst into tears and have this interview be nominated for best dramatic actress next year!" Kathy Griffin gasps during our webcam chat about her Emmy bout for best reality program.

Of course, I had to mention Seacrest up front. It's too juicy, bizarre and hilarious that Griffin's "My Life on the D-List" is nominated against a program ("Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution") produced by her old nemesis. Their feud dates to 2005 when Griffin replaced Joan Rivers as E! network's red-carpet host at the Golden Globes, then lost the job to Seacrest when a hubbub erupted over her joke that 11-year-old Dakota Fanning had gone into rehab.

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To appreciate the irony of their current Emmy battle, it's key to keep two points in mind:

1.) Griffin is obsessed with the Emmys. In this interview, she confesses that she carried "Emmy and Emily" (the statuettes she won in 2007 and 2008) around so much that they got damaged, needed welding. Last year she told Gold Derby, "I'll trade my mother for a third Emmy!" (Her show lost to "Intervention.")

2.) Griffin jokes about Ryan Seacrest relentlessly — and savagely.

Now that Seacrest, of all people, has invaded the Emmy category she feels she owns (she's been nominated for four years in a row), she's freaking out.

"I think the jury is in – we have proof," she says. "Ryan is clearly trying to kill me!"

Griffin worries that the Emmys themselves may be out to get her. "I still don't have tickets to the primetime Emmys even though I won two and I'm nominated for two again," she notes eerily. "I've offered to the academy to be a seat-filler. You know what would be funny? Seeing me sitting next to Kyra Sedgwick when Kevin Bacon goes to the bathroom."

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Griffin does have tickets to the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony -- what she nicknames "the Schmemmys" -- where her category will be decided on Aug. 21. She's talking about not having tickets to the main prime-time telecast eight days later.

I invite Griffin to sit with me backstage in the general press room. "You can get me a press pass?!" she gasps gleefully. "I'm really serious about this because I think this is a really funny idea and nobody else would do it. Do you really think you could get me a press pass or will they so no? Just look into it!"

Griffin has good reason to worry that she's still in trouble with Emmy chieftains. When she won in 2007, she said at the podium, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."

She went on to hold up her Emmy, make a racy remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!" Her speech was so blasphemous that it was censored when telecast by E! network and reported in print media. The academy issued an unprecedented apology.

When Griffin was nominated again the next year, she promised to be good if she won, but she dropped F-bombs when she was called to the stage, adding, "I'm not going to tell anyone to suck it. I would make love to this thing if I could."

So I ask her now: What will she do this year if she wins?

"If I win, let me just say something that is water-cooler talk, but will not get me banned from anything or kicked off anything," she replies. "It will just leave you with a hint of excitement and regret."

In addition to "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," the other shows competing against Griffin's "My Life on the D-List" for the Emmy as best reality program are "Antiques Roadshow," "Dirty Jobs," "MythBusters" and "Undercover Boss."

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Emmy episode submissions: Best reality program and host

July 27, 2010 | 10:13 am

A week and a half ago, we broke the news of what episodes were being submitted to Emmy judges in most series categories. Here is the info on a few more contests.

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The award for best reality program is bestowed at the creative arts ceremony held Aug. 21 — that's eight days before the main Emmy telecast by NBC. DVDs and ballots for the creative arts contests were mailed to judges last week. Final votes must be received by accountants by Aug. 10. The award for best reality host will be doled out on the Aug. 29 Emmycast. That means that ballots and those DVDs are being shipped to voters this week. Votes are due by Aug. 17.

BEST REALITY PROGRAM
"Antiques Roadshow" ("Atlantic City, Hour One")
"Dirty Jobs" ("High Rise Window Washer")
"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (Episode 101)
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" ("Norma Gay")
"Mythbusters" ("Duct Tape Hour")
"Undercover Boss" ("Waste Management")

BEST REALITY HOST
"The Amazing Race," Phil Keoghan ("Nanna Is Kicking Your Butt")
"American Idol," Ryan Seacrest (Episode 930/931A)
"Dancing With the Stars," Tom Bergeron (Episode 1001)
"Project Runway," Heidi Klum ("Sew Much Pressure")
"Survivor," Jeff Probst ("This Is the Man Test")

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Photo: Jeff Probst accepts his first Emmy in 2008. Credit: ABC

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'Glee' and 'Modern Family' lead Gold Derby TV Award nominations

June 29, 2010 |  7:37 am

Over the past few weeks, our forums posters have been nominating their favorite TV shows and programs from the 2009-10 season for the Gold Derby TV Awards. Voters have until Aug. 6 to vote for the final winner in each category.

Two freshman shows lead the pack: "Glee" with 13 nominations and "Modern Family" with 11, followed by the final season of "Lost" with 10 and "Mad Men" with 10. Fired NBC host Conan O'Brien received three nominations (variety series, variety performance and performer of the year). Although eligible, two of last year's winners ("The Office" for comedy series and Neil Patrick Harris for comedy supporting actor) were not even nominated in those categories this year.

We have been holding these awards since 2004.  Special thanks to Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Andrew Pickett, Robert Licuria and Matt Noble for helping to count ballots.  Below, this year's nominees. To vote for the winners, register in our forums by clicking on the link marked "Login/Join."  After registering, go to Boomer's profile here, then click the link to "send a private message" and send him your votes that way.

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COMEDY SERIES:
"Community" (NBC)
"Cougar Town" (ABC)
"Glee" (Fox)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Parks & Recreation" (NBC)
"30 Rock" (NBC)

COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS:
Courteney Cox-Arquette as Jules Cobb on "Cougar Town"
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton on "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on "30 Rock"
Lea Michele as Rachel Berry on "Glee"
Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin on "Weeds"
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on "Parks & Recreation"

COMEDY LEAD ACTOR:
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock"
Steve Carell as Michael Scott on "The Office"
Larry David as Larry David on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski on "Chuck"
Joel McHale as Jeff Winger on "Community"
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory"

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on "Modern Family"
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesley Halpert on "The Office"
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney on "30 Rock"
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester on "Glee"
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on "Modern Family"
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow on "Nurse Jackie"

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family"
Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel on "Glee"
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on "The Office"
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson on "Parks & Recreation"
Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir on "Community"
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker on "Modern Family"

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Gold Derby nuggets: Kathy Griffin's naked ambition | Paul McCartney serenades Michelle Obama | George Clooney just one of the guys

June 3, 2010 |  2:39 pm

Kathy Griffin Emmy Awards Consideration Ad • Two-time Emmy champ Kathy Griffin is a savvy campaigner for TV's top honor. In Thursday's print edition of the Hollywood Reporter, she displays her considerable talents in a "For Your Consideration" ad. Griffin poses in a cheesecake shot reminiscent of 1950s pin-up Bettie Page. The copy touts her three Emmy hopes -- best reality program ("My Life on the D-List"), best variety music or comedy special ("Balls of Steel") and guest actress in a drama series ("Law & Order: SVU"). She also heralds her work in a category that has yet to get Emmy recognition -- a YouTube sex video -- and in the ad copy says, "They don't give out an Emmy for best airbrushing but if they did, I'd totally win." Griffin has won two of her four bids for best reality show (2007, 2008) but lost both of her races for best variety special. "SVU" has proven to be a gold mine for guest actresses with four of them winning the Emmy and another 10 contending.

• "The New Adventures of Old Christine" was canceled by CBS on May 18, and Mike Ausiello delivers the scoop that ABC will not be picking up the series after all. The alphabet net was said to be interested in the laffer in years past when it was on the bubble for renewal. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series for the show's 13-episode first season run in 2006 and has contended for each of the following three full seasons. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Erik Pipenburg has crafted an interactive report on the four Tony Awards nominees for best sound design of a play -- Adam Cork ("Enron," "Red"), Acme Sound Partners ("Fences") and Scott Lehrer ("A View From the Bridge") -- including interviews and audio excerpts of their work. ARTS BEAT

Paul McCartney Barack Obama Gershwin PrizeSir Paul McCartney wowed at the White House Wednesday during the presentation to him of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. As Nancy Benac reports, "Stevie Wonder had the Obamas clapping to 'We Can Work It Out.' The Jonas Brothers did 'Baby You Can Drive My Car.' Corinne Bailey Rae slowed things down with 'Blackbird.' And Faith Hill stroked 'Long and Winding Road.'" However, "it was McCartney himself who brought down the house by belting out 'Michelle,' aiming his words straight at a first lady named Michelle. He said he'd been 'itching' to perform it at the White House, and asked the president's forgiveness in advance. The first lady was soon mouthing the words along with McCartney and the president was swaying in his seat." The evening will air on PBS July 28 as part of the "In Performance at the White House" series. AP

• Tony-winning writer-director Arthur Laurents ("La Cage aux Folles") has honored his late partner of 52 years Tom Hatcher by creating a new award for emerging playwrights in both their names. The prize will be given annually with $50,000 going to the creator of a full-length play of social relevance and an additional $100,000 to the non-profit theater that stages its premiere. PLAYBILL

Guys Choice Awards 2010John Consoli has an extensive rundown of the bold-faced names appearing on the fourth annual Guys Choice Awards airing on Spike TV on Father's Day (June 20). Among those attending the June 5 taping in L.A. are nominees George ClooneyLeBron James, Kiefer Sutherland and  Scarlett Johansson. Winners of the 14 awards will be decided by an online vote. THE WRAP

Upper photo: Kathy Griffin "For Your Consideration" ad. Credit: THR

Middle photo: Paul McCartney and President Obama at the White House. Credit: Andrew Harrer/EPA/Pool.

Lower photo: Guys Choice Awards logo. Credit: Spike TV.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Mike Ausiello's Emmys wish list | 'Lost' epilogue on DVD | Tonys looking for new talent

May 27, 2010 |  4:36 pm

Kyle Chandler Connie BrittonMike Ausiello is doling out his dream Emmy Awards ballot in bite-size pieces this year. Among the tasty morsels is this one about the never-nominated stars of "Friday Night Lights" -- Kyle Chandler: "His coach turned the misfits of East Dillon into champions. Surely that warrants an Emmy"; and Connie Britton: "Carried the ball, never fumbling, even with a tricky abortion plot." Mike also touts the awards potential of a pair of onetime "Six Feet Under" co-stars -- Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"): "He killed as Dex tried (and failed) to have it all"; and Peter Krause ("Parenthood"): "His character is flawed. His performance? Not so much."  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Andy Richter is close to inking a deal to host the latest revamp of the classic game show "Pyramid." The original incarnation hosted by Dick Clark was an Emmy powerhouse in the 1970s and 1980s. However, this gamer is not guaranteed to get to air. As Josef Adalian reports, it "is still competing with other projects for the 'As the World Turns' slot. Another potential project is a 'View'-like talk show co-hosted by Sara Gilbert and Julie Chen, and we hear rumblings that Sharon Osbourne has been talked about to join them for a pilot." NEW YORK

• Coincidentally came news that Dick Clark will be feted at the 37th annual daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas on June 27. "It was time for us to talk about Dick Clark and his influence on daytime," said the awards show's exec producer, David McKenzie. "He had a huge influence on television and was a tremendous cornerstone of the music business as well. We couldn't pass up the opportunity." Paying tribute will be Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, Garth Brooks, Cher, Simon Cowell, Jay Leno, Barry Manilow, Marie Osmond and the Spinners. The kudocast, to air on CBS, will be hosted by Regis Philbin.

Lost_Logo • Reigning Emmy champ Michael Emerson says the upcoming DVD edition of the complete series of "Lost" will include an extra that might satisfy some fans left mystified by Sunday's finale. Explains Emerson, "there is a bonus feature ... a lost scene. It’s a lot. It’s 12 or 14 minutes that opens a window onto that gap of unknown time between Hurley becoming number one and the end of the series. It’s self-contained, although it’s a rich period in the show’s mythology that‘s never been explored, so who knows what will come of it." G4

• The "Twilight" franchise dominated the third National Movie Awards in London Wednesday with winners, determined by a public vote, including Robert Pattinson for best performance, while "New Moon" nailed best fantasy and "Eclipse" earned the award for most anticipated movie. The sixth film in the "Harry Potter" series -- "Half Blood Prince" -- took best family film while the entire run won a special recognition prize. Also honored were "Sherlock Holmes" (best action/thriller), "The Time Traveler's Wife" (breakthrough film) and Tom Cruise as a screen icon.

Kathy Griffin dropped by "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to promote the upcoming season of "My Life on the D-List." She regaled Jay Leno with stories of her road trip to Alaska with Levi Johnson in the hopes of landing a dinner invite from his onetime potential mother-in-law Sarah Palin. The sixth season of this two-time Emmy winner for best reality series begins on Bravo June 15. TV SQUAD

Tony Awards logo • The Tony Awards in conjunction with longtime host broadcaster CBS and Macy’s are conducting an online contest to find two would-be Broadway belters to walk the red carpet at the 64th annual theater kudos June 13. Winners will be chosen in a two-part process. Contestants have uploaded videos of their renditions of selected show tunes and an online vote that goes till June 1 will determine five finalists who will be flown to Gotham to take part in a sing-off at the flagship Macy's in Herald Square on June 11, where an expert panel will pick the two winners. CBS

• Theater critic David Sheward has come up with his own kudos that canvas the entire Gotham legit scene. As he explains, "These are strictly my own personal choices for what I thought was the best of 2009-10 and not to be confused with my predictions for any other awards -- that will come later. If a designer or actor did outstanding work in more than one production in the same category, such as Jessica Hecht in 'A View from the Bridge' and 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' I include them both. Sometimes the choices are similar to those for other awards like the DDs, Lortels, Outer Critics, and Obies, sometimes I include totally overlooked work, such as the stunning Australian production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' at BAM which no award group recognized." BACKSTAGE

• Recent Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") will be on hand to present at the Student Academy Awards on June 12. A lucky 13 students will be celebrated with a week of events at the academy culminating in the awards ceremony. The academy began these awards in 1972 "to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level." Previous student winners have gone on to receive 40 Oscar nominations and have won or shared seven awards. AMPAS

Top photo: Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler in "Friday Night Lights." Credit: NBC.

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

Bottom photo: Tony Awards logo. Credit: American Theater Wing.

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'Offensive' Kathy Griffin to host Creative Arts Emmys

July 14, 2009 |  1:06 pm

Over the last two years, Kathy Griffin has blasphemed Jesus and dropped F-bombs while accepting awards at the Creative Arts Emmys, but she will officially preside over the event at Nokia Theatre on Sept. 12. Even though the TV academy has publicly denounced her performance at the podium as "offensive" in the past, she will host the ceremony that she frequently mocks as the "Schmemmys." The Creative Arts Emmys are a target for jokes because they honor mostly technicians, makeup artists and other crafts workers at a low-profile gala held prior to the main Emmy bash telecast on network TV.

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In 2008 and 2007, while nominated at the Schmemmys, Kathy Griffin's Bravo show, "My Life on the D-List," won best reality program and probably would've skated to easy victory again this year if not for the breakout success of "Jon and Kate Plus 8," which will probably nab its first nomination this Thursday. While presiding as host, will Griffin erupt in a tirade of F-bombs is she loses? Or if she wins?

When she triumphed in 2007, Kathy Griffin's acceptance speech caused major hubbub: "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus." Then she added: "Hell has frozen over. ... it, Jesus. This award is my god now!"

TV academy chiefs issued a statement denouncing her remarks as "offensive," and they were heavily censored when her win was shown on the edited version of the ceremony aired by E! Entertainment network.

When she won in 2008, she dropped lots of F-bombs that were also edited out of taped version of the show aired later on E!: "Well, well, well! Here we go again . . . . Here we go again!" Looking around the auditorium, she acknowledged some celebs in the audience, adding, "Hanks, Gandolfini — what the … ! I'm not going to tell anyone to ... it. I would make love to this thing if I could."

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PODCAST: Kathy Griffin warns 'Everybody's in trouble!' if she wins an Emmy again

August 1, 2008 | 10:20 pm

Awards-obsessed Kathy Griffin isn't satisfied with having won an Emmy last year. Now she's going after two more — she's nominated for best reality program again ("My Life on the D-List") and best variety special ("Straight to Hell") — plus she's campaigning for a Grammy. Her new CD is brazenly titled "For Your Consideration."

"I am trying to be Rita Moreno," she confesses in our podcast chat. "How many times do I have to say it?" CLICK HERE to download or listen to the MP3 file.  NOTE: You may need to hold down your computer's control key while clicking.

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It's scary — and impressive — that Kathy Griffin knows about Rita Moreno. But it also proves that Kathy Griffin is our kind of gal. She's referring to one of 10 winners of showbiz awards' grand slam: Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony. How many other celebs are aware of that, eh? (The nine others on that list, by the way: Mel Brooks, John Gielgud, Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mike Nichols, Richard Rodgers and music arranger Jonathan Tunick.)

When Kathy Griffin won the Emmy last year, she gave what can easily be pegged the most outrageous acceptance speech in all kudos history — so shocking that E! network bleeped her from its telecast of the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, where she claimed the statuette a week before the main show.

If she wins this year, "believe me, something's going to happen," she promises Gold Derby. "This year I'm nominated for the creative arts plus the real fancy Emmys. Everybody's in trouble!"

Why did she cause such a hubbub last year? "When I watch these award shows I'm looking for the person who's going to say something inappropriate," she tells us. "I'm looking for the person's who going to cry to the point where they can't even speak. I'm looking for the person who's going to forget to thank their husband — like if Oprah forgot to thank Gail. Can you imagine? So I thought if I was ever even close to getting up there, I want it to be something people are talking about the next day."

In our podcast chat, Kathy confesses her awards-show addiction: "Look. Here's the deal. I'm such an awards show fanatic … I mean I watch every awards show … I'll watch, like, the Alma Awards … I'll watch anything."

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And she's furious that the Emmys have asked five other reality hosts — including Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") — to emcee the ceremony and not her. "I am now going to enter into a murder-murder suicide with Heidi Klum," she swears.

Kathy also revisits her infamous firing from E! network, where she covered the red-carpet parade — up until, that is, she made a joke about 6-year-old Dakota Fanning going into rehab.

I picked her because she has this squeaky-clean perfect record," Kathy says. "I wouldn't make that joke about Miley Cyrus."

But Griffin shrugs off the whole kerfuffle that followed as "so silly and funny," adding, "It was hilarious. I loved the whole thing. In a way, I live for moments like that.... I got fired for making inappropriate jokes about celebrities, but you know what? Celebrities deserve it. They deserve it and they know it!" CLICK HERE to listen to listen to our full chat!  

Photo: ATAS


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