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Tony Awards still searching for 2011 venue

October 22, 2010 |  3:50 pm

Tony-awards Although the Broadway season is kicking into high gear in the weeks ahead with a slew of shows opening, the Tonys have yet to secure a site for their annual awardsfest in June. Radio City Music Hall — their home since 1997 — is unavailable because of a summer-long stint by Cirque du Soleil.

Among the other Gotham venues that could host the kudos: the Roseland Ballroom (1,800 seats) and the Best Buy Theater (2,100 seats) in the Broadway district; the Beacon Theater (2,800 seats) on the Upper West Side; the United Palace (3,400 seats) way uptown in Washington Heights; and the Park Avenue Armory (55,000 square feet) on the East Side. By comparison, Radio City seats 5,900.

The lack of a venue has already had an impact on the awards calendar. The end of the eligibility period remains in doubt because the date for the Tonys will be determined by the eventual locale. Traditionally, there is much jockeying for position in the last days of the season, with producers hoping that opening their shows late will keep them fresh in the minds of the members of the nominating committee.

Ace AP reporter Mark Kennedy interviewed the heads of the two organizations that present these prizes. Said Howard Sherman, executive director of the philanthropic American Theater Wing, "Some of the larger venues are not theaters; they're really concert halls. So they may be lovely in terms of their appearance and their seating, but they're not theaters. They don't have fly spaces, they don't have traps under the floor, they don't have wings to move scenery on and off."

Agrees Charlotte Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, "We have to be able to present a show that resembles in style our last shows, which means we need a legitimate stage with the ability to have sets and lighting that appears great on TV. Because, after all, it is a TV show."

Over the years, the kudocast has done well with both the critics and the Emmys. At the most recent edition of TV's top honors, the 2009 Tonycast won in the special class category. Just days before the Creative Arts Emmys, our eagle-eyed forum moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum caught the omission of Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris from the list of nominees. Gold Derby brought this to the attention of the TV academy, and Harris went on to share in the win. Gracious guy that he is, he included a shout-out to "Boomer" in his acceptance speech and backstage.

Photo: 2010 Tony Awards set at Radio City Music Hall. Credit: CBS.

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Emmy prediction smackdown: Experts forecast who'll win

August 26, 2010 |  1:39 pm

Here's a roundup of Emmy Award predictions from the best pundits on the planet: Mike Ausiello (Entertainment Weekly), Kristin dos Santos (E! Online), Maggie Furlong (AOL TV Squad), Joseph Kapsch (Zap2It), Steve Pond (The Odds, The Wrap), Matt Roush (TV Guide) plus the Gold Derby/The Envelope team of Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria and me. Read category-per-category analysis here.

Emmy Awards predictions news

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Glee" — Dos Santos
"Modern Family" — Ausiello, Beachum, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
"Nurse Jackie"
"The Office"
"30 Rock"

Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Pond, Roush
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Matthew Morrison ("Glee")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") — Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil
Steve Carell ("The Office")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")

Lea Michele ("Glee") — Dos Santos
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine")
Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") — Ausiello, Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")
Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") — Furlong

Chris Colfer ("Glee") — Kapsch, O'Neil
Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family")
Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") — Beachum, Dos Santos, Licuria, Pond
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") — Ausiello, Furlong, Roush
Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")

Jane Lynch ("Glee") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Julie Bowen ("Modern Family")
Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family")
Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live")
Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock")
Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men")

"Breaking Bad" — Dos Santos
"The Good Wife"
"Lost" — Furlong
"Mad Men" — Ausiello, Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
"True Blood"

Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") — Ausiello, Furlong
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") — Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") — Dos Santos
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Matthew Fox ("Lost")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")

Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")
Glenn Close ("Damages")
Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights")
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit")
January Jones ("Mad Men")

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Betty White and Neil Patrick Harris join Emmy presenters

August 25, 2010 |  6:17 pm

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

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

Photo: Betty White. Credit: WireImage

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Creative Arts Emmys: The good, the bad and the ugly

August 22, 2010 | 10:22 pm

Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven) and I dish the results of the Creative Arts Emmys: What surprised us (upsets by Ann-Margret, Anne Hathaway and "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"), pleased us (Neil Patrick Harris' shout-out to Boomer when he won for hosting the Tony Awards) and what some of these early victories by "Saturday Night Live" and "The Colbert Report" might foreshadow next Sunday night.

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Neil Patrick Harris thanks The Times for his Emmy win

August 21, 2010 |  9:35 pm

When Neil Patrick Harris won his Emmy Award for hosting the Tonys at the Creative Arts ceremony, he said at the podium, "I just want to thank Boomer from The Envelope or I wouldn't have gotten this!" Then he gave our forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum double thumbs up.

Neil Patrick Harris Emmys Tonys newsIt was Boomer who discovered that Harris wasn't listed among the nominees for the Tony Awards telecast in the Emmy race for best special class. (Read the full story here.) After we brought the oversight to the attention of both the Tonys and the TV academy, Harris was added to the Emmy rundown and therefore he received a statuette today when the Tonys triumphed.

It sure was gracioius of Harris to acknowledge Boomer publicly, but, after I saw it, I wasn't sure if Boomer would be able to catch the scene. E! network will telecast the Creative Arts show, but in edited form. So I asked Harris about the matter when he arrived backstage in the press room and he again expressed gushing thanks to our pal Boomer.

This now marks the second star who owes their Emmy victory to Boomer -- the first being Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City") -- but that's another matter.

Photo: Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tonys (CBS)

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After Tonys goof discovered, Emmys give Neil Patrick Harris one more nomination

August 10, 2010 |  6:17 pm

The TV academy just acknowledged a mistake made by the Tony Awards that was brought to its attention by Gold Derby and gave Neil Patrick Harris one more Emmy nomination -- for hosting the Tonys last year.

Harris' name was missing from the list of Emmy nominees in the race for best special-class program when bids were unveiled last month. Hosts of award shows used to compete in the old Emmy category of best performance in a variety special (Hugh Jackman won for hosting the Tonys in 2005), but that contest was eliminated last year. Award-show hosts are now grouped with the producers of the kudocasts. If the award show wins best special-class program, then the host wins along with its producers. Other contenders in the category, like hosts of "Saturday Night Live," were moved over to the guest acting categories (where Tina Fey won last year for hosting "SNL").

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However, our forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum noticed something odd when perusing this year's list of Emmy nominees: Neil Patrick Harris wasn't listed along with the producers of the Tonys show nominated for best special-class program. The omission was glaring considering that Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are listed among nominees with the Oscars telecast. Boomer asked me to inquire with Emmy chiefs. The awards department informed us that Harris' name hadn't been submitted for consideration, which was odd because the Tonys producers hadn't forgotten to list host Whoopi Goldberg last year. Why now?

Neil Patrick Harris has an embarrassing kudos secret. Even though he's Mr. Awards Show — having hosted the Tonys, Emmys, TV Land Awards and performed at the Oscars — he's never won a major showbiz trophy. He's lost three times at the Emmys, four at the Golden Globes and this year he received two Emmy bids as best supporting comedy actor ("How I Met Your Mother") and guest actor in a comedy series ("Glee"). Our pundits (Boomer included) don't believe Harris has a good shot to win in the supporting race this year. However, he's a serious rival in that guest contest — he's got real hope there. But if he loses both shots it would be outrageous for him to be cheated out of a nomination in the special-class category considering how often the Tonys win there. The Tonys won best special-class program in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Wouldn't it be tragic if Harris loses for "Mother" and "Glee" this year, then fails to win an Emmy along with the producers of the Tonys when the Tonys win the special-class contest again? Horrible! All because someone in the office of the Tonycast producers forgot to include Harris' name on the Emmy paperwork? Presumably, that's what happened.

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My fearless, 100% accurate Emmy nominations predictions

July 6, 2010 | 11:35 am
Emmy Awards 12

Here's who I predict will score bids when Emmy Awards nominations are unveiled Thursday morning:

"Breaking Bad"
"Mad Men"
"The Good Wife"

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

"The Big Bang Theory"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Family Guy"
"Modern Family"
"30 Rock"

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

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")

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")

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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'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.

GoldDerby Award

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

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"

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"

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"

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: BET Awards welcome Kanye West | Tons of Tonys updates

June 10, 2010 |  2:26 pm

Kanye West Taylor Swift BET MTV VMAs •  Kanye West is set to appear on the BET Awards, which air live on the cable network June 27. The rapper is contending for video of the year ("Run This Town" with Jay-Z and Rihanna) and best collaboration ("Forever" with Lil Wayne and Eminem). West made waves last year with his outburst at the MTV VMAs. The ripple effect of his intrusion on Taylor Swift's win as for best female video included the cancellation of his tour with Lady Gaga. Queen Latifah will be hosting the 10th anniversary edition of the BET Awards at which Jay-Z leads with five nominations. Also returning to the limelight will be rapper T.I. in his first TV appearance since leaving jail. Other performers include Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj and Diddy-Dirty Money. BET

• The Science and Technology Council of the motion picture academy has chosen five college students for a summer intern program that will place them with companies at the forefront of film technology, such as Industrial Light & Magic and Pixar. Along with the work experience, the students will each receive a $4,000 stipend from the academy. AMPAS

Sasha Stone has compiled a gallery of photos taken from the "True Grit" set in Austin. As Sasha says, this Coen brothers remake of the 1969 film that won John Wayne his only Oscar is "one of the most anticipated" movies of the year. Taking on the iconic role of the aging gunslinger is the newest Academy Award lead actor winner Jeff Bridges. AWARDS DAILY

• The golden anniversary of the Rose d'Or festival celebrating the best of global television takes place in September in Lucerne, Switzerland. As part of the festivities, awards will be handed out on Sept. 22. British fare — which does so well with the International Emmys — also dominates these awards, 48 of the 110 programs nominated are from Britain. For example, nine of the 13 comedies in contention are British. The breakdown of the rest of nominees is: Argentina (3), Australia (4), Belgium (2), Canada (7), Denmark (2), Egypt (1), Finland (2), France (2), Germany (9), Israel (2), Netherlands (6), Norway (3), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Qatar (1), South Africa (2), South Korea (2), Spain (5), Switzerland (3), the United Arab Emirates (1), and USA (3).  THE STAGE

Tony Awards staute • The two Tony Awards winners for their featured performances in musicals last year — Gregory Jbara ("Billy Elliot") and Karen Olivo ("West Side Story") — will be back on stage at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night. The pair have been tapped to preside over the creative arts segment of the Tony telecast this year. Fifteen awards will be handed out during this first hour of these top theater honors and will be available as a webcast. TONY AWARDS

• Last year Constantine Maroulis was in the audience at the Tony Awards as a lead actor nominee for his performance in the musical "Rock of Ages" — he lost to the three boys who shared the title role in "Billy Elliot." This year, he will be hosting the simulcast screening of the kudos on one of the giant screens in Times Square. Among the promised highlights will be an appearance by former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams who recently wowed in the Broadway production of "Chicago." TONY AWARDS

Neil Patrick Harris chatted with Mark Malin about emceeing both last year's Tonys and Emmys. "Hosting gigs are fantastically arbitrary because you don't make calls and angle and position and try to get the job. You just suddenly get a call, 'Hey, do you want to host the Tonys?' It's an amazing call to get and how can you say no to something like that. So if more comes in the future that would be awesome but I certainly have no big master plan." E ONLINE

• Tony contender "American Idiot" has been chosen by Actors' Equity as the recipient of its Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2009-2010 season. The award — which "honors and encourages those who actively promote the goals of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre" -- will be presented during a reception at the union's headquarter on June 15. PLAYBILL 

Top photo: Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Credit: Getty Images.

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

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'How I Met Your Mother' serenades Emmy voters

June 1, 2010 |  7:51 am

Sometimes it takes a few years for TV series to get noticed by Emmy voters. "Scrubs" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," for example, were snubbed for their first two seasons, but each nabbed noms for best comedy series for season three. Heck, "Raymond" went on to win twice (2003, 2005).

How I Met Your Mother Dance News

"How I Met Your Mother" experienced a dry spell during its first three seasons, earning scatter-shot nominations in second-tier races, but then it got a surprise nomination for best comedy last year. It lost to "30 Rock," which took home a third consecutive series award.

Now "HIMYM" is singing in the rain — literally. The campaign DVD package shipped to Emmy voters last week depicts the rain-soaked cast with umbrellas and, inside, Neil Patrick Harris pops up from the package's centerfold while doing a Gene Kelly spin around a lamp post. The scene is a reference to "Girls vs. Suits," the series' special 100th episode that ended with an homage to classic movie tuners. To drive home the musical message, the "How I Met Your Mother" DVD is fastened to the center of a cardboard circle that looks like an old vinyl record.
In addition to "Girls vs. Suits," the disc also contains two more episodes: "The Playbook" and "Doppelgangers."

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Emmy predix: Best supporting comedy actor

April 22, 2010 |  4:12 pm

Our Emmy sages Robert "Rob L" Licuria ( and Chris "Boomer" Beachum agree on five of the six stars who'll be nominated for best supporting comedy actor, but they clash over their sixth choices. Rob picks newcomer Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"). Boomer backs Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock"), who reaped his first and only Emmy bid last year. Morgan lost to Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men"). Prior to that, Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") won three years in a row.  

Note that Rob and Boomer rank Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") first as most likely to win. Also see their predix for these races: lead drama actor, best drama actress, best supporting drama actor,  best drama series, best comedy series and best lead comedy actor

Emmys Modern Family TV News

1. Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
2. Rainn Wilson ("The Office")
3. Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")
4. Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family")
5. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family")
6. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage")
Alternates: Ed O’Neill ("Modern Family"), Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock"), Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: The top three are almost assured a nod, and I think (and hope) all is forgiven and Jeremy Piven will sneak in again. That leaves the two "Modern Family" slots, assuming they will submit here. In fact, if they do, based on episodes aired so far, Stonestreet will surprise many and has the best shot at the win this year. It pains me to be predicting this, but I think Ed O’Neill, even with his classy move to supporting, will probably miss out on a nomination (that he has never been nominated over the years probably won’t matter very much to voters, unfortunately) because he doesn’t have as showy a role as Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet. However, based on name recognition, maybe O’Neill has a better shot than I think.

Also in with a chance are the "30 Rock" guys and the other male cast members of "Modern Family," not to mention the best male cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (Fred Armisen).

1. Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
2. Rainn Wilson ("The Office")
3. Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")
4. Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock")
5. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage")
6. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family")

Alternates -- Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: The only safe pick is Neil Patrick Harris to pick up another nomination in this category. It is a volatile category, so all of the other names on my predictions could be nominated or could be snubbed. I don't think it has been the best season for either Rainn Wilson or Jon Cryer, but can't imagine complete turnover in the category, so I have them both returning.

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