• Simon Cowell will be honored at the TV BAFTAs on June 6 with a special award. Cowell -- who worked on "Pop Idol" in the UK before "American Idol" made him a household name stateside -- is being recognized for his "outstanding contribution ... and for his development of new talent." John Willis, chair of BAFTA's TV committee, said he was "delighted" to salute "one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time." Cowell left "American Idol" this week to concentrate on launching an U.S. version of his Brit hit "The X Factor." He has already succeeded with an American version of "Britain's Got Talent." Later this year, Cowell is slated to receive a similar accolade from the International Emmys. BBC
• The Creative Arts Emmys "might more accurately be described as the Not Ready for Primetime Emmys," says Todd Longwell. He details the fun to be had at these awards, which are handed out one week prior to the prime-time kudos. "While the event has a handful of celebrity-friendly categories, like guest acting, the bulk of the awards are for below-the-line disciplines deemed too mundane for the big show, such as art direction,
cinematography and sound editing. The show's low profile has worked in its favor, making it one of the looser, edgier stops on the awards circuit. 'Because it's on a cable channel, not a broadcaster, and we know that the show is going to be edited, people tend to relax a little bit more with their language,' TV academy Chairman and Chief Executive John Shaffner says." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
• Michael Riedel reports that the Tony Awards telecast on June 13 will open with a medley with the working title "Pop Songs You Might Not Know Are on Broadway." As Michael writes, "Cast members, in costume, will perform the pop-hit medley. Surprise 'guest performers' are likely to include 'Glee' stars Lea
Michele and Matthew Morrison (both Broadway babies), Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and, possibly, Jon Bon Jovi. Elton John, the producer of the Tony-nominated play 'Next Fall,' might pop up as well. Tony host Sean Hayes will certainly sing something from 'Promises' with his un-nominated co-star, Kristin
Chenoweth." NEW YORK POST
• Roger Friedman recaps Thursday's ceremony honoring the recipients of the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Among those attending the soiree at Sardi's was best actress in a musical winner Catherine Zeta-Jones ("A Little Night Music"). "She gestured to the myriad caricatures hanging on the walls around her and said, “You have my family here already.” She meant Michael Douglas and his father Kirk. It was very touching." And as Roger writes, "Zeta-Jones wasn’t the only star in the room, however. Both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis came to get their citations for 'Fences.' Frank Langella came at his own request to present the Best New Play award to John Logan, who wrote 'Red.' Langella couldn’t have been more effusive." SHOWBIZ 411
• Mike Ausiello concludes his annual wish list of Emmy Awards nominees with his slates of series. On the drama front, Mike is pumping for bids by freshman hit "The Good Wife" -- "Single-handedly raised the bar for procedurals on TV" -- and never-nominated "Friday Night Lights" -- "A different team, but still victorious." Among the laffers, Mike likes "Better Off Ted" -- "the best show that no one (with a Nielsen box) watched" -- and "Chuck" -- "I spy a consistently awesome and hilarious show in need of some
long-overdue Emmy love." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
• Our forum posters are weighing in on Mike's suggestions and find some of them wanting. For jss0058, "Drama Series...I like it, but to not include 'Lost' is ridiculous. Also you have to include 'Dexter' which had a such a great season. I say throw out 'True Blood' & 'The Good Wife' for those two." Says PaulHan, "No 'Lost'; no 'Party Down'; no cred, Michael." And Zackfins thinks "As much as I like all of the comedies mentioned, I would have to bounce either 'Better Off Ted' or 'Chuck' for 'Community.'" However, Markk believes Mike is mostly right: "I'm not really down with the mentions of 'Damages,' 'True Blood,' 'Cougar Town' and 'Glee,' but I like the rest." And says ItsNotMe, "I actually like a lot of his choices, in all categories. These are
much better than the actual nominees will turn out to be (to me, anyway)." GOLD DERBY FORUMS
Top photo: Simon Cowell on "The X Factor." Credit: ITV.
Middle photo: Tony Awards logo. Credit: American Theater Wing.
Bottom photo: Emmy Award statue. Credit: ATAS.
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