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Poll: Will 'So You Think You Can Dance' upstage 'Dancing With the Stars' and the Oscars at the Emmys?

July 12, 2010 |  8:21 am

So_you_think_you_can_dance "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" both earned a pair of Emmy Awards nominations for choreography this year. While "SYTYCD" has won this award for the last three years running, "DWTS" has been an Emmy wallflower for four years in a row. The other entry in the race is the Academy Awards, which was choreographed by co-producer Adam Shankman, who just happens to be a judge on "SYTYCD."

That Fox summer smash about everyday folk vying for a chance to dance won four of its nine Emmy bids for best choreography over the second, third and fourth seasons. In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "SYTYCD" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. In both 2008 and 2009, "SYTYCD" repeated, albeit with just one win each time and sharing its most recent victory with the Oscarcast hosted by Hugh Jackman.

This year, "So You Think You Can Dance" has two chances to continue its winning streak. Mia Michaels -- a champ in 2007 and a nominee last year -- is a contender with the routines "Gravity/Addiction," "Koop Island Blues" and "One." Stacey Tookey landed her first nomination for the routine "Fear."

"Dancing With the Stars" remains winless over six nominations. Four years ago and despite three entries, "DWTS" was left on the sidelines as "High School Musical" won the only Emmy awarded for choreography. For the last three years, "DWTS" has managed just one bid per year -- Louis van Amstel (2007), Julianne Hough (2008) and Derek Hough (2009) -- always to be bested by "SYTYCD," which has racked up multiple nominations.

This year, the ABC hit that pairs celebrities with professional dancers earned a pair of Emmy noms for Derek Hough. He contends alone for the routines "Futuristic Paso Doble/Living on Video" and "Quickstep/Anything Goes" and with Chelsie Hightower for the routine "Paso Doble/Malaquena."

Last year, Tony Award champ Rob Ashford ("Thoroughly Modern Millie") won his first Emmy for choreographing the Oscars. This year, Adam Shankman pulled double duty by both co-producing the show and choreographing the routines "Opening Number/No One Wants to Do it Alone" and "Score Suite," using many of the performers from "SYTYCD." He was rewarded for his efforts with a pair of nominations as the awardscast also contends in the special class category against last year's Tonys.

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Image: "So You Think You Can Dance" logo. Credit: Fox

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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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Will choreography of 'So You Think You Can Dance' waltz off with Emmy again?

July 6, 2010 |  9:06 am

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"So You Think You Can Dance" continues to do well with viewers this summer, landing in the top 10 shows with the coveted 18-49 audience on a regular basis. The Fox reality competition series follows the footsteps of amateur hoofers hoping to make it in show biz. "SYTYCD" has also proved to be a consistent winner with the Emmy Awards, taking home the choreography prize the last three years.

Tracy Watson of the Wall Street Journal does a superb job tracking the show's high kicks and missteps with TV's top honors over the years. Her starting point is last week's episode, in which executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was wowed by one routine in particular. As Tracy notes, "After contestant Alex Wong (a ballet dancer) and All-Star Twitch performed a hip-hop number that had the audience and judges on their feet, Nigel gushed, 'If this routine and you are not up for an Emmy with [choreographers] Napoleon [D'umo] and Tabitha [D'umo] next year, I don't know why not.' "

Tracy then details the track record of "SYTYCD," which has won four of its nine Emmy bids for best choreography over the second, third and fourth seasons. In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "SYTYCD" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. In both 2008 and 2009, "SYTYCD" repeated, albeit with just one win each time and sharing the most recent victory with the 81st Academy Awards. Because of the awards eligibility period, seasons five and six will both be vying for recognition at this year's Emmys.

For Tracy, "Three numbers that have won in past years (excepting a Wade Robson group number in 2007) have all been very lyrical, very emotional performances. In 2008, an upbeat jazz routine choreographed by Mandy Moore that lands on most lists of favorite 'SYTYCD' performances and a Shane Sparks hip-hop were shot down in favor of a slower jazz number from Wade."

"In 2009, a romantic and sexy contemporary piece from Tyce Diorio beat out what I call Mia Michael’s 'door routine,' a smoking-hot Argentine tango choreographed by former contestant Dmitry Chaplin (and) a bit surprisingly, a wildly popular Tabitha and Napoleon hip-hop, danced to 'Bleeding Love.' "

Among the shows "SYTYCD" has bested has been "Dancing With the Stars." That ABC hit pairs professional dancers with celebrities. This spring's season 10 lineup included Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek. While he lost in the final to Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, three other Olympic champs have been crowned champ: speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (season 4), figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and gymnast Shawn Johnson (season 8). However, none of their Olympic gold has rubbed off on the show, which has lost the choreography Emmy race for four years running beginning in 2006 when, despite three nominations, it was bested by "High School Musical."

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Gold Derby nuggets: Can Jeff Bridges win with sentiment? | Greg Ellwood: 'Avatar' wows HFPA | Oscarcast producer takes to Twitter

December 8, 2009 |  3:19 pm

Crazy Heart PosterRobert Abele looks at the role of sentiment in the awarding of Oscars. As he writes, "compassion for those who have never won and who find their work again in the running becomes an issue once more. For instance, four-time nominee Jeff Bridges has a lauded turn as an alcoholic country singer in the December release 'Crazy Heart.' Is this his year, finally? Might he win because he's 'due'?" Vogue film critic John Powers thinks, "He's the great actor of that generation. Actors want to act with him. Directors want him because he has weight. He's the kind of person you could imagine the sentiment for, if it weren't for the fact that the industry has all the sentiment of a slot machine." However, film critic Leonard Maltin warns, "If you want to know whether or not so-called sentiment trumps other feelings at the academy, talk to Lauren Bacall and Juliette Binoche. They were the two most shocked people at the Academy Awards that night." VARIETY

Scott Bowles sits down with two of the stars of "The Lovely Bones" for a revealing conversation. As Scott writes, "For Saoirse Ronan, a knowing 15-year-old Irish girl already drawn to adult dramas, the movie is her grimmest yet -- and she was in 'Atonement.' 'This was the first time I felt like a grown-up and really absorbed the material,' she says." And for Stanley Tucci, "the 49-year-old who lost his wife, Kate, to breast cancer in April, 'Bones' was a test of how dark he could take a character and not let it invade a personal life already set on its ear. 'I've seen the finished movie. But to tell you the truth, I'm not sure how many times I'll be able to see it again.'" USA TODAY

Scott Feinberg recaps the Nov. 9 episode of Oscar hopeful Mo'Nique's BET talkfest: "Her guests are 2 of the mere 42 black actors who have ever received Oscar nominations: her good friends Terrence Howard ('Hustle and Flow,' 2005) and Taraji P. Henson ('The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' 2008), and before long the conversation shifts to a frank discussion about the good, bad and ugly aspects of an Oscar campaign." Scott thinks, "this may have been a turning point in Mo’Nique’s personal outlook/willingness to do the work necessary to snag an Oscar, as it provided her with answers to questions that apparently kept her from joining her 'Precious' castmates at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals and from doing some of the other promotional duties that come with a full-fledged awards push -- things that she has subsequently seemed more willing to do." AND THE WINNER IS

Avatar PosterGreg Ellwood reports that the HFPA screening of "Avatar" Monday went so well that it is "now very likely to be nominated in both the best picture (drama) and best director categories when the Golden Globe nominations are announced next Tuesday. This was almost unthinkable a week ago and may push expected Globe nominees such as 'The Hurt Locker' or 'An Education' out of the best picture -- drama race. Additionally, this could (emphasis on 'could') find 'Avatar"' seriously being considered for one of the 10 nominees for Oscar's best picture trophy -- especially considering the eighth to 10th slots hardly seem secure at this point in the race." HIT FIX

Danielle Lawler details the extraordinary meeting between Lady Gaga and Queen Elizabeth II on Monday at the annual Royal Variety Performance. "The singer who loves to shock had hoped to perform the stunt -- in which she 'stabs' herself and is drenched in fake blood -- but panicking organizers of the Blackpool extravaganza ordered her to water down her routine. GaGa said: 'I wanted to do the suicide scene I did at the MTV Awards, but I was told it wouldn’t be appropriate. And not only has that been vetoed, but I have had to tone down my act generally. But all of that doesn’t matter because I’m a massive fan of the queen -- I was so excited and have even been practicing my curtsy.'" DAILY MIRROR

Lynn Elber says that Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais is promising gentle ribbing of the bold-faced names in attendance, telling "a teleconference Tuesday he'll avoid anything cruel or distasteful, but those younger, thinner or more attractive than him will face teasing. George Clooney, whom Gervais called a handsome, kind man and a fine actor, likely is safe. Gervais said poking fun at him would be like 'having a go at Mother Teresa.'" AP

Adam-shankman-sytycd • While the Globes have a new host in Gervais, the Oscarcast is being produced by a pair of  first-timers, and one of them -- helmer Adam Shankman -- asked his 48,000 followers on Twitter: "Curious: what and who do u wanna see on the oscars? What would make u watch?" Reports Gregg Kilday: "The fans responded in a frenzy. Lots of requests for 'High School Musical' stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, scattered calls for the kids from 'Glee' and Neil Patrick Harris as well as impassioned pleas for 'Twilight's" Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. And lots of Adam Lambert's fans demanded he be included." And Gregg says, "when Shankman posed the follow-up question, 'would u watch the oscars with more excitement if I cast some sytycd dancers if there are musical #s,' the fans went nearly berserk with excitement." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Dave Karger thinks, "Shankman is just having a little fun here, and certainly most of these ideas are unlikely at best." Then he notes, "it raises an interesting question: Should the Academy Awards, whose ratings have been slipping over the years, pander to younger fans by including tween stars and reality-show dancers even though they don’t truly belong at the telecast? (Let’s not forget that Robert Pattinson presented last year.) Or should the academy be most concerned with upholding its integrity even if that means lower viewership? Will you only watch the Oscars if Vanessa Hudgens is there? Or is Gabby Sidibe enough to get you to tune in?" ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Photos: "Crazy Heart" poster (Fox Searchlight); "Avatar" poster (Fox); Adam Shankman (Fox TV)

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Should 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant Donny Osmond be eligible for an Emmy Award?

January 28, 2009 | 11:46 am

The news that Donny Osmond is to compete on the upcoming eighth season of "Dancing With the Stars" prompts the question: Should the Emmy Awards add a new category for best reality show contestant? After all, the hosts of reality fare just got an Emmy category last year — "DWTS" emcee Tom Bergeron Dancing_with_the_stars_donny_osmo_2 lost to Jeff Probst of "Survivor" — and there's a pretty solid rumor that the judges of these shows will get their own new category at the next Emmy smackdown. But, come on, the competitors make these shows so irresistibly watchable. They are not Emmy eligible. That's an outrage!

Marie Osmond delivered some of the more "memorable" moments on TV last year with her appearance on Season 5 of the celebrity dance-off. Who can forget her baby doll routine, try as they might, or her fainting spell? During a taping of daytime talker "The Bonnie Hunt Show," their put-upon sibling rivalry was on display.

Donny Osmond told Bonnie Hunt, "Who do you think taught her how to dance?"

Marie Osmond replied, "I just want to see him in stretchy pants!"

Donny Osmond admitted, "It is going to be very difficult because I am going to be doing Vegas on top of doing 'Dancing With the Stars.' "

Donny and Marie Osmond are currently starring in a variety show reminiscent of their 1970s TV series at the Flamingo Hotel.

At the Emmy Awards, "Dancing With the Stars" has received 23 nominations, but managed only four technical wins. Unbelievably, this superhit dancefest has failed to win the Emmy for best choreography! In 2006, it had three noms in the category but lost to "High School Musical." In 2007 there was a three-way tie as "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. And last year, "So You Think You Can Dance" waltzed off with another win. "Dancing With the Stars" has also lost the reality competition category three years running to "The Amazing Race."

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Photo: Flamingo Hotel and Casino

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Will 'So You Think You Can Dance' upstage 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'High School Musical 2' at the Emmys?

July 19, 2008 |  4:51 pm

Looks like "Dancing with the Stars" may be an Emmy wallflower again this year, at least when it comes to winning the award for choreography. "So You Think You Can Dance" took three of the five slots and "High School Musical 2" took another, leaving Julianne Hough as the sole contender for teaching celebrities how to trip the light fantastic. (See full list of nominees HERE.)

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Last year, "Dancing with the Stars" was the lone loser while the high-energy "So You Think You Can Dance" took two of the Emmys for choreography and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" won the third. And two years ago, despite three nominations, "Dancing with the Stars" was left on the sidelines as "High School Musical" won the only Emmy awarded for choreography.

Overall, the boffo ratings of "Dancing" have not translated into much Emmy gold. Two years ago, the show went 2 for 6 with wins for technical direction and costumes. Last year it went 0 for 8 and this year it is also up for eight awards. Perhaps recent winner Kristi Yamaguchi's Olympic gold medal for figure skating can rub off on the show when they start doling out those golden Emmys.

Right now "So You Think You Can Dance" is one of the hottest TV shows in America. Just last week "So You Think You Can Dance" won its time slot on Thursday night, drawing nearly 8 million viewers. Such intense interest in the sexy TV show right now can only help to give it an extra kick in Emmy voting.

Photo: Fox


Will 'So You Think You Can Dance' waltz off with more Emmy Awards?

May 22, 2008 |  9:20 am

Only two days after "Dancing With the Stars" crowned Kristi Yamaguchi as the sixth-season champ, its Emmy Awards rival "So You Think You Can Dance" kicks off its third season tonight. So_you_think_you_can_dance_1 Like its fellow Fox reality show "American Idol," "Dance" is looking for the next unknown to make into a star.

While "Dance" does not earn the boffo TV ratings of "Dancing," this talent contest did trounce the celebrity dance-off at last year's Emmys, picking up two of the three awards for choreography. "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" won the third, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" as the only loser in the race.

"Dance" host Cat Deeley tells TV Guide that the two Emmy-winning choreographers have new moves designed to shake things up this season. "There will definitely be another amazing Mia Michaels routine that's going to give you chills. Wade Robson is also going to do something very special for us."

To read the rest of Cat's interview, CLICK HERE.

(Fox TV)


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