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After losing first Emmy bid last year, Harry Shearer back to being snubbed for 'The Simpsons'

July 8, 2010 |  3:53 pm

Harry Shearer had to wait for 17 years after his cast mates from "The Simpsons" won the first Emmys awarded for voice-over performances before he finally earned a nomination last year. While Shearer has voiced dozens of characters — including many of the most popular ones, like Montgomery Burns and Mr. Smithers — since the series' debut in 1989, he was snubbed by the Emmy nominating panel time and again. Then when he finally made it into the race, he lost to  Dan Castellaneta who gives voice to Homer Simpson.

Harry Shearer The Simpsons Emmy Awards Like last year, this year's nominees for voice-over performance were determined by a combined panel from the animation peer group and from the performers peer group who have voice-over credits. The winner will be decided by a non-preferential ratings score system.

Among those who edged Shearer out were two other "Simpson" regulars — Hank Azaria and Dan Castellaneta — as well as guest star Anne Hathaway who voiced Princess Penelope on one episode. While Hank Azaria won his first Emmy in 1998 for just the voice of Apu, his second and third wins in 2001 and 2003 were for numerous characters. This year he contends for the voices of Apu and Moe Syzlak. Dan Castellaneta won his first and third Emmys in 1992 and 2004 for a variety of voices, while his second and fourth wins in 1993 and 2009 were just for Homer Simpson. This year, he contends for voicing Homer and Grampa Simpson.

When Castellaneta won in 1992, he was just one of six voice-over artists on "The Simpsons" so honored. The other winners were series regulars Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson)  as well as guest voices Jackie Mason (Rabbi Krustofsky) and Marcia Wallace (Mrs. Krabappel). Kelsey Grammer won in 2006 for the recurring character of Sideshow Bob.

This year's other nominees in the category are: H. Jon Benjamin as suave spy Sterling Archer on "Archer";  Seth Green for three roles on "Robot Chicken"; and Dave Foley as Santa's helper Wayne on "Prep and Landing."

"The Simpsons" has won 25 Emmys over its two-decade run: 13 for voice-over, 10 for top animated program under one hour, and two for top song. At the height of the show's popularity, the producers opted out of the animated Emmy race and tried their luck at nabbing a nod for comedy series. However, unlike that modern stone age family, "The Flintstones," which contended for best comedy series in 1961, "The Simpsons" could not break into the big leagues.

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Will 'South Park' and 'The Daily Show' have the nerve to submit the Muhammad episodes for the Emmy battle?

April 23, 2010 |  1:09 pm

That fearless wag Jon Stewart just jumped into the Muslim controversy engulfing "South Park" by doing an irreverent riff on "The Daily Show." Will he soon be hit with death threats too? If so, there's this possible salvation: they could win Emmys.

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That may sound ridiculous, but, OK, we're talking Comedy Central shows here, so anything goes. The recent "South Park" episodes ("200," "201") under attack for including the prophet Muhammad start out with veiled accusations that Tom Cruise may be secretly gay. That mirrors the "Trapped in the Closet" episode from season 9 nominated in the Emmy category for best animated program in 2006.

Alas, it lost to "The Simpsons" episode titled "The Seemingly Neverending Story," but the clash was obviously a close one. "South Park" and "The Simpsons" have been trading off victories in this Emmy race over the past five years with the current score — "South Park" 3, "The Simpsons" 2. But  "The Simpsons" has been on TV much longer than "South Park" (21 years compared to 13) and reigns as the biggest champ in the category's history (10 wins), so "South Park" is vulnerable again.

What's curious is that "South Park" chose to submit the "Trapped in the Closet" episode to Emmy jurors over another option that TV season: the controversial segments that flirted with depicting Muhammad titled "Cartoon Wars 1" and "Cartoon Wars 2." Would the show have won with those instead?

Even if "South Park's" producers submit the current Muhammad footage to Emmy jurors and lose, "The Daily Show" could triumph in a different category for its response. Odds are much better in that case. Over the past seven years, "The Daily Show" has never lost the battle for best variety series.

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Glee' in vogue with viewers | 'South Park' celebrates 200 episodes | Rachel Weisz as 'Jackie'

April 14, 2010 |  3:49 pm

Jane Lynch Glee Madonna • The Golden Globe and SAG winner "Glee" returned to the Fox lineup Tuesday night and made good use of lead-in "American Idol," nearly doubling its audience from last fall. The tuneful series, which had been off the air since December, drew 13.7 million viewers, compared with an average of 7.7 million for its first 13 episodes. Capping off the telecast was a sneak peek from next week's episode -- the video "Vogue" -- with sure-to-be Emmy nominee Jane Lynch re-creating Madonna's iconic 1990 hit, down to every last hand gesture and pose.

• HBO is certainly confident in the prospects for "Treme," which it renewed for a second season just two days after the premiere episode aired to an audience of 1.4 million on Sunday night. This critically acclaimed series about life in post-Katrina New Orleans may help the paycaster become a major player again in the Emmy race for best drama series. Since "The Sopranos" won the trophy in 2007 for its final season, HBO has nabbed only one nomination in the category, with "Big Love" losing to AMC's "Mad Men" last year.

• Mexico's version of the Oscars, the Ariels, also honored a female director for the first time, as "Five Days Without Nora" from Mariana Chenillo won seven awards Tuesday night, including best picture, original screenplay, actor (Fernando Lujan) and supporting actress (Angelina Palaez). While Chenillo won the award for best first work, veteran helmer Carlos Carrera took home best director for "Backyard," which also won best actress for Asur Zagada. Another first film, "Meet the Head of Juan Perez" by Emilio Portes, won supporting actor (Jose Sefami) and three technical awards. THR

South Park Episode 200 • "South Park" airs its 200th episode Wednesday and will once more mock all of the celebrities it has skewered over the years. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have a lot to celebrate besides reaching this production milestone. They have done quite well with the Emmys over the years, winning three of their eight bids for animated program of less than one hour (2005, 2007, 2009) as well as another in 2008 for an extended version of the show. Now they are teaming up with Tony-winning composer Robert Lopez ("Avenue Q") for the new Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," which is slated to open next March. Jason Moore -- a Tony nominee for directing "Avenue Q," which won the 2004 best musical Tony Award -- will helm this production in conjunction with Parker, who, by the by, was a 1999 Oscar nominee along with composer Marc Shaiman for a ditty they composed for the "South Park" movie.

• New tuner "The Addams Family" may have hit a false note with the critics last week, but as Patrick Healy reports, the cash registers have been ringing ever since. "The show sold $851,000 in tickets last weekend on top of a $15 million sales advance, huge figures for a new Broadway run, and all but guaranteeing that it will be hard to snag a pair of good orchestra seats until fall. After five months of well-publicized creative difficulties for the show, this seeming paradox amounts to a theater world version of the golden fleece: the critic-proof smash." Whether it will win over Tony voters as well will be revealed on May 4, when nominations for the 64th annual awards are announced. NEW YORK TIMES

• Two Tony Awards winners -- Anika Noni Rose ("Caroline or Change") and Michael Cerveris ("Assassins") -- are to co-host the 55th annual edition of the Village Voice Obie awards on May 17 at Manhattan's Webster Hall. These kudos, founded in 1955, are unique among the Gotham theater kudos in that they celebrate both off- and off-off-Broadway productions.

Rachel Weisz Jackie Oscars • Oscar champ Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") has proved she will tackle any part, no matter the challenge. She just swept the West End theater awards for her acclaimed performance as  Blanche DuBois in a revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now comes word, via Nicole Sperling, that she is to play Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie," a biopic helmed by her fiancee, Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler"), from a script by Noah Oppenheim. Seven of the last 10 women to prevail in the lead actress race at the Oscars did so by playing real-life roles. This film will chronicle the four days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963. No doubt Weisz wishes the just-announced September 2011 release of an oral history by the former first lady was available now. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• The International Emmys bestowed prizes for digital content on Monday at MIP. As with the program awards, Britain dominated here too, winning both the fiction prize for "Primeval Evolved," an online companion to the now-canceled ITV series, and the nonfiction award for the Open University Web documentary "Virtual Revolution." New Zealand took home its first international Emmy for the interactive online children's mystery series "Reservoir Hill."

• The Razzies have not only announced the date for their awardsfest next year -- Feb. 26 -- but also the news that the ceremony may finally be shown on TV. Razzie chief John Wilson issued this statement: "With Sandra Bullock having just followed in the footsteps of Halle Berry, Bill Cosby and Ben Affleck to good-naturedly accept a Razzie statuette, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation is exploring the possibility of a first-ever television broadcast of their award ceremonies next spring as well as developing other Razzie-branded entertainment properties." Eric Ortner will produce the award show for potential TV airing.

• Add Oscar-winning helmer Martin Scorsese ("The Departed") to the growing list of converts to the 3-D process for making movies. Tatiana Siegel reports that the veteran filmmaker will use the technology for his next project, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." This adaptation of Brian Selznick's bestselling children's book -- set to begin production in June with a script by John Logan ("The Aviator") -- is slated for a Christmas 2011 release. VARIETY

Top photo: Jane Lynch in "Glee." Credit: Fox

Middle photo: "South Park" production still. Credit: Comedy Central

Bottom photo: Rachel Weisz at the 2005 Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS

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'Family Guy' will compete for best comedy series at the Emmys again

April 2, 2009 |  5:02 pm

The producers of "Family Guy" came so close to being nominated for best comedy series at the Emmys last year that they plan to try it again, Gold Derby has learned exclusively.

However, there's a glitch — and a major sacrifice the show must now make. Last year, due to a quirk in the Emmy rules, "Family Guy" was able to gamble on nabbing a bid for best comedy without abandoning the separate race for best animated program. The latter category permits ongoing series to compete against stand-alone specials. Since "Family Guy" had a notable special — its celebrated "Star Wars" spoof titled "Blue Harvest" — it could enter that for best animated program (it lost to "South Park's" Imaginationland") while also entering "Family Guy" for best comedy series ("30 Rock" won). "Family Guy" will not be eligible in the race for best animated program this year.

Flintstones_family_guy "Family Guy" didn't get nominated for best laffer last year, but it came close. It was one of the top 10 semi-finalists after a popular vote of the TV academy's 13,000 members. There won't be a semi-finalist run-off this year since judging panels will no longer determine nominees after screening sample episodes, but the number of nominees will be increased to six or seven from the usual five, thus giving "Family Guy" some Emmy hope.

But perhaps it's only slim hope. Obviously, there's a bias against animated fare at the Emmys just like the Oscars, which recently had to create a separate category for best animated feature after repeated, embarrassing snubs in the best picture race. Only one animated film has ever been nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards: "Beauty and the Beast" (1991). At the Emmys, only one animated show has ever been nominated for best comedy or drama series: "The Flintstones" (1961). Alas, "The Jack Benny Show" got the last laugh back then.

Not too long ago "The Simpsons" tried what "Family Guy" is attempting. After sweeping the animation race in the early 1990s, "The Simpsons" moved over to compete in the comedy category, but got shut out in 1993 and 1994. Then frustrated producers gave up in 1995 and moved back to animation.

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Did 'South Park' dump on the Emmys?

October 11, 2007 |  1:51 pm

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Hmmmm . . . was the role the Emmy Award played on "South Park" last night a smear at TV's top prize or just one of those outrageous elements in a program renowned for being cheeky? In this case, really cheeky — as in body parts south of the waistline.

The episode story line revealed Stan's dad Randy having the world's largest bowel movement. While he's sitting on the toilet, screaming and about to let looooose, a chryon flashes underneath reminding us that the show just won best animated program at the primetimes: "Emmy Award Winning Series."

That kind of bawdiness is typical of "South Park." In this case, producers may just have wanted to point out the irony of such an august prize going to a zany scatological show. But at the end of the episode, when Randy is hailed for producing the world's largest-ever chunk of excrement, he's given an award — one that looks an awful lot like an Emmy.

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