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Conan O'Brien ousts Jay Leno and David Letterman from Emmys

July 8, 2010 |  8:08 am

Conan-obrien-and-jay-leno As expected, Conan O'Brien was rewarded for submitting himself with an Emmy nomination for his seven-month tenure at the helm of "The Tonight Show." While it isn't so surprising that he edged out the returning Jay Leno -- who won this award once (1995) during his first 17 years hosting this late-night staple -- it is a jaw-dropper that "Late Show with David Letterman" is missing from this race for the first time since it debuted in 1994.

"Late Show" won the Emmy for its first season and then picked up five in a row beginning in 1998. That winning streak was halted by "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," which has owned this category since 2003 and contends once again this year. O'Brien will face this Comedy Central hit head-on in the ratings when he launches his new chat fest on TBS in the fall.

It took O'Brien a full decade of hosting "Late Night" before his show landed its first Emmy bid in the variety comedy music series category in 2003. It contended unsuccessfully in this race for five years. In both 2008 and 2009, "Late Night" lost its slot in the list of nominees to the resurgent "Saturday Night Live," which is in the hunt once more.

The other two nominees have been perennial Emmy bridesmaids. "The Colbert Report" earned its fifth consecutive nomination and has an excellent chance to prevail this year thanks to an episode it plans to submit to Emmy jurors -- the host's hilarious and heartfelt trip to Iraq. "Real Time with Bill Maher" earned nom No. 6 but has failed to win a single Emmy, even in the crafts categories. Indeed, Maher is the new Susan Lucci, ranking as the biggest loser in the history of TV's top award, with 22 defeats and no wins for producing, writing and performance.

The new edition of "Late Night" -- helmed by Emmy host Jimmy Fallon -- was snubbed this year. Also missing is "The Mo'Nique Show," starring the "Precious" actress who swept the last film awards derby (New York Film Critics Circle to Oscars).

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Emmy Awards nominations: Who got skunked!

July 8, 2010 |  7:05 am

Ah, the Emmy Awards nominations that might have been! Below is a list of the programs and stars snubbed Thursday by the 14,000 voters of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Here is a list of nominees contending for the major awards at the 62nd annual edition of the Emmys, which will be handed out Aug. 29 on NBC.

* = nominee in 2009


"Big Love" *
"Damages" *
"Friday Night Lights"
"Grey's Anatomy"
"House" *
"The Mentalist"
"Rescue Me"
"The Tudors"

"The Big Bang Theory"
"Bored to Death"
"Desperate Housewives"
"Entourage" *
"Family Guy" *
"How I Met Your Mother" *
"Two and a Half Men"
"Ugly Betty"
"United States of Tara"
"Weeds" *

"Alice" (SyFy)
"Emma" (PBS)
"Occupation" (BBC America)
"The Prisoner" (AMC)
"Small Island" (PBS)

"Amish Grace" (Lifetime Movie Network)
"A Dog Year" (HBO)
"Einstein & Eddington" (HBO)
"Jesse Stone: No Remorse" (CBS)
Hallmark Hall of Fame: "When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story" (CBS)
"Who is Clark Rockefeller" (Lifetime)

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Can Betty White make it 'Hot in Cleveland'?

June 16, 2010 |  2:28 pm

Hot_in_cleveland_betty_white Betty White was all over the tube this week promoting her new sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," which debuts on TV Land on Wednesday night. This first foray into an original sitcom for the cable net earned respectable reviews from the likes of the New York Times -- "This is not perhaps the most daring or avant-garde comedy on television, but there is nothing shameful about 'Hot in Cleveland.' It’s actually kind of fun" -- and the Los Angeles Times -- "Like the women in it, the show is solid and professional and holds together well."

That White is red-hot is evidenced by her top billing on the TV Land website above nominal stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. While Bertinelli won two Golden Globes for "One Day at a Time" in the early 1980s and Leeves and Malick reaped one and two Emmy noms for "Frasier" and "Just Shoot Me," respectively, in the 1990s, it is White who is the awards darling of the group.

Though White has made memorable appearances in movies as of late, most notably as Sandra Bullock's sassy grandmother in last year's smash hit "The Proposal," her connection with television dates to an appearance on an experimental Los Angeles channel in 1939. Since then, White has conquered every aspect of the medium, including hosting five hours of live TV per day in the 1950s and guesting on countless game shows in the 1960s -- such as "Password," where she met her husband, host Allen Ludden -- and starring in classic sitcoms of the 1970s ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and 1980s ("The Golden Girls"). More recently, White has cornered the market on crazy-as-a-fox guest roles.

Along the way, White won four of her 16 prime-time Emmy bids as well as a daytime Emmy for hosting the game show "Just Men!" and even a local one for her first sitcom, "Life With Elizabeth." White took home her first prime-time Emmy in 1975 for her supporting work on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and got a matching bookend award the following year. She was the first of the "Golden Girls" to win an Emmy prevailing as lead actress for the first season of the smash hit in 1986 and earning a nomination in each of the remaining six years. White talks eloquently about both those hits -- as well as her self-titled misfire that came in between and the flop follow-up "The Golden Palace" -- in a fascinating interview with the TV academy (below).

Betty White won the last of her four prime-time Emmys in 1996 for playing an exaggerated version of herself on "The John Larroquette Show." The veteran scene-stealer also contended in the guest comedy actress category for appearances on "Suddenly Susan" in 1997 (Carol Burnett won Emmy no. 7 for "Mad About You") and "Yes, Dear" in 2003 (Christina Applegate won for "Friends").

Her heralded appearance last month hosting "Saturday Night Live" could land White with her 17th Emmy nomination. When the Emmy Awards eliminated the individual performance in a variety series category last year, "SNL" hosts became eligible to contend in the guest-acting races. Emmy darling Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake both won for their stellar turns at the helm of this late-night staple. White, nominated for her over-the-top appearance as Crazy Witch Lady on "My Name is Earl," was one of those felled by Fey.

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TBS touts Conan O'Brien in edgy Emmys campaign

June 8, 2010 | 11:48 am

Conan O'Brien Emmy Awards TBS NBC Tonight Show Jay Leno Ad 1 Last month, Conan O'Brien surprised awards watchers when he submitted his ill-fated edition of "The Tonight Show" for Emmy consideration. NBC did not include the show on its campaign DVD, opting instead for the return of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." However, O'Brien's Emmy bid got a boost Tuesday when his new employer, TBS, ran several sassy "For Your Consideration" ads in Variety.

As Turner exec Steve Koonin explained in a statement: "Conan’s great work in 2009 and 2010 deserves Emmy consideration. We’re very excited to have him join TBS later this year." O'Brien inked a deal in April with the cabler for a Monday-Thursday 11 p.m. show set to debut Nov. 8.

That time slot is currently filled by a talker hosted by George Lopez. Lopez welcomed being bumped to the midnight hour if it meant securing O'Brien as a lead-in. "Lopez Tonight" is also among the 27 variety comedy musical series contending on the official Emmy Awards ballot. Choices range from "Attack of the Show" to "X-Play" (both of which run on cable channel G4). Voters are instructed to: "VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN TEN achievements in this category that you have seen and feel are worthy of nomination. (More than ten votes in this category will void all votes in this category.)"

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Emmy voting began June 4 and runs until the 21st of the month. Nominees will be announced July 8, and the winners will be revealed Aug. 29 during the NBC telecast of the 62nd Emmy Awards. Hosting the kudos will be Jimmy Fallon, O'Brien's successor at "Late Night."

While Fallon's first season at the helm of the 12:35 a.m. gabfest made it onto the NBC disc, also missing from that mailer was Jay Leno's disastrous foray into prime time ("The Jay Leno Show"). As Curt King, senior vice president of Universal Media Studios, explained at the time: "In the DVD campaign packages, typically we do not include shows that aren't returning."

It took O'Brien a full decade of hosting "Late Night" before the show landed its first Emmy bid in this category in 2003. It contended unsuccessfully for five years, always losing to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which O'Brien soon will face head-on in the ratings. In both 2008 and 2009, "Late Night" lost its slot to the resurgent "Saturday Night Live," while "The Daily Show" kept winning.

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Will Emmy Awards make time for '24' this year?

May 25, 2010 |  8:51 am

The series finale of "24" delivered the show's trademark mix of action and drama as it wrapped up another eventful day in the life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). This year, the rogue spy battled both friends and foes before ending the day facing exile.

Kiefer Sutherland 24 Finale Emmy Awards Many critics have hailed the creative resurgence of this onetime perennial Emmy Awards contender. However, neither of our two Emmy experts -- Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria (Awards Heaven) -- foresee an awards comeback for "24." How fast the mighty have fallen!

For its fifth season in 2006, "24" finally won best drama series and Sutherland reigned as best actor. In 2007, Season 6 was deemed a disappointment, and the show failed to contend for the drama series Emmy for the first time in its run. Although "24" had made the top 10 -- as determined by a popular vote of TV academy members -- the sample episodes failed to impress the judging panel enough for the show to make it through to the final round of nominees. Then-reigning champ Sutherland did contend again in the best actor race, for the sixth year in a row, but lost to James Spader ("Boston Legal").

After being benched in 2008 because of the writers strike, the former Emmy powerhouse made a lackluster return to the race in 2009, failing to score bids for either series or TV movie ("24: Redemption"). Sutherland, who was a fixture in the best actor in a drama series category, was snubbed for the first time in the show's seven years. He had to make do with a nod in the TV movie actor race for "24: Redemption" and lost to Brendan Gleeson ("Into the Storm").

Boomer and Rob agree that reigning champ "Mad Men" will contend again this year, as will "Breaking Bad," "Damages" and "Dexter." Boomer believes freshman hit "The Good Wife" and the departing "Lost" will also make the ballot, while Rob thinks "House, M.D." and "Big Love" will round out the roster. Rob thinks Sutherland has an outside chance of making the top six in the crowded lead actor race this year, while Boomer ranks reigning champ Cherry Jones -- who portrayed America's first female president -- in the sixth slot in the supporting actress category

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Can 'Lost' find its way back to the winner's circle at Emmy Awards?

May 24, 2010 | 12:58 pm
Lost Cast 2005 Emmy Awards

As 20-million viewers now know, not all of the questions posed by the six seasons of "Lost" were answered in Sunday's finale. One more mystery that won't be solved till July 8 is whether the show can contend one last time at the Emmy Awards for best drama series.

"Lost" won this top prize in 2005 for its first season, then went missing for two years. In the second of those, "The Sopranos" won the Emmy for its farewell season, having signed off in 2007 with an equally enigmatic ending. Like "Lost," it had just one Emmy win for best series before picking up that bookend award.

"Lost" returned to the series race in 2008 and 2009, losing both times to "Mad Men." Our two Emmy Awards experts -- Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria (Awards Heaven) -- agree that "Mad Men" will contend again this year, as will "Breaking Bad," "Damages" and "Dexter." Only Boomer is buzzed about "Lost," as well as "The Good Wife," making the ballot. Rob thinks "House, M.D." and "Big Love" will round out the roster.

"Lost" leading man Matthew Fox has never been nominated for an Emmy, and neither of our experts expect him to make it into the crowded lead actor category this year. Neither do they see any of the actresses from the series finally breaking through and earning an Emmy bid.

However, both Boomer and Rob are sure that the two supporting actor champs featured on "Lost" -- Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson -- will be back in the race this year. O'Quinn and costar Naveen Andrews went down in defeat to William Shatner ("Boston Legal") in 2005. After winning in 2007, O'Quinn bowed out of the competition, but he told Boomer last month that he will submit himself again this year. Emerson lost to O'Quinn in 2007, and Zeljko Ivanek ("Damages") in 2008 before prevailing last year. Henry Ian Cusick scored a guest nod in the second season -- which he lost to Christian Clemenson ("Boston Legal") -- before joining the show as a regular.

Should any of the "Lost" cast find themselves on the Emmy ballot, they will be able to submit the 150-minute finale as a sample of their work. Performers do well with the Emmy Awards when showcased in an extra-long episode. Previous Emmy champs Helen Hunt ("Mad About You"), Michael J. Fox ("Spin City"), Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace") and Jennifer Aniston ("Friends") all won with double-length episodes.

Last Wednesday, the TV academy announced that the board of governors had approved an exception to the rule restricting entry of extended episodes to just twice the normal length of the show. If "Lost" does earn a series nomination, it is unclear whether this super-sized episode -- if submitted -- will count as two or three of the six episodes used to judge overall production.

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'Lost' super-sized finale will be Emmy-eligible

May 21, 2010 |  9:04 am

Among all of the "Lost" cliffhangers to be (hopefully) answered in Sunday's finale, one was beyond the control of producers -- would the 150-minute episode qualify for Emmy consideration? On Wednesday, the TV academy announced that the board of governors had approved an exception to the rule restricting entry of extended episodes to just twice the normal length of the show.

Thus, this super-sized episode of "Lost" -- a one-time winner as best drama series (2006) -- can now be submitted in all categories at the Emmy Awards, though whether it will count as two or three of the six episodes submitted for overall production is unknown.

Lost Series Finale Emmy Awards We do know that performers do well with the Emmys when showcased in an extra-long episode. Previous Emmy champs Helen Hunt ("Mad About You"), Michael J. Fox ("Spin City"), Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace") and Jennifer Aniston ("Friends") all won with double-length episodes. 

And we know that Terry O'Quinn (winner, supporting actor in a drama, 2007) is returning to the derby this year. His role as the demonic "Man in Black" during this final season of "Lost" has been so prominent that he could certainly opt to jump up to the lead race. However, O'Quinn told our forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum last month that he's staying in the supporting category because "all roles are supporting … whatever one calls them." "Lost" stars Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly might disagree with their castaway cast mate, though neither has ever been nominated at the Emmy Awards in the lead races.

Four supporting actors on "Lost" have reaped nominations at the Emmys. O'Quinn won on the second of his two nods in 2007 and then bowed out of the competition. He and Naveen Andrews had lost in 2005 to William Shatner ("Boston Legal"). Michael Emerson lost to O'Quinn in 2007 and Zeljko Ivanek ("Damages") in 2008 before winning last year. Henry Ian Cusick scored a guest nod in the second season -- which he lost to Christian Clemenson ("Boston Legal") -- before joining the show as a regular.

The board of governors approved an exception to paragraph 8 of the judging panels section of the rules: "The length of an episode submitted for individual achievement may exceed, by as much as double, the standard running time of the series episodes. If the episode airs in two parts, both parts may be selected as long as they do not cumulatively exceed twice the standard running time of the series episodes."

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Case closed: 'Law & Order' canceled on brink of setting TV record

May 14, 2010 | 12:39 pm

Law-and-Order-Cancellation-Season-20 NBC canceled "Law & Order" Friday after two decades on the air. When the procedural drama signs off May 24, it will be tied with "Gunsmoke" as prime-time's longest-running drama series. Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Vonn is one of the show's last guest stars. The ski champ features in the series finale as a key witness in a terrorism case.

Two of the three "Law & Order" spinoffs -- "SVU" and "Criminal Intent" -- were renewed for seasons 12 and 10 respectively; "Trial by Jury" lasted just 13 episodes in 2005. And a new "Law & Order" series set in Los Angeles is scheduled to debut on NBC next season.

The original "Law & Order" debuted on NBC in September 1990. Although the series was a solid ratings performer for most of its run, it failed to win over the Emmys very often, taking home just six awards for its 52 nominations so far.

Beginning with the second season, it earned 11 consecutive Emmy Award nominations for best drama series, winning the award only once, in 1997. Elaine Stritch won the guest actress Emmy in 1993 and the series has won four technical awards -- sound editing (1992) and cinematography (1993, 1997, 1998).

Over the years, "Law & Order" starred three different lead actor contenders -- Michael Moriarty (1991-1994), Sam Waterston (1997, 1999, 2000) and Jerry Orbach (2000) -- but none of them made it to the winner's circle. Neither did either of the two supporting actor nominees -- Steven Hill (1998, 1999) and Benjamin Bratt (1999).

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Emmy Awards celebrate Bob Newhart

May 14, 2010 |  9:17 am

The TV academy is celebrating Bob Newhart's golden anniversary in show biz with a big bash on June 1. Our own Pete Hammond will be moderating the salute to this sly wit. Among those paying tribute to the TV icon will be costars from both "The Bob Newhart Show" (Peter Bonerz, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace) and "Newhart" (Julia Duffy, Peter Scolari).

As noted in the announcement of the event, Newhart began his career as a stand-up, and his debut disc -- "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" -- "became the first comedy album to go to No. 1 on the charts. Seven more albums followed, each extremely successful multi-platinum projects. In fact, Bob’s cumulative recording career earned him three Grammys."

Bob Newhart Suzanne Pleshette Emmy Awards Turning to TV, his short-lived "The Bob Newhart Show" won an Emmy and Peabody in 1961, but Newhart and his team lost their writing bid to Carl Reiner for "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Newhart was never nominated for his classic 1970s sitcom -- also titled "The Bob Newhart Show" -- but co-star Suzanne Pleshette reaped best actress bids in 1977 and 1978, losing first to Bea Arthur ("Maude") and then Jean Stapleton ("All in the Family").

Although Newhart landed three consecutive Emmy nods for his follow-up show -- imaginatively titled "Newhart" -- he lost in 1985 to Robert Guillaume ("Benson") and then to Michael J. Fox ("Family Ties") in both 1986 and 1987.

More recently, Newhart contended in the guest actor in a drama series race in 2004 for his portrayal of an architect slowly going blind on "ER" but he lost to William Shatner on "The Practice." Last year, Newhart was a supporting actor in a movie or miniseries nominee for "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice," but Ken Howard prevailed for "Grey Gardens."

Newhart was interviewed in 2001 by the Archive of American Television, an offshoot of the foundation of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is just one of scores of TV giants who have granted in-depth video interviews over the last decade, including Dick Clark, Norman Lear, Mary Tyler Moore, Isabel Sanford, William ShatnerAaron Spelling, Ted Turner, Barbara Walters and Betty White.

The archive has released the embed codes so that compelling conversations, like this one with Newhart, can be shared with the blogosphere. In part four of this seven-part interview, Newhart discusses both of his long-running sitcoms. See the other parts here.

Photo: Bob Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette at the 2002 Emmy Awards. Credit: NBC

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Will 'Amazing Race' continue winning streak with Emmys?

May 10, 2010 | 12:39 pm

The Amazing Race Pious Phil Keoghan "The Amazing Race" wrapped up its 16th installment Sunday night with the kind of nail-biting finish that has won it seven consecutive Emmy Awards for best reality competition series.

Battling brothers Jordan and Dan Pious crossed the finish line first to win the $1-million prize. At the final roadblock in San Francisco, the pair was  quick to piece together a puzzle about memorable events over the first 11 legs of this race around the world. Their success left fan favorites cowboy brothers Jet and Cord McCoy in second place while one-time beauty queen and viral video sensation Caite Upton and her model beau Brent Horne had to settle for third spot.

The show chronicling a race around the world has never lost its Emmy category since it was created in 2003. That winning streak has soured two of its competitors. At last year's Emmys, "Survivor" star Jeff Probst won best reality TV host for the second year in a row over, among others, "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan. Probst told reporters backstage he thought, "Maybe 'Amazing Race' should do what Oprah did and pull itself out of competition." Moments later "Amazing Race" producer Bert Van Munster was asked by reporters if he'd do just that. He replied, "I'm going to discuss it with my committee here, but it's unlikely," adding "It was very intimidating to win for the seventh time."

And last month, Donald Trump spoke of his determination to avenge his Emmy losses for "The Apprentice" (2004, 2005) with a win this year for the third season of the celebrity version of the show. He told Randee Dawn of the Hollywood Reporter that the Emmys have "lost credibility. Instead of shows that deserve to win, they pick 'Amazing Race.' It's a very sad commentary." However, as Randee reported, "Perhaps Trump is sore over what happened in 2004, the first year that 'Apprentice' and 'Race' faced off. Ever assured, Trump recalls he was halfway out of his seat when the Emmy presenter began announcing 'Race' as the winner. 'I was standing up to go down there and pick up the Emmy,' he says. 'Incredible. It's a joke. If the Emmys want their ratings back, they have to pick shows that deserve it.'"

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Daytime Emmys rescued from oblivion by CBS

April 23, 2010 |  1:13 pm

Daytime Emmy Awards The Daytime Emmys are returning to CBS for the first time since 2007. The kudos will be handed out on June 27 in a prime-time ceremony airing live from the Las Vegas Hilton. Nominations for the 37th annual edition of these TV honors will be announced May 12.

In recent years, the Daytime Emmys presentation has suffered from declining ratings as daytime audiences have dwindled. Last year, these awards suffered the ignominy of being doled out on the CW network during the doldrums of summer. The Aug. 30 airing attracted only 2.68 million viewers, about half the number who watched when the show aired on ABC in June 2008.

Throughout the 1990s and the early part of this decade, the three oldest broadcast networks rotated the awards, drawing audiences in excess of 10 million until 2003. NBC dropped out of the pool the following year when viewership dipped to 8.4 million. CBS stuck with it until the June 2007 telecast was watched by only 8.3 million people

This year, there were widespread rumors that the Daytime Emmys would either be picked up by the little-viewed Soapnet cable channel or else give up the ghost entirely. Salvation came Friday with the CBS announcement, which makes sense because the eye web wants to bolster a dying TV genre. There are only seven soaps left on TV nowadays, but CBS airs the two most watched -- "The Young & the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

While "Y&R" has won seven best drama series Emmys over the years, it took "The Bold and the Beautiful" more than two decades until it finally prevailed last year. "B&B" had been nominated for the top Emmy three previous times, but many award gurus believed it might never win, being a half-hour program competing against one-hour rivals.

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Mad Men' returns in July | 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' back next year | '24' movie script ready

April 20, 2010 |  5:35 pm

Mad-men-logo-300x159 • "Mad Men" returns to the AMC lineup for a fourth season on July 25 at 10 p.m. ET. The reigning two-time Emmy champ for best drama series is a strong bet to contend for a third consecutive year when nominations are announced on July 8. The third season ended with many of the characters in a state of flux. Just how long this series will continue to explore the lives of Don Draper and company is up for debate. Creator Matthew Weiner has voiced concern about continuing beyond six seasons, but the network says no end date has been discussed. TV SQUAD   

• As Steve Pond reports, "The Screen Actors Guild has chosen the nominating committees for its 2011 SAG Awards, selecting 2,100 of its more than 125,000 members for a committee that will select the feature film nominees, and another 2,100 to choose the television nominees." Actors are only allowed to serve on a committee once every five years. And the studios are kept from knowing the names of the nominators, with SAG acting as a clearinghouse for screeners. Nominations for the 17th annual kudos will be announced Dec. 16, with the awards handed out Jan. 30. THE ODDS

564_curb_your_enthusiasm_468 • "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will be back for a 10-episode eighth season in 2011. The five-time Emmy contender for comedy series drew its best ratings for Season 7, which used a reunion of "Seinfeld" as a plot device for creator and star Larry David to repair his TV marriage. In making the announcement, David said, "After much soul searching — and by the way, it was nowhere to be found — I have decided to do another season of 'Curb.' I look forward to the end of shooting, when I can once again resume the hunt for my elusive soul. I know it’s here somewhere or perhaps in the rugged mountainous regions of Pakistan." ZAP 2 IT

Emily Christianson has compiled a fun and fact-filled photo gallery saluting the various casts of classic TV fare who have reunited over the years at the TV Land Awards. This year, it was two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks who joined his "Bosom Buddies" on-stage. In years past, these kudos have saluted Emmy-winning fare like "The Carol Burnett Show" and "The Golden Girls" as well as rerun staples such as "The Brady Bunch." THE ENVELOPE

24-logo-1Kiefer Sutherland just wrapped the finale of "24," but he is already talking about a movie version of the 2006 Emmy champ for best drama series. The real-time crime drama is signing off May 24 after eight event-filled years. And says Sutherland, screenwriter Billy Ray ("State of Play") has finished a film script that may be more in keeping with the spirit of the early years of the TV show. "It doesn't have to be a bomb. It can be something personal that people understand." IGN

• The much-delayed Broadway musical "Turn Off the Dark," based on Spider-Man, has lost its villain with Tony Award winner Alan Cumming ("Cabaret") committing to a regular role on TV's freshman hit "The Good Wife" instead. The tuner, first announced in early 2009, had already lost its leading lady, Evan Rachel Wood ("The Wrestler"). Only newcomer Reeve Carney, who is to play the webbed crusader, remains on board. The tunes are by Bono and the Edge of U2 with two-time Tony winner Julie Taymor ("The Lion King") helming the big-budget production. PLAYBILL

Top photo: "Mad Men" logo. Credit: AMC

Middle photo: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" logo. Credit: HBO

Bottom photo: "24" logo. Credit: Fox


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