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Emmys grant producer credit to Amy Poehler, Mark Wahlberg

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When the Emmy nominations were announced on July 14 the names of producers were not yet listed on the program categories. That's because it takes a few weeks for officials to confirm the producers' credits to make sure they qualify. Some stars such as Tina Fey, for example, work hard behind the scenes as writer-producers, but others do little while insisting upon producer credit as an ego trip.

Below is the list of some notable celebrities who picked up additional nods and could win a non-acting Emmy this year:

"The Office" -- Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak

"Parks and Recreation" -- Amy Poehler

"30 Rock" -- Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey

"Boardwalk Empire" -- Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg

"Dexter" -- Michael C. Hall

"The Good Wife" -- Ridley Scott, Tony Scott

In addition, the removal of the individual variety performance category two years ago means that hosts are now included with their program nominations. If the show wins, the host wins. That provides extra nods for Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher, Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart plus Ricky Gervais (Golden Globes), Sean Hayes (Tony Awards), James Franco (Oscars) and Anne Hathaway (Oscars).


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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation." Credit: NBC

Can anyone beat Steve Carell at the Emmys?

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Most Emmy watchers put Steve Carell out front to win best comedy actor for "The Office." This is his sixth nomination for playing hapless boss Michael Scott on the hit NBC sitcom, in addition to four noms for producing, but he's never won. (The series won best comedy in 2006, but that was before Carell received a producing credit.) He left the show this year, and now he's hoping the Emmys will give him a farewell hug the way it did to Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City") and Michael J. Fox ("Spin City"), who both won for their last years in contention.

But Emmy voters are not always a sentimental bunch. John Goodman never won for "Roseanne" despite seven nominations, though he finally won his first prize for guest-starring on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" in 2007. And more recently, Martin Sheen was sent away empty-handed after seven unsuccessful bids for "The West Wing."

This year Carell submitted a dynamic episode to Emmy judges: "Goodbye, Michael," in which he struggles to say farewell to his employees, leading to a teary moment with Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). Will that episode in addition to overdue sentiment be enough to propel him to victory?

Perhaps, but perhaps not. He faces strong competition from last year's winner, Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), who submitted "The Agreement Dissection," in which he battles Leonard (Johnny Galecki) over a violation of their roommate agreement and then goes dancing with the girls. But Parsons has another weapon in his arsenal: his costar Galecki, who was a surprise nominee in this category and submitted "The Benefactor Factor," in which Leonard is propositioned by a wealthy woman to exchange sex for research funding. But it also gives Parsons a second episode for voters to judge, which could help him pull off an upset against Carell.

Also threatening Carell is another surprise nominee: Louis C.K., whose critically acclaimed FX series, "Louie," is the only program in this category currently airing new episodes, meaning he'll be the freshest in voters' minds. Also, he benefits from the Cool Factor that helped propel another edgy comic to a win in this category in 2007: Ricky Gervais ("Extras"). C.K. submitted the episode "Bully," in which a frightening encounter with a young punk leads him to commiserate privately with the punk's father. It's a sympathetic performance, not loaded with laughter, but dramatic-skewing performances have won comedy performances before — as Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") demonstrated last year.

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'Goodbye, Michael' = Hello, Emmy for Steve Carell?


It official: Steve Carell has chosen "Goodbye, Michael" as the episode that he's submitting to Emmy judges who will decide the winner of the lead actor in a comedy race.

It was a tough call, considering Carell had another strong option too -– "Garage Sale," in which his character, Michael Scott, makes a tender-hearted marriage proposal to Holly (Amy Ryan) while surrounded by a sea of lighted candles. The fact that he's portrayed so sympathetically is key. One of the theories why Carell has lost five times in the past is because his Michael character can be off-putting. Finally, in "Garage Sale," Michael redeems himself and TV viewers actually root for him instead of, as usual, against him.

"Garage Sale" has another plus too, at least in terms of selfish appeal to Carell. He directed it. Rarely has he helmed episodes of "The Office." In fact, he'd done so only twice earlier. However, Carell didn't even bother to submit "Garage Sale" for consideration as a nominee in the directing category this year, so maybe it's no mystery that he chose not to submit it for acting either.

But he probably made the best choice by picking "Goodbye, Michael" for the acting contest. It has three positive factors:

1.) Michael is sympathetic again, this time as he bids farewell to his office colleagues.

2.) It's 50 minutes long rather than the usual 30-minute episode. Often size matters at the Emmys, although added screen time didn't help Carell in 2008 when he submitted the one-hour "Goodbye, Toby" in which Michael first meets Holly and takes her on a romantic ferris wheel ride in the Dunder Mifflin parking lot. Carell lost to Alec Baldwin, who submitted a 30-minute segment of "30 Rock" ("Rosemary's Baby").

3.) It's historic. The fact that Carell is saying goodbye to TV viewers as Michael Scott bids adieu to his Dunder Mifflin cohorts is, let's face it, one of the milestone moments in modern television lore. It will probably be irresistible to Emmy voters. In 2004, when Sarah Jessica Parker submitted her final episode of "Sex and the City," which was titled "An American Girl in Paris, Part 2," she finally won her elusive Emmy.

Carell has made some very bad choices in some past Emmy derbies that contributed to his string of losses, including "The Injury" (2006) and "The Cover-Up" (2010). His other choices were OK –- like "Business School" (2007) and "Broke" (2009) –- just not quite strong enough.


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Photo: Steve Carell in the "Goodbye, Michael" episode of "The Office." Credit: NBC

'The Office' farewell present to Steve Carell: Emmy?

The Office Steve Carell newsWhile appearing on "The Office," Steve Carell lost five Emmy bouts: twice to Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), once, most recently, to Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), once to Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and once, quite ironically, to Ricky Gervais, who created the original British version of "The Office" but won his Emmy for "Extras" while competing against the U.S. version of "The Office."

Blame part of Carell's poor luck on the episodes submitted to the Emmy juries. They just didn't have the emotional oomph sufficient to knock voters' blocks off. But now Carell has two episodes that might prove victorious. For weeks, our forum commenters have been hyping his sweet marriage proposal to Holly (Amy Ryan) as a real winner. However, his farewell from the series was a heart-tugger with a plus: Being a special one-hour episode, it will be twice as long as most sitcom entries in the category.

Which one should he submit this year? Below, what our forum writers said when I posed the question. See more responses here.

Brilliance inmorbid: It was a good episode and a solid goodbye, but it could come off as overly sappy if you don't have an emotional connection to the series. Carell is the front-runner, but this isn't unbeatable.

LadyHathor25: Carell absolutely needs to go with "Goodbye, Michael". He would be a total fool to not to. This is a winning tape.

Hodag129: Tom, you're great and I appreciate all you do here, but this is a dumb question. Definitely "Goodbye Michael."

tv_freak: The goodbye episode because of screen time, sentiment, and it's equally emotional as the proposal. He may not even have the most LOL tape of the six nominees, especially if you have not watched this show from the start. All things considered, this is his episode from beginning to end.

GoMe91: I love Alec Baldwin, but if the Emmy voters give Alec the Emmy over Steve, they are not doing anyone any favors. Not the show 30 Rock. Not Alec. Because whoever weirdly beats Steve this year, will be criticized unmercifully until the next ceremony. So JUST GIVE STEVE THE EMMY ALREADY and make everyone happy. Jim Parsons already has one. Alec has two. Let's spread the love and give it to Steve after 7 amazing seasons!

-- Tom O'Neil

Photos: The farewell of Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from "The Office" (top) and his proposal to Holly (lower). Credit: NBC


Steve Carell: Farewell, 'The Office' -- Hello, Emmy?

TCM Classic Film Festival: Warren Beatty on sex, politics and being 'a delicate flower'

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"Making a movie for me is very similar to vomiting," Warren Beatty told an audience at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on Saturday night. "You don't like to vomit, but you know you may feel better if you do."

Beatty, 74, was attempting to explain the 13-year span since the last movie he directed, "Bulworth," to an audience at a screening of "Reds," the 1981 epic that won him a directing Oscar. In a jovial conversation with actor Alec Baldwin, co-host of TCM's "The Essentials," Beatty covered such divergent topics as sleeping with your leading lady, running for political office and preparing for a coming "revolution" in the movie business.

The star of "Bonnie & Clyde," "Shampoo" and "Bugsy" makes few public appearances these days, but he showed considerable self-awareness Saturday night at the Mann Chinese Theater 6 in Hollywood, joking about the "infinite narcissism" and "sluggish decision-making" that has contributed to his directing only three movies in the last 30 years. "I'm a delicate flower," Beatty said. "I don’t like it when people say things are not perfect."

In "Reds," Beatty played communist journalist John Reed, Diane Keaton was feminist writer Louise Bryant and Jack Nicholson appeared as playwright Eugene O'Neill. The unlikelihood of anyone making a film like "Reds" again — "a 3 1/2-hour movie about a communist who dies," as Beatty described it -- provided a springboard for a discussion about the future of the movie business.

The executives who greenlighted "Reds" at Paramount Pictures during the height of the Cold War, including then-studio head Barry Diller and Gulf + Western chief Charles Bludhorn, "are the people to admire in this, 'cause they said all right, let's make this," Beatty said.

Today, Beatty said, "you can't take the liberties we took. You can't take the risk of boring the audience. The rules about a captive audience don't apply."

"We're in the middle of a revolution about how and where to see movies," he added. Pointing to giant home screens and the tiny screen on the cellphone in his pocket, the filmmaker predicted "a coming war between exhibition and production."

"Ticket prices are going to have to be variable," Beatty said, noting that polling he did before the release of "Reds" indicated that the film's target audience of liberal intellectuals would have been willing to pay up to four times as much as the standard ticket price to see it.

Although the hot-button issue upon the release of "Reds" was its sympathetic portrait of a communist, now that the Cold War is over, Beatty said the film's more resonant theme is the strident feminism of Keaton's character.

"The most important revolution that occurred in our lifetime is the revolution of the female," he said.

While filming "Reds," Beatty and Keaton began dating. According to "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," a 2010 biography by Peter Biskind, Keaton was one of the approximately 12,775 women Beatty bedded over the course of his career.

Baldwin broached Beatty's Casanova reputation with a wink, asking the filmmaker the "pros and cons of directing a woman in a lead role who is a special friend of yours."

"It can be confusing," Beatty said, of having off-screen relationships with co-stars. "It can get in the way. It's very hard to meet someone [on screen] that you already know. It can also be a big advantage."

Despite making political films and stumping for liberal politicians and causes, Beatty has resisted efforts to get him to run for public office. "To serve in public office now makes one more a ratifier than a leader," he said, and cited as a deterrent the experience of his friend, former Democratic Sen. Gary Hart, whose presidential campaign was derailed by reports of an extramarital affair.

In 2005, Beatty said he was retiring from the movie business, but on Saturday night the actor implied that he may be readying a comeback. His four children, with wife Annette Bening, are growing up.

"I have four kids -- 11, 14, 16 and 19 -- that I think of as small Middle Eastern countries with whom I have to negotiate," Beatty said. "Each one of them is more interesting than five movies. But I'm gonna make another movie. In fact. I'll make several. It would be better for them."

[For the Record 7:42 a.m. May 2: An earlier version of this post misspelled Charles Bluhdorn's name as Charles Bludhorn.]


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Photo: Alec Baldwin and Warren Beatty at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Credit: Adam Rose / TCM

Steve Carell: Goodbye, 'The Office' -- Hello, Emmy?

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Steve Carell has never won an Emmy, but now four of our six forum moderators believe he'll finally prevail for his final season in "The Office" -- Marcus Dixon, Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria and Matt Noble. According to their newly updated rankings in the Emmy race for lead comedy actor, our moderators are split on who else may be out front to win: Chris Beachum believes two-time champ Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") will triumph again while Matthew Cormier is betting on the return of last year's champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory").

Of course, it all comes down to the strength of the sample episode that the nominees decide to submit to the Emmy jury. Most of our pundits are betting on Carell because they assume he'll submit Michael's sweet marriage proposal to Holly (Amy Ryan) or else, if it's strong enough, his final farewell to the Dunder Mifflin gang.

Notice how many of our Emmy pundits believe Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family") will move up to the lead race after he failed to be nominated last year in supporting. Such a switch is speculation, not official. Also notice how none of our pundits includes past nominee Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men") in their rankings. How telling is that, eh?

-- Tom O'Neil








Alec Baldwin, ‘30 Rock’







Steve Carell, ‘The Office’







Matt LeBlanc, ‘Episodes’



Danny McBride, ‘Eastbound & Down’





Joel McHale, ‘Community’





Matthew Morrison, ‘Glee’







Ed O’Neill, ‘Modern Family’





Jim Parsons, ‘Big Bang Theory’







Matthew Perry, ‘Mr. Sunshine’


Jason Schwartzman, ‘Bored to Death’


William Shatner, “.... My Dad Says’


Photo: NBC

Emmys: Should Jon Cryer move up to the lead comedy actor race for 'Two and a Half Men'?

Jon Cryer Two and a half Men EmmyAfter reading my recent riff on the question of whether "Glee" star Chris Colfer should jump up to the lead Emmy race from the supporting comedy actor competition, our forums moderator, Matt Noble, pondered another possible category switcheroo.

Should Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") -- who won best supporting comedy actor two years ago -- move up? There's a lot of room in the lead-actor category. Only three contenders look like shoo-ins for a nomination: Steve Carell (who's never won for "The Office"), Alec Baldwin (won twice for "30 Rock") and last year's champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Matt Noble sends us his thoughts below:

With three open slots in the lead actor race, it seems like it could be a category worth competing in. There is talk that Chris Colfer and Ed O'Neill should perhaps take advantage of the field and promote themselves. However, it seems like the best person to step up to the plate is actually Jon Cryer from "Two and a Half Men."

Firstly, Cryer has always had a prominent role in the series. The argument has been made every year that, as one of the show's "two men," he was entitled to the lead category.

He has already won once in supporting and likely wouldn't be able to beat the tough field there to win again. His chance of winning lead actor is also minimal, but he has little to lose by going up.

Charlie Sheen's public self-destruction makes this a smart move. Sheen has been nominated three times before, but missed out last year. Now voters aren't going to flock to him after his meltdown. With all the "Two and a Half Men" drama over the past year, Jon Cryer can be the person the academy can rally 'round. Giving Cryer a nom over Sheen is a way out of the current fiasco –- it acknowledges "Two and a Half Men" in a top category without rewarding Sheen.

It would also work well for CBS, which may be trying to promote the show next year without Sheen.

It seems like a move up would mean that Cryer, the Academy and CBS could all end up "winning" even if all Cryer gets is a nomination.


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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Jon Cryer with his Emmy in 2009. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Poll: Were James Franco and Anne Hathaway the worst Oscars hosts?

Oscars dragJames Franco and Anne Hathaway are being flogged and roasted so thoroughly for their performance as Oscar hosts that we wonder: Were they as bad as those ultimate fiascos -- David Letterman and Chris Rock?

Personally, I think the worst host choices were those rent-a-clowns brought in from New York: Letterman, Rock and Jon Stewart. They're all great comedians but miscast as emcees of Hollywood's family reunion. My favorite hosts: Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin (when not saddled with Alec Baldwin) because they know how to entertain with heart and humor and to preside with authority.

Let's look back at some of the clunkers who have hosted over the last 20 years. Personally, I think Hugh Jackman did a terrific job, but I'm including him on this list because I concede that there's some disagreement on that verdict. Blame Alec Baldwin for Steve Martin making this list. Martin isn't cited for his solo gigs, which were aces.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Comedy Central/MTV Networks Comedy Awards nominations announced

So you thought the awards' season was officially over on Feb. 27, Oscar Sunday?

Think again. Comedy Central and MTV Networks have created the Comedy Awards, which will be telecast on April 10 on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1, CMT and Nick at Night.
 Nominations in 15 categories were announced Tuesday. The nominees were chosen by the "Comedy Awards' Board of Directors,'' which includes director James Burrows, Stephen Colbert, Brad Grey, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers and Seth MacFarlane. The winners will be chosen by an invitation-only voting body from members of the comedy community.

The nominees are:

Comedy Series

"30 Rock"

"Eastbound & Down"

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

"Modern Family"

"The Office"

Comedy Actor-TV

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Ty Burell, "Modern Family"

Steve Carell, "The Office"

Danny McBride, "Eastbound & Down"

Tracy Morgan, "30 Rock"

Comedy Actress-TV

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"

Jane Lynch, "Glee"

Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland"

Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"

Comedy Actor-Film

Russell Brand, "Get Him to the Greek"

Will Ferrell, "The Other Guys"

Zach Galifianakis, "Dinner for Schmucks"

Paul Giamatti, "Barney's Version"

Jonah Hill, "Cyrus"

Comedy Actress-Film

Tina Fey, "Date Night"

Anne Hathaway, "Love & Other Drugs"

Helen Mirren, "Red"

Chloe Moretz, "Kick-Ass"

Emma Stone, "Easy A"

Late Night Comedy Series

"The Colbert Report"

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

"Jimmy Kimmel Live"

"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

"Late Show with David Letterman"

Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series

"Children's Hospital"

"Funny or Die Presents"

"Saturday Night Live"

"Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job"


Stand-Up Special

"Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening"

"Bill Maher...But I'm Not Wrong"

"Louis C.K.: Hilarious"

"Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2"

"Whitney Cummings: Money Shot"

Comedy Film


"Easy A"

"Get Him to the Greek"


"The Other Guys"

Animated Comedy Film

"Despicable Me"


"Shrek Forever After"

"Toy Story 3"

Animated Comedy  Series

"American Dad"


"Family Guy"

"The Simpsons"

"South Park"

For a complete list of nominees, go to

-- Susan King

Photo: Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin star in NBC's "30 Rock," which garnered seven Comedy Awards nominations. Credit: Nicole Rivelli / NBC Universal

SAG Awards: Alec Baldwin runs the gantlet

After they come off stage the stars have to run a press gantlet, beginning with a photo tent that could induce a seizure in even the hardiest of souls and moving on through a variety of press suites including TNT, People and E! before concluding in the general media room to take questions.

 Most stars emerge from the oppressive flash of the photo tent still looking fairly fresh, but Alec Baldwin had a harder time of it, looking as if he had just swum the English Channel. Drenched in sweat, he wiped his brow with his sleeve, took a moment to compose himself and then turned to smile broadly at the TV cameras that presented his next challenge. He was back together once more.


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SAG Awards: Red carpet photos

Quotes from the SAG Awards

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Alec Baldwin wins for male actor in a comedy series at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.


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