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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 Louis C.K. pull off an upset at the Emmys?

Louis c.k. louieAlthough  Ricky Gervais wants Steve Carell to win the Emmy as best comedy actor for his final season on "The Office," he's worried about one rival in particular.

"Steve could face big trouble from Louis C.K.," Gervais warns Awards Tracker. "He's the most exciting standup/writer/comic working in America today."

It doesn't matter that Louis C.K. ("Louie") is a little-known underdog compared with Carell. Gervais beat Carell at the Emmys in 2008 when Carell was a red-hot film star slumming it on TV and obscure British comedian Gervais starred in the low-rated HBO series "Extras."

Curiously, there are a lot of parallels between Louis C.K. now and Gervais then. Both play quirky characters loosely based upon themselves in TV series that they write and direct. Gervais was nominated for best comedy writing when he won for lead actor; Louis C.K. is nominated for writing now.

Emmys are decided by a small pool of judges who view a sample episode. If Louis C.K. chooses well, he has a realistic shot of pulling off a Gervais-type upset.

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Photo: Louis C.K. in "Louie." Credit: FX


Ricky Gervais: Give Steve Carell the Emmy!

Ricky Gervais: Give Steve Carell the Emmy!

Add Ricky Gervais to the long list of Emmy watchers who believe Steve Carell should finally, after five defeats, win the Emmy for best comedy actor. "Steve deserved an Emmy before this, so he certainly deserves one now," Gervais tells Awards Tracker.

Ironically, Carell lost the race in 2007 to Gervais for his work in "Extras." Gervais didn't attend the ceremony, so award presenters Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert gave the statuette to Carell as a gag. Lots of mad hugging ensued on stage as a result. One year later Gervais mounted the Emmy stage for revenge.

"Couldn't actually win one of his own so he stole someone else's!" Gervais groused as Carell sat in the front row.

"Have you got it on ya?" Gervais asked Carell. "I've heard you carry it around with you to get in restaurants and stuff. ... I made you what you are and I get nothing back!" Gervais marched up to Carell in the audience and demanded, "Give me the Emmy!"

After a brief tickle and tugging match, Carell produced the Emmy and handed it to Gervais. See video below.

Gervais created the original version of "The Office" that aired in the U.K. from 2001 to 2003. When NBC retooled it for Yankee TV viewers with Carell in the lead as the cringe-inducing boss of a dysfunctional workplace, the new "The Office" won the Emmy as best comedy series of 2006. It's nominated again after its high-profile seventh season that saw Carell exit with much media fanfare. Gervais believes it deserves to win again because the U.S. version has held up admirably throughout its run.

"It's still doing provocative and subversive work," Gervais says. "It's lost some of its darling status over the years because it was so good all the time that people took it for granted, but 'The Office' has been like an art factory consistently cranking out great episodes. It's one of those juggernauts -- like 'M*A*S*H' and 'Seinfeld.'"

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ricky Gervais wrests back his Emmy from Steve Carell. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times


'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

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Jon Stewart demands apology from Ricky Gervais for Golden Globes

Ricky_Gervais_golden_globes_newsWhen Ricky Gervais visited "The Daily Show" on Thursday, former Oscar host Jon Stewart took Gervais to task for his recent job emceeing the Golden Globes.

"Here's what you have to apologize about for the Golden Globes," Stewart harrumphed. "Making people like me -- who've also hosted these events -- feel inadequate by being that funny. It hurt my self-esteem, and I think you do owe me an apology."

"This is what I think I should apologize for about the Golden Globes," Gervais replied, then uttered an obscenity bleeped out of the racy telecast. "If they ever came to my standup, their heads would explode. That was toned down, that was daytime TV. What did I say that was so bad?"

On David Letterman's show, Gervais recently said about his Globes gig: "I didn't think I did anything wrong. They were just jokes. I did nothing wrong, and I wouldn't apologize for it. ... These people are the most privileged, richest people in the world. If you can't joke about them, what can you make a joke about?"

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes. Credit: NBC


Ricky Gervais writes backup Oscars script for James Franco and Anne Hathaway

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At his blog, recent Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais posts his advice to Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway: "They will do an absolutely fantastic job and don't need my help, but I've written a little opening in case they have a few minutes to fill."

Below, some sample lines from Gervais' script (Beware: the full text on his website includes language that some may find objectionable):

AH: No comedians tonight. And do you know why? Because comics are ugly.

JF: Especially that rude obnoxious one who played the Steve Carell part in the English remake of The Office.

AH: But you can all relax because Ricky Gervais is in London ... (Nervous laughter) He's doing some charity work. Yeah, he's visiting orphans with cancer. He's telling them what bald little losers they are ...

 

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes earlier this year. Photo credit: NBC.


Golden Globes to Ricky Gervais: No, you're not invited back

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. says there is "no truth" to Ricky Gervais' recent claim that he was invited to return as the host of the Golden Globes next year, but turned it down.

HFPA President Phil Berk says, "There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky."

Writing in Britain's Heat magazine, Gervais said, "The ratings went up again, and the organizers asked me to consider a third year. [But] I don’t think I should. I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure. You know me. Two seasons is enough. The response was staggering. It was discussed on every news channel and chat show for weeks. The weird thing is, the question is always, 'Did Ricky go too far?' And the answer is always, 'No.' I have yet to find anyone who was actually offended by it."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo credit: Paul Drinkwater / NBC


Judd Apatow takes a swipe at Ricky Gervais at PGA Awards

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Producer-director Judd Apatow took a few swipes at recent Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais during his own awards hosting gig Saturday night. At the Producers Guild of America Awards, Apatow, in a profanity-laced bit, noted: "Apparently, you can do this job wrong. And it can affect your whole career. 
What did you think of Ricky Gervais? I didn't like it. I thought it was mean. The 'Lost' joke about the fat guy eating everyone, Ricky Gervais just lost weight. Right now, he's 4 pounds away from being able to make that joke.

"He started out with Charlie Sheen," Apatow continued on Gervais. "Which I enjoyed when Leno did it last week."

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Photo: Judd Apatow Credit: Universal Pictures


Ricky Gervais says he won't host the Golden Globes again

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Never mind all of the whisperings across Hollywood: "Will the Golden Globes invite Ricky Gervais back after he slammed them so mercilessly Sunday night?"

Globe leaders may be very forgiving considering the socko TV ratings: 17 million viewers tuned in to watch Gervais' second consecutive year at the podium.

Responding to the murmurings, Ricky tells TMZ, "Well, it doesn't really matter because I'm not going to do it anyway. I said I would do it a second time, but I think twice is enough ... I loved it more than last year, actually."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon arrive at the Golden Globes. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


Poll: What did you think of Ricky Gervais as Golden Globes host?

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Ricky Gervais was brutal while hosting the Golden Globes. He insulted Cher's age and showbiz relevance, Johnny Depp's acting chops in "The Tourist" and even the integrity of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. He accused certain famous Scientologists of lying about their sexuality. At the end of the telecast, he said, "I'd like to thank God … for making me an atheist."

Afterward, when the Los Angeles Times asked Gervais if he has any friends left, he harrumphed, "The HFPA doesn't want me, NBC doesn't want me. Scientologists are out to get me. Johnny Depp is going to beat me up in the parking lot — and America won't want me anymore after my atheist comment."

Is Gervais overreacting? Are his critics?

— Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday. Photo credit: NBC.



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