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Emmy race for best variety series: Can 'Daily Show' be beaten?

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Can anybody, even Jon Stewart himself, stop "The Daily Show" from winning another Emmy Award for best variety series?

Stewart and his Comedy Central mock news show have won this category for eight consecutive years. To many Emmy watchers, it appeared that he was actually conceding the race last year when he submitted a ho-hum, run-of-the-mill episode with guest Roland Martin to be evaluated by Emmy judges. The program was unlike many of his earlier election-based or red hot episodes that had prevailed. When he didn't even show up for the ceremony in 2010, it seemed like he was throwing his support to his friend Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report," which submitted a powerful episode that included a visit from President Obama while Colbert entertained U.S. troops in Iraq. Stewart is an executive producer of that show too, so he would have won another Emmy even if "The Daily Show" lost.

When the ho-hum episode of "Daily Show" ended up winning, it beat the tearful, hilarious finale of "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" and the celebrated Betty White episode of "Saturday Night Live."

This year the Stewart team has submitted much better material with a December episode featuring guest Mike Huckabee. In the program, Stewart is visibly and vocally upset at Congress gumming up the works for a healthcare bill to benefit 9/11 relief workers. Weeks later, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York visited the show and gave Stewart credit for helping the bill become law. A ninth Emmy for best variety series might be his reward.

As for the other 2011 competitors, most are familiar faces with great submissions once again. "The Colbert Report" competes for the sixth time and entered a good episode from January with guest Cornel West. NBC's "Saturday Night Live" comes out swinging with its best episode of the season, featuring musical guest Lady Gaga and Emmy nominee Justin Timberlake hosting.

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Elton John on 'Saturday Night Live': Going for the EGOT

Eltonstory Elton John's appearance on "Saturday Night Live" tonight could be historic. If it results in an Emmy victory like past "SNL" guest turns by Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey and Betty White, he could become the 11th person to win the EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

In his lengthy career, Elton John has received just about every honor and award imaginable for a music performer.  He won an Academy Award (for "The Lion King"), a Tony Award (for "Aida"), six Grammy Awards (plus the honorary Grammy Legend), Kennedy Center Honors, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a knighthood from the Queen of England.

6a00d8341c630a53ef014e872090df970d-800wi What he is missing, however, is an Emmy. If he wins this year, he'll join these 10 EGOT giants:  Mel Brooks, John Gielgud, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols, Richard Rogers and Jonathan Tunick. See our photo gallery of other stars close to getting the EGOT.

  John is the guest host on "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in the show's 36 seasons.  He did perform two songs as the musical guest on a 1982 episode hosted by Johnny Cash. As host, he will star in several comedy sketches, do a monologue and perform two or three songs (at least one with special guest Leon Russell).

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Can Elton John earn his EGOT with help from 'Saturday Night Live'?

Eltonjohn4 Elton John is the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and the gig could pay off big time for the new dad, who was last on the show in 1982.

John is one step away from acquiring EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) status, and "SNL" could help add that missing Emmy to his trophy case. He could aim for an outstanding guest Emmy like Tina Fey, Betty White and Justin Timberlake, but John might up his chances and write an original song too. Remember when Timberlake won his original music and lyrics Emmy for "Dick in a Box"?

Egotpromo2 But, John's not the only star close to earning that coveted awards grand slam. Kate Winslet recently premiered her new HBO series "Mildred Pierce," and Robin Williams is starring in the Broadway show "Bengal Tiger at the Bagdhad Zoo," making them both serious contenders to join the 10 existing EGOT holders. Be sure to check out our gallery above of EGOTs on deck for more on John's stiffest competition.

— Emily Christianson

Photo: Elton John. Credit: Max Nash/AFP/Getty Images


Comedy Central/MTV Networks Comedy Awards nominations announced

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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"

"Tosh.O"

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

"Cyrus"

"Easy A"

"Get Him to the Greek"

"Kick-Ass"

"The Other Guys"

Animated Comedy Film

"Despicable Me"

"Megamind"

"Shrek Forever After"

"Toy Story 3"

Animated Comedy  Series

"American Dad"

"Archer"

"Family Guy"

"The Simpsons"

"South Park"

For a complete list of nominees, go to Thecomedyawards.com

-- 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: 'SNL' host Jesse Eisenberg is feeling slightly overwhelmed [Video]

It was only this morning that Jesse Eisenberg was in New York City, still on a high from hosting “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend — where he finally came face to face with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whom he plays in “The Social Network.”

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angleles on Sunday afternoon, Eisenberg said he’d met Zuckerberg for the first time a day prior, during “SNL” rehearsals.

“I always imagined that it would be a very overwhelming experience,” he said of the interaction with the terse tech-whiz. “I didn’t ever suspect that it would be in the context of something even more overwhelming — live television. And so in a way it was probably the perfect place to do that.”

Also overwhelming? The pace of Eisenberg’s schedule over the past few weeks, while he’s hopped from one award show to the next on the way to the Oscars, where he’s received a best actor nod.

“It’s like, if I just had to go to the Screen Actors Guild Awards this year, that would be so overwhelming, and I’d spend, like, the rest of the year thinking about it and writing in my diary,” he said, speaking at warp speed. “But, like, I also hosted ‘SNL’ last [night] and went to Japan a few weeks ago to do publicity for the movie. So, anyway, this is to say everything is happening at once and I wish God — or my publicist, rather — would have spread out all of these events.”

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— Amy Kaufman

Twitter.com/AmyKinLA



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