Category: Emmys

Emmys: Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph pre-party with host Lorne Michaels

Emmy Awards: Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Westfeldt at Lorne Michaels' party.

Lorne Michaels is no stranger to weekend productions, though for the Saturday night before the 2011 Emmy Awards he put on a different kind of show in Los Angeles: an Emmys pre-party welcoming his famous friends and former employees.

On the terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel, "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Michaels greeted husband and wife Will Arnett and Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm, all nominees, plus Hamm's partner, Jennifer Westfeldt, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph.

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Aziz Ansari joked with Jimmy Fallon and Bravo's Andy Cohen in the company of Melissa McCarthy, Maulik Pancholy, Jack McBrayer, Rashida Jones, actress-director Penny Marshall and Bryan Cranston, last year's Emmy winner for best actor in a drama for "Breaking Bad."

Ana Gasteyer and her Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls Guests sipped novelty cocktails including the "Liz Lemonade," a nod to Tina Fey's "30 Rock" character, and the "Saturday Night Imbibe" by 42 Below.

For comedy diehards, a fun fact: Former cast member Ana Gasteyer turned up and was quite amused by the passed desserts: mini containers of Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream, a product inspired by the skit that she, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin made famous on "SNL."


Brett Ratner reigns over CAA pre-Emmy party

Aaron Sorkin breaks his own nose -- while writing

Sofia Vergara, Zachary Quinto and more toast Emmys at Boa

-- Matt Donnelly

Top photo: Amy Poehler, left, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Westfeldt cuddle up at Lorne Michaels' pre-Emmy party at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Credit: Associated Press

Bottom photo: Ana Gasteyer flashes some Schweddy Balls ice cream. Credit: Associated Press

Sofia Vergara, Zachary Quinto and more toast Emmys at Boa

Sofia Vergara shines at the EW pre-Emmy party Most of television's fall line-up was lined up on Friday evening, celebrating the Emmys with a Friday night kick-off fete in West Hollywood.

"Modern Family" siren Sofia Vergara commanded plenty of attention at Boa steakhouse, where Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film trumpeted Sunday's telecast.

Olivia Munn, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, David Arquette and Ministry fave Zachary Quinto turned up, shuffling back and forth between the open-air patio and packed bar area.

Sushi was passed, a L'Oreal cosmetics bar greased actresses with lip gloss and Michael Jackson tunes pumped out while "True Blood"'s Sam Trammel, Garcelle Beauvais, Dylan McDermott, Martha Plimpton and Sela Ward mingled. 

While Vergara rolled solo to the event, she had plenty of "Family" to rely on, like costars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sarah Hyland. 


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Sofia Vergara sparkles at the Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film pre-Emmy party at Boa steakhouse. Credit: Dan Steinberg / AP Photo


Brett Ratner reigns over CAA pre-Emmy party

Brett Ratner is man of the house at CAA Emmy party
Talent agency CAA fed and watered its stable of clients on Friday night, with a swanky pre-Emmy bash in Beverly Hills.

Eatery Bouchon, flanked in privacy shrubs, was taken over by partners Adam Berkowitz and Kevin Huvane to welcome the likes of Katie Holmes (sans Tom Cruise) and Ryan Seacrest with his lady Julianne Hough.

Jerry Bruckheimer chatted up CBS honcho Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen while Bravo's Andy Cohen circulated. Holmes snuck into the restaurant's kitchen to make her own baguettes with bakers, take-aways for her husband and daughter Suri, she told the bunch.

While the Emmy's celebrate the small screen, the unarguable man of the hour was Brett Ratner, taking compliments for landing the job of producer for the forthcoming Academy Awards. Ratner was circled by "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin and star Jeremy Piven, as well as funnygal Chelsea Handler and her hotelier boyfriend Andre Balasz

Seacrest and Hough opted for a romantic table for two on the patio, beside a fellow sweetheart table occupied by Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou. Huvane was one of the last men standing, sending guests into the night around 1 a.m.


Jane Lynch will host Primetime Emmys

Aaron Sorkin breaks his own nose -- while writing

Jon Cryer stays true to form after Emmy nod for 'Men'

-- Matt Donnelly
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Photo: Brett Ratner poses in support of his upcoming Ben Stiller-led flick "Tower Heist." Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Aaron Sorkin breaks his own nose -- while writing

Aaron Sorkin with a broken nose

Never accuse Aaron Sorkin of lacking dedication to his craft: The Academy Award-winning writer broke his nose while working on a script. 

"I wish I could say I was in a bar fight," Sorkin told the Ministry on Friday at the Emmy Awards' performance nominees' reception in West Hollywood, "but I broke my nose writing."

Sorkin said he was working on a block of dialogue in the mirror when he accidentally head-butted himself. In addition to creating series including "The West Wing" and last year's "Social Network" film sensation, Sorkin has invented a new occupational hazard.

Sorkin is writing a behind-the-scenes drama about a cable news network for HBO, to star Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Dev Patel. 

The nominated performers peer group for the TV academy welcomed the likes of Alfre Woodard, Cara Buono, Matt LeBlanc, Brenda Strong and Ty Burrell of "Modern Family" at the Pacific Design Center.

Kathy Bates came from the set of "Harry's Law" to schmooze with her peers over Grey Goose cocktails.

"It's an exciting year, but I don't think it's my year," she said of her nomination for best actress in a drama. 


Jane Lynch will host Primetime Emmys

Jon Cryer stays true to form after Emmy nod for 'Men'

'Mike & Molly' star Melissa McCarthy is designing her own Emmy dress

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo:  Actress Brenda Strong and Aaron Sorkin (with his broken nose) at the Emmy Awards performers' nominee reception at the Pacific Design Center on Friday. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images

Emmy Awards live chat: Hang with the Ministry during the show!

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Bookmark this blog post, sign up for a reminder message and get your attitude ready -- we'll see you for the red carpet and more Sunday.

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Photo: With some help from a pro, left, on the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards crew, host Jane Lynch, exec producer Mark Burnett and TV academy President John Shaffner, right, roll out the red carpet a few days ahead of the event. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


Jon Cryer stays true to form after Emmy nod for 'Men'

Jon Cryer takes his Emmy nomination in stride

This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details.

Jon Cryer on Thursday picked up his sixth Emmy nomination for supporting-actor work on an obscure little sitcom called "Two and a Half Men."

However, those judging solely by his reaction to the nod -- and perhaps living under a rock since late last year -- might think this is the brightest spotlight he's faced in a long time.

"In a year when nothing much has happened on our show and you could barely find a word about me or my co-stars on the internet," the wry Cryer offered in a statement, via Radar Online, "it is lovely to be recognized by the Academy in this way!"


The whole Charlie Sheen meltdown? "Two and a Half Men" production being put on hold? Ashton Kutcher taking over the lead role amid rumors that Charlie Harper would be dying a very-dead death at the start of next season? Shoot -- we'd totally forgotten!

Kinda like someone apparently forgot to get the previously nominated Sheen's name submitted to the Emmy Awards folks in time for consideration? Though we suppose he was rather busy back in April.

In classic and classy Cryer fashion, there's nothing to see here, folks -- at least until the Sept. 18 ceremony, when we'll learn if the usually-not-under-arrest actor and 2009 Emmy winner will take home his second prime-time trophy. His competition includes Chris Colfer of "Glee", and last year's Emmy winner, Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family."

Nothing to see here, actually, as long as we all forget to watch Comedy Central's Sheen roast set to air a week earlier, right after the Kutcher-Cryer-Angus T. Jones incarnation of "Two and a Half Men" hits the small screen.

Move along now.

[For the record, 8:32 a.m. July 15: A previous version of this post said Chris Colfer won the 2010 supporting actor Emmy. That trophy went to Eric Stonestreet, while Colfer took home the 2011 Golden Globe and was among the winners of the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble performance in a comedy series. While we're at it, here are the rest of the 2011 nominees in the comedy-supporting category: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell, all from "Modern Family." Thanks to commenter David Migicovsky for flagging the gaffe.]


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Wait, wasn't Jon Cryer *joking* about Charlie Sheen on Conan?

Charlie Sheen roast to air the night of Ashton Kutcher's 'Two and a Half Men' debut

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jon Cryer, left, Angus T. Jones and Ashton Kutcher appear on behalf of the retooled "Two and a Half Men" in New York on May 18. Credit: Jeffrey R. Staab / CBS / Associated Press


Jane Lynch will host Primetime Emmys

Janelynchemmy The Cheerios whistle has sounded -- Jane Lynch will host the Emmy awards.

"Glee"'s Sue Sylvester will play emcee for television's biggest night on Sept. 18, when the telecast airs on her home network Fox. 

"I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on Fox. I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit," the actress said in a statement

Rumors have been circulating that Lynch would headline the trophy-fest, the third female to do so behind Ellen DeGeneres, 2005, and Angela Lansbury, 1993. 


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Photo: Jane Lynch attends the 2011 Screen Actors Guild awards. Lynch will host this year's Primetime Emmys. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Jane Lynch in talks to host Emmy awards, report says

Janelynch Could Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester tracksuit be jogging to the Emmy Awards? 

The "Glee" favorite could be tap-dancing on television's biggest night as host, a new report says.

Lynch has been approached by the TV academy to play emcee, according to the Hollywood Reporter, as the telecast will air on Fox this year. Lynch is a prime candidate to host, given that she's a versatile and beloved star on a network that has no late-night funnyman (typically tapped in this scenario).

The report notes that Lynch would be the third female to host solo in the history of the telecast, on the heels of Ellen DeGeneres in 2005 and Angela Lansbury in 1993.

Last year's ceremony was aired on NBC, hosted by comic Jimmy Fallon.

Do you think Jane would make a decent host? Tell us in comments. 


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Photo: Jane Lynch attends the PaleyFest's celebration of "Glee" in March in Beverly Hills. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Betty White to host senior NBC comedy 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers'

Betty White to host 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers' Sweet little Betty White and her friends of a certain age are out to get those insolent kiddies of America on her new NBC show, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers."

The comedy involves the universal battle of old versus new. It's coming to television thanks to White, who will host and serve as executive producer of the hidden-camera prank show, according to our sister blog Show Tracker.

"People have been telling me that I'm 'Off My Rocker' for years," the 89-year-old said in a statement. "Now I can prove it."

The prank show, which we would rather call "Punk'd With a Walker," is based on an award-winning Flemish series called "Benidorm Bastards."

The funnywoman became America's sweetheart thanks to interest in her series "The Golden Girls" (which originally aired on NBC) and gigs with "Saturday Night Live," which earned her a seventh Emmy; "Community"; a Snickers Super Bowl commercial and her current TV Land series "Hot in Cleveland." She was also named the Associated Press' entertainer of the year last December.

Oh, Betty, we love you. But please, don't play any tricks on us.


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Photo: Golden girl Betty White at the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica last year. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times.

AMC delays 'Mad Men' to 2012; we miss you Don Draper

Jon Hamma as Don Draper in 'Mad Men' -- delayed to 2012 Jon Hamm lovers will have to brace themselves for a dry spell this year now that the fifth season of "Mad Men" has been postponed to 2012.

Continuing contract negotiations between show creator Matthew Weiner and AMC have led to the delay of the 1960s-set drama and the absence of Don Draper in our lives.

"While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key noncast negotiations, 'Mad Men' will be back for a fifth season in early 2012," the network said, according to Show Tracker.

A deal hasn't been brokered because the network wants to add more product placement to the product-heavy show, add more commercials by shaving two minutes off the total running time. (Translation: Even less Don Draper in our lives.)

One report said that negotiations could collapse because of AMC's demands. Weiner, who has won several Emmys for the series, is looking for a deal that will allow him to get $15 million a year -- or upwards of $1 million an episode -- putting him among the top-paid showrunners in basic cable. Talk about mad men...

But Weiner insists the delay is unrelated to monetary issues.

How to Survive Life Without 'Mad Men'"I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans," he told "Mad Men" fan blog Basket of Kisses.

"First of all, the number that's been published is not true. Second of all, I offered to have less money, to save the cast, and to leave the show in the running time that it's supposed to be. The harder that I've fought for the show, the more money that they've offered me."

Tough life, eh?

In the meantime, the show's stars are working on various geek-friendly projects: You can catch Hamm now in Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" and John Slattery in "The Adjustment Bureau," both currently in theaters. Hamm will also appear (shirtless!) in Judd Apatow's "Bridesmaids" comedy with Kristin Wiig. He's also teaming with indie-filmmaker/girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt to make "Friends with Kids" and will again perform with Westfeldt in April in an L.A. Theatre Works radio theater production of Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters."

Christina Hendricks will star in the action flick "Drive" this spring and has just signed on for the film "Seconds of Pleasure" with Brendan Fraser, Julia Stiles, Matt Dillon and Kristen Scott Thomas. January Jones will appear in this summer's highly-anticipated "X-Men: First Class." Elisabeth Moss will star in Walter Salles' adaptation of "On the Road" and is appearing in London in the West End production of "The Children's Hour" alongside Keira Knightley.

And if these alternatives don't strike your retro-drama fancy, click on the gallery above for more alternatives for your "Mad Men"-less summer.


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Photos, from top: Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men"; January Jones in "X-Men: First Class." Credits: AMC; Murray Close / Fox


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