Category: Emmy Awards

Jimmy Kimmel to host Emmys for the first time

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel has been picked to host the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on Sept. 23 on ABC.

It is the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host's first time performing those duties for the Emmys, which is surprising considering the amount of hosting work he's done for other awards show, including the American Music Awards and ESPN's ESPY Awards.

Don Mischer will be executive producer of the show for a record 12th time. In a statement he said, "We love television and look forward to working with the Television Academy and ABC in creating a show that is fast-paced, humorous, unpredictable and at times irreverent, but clearly celebratory of our incredible industry."

In other words, don't expect Kimmel to go all Ricky Gervais on the crowd.

Kimmel has been on a bit of a roll himself lately. His positioning on ABC makes his live post-Oscars show a must-see event, and his fake trailer for "Movie: The Movie" became a viral sensation earlier this year. His show's YouTube channel just surpassed half a billion views.

He's also set to host the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, another high-profile gig made most notable by Stephen Colbert's scathing routine in front of President George W. Bush in 2006. However, no one expects Kimmel to go all Colbert on President Obama.

The Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on both coasts.

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Golden Globes: `Downton Abbey' wins for best TV miniseries

Downton Abbey

"Downton Abbey," the drama about an aristocratic family in pre-World War I England, won the Golden Globe for best miniseries or motion picture made for television. The PBS "Masterpiece" miniseries beat  BBC America's "The Hour" and three HBO films: "Mildred Pierce," "Too Big to Fail" and "Cinema Verite."

The highly acclaimed "Downton Abbey" has already turned into an American favorite. It scored an upset in last year's Emmys by beating HBO, which had a long-standing domination in the prestigious TV movie or mini-series category. The production also won Emmys for writing (Julian Fellowes), director (Brian Percival) and supporting actress (Maggie Smith). The  British production, which had already been broadcast in England, became an unexpected phenomena. A new season premiered last week to huge ratings and critical acclaim.

The 69th Golden Globes are being handed out at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The show is being broadcast live on NBC. 

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Photo: "Downton Abbey" cast, from left, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham. Credit: Nick Briggs/PBS

 

SAG Awards: TV surprises and snubs

Melissa McCarthy of "Mike and Molly" and Showtime drama "Homeland" were surprisingly among the missing when the nominees for the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced
Melissa McCarthy of "Mike and Molly" and the Showtime drama "Homeland" were among the huge raves of the TV season, but both were surprisingly among the missing when the TV nominees for the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced.

McCarthy scored an upset in September when she won an Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series for the CBS sitcom, but on Wednesday she was left out of SAG Awards' outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series category (though she did get a movie nod for "Bridesmaids"). Those nominees include Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland").

Other prominent actresses that were omitted included Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Laura Dern ("Enlightened") and Christina Applegate ("Up All Night").

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Meanwhile, Ed O'Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson were the only adult cast members of "Modern Family" who did not score an individual SAG nod. In addition to Bowen's and Vergara's nods, Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell were nominated for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series. O'Neill and Ferguson were included in the comedy ensemble nomination for "Modern Family."

Also missing among major actors in the comedy categories were Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") and Louis C.K. ("Louie").

"Homeland," starring Claire Danes ("Temple Grandin"), Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin, has been one of the critical highlights of the season, but the show and its performers were left out of the nominations.

A major surprise in the drama category was the nomination of Patrick J. Adams in USA's "Suits." Lewis beat out more well-known performers, such as Hugh Laurie ("House") and Kelsey Grammer ("Boss").

Who do you think should have been nominated? Vote in the poll below or let us know in the comments.

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Photo: Damien Lewis and Claire Danes in "Homeland." Credit: Kent Smith / Showtime

Steven Seagal goes from C list to 'True Justice' for Reelz

Sseagal
The tiny ReelzChannel earned some hard-fought accolades and prestige when it broadcast the controversial miniseries "The Kennedys," which earned 10 Emmy nominations, including one for outstanding miniseries or movie.

But the cable network appears to be heading in the opposite direction with its latest drama, which will feature an aging, heavyset action star whose movies usually go straight to video and who has been heavily ridiculed for his participation in a reality series that portrays him as a true-life crime fighter.

Steven Seagal has been set to star in Reelz' "True Justice" as the leader of a hardcore undercover team of Seattle-based cops who "take on the local crime element with a high-octane style of enforcement."

Seagal became a huge action star after first striking it big in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as "Above The Law," "Hard to Kill," "Under Siege" and "Executive Decision." But his star power eventually fizzled, and the last several years the actor has mostly starred in low-budget straight-to-video fare such as "Attack Force," "Flight of Fury," "Kill Switch" and "Pistol Whipped."

But Seagal, a "lifelong practitioner of the martial arts" who has never been known for his modesty, still considers himself a major star.

"I've been blessed with great success in the world of movies," he said in a statement. "Now with 'True Justice,' I believe I have the perfect vehicle for a hit show in the world of scripted television. My fans are going to get all of the adrenaline and entertainment they have come to expect from any project I've been involved in. This show is like nothing else on TV, and I'm excited that it has found a home on Reelz."

Seagal lately has been a punch line due to his involvement with the A&E series, "Steven Seagal: Lawman" in which he reveals that he has moonlighted as a cop for the last two decades in Jefferson Parish, La., working "major cases."

Although the show's promotional material says he is a "fully commissioned deputy" and Seagal introduces himself as a "deputy sheriff," he is actually part of the department's reserve program of about 200 volunteers. His rank of deputy sheriff is purely ceremonial.

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Photo: Steven Seagal in 1996. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles

Late Night: Sofia Vergara's family thinks Emmys are beauty pageant

'Modern Family's' Sofia Vergara at the Emmy Awards

Sofia Vergara may have lost at the Emmys on Sunday night, but to her family back in Colombia she was the clear winner--but then again, they're not entirely clear what the awards are for.

On Thursday's "Late Show," David Letterman asked Vergara about "Modern Family's" awards sweep. (Or, as he put it, "The family show did great with your Emmy awards.") "You had your family and friends all there?" he wondered.

"Yeah, of course, everybody from Colombia wants to come and join," she said.

"How many family members do you have?" he asked.

Slightly confused, Vergara responded with a question of her own. "How many I have? I think like more than 400." Not to worry, though; she had only 13 of them with her on Sunday. "They did the red carpet with me, they met everybody from my show, it was fantastic."

Though Vergara was happy to see castmate Julie Bowen take home the award for supporting actress in a comedy, her family was not quite as gracious in defeat. "They don't understand. They start calling me from Colombia. They like, 'Why you didn't win?' They really think it's a beauty pageant," she said. "So they're like, your dress was the best, and the hair, by far."

So, wait: This mean awards shows aren't just beauty contests? Who knew?

 

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Photo: Sofia Vergara at the 63rd Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards Show on September 18, 2011. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Emmys 2011: Ratings blitzed by football

Photo: Jane Lynch hosts the Primetime Emmys. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated PressSunday's 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox dipped 8% in the ratings from last year, as the ceremony struggled to compete against a closely watched NFL game on NBC.

The Emmys, hosted by "Glee" star Jane Lynch, averaged 12.4 million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Last year, the show averaged 13.5 million viewers on NBC. The 2009 telecast on CBS notched about the same number.

However, this year the Emmys had to compete against a much-anticipated game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons, with Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick returning to play his old Falcons team for the first time since being convicted for his role in a dog-fighting ring. The game averaged 21.5 million total viewers, easily winning first place for the night.

The good news for Fox was that the award show rose 2% in the ad-friendly demographic of adults age 18 to 49, with a respectable 4.2 rating.

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Photo: Jane Lynch hosts the Primetime Emmys. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Contrite Charlie Sheen extends an olive branch to Ashton Kutcher

Charlie Sheen's photo Seriously... @aplusk great talking to you! We'll all be watching!  Make us proud!!
A contrite Charlie Sheen continued his goodwill tour, meeting with his “Two and a Half Men” replacement, Ashton Kutcher, backstage after the Emmy Awards show on Sunday night.

Before a surprised audience at the Nokia Theatre, Sheen presented the Emmy for leading actor in a comedy series to Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory,” offering to his former "Two and a Half Men" colleagues that, “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season.” 

Later, Sheen tweeted a photo of himself with Kutcher, “giving the new guy a little advice.”  And later, he tweeted a note to Kutcher and his 4.8 million Twitter followers:

Seriously... @aplusk great talking to you! We'll all be watching! Make us proud!!

A gracious Kutcher, tweeted back:

@charliesheen good to meet you too. Wishing you the best on your new gig.

The embattled actor was fired from “Two and a Half Men” earlier this year in a highly publicized fight in which Sheen attacked the show’s creator Chuck Lorre, calling him a ‘sociopath,” and his costar Jon Cryer, calling him a “troll.” He then took to the Internet with his two girlfriends, whom he referred to as his “goddesses,” and extolled the virtues of “tiger blood,” while making the word “winning”  a top Twitter hashtag. Sheen took his Web antics on the road with his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour, which was canceled before he hit the planned 20 cities.

But Sheen has since signed on for a new TV series called “Anger Management,” participated in a Comedy Central roast and has been making the talk-show rounds, extending the olive branch to his past foes.

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Emmys 2011: Three top moments -- and their back stories

Charlie Sheen at the Emmy Awardss
Sunday's 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards was filled with Twitter-able moments, although many have probably faded from memory already. Here are three, however, that stand out -- as well as the stories behind them.

1. Charlie Sheen/"Two and a Half Men" -- The troubled actor came out -- to polite applause from the crowd at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles -- to present the comedic lead actor category. Calmed down considerably from earlier this year, when he ranted about his "tiger blood" and "Adonis DNA," Sheen began by saluting his former colleagues on "Two and a Half Men," from which he was fired after highly publicized drug problems and subsequent attacks on his bosses. "From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season," he said. Nice sentiment, but it might have rung hollow to many ears. Sheen didn't sound terribly convincing saying it, especially because a few months ago he was spewing that his costar, Jon Cryer, was a "troll," his boss Chuck Lorre a "sociopath" and the sitcom "a driveling pukefest." Sheen maybe should have stopped his Contrition Tour after last week's sober appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show."

2. "Hallelujah"/"In Memoriam" reel -- Leonard Cohen's tune was sung by a group called the Canadian Tenors as a reel played remembering stars and TV industry professionals who had died over the last year. The song choice proved notable for several reasons. Mark Burnett, who produced his first Emmys this year, told reporters that the "in memoriam" segment didn't need to be a "downer" as long as "contemporary" music was picked. But "Hallelujah" -- which was written as an often-tart reflection on broken relationships, not as a valediction to someone who died -- isn't exactly fresh; it first appeared on a Cohen album from 1984. It's also probably one of the most overworked songs around these days. Everyone from the late Jeff Buckley to Bob Dylan to k.d. lang has covered it, and it's been employed in TV shows as diverse as "Scrubs," "Ugly Betty" and "The West Wing." Even Cohen himself is tired of it, telling one interviewer, "It's a good song, but I think too many people sing it."

3. Matthew Weiner/"Mad Men" -- "Oh my goodness, I did not think that was going to happen," Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men," said as the show picked up its fourth straight Emmy for best drama. He added humbly that the cast and crew were going to go back to work -- a possibility that seemed dim earlier this year. Weiner and AMC were haggling over the show's return, with the network pressing the producers to trim each episode by a few minutes so that more commercials could be inserted. Eventually the two sides worked out a compromise in March for two more seasons that would shorten most episodes but leave the season premieres and finales at their usual 47 minutes. The talks stretched out so long that "Mad Men's" production cycle was disrupted and Season 5 won't air until next year instead of this past summer, as originally planned. The turmoil could explain why Weiner felt that another drama might have gone home with the Emmy instead.

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Photo: Charlie Sheen at Sunday's 63rd Primetime Emmys. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

 

Emmys 2011: Peter Dinklage was not expecting the win [video]

Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage, who won the Emmy Award for supporting actor in a drama series for "Game of Thrones," was calm and collected on the red carpet before the show. Since "Game of Thrones" is a newcomer and steeped in fantasy to boot, it was a bit of a surprise to begin with that it had garnered so many nominations.

"It's a great honor, I love the reaction it's getting — it has been so positive," said Dinklage, standing with his wife, Erica Shmidt, glowing beside him.

Was he expecting anything from the big night? No, he said, he's just happy to be here.

A few hours later he would beat out five talented men to take the statue.

 

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Photo: Peter Dinklage wins the Emmy for supporting actor in a drama series. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.

Emmys 2011: Ricky Gervais thanks God, shares his Twinkie

Ricky Gervais' 2011 Emmy Awards message

Leave it to Ricky Gervais to spice up an awards show -- without benefit of being, as he put it, "allowed on American soil." For the 2011 Emmy Awards, the self-styled Golden Globes bad boy delivered a taped message to Jane Lynch and whole Emmys gang. A taped, edited message. Just in case.

Said Gervais:

"Hello. Firstly, sorry I can't be there live in person. Not allowed. Not after the Golden Globes. In fact now, during any awards ceremony, I'm not even allowed on American soil. This is prerecorded and the Emmy bosses have warned me if I say anything rude or controversial, they will edit it out and you won't know the difference."

We won't know the difference? Whatever you say, Ricky. (You can watch the video, below.)

This was the rest of his message -- edited, of course. Not that you'd notice.

"What a bunch of cowardly [edit] countrymen like Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan. We're proud of you. I've won a few Emmys myself. I've lost a few too. I was up for five last year and I lost them all to other shows that in my opinion were absolute [edit] 'Schindler's List' but then went on to do TV with 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific' for HBO, which in my opinion is the greatest channel in the world [edit] apart from [edit] fox [edit] that is, [edit] obviously.

"Anyway, I've been rattling on for about 10 minutes. I hope I didn't say anything that you found offensive. Though if I did, I don't care. You can suck my [Twinkie]. Thanks for listening. And finally, thanks to God for making me an [edit] absolute idiot. There I said it. Again."

Shocking. Who even knew they had Twinkies across the pond? Escándalo!

 

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Photo: A taped, edited Ricky Gervais addresses the Emmy Awards crowd at Nokia Theatre. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.

Emmys 2011: 'Mad Men's' Matthew Weiner on surprises, good and bad

Cast of Mad Men backstage celebrating their Emmy win for best drama

It wasn’t a surprise to see "Mad Men" win for drama series. But what was something of a surprise, at least for executive producer Matthew Weiner, was that he didn’t win the writing award for the same episode that won the best drama trophy for the show. It was a disappointment, he admitted.

But what really counts, Weiner said, is winning for drama series. “The prize for the main show -- this is the one that says people love what we’re doing.”

Weiner said, as so many do, that the win was a surprise. “I’ve heard a lot of ‘We loved the show more than last year, but you’re not going to win.’ And: ‘It can’t go on forever.’ So I had made peace with the fact that we might lose, and it turned out we didn’t. And I’m very happy.”

January Jones was notably absent. But costar John Slattery had just heard from her via email, reporting that she was home with her baby.  “I had a superstition that her not being here was bad for us tonight,”  Weiner said. “And we miss her a lot. We’re very close here.”

The only “no comment” of the evening came from Christina Hendricks. When asked about her “fabulous figure,” she said: “I’m an actress, and I love to talk about the work. I’m so excited to be here and that’s what I like to talk about.”

Weiner, however, was quick to jump in, happy to discuss his figure.  “Don’t you want to ask me about that? I work out a lot I have a good stylist.”

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Photo: "Mad Men" cast members backstage after the show won the drama award. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Emmys 2011: 'Modern Family's' winning secret? Tiger-print undies

The Emmy Award-winning cast of Modern Family backstage at the show
The secret for all of "Modern Family's" wins on Emmy night: Sofia Vergara's underwear line — specifically, the tiger-print ones — at Kmart.

OK. That's a slight stretch. But the undies did get an honorable mention backstage when a reporter asked what the actress was wearing under her form-fitting gown. That led co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan to ask what Vergara's onscreen husband, Ed O'Neill, was wearing under his suit.

"My Kmart underwear too," Vergara quipped.

On a more serious note, O'Neill said the ABC comedy's win for a second straight year was more enjoyable.

"I wanted to win it very badly," the former "Married ... With Children" star and Emmy nominee confessed. "To me, it was better than the first time. To repeat is difficult. For us to have done it ... I'm relieved."

Now that the hard part is over, the cast plans to celebrate. How?

"Getting the kids really drunk," joked Julie Bowen, who picked up an Emmy in the supporting actress in a comedy category.

A "Modern Family" indeed.

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Photo: The Emmy Award-winning cast of "Modern Family" celebrates its big wins backstage at the show. Credit: Jae Hong/Associated Press.

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