Entertainment behind the scenes
Revenge, as the saying goes, is a dish best served cold.
And Conan O’Brien must surely be licking his lips with glee at winning an Emmy nomination for his short-lived version of “The Tonight Show,” six months after NBC handed the late night talk program back to frenemy Jay Leno.
O’Brien’s nomination in the variety show category even drew an audible gasp from the group of bleary-eyed journalists and publicists gathered at the Television Academy for the dawn announcement on Thursday.
As one mischievous pundit speculated — how will NBC (which is airing the Emmys ceremony in August) handle a possible win by Team Coco and a potentially scathing acceptance speech on live on national TV by O’Brien…(Music please? Fade to commercial break? — Talk about some real drama!)
Such was the glee over the bumper 19 nominations for “Glee”, that overlooked shows and actors barely got the time of day on Thursday. Except for Charlie Sheen, whose absence from the comedy actor nods was widely seen as a reflection on his ongoing court case on charges of pulling a knife on his wife and threatening to have her killed. Not so funny.
The producers of Fox’s program “American Idol” are likely asking themselves what they need to do on their show to ever beat CBS’ series “The Amazing Race” and win the best reality competition trophy at the Primetime Emmys.
Singing competition “American Idol” remains the most watched show on TV, and the team behind the show would surely like to cap that accomplishment with an Emmy for the program.
When Emmy nominations came in on Thursday, one of the biggest headline-grabbing surprises was the best comedy series nod for Fox cartoon “Family Guy.” The show from bad boy TV darling Seth MacFarlane leapfrogged the long-running, critically acclaimed “The Simpsons” to become the first animated program nominated for a primetime comedy Emmy since “The Flintstones” in 1961.
How did “Family Guy” succeed where “The Simpsons” failed?
Braving blistering afternoon heat and more than a little sweat, the world’s top television stars rolled onto the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in downtown Los Angeles in all their finery.
Once the arrivals wrapped up and the show got started, it was left to us onlookers to decide who looked great and who, well, didn’t.
After her clothing line was yanked from all Los Angeles’ Kitson boutique stores, “The Hills” star Lauren Conrad is getting a new chance at showcasing her fashion design skills in a major way. The 22-year-old has been tapped to design a couture gown for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards trophy girls who hand out U.S. television’s top honors.
“When the show approached me, I was so excited,” Conrad said in an email to Reuters. “I love designing dresses and I can’t wait to see my own designs on the Primetime Emmy Awards. The dress will be elegant yet simple with a Lauren Conrad Collection vibe.”
The folks who decide the Emmys this year expanded to six the nominees for best dramatic series, but they still gave a final thumbs down to HBO cops and thugs drama “The Wire”. Once again, they failed to recognize what many fans and critics hail as one of the best television shows ever, and Emmy watchers are calling the lack of a nomination a major snub. So one wonders, can the show’s devoted fans be that wrong?
What was it about “The Wire” that turned off Emmy voters during its five-season run that wrapped this year on HBO – the network that Emmy voters have so often lauded in the past when nominating “The Sopranos” or “Sex and the City?”
Britney Spears helped the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” add more viewers, and now she stands to earn an Emmy nomination for her work on the show.
Spears, 26, is listed on an Emmy ballot of 41 names for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, said John Leverence, a spokesman for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Nominations for Emmys — U.S. television’s highest honors – will be announced on July 17.