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The Kennedy Center Honors is traditionally one of the year’s classiest TV events, but its less-well-known cousin, “The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize” for American humor, could use a rewrite. At least, that’s true based on the 17th edition, honoring Jay Leno, which despite appearances by several high-profile comics saluting the former “Tonight Show” host, never bridges the gap between its live element and a simple clip show devoted to highlights from Leno’s body of work. Jimmy Fallon, at least, gets one thing right: After all Leno did for NBC, it’s strange that “we had to celebrate his career on PBS.”
Granted, devoting a full 90 minutes to such an endeavor (the CBS broadcast recognizes a handful of luminaries from different disciplines in roughly the same time) invites a certain degree of flab, and the jokes – much like a roast – can’t help but become a trifle repetitive. »
- Brian Lowry
With a sincere thanks for “the greatest night of my life,” comedian Jay Leno accepted the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor Sunday in a rowdy affair that featured a parade of funny regulars from the “Tonight Show.” As for his just-received bust of Twain, “it’s going on the front of my ’55 Buick,” he said.
So went another installment of the center’s annual Twain event, its 17th, performed at the center’s packed Concert Hall.
First up, appropriately, was Leno’s successor, Jimmy Fallon. “He did so much on NBC that we had to celebrate his career on PBS,” said Fallon of the Twain event slated for broadcast on public TV Nov. 23. Then Fallon rolled out a mix of heartfelt and irreverent observations about the evening’s honored guest which included a few of his signature thank-you notes. “Thank you, Mark Twain, for writing ‘Tom Sawyer, »
- Paul Harris
Jay Leno honored with Mark Twain Prize for Humor, feted by Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler Seth Meyers, Jb Smoove, Garth Brooks, Kristen Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks and Wanda Sykes also helped honor Leno with the nation’s top humor prize Sunday night at the Kennedy Center. Chelsea Handler said in her tribute: “I never really said it to you, because you’re never really listening, but every single time I was on his show, he’d come back and ask me how I was doing, how was life. You made a difference in my life. I totally love you. And if you ever need anything from anyone, call Jimmy Fallon.” Plus: Watch attendees try to impersonate Leno. Google changes Stephen Colbert's height to 5-10.5 after he complained he should be listed as 5-11 Colbert ranted at Google last week on "The Colbert Report" for listing him as 5- »
- Norman Weiss
The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former Tonight Show host Sunday when he received the nation's top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno's famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks and Chelsea Handler also paid tribute. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS. Read more Why Jay Leno Never Invited Joan Rivers to 'The Tonight Show' Fallon, who replaced Leno this year on The Tonight Show after Leno
- the Associated Press
Jon Stewart sings “I will remember you” in "tribute" to Michael Che’s 3-month “Daily Show” stint Che, who begins his “SNL” Weekend Update co-hosting job next week, got an elaborate mock sendoff from Stewart, who noted Che worked for him for a total of 58 business days. Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon! “The Tonight Show” host today enters his 40s. Plus: Fallon and Billy Crystal share Robin Williams stories. “ER” premiered 20 years ago today The last huge network drama, which drew more than 30 million viewers per week, debuted on a Tuesday with a two-hour pilot. Click Read Full Post For More “Red Band Society” L.A. bus ads pulled for labeling Octavia Spencer a “Scary Bitch” The ads have been on Metro L.A. buses, but only recently did officials get an “earful from community” over the ad’s offensiveness. Jay Leno is joining Al Roker on a Uso comedy »
- Norman Weiss
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Episodes: 4,610 (62 min)
TV show dates: May 25, 1992 -- May 29, 2009
March 1, 2010 -- February 6, 2014
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
Following the basic format of its predecessors, each episode consists of the host's opening monologue, a comedy routine, and interviews with notable celebrities.
Various musical acts or stand-up comedians are also sometimes featured.
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for “12 Years a Slave.”
Bet and CBS lead TV nominees, with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC (15) and HBO (13). RCA leads the recording category with 10 noms, followed by Atlantic Records (eight) and Columbia Pictures (seven).
Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and some will be announced Feb. 21 during an awards ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced during a two-hour TV One telecast Feb. 22.
The nominees were announced during a press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena. NAACP Image Awards committee chairman is Leonard James and TV One prez-ceo is Alfred Liggins. Roslyn M. Brock is chairman of the NAACP. »
- Tim Gray
The 2014 NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Thursday (Jan. 9) at the Television Critics Association press tour by David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), Joe Morton ("Scandal"), Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool"), Bresha Webb ("Love That Girl!") and Gina Torres ("Suits").
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards airs live Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on TVOne.
The list of nominees:
Outstanding Comedy Series
· "House of Lies" (Showtime)
· "Modern Family" (ABC)
· "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
· "The Game" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
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