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8 items from 2008

SAG: Over 130 Stars Against Strike

15 December 2008 1:45 PM, PST | Digital Media Law | See recent Digital Media Law news »

Over 130 stars have weighed in on the SAG strike authorization, coming out firmly against. Citing the economy, the A-listers “strongly” urged SAG members not to authorize a strike, and instead “take the high road … unite with our brothers and sisters in the entertainment community and … three years down the line … make a great deal” when all the union contracts expire roughly simultaneously.

Finally, we’re hearing from the A-listers, and it may be enough to pull SAG back from the brink. Meanwhile SAG Board members in NY and Chicago came out against the authorization over the weekend.

In addition, SAG President Alan Rosenberg was forced to cancel the emergency in-person National Board meeting he had scheduled for this Friday, after SAG activists pointed out in the strongest terms that Rosenberg had no right under the SAG constitution or state law to require that the meeting be in person, rather than by videoconference. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Handel)

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Can Florence Henderson finally win over Emmy by guesting on 'Samantha Who?'

7 December 2008 6:32 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Mike Ausiello of EW reports that TV's favorite mom Florence Henderson ("The Brady Bunch") will be guesting in the new year on "Samantha Who?" as the matriarch of the Newly clan. Though this showbiz vet has never been nominated for any major kudo, she could well pull off an Emmy nod in the guest actress in a comedy series category. After all, both her on-screen daughter Jean Smart and granddaughter Christina Applegate are past champs in this category — Smart twice for "Frasier" in 2000 and 2001 and Applegate for "Friends" in 2003. And even more tellingly, the most recent winners of this race have been women of a certain age — sixtysomething Kathryn Joosten »

- tomoneil

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Fey Steals Show With 30 Rock At Emmys

22 September 2008 12:37 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tina Fey stole the show at the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, receiving top honours on Sunday's event for her hit U.S. comedy series 30 Rock.

The series - starring creator Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan - won the Outstanding Comedy Series award, while TV series Mad Men claimed its own top honour for Outstanding Drama Series.

Fey and Baldwin each took home top honours of Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series for their roles on the show.

Fey took the stage, musing of her honours: "I thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done. That is what all parents should do."

Historical series John Adams - executive produced by Tom Hanks - was the most-nominated show of the year, taking in five awards of its record 23 nods, including a win for Outstanding Miniseries.

Actress Glenn Close also claimed victory, picking up an honour for her lead role on dramatic series Damages.

Close paid tribute to actresses in her category: "We're proving that complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy and are high entertainment and can carry a show. I call us the sisterhood of the TV drama divas."

Best Reality-TV Competition program went to Amazing Race, the show's sixth award.

Elsewhere, the spectacular ceremony was marked by a performance from American singer/songwriter Josh Groban, joined briefly on stage by Ed McMahon during a musical salute to television history. Groban took to the stage, singing a medley of songs inspired by TV themes including songs from South Park and Gilligan's Island.

This year's show - opened by talk show queen Oprah Winfrey - was hosted by reality-tv stars American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, Project Runway's Heidi Klum, Dancing with the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Deal or No Deal's Howie Mandel and Survivor's Jeff Probst.

The full list of Emmy Award winners is as follows:

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeremy Piven - Entourage

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jean Smart - Samantha Who?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Zeljko Ivanek - Damages

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Dianne Wiest - In Treatment

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Louis J. Horvitz - 80th Annual Academy Awards

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: The Colbert Report

Commemorative Emmy for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety: Tommy Smothers - The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney - John Adams

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Tim Conway - 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Kathryn Joosten - Desperate Housewives

Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series: Barry Sonnenfeld - Pushing Daises - Pie-Lette

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Tina Fey - 30 Rock

Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Recount

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Tom Wilkinson - John Adams

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Series: Jay Roach - Recount

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Kirk Ellis - John Adams

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Eileen Atkins - Cranford (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Reality-tv Competition: The Amazing Race

Outstanding Miniseries: John Adams

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Don Rickles - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Glynn Turman - In Treatment

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Cynthia Nixon - Law + Order: Special Victims Unit

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Greg Yaitanes - House

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Matthew Weiner - Mad Men - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Pilot)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Paul Giamatti - John Adams

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Glenn Close - Damages

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey - 30 Rock

Outstanding Host for a Reality Competition Show: Jeff Probst - Survivor (Jma/Wn/)

Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock

Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men »

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The Emmy Award Winner's List!

21 September 2008 8:42 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions Tom Purcell, Head Writer The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. Steve Bodow, Head Writer Late Night With Conan O'Brien • NBC • Conaco, Broadway Video, in association with Universal Media Studio Mike Sweeney, Head Writer Late Show With David Letterman • CBS • Worldwide Pants Inc. Eric Stangel, Head Writer Justin Stangel, Head Writer Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video Seth Meyers, Head Writer Andrew Steele, Head Writer Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series Flight Of The Conchords • Yoko • HBO • Dakota Pictures and Comedy Arts in association with HBO Entertainment James Bobin, Written By Jemaine Clement, Written By Bret McKenzie, Written By The Office • Dinner Party • NBC • Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC, Universal Media Studios Lee Eisenberg, Written By Gene Stupnitsky, »

- TheInsider

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60th Primetime Emmys: a night of firsts

20 September 2008 9:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It was a record-breaking night at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, with HBO's "John Adams" establishing a new standard for most wins for a program in a single year and CBS' "The Amazing Race" and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" posting unprecedented sixth consecutive best series wins.

Overall, there were few surprises as the three most nominated programs, "John Adams" (23 noms), NBC's "30 Rock" (17) and AMC's "Mad Men" (16) dominated the longform, comedy and drama fields.

With its best drama series trophy, "Mad Men" became the first basic cable program to win a major series category. In addition to the "30 Rock" repeat as best comedy series, its creator/star Tina Fey also won Emmys for lead comedy actress and comedy series writing, while "Mad" walked away with a drama writing Emmy for creator Matthew Weiner.

The haul for "John Adams" included wins for best miniseries, for stars Paul Giamatti, »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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Creative Arts Emmys Given to Genre Faves

17 September 2008 9:07 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

With the Emmy Awards four days away, much so being made of the main event although many awards have already been given out.

The 2008 Creative Arts Emmys were presented and among the winners of note include:

Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or More went to the “Imaginationland”  special episode of South Park while the less-than-one-hour category went to The Simpsons’ “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind”.

The guest acting awards were presented to Cynthia Nixon as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series went to Kathryn Joosten for ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Joosten, one of our favorite character actors, notched her second win as Karen McCluskey. Accepting her statuette, Joosten declared, “This solves a problem. I have two sons, and now they don’t need to fight over which one gets this when I die. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Kathy Griffin Wins Second Emmy

14 September 2008 8:57 AM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Kathy Griffin has picked up her second Emmy at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmys for her hit Bravo show "My Life On the D-List."   The actress/comedian was handed the trophy for best reality program during the ceremony Saturday night in Los Angeles. The Creative Arts Emmys recognizes technical and other achievements in advance of next Sunday's main ceremony. Griffin was also nominated for a stand up comedy special but she lost to Don Rickles, with whom she will present an award at the Primetime Emmys. Cynthia Nixon, who gained fame and an Emmy with "Sex and the City," added her second trophy as well for a guest role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Other acting honors went to Glynn Turman, named best guest actor in a drama for "In Treatment," Kathryn Joosten, best guest actress in a comedy for "Desperate Housewives," and Tim Conway, for best guest actor in a comedy for "30 Rock. »

- TheInsider

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HBO's 'John Adams' tops Creative Emmys

12 September 2008 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HBO’s "John Adams" solidified its position as an Emmy frontrunner, converting eight of its 23 nominations to lead the way at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The two most nominated series, AMC's critical darling "Mad Men" and NBC’s Emmy-winning "30 Rock" followed with four and three wins, respectively.

"John Adams’"s wins for casting, costumes, prosthetic makeup, visual effects, sound mixing, editing, cinematography and art direction gave HBO 16 overall nods to lead all networks, followed by ABC and PBS with nine apiece and CBS with eight.

There was a sense of deja vu at the ceremony held Saturday at the Emmys’ new home, the Nokia Theater.

For the second year in a row, Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," topped the outstanding reality series category.

And for a second consecutive year, an obscenity-laced song from a late-night show won the original music and lyrics category. Last year, »

- By Lesley Goldberg

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