September 2008 Archives

Is Ricky Gervais going to host the Oscars?!

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Ricky Gervais playfully berates Steve Carell at last week's Emmys. (AP file)

Although the gamut of suggestions from various entertainment bloggers run wide -- from a return by Steve Martin to two suggestions of Will Smith -- the question of who will host the upcoming Oscars is beginning to boil down to one name: Ricky Gervais.

Its unusually smart choices this year provided great pointers to some TV worth watching. As you wait for season premieres, here's a run-down of some of those shows, from "Breaking Bad" to Glenn Close's "Damages."

Sept. 30 and already a round of Oscar predictions?

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Yegods -- Mickey Rourke is back, pictured at the recent Toronto Film Festival. (AP)

The trailers at the movieplex this weekend were one long menu for the upcoming smorgasbord of Oscar bait. And even though many of these films haven't opened yet -- and it's barely October -- we already have our first round of Oscar predictions!

Oscars tap Mark, Condon to oversee telecast

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Two Hollywood veterans, Laurence Mark and Bill Condon, will oversee the next Academy Awards telecast.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today that producer Mark will produce the Feb. 22 show, while writer-director Condon will be executive producer. It will be the first time either has worked on the Oscars.

Just who are some of these Rock Hall nominees?

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A refresher on the slate of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ...

New slate of Rock Hall nominees on the bill

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Run-D.M.C. could ''Walk This Way'' into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges, are among the nine nominees for next year's hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced today.

The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and disco and R&B group Chic.

Backstage and beyond at the Emmys

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Glenn Close holds the Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama series for her role in "Damages," backstage at the 60th annual Emmy Awards.


Television, movies, stage. They're all the same to Glenn Close, as long as the work is worthwhile.

''I kind of don't differentiate,'' Close said backstage Sunday night after winning the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for ''Damages.''

''For me, it's where the material is and it always has been, and I am so energized and challenged and thrilled by the work that we all do together at 'Damages.' It really is the ride of my career to have this magnificent part, which is as good as any part you'd find in a feature film. ... I can't wait to see where our writers take us this year.''

As she spoke backstage with reporters, Close also expanded on the comments she made during her acceptance speech about ''the sisterhood of the TV drama divas,'' actresses like Helen Mirren and Judi Dench who've inspired her by flourishing in television as well as in films and theater.

''The most important thing is going where there's great material,'' she said, ''because that's how you grow as an artist and how you're challenged.''

The five reality hosts and all the king's men, couldn't get several million people to watch the Emmys again. Last night's ceremony on ABC was the lowest-rated Emmys ever.

Dying is easy, comedy is hard

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Remember the bit during last night's Emmys when co-host Tom Bergeron educated us on the difference between comedy and drama? "This is drama," he said, as co-host Heidi Klum swooned into his arms. "This is comedy," he said, dropping her.

Pratfalls are funny, but they hurt. Klum finished her lines, then she said, "Ow!" as the show went on. And TMZ shows why -- with a photo of this massive bruise on her hip!

What Emmys records actually broke

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We expected some records at the Emmys on Sunday night. ''John Adams'' (23 noms), NBC's ''30 Rock'' (17) and AMC's ''Mad Men'' (16) dominated many categories. Here's what broke:

The Emmys after-party report

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Accepting hugs left and right and clutching his best miniseries trophy for HBO's "John Adams," Tom Hanks made one thing clear at the premium cable network's packed Emmy afterparty: He's not a partier.

"It's a school night. This is all a bit of a chore, honestly," Hanks said late Sunday night, grinning and waving his arms while music pumped loudly overhead.

"I'm shouting at everyone I meet, I'm taking pictures with everyone who wants to. ... We're really glad the series won. Great cast, killer crew. ... But I gotta be at work at 6 a.m. tomorrow," he said. "I've got about 15 minutes left in me."

Complete list of 60th annual Emmys winners

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Here's a complete list of winners at the 60th annual Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences -- from both Sunday night's televised show and last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys:

The top Emmys go to ...

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The sleek '60s drama "Mad Men" made Emmy history tonight as the first basic-cable show to win a top series award, while the sitcom "30 Rock" and its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin also emerged as winners.

More politics

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Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart refrain from politics at the Emmys. Only prunes.

Glenn Close is up with outstanding actor in a miniseries or a movie.

"An extra, a president, two political operatives and an alcoholic man servant: what perfect roles for an election year," she says.

Paul Giamatti picks up the Emmy for outstanding actor in a miniseries or a movie for his work in the title role in "John Adams."

"I'm living proof, kids at home, that anybody can play the president," Giamatti says.

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy: Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock."

Outstanding lead actress in a drama: Glenn Close, "Damages"

"My fellow nominees I want to salute, because I think we're proving complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy, high entertainment and can carry a show. I call us the sisterhood of the TV drama divas."

Tonight's quotable quotes from the Emmys

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The quotable quotes heard at tonight's 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ...

More awards

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Outtanding performance in a variety or music program: Don Rickles for "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project."

"It's a mistake," he said. "I am just stunned by this. I've been in the business 55 years and the biggest award I got was an ashtray from the Friars in New York."

Outstanding guest actor and actress in drama series (awarded last week): Glynn Turman ("In Treatment") and Cynthia Nixon ("Law & Order: SVU").

Outstanding directing for a drama series: Greg Yaitanes, "House"

Outstanding writing for a drama series: Matthew Weiner "Mad Men: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."


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Sandra Oh delivers a joke about Asian stereotypes:

"Growing up in a small town in Canada, 'M*A*S*H' was the first show I ever saw where somebody actually looked like me. It told the story of a war my parents lived through. They're here with me tonight and I know they couldn't be prouder. Unless I actually was a doctor."

Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie: Eileen Atkins, "Cranford."

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Emmy winner Kathy Griffin (right) introduces Don Rickles during the show. (AP)

Kathy Griffin insisted the crowd give Don Rickles a standing ovation: "Get up!"

"Why did they stand? Was it a Jewish holiday," Rickles asked.

Rickles was all old-school and wouldn't be rushed to reading the nominations for best reality program. The award went to "The Amazing Race," it's sixth win in a row.

Outstanding miniseries Emmy goes to "John Adams."

Producer Tom Hanks gives the speech. "The election between Jefferson and Adams was filled with innuendo, lies, a bitter, partisan press and disinformation. How great we've come so far since then."

Supporting actor in a miniseries or movie

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As predicted Friday, Tom Wilkinson picks up the Emmy for his role as Benjamin Franklin in "John Adams."

"I think right now America needs a prune," Stephen Colbert told fellow presenter Jon Stewart. "It may not be a young, sexy plum. Granted, it is shriveled and at times hard to swallow. But this dried up old fruit has the experience we need."

Directing for a miniseries, movie or dramatic special went to Jay Roach for "Recount."

"I just want to say...It's going to get close again this election. Keep your local officials honest and please vote, vote, vote," Roach said.

Writing for a miniseries, movie or dramatic special went to Kirk Ellis for "John Adams."

Ellis thanked producers for giving him the opportunity to talk about "a period of our history when articulate men articulated complex thoughts in complete sentences."

More politics

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The first televised presidential nominating convention also occurred 60 years ago. Giving Martin Sheen ("The West Wing") an opening to remind people to "vote for the candidate of your choice, at least once."

Outstanding made for television movie: "Recount."

Paula Weinstein gave the speech. "This award really belongs to the men and women on the ground who fought to have every vote counted. They will be there on Nov. 4, fighting again. Vote!"

Emmys fashion report: the sweeping trend of updos

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The stars were hot, literally, on the red carpet at tonight's 60th annual Emmys awards -- and that meant the sweeping trend on A-list actresses were updos.

Heidi Klum wore one and so did Mariska Hargitay. Same 'do for Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Julia Louis Dreyfus and Sandra Oh.

The perfect accessory? Dangling earrings, such as Debra Messing in 19th century diamond fan-pendants from Fred Leighton.

Click here for our red-carpet photo gallery!

Where are the real Emmys? In the garage

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The backstage trophy table was the place to be for serious celebrity watching at Sunday's 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- never mind that it was in the basement of a parking garage.

At one point Conan O'Brien was chatting on his cell phone as Amy Poehler and her husband, Will Arnett, walked by on their way to the elevator that would take them to the press tent. Kiefer Sutherland strolled by the trophy table just ahead of Tom Selleck. Christian Slater paused to wave to a group of firefighters working the awards show.

Also walking by the table that contained some five dozen Emmy statuettes was Lily Tomlin, who joked, ''I like these three.''

Laugh-In and Fey's moment

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Gary Owens and Lily Tomlin of the cast from "Laugh-In" perform in a skit during the Emmys. (AP)

Surviving members of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh In" present outstanding variety, music or comedy series. Ruth Buzzi doesn't appear to have aged.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" picks up the Emmy.

Outstanding guest actor/actress in a comedy series (awarded last week). The Emmys went to Tim Conway for "30 Rock" and Kathryn Joosten for "Desperate Housewives."

Outstanding director for a comedy series went to Barry Sonnenfeld for the "Pushing Daisies Pie-Lette."

Outstanding writer for a comedy series went to Tina Fey for "30 Rock."

Third Emmy win for multiple nominee. "I absolutely share this with every member of the writing staff of '30 Rock Cooter.' We write these episodes together, especially ones like that that are late in the season when I am mostly held together by spit and tape."

Another benefit to being a writer? "It's great to be a writer because if you're at a wedding or something and you tell people that you're a writer, they are less interested in talking to you than if you tell them you're an actor. Which is great."

The theme song medley

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Josh Groban's medley includes the words to the "Andy Griffith Show," "The South Park Theme" (complete with character voices), an a cappella version of the theme from "The Brady Bunch" and ends with a touching rendition of the theme from "The Carol Burnett Show."

Lead actress in a miniseries or movie goes to Laura Linney for "John Adams." She's three for three (three Emmy noms, three wins).

Linney took a great, sly dig at Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin: "I will look at this for the rest of my life and think of the great experience I had making 'John Adams' and it will give me a great reason to stop and pause and be so grateful and thankful for the community organizers that helped form our country."

Authorities say three people were detained after police found an aerosol rifle in the trunk of a car at a checkpoint near the Emmy Awards show.

Hooked on Ivanek

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The female leads of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (Dana Delany, Marcia Cross, Terri Hatcher, Eva Langoria-Parker, Felicity Huffman and Nicollette Sheridan) present best supporting actor in a drama.

Zeljko Ivanek wins for his role as Ray Fiske on "Damages." This is a bit of a surprise as either Ted Danson ("Damages") or John Slattery ("Mad Men") were favored to win.

He gives the standard acceptance speech thanking all involved.

Ricky Gervais is up next.

"I couldn't come last year but I still won. Do you remember? Thanks for that. The press called it a major upset, which means they didn't think I should have won. They've asked me to give some pointers on how to make a good acceptance speech. I don't know why. I've never made one. I wasn't here, still won though. Keep it short. Please keep it short.
Particularly if you're not on-screen talent. No one wants to hear from a producer. Don't cry. It's pathetic. It's just an award."

"I sat through 'Evan Almighty. Gimme my Emmy," he tells Steve Carrel (who accepted his award last year and apparently never gave it to Gervais). After much prodding, he finally gets the Emmy from him.

Ironically, Gervais ran so long, Louis J. Horvitz, who is also directing tonight's Emmy show, had to cut his acceptance speech for best direction of a variety, music or comedy program for the "80th Annual Academy Awards."

Conan O'Brien presents supporting actress in a drama. Another upset? Dianne Wiest wins for her role as Dr. Gina Toll on HBO's "In Treatment." Most (myself included) had thougth Chandra Wilson would win for "Grey's Anatomy."

Best writing for a variety, music or comedy program goes to "The Colbert Report."

Mandel and Probst are up next. Making a joke about accountants. zzzzzzz.

Don't call it the idiot box. Steve Martin came on to present a commemorative Emmy to Tom Smothers ("The Smothers Brothers Show") and used some mighty big words:

"His passion and his intelligence guided us writers, resulting in a controversial show that was perspicacious (having a keen mental perception and understanding), multifarious (having many different parts, elements, etc.) and only some times placatory (tending to placate). And believe me, I only used those words to see how closed caption would spell them."

Not surprisingly, Smothers' acceptance speech had some political bite. "The Emmy is given may not so much for writing as for attitude because freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren't really important. Unless they're heard. So, the freedom I'm hearing is just about as important as the freedom of speaking. It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only obtainable through war. There's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action. I dedicate this Emmy to all people who feel compelled to speak out, not afraid to speak to power, and won't shut up and refuse to be silenced."

Back at the awards

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Seacrest and Bergeron are up with a bit about some of TV's most recognizable spots. The upper westside Manhattan diner from "Seinfeld."

Fitting as Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine on that show) is next up to present the best supporting actress in a comedy. And the Emmy goes to Jean Smart for her role as Regina Newly on "Samantha Who?". It's her third Emmy win.
I just want to let you know I have a tuxedo on under this dress, but I'm not ripping it off."

Emmy opening ... with Oprah!

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After a brief montage of catch phrases, Oprah Winfrey is the first out and talks about about the 60th anniversary of the Emmys.

She also plugs her book club and talks about how television has rocker her world.

The five hosts come out. Ryan Seacrest, Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel are all similarly dressed in black suites with skinny black ties. Jeff Probst is on the end without a tie.

I always thought "Deal or No Deal" was a game show, not a reality show. Mandel keeps interrupting Probst.

Bergeron has William Shatner assist him in tearing Klum's suit off. She's wearing a sequin dress underneath.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are the first presenters. They do a bit about welcoming all the countries watching.

First up is supporting actor in a comedy series. I had picked Jeremy Piven and I'm correct. Third time he's won in a row.

"I just got off a plane from New York in which I'm doing a play. The good people at 'Entourage' make me feel like I'm doing a play every week. What's so interesting is I'm in the midst of this rehearsal and I'm feeling like 'maybe I should go into roofing' I'm so bad. That's what it feels like right now. To have this... thank you for the 11 people that laughed. For the love of God. What if I just kept talking for 12 minutes? What would happen? That was the opening. These are strange times for all of us. To be a working actor is an unbelievable gift. None of this is lost on me. Thank you so much."

Catch up on the carpet (red is your color)

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Stiletto cams, great boobs and bomb threats -- catch up with moments from the Emmys red carpet on our Twitter feed!

The Emmy red carpet gets ready, and the fans cheer

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Before the celebrities arrive on the red carpet, there are the many with the microphones.

Fans who showed up early to get a good view of arrivals at the 60th annual Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre had to content themselves for hours with the reporters and producers staking out turf on the carpet. But enthusiasm seemed to run high nonetheless.

Red carpet cluster

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So many stars arrived on the small red carpet, E! is having a hard time managing the flow. Poor Teri Hatcher (Susan on ABC's "Desperate Housewives") literally got bumped off the interview stage for an arriving Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Lisa Cuddy on "House). Juliana Rancic quickly brought Hatcher back up and Edelstein and Hatcher had to paste their best fake smiles an chat with each other. High-larious.

Click here for our red-carpet photo gallery!

The cluster and late arrivals explained: a bomb scare stopped all the limos per Eva Longoria-Parker (Gabrielle Solis on "Desperate Housewives" ).

Eva says she doesn't care about being nominated for an Emmy. Riiiiiight. If you believe that, you probably believe Edelstein and Hatcher are BFF.

Stephen Colbert demands his Emmy

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Colbert makes his case for the Emmy, and enlightens us on what the Emmy statuette is actually holding. Is that really an enlarged prostate?

Tonight's Emmys could be record-breaking

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Cable ascendancy in our TV-watching habits -- especially our primetime schedules -- became clear with this year's slate of Emmy nominees, and tonight it could make history. Twice.

Plant & Krauss dominate Americana Awards

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Alison Krauss and Robert Plant's album ''Raising Sand'' was a big winner at the Americana Honors & Awards.

''Raising Sand'' won album of the year, and Krauss and Plant were named duo of the year last night at the Ryman Auditorium.

Finally, an excuse to punch Ryan Seacrest ...

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Befitting their roles in reality TV, the five hosts up for this year's new Emmy award for outstanding reality-show host sat down with Jimmy Kimmel -- for his first pre-Emmy special, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday -- and, well, started beating the crap out of each other.

Watch the video after the jump ...

Magic Emmy ball: Our award predictions

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Who needs Jean Dixon when you have a Magic 8 ball like I do? Here are my picks for who will take home the Emmy gold on Sunday.

Outstanding Comedy Series

I've curbed my enthusiasm for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and officially given
"The Office" its Emmy pink slip. My bet for the Emmy:

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Liz Lemon and the rest of the gang from "30 Rock" should be rock solid.

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The hard-working folks at Sterling Cooper on AMC's "Mad Men."

Celebs prep for Emmy Awards with freebies, food

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With the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards just days away, Hollywood is swimming with stars. They're beckoned by gift suites and parties around town, while round-the-clock preparations are under way at the Nokia Theatre, where the awards will be presented Sunday.

InStyle magazine this week runs through a dozen of the higher-profile actresses expected in the spotlight at this Sunday's Emmy Awards ceremony -- and suggests hot new designer gowns for their lime-lit evening on the carpet and onstage, like this multi-hued gown from L'Wren Scott for "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera ...


The women to watch for Emmy's fashion high points

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The red carpet at the 60th Emmy Awards on Sunday will surely be a parade of beautiful people wearing beautiful things -- the faux pas of years past are out.

These days, designers use the carpet as a second runway and stylists keep their clients picture perfect. Still, armchair fashion critics want to have their say, even if it's only to say how great everyone looks.

Here are some buzz-worthy candidates to keep an eye on:

BET's Hip-Hop Awards is one big boys club

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Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog has an astute commentary today about this year's BET Hip-Hop Awards -- and the fact that all the nominees are male. The writer finds this "truly a sad testament to the current (and glaring) lack of women in hip-hop. Even so, would it have killed the network to at least nominate British soul/rap siren Estelle for Best U.K. Hip-Hop Act? After all, she raps, she's from the U.K., and her outstanding 2008 U.S. debut CD, Shine, is the finest offering from a female rapper since Lauryn Hill's 1998 classic, 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.' And what about M.I.A.? Hello, 'Paper Planes' is the jam!"


Comedian/pundit Bill Maher lost yet again at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys, again nominated for his political talk show "Real Time With Bill Maher" on HBO.

That makes 20 losses -- making him Emmy's biggest loser.

Like so many in Hollywood, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards is preparing for prime-time with a crash diet.

The lesser-known Emmy show, which honors various achievements in television (costumes, casting, makeup, voice-overs), has less than a week to slim down from a hefty 3 1/2 hours to a sprightly 89 minutes.

Sneak peeks at this week's Emmy preparations

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A few images of the preparations going on this week for Sunday's Emmys:

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Today they rolled out the red carpet for you -- well, for the stars, anyway -- in front of the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. (Photos by Nick Ut/AP)

Oscars red carpet bleacher seats up for grabs

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Calling all stargazers: Wanna win a seat in the red-carpet bleachers before the Oscars?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 300 bleacher seats are up for grabs in an online lottery.

Kanye second to Lil Wayne in BET Hip-Hop noms

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ATLANTA -- Lil Wayne will have another chance to show why he is the ''Best Rapper Alive.''

Wayne received 12 nominations for the third annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which airs on Oct. 23. The rapper scored the year's best-selling album sales debut this month, with sales of 1 million copies of his new CD, ''Tha Carter III.''

Emmys showcase five-star reality hosts lineup

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The reality-show hosts finally getting recognition at this weekend's Emmys are Jeff Probst (from left) from "Survivor," Ryan Seacrest from "American Idol," Howie Mandel from "Deal or No Deal," Heidi Klum from "Project Runway" and Tom Bergeron from "Dancing With the Stars." (AP file)

After years of reality TV's impact on television -- especially our summer viewing habits -- the hosts of those "unscripted" shows finally get recognition this weekend when the Emmys debut a new category: Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

A category for the shows themselves, Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, was added a few years ago. But now the hosts -- the ones who have to shepherd the madness, break the news to the losers and sometimes dry the tears of contestants -- are singled out for Emmy glory.

Here's a new Q&A with all five nominees ...

Remember this ad?

I'm guessing you do -- it's been viewed more than 12 million times online (go ahead, click and make it 12,000,001!). And even though it's a viral-video Internet phenomenon that has never aired on TV, the commercial won an Emmy at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys (the pre-show to this Sunday's primetime gala).


Ordinarily, it's the nominees who glitter at the annual Primetime Emmys, but this year -- the 60th anniversary of the awards -- the behind-the-scenes green room may put all the diamond-dripping stars to shame.

Forget about green. This 625-square-foot room is all about flash: shaped like a diamond, lined with sparkly mirrors, bathed in silver, platinum and gray tones, with diamond-patterned floors and faceted, sculptural chairs and tables.

But the piece de resistance is a honking big chandelier of diamonds -- 3,300 of them with a total carat weight of 1,000 and worth more than $10 million -- casting a whole lot of twinkle in the room.

''You can't even imagine when it's illuminated how spectacular it is,'' says Katherine Rosenberg Pineau, jewelry designer for the Boston diamond jewelry company Hearts on Fire, which made the three-tiered chandelier for the Architectural Digest Green Room (and hopes to sell it for $10 million once the show is over).

Emmys to celebrate present with glances at past

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Friendly ghosts from television's past will bring their ethereal charm to the 60th Emmy Awards.

Sunday's ceremony will feature surprise cast reunions, famous lines (''Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!'') and beloved moments from the last six decades of television. Even the Nokia Theater stage will be getting into the act, dressing up as sets from iconic shows past and present, executive producer Ken Ehrlich said.

''We're paying homage to the heritage of the medium and the history, but we've tried to do it in a very contemporary way,'' he said. ''We want to show the through line from what television has meant to us to what it is now.''

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