Emmys: September 2007 Archives

By LYNN ELBER

LOS ANGELES — Will ‘‘The Sopranos’’ bury its Emmy competition Sunday? Will Ryan Seacrest shine as the ceremony’s host or hit a sour note? Will controversy help or hurt contenders ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’ and Alec Baldwin?

And most importantly, will anyone be watching the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards (7 p.m. on Fox), given that it’s airing against a big-time NFL matchup between the Chargers and Patriots on NBC? ...

By SANDY COHEN

LOS ANGELES — Turning the lesser-known Creative Arts Emmy Awards into an interesting television event has always been a challenge. The anti-climactic show, whose winners are announced a week before the telecast airs, doesn’t boast the same popular categories and ample A-listers of the Primetime Emmys.

But a couple of unexpected moments at the awards handout promise to make for a much more appealing telecast this year. Kathy Griffin’s<'strong> raucous remarks about Jesus, and the racy ‘‘D--- in a Box’’ ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ video, which took best-song honors, generated a publicity buzz the show rarely enjoys.

‘‘Controversy always helps,’’ said executive producer John Moffitt. ‘‘We’re always happy to have an additional reason for people to tune in and hear for themselves,’’ he said, calling the telecast, which airs 7 p.m. Saturday on E!, ‘‘the most entertaining show we’ve ever done.’’ ...

Your complete ’07-’08 awards-season calendar

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Here they are, all the announcement and awards-show dates that make up the awards season we call The Gold Rush ...

Donald Trump, Rosie O’Donnell to Emmys' rescue?

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By LYNN ELBER

LOS ANGELES — Memo To: the Television Academy. Subject: saving the Emmys.

Last year’s broadcast drew the annual show’s fourth-smallest audience ever, watched by about 16 million viewers. Contrast that with the Academy Awards and the 40 million-plus who tuned in last February.

Lots of people clearly don’t seem to care; for them, scanning the latest product-recall reports would be equally appealing. But we do care, and we have a modest proposal that may be just what the academy needs to get this show on track: celebrities gone wild.

Put them on the Emmy stage as presenters Sunday (7 p.m. on Fox), in pairs or groups, and sit back and wait for the blockbuster Nielsens to arrive.

Consider the possibilities ...

Kathy Griffin's Emmy comments censored

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LOS ANGELES — Before Kathy Griffin won a creative arts Emmy last weekend for her reality show, ‘‘My Life on the D-List,’’ she joked that an award would move her to the C-list.

She was right: ‘‘C’’ as in censored. The TV academy said her raucous acceptance speech will be edited when the event, which was taped, is shown Saturday on the E! channel. The main prime-time Emmy Awards air the next night on Fox.

‘‘Kathy Griffin’s offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night,’’ the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement Monday. ...

Early Emmys out, and they're a special gift ...

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By MICHAEL CIDONI

LOS ANGELES — An off-color ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ video featuring Justin Timberlake and strategically placed gift boxes was honored at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

‘‘D--- in a Box,’’ last December’s fake music video performed by Timberlake and ‘‘SNL’’ cast member Andy Samberg, is about wrapping a part of the male anatomy and presenting it to a loved one as a holiday present.

‘‘I think it’s safe to say that when we first set out to make this song, we were all thinking ‘Emmy!’ ’’ Samberg said in accepting the award Saturday for best original music and lyrics.
‘‘The other thing we were thinking was, ‘Hey! Here’s this young up and comer, Justin Timberlake, who is clearly very talented and could clearly use a break,’’’ Samberg said. ‘‘So, Justin, if you’re out there, congrats to you, kid.’ ’’ ...

Emmys red carpet: No Joan!

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NEW YORK — Joan Rivers will be missing from the red carpet scene at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, but she’ll still be cracking wise about it — on the Web. Rivers, 74, and her daughter, Melissa, 39, will blog about the telecast’s most memorable moments and fashion hits and misses on her site, a special section of the Web site VH1Eyecandy.com, VH1 announced Monday. ...

Seacrest may (gulp) sing at Emmys

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By KIMBERLY NORDYKE

Emmy host Ryan Seacrest says he is forgoing an opening monologue in favor of a musical number at the upcoming 59th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. Seacrest said the Emmy telecast, which is set to air live at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 on Fox, will open with a musical number that he ‘‘may or may not be’’ part of depending on ‘‘how confident I feel on the 16th.’’ ...