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Jane Lynch Would Like to Host the Oscars Someday (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 14th 2011 4:25PM
In the wake of the Oscars hosting scramble that developed after Eddie Murphy dropped out last week, it was only fitting to get Jane Lynch's take on the drama. As the most recent host of the Emmys, and an openly gay actor in Hollywood, she's in a unique position to comment on the brouhaha.

On 'Good Day New York,' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) Lynch said she's not holding a grudge against former Oscars producer Bret Ranter for his controversial comments that started it all. "I don't think he meant to say that gay people are bad," she said.

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Emmys Comedy Actress Beauty Pageant Was Amy Poehler's Idea (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 21st 2011 4:55PM
Parks and Rec Good Day LAAfter such a long summer, it's hard to believe that it's almost time to return to Pawnee, Ind. and catch up with the 'Parks and Recreation' gang.

Stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, otherwise known as Leslie Knope and Ron Effing Swanson, appeared on 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) ostensibly to preview Season 4 of the NBC show (premieres Thu., Sept. 22, 8:30PM ET), but they mostly talked about Poehler's hilarious bit at the Emmys on Sunday where the entire Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy category was turned into a beauty pageant.

Unsurprisingly, the entire thing was Poehler's idea (with an assist from fellow nominee Martha Plimpton). And although presenter Rob Lowe planned for it (he had a bouquet and a tiara ready for winner Melissa McCarthy), Poehler shared a fun fact about the actor (and 'Parks and Rec' costar) that you might not know: he carries that tiara everywhere. "To be fair, he does always carry a tiara in his pocket," Poehler joked.

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Jane Lynch Tells Kathie Lee & Hoda How She Fought Through Her Emmy Nerves (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 21st 2011 3:00PM
By all accounts, Jane Lynch did a smashing job as the host of Emmys. She kept the show moving, threw out some well-placed zingers and most importantly to her, didn't fall on her face. Lynch stopped by the fourth hour of 'Today' (9AM ET on NBC) and talked about the experience with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

Lynch was nervous, but after she got through the opening musical number without any screw-ups, she settled down and found her comfort zone. "The relief started right after the opening number when I didn't take a face-plant ... And then it was fun, I actually enjoyed myself."

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Emmys Ratings 2011: Level With Last Year

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 19th 2011 2:00PM
Emmys 2011 openerConsidering that the 2011 Emmy Awards ceremony was, by all accounts, a perfectly fine, not-so-eventful telecast, it's fitting that the ratings for the Fox-produced show are also totally okay.

According to early Nielsen numbers, the 2011 Emmys were right on par with last year's NBC-produced telecast. TV By the Numbers reports that Sunday's 63rd Annual Emmy Awards garnered a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49, up from last year's 4.1. Although the total number of viewers was slightly down (12.4 million versus 13.5 million), it's still a pretty strong performance.

One thing to note: The 2010 ceremony was held earlier, which means that Sunday Night Football wasn't on yet to compete with the awards show. Last night, football grabbed a 9.2 adults 18-49 rating and 21.5 million viewers. But what would Fox's ratings have been like if the Emmys had been held at the end of August?

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Did Chuck Lorre Try to Boot Charlie Sheen From the Emmys?

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 19th 2011 10:30AM
Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen made headlines for his surprise Emmy appearance and gracious remarks to his former co-stars. However, the moment was almost squashed by his 'Two and a Half Men' bosses.

According to Deadline, Chuck Lorre, 'Men' co-creator and executive producer, tried to get Sheen booted from the telecast.

Lorre reportedly approached John Shaffner, the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, about getting Sheen out of the telecast. Warner Bros. Television Group honcho Bruce Rosenblum made a call to Fox chairman Peter Rice trying to get Sheen's appearance cut.

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2011 Emmy Awards Ratings and Reactions: Good, Bad or Indifferent?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 19th 2011 8:30AM
Kyle ChandlerSo, how did last night's live Emmy Awards telecast fare with critics and viewers? Final ratings aren't in yet, but so far the 2011 Emmys have scored a thumbs up (with some reservations) from most critics.

'Glee' star Jane Lynch has been lauded for her hosting skills, and she kept things moving at a brisk pace on a night chock full of surprises. The Associated Press praised the high production values and said the ceremony "could have been the most satisfying in memory."

AOL TV's own Maureen Ryan called it "rather delightful," noting that "what's usually a three-hour slogfest passed by relatively quickly and mostly painlessly this time around."

'New York' magazine said that "if it wasn't as good as last year's Jimmy Fallon-hosted spectacular, it did continue a trend upheld by the recent Tonys and Grammys, of being much, much better than this past Oscars." High praise indeed!

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PBS Triumphs at the Emmys With 'Downton Abbey'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 19th 2011 7:00AM
'Gosford Park' Emmy winnersLast night PBS period drama 'Downton Abbey' bagged four Emmy Awards, making it one of the biggest winners of the night, and helping PBS land the coveted spot of top broadcast network at the awards.

Together with the Creative Arts Emmys, which were held last week, PBS scooped 14 Emmys in total, making it the most successful broadcast network. HBO was the top cable network, with 19.

'Downton Abbey' won the Emmy for Outstanding Made For Television Movie/Miniseries, in what creator Julian Fellowes called a David and Goliath story, "except in this case Goliath was wonderful, some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it seems perfectly extraordinary that we've won."

The Masterpiece drama was victorious in a strong field dominated by Emmy powerhouse HBO, which had three nominations -- 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Too Big to Fail' and 'Cinema Verité.'

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Kate Winslet 'Was Thrilled' With Guy Pearce's Racy Emmy Speech

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 19th 2011 6:00AM
Kate Winslet and Guy PearceLast night 'Mildred Pierce' stars Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce both took home Emmys for their work on the HBO drama, and Pearce's raunchy acceptance speech caused a few raised eyebrows and dropped jaws.

Accepting his award from David Boreanaz and Anna Torv, Pearce joked that "I got to have sex with Kate Winslet many, many times."

As Winslet gave him two thumbs up from the audience he paid tribute to her, saying "I share this [award] with you. Thank you for letting me insert myself into your world of Mildred."

To gales of laughter from the audience he went on to thank his wife -- also named Kate -- "who had to listen to me talk about that every day."

Backstage, Winslet told reporters she "was thrilled," not offended, by Pearce's speech.

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Steve Jones Wants to Tear Off Rob Lowe's Face and Wear It (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2011 5:15AM
Rob Lowe, 'Countdown to the Emmys'Steve Jones is still a bit of an unknown commodity to most Americans, so having him host their special 'Countdown to the Emmys' (Sun., 7PM ET on FOX), was a great move by the network. It gives us some face-time with the man who will be the host of 'The X Factor.'

As it is likely to be the biggest show of the fall, he may be on the cusp of Ryan Seacrest levels of fame. On the way, though, he may have freaked out Rob Lowe a little bit. Luckily, Lowe's sons appeared to freak him out even more directly afterward.

First, after Amanda Byram was interviewing Lowe and his family in a very traditional way for a while, Jones interjected. "Rob, if I may," he said. "I would like to tear your face off and put it on my face."

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Emmys Reveal Lots of New, But Familiar, Faces at 'The Office' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2011 1:21AM
Jason Momoa, 'The 2011 Emmy Awards'By now, everyone knows that Steve Carell has left the building, and James Spader has joined the cast of 'The Office,' but as we saw on 'The 2011 Emmy Awards' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), Spader isn't the only new person getting face time at Dunder-Mifflin.

In a very fun video, we got to see a who's who of television in that familiar office chair where the castmembers from the show do their confessionals.

They were all talking about what they hated about their jobs, like Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) hating rapists, sex trafficking and crimes against children -- this is a much darker take for 'The Office.'

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Emmy Shocker: A Broadcast With Suspense and Surprising Wins

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 19th 2011 12:45AM
Many Emmy pundits create lists of "should win" and "will win" picks every year.

This year, it felt like many of the "should wins" did win. It made for -- and I can't believe I'm saying this -- a rather delightful Emmy broadcast.

Sunday's Emmy broadcast rewarded so many truly deserving and excited winners from shows like 'Justified,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'Downton Abbey' that it's hard to find much to complain about.

There were a few repeat winners this year, but there was also a lot of fresh blood and well-deserved recognition. When I think back on the broadcast, I won't think about the occasional dead spots, I'll think about Melissa McCarthy's surprise win, Margo Martindale's tears for her 'Justified' Emmy and Kyle Chandler's stunned speech after he won for his great work on 'Friday Night Lights.'

This Emmy broadcast gave some lovely recognition to people who truly deserved it, and Jane Lynch wasn't a bad host, either. All in all, what's usually a three-hour slogfest passed by relatively quickly and mostly painlessly this time around (the most painful part was that In Memoriam section, but more on that later).

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Julianna Margulies Wins Second Emmy

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 18th 2011 11:55PM
Julianna MarguliesJulianna Margulies took home her second Emmy award ever, but first for her role in 'The Good Wife,' at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

Already a SAG and Golden Globe winner for her role as Alicia Florrick, the wife of a disgraced politician who rejoins the workforce to support her kids, Margulies lost the Emmy in 2010 to Kyra Sedgwick.

This year, Margulies beat Kathy Bates, Mariska Hargitay, Connie Britton, Mireille Enos and Elisabeth Moss for the trophy.

This was Margulies' second Emmy win out of a total of eight nominations. She won for her role on 'ER' in 1994.

Her Emmy win wasn't the only reason Margulies is making headlines -- just take a look at that dress.

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'Mad Men' Emmy Winning Streak Continues

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 18th 2011 11:35PM
'Mad Men' had to watch other dramas take home the acting, directing and writing awards Sunday night, but it still won big at the Emmys.

For the fourth year in a row, the AMC drama took home the Best Drama Emmy, and winning didn't appear to have gotten old for the show's ecstatic cast and producers.

Mad Men cast

Surrounded by dozens of producers, writers and cast members from the show, creator Matthew Weiner said, "Oh my goodness. I did not think that was going to happen."

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Lonely Island, Michael Bolton, Special Guests Give Hilarious Emmys Performance (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 18th 2011 11:00PM
Lonely Island gave a hilarious live medley performance of their hit songs 'Jack Sparrow,' '3 Way (The Golden Rule),' and 'I Just Had Sex' at the 2011 Emmys, which featured a slew of musical guest appearances.

The Andy Samberg-led musical trio had those three tunes nominated for Best Original Song, although they were beaten out by Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' monologue in an award handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys last week. But they were the ones who stole the show at the main event.

Michael Bolton, who was at one point dressed in full pirate regalia, joined Maya Rudolph, John Stamos, Ed Helms and Akon in the star-studded medley.

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Peter Dinklage Wins First Emmy For 'Game Of Thrones'

by Crystal Bell, posted Sep 18th 2011 10:30PM
Peter Dinklage wins one for the geeks.

'Game of Thrones'
picked up its first Emmy tonight after Dinklage won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.

Surprisingly, Dinklage took the time to thank his dog sitter -- as well as his wife Erica Schmidt.

"Wow, I followed Martin Scorsese," said a completely shocked Dinklage. "I couldn't do this without David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the producers, they were the first to call me and tell me about this part. HBO you're quite simply the best place to work for you; you let artists create."

Dinklage not only picks up his first Emmy, but he also takes home the golden statue for his work in a fantasy drama -- a genre that often gets overlooked by the academy.

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