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Why Ricky Gervais Is Returning to the Globes: It's All About Ratings, Baby

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 22nd 2011 3:00PM
Whenever people complain about all the bad programming on TV, I like to remind them that television is one of the few true democracies. We vote with our eyes, and the amount of time we spend parked on the couch. The things we watch get renewed and the things we don't watch get canceled. I know that's little consolation to the fans of 'Arrested Development' -- or more recently, 'Community' -- but them's the breaks. Majority rules, and the majority is watching 'Dancing with the Stars.'

For once, the rule of ratings has worked out in our favor as NBC managed to convince the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to invite Ricky Gervais back to host the Golden Globes in 2012, for what will be his third and -- he says final -- time. Last year, Gervais ridiculed Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and the then-president of the HFPA. But he also managed to improve the ratings over the previous year by 2 million viewers, for a total of 16.9 million viewers. The controversial show also made a huge impact on Twitter, where for 34 hours Golden-Globes-related hash tags were in the top 10.

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Ricky Gervais Justifies His Decision to Return as Golden Globes Host

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 11:30AM
Ricky GervaisDespite the ribald Comedy Central roasts and numerous Seth MacFarlane cameos, many of Hollywood's elite actually find it a little difficult to laugh at themselves, and they seem to be especially sensitive at awards shows. (Maybe it's the open bar.)

Earlier this year, Ricky Gervais hit headlines on both sides of the pond for the risqué one-liners he unleashed while hosting the Golden Globes, offending numerous celebrities and leading many to opine that he would never be invited back. Yesterday, the comedian proved them wrong when it was announced that he would be returning to host next January.

Gervais then took to his blog to explain why he accepted the job "for a third and definitely final time" -- unsurprisingly, he revealed that it was mostly to prove a point.

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Ricky Gervais Will Return as Golden Globes Host

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 16th 2011 4:45PM
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais will return to the Golden Globes. According to Variety, Gervais will host the award show for the third time.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association voted to have Gervais host the January show.

The 69th annual Golden Globes will be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Ricky Gervais Back as Golden Globes Host, a 'True Blood' Vamp on 'Castle' & More TV News

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 28th 2011 1:30PM
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais made headlines -- most of them not very positive -- for making some racy jokes when he hosted the Golden Globes back in January. Critics said he'd never be invited back after skewering some of Hollywood's biggest stars and even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association behind the awards.

Now Gervais claims that NBC has asked him to return to host the awards again next year. But looks like the joke's on them now, since he's not sure he even wants to do it again.

As for his critics, Gervais had this to say at the Edinburgh International Television Festival: "Just because you are offended doesn't mean you are right. People fall into this myth that I'm a shock comedian. I've never been that. People say I crossed the line but I didn't draw the f***ing line, you did."

He still maintains that his jokes were for the show's 200 million viewers around the world, not for the 200 "most privileged people on the planet" in attendance.

Gervais isn't above turning down good offers -- he claims he also said no to hosting the Oscars ("It's a thankless task for a comedian. They don't want to hear jokes, they want to hear if they have won the most important award of their career."), and to having his own American talk show ("I have been offered it a few times. I got into this business so I didn't have to put a suit on and sit behind a desk five times a week.").

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Ricky Gervais on Getting Emmy Nom for His Vilified Golden Globes Hosting Gig (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2011 9:55AM
Ricky Gervais, 'Late Show with David Letterman'After Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes this past year, he was vilified in the press and by much of the Hollywood community. Apparently, he was too harsh and insulting to some of Hollywood's elite and they were not amused. But somebody was, and David Letterman was all too pleased to bring it up on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

"For that performance, the man has been nominated for an Emmy Award," Letterman told his audience. Gervais was happy about it but conceded he wouldn't win.

Letterman's argument was that this didn't matter. In this case, just being nominated meant so much to that knee-jerk, super-negative reaction to what many others considered a great hosting performance.

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'NCIS' Creator Sues CBS Over 'NCIS: LA,' Mark Pedowitz Named New CW President and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 28th 2011 4:45PM
NCIS Los Angeles'NCIS' creator Don Bellisario is suing CBS for not including him in the creation of the now-franchise's successful spin-off, 'NCIS: Los Angeles.'

Although Bellisario was fired from the show after season 4 when star Mark Harmon threatened to leave, Deadline reports Bellisario is saying that the network was still contractually obligated to include him in the spinoff show.

The network has countered via a statement to Entertainment Weekly, saying "Don Bellisario has no rights to what he is claiming in this suit. The contract is clear, the facts are undeniable and the courts won't need Naval intelligence to conclude that the case has no merit. We continue to honor all of our obligations to Mr. Bellisario under the actual agreement."

In other TV news ...

The CW network has a new boss. Mark Pedowitz was named the new head of the network. Former chief Dawn Ostroff announced her exit earlier this year. [TV Guide]

The 'Glee' gang has scored a major guest star while they film the Nationals episode in New York this week. Apparently, Broadway leged Patti LuPone is filming scenes today with 'Glee' stars Lea Michele and Chris Colfer. [TV Line]

NBC is working on a TV series based on John Grisham's 'The Firm.' The author is on board the project as a producer. [EW]

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Jane Lynch to Write Memoir, Russell Hantz Spoils 'Survivor' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 1st 2011 1:30PM
Jane LynchJane Lynch will soon add "published author" to her list of accomplishments.

According to The New York Times, the comedian will release 'Happy Accidents,' an inspirational memoir, in September. The book will cover Lynch's career milestones, such as her time doing improv at Second City and acting in movies like 'Best in Show' and 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and more personal material like overcoming alcoholism and embracing her homosexuality.

"Sue Sylvester didn't come out of a vacuum," Lynch told the Times. "She's someone that lives very deeply in me. I kind of liked that shaming, vengeful energy during different periods of my life. I was in therapy and I was complaining about somebody not following the rules, and my therapist basically started laughing at me and said, you must write a monologue about this, because it's hilarious stuff."

In other TV news ...

Ricky Gervais might've annoyed some people at the Golden Globes, but that doesn't mean he won't be back. The comedian said he's already been invited to host next year's ceremony, 'Tourist' disses be darned. Though he's thinking about it, he said he's not sure if he wants to return. [Daily Mail]

The most accurate spoilers on the Internet might've come from contestant Russell Hantz himself. After a blogger was sued for revealing the results of seasons 19 and 20 before air, he gave up his source as the one and only Hantz. [Daily Beast]

Is NBC trying to stifle homosexuality on 'The Biggest Loser'? A blogger for AfterEllen seems to think so. While Jillian Michaels is an out bisexual and newbie Cara Castronuova is an out lesbian, NBC consistently denies interview requests with gay and lesbian press. Plus, there has never been a gay couple on the show, despite multiple 'Couples' seasons. [Jezebel]

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Ricky Gervais Explains Going MIA During Golden Globes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 18th 2011 7:30AM
Ricky GervaisAlthough host Ricky Gervais warned everyone ahead of time that he'd push the envelope at the Golden Globes Sunday night, his material still took many people by surprise. Now, as the fallout continues, Gervais has explained his hour-long disappearing act in the middle of the awards ceremony.

His absence spawned many conspiracy theories -- he was drunk, he'd been fired, he was being yelled at by Scientologists -- but his writing partner Stephen Merchant said Sunday night it had been planned all along. And in a statement Monday, Gervais confirmed what Merchant said.

"I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour.) Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great."

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'Golden Globes' Provide a Some Fun Moments in a Long Night of Jokes and Jibes

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 16th 2011 11:58PM
Ricky GervaisBefore we get to the dishing and rehashing, go ahead, make fun of the Golden Globes. Everybody does.

The show's host this year, Ricky Gervais, certainly had a gleeful time poking fun at the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the Globes. The HFPA members didn't just nominate 'The Tourist' because they wanted to hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, Gervais said at the start of the ceremony, "they also accepted bribes," Gervais joked. (I think that was a joke. Maybe.)

Even one of the evening's winners, Robert DeNiro, mocked the HFPA in a halting acceptance speech that contained less wit than he thought it did.

"The important thing is that we are all in this together -- the filmmakers who make the movies and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association members who in turn pose for pictures with the movie stars," said DeNiro, who won a Cecil B. DeMille award for career achievement. "I'm sorry more members of the Hollywood Foreign Press aren't with us tonight but many of them were deported right before the show."

Zing! Not really!

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Justin Bieber, Olivia Wilde, Zac Efron to Present at Golden Globes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 13th 2011 7:25AM
Ahead of Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, it's been reported that the latest additions to the presenters' roster include teen heartthrobs Justin Bieber and Zac Efron.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced via Twitter that 'House' and 'TRON: Legacy' star, Olivia Wilde, will also be among the famous faces handing out awards at the ceremony.

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Six Reasons Why 'The Golden Globes' Is the Best Award Show on TV

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 12th 2011 3:00PM
Ricky Gervais hosts the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC 1/18/11Despite the high ratings that most of the big awards shows get, the people who tune into them generally have nothing but complaints when they're over.

The reason is pretty clear: as television shows go, most award ceremonies stink. They're long, bloated, self-important showcases, too concerned about how the big stars who attend them are perceived and too tied up in recognizing everyone who's nominated to put on a good show.

Fortunately, the fine -- if mysterious -- folks in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association don't give a hoot about all that. Year after year, the Golden Globes prove to be a fast-moving and entertaining three hours, and its profile has risen to the point where it's the the third most-watched awards show on television, behind the Oscars and Grammys.

Most of the reasons for this have nothing to do with Hollywood back-patting and everything to do with the organizers and the stars not taking themselves so damned seriously.

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What to Watch: January 10 - 16

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 10th 2011 2:33AM
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Sunday January 16, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, NBC

I do love me some Golden Globes -- for one thing, they serve drinks so the later speeches get nice and saucy, and for another, they honour television as well as movies. But my favourite thing about the Globes are the totally left-field picks they make every now and again.

For example, this year, you can root for Jennifer Love Hewitt in an acting category against Judi Dench and Claire Danes, or for the very charming Emma Stone up against Annette Bening or Julianne Moore, and of course, 'Burlesque' nominated for best Musical/Comedy alongside stinker 'The Tourist' which I'm pretty sure was supposed to be a thriller. Kudos to the Hollywood Foreign Press for finally making a 'so bad it's funny' award -- the Razzies clearly weren't enough.

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Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Lopez to Present at Golden Globes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 5th 2011 6:45AM
Matt DamonThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been using Twitter to give us little glimpses into the presenters roster for this year's Golden Globes Awards.

Ricky Gervais will be hosting the awards for the second time and will be joined on-stage at the Jan. 16 ceremony by a bevy of TV and movie stars including Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Lopez.

The most recent presenters to be Tweeted into the lineup are 'TRON: Legacy' star Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester from 'Gossip Girl.'

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Golden Globes 2011 Nominee Reactions

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 14th 2010 2:15PM
2011 Golden GlobesThe next best thing to Golden Globes day is Golden Globes nomination day. And -- drumroll please! -- the 2011 Golden Globe nominations are in.

Did your favorite shows and favorite stars make the cut? We've got instant reactions from the nominees. Are they making jokes? Did they cry? And who's now searching for a missing cufflink for the big night?

Check out quotes from Bryan Cranston, Lea Michele, Alec Baldwin, Eric Stonestreet, Laura Linney and many more, with additional reactions being added throughout the day.

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Golden Globes Host Ricky Gervais Has Only Seen One of the Nominated Films (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 14th 2010 12:02PM
Ricky Gervais, 'Today'Back for his second straight year as host, Ricky Gervais admitted to Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira on 'Today' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that of all the Golden Globe nominees, he's seen exactly one film: 'Inception.' "So that's got a good chance," he concluded.

Gervais was in fine form, sparring with the hosts, playing up his patented faux-arrogance while keeping things light and funny. After watching a commercial for the NBC broadcast of the 2011 Golden Globes on February 16, he noted, "I didn't hear my name until right at the end."

The Globes is always a bit of an odd duck, combining television and movie awards into the same event. And as Lauer described beautifully, "You've got an incredibly eclectic room. Half of them are three sheets to the wind, and you've got to hold it all together."

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