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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 Defends His Right to Make Fun of Hollywood Actors on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:20PM
Ricky Gervais, Jason Bateman, and Ryan Reynolds on 'Today'Ricky Gervais was cutting and funny hosting the Golden Globes, but the buzz after the show was about how many people were offended by his jokes. He managed to burn some bridges with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the awards. Now Gervais has been nominated for an Emmy for that performance. He spoke with Matt Lauer on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) about the experience, and got into a little tussle with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.

Lauer said he thought Gervais's hosting was brilliant, but said others thought his jokes had crossed a line. "I crossed the line?" said Gervais. "Who drew the line? I didn't draw the line. Where's this line?" He seemed perplexed by the idea.

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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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NBC Wants to Dump Emmy West Coast Tape Delay

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 5th 2010 1:02PM
NBC logoWhen I was working the TCA beat on the west coast last month, I had a bit of cognitive dissonance when NBC aired the Golden Globes live at 5 PM. I watched it with a bunch of critics in a conference room we reserved for the purpose, then watched the rest in my room. After Ricky Gervais bid everyone goodnight, I started stretching and thinking it was time for bed, like I do at the end of every grueling award-show watching experience I ever had.

Then I turned and saw the clock: It was 8 PM. I could have gone for dinner and come back and still had time to work before calling it a night. It was disconcerting and refreshing all at once.

NBC is hoping people have that same experience with the Emmys on August 29, as they're toying with the idea of dumping the west coast tape delay and broadcasting the ceremony live across the country, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

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Golden Globes Ratings Up 14 Percent From Last Year

by Bryan Enk, posted Jan 19th 2010 11:15AM
There were two things at this year's Golden Globes that were up from last year's ceremony: cleavage and ratings.

The Carpetbagger reports that, while Sunday's rain caused problems for the attendees, it certainly didn't stop viewers from tuning in from their dry living rooms. The telecast, which aired live on both coasts, brought in 17 million viewers, marking an impressive 14 percent increase from last year's ceremony, which drew about 15 million viewers total.

The telecast has been trying to recover from the effects of 2008's Writers Guild strike, which reduced the ceremony to a news conference seen by just six million viewers. For now, it appears that the show is picking up the pieces pretty easily, although it's still down slightly from 2007's 20-million tune in.

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NBC: 'In the Toilet Right Now'

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 18th 2010 12:30PM

For crimes against Conan O'Brien, NBC is on trial. As with so many trials lately, this one is being played out in the media.

I'm sure NBC executives were somewhat prepared to endure a few jabs from Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais last Sunday. After all, the 'Late Night Wars' are the only recent news that could possibly be turned into a joke. But when Julia Roberts tells you off on the red carpet, you know you are losing the PR war. Instead of telling the inflatable pre-show hosts "who" she was wearing, Julia turned to the camera and told NBC they were "in the toilet right now." Even Juliana Margulies - who rose to fame on 'ER', an NBC drama that aired at 10 o'clock - took an indirect potshot at NBC. As she accepted her award for best actress in a television drama for 'The Good Wife' she thanked her network, CBS, for "believing in the 10 o'clock drama."

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How did Ricky Gervais do as Golden Globes host?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 18th 2010 7:00AM
Golden Globes 2010, Ricky GervaisWhen I talked with Ricky Gervais a few weeks ago, he said his game plan as host of the Golden Globes was to keep things rolling and have fun with it. He also said comedians are "meant to push the barriers a little bit and see what happens."

He definitely pushed a few barriers on the Golden Globes last night, taking potshots at Paul McCartney's marital troubles, Kiefer Sutherland's anger management issues, and Angelina Jolie's penchant for adopting children from Third World countries (too much, given the dire crisis in Haiti?)

Even Mel Gibson's alcohol troubles came up. Gervais appeared on stage drinking a beer as he introduced his next presenter. "Don't get me wrong," he said. "I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is ... Mel Gibson."

Overall, Gervais' hosting skills fell a little flat for me. Next year, I suggest that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association consider Robert Downey Jr. as host of the Golden Globes. His Best Actor speech for Sherlock Holmes was inspired, funny and charming.

How do you think Ricky Gervais did as host?

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Michael C. Hall, Mad Men score Golden Globe awards

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 18th 2010 2:00AM
Mad Men, Golden Globes 2010
Did your favorite actors and TV shows score Golden Globe awards tonight? Let's take a look at how things shook out in the TV categories at the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Mad Men, Best Television Series - Drama.
With competition from Big Love, Dexter, House, and True Blood, I'm really glad I wasn't picking the winner here. They're all fantastic. I wouldn't say that True Blood delivered its best episodes last season, so I don't have a problem with that one not winning (though I'm a big fan of the show). Mad Men is definitely deserving (especially the "lawn mower" episode), although Dexter and Big Love both had great seasons.

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'Mad Men,' 'Glee' Among Winners at Golden Globes

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 17th 2010 8:09PM
Glee'Mad Men' continued its awards show hot streak this evening, winning the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series for the third straight year.

Among the nominees were 'House' and 'Dexter,' which won the most awards of any other series, with two.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Foreign Press gave 'Glee' something to sing about: The newbie FOX series, which led the night with four nominations, won Best Comedy Series.

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2010 Golden Globes TV Picks

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 15th 2010 5:00PM
Golden Globes 2010It's almost time to fill out your Golden Globe ballot. Which TV shows and stars will take home gold on Sunday?

The 67th Annual Golden Globes airs this Sunday at 8PM ET on NBC. The usual suspects ('Mad Men,' '30 Rock') will be there ... but will there be any big surprises this year? ('Glee' maybe?!)

AOL TV took a look at the big TV races, and Andrew Scott (AS), Maggie Furlong (MF), Patricia Chui (PJC) and I (KW) weigh in with our winner picks ...

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Ricky Gervais plays it loose for the Golden Globes and HBO

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 15th 2010 10:33AM
Ricky Gervais hosts the Golden GlobesWhen Ricky Gervais hosts the Golden Globes this Sunday (NBC, 8PM EST), don't expect any pre-taped pieces or large choreographed numbers. Gervais, speaking to the press on a conference call, said he is avoiding all of that. He has planned what he wants to do, but he won't rehearse it, alone or with anyone on the show.

"I want to host it a little bit more like someone from the Rat Pack would host it," he says. "You know, just off the cuff and just playing the room and having fun with the people and roasting a few of the A-listers and hopefully it'll be fun for the room and the people at home."

"I do want people to have the feeling that anything can happen," he adds. "I want to be reactive so I don't want to just go out there and read an alter cue and do a very staid joke and have that sort of polite sort of titter."

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Halle Berry, Matthew Fox Among Presenters at 67th Annual Golden Globes

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 29th 2009 1:50PM
It's a glamorous and glittering list that just added distinctly more shimmer: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Halle Berry, Colin Farrell and Matthew Fox will be among the presenters at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards.

The honors from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which some consider a precursor to the Oscars, will be broadcast live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sun., Jan. 17, 8PM ET. This year's telecast will also air live on the West Coast, beginning at 5PM.

Berry, Farrell and Fox join the previously announced Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Mickey Rourke on the growing roster of award presenters. In addition (and as also previously announced), the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement will be presented by Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio to Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

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'The Ricky Gervais Show' to Premiere Feb. 19

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 22nd 2009 5:00PM
Good news, Ricky Gervais fans. HBO has announced that 'The RIcky Gervais Show' -- an animated series based on the Brit's hit podcasts -- will debut on the cable pay network on Feb. 19. For those of you keeping count, this is just one short month after the comedic actor hosts NBC's broadcast of the Golden Globes Awards ceremony on Jan. 17.

The 13-episode show will feature the voices of Gervais, longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant (with whom Gervais created BBC's 'The Office', from which the American version was based) and radio producer and friend Karl Pilkington.

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Golden Globes TV Nominations - Newbies and Oversights

by Patricia Chui, posted Dec 15th 2009 5:30PM
GleeThe 2010 Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and while typically everyone makes a fuss over which movies and movie actors get recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press, there was plenty to raise eyebrows over on the TV side.

For one thing, while the Emmys tend to nominate the same people over and over again (ahem, Tony Shalhoub), the Globes make a point of recognizing newer shows. This year's crop was no exception, with Fox's 'Glee' and ABC's 'Modern Family' muscling aside some old standbys to share Best Comedy nomination honors. And newbies like Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele from 'Glee,' Thomas Jane and Jane Adams from HBO's 'Hung,' and Julianna Margulies from CBS drama 'The Good Wife' similarly reaped glory on their freshman shows.

On the other hand, how could HFPA voters overlook 'Lost'? or 'Modern Family' comic geniuses Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill? or critical darlings 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Battlestar Galactica' ... AGAIN?

Take a look at some of the Globes' biggest TV snubs and surprises after the jump.

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What's Hot on Inside Movies: Complete Coverage of Golden Globes Nominations

by Jason Newman, posted Dec 15th 2009 4:11PM
The big news over at Inside Movies is today's announcement of the 66th Golden Globe Awards nominees. We know. It can be a bit overwhelming but we've got you covered on all the big races.

First, check out the overview of all the nominees, then don't forget to see our extensive coverage and analysis of specific categories.

We also round up stars' reactions to the nominations and one critic looks at the process and influence of the Globes on the Academy Awards.

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