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Emmys Opening Musical Number: Did Jane Lynch or Jimmy Fallon Do It Better? (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 18th 2011 9:05PM
Jane Lynch Emmys openerJane Lynch kicked off the 2011 Emmy Awards with a musical number filled with celebrity cameos (Leonard Nimoy!), which, coincidentally, is how Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 2010 ceremony.

So, how did the two compare?

Well, Fallon went big with a 'Glee' tribute and Bruce Springsteen cover, while Lynch took the solo route with an original number about the magic of television and how everyone on TV lives in the same building.

Both recruited a ton of celebs to help out, but Fallon had the stars sing along with him while Lynch dropped into different show sets. Both included a requisite 'Dancing With the Stars' dig, though.

Who nabbed the bigger stars?

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Make Their 2011 Emmy Picks (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 16th 2011 4:45PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on the Emmys on 'Today'The 2011 Emmy Awards air Sunday, and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb took a look at the field Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) with People Magazine's style and beauty editor Pamela Edwards Christiani. They went through the major categories and picked a few favorites from 'Mad Men,' 'The Good Wife,' and 'The Office.'

Christiani picked Jon Hamm over Steve Buscemi, Kyle Chandler, Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, and Timothy Olyphant for lead actor in a drama. "It's his year. I don't know if you paid attention to 'Mad Men' last season, his character was so intense. The downward spiral -- Don Draper brought it to us this year." She also likes Julianna Margulies for 'The Good Wife,' citing the show's critical acclaim and fan popularity.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Mad Men' Star John Slattery Coming to 'The Simpsons'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 30th 2011 8:00PM
John Slatter, 'Mad Men'Not everyone in Hollywood really knows each other, but it's pretty darn close. Take, for example, my day on the set of NBC's new sitcom 'Free Agents.' Knowing that they're shooting at the same studios where 'Mad Men' shoots was one thing, but the 'Mad Men' ties don't stop there.

I caught up with star Hank Azaria who plays Alex on 'Free Agents' (previews Wed., Sept. 14, 10:30PM ET), a PR exec whose unlucky-in-love personal life starts to bleed into his work life. We talked a lot about the show -- more to come closer to premiere -- but he also had a few tidbits to share about some of the 'Mad Men' cast.

In a brief moment of 'Simpsons' conversation, Azaria talked about guest stars for the show's upcoming season (premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 8PM ET on Fox). "We're actually recording our 23rd season now, and it's hard to remember anything, because we don't memorize anything, and we've done so many. I just assume every major recording and movie star and television star has been through there -- and they pretty much have -- but I run into John Slattery a lot, and I know he did a voice this year."

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'Mad Men' Season 5 Starts Shooting August 8 (Thank Goodness)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 28th 2011 4:30PM
'Mad Men' fans, pour yourselves a scotch and rest easy: The long-delayed Season 5 of the critically acclaimed AMC drama will begin shooting in less than two weeks.

While new episodes of the show may not air until early 2012 thanks to a dispute between AMC and Lionsgate, any movement is good news after an off-season that's dragged on longer than the NFL lockout.

The show's first day of shooting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8, according to a report in EW. Jon Hamm will be directing the Season 5 premiere, making his directorial debut.

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Jon Hamm Joins 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,' TLC Announces 'Big Sexy' & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 25th 2011 4:20PM
Jon HammJon Hamm has joined the cast of IFC's 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.' According to Splitsider, the 'Mad Men' actor will appear in five of the six Season 2 episodes.

Will Arnett and David Cross star in the comedy about an American sent to Britain to sell his company's energy drink. Season 2 premieres in January 2012.

Hamm is no stranger to comedy. He had an uncredited role in this summer's smash hit 'Bridesmaids' and has appeared in several episodes of NBC's '30 Rock.'

In other TV news ...

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'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm Signs New Contract, Banana Republic Launches 'MM' Clothing Range

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 22nd 2011 6:15AM
Jon Hamm'Mad Men' fans struggling through the dry spell between Seasons 4 and 5 can rest easy in the knowledge that Don Draper will be on the show until the end.

And, for those fans looking to maintain the 'Mad Men' mood through the long wait, Banana Republic has announced that in August it will launch a range of clothing and accessories inspired by the '60s-set drama.

Deadline.com reports that in the wake of 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner's new three-year deal, star Jon Hamm has renegotiated his contract with Lionsgate-AMC.

He was previously committed to a further two seasons, but that's now been upped to three in exchange for a whopping pay-day -- estimated to be an eight-figure sum -- which makes him one of the highest-paid actors in a cable series.

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Critics' Choice Television Awards 2011 Winners List

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 20th 2011 5:00PM
Mad Men, Jon HammThe first annual Critics' Choice Television Awards honored many Emmy favorites, but gave some love to the underdogs during its June 20 ceremony.

Actors and actresses from 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Cougar Town' were amongst the winners at the inaugural awards ceremony.

The show, which was hosted by 'So You Think You Can Dance''s Cat Deeley, was streamed live on VH1.com, and will air on ReelzChannel Wed., June 22 at 8PM.

Check out a full list of winners below.

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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Lee DeWyze Sets Record Straight on 'American Idol' Finale Absence, Roseanne Eyes TV Role and More

by Chris Harnick, posted May 27th 2011 12:00PM
Lee DeWyzeSo, did Lee DeWyze refuse to participate in the 'American Idol' finale or was he never asked?

According to Zap2It, 'American Idol' executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said DeWyze, winner of season 9, refused to participate in the finale.

But, DeWyze hit back on Twitter saying he was not asked to be involved ... until the last second. Producers asked him to present 'American Idol' season 10 winner Scotty McCreery with the trophy.

"I was not asked to be involved in the Finale. It wasn't until about 2 minutes before they announced that Nigel had approached me and asked if he could 'borrow' me for a second," DeWyze said on Twitter.

"I didn't feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty's moment."

In other TV news ...

Jon Hamm will direct the 'Mad Men' season 5 premiere ... whenever it will air. "The wheels have officially been set in motion to make that happen. It's a very exciting challenge that I'm looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement." [TVLine]

Roseanne Barr is in talks to return to sitcoms. The TV veteran is being courted by Chelsea Handler to appear in ABC's 'Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea?' Handler wants the 'Roseanne' star to play aunt to Laura Prepon's Chelsea character. [THR]

'True Blood' in 3D? Not quite yet, but Alan Ball says it could happen soon. The 'True Blood' executive producer said HBO is interested and they even shot a scene in 3D, but he doubts it'll make it to air this year. [LA Times]

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Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Are the Real Ambiguously Gay Duo on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 15th 2011 11:55PM
Jimmy Fallon & Jon Hamm, 'Saturday Night Live'Robert Smigel's signature creation returned to 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) with another installment of 'The Ambiguously Gay Duo.' But this time, he took the superhero buddy parody to the next level with a "flesh ray" that turned the entire cast into live-action.

The story was as you'd expect, but made even funnier when you replace the animated Ace and Gary with Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon respectively. The costumes, stretching and innuendo were even funnier.

The pair were joined by Steve Carell as Bighead, Stephen Colbert as Dr. Braino, Fred Armisen as Lizardo and Ed Helms as a Two-Face inspired villain. We loved the fight scene between the Duo and the henchmen, but not nearly as much as their "good stretch" with the super-villains looking on.

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Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Team Up for Live-Action 'Ambiguously Gay Duo' on 'SNL'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 15th 2011 11:30AM
Ambiguously Gay Duo, Jimmy Fallon, Jon HammIt's been almost four years since we last saw crime-fighting duo Ace and Gary stop a bad guy with a slew of unintentional sexual innuendos on 'Saturday Night Live.' But last night, during the Ed Helms-hosted penultimate episode of season 36, the Ambiguously Gay Duo returned in a very special installment of Robert Smigel's Saturday TV Funhouse.

The cartoon started out normally, but halfway through turned from animation to live-action, with former 'SNL'-er Jimmy Fallon and frequent 'SNL' host Jon Hamm playing the flesh-and-blood superheroes. Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, who originally voiced the caped heroes, played the live versions of Brain-io and Big Head, with Ed Helms and Fred Armisen as two of their evil counterparts.

Watch the skit after the jump, and tell us: What did you think of the live-action Ace and Gary? What about the rest of last night's 'SNL'?

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SAG Award Winners: 'King's Speech,' 'Fighter,' 'Modern Family' Among the Honored (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 31st 2011 10:57AM
Christian Bale, Dickie Eklund on 'SAG Awards' 2011Among the '17th Annual SAG Awards' winners, 'The King's Speech' took top honors for outstanding male actor (Colin Firth) and cast performance.

'The Fighter' won two of its four nominations, as Melissa Leo and Christian Bale received statuettes. Dickie Eklund, the man whom Bale played in the biopic, surprised him onstage. "How do you like me now?" Eklund joked.

In television, notable wins included Betty White for female actor in a comedy series ('Hot in Cleveland'), and Alec Baldwin's fifth consecutive SAG victory for '30 Rock.'

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The Year in Celebrity Impressions

by Jane Murphy, posted Dec 30th 2010 10:30AM
Anne HathawayWho doesn't love a good celebrity impression -- and who doesn't cringe at a bad one? In 2010, several impersonations went viral, generating chuckles and awe. We had comedians' impressions getting healthy screen time, like Kevin Pollak, Jimmy Fallon, and the up-and-coming Jay Pharoah. And we also had actors busting out take-offs on fellow thespians -- yes, Anne Hathaway's savage rendering of Katie Holmes on 'Saturday Night Live' is on this list. It was a truly a vintage year for people being other people.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. You can tell Jay Pharoah has great affection for the greats he mimics, like Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy. On the other hand, this year's rash of Jay Leno impressions were polished with bile.

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Podcast Party: Talking 'Backwash,' Jon Hamm, Aaron Sorkin and Twitter with Joshua Malina

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 19th 2010 3:25PM
This week's second 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast welcomes a special guest, actor/writer Joshua Malina.

You loved Malina on 'The West Wing' and 'Sports Night.' You enjoyed him in guest roles on 'House,' 'Psych,' 'In Plain Sight' and dozens of other shows. And, if you're like me, he's made you crack up more than once with his irreverent Twitter feed. I generally don't follow many actors or celebrities, because their Twitter feeds are quite often vapid, self-serving or both, but Malina's Twitter is pretty damn hilarious.

But the main thing Ryan McGee and I asked Malina about is his funny new Web series, 'Backwash,' which you can find here. It's a 13-part series starring Malina, Michael Ian Black and Michael Panes as the least competent bank robbers ever. Each segment is introduced by a different celebrity -- Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman, Dule Hill, Allison Janney, Mary Lynn Rajskub, John Cho and Fred Willard are among the celebrity narrators. Four segments are up on Crackle now.

Obviously we asked Malina about who was a diva on set and how he bribed these people into appearing in 'Backwash.' And we also asked him what it was like working with Bradley Whitford's mustache on the Dec. 3 episode of 'The Good Guys.'

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On the Premiere of 'Conan,' a Look Back Into the Tragic Past (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 9th 2010 2:05AM
On the Premiere of 'Conan,' a Look Back Into the Tragic Past It's been a rough year for Conan O'Brien. First, he got his dream job hosting 'The Tonight Show.' But after giving "Coco" the job, the "suits" at NBC changed their minds. Based on lower ratings, they wanted Conan to move into a new time-slot -- to accommodate rival Jay Leno.

O'Brien refused -- the rest is history. The host either quit or was fired (depending on who you believe). After eight months, his time on 'Tonight Show' was done. But you can't keep a good comic down. Now, Coco is back ... on basic cable. And on the premiere of 'Conan' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS), he peered back into the tragic past.

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