Talk about a political scandal. Despite a troubled season both creatively and ratings-wise, NBC's The West Wing was inexplicably elected best drama series for the fourth consecutive year at Sunday's 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. HBO's Sopranos the perceived frontrunner heading into the ceremony picked up four trophies, including best lead actor for James Gandolfini, best lead actress for Edie Falco, best supporting actor for Joe Pantoliano and best writing. On the comedy side, CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond earned its first outstanding comedy series win, while best lead actor and actress kudos went to Monk's Tony Shalhoub and Will & Grace's Debra Messing. TNT's acclaimed original movie Door to Door, meanwhile, won six trophies, including best made-for-TV movie and best actor for William H. Macy. All told, HBO was the big winner among networks with 18 awards, followed CBS (16),
Melissa Rivers suffered a mini off-camera meltdown Sunday afternoon during E!'s annual Live from the Red Carpet arrivals special. Here's what you folks missed at home: Midway through the two-hour show, Academy officials told Missy that she wasn't allowed to conduct interviews on the actual red carpet forcing her to relocate behind a bush. "I can't tell you how badly this pisses me off," Joan's daughter hissed to anyone that would listen. "Every other outlet is on the carpet except for me!" Sweetheart, take a hint.
Alias studmuffin Michael Vartan has a new safehouse to hole up in. The 34-year-old actor is poised to become a first-time homeowner with the purchase of a $1.6 million crib in the Hollywood Hills. According to the Los Angeles Times, the contemporary-style home boasts three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and an attached guest house perfect for when a certain superspy wants to spend the night.
Former Bennifer star Ben Affleck has been named the most "Influential Man Under 38" in Details magazine's annual power issue. Yours truly, meanwhile, climbed one spot from last year to No. 6,345. I'm so breaking 6,300 in 2004.
It's not easy being Tom Green today. MTV has abruptly pulled the plug on The New Tom Green Show just weeks after the music channel renewed the latenight talker for an additional 65 episodes. "Despite critical acclaim, [the show] was unfortunately unable to sustain the initial ratings success it enjoyed in its earlier weeks," an MTV spokeswoman tells TV Guide Online. "Tom remains a part of the MTV family, and we look forward to working with him in the future." MTV shouldn't hold its breath: Sources say Green is already shopping the show elsewhere.
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
More often than not, award show humor is pretty lame and cringe-inducing. But the 11 comedians who hosted this year's Emmys each had some solid, smart moments. Wanda Sykes certainly didn't sugarcoat her comments. The keeper was her complimenting Bill Cosby on the old Cosby Show's scripts, but then adding, "Although, with Cosby Mysteries, that did seem like y'all made that up as you went along." You take all that, mix it up with some sincerely touching moments, including Tony Shalhoub's speech and the tribute to John Ritter, and except for the mini-series/TV-movie categories which made me zone out and start flipping, it was a fast-paced, surprisingly entertaining show. But, West Wing? Really?
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Football great Joe Namath is also one of the sport's biggest fans. Here, the legendary Jets quarterback — who was recently named "ambassador" to his former team — weighs in on his favorite players, female commentators and his new clothing line.
TV Guide Online: Broadway Joe! You made the quarterback one of the most glamorous icons of pop culture. How does that make you feel?
Namath: First of all, I'm a Gemini, so I have a serious football side and a mischievous side — but friends told me I'd have to stop using that excuse years ago. (Laughs) I'm from western Pennsylvania, and I have three older brothers, so I was never one to step forward and put on a fur coat. But I did. Those things happened because of where I was, the people I was around and because I was game. It was because of New York, not because of old Joe. If I couldn't play, it would have been a problem.
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Despite its memorable characters, intriguing stories and terrific acting, NBC's cop show Boomtown looked headed for doomtown. Happily, the Peacock has given the critical fave a second season and a new time slot — Fridays at 10, starting Sept. 26. This spot was long home to Law & Order: SVU, which dominated the night. "Moving to Fridays helps a lot," executive producer Graham Yost tells TV Guide Online. "It's a more crime-friendly spot."
Perhaps too friendly. CBS's crime show The Handler with Joe Pantoliano could prove tough competition. And what about Boomtown's occasionally perplexing multi-perspective storytelling? "Our feeling is that Fridays at 10, people are already a bit looped," Yost says, "so they'll be able to figure out the show fine. They're already seeing things non-linearly."
But it's not all in the timing. "Sometimes, shifting points of view can stop the action," he concedes. "If
Some American Idol fans are confused. If Clay Aiken was runner-up last season, why is his self-titled album debuting before AI winner Ruben Studdard's Soulful? Don't forget that, just months ago, a rep for 19 Entertainment insisted: "Ruben won Idol, so therefore, Ruben's album will come out first. He has earned that right." Now, Clay enthuses that "we're counting down the days" till his Oct. 14 drop date. Yet, Ruben's CD hits stores Nov. 11. What gives?
"Ruben is nothing if not a friend and a gentleman," Clay tells TV Guide Online. "He's the one who had a great deal of say in deciding whether I would come out first or not. It was the plan of the show and 19, the record label, to have mine come out second. That's just the way things were supposed to be.
"But Ruben sat back and realized mine was finished," Clay continues, adding that Ruben's PR obligations as the Idol winner held up his studio work on Soulful
Move over, Queer Eye. Good-lookin' goomba Nick Scotti (Kiss Me Guido, The Young and the Restless) has landed his own TV show on the Style channel. (Yeah, you read that right.) Debuting in early 2004, Scotti's as-yet-untitled series will feature him, sister Viv and aunt Irene offering "Italian-style" fashion, cooking and lifestyle tips from their hometown of Queens, N.Y.