Vincent Irizarry, John Aniston
Nominations for the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards won't be announced until May 11 but we can tell you right now which soaps are most likely to land in the Outstanding Daytime Drama competition. Here's a look at what each of the seven serials submitted for the top prize and how they stack up.
All My Children (episode 10,505; airdate November 23, 2010)
A strong, crackling hour during which Dr. David Hayward — not dead after all — walks into the courtroom during his murder trial and shocks the snot out of everyone in Pine Valley. Oddly, there are no out-of-the-park performances here but the noir-ish flashbacks detailing how the dastardly doc (played by fan fave Vincent Irizarry) faked his demise and tried to frame his rival Ryan are exceptionally well crafted and quite riveting. The stuff of grand memories? Not really. But this is good, solid work and in some years (like this one) that's more than enough to put a show in the race.
Pia Toscano, Ryan Seacrest
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14. Best Discovery: When Mrs. McCluskey finds an unconscious Andrew on her couch on Desperate Housewives, instead of acting concerned, she acts like, well, Mrs. McCluskey. She calls Bree and gives her a hint of the problem — "It reeks of Mai Tais, and you gave birth to it." "If I wanted a drunk homo on my couch," she continues, "I would have married my college boyfriend." Apparently, warmth and sensitivity are so 2009 on Wisteria Lane.
13. Butt Out Award: Rejected from her and her mother's dream school — Berkeley — Amber completely unravels after a classmate asks her about her college plans at...
Late Night With David Letterman, James Franco, David Letterman
James Franco says he was not under the influence of drugs on Oscar night -- he only wishes he had been.
The actor dropped by Late Show with David Letterman to discuss the backlash he's experienced from co-hosting this year's Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. (His appearance will air Friday.) Letterman, who emceed the show in 1995, was all sympathy.
Mila Kunis has joined the cast of the Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful, according to Variety.
As previously announced, James Franco will play a fast-talking oil salesman who flees a traveling circus in a hot air balloon and winds up in Oz, where three sisters are battling for control.
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Is it just us, or has Wendy Williams suddenly taken over the whole planet? The best-selling author and daytime chitchatter — now in her second year as host of The Wendy Williams Show — is all set to compete on the new season of Dancing With the Stars. She's also juggling a recurring role as gossip queen and star of Access Llanview Phyllis Rose on the ABC sudser One Life to Live. (Look for her on March 28 dishing dirt on the scandalous Buchanan clan.)
James Franco; Bruce Vilanch
James Franco fired back at Bruce Vilanch after the Oscar writer told Vulture that the actor was outside of his comfort zone when it came to hosting this year's Academy Awards.
In an interview posted Monday, Vilanch took aim at Franco's performance, saying Franco "didn't get there."
Roush review: A long night at the Oscars
"I have to call James Franco and tell him the show's over...
Nelsan Ellis, Tina Fey
Vampires and comedy writers took top honors at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award in New York Saturday.
HBO's supernatural hit True Blood won for Outstanding Drama Series. The show features numerous gay characters — some are human (Nelsan Ellis' Lafayette) and others are vampires, like Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Mississippi. Denis O'Hare, who plays Russell, was on hand to accept the award.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway
Viewership for the 83rd annual Academy Awards telecast on ABC fell nearly 10 percent from last year, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Overnight ratings showed an average of 37.6 million people watched Sunday night's show. Some 41.7 million people tuned in last year's ceremony.
So how did everyone like 127 Hours: The Oscar Show?
Past experience has lowered our Oscar night expectations, but the enormity of this year's train wreck was hammered home when the starry audience stood and cheered as Billy Crystal took the stage midway through — as if to say: "Come back, Billy! Do something! Please save this show!"
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The 8-time former host teased, "We're running a little long, so here are the nominees for best picture." Bad boy. Funny boy. Boy oh boy, could the show have used a little more of Crystal's comic polish...
Anne Hathaway and James Franco
Anne Hathaway and James Franco's first foray into hosting the Oscars was a little rocky, but there were still plenty of top moments to be had from the ceremony:
Most Awkward Host Introduction: Ouch. Anne Hathaway and James Franco's requisite montage of fake clips from the Best-Picture nominees fell flat, but at least we got a small giggle from seeing Franco in a white, full-body leotard for their Black Swan spoof. Can we get him and Justin Timberlake doing "Single Ladies"?