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More Stars Added to Emmy Presenters List

America Ferrera by Steve Granitz/; Hayden Panettiere by Steve Granitz/

Make way for more stars!ABC has announced the second wave of presenters for the Emmy Awards. America Ferrera, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Hayden Panettiere, William Petersen and Vanessa Williams are the latest celebrities who will join in toasting television's finest at next month's ceremony."We are very pleased and honored to include these presenters to our already exciting list of talent for our telecast," Ken Ehrlich, executive producer, said. "As we reveal more presenters, the range of talent and personalities are sure to make the show a success."The sextet join the already announced ladies of Desperate Housewives, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Hugh Laurie and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.Fishburne and Petersen will present together. Fishburne has signed on to replace the departing Petersen on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation next season. What better place to pass the torch than at the Emmys?The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards air Sept. 21 on ABC. — Joyce Eng read more

80th Annual Academy Awards

Ellen Page and Barbara Walters by Craig Sjodin/ABC

Now that the strike’s finito, there’ll be plenty of star power strutting down the red-carpet wearing outfits worth more than most people's cars. And ABC is giving you an extra special treat right before the show begins: Barbara Walters Oscar Special. Yes, the View co-host will be getting personal with the likes of Ellen Page, Vanessa Williams, Harrison Ford and Miley Ray Cyrus (not to be confused with Miley Cyrus). And side note—Jon Stewart will be hosting the main event, so get ready to laugh. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

NAACP Awards: Grey's, Tyler Perry Are Big Winners

Tyler Perry by Jesse Grant/Getty Images, Chandra Wilson by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP

While The Great Debaters dominated the film categories at Thursday's NAACP Image Awards — it turned eight nods into a quartet of wins (including best motion picture and acting kudos for Denzel Washington and Jurnee Smollett) — Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Grey's Anatomy emerged as the most-lauded TV series. Grey's walked away with drama series and writing team honors, while Chandra Wilson scored best supporting actress. TBS' House of Payne, meanwhile, was named best comedy series, while LaVan Davis and Lance Gross won for lead and supporting actor in a comedy, respectively.In the other TV races, Ugly Betty's America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams won for lead and supporting comedy actress; CSI: NY's Hill Harper and The Unit's Regina Taylor copped the top prizes on the drama side; and House's Omar Epps took home the supporting actor/drama trophy. read more

Barbara's Oscar Guests, Indy 4 Trailer and More

Barbara Walters by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Barbara Walters' 27th annual pre-Oscars special, airing Feb. 24 at 7 pm/ET, will find the queen of the fuzzy lens gabbing with Ellen Page (Juno), Harrison Ford, Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) and Miley Cyrus (every inch of your daughter's bedroom walls).... Speaking of Calista's squeeze, Good Morning America will premiere the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Thursday's show, during the 8 o'clock hour.... Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story arrives on DVD April 8. read more

Daisies and Dexter Get their Due

Pushing Daisies and Dexter — two shows that could seriously keep each other in business, think about it! — on Sunday were named outstanding television comedy and drama at the annual Satellite Awards, handed out by the International Press Academy. Acting-wise, Michael C. Hall and Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy) took the lead drama categories, Stephen Colbert and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) were the top comedy performers, and David Zayas (Dexter) and Vanessa Williams (Betty) walked away with supporting honors.On the feature side, No Country for Old Men and Juno were named top drama and comedy, while Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises), Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Ellen Page (Juno) won the acting races.Related:• Cheers & Jeers takes a stab at Dexter's season finale read more

Ugly Betty's Vanessa Gets Pretty Penny from Proactiv

Vanessa Williams by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Vanessa Williams has inked an endorsement deal with Proactiv worth nearly $20 million, sources tell the New York Post's Page Six. The Ugly Betty cast member's pact reportedly is on par with the $3 mil-per-year Jessica Simpson just scored, but at the end of the day Williams will net even more because she is going to be developing a cosmetics line for the company. (Me, I think J.Simp perhaps overestimates just how many people are looking at the face.) read more

Big Reunions Ahead on The 4400, Ugly Betty

Laura Allen and Mahershalalhashbaz Ali courtesy CBS Paramount

Did you see this one coming, 4400 fans? Young Lily reunites with Richard (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, who himself returns this Sunday) when original cast member Laura Allen appears on the USA Network series' Aug. 19 episode. How can this be, since Lily (as played by Tippi Hedren) died of old age last season? Watch for the scoop on that and more in my upcoming Interviews & Features Q&A with Ms. Allen.... Vanessa Williams' real-life ex-husband, Rick Fox, will guest-star on at least two episodes of Ugly Betty this season. Look for things to "get heated" when Fox appears as Wilhelmina's bodyguard, says People. read more

Emmy Nominees React to Their Golden Opportunities

Rainn Wilson, Neil Patrick Harris and Sally Field are among this year's Emmy nominees.

We know what you think about the nominees for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, but what do the lucky nominees have to say about their good fortune? Some of your favorites reveal what went through their minds as the good news got out. Doug Ellin, executive producer of Entourage (Outstanding Comedy Series nominee) "The New York Times called Entourage the best show in its first season. If for some reason [the voters] appreciate it more and we win this time, there's nothing we've consciously done to change it.... I spoke to Jeremy [Piven], who's in London doing a movie, and I'm playing golf with Kevin [Dillon] in about two hours. Jeremy is kind of our home-run hitter, I knew he was going to get nominated, and when Kevin and Martin Landau also got nominated, it was just great." Tim Kring, executi read more

Vanessa Williams Shares Her Style Secrets

Style Star subject Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams: beautiful, talented, stylish. From her coronation as the first African-American Miss America to her current role as Ugly Betty's devilish creative director, Wilhelmina Slater, it's easy to see that fashion becomes her. Tonight at 9:30 pm/ET, Style Network's Style Star opens Williams' closet wide and reminisces about the good (and some not-so good) looks of a fashion maven who appreciates comfort above all else. "I can always pick out Donna Karan clothing," says the Grammy-nominated singer and Broadway star, "because it looks comfortable and you just want to live in it." With the aid of Betty costar Michael Ur read more

NAACP Awards Play the Grey's Card

Grey's Anatomy was the big winner at the 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards, taking home a quartet of statues, including lead actor in a drama series for Isaiah Washington. The lightning-rod serial also came out on top in the best-drama, supporting-actress (Chandra Wilson) and writing (Shondra Rhimes' "It's the End of the World" episode) contests.ABC's Ugly Betty followed with three wins of its own, in the comedy-series, supporting-actress/comedy (Vanessa Williams) and writing/comedy categories.Among TV's other winners were Close to Home's Kimberly Elise (lead actress/drama), Everybody Hates Chris' Tyler James Williams and Girlfriends' Tracee Eliis Ross (in the lead-acting/comedy slots), House's Omar Epps (supporting actor/drama), and Girlfriends' Reggie Hayes (supporting actor/comedy). For the full list of winners, go here. read more

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