James Gandolfini, Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico by Craig Blankenhorn/HBO
Sunday's Emmys telecast will pay tribute to The Sopranos' celebrated and now ended run with a musical salute featuring the cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys and using songs from the show's score.Emmys host Fox has also finalized its plan to "go green" by installing a solar panel canopy over the red carpet, to power this and that. Fox's original plan to make the actual red carpet green in color did not fly with the Academy, which was all, "Um, the red carpet is red. Now scamper off and bring back Drive."Speaking of the Sunday's big show, be sure to check out TVGuide.com's Emmy Watch site. It features Matt Roush's predictions, the results of our online polls, red-carpet pics, video clips and more. Come Sunday night, we'll add more pics, more videos and a pair of live blogs, including one from me backstsgae with the winners.
This season's inaugural telecast of NBC's Sunday Night Football in which Dallas bested the New York Giants 45-35 averaged a 13.6 in household ratings, down 10 percent from last year's series opener but more than doubling the audience of any network rival.... Joan Rivers is at it again, serving up fact- and insight-challenged commentary on Sunday's red-carpet Emmy arrivals via a blog at VH1EyeCandy.com.... Speaking of kudos-casts, Gil Cates will for a 14th time helm the Oscars, this time marking the show's 80th anniversary and airing Feb. 24 on ABC.
Kathy Griffin by Michael Grecco/Bravo Photo
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has said "no thanks" to Kathy Griffin's Jesus-mocking Emmy thank-you speech My Life on the D-List won best reality program at Saturday's Creative Arts ceremony and will excise it when the event is aired this weekend on E! In a spiel deemed "offensive" by ATAS and smote by the Catholic League for being "vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech," Griffin said that while "a lot of people... thank Jesus for this award... I want you to know that no one had less to do with this [win] than Jesus." She then went on to "diss" Him and proclaim, "This award is my god now."
A rendering of the Architectural Digest green room for the 59th annual Primetime Emmys, airing Sept. 16 on Fox
A green room made out of high school bleachers? It may be hard to believe, but designer Timothy Corrigan swears it's true. "We literally had to scrape the bubble gum off the bottom of the bleachers before we could even start to work on it." As the 59th annual Primetime Emmys go "green," so does the area where stars can relax before going on stage, and it's Corrigan's job to make the most exclusive and luxurious area of the Shrine Auditorium eco-friendly.
This year the Architectural Digest green room takes the shape of an elegant old-world library using dark panel walls, big windows and antique furniture to give the illusion of 18th-century England. The green theme will start with the color of the walls and the decor, but what really makes the room "green" will be the measures taken to leave a small eco-footprint. All furniture is upholstered with 100 percent organic fabric, the tables are made out of
Kathy Griffin by Steve Jennings/Bravo Photo, Andy Samberg by Dana Edelson/NBC Universal Photo
Gold mixed with blue at Saturday night's Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony. Though HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee took home the most kudos five statues in all several major wins either were born of or unexpectedly led to salty language.Where to start? Kathy Griffin, whose Life on the D-List won best (non-competition) reality program, mock-scoffed at those who thank J.C. for their good fortune by saying (and I apologize for sharing this on a Sunday morning), "Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now." Also using salty slang in accepting her award was Elaine Stritch, named best guest actress in a comedy (for her turn on 30 Rock). "It's kind of obvious how long I've been in this profession," said Stritch. "And I can't get over that I still feel the way I do. It's unf--kingbelievable."Another veteran actress, Leslie Caron, was Stritch's counterpart in the drama race (for her appearance on Law & Order: SVU), while Stanley Tucci (Monk) and John Goodman (Studio 60) ...
Family Guy promotional poster courtesy Fox
Family Guy's Brian and Stewie Griffin will pay musical tribute to the year in television with an original onstage performance at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 16 on Fox. In a statement, Stewie says, "I'm going to get me a nice big whiff of some Ryan Seacrest." Why do I get the feeling it will smell exactly like "too much Axe"?Fox has also released a promotional poster for Family Guy's Sept. 23 premiere, where the Griffin gang gets reimagined as Star Wars characters. Check out the full image here.
Courtesy of the Governors Ball: Beef filet mignon and red wine-braised short rib with cipollini onions, marrow flan, potatoes fondant and asparagus
The awards ceremony may be the main attraction on Emmy night, but the real festivities begin after the show at the Governors Ball, a lavish fete hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This year's party pays homage to old Hollywood with a black-and-white Art Deco theme reminiscent of the era. Here's what chefs are whipping up:
First course: Tower of mango and Dungeness crab with avocado, cucumber, tomato, crisp lotus root and sweet ginger-soy reduction
Entree: Beef filet mignon and red wine-braised short rib with cipollini onions, marrow flan, potatoes fondant and asparagus
Dessert: Milk chocolate mousse with champagne gelée, berries in Dove dark chocolate cup and cherry vanilla cake
Feeling ambitious? Here's how you can ape the award-worthy entree and the delish drink that will be on many a TV star's lips come the evening of Sept. 16!
Beef Filet Mignon and Red Wine-Braised Short Rib with
Hugh Laurie by Andrew Macpherson/Fox
Hugh Laurie as Emmys host? Pinch me. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, though TV's crankiest doc made the short list. A source tells the awards-show mecca GoldDerby.com that Laurie actually was several Fox execs' early No. 1 choice to emcee the kudos-cast, and that a standoff between the House star's supporters and those who instead wanted Ryan Seacrest is what delayed the reveal of the host choice. In the end, the powers-that-be believed A) Idol's frontman would bring in a larger audience, and B) Laurie as congenial host might be jarring to us stupid, stupid TV fans who cannot separate fiction from reality.
Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC Universal Photo
30 Rockers Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick are among the latest adds to the list of presenters for the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 16 on Fox. Per the Reporter, other newly announced presenters include Marcia Cross, Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.Related: Emmy Presenters Include Office Boss and Jack Bauer
Christina Aguilera by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com
Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera will reprise their duet performance of "Steppin' Out (With My Baby)" at the Sept. 16 Primetime Emmy Awards. But will Xtina step out with a baby belly?.... Carlos Mencia will host the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 8.... ESPN2's telecast of the "Super Classico" contest between David Beckham's L.A. Galaxy and Chivas USA set a new record as the cabler's most-watched MLS game ever.... Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement) and wife Erinn Bartlett (How I Met Your Mother) welcomed their first child, a son named Wilder Brooks, on Aug. 23, says People.