In planning this year's Emmy Awards, host Seth Meyers and his executive producer, Mike Shoemaker, took a cue from the Golden Globes. Shoemaker, who spoke with TV Guide Magazine behind the Nokia Theatre right after Monday night's telecast, says he and Meyers wanted to emulate how the Globes open by going straight to the jokes.
The late-night arena may be getting even more crowded. TV Guide Magazine has learned that Will Ferrell's production company is quietly developing a talk show that would serve as USA Network's entry into the genre.
USA and Gary Sanchez Prods., run by Ferrell and Adam McKay, have come up with an idea unique to the time period: A morning show in late night.
"We have to do something new every year," says U.S. ice dancer Tanith Belbin. "Ice dancing has been changing." The biggest change for Belbin and partner Ben Agosto may have been friends and rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White defeating them for the first time at the U.S. Nationals, giving the U.S. two teams capable of medaling. Tonight is the compulsory dance. Also on tap is the men's Super G, which should bring out all the top names in Alpine skiing. "The Austrians and the Swiss are the powerhouses," says U.S. veteran Marco Sullivan, "but you can gauge yourself off [Norway's] Aksel Lund Svindal." For those who have enjoyed any neighborhood sledding this winter, tonight's men's and women's skeleton finals may be appealing, but going headfirst at 80 mph may cause second thoughts. And veteran Olympic viewers may remember Harry Potter-lookalike Simon Ammann (Switzerland) from 2002 and 2006. He's back to take on Austrian sensation Gregor Schlierenzauer on ski jumping's large hill.
Read on for previews of Smallville, Ricky Gervais Show, Real Time with Bill Maher and American Loggers.