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NBC Boss: Rocking the Emmy Nominations Proves "Quality Can Succeed"

NBC's 30 Rock collected 22 Emmy nominations, the most of any series.

A funny thing happened when the nominations were announced for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards: NBC came away as the most recognized of the broadcast networks, with 67 total nods. 

Yes, NBC — the subject of so much ribbing about waning ratings, omnipresent reality programming and Leno-verdosing.

"It's exciting to get so many nominations and be so recognized," Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, tells TVGuide.com. "Across the board, it was a great day." Silverman himself even scored a nod, as an executive producer of The Office.

See the full list of Emmy nominees

Surveying NBC's embarrassment of Emmy riches, Silverman lauds 30 Rock's 22 nominations ... read more

Al Franken Wins Minnesota Senate Race

Al Franken

After a protracted recount, comedian-turned-politician Al Franken has won the Minnesota Senate race to give Democrats a 60-seat majority in the U.S. Senate.

The state's Supreme Court declared Franken, a Saturday Night Live alum, the winner on Tuesday by 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast. Republican incumbent Norm Coleman then conceded the drawn-out fight.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at SNL's political sketches

Coleman led Franken on ...
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The Shield Tops TCA Nominations

The Shield

The Shield is going out in style: The dearly departed cop drama leads the Television Critics Association Awards with four nominations.

The Shield, which ended its seven-season run in November, will battle Lost, Mad Men...
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Top Moments: Cliffhangers Galore on NCIS, Housewives, and Southland

Will Ferrell, Kara DioGuardi

Oh, you cliffhangers. How you fill our summer months with frustration. We despise you for denying us any closure, but we love you at the same time — because in the land of television, a season usually ends with you, or it ends forever. This week we focus on some edge-of-your-seat endings, and a few we won't lose sleep over. Welcome to Top Moments, to-be-continued edition. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, May 16, 2009

Preakness Stakes

Saturday Night Live
11:29 pm/ET NBC
Where there's Will, there's a way. The long-lasting late-night show closes its 34th season by turning to an old friend. Serving as host is erstwhile SNL player Will Ferrell, star of the forthcoming film Land of the Lost. Ferrell likely won't get lost on the familiar Studio 8H stage, where he roamed for seven years and mined sketch-comedy gold with recurring characters such as George W. Bush, James Lipton and perky cheerleader Craig Buchanan. And let's hope he plays more cowbell. Rock punkers Green Day, hot off the release of their 21st Century Breakdown CD, storm the stage in their third SNL appearance.

Read on for previews of MADtv, Kobe: Doin' Work, Preakness Stakes and Beverly Hills Groomer. read more

Top Moments: Lost, Loser, Office Offer Feuds and Finales

Josh Holloway, Justin Timberlake

There are so many ways to resolve a rivalry without using your fists. Why not a sing-off? Or a competition to see who looks better slathered in goo? Or who can lose the most weight? Or... wow. Maybe Jack and Sawyer have the right idea, settling things the old-fashioned way. In this week's finale-filled Top Moments, we look at some folks who find creative ways to settle their differences. And two guys who aren't fighters, but lovers. Of each other's moms. read more

SNL VIDEO: Get a Load of Timberlake and Samberg's "Motherlover"

Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg with Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson

Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg have come up with another gift that just keeps on giving.

Having previously delivered the Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live digital short "D**k In a Box," the singer host and funnyman collaborated once again for this weekend's show.

In "Motherlover," JT and Samberg's hirsute alter egos decide that, having forgotten to shop for Mother's Day, they'll "take care" of each other's moms. Yes, in that way.

Suffice it to say, this viral clip contains barely bleeped obscenities and mature subject matter.

Perhaps the best part? Playing said about-to-get-lucky moms are Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson.

In his encore as guest host, Timberlake also brought back The Barry Gibb Talk Show (with a visiting Jimmy Fallon), reprised his singing street pitchman, and performed with musical guest Ciara (who sure knows how to do a split.)

Watch "Motherlover" after the jump. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, May 9, 2009

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iCarly
8 pm/ET Nickelodeon
It's hard to deny the attraction of so-called bad boys, and Carly finds herself succumbing to this temptation when she starts going out with a guy who has a bad reputation. Spencer panics when he finds out about it, but then Carly uncovers a secret that makes her rethink the accuracy of her new beau's bad-boy appeal. Meanwhile, Sam has the desire to share her favorite gross-out videos with the world, so she hires Freddie to set up a Web site that will allow her to do this.

Read on for previews of SNL, JONAS, Ace of Cakes, Groomer Has It and White House Correspondents' Dinner. read more

NBC Unveils Fall Lineup, Including Parenthood, Two Medical Dramas & More Thursday SNLs

Peter Krause, Seth Meyers

NBC has revealed "Part 1" of its plan for the 2009-10 TV season, and it includes a second season of Parks and Recreation, a half-dozen installments of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, and four new dramas.

In addition to renewing Parks and Rec, NBC also officially picked up Heroes for a fourth (albeit likely shortened) season. Previously announced returns include The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Friday Night Lights, The Biggest Loser and Celebrity Apprentice.

Conspicuously missing from NBC's press release is Medium, despite ... read more

To SNL and Back: After JT, Will Ferrell Close Out the Season?

Timberlake and Ferrell in previous SNL visits.

Saturday Night Live will wrap up its 34th season with at least one familiar face.

As revealed during the latest show's promos, Justin Timberlake will bring his sexy back to the long-running sketch show on May 9, marking his third turn as guest host. And Will Ferrell may return to lord over this season's final outing, according to ... read more

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