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On Ryan Seacrest saying he was not one of the top choices to host the show: "We never really asked anybody else formally. He was in the top three. So far he's doing great. He has a lot of energy and he doesn't put himself in a situation he's not comfortable with." On the possible writers' strike: "Everybody's hoping there won't be a strike. At the end of the day a strike is bad for the industry, it's bad for the writers, it's bad for the audience.... There are several steps before we actually go to strike. Some of the issues are on the table, but there hasn't been any cogent discussion yet. I hope there will be." On the perhaps too harsh, TV-skewering Family Guy opening: "The Emmys are designed to be entertaining. It's in the tradition of the Emmys to have some fun with television. We're not curing cancer here. I thought it was done very well." On the problem with rotating networks for the telecast: "[If] you do a great job [and get ratings], the beneficiary is somebody else. That makes marketing very challenging year after year. If you didn't [rotate], you put yourself in the situation of having one network controlling the awards of excellence. It puts too much control in one place."
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Ken Ehrlich Back for Emmys' 60th AnniversaryAwards-show guru Ken Ehrlich is returning to executive-produce the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards. The 60th-annual event will be broadcast Sept. 21 (8 pm/ET) on ABC. Ehrlich is a master of the genre who, it seems, will add a little spice to proceedings. Among his many credits, he produced several of the recent Emmys including the 50th anniversary show and 28 Grammy Award shows, plus he created and produced the MTV movie awards.The show is moving venues this year from the Shrine to the (more…)
Strike Could Give Cable Shows Edge at '08 EmmysIt's of course too early to really say, but a prolonged strike could shake up next year's Primetime Emmy Awards in some ways, in other ways not. To be eligible, a show needs to have telecast six episodes, a benchmark nearly all of the broadcast network offerings will meet. But cable programs that aired earlier this year and cranked out full, 13-episode seasons will have more content to choose from when compiling their reels. Also, Variety notes, network shows typically submit their season finale (more…)
What was your favorite Emmy ...Question: What was your favorite Emmy moment?Answer: Hmmm… that's a toughie. I'm going to go with a tie between the victory embrace Katherine Heigl gave T.R. Knight, and Steve Carell's "surprise" win for best comedy actor.
How do you feel about the ...Question: How do you feel about the Emmy results?Answer: Save for that confounding Spader triumph (what the #%@?!), I'm pretty happy with how the night went. I was especially giddy about Jaime Pressly's and Katherine Heigl's underdog victories. Folks have been trying to write the two of them off as nothing more than eye candy for years, and, as I've harped many a time in this very column, nothing could be further from the truth. Their wins almost make up for the complete disregard Emmy showed Ky (more…)
Heigl: Mom Said Sopranos Would Snuff Me at EmmysAs indicated in her Sunday-night acceptance speech, Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl's own mother didn't think she'd walk away with a win in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series race. Rather, Mom had either of the two Sopranos nominees to get the nod. Pops wasn't much more positive. As Heigl said calling into Tuesday's Ellen, "Even my dad was like in shock and said, 'I really didn't think you'd win.' Nobody thought I was going to win." All of which made it extra sweet when her n (more…)