If you thought the 2011 Emmy Awards might feature fewer Glee references than last year’s, you are sorely mistaken. Fox announced that comedienne Jane Lynch, best known for playing coach Sue Sylvester on the hit show, will host the ceremony this September. “Jane was my first—and only—choice as the host for this year’s Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said ‘yes,’ said executive producer Mark Burnett in a statement. “I am tickled pink to be hosting,” said Lynch. “I’m looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit.” Yup, there ya go.
On top of performing with her Glee co-stars and host Jimmy Fallon as part of last year’s opening number, Lynch took home Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy (coincidentally, 2009 host Neil Patrick Harris won an Oustanding Guest Actor In A Comedy trophy last year for his Glee appearance). The nominations have yet to be announced, but we wouldn’t be shocked if she gets another shot at a trophy this year, too. Lynch is the first woman to host the show alone since Ellen DeGeneres last hosted in 2005, though Heidi Klum was one of the five hosts in 2008.
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Patrick Dempsey is indecisive like a fox. A day after he was quoted telling Italian Vanity Fair that he was done with Grey’s Anatomy after its eighth season (“It’s gonna be my last. I do not know what’s going to happen to the other characters, but for me it’s done…I can’t see me doing it anymore”), a rep has come forward to explain he was totally misunderstood. “He was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season,” said the lackey, “and we have no idea what the future holds.” Yeah. Right. “It’s done…I can’t see me doing it anymore” is totally the same thing as “who knows what tomorrow may bring?” Uh huh.
It’s not like this wishy-washiness could backfire on Dempsey: either he leaves with eight years of cash and raised profile, or he stays for another season with guarantee of even more cash. With most of the original cast’s contracts up in the air, creator Shonda Rimes—who told TV Line she’s treating this season as the last—is someone whose “you never know” we actually believe. “Everybody has an individual choice to make and I get that…All the originals are in play.” And with Dempsey refusing to commit either way, it sure sounds like this will be all about pay.
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We knew George Lucas was a little nuts, but come on…the New York Post got Star Wars fans all jazzed by reporting that the mastermind had “50 hours worth of scripts for the long-anticipated Star Wars live-action TV series already shot,” but was waiting for “a different type of technology we can use so it’s economically feasible to shoot the shows” before releasing them. Understandably, everyone who cares (and after the last trilogy and Clone Wars, it’s amazing people aren’t just ignoring him) was a little confused by the hub-bub. The episodes were shot but still needed to be shot? What does “in the can” mean? Did Lucas tape the live-action parts with some newfangled digital hoo-ha to be added later?
Sadly (or is it?), Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Lucas was misquoted—50 hours of episodes have been written, but nothing’s been committed to digital video. It’s still a crazy notion, especially considering that every time Lucas finishes a Star Wars project he swears he’s going to spend his kazillions making small art projects, only to drop another load of space junk on the fanboys (to be fair, he did produce Red Tails, a Cuba Gooding Jr. movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, scheduled for release later this year). But the question remains—what technological advancement will allow George to pump out these 50 hours of Star Wars apocrypha? We’re guessing a computer program that makes his later work tolerable for people who don’t sleep with a light saber.
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How did reality TV romancers Christopher Knight & Adrianne Curry celebrate beating the odds and reaching their 5th anniversary? By publicly separating. “The decision was mutually reached after it became clear to both that some perspective was needed in order to assess their unique union,” their lawyer told Hollyscoop. “Obvious to both Knight and Curry was that their marriage would require more effort then a garden-variety relationship. They are taking time to see if they want to continue to put in that extraordinary effort. The couple has mutually determined that they are at a place where moving forward will require a step back. They still love one another but need some distance to consider their future.”
Brady Bunch star Knight and America’s Next Top Model winner Curry met on VH1’s The Surreal Life in 2004, with their following courtship and romance chronicled on My Fair Brady. The pair have continued to work as TV personalities since the show’s end in 2008, with Knight and Curry appearing together at the Reality Rocks Expo this April. Despite Curry throwing her birth control pills away in the Season 3 finale of Brady, the pair had yet to conceive any children.
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Robert Sean Leonard is probably best known in millennial circles for his work as Dr. James Wilson on House, but those of us whose pop culture knowledge runs a bit deeper will recall that he portrayed a vampire in the teen-friendly My Best Friend Is A Vampire. This film was part of Hollywood’s late Eighties vampire frenzy, a period in which actors like Jim Carrey (Once Bitten) and Chris Sarandon (Fright Night) also played these fiendishly handsome creatures of the night.
Well, as we all know, the vampire craze has experienced a resurgence over the last few years, thanks mainly to the work of one Robert Pattinson in the Twilight Saga. So when Robert Sean Leonard stopped by the set of VH1’s new morning show, Big Morning Buzz Live, we asked him if he, as an elder statesman of the Sexy Vampire set, had any advice for R Pattz. Well, he hilariously admitted to us that he “couldn’t tie Robert Pattinson’s shoes — and I mean that literally,” but what really made us laugh was him trying to work out the logistics of how a vampire could kill a werewolf (and vice versa). Watch the video above, you’ll see what we mean!
This post is gonna take on a bit of a personal tone (I’ve had half a glass of Ramona Singer pinot grigio, guys…get ready). See, I kinda love Oprah Winfrey in a major way. I am one of those “children of the 80s” whose mother had O on the TV every afternoon after school starting in 1986 and so Oprah basically raised me, which explains why I shout-talk everything in a very deep voice. I can remember watching her wheel out that wagon full of meat when she lost all that weight on crazy diet #1947201 and thinking to my young self, “I WANT OPRAH TO BE ON MY TV FOREVER!” Today, my childhood dream is shattering…and I’m left with nothing but this Nate Berkus designed bowl in which to pick up the pieces.
Is the Law & Order era coming to an end? The flagship show was shut down episodes away from becoming the longest running prime-time drama ever, and the LA version was canceled after one season, despite signing big names like Terrence Howard, Alfred Molina and…Skeet Ulrich (there’s the rub). Now Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is headed for its first major shake-up, with Christopher Meloni leaving after 12 years(!) as the show’s male lead. No word on what made negotiations fall apart, but we have to imagine its hard to work up righteous indignation over stories ripped from the headlines year after year after year after year. And it’s not like the residuals will be going away anytime soon…we’re just amazed they haven’t made a L&O channel yet.
Season 13 was already set to be a risky one for the show, with Meloni’s partner Mariska Hargitay set to take a more “supervisory” role half way through. Jennifer Love Hewitt was rumored to be replacing Mariska as the show’s female lead, but with Meloni already out the door, creator Dick Wolf and the gang might want to think really hard about which actors they choose—or just letting Richard Belzer & Ice-T run the ship like a pair of Lenny Briscoes. Let Skeet be a teachable experience.
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Yesterday, the studio audience at The Late Show With David Letterman got quite a treat. A bevy of stars rolled in to get their time on camera with Dave, including Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Radcliffe and Kelly Ripa. Jennifer — freshly brunette for her role as The Hunger Games’ Katniss — looked absolutely glorious in a curve-skimming blue dress with a skinny orange belt by Altuzarra. The 20 year old actress is also poised for the release of X-Men: First Class which is going to hit theaters on June 3.
Kelly might be two decades older than Jen L, but her body doesn’t show it. She showed it off in a very sexy back baring black dress. And then there was Daniel, who we adore, period. He was there to perform Brotherhood of Man from his Broadway show, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. How could you not love the guy? Apparently, the trio caused quite a fan frenzy outside the studio, which we would have been more than happy to be a part of!
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Does Ashton Kutcher have the “best job in show business“? Judging by his smile, we’re leaning towards yes, he really thinks he does. Now that he’s officially part of Two and a Half Men, Ashton posed with his new co-stars, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones for the first time at The CBS 2011 Upfront party in New York yesterday. Now imagine them in tuxedos with a red curtain behind then, singing “men, men, men men, manly men” and voila! We have a show! And if you think this is all very staid and poserish, take a look after the jump at the photo Ashton tweeted of them behind all that stagey smiling! Read more…
Eddie Cibrian may be lucky for getting a gig on the new drama The Playboy Club, but according to Us Weekly, it was his new wife LeeAnn Rimes who felt like celebrating at NBC’s upfront party Monday night. “[They were] making out in the middle of [it],” says their source. “[She was] making a compete scene and holding up her camera as they are making out so she [could] take pictures of them making out—it was unreal.” While LeAnn tweeted up a storm that night, she did manage to keep any of these alleged pics off her feed.
“We were like, ‘Who the hell is that?'” explained the anonymous LeAnn-emy. “And of course it was them. It was so beyond ridiculous.” Daaaamn! With Us also reporting that Leann “never left” Eddie’s side while he shot the show’s pilot, it sounds like she’s annoying the wrong people…and that’s the kind of thing that gets a character killed off fast. It’s not like a show with Amber Heard dressed like a bunny needs Mr. Dimples to stay on air.
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