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Emmy Watch: Casey Wilson talks the most fun she had last season on 'Happy Endings'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19. 

“My dad is giving out nominations for best daughter. That’s probably what I’ll get nominated for this year,” jokes Casey Wilson. Not if we have anything to say about it. As unlucky-in-love but optimistic Penny on ABC’s Happy Endings, Wilson embodies the concept of total commitment — whether the role requires her to wear pajoveralls (or flowy Angela Bassett pants), perform a defensive monologue about having taken a “whore’s bath,” or stage both a sing fight and a “Torn” duet with Penny’s mother (guest star Megan Mullally) at a boat show. “We choreographed the dance moves to ‘Torn’ together, and for that alone, I feel she deserves an Emmy nomination,” Wilson says. “That was the most fun I had all season, just being so happy to work with her.” Watch a clip below as Wilson takes us inside their collaboration. READ FULL STORY

TV Academy shortens Emmys (a little): Actor categories cut down

The TV Academy found one (tiny) way to shorten the annual Emmy telecast: It has consolidated the acting categories in the longform competition.

Beginning in 2013, there will only be two categories for actors who appear in telefilms – Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.  No more supporting actor races for all those men and women who co-star in HBO and  History Channel movies! To widen the playing field, the TV Academy will add a sixth nominee to each category.

The change should shave a few minutes off of the telecast, which often clocks in past three hours.



'Family Guy' to Emmy voters: 'Come on, you bloated, overprivileged Brentwood Jews'

Another year, another headline-grabbing Family Guy Emmy campaign. In 2009, the animated juggernaut tried swaying voters with a threatening overdub of one of its most violent viral moments. In 2010, it cast Peter Griffin as the title character in Precious and told TV Academy members that if they didn’t vote for the show, they were racist. And last year, Seth MacFarlane and co. tried a softer approach, appealing to voters’ sense of fairness and the guilt anyone feels when looking at a sad baby.

But this spring, Family Guy is up to its old, purposefully offensive tricks. Emmy voters received a mailer of the show decorated with the controversial image at left — which boldly invokes old stereotypes about Jewish folks running the entertainment industry from their mansions in western Los Angeles.


Jimmy Kimmel to host Emmys

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel just got a prime-time gig: Host of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. The star and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live! will host the Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.”I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars,” Kimmel joked, referring to the comedian who pulled out as host of this year’s Oscar ceremony.

This is Kimmel’s first time hosting the Emmy Awards. Kimmel’s namesake show is in its 10th season on ABC. He previously hosted the American Music Awards and the ESPY Awards and is set to host the White House Correspondents’ dinner next month.

ABC also announced that director and producer Don Mischer will executive produce the Emmy telecast. Mischer recently directed and produced the Academy Awards. This is his 12th time at the helm of the Emmys. He said he’s “thrilled” to produce the Emmys again. “We love television and look forward to working with the television academy and ABC in creating a show that is fast-paced, humorous, unpredictable, and at times irreverent, but clearly celebratory of our incredible industry,” Mischer said in a statement Monday.

The Emmy Awards, put on by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, honor the best in TV.

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British productions win big at International Emmys

Christopher Eccleston and Julie Walters garnered the main acting awards as British TV productions won five International Emmys, including two for the BBC crime anthology Accused.

Accused, written and created by Jimmy McGovern, received the Emmy for best drama series at the 39th Annual International Emmy Awards ceremony at the Hilton New York Hotel. The anthology tells the stories of people accused of crimes as they sit in holding cells beneath the courtroom awaiting the verdict in their trials.

The ceremony kicked off with a surprise appearance by Lady Gaga, wearing a tattooed-thigh-revealing, floor-length black gown and oversize sunglasses. She presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to Britain’s Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. READ FULL STORY

Michael Emerson to former 'Lost' co-star Terry O'Quinn: I won't quit you, either!

Our ongoing lobbying coverage of a potential John Locke/Benjamin Linus TV reunion continues! Last week, Terry O’Quinn (now guest-starring on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 with ex-Oceanic 815er Daniel Dae Kim) told EW he still wants to work with fellow Lost co-star Michael Emerson (now on CBS’ Person of Interest), even though plans for a J.J. Abrams-produced action-drama vehicle fell apart earlier this year. Said O’Quinn: “I was actually looking to do a series after Lost. … Michael and I fiddled around with one and we sort of got through the process of generating some interest in it, and we just didn’t come up with a script that everyone agreed on. Michael and I stay in touch; we still talk about that. Maybe we’ll make it happen before we get too creaky. I would love to have at least one more good experience like Lost.”

“I feel very much the same way,” Emerson tells “I was very gratified to read that in the press. We’ve both told each other that even though there may be some bumps along the road, sooner or later, we’re going to work together.” For fans of Emerson’s new show with Jim Caviezel (and there could be a lot of them: Person of Interest launched last week to 13.2 million viewers), the actor has some scoop about tonight’s episode (airing at 9/8 c): READ FULL STORY

Larry King receives Lifetime Achievement Award at 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmys

The 32nd Annual Emmy Awards for News & Documentary took place at New York City’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on Monday night, and CBS walked away the biggest victor of the evening, with 10 wins. Larry King was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades-spanning career in broadcasting, including 25 years of Larry King Live. King was presented with the award by NBC anchor Brian Williams, who King cited alongside Dan Rather as one of his “two favorite people.” An emotional King told the audience, “I was lucky enough to be in a business where I really didn’t have to work. It was unbelievable to go in every night and meet people and ask them questions. It was a privilege.”

Here’s a list of some of the most notable winners (check out the complete list here), including Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Lara Logan and the late Restrepo director Tim Hetherington:

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast:
Anderson Cooper 360 — “Haiti in Ruins” (CNN) READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen close to settling case with 'Men' ex-bosses, say sources


Either Charlie Sheen has officially launched his rehabilitation tour, or he’s suddenly feeling flush with cash.

In the last week, Sheen has made appearances that suggest he’s ready to close the book on his ugly goodbye from Two and a Half Men. Is the Cold War with his ex-bosses over? It could be: EW has learned from several sources that Sheen is thisclose to settling his lawsuit against Warner Bros., which pink-slipped the actor last winter after he publicly derided Men creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen fought back in March by filing a $100 million suit demanding payment for unproduced episodes and compensation for the crew while claiming the studio “wrongfully attributed the suspension of the series and termination of Mr. Sheen’s contract on Mr. Sheen’s alleged statements, conduct, and condition, despite the fact that Mr. Sheen is in compliance with his contract.” The settlement is expected to be in the eight-figure range.

Warner Bros. denied there is a settlement and declined to comment further. Stay tuned.

At the 63rd Annual Emmys on Sunday, Sheen made an unexpected appearance to say “I want to take a moment to get something off my chest and say a few words to everybody at Two and a Half Men. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.” Last Thursday, he told Jay Leno “I would have fired my ass too,” and followed it up on NBC’s Today by saying he’d be willing to make a guest appearance on the CBS comedy.

Sheen does have something to promote: He agreed to a (fairly vindictive) roast by Comedy Central, which airs tonight. In the meantime,  Sheen is focused on developing a new sitcom called Anger Management with Lionsgate TV and is in talks with veteran TV scribe Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show) about fine-tuning the pitch before it goes to market. After courting other comedy writers like Greg Garcia (Raising Hope) or Chris Case (Retired at 35, Reba) to spearhead the project, Lionsgate has set its sights on Helford — a sitcom veteran who also executive produced George Lopez.

Alec Baldwin's Emmys walk-out: So just what WAS that Rupert Murdoch joke, anyway?

For all the exciting upsets at last night’s Emmy Awards, one of the biggest stories to come out of the event focused on something that didn’t even happen: Alec Baldwin’s taped segment for opening sketch, which would have featured a joke about the recent phone-hacking scandal which has engulfed News. Corp (the company that owns the Fox network) and its CEO, Rupert Murdoch. After the joke was cut, Baldwin’s part was re-shot with Leonard Nimoy; Baldwin later tweeted, “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.” In turn, Fox told EW that corporate connections didn’t affect the choice to cut the joke; the network merely felt it was in poor taste, in light of the serious allegations circling around the case. So just what the heck was the joke, anyways?

Now we know…kind of. READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2011: Live from the red carpet with EW's Dave Karger -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO!

EW’s own Dave Karger took to the red carpet before last night’s Emmys and got some surprising answers from the nominees. Which past winner declared she had “blood in [her] mouth for another Emmy”? Who threatened physical violence against Jon Hamm? (Who would dare?!) Who received the news of his nomination while going to the bathroom? Which Glee star admitted missing out on The Glee Project? Find out these answers, plus inside X Factor info from Paula Abdul, Parks and Recreation scoop from Adam Scott, and more from everyone from Ty Burrell to Jon Cryer after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2011: What you didn't see on TV

The Emmy Awards are, of course, a distinguished ceremony designed to celebrate the best and brightest working in the television industry. But at the end of the day, the whole spectacle is really put on for one reason: to delight fans and viewers across the country at home. Ahem, that’s all of you out there.

But for those of us lucky to be in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre last night (that’s me, along with a handful of other EW staffers!), there’s definitely more going on than just what’s shown on TV, as you might expect. For the most part, the telecast’s producers try to keep any unexpected, outlandish happenings to a minimum, but there were a few special moments that you definitely didn’t see on television. So let me share my observations:


Jeff Conaway among those omitted from Emmy 'In Memoriam' segment

It seems to happen every year at every awards ceremony: A notable star or Hollywood industry member who recently passed away is left out of the “In Memoriam” segment. This year’s Emmys was no exception, as many were stunned to see that Jeff Conaway, who was best known for his work on the small screen in shows like Taxi, Babylon 5, The Bold and the Beautiful, and, sadly, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, was omitted from the montage that paid tribute to those who died in the past year. READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter get ready for last night's Emmys -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

How did Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter (a.k.a. sassy middle sister Alex Dunphy), get ready for last night’s Emmys? By listening to Beyoncé, donning a pale pink dress by Max Azria (chosen with help from her stylist Jessica Pastor), and bubbling with excitement at the prospect of seeing host (and Glee star) Jane Lynch live in person. Stars: They’re just like us! The Modern Family star took the time Sunday to chronicle her step-by-step transformation from cute 13-year-old to sophisticated Emmy attendee for EW. In our exclusive video after the jump, watch Winter prepare for Modern Family‘s big night at the Emmys! READ FULL STORY

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