Posts by Victoria Leigh Miller
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards is sure to be filled with plenty of buzzy moments, but one hot topic is already the talk of the town. In a conference call with the media, Primetime Emmys executive producer Ken Ehrlich and CBS executive Jack Sussman answered questions about this year's telecast, giving behind-the-scenes insight into what promises to be an extra special night with the stars. But the questioning kept coming back to the producers' unique decision regarding the show's popular "In Memoriam" tribute.
While Ehrlich promised that the Emmys will continue with the traditional "In Memoriam" segment that viewers have grown accustomed to, this year producers made the controversial choice to select five media standouts to recognize in a special way.
Jonathan Winters, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg, and Cory Monteith will be remembered via tributes from their TV co-stars and close friends (that would be Robin Williams, Edie Falco, Rob Reiner, Michael J. Fox, and Jane Lynch, respectively). And Ehrlich admits he knew the decision would create controversy.
Bill Hader knows a thing (or two!) about Emmy nominations. For the past two years, the "Saturday Night Live" alum has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the NBC late-night sketch-comedy show. "The Yo Show" recently caught up with Hader to find out how he celebrated his Emmy nomination and what he'll say if he wins.
After host Michael Yo pointed out that a male "Saturday Night Live" regular hasn't been nominated for an Emmy since Eddie Murphy, back in 1983, he asked Hader how that made him feel. (The actor is up against "Veep" star Tony McHale, "Girls" star Adam Driver, and "Modern Family" men Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ty Burrell.)
"It's cool — it's very cool," the 35-year-old funnyman said. "I was incredibly flattered. When it happened last year, I was shocked and flattered, and this year, I was incredibly flattered and shocked."
- vlmiller at Fall TV3 mths ago
Bill Nye is on a mission.
When the bow-tie-wearing star hits the dance floor on the 17th season premiere of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (airing Sept. 16), he wants to do more than just master the cha-cha.
He wants to educate folks about space.
On his blog for the science organization The Planetary Society, the "Bill Nye the Science Guy" host called on his fellow members and colleagues to help him spread the word to get "DWTS" viewers excited about space exploration.
From Sharks and 'The Bible' to Fashionistas and 'Community,' the Creative Arts Emmys Get Creative With Its Presenters
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the first lineup of presenters for the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and everyone from reality TV darlings to epic miniseries producers is on board to announce this year's winners in categories that include art direction, cinematography, makeup, music, editing, special visual effects, and more.
Presenters include "Project Runway" hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, who are both nominated this year in the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program category. (It's also Gunn's first time as a hosting nominee, and he's feeling "numb" about it.) The duo will be joined onstage by the show's executive producer, Jon Murray.
Barbara Eden might know how to belly-dance her way into a genie bottle, but don't expect her to trade in that bottle for a ballroom anytime soon. The legendary "I Dream of Jeannie" star recently sat down with "The Yo Show" to talk about her time in a bottle. During the chat she told "omg! Insider's" Kristen Aldridge there's one TV show she definitely won't do.
When Kristen mentioned that Barbara worked with "Dancing With the Stars" Pro dancer Louis Van Amstel in the past (the actress was a host for the live theater show, "Ballroom With a Twist," in 2009), the next question was — naturally — would she ever consider competing on the ABC dancing show?
But their presenting gig probably won't be the only time this dynamic duo will appear onstage. Both men — who are usually known as Oscar fixtures due to their movie star status — have been nominated for their roles in the TV movie "Behind the Candelabra." Douglas played Liberace in the HBO flick, while Damon played his longtime lover, Scott Thorson. The movie is up for a whopping total of 15 nominations.
[Related: How the Emmy Winners Are Chosen]
Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that this year's ceremony will mark the first time that Douglas or Damon has ever presented at the Emmy Awards.
Michael Douglas's Emmy nominations date back to 1974 for his role in "The Streets of San Francisco." He's also been recognized for a guest-starring stint on "Will & Grace" and has racked up a total of five Emmy nominations over the past 40 years.
Damon's Emmy nominations match Douglas's and include his guest-starring role on "30 Rock" as well as several noms for "Project Greenlight."
Chris Siegfried isn't just the winner of the latest edition of "The Bachelorette." He's also a poetry man. And in case you're wondering how he pulled Desiree Hartsock out of the dumps after she was, um, dumped by Brooks Forester, let's face it, it was his poetry, man. This guy can whip up some serious verse at the drop of a rose (wasn't he perfect on that message-in-a-bottle date?), and now he's even published his own poetic memoir called "Diamonds + Hearts."
Check out Chris Siegfried's biggest "Bachelorette" moments, set to his own prose:
Christina Aguilera's got nothing on Barbara Eden! Decades before "The Voice" mentor dropped her breakout hit song, Barbara Eden played a hot genie (named Jeannie!) in a bottle on the classic sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie."
The legendary actress recently zapped in for a chat with "The Yo Show" and gave Kristen Aldridge the dirt on the show's magic bottle, as well as her secrets for staying in shape.
So what's the story behind the bottle that housed Jeannie?
"It was really a coincidence," Eden said of the bottle's origin. "They were looking for a bottle, thinking they would have to make one, and they discovered that Jim Beam had a Christmas bottle that year. I don't know where all the liquor went that was inside those bottles. But we had dozens of crates of bottles and they had painted the bottles."
Earlier this year, when Valerie Harper announced her terminal cancer diagnosis (she suffers from a rare condition, leptomeningeal carcinomatosis), the prospects were grim. The incurable brain cancer diagnosis had doctors telling the actress she had only about three months to live.
In this sneak peek at the upcoming NBC special "Valerie's Story — a Meredith Vieira Special," it appears that the star's health may have taken an unexpected turn for the better.
In the clip, "Today" host Vieira talked to Harper's physician, neuro-oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick, who said, "I'd say that we're getting pretty close to remission."
Victor Newman Pays Tribute to Katherine Chancellor at Her 'Young and the Restless' Memorial [Exclusive Video]
Sometimes actors don't have to act.
When cast members of the long-running CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" gathered to film scenes for Katherine Chancellor's memorial service, the co-stars of actress Jeanne Cooper honored not only an iconic soap opera character, but also a real-life friend. In other words, those tears were real.
Cooper passed away on May 8, after nearly 40 years of playing matriarch Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap, a role that earned her 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and a win for best actress in a daytime drama series in 2008.
In this exclusive sneak peek at the memorial episodes (airing September 3 and 4), actor Eric Braeden, who plays "Y&R's" wealthy businessman Victor Newman, delivers a moving tribute that includes a flashback clip with his longtime friend Kay. (We expect there will be a lot of those during this two-day tribute, so keep the tissues handy.)