Steve Martin was “playing chicken with his own career” when he signed up to host the Academy Awards.
Alec Baldwin - the comedian and actor’s co-host for the show - joked Steve had actually tried to avoid being involved with the show alongside him. “They actually went to him first and said, ‘Would you do it with Alec?’ He said, ‘Of course, I won’t do it with Alec,’” the 30 Rock star said.
“I actually said, ‘Yes, I would do it with Alec,’ assuming he would pass and I was safe,” Martin countered. “You were playing chicken with your own career,” Baldwin added.
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Squeezed in between the Golden Globes broadcast and the Oscar nominations is an awards ceremony voted on solely by the actors. (So unlike the People’s Choice Awards, this actually has meaning.)
For the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, we’ll see a lot of the old and just a little bit of the new. Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of television nominees:
- The Closer, Dexter and 30 Rock lead this year’s pack with three nominations each.
- Despite no individual mentions, freshman comedies Modern Family and Glee were both honored in the Best Ensemble category.
- Samantha Who‘s Christina Applegate received a nomination despite starring in a canceled show.
- True Blood received its first nom—but just for its cast, not for any single actor.
The SAG Awards will air Saturday, Jan. 23 on both TNT and TBS.
(You can find the full list of TV nominees after the jump. Click here for the film nominations.)
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The 2009-10 awards season kicked into high gear this morning with the official announcement of the Golden Globe nominations.
Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of TV nominees:
- Freshman drama Glee leads all TV nominations with a total of four - including mentions for Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch. Damages, Dexter, 30 Rock and Big Love all got three noms.
- Although cable television dominated the Best Drama category, the major networks had a tight hold of the Best Comedy category.
- Newbies recognized this year include Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Thomas Jane (Hung), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Modern Family.
- Despite big buzz around Emmy time, Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons did not get any love this time around. Meanwhile, Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) was snubbed as well.
- HBO, once again, leads all channels with 17 nominations. FOX and Showtime both had six each.
The 67th Golden Globe Awards with host Ricky Gervais airs Jan. 17 on NBC.
(You can find the full list of television nominees after the jump. Click here for the film nominations.)
Alec Baldwin isn’t nervous about next year’s Academy Awards. The 30 Rock star is co-hosting next year’s ceremony with Steve Martin and believes there are higher expectations on the comic actor.
“It is all on Steve. Steve Martin has done this before, while for me it is the first time. All the pressure is on Steve Martin,” he quipped.
Despite his confidence, the actor is still amazed he was given the job and keeps waiting for someone to cancel his booking. “I am doing it until they change their mind. I do have some preparations, but it is a secret,” Alec joked.
Steve – who fronted the 73rd and 75th Academy Awards - and Alec are the first people to co-host the ceremony since the first Oscars show in 1929.
The 82nd Academy Awards take place on March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
It was just announced that two vets of Saturday Night Live‘s stage will combine their live audience experience to front next year’s Academy Awards.
Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin’s dual selection comes just one year after Hugh Jackman received praise for his Oscars gig. It also comes one week after Ricky Gervais was appointed to the 2010 Golden Globes post.
“Steve will bring the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event,” Adam Shankman, this year’s producer, said.
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Could a vampire be making its way onto NBC?
At the recent Primetime Emmy Awards, not one, but two, different Peacock stars expressed interest in snagging a particular Twilight star for their show.
In addition to an appearance from Paul McCartney, 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin said he would also welcome a visit from Edward Cullen. “Well, I’m sure that Robert Pattinson has no shortage of shows that want him to come on, like Desperate Housewives and shows like that,” Baldwin admitted. “I’m sure those women would like to get their hands on Robert Pattinson.”
One of those other programs aiming to land the 23-year-old is Saturday Night Live. “We would love to get Robert Pattinson,” Seth Meyers said.
For now, the next thing the young star star is scheduled to star in is New Moon. That film hits theaters on November 20.
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While we patiently wait for 30 Rock‘s next season to start, let’s celebrate the show’s third Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series with a little disc action.
As of today, the program’s Season 3 DVD set is now available for purchase. For the suggested retail price of $49.98, fans (or newbies) will get 22 episodes of hilarity in addition to audio commentary from several of the actors (including guest stars Jon Hamm and Alan Alda). A number of bonus features - listed after the jump - are also included.
Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday.
- 30 Rock (Season 3)
- Brotherhood (Final Season)
- Castle (Season 1)
- Friday the 13th: The Series (Final Season)
- Ghost Whisperer (Season 4)
- Law & Order: SVU (Season 10)
- The Mentalist (Season 1)
- Star Trek: The Original Series (Season 2) **Blu-ray**
- Taxi (Season 4)
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 2)
- Ugly Betty (Season 3)
Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.
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Could the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards be another year for firsts?
Around this same time last September, the execs of basic cable were thrilled to see one of their own finally win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series (Mad Men). Meanwhile, producers of reality fare saw an award given to one of their hosts (Jeff Probst). So which other category could be covered during this round? Animation.
For the first time since 1961 (when The Flintstones were still on air), an animated program has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. So will Family Guy finally go where The Simpsons has never gone before? Not if the six other contenders have anything to say about it!
So who won? Who lost? Which funnyman took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor since Jeremy Piven wasn’t even nominated? Read our West Coast play-by-play account of this evening’s telecast and find out!
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Bright and early this morning, Chandra Wilson and Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.
Just like last year, we saw many first-timers named and a long list of cable acknowledgements (for both pay and basic channels). Thanks to expanded categories, we also saw a number of surprises (Flight of the Conchords, Family Guy) and overdue nominations (How I Met Your Mother, Big Love).
For the second year in a row, Mad Men, with its 16 nominations, topped all drama programs. Meanwhile, 30 Rock broke comedy records with a whopping 22 noms. Overall, HBO was the most-nominated network with 99 mentions while NBC - yes, NBC - came in second.
This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Sept. 20 on CBS.
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