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September 22, 2008: Video: Politics on the red carpet
Comments: 2 | Categories: Barack Obama , Emmy , Sarah Palin , Video
From the Emmy Awards red carpet, Bill Maher (“as a loyal American, I hope the next four years are boring and the Obama presidency leaves...

September 22, 2008: Reality host postmortem: 'We knew this was going to be a disaster'
Comments: 4 | Categories: Emmy , Video
Monday morning fallout and finger-pointing over The Bit That Tanked. As noted in earlier posts, Jeremy Piven and Kirk Ellis ripped the reality hosts' opening...

September 22, 2008: 60th Emmys hit all-time ratings low
Comments: 928 | Categories: 2008 , Emmy , Ratings
Article Template UPDATED: And the award for lowest-rated Emmys ever goes to ... ABC's Sunday night telecast. The three-hour 60th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony received...

September 22, 2008: 60th Emmy Awards reviews
Comments: 12 | Categories: 2008 , Emmy , Review
The reports are in, and the consensus clear: floptacular. >> USA Today: "It was hideously awful from start to harried finish, dragged down by five...

September 21, 2008: Tina Fey on playing Sarah Palin
Comments: 1 | Categories: Emmy , Sarah Palin , Tina Fey
"I want to be done playing this lady Nov. 5," Fey says backstage. On her resemblance to the Veep hopeful: "My kid saw Sarah Palin...

September 21, 2008: More reality vs. scripted backstage: Ellis and Probst
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
Patric Verrone is beginning to seem precognitive. Backstage, Kirk Ellis just blasted the Academy for cutting him off while letting the reality hosts blab on....

September 21, 2008: '30 Rock' wins comedy; 'Mad Men' wins drama
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
Second year in a row for "30 Rock." Both as expected... Matthew Weiner does a string of thank-yous... perhaps it's the tight time limit, but...

September 21, 2008: Reality host winner is ... Jeff Probst
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
"Thank you for letting reality in," says Probst, seeming unsurprised at his win. "Thank you Mark Burnett and Leslie Moonves for changing my life. Jimmy...

September 21, 2008: Flurry of wins: Tina Fey, Cranston, Baldwin, Close..
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
>> Fey says one piece of acting advice she's received is to "just try to act like [fellow nominee] Julia-Louis Dreyfus -- thank you Julia,...

September 21, 2008: 'The Amazing Race' wins ... again
Comments: 2 | Categories: Emmy
Six times. Six. Times. The reality competition Emmy. Six consecutive years. Six. Backstage: "Who knows? It keeps going and going and going," says "Race" executive...

September 21, 2008: Emmys: When Howie Mandel is your best host...
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
It should be noted here that the only reality host who’s been even vaguely entertaining on stage is Howie Mandel -- who’s also the reality...

September 21, 2008: Emmys: 'Recount' wins; Adams sets record
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
HBO's "Recount" just trumped ABC's "Raisin in the Sun" for outstanding made-for-television movie ... "This award really belongs to the men and women on the...

September 21, 2008: Sock it to Emmy producers; Sonnenfeld; Fey
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory -- Franklin Pierce Adams Which is being painfully illustrated during this "Laugh...

September 21, 2008: Piven: Emmy reality opening was like 'Springtime for Hitler'
Comments: 2 | Categories: Emmy , Jeremy Piven
"This third one was more shocking than the first two," Piven says backstage, who then asked to comment more about the reality hosts' awkward opening....

September 21, 2008: Upset: Zeljko Ivanek wins supporting actor
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
Probst is introducing a "Housewives" clip along with Heidi Klum. He smiles stiffly. He looks like he rather be in Borneo jungle chatting with reality...

September 21, 2008: Emmy reality hosts blathering; Piven reaction
Comments: 12 | Categories: Emmy
This may be the most bizarre opening in Emmy history. After Oprah's bland scripted speech, the five reality hosts took the stage to ... I'm...

September 21, 2008: Security alert at Emmys
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
Traffic is snarled to an insane degree near Nokia, enough to give frequent Hollywood entertainment trekkers flashbacks to Comic-Con. Emmy-goers are bumper-to-bumper down Pico. "Nobody's...

September 21, 2008: In the Emmy press tent
Comments: 0 | Categories: Emmy
"You’re going to the Emmys! How exciting!" Friends and family say stuff like this, but in the trade press we know differently. There is nothing...

September 21, 2008: WGA calls Emmy reality focus an 'injustice'
Comments: 1 | Categories: Emmy , Reality Show , WGA
WGA president Patric Verrone, still looking for dragons to slay, slams the Television Academy's embrace of reality television this year at the Emmy awards as...

September 20, 2008: 2008 Emmy predictions
Comments: 0 | Categories: 2008 , Emmy
Drama series: Yes, AMC's "Mad Men" is likely to win despite its low audience profile, and for the same reasons long-form Westerns typically clean up...

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