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The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards: Live Commentary

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Tonight, the annual Emmy Awards telecast will be aired live on both the East and West Coasts (finally!). The ceremony will also incorporate fan tweets into Jimmy Fallon’s material—but will there be any other surprises in the 2010 broadcast?

Will 30 Rock continue its domination in the Comedy category, or will - or even Modern Family - finally topple the reigning champ? Will Mad Men snag another Best Drama win, or will get a statue for its final season?

What will Conan O’Brien say if he wins for The Tonight Show during this NBC event? Will Elisabeth Moss address soon-to-be ex-husband Fred Armisen if she wins for Best Supporting Actress? Oh – the awkward possibilities are endless!

So who won and who lost at the ? Read our West Coast play-by-play account of this evening’s telecast and find out!

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2010 Primetime Emmy Nominations

The road to the officially kicked off early this morning. Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara (who received a nod) and Community‘s Joel McHale (who didn’t) were the ones who had the honor of reading this year’s list of nominees.

Although - with 17 nominations - once again topped off all dramas, 30 Rock did


lead the comedies. did. The freshman FOX series raked in a total of 19 noms, only a handful short of the overall leader. (HBO’s miniseries, The Pacific, received 24 mentions.) 30 Rock did receive 15 nominations, though, while Modern Family followed closely behind with 14.

The August 29 ceremony - which NBC will air live on both the East and West coasts - will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon. You can see a partial list of nominees after the jump.

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VIDEO: Betty White Brings Big Laughs to SNL

UPDATE: You can see Betty in unaired “Debbie Downer” and “Bronx Beat” sketches after the jump.

What is it about Mother’s Day that brings out the best in Saturday Night Live? (Remember Justin Timberlake’s “Motherlover” from just last year?)

Last night’s long-awaited broadcast with was arguably the best night the show had had in quite some time. (Of course, appearances from old SNL faves - Rachel Drath, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon - were also responsible for a good number of the laughs.)

After the jump, you can watch just a few of the sketches - NPR, Scared Straight, Sally O’Malley and MacGruber - from the 88-year-old’s memorable visit.

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Betty White Confirms Appearance on Saturday Night Live

Betty White

UPDATE: White will be appearing on May 8 with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.

It looks like NBC has struck (comedic) gold.

Over the weekend, actress Betty White confirmed to People magazine that she will indeed be appearing on Saturday Night Live. Her booking comes just over two months after a Facebook campaign was launched on her behalf.

“I don’t know why or how,” White said about the fan support, “but it’s been wonderful.”

Although Entertainment Weekly previously reported that she would be involved in a “Women of Comedy”-themed broadcast, the 88-year-old did not elaborate on her upcoming stint.

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Betty White Nearing Deal with Saturday Night Live

Betty WhiteNBC may have chosen Jay Leno over Conan O’Brien, but the Peacock can still recognize good comedy.

An internet campaign urging the network to get Betty White on Saturday Night Live appears to have finally worked. Execs are reportedly sealing a deal that would bring the comedienne - and several other funny ladies - to the stage.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the 88-year-old’s appearance may become part of a proposed “Women of Comedy” event. Others rumored for that possible show include Molly Shannon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler—all SNL alums.

As of today, nearly 430,000 people have already joined the “Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!” page on Facebook.

No projected air date for White’s broadcast has yet been announced.

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Casting Corner: Castle, Parks and Recreation and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

How I Met Your Mother: The CBS comedy will be opening its doors for yet another guest star. Amanda Peet, most recently seen in 2012, is currently scheduled for a January visit. No details on her role have yet been announced.

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Justin Theroux Joins Poehler’s Parks and Recreation

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Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux, who has been seen in the past on Sex and the City, The District and Ally McBeal, will soon be playing a recurring role on Parks and Recreation. The series, headlined by , is one of the funniest on television. Theroux’s involvement speaks well for the future of the show.

According to gossip, he’ll appear on episodes which air in 2010, and potentially become a love interest for Poehler.

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The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards

61st Annual Emmy Awards

Could the 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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No Weekend Update Gig for SNL’s Kristen Wiig

Kristen WiigShe may in the middle of filming , and her movie Extract may currently be in theaters, but there’s one thing Kristen Wiig won’t be doing: co-anchoring the Weekend Update.

Despite reports that the Emmy-nominated SNL star was to join Seth Meyers on the news desk, sources are now telling Entertainment Weekly that the buzz simply isn’t true. “It’s an Internet-fueled rumor,” the insider claims.

So who will eventually take over ‘s seat? (The Parks and Recreation actress will reclaim her spot in the first few shows of the season.) Since Meyers has managed to fly solo post-Poehler’s exit, it’s quite possible it’ll remain a one-man band.

will return on September 26.

(To get a look at TV Envy’s 2009 Fall Programming Schedule, click here.)

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TV on DVD: September 8, 2009

Fringe Season 1 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • Criminal Minds (Season 4)
  • Dog the Bounty Hunter: To Seize and Protect
  • Fringe (Season 1)
  • Harper’s Island (Complete Series)
  • Important Things with Demetri Martin (Season 1)
  • Mr. Belvedere (Season 3)
  • Nitro Circus (Season 1)
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Season 1)
  • The Office (Season 5)
  • One Foot in the Grave (Complete Series)
  • Parks and Recreation (Season 1)
  • True Jackson, VP (Season 1, Vol. 1)
  • Worst Week (Complete Series)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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