On Thursday, July 14, the 2011 Emmy awards were announced, and more than a few New England connections were found, proving once again that Hollywood East has become a powerful force in the entertainment industry.
In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, “Glee” was once again nominated. The musical series was co-created by Newton native Brad Falchuk. The show will compete against the likes of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” which stars Concord’s Steve Carell and Burlington’s Amy Poehler, respectively. Each were nominated for their own individual awards for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy. Poehler will compete against Laura Linney from “The Big C”, and series that has been shooting in Connecticut. Carrell will compete against fellow Massachusetts native, Matt LeBlanc, for his role on “Episodes”. The former “Friends” star originally hails from Newton.
On the drama side, Kathy Bates was nominated for Outstanding Actress for her role in the new “Harry’s Law”, yet another lawyer-themed show from the Boston-educated David E. Kelley.
“Glee” star Jane Lynch was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy. The funnywoman got married in Massachusetts in 2010.
Connecticut resident Tom Bergeron was nominated for Outstanding Reality Host in his role “Dancing With the Stars” ringleader.
The controversial Reelz channel miniseries, “The Kennedys” racked up a number of nominations, including Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and Tom Wilkinson for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Brookline’s Conan O’Brien earned himself a little redemption, getting a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for his TBS talk show, “Conan”. The late-night funnyman found himself hoisted from a short stint as host of the “Tonight Show” only to be replaced by its former host, Jay Leno in early 2010, only to reemerge on basic cable this past November. Leno and the “Tonight Show” did not receive any nominations this year.
For a complete list of the nominations, check out the official Emmy website. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 18th, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
★ Dorchester born Mark Wahlberg gets career advice from his Catholic priest.
★ Friendly’s invites Conan O’Brien to come grab a special “Cone-an” when he comes to Boston on his comedy tour.
★ Rock metal legend Ronnie James Dio of Portsmouth, NH, passes away.
★ Come to McFadden’s every Wednesday night to watch MTV’s “Fresh Meat” with Vinny from the show and C.T. from “The Real World: Paris”.
In its first season, the hit FOX TV show, “Glee” has consistently pulled in millions of viewers, week after week, proving that musicals are definitely back in style. Combined with its impressive first-time Golden Globe for Best Television Series at this year’s Golden Globes, “Glee” has proven to be both a commercial and critical success. Created in part by Newton, MA native Brad Falchuk, the show features a combination of show tunes and pop favorites, sung by the musically talented main cast, and a host of talented extras that help deliver chipper production numbers, set amidst the backdrop of your average American high school.
While the show is currently on a 4 month hiatus, it will be returning on April 13, with 9 brand new episodes until the season finale. The producers are also on a nation-wide hunt for additional talent. On Friday, April 16, at 10AM at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, producers will be holding a casting call for background talent for the second season of “Glee”. If you are between the ages of 16 and 26, and know how to hit all the right notes, go here to fill out a registration form. One hundred and fifty people will be randomly selected to sing at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods, and one lucky winner will get a $200 gift card to the casino, plus their video performance seen by a Glee Casting Producer. Those entrants not selected to perform are still encouraged to attend to watch the event.
★ Brookline native, Conan O’Brien in talks for talk show on Fox.
★ Boston Globe Q&A with comedian Steven Wright, former Burlington resident.
Once again New England represents on America’s top singing competition, “American Idol.” Last Thursday, Siobhan Magnus from Cape Cod and Katie Stevens from Middlebury, CT nabbed spots in Idol’s Top 12. Last night, the New England singers belted out songs by the Rolling Stones for the first time on the big stage with positive reviews by the judges.
Siobhan Magnus, 19, is known for her blues style of singing with her smashing rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” 2 weeks ago. She may have been lacking in stage presence but last night, she got raving reviews from the judges. Singing “Paint It, Black” Siobham was original and ended with a screech reminiscent of Adam Lambert. Randy Jackson thought she was “Hot!” and Simon called it the “stand-out performance of the night.”
With a mature and sultry voice, Katie Stevens, 17, gave up her senior year of high school for the opportunity to be on American Idol. Previously on Idol, she was criticized for not showing her youthful side and a lack of emotion. Last night, after singing “Wild Horses,” Simon Cowell said to Stevens “It was the only week where you chose a strong song, and for the first time, you connected with the song and gave it 100%.” The remaining judges called it “pitchy” and that her singing is “never technically perfect.”
There’s no doubt the Rolling Stones aren’t easy to sing. But did these Idol hopefuls rise to the challenge? You tell us. The results of last night’s performances will be announced at 9 p.m. tonight on Fox. Watch Katie and Siobham’s performances from last night’s Rolling Stones – themed show and tell us who won your vote!
On Sunday night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 67th Golden Globes aired on the tumultuous NBC network featuring stars of both television and film. Though the unusual amount of rain meant the usually glittery red carpet arrivals were somewhat subdued by oversized umbrella accessories, the downpours did little to dampen the festivities indoors. Hollywood East well-represented in the winners’ circle, as stars originally hailing from the area, or simply connected to it through recent projects, took home awards left and right.
On the television side, the inventive Fox musical series “Glee” picked up a Globe on its very first nomination for Best Television Series–Comedy or Musical. The series is helmed by Newton, Massachusetts bred creator, Brad Falchuk.
In movies, double nominee (in the same category no less) and perennial favorite, Meryl Streep, won in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical category for her delicious performance as the Boston-based Julia Child in Julie and Julia. Darien, Connecticut born Chloë Sevigny won in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in HBO’s “Big Love”. Sandra Bullock, star of the filmed in Boston flick, The Proposal, and recently named biggest box office star of 2009, continued to do big things in 2010, winning a Globe in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture–Drama category, for her role in the Blind Side. The eternally down-to-earth star also made news for donating $1 million for disaster relief in Haiti, a huge gesture that will truly affect the globe.
★ Even with an injured leg, Boston’s Russell Ferguson (above) wins this season’s hit dance competition “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox. Congratulations Russell!
★ Carrie Prejean pulls out of Connecticut nightclub appearance because they wanted her to stay up past her bedtime.
★ Stephen King does something decidedly not creepy–foots the bill for soldiers to come home for Christmas.
★ On the (platform) heels of her concert appearances, the Boston Public Health Commission ranks some of Lady GaGa’s hits among the worst relationship songs of the year.
★ New baby on the the block; former boy-bander Joey McIntyre’s wife gives birth.
Roxbury’s Russell Ferguson is quite possibly one night away from being able to say he danced his way to the top. The popular contestant on this season of the hit reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” is one of 6 finalists vying for the top prize tonight. The 20 year old krump dancer who describes himself as “real, raw, and rugged”, didn’t have to travel far for his “SYTYCD” audition in Boston, but is now spending a lot of time on the West Coast, particularly in Studio City, California, where the Fox show is filmed.
Ferguson, who first started bouncing around at the tiny dancing age of 3, calls God and his parents the biggest inspiration and driving forces in his life. As the only remaining krumper, Ferguson’s skills truly speak for themselves, going head to head with classically trained dancers in Latin ballroom (Ashleigh and Ryan Di Lello), ballet (Ellenore Scott), and contemporary (Kathryn McCormick and Jacob Karr) styles. The energetic Boston boogier with the warm smile has mastered every dance thrown at him, despite the fact that krumping, a form of hip hop akin to breakdancing, is not known as a strict discipline in the dancing world. The final dance-off occurred last night, with the final winner being announced at the special 2-hour season 6 finale starting at 8PM tonight on Fox. Will Russell’s fiery paso doble, lyrical jazz, and happening hip-hop routines be enough to push him over the top? Tune in tonight to find out!
The fall television season is upon us, as both new shows and old favorites will soon be taking to the airwaves across the networks. While many of these shows are shot in California or Canada, nevertheless, New England is well-represented in a variety of ways. Whether it’s stars who originate from the area, or the shows themselves being set here, let’s check out where we can find Hollywood East on the fall 2009 line-up.
“Eastwick” on ABC, Wednesdays at 10 starting September 23, is inspired by the 1987 movie starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon. This incarnation of the John Updike novel follows the story of 3 women (including Rebecca Romijn) whose everyday lives get thrown for a loop when a mysterious man arrives at their small, fictional New England town.
Connecticut born Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” spinoff, “The Cleveland Show” is set to premiere September 27 on Fox. The animated comedy will air Sunday nights, along with MacFarlane’s other long-running series–”American Dad!” and “Family Guy”.
AMC’s surprise hit, “Mad Men” got a head start, with its season 3 premiere episode airing on August 16. Boston native, and recent Improper Bostonian cover model, John Slattery, will reprise his role as advertising executive Roger Sterling.
Everett’s Ellen Pompeo will be appearing less towards the start of the perpetual favorite “Grey’s Anatomy” with her real-life pregnancy pulling her away from an otherwise heavy workload. The season 6 premiere airs Thursday, September 24, and also stars Maine native Patrick Dempsey.
The second season of Fox’s “Fringe” coincides with production being moved to Vancouver, Canada, despite the fact that the series is set in Boston. Beantown’s own Leonard Nimoy will make several appearances throughout the season of the sci-fi show.
Fox’s other eccentric enterprise, “Dollhouse”, starring Watertown, MA’s Eliza Dushku will be returning for a second season after an uncertain beginning. The first episode will air September 25, as it returns to 9 PM time-slot on Friday nights.
Even if you don’t watch the show, you can see the top ten finalists of Fox’s hit T.V. show “So You Think You Can Dance” live in New Hampshire this Fall. Season 5 finalists are preparing for their upcoming tour and Manchester, NH is one of their tour stops. The tour includes the top ten dancers who are currently competing for the number one spot on the show.
When: September 20th
Where: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H.
How: Get tickets and more details here.
The show producers recently announced that they are launching The Dizzy Feet Foundation. One of goals of the foundation is to provide grants and scholarships to dancers, choreographers and teachers. Katie Holmes, Dizzy Feet co-founder and wife of Tom Cruise, will be on tonight’s results show performing a routine to kick off Dizzy Feet. The show continues to have a profound effect on audiences as last night’s show left no dry eyes in the room. A special routine on breast cancer was performed leaving the judges in tears.
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