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.
Ads are currently running on TV for the soon-to-be-released Rio, an animated feature from the makers of Ice Age, the Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios. Thanks to the Constitution State’s generous 30% tax credit, the animation studio, which is based in Greenwich and owned by 20th Century Fox, follows the story of a pet blue mccaw in Minnesota who meets the fellow feathered love of his life, and decides to make a break for it down to Rio de Janeiro.
A host of well-known faces have lent their voices to the picture, including last year’s Hasty Pudding Award recipient, Ann Hathaway, and star of the made-in-Mass. flick, The Social Network, Jesse Eisenburg.
According to local news channel 8 WTNH, “Blue Sky arrived in Greenwich in 2009 and since then has added over 100 people to its payroll. They calculate that their employees logged over a million hours of work in order to produce Rio.”
The studio recently held an advance screening of Rio for patients from the Children’s Hospital and kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs. The film was shown in the theater at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.
Rio will be released in theaters on April 15, and also features the voice talents of Leslie Mann, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, and Will i Am.
On Sunday evening, the 62nd annual primetime Emmy awards were hosted by Jimmy Fallon. Before the music-laden presentation even got underway, the Hollywood East Connections were commencing on the red carpet, as Medford, MA’s Maria Menounos helped host the pre-show with her fellow “Access Hollywood” co-anchor, Billy Bush.
Once the designer-dressed ladies and gentlemen took their seats inside the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A., Brookline’s John Hodgeman, also known as the “PC” guy from the infamous Apple ads, played narrator. “Mad Men”s John Hamm, who is about to star in the soon to be released The Town appeared in the pre-taped opening number. Speaking of The Town, which HEC readers are already well-aware of the fact that it was filmed in Boston, commercials and promos for the movie ran throughout the 3 hour long broadcast.
Other New England connections came sprinkled throughout the evening. Newton’s Brad Falchuk, co-creator of the comedy hit, “Glee” appeared on a clip montage for best comedy writing, though the show did not win. Star Jane Lynch did walk away with a trophy of her own for best supporting actress. Though not from the area, the openly gay actress got married in Massachusetts earlier this year.
Burlington’s Amy Poehler lost for lead actress in a comedy series, as did Concord’s Steve Carell for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series. Newton’s John Krasinski and Boston’s Maura Tierney both helped present awards during the show. Though not a native of New England, “Cheers” alum Ted Danson made his way to the stage amidst the familiar theme song jingle to present the award for Best Comedy series to “Modern Family”.
A bearded Conan O’Brien (who originally hails from Brookline, MA) gave a strained smile in the audience as the butt of one of Fallon’s opening jokes, and also lost the Emmy for best variety show for the short-lived “Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”.
Early Thursday morning, the nominations for the 2010 Emmy Awards were announced in California, and Hollywood East was left far from being out of the running. A number of TV shows and actors with connections to the New England area were nominated this year.
In the Outstanding Comedy category, “Glee” was nominated. The series is helmed by Newton, Massachusetts bred creator, Brad Falchuk. In the Outstanding Actress in a Drama category, Glenn Close, from TNT’s “Damages”, was nominated. The critically acclaimed actress was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and first cultivated her acting chops at Choate Rosemary Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut.
For Outstanding Actress in a Comedy, Burlington, Massachusetts native Amy Poehler was nominated for her hilarious role in “Parks and Recreation”. Another Massachusetts resident, Steve Carell, was nominated for his role in “The Office”. Carell just recently announced he’ll be leaving the hit comedy on NBC after season 7.
In the Outstanding Reality Show (Competition) category, “American Idol”, “Project Runway”, and “Top Chef” have all been nominated, which have all featured contestants from New England this past season.
Double nominee Jane Lynch, up for Emmys in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy category for “Glee” and for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her guest stint on “Two and a Half Men”, recently celebrated her marriage to her partner in a ceremony in Massachusetts.
★ The Improper Bostonian features Brittany Curran (above), featured previously here on Hollywood East Connection!
★ Queen Latifah accepts an award from the Boston Women’s Fund at event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
★ Insiders report that Tom Cruise completely lost his cool on the set of Knight and Day.
★ “Glee” star Jane Lynch marries her girlfriend in Sunderland, MA over Memorial Day weekend.
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