Dana Tyler, the veteran WCBS/Channel 2 anchor and resident culture guru, is back as host of the station’s annual Tony Awards preview. The Saturday night half hour special, At the Tonys, explores the nominations for Best Play, Best Musical, Best Revival, and Best Revival Musical.
Even before the Primetime Emmys opened with a musical number by Neil Patrick Harris, the show’s host — who also served as co-producer — was a lamenting the death of network television.
“This may very well be the last year they’re on a network show,” Harris told New York magazine in a a profile featured in last week’s issue. “This wheel contract they have, where each year a different network gets the show, as the ratings decline it becomes less of a good thing to ‘get it.’ It’s a very expensive show. Which means they have to get more ad revenue. Ads are less expensive, because ratings are down. So you have to do more ads, which makes the show smaller…and finally someone will do it on cable, where there won’t be any commercials. Which will be a wonderful show. Our three-hour show is only two hours and five minutes long, due to economics.”
If cable is a better outlet for award shows, is it also a better outlet for award-winning television? It seemed that way as a slew of the first few awards of the night went to basic cable shows — Toni Collette won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Showtime‘s “United States of Tara,” Glenn Close took home the Best Actress in a Drama Series award for “Damages” on FX, Bryan Cranston won Best Actor in a Drama Series for the second year in a row for his role in AMC‘s “Breaking Bad” and AMC’s “Mad Men” won the drama writing award and Outstanding Drama Series.
But, the networks still had a strong showing. Kristin Chenoweth took home the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series prize for her role in ABC‘s “Pushing Daises,” which was canceled even before nominations were announced. Jon Cryer took home Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for CBS‘s “Two and a Half Men,” Alec Baldwin won for the second year in a row for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for NBC‘s “30 Rock,” which also took home the Outstanding Comedy Series award for the third year running.
Still, the changing world of television as a medium was a prevailing theme throughout the show. At one point, Harris revisited his online persona, Dr. Horrible, to (literally) sing the praises of Internet television over network and cable TV — complete with “buffering” gag.
And in her acceptance speech, “30 Rock” creator and star Tina Fey took a jab at Jay Leno when she thanked NBC brass for not pulling her show off the air, “even though we are so much more expensive than a talk show.”
Even Harris couldn’t help mentioning network TV again in his sign off, telling viewers, “May we see you again on broadcast television again next year.”
After the jump, some Emmy highlights, including the Harris’ Dr. Horrible Sing-a-Long Blog bit.
Neil Patrick Harris gets a nice pat on the back from LA Times‘ staff writer Scott Collins on the heels of his Emmy nomination for the CBS laffer “How I Met Your Mother.” And it just so happens to come in the same 12 months that Harris, a beloved TV star for “Doogie Howser,” came out out of the closet to People Magazine following a slew of Internet rumors, stirred by the pesky fingers of Perez Hilton. While serving as an Emmy-pushing profile of the gay actor, the story also is a quick survey of the landscape for Harris’ fellow gays in an industry that has often worked hard at keeping its stars private lives, well, private. (Not so easy these days, thanks to Perez and other insatiable celeb sites like TMZ and X17).
Collins writes: The subtext of Harris’ Emmy nomination seems to be an effort to reassure gay actors: Relax. You can come out and still play straight guys. Even playboys, cads and heels. Just like straight guys can play gay cowboys. (As Harris marveled, “Now gay parts in big movies are only played by straight actors. They don’t really cast gay actors in gay parts!”)
But as for Harris’ future, he is sticking to the old adage that “if you’re talented in this business, you’ll keep working.” And of course, if you’re talented too, you might win an Emmy.
Bridget Moynahan, ex-girlfriend of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his baby-momma-to-be, was in New York this morning to promote the upcoming ABC series Six Degrees. Moynahan appeared on Martha and Regis & Kelly and — miraculously — the subject of Brady never came up.
You don’t think Moynahan’s people requested a gag order on Brady questions, do you? And, if they did, there’s no way Kelly Ripa would comply, right?
The Longmeadow, Mass., native told Kelly Ripa and fill-in host Neil Patrick Harris that she only had to cover her growing belly with a purse for one episode. There was no mention, however, of the baby’s father, Tom Brady.
Ditto for Martha:
MS: Now wouldn’t you (to the audience) like to look like that (while pregnant- referring to Bridget)? What month are you in?
BM: I’m almost five months. This week (it will be) five months.
MS: Five months pregnant! Are you excited about being a mom?
BM: I am. I’m a little nervous cause I haven’t done it before, but you know I have little nephews and its always nice to spend time with them especially around the holidays.