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Andy Samberg & Kit Harington Lead All-Star Cast Of HBO Sports Mocumentary ’7 Days In Hell’

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Andy Samberg & Kit Harington Lead All-Star Cast Of HBO Sports Mocumentary ’7 Days In Hell’HBO is assembling a star-studded cast for 7 Days In Hell, an original comedy movie toplined by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg and Game of ThronesKit Harington.  Written by Murray Miller (Girls) based on an original concept by him and Samberg, the sports mockumentary stars Samberg and Harington as fierce tennis rivals in an epic, seven-day match at 2004 Wimbledon. The location is hardly random — the longest tennis match on record was held on Court 18 at Wimbledon during the 2010 championships when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut battled it out for 11 hours over three days, with the American ultimately clinching a victory, 70-68 in the fifth set.

Plaque_on_Wimbledon_Court_No._18_to_commemorate_the_longest_match_in_tennis_history_between_John_Isner_and_Nicolas_Mahut_on_22-24_June_2010Confirmed to co-star in the film so far are Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Soledad O’Brien (playing herself), Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen and June Squibb. Based on breakdowns I’ve seen, Samberg’s Aaronmillermurray Williams is tennis’ superstar bad boy, while Brit Harington’s Charles Poole is channeling Andy Murray, a tennis prodigy and certified truck driver. Adding to their rivalry is Gillan’s supermodel Lily, Charles’ childhood friend who made a sex tape with Aaron. Steenburgen plays Charles’ psychotic and controlling mother, while Forte plays a tennis historian. Jake Szymanski (SNL) is directing. Read More »

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TCA: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Geared Up For Season 2, Welcomes Sunday Schedule Change

TCA: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Geared Up For Season 2, Welcomes Sunday Schedule ChangeSchedule changes and lack of certain Primetime Emmy noms doesn’t keep Brooklyn Nine-Nine down. Co-creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor, EP David Miner, and the cast gathered on the CBS Radford lot today to give the TCA corps a look at their urban work environment and provide some insight into Season 2.

With Brooklyn now scheduled for 8:30 PM, and sandwiched between The Simpsons at 8 PM and The Family Guy-Simpsons crossover event at 9 PM, team Brooklyn isn’t daunted by the prospect that they’re one of two Fox live-action shows on Sunday, a night historically known for its animation lineup (the other series being Mulaney airing after Family Guy). Miner exclaimed, “This is a tremendous audience and we are with great comedies.  We were thrilled when we got the call.” Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Andy Samberg Of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ On Modern Comedy

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 4:01pm PDT

Andy Samberg Brooklyn Nine-Nine Emmys 2014Four months after Andy Samberg’s departure from Saturday Night Live, Parks And Recreation co-creators Michael Schur and Daniel Goor lassoed him to anchor their police comedy pilot Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which airs on Fox. Much like his SNL alter egos — such as his cocky Nicolas Cage and the accountant Mort Feingold — Samberg’s Detective Jake Peralta is a goofy, affable, outspoken guy who breaks the Awardsline logo_use this onerules and somehow, despite his attention deficit disorder, always gets his man (by the seat of his pants). Like previous SNL peers, Samberg shot for the big screen but with mixed results, from the Adam Sandler misfire That’s My Boy to the well-received Celeste And Jesse Forever. However, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s bumbling detective fits the actor like a glove. In January, Samberg walked away with a Golden Globe award for best comedy actor for the role, immediately gaining awards-season traction as the contender to watch.

AWARDSLINE: Was there any hesitation about returning to TV since most SNL alums graduate to feature films?
ANDY SAMBERG: I never gave it a second thought. As soon as Mike (Schur) and Dan (Goor) asked, I knew I was going to do the show. I respect their work so much. I had people like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to look to in terms of seguing from SNL to TV. And as far as staying in the world of movies, I had Steve Carell and Tina, who were both making movies and starring in TV shows at the same time.

Related: EMMYS Q&A: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Co-Creator Michael Schur On Comedic Cops

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EMMYS Q&A: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Co-Creator Michael Schur On Comedic Cops

Awardsline logo_use this oneMichael Schur knows how to make comedy work when TV viewership is splintered by the internet and delayed DVR viewing. For him, nabbing a large audience isn’t a sprint so much as a marathon, and that philosophy has translated into a cult following for each of the series he’s helped create: The Office, Parks and Recreation and now the Andy Samberg-starrer Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Schur and his former Harvard buddy Daniel Goor set out with Brooklyn to reboot the cop comedy, drawing inspiration from such benchmarks as Barney Miller and Police Squad! They also have maximized laughs by mimicking the handheld shooting style of cop dramas. The show has won over critics and earned Golden Globes for comedy series and lead actor for Samberg.

Michael Schur Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creatorAwardsline: How did Brooklyn Nine-Nine get off the ground?
Michael Schur: I was under a deal at NBCUniversal, and Dan Goor was the number two guy on Parks and Recreation since the beginning. There hadn’t been many comedies set in a police precinct since Barney Miller. It’s hard to find areas in the comedy landscape that haven’t been troughed. After pitching to Universal, we sold the show to Fox. When Andy Samberg came aboard after Saturday Night Live, all the big stumbling blocks you can run into with developing a show went away. Read More »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Finale Draws Average Ratings, Down From Last Year

By | Sunday May 18, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

sambergsnlSaturday Night Live wrapped a rough transitional season last night. The season finale, hosted by Andy Samberg and musical guest St. Vincent, averaged a 4.0 in metered market households and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That was up from last week’s season lows (3.8 in HH, 1.8 in 18-49) and about average for this season, which started strong before settling into ratings just north of a 4 HH rating and 2 in 18-49. For comparison, last season’s SNL finale with host Ben Affleck and musical guest Kanye West posted a 4.7 HH rating and a 2.7 in adults 18-49. The ratings were matched by this season premiere hosted by Tina Fey.

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‘SNL’: Cold Open On Jay-Z Vs. Solange Smackdown Sparkles With Maya Rudolph’s Beyonce (Video)

By | Sunday May 18, 2014 @ 4:23am PDT

snl18Saturday Night Live cold-opened its 39th season finale riffing on the security video of Jay-Z and Solange duking it out in an elevator, providing a “soundtrack” revealing that Solange was just trying to brush a spider off the mogul rapper’s  jacket. Even with the delicious Maya Rudolph showing up as Beyonce, it was pretty flat beer. Guest host and SNL alum Andy Samberg, hot off his Brooklyn Nine-Nine series (produced by NBCUniversal and shown on Fox), monologued about his prominence in SNL videos and played dueling impressionists with Bill Hader and, very briefly, Martin Short. It wasn’t until almost an hour into the show that SNL troupers present and past fired on all cylinders, with a Michael Sam-inspired Vogelcheck family orgy of tongue-in-everyone-else’s-cheeks (and ears, hair, etc.) featuring alums Fred Armisen, Kristin Wiig and Paul Rudd. Here’s the opener:

Here’s Samberg’s intro:

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Andy Samberg Makes ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut For Season Finale As Part Of NBC Late Night Show’s Symphonic Slate

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 11:02am PDT

snl18NBC’s Saturday Night Live will explode in a Comcast symphony of cross-promotion for its final original episodes of the TV season. SNL alum Andy Samberg will make his hosting debut for the season finale May 17 — Samberg stars in/produces Universal TV’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Fox network (Universal and NBC both being divisions of Comcast). Charlize Theron, one of the stars of Universal-distributed Seth MacFarlane movie A Million Ways To Die In The West — will take her second swing as SNL host May 10. The network also made official that Andrew Garfield will make his SNL hosting debut May 3 as his The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premieres nationwide May 2 — Spider-Man being a big attraction at Universal theme parks. Read More »

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NBCU Press Day: Comedy Stars Not Fans Of Multi-Cam, Question ‘Shameless’ Decision To Compete For Emmy As Comedy

Mindy KalingIt is the golden age of comedy now, Mindy Kaling told reporters at NBCU Press Day, because whereas once you used to have to wait 2 1/2 years for Larry David to get around to writing another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “now there’s always something happening” in comedy on the TV landscape. She was joined by stars of other Universal TV comedies airing on NBC and elsewhere.

Related: Mindy Kaling Exits UTA

andy-sandbergJenna Elfman is a big fan of single cam comedies, like her new Growing Up Fisher, because “with the Internet … audiences are more savvy, and with a single camera you can home in on nuance more than with multi-cam and capture the smarter side of the story.”

Related: NBC Press Day: Bill Lawrence Talks ‘Undateable’

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg chimed in: “I was on SNL, which was live, but everything I did was pre-taped, so I was already headed in that direction. Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott said there a “weird thing” about doing comedy on a multi-cam. “If you don’t say a joke with a particular inflection, the laughs just don’t occur. I did very badly in that format.” But he acknowledged, “Shows like Cheers were able to make it work.” Read More »

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TCA: Fox Gets In Bed With The Lonely Island For Alternative Comedy Development

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 8:30am PST

On the heels of Andy Samberg’s Golden Globe win last night forTCA his work on Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox this morning announced it had sealed a multi-year deal with The Lonely Island, forming a new alternative comedy development venture. Akiva Schaffer, Samberg and Jorma Taccone will develop an “alternative pipeline of next-generation comedy series” for the network. Through the new company, The Lonely Island will oversee the development of comedy projects that will be incubated through digital platforms, such as Hulu and Roku, with the ultimate goal of becoming full series on Fox, FX, FXX or other networks.

FoxThe Lonely Island is responsible for creating the popular SNL Digital Shorts, which spurred many water-cooler moments. Some notable shorts include D**k In A Box, Lazy Sunday, I’m On A Boat, Jack Sparrow, YOLO and The Natalie Portman Rap.  In 2007, the trio won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for  D**k In A Box, and a Peabody Award for the 2008/2009 season. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Gets Full Season Order, Post Super Bowl Slot

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This is probably the biggest vote of confidence ever bestowed on a freshman show that had just posted a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49: Fox has given a Back 9 order to its comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and picked the Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher starrer to air alongside New Girl after the network’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2. “It’s exciting to see that both critics and fans love Brooklyn Nine-Nine as much as we do,” said Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “With Andy and Andre out in front of this incredible ensemble, it feels like this show is going to be around for a long time.”

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Fox announced New Girl for the post-Super Bowl slot at the May upfront, noting that it would be joined by another comedy series. But then the network’s Tuesday comedy block premiered last month to meager ratings, with neither of its new comedies — the heavily promoted Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Dads – breaking out and New Girl and The Mindy Project both depressed in their return. New Girl is still strong with a massive DVR bump, but picking a companion looked like a toss-up. Reilly, never known to make decisions based on what is in the best financial interest of corporate sibling 20th Century Fox TV (Terra Nova cancellation anyone?), picked the noisier, better reviewed Brooklyn Nine-Nine, produced by Universal TV, over the 20th TV-produced Dads, which has not been well received but draws similar ratings. Fox previously did it with another Uni TV show, top drama House, which drew a respectable 29 million viewers after the 2008 Super Bowl. CBS, for example, never does this, going with owned newbie Elementary last season instead of deserving blockbuster The Big Bang Theory, hit How I Met Your Mother or then-rising Person of Interest. Read More »

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Adaptation Of British Comedy ‘Cuckoo’ Gets Put Pilot Commitment At NBC

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 11:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Breakout BBC Three comedy Cuckoo starring Andy Sambergt is getting an U.S. remake via NBC, the network behind the most successful British comedy adaptation in the past decade, The Office. NBC has given a put pilot commitment to the single-camera project, from Lionsgate TV and the original series’ producer Roughcut Television. Cuckoo is the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating hippie moron — a guy called Cuckoo. UK writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, who created the BBC series, will write the adaptation, with The Simpsons veteran Tim Long on board as showrunner. French, Quirke and Long executive produce with the original series’ exec producers Ash Atalla and Dan Hine. In the British series, an English girl returns home from her post-college gap year with an eccentric hippie American husband named Cuckoo, played by Samberg in his first post-Saturday Night Live TV gig, before he signed on for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Watch a trailer below. How cool does Cuckoo sound with a British accent?) Cuckoo set a ratings record for a BBC Three comedy launch when it premiered last fall and was renewed for a second season.

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TCA: Andy Samberg, Producers Say Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Is No Spoof Or Satire, But A Workplace Comedy

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 12:27pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Today at TCA, cast and producers of Fox’s new cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine said they will tap into their pool of funny friends as cameo guest stars —especially star Andy Samberg’s pals from SNL (Fred Armisen has a cameo in the pilot).

But after the panel, creator/executive producer Michael Schur said audiences should not expect cast members of his other comedy, Parks And Recreation, to appear on Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast anytime soon. “Nick Offerman has already volunteered” to appear, Schur said, but he and fellow creator/EP Dan Goor (also a Parks And Rec producer/writer) wants to let the Brooklyn cast “get on track” before trying any cross-pollination. Read More »

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Fox Picks Up Andy Samberg & Chris Meloni Comedies, ‘Us & Them’ And ‘Enlisted’, Almost Doubles New Series Volume

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 7:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Having just ordered its new drama series for next season, Fox also has made its comedy pickups, ordering four new shows in addition to the previously ordered Dads, executive produced by Seth MacFarlane. They are the Andy Samberg starrer, now titled Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Surviving Jack starring Chris Meloni; Enlisted starring Geoff Stults; and Us And Them starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel. All have received 13-episode pickups. Additionally, the order for the Seth Green-Giovanni Ribisi starrer Dads, originally for 6 episodes, has been upped to 13. The new comedies join newly picked-up dramas Rake, Gang Related, Sleepy Hollow, and Almost Human. That is five new comedy series and four dramas, almost double the number of new scripted series Fox picked up last year (three comedies, two dramas). With American Idol on its last legs, the network clearly is stocking up on the scripted side and expanding its push in live-action comedy. Studio-wise, four of the new shows came from Fox sibling 20th TV, two each from Warner Bros and Sony and one from Universal TV.

Fox’s four new half-hour series choices came out of the five half-hour pilots that had been in contention from the get-go. Over the past week or so, the fifth, To My Future Assistant, began to fade as I hear it came in below exceptions. Meanwhile, Surviving Jack (formerly I Suck At Girls) has been steadily rising, buoyed by what I hear were stellar testing results for Meloni. The former Law & Order: SVU star originally turned down the project, and it took a lot of effort on the part of the producers to get him to do it. It was all worth it as the actor helped secure the pilot a series pickup. Also playing in the pilot’s favor is the fact that Surviving Jack comes from veteran comedy showrunner Bill Lawrence. It is shaping up to be a strong pickup season for Lawrence, whose NBC comedy pilot Undateable also looks very good to get a series order, along with Second Floor on TBS. Fun fact: Fox is reuniting Cougar Town co-creators Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, who is behind another newly picked-up comedy series, Enlisted.

With the pickups, Fox has a total of eight new and returning comedy series on tap for next season. Four of them are guy half-hours — cop show Brooklyn Nine-Nine (formerly Schur/Goor), Army comedy Enlisted, Dads and Surviving Jack — and female/family series New Girl, The Mindy Project, Raising Hope and Us And Them. While Us And Them, about a couple navigating their family and friends, would fit seamlessly into Fox’s existing Tuesday comedy block, it is unclear what the network would do with its guy shows, which could stand on their own as a block or get scheduled around Fox’s male-skewing Sunday animated comedies. Fox’s comedy pilots that didn’t make the cut are Assistant, Two Wrongs and The Gabriels. Overall, Fox didn’t throw curve balls in its series orders this season, largely sticking with pilots that had emerged as frontrunners. Here are descriptions of Fox’s new comedy series along with first-glimpse photos:


Related: Fox Picks Up Dramas ‘Rake’, ‘Gang Related’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ And ‘Almost Human’
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Independent Spirit Awards Getting Ready For Their Close-Up

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 3:26pm PST
Pete Hammond

The 28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, being held Saturday afternoon as usual under a huge tent at Santa Monica beach, is always one of the most loose and laid-back award shows of the season. Coming as it does a day before the far more formal Oscars, it provides a chance for stars and filmmakers to relax and get together in a much more stress-free environment. And with independent film increasingly playing a much bigger part in Oscar nominations and wins over the years there is even a certain symmetry between the two shows.

Last year for instance The Artist won the top Picture prize, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Director at both shows as did Christopher Plummer for Supporting Actor in Beginners.  It wasn’t always the case.  In fact there was an infamous phrase that perfectly summed up the disparity between the Oscar weekend events: “Win on Saturday, lose on Sunday”.  That hasn’t been true for a while and this year the two shows share several nominees in common including Best Film contenders Silver Linings Playbook and Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Foreign hopefuls Amour and War Witch, along with a handful of acting nominees including Jennifer Lawrence, Helen Hunt, Quvenzhane Wallis and Bradley Cooper. And it always draws an eclectic mix of presenters, nominees and industry players. One reason it has been so successful is that organizers keep the fun quotient … Read More »

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Andy Samberg On Hosting Spirit Awards

By | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 12:24pm PST

Andy Samberg made this video about preparing to host the Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23rd. Hope he’ll be funnier than this lame bit:

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Andre Braugher To Co-Star In Fox’s Mike Schur/Dan Goor Comedy Pilot

By | Monday February 11, 2013 @ 5:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Andre Braugher has been set to co-star opposite Andy Samberg in Fox’s Schur/Goor comedy pilot, from Universal TV and 3 Arts. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the single-camera ensemble project, which revolves around a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Braugher will play Capt. Holt, who after 30 years of the force has finally gotten his own command, and he’s not going to let anyone, least of all Jake (Samberg), screw it up. This would mark the first half-hour comedy series for Homicide alum Braugher, who most recently starred in ABC’s short-lived Last Resort. Before that, he played a lead on the TNT dramedy Men Of A Certain Age.

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Terry Crews To Star In Fox’s Andy Samberg Comedy Pilot Helmed By Phil Lord & Chris Miller

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Terry CrewsTerry Crews is set to co-star opposite Andy Samberg in Fox’s untitled Mike Schur/Dan Goor comedy pilot. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) have come on board to direct the single-camera project, which revolves around a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Crews, repped by WME and 3 Arts, will play Terry Jeffords, the Sergeant who runs the detective squad. Samberg plays the lead detective. Universal TV produces. Lord and Miller are with UTA. Read More »

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Mike Schur/Dan Goor Cop Comedy Starring Andy Samberg Gets Pilot Order At Fox

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 4:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has handed its first pilot order this season to a cop comedy starring Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg. Written by the Parks And Recreation duo of co-creator/exec producer/showrunner Mike Schur and exec producer Dan Goor, the untitled project is about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City, with Samberg playing the lead detective. Universal TV, where Schur is under an overall deal, is producing.

The Schur/Goor project had been one of Fox’s strongest pilot pickup contenders. It already carried one of the largest penalties at the network this season after landing at Fox in August with a rich pilot production commitment following a fierce bidding war. Then in October, Samberg, hot off his seven-year stint on SNL, came on board to play the lead. And last month, the Schur/Goor comedy was one of a handful of projects given permission to hire a casting director and start casting. The project is executive produced by Schur, Goor and 3 Arts’ David Miner, with Samberg producing.

This marks the third consecutive year that Fox has picked up a pilot from NBC’s sibling studio following medical drama Weekends At Bellevue in 2011 and The Mindy Project last year. Schur, Goor and Samberg are repped by UTA. Samberg is managed by Mosaic, Schur by 3 Arts.

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Andy Samberg To Host Spirit Awards

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 9:34am PST

LOS ANGELES (December 11, 2012) – Film Independent co-presidents Sean McManus and Josh Welsh jointly announced that Andy Samberg will serve as host for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA film series, will hold the 28th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 23 with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT on IFC. Additionally, longtime executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey is returning for her 18th Spirit Awards show. The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards signals Samberg’s return to hosting duties since heading up the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, which was the highest rated Movie Awards since 2004.

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