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41st Daytime Emmy Awards Final: Big Night For ‘Young and Restless’ With Best Drama, Much More

41st Daytime Emmy Awards Final: Big Night For ‘Young and Restless’ With Best Drama, Much MoreSixth Update: 6:45 pm: It’s done, with The Young and the Restless the night’s big winner, scooping up the big one, for outstanding drama series, along with five others, for “Special-Class Special” (an hour-long tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who appeared on the show for four decades); lead actor in a drama (Billy Miller); younger actress in a drama (Hunter King); supporting actress in a drama (Amelia Henle); and writing team, drama. Separately, Venice the Series, won for best drama – new approaches, while Days of Our Lives picked up for supporting actor (Eric Martsolf); younger actror (Chandler Massey) ; and lead actress (Eileen Davidson).

Daytime Emmy Awards 2014Notable win in the daytime drama categories went to One Life to Live, which ended up online after its long run on broadcast TV ended. The show won for directing team, drama, one of six Emmys that One Life and All My Children, another broadcast veteran that ended up online, won this weekend (the creative categories, mostly for technical-side achievements, were handed out Friday).

It was also a very good night for Steve Harvey, who won for best game show host for Family Feud, and his Steve Harvey syndicated show for best talk show, informative. On top of that, Harvey was vacationing in Bali, rather than sitting in a hotel ballroom in a tuxedo on a beautiful summer day.

Three Spanish-language categories were included for the first time, including winners for Morning Program (Un Nuevo Dia); Entertainment Program (Clix) and Daytime Talent (Rodner Figueroa, one of four nominated from El Gordo Y La Flaca). Here’s the full list in order:

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Eric Martsolf, Days of Our Lives

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless

CULINARY PROGRAM
The Mind of a Chef

CULINARY HOST
Bobby Flay, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction

LEGAL COURTROOM PROGRAM
The People’s Court

GAME SHOW HOST
Steve Harvey, Family Feud

TALK SHOW HOST
TIE: Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show and Katie Couric, Katie

WRITING TEAM, DRAMA
The Young and the Restless

DIRECTING TEAM, DRAMA
One Life to Live

Hunter King Daytime EmmyYOUNGER ACTRESS, DRAMA
Hunter King, The Young and the Restless

YOUNGER ACTOR, DRAMA
Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives

TALK SHOW, INFORMATIVE
Steve Harvey

DAYTIME TALENT IN SPANISH
Rodner Figueroa, El Gordo Y La Flaca

TALK SHOW, ENTERTAINMENT
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

MORNING PROGRAM
Good Morning America

MORNING PROGRAM IN SPANISH
Un Nuevo Dia

GAME SHOW
Jeopardy

SPECIAL-CLASS SPECIAL
The Young and the Restless: The Jeanne Cooper Tribute

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM IN SPANISH
Clix

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS PROGRAM
TIE: Entertainment Tonight and Extra

The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmys 2LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Eileen Davidson, Days of Our Lives

DRAMA, NEW APPROACHES
Venice The Series

DRAMA
The Young and the Restless

Linda Bell Blue Daytime EmmysFifth Update: 6:30 pm: Phew, that was exhausting. Linda Bell Blue, the 19-year executive producer of Entertainment Tonight, brought along a multi-page thank-you speech, a young assistant to help wrangle her speech and, well, let’s just call it a profligate sense of the audience’s patience. And that was for ET’s tie, the second such of the night, with Extra for outstanding entertainment news program. Blue decided to make up for too many past shrugs by the Academy, but thanked, among others, “the 36 bosses I’ve had over the past 19 years,” and CBS chief Les Moonves, the show’s original star, Mary Hart, and her successor Nancy O’Dell. By contrast, Extra’s Mario Lopez took longer to walk up to the stage than to give his thanks. The audience seemed thankful for that small blessing. And given the X-rated advice that Sharon Osbourne launched into after the ET/Extra win as she prepared to present the next awards, it’s safe to say the show is painting the town Blue, not Red.

Meanwhile, the big acting categories in daytime drama, best actor and actress, went to Billy Miller of The Young and The Restless (another win for the show, the night’s biggest hardware haul so far) and Eileen Davidson of Days of Our Lives. 

Fourth Update: 6:02 PM: A good night so far for Steve Harvey. He grabs Emmys for outstanding game show host, his Steve Harvey wins for outstanding talk show – informative, and he’s hanging out in Bali on vacation instead of in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Win-win-win, as they like to say. The Ellen Degeneres Show picked up the win for Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment.

Third Update: 5:50 PM: “We’re making history! Oh god — shit! Guys, I’m sorry if my nipples fall out.”

Kathy Griffin Daytime Emmy hostAnd so, the Daytime Emmy Awards tonight boldly stepped into the new era of web-only livestreaming, from the Beverly Hilton hotel.

The historic opener was delivered as the handoff to host Kathy Griffin, by one of the webcast’s Red-Carpet Who Are You Wearing Vocal Fryers. Some awkward minutes of delay and lack of mic-ing later, during which Griffin could be heard faintly in the distance saying something like, “Welcome to the shit show…this is your night…” Griffin began her monologue “for real” – as in, we could see and hear her.

“Some guy named Maliki was doing an interview, and said, ‘Kathy Griffin would be my dream host.’ And I said, ‘For no money – I’m there!’” Griffin said, on the news, if not within the universe of the daytime soap crowd.

Griffin called the show the Hidden Gem of the Emmys – her one feint at middle-of-the-road respectability. She spent the balance of her opening schtick talking about her experience at last year’s HLN telecast Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony during which she was seated at a table with Bethenny Frankel, who desperately wanted to leave, Dr. Drew (“So, no black tar heroine for me!”) and Kris Jenner – “I been calling her daughters whores in my act for years!” Jenner, Griffin claimed, had left the bedside of her daughter, who had just given birth to North West, “to come to the freakin’ Daytime Emmys” and kept posing for photographers with vodka shots. “I didn’t know there were side deals you could make with booze companies,” Griffin said, sadly.

By Griffin’s account, the highlight of last year’s ceremony happened when Dr. Drew and Dr. Oz were recruited to help some “soap starlet that had lost Hottest Star of Tomorrow” who got so wasted in the public stalls she could not get up. “I still don’t know who that was,” she insisted. “My only hope is tonight will equal that!”

Second Update 5:40 PM: Mario Lopez had the slightly challenging position of introducing both best game show host and best talk show host, which ended in a tie, and had none of the three in the room to accept the award. On the game show side, a long-time associate of winner Steve Harvey who accepted the award on his behalf said in a gracious speech that Harvey was vacationing in Bali because he didn’t believe he would win. On the talk show side, Katie Couric (Katietied with Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz). 

First Update 5:32 PM: The night’s first winners include Bobby Flay for Best Culinary Chef, and The Mind of a Chef for Best Culinary Program. Amelia Heinle  of The Young and The Restless scooped up best supporting actress in a drama, and Eric Martsolf of Days of Our Lives have won for best supporting actor in a drama. Acceptance speeches are longer, and Kathy Griffin gets to go a little bluer, but with no ads, this show moves along (puff, puff).

The fate of the Daytime Emmy Awards rests on Kathy Griffin‘s (no doubt surgically enhanced) shoulders tonight. In this age of rush and hurry, it is possible some few of you out there are unaware of the plight of the once mighty Daytime Emmy Awards: A trophy show that once averaged 20-some million viewers –  back in its Will Susan Lucci Ever Win One era –  has since fallen on hard ratings times and, after years of clinching last-minute broadcast deals with the CW, CBS and HLN,  failed to secure a telecast home for the first time in many years. On June 5, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the ceremony would be live-streamed, followed by an announcement Griffin had been signed to host Sunday’s 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, at the Beverly Hilton ballroom. Deadline will have the live-stream and keep an eye out for key winners (see the video at the link on the full story. It plays automatically).

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Kathy Griffin Recruited To Resuscitate Daytime Emmy Awards

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 9:43am PDT

kathygriffinThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which puts on the Daytime Emmy Awards (not to be confused with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, bestower of Primetime Emmy Awards) announced this morning Kathy Griffin will host the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, from the Beverly Hilton ballroom on June 22. Gfirrin’s hosting gig cannot be seen on TV; this year, for the first time, the Daytime Emmy Awards will be livestreamed on June 22.

In addition to being a two-time Emmy winner, Griffin Emmy logois trophy-show nitroglycerin,  which is just what the show needs if it’s ever to return to TV.

“I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year. Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show,” Griffin said/snarked in today’s announcement. “I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup. I apologize to FIFA.”

The Daytime Emmy Awards once was must-see-TV, clinching as many as 20-ish million viewers back in Will Susan Lucci Finally Get An Emmy days. Since then, ratings have plummeted to as few as a couple million viewers.  After years of clinching last-minute broadcast deals with the CW, CBS and HLN, NATAS failed to secure a broadcast home for this year’s awards and, with just two weeks to go before the ceremony, announced the awards ceremony would not air on TV for the first time in its long history.

Related: Daytime Emmy Awards To Livestream Online

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Kathy Griffin, Stephen Colbert, ‘Skyfall’ & David Fincher Among Grammy Winners

By | Sunday January 26, 2014 @ 11:56pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

kathygriffinWhat do Kathy Griffin and Stephen Colbert have in common? They are now both Emmy and Grammy winners. Colbert, winner of four Emmys for his eponymous Comedy Central late-night program, added a second Grammy to his collection for the audio version of his book America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t. grammy-awards-logoHe previously won in 2010 in the comedy category where Griffin nabbed her first Grammy in her sixth nomination tonight to become only the third woman to do so. (Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin were the other two.) Griffin, who won two Emmys for her Bravo series My Life On The D-List, thanked recently arrested pop star Justin Bieber for giving her his “relax juice.”

Related: Who’s Giving Grammy Intro To Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr?

The reigning Oscar winner for best song, Adele’s James Bond ballad “Skyfall,” and Tony winner for best musical, Kinky Boots, repeated at the Grammys as Best Song Written for Visual Media and Best Musical Theater Album (Skyfall also won for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.) After missing out on the DGA Award last night for directing the pilot of Netflix’s House Of Cards, David Fincher was triumphant in the Best Music Video category for helming Justin Timberlake’s black-and-white “Suit & Tie.” And Pharrell Williams, big winner tonight with the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, was named Producer of the Year for several songs, including ”Happy,” the Oscar-nominated track from Despicable Me 2. Read More »

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TCA: Valerie Plame Says ‘Homeland’ Jumped The Shark, Astronaut Peggy Whitson Critiques Sandra Bullock’s ‘Gravity’ Undies

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 2:47pm PST

2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 14TCADeadline__140109155905“He ‘stood by me’ even though our ratings were blockbuster and we kicked Fox’s ass? Thank you for ‘standing by me’,” Kathy Griffin snarked at Winter TV Press Tour 2014 when asked about CNN chief Jeff Zucker saying at the tour he was committed to having Griffin back with Anderson Cooper to host CNN’s New Year’s Eve show.

Griffin came to the final session of Winter TV Press Tour 2014 to participate in a Q&A for PBS’s second round of Makers: Women Who Make America documentaries. She was joined by former CIA agent Valerie Plame, and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson — all three women are part of the next batch of six one-hour documentaries looking at women’s roles in war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics.
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Kathy Griffin’s Bravo Talk Show Cancelled

By | Saturday April 6, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After two seasons on air, Kathy Griffin‘s late night talk show Kathy is not being renewed, Deadline has confirmed. The comedienne dropped the news during a live stand up show Friday night in Cincinnati, Ohio as first reported by The Cincinnati Enquirer. The cancellation could free her up for a potential jump to CNN for the hourlong show opposite Anderson Cooper that Deadline told you the pair filmed last week. It also comes two months after an exec switch-up at Bravo saw the network change hands from Lauren Zalaznick to Bonnie Hammer. Griffin won two Emmys while at Bravo for her reality series Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D List.

Related: CNN Eying Anderson Cooper-Kathy Griffin Series?

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CNN Eying Anderson Cooper-Kathy Griffin Series?

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin may make their popular New Year’s Eve specials a regular thing. I hear the duo filmed a pilot today at the CNN studios in the Time Warner Center in New York. Details about the hourlong project are sketchy, but I’ve learned that it had a lot of humor in it and filmed in front of a live audience — which I hear included new CNN topper Jeff Zucker. While it is unclear whether the project is definitely for CNN, Zucker has been looking to shake things up at the ratings-challenged cable news network by adding more mainstream entertainment fare. The annual New Year’s Eve pairing of Cooper and Griffin draws solid ratings and generates a lot of headlines with racy moments like Griffin getting up close and personal with Cooper’s private parts this year. It is also unclear how the new project would fit in with Griffin’s weekly talk show on Bravo, where the comedian has been a fixture for almost a decade and has won two best reality program Emmys for her series My Life On The D-List.

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Kathy Griffin Kisses Anderson Cooper’s Private Parts On Live TV: Video

By | Tuesday January 1, 2013 @ 12:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Always going for the shock effect, Kathy Griffin last night stooped to a new low — literally. Joining CNN‘s Anderson Cooper for another wild New Year’s Eve live show, the comedienne at one point knelt down to kiss Cooper’s private parts. The incident occurred during a report from a small Maine town about a local New Year tradition of kissing a sardine on the mouth. Anderson tried to diffuse the situation with a “Kathy, oh, did you drop something?” joke. Replied Griffin, “No I was kissing your sardine.” A tussle ensued, with Cooper trying to lift Griffin up and she continuing to try to kiss his crotch. “I can do this all night long… I’m going down. You know you want to,” she said. Griffin hinted at her intentions earlier in the broadcast when she told Cooper, “I’m going to tickle your sack.”

Related: ‘Rockin’ Eve’ Draws Largest Primetime Audience Ever On ABC

This is the latest in a long list of acts of inappropriate behavior by Griffin on Cooper’s New Year’s Eve CNN telecast. She previously dropped an f-bomb, shouted down a heckler with a blowjob joke, and stripped to her underwear. Cooper has been silent on the incident but, probably anticipating major offenses, issued an apology before the broadcast. “I want to apologize in advance to anyone @kathygriffin pokes fun of/makes … Read More »

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Bravo Renews Kathy Griffin Talk Show

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 11:37am PDT

Kathy Bravo Season 2Bravo has greenlighted a second season of Kathy, which features a panel of civilians and celebrities commenting on the week’s most-talked-about moments. The deal extends the network’s relationship with Griffin, who has won two Emmys for Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D List and has had 14 original comedy specials air since 2005. Her most recent, Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker, just earned an Emmy nom for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Kathy is produced by Donut Run and Embassy Row for Bravo with Griffin and Michael Davies the executive producers.

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Bravo Greenlights Kathy Griffin Talk Show

By | Saturday January 7, 2012 @ 10:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Bravo is expanding the presence of its ubiquitous star Kathy Griffin with Kathy, a one-hour weekly talk show hosted by the star of the network’s Emmy-winning reality series My Life On The D List. It will premiere this spring. Additionally, Bravo has picked up two more Griffin comedy comedy specials for 2012, bringing the number of specials the comedian has done on the network to 15. Kathy is designed to reflect Griffin’s thoughts on everything pop culture as she rants on the week’s biggest headlines and tabloid gossip as well as feature stand-up routines, celebrity interviews and taped segments. It joins Bravo’s Andy Cohen late-night talk show Watch What Happens: Live, which expands to five nights a week starting tomorrow night. Cohen today announced that Sandra Bernhard will provide a “weekly rant” on pop culture on the show. “Her take, if you follow her on Twitter is always so smart and funny, ” he said. “That’s just what she’s going to be doing.”

During its portion of the winter TCA press tour, Bravo also announced renewals of Pregnant In Heels for Season 2, The Millionaire Matchmaker for Season 6 and Million Dollar Listing LA for Season 5 as well as Curtis Stone and Cat Cora as hosts of its upcoming culinary series Around The World in 80 Plates. Bravo, which posted ratings gains for a sixth consecutive year in 2011, said it will increase the network’s original programming by an additional 25% in 2012. Here is a list of the network’s upcoming series for this year, including the Ryan Seacrest-produced Shahs of Sunset: Read More »

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EMMYS: A&E Employs Surprising Pitchwoman For Its ‘Hoarders’ Campaign

By | Friday July 29, 2011 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Be careful what you say — it may come back to bite you … or your Emmy chances. That’s what is happening to Kathy Griffin, who earlier this month nabbed a sixth consecutive Emmy nomination in the outstanding reality category for her Bravo series My Life On the D-List (she won in 2007 and 2008). A self-professed Hoarders fanatic, Griffin regularly talks about her obsession with the A&E reality series during her standup, including in her stand-up specials on Bravo. Now A&E is using some of the praise Griffin has heaped on Hoarders in the docu-series’ Emmy campaign. Hoarders, chronicling the struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding, received its first Emmy nomination this year and is going against D-List, Discovery’s Deadliest Catch and Mythbusters, PBS’ Antique Roadshow and CBS’ Undercover Boss in the best reality series category. Here are the Hoarders Emmy ad, which A&E is expected to unveil later today, and an eight-minute Hoarders segment from one of Griffin’s stand-up specials. Read More »

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Bravo Greenlights 4 Kathy Griffin Specials

By | Wednesday January 5, 2011 @ 8:11am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Bravo has ordered four new stand-up comedy specials with Kathy Griffin, the most in a single year for the comedian and star-executive producer of the network’s Emmy-winning reality series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List. Since 2005, Griffin has done 8 comedy specials for Bravo, most recently Kathy Griffin: Whores on Crutches. The new one-hour specials will air quarterly in 2011. “I went to Bravo and told them I thought I was being a little too nice in my stand up specials.  They agreed… and gave me four more.  Let the fur fly,” said Griffin. Following the sixth season of D List over the summer, Griffin said she didn’t want to continue with the docu series. To keep her presence on Bravo, the network decided to expand her portfolio of specials.

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