Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Latest on TV: Emmys and Spaceballs, Oh My

The Emmy Awards will celebrate their 60th year of handing out trophies to the best in television tomorrow night on ABC. To help commemerate the special occasion, the telecast will feature everyone from Helen Mirren to Donald Trump reciting some of TV's most memorable lines from the past six decades.

Hosting the event will be the five nominees for the new Outstanding Reality/Competition Host award: Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal -- isn't that a game show?), Jeff Probst (Survivor) and Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), who emceed (terribly) the show last year, but who is nevertheless the favored to win. My vote is for Bergeron, whose quick wit always enlivens every Dancing episode. (For more on who I want to win, see this previous post.)

Presenters include a few of our faves (and a few nominees): Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, David Boreanaz, Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Marcia Cross, Dana Delany, Patrick Dempsey, America Ferrera, Sally Field, Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker, Mary Tyler Moore, Sandra Oh, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Poehler, Nicolette Sheridan, Kate Walsh, Betty White and Vanessa Williams. Also presenting are Kathryn Joosten and Cynthia Nixon, fresh off their Emmy wins at the Creative Arts Emmys last week for their work on Desperate Housewives and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (respectively).

Also airing tomorrow night is the debut of Spaceballs: The Animated Series, based on the Mel Brooks' cult Star Wars parody. This one probably won't be winning any Emmys next year, but as you can see by this preview (possibly NSFW), they sure know their target audience. It airs on the G4 network, naturally.

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