Tuc Watkins Wins Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament

 

Tuc Watkins (Photo: ABC/Yolanda Perez)

Tuc Watkins (Photo: ABC/Yolanda Perez)

 

One Life To Live and Desperate Housewives star, Tuc Watkins, can now add poker champion to his resume. He participated in a Celebrity Poker Tournament over the weekend.  Children’s Institute, Inc., held its “First Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament” at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Camryn Manheim (Ghost Whisperer). The fundraiser was to benefit children who have been affected by violence in their homes or communities. More than 20 celebrities supported the tournament including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy, Kevin Nealon, Joely Fisher, Mekhi Phifer, Cheri Oteri, Mimi Rogers, Allison Sweeney, Jennie Garth and Nicholas Gonzalez; four made it to the final table: Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Ricki Lake, Kevin Rahm and Tuc Watkins. Kevin Rahm and Tuc Watkins, both on “Desperate Housewives”, battled it out as 2 of the final 3 players. Tuc Watkins ultimately won the grand prize.

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Hollywood Heads To New York For Fashion Week

Queen Latifah and Liza Minnelli attend the PAPER Magazine & HP 25th Anniversary Gala at The New York Public Library on September 8, 2009 in New York City

Queen Latifah and Liza Minnelli attend the PAPER Magazine & HP 25th Anniversary Gala at The New York Public Library on September 8, 2009 in New York City

Myriad Hollywood powerhouses showed up for New York’s Fashion Week. Checking out the latest designer visions for next spring and summer were: Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Amanda Bynes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Iman, Ciara, Gwen Stafani, Holly Robinson Peete, Liza Minelli, Heather Tom, Queen Latifah and more.

Susan Lucci announced as one of the presenters for the Daytime Emmy Awards

51052111VB034_emmynomPresenters for the “36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards” have been announced. The ceremony will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 on the CW network. Vanessa Williams is the host. There will be a one hour Red Carpet Pre-show right before the ceremony, hosted by Lara Spenser and Kevin Fraiser.

The presenters include: Kristin Alderson (“One Life to Live”), Bradford Anderson (“General Hospital”), Tyra Banks (“The Tyra Banks Show”), Brandon Buddy (“One Life to Live”), Patrick Duffy (“The Bold and the Beautiful”),Melissa Claire Egan (“All My Children”), Colin Eggelsfield (“Melrose Place”), Jennie Garth (“90210”) and Anthony Geary (“General Hospital”).

Other presenters include Van Hansis (“As the World Turns”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (“The Young and the Restless”), Bindi Irwin (“Bindi the Jungle Girl”), Jay Kenneth Johnson (“Days of Our Lives”), Katherine Kelly Lang (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Lori Loughlin (“Melrose Place”),Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Gilles Marini (“Dancing with the Stars”), Kyle Massey (“That’s So Raven”) and Chris Massey (“Zoey 101”).

And finally there is Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”), Dr. Phil McGraw (“Dr. Phil”), Billy Miller (“The Young and the Restless”), Ronn Moss (“The Bold & the Beautiful”), Robert Newman (“Guiding Light”), Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Rachael Ray (“The Rachael Ray Show”), James Scott (“Days of Our Lives”), Jake Silbermann (“As The World Turns”), Kirsten Storms (“General Hospital”), Dr. Travis Stork (“The Doctors”), Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy”), Betty White, Montel Williams and Kim Zimmer (“Guiding Light”).

TV Guide Sneak Peek at Comic-Con: Big Bang Theory, Chuck, Flash Forward, Vampire Diaries

FLASH FORWARD - Pilot Gallery (ABC/BOB D'AMICO) JACK DAVENPORT, PEYTON LIST, SONYA WALGER, ZACHARY KNIGHTON, JOSEPH FIENNES, JOHN CHO, COURTNEY B. VANCE, BRIAN O'BYRNE, CHRISTINE WOODS

FLASH FORWARD - Pilot Gallery (ABC/BOB D'AMICO) JACK DAVENPORT, PEYTON LIST, SONYA WALGER, ZACHARY KNIGHTON, JOSEPH FIENNES, JOHN CHO, COURTNEY B. VANCE, BRIAN O'BYRNE, CHRISTINE WOODS

It was all sci-fi as TV Guide previewed some of the most anticipated shows of the upcoming season. The stars and artists were on hand at the TV Guide panel to introduce the new fall season to and audience of over 5000. Returning favorites, Chuck and Big Bang Theory were joined by new shows Flash Forward, Eastwick, V, and The Vampire Diaries, all showed clips or answered questions for fans.

Flash Forward (ABC)- series star John Cho (Star Trek, Harold And Kumar) and show producer Mark Guggenheim were on hand to show a sneak preview of their new show. Also starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love) and Courtney B. Vance (Law And Order), the show is about a global blackout that everyone experiences for 2 minutes and seventeen seconds. Each person gets a vision into his or her future 6 months ahead.  This proves disturbing to Cho’s character who, like a few other people, got no flash back at all during the universal blackout, leading them to suspect that they are dead in 6 months. The show takes us on a journey into each character’s lives as they try to piece together what their memories mean and how and if they would change any of it if they could.

Also produced by David Gorey (Batman Returns) and Brannon Brega (Star Trek) and also starring, Dominic Monaghan (Lost), Flash Forward premieres September 24 on ABC.

V (ABC)- series star Scott Wolf (Party of Five, The Nine) and producer Scott Peters (4400) were on hand to introduce V, a re-imagining of the original 80s mini series. The series, which has been updated to 2009, also stars Morris Chestnut (The Cave), Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Serenity) Also produced by Jeffrey Bell (Alias), Steve Pearlman (Related), and Jace Hall (Chadam).

Eastwick (ABC)- series star Rebecca Romijn ( X-Men, Ugly Betty) was on hand to introduce her series a remake on the original movie starring Jack Nicholson and Cher. The series, also starring Lindsey Price (Beverly Hills 90210, Lipstick Jungle) and Jamie Ray Newman, as the three “witches”.  With the help of a mysterious stranger who comes to town, they discover and craft their witchcraft. They each react to the changes in their live in very different ways.

Allison Dubois, the real “medium” on which the Patricia Arquette series is based, came to introduce her own show. A cross between,  Medium and Bones, the show will be a real life series in which Dubois and an investigative team will solve actual crimes, taking the audience thorough the entire process from discovery, to investigation to closed case. Medium will enter into it’s 6th season on CBS.

Vampire Diaries (WB)- Fresh off the heels of the wildly successful Twilight films and the popular HBO cult favorite True Blood, network television is selling and Vampires as well. Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek and Scream) adapts the acclaimed novels into The Vampire Diaries. Williamson stressed that “the only difference between this new series and its popular predecessors is that they are vampires. From there, the similarities end”. The shows premise is two estranged brothers, both vampires fall in love with the same girl, one of them for all of the right reasons and the other in an effort to recapture the past, with the girl filling the void left by a lost love. The brothers might each other in an old fashioned case of good vs. evil as they battle for her soul.

A bearded Zachary Levi as on hand to discuss his alter-ego Chuck and how he’s evolved into his secret agent position. He had plenty of fan support from Chuck fans from around the world, most noticeably Birmingham England to whom he credits for Chuck’s reprieve. The third season of Chuck will air as a mid-season replacement for NBC.

Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons were on hand also as homage to the convention goers. Although,

Jim Parsons, Johnn Galecki, Kelly Cuoco of Big Bang Theory Photo: CBA

Jim Parsons, Johnn Galecki, Kelly Cuoco of Big Bang Theory Photo: CBA

technically not a sci-fi show, their characters are the types who would actually attend one of these conventions. They celebrate the sci-fi genre every week in some form. The CBS sitcom also stars Kelly Couco and centers around a group of geniuses and their bombshell neighbor as they learn to adjust to each other’s lives.

Each panelist was asked about their appreciation for the genre and each showed and appreciation for being in the business in general.

“The great thing about television playing the same characters week after week is” said Jim Parsons of his Emmy nominated role on Big Bang Theory. “…you get to a place where you [the audience] can count on them to have a certain reaction or to act a certain way.”

“ I loved The Six Million Man…and The Bionic Woman”, said V’s Scott Wolf when asked about his favorite sci-fi genre show growing up. I think I had three different arms and loved the sound made for her ear.”

Teaser trailers were shown of Eastwick, Flash Forward, Vampire Diaries and Chuck ‘The Upgrade”.

The new fall television season kicks off in September. Check TV Guide for more premiere dates and schedules: Returning Shows New Shows

’30 Rock and ‘Mad Men’ Lead Emmy Nominations

Simon Baker, Emmy nominee for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "The Mentalist"

Simon Baker, Emmy nominee for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "The Mentalist"

The Prime Time Emmys were announced today with NBC’s 30 Rock and AMC’s Mad Men leading the pack with with 30 Rock receiving a record 30 nominations and Mad Men earning a total of 19.

First-time nominees  were heavily honored this year as Big Love, Breaking Bad, Family Guy, Flight of the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother were all nominated in the best show categories.

First-time nominees in the acting field were in the drama series performer categories, Simon Baker, lead actor in a drama series for “The Mentalist” and in the supporting drama series categories, Elizabeth Moss in “Mad Men”, Christian Clemenson in “Boston Legal”, Aaron Paul in “Breaking Bad”, William Hurt in “Damages”, Rose Byrne in “Damages”, Hope Davis in “In Treatment” and Cherry Jones in “24”.

First-timers in the comedy series categories included Jim Parsons in “The Big Bang Theory,” Jemaine Clement in “Flight of the Conchords,” Toni Collette in “United States of Tara,” and Sarah Silverman in “The Sarah Silverman Program” in leading roles for their work and Tracy Morgan in “30 Rock,” Jack McBrayer in “30 Rock,” Kristin Wiig in “Saturday Night Live,” Jane Krakowski in “30 Rock,” and Elizabeth Perkins in “Weeds” for supporting.

The Prime Time Emmy Awards, hosted by nominee, Neil Patrick Harris (supporting actor in a comedy series for How I Met Your Mother), will air on Sunday, September 13 in Los Angeles.

For a full list of nominees, click here: List By Category Complete List

Daytime Emmy Update: Daytime Gives Back With Susan Lucci, Tony Geary and Kelly Monaco in Africa

Susan Lucci Photo: ABC

Susan Lucci Photo: ABC

(Press Release)–Some of Daytime TV’s biggest names- Montel Williams, Anthony Geary (“General Hospital”), Kelly Monaco (“General Hospital)” and Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Christopher Massey (Nickelodeon’s  “Zoey 101”), Kyle Massey (Disney’s “Cory in the House”), Erik Estrada and Devon Werkheiser ((Nickelodeon’s “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”) – will travel to Kenya with Feed The Children, an international, non-profit  relief organization that feeds more than 100,000 children in Kenya’s slums every day.  The three stars will venture out into some of the world’s most impoverished cities to meet one on one with the people who live there – all in an effort to raise awareness of the desperate situation faced by Africa’s poor.  Part of this story will air as a segment entitled “Daytime Gives Back” during the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, airing Sunday, August 30th at 8:00p.m. ET/PT on the CW Television Network.  “All My Children” will also incorporate the trip in to their show, in a yet to be determined storyline involving Lucci’s character Erica Kane.

Feed The Children, founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones, is an, international, nonprofit relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters.  Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help children and their families in all 50 states and 118 countries around the globe.  For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org

Update: Award Show Hosting Duties For Jackson, Griffin, Trebek, Williams, Jonas, Harris and Brand,

The Jonas Brothers will be hosting the upcoming Teen Choice Awards. Fox will tape the show on Sunday, August 9 in Los Angeles and broadcast it the following day on August 10.

Kathy Griffin Photo:Wire Image/Jamie McCarthy

Kathy Griffin Photo:Wire Image/Jamie McCarthy

Samuel L. Jackson will be hosting the ESPY Awards tonight, July 15 at the Nokia Theatre. The ESPYS  which honors excellence in sports, are taped live and will be telecast on Sunday July 19 at 9.

Kathy Griffin has been selected to host the Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The two-time Emmy winner, best known for her Bravo series “My Life on the D-List”, will host the annual event on Sept. 12 at the Nokia Theatre. E! will  telecast the event as a two-hour special.

Alex Trebek, the Emmy winning host of Jeopardy!, is slated to host the Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Awards. They will be held on Saturday, August 29 in Los Angeles.

Vanessa Williams will be the host of the Daytime Emmy Awards to be broadcast on the CW on Sunday August 30th at 8pm. For the first time ever, the show will not be shown on the three main networks and it will telecast live instead of being taped delayed. The show will also feature a wider variety of presenters from all genres of daytime television, including Dr. Travis Stork of The Doctors.

Russell Brand returns for a second time as host for the MTV Video Music Awards. The show will air live on Sunday, September 13 from various locations in New York. Center stage will be Radio City Music Hall.

Neil Patrick Harris is officially confirmed as host of the Primetime Emmys at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Harris, fresh off of a successful Tonys hosting gig, will returning to the podium once again for the network. The Emmys air on CBS on Sunday, September 20.