Neil Patrick Harris, “Mad Men”, “30 Rock” big hits at this years Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

The 61th Emmy Awards hosted by Neil Patrick Harris proved to be the best broadcast in recent years. Harris, who also hosted this years Tonys, seemed to bring new life to the usually boring awards show. The producers cleverly tried a new format and grouped the awards into genres this time out. There was also a taped look back at the year, broken into the genre segments reality, comedy, drama, variety and movies and mini series. The band, who are usually invisible in a pit underneath the stage,  was live onstage and in an welcomed twist, the directing team was on stage behind a see through booth, allowing them to be a part of the show as well.

Once again Harris was the perfect choice of host as the kidded Jon Cryer who beat him out for best supporting actor on a comedy for Two And A Half Men. As Jon was backstage in the press room, Neil interrupted him, asking him what it felt like to win and what was going on in his mind as he went on stage to accept his Emmy. “All I kept thinking was screw you Neil Patrick Harris!”, Cryer shot back.

Harris performed a great opening number, worked in sing along blog with Castle’s Nathan Fillion. The show ran so smoothly, that is only ran 4 minutes long.

30 Rock and Mad Men repeated as winners this year having also won last year for Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series, respectively. Jon Cryer of Two And A Half Men and Kristen Chenowith of Pushing Daisies won for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock and Toni Colette of The United States Of Tara won for Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.

Michael Emerson of Lost and Cherry Jones of 24 won for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series while Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Glenn Close of Damages won for Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Series. For a complete list of winners visit: EMMY Winners.

Courteney Cox to Appear At “The ABC’s Of Disney” at D23 Expo.

Courteney Cox Photo: NBC

Courteney Cox Photo: NBC

(Press Release): Actress and star of ABC’s new comedy “Cougar Town,” Courteney Cox, will join the all-star lineup at “The ABCs of Disney,” a special presentation at the D23 EXPO, September 10, 3:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center arena.

Cox gained overnight fame as neurotic yet loveable Monica Gellar on the Emmy® Award-winning comedy “Friends.” The show also garnered Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series from 1999-2004. In 1996 she starred in Wes Craven’s horror/comedy “Scream.” She went on to reprise her role two more times for the “Scream” trilogy. Additional film credits include “3000 Miles to Graceland,” “Mr. Destiny,” “Cocoon: The Return,” “Zoom,” “November,” “The Longest Yard” and “Barnyard.” Cox teams this season with “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence on the new ABC comedy “Cougar Town.” They serve as executive producers through their companies, Coquette and Doozer, respectively.

ABC proudly presents “The ABCs of Disney,” an exclusive D23 EXPO event in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Emmy®-nominated Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos”), “The ABCs of Disney” presentation features Stephen McPherson, president of the ABC Entertainment Group, unveiling sneak peeks at many of the fall TV season’s most anticipated new shows, including the much buzzed-about drama, “FlashForward.”

Joining McPherson and Bergeron on stage are some of the most beloved television actors of our time, the stars of ABC’s new Wednesday night comedies, Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”), Kelsey Grammer (“Hank”), Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) and Courteney Cox (“Cougar Town”).

“The ABCs of Disney” concludes with a thrilling dance performance by two of “Dancing with the Stars’” professional champions, Cheryl Burke (two-time winner with partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith) and Derek Hough (Season Seven champion with Brooke Burke). And in a first for “Dancing with the Stars” fans, legendary entertainer and longtime Disney collaborator Donny Osmond will be joined by his professional ballroom partner, Kym Johnson, and preview his dance abilities for D23 EXPO goers, long before his televised premiere on September 21st on the ABC Television Network.

After the presentation, fans will have a chance to receive autographs and take photos with the stars. (Please note: though the talent listed are confirmed, appearances are contingent on production schedules.)

Throughout the four-day D23 EXPO, guests can enter the “ABC House Screening Room” to see sneak peeks of ABC’s new Fall schedule. The “ABC House Screening Room” is set up to be as comfortable as a living room –- where guests are encouraged to put up their feet, relax and enjoy the best that television has to offer.

Also on display Sept. 10-13 is ABC’s “Lost.” In celebration of the Emmy® Award-winning series’ entering its final, thrilling season, ABC Television Network presents a can’t-miss experience for all fans. Guests will be able to step into the world of “Lost” and see a selection of props, set pieces, costumes and collectors’ artifacts from key moments in the series, as well as sign up for Lost University, a special Blu-ray™ and online experience, and receive a limited edition collectors’ pin, available only at D23 Expo.

Fans will also have a chance to sneak a peek at ABC’s first TV special by Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Prep & Landing.” On Sept. 12, “Prep & Landing’s” directors, Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton, will present the holiday special and answer fans’ questions.

Tickets to the D23 EXPO are available at www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 EXPO and can be purchased for single days or for the full four days of festivities. Admission is $37 for a one-day adult ticket and $27 for children 3-12. Four-day passes are $111 for adults and $81 for children. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on up to four same-day admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 EXPO for themselves and their guests.

Special vacation packages including Disneyland Resort hotel accommodations, D23 EXPO tickets and theme park admission are available at the D23 EXPO website. Packages are available from the Walt Disney Travel Company and the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, which is offering a limited number of area hotel rooms at special rates to those attending the D23 EXPO.

Many more details about D23 EXPO entertainment, events and special guests will be announced in the coming days. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23EXPO.com, as well as by following “Disney D23″ at Twitter and on Facebook.

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

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