Emmy Changes: Some Awards to be Taped

Emmy organizers say they will tape the presentation of some awards to help make the ceremony more appealing to viewers.

The Television Academy said Thursday the move is intended to create the most entertaining show possible.

The academy board approved the changes Wednesday night, providing for some awards to be given out before the broadcast. Edited clips of the winners accepting their trophies will be shown during the ceremony, which will air Sept. 20 on CBS.

The Emmys have faced slumping ratings, with last year’s ceremony attracting a low of 12.3 million viewers.

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SNL: Amy Poehler Returns to Thursday Editions

Amy Poehler will make fun of the news again.

She’s returning to the anchor desk for the first two editions of NBC’s limited fall series “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday.” It’ll be just like old times: Poehler will be paired with Seth Meyers.

Bringing Poehler back for a couple of “Weekend Update Thursday” shows is a strategic move by NBC.

At least at the beginning of the fall season, this SNL spin-off will lead into Poehler’s new series, “Parks and Recreation.”

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Little Surprise Hiding in the Popcorn

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The Blind Side of Life

I’ll admit – I rolled my eyes each time I saw a promo for ‘More to Love.’ I mean, what else could FOX come up with? Right!?

I even kept channel surfing during the first few minutes, but somehow I always kept going back.

Was it because of the possible train wreck aspect? Of course – who would look away?

But then something strange happened.

I put down the remote to watch a kind and generous 26-year-old man smile at future prospects. And 20 women excited at an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In other words, I saw America.

I watched women ignoring tight clothing rules, women who cried and offered too much upfront personal information, and women who acted selfless. (Ironically the show before, Hell’s Kitchen was a lesson in how too much ego can crush a proper public demeanor.)

The man at the head of the party, Luke was gracious and kind to each woman. Not one ounce of narcissism could be detected during those first mansion introductions. He did not indulge in details; he turned the attention on them.  

The women, on the other hand, acted like traditional dating no-no’s. I actually lost count how many times I heard ‘I’ve never had a boyfriend before.’

Many women cried during their confessional scenes and acted as if they were intentional victims of societal loneliness. While that may be true on some level, they need to ignore those limitations and rise above expectations.

It was then I realized I was watching – me. All my faults, big and small, mirrored back to me on 1080dpi.

I wanted to shake them out of their slump and tell them to focus on what they want. Sometimes it’s more important to focus on achievements – do you want to have regrets on your deathbed? At some point time starts to slip away and you need to grasp what you can.  

That first episode also reeked fake kindness through my screen, but so far I must say I’m impressed to see a gentler side of America.

Only in L.A.: Sperm Bank Offers Celebrity Look-a-Like Babies

Want to have a baby that looks like your favorite celebrity? It just a whole lot easier to design your future baby, thanks to a Los Angeles sperm bank.

” California Cryobank” announced Tuesday that it has started posting photos of celebrities who resemble their donors to give prospective clients a better idea of what their potential offspring might look like.

“The number one client question we get is: `Who does this donor look like?”‘ said Scott Brown of California Cryobank. “We decided this would be a great way to give thorough and consistent answers. Clients love it. Look-a-Likes has only been available for a week and our Web site traffic is up 50 percent.”

Brown said the sperm bank is choosy, accepting fewer than 1 percent of people who apply to be donors. The screening process includes genetic testing, regular blood tests, a three-generation family medical history, and a sperm count/quality in the top 15 percent of the population, he said.

A group of employees spent six months putting together the photos and matching them to donors.

Clients can search for attributes such as height or eye and hair color, and the database will return a list of donors who each have two or three celebrity look-alikes. Users also can choose from an existing library of celebrities to generate a list of matching donors, according to California Cyrobank, which was started in 1977.


Musical History Up for Sale

One of the few “Jenny” phone numbers left is for sale on eBay.

The phone number made famous in the Tommy Tutone hit “867-5309/Jenny” is up for auction, with a Philadelphia area code of 267.

As of yesterday, the lead bid was $720. The auction ends August 4.

Many of the “Jenny” numbers were taken out of service because too many people would call that number and ask for Jenny.

A New Jersey “Jenny” phone number was sold in February.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

SAG Votes to Oppose Hollywood Hospital Closure

The Screen Actors Guild has voted to oppose closing a motion picture home where many actors and others have spent their last years.

By a slender margin, the SAG board voted Saturday to oppose closing the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s long-term care facility in Woodland Hills.

SAG has no formal say in the hospital’s future but many SAG members financially support it and some actors have vigorously campaigned against what they view as the destruction of a legacy.

The motion picture fund, which runs health care centers, assisted living facilities and other services, says the hospital is losing more than $10 million a year.

Fund Chairman Frank Mancuso says the hospital will bankrupt the fund in five years unless its 84 residents are moved.

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