Leno, Murdoch Among TV Hall of Fame Inductees

There are six new members of the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

At a ceremony Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, the academy inducted Jay Leno, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, media baron Rupert Murdoch, writer-producer David E. Kelley and former ABC executive Brandon Stoddard.

Sound pioneer Ray Dolby was inducted posthumously, with his wife and son accepting the honor.

Leno got a spirited introduction from Bill Maher, who said his friend didn’t deserve the heat he took over Conan O’Brien’s short-lived tenure as “Tonight Show” host.

Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, noted he was being honored on his 83rd birthday — a coincidence that he called particularly annoying because he doesn’t like to look back. (AP)

10 Quickest Ways to Win an Emmy

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I found the below list on goldderby.com. The writer Daniel Montgomery makes some valid points, but I also think he may have left out some. I included some of my thoughts at the bottom.

Do a voiceover

  • Anne Hathaway won for ‘The Simpsons’ in 2010

Host an Awards Show

  • Neil Patrick Harris won for the 2010 Tony Awards. Anne Hathaway and James Franco are nominated for this year’s Academy Awards.

Host a Parade

  • Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest won for the Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade in 2006

Join a Morning Show

  • Jenna Bush won this year for her correspondent work on the Today Show. Kathie Lee Gifford also won for a different show.

Write a Song with Andy Samberg

  • He won in 2007 for ‘Dick in a Box.’ He’s also nominated for three Emmys this year – all for music.

Write for the Daily Show

  • John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac are both winners for writing. Stephen Colbert has five Emmys between ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’

Let David E. Kelley Write Your Closing Argument

  • James Spader and William Shatner (“Boston Legal” and “The Practice”); Camryn Manheim, Michael Badalucco, and Sharon Stone (“The Practice”); Jimmy Smits (“L.A. Law”); Peter MacNicol (“Ally McBeal”); and Fyvush Finkel (“Picket Fences”) all have won a statue.

Pretend You’re on a Mini-Series

  • TV Academy rules were amended after the failed FX series ‘Thief’ won an Emmy for Andre Braugher for Best Movie/Mini Actor. So this year, Idris Elba is up for her turn in BBC America’s ‘Luther.’

Change Your Name to Cloris Leachman or Alfre Woodard

  • Both are nominated this year, and between them they have 13 wins. Cloris Leachman also has an Oscar from ‘The Last Picture Show.’

Get Out of TV Entirely

  • Joss Whedon never won for a show, but he did win a Special Class Emmy in 2009 for the internet-exclusive “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

Give Birth on Air

  • Jennifer Aniston scored her Emmy after giving birth on Friends.

Also Change Your Name to Betty White or Mary Tyler Moore

  • Betty White is nominated this year for ‘Hot inCleveland.’ She won last year for hosting SNL.

Waiting it Out

  • For years, John Larroquette, Oprah and Ellen Degeneres won for their work on their shows, that is, until they dropped their names from the race and gave other people a chance. See also Craig T. Nelson for Coach and Ted Danson for Cheers.

I don’t know if Oscar rules apply in this matter, but playing a prostitute, someone who is mentally or physically handicap (that’s PC right?) or someone who is a monster, such as a serial killer or cannibal also helps your chances in winning an award. I also think playing a real-life person helps, but it doesn’t guarantee you an award.

And probably the easiest way of all to getting an Emmy is buying one. Through a house auction or on Ebay. Most auctions are held for charity, although a few helped family members pay for medical bills or other things.

Not judging one bit – you have to do what you have to do in this newAmerica. And if it means selling your award, so be it – although I believe there are a few rules against selling it. Not, that I have ever been in that predicament before anyway….