News Nuggets: Do the Emmys or the Oscars honor superior work?

Musicares and the Grammys honor Bruce Springsteen: “Listen quietly. That soft hum heard in the distance isn’t your television set or your tinnitus. It’s a medley, one slammed together by an all-star cast of pop stars and a reminder that the 2013 Grammy Awards are not all that far away. OK, so we don’t actually know what the medley is yet, but the Recording Academy, the music industry body that hosts the Grammy Awards, is already making noise regarding next year’s ceremony. This morning, the academy revealed that Bruce Springsteen will be feted as the 2013 Musicares Person of the Year. Musicares, the charitable spinoff of the Recording Academy, is to host an A-list gala two nights before the Grammys on Feb. 8.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Tony Awards available on iTunes and Amazon. From the press release: “For the first time ever, Broadway fans can own the entire 2012 Tony Awards Telecast, through iTunes and Amazon.com. Starting now, fans can purchase and watch this year’s exciting telecast on their computer, tablet, phone and other devices. By logging onto iTunes or Amazon.com fans will be able to preview and purchase the entire 2012 Tony Awards telecast hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Additionally, Amazon.com will allow users to purchase individual performances from the night.”

Do the Emmys or Oscar honor more substantial work? “It’s become conventional wisdom that there’s more vital work taking place these days on television than in movies. At some point, goes the story, a bunch of TV writers tired of the usual small-screen fare and started stretching their creative muscles. (And strangely, lots of them were named David: David Milch did ‘NYPD Blue,’ David Chase did ‘The Sopranos,’ David Simon did ‘The Wire’…) But how long has it really been going on? And how is it reflected in the awards picture? If one were to compare the Emmy-winning drama series and the Oscar-winning movie from each year, which medium would consistently deliver the more significant achievement?” THE WRAP

William Ivey Long will succeed Ted Chapin as chair of American Theatre Wing: “Long, who joined the board of the Wing last year, will succeed current Chair Ted Chapin, who concludes his four-year term this year (the maximum number of consecutive years permitted). Chapin will maintain an active role in The Wing as Co-Vice Chair. Long will serve as Chair of the Wing’s Board of Directors, which also welcomes three new appointees: Pamela Zilly, Pamela Bell and Mark Abrahams … ‘I am honored to lead the board of the American Theatre Wing,’ said Long in a statement.  ‘Having worked for 38 years in professional theatre designing 63 Broadway productions, I am very proud to be part of an organization that celebrates artistic excellence in the theatre.'” PLAYBILL

Ricky Gervais values his award for “Derek” more than Emmys or Golden Globes: “The British comic’s first episode about a care home worker received mixed reactions after its April (12) debut, with some critics accusing Gervais of making fun of those with learning difficulties. Gervais, who plays the title role, felt redeemed when ‘Derek’ was named Best Comedy at the New York International Short Film Festival, and admits his latest accolade was his more satisfying than those he received for ‘The Office‘ and ‘Extras.’ He tells Britain’s Metro, ‘I’ve never been so excited about an award – more than the Globes, Emmys and Baftas. I love the character – he’s so uncomplicated and has such a good heart and it was bit of affirmation following the response from people who were critical of the show before they’d even seen it.'” HOLLYWOOD.COM

Tony-winning “Memphis” set to close on Broadway: “Producers said Tuesday that the Joe DiPietro-written musical will play its last performance on Aug. 5 after 30 previews and 1,166 regular performances. It opened in October 2009. While it has not yet recouped its initial investment, producers hope they will by the time the show ends. The show may be leaving Broadway but there’s plenty of ‘Memphis’ to go around: A national tour is entering its second year and there are plans for a London production. ‘Memphis,’ the story of a white disc jockey in Memphis who brought black music to a white audience in the 1950s, won four Tonys, including best book, best original score and best orchestrations.” WASHINGTON POST

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