News Nuggets: ‘Downton Abbey’ vs. ‘Walking Dead’ — which is the better drama?

Same-sex kiss cut from Greek broadcast of “Downton Abbey“: “A row has erupted in Greece’s state broadcaster ERT over a decision this week to cut a scene showing two men kissing from the evening broadcast of award-winning British period drama ‘Downton Abbey.’ The company’s managing director criticised the move as censorship after it raised a wave of complaints over what was supposed to be one of ERT’s flagship programmes for the winter season. ‘The management of ERT had not been informed of this unfortunate decision involving arbitrary censorship,’ the company’s managing director Nikos Simos said in a statement, adding that media were ‘justified’ in slamming the decision.” AFP

Mary McNamara compares “Downton Abbey” to “The Walking Dead” side-by-side to see which drama comes out on top: “In a recent discussion in this paper about the Emmys, I mentioned that I thought ‘The Walking Dead’ was a better show than ‘Downton Abbey.’ Needless to say I got more than a few irate emails from folks who could not believe I would even dare to compare the two shows. But when you think about it, they are eerily similar in construct.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Bette Midler may play Lea Michele‘s grandmother on “Glee“: “Bette Midler is apparently ‘Glee’-bound, according to her and Ryan Murphy‘s tweets. At last night’s God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards ceremony, Ryan Murphy asked Midler from the stage if she’d guest-star, and she accepted — though she’s still mulling over her character options. ‘I have one vote for Rachel’s grandmother … hmmmm,’ Midler wrote last night. Uh, Bette Midler has to play herself on ‘Glee,’ because there is absolutely no way that show operates in a world where Bette Midler does not exist. It’s not possible.” VULTURE

Tony-nominee Danny Burstein and Emmy-nominee Sarah Paulson sign on for “Talley’s Folly” off-Broadway: “Three-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson are set to lead a new off-Broadway production of Lanford Wilson’s ‘Talley’s Folly.’ The Roundabout Theatre production will begin its run at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on February 8, 2013. Opening night is set for March 5, and the limited engagement is scheduled to run through April 28. Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows a Jewish immigrant named Matt Friedman (Burstein) who returns to his hometown after World War II in the hopes of rekindling his romance with nurse Sally Talley (Paulson).” BROADWAY.COM

Ryan Lochte‘s performance as Nina Arianda‘s “sex idiot” on “30 Rock” prompts Crushable to demand an Emmy: “All I have to say after watching Ryan Lochte guest star on the final season of ’30 Rock’ is that ‘Homeland‘ got lucky the Emmys aired before his performance. Although as I type that, I realize how silly that sounds. There’s a good chance that the people who awarded ‘Homeland’ all those Emmys will probably take them back now and send them straight to Ryan Lochte. That’s how masterfully he delivered his two lines. He played the incredibly important character of ‘sex idiot’ and really embodied the character by making the majority of the viewing audience want to have sex with him.” CRUSHABLE

Ricky Gervais passes the torch to upcoming Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: “… the British comic had some kind words for the newcomers and even offered his assistance in writing some Hollywood-specific jokes of the sort that is bound to offend some of the show business dignitaries in attendance, just as Gervais used to when he took the podium. What did Gervais have to say to Fey and Poehler? Gervais’ statement suggested that he’d left the emcee gig voluntarily. ‘Good luck to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. After failing three years in a row to make E! Channel’s Best Dressed list, I decided to hand over the reins,’ the Office creator told Entertainment Weekly. Then he offered some dubious help: ‘Let me know if you run out of Scientology gags.'” CELEBUZZ!

Kellan Lutz plans to win an Oscar someday: “From vampire red blood to Oscar’s red carpet? Kellan Lutz (who plays Edward’s big bro Emmett in the ‘Twilight’ franchise) recently told DuJour magazine, ‘I want to act for the rest of my life. I’ll win an Oscar one day, but I’m in no rush to get there. I don’t care if that takes me 50 years, and I’m old. I just love what I do.’ While I think we can all agree Lutz won’t be receiving an Oscar for his body of work in ‘Twilight,’ who knows what the future will hold? His previous roles (‘90210,’ ‘Stick It’) haven’t required much of him beyond his good looks, but perhaps the future will showcase the talent buried underneath his pounds of muscle.” EW.COM

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