News Nuggets: Parker Posey teaches the art of an Emmy speech

Veteran “General Hospital” star John Ingle dies: “The actor died on Sunday ‘surrounded by his family in California… after a courageous battle with cancer,’ according to a statement by television network ABC. He filmed his last episode of “General Hospital” on August 24. “With great sadness, I share the news of John Ingle’s passing. We love him and will miss him. John will always be a part of the #GH family,” the show’s executive producer Frank Valentini tweeted on Monday … Ingle married actress and singer Grace-Lynne Martin in 1954, and they were married for 57 years until her death earlier this year from natural causes. Together they had five daughters and nine grandchildren.” REUTERS

TV stars step up to fill in for ailing Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America“: “Stephen Colbert and the cast of ‘Modern Family‘ are next up as ‘Good Morning America’ guest hosts for Robin Roberts, who is scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant this week. The surging ABC morning show hasn’t missed a beat since Roberts exited on Aug. 30. The co-host has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease, and is out indefinitely for treatment that includes a transplant of marrow donated by her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts. Robin Roberts had to undergo chemotherapy before the procedure, said Tom Cibrowski, the show’s senior executive producer. Cibrowski offered more details about the schedule of substitutes for Roberts, which is expected to include Oprah Winfrey and newswomen Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer sometime next month.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Hour” creator Abi Morgan discusses going from feature films like “Shame” and “The Iron Lady” to a regular TV series: “It was wonderful and relentless. The shock for me is that I’m used to doing self-contained narrative work where you get to know characters for a time and then you let them go. The revelation with series is that it eats up story and your characters stay with you, and that’s very exciting because you can really see the progression of a character through a life. But it’s a bit of a beast. I have huge admiration now for anybody who sustains beyond a first season.” NEW YORK TIMES

Katie Couric finishes 1st among new talk shows: “‘Katie’s’ week, which started big before taking a spill, ended strong Friday with a Jennifer Lopez interview. (Couric got J-Lo to comment on the new ‘American Idol‘ judging panel by incorrectly assuring her that Fox had confirmed the names — which Fox did not do until Sunday). But ‘Katie’ finished No. 4 among all syndicated daytime talk shows. The top spot belonged to returning Ellen DeGeneres, whose early numbers are up 45 percent, compared with the same week last year. Ellen owes some of that uptick to better lead-in numbers in several key markets, compliments of Steve Harvey’s new talk show.” WASHINGTON POST

Give Bill Hader the Emmy, or else: “Hader officially became an ‘SNL’ star courtesy of a long-forgotten character from a long-forgotten 2008 sketch. Two years after Hader first played Ben Affleck‘s disturbed screenwriting brother, Stefon, the character reemerged on Weekend Update and became the hottest thing since New York’s hottest club, Trash. He. Had. Everything. Midget puns, a life more bananas than Charlie Sheen‘s brain, and the ability to make the stoic consummate professional Hader laugh at his own jokes. (Or, should we say, SNL writer John Mulaney‘s jokes, which were often changed last-minute in an attempt to trip up Hader during the live show) … please, Emmy voters. Give Hader his due. Because, if you don’t, I’ll sic DJ Baby Bok Choy on you.” HOLLYWOOD.COM

Parker Posey teaches how to give an Emmy speech: “Winning an Emmy isn’t as easy as it looks. In this video spoof, Parker Posey plays an acting coach named Ja,n (it stands for Just Act, Naturally) who for a fee will teach you how to give a victory speech – and how to avoid looking like you have egg on your face when you lose. Her Method acting process: She throws actual eggs on the students’ faces. Check it out.” PEOPLE

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