News Nuggets: Charlie Sheen wanted Rob Lowe to help him scam the Emmys

Charlie Sheen tried to get Rob Lowe to help him scam the Emmys: “Lowe insists the star was deadly serious when he suggested they tried to scam the awards – and win big in Las Vegas. He recalls, ‘At the Emmys a few years ago I was delivering the category of Best Lead Actor in a Comedy and Charlie was nominated; I hadn’t talk to him for a while … He calls me up and said, “Listen, I have a plan. The odds against me winning in Vegas are 36-1; I’ll put a million dollars down, you read my name and I’ll give you 70 per cent of the winnings. I hang up, laughing, and he calls me again and goes, “Dude, I’m serious.”‘” TORONTO SUN

Debating the relevance of the Webby Awards: “Flipping through the past nominees, the selections often feel arbitrary: a mishmash of corporate websites, usual suspects, and Flash ad campaigns. Pioneering, innovative sites show up once in a while, usually when sponsored by a large company. But they’re a rarity. That’s because, unlike the Academy Awards, Tonys, Grammys, Golden Globes and most peer-reviewed awards, the Webbys charge a steep entry fee to be nominated. Their decision to charge excludes a huge universe of worthy candidates, leaving a list dominated by advertising agencies, public relations departments, and the occasional independent looking for attention.” WIRED

Only Debra Messing will compete in the lead Emmy race for “Smash: “‘American Idol‘ alum Katharine McPhee and breakout star Megan Hilty have been vying for the lead role of a lifetime in NBC’s freshman Broadway drama ‘Smash.’ But NBC and the actress’ reps are taking them out of the lead-actress spotlight for the upcoming Emmy season. A ‘Smash’ rep confirms that the only castmember who will be submitted for lead drama actress consideration is Emmy winner and six-time nominee Debra Messing. The rest of the cast will compete in the supporting categories.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Kelly Ripa decides what to wear in her TV Land Awards opener: “In the opening segment from the 10th Annual TV Land Awards (Sun., April 29 at 9 p.m. ET), Ripa and Carson Kressley search for the perfect look for the host to wear to greet the audience. It’s the TV Land Awards, so Ripa tries out the looks of past and present TV icons from Cher to Tootie from ‘The Facts of Life.’ See her as Wonder Woman, Sue Sylvester, Daisy Duke, ‘New Girl‘s’ Jess and so many more before she makes a decision. And let’s just say it’s purrfect … Watch the video below.” HUFFINGTON POST

The Tony Awards Administrative Committee makes its final decisions: “The London import ‘One Man, Two Guvnors‘ will be eligible in the Best Play category, while ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner‘ will be eligible for nomination in the Best Revival of a Play category … Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actress/Actor in a Play categories for their respective performances in Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman‘ … Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical category for their respective performances in ‘Evita.'” PLAYBILL

Off Broadway Alliance Award nominees include “4000 Miles,” “Silence,” and “Carrie”: “The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off-Broadway producers, theatres, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, has announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off-Broadway during the 2011-12 season. Awards will be presented in six competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Special Event and Best Family Show.” PLAYBILL

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