News Nuggets: ‘Orange is the New Black’ changes to comedy at Golden Globes, SAG Awards

Just as it did for the Emmy Awards this year, “Orange is the New Black” is entering the comedy categories for the upcoming Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Netflix show competed as a drama in its first try last year at those ceremonies. The Globes had no problem with the change even though Taylor Schilling was nominated as Best TV Drama Actress. However, SAG has much tighter rules about switching, so Netflix had to submit a petition to the awards committee for approval. The program received no SAG nominations last time. Variety

The Big Bang Theory” executive producer Steve Molaro discusses last week’s “momentous” episode and how it affects the rest of this season. The prom-themed segment had Sheldon (Jim Parsons) actually using the “love” word with his pseudo-girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik). Molaro says he is “sweating” the couple’s next milestone and how there is a “special energy” on the set when these types of pivotal moments are shot. TV Line

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Taylor Swift holds the top spot on the albums chart for the second straight week. Her blockbuster “1989” sold another 402,000 copies, bringing her overall total to 1.6 million sold. The best debut of the week is in third place by Bette Midler with “It’s the Girls,” her tribute to girl groups. Another great debut is by Calvin Harris in fifth place with “Motion.” Billboard

Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will present “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner with the Founders Award at the International Emmys on November 24. The New York event will be hosted by British comic/actor Matt Lucas. Other presenters include Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Darby Stanchfield, Laverne Cox, Carrie Preston, Diego Klattenhoff, Erin Richards, and Annet Mahendru. Deadline

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Many Tony winners and Broadway stars are lining up to appear on a special tribute to the late Elaine Stritch. The show will be held in New York on November 17 and is constructed by George C. Wolfe. Performers include Nathan Lane, Lena Hall, Holland Taylor, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Hal Prince, Betty Buckley, Christine Ebersole, and Michael Feinstein. Playbill

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will be among the stars on the annual NBC special “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.” It will be the 82nd celebration in New York and will air on December 3. Other performers include Cyndi Lauper, Seth MacFarlane, Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes, and Trisha Yearwood. “Today” anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales will host. USA Today

Larry the Cable Guy will host the CMT Artists of the Year special live on Tuesday, December 2. The 2014 honorees are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban. For the first time in the event’s five-year history, it will be simulcast on both CMT and VH1. TV by the Numbers

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