Comedan Byron Allen will host the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards. From the press release: "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced Byron Allen, Host of 'Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen' and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, as the Host of the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy® Awards at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 17, 2012. 'With talent like Byron Allen hosting and so many stars here to salute those that work so hard behind the scenes, it will be a wonderful night for Daytime Television,' said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS."
Emmy voters have difficult decisions to make: "The better TV gets, the harder things get for Emmy voters. And looking back at it, this has been a good year for television, with more than enough Emmy contenders to confound anyone perusing the electronic ballots that have been showing up on eligible voters' computers. Just reading through the names is effort enough, let alone winnowing them down. Which is where we come in, with a handy, ideal-ballot guide to which people and what shows voters should nominate. (The nominees will be announced on July 19, the awards presented Sept. 23.) What could be simpler?" USA TODAY
"Community" could be nominated for Best Animated Program this year: "Not only has the series thrown its hat in the ring for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series ... but they've also put 'Digital Estate Planning' in consideration for Outstanding Animated Program. The episode, written by Matthew Warburton and directed by Academy Award winner Adam Davidson (watch his Oscar short 'The Lunch Date,' it's awesome), features the Greendale Seven rendered into 8-bit characters to compete in a retro video game called 'Journey To the Center Of Hawkthorne.' The game (you can download a super primitive version of it on reddit) was created by Pierce's father as a way to determine who would end up inheriting his large estate. 'Digital Estate Planning' also features a memorable guest appearance from Giancarlo Esposito ..." TELEVISION BLEND
Meryl Streep presents former Oscar rival Viola Davis with a Women in Film award: "Sorry to say that even though Viola was the honoree, Meryl is the star of this video from the event. Mostly because Access Hollywood made sure to ask Meryl what her thoughts were on the upcoming book sequel to 'The Devil Wears Prada.' Meryl obviously missed her weekly catch-up on Crushable, because she had no idea that a book was happening. The assumption is that following the novel’s April 2013 publication, the movie rights will get snatched up soon and the studio will be trying to woo Meryl and Anne Hathaway back. But as you can tell from the video (start at around 3:35), Meryl is underwhelmed at the prospect." CRUSHABLE
Mike White discusses a highlight moment of HBO's "Enlightened": "Before it premiered last fall, many people knew 'Enlightened' as 'that HBO show starring Laura Dern and her smeared mascara.' Since then, this moving comedy—which follows corporate whistle-blower Amy Jellicoe (Dern) on her journey from scary, 'I will DESTROY you!' meltdown toward Zen-attaining enlightenment—has collected a very devoted group of superfans, including EW’s own Ken Tucker, who put it on his year-end list of the Best TV Shows and called it 'beautifully acted, with many stand-out scenes (like, every one in which Dern’s Amy interacted with the dead souls at her company).' We asked Mike White, who created 'Enlightened' (and also co-stars as Amy’s lonely coworker Tyler), to discuss one of his favorite stand-out scene: the ending of the fourth episode, 'Sandy,' which guest stars Robin Wright." EW.COM
Oliver Stone claims working with Richard Dreyfuss was his worst career experience: "He’s less amused by Richard Dreyfuss, who played Dick Cheney in Stone’s 2008 biopic 'W.' and lambasted his director as a 'fascist.' 'That was probably the single worst experience I’ve ever had with an actor in my life,' the helmer shoots back, saying Dreyfuss couldn’t remember his lines. 'I walked him outside, and I read him the Riot Act. I said, "You’re going to read these f—ing cue cards, and if you don’t read them, this scene is over." So, yeah, I was a fascist.'" HOLLYWOOD REPORTER