Ricky Gervais is the perfect choice to host the next Academy Awards, according to a veteran of the kudos scene: Mark Burnett, who has produced the Emmys, MTV Movie Awards and People's Choice Awards.
"Ricky Gervais, I think, is brilliant," Burnett says in a webcast with Gold Derby. Gervais is "very funny, very current," he says. "It must be an entertaining telecast."
Gold Derby asked Burnett to look into his web camera and to address Gervais personally and tell him to accept the job, if offered. "I have one thing to say to Ricky and it's an inside joke: 'Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim cher-oo.'"
Hey, Ricky: What the blue hell does that mean? Second question: would you accept the host job if producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron offered it?
Burnett is currently a hot contender at the Emmys where he competes with "The Voice," "Survivor" and History Channel miniseries "The Bible." Below, our chat on all that. Our discussion of Oscars and Gervais (and his endorsement of Seth Myers too) starts around 18 minutes in.
Want to win an Emmy? Try playing tipsy or act the lush or even full-blown alcoholic.
Normally, the high-strung and introverted Dr. Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory" would never have a drink. However, in the 2010 episode "The Pants Alternative," he is very nervous about accepting an award so starts knocking back the booze to loosen up and ends up removing his pants. Jim Parsons submitted that episode to Emmy judges and won Best Comedy Actor for the first time.
Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on "M*A*S*H" needed plenty of alcohol to make it through his stint in the Korean War. In fact, he built his own unauthorized still in the tent "The Swamp" he shared with other doctors (played by Wayne Rogers and Larry Linville, followed by Mike Farrell and David Ogeden Stiers). Alan Alda won two Emmy Awards as Best Comedy Actor in 1974 and 1982.
As the bar manager on "Cheers," Rebecca Howe was a woman who rarely drank alcohol herself, at least enough to get drunk. In the 1991 episode "The Days of Wine and Neuroses," she did just that after hearing that her prison boyfriend wanted to get married. Kirstie Alley won the Emmy Award as Best Comedy Actress with that episode submission.
Continuing a long line of Emmy Awards wins for guest acting on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," Ann-Margret won in 2010. Her character of Rita Wills was an over-the-top, alcoholic, drug-using hoarder. Her victory was as Best Drama Guest Actress.
On "Cybill," the character of Maryann Thorpe was a bitter, very wealthy ex-wife of a plastic surgeon in Southern California. She enjoyed an endless supply of martinis and always had her buzz on. Christine Baranski won the Emmy Award in 1995 as Best Comedy Supporting Actress.
In the telefilm "Before Women Had Wings," Glory Marie left her husband after severe beatings. She moved to Florida with her daughters but started heavily drinking and beating her own children. Ellen Barkin won the Emmy Award in 1998 as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress.
As the series "Murphy Brown" opened, the title character was just being released from the Betty Ford Clinic for her addiction problems. Battling alcoholism throughout the years, Candice Bergen won the Emmy Award five times (1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995) as Best Comedy Actress (the most of any in that category).
The character of Claire Dunphy on "Modern Family" likes a glass of wine here and there, but in the episode "Go Bullfrogs!," she gets outright drunk on a night out with the boys. Julie Bowen won her second Emmy Award as Best Comedy Supporting Actress for that episode.
Before the audience met the character of Sam Malone on "Cheers," he was an alcoholic baseball player. During that time, he bought a bar and kept it for sentimental reasons even after sobering up. Several episodes of the show had him struggling with his decision not to drink. Ted Danson won the Emmy Award as Best Comedy Actor in 1990 and 1993.
Diane Russell joined the cast of characters on "NYPD Blue" during the second season as a new officer and love interest of Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits). She was a functioning alcholic convinced that it was time to join Alcoholics Anonymous. Kim Delaney won the Emmy Award as Best Drama Supporting Actress in 1997.
The character of Tyrion Lannister on "Game of Thrones" leads his troops into battle in the first season episode "Baelor." However, it is his lengthy drunk confessional scene that might have won over Emmy voters that year as Peter Dinklage won the award as Best Drama Supporting Actor.
For the first few seasons of "NYPD Blue," Det. Andy Sipowicz was an alcoholic police officer but was sobering up after being shot and making a decision to change his life. In the 1996 episode "Closing Time," he went off the wagon in a big way due to the death of his son. Dennis Franz won the Emmy Award for that episode in 1996 and also won three additional times as Best Drama Actor.
Det. Chris Cagney on "Cagney and Lacey" had always struggled with alcoholism, partially due to her job on the police force and also genetically from her father. When he died, the episode "Turn, Turn, Turn," gave Sharon Gless an acting gift to fall off the wagon and win a second Emmy Award as Best Drama Actress in 1987.
British perpetual drunk and sloth Simon Moon would sometimes visit his sister Daphne (Jane Leeves) in Seattle on the comedy series "Frasier." For the 2002 episode "Mother Load," Anthony LaPaglia won the Emmy Award as Best Comedy Guest Actor.
On the second episode of the comedy "Mike and Molly," Molly Flynn found out that too much cold medicine and alcohol mixed together made for a funny and embarrassing "First Date." That was the Emmy-winning submission for Melissa McCarthy as Best Comedy Actress in 2011.
In the finale to the "Prime Suspect" British movie series, Det. Superintendent Jane Tennison was dealing with alcoholism and the death of her father. Helen Mirren received her second Emmy Award for the role as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress in 2007.
Karen Walker was a close friend to the two title characters on "Will and Grace" and was seen quite often with a drink in her hand. She was a fun-loving and functional alcoholic throughout the course of the series. Megan Mullally won the Emmy Award twice as Best Comedy Supporting Actress in 2000 and 2006.
Ari Gold was the bombastic, foul-mouthed celebrity agent on the comedy "Entourage." While he would sometimes be seen drinking, it was his explosive drunk scene in the episode "Exodus" that helped Jeremy Piven win his first of three consecutive Emmy Awards in 2006 as Best Comedy Supporting Actor.
Former First Lady Betty Ford made major headlines of her own when admitting to her alcoholism and opening her own recovery center in California. Gena Rowlands portrayed her in the telefilm "The Betty Ford Story" and won the 1987 Emmy Award as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress.
Early in the run of "The West Wing," it was discovered that White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry was a recovering alcoholic attending regular AA meetings. In the episode "Bartlet for America," viewers saw how his character had a relapse during a set of harrowing flashbacks. John Spencer won the Emmy Award with that submission in 2002 as Best Drama Supporting Actor.
The foul-mouthed and overly protective producer of the fictional "The Larry Sanders Show" was Arthur. On the episode "Arthur After Hours," he spend a heavily intoxicated night at the studio because of the way Larry (Garry Shandling) has been treating him. It was one of the episodes that won an Emmy Award for Rip Torn in 1996 as Best Comedy Supporting Actor.
William Wilson suffered through bouts of depression and severe alcoholism. He went on to become the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. His story was told in the masterful telefilm "My Name is Bill W," with James Woods in the role that won him an Emmy Award in 1989 as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor.
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