News Nuggets: ‘Modern Family’ honored by the UK’s Royal Television Society

Modern Family” wins at the Royal Television Society: “‘Modern Family,’ the Twentieth Century Fox Television produced comedy, picked up this year’s international nod at the Royal Television Society program awards Tuesday night. The comedy, which stars Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara and airs in the U.K. on BSkyB’s Sky 1 HD channel, laughed its way to the plaudit ahead of the first series of Danish crime drama ‘The Killing’ and the Australian drama ‘The Slap.’ Dominic West was named best actor for his role in serial killer drama ‘Appropriate Adult,’ while Emily Watson,’ walked away with the best actress award for her role opposite West in the same show.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Why has Bollywood struck out at the Oscars? “Barring three exceptions (‘Mother India’ in 1957, ‘Salaam Bombay’ in 1988 and ‘Lagaan’ in 2001) our over half-a-century lage raho drive has paid zilch dividends, there. This year’s entry too, the Malayalam film ‘Adaminte Makar Abu,’ alas, suffered the same fate. A huge downer for the chest-thumping, B-town devotees forever screaming the Bollywood goes global anthem. What is the problem? Why this systematic cold shoulder to a country that has (in the past) been appreciated and awarded at many of the most prestigious forums — Cannes, Venice, Berlin — celebrating quality cinema? Where have we gone wrong?” LITTLE INDIA

Will this be a breakout year for Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding? “As she releases her fourth studio album, all signs point to a breakout year for the jazz musician. When Esperanza Spalding won the best new artist Grammy in 2011, a collective scratching of heads could be heard around the world — who exactly was this bushy-haired woman with the contagious grin? Apparently the masses were unaware of the depth of her talent, but the voting body of the Grammys saw star power in the young bassist who developed her considerable and eclectic skills at Berkeley College.” THE GRIO

HBO will air Oscar-nominated “God is the Bigger Elvis“: “Among the Academy Award nominated Documentary Short films in this year’s Oscar race was ‘God is the Bigger Elvis,’ a 37-minute film directed by Rebecca Cammisa that tells the story of Delores Hart, whose life before becoming a nun included starring alongside Elvis Presley in the 1958 film ‘King Creole.’ She now goes by Mother Prioress at a convent in Connecticut. For those with an interest in learning more about her story and what life is like for her now, ‘God is the Bigger Elvis’ is set to premiere on HBO on Thursday, April 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.” TELEVISION BLEND

Kathy Bates will play Charlie Harper on “Two and a Half Men“: “Kathy Bates already took over a role written for a man once when she was cast as the lead on David E. Kelley’s NBC dramedy ‘Harry’s Law.’ Now she will portray the ghost of a man on another series. The Oscar winner is set to guest star on the CBS comedy ‘Two And A Half Men,’ playing the ghost of former star Charlie Sheen’s character Charlie Harper. In an episode slated to air April 30, Alan (Jon Cryer) suffers a minor heart attack, and the ghost of his brother Charlie (Bates) will pay a visit to his hospital bedside.” DEADLINE

The Academy of Country Music will hand out special awards on Sept. 24, 2012: “One of the big names who will be celebrated that night is Kenny Chesney, who will be receiving the Crystal Milestone Award for his remarkable achievements, which include becoming a four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, selling more than 10,500,000 tickets on 11 national tours, playing sold out shows in huge venues across the country and promoting the country genre to fans while also investing in younger country artists.” TASTE OF COUNTRY

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