Debra Messing, Jon Cryer & John Leverence join ‘Derby Talk’ show

When Gold Derby launches its new weekly live Emmy show in conjunction with UStream next Monday, April 9, “Derby Talk” will include three Emmy superstars:

* Debra Messing, who won Best Comedy Actress in 2003 for “Will & Grace,” is now in the running for Best Drama Actress for “Smash.”

* Jon Cryer, who won Best Supporting Comedy Actor in 2009 for “Two and a Half Men,” now competes in the lead category.

* John Leverence, senior vice president of awards at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, is the wizard behind the curtain who makes the Emmys run.

The trio will appear separately to discuss their TV jobs and the state of the Emmy race with Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil and senior editors Chris Beachum, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery and Matt Noble. “Derby Talk” viewers will be able to interact with the program by submitting comments and questions via Twitter using “@goldderby” and participating in the live chat session.

“Derby Talk” tracks the Emmy race by chatting with contenders, experts and other award insiders. It airs live at and at noon to 1 p.m. PT every Monday for 12 weeks, starting April 9.

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