News Nuggets: AFI tribute to Steve Martin includes roasts by Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Martin Short

Steve Pond reports on the American Film Institute tribute Thursday night for Steve Martin with the 13 funniest lines on the show. The actor and comedian is the 43rd recipient of the life achievement award from the AFI. Previous honoree Mel Brooks presented the trophy at the end of the program, which included roasts and tributes from Dan Aykroyd, Jack Black, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Martin Short, and Lily Tomlin. The ceremony airs Saturday, June 13, on TBS. The Wrap

A new roundtable session gathers six of this year’s top actors contending for the Emmy Awards. Timothy Hutton (“American Crime“), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul“), Clive Owen (“The Knick“), David Oyelowo (“Nightingale“), Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers“), and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan“) chat about their current roles, turning points in their careers, and the Academy Awards. Hollywood Reporter

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Christy Grosz focuses on the men who are departing the Emmys this year having never won before. Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire“), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“), Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy“), and Timothy Olyphant (“Justified“) each has one final chance for their iconic roles. The category of Best Drama Actor is also wide open with only three possible returning nominees (Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Kevin Spacey). Variety

Glenn Whipp encourages Emmy voters to make room for “The Americans” and “Empire” in the Best Drama Series category. The category has three open slots with the expansion to seven nominees and the departures of “Breaking Bad” and “True Detective.” He expects “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” and “Mad Men” to return. “Orange is the New Black” should also make a safe transition over from comedy to drama. L.A. Times

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Jeremy Gerard offers his winner picks for Sunday’s Tony Awards. In the play categories, he has “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” “Skylight,” Alex Sharp, and Helen Mirren. For the musicals, he has “An American in Paris,” “The King and I,” Michael Cerveris, and Kelli O’Hara. Deadline

CBS announces that the bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will be Jon Batiste. The 28-year-old musician is from Louisiana and originally joined his family’s Batiste Brothers Band at age 8. He has released four solo albums and was associate artistic director for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. The new version of the late night talk show debuts on September 8. TV Guide

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will co-host the 2015 BET Awards. The “Black-ish” co-stars just finished the first year of their ABC comedy series together. The live ceremony will be held June 28 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. People

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