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September 18, 2018

EMMYS “RING” TRUE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the end, the 2018 Emmys won’t be remembered for trophies — but for a ring. The show’s signature moment wasn’t delivered by one of the actors who won Emmys or the hosts — but by the man who won an award for directing last year’s Oscars telecast. First, Glenn Weiss noted his mom had died two weeks ago. Then he mentioned his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen. He said, “You wonder why I don’t want to call you my girlfriend? It’s because I want to call you my wife.” As a surprised audience gasped then erupted in cheers, Weiss called her to the stage where he dropped to a knee, gave her a ring and popped the question. She said yes. Making the moment more poignant: the ring Weiss gave her was the same one his dad had given his late mom.

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HENRY WINKLER WINS HIS FIRST EMMY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If “The Fonz” had seen the way Henry Winkler acted when he won his first-ever Emmy, he would have put him in check by saying “Whoa!” A jubilant Winkler was outwardly thrilled as he accepted his Emmy for “Barry” — a win that comes four decades after he starred on “Happy Days.” Winker told the audience he was once told if you stay at the table long enough, the chips will come your way — and now he was cleaning up the table. Backstage, Winkler was reminded that he told a reporter he might wet himself if he won. He says he didn’t — but joked that he had on rubber pants, just in case.

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“GAME OF THRONES,” ″MRS. MEISEL” CAPTURE EMMY’S BIG PRIZES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was as though “Game of Thrones” never left the Emmy scene. A year after not competing, the drama returned to where it was two years ago — at the top of the drama heap. One of the shows it beat out: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which won in GOT’s absence last year. Adding to the show’s total — an acting award for Peter Dinklage.

The comedy award goes to Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” It is the first streaming series to win the top Emmy comedy honor. Rachel Brosnahan, who plays a 1950s homemaker who finds fame — and her voice — in stand-up comedy, wins for best lead comedy actress. And Alex Borstein got the supporting actress win. In accepting her award, Brosnahan notes her series was about empowering women — and said the best way for women to have their voices heard — is to vote.

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EMMYS AND BROADCAST TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Emmys are about TV — but since the way we watch TV has changed so dramatically over the years, the awards have again left the major broadcast networks in the dust. This year, no top wins go to shows from the main four networks, except for “Saturday Night Live,” which airs on NBC. Overall, HBO and Netflix tie for wins this year with 23 each.

EMMYS - HOSTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They didn’t “kill it” when it came to comedy — but they managed not to kill it when it came to the show, itself. That’s how it went on the Emmys with first-time hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost. The men who hold down the “Saturday Night Live” ″Weekend Update” segment delivered topical jokes last night — but nothing that you could call a “moment.” The show was produced by their boss, Lorne Michaels. At the same time, SNL celebrated another Emmy win — extending its mark for most Emmys ever by a single program.

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EMMYS - DIVERSITY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The promise of a diverse field of Emmy winners got a boost when the nominations came out. But when the awards were handed out last night, that promise wasn’t fulfilled. Most minority nominees were shut out with the exceptions being Regina King and Thandie Newton. One of the night’s biggest disappointments was for “Atlanta.” It was poised to pick up a second-straight win for best comedy. But it — and its star/producer Donald Glover — went home empty-handed. About halfway into the show, presenter James Corden jokingly called for the hashtag #EmmysSoWhite to hit “trending” status.

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EMMYS - JOHN OLIVER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — His show may have won an Emmy. But John Oliver says “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” isn’t a big a hit at home. Oliver says his toddler son’s favorite show is “Paw Patrol.” Oliver will have to wait to win his son over, noting his program is the complete opposite of Paw Patrol.

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EMMYS - LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In case you need it again — here is a list of winners at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced last night by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Drama Series: “Game of Thrones”

Comedy Series: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Actor, Drama Series: Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

Actress, Drama Series: Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Writing, Drama Series: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, “The Americans”

Directing, Drama Series: Stephen Daldry, “The Crown”

Actor, Comedy Series: Bill Hader, “Barry”

Actress, Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Henry Winkler, “Barry.”

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Writing, Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Directing Comedy Series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Limited Series: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, “Seven Seconds”

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Jeff Daniels, “Godless”

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Merritt Wever, “Godless”

Writing, Limited Series: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”

Directing, Limited Series: Ryan Murphy, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Writing, Variety Special: John Mulaney, “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City”

Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, “The Oscars”

Variety Sketch Series: “Saturday Night Live”

Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

Reality-Competition Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

TOM ARNOLD / MARK BURNETT SCUFFLE, JOKED ABOUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — We won’t know for a while if the dustup between comedian Tom Arnold and “The Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett will end up in court. But the scuffle did end up being the butt of a joke at the Emmys last night. The two got into it Sunday — and yesterday, Arnold filed a police report over the incident. Both sides say the other started it. At last night’s Emmys, presenter James Corden joked that 96-year-old Betty White stepped in to break up the scuffle herself. Arnold is trying to track down tapes that show President Donald Trump made racially inflammatory statements during the taping of Apprentice. Burnett produced the show — and could have outtakes with the kind of stuff Arnold is looking for.

RECORD LOW VIEWERSHIP FOR EMMY AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) — Television’s biggest night wasn’t that big. A record-low audience of just under 10.2 million people watched the awards show that kicked off a new television season on Monday night. The Nielsen company says that’s down from the virtually identical audiences of 11.4 million from the past two years. Michael Che and Colin Jost of “Saturday Night Live” hosted the awards show on NBC. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel became the first show from a streaming service to win best comedy, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was the top drama. The dip in viewership follows a recent trend that also affected the Academy Awards and Grammys earlier this year.

BILL COSBY’S WIFE STEPS UP ATTACKS ON JUDGE

UNDATED (AP) — As the days count down for Bill Cosby’s sentencing for sexual assault, his wife is stepping up attacks on the judge handling the case. In a statement, Camille Cosby claims Steven O’Neill is “arrogant,” ″corrupt,” and “unethical.” What’s more, she has filed an ethics complaint against O’Neill — and hired a former FBI agent to investigate him. In recent weeks, Cosby’s legal team has fired several broadsides at O’Neill. They claim he has a beef with the former DA in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The DA declined to charge Cosby for his 2004 sexual encounter with a former Temple University official — and promised he’d never face criminal charges in the case. O’Neill tossed that agreement and Cosby was tried — and convicted.

JULIE CHEN LEAVES ‘THE TALK’

NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Chen has left the cast of the CBS daytime show “The Talk” a week after her husband, CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves, was ousted from the company due to sexual misconduct charges. Chen announced her decision via a taped message on the show Tuesday, saying she needed to spend more time at home with her husband and their son. She appeared from the set of “Big Brother,” the prime-time CBS show where she is the host. Chen made no mention of the case involving Moonves. She appeared to fight back tears when she thanked crew members. One of her co-hosts, Sara Gilbert, said “we love you, Julie,” after the taped message was over and just before the show concluded.

DIANE NEAL - POLITICS

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Add one to the list of actresses looking to get involved in politics. Diane Neal will be on the November ballot as an independent congressional candidate in New York State. She’s on the ballot after winning a court fight over petition signatures. Last month, the Board of Elections rejected more than 1,800 of the more than 4,100 signatures on Neal’s petition to get on the ballot. But the New York State Supreme Court favorably heard her appeal. Neal played Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: SVU.” She’s never held political office before.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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