Fox's 24, ABC's Grey's Anatomy, and TNT's miniseries Into the West were the most nominated programs when the 58th annual prime-time Emmy Award nominations were announced July 6. West led with 16 nominations, followed by 24 with 12 and Grey's Anatomy with 11. In a major reversal, last year's winners for best drama and comedy, Lost and Desperate Housewives, were not nominated in those categories. In another surprise, several nominations went to actors whose shows have left the air, including Frances Conroy and Peter Krause for Six Feet Under, Geena Davis for Commander in Chief, Lisa Kudrow for The Comeback, Debra Messing for Will & Grace, and Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, and Alan Alda for The West Wing. The awards will be telecast Aug. 27 on NBC, with Conan O'Brien hosting the ceremony from the Shrine Auditorium.
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June Allyson, often cast as the girl next door in MGM musicals and later as the loving wife in films of the 1950s, died Saturday at her home in Ojai, Calif. She was 88.
During her heyday in the '40s and '50s, Allyson teamed up with Van Johnson for a string of romantic comedies (including Two Girls and a Sailor, The Bride Goes Wild, Too Young to Kiss, and Remains to Be Seen). She was also paired with Robert Walker for two films (Her Highness and the Bellboy and The Sailor Takes a Wife) and with James Stewart for three (The Stratton Story, The Glenn Miller Story, and Strategic Air Command). In the '70s and '80s, she made guest appearances on a host of television programs, including Murder, She Wrote; Hart to Hart; and The Love Boat.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1917, Allyson first appeared on Broadway in 1938 in Sing Out the News, a musical revue. Several Broadway musical comedies followed before she made her mark in Hollywood with her first collaboration with Johnson. She returned to Broadway in 1968 in Forty Carats.
The Federal Communications Commission asked a federal court in New York on July 6 to postpone until September its scheduled hearing on the television networks' appeal of four of the FCC's March indecency rulings. The commission said it is seeking the "voluntary remand" in order to let the ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates charged fully argue their case. According to the FCC, the networks have endorsed the request, but the next day, Fox affiliates filed a motion opposing the proposal, and CBS said Monday that it would also oppose the filing. The FCC rulings, which do not have fines attached, charged ABC, CBS, and Fox affiliates with violating regulations against broadcasting expletives. The incidents in question occurred during a 2004 episode of CBS's The Early Show, Fox's 2002 and 2003 broadcasts of the Billboard Music Awards, and a 2003 episode of ABC's NYPD Blue.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation announced on July 5 that it would award $400,000 in John L. Dales Scholarship Awards to union members and their children who are beginning or continuing their education. The scholarship fund was created in 1973 to honor John L. Dales, SAG's executive secretary for 37 years; 100 scholarships worth $4,000 each will be awarded. The 2007 scholarship application will be available Nov. 1. To date, the fund has awarded money to more than 800 SAG members and their children.
The Times They Are A-Changin', a musical featuring the songs of Bob Dylan and the choreography and direction of Twyla Tharp, has a definite date with Broadway: It will begin previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Sept. 25 and open on Oct. 26. John Selya, who starred in Tharp's Billy Joel dance show, Movin' Out, and Caren Lyn Manuel will headline. The musical tried out at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre this past winter.
Meanwhile, the Tony Award–winning revival of The Pajama Game, which recently ended its limited run at the American Airlines Theatre, will not transfer to a commercial Broadway engagement. There had been plans to move the Roundabout Theatre Company production, but Jeffrey Richards, who was to have produced the venture with James Fuld, Scott Landis, and NETworks' Ken Gentry, said there was no theatre available. There will be a national tour of the production in 2007-08.
Off-Broadway, married actors Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter and director Leonard Foglia have dropped out of Primary Stages' production of Kathleen Clark's Southern Comforts, set to begin previews Sept. 19 at 59E59 Theaters. William Biff McGuire and Penny Fuller will take over for Holbrook and Carter, and Tony-winning actress Judith Ivey will direct.