News Briefs: General Hospital Wins Its Eleventh Daytime Emmy for Best Drama


... General Hospital was the big winner at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards this weekend, taking home the honors for Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Anthony Geary), Best Supporting Actor (Jonathan Jackson), and Best Supporting Actress (Nancy Lee Grahn). Other highlights included The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom for Best Actress, Life With Regis and Kelly for Best Talk Show, and Jeopardy! for Best Game Show. At the post-show parties, everyone was seen on their phones with their agents, begging for something in primetime. [Deadline Hollywood]


... I'll take close calls for 400, Alex. Shortly after receiving its Emmy for Best Game Show, Jeopardy had a big scare: Quiz master Alex Trebek suffered a heart attack Saturday night, but is now "up and about and in good spirits," according to Sony Pictures TV. [Deadline Hollywood]


... How did those Daytime Emmy Awards do in the ratings department? Pretty crummy! The ceremony was broadcast live on Saturday night by HLN, which is apparently a cable channel, and set records by drawing the network's largest audience ever for a non-news telecast with 912,000 viewers. But it also happened to be the smallest audience ever for the Daytime Emmy Awards; last year the ceremony aired on CBS and drew 5.5 million viewers. Sooo... congrats? [Washington Post]

... In more important news, HBO's The Newsroom debuted last night, and pulled in 2.1 million viewers for its initial airing. By comparison, that's higher than True Blood's 1.4 million for its debut in 2008, but less than Game of Thrones' 2.2 million in 2011 and well below the benchmark of Boardwalk Empire's stellar 4.8 million for its coming out party in 2010. But while it seems like The Newsroom got off to a decent start, the scarier number is how many people decided not to stick around after its True Blood lead-in: 4.7 million people tuned in for the vampire drama, meaning 2.6 million changed the channel once it ended. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Roseanne Barr will be the next celebrity to be roasted by Comedy Central, meaning no one will go home hungry. The special will air August 12 at 10pm. [Comedy Central]

... Steve Carell has dashed fans' hopes that he might return to NBC's The Office as a guest-star, saying, "I think the people who say they want to see Michael Scott reappear would be ultimately slightly disappointed." However, do we really want to see Carell continue to do mediocre movie after mediocre movie? [LA Times]

... Rumor alert! Regis Philbin is in talks to join the Today show, which would reunite him with Kathie Lee Gifford if her current drinking buddy Hoda Kotb moves up to co-host the earlier hour with Matt Lauer in light of Anne Curry's impending removal. It will be nice to find out who is more coherent: the 80-year-old lunatic or Gifford after her sixth glass of Chablis. [Radar Online]

... Maura Tierney has landed a major arc on CBS's The Good Wife. The ER alum will re-team with her former coworker Julianna Margulies for as many as 10 episodes in the legal drama's upcoming fourth season. Tierney will play an internet billionaire who could fund Peter's campaign. Also joining the cast is Marc Warren as Kalinda's ex-hubby. [TV Line]

... E! is airing a special on New York Jets special teams member Tim Tebow for reasons I cannot explain. Look for E! Entertainment Special: Tim Tebow's Wild Rise to air on July 2. [E! via press release]

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