- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2005

It’s Emmy time

Before rolling out their new fall schedules, television networks will recognize their achievements during Sunday’s 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

CBS will broadcast the presentation live from Hollywood’s Shrine Auditorium at 8 p.m. Awards will be presented on air, by a host of celebrities, in 27 categories (Creative Emmys were handed out during a ceremony last Sunday and will air tomorrow at 7 p.m. on E!)

Celebrity presenters scheduled for Sunday’s broadcast include Oscar-winner and Emmy nominee Halle Berry (for ABC’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God”), Emmy-nominee and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, Emmy-nominee and “24” star Keifer Sutherland, and “Two and a Half Men” stars Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen.

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” has high hopes for a big victory after receiving 15 Emmy nods. “Lost,” another ABC hit, received 12 nominations. HBO led all major networks in nominations with 93.

Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — who hosted the 2001 awards after two postponements of the ceremony after the September 11 terrorists attacks — is reprising her role at the podium; again returning in the aftermath of another national tragedy, Hurricane Katrina. Emmy performers and presenters will honor the survivors and pay homage to the victims by wearing magnolias, the state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi, during the broadcast.

New faces on ‘SNL’

After several high-profile departures from NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is adding two new faces when it kicks off its 31st season Oct. 1.

Bill Hader and Andy Samberg have been tapped as “featured players” on the late-night sketch-comedy show from creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels.

Mr. Hader, who comes to “SNL” via Second City Los Angeles, most recently used his improv skills as a “field agent” on MTV’s celebrity prank show “Punk’d.” Mr. Samberg was one of three writer-performer-filmmakers known as “The Lonely Island,” whose short films were showcased on www.Channel101.com.

They join returning cast members Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Will Forte, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Finesse Mitchell, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Kenan Thompson and featured player Jason Sudeikis.

Head writer and “Weekend Update” co-anchor Tina Fey — who gave birth to her first child on Wednesday — is on maternity leave, as is another cast member, Maya Rudolph.

Both are expected to return later in the season.

Compiled by Christian Toto and Thomas Walter from staff and wire reports.

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