- The Washington Times - Friday, September 19, 2008

Teen spin for ‘SATC’

“Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell has inked a deal for two new Carrie Bradshaw novels for young adults, Variety reports.

The books, set during Carrie’s high school years, will be published beginning in 2010 by HarperCollins Children’s Books’ Balzer & Bray imprint.

The announcement comes just days before Tuesday’s DVD release of “Sex and the City: The Movie.”

Going for gold

The 2008 entertainment-awards season was nearly derailed by the prolonged strike by the Writers Guild of America.

Fortunately, that’s not the case with the Emmy telecast; the 60th annual honors for prime-time television’s best will be presented live on ABC on Sunday at 8 p.m. “Jimmy Kimmel’s Big Night of Stars” — a pre-Emmy special featuring Michael Phelps, Salma Hayek and Tracy Morgan — will air at 7 p.m.

Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”), Heidi Klum (“Project Runway”), Howie Mandel (“Deal or No Deal”), Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) and Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”) are nominated in the Emmy’s first-ever Outstanding Reality/Competition Host category and will emcee the main event from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Candice Bergen, David Boreanaz, Wayne Brady, Lauren Conrad, Kiefer Sutherland, Hayden Panettiere, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker and Amy Poehler are among the night’s celebrity presenters.

HBO’s acclaimed miniseries “John Adams,” which on Saturday took home eight Creative Arts Emmys, leads in nominations with 23 overall. Still, there are enough prizes to go around among the diverse nominees from broadcast and cable.

Contenders in the major categories include:

Comedy series: “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO); “Entourage” (HBO); “The Office” (NBC); “30 Rock” (NBC); “Two and a Half Men” (CBS)

Actor, comedy series: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Steve Carell, “The Office”; Lee Pace, “Pushing Daisies” (ABC); Tony Shalhoub, “Monk” (USA); Charlie Sheen, “Two and a Half Men”

Actress, comedy series: Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?” (ABC); America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS); Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds” (Showtime)

Drama series: “Boston Legal” (ABC); “Damages” (FX); “Dexter” (Showtime); “House” (Fox); “Lost” (ABC), “Mad Men” (AMC)

Actor, drama series: Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment (HBO)”; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC); Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Hugh Laurie, “House”; James Spader, “Boston Legal” (ABC)

Actress, drama series: Glenn Close, “Damages”; Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters” (ABC); Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC); Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace” (TNT); Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer” (TNT)

Reality competition program: “The Amazing Race” (CBS); “American Idol” (Fox); “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC); “Project Runway” (Bravo); “Top Chef” (Bravo)

Variety, music, or comedy special: “Bill Maher: The Decider” (HBO); “George Carlin: It’s Bad for Ya!” (HBO); “James Taylor: One Man Band” (PBS); “Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell” (Bravo); “The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS); “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project” (HBO)

Miniseries or movie miniseries: “The Andromeda Strain”(A&E); “Cranford” (PBS); “John Adams” (HBO); “Tin Man” (Sci Fi Channel)

Made-for-TV Movie: “Bernard and Doris” (HBO); “Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale” (HBO); “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” (Lifetime); “A Raisin In the Sun” (ABC); “Recount” (HBO)

Actor, miniseries or movie: Ralph Fiennes, “Bernard and Doris”; Ricky Gervais, “Extras”; Paul Giamatti, “John Adams”; Kevin Spacey, “Recount”; Tom Wilkinson, “Recount.”

Actress, miniseries or a movie: Judi Dench, “Cranford”; Catherine Keener, “An American Crime” (Showtime); Laura Linney, “John Adams”; Phylicia Rashad, “A Raisin in the Sun”; Susan Sarandon, “Bernard and Doris”

A complete list of nominees is available at www.emmyonline.org.

Other highlights:


Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (9 p.m., Food Network). Host Guy Fieri journeys from the East Coast to the Southwest for regional specialties, including a stop at a classic Southern-cooking diner in Virginia.


American Gangster (8 p.m., HBO). The premium cable premiere of this year’s Oscar-nominated film, based on a real-life story, features Denzel Washington as Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas and Russell Crowe as his nemesis, Richie Roberts, an honest but disliked lawman who makes it his sole mission to bring Lucas down. Directed by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “Thelma and Louise”).

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and Web reports

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