- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Harris to host Emmys

It’s official: Neil Patrick Harris will host the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be telecast live Sept. 20 on CBS, Variety reported Monday.

Nominations will be announced on Thursday.

Mr. Harris, star of the network’s “How I Met Your Mother,” was the front-runner for the gig after his well-received turn as host of CBS’ Tony Awards telecast last month.

The actor, who has earned two consecutive Emmy nominations for comedy supporting actor for his role on the CBS sitcom, also will serve as a producer on the broadcast — an indication that some of the “Mother” scribes may be recruited to work on the telecast, Variety notes.

‘Simpsons’ get Spurlock

“The Simpsons” is getting Super Sized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut, Zap2it.com reports.

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me,” FX’s “30 Days”) has been tapped to produce and direct a special about “The Simpsons,” which will air Jan. 14, 20 years to the day after the show debuted as a weekly series. The full title is “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice.” (A helpful and hilarious editor’s note at the end of Fox’s press release about the documentary asks writers to “Please note the special is neither in 3-D nor on ice.”)

“When they first called me about this, I thought it was a prank, and I hung up,” Mr. Spurlock says. “And then my agent called back and said, ‘No, no, this is for real,’ at which point, I fainted. Then when I woke up, I called everyone I knew because it was the coolest thing I could ever get to do in my career.”

Mr. Spurlock will explore the cultural impact “The Simpsons” has had in its two decades on the air, both in the United States and around the world, and also will examine how the Simpson family has seen the world in that time.

Hatch grounded

A federal judge in Rhode Island says “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch cannot leave home confinement early to star in a 10th-anniversary edition of the reality show in Samoa, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Hatch was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the debut season of the CBS reality show. He spent about three years in federal prison and is serving the final 90 days of his sentence on home confinement in Newport. Last week, he asked a federal judge for permission to leave for Samoa next month, when filming begins. Mr. Hatch argued that any money he earns from the show can pay his tax obligations.

However, on Friday, U.S. District Judge William Smith denied Mr. Hatch’s request.

A public telephone listing for Mr. Hatch could not be found immediately, AP said.

Macca to chat with Dave

Paul McCartney will make his first visit to CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman,” Wednesday at 11:35 p.m.

The legendary musician-songwriter — who, as part of the Beatles, made his American television debut at the Ed Sullivan Theater on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 45 years ago — returns to that very stage to sit down for an interview with Mr. Letterman. Mr. McCartney will perform later in the broadcast.

Mr. McCartney is about to begin an exclusive series of shows across the United States, beginning Friday at CitiField in New York City. He performs Aug. 1 at FedEx Field in Landover.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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