Late last week, Ted Mann and I made our picks for who, among our Lower Hudson Valley celebrities, would and should win Emmys. Now it’s time for our scorecard, granting a point for correct guesses as well as Lower Hudson Valley victories.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢SERIES (DRAMA): “The Sopranos” (parts filmed in LoHud; starred SnedenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco, Purchase College grad Edie Falco and Mount Vernon- and Brewster-raised Michael Imperioli.)
Ted and I thought “The Sopranos” would and should win. And with Bracco also sharing in this victory, everyone gets a point. Ted 1, Chris 1, Lower Hudson Valley 1.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢SERIES (COMEDY): “30 Rock”
While both Ted and I wanted “30 Rock” to win, I thought “Ugly Betty” would take the trophy, while Ted picked “The Office” to claim it. Unlike “Entourage,” which stars Mamaroneck native Kevin Dillon and “Ugly Betty,” which stars Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams, “30 Rock” has no obvious connection to the Lower Hudson Valley, but we’re all winners in another sense because “30 Rock” is a fantastic show. Let’s hope it’s not doomed with the “Arrested Development” Emmy curse. Ted 1, Chris 1, Lower Hudson Valley, 1.
Earlier this week, Ted Mann and I chatted with RNN’s Stacy-Ann Gooden about a few of the Emmy nominees with connections to the Lower Hudson Valley. Given time constraints, we only had so much time to debate a few of the candidates, but thanks to the good ol’-fashioned(?) blog, we can offer our takes on which LoHud celebs we think, and hope, will win at Sunday’s ceremony.
Keep in mind that a couple of celebs with a local connection already had their fates decided at “ceremonies held earlier.” North Salem resident Stanley Tucci won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on “Monk.” (My gripe: Why wasn’t Paul Reubens’ hilarious performance as Gerhardt on “30 Rock” even nominated?) And while Suffern native Tim Daly didn’t win Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for his appearance on “The Sopranos,” the winner in that category — John Goodman — appeared on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” created by Scarsdale native Aaron Sorkin.
Ted found legit connections to the Lower Hudson Valley in eight major categories. We’ll give you a couple of teasers before the break. Check out the rest of our predictions and rooting interests after the break.
1. SERIES (DRAMA)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“Grey’s Anatomy” (stars Katherine Heigl from nearby New Canaan)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“Heroes” (stars Palisades native Hayden Panettiere)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“The Sopranos” (parts filmed in LoHud; starred SnedenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco)
CHRIS: Thinks “The Sopranos” will win and wants “The Sopranos” to win.
TED: Thinks “The Sopranos” will win and wants “The Sopranos” to win.
2. SERIES (COMEDY)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“Entourage” (stars MamaroneckÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kevin Dillon)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢”Two and a Half Men”
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“Ugly Betty” (stars ChappaquaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Vanessa Williams)
CHRIS: Thinks “Ugly Betty” will win but wants “30 Rock” to win.
TED: Thinks “The Office” will win but wants “30 Rock” to win.
Flipping through this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s People Magazine (the annual list of the 100 Most Beautiful People), I noticed a glut of Lower Hudson beauties (as opposed to last year when we kicked air-brushed, photo-shopped butt).
Besides former Rockland pretties Hayden Panettiere and Angelina Jolie, and Bedford-raised hot momma, Felicity Huffman, the list was Westchester/Rockland/Putnam-freeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦that is, until I got to page 202: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sexy, Stunning and 60+,Ã¢â‚¬? where no less than four current and former area residents made the list: Glenn Close (60), Susan Sarandon (60), Diane Keaton (61), and Martha Stewart (65).
So what is it about our neighborhoods that attract all these attractive, older women?And, while we’re at it, which local pretty people were most undeservedly left off?
(Photos: Close-AP/Paramount Pictures, Albert Ferreira; Sarandon-AP/Susan Walsh; Keaton-AP/Stuart Ramson; Stewart-AP/Bebeto Matthews)
The Desperate Housewives star (who was born in Bedford)Ã‚Â recently published a book called Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Practical Handbook for the BoyfriendÃ¢â‚¬? and gave an interview to USA Today this morning telling the paper, “I love Stephen Colbert, but I’m scared to go near him.”
She also said her husband, William H. Macy, asked her to take stuff out of her book. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He thought some of the sexual overtones were too shocking.Ã¢â‚¬?
In other Felicity Huffman news, it was recently announced the actress will star in the film version of the British TV show, Ã¢â‚¬Å“A PoliticianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s WifeÃ¢â‚¬? about a woman who discovers that her husband, a member of the British Parliament, is having an affair with a former prostitute.
The film will hit theaters in 2008.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
If you’re like me, a trip to Borders and a dozen book returns are in your horoscope today. But wait, before you cash in that store credit on Denzel’s memoir, Hillary’s backlist, or any of other Suburbarazzi Stocking Stuffer suggestions, I’ve got one late addition: Felicity Huffman’s soon-to-be-published “A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend.”
The Bedford-born actress — who makes up one-half of the mega-power-couple that Stephen Colbert christened Filliam H. Muffman — has taken time off from Desperate Housewifedom and Transexuality to pen what sounds like a guide to male emasculation. Or, as the publisher says, the book “lays out the many steps involved in becoming a good boyfriend, while still maintaining guy-dignity.” Riiiight.
But despite the p-whipped premise, there’s another, more admirably, dirty-birdy side to the book. I’m talking about Felicity’s orgasmic description of the “secret hot spot” and how to score a threesome with that hot, slender brunette from her yoga class.
Thankfully, the good people of Gawker got their filthy hands on an advance copy and posted some juicy excerpts — enough to make me pre-order a copy on Amazon and immediately deify William H. Macy.
“Sex Tips from Felicity Huffman” [Gawker]
“More Sex Tips from Felicity Huffman” [Gawker]
Photo: Danny Moloshok/AP