Friday, April 12, 2024

Emmy Awards: Alec Baldwin AWOL, But Dr. Kevorkian’s Coming


The Emmy Awards are on NBC and so is “30 Rock.” But right now it’s a toss up whether New Yorker Alec Baldwin is coming to the show on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Baldwin right now is scheduled not to be there, but I am told there are talks and hopes that he will make an appearance. This would be especially cool since Baldwin is nominated for–and usually wins–Best Actor in a Comedy. But Baldwin had agreed to a charity benefit for Sunday night long before the Emmy date was announced. He’ll be missed. Maybe he can do it by satellite.

Frankly, it would be nice to see Steve Carell win for his under appreciated work in “The Office.” Carell, presumably, will be front and center. (I do feel that everyone on “The Office” deserves an award.)

Also definitely confirmed for the evening is Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He’s coming with HBO and the “You Don’t Know Jack” crowd. The Barry Levinson movie is tipped to win several awards. Its strongest competition comes from another HBO film, “Temple Grandin,” starring Clare Danes. The real Temple Grandin is expected, too. So is Al Pacino, who will win for playing Kevorkian.

And Bob Balaban is making the trek out. The much lauded character actor has turned into an Emmy level director. This year he’s nominated for directing a biopic about famed artist “Georgia O’Keefe, starring Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, for Lifetime. A couple of years ago, he was acclaimed for his movie “Bernard and Doris,” starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes. Balaban — always busy acting in films like the upcoming “Howl”–should start doing more features. After all, Robert Altman‘s “Gosford Park” was his idea.

PS to all this: I did see some blog reports that Alec Baldwin may go to Broadway in “Born Yesterday.” That would be quite a curve ball, since Chris Noth has had his eye on that role for some time. Hmmmm…Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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