Jane Lynch visited our Los Angeles studio to talk about all the controversy surrounding her character's firing in a recent episode of Glee. She also spoke with entertainment reporter Becca Frucht about her upcoming role in Annie on Broadway and possibly hosting the Tony Awards!
Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Jane Lynch were joined by their Glee cast members to honor Ryan Murphy as he received the PaleyFest Icon Award in LA last night. Lea wore a sheer black Vivienne Tam dress while her boyfriend, Cory, went for a simple suit at the event. The Glee cast weren't the only stars from Ryan's shows to attend the shindig — Leslie Bibb, Carly Pope, and Leslie Grossman from Ryan's first show, Popular, walked the red carpet along with Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha from The New Normal. Many of the stars of Ryan's shows have grown close with the prolific TV creator, and Andrew, Naya Rivera, and Darren Criss even did some impressions of Ryan Murphy on the red carpet for the Associated Press. After the award ceremony, Lea tweeted, "A beautiful night honoring the amazing Ryan Murphy. So happy for him. What a joy to be in such an amazing room with such incredible people."
Lea Michele and Zooey Deschanel were joined by their fellow FOX TV friends as they celebrated the network's shows at an all-star party during the 2013 Winter TCAs in Pasadena yesterday. Lea's Glee costars Kevin McHale and Jane Lynch dropped by the bash, but Lea's on- and offscreen boyfriend Cory Monteith wasn't photographed at the event. Meanwhile, Zooey's sister, Emily Deschanel, who stars on FOX's Bones, color-coordinated with her sister in a black cocktail dress. Mindy Kaling, Shannon Woodward, and Nicki Minaj also swung by to celebrate.
The event followed a busy day of promotion for the stars, who sat on a FOX comedy panel yesterday. During the interviews, Mindy got big laughs when she joked around with Zooey about having "special privileges" on The Mindy Project.
Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch play unlikely love interests as the voices of Fix-It Felix and Sergeant Calhoun in Disney's video game-inspired Wreck-It Ralph, out Fri. Jack, who plays Kenneth on 30 Rock and Jane, aka Sue Sylvester from Glee, took a break from their TV duties to chat with me about the fun film, the romance between their cartoon counterparts, and even what they're planning on dressing up as for Halloween. Jane talked about her very hot, gun-slinging character and whether she thinks opposites attract. Resident "nice guy" Jack gave us some dating advice and dished on 30 Rock's final season. Watch now!
We love Joe Manganiello on True Blood, but this Emmy promo has us wondering if he missed his other calling: professional plumber. The onscreen werewolf makes a pants-sagging cameo along with John Krasinski, Jane Lynch, Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez, and 2 Broke Girls' Beth Behrs. What are they all doing? Trying to get in good with the big man — host Jimmy Kimmel — of course, despite the fact that he's not an Emmy voter.
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Martin Sheen were among the A-list actors who participated in the stage reading of 8 in LA last night. The play, written by Dustin Lance Black, showcases the proceedings of the 2010 Proposition 8 federal court battle about California's gay marriage ban that was approved in 2008. The real life events were not broadcast to the public so Dustin Lance Black wrote this script to show what went on behind those closed doors. The play made its debut on Broadway last year, but last night it was all about the star power. 8 streamed live on YouTube, where it will also be available to watch at any time for the next week. Other celebrities in the performance included Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson Jamie Lee Curtis, Matt Bomer, and more.
The overturning of Prop 8 is a cause that George and Brad have both spoken about many times. Clooney recently spoke about rumors about his own sexuality to The Advocate, saying, "I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a sh*t."
Jane Lynch's new book Happy Accidents includes some hilarious and off-the-wall tidbits that give us a glimpse at the Glee star's childhood. These include that she rode her bike topless until she was 15 years old and that Ron Howard was the safe crush for closeted lesbians in the '70s. Since Jane's wife, a psychologist, helped her put together the book, she says talking through these stories from her childhood was like going to therapy. Watch Jane share all this and more — including how she wanted to be Don Draper growing up — with Jimmy Kimmel now!
Jane Lynch kicked off last evening's Emmy Awards with a song and dance routine that included cameos from some of TV's most popular stars. Early supporting honors in a comedy went to small-screen couple Modern Family's Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, who actually beat out three of his male costars! Ty made a memorable acceptance speech about his late father. Charlie Sheen made a controversial appearance to present outstanding lead actor in a comedy series with some of his old competitors. While some were worried about what he'd say in relation to his departure from Two and a Half Men, Charlie was polite and respectful. He said, "From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together, and I know you will continue to make great television." Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory ended up the winner, while Mike and Molly's Melissa McCarthy won in the corresponding female category. Her rivals like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey all gathered together onstage before the victor was announced, and it was a sweet moment of support among peers.
Further nods went to The Amazing Race as best reality/variety show and The Daily Show for writing on a variety, music, or comedy series. The guys of the Lonely Island teamed up with Michael Bolton, John Stamos, Ed Helms, Maya Rudolph, and Akon for a racy medley of their SNL hits for a hilarious musical interlude. Ashton Kutcher joined his new cast mate Jon Cryer to present supporting actress in a drama to Justified's Margo Martindale, and Peter Dinklage won similarly for Game of Thrones. Martin Scorsese, meanwhile, added to his pile of awards by picking up his first ever Emmy for directing Boardwalk Empire. Julianna Margulies tearfully was crowned best actress in a drama for The Good Wife, and Kyle Chandler was able to accept his best actor in a drama statue from Friday Night Lights costar Minka Kelly, who took the stage with her fellow Charlie's Angel and producer Drew Barrymore. Downton Abbey picked up multiple honors in the miniseries categories, including best miniseries or movie, though Mildred Pierce's Guy Pearce won best actor in a miniseries and Kate Winslet added to her trophy collection with best actress. At the microphone, Kate exclaimed, "Oh look — I really did win it!" Mad Men was named best drama series again, and Gwyneth Paltrow made do without the teleprompter to present best comedy series to Modern Family. Catch up on what many of the winners had to say in the Emmys press room, and let us know who you thought was tops in the style department with our love it or hate it Emmys style polls!
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Even though Jane Lynch lost the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy, I'm guessing she was too preoccupied with her hosting gig to worry about it. The Glee star had her hands full with memorable musical numbers, costume changes, and a handful of funny zingers about Hollywood. It was Lynch's first time as host, but she actually seemed quite comfortable on stage (especially when delivering said zingers). Most of us are used to seeing the comedienne as Sue Sylvester, but Lynch only showed up in her red tracksuit briefly, proving she didn't need to borrow any confidence from her bold alter ego. Now I want to hear from you — were you impressed by Lynch's hosting, or did she make you wish someone else had gotten the job?
Fox was another network who organized a big post-Emmys bash last night. It actually hosted the entire telecast, and many of the evening's big winners rolled through along with host Jane Lynch. So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley sparkled on her way inside, where many of the Glee cast, like a Marchesa-clad Lea Michele, were letting loose. Modern Family winner Julie Bowen had the support of her on-screen daughter Sarah Hyland, who changed out of her custom-made Christian Siriano gown into something shorter and ruffly. There was lots more going down during TV's biggest night in Hollywood — check out all of our 2011 Emmys coverage!