A morning mix of entertainment headlines...
“Homeland” upset “ Mad Men ” to take best drama at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, while “Community” won best comedy. Also emerging triumphant from the ceremony: Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito of “Breaking Bad”; Claire Danes; Christina Hendricks; Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell of “Modern Family”; Louis C.K.; and, in a tie for best comedy actress, Zooey Deschanel and Amy Poehler. (Reuters)
Dan Harmon, recently axed showrunner for “Community,” did not attend the awards ceremony last night in L.A. because, according to his Twitter feed, he was not invited to the show. Star Joel McHale made sure to thank him in the best comedy acceptance speech. Harmon later tweeted: “Congrats, ‘Community,’ and thank you, critics. Sorry I was unable to have been invited!” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Sharon Osbourne broke down on yesterday’s episode of “The Talk” while discussing son Jack Osbourne’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis . “Just thank you to everyone for all their good wishes,” the Osbourne matriarch said as tears streamed down her face. “It’s been amazing for Jack because I really believe that vibes and prayer help.” Jack Osbourne is scheduled to appear on Wednesday’s episode of “The Talk,” which will presumably be an equally emotional TV moment. (CBS.com)
Hilary Duff has been sued by a woman who alleges that Duff caused her to be “hurt and injured” after the former “Lizzie McGuire” star crashed her Range Rover into the woman’s car. (E! Online)
Oh, one more “Community”-related item: Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” and Al Jean of “The Simpsons” are among those protesting the inclusion of the “Community” episode “Digital Estate Planning” (the video game one) on the Emmy ballot in several animation categories. Their concern (which seems legitimate): that animated program writers cannot submit their work for consideration in non-animated writing categories, but that live-action writers can apparently submit theirs for both animated and non-animated awards. “This letter is in no way intended to be a slight on the terrific show ‘Community’ but a request from us to enjoy the very same rights they now do,” says a letter signed by 52 writer-producers from the animated TV realm. (Entertainment Weekly)
Denis Leary appeared on last night’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and did a fine job of summarizing what Instagram is: “Basically you take a picture with your iPhone and the Instagram is, you hit a button and it makes it look old. [Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom] sold that for a billion dollars.”
Oh, and that movie Denis Leary is in, “The Amazing Spider-Man”? Judd Apatow has given it two thumbs up on Twitter, assuring actor Tom Hiddleston via tweet that it is “awesome.”