Plus: Falco guest starring on ''30 Rock,'' Showtime renews ''Californication,'' Tobey Maguire eyeing lead in adaptation of ''Robotech,'' Will Smith reunites with ''Happyness'' team for ''Seven Pounds,'' and more...

By Mike Bruno
September 10, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT
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”D–k in a Box” wins early Emmy

Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s Saturday Night Live collaboration, ”D–k in a Box,” won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics at Saturday’s Creative Arts Primetime Emmys. Also taking home statues at the ceremony, which was hosted by Carlos Mencia and held in advance of the Sept. 16 Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast: Kathy Griffin’s My Live on the D-List (Outstanding Reality Program); Elaine Stritch (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy, for 30 Rock); John Goodman (Guest Actor in a Drama, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip); Stanley Tucci (Guest Actor in a Comedy, Monk); and Leslie Caron (Guest Actress in a Drama, Law & Order: SVU). To see the full list of Creative Arts Emmy winners, click here. (

Falco doing 30 Rock

Former Sopranos star Edie Falco will do a three-episode arc on the upcoming second season of NBC’s 30 Rock. It will be the actress’ first TV role since Sopranos wrapped in June. ”I have laughed out loud at this show, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with such great comic actors,” she said. 30 Rock is nominated for 10 Emmys. The cast includes Tina Fey, who also is creator and executive producer, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski. As previously announced, Jerry Seinfeld will also guest on 30 Rock this season, and Rip Torn, Will Arnett, and newly announced View co-host Sherri Shepherd will reprise their guest roles. The show returns Oct. 4 at 8:30 p.m. Falco is up for lead actress in a drama series for her role as Carmela Soprano at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, which take place Sept. 16. (Hollywood Reporter)

Showtime renews Californication

Showtime has granted a second season to its new comedy series Californication, which stars David Duchovny and Natascha McElhone. The pay network has ordered 12 new 30-minute episodes of the show, which is centered on a novelist (Duchovny) who moves to Los Angeles and develops a case of writer’s block. McElhone co-stars as his ex-girlfriend and mother of his preteen daughter (Madeleine Martin). The show has been a hit for Showtime, with the three most recent first-run episodes averaging 18 percent more viewers than the Aug. 13 series premiere, which attracted 550,000 total viewers. The series also is holding on to 90 percent of its Weeds lead-in audience on Monday nights and appeals almost equally to men and women. Production on season 2 is set to start in April for a likely summer debut. (Hollywood Reporter)

Maguire eyeing Robotech

Warner Bros. Pictures acquired rights to adapt the anime classic Robotech to the big screen, and Tobey Maguire, who is producing through Maguire Entertainment, is considering the lead role. Robotech, a 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods., takes place in a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off alien invasions. Warner plans on developing the project into a tentpole franchise. (Hollywood Reporter)

Smith reunites with Happyness team for Seven Pounds

Will Smith will star in Seven Pounds, a drama directed by Gabriele Muccino, who also directed Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness. Escape Artists and Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment are producing. Those two Sony-based production companies also produced Happyness for Sony, which is where Pounds will likely end up. The story is about a man who inadvertently falls in love while attempting to kill himself. Smith will spend the holiday season promoting Warner Bros. Pictures’ post-apocalyptic action movie I Am Legend, which releases in December, before starting Seven Pounds. (Variety)

Phoenix teaming with Gray on Two Lovers

Joaquin Phoenix will star in the 2929 Productions-financed drama Two Lovers, which is being directed by James Gray. Gwyneth Paltrow is in final negotiations to star opposite Phoenix in the film, about a Brooklyn man torn between a family friend his parents want him to marry and the volatile new neighbor he falls passionately in love with. The project marks the third collaboration between Phoenix and Gray, who previously worked together on Columbia Pictures’ We Own the Night, which also stars Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, and Robert Duvall and is set for an Oct. 12 release, and the 2000 crime drama The Yards, which also co-starred Wahlberg. (Variety)

Fiennes starring with Knightley in Duchess

Ralph Fiennes will star opposite Keira Knightley in Magnolia Mae Prods. and Qwerty Films’ The Duchess, directed by Saul Dibb (Bullet Boy). The story is based on Amanda Foreman’s historical biography Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, revolving around an 18th century duchess and her life and loves. It is said to parallel the life of Diana, the late Princess of Wales. Already cast are Hayley Atwell (Cassandra’s Dream) and Dominic Cooper (The History Boys). Shooting is scheduled to start this month. (Hollywood Reporter)

MTV set to air Tequila’s bisexual dating competition

MTV has greenlit 10 episodes of its new reality dating competition A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila, which will feature the bisexual MySpace star choosing a mate from among 16 straight guys and 16 lesbians who will move into her mansion. Every episode will end with an elimination ceremony. The show will premiere Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. (Hollywood Reporter)

Public Enemy documentary premiering at AFI

A new documentary about rap group Public Enemy will make its world premiere at this year’s AFI Fest, set for Nov. 1-11 in Los Angeles. Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome, directed by Robert Patton-Spruill, features interviews with Henry Rollins and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. (Hollywood Reporter)

Apple may halve iTunes TV download prices

Apple is considering cutting the price of its iTunes TV downloads from $1.99 to $0.99, the same price as most songs. Networks, especially NBC, which last week did not renew its agreement with Apple, are said to be unhappy with the proposal, but Apple claims it will make more money from the lower price by dramatically increasing the volume of sales. Apple is also issuing a $100 store credit rebate to anyone who paid the original $599 price for an iPhone now that the company has announced that it will begin selling the device for $399, just two months later. (Variety)

Comedy Central updating show websites

The Daily Show and The Sarah Silverman Program are among the two dozen Comedy Central show websites set for a makeover by the first quarter of next year. An update of, which launches in the fourth quarter, will archive the entire video history of the show, including headlines, interviews and the ”Back in Black” feature, and will feature the previous evening’s episode in its entirety an hour or two after its broadcast. (Reuters/Hollywood Reporter)

CELEBRITY NEWS Vanessa Hudgens’ rep confirms that the nude photos of the High School Musical star currently circulating the Internet are, in fact, authentic and that ”it is a personal matter and it is unfortunate that this has become public.”

Cindy Adams: Pamela Anderson has hooked up with Rick Solomon, ex-husband to Shannen Doherty and the guy who starred in (and sold) a sex tape he made with Paris Hilton.

Rush & Molloy: Bruce Springsteen passed on an offer to cameo on the upcoming Saturday Night Live, which Jon Bon Jovi is set to host.

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