BILL ZWECKER: Snubs of ‘The Good Wife’ are Emmy’s biggest shocker
By Bill Zwecker July 19, 2013 8:38AM
The Wheels of Justice
Updated: July 19, 2013 8:38AM
In a year with more than the usual number of Emmy snubs, it was the one overlooking Julianna Margulies for best actress in a drama and her CBS show, “The Good Wife,” for best drama series that had Hollywood TV types’ tongues wagging.
“This was a terrible oversight,” said an admiring exec from a competing network. “Given ‘The Good Wife’s’ ratings, this will not help the show’s future prospects of being renewed.”
A friend of the actress shared a similar reaction to the Chicago-set legal drama being passed over.
“Julianna is not one of those actresses who is obsessed with awards,” said the source. “Of course, she has been thrilled to win — and she has won a couple of Emmys and a Golden Globe — but for Julianna, these nominations or awards are only important for the attention they bring to projects she cares about.”
† While down-to-earth actress and Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy reportedly shrugged off her lack of an Emmy best actress/comedy nomination for her “Mike & Molly” sitcom, a pal bluttered out, “What were they thinking? Melissa is the only reason to watch that show! She’s hilarious!”
In another category, for guest actresses, McCarthy is in the running for her second turn as “Saturday Night Live” host.
BACK TOGETHER: After splitting with Jennifer Lawrence right after the Christmas holidays, actor Nicolas Hoult has revived his romance with the Oscar winner. Sources on the set of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” report the spark reignited for the two young stars as they reconnected to reprise their roles of mutants in the hit film franchise.
CHILDHOOD DÉJÀ VU: In a chat with Vanity Fair’s online VF.com, Kristen Wiig compared the childhood bedroom of her character Imogen in “Girl Most Likely” (opening Friday) and the one she had as a kid. While the movie bedroom featured lavender wallpaper and a Jason Priestley poster, Wiig said hers featured “a huge Billy Idol poster when I was really young,” but by high school “one was of the ‘Blues Brothers’ movie” and another promoted the Academy Awards. It was a nice foretelling of her future on “Saturday Night Live,” where Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi launched the Blues Brothers, and as the Oscar-nominated co-writer of “Bridesmaids.”
GLUM ‘GLEE’: As the friends and castmates of Cory Monteith gather Friday at the actor’s Hollywood home for an informal memorial service and celebration of the young star’s life, we get word the producers of the hit Fox show reportedly are putting everything on a two-week hiatus, until they figure out how to deal with Monteith’s death. A source told Us Weekly his character, Finn, had a “massive storyline, and it was going to happen right at the start of the season.”
END OF THE LINE: Considering “Terminator 3” star Nick Stahl’s litany of problems — including jail time and multiple stints in rehab to address his ongoing battles with addiction — it’s not surprising his long-patient wife Rose has finally filed for divorce.
The 33-year-old actor’s latest arrest was June 28, when police said he was discovered in a Hollywood motel room doing meth with other addicts.
It’s another very sad Hollywood story of a downward spiral.
PICTURE THIS: While virtually every picture seen on the covers of an American magazines is photoshopped to make the subjects look better, it was the touching up of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s “selfie” cover shot by Rolling Stone that has added even more fuel to the national outrage over the current issue.
Of course, many people — myself included — think anything flattering about Tsarnaev should not have been used at all.
A GOOD DRAW: Attention “Chicago Fire” fans! Charlie Barrett, who plays Peter Mills on the Chicago-made NBC drama, will be showing off his hip-hop moves Sunday night at Park West for the big fund-raiser for Chicago’s Happiness Club.
“Chicago Fire” will begin filming its second season here next week.
TUNE TIMES: Congratulations to veteran Chicago arts leader Henry Fogel, just tapped as president of the board of directors for Chicago Opera Theater. Fogel, dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, was long the CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, leading our acclaimed orchestra from 1985 to 2003.
† In case you missed talented Chicago cabaret star Joan Curto at Davenport’s, she’ll be back with a couple more performances at the Wicker Park venue Friday and Saturday nights. The popular chanteuse’s new CD is “Joan Curto Sings Cole Porter: From Major to Minor.”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Two of Our Town’s most famous chefs, Art Smith and Rick Bayless, have teamed up for “A Maginficent Taste” Aug. 27 in Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue, tied to MasterCard’s Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival — and supporting Common Threads’ programs dedicated to teaching kids from low-income homes on the value of good nutrition.They will be joined by a bunch of other top local chefs, including
Heather Terhune, Lee Wolen, Rick Gresh, Ryan Poli, Tim Graham, David Blonsky, Mark Payne and Christian Fantoni.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Second City alum and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Aidy Bryant attended the Wednesday performance of “A Clown Car Named Desire” at the Second City e.t.c. and then performed with the cast in the improv set after the show. … Our Town’s muggy temps didn’t faze Kentucky native Nick Lachey this week. While here for the 98 Degrees gig at the Allstate Arena, Lachey opted to sit outside in the heat on the patio at Giordano’s on Rush Wednesday night. … The Milwaukee Bucks’ Zaza Pachulia has been quite the fan of Bar Toma’s. … Charlie Trotter and wife Rochelle were spied dining at Sunda the other night.