Quick Takes: Emmys tap Jane Lynch
The Primetime Emmys may have lots of cheer this year.
Jane Lynch, whose portrayal of acerbic cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester in Fox’s “Glee” scored her an Emmy last year, has been tapped to host the award show on Fox Sept.18.
Thursday’s announcement prompts one question: Will Lynch conduct her hosting duties as herself, or as her humorously mean-spirited character? The actress appeared as her alter ego on the “Glee” concert tour, during the opening number at last year’s Emmys, and during the recent Fox presentation of its fall season.
Fox executives said they did not know Lynch’s plan yet. But she may have given some clue in her acceptance statement: “I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on Fox. I’m looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit.”
Mark Burnett, executive producer for the ceremony, praised Lynch as “a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. I am thrilled and excited to have her as our host.”
In addition to “Glee,” Lynch’s credits include the films “Julie & Julia,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Best in Show.” She was recently cast in “The Three Stooges.”
— Greg Braxton
LACMA reworks ‘Sultans’ show
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has bid dasvidaniya to about 30 artworks that Russian authorities had promised as loans to “Gifts of the Sultans: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts,” then withheld.
Russia has imposed an embargo on all loans to American museums in a display of its displeasure over a U.S. legal decision that has nothing to do with art or museums.
That has left LACMA curators and exhibit installers to practice the art of improvisation as they rejigger the show’s layout to avert any discernible voids in the presentation when the show opens Sunday with more than 200 other objects from the museum’s own collection or loaned by a wide array of non-Russian sources.
“I think we’ve done all we could do” to get the Russians to change their minds, LACMA spokeswoman Barbara Pflaumer said.
— Mike Boehm
$3-million fund will aid Louvre
Pierre Omidyar, the French-born founder and chairman of EBay, is giving $3 million to the American Friends of the Louvre that will go toward funding educational and scholarly programs on Persian art and culture at the Paris museum.
The announcement comes just a few months after Iran declared that it would cut ties with the Louvre over a dispute involving the exhibition of Persian artifacts.
Organizers said that income from the new fund will go toward projects at or in collaboration with the Louvre, including special exhibitions, installations, conferences and publications.
— David Ng
Schiller lands NBC News post
Vivian Schiller, who resigned in March as president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio after a series of controversies sparked threats to cut its federal funding, landed a new job Thursday as chief digital officer at NBC News.
The newly created position calls for Schiller to oversee the web and mobile extensions of NBC News and MSNBC. Prior to working at NPR she was senior vice president and general manager of NYTimes.com.
Schiller left NPR a day after a video surfaced in which a former NPR fundraising executive criticized the “tea party” movement and said he thought NPR could survive without government support. The organization had earlier taken heat from conservatives for firing political analyst Juan Williams.
— Lee Margulies
Winehouse exits inpatient rehab
Amy Winehouse checked out of a treatment program in London after one week and is now looking forward to touring Europe this summer, a representative for the singer said Thursday.
Spokesman Chris Goodman said that Winehouse, 27, will continue to be seen as an outpatient at the Priory Clinic, which offers treatment for a range of psychiatric problems, as well as drug and alcohol addiction. He did not say why Winehouse was there.
— Associated press
Radio exec: Sky Daniels, a veteran radio programmer and music industry executive, has been named program director at noncommercial KCSN-FM (88.5), the music station operated by Cal State Northridge.
TV exec: Rome Hartman, a former producer at CBS News and at “BBC World News America,” has been hired as executive producer of the prime-time newsmagazine that NBC is developing for Brian Williams to host. It doesn’t have a title or premiere date yet.