Monday, May 31, 2010

Comedienne Tracey Ullman to address new citizens at Monticello

by Cathy Harding, May 31st 05:27pm

Monticello has announced that comedienne Tracey Ullman will be the featured speaker at its annual naturalization ceremony on July 4. Those hoping for her dead-on impersonation of Arianna Huffington, David Beckham or Rachel Maddow, will likely have to wait. Ullman became a naturalized citizen in 2006, in order to be able to vote, after 25 years of living in the United States. Expect in her speech something lively, affectionate, and comparatively straightforward.

As Monticello’s speaker, on a day that will see scores of new Americans take the oath of citizenship, Ullman joins a long list of naturalization ceremony speakers from the arts and politics. They include Madeleine Albright, Andrew Young, I.M. Pei, and, two years ago to mild protest, President George W. Bush.

Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from all over the world have been sworn in as new American citizens at Monticello. The morning event is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tracey And This Year's Emmy Awards!

No joke: Emmys place Tracey Ullman in race for best comedy actress
May 18, 2010 | 3:59 pm

Even though Tracey Ullman's Showtime variety program "State of the Union" doesn't compete for best comedy series, its star might nonetheless be nominated for, and win, best comedy actress at the upcoming Emmys.

It's one of the quirky results of the TV academy tinkering with categories. Last year, when the Emmys squashed a category that Tracey Ullman had won twice (1990, '94) — best performance in the variety program — its contenders were pushed into either the guest or supporting races for comedy acting. Ullman was defined as a supporting comedy star. That's a laugh, of course, since she doesn't support anyone on "State of the Union," so now she's been reclassified as a contender for comedy actress this year.

Since the Emmys have six nominees per category instead of five, that increases Ullman's chance to get in, which isn't a far-fetched possibility. She's a longtime Emmy darling. She's been nominated 24 times for producing, writing and performing in her variety TV shows at Fox and HBO before arriving at Showtime, plus acting in guest roles on sitcoms. She's won guest comedy actress twice ("Ally McBeal" in 1999, "Love and War" in 1993) and variety program twice (1989, 1997). Add an Emmy for writing (1990) plus the two aforementioned trophies for variety performances, and her tally of Emmy victories comes to an impressive seven.

If Ullman breaks into the race for comedy actress, she could be battling many network rivals. It's possible that Showtime could have four of the six nominations. The other three: Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds") and last year's winner, Toni Collette ("United States of Tara").

"It's really an embarrassment of comedic riches having these four women vying for the same statuette," Showtime PR chief Richard Licata tells Gold Derby. "Each of them brings something very unique and wonderful to the category. Edie’s acerbic, captivating Jackie, master of the double life, Toni Collette's five-character tour-de-force, Mary Louise Parker's turn of ballsy humor and confrontation, and Tracey's take-no-prisoners look at America."

Photo: Showtime

The State Of "State Of The Union"

Allan McKeown and Tracey have sent out this note to all of the crew and suppliers that worked with them on State of the Union.

dear all,

after three great years, working on our STATE of the UNION , we think that the series has run its course. Its been really exciting and great fun. the first years reviews and our Emmy winners Sally and Matthew. A solid year two and then we had the pleasure of year three with us directing. We always finished on day 15. A miracle for which I want to thank you all.

Showtime have been very supportive as have Eagle Rock who distribute the dvd versions and Portman who have sold the show internationally.

We will take a little time off and then think of something else we can do to have our friends around us again.

thanks and love,

Tracey & Allan

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tracey to Appear on Nick News in the US on May 16, 2010!

Kids and celebrities RAT OUT PARENTS ON

Nick news with Linda Ellerbee:

So not cool: The MOST annoying STUFF parents say and do

premiering MAY 16 on nickelodeon

A Kids' Countdown of Gripes about Parents

Includes Memories from Famous Former Kids: Tina Fey, Marlon Wayans,

Wendy Williams, Brad Garrett, Howie Mandel, Jenna Elfman, Aisha Tyler,

Maya Rudolph, Fran Drescher and Tracey Ullman

Parents know what kids do that annoys them, and they are quick to say so. But do
parents know what things they say and do that annoy or embarrass their kids?
The truth is revealed in Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: So NOT Cool: The Most
Annoying Stuff Parents Say and Do, premiering Sunday, May 16, at 9:00 p.m.
ET/PT. The half-hour special features a countdown of kids' top 10 gripes about
their parents and commentary from some famous former kids, including: Tina Fey
(30 Rock), Marlon Wayans (actor/comedian), Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams
Show), Brad Garrett (actor/comedian), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Jenna
Elfman (Accidentally on Purpose), Aisha Tyler (Bedtime Stories), Maya Rudolph
(Saturday Night Live), Fran Drescher (The Nanny) and Tracey Ullman (Tracey
Ullman's State of the Union).

"If you're a parent, it's probably in your self-interest to watch this show,"
says Ellerbee. "And if you're a kid, and one day become a parent, maybe you'll
remember this show. Because it is in the nature of all parents to embarrass our

To compile the countdown, kids across the country were polled about what
irritates them the most about their parents. Then kids ranked their gripes
online, "ten" being the least annoying.

It's so annoying when parents...

10) ...say, "Go ask your mom!" or "Go ask your dad!"

9) ...obsess about things that don't matter.

8) ...say, "Because I said so, that's why!"

7) ...say, "When I was your age..."

6) ...say, "When you're older, you'll understand."

5) ...tell old and really corny jokes to my friends.

4) ...treat me like a little kid.

3) ...nag me.

2) ...say, "Act your age!"

And, finally, the number-one MOST annoying thing kids say parents do is when

...don't act their age!!!!

In addition to kids' stories about their parents' quirks, So NOT Cool features
Tina Fey's claim that her family called her "Baby" until she was 29; Brad
Garrett's insistence that his parents used to tell him, "When you're taller,
you'll understand," and Tracey Ullman's tales of her mother embarrassing her by
dancing and singing in front of her friends.

Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 19th year and is
the longest-running kids' news show in television history. It has built its
reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the
important issues of the day. Nick News recently was honored with its first ever
Edward R. Murrow Award for "Network News Documentary" for the documentary
special, "Coming Home: When Parents Return from War," marking the first-ever
kids television program to receive the prestigious award. Over the years, Nick
News has received more than 20 Emmy nominations and recently won its seventh
Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program for
"Coming Home: When Parents Return from War." Additional Emmy wins for
Outstanding Children's Programming include: "The Untouchable Kids of India"
(2008); "Private Worlds: Kids and Autism" (2007); "Never Again: From the
Holocaust to the Sudan" (2005); "Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan" (2002);
"What Are You Staring At?" (1998). In addition, in 1994, the entire series won
the Emmy for Outstanding Children's Programming. Nick News has also received
three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for
explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia
duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents' Choice Awards.

Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for
kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in
everything it does. The company includes television programming and production
in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online,
recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is in
more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable
network for 15 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters
and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).


Tuesday, May 11, 2010