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Seth Meyers ready for Emmy hosting duty

Seth Meyers feels more confident stepping into the role of host for “The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards,” airing at 5 p.m. Aug. 25, because he’s been hosting “Late Night” for the past six moths. The late-night NBC program has given him a much broader platform to work on his comic skills than he had during his weekly appearances on “Saturday Night Live.”

“I feel certainly the most ready I’ve ever felt. But I think I’d feel more ready a year from now as well. It’s great to be able to do a monologue every night. That has been so helpful for approaching something like this,” Meyers says. “My skill set is always going to be in the monologue and telling the jokes and the understanding of how much work you have to put into getting a really good monologue to open a show like this.”

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FOX’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ on Crews control

crewsTerry Crews likes to show off.

Whenever I have interviewed him and the subject gets around how in shape he keeps himself, Crews always starts to flex his abs when answering the questions. It’s like watching two kids on a teeter-totter.

“I don’t know what you are talking about. I can’t stop doing this. Someone help me,” Crews says as he flexes away. He then starts flexing his biceps and adds, “I can do these, too.”

Michael Schur, executive producer of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” set to debut Tuesday on FOX, says that while filming the comedy that features Crews as a buff detective “We literally can’t stop him.”

Although Crews has been in acting since he played T-Money in the 1999 competition show “Battle Dome,” his interest in staying in top physical form came out his days of playing professional football. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft and would go to play for the Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Bill Murray gets his own appreciation day

Christopher Guerrero, who grew up in Selma, is trying see if flattery will get him someplace with Bill Murray.

The student at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and UC Santa Cruz alumni is directing his thesis film and has written the main role with the “Saturday Night Live” alumnus in mind.

If you are going to dream, then it’s good to dream big.

Guerrero was told he had about as much chance of Murray agreeing to star in a student film as Michael Bay making a good “Transformers” movie. That hasn’t stopped the young filmmaker. He’s put together the Bill Murray Appreciation Day (BMAD) to be held Feb. 2 on the Sunset Strip. The Feb. 2 day was selected because it’s Groundhog Day, a holiday well known to Murray fans.

“By utilizing social-networking platforms and media, our goal is to play upon the mythical, enigmatic presence Mr. Murray has become famous for to our advantage as aspiring filmmakers,” Guerrero says.

He wants as many people as possible to dress up as their favorite Murray character and visit a few bars in attempt to garner attention. That means you can put on golf attire to be Carl Spackler from “Caddyshack” or suit up as Dr. Peter Venkman from “Ghostbusters.” Guerrero will be dressed as Steve Zissou from “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

Those who want to participate in this blatant effort to woe Murray, should show up at the Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Dr. Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The bar hopping Murrays will leave from there.

Patricia Clarkson’s energetic ‘Motherlover’

LATWP-OSCARS-CLARKSON.JPG It strikes me about halfway through an interview with Patricia Clarkson that she shouldn’t have been cast to play Mila Kunis’ mom in the new romantic comedy “Friends With Benefits.” This has nothing to do with Clarkson’s acting abilities. Clarkson has a small role in the film but she’s the kind of quality actor who gets the most out of any time on screen.

The weird part is she played Justin Timberlake’s mom in the “Saturday Night Live” video “Motherlover.” Since Timberlake plays the love interest for Kunis in “Friends With Benefits,” the movie just seems a little creepy now.

Creepy or not, Clarkson loved being part of the “SNL” video.

“I just got that weird call, ‘Do you want to come and be in a ‘Saturday Night Live’ video. It’s kind of the next stage of ‘(Blank) in a Box.’ I loved ‘(Blank) In a Box.’ At first I was like, ‘I don’t know. We’re having sex.’ I said, ‘Am I going to be doing something weird?’.” Clarkson says.

She was assured it would be the opposite. They won her over by telling the actress she would be skipping while wearing a headband and peignoir.

The video came together quickly as it was shot on a Friday and aired the following night.

“And I instantly became the coolest person with every niece and nephew,” Clarkson adds.

Just for the record, each time I wrote the word (blank) for the title of the “SNL” video, it was Clarkson not saying the full title. She jokes readers will think we had a machine to bleep her language.

Weekend Rewind: Chris Colfer gets Golden, a confession and Pee Wee Herman

COLFER IS GOLDEN: You’ve probably heard by now, but Clovis’ Chris Colfer from “Glee” captured the best supporting actor award at last night’s Golden Globe Awards. Props to him. We hope some of the people who picked on him at Clovis East saw his above acceptance speech. Also: here’s a nice read by Rick Bentley on Colfer’s rise as “Glee’s” golden boy.

CHILLING CONFESSION: Judge me if you must, but until Saturday I’d never eaten at the Chuck Wagon in Sanger. That’s probably sacrilege to a few of you. Well, I remedied that with a chili burger — and I’ll definitely be going back for more of that delicious chili.

WEEKEND WATCHING: Since you probably don’t watch SNL anymore, here’s a fun skit you should watch, if for no other reason than to see Pee-Wee Herman interacting with Anderson Cooper.

Did ya do anything fun this weekend? Let’s hear it.

On TV tonight: ‘Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas’

Britain Bedtime Stories.JPG “Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas,” 9 p.m. KSEE (Channel 24.1): Kristen Wiig hosts this two-hour special as her “SNL” character Gilly. It’s a way to tie together holiday clips from the long-running NBC weekend comedy show.

The comedy bits range from good to bad – just like a regular “Saturday Night Live” episode.

Some of the better offerings are Alec Baldwin’s “NPR’s Delicious Dish and the Schweddy Balls,” a performance of “A Holiday Wish” by Steve Martin and Adam Sandlet singing the “Hanukkah Song.”

There’s also the sketch that’s rapidly becoming one of the most famous in “SNL” history. Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg perform their duet about a very special holiday gift.

On TV tonight: ‘World Series: Game Five’

World Series Rangers Giants Baseball.JPG “World Series: Game Five” 4:57 p.m. KMPH (Channel 26.1): Tonight’s top TV pick is a no-brainer. Every San Francisco Giants fan will be glued to the TV set to see if their team can end a World Series drought that goes back to 1954.

The Giants will look to Tim Lincecum to stop the Texas Rangers and bring the series to an end.

But, if you aren’t a baseball fan, there are a couple of other interesting shows to watching.

The 200th episode of “Dancing With the Stars” airs at 8 p.m. on KFSN (Channel 30.1). The milestone show will feature numerous celebrities from past seasons plus Rod Stewart will perform.

Another option is “Women of Saturday Night Live,” a two-hour special to air at 9 p.m. on KSEE (Channel 24.1). The special looks at female performers from the NBC late-night comedy show.

Among the “SNL” cast members featured in the special are Kristen Wiig, Nora Dunn, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler and Molly Shannon.