Dick Clark Makes Big Return to the Small Screen
August 25, 2006

Sunday night's Emmy Awards will certainly be a night to remember, as the legendary Dick Clark makes a highly anticipated and long-awaited return to the spotlight.

For decades Clark hosted "American Bandstand," and he's infamous for hosting his New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square.

But Clark was sidelined by a stroke in 2004 and silenced until his brave return last December 31.

Now faithful fans will see their friend once again Sunday night when Clark takes his place on the Emmy stage, joined by none other than Barry Manilow.

"Extra" spoke with Barry inside the Architectural Digest green room Friday morning. Manilow's first national TV appearance was on "American Bandstand" in 1997, and he co-wrote the show's famous theme song, which he will sing Sunday night.

"Extra" has learned that "American Idol's" judge dread, Simon Cowell, will shed his mean image for the night, introducing the tribute to Dick.

Emmy night will also shine with Hollywood glitz and glamour as the stars dazzle the red carpet. "Extra" has your VIP pass inside the Emmy hot spots, starting with the John Frieda suite.

"Extra" was with first-time Emmy nominee Jaime Pressly at the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the star revealed her own Emmy night hair do's and don'ts. "It's going to be up and slicked back," she revealed. "So when lights hit it, it has a lovely and luminous shine."

Meanwhile, at the Silver Spoon Hollywood Buffet, "West Wing" nominee Allison Janney spilled secrets about her Emmy night dress. "If it's possible, it makes me look even taller than I already am," Janney told us.

Seven-time Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek got some last minute jewelry ideas at the Platinum Guild Emmy Suite, where she signed one of several platinum iPods to be auctioned off for her charity, Clothes Off Our Back.

Jane also let us in on a secret from her very first Emmy night. "I went to Sears the day before the Emmys and bought a girdle," she dished. "I have worn it to every [Emmy Awards] except this year. Maybe that girdle is the reason I've never won."

The gang from "American Idol" is also hoping this will be their breakthrough year. As Randy handed out his own award to the winners of the Oreo and Milk Jingle Contest, he gave "Extra" this prediction: "Hopefully this year will be an ‘Idol' year."

Be sure to check back Sunday night and Monday morning for your complete Emmy Awards coverage, right here on Extratv.com!




2006 Emmy Nominees

Best Comedy Series:

    "Arrested Development "
    "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
    "The Office"
    "Two And A Half Men"

Best Drama Series:

    "Grey's Anatomy "
    "The Sopranos"
    "The West Wing"

Best Actor in a Comedy Series :

  • Larry David in "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
    Kevin James in "The King of Queens"
    Tony Shalhoub in "Monk"
    Steve Carrell in "The Office"  
    Charlie Sheen in "Two And A Half Men"

Best Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Christopher Meloni in "Law & Order SVU"
    Denis Leary in "Rescue Me" 
    Peter Krause in "Six Feet Under"
    Kiefer Sutherland in "24"
    Martin Sheen in "The West Wing"

Best Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Lisa Kudrow in "The Comeback" Jane Kaczmarek in "Malcolm In The Middle"  
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "The New Adventures of Old Christine"  
    Stockard Channing in "Out of Practice"  
    Debra Messing in "Will & Grace"

Best Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Kyra Sedgwick in "The Closer"
    Geena Davis in "Commander in Chief"  
    Mariska Hargitay in "Law & Order SVU"
    Frances Conroy in "Six Feet Under" Allison Janney in "The West Wing"

Best Reality-Competition Show:

    "The Amazing Race"
    "American Idol"
    "Dancing with the Stars"
    "Project Runway"

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