EMMY DISS: They received a warm sendoff from viewers after 10 years, but Friends got snubbed in the 56th annual Emmy nominations, ending up with seven nods, including those for lead actors Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc, but getting shut out for best comedy series. Instead, FOX’s struggling Arrested Development made the list, along with Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, Sex and the City and Will & Grace. Overall, HBO’s miniseries Angels in America led the pack with 21 nominations, followed by The Sopranos with 20 and The West Wing with 12. HBO’s Mob family and NBC’s White House mainstay will compete for best drama alongside CSI, Joan of Arcadia and 24.
MARTHA’S MESS: Martha Stewart was sentenced Friday to five months in prison, five months of home confinement and two years of supervised probation for her conviction on four counts of conspiracy and lying to investigators about a stock sale. She also was fined $30,000. Addressing the bench before her sentence was delivered, Stewart asked Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum to “remember all the good I have done,” adding, “My life is in your merciful hands.” Outside the court, she told TV news cameras, “I’ll be back!”
BRITNEY BLASTS: Britney Spears is considering a lawsuit against the New York Post after the paper ran a front-page photo of her chugging a tiny bottle with a headline inside labeling her “‘Boozer’ Britney” – when in fact, Spears was drinking nonalcoholic ginseng. Spears’s attorney, Martin Singer, tells the Post’s rival, New York’s Daily News, that Spears “intends to file a lawsuit” against the Post “unless the paper immediately issues an appropriate retraction, apology and financial settlement.” The Post has not commented.
‘WEEZIE’ DIES: Emmy-winning actress Isabel Sanford – best remembered as Louise “Weezie” Jefferson on All in the Family and its successful 1975-86 spinoff The Jeffersons – died of natural causes in a Los Angeles hospital on July 9, it was revealed this week. She was 86. Sanford was a Broadway actress for three decades before she headed to California. In 1967, she played the sharp-tongue maid Tillie in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, memorably demonstrating “black power,” as Tillie said, by telling off Sidney Poitier’s character for wanting to marry the daughter of parents played by Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
MURRAY TO MARRY: A Cinderella Story heartthrob Chad Michael Murray asked his One Tree Hill costar, Sophia Bush, to marry him – sometime next year. And she said yes. After procuring her parents’ permission to ask for their daughter’s hand, Murray popped the question to Bush two months ago while the two 22-year-olds were in Australia, where he was shooting the remake of House of Wax with Paris Hilton, USA Today reported. Murray got down on one knee and presented Bush with a ring he helped design with a Down Under jeweler.