Emmys 2011: Sizing Up the Best Comedy Race — And Sharing Our Dream Nominees

Summertime isn’t all about pool parties and picnics — at least not here at TVLine. No, for us this week marks the official start of Emmy season, seeing as the nomination process is about to begin, culminating in the July 14 reveal of who did/didn’t got a nod. In the coming days, we’ll be taking a close look at all the contenders in the major races and highlighting our dream candidates — the six shows and performers in each category that we think voters should recognize when they fill out their ballots.

First up: Outstanding Comedy Series … READ MORE & VOTE

TVLine Items: Shameless Amy Smart, Snubbed Betty White, and Other TV News to Know

Showtime’s already engaging Shameless just inched up even higher on my must-watch list with the addition of Amy Smart.

An alum of such TV shows as Smith and Felicity, Smart will play Jasmine, a neighborhood pal of Fiona’s who “is a little bit pushy and sexy,” AOL TV reports. Smart will first surface in the final two episodes of the series’ freshman season. Yeah, you heard me, boys: Emmy Rossum and Amy Smart. And I thought my Twitter wallpaper was nice.

What else is transpiring in TV land? Well…. READ MORE

Exclusive: Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White Reunite In Cleveland

Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards

After more than three decades, former Mary Tyler Moore Show sparring partners Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White are about to go another round.

Moore has been tapped to guest star in the Jan. 19 second-season premiere of White’s TV Land sitcom Hot In Cleveland. Details on Moore’s role are being kept under wraps, but a Cleveland source hints that she will be involved in the storyline that saw White’s caretaker character Elka get arrested in the Season 1 finale.

This will mark the first time the comedy legends have appeared on screen together in 33 years. Cleveland — which averaged a record-shattering 4.7 million cume total viewers in its first season — was renewed in July for a 20-episode second season.

This story was originally posted to Deadline.com.