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EMMYS Q&A: Matthew McConaughey On Following Oscar With The Game-Changing HBO Series ‘True Detective’

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 4:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

tueWhen movie stars go cold, the smart ones can find their way back. For Robert Downey Jr, that meant an Iron Man screen test so overwhelming that skeptical studio execs had no choice but to hire him. Ben Affleck scripted his own second act as writer and director and won the Best Picture Oscar for Argo. When we look back on how Matthew McConaughey sprang himself from rom-com prison by taking creative risks in small edgy films, his transformation won’t simply be pegged to the performance as AIDS activist Ron Woodroof that won him the Best Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey’s second wind is a one-two punch capped off by his Emmy-caliber performance as the tightly coiled fatalistic cop Rustin “Rust” Cohle opposite Woody Harrelson in HBO‘s groundbreaking 8-episode drama series True Detective. Among other things, McConaughey explains here how patience was key to turning around a stalled career and how patience allowed him to let a complicated character percolate over a time span four times longer that he gets in feature films.

Related: Bart & Fleming: Are Features Losing Their Prestige Mojo To TV?

TRDEADLINE: True Detective is a high-water mark in this golden age where pay and cable TV series are as good or better than what we see on movie screens. Still, it’s chancy for a movie star to say yes to a TV Read More »

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Mipcom: Sean Bean, France’s ‘The Returned’ Among International Emmy Nominees

Shows and talent from 19 countries make up the roster of nominees for this year’s International Emmy Awards, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today at Mipcom. The 41st annual event takes place on November 25th in New York where J.J. Abrams will receive the 2013 Founders Award and RTL’s Anke Schäferkordt will receive the 2013 Directorate Award. Among the nominees are Sean Bean as Best Actor for the BBC’s Accused; Sheridan Smith as Best Actress for ITV’s Mrs Biggs; last year’s Oscar nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras; and France’s drama series Les Revenants which is getting a U.S. redo courtesy of A+E Studios and FremantleMedia North America. For a full list of nominees, turn the page: Read More »

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Yahoo Picked To Be First Digital Partner For Emmy Awards

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 7:02am PDT

LOS ANGELES – (July 2, 2013) – Entertainment fans will get front row access to television’s biggest night, as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced Yahoo! will be the official digital partner for red carpet and behind-the-scenes content surrounding the 65th Primetime Emmy® Awards. Yahoo! is the Television Academy’s official online destination to live stream the red carpet and offer the Academy’s Backstage LIVE companion program, as well as deliver exclusive streaming content after the live coast-to-coast television broadcast airing Sunday, September 22, 2013, on CBS.

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Emmy Campaigns Mimic Political Campaigns

By | Saturday June 29, 2013 @ 2:48pm PDT

LAObserved columnist Veronique de Turenne was headed to the Hollywood Bowl the other night when she saw these lawn signs for Emmy campaigns. “I hate when people say this but, seriously, only in LA,” she wrote:

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Los Angeles-Area Emmy Nominations: NBC4 Leads Stations With 18, KMEX Second

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 3:00am PDT

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has released its annual list of local Emmy nominations. NBCUniversal’s NBC4 is tops with 18 noms, followed by Univision’s Spanish-language outlet KMEX with 15. CW-affiliated KTLA5 is next with 13; ABC’s ABC7 and indie for PBS channel KCET landed 12 each. Univision’s multiplatform education initiative Educate, Es El Momento (Educate Yourself, The Moment is Now) will receive the 2013 Governors Award. Winners of the 65th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards will be announced August 3 at ATAS’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. See all the nominees and a breakdown of noms by station after the jump: Read More »

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TV Academy: ‘Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes On Possible ‘Gilded Age’ Scheduling Conflict

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 10:50pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Downton Abbey has become famous for killing off its characters whose actors have come to the end of their three-year deals – most traumatically Matthew Crawley (played by Dan Stevens) at the end of season three, devastating viewers on both sides of the Atlantic. But there is really only one Downton-ite whose demise would be utterly catastrophic: co-creator and sole writer Julian Fellowes. The unthinkable was pondered tonight during a jam-packed event at the TV Academy designed to drum up some Emmy enthusiasm for the Masterpiece costume drama/soap. It had been revealed in February that Fellowes had signed on to write and produce the NBC period drama The Gilded Age. The question tonight was whether Fellowes could work on both shows simultaneously if it came to that. Answer: No.

Related: Will Julian Fellowes Leave ‘Downton Abbey’ If NBC’s ‘Gilded Age’ Is A Go?

So then, asked moderator Pete Hammond of Deadline, when might Downton be ending? “Well,” replied Fellowes, “we’re always reading in the papers when it’s ending, but we don’t know when it’s ending ourselves so how can some journalist know? I think it’s still got some legs to it.” While that’s somewhat of a coy answer, Fellowes admitted earlier this year that it’s possible he might need to devote himself full time to Gilded Age while leaving the Downton writing duties to others. Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Community’ Finally Gets Love

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 5:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After landing the top comedy series prize at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards last month, NBC’s underrated comedy series Community finally is getting some Emmy recognition. While the best comedy series and acting categories remain out of reach, Community today landed a prestigious writing for a comedy series nomination. It wasn’t for creator Dan Harmon, who was recently replaced as showrunner on the series, but for co-executive producer Chris McKenna for writing the Remedial Chaos Theory episode of the show. The comedy series writing field was very competitive this year, and even awards juggernaut Modern Family, which won the category the last two years, couldn’t make the cut. Community‘s only previous Emmy nom came last year in the Individual Achievement in Animation category, which the series actually won.

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EMMYS: Julianne Moore On ‘Game Change’

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 1:00am PDT

She’s considered one of the finest film actresses of this or any generation. Julianne Moore has garnered four Oscar nominations for such disparate roles in Boogie Nights, The End Of The Affair and in 2002 pulled off the rare feat of two nominations in both leading and supporting categories for Far From Heaven and TheBoardwalk Empire Hours. It seems only a matter of time before she finally nabs the Oscar itself  because Moore is deeply admired by her fellow actors as someone not afraid to take risks and go into dark places. This year she took another risk, not only diving into a TV film, albeit HBO but taking one of the most iconic, polarizing  and most recognizable  political figures of our time,  former vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the movie version of the best-selling book about that 2008 campaign, Game Change. Due to the uncanny portrayal by Moore she has catapulted herself  into the Emmy race. But it wouldn’t be her first. She started in TV soaps in the mid-80’s and won a Daytime Emmy for As The World Turns in 1988. Make no mistake, this year Moore is definitely ready to move up to the Primetime contest. I recently talked to her about the challenge of taking on Palin.

Related: EMMYS: Jay Roach On ‘Game Change’

PERFECTING PALIN: “This was extremely different (playing a real person who is still alive).  I mean, the people that I have played before have been deceased and not very well known.  They were not certainly well known, public figures.  This is somebody who is very, very much present in our lives, even now, so we didn’t even have a grace period of playing, even 10 years. There was no point at which she has faded from public view…So the responsibility to be accurate was really high.  So, the first thing I did was call a vocal coach.  And cleared my schedule of everything else I was doing because we only had two months to prep too. I wanted to devote as much time as I could to doing the research.  The great thing today is that everything is available.  Everything is on YouTube.  Literally everything (Sarah Palin) ever did during the (2008) campaign have been documented.  Because we were working specifically on that time period, those months leading up to the election, between her nomination and the concession speech.  That was what I focused on looking at.  So I looked at all of her appearances, all of the convention speeches, all of the press appearance, all of the debates and, listened to it over and over. Put it on my iPod, worked with my vocal coach and just did it.  My kids made fun of me: I had nothing else on my iPod except for Sarah Palin. [laughter] Literally, I took all the music off so I would never ever be tempted to listen to anything else.”

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EMMYS: Jay Roach On ‘Game Change’

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 7:34pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Boardwalk EmpireJay Roach’s political movies span the spectrum: not from conservative to liberal, but from drama to comedy.  Likely to be nominated at Emmy time is HBO’s Game Change, the story of Sarah Palin’s vice presidential nomination, written by Danny Strong, based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Roach also collaborated with Strong on HBO’s Emmy-winning Recount, about the 2000 presidential race.  But Roach is casting a vote for comedy with his August 10 feature The Campaign, with funnymen Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two Southerners vying for a seat in Congress. He’s also developing a Watergate film based on the memoirs of the real Deep Throat, former FBI agent Mark Felt.

AWARDSLINE: For a series, an Emmy can save a bubble show from cancellation. What does Emmy mean to a made-for-TV movie?
JAY ROACH: Getting noticed by the Emmys for a TV movie is an even bigger deal. Series are up and running continuously, but a TV movie hits once and runs a few times and unless it gets noticed, it gets forgotten. On Recount the awards attention was very, very good for that film, people discovered it later down the line.

Related: EMMYS: Julianne Moore On ‘Game Change’

AWARDSLINE:  It seems like TV is virtually the only place to see films about political subjects.
ROACH: There was a time in the ’70s when studios were making more movies that had more of a political point of view, The Candidate (1972), All the President’s Men (1976). It doesn’t seem very easy these days to set up these kinds of movies in the feature world. But I did talk about this story back during the campaign, even with a couple of studio people, before HBO bought the book. Even before I heard about the book, I was trying to convince people that being in the room where they made these decisions would be a really compelling film. Read More »

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EMMYS: Series Creators On Why We’re Laughing

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 5:04pm PDT

Anthony D’Alessandro, Diane Haithman and Ray Richmond are AwardsLine contributors

Boardwalk EmpireAwardsLine staffers threatened to send singing telegrams to the offices of TV’s biggest sitcom creators and showrunners unless they agreed to participate in this feature and divulge their comedy secrets on some of our favorite episodes over the past season. Lucky for us, these big cheeses were game enough to pick over what bent and never broke in each episode. On the downside, four singing telegrammers were out of work that day as we cancelled the booking and lost our $200 deposit.

Episode: Family Guy’s “Back to the Pilot” (Season 10, Episode 5)
As deconstructed by series creator Seth MacFarlane
SYNOPSIS: Brian and Stewie Griffin travel back in time to the first episode of the series.
Six Reasons to Roar:

1. Peter (MacFarlane) is in court on welfare fraud charges and sentenced to 24 months in prison, inspiring the Kool Aid mascot to storm in.
Seth MacFarlane: “That was sort of a standout gag from Family Guy’s pilot episode in 1999. It was ironically a gag that at the time the studio insisted that we cut. We fought and fought to keep it in. It turned out to be the single most quoted moment from the pilot. It’s one of those completely disconnected and yet somehow connected moments.”

2. By time-travelling, Brian alters events that stop 9/11 from happening.
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ESPN Dominates Sports Emmy Nominations

By | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 6:57am PDT

The pay TV sports behemoth had 55 nominations vs NBC Sports Group’s 32, CBS’ 26, and Turner Sports’ 22. You’ll find the full list of nominees here.

New York, NY – March 20, 2012 – The National Academy of Television Arts and  Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.

More than 170 nominees were announced in 33 categories including outstanding live sports special, live series, sports documentary, studio show, promotional announcements, play-by-play personality and studio analyst. The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center on April 30th, 2012 in New York City.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports will go to the Sports Commentator and Essayist, Jack Whitaker.

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Hasbro Studios To Partner With TV Acad On New International Emmy Kids Awards

New York, March 5, 2012 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced that Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based production and distribution division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), will serve as a presenting partner of its new International Emmy Kids Awards. The previously announced awards ceremony, which breaks new ground for the Academy, will be solely dedicated to recognizing excellence in children’s television programming produced and initially aired outside of the United States.

“We are delighted that Hasbro Studios and its president, Stephen Davis, saw the importance of these new International Emmys and stepped forward as a presenting partner,” said Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner. “We thank Stephen, a respected industry veteran, for his support.”

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Stephen David Entertainment, Brainstorm In “Hybrid Documentary” Pact

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 4:41pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen David Entertainment, producer of documentary-style shows for History Channel, TLC, Lifetime and others, and award-winning feature and TV effects house Brainstorm Digital have established an exclusive strategic partnership to create pioneering event TV. First up is History’s The Men Who Built America, about the dreamers and builders who transformed post-Civil War America into an economical, industrial and technological powerhouse. The partnership aims to combine Brainstorm‘s technical know-how with SDE’s storytelling expertise by integrating “invisible effects” to create what they’re calling “the documentary hybrid.” In addition to extensive feature work for several of the major studios and production companies, Brainstorm won an Emmy and two awards from the Visual Effects Society for its work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Formed by Richard Friedlander and Glenn Allen in 2005, Brainstorm Digital’s feature work includes Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Road, Frost/Nixon, The Adjustment Bureau and Julie & Julia. New York-based Stephen David Entertainment has put together several docu-series and specials including Secret Access: The Vatican, Heavily Ever After, Jobsite, and Big Medicine. SDE is repped by CAA.

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63RD PRIMETIME EMMY NOMINATIONS

The nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards from the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences were presented live this morning by celeb hosts Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). The ceremony took place at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live coast to coast on Sunday, September 18th (8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT) on Fox and will originate from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The awards will be produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Jane Lynch.

Nominations by network/channel: HBO – 104, CBS – 50, NBC – 46, PBS – 43, FOX – 42, ABC – 40, AMC – 29, Showtime – 21, Comedy Central – 11, ReelzChannel – 10, Starz – 9, History – 7, FX Networks, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network – 6

Nominations by show: 21 Nominations, Mildred Pierce; 19 Nominations, Mad Men; 18 Nominations, Boardwalk Empire; 17 Nominations, Modern Family; 16 Nominations, Saturday Night Live; 13 Nominations, Game Of Thrones, 30 Rock; 12 Nominations, Glee; 11 Nominations, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Too Big To Fail; 10 Nominations, American Idol, The Kennedys; 9 Nominations, 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Cinema Verite, The Good Wife; 8 Nominations, So You Think You Can Dance; 7 Nominations, The Amazing Race, American Masters, Dancing With The Stars, Gettysburg, The Pillars Of The Earth; 6 Nominations, The Borgias, The Killing, Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece); 5 Nominations, The Big Bang Theory, Dexter, … Read More »

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EMMY: TV Academy Calls Emergency Board Meeting To Resolve Telecast Deal Delay

Deadline TV contributor Ray Richmond files this urgent report:

UPDATE 7 PM: Deadline has just learned that a new deal to telecast the Primetime Emmy Awards is imminent and that Fox will host without any radical changes to the show. This is the reason for Wednesday night’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences calling an emergency meeting of its Board of Governors at 7 PM. Sources also tell Deadline that ATAS lawyers are assuring the Writers and Directors Guilds staff that the Academy’s waiver agreements for free clips contractually in place with the WGA and DGA which expired with the last Emmys will be renewed and stay essentially the same. This means that ATAS won’t dare to even try to knock the writers’ and directors’ categories off the primetime Emmy show or else they’d have to pay through the nose for clips. Everyone in the TV community can breathe a sigh of relief…

6:30 PM: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has called an emergency meeting for 7 PM Wednesday. Sources tell me the confab is to resolve any remaining issues standing in the way of a new deal to telecast the Primetime Emmy Awards after nearly 9 months of protracted negotiations. The TV community’s patience is wearing thin for a new agreement to be finalized by ATAS and its chief negotiator, powerful showbiz lawyer Kenny Ziffren who did the last bargaining, and presented to the Academy board for approval. After all, it’s just 4½ months before the 63rd Primetime Emmys ceremony airs live on September 18th from Nokia Theatre, yet the kudosfest still remains an event in search of a television home. So what are the problems?

– Problem #1: The lack of a competitive cable network player stepping up to host the Emmys similar to HBO’s $10 million-a-year offer from 8 years ago. That wild card drove up initial lowball offers from the networks in the $3.5 million to $4.5 million range. HBO is said not to want to be a bidder this time, nor apparently TBS which a source confirmed to me had its own bid 8 years ago to beat any other offer by $1 million. So what prevents the TV Academy giving exclusive broadcast rights to a single network in the same way that the movie academy does to ABC? Only the inevitable outcry from the other networks. Because the Emmycast is still prestigious, and very much a marketing opportunity for fall shows, and still annually pulls in a tidy profit in the low 8-figures, as a network source confirmed to me. But as one insider close to the negotiations believes, “The longer they wait to get the deal done, the greater the likelihood of a fire sale.”

– Problem #2: I’ve learned that the deal on the table pretty much mirrors the most recent 8-year “wheel” deal that expired last August with broadcast networks NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox taking turns hosting the show on a rotating basis and paying the TV Academy $7.5 million annually in rights fees. If nothing changes, then it’s Fox’s turn to carry the Emmys this September. But while the Academy is more than happy to keep the status quo, the networks aren’t. Stagnant ratings and the ATAS requirement that the primetime show must hand out 27 trophies in three hours isn’t sitting well anymore. As a source tied to the negotiations tells me: “The networks want to make it a faster-moving, more youth-skew show, which means taking out categories and adding entertainment elements more like the Grammys. They’re also sick and tired of hosting a show that annually turns into a big promotion of cable.” Last year’s Emmy telecast attracted 13.5 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 on NBC (matching the 2009 numbers). By contrast, the Grammys earlier this year pulled in 26.7 million viewers, its biggest audience since 2001.

– Problem #3: But what categories do you cut? If the ATAS Board of Directors had its way, they’d buckle to the networks and reduce the primetime telecast by a third, to 18 categories. The Academy this year deep-sixed the Outstanding Miniseries stand-alone category and folded it into top Made-For-TV Movie, to the great consternation of those TVmakers. That, however, is seen as a Band-Aid at best on what needs to be a show re-cast. Right now, insiders report that the chief battleground is in the writing and directing and longform categories which both the networks and ATAS would like to delete from primetime. Read More »

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NATAS Announces Technology And Engineering Emmy Winners

By | Monday October 25, 2010 @ 8:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New York, NY – October 25, 2010 — The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the recipients of the 62nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards that will take place on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 as part of the 2011 International CES in Las Vegas.

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Deadline Hollywood’s Emmy Arrival Photos

By | Monday September 6, 2010 @ 10:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

For all TV folk enjoying the three-day holiday weekend and the few curious film people: a look back in pictures at the executive arrivals for the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday at the Nokia Theatre LA Live.  There are top network and studio executives and occasional agents. (Photos by Lysa Nalin Studios)

NBC Uni’s Jeff Zucker & wife Caryn        Disney’s Anne Sweeney & husband Phil The night’s big winners: 20th TV’s Dana Walden & Gary Newman with Walden’s husband Matt and Newman’s wife, attorney Jeanne Newman Read More »

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EMMY WINNERS ANALYSIS: ‘Modern Family’ Comedy King, ‘Mad Men’ Still Drama King, Big Night For First-Timers, 20th TV, HBO

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: ABC’s freshman Modern Family was the big series winner at the 62nd Emmy Awards, scoring 3 awards for a total of 6 Emmys, including best comedy series, while AMC’s Mad Men was once again named top drama. In the top comedy category, Modern Family overtook three-time winner 30 Rock, which, in one of the biggest surprises on a night full of surprises, was completely shut out this year. Modern Family and fellow freshman Glee, which earned a total of 4 Emmys, including 2 tonight, brought the breath of fresh air many were predicting. It was a big night for first-time winners overall, with awards for Modern Family, its co-star Eric Stonestreet, Glee‘s Jane Lynch, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, The Closer‘s Kyra Sedgwick, The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, as well as Ryan Murphy and Steve Shill for directing Glee and Dexter, respectively.

Things were mostly status quo on the drama side, with AMC’s Mad Men extending its winning streaks in the best series and best writing categories to three each and Bryan Cranston three-peating as best lead actor on a drama series for another AMC drama, Breaking Bad. Meanwhile, there was no farewell love for ABC’s Lost, which was completely snubbed tonight and ended up with one Emmy out of 12 noms, winning for best sound editing for the finale at the Creative Arts Awards.

Overall, HBO’s The Pacific and Temple Grandin scored the most awards with 8 and 7 statuettes, respectively, … Read More »

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EMMYS BACKSTAGE: ‘Modern Family’

By | Sunday August 29, 2010 @ 9:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan looked like a single dad tonight, accepting alone the show’s awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Writing for a Comedy Series. Where was fellow co-creator Christopher Lloyd, the executive producer who co-wrote the pilot that won the writing award? ”He has an aversion to crowds and public speaking, but he supports the show and we will celebrate at the Governors Ball,” Levitan said backstage. UPDATE: Lloyd indeed was on the party circuit. I caught up with him at the Fox and FX’s shindig in Downtown. “I just don’t like going to awards shows,” he said in explaining why he’d skipped the ceremony. Levitan gave a shoutout to 30 Rock, which Modern Family dethroned this year. Noting that instead of female celebrities like Paris Hilton, “you need a role model make Tina (Fey). It’s still a damn funny show, and we feel lucky to be here.” There are no hard feelings between Levitan and Glee creator Ryan Murphy, either. “I saw Ryan afterwords, and we hugged,” Levitan said. “I really admire the fact that Glee has broken the mold. My daughter went to a Glee concert, and I think there is room for both shows.”

Asked why Modern Family has so clicked with audiences, Levitan said: “The show has embraced emotion. I think emotion in comedy has gone out of vogue, and maybe people were hungry for it a little bit. They wanted to laugh but they also wanted to feel something.”

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