After this morning’s announcement of the Emmy nominations, Don Mischer, the veteran (and much awarded himself) executive producer of this year’s 66th annual Emmy Awards jokingly suggested to me that maybe there should be an awards show that only honors other award shows! God help us. We almost have that now. At the Emmys, the only awards show not eligible to win one of the golden winged statuettes is Emmy herself.
And what’s significant awards-show wise in this year’s lineup is how far the Golden Globes, of all shows, have come into industry respectability. Not only did it grab an Outstanding Special Class Program nomination against the Tonys and the Oscars this morning, but it also landed a nod for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special. It will compete there again with the Tonys there but – OUCH – not perennial writing nominee Academy Awards; Ellen DeGeneres and her crew of writers who so memorably sent out for pizza and took selfies this year were snubbed this time out.
Of course the Globes have really smartened up in the writing department in the past couple of years with strong SNL influence and participation from hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as well as Seth Meyers among other members of the Lorne Michaels wolf pack. Meyers may not have been nominated for his own new NBC late-night talk show, but this year’s Emmy host has a chance to win one for his Globes writing gig, and that category WILL be presented this year on the primetime broadcast. Still in sheer numbers of nominations today, The Oscars lead the Tonys 8-7, with the Globes grabbing the aforementioned two. Impressively, Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who will be returning for a third consecutive stint on next year’s show, are competing directly against themselves in the Special Class category with their NBC musical special The Sound Of Music Live! And they also nabbed a nomination for their Lifetime miniseries, Bonnie And Clyde. Big day for that busy pair, who got Emmy love for all of their TV projects last season, even if critical reaction was mixed. Who’s laughing now? Read More »
History has a chance to repeat itself at the Emmy Awards on August 25th if Matthew McConaughey wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He would become the first – and only other male — to pull off an Oscar win and Emmy win in the same year since George C. Scott did it 43 years ago in 1971. Scott, who famously didn’t attend either ceremony, won the Best Actor Oscar for Patton on April 15th of that year and then less than a month later on May 9th pulled off the Emmy for Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the “The Price” episode of ITV Saturday Night Theatre. Of course, McConaughey won the Oscar in March for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers Club. Both also won Golden Globes in their respective years too.
As everyone knows, Scott actually refused the Oscar and called the ceremony a “meat parade.” Goldie Hawn announced him as the winner by saying “Oh my God, it’s George C. Scott!” As I recall, when presenter Suzanne Pleshette opened the Emmy envelope that year she parodied that moment by saying, “Oh my God, it’s George C. Scott!” It should be noted that, unlike his unwanted Academy Award, Scott never turned down the Emmy. He just didn’t show up for it and it was accepted instead on his behalf by Jack Cassidy.
This promises to be one of the most exciting categories at the Emmys this year, with the list of nominees announced this morning not producing a ton of surprises but offering a rich group of nominees featuring the TRIED (Downton Abbey, Mad Men, etc), the TRUE (Detective) along with the NEW (Orange Is The New Black, Silicon Valley, etc). The most astounding thing to me was to see Netflix really break through big-time with 31 nominations and within shouting distance of the traditional three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) and ahead of Fox. Read More »
Former TV Academy chief Dick Askin has been elected chairman of the Council of Past Presidents and Past Chairs for the organization. The group provides advice and counsel to the TV Academy’s elected leadership and works with the board of governors on special initiatives and projects. Askin, chairman and CEO of the TV Academy from 2003-2007, succeeds Leo Chaloukian, who served as chair of the council since 2003.
“This is the first time since Season 1 where they don’t have any protection,” The Walking Dead EP and director Greg Nicotero said tonight of the remainder of the show’s fourth season. “You get a sweeping sense of the world again, and our characters are thrust back in it,” he added without giving away any more than that.
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Just days before the AMC series comes back from its midseason break, Nicotero was joined at the TV Academy by creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman, EP Gale Anne Hurd, EP and showrunner Scott Gimple, EP Dave Alpert, stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun and other members of WD’s main cast. Unlike a similar appearance at the TV Academy around this time last year — when recently exited EP Glen Mazzara was suddenly a no-show — there wasn’t any controversy, but there was another notable absence. Lead Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the show, was scheduled to be there tonight but ended up missing the evening due to a cold. “I am so sorry I’m not to be able to attend this event, but I am currently the walking dead tonight,” the actor said in a note to the audience read by Gimple in a terrible British accent. Read More »
Emmy 2011 is officially over and those I talked to at the Governors Ball, HBO and AMC celebrations generally liked it. The consensus is that Jane Lynch was a sharp host, the pace was good and the Mark Burnett-produced show came to life enough times to make it all worthwhile despite the deja vu feeling from repeat winners Modern Family (two years in a row), Mad Men (four years in a row), The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (9 wins in a row) and The Amazing Race (8 wins in the past 9 years). The highlight was when the six nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy Series came on stage as their names were announced and lined up in beauty pageant fashion – before (surprise) winner Melissa McCarthy of CBS’ Mike And Molly was given roses, a tiara and an Emmy. I caught up with McCarthy at the HBO party and she told me it was barely planned. “We had talked about it but when (first nominee) Amy Poehler got up and walked on stage I guess I realized then we were really going to do this,” she said. ”The whole experience was so surreal.
McCarthy has also been winning lots of praise for her scene-stealing performance in the summer smash comedy, Bridesmaids. Universal campaign insiders are telling me they are likely planning a Supporting Actress campaign for her. She was practically speechless when I asked her how she felt about this, but finally said: “If they do it I … Read More »
Tonight’s announcement follows a 7 PM emergency board meeting by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences reported by Deadline to resolve what was seeming like an endless delay in setting this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox on September 18th. But Deadline learned last night that a new deal to telecast the show was imminent and that Fox would host without any radical changes to the lineup, like moving the writers and directors categories. Sources told Deadline that ATAS lawyers assured the Writers and Directors Guilds staff that the Academy’s waiver agreements for free clips contractually in place with the WGA and DGA would be renewed and stay essentially the same. That meant the TV Academy wouldn’t dare to even try mess with the writers and directors or else pay through the nose for clips. Now that it’s official, everyone in the TV community can breathe a sigh of relief. As for Mark Burnett’s selection as producer, I’d written after one especially rotten Oscarcast that he should have been brought in to fix the Movie Academy’s awful show. He can’t do worse for the Emmys.
Tonight’s TV Academy Board confab resolved any remaining issues standing in the way of a new deal after nearly nine months of protracted negotiations. The TV community’s patience wore thin for a new agreement to be finalized by ATAS and its chief negotiator, powerful showbiz lawyer Kenny Ziffren. After all, it’s just 4½ … Read More »
Just as the TV Academy is facing tough negotiations with the TV networks for a new Primetime Emmy Awards deal, the Paley Center for Media is officially throwing its hat into the ring with an announcement today that it has scheduled its first awards show for May 2012 in New York City. There are no network partners yet.
The announcement came after the center formed a television awards planning committee in March headed by Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of the Fox Networks Group, and Dick Lippin, chairman and chief executive of the Lippin Group, the PR firm that represented the TV Academy and handled the Primetime Emmys for 12 years until parting ways at the end of last year. Meanwhile, Mosko and Vinciquerra have held high-level positions within the TV Academy and its foundation.
The May date in New York was selected to coincide with the upfront presentations, Vinciquerra said. “The networks, advertisers and much of the top talent will already be in New York at that time and this venue should make it easier for top talent and industry leaders to participate in the show.” The awards show will also be merged with Paley Center’s annual New York gala fundraising beginning next year. The Paley Center said it may introduce one or more of its new awards at this year’s gala.
According to Mosko, “we have already received considerable interest from television networks and advertisers, and now that we have announced the time and … Read More »
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today several changes to the rules and procedures for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. Every year, the Academy’s Board of Governors reviews in detail the rules and procedures for each award to determine if any updates or changes are required. This year’s changes below:
Raise the bar from 2/3 approval to 9/10 approval in order to decrease the number of multiple winners in the “more than one” option for area awards. The Board of Governors felt this would curb awards proliferation and heighten the standards for selecting area awards honorees.
BLUE RIBBON PANELISTS
Restrict all series program BRP panelists to no more than two straight years judging the same category. This will allow a greater variety of members to take part in the vote for both Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series.
“HANGING EPISODES” ELIGIBILITY CLARIFICATION
If an ongoing series has enough episodes in the current eligibility year to qualify as a series and has one or more episodes that are part of the series season that fall into the subsequent eligibility year, the “hanging episodes” that are in a contiguous rollout on the same distribution platform join in eligibility the already-qualified-as-eligible episodes of the series. For example, a comedy series that regularly airs on a weekly basis that has six episodes in the 2010 eligibility year and has two more episodes of its series season airing subsequently and on the same platform in the 2011 eligibility year would
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Television Academy Chairman and CEO John Shaffner announced that he has appointed writer/producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, digital media executive Albert Cheng, actor Benito Martinez and director Millicent Shelton to serve on the Academy’s Executive Committee. They will join current Executive Committee Chair’s appointees Dick Askin and John Landgraf.