59th Primetime Emmy Awards

2007, TV Show


Ken Ehrlich Back for Emmys' 60th Anniversary

Awards-show guru Ken Ehrlich is returning to executive-produce the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards. The 60th-annual event will be broadcast Sept. 21 (8 pm/ET) on ABC. Ehrlich is a master of the genre who, it seems, will add a little spice to proceedings. Among his many credits, he produced several of the recent Emmys — including the 50th anniversary show — and 28 Grammy Award shows, plus he created and produced the MTV movie awards.The show is moving venues this year from the Shrine to the uber-modern Nokia Center in downtown L.A., allowing for new styles and sets to appear. Ehrlich said, "We... have a number of surprises in the works that will certainly make this a memorable Emmy broadcast. Doing the event from the new Nokia Theatre... provides an opportunity to give the show a new and fresh look, and we are already hard at work with our designers to accomplish that and more."And while the Emmy Awards might seem like a long time away, the nominations are coming up July 17. Th... read more

Strike Could Give Cable Shows Edge at '08 Emmys

It's of course too early to really say, but a prolonged strike could shake up next year's Primetime Emmy Awards in some ways, in other ways not. To be eligible, a show needs to have telecast six episodes, a benchmark nearly all of the broadcast network offerings will meet. But cable programs that aired earlier this year and cranked out full, 13-episode seasons will have more content to choose from when compiling their reels. Also, Variety notes, network shows typically submit their season finale for the big races, but that would not be an option here. One other wrinkle: Fox's postponement of 24 takes that drama — and series lead Kiefer Sutherland — out of the running.More strike coverage: • Will Tonight Show Go On... With Guest Hosts?• Creator of Scrubs Snubs Season-finale Request• Striking Up Romance: Single Scribes Pair Off on the Picket Line read more

How do you feel about the ...

Question: How do you feel about the Emmy results?

Answer: Save for that confounding Spader triumph (what the #%@?!), I'm pretty happy with how the night went. I was especially giddy about Jaime Pressly's and Katherine Heigl's underdog victories. Folks have been trying to write the two of them off as nothing more than eye candy for years, and, as I've harped many a time in this very column, nothing could be further from the truth. Their wins almost make up for the complete disregard Emmy showed Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (and Lauren Graham before them). Actually, come to think of it, no, they don't.

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What was your favorite Emmy ...

Question: What was your favorite Emmy moment?

Answer: Hmmm… that's a toughie. I'm going to go with a tie between the victory embrace Katherine Heigl gave T.R. Knight, and Steve Carell's "surprise" win for best comedy actor.

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Heigl: Mom Said Sopranos Would Snuff Me at Emmys

Katherine Heigl by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

As indicated in her Sunday-night acceptance speech, Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl's own mother didn't think she'd walk away with a win in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series race. Rather, Mom had either of the two Sopranos nominees to get the nod. Pops wasn't much more positive. As Heigl said calling into Tuesday's Ellen, "Even my dad was like in shock and said, 'I really didn't think you'd win.' Nobody thought I was going to win." All of which made it extra sweet when her name was called. "It's more fun that way because you can't get let down.... You can only be excited about it." I bring this story to you pretty much only for the purpose of asking: Why was Heigl the only winner to blow off us folks in the Emmys press room the other night? You win one of the industry's biggest awards and you deign to reflect on it publicly? read more

Emmy Ratings... Out! Smallest Audience Since 1990

Ryan Seacrest by John Shearer/WireImage.com

Matt here, operating on perhaps four hours of sleep. And you all have me doing math on top of it? Oh, it's all good. My 30 Rockers got their due.Anywho... the Nielsen overnights indicate that Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast averaged 13.06 million total viewers. That skinny sample represents not only an 18 percent drop from last year's pre-Labor Day installment but, much more dubiously, the show's smallest audience since 1990 (when about 12.3 mil people watched as L.A. Law and Murphy Brown won for best drama and comedy). Even Fox itself, in its just-released ratings spin, cops to the fact that the Emmys ranked No. 2 to NFL Football among adults 18-49, 18-34 and teens. That said, the audience is rather impressive when you consider that more than a few hundred stuck around after that endless Don't Forget the Lyrics spoof.Related: Inside the Emmys: All the Dish from TV Guide's After-party! read more

Sopranos Goes Out with a "Fitting" Bang at Emmys

David Chase with the cast and crew of 'The Sopranos' by John Shearer/WireImage.com

Heroes as best drama series? Fuhgettaboutit said Emmy voters, who on Sunday bestowed HBO's defunct The Sopranos with the high honor. Speaking to the press, series creator David Chase said he still doesn't have an answer as to why the mob show resonated with viewers and critics alike. "I have to assume it's because people deeply identify with the characters," he said. While Chase calls the big win "really, really fantastic," the highlight of the night "was the huge standing ovation our cast got" after the Jersey Boys-led tribute. "It was really fitting."Did The Sopranos leave its mark on the medium? Chase begs to differ. "I don’t really believe it's influenced television that much. I don’t see it," he says. "People say it's a seminal show, it's this and it's that.... I don’t see it." Similarly, Fox didn't see the series' potential when it passed on the pilot many years ago. "In that pilot I wrote for Fox nobody got killed," Chase remembers. "Afterward, everybody said, ... read more

No Round of Applause for "Emmys-in-the-round"

James Spader by John Shearer/WireImage.com

It kinda looked cool when first unveiled, but the "theater in the round" approach to this year's Emmy Awards telecast drew decidedly mixed reactions from those who partook in the festivities. "It was very disconcerting... the way they had the theater set up," James Spader (Boston Legal) said after grabbing gold for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. "So many people you wanted to be addressing were behind you. Literally all of my bosses were sitting behind me, and so were the other nominees."Conan O'Brien, after winning for writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program, countered that thought by saying, "It was neat to try it in the round, and [Ryan Seacrest] was right to not do [a previous host's] awards show." Seacrest, however, "is on TV way too much," O'Brien, the show's 2006 emcee, quipped. "It's not good for anyone."Related: Emmy Ratings... Out! Smallest Audience Since 1990 read more

Tina Fey, 30 Rock (Outstanding Comedy Series)

"Hopefully this will help us a little," Fey said, holding her Emmy and looking rather fabulous. And maybe it will make that red-headed-stepchild feeling go away. "Because we shoot in New York and we're not the highest-rated show, I feel a lot of the time we're not actually on TV," she laments. "[The Emmy win] legitimizes us a little bit. I myself am going to celebrate by overeating." As for Alec Baldwin coming up empty in the lead-actor race, Fey frowns, "I really thought he'd win." And for The Office's Steve Carell to not best Ricky Gervais either, she says, "was crazy, right?" read more

Conan O'Brien (Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program)

Finally, a good answer to the "Where will you keep your Emmy?" roundup question: "I had a giant Emmy shelf built years ago, capable of holding 500 Emmys," says Conan, fielding questions backstage with headwriter Mike Sweeney.When a reporter flubs his verb tense and asks for Conan's take on how Ryan Seacrest is doing (the telecast had ended), O'Brien quipped, "If he's still doing it in the parking lot, that’s very, very sad. I think he's lost his mind, he's on TV way too much. It's not good for anyone." But seriously, Conan gave some props to Seacrest and the "different" kudoscast, saying. "It was neat to try it in the round, and he was right to not do [a previous host's] awards show."Asked if he had heard about O.J. Simpson being arrested in Los Angeles earlier in the evening — a topic oft trotted out in the press room but to little effect — O'Brien said he heard the news from no less than Mary Hart. "But then I went to that guy from Extra to be sure. The one who sued... read more

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Premise: Ryan Seacrest hosts from L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. Performing: Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera (“Steppin' Out With My Baby”); Stewie and Brian (“Family Guy”), with a song-and-dance tribute to the year in TV; and cast members from Broadway's “Jersey Boys,” saluting “The Sopranos.” Scheduled presenters include Steve Carell, Kyle Chandler, the cast of “Entourage,” Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Katherine Heigl, Hayden Panettiere, Jimmy Smits, Jon Stewart, Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Walsh.


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