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60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

by Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer


Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti star in 'John Adams' which led Emmy

nods with a total of 23 nominations

LOS ANGELES, California -- "Mad Men," AMC's sleek drama set in the advertising world circa 1960, and FX's legal thriller, "Damages," made Emmy nominations history as the first basic cable programs to gain best-series nods.

"John Adams," HBO's prestige historical drama about one of America's founding fathers, was the overall frontrunner with 23 bids, including a Lead Actor nomination for Paul Giamatti's turn as Adams. The miniseries, based on the best-seller by David McCullough, makes its strongest secondary figure Adams' wife, Abigail, played by Lead Actress nomination Laura Linney.

NBC's popular comedy, "30 Rock," honored as Best Comedy Series last year, was the top nominee among sitcoms with 17 bids. AMC's hot period series, "Mad Men," was the leading drama contender with 16 nominations, including one for star Jon Hamm.

"The Wire," the critically-acclaimed HBO drama about police and drug dealers in Baltimore, lost its last shot at ending years of Emmy snubs after wrapping its final season. "Lost," rebounding with a well-received season, joined "Mad Men" and "Damages" in the Best Drama Series category with six nominees, including "Boston Legal, "Dexter" and "House."


'30 Rock' was the top Emmy nominee among sitcoms with a total of

17 bids. Cast members include: (L-R) Tracy Morgan, Rachel Dratch,

Jack McBrayer, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

Other Best Comedy Series nominees besides "30 Rock" were "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Entourage," "The Office" and "Two And a Half Men." The final list of nominees was determined with the help of blue-ribbon panels that screened submitted episodes for the top vote-getters.

Nominees in the top categories for the "60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" were announced at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences by TV, Stage and Screen Actress Kristin Chenoweth, "How I Met Your Mother" Actor Neil Patrick Harris and TV Academy Chairman John Shaffner.

Shaffner surprised Harris and Chenoweth at the end of the telecast by announcing each actor's supporting-actor nomination. Chenoweth, of "Pushing Daisies," stood open-jawed, while Harris pumped his fist and said, "Nice!" The trio then blew out candles on a birthday cake to celebrate the Emmys' 60th anniversary.

The Emmy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday, September 21 and broadcast on ABC. Other Emmy honors, including those for technical achievement and guest actors and actresses in series, will be given at the creative arts ceremony on Saturday, September 13.

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60th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

(winners will appear highlighted in red)


"How I Met Your Mother" - ("The Yips, No Tomorrow, Miracles") (CBS) - Stephan Olson, production designer; Susan Eschelbach, set decorator

"The New Adventures Of Old Christine" - ("Between A Rock And A Hard Place," "The New Adventures Of Old Christine," "House") (CBS) - Cabot McMullen, production designer; Amy Feldman, set decorator


"Dexter" - ("That Night, A Forest Grew") (Showtime) - Tony Cowley, production designer; Linda Spheeris, set decorator

"Heroes" - ("Out Of Time") (NBC) - Ruth Ammon, production designer; Matthew Jacobs, art director; Ron Franco, set decorator

"Mad Men" - ("Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" - Pilot) (AMC) - Bob Shaw, production designer; Henry Dunn, art director;Rena DeAngelo, set decorator

"Mad Men" - ("Shoot") (AMC) - Dan Bishop, production designer; Christopher Brown, art director; Amy Wells, set decorator

"Pushing Daisies" - ("Pie-Lette") (ABC) - Michael Wylie, production designer; Halina Siwolop, set decorator;

"Ugly Betty" - "How Betty Got Her Grieve Back") (ABC) - Mark Worthington, production designer;Jim Wallis, art director; Archie D

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Nominated Reality Hosts Preside over Emmys

by Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer


"Dancing With the Stars" Host Tom Bergeron

LOS ANGELES, California -- The reality is, there won't be an Emmy host this year . . . there will be five. The reality-TV hosts nominated in the new category that honors their work will preside over the televised ceremony. "It just seemed like a perfect way to stay current with the state of television today," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer.

They nominated emcees are: Tom Bergeron, host of "Dancing With the Stars," Ryan Seacrest, host of "American Idol," Howie Mandel, host of "Deal or No Deal," Heidi Klum, host/judge of "Project Runway" and Jeff Probst, host of "Survivor."

The reality hosts also have the advantage of being "extremely engaging personalities" who are comfortable on stage, Ehrlich said. "At the end of the day, this is what they do for a living." That could bring increased spontaneity to a ceremony that, by definition, has a certain amount of predictability, he said.


"Project Runway's" Heidi Klum and "Survivor's" Jeff Probst

The popularity of reality shows also could provide a much-needed ratings boost: Last year, the Emmy broadcast -- opposite a National Football League game -- posted its second-smallest audience on record, just under 13 million.

The combined ratings for the five reality shows represent a "tremendous number of viewers," Ehrlich said, and it's hoped the Emmys benefit. The total weekly audience for the five shows has recently averaged roughly 70 million, led by top-rated "American Idol." The singing contest on Fox routinely had more than 20 million weekly viewers last season.

None of the reality hosts balked at sharing Emmy duties, Ehrlich reported. Hosts usually fly solo. In fact, Seacrest had the job in 2007. "They were excited by this. They got it, what a fresh idea this was and how this could be fun for them," the veteran producer reported.


"American Idol's" Ryan Seacrest and "Deal or No Deal's" Howie Mandel

An effort will be made to "treat each of the five people equally and hopefully find places in the show that each can shine," Ehrlich commented on his plan for the Sunday, September 21 televised 60th Annual Primetime Emmy broadcast on ABC.

The hosts will take the Emmy stage in the year of a Writers Guild of America strike that, in part, focused on a bid to unionize reality show writers. The effort failed but the guild now is holding so-called "truth tour" protests at "American Idol" nationwide auditions for next season.

Asked if some in the TV industry could see the choice of reality show hosts as an affront, Ehrlich declined comment.

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Not me anymore, she lost her luster with me awhile ago.

Turned the Emmy's off was a horriable show and after they started to get political and start jabbing certain politicians. I did not turn the Emmy's to hear their opinions on who should be elected.

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60th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Winners

Outstanding Drama Series

"Mad Men" (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Bryan Cranston as Walt White in "Breaking Bad" (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in "Damages" (FX Network)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Zeljko Ivanek as Ray Fiske in "Damages" (FX Network)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Dianne Wiest as Dr. Gina Toll in "In Treatment" (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Glynn Turman as Alex Sr. in "In Treatment" (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Cynthia Nixon as Janis Donovan in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

Outstanding Comedy Series

"30 Rock" (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in "30 Rock" (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in "30 Rock" (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold in "Entourage" (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Jean Smart as Regina Newly in "Samantha Who?" (ABC)

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Tim Conway as Bucky Bright in "30 Rock" (NBC)

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

Jeff Probst ~ "Survivor" (CBS)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

"The Amazing Race" (CBS)

Outstanding Reality Program

"Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List" (Bravo)

Outstanding Miniseries

Miniseries: "John Adams" (HBO)

Executive Producers: Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman

Co-Executive Producers: Kirk Ellis and Frank Doelger

Producers: David Coatsworth and Steven Shareshian

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Paul Giamatti as John Adams in "John Adams" (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Laura Linney as Abigail Adams in "John Adams" (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Tom Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin in "John Adams" (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Dame Eileen Atkins as Miss Deborah Jenkyns in "Cranford" (BBC)

Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program

Don Rickles ~ Performer, "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" (HBO)

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Director: Barry Sonnenfield

Program: "Pushing Daisies" (ABC)

Episode: "Pie-Lette"

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Director: Greg Yaitanes

Program: "House" (Fox)

Episode: "House's Head"

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program

Director: Louis J. Horvitz

Program: "80th Annual Academy Awards" (ABC)

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Director: Jay Roach

Program: "Recount" (HBO)

Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming

Directors: Christopher Wilcha and Adam Beckman

Program: "This American Life" (Showtime)

Episode: "Escape"

Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)

Program: "The Simpsons" (Fox)

Episode: "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind"

Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour Or More)

Program: "South Park" (Comedy Central)

Episode: "Imaginationland"

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series

Series: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)

Executive Producers: Jon Stewart and David Javerbaum

Co-Executive Producers: Rory Albanese, Kahane Corn and Josh Lieb

Supervising Producers: Jim Margolis and Jennifer Flanz

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special

Special: "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" (HBO)

Producers: Mike Richardson, Bob Engelman, Larry Rickles and John Landis

Outstanding Special Class -- Not-Exclusively-Made-For-Television

Variety, Music, Comedy Event Programs

Program: "Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago"

Series: "Great Performances" (PBS)

Outstanding Special Class -- Classical Music/Dance Programs

Program: "New York City Opera: Madama Butterfly"

Series: "Live From Lincoln Center" (PBS)

Executive Producer: John Goberman

Supervising Producer: Marc Bauman

Outstanding Special Class -- Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs

"Battlestar Galactica: Razor Featurette #4" (Sci Fi Channel.com)

Executive Producers: Ronald D. Moore and David Eick

Supervising Producer: Harvey Frand

Outstanding Special Class -- Short-Format Animated Programs

Program: "Camp Lazlo"

Episode: "Lazlo's First Crush" (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Special Class -- Short-Format Nonfiction Programs

Program: "Great Moments From The Campaign Trail" (History ChannelVOD)

Executive Producer For The History Channel: Tim Nolan

Producer: Anthony Giacchino

Outstanding Special Class Program -- Awards Programs

"The 61st Annual Tony Awards" (CBS)

Executive Producers: Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss

Outstanding Children's Program

"Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show" (HBO)

Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins

Supervising Producer: Dolores Morris

Producers: Amy Schatz and Beth Aala


"Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: The Untouchable Kids Of India" (Nickelodeon)

Executive Producers: Linda Ellerbee and Rolfe Tessem

Producers: Josh Veselka and Mark Lyons

Supervising Producer: Wally Berger

Outstanding Nonfiction Special

Special: "Autism: The Musical" (HBO)

Executive Producers: Jonathan Murray, Janet Grillo and Kristen Stills

Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham

Producers: Perrin Chiles, Tricia Regan and Sasha Alpert

Outstanding Nonfiction Series

Series: "American Masters" (PBS)

Executive Producer: Susan Lacy

Series Producer: Prudence Glass

Supervising Producer: Julie Sacks

Producers: Jim Brown, Michael Cohl and William Eigen


Series: "This American Life" (Showtime)

Producers: The Producing Team

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Writer: Tina Fey

Program: "30 Rock" (NBC)

Episode: "Cooter"

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Writer: Matthew Weiner

Program: "Mad Men" (AMC)

Episode: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" ~ Pilot

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program

"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)

Head Writer: Tom Purcell

Writers: Stephen Colbert, Allison Silverman, Richard Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin,

Writers: Eric Drysdale, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler,

Writers: Peter Grosz, Bryan Adams and Barry Julien

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Writer: Kirk Ellis

Program: "John Adams" (HBO)

Episode: "Part 2: Independence"

Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming

Writer: Geoffrey C. Ward

Program: "The War" (PBS)

Episode: "Pride of Our Nation"

(Work In Progress . . . More Award Winners Posted Soon)
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