It’s almost Emmy time, so here’s a complete guide to the 2011 Emmy Awards. Jane Lynch from Glee is this year’s host and she promises to be anything but boring. Reality king Mark Burnett is the executive producer of this year’s live broadcast. The 63rd Annual Emmys airs Sunday, September 18th at 8ET/5PT on FOX.
Countdown to the Emmy’s:
Viewers can catch all the Emmy Red Carpet action on a pre-show hosted by Nancy O’Dell, Mark Thompson, Amanda Byram and Steve Jones. The live one-hour special will capture the arrivals of Primetime Emmy® nominees, presenters and special guests. It airs live on Sunday, September 18 at 7:00-8:00 PM ET and 4:00-5:00 PM PT on FOX.
2011 Emmy Nominations:
2011 Emmy nominations for non-cable TV stations:
- CBS: 40
- NBC: 46
- PBS: 43
- FOX: 42
- ABC: 40
2011 Emmy nominations for cable TV stations:
- HBO: 104
- AMC: 29
- Showtime: 21
- Comedy Central: 11
- ReelzChannel: 10
Top TV shows receiving the most 2011 Emmy nominations:
- Mildred Place – 21
- Mad Men – 19
- Boardwalk Empire – 18
- Modern Family – 17
- Saturday Night Live – 16
- Game of Thrones – 13
- 30 Rock – 13
- Glee – 12
- Downton Abbey – 11
- Too Big To Fail – 11
- American Idol – 10
- The Kennedys – 10
- 83rd Annual Academy Awards – 9
- Cinema Verite – 9
- The Good Wife – 9
- So You Think You Can Dance – 8
- The Amazing Race – 7
- American Masters – 7
- Dancing with the Stars – 7
- Gettysburg – 7
- The Pillars of the Earth – 7
Creative Arts Emmys:
The Creative Arts Emmys were given out last Saturday night and HBO led the pack. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire received seven statuettes, Discovery’s Deadliest Catch and History’s Gettysburg followed with four. An edited version of the event will air as a special on Saturday, September 17th at 8:00 p.m. on ReelzChannel.
America’s Most Wanted creator and host John Walsh was chosen by the Television Academy Board of Governors to receive its prestigious Governors Award. Walsh was presented with the honor during this year’s Creative Arts Emmy® Awards in Los Angeles.
Presenters at the 2011 Emmy Awards:
The star-studded night includes presenters Will Arnett, Don Cheadle, Kaley Cuoco, Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Lowe, Julianna Margulies, Melissa McCarthy, Lea Michele, Amy Poehler, Ian Somerhalder and Sofia Vergara, Scott Caan, Bryan Cranston, Jon Cryer, Claire Danes, Jason O’Mara, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle, Kaley Cuoco, Rob Lowe, Melissa McCarthy, Lea Michelle, Ian Somerhalder, Will Arnett, Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher, Julianna Marquilies, Amy Poehler, Sofia Vergara.
Emmy News for 2011:
Television Academy Board approved the merger of the Miniseries and Made For TV Movie award categories for the 2011 Primetime Emmy® Awards. The newly merged area will increase from five to six nominees.
The name “Emmy” was chosen as a feminization of “immy”, a nickname used for the image orthicon tubes that were common in early television cameras.
To complement the name, the statuette was designed to depict a winged woman holding an atom, which has since become the symbol of the TV Academy’s goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television.
Today, the Primetime Emmy is a symbol of peer recognition from over 15,000 Television Academy members. Members from more than two-dozen peer groups vote for the category of competition in their field of expertise.
- The first Emmy Awards ceremony was held on January 25, 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club, and was devoted solely to programming that originated from Los Angeles, where the Television Academy was founded. Over time, the Emmys expanded to include programming aired throughout the United States.
- Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy, for Most Outstanding Television Personality, during that first awards ceremony.
- The Only First Lady to Win an Emmy: Jacqueline Kennedy. The First Lady won an honorary Emmy in 1962 for her televised tour of the White House, becoming the only First Lady to be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
- Most Touching Reunion on an Emmy Show: Charlie’s Angels. In 2006, just two months after famed producer Aaron Spelling died, Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith reunited on the Emmy stage to pay tribute to the TV legend.
- Only Emmy Ceremony Preempted by a U.S. President: Jimmy Carter Announcement, 1978. About halfway through the televised 1978 Emmys, President Jimmy Carter interrupted with a half-hour press conference to announce the successful resolution of peace talks with Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
- First Year Emmy Featuring Red Ribbons for AIDS: 1991. At the 1991 ceremony, the Emmys became the first televised event where attendees wore red ribbons in support of those living with AIDS and HIV.
- First Black Performer to Win an Emmy: Harry Belafonte. In 1960, Harry Belafonte became the first black performer to win an Emmy, earning the award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series for his TV special, Tonight with Belafonte.
- First Cartoon to Win an Emmy: Huckleberry Hound. In 1960, Hanna-Barbera’s Huckleberry Hound took honors for Outstanding Children’s Show, making it both the first syndicated program and the first cartoon series to ever win an Emmy.
- First Cable Show to be Nominated for Best Comedy Series: The Larry Sanders Show. In 1993, HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show became the first cable program to be nominated for best comedy series.
- First Reality Show Host Winner: Jeff Probst. In 2008, Survivor host Jeff Probst became the first winner in a new category, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.
- Most Emmys Won by an Actress: Eight, Cloris Leachman. Cloris Leachman won her eighth statue, for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Malcolm in the Middle), in 2006, passing Mary Tyler Moore and Tracey Ullman to become the winningest actress in Emmy history.
- Most Emmys Won by an Actor: Seven, Ed Asner. In 1980, Ed Asner took home an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Lou Grant, making him the only actor to win seven statues for acting.
- Most Emmys Won by an Individual: 19, James L. Brooks. Producer/writer/director extraordinaire James L. Brooks has claimed more Emmys than anyone. Nine for The Simpsons, five for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, three for Taxi, two for The Tracey Ulman Show.
- Saturday Night Live: The long-running comedy series earned five nominations in 1976, its first year on the air. Since then, SNL has won a total of 23 Emmys.
- Most Emmys Won in a Single Season by One Show: Nine, The West Wing. In 2000, Presidential drama The West Wing was nominated for 18 Emmys and won a record-setting nine.
- Most Emmy Wins by One Series: 37, Frasier. The cast and crew of Frasier won a grand total of 37 Emmys during its 11-year run.
So, who will be the big Emmy winners in 2011? Tune in to catch all the action, surprises and snubs. The 63rd Annual Emmys airs Sunday, September 18th at 8ET/5PT on FOX.
Sources: Emmys.com, Yahoo TV
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