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The 63rd Annual Emmy Nominations

The "Emmy"

Well you can stop the nail biting and nervous twitching the 2011 Emmy nominees are now a matter of public record.  Actors, writers, directors and producers whose names are on that ever growing exclusive list must now begin their preparations. Tuxes and Gowns need to be dusted off and dry cleaned, jewelry must be carefully laid out and above all else those acceptance speeches must be written and neatly folded to fit in a small purse or inner Tux pocket.  Yes it is a busy time in Hollywood, home of the 2011 Emmy Awards.

To those of you who don’t know how that strange statue got its name or why she has wings and is holding an atom, here’s a little background info courtesy of “Wikipedia” for you to peruse.

“The Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) established the Emmy Awards as part of an image-building and public relations opportunity. 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.”

I actually used one of those cameras in college.  They were big, ugly and ran hot but produced one of the best Black and White images I have ever seen.  It took two men to move that monster around on its wheels and like an aircraft carrier took forever to stop.   Every night we’d have to point the camera at a white screen so all the burn ins that occurred to the tube during shooting would “white out.”  Pretty archaic compared to today’s equipment.   Back to history…

Shirley Dinsdale


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: The wings represent the muse of art; the atom the electron of science.”

The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club, but solely to honor shows produced and aired locally in the Los Angeles area.  Ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale had the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy, for Most Outstanding Television Personality, during that first awards ceremony.”




So here are the actors and shows that have managed to secure the most Emmy nominations for 2011.

AMC's Mad Men



AMC’s “Mad Men” with 19 nominations barely beat out HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” with 18.



ABC's Modern Family



ABC’s “Modern Family” received the most nominations of any show on Network TV with 17.




HBO's Mildred Pierce



HBO’s Mini Series “Mildred Pierce”, starring Kate Winslet managed a whooping 21 nominations.




HBO's Game of Thrones



The hot, new HBO series “Game of Thrones” landed 13 nominations including one for Best Drama Series.



Nominated for Best Drama Series category were HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones”; Showtime “Dexter” and DirecTV’s “Friday Night Lights” ; CBS “The Good Wife” and AMC’s “Mad Men.”

Nominated for Best Comedy Series are CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” FOX’s “Glee,” ABC’s “Modern Family,” and NBC’s “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “30 Rock.”

Nominated for Best Reality Show;  ”The Amazing Race,” “American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Project Runway,” “So You Think You Dance” and “Top Chef.”

Nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series; Laura Linney of “The Big C,” Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie,” Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation,” Martha Plimpton of “Raising Hope,” Tina Fey of “30 Rock,” and Melissa McCarthy of “Mike & Molly.”

Nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; Matt LeBlanc in “Episodes,” Louis C.K. of “Louie,” Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock,” two actors from “The Big Bang Theory” — Johnny Galecki , Jim Parsons and “The Office’s” Steve Carell.

For a complete list of remaining nominees click on the word “EMMY”.

Emmy winner Jane Lynch of "Glee" is the host


This year the 63rd Emmy Awards will be televised on the Fox network Sunday September 18th at 8pm ET live from the Nokia Theatre.  Jane Lynch of “Glee” fame, an Emmy winner herself, will be hosting the event. If you are thinking of renting a limo or a Tux in LA that night you can “Fah get about it.”




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