Entries in Emmy Awards (20)


Sofia Vergara Dishes on "Modern Family" and Emmys

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) -- After winning five awards and almost sweeping the comedy category at this year’s Emmys, there’s no denying Modern Family is one of the biggest shows on television right now.

While other shows have reports of offstage fights among cast members, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara insists that isn’t the case on the ABC hit.

“I don’t think anyone has ever had a fight in the three seasons that we’ve been together,” Vergara told Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer. “We’re always together. It’s been amazing. The kids love each other. It’s been like a dream. I get along with Julie, I love Julie.”

At the Emmys on Sept. 23, Julie Bowen, who plays Claire on the ABC hit, won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, beating Vergara. It was Bowen’s second Emmy win. During her acceptance speech, Bowen said, “Sofia, man, I know you’re younger than me but I wanna be you when I grow up.”

“I keep telling her. Why does she need two, give me one at least,” Vergara told Spencer, laughing. “But she’s amazing and she deserves it. I mean she’s an important part of the show as we all are. So if she wins, it’s like I win.”

But Vergara didn’t leave the Emmys without honors. During the award show’s red carpet, fans voted for People magazine’s “TV’s Sexiest Woman.” Not surprisingly, she won.


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Emmys Audience Up from Last Year

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- This year's Emmy Awards saw an uptick in viewership from the 2011 ceremony.

ABC's telecast of the Emmys on Sunday night, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was seen by an estimated 13.2 million viewers.  It aired live across the country.

Last year's Emmys ceremony, which aired on Fox and was hosted by Jane Lynch, drew 12.4 million.

Sunday's telecast didn't match the audience of NBC's Sunday Night Football, which pulled in 19.8 million viewers for a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Showtime's Homeland and ABC's Modern Family won the Emmy for best drama and best comedy, respectively.

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Tom Hanks Uses Emmy as Hood Ornament

@RitaWilson/Twitter(LOS ANGELES) -- An elite group of TV's biggest stars walked away with Emmy golden statues at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, but Tom Hanks rode away with one taped to his limo as a hood ornament.

Hanks celebrated winning his fifth Emmy, for producing the HBO political movie Game Change, Sunday night by taping the golden statue to his car.

The Forrest Gump actor tweeted a video to his fans titled, "How I'm getting around these days," showing him in the passenger seat of a black sedan with his golden Emmy squarely atop the hood of the car.

Hanks, who signed off on the video with a simple, "Hanx," used just old-fashioned masking tape to fasten the Emmy on his ride, as documented in a picture tweeted by his wife, actress Rita Wilson.

The 56-year-old star, who won in the Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie category for Game Change, attended the ceremony with Wilson, who also had bit of fun at the expense of their fancy Emmys ride.

"I think @tomhanks and I will make out in the backseat of this car on the way to the Emmys," she tweeted, along with a pic of the smiling couple, earlier in the evening.

Wilson also helped provide her nearly 180,000 Twitter  followers with the whole Emmy experience, live-tweeting from behind the scenes and asking people what Emmy secrets and stars they wanted to see.

"I will tweet as long as battery lasts on iPhone," she wrote. "What do you want to see? Can't guarantee will get tho."

After the ceremony the couple of more than two decades were spotted rubbing shoulders alongside fellow celebs like singer Ashlee Simpson and The Good Wife star Christine Baranski at the HBO after-party at the Pacific Design Center.

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"Homeland," "Modern Family" Win Big at 64th Annual Emmy Awards

Showtime(LOS ANGELES) -- Returning favorites and new faces mingled at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards, which were handed out during a Sunday night telecast on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

On the new side, the freshman series Homeland emerged as a big winner, scoring the win for Best Drama -- the first-ever best series Emmy win for Showtime, in any category.  It also deprived Mad Men of a record-breaking fifth Emmy in that category. 

In addition, Homeland's stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, were named best lead actor and actress in a drama series, respectively, and it also picked up an Emmy for dramatic writing.

At the podium, Lewis cracked, "I don't really believe in judging acting, but I thought I'd show up just in case!"

A pregnant Claire Danes thanked her husband, actor Hugh Dancy, calling him "my love, my life, my baby daddy," and adding, "This doesn't mean anything without you."

On the comedy side, it was mostly about Modern Family, which picked up its third Emmy for Best Comedy.  Cast member Eric Stonestreet won his second Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy, while another Modern Family star, Julie Bowen, won her second in a row for best supporting actress.  The show also won for Best Directing, Comedy.

Onstage, Stonestreet, who's straight, said, "I never knew I'd be on TV as a gay man, but I love the pictures of hairy chests you guys are sending me, it's really amazing.  Thank you for those." 

Bowen, meanwhile, joked that her role on the show consisted mostly of "me falling down and making faces while wearing lipstick and nipple covers."   She repeated "nipple covers" several times during her speech.

A surprise winner in the comedy category was Jon Cryer, who won his first-ever Emmy as a lead actor for Two and a Half Men.  He was shocked, stating at the podium, "I'm stunned!  I did not win this.  This did not happen."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named best actress in a comedy for her new HBO show Veep, but when she started her speech, she said, oddly, "First of all, I'd like to thank NBC, Parks and Rec, my beautiful boys Archie and Abel..."  That was, of course, Amy Poehler's acceptance speech, had she won -- Dreyfus pretended to read it in error.  Poehler ran onstage and gave her the "right" speech.

In the drama category, Aaron Paul won his second best supporting actor in a drama Emmy for Breaking Bad, and thanked the show's writers for not killing him off.  The award for best supporting actress went to Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, who won last year, but that was when the show was in the Miniseries/Movie category.

Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron won his first-ever primetime Emmy for best reality show host, but at the podium, he noted that it was probably because Survivor's Jeff Probst, who's won the award four times in a row, wasn't nominated this year. 

He joked that he was glad that he'd beat Betty White in the category -- the veteran actress was nominated for her show Off Their Rockers -- saying, "It's particularly satisfying since she always kicks my ass in our mixed martial arts class."  The Amazing Race won yet again for best reality series.

Jon Stewart's The Daily Show won its 10th straight Emmy for best variety, comedy or music series. 

At the podium, Stewart held up his Emmy and said, "Years from now, when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit, they will find a box of these and they will know just how predictable these bleeping [awards shows] are!" 

Kimmel later joked that he saw Stewart backstage, "throwing away his Emmy."

In the Miniseries/Movie category, winners included Game Change for best miniseries or movie, and its star Julianne Moore for best lead actress; Kevin Costner and Tom Berenger, respectively for best lead actor and best supporting actor for Hatfields & McCoys; and Jessica Lange for best supporting actress for American Horror Story

When Moore, who portrayed Sarah Palin in Game Change, came to the podium, she said, "I feel so validated, because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!"

Despite Kimmel's best efforts, the Emmy telecast wasn't very exciting or interesting -- it felt quite flat.  There were a few amusing moments, though, including:

-- An opening segment in which an overly-Botoxed Kimmel was found sobbing in a ladies' room stall, saying he couldn't host the show because his face looked terrible.  A host of top comic actresses, including Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, offered to "punch his face back in" for him, which they did.  As a now normal-looking Kimmel headed out onstage, they pointed out he wasn't wearing any pants, so Ellen DeGeneres handed hers over.

-- A bit where Kimmel pulled 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan out of the audience, instructed him to lie down on stage, and then told everyone watching to go to Twitter and Facebook and post, "OMG! Tracy Morgan just passed out on the Emmys! Turn on ABC now!"  For a while, it was a trending topic.  Morgan actually laid there onstage for quite a while before being carried off by his arms and legs.

-- An "In Memoriam" bit where Kimmel paid tribute to himself.  As a montage of clips from his show was shown, Josh Groban was on hand to play piano and sing a dramatic version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."

-- Kimmel's opening montage, where he said Downton Abbey gave viewers "a sense of what it was like to grow up in Mitt Romney's house," and said that he doesn't want President Obama to watch Homeland -- the commander-in-chief's favorite show -- "for the same reason I don't want Charlie Sheen to watch Breaking Bad."

And one amusing moment was actually a mistake: Seth McFarlane came onstage to present the Best Reality Show Host category and started delivering his lines at a place on the stage where there was no microphone.   Realizing his error, he said, "Oh, the mic's over there," and walked over to it.  Then, he cracked, in the voice of his Family Guy character Stewie, "This is what happens when you don't come to rehearsal!"

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Primetime Emmy Awards Winners List

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the winners in the 16 leading categories at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  For a full list of winners, head over to

Drama Series

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Comedy Series
Modern Family

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Miniseries or Movie
Game Change

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore, Game Change

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race

Variety Series

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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2012 Emmy Nominations Announced

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The 2012 Emmy Awards nominees were announced this morning in Los Angeles.  The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, September 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and broadcast live on ABC.

The nominations were announced by actress Kerry Washington of ABC's Scandal and Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Perhaps the most notable takeaway from Thursday's announcements is that for the first time ever in Emmy history, none of the major broadcast networks scored a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.  All of the nominees are from cable or, in the case of Downton Abbey, public television. 

Here are the nominees for the 12 leading categories.  For a full list of nominees, head over to

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downtown Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher

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Emmy Nominations Will Be Announced Thursday Morning

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced in North Hollywood on Thursday at 5:40 a.m. Pacific time.  Scandal actress Kerry Washington and Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman will participate in the announcement, which can be seen at

It's a safe bet that the 2011 winner for best drama, the AMC series Mad Men, will be a nominee in that category again this year.  Other candidates include two other AMC series, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, plus HBO's Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, and Showtime's Homeland.

ABC's Modern Family, which won best comedy in 2011, will likely get the chance to defend its title.  Its competition may include former best-comedy winner 30 Rock, plus fellow NBC comedy Parks and Recreation and CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

Tom O'Neil, of the website Gold Derby, is one of the lead predictors when it comes to Hollywood awards shows.  He tells ABC News Radio we'll hear the names of shows like Mad Men and Modern Family called a lot.

"About two-thirds of last year's nominees will be back, because they always come back," O'Neil said. "And the guessing game is what newcomers will make the cut."

O'Neil thinks that cable could dominate: "It is possible, that for the first time ever, all nominees for best drama series will be from cable.  Last year only one broadcast show broke through.  It was The Good Wife.  This could be a complete shut out for the broadcast channels."

Jimmy Kimmel will host ABC's Emmys telecast from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. live in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 23.

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"Family Guy" Ad for Emmy Voters Targets ‘Brentwood Jews’

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Fox animated series Family Guy is known for its off-color humor, but an ad for the show sent to Emmy voters has been deemed by at least a few TV producers as being not funny or simply tasteless.

The Hollywood Reporter says the ad features Family Guy patriarch Peter Griffin along with the message, “Come on, you bloated, over-privileged Brentwood Jews. Let us into your little club.”

The ad is included with a DVD screener sent to Emmy voters for their consideration. The mailing also includes a picture of baby Stewie saying, “It’s a secret ballot. You can still tell people you voted for Modern Family."

One TV producer who lives not far from the posh Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s so heavy-handed, it’s light on funny.”

Another producer says, “While I think Family Guy is a genuinely funny show, we all — including this ‘Brentwood Jew’ — need to think twice about this kind of humor. Stereotyping any particular ethnic group is just not cool and can lead others (with the wrong intentions) to feel a certain license to take shots.”

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are among the publications that have refused to run the Peter Griffin ad.

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ABC's "General Hospital" Leads Nominations for Daytime Emmys

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's lone daytime soap opera is the leading nominee for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards.

General Hospital on Wednesday garnered 23 nods, including in the outstanding drama series category.  All My Children, which ABC cancelled, is also a nominee in the top soap category.

Another defunct ABC drama, One Life to Live, is represented in the lead actor and actress categories.  ABC topped all networks with 56 nominations.

Regis Philbin is the sentimental favorite for outstanding talk show host.  He and Kelly Ripa are nominated for their final year together on Live! with Regis and Kelly.

The 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.  No TV network is currently slated to televise the ceremony.

A complete list of nominees is available at EmmyOnline.TV.

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Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2012 Emmy Awards

ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND(LOS ANGELES) -- Late night funny guy Jimmy Kimmel will make his debut as host of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony in September, organizers of the television industry’s top honors announced on Monday.

The 2012 Emmys will air live on Kimmel’s home network, ABC, on Sept. 23.  Kimmel himself took home a “Best Game Show Host” Emmy in 1999 as co-host of Comedy Central’s long-running game show Win Ben Stein’s Money.

The Jimmy Kimmel Live host follows in the footsteps of fellow late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon who hosted the awards in 2010.  Last year’s ceremony was hosted by Glee star Jane Lynch.

Kimmel gave a hint of his awards show hosting abilities earlier this year in a special post-Oscars show episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live that was considered a hit.  The show featured Oprah Winfrey as the special guest and a taped skit where Kimmel went to Winfrey’s office to pitch show ideas, which led to sketches like Winfrey and Kimmel naked in a bathroom together and another called “Book Club Fight Club,” a riff on Winfrey’s famous book clubs.

Another highlight of Kimmel’s post-show was an eight-minute-long fake movie trailer with celebrity appearances that included George Clooney, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron, among others, that had the look and feel of an awards show opening piece.

Kimmel, whose show is currently in its tenth season, will have an opportunity to test-run his hosting abilities, albeit to a different audience, when he hosts the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C., next month.

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