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August 27, 1988 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
When "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels won his first Emmy Award as a producer in 1976, he walked away from the podium congratulating himself on having thanked everyone connected with his show in his acceptance speech. When he got back to the "Saturday Night Live" office the morning after, the 15 people he'd forgotten weren't speaking to him. "The simplest thing would have been to say 'Thank you'--then move off," Michaels lamented.
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June 13, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
In its first season, "Homeland" hinged on the premise that Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) had been turned while held captive by Al Qaeda and, now back in the States, was planning a terrorist attack. Nobody believed that war hero Brody would be capable of such a betrayal, save for bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). Brody's plan depended on his partnership with another turned Marine, Tom Walker, a plot point, it turns out, that producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon never liked and, to this day, would rework if given the chance - provided they could come up with something a little more plausible.
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September 20, 2005 | Scott Collins
Sunday's Emmy Awards on CBS rebounded from last year's disastrous ratings. An average of 18.6 million viewers tuned in for the three-hour 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, according to early figures from Nielsen Media Research. That was a jump of 35% compared with last season's record-low viewing on ABC, making it the most-watched Emmy telecast since 20 million showed up for NBC's airing in 2002.
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September 24, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before putting the dirty tuxedo back into the closet. The Skinny: By the time I got out home from HBO's Emmy party (rough life, I know), it was way past midnight and I'm typing this at 5:30 a.m., so I hope the editors catch what I'm sure are many typos. Monday's headlines include all the winners and not-winners (why be mean and say losers?) at the Emmys, a review of the weekend box office and a profile of Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. Daily Dose: The WWE may not have a cable channel yet, but it has struck a deal to put its content on Hulu.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2004 | Scott Collins and Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writers
Executives at long-struggling ABC hoped the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards would put some muscle behind the network's new fall lineup. Instead, the show delivered the weakest ratings in more than a decade. Sunday's telecast was the least-watched Emmy ceremony since 1990, with an average of 14 million total viewers, according to early figures from Nielsen Media Research. That's a 22% slide from last year's ceremony on Fox, which itself delivered lower-than-expected ratings.
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March 2, 1990 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
"Fantastic" was the way the negotiator for rights to the Emmy Awards described the bid by Fox TV. The three-year offer for the Emmy show by the young network, totaling $9.5 million, was a whopping increase over its previous payment of about $3.5 million for the TV rights to the awards from 1987 to 1989.
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April 7, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
And the winner is ... the weary awards show viewer. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, stunned last year by the worst ratings performance for the Emmys since 1990, will ask some winners this year to pre-tape their acceptance speeches -- and to take less time to say "thank you." Under a resolution approved this week, the academy's board of governors will ask producers of this year's Sept.
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September 5, 1992
I suffered through the Emmy telecast and, as a conservative, I felt like I'd spent three long hours being slapped in the face. I came away with these impressions: Kirstie Allie and Richard Lewis are space cadets. Roseanne Arnold is outrageous and adorable and should have won instead of Candice Bergen, who's won too often. Laurie Metcalf was long overdue for an award, and I was delighted that Craig T. Nelson won because his show is funny and he's terrific. Also, he didn't make any political speeches, for which I was devoutly thankful.
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September 7, 1991
It's mind-boggling that the Emmy show failed to mention George Gobel in the tribute paid to TV personalities who died in the past year. George passed away Feb. 24. It is ironic that the awards show was dedicated to comedy and that comedian and Emmy-winning Gobel had the top-rated show on NBC in the mid-'50s. His show-business career spanned more than 60 years. SAM HONIGBERG Sherman Oaks
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September 22, 1987 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
Preliminary audience estimates for Sunday night's marathon Emmy Award telecast showed Monday that while the Fox Broadcasting event was a distant third in the ratings, it still beat ABC. According to A. C. Nielsen Co. overnight estimates from 15 cities, the four-hour Emmy show averaged a 10.7 rating when it was in direct 8-11 p.m. competition with programs on CBS, NBC and ABC. The ratings, provided by Fox researchers, showed that CBS won the night with a 17.
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July 9, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Conan O'Brien is getting one more shot to perform on NBC. The lanky, red-haired comedian was nominated for an Emmy Award for his seven-month stint as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." If he shows up and wins, it has the potential to be an incredibly awkward televised moment, as O'Brien could tell his former employers exactly what he thinks about them on his old network, which is airing the show. The nomination in the variety, music or comedy series category is the latest twist in the late-night fiasco at NBC. He quit as host of "The Tonight Show" after NBC decided to restore Jay Leno to late night and put him in O'Brien's 11:35 p.m. time slot.
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August 13, 2009 | Matea Gold and Richard Verrier
Forced to abandon its plan to truncate the presentation of some awards during the Emmys, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences now faces limited options in its efforts to broaden the appeal of next month's telecast. After push-back from the Hollywood guilds, the academy announced Wednesday that it was dropping the idea of pre-taping eight categories before the Sept. 20 show and airing edited clips of those acceptance speeches. "This decision was made to mend relationships within the television community," said television academy Chief Executive John Shaffner in a statement.
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July 31, 2009 | Matea Gold
Hoping to expand the appeal of the Emmy Awards, producers of the Sept. 20 telecast plan to truncate the presentation of many of the movie and miniseries awards in order to spotlight more popular television programming. The winners of eight Emmy categories will be named approximately 45 minutes before the broadcast begins at 5 p.m. PDT, allowing producers to air edited versions of their acceptance speeches later in the program.
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March 8, 2009 | Josh Gajewski
Producers tend to be worried, and today a producer is worried about this story. "You're not going to write about the flies, are you?" It is August in Albuquerque, filming home to that other critically acclaimed AMC series, "Breaking Bad," which begins its second season today. And inside Stage 5 of this film studio -- on an otherwise seamless day of shooting -- there is the constant annoyance of the fly.
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May 7, 2007 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
"American Idol" executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, who were enlisted to bring their hit-making pizazz to this year's Emmy Awards, abruptly pulled out of the show Friday, a surprise move that prompted more than a few grumbles within TV circles. Veteran producer Ken Ehrlich, who has led several previous Emmy shows, has been recruited to take over the live broadcast, which will air Sept. 16 on Fox.
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July 25, 2006 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
A half-century or so from now it's a safe bet Helen Hunt's obituary won't start by describing how she once dominated the Emmy Awards when she starred in "Mad About You." Her Oscar for "As Good as It Gets" already has that first sentence locked up. As nice as an Emmy may look on a mantel, it's second-class hardware in Hollywood. Which isn't exactly fair.
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September 10, 1994 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
The television industry will be studying the ratings of Sunday night's Emmy Awards with perhaps more than the usual interest. If the tune-in is disappointing again, it may be time to take dramatic steps to revive audience attention. After six years on Fox-TV, during which the once-popular awards show sank severely in viewer tune-in, the Emmy telecast returned to one of the Big Three networks--ABC--in 1993, and there were hopes that the popularity of the annual event would be restored.
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April 29, 2006 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
After more than three decades, the world of sex, lies, switched babies, murder and train wrecks came to Hollywood in a big way as the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented Friday night at the Kodak Theatre. It could have been mistaken for a meet and greet. Fans were everywhere, filling the theater's balconies and the "fan zone," and though that particular spot was outside, it was often the best seat in the house.
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September 20, 2005 | Scott Collins
Sunday's Emmy Awards on CBS rebounded from last year's disastrous ratings. An average of 18.6 million viewers tuned in for the three-hour 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, according to early figures from Nielsen Media Research. That was a jump of 35% compared with last season's record-low viewing on ABC, making it the most-watched Emmy telecast since 20 million showed up for NBC's airing in 2002.
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