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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
It's time for the Emmy Awards again, and I am excited and angry. More angry than excited, so let's take a bite out of that apple first. I'm angry because the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast airs almost a month earlier than usual - and on a Monday. It hasn't aired on a weeknight since 1976. The show achieved its highest rating since 2005 last year, but given the shift, the only question this year is how small the audience will be. And that's especially unfortunate, because the level of TV talent up for awards this year has never been higher in the three decades I have been covering the beat.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
I love "Breaking Bad," and even I didn't think it would win as big as it did Monday night at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Best drama, best actor (Bryan Cranston), best supporting actor (Aaron Paul), best supporting actress (Anna Gunn) and best writing (Moira Walley-Beckett). Did show runner Vince Gilligan & Co. ever go out on a high. And it is all the more impressive when you consider the incredible level of competition for each of those awards. I picked it as best drama, and I picked Gunn and Paul as best supporting actress and actor.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 9, 1996
NBC, the No. 1 network in ratings, dominated the competition last night at the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.It was a clean sweep in comedy for the Peacock Network, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning the first major honor as best supporting actress for "Seinfeld" and setting a pattern that held straight through for Helen Hunt as best actress in "Mad About You," John Lithgow as best actor in "Third Rock from the Sun" and "Frasier" as best comedy series.NBC...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
It's time for the Emmy Awards again, and I am excited and angry. More angry than excited, so let's take a bite out of that apple first. I'm angry because the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast airs almost a month earlier than usual - and on a Monday. It hasn't aired on a weeknight since 1976. The show achieved its highest rating since 2005 last year, but given the shift, the only question this year is how small the audience will be. And that's especially unfortunate, because the level of TV talent up for awards this year has never been higher in the three decades I have been covering the beat.
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By Scott Collins and Scott Collins,Los Angeles Times | March 4, 2007
HOLLYWOOD -- Nigel Lythgoe couldn't resist an idle boast the other day, after he and a longtime colleague were tapped to rescue the TV industry's biggest night from a long slouch toward obsolescence. "It's the first time the Emmy producers have been on the front of the bloody Hollywood Reporter and Variety!" exclaimed Lythgoe, a British-born choreographer-turned-TV-impresario. Lythgoe and fellow Brit Ken Warwick oversee Fox's American Idol, currently in its sixth season and so unstoppable that competitors can only look upon its ratings and despair.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
I love "Breaking Bad," and even I didn't think it would win as big as it did Monday night at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Best drama, best actor (Bryan Cranston), best supporting actor (Aaron Paul), best supporting actress (Anna Gunn) and best writing (Moira Walley-Beckett). Did show runner Vince Gilligan & Co. ever go out on a high. And it is all the more impressive when you consider the incredible level of competition for each of those awards. I picked it as best drama, and I picked Gunn and Paul as best supporting actress and actor.
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By Jonathan Storm and Jonathan Storm,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 22, 2003
LOS ANGELES - It was a night for the little guy, even though the bully of the block got his share. A little movie on a basic cable channel stole the show from the likes of The West Wing and The Sopranos last night at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. TNT's Door to Door, about a salesman with cerebral palsy, took four Emmys in the movie or mini-series category, including best show. William H. Macy won as actor, Steven Schachter won as director, and the two shared the writing Emmy.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Lorenzo Millan was among the winners Saturday night as the Emmy Awards for Creative Arts were handed out in Los Angeles. Millan, who became interested in filmmaking at St. Paul's School and has worked on major Baltimore TV productions dating back to NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," won for sound mixing on a one-hour drama or comedy series. He shares the award with Nathan Nance and Scott R. Lewis. "This Emmy win represents all the hard work of the entire 'House of Cards' crew, including the rest of the Sound Department, Randy Pease and Chris Jones.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 5, 2001
After two postponements, the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were finally telecast last night. Not surprisingly, it was a more subdued and purposeful telecast than we are used to seeing. Still, outside of a blockbuster closing - Barbra Streisand singing as the names of victims of Sept. 11 were projected on the wall behind her - it was also a surprisingly uninspired show given all the emotion connected with the events that caused the postponements. The big winner was NBC's The West Wing, which started fast and closed strong.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,sun television critic | August 28, 2006
The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards opened last night under a cloud of controversy surrounding a new voting system that resulted in some widely ridiculed nominees. Ultimately, however, the best talent won out - and viewers were presented with a witty telecast. Fox's 24, the clock-is-ticking thriller that this fall will spawn a raft of imitators, took top honors as best drama, with Kiefer Sutherland, who plays federal agent Jack Bauer, winning as best dramatic actor. Jon Cassar also won as best director for his work on the series.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Lorenzo Millan was among the winners Saturday night as the Emmy Awards for Creative Arts were handed out in Los Angeles. Millan, who became interested in filmmaking at St. Paul's School and has worked on major Baltimore TV productions dating back to NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," won for sound mixing on a one-hour drama or comedy series. He shares the award with Nathan Nance and Scott R. Lewis. "This Emmy win represents all the hard work of the entire 'House of Cards' crew, including the rest of the Sound Department, Randy Pease and Chris Jones.
NEWS
By Scott Collins and Scott Collins,Los Angeles Times | March 4, 2007
HOLLYWOOD -- Nigel Lythgoe couldn't resist an idle boast the other day, after he and a longtime colleague were tapped to rescue the TV industry's biggest night from a long slouch toward obsolescence. "It's the first time the Emmy producers have been on the front of the bloody Hollywood Reporter and Variety!" exclaimed Lythgoe, a British-born choreographer-turned-TV-impresario. Lythgoe and fellow Brit Ken Warwick oversee Fox's American Idol, currently in its sixth season and so unstoppable that competitors can only look upon its ratings and despair.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,sun television critic | August 28, 2006
The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards opened last night under a cloud of controversy surrounding a new voting system that resulted in some widely ridiculed nominees. Ultimately, however, the best talent won out - and viewers were presented with a witty telecast. Fox's 24, the clock-is-ticking thriller that this fall will spawn a raft of imitators, took top honors as best drama, with Kiefer Sutherland, who plays federal agent Jack Bauer, winning as best dramatic actor. Jon Cassar also won as best director for his work on the series.
FEATURES
By Jonathan Storm and Jonathan Storm,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 22, 2003
LOS ANGELES - It was a night for the little guy, even though the bully of the block got his share. A little movie on a basic cable channel stole the show from the likes of The West Wing and The Sopranos last night at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. TNT's Door to Door, about a salesman with cerebral palsy, took four Emmys in the movie or mini-series category, including best show. William H. Macy won as actor, Steven Schachter won as director, and the two shared the writing Emmy.
NEWS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 5, 2001
After two postponements, the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were finally telecast last night. Not surprisingly, it was a more subdued and purposeful telecast than we are used to seeing. Still, outside of a blockbuster closing - Barbra Streisand singing as the names of victims of Sept. 11 were projected on the wall behind her - it was also a surprisingly uninspired show given all the emotion connected with the events that caused the postponements. The big winner was NBC's The West Wing, which started fast and closed strong.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 9, 1996
NBC, the No. 1 network in ratings, dominated the competition last night at the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.It was a clean sweep in comedy for the Peacock Network, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning the first major honor as best supporting actress for "Seinfeld" and setting a pattern that held straight through for Helen Hunt as best actress in "Mad About You," John Lithgow as best actor in "Third Rock from the Sun" and "Frasier" as best comedy series.NBC...
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By David Zurawik | August 13, 2005
CBS yesterday named Ellen DeGeneres host of The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast to be broadcast at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 on CBS. "We are thrilled," said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment. "She's an incredibly multi-talented performer whose comedic skills and energy promise to deliver an Emmy Awards broadcast to remember." DeGeneres emceed The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS in 2001. "Ellen has demonstrated her extraordinary ability to connect with the television viewing audience," said Dick Askins, chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
NEWS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | August 27, 2006
The Emmy Awards always spark morning-after controversy. Remember the debates last year about HBO's critically acclaimed The Sopranos getting shut out in major awards, while Everybody Loves Raymond swept top comedy honors? This year has been even more contentious, with the nominations themselves coming under fire as the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences added an extra layer of voting to the process in hopes of including some new faces among the finalists. THE 58TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS / / Airs at 8 tonight on NBC.
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