60th Primetime Emmy Awards

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60th Primetime Emmy Awards
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Date
  • September 21, 2008 (Ceremony)
  • September 13, 2008 (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Nokia Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
Host Tom Bergeron
Heidi Klum
Howie Mandel
Jeff Probst
Ryan Seacrest[1]
Television coverage
Network ABC
Producer Ken Ehrlich[2]
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The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was held on Sunday, September 21, 2008, at the newly opened Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.[3] They were hosted by Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst, and Ryan Seacrest[1] (all were nominated in the debut category, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program) and televised in the United States on ABC.

The nominees were announced on July 17 by nominees Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris and Academy president John Schaffley.[4]The Creative Arts Awards was held eight days earlier (September 13) at the same venue. They were hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke.

The telecast was viewed by 12.20 million[5] with a household rating of 8.86/12.79[6] making it the lowest rated and least viewed ceremony in its televised history. Many critics cited lackluster performances from the five hosts as a reason for the huge decline.[7] Others pointed to the field of nominees which were dominated by low-rated and sparsely viewed programs,[8] thus making the Emmys widely considered as a bust, which was panned by critics as "... the worst ever, laid a big, fat ratings egg as well ..."[9]

When TV Guide Network re-did their "25 Biggest TV Blunders" list in 2011, the ceremony was included.

For the first time in a decade, the Outstanding Comedy Series award was won by the defending champion. 30 Rock was the top show of the night receiving five major awards, including the top prize. It also made history when it tied the record for most major nominations by a comedy series of 13 set by The Cosby Show in 1986, it would break this record the next year. It set another record when it received seven nominations in the guest acting categories, a mark that has not been matched since.

Outstanding Drama Series went to freshmen series Mad Men. This marked the first series award for a program on a basic cable station. Mad Men led all dramas with seven major nominations.

This would be the final ceremony to have five nominees per category, most major categories (acting, and programs) were expanded to include at least six slots the following year.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Programs[edit]

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
Outstanding Made for Television Movie Outstanding Miniseries
Outstanding Reality/Competition Program

Acting[edit]

Lead performances[edit]

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Supporting performances[edit]

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Guest performances[edit]

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Hosting[edit]

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program


Directing[edit]

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Writing[edit]

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
    • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
    • Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC)
    • Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
    • Saturday Night Live (HBO)
  • Kirk Ellis for John Adams (Episode: "Part II: Independence") (HBO)
    • Hugh Costello for Bernard and Doris (HBO)
    • Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant for Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale (HBO)
    • Danny Strong for Recount (HBO)
    • Heidi Thomas for Cranford (PBS)

Most major nominations[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • HBO – 44
  • NBC – 30
  • ABC – 29
  • CBS – 11
By program
  • 30 Rock (NBC) – 13
  • John Adams (HBO) / Recount (HBO) – 8
  • Mad Men (AMC) – 7
  • Damages (FX) / The Office (NBC) – 6

Most major awards[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • HBO – 11
  • NBC – 6
  • ABC – 4
  • AMC – 3
  • CBS / FX / Comedy Central – 2
By program
  • 30 Rock (NBC) / John Adams (HBO) – 5
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

In Memoriam[edit]

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