Archive for the ‘Emmy Nominations’ Category

Congratulations to Hector Ramirez for his Record Number of Emmy Nominations!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Congratulations to Archive Interviewee Hector Ramirez, the individual record holder for the most overall Emmy nominations with a whopping 64 nominations! Ramirez got his start as a camera operator on All in the Family and went on to work on most of Norman Lear’s sitcoms, including Maude, The Jeffersons and Good Times. Also skilled at shooting variety shows, Ramirez worked on The Carol Burnett Show, shot Elvis: The ’68 Comeback Special, and regularly does camera work and technical direction for live awards shows such as The Grammys, The Academy Awards, and The Emmys. In the clip below, he discusses his Emmy win for the “Steadicam Tango” on the hit show, Dancing with the Stars:

Watch Hector Ramirez’s full interview here:

http:// emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/hector-ramirez

About this interview:

In his Archive interview, Hector Ramirez discusses his career as a camera operator, from his start on All in the Family, to one of his current positions as an Emmy-winning camera operator on Dancing With the Stars. He speaks of his move from Columbia to the United States, attending the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences, and his work on Norman Lear sitcoms Maude, The Jeffersons, and Good Times. He details his work shooting several music and comedy specials, including Paul Simon’s Concert in Central Park, as well as his experiences as camera operator for The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, The Emmy Awards, The Grammys, and MTV’s Award Shows. Ramirez also comments on holding the record for the most number of Emmy nominations, and shares his thoughts on reality television and what forms good composition. Beth Cochran conducted the three-and-a-half-hour interview on May 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.

Backstage and red carpet interviews from the Emmys are now online!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Archive was on the red carpet at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards and backstage during the show.

A full playlist of the red carpet interviews is online, and some excerpts below. Thanks to Pop Culture Passionistas for shooting and editing these interviews!

Martin Scorsese (Winner, Outstanding Direction for a Drama Series) discusses why he wanted to shoot Boardwalk Empire like a film:

Melissa McCarthy (Winner, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series) discusses the appeal of her show, Mike and Molly:

Jim Parsons on his surprise Emmy win for Big Bang Theory (Winner, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series):

http://youtu.be/erMsjvIwxoY

Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen (Winners, Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series) discuss their Emmy wins for Modern Family:

Producer Nigel Lythgoe talks about why he believes in his shows American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance:

Paula Abdul on being inspired by Gene Kelly as a young girl:

Matthew Weiner (Winner, for Oustanding Drama Series for Mad Men) talks about what he watches on TV:

Uncovering CSI: Creator Anthony E. Zuiker’s Interview is Now Online

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The Archive of American Television “interrogated” CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker in 2010. His full interview is now online.
See some video excerpts, below:

Anthony Zuiker wrote the pilot in two days

CSI was one of those scripts where I did research for three days.  I wrote the teleplay in two days.  I think I changed five words in it. And every writer who’s had some success, knows that there are those that just kind of channel down from the heavens, that  you’re just the typist. And that’s what “CSI” was. It really was the first thing I wrote, we shot every word of what I first wrote.

Screaming “I’m just the writer!” does not protect you at a crime scene

The ride-along happened before the construction of the pilot. As luck would have it– I met Daniel Holstein, who’s the real-life Gil Grissom– who’s  one of 15 people licensed in blood splatter analysis.  Keeps maggots inside of vials inside of his desk.  So I went on ride-alongs.  And on day two, there was a 19-year-old woman who lured another woman back to a motel.  And we got the call for a sexual assault. The next thing I know, we’re blowing red lights at 100 miles an hour. I was freaked out, scared to death.  We show up…The 19-year-old they couldn’t find. So the CSI, to be a big shot, said, “Hey!  Here’s some gloves and some booties and a little comb. Why don’t you go comb around the bed for biologicals.  Ha, ha, ha.”  So I had my little book and I was being a fake CSI and looking for things…  Next thing I know, the bed started moving. I lifted the bed skirt and there are two sets of eyes.  The 19-year-old girl comes out.  She scratches my face.  I jump to the ceiling.  The guy pulls out a gun and “Freeze!”  And they drag her out and handcuff her and slam her on the bed, and I’m like, “I’m just the writer, man!  I’m just the writer.” But what I’ve learned– is that law enforcement, if they don’t do their job right and clear the scene, then people will hang around or harm the CSIs trying to get the evidence to convict them.  They didn’t clear the scene properly.  That’s how come I got quasi-attacked.  But if you watch the pilot closely, you’ll see that Holly Gribbs was shot at the end of the pilot, and that’s where I got the idea.

You won’t see the CSI crime lab in real-life.

When you walk through a crime lab in Las Vegas, or even the number two lab in the country, or even in Quantico, they’re very boring, four walls, drab, don’t smell nice. Very archaic equipment. PCV pipes and tubes, drapes, machinery, unorganized.  It’s not a very pretty sight. But we are doing television, so we had to sex it up, so to speak. So we did these really state-of-the-art, cool sets with see-through windows and state-of-the-art computers and made it feel like you were in sexy Washington, in terms of the state-of-the-art buildings that you might see that might be Frank Lloyd Wright-designed. It was to give it a sense of pace and style, and that’s what we did.

On the inspiration behind “C.S.I”

On breaking TV rules

On how “C.S.I” stands out

On naming “C.S.I”

On pitching the show

Anthony Zuiker’s full  interview is now online at http://emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/anthony-zuiker.

Exactly WHO are they talking to? Christopher Lloyd on “Modern Family” & more

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Writer/producer and 8-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd was interviewed by the Archive in 2010.

He discussed writing for The Golden Girls, Frasier, and in great detail about the Emmy-winning comedy series Modern Family (nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series again this year!) which Lloyd co-created with Steven Levitan. He also talked about the influence his father, comedy writer David Lloyd (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) had on him. Watch the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday, September 18 on FOX.

On developing Modern Family:

On Modern Family’s mockumentary style and the “stolen camera” approach:

On casting Modern Family (Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson):

On coming up with ideas for the show:

On the production schedule and format of the show:

On being surprised by the success of the show:

On his favorite Modern Family episodes:

On working with partner Steven Levitan:

On working with actors versus writers:

On what he strives to achieve on Modern Family:

Christopher Lloyd’s full interview can be viewed here.

Matthew Weiner on “Mad Men”

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Matthew Weiner, Nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, was interviewed for four hours about his entire career to-date by the Archive of American Television in 2010.  He discussed the creation and development of Mad Men (also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series) in great detail, including decisions about the style and costuming of the show, the direction, the editing, and casting of the main characters and storylines. See Matthew Weiner’s full interview here.

On the philosophy behind the show’s style and attention to detail:

On Mad Men’s “Don Draper”:

On how Jon Hamm almost wasn’t cast as “Don Draper” on Mad Men:

On the character “Joan Holloway” played by Christina Hendricks on Mad Men:

On the unintended sex appeal of “Joan Holloway”:

On why writing for The Sopranos helped make Mad Men possible:

On the Season 4 finale of Mad Men:

On his advice to aspiring writers:

More videos and a full list of nominees are up at emmytvlegends.org/interviews/shows/emmy-awards-the-63rd-annual-2011

The 2011 Emmy Awards will be held this Saturday, September 18 and telecast on FOX. Other nominees interviewed by the Archive of American Television are:

David Crane, Nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Episodes) on his advice to aspiring writers:

Michael J. Fox for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (“Louis Cannin” on The Good Wife)

Christopher Lloyd, Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series (co-creator of Modern Family), on what Modern Family is about:

Tim Van Patten , Nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Game of Thrones) on working with Boardwalk Empire‘ (also nominated)s executive director Martin Scorcese

The one where “Friends” creators tell their story: Marta Kauffman & David Crane’s interview now online

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The writers and co-creators of Friends and Dream On shared their story with the Archive in 2010. The longtime writing partners were interviewed together, and individually about their past and current projects. David Crane was recently nominated for and Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Episodes, which he briefly discusses. Their complete interview is now online at emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/david-crane-and-marta-kauffman

On the effect Friends had on American pop culture:

“At a certain point the show tells you what it wants, and you know you’re going in a certain direction and you had no idea that this arc would be so powerful and you have to go with it… When you do a show, your intention is not to affect American culture or to have people start wanting to wear their hair like this or dress like that.”

On what Friends means to them:

David Crane on advice to aspiring TV writers, from his solo interview:

On why their writing partnership was successful:

ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW
David Crane and  Marta Kauffman were interviewed for three hours in Burbank, CA. They spoke of how they began writing together, their partnership with Kevin Bright, and the creation of the popular series Friends as well as Dream On and other series and pilots they worked on together. They spoke in great detail about Friends; its development, cast, and writing process. Crane and Kauffman were also interviewed separately, speaking about their early influences as well as more current solo projects. The interview was conducted by Beth Cochran on October 7, 2010.

Get ready for Emmy!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be given out September 10 and 18, 2011 in Los Angeles.

The Archive of American Television congratulates all of this year’s nominees! Below are some excerpts from the Archive’s nominated interviewees:

Dan Castellaneta, Nominated for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance (As “Homer Simpson” on The Simpsons)

David Crane, Nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Episodes)

Louis J. Horvitz, Nominated for Outstanding Directing for a a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special (53rd Grammy Awards)

Susan Lacy , Nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Series (Exec. Producer for American Masters)

Christopher Lloyd, Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series (co-creator of Modern Family)

Matthew Weiner , Nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series (creator/writer of Mad Men)

Betty White, Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (as “Elka Ostrosky” on Hot in Cleveland)

Other interviewees nominated for an Emmy this year:
Robert Dickinson for Outstanding Lighting Design/ Lighting Direction (Conan, 83rd Academy Awards, 53rd Grammy Awards)
Linda Ellerbee for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction (Exec. Producer for Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics)
Michael J. Fox for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (“Louis Cannin” on The Good Wife)
Cloris Leachman for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (as “Maw Maw” on Raising Hope)
Hector Ramirez for Outstanding Technical Director, Camerawork (American Idol, 83rd Academy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors)
Don Mischer for Outstanding Directing for a a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special (83rd Academy Awards)
Sheila Nevins for Outstanding Children’s Program (Exec. producer for A Child’s Garden of Poetry)
Paul Shaffer for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony)
Tim Van Patten for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Game of Thrones)

The full list of nominees can be found here.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awardss will be held on September 10. The Primetime Emmys Telecast will be broadcast live on September 18 on FOX. Check our 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards page for updates and winners!

And the Emmy nomination goes to…

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Award season began today with the official nomination announcement at 8:30 AM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards!

The Archive of American Television would also like to congratulate our interviewees who were nominated this year:

Dan Castellaneta for Outstanding Voice-Over performance (As “Homer Simpson”)
David Crane for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Episodes)
Robert Dickinson (multiple nominations for lighting design)
Linda Ellerbee for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction (Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics)
Michael J. Fox for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (“Louis Cannin” on The Good Wife)
Louis J. Horvitz for Outstanding Directing for a a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special (53rd Grammy Awards)
Susan Lacy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series (American Masters)
Cloris Leachman for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (as “Maw Maw” on Raising Hope)
Christopher Lloyd for Outstanding Comedy Series (co-creator of Modern Family)
Hector Ramirez (multiple nominations as camera operator)
Don Mischer for Outstanding Directing for a a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special (83rd Academy Awards)
Paul Shaffer for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony)
Tim Van Patten for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Game of Thrones)
Matthew Weiner for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Mad Men)
Betty White for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (as “Elka Ostrosky” on Hot in Cleveland)

The full list of nominees can be found here.

The Creative Arts Emmys will be held on September 10. The Primetime Emmys Telecast will be on September 18 on FOX.

62nd Primetime Emmy Noms Announced Today

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

With the 62nd Primetime Emmy Nominations, the Archive of American Television congratulates all of the nominees, including our interviewees:
Paris Barclay (comedy series direction, Glee)
Ken Burns (producer nonfiction series, National Parks: America’s Best Idea)
Kevin Clash (producer children’s nonfiction program, When Families Grieve)
Robert A. Dickinson (lighting direction, 82nd Annual Academy Awards)
Dick Ebersol (exec producer special class programs, Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony)
Sharon Gless (supporting actress drama series, Burn Notice)
Louis J. Horvitz (variety special direction, The Kennedy Center Honors)
Shirley Jones (guest actress drama series, The Cleaner)
Susan Lacy (exec producer nonfiction series, American Masters)
Christopher Lloyd (producer/writer comedy series, Modern Family)
Sheila Nevins (producer nonfiction special, Teddy: In His Own Words & exceptional merit filmmaking Sergio)
Tim Van Patten (miniseries direction, The Pacific)
Betty White (guest actress comedy series, Saturday Night Live)
Dick Wolf (producer nonfiction series, American Masters)

Special note: With 126 total series nominations, Saturday Night Live has now become the most-nominated series of all-time.

Watch the Emmy Awards Sunday, August 29 on NBC!

2008 Emmy Nominations Announced!

Thursday, July 17th, 2008


The 60th Annual Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy nominations were announced early this morning from The Academy in North Hollywood. We’re very happy to report that quite a few Archive Interviewees were among those honored!

Congratulations to James L. Brooks (“The Simpsons”) Ken Burns (“The War”), Roy Christopher (“80th Annual Academy Awards“), Diahann Carroll (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Tim Conway (“30 Rock”), Sally Field (“Brothers and Sisters”), John Moffitt (“Bill Maher: The Decider“), Phylicia Rashad (“Raisin in the Sun“), William Shatner (“Boston Legal“) and to the late George Carlin (“It’s Bad for Ya!“) and to all the other nominees!

To see the full list, go to the emmy website.

To see the complete list of archive interviews, click here.

George Carlin — Roy Christopher — Tim Conway