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for Thursday, October 11, 2007

Emmy Awards

THE 59TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS were awarded on Sunday, September 16, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. However, in July and August, we asked TONY POLLS voters to choose their favorites in over two dozen of the 27,220 categories in which the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gives out awards. Here's how you voted, how I voted, and how our choices compared to those of the Academy.

Which is your choice for Outstanding Animated Program for Programming Less Than One Hour?

Simpsons: The Haw-Hawed Couple.....40.45%
Robot Chicken: Lust For Puppets.....25.84%
South Park: Make Love, Not Warcraft.....22.47%
Avatar: City Of Walls And Secrets.....7.87%
SpongeBob SquarePants: Bummer Vacation/Wig Struck.....3.37%

I also voted for THE SIMPSONS, the best animated series of all time, but the actual Emmy went to SOUTH PARK. That puts both you and me at 0-for-1.

Outstanding Animated Program for Programming One Hour Or More

Hellboy Animated/Sword Of Storms.....78.38%
Secrets Of The Deep (Discovery Channel).....13.51%
Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends/"Good Wilt Hunting" (Cartoon Network).....6.70%
Camp Lazlo/"Where's Lazlo?".....1.35%

I also voted for HELLBOY, but the Academy went and gave this award to CAMP LAZLO. We're 0-for-2.

Outstanding Children's Program

Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Private Worlds: Kids And Autism.....35.09%
When Parents Are Deployed (PBS).....22.81%
Hannah Montana (Disney Channel).....21.05%
That's So Raven (Disney Channel).....10.53%
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (Disney Channel).....10.53%

Here's where we parted company. I voted for WHEN PARENTS ARE DEPLOYED because I believe it's vitally important for Americans to consider all of the costs of Bush's ill-conceived and illegal wars. The Emmy went to your choice for this award: NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE: PRIVATE WORLDS: KIDS AND AUTISM. That makes you 1-for-3 and me 0-for-3.

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Office (NBC).....32.10%
30 Rock (NBC).....30.86%
Two And A Half Men (CBS).....16.05%
Ugly Betty (ABC).....11.11%
Entourage (HBO).....9.88%

I voted for 30 ROCK. The Academy didn't. Which makes you 1-for-4 and me 0-for-4.

for Outstanding Drama Series

Heroes (NBC).....48.84%
Boston Legal (ABC).....22%
House (Fox).....13.95%
The Sopranos (HBO).....11.63%
Grey's Anatomy (ABC).....3.49%

I voted for HEROES, so we were in agreement there. However, the Emmy Award went to THE SOPRANOS. You're 1-for-5 and I'm not.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Sir Ian McKellen as Himself [Extras].....28.95%
Stanley Tucci as David Ruskin [Monk].....28.95%
Beau Bridges as Carl Hickey [My Name is Earl].....17.11%
Giovanni Ribisi as Ralph Mariano [My Name is Earl].....13.16%
Martin Landau as Bob Ryan [Entourage].....11.84%

I voted for BEAU BRIDGES because karma demanded it. The award went to STANLEY TUCCI. Because I'm a generous columnist, I'll give you full credit on this one. You're now 2-for-6...and I'm trailing behind you at 0-for-6.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Christian Clemenson as Jerry "Hands" Espenson [Boston Legal].....26.25%
John Goodman as Judge Robert Bebe [Studio 60].....21.25%
Forest Whitaker as Curtis Ames [ER].....16.25%
David Morse as Michael Tritter [House].....16.25%
Tim Daly as J.T. Dolan [The Sopranos].....11.25%
Eli Wallach as Eli Weintraub [Studio 60].....8.75%

This was a tough choice, but, after long deliberation, I voted for ELI WALLACH. The Emmy went to JOHN GOODMAN. You're 2-for-7; I'm 0-for-7.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy [30 Rock].....36.62%
Salma Hayek as Sofia Reyes [Ugly Betty].....32.39%
Dixie Carter as Gloria Hodge [Desperate Housewives].....15.49%
Laurie Metcalf as Carolyn Bigsby [Desperate Housewives].....15.49%
Judith Light as Claire Meade [Ugly Betty].....0%
Salma Hayek as Sofia Reyes [Ugly Betty].....32.39%

I voted for LAURIE METCALF, but 36.62% of you agreed with the Emmy voters. The award went to ELAINE STRITCH. That makes you 3-for-8 and me 0-for-8. I'm so glad I didn't bet cash money on my picks, though it is embarrassing to do my grocery shopping dressed as Salma Hayek.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Jean Smart as Martha Logan [24].....42.86%
Marcia Gay Harden as Star Morrison [Law & Order: Special Victims Unit].....25.40%
Leslie Caron as Lorraine Chalmers [Law & Order: Special Victims Unit].....14.29%
Kate Burton as Ellis Grey [Grey's Anatomy].....9.52%
Elizabeth Reaser as Jane Doe [Grey's Anatomy].....7.94%

I voted for LESLIE CARON and she did, indeed, get the award in this category. You're 3-for-9 and I'm 1-for-9.

Because there are so many categories in the Emmy Awards - even after I dumped the ones I didn't care about - it's gonna take three slimmed-down TOTs to cover all the results. I hope you can contain your anticipation.

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MEET TONY

Just a reminder...

The first of the only two convention appearances I'm making this year is the SYRACUSE HEROES EXPO, Saturday, October 21, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Syracuse, New York. I'll be there from 10 am to 6 pm.

For more details on the show and its guests, go to:

www.syracuseheroesexpo.com

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back soon with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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