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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditoriummarker in Los Angeles, Californiamarker on September 16, 2007 and were televised live on Fox at 8:00 p.m. EDT (00:00 UTC) for the first time in high definition (on tape delay three hours later on the West Coast of the United States at 8:00 p.m. PDT/3:00 UTC). The ceremonies were hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

The ceremonies were supposed to be produced by Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, executive producers of American Idol, but because of their heavy work load with Idol, Ken Ehrlich, last year's producer, resumed the producer's role for the fourth time. Ratings plunged further down to a near an all-time low as an estimate 12.87 million, 19% lower than the past year, making it the second smallest television audience in Emmy history, behind the 1990 telecast.

Nominations were announced Thursday, July 19 at 5:40 a.m. PDT (12:40 UTC) by nominees Jon Cryer and Kyra Sedgwick.

Meanwhile, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian-actor Carlos Mencia, were presented eight days earlier on September 9.

Nominations and winners

Network Nominations Awards
ABC 70 10
CBS 44 10
FOX 28 7
HBO 86 21
NBC 69 19
PBS 24 9
Other 135 34


Primetime Telecast Winners

Winners are listed first, in bold. Other nominees are in alphabetical order.


Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Miniseries Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Special
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
 


Creative Arts winners

Creative Arts Awards winners who were recognized at the Primetime telecast.

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


Interactive TV

Al Gore's Current TV was presented with the Interactive TV Emmy by Masi Oka of Heroes with the help of MySpace's president Tom Anderson. This was the first year the Emmy was presented during the Primetime awards ceremony.

Memorable Moments

For the first time in the ceremony's history, the stage design for the ceremony was created with seating surrounding platform creating a theater in the round with a "catwalk" style walkway for winners and presenters to exit the stage to. A trap door was placed in the center of the main stage. Some TV critics viewed this as FOX's show placement for American Idol.

Opening number

As part of the opening number of the ceremony, Stewie and Brian Griffin, two characters of the Fox animated series Family Guy sang a song: recapping memorable moments of the past television season while noting the variety of programming that will come to the future in the song "You Can Find It On TV" a non-FCC version of the song " The Freakin' FCC" from the show's Emmy-nominated episode "PTV".

The Don't Forget the Lyrics mock-contest

Another memorable segment occurred during the presentation of the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program award. There was a competition between singer Kanye West (who attended the ceremony in retaliation for his loss at MTV's Video Music Awards earlier that month) and The Office actor Rainn Wilson similar to Don't Forget the Lyrics (which, like the 2007 Emmys, airs on FOX) with host Wayne Brady presiding. West sang the last line of the chorus in the song "Stronger" as "That how long I've been on you" which was supposed to be "That how long I've been on ya", losing to Wilson. West jokingly retorted "I never win", poking fun at his losses at award ceremonies and presented the award alongside Wilson.

Steppin' Out With My Baby

Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera sang "Steppin' Out With My Baby" from Bennett's award-winning special.

Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The award went to Ricky Gervais for Extras, but after reading his name, Jon Stewart was informed that Gervais was not at the ceremony. Stewart immediately announced, "Ricky Gervais couldn't be here tonight, so instead we're going to give this to our friend Steve Carell" (who had been nominated for his role on The Office). Carell ran onto the stage and hugged Stewart and Colbert as they all screamed in mock celebration, then ran off together with the award. As a joke, in 2008, at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, Ricky Gervais showed a video of the moment, commenting, "Look at [Carell's] stupid face," accusing Carell of "stealing" his award, and demanding it back. He approached Carell, who was sitting straight-faced in the front row, and repeated, "Give me my Emmy," over and over, even going so far as to tickle Carell, until Carell produced the statue from under his seat.

Censorship controversy

The LCD display ball that FOX cut away to during moments of "vulgarity".
the FOX telecast, some of the presenters and award winners were censored while making statements. When Ray Romano delivered a comic monologue about the change of television in the years since he left his own show, he mentioned that "for one, from what I hear, Frasier is screwing my wife?". On FOX, all that was heard was "for one, from what I hear, Frasier is-" before FOX cut the audio and replaced the feed with pre-recorded material from before the show of an LCD display ball (which lit up and had words scrolling around it during portions of the ceremony), which, when seen through a high enough camera angle, covered the entire stage. This lasted approximately 10 seconds before FOX returned to Romano. The reason for the censorship of this comment has been debated between vulgar language or revealing an important plotline to the show.

When Katherine Heigl accepted her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, she mouthed a swear word, causing FOX to cut the audio and once again replaced its feed with the pre-recorded shot of the display ball, only to return a moment later.

Though the biggest censorship controversy came when actress Sally Field accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. After giving an acceptance speech which included anti-war statements, partially as a tribute to her Brothers & Sisters character Nora Walker, the audience applauded before she was finished and Field, finding herself lost for words, couldn't remember what she was going to say; when she finally regained her words, she concluded her speech with "If mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place." FOX had cut to the display ball as she began to say "goddamn". This remark, and FOX's censorship of the remark, caused controversy in the days following the ceremony, leading critics to wonder if FOX had censored "Goddamn" or "Goddamn wars".

Field's remarks caused FOX to implement a four-second delay for the remainder of the telecast. All of these comments were left uncensored on CTV in Canadamarker, and other international simulacasts.

Also, at the Creative Arts Awards ceremony eight days earlier, Kathy Griffin, who won for Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List caused controversy in her acceptance speech after she denounced celebrities who thank Jesus for their awards. She later concluded her speech with an off-color joke that included "Suck it, Jesus! This award is my God now!" The Catholic League condemned her comments and successfully convinced E! to censor her speech during the telecast the following Saturday.

References

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070820/ap_en_tv/tv_emmys_seacrest
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  3. http://www.emmys.org/awards/2007pt/59thnominations.php Retrieved 2007-09-16
  4. Al Gore joins Emmy parade, Variety.com, Sep. 13, 2007, 4:56pm PT
  5. Primetime Emmy Awards - TV - New York Times
  6. Kanye West and Rainn Wilson performed the song Stronger at the 2007 Emmy Awards
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jepvThXCtVs&feature=related
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZp6cR4bxbY
  9. http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/286375.html


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