60th Primetime Emmy Awards

60th Primetime Emmy Awards
Promotional poster
Date
LocationNokia Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byTom Bergeron
Heidi Klum
Howie Mandel
Jeff Probst
Ryan Seacrest
Highlights
Most awardsJohn Adams (5)
Most nominationsJohn Adams
Recount (8)
Outstanding Comedy Series30 Rock
Outstanding Drama SeriesMad Men
Outstanding MiniseriesJohn Adams
Outstanding Reality-Competition ProgramThe Amazing Race
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SeriesThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Websitehttp://www.emmys.com/ Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
NetworkABC
Produced byKen Ehrlich
Directed byLouis J. Horvitz
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The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 21, 2008, at the newly opened Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California to honor the best in U.S. prime time television. The ceremony was hosted by Tom Bergeron (who was also hosting America's Funniest Home Videos and Dancing with the Stars, both on ABC, at the time), Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst, and Ryan Seacrest (all were nominated in the debut category—Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program) and televised in the United States on ABC.

The nominations were announced on July 17 by Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held eight days earlier (September 13) at the same venue. The ceremony was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke.

The telecast was viewed by 12.20 million with a household rating of 8.86/12.79 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. Others pointed to the field of nominees which were dominated by low-rated and sparsely viewed programs, 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 ..."

In 2011, when TV Guide Network re-did their list of "25 Biggest TV Blunders", this ceremony was included.

For the first time in a decade, the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series was won by the defending champion. 30 Rock

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

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:

Alec Baldwin, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Tina Fey, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Bryan Cranston, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
Glenn Close, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
Paul Giamatti, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Laura Linney, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Jeremy Piven, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Jean Smart, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Dianne Wiest, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner
Tom Wilkinson, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie winner
Jeff Probst, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program winner
Don Rickles, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program winner

Programs

Programs

Acting

Lead performances

Lead performances

Supporting performances

Supporting performances

Individual performances

Individual performances

Hosting

Hosting

Directing

Directing

Writing

Writing

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations
Network No. of
Nominations
HBO 44
NBC 30
ABC 29
CBS 11
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network No. of
Nominations
John Adams Miniseries HBO 8
Recount Movie
30 Rock Comedy NBC 6
Damages Drama FX
Mad Men AMC
The Office Comedy NBC
Bernard and Doris Movie HBO 5
Boston Legal Drama ABC
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale Movie HBO
Saturday Night Live Variety NBC
The Colbert Report Comedy Central 4
Cranford Miniseries PBS
Entourage Comedy HBO
Pushing Daisies ABC
Two and a Half Men CBS
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Variety Comedy Central 3
House Drama Fox
Late Show with David Letterman Variety CBS
A Raisin in the Sun Movie ABC
The 80th Annual Academy Awards Variety 2
American Idol Competition Fox
Breaking Bad Drama AMC
Brothers & Sisters ABC
Dancing with the Stars Competition
Dexter Drama Showtime
Flight of the Conchords Comedy HBO
Great Performances Variety PBS
Grey's Anatomy Drama ABC
In Treatment HBO
Lost ABC
Project Runway Competition Bravo
Samantha Who? Comedy ABC
Ugly Betty

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards
Network No. of
Awards
HBO 11
NBC 6
ABC 4
AMC 3
CBS 2
Comedy Central
FX
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network No. of
Awards
John Adams Miniseries HBO 5
30 Rock Comedy NBC 4
Damages Drama FX 2
Mad Men AMC
Recount Movie HBO
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

Presenters

The awards were presented by the following:

Name(s) Role
Tina Fey
Amy Poehler
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Marcia Cross
Dana Delany
Teri Hatcher
Felicity Huffman
Eva Longoria
Nicolette Sheridan
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Ricky Gervais Presenter of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Conan O'Brien Presenter of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Steve Martin Presenter of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Alec Baldwin Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Ruth Buzzi
Gary Owens
Alan Sues
Lily Tomlin
Jo Anne Worley
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
David Boreanaz
Lauren Conrad
Introducers of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series winner Kathryn Joosten
Kathryn Joosten Presenter of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
David Boreanaz
Lauren Conrad
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate
Christian Slater
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Laurence Fishburne
William Petersen
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart
Presenters of the awards for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Patrick Dempsey
Sandra Oh
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Kathy Griffin
Don Rickles
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Sally Field Presenter of the award for Outstanding Miniseries
Kristin Chenoweth
Neil Patrick Harris
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Wayne Brady
Kate Walsh
Introducers of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series winner Glynn Turman
and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series winner Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
Glynn Turman
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Glenn Close Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Candice Bergen Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera
Vanessa Williams
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kiefer Sutherland Presenter of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Craig Ferguson
Brooke Shields
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Jimmy Kimmel Presenter of the award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Mary Tyler Moore
Betty White
Presenters of the award for Outstanding Comedy Series
Tom Selleck Presenter of the award for Outstanding Drama Series

In Memoriam


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