- 59th Primetime Emmy Awards
Infobox Emmy Awards
name = 59th
type = Primetime
September 16, 2007
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
September 9, 2007
network = FOX
last = 58th Primetime
next = 60th Primetime
The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the
Shrine Auditoriumin Los Angeles, Californiaon September 16, 2007and were televised live on FOX and CTV 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 Statesat 8:00 p.m. PDT/3:00 UTC). It was also broadcast live to Australiaon the Bio.channel. The ceremonies were hosted by Ryan Seacrest. [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070820/ap_en_tv/tv_emmys_seacrest]
The ceremonies were supposed to be produced by
Nigel Lythgoeand 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. [cite web | title=American Idol's Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick Named Executive Producers For 59th Primetime Emmy Awards | url=http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-idolproducersexitemmys,0,4765044.story?coll=zap-tv-headlines] Ratings plunged further down to a near an all-time low as an estimate 12.87 million, 19% lower than the past year, [ [http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1627690620070917] ] making it the second smallest television audience in Emmy history, behind the 1990 telecast.
Nominations [http://www.emmys.org/awards/2007pt/59thnominations.php Retrieved 2007-09-16] were announced Thursday,
July 19at 5:40 a.m. PDT (12:40 UTC) by nominees Jon Cryerand Kyra Sedgwick.
Creative Arts Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian-actor Carlos Mencia, were presented eight days earlier on September 9.cite web | url=http://www.emmys.org/awards/2007pt/crtvarts_wrap.php | title=HBO Tops 59th Creative Arts Emmys, NBC Leads Nets | accessdate=2007-09-15]
Nominations and winners
Al Gore's Current TVwas presented with the Interactive TV Emmy by Masi Okaof "Heroes" with the help of MySpace's president Tom Anderson. This was the first year the Emmy was presented during the Primetime awards ceremony. [http://www.variety.com/VR1117971953.html Al Gore joins Emmy parade] , Variety.com, Sep. 13, 2007, 4:56pm PT]
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 roundwith 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". [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/17/arts/television/17emmy.html Primetime Emmy Awards - TV - New York Times ] ]
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 " [http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/The_Freakin%27_FCC The Freakin' FCC] " from the show's Emmy-nominated episode "PTV". Here are the complete lyrics to the song as well as notes commenting about the lyrics.
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 Wilsonsimilar to " Don't Forget the Lyrics" (which, like the 2007 Emmys, airs on FOX) with host Wayne Bradypresiding. 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. [ [http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/celebrities/hollywood/kanye-west-and-rainn-wilsons-emmy-rap-201927/ Kanye West and Rainn Wilson performed the song Stronger at the 2007 Emmy Awards ] ]
teppin' Out With My Baby
Tony Bennett and
Christina Aguilerasang " Steppin' Out With My Baby" from Bennett's award-winning special
?". 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".
Also, at the Creative Arts Awards ceremony eight days earlier,
Kathy Griffin, who won for "" caused controversy in her acceptance speech after she denounced Jesus. 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. [http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/286375.html]
* [http://www.emmys.org Primetime Emmy Awards]
* [http://www.emmys.org/awards/awardsearch.php emmys.org — Advanced Primetime Awards Search]
* [http://www.digitalhit.com/emmy/ Emmy Awards coverage] on DigitalHit.com
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pux4ARuIoe4 Ray Romano's comments (Censored)]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PPR5V2bNzo Ray Romano's comments (Uncensored)]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RyXwnNRsv8 Katherine Heigl's acceptance speech (Censored)]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl2kAMeoA2c Katherine Heigl's acceptance speech (Uncensored)]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVIU6_uwkbo Sally Field's acceptance speech (Censored)]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImoMGyJjWIk Sally Field's acceptance speech (Uncensored)]
* [http://www.emigrestudio.com/836/family-guy-opening-at-2007-emmys/ "You Can Find It on TV" opening number with partial lyrics]
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