Comedy Central Honored With 14 Primetime Emmy Nominations

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July 16th, 2009

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COMEDY CENTRAL(R) Honored With 14 Primetime Emmy(R) Nominations - A New Record For The Comedy Channel

Ten-Time Emmy-Winner "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" Cited Again For Program, Writing, Directing, Plus Two Picture Editing Nods, Totaling Five Nominations Writing Emmy-Winner Hit "The Colbert Report" Scores Three Nominations For Show, Writing And Directing "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!" Receives Three Emmy Nods For Music, Art Direction And Picture Editing Three-Time Emmy-Winning Animated Favorite "South Park" Receives Ninth Nomination Sarah Silverman, Quirky Heroine Of "The Sarah Silverman Program," Honored With Best Comedy Actress Nomination, The Show's First Comedycentral.com Picks Up Second Broadband Primetime Emmy Nomination

NEW YORK, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- COMEDY CENTRAL earned 14 nominations, besting its previous nomination record of 12, in the 2008-2009 Primetime Emmy Awards competition, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).

Eleven-time Emmy-winner (six times for program and five for writing) "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" the network's unique news parody series, is nominated this year in five categories: Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series and Chuck O'Neil, singled out for the sixth year-in-a-row for Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series. Two additional nominations came in the Picture Editing category, one each for Graham Knox Frazier and Einar Westerlund. This brings the grand total of Primetime Emmy nominations for the "Daily Show" to 32. The program is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

"The Colbert Report," with Stephen Colbert assuming a dismissive, Bill O'Reilly-like persona while commenting on the issues of the day, received three Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, a category in which it won its first Emmy last year, and Director Jim Hoskinson was cited for Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series. The show has been nominated in each of these categories for three years-in-a-row; its total number of nominations now stands at 15. The show has also been honored with the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

"A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!," Stephen Colbert's one-hour original musical holiday special with appearances and performances by some of Americas top musical talent, received Emmy nominations in three categories: Art Direction, Picture Editing and for Original Music And Lyrics.

Three-time Emmy-winner "South Park," the adult animation phenomenon, home to Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman, received its ninth Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program. Nominated for the "Margaritaville" episode, the show in its 13th season remains COMEDY CENTRAL's highest-rated show.

Honored with the network's first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series, Sarah Silverman stars in the "The Sarah Silverman Program" acting out her absurd daily life, by means of an array of scripted scenes, animation and song.

Comedycentral.com has received its second nomination for a Primetime Emmy, this year for its "The Daily Show: The Daily Show Correspondents On Jon Stewart." The Academy singled out the digital entry in its Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs area.

The Emmy Awards will be presented in two ceremonies. The first, primarily for creative arts categories, will take place on Saturday, September 12, while the balance of the Emmys, primarily for the performing arts, will be announced before a black-tie audience during a primetime telecast (ABC) on Sunday, September 20. Both ceremonies will take place at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA.

    The following is a complete list of COMEDY CENTRAL's nominations.

  OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

  OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Steve Bodow, Head Writer, Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, Josh Lieb, Rory Albanese,

Kevin Bleyer, Jason Ross, Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Sam Means, Rob Kutner, J.R. Havlan,

  Rich Blomquist, Wyatt Cenac, Elliott Kalan, Rachel Axler, Writers

  OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
  Chuck O'Neil, Director, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

  OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM PICTURE EDITING
  The Daily Show With Jon Stewart "The News Better Run"
  Graham Knox Frazier, Editor

  The Daily Show With Jon Stewart "Barack Obama: He Completes Us"
  Einar Westerlund, Editor

  OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
  The Colbert Report

  OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
  Jim Hoskinson, The Colbert Report

  OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
  The Colbert Report

Tom Purcell, Head Writer, Stephen Colbert, Allison Silverman, Richard Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Barry Julien, Meredith Scardino, Writers

  OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM (For Programming One Hour or Less)
  South Park, "Margaritaville"

  OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
  The Sarah Silverman Program
  Sarah Silverman as Sarah Silverman

  OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION FOR VARIETY, MUSIC OR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING
  A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!

Ellen Waggett, Production Designer, Jo Winiarski, Kelly Hanson, Art Directors

  OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A SPECIAL
  A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
  Jason Baker, Editor

  OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
  A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! "Much Worse Things"
  Adam Schlesinger, Music, David Javerbaum, Lyrics

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS - SHORT-FORMAT LIVE-ACTION ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS

  "The Daily Show: The Daily Show Correspondents On Jon Stewart"
  Comedycentral.com
  Kahane Corn, Co-Executive Producer
  Paul Beddoe-Stephens, Co-Executive Producer
  Nick Poppy, Producer
  Rich Sullivan, Producer

Source: COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications

 
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