Some longtime Emmy also-rans finally got their due Thursday morning.
With some primetime perennials no longer in the running — “Frasier,” “Friends,” “Sex and the City” — Emmy voters decided to show the love to a number of skeins, thesps and producers that for years have been overlooked.
Day’s biggest shocker may have been the noms for “Scrubs,” the Touchstone Television-produced skein long ignored by the TV Academy, despite its status as one of the medium’s best-reviewed laffers. Skein snagged a nom for comedy series, while star Zach Braff was also recognized.
“It’s a huge spirit-lifter here,” said series creator-showrunner Bill Lawrence. “We had gotten to the point where we were almost just doing the show for friends and family. This (nomination), and the fact that the DVD sold a shitload of copies lets us know there’s a loyal fan base.”
Lawrence said the morale boost was particularly needed in the wake of NBC’s decision to delay the fifth season premiere of “Scrubs” until midseason.
“We’re hoping that Kevin (Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment) feels a little silly for pulling us off the fall schedule,” Lawrence said, adding the skein would be able to be back on the air as early as mid-September if asked.
Not surprisingly, Braff wasn’t expecting any congratulatory calls Thursday morning. He said the release of the show’s first season DVD might have helped, not to mention the absence of skeins like “Frasier.”
“Some of the old standard comedies that were on forever weren’t on this year, which gave us, the underdog, a little extra boost,” he said.
Braff, who is shooting “Fast Track” in Gotham with fellow lead comedic actor nominee Jason Bateman, joked that the nod may cause on-set tension.
“Jason just called me to tell me that he won’t be speaking to me for the rest of the shoot,” Braff quipped.
Indeed, a year after “Arrested Development” won the Emmy for comedy, voters fixed what many observers considered an oversight by giving Bateman his first nom.
And while Emmy generally loves just about anything HBO turns out, voters have strangely ignored the cop drama “The Wire” — until now. Skein snagged a writing nom, its first notice from the TV academy.
The day’s biggest rags-to-riches story, however, was the cast and creator of “Desperate Housewives.”
Showbiz soldiers Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher all snagged first-time Emmy noms, while series creator Marc Cherry was psyched about a comedy nom for the show — not to mention a solo nom for writing.
“The writing nomination is something I’ve been dreaming of for 16 years,” Cherry said.
Scribe admitted he was a bit nervous before the noms were announced since there was a general assumption “DH” would do well.
“I got nervous that we could really be humiliated,” he admitted.
But even after a season of record ratings, critical raves and Golden Globe awards, Cherry said waking up to 15 Emmy noms felt anything but expected.
“The Emmys are never anticlimactic,” he said.
(Addie Morfoot in New York contributed to this report.)