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Pair enjoys fruits of previous labor

Shingle's 'Elvis,' 'Under' both receive multiple noms

HBO had reason to say thanks Thursday to rival Showtime entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt — while CBS should be sending some muffins across town to the WB’s David Janollari.

Greenblatt and Janollari may have moved on to network gigs, but their former Greenblatt-Janollari Studios shingle keeps paying Emmy dividends for others. Their “Six Feet Under” pulled five noms for HBO, while the miniseries “Elvis” landed six nods for CBS.

“I woke up this morning and wondered, why wasn’t I producing again?” Janollari said. “It makes everything we did for the last seven years worthwhile and completely validated.”

Even though they’ve moved on, Greenblatt said the old company still has some projects that could surface one day.

ABC Family’s Paul Lee will also find himself rooting for the opposite team; he was nominated as a producer on “The Office Special,” which came from his former employer, BBC America.

Other notable Emmy notes:

  • Blythe Danner had a busy year, and she’s being recognized for it. Thesp landed noms for her roles in “Huff” and the telepic “Back When We Were Grownups,” as well as a guest spot on “Will & Grace.”

Halle Berry, meanwhile, earned noms as star in “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and exec producer on “Lackawanna Blues,” while Cloris Leachman landed two guest nods (for “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Joan of Arcadia”).

Earning two nods as both star and producer on their projects were William H. Macy, Paul Newman and Kiefer Sutherland. Jon Stewart scored three as performer, writer and EP on “The Daily Show,” while Ray Romano took four — including one for exec producing the clip show “Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh.”

  • Leachman and Tracey Ullman will duke it out this year to surpass Mary Tyler Moore as the female performer with the most-ever Emmy wins. The trio are currently tied at seven apiece. Leachman’s two nods give her the edge over Ullman, who’s nommed just once this year (for performing in “Tracey Ullman Live & Exposed”).

  • They didn’t score noms in their day jobs, but “Alias” star Victor Garber and “Law & Order’s’ S. Epatha Merkerson found other ways to get noticed. Garber landed a nom for his guest spot in “Will & Grace,” while Merkerson is up for her role in “Lackawanna Blues.”

  • Whither syndication? The first-run syndie world didn’t squeak out a single nomination this year; that’s down from last year’s already-anemic one nod.
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