It’s all the small things that make the Emmys fun. Here’s a look at some of the more curious factoids surrounding Thursday’s noms:
- People and Us Weekly editors are in heaven: Both Jennifer Aniston and hubby Brad Pitt snagged Emmy noms Thursday. Aniston snagged a comedy best actress nod for having a baby on “Friends”; Pitt scored for a guest turn on the skein. Spouses Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) and Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”) are also both up for statuettes.
- For a 13-episode docu series, R.J. Cutler’s “American High” has got more than its share of notice from the TV Academy.
“American High” garnered its second consecutive nomination in the outstanding nonfiction program (reality) category thanks to a fluke in scheduling. Critically acclaimed skein originally aired on Fox in August 2000 before being pulled due to disappointing ratings. Show was revived in spring 2001 on PBS and garnered enough attention to score a nom last year.
Thanks to two original episodes from the PBS run that aired after June 1, 2001, “High” was eligible for this year’s Emmy noms as well.
- Things just got a little tighter in the race for outstanding supporting actor in a drama. Due to a tie, six thesps have been nominated in the category rather than the traditional five.
Academy awards topper John Leverence said accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers declined to say which nominees were tied for fifth place.
- The longform best actress competish is shaping up to be a battle of the Oscar nominees. Angela Bassett, Laura Linney, Vanessa Redgrave and Gena Rowlands have all been up for Academy Awards.
- Call it Emmy’s version of a “Fatal Attraction” reunion: Michael Douglas and Glenn Close both snagged guest acting Emmy noms for turns on “Will & Grace.” NBC is guaranteed to win in the guest actor in a comedy competish: All five noms appeared on Peacock programs.
- Stockard Channing is a double nominee this year, for “The West Wing” and the NBC/Alliance Atlantis telepic “The Matthew Shepard Story.”
- Posthumous nods include helmer John Frankenheimer, who was nominated as outstanding director for a miniseries, movie or special for his work on “Path to War.”
- “Wolf Lake” was a ratings dud for two nets — CBS and UPN. But it also snagged more noms than “Ally McBeal,” earning a pair for titles and main theme. Another critical bomb that got a mention from the Academy: NBC’s short-lived “Emeril,” up for art direction.
- In perhaps the most obscure sweep, PBS landed all four noms in the outstanding classical music-dance program category.