The character’s creator, Paul Reubens, contended a dozen times at the Daytime Emmys during the five-year run of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” on CBS beginning in 1986. While he shared in wins for Art Direction (1988) and Graphics and Title Design (1991), he never took home any awards for performing, producing or writing.
Following his fall from grace in 1991 after being arrested in an adult movie theater, Reubens retired his childlike character for nearly two decades. He did pick up a 1995 primetime Emmy bid for Guest Comedy Actor for an appearance on “Murphy Brown” but lost to Emmy favorite Carl Reiner who recreated his “Dick Van Dyke Show” character Alan Brady on “Mad About You.”
Reubens recently recreated his most famous character for an acclaimed Broadway show. Paycaster HBO filmed a performance and is premiering the special on March 19. The paycaster does well in the Variety Musical or Comedy Special category, usually landing at least one nod per year. And Reubens could also contend for writing.
Could this be Pee-wee’s time to return to the awards spotlight? Judge for yourself.