Producer Christopher Lloyd on making Emmy history with ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Frasier’ [Exclusive Video]

Producer Christopher Lloyd is on the verge of making Emmy history… again. He is the co-creator of “Modern Family,” a show with a strong chance to win its fifth straight time as Best Comedy Series and tie the all-time record set by “Frasier,” of which he was an executive producer for the five years (1994-1998) when it was Emmy champ in the same category.

In an exclusive chat with Gold Derby (watch below), Lloyd admitted, “I never dreamed I would be in the position once, let alone twice. It’s thrilling. We’ve been lucky with respect to Emmys on this show. I did not expect we would win in the first year. To even be contemplating five in a row is crazy.”

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For Best Comedy Series this time around “Modern Family” faces returning shows “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” and “Veep” along with newcomers “Orange is the New Black” and “Silicon Valley.”

Says Lloyd, “When you’re lucky enough to be on a show from the beginning as I have been, people want to come and join what’s already a good team and make it better. I think that’s a lot of why sometimes shows have streaks such as these two shows have had.”

Among those other producers with mulitple Emmys for series wins are: 

DAVID E. KELLEY (8)
“L.A. Law” (1989, 1990, 1991)
“Picket Fences” (1993, 1994)
“The Practice” (1998, 1999)
“Ally McBeal” (1999)

STEVEN BOCHCO (7)
“Hill Street Blues” (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
“L.A. Law” (1987, 1989)
“NYPD Blue” (1995)

GLEN CHARLES & LES CHARLES (7)
“Taxi” (1979, 1980, 1981)
“Cheers” (1983, 1984, 1989, 1991)

JAMES L. BROOKS (6)
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1975, 1976, 1977)
“Taxi” (1979, 1989, 1981)

PETER CASEY, DAVID ANGELL, DAVID LEE (6)
“Cheers” (1989)
“Frasier” (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)

SHELDON LEONARD (6)
“Make Room For Daddy” (1955)
“The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
“My World and Welcome To It” (1970)

MATTHEW WEINER (6)
“The Sopranos” (2004, 2007)
“Mad Men” (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Of these esteemed producers, Lloyd says, “In terms of those other people, I look at that list and say I don’t know how I belong on that list because I’ve admired all of these people for such a long time. I feel a little guilty to be sharing the bench with them.”

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In addition to his nine producing Emmys, Lloyd has also won as a writer for “Frasier” in 1996 and “Modern Family” in 2010. His father, David Lloyd, was one of the most finest comedy writers in television history. He won Emmys for penning both the famous “Chuckles Bites the Dust” (1976) and series finale (1977) episodes of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” His other writing credits included “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Phyllis,” “Rhoda,” “Lou Grant,” “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Wings,” and “Frasier.”

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