Judge Judy Sheindlin finally got the verdict she's been seeking for a long time at the Daytime Emmys. Her feisty courtroom show may dominate that TV genre, but it had never won the Emmy for Best Legal/Courtroom Program – until now.
"Judge Judy" was one of many surprising victors when the Creative Arts Emmys were doled out at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday night.
Another was the trophy won by Kevin Clash – Elmo on "Sesame Street" – who is facing his own real courtroom drama while being accused of sex with under-age males.
More winners will be announced Sunday night when the main Daytime Emmy ceremony will be aired on CNN Headline News at 8 p.m. ET.
Best Children's Animated Program
"Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"
Best Children's Series
"R.L. Stine's 'The Haunting Hour, the Series'"
Best Pre-School Animated Program
Best Pre-School Children's Series
Best Legal/Courtroom Program
Best Lifestyle Program
"The Martha Stewart Show"
Best Host in a Lifestyle/Travel Program
Leeza Gibbons, "My Generation"
Best Performer in a Children's Series
Kevin Clash as Elmo, "Sesame Street"
Best Travel Program
"Jack Hanna's 'Into the Wild'"
'The Office' won Best Comedy in 2006, but breakout star Steve Carell never won an Emmy for his role as hapless regional manager Michael Scott. Even in his last year, when he was considered a slam-dunk for his swan-song episode, 'Goodbye Michael,' Emmy voters looked the other way, instead honoring Jim Parsons ('The Big Bang Theory') for the second year in a row.
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Emmy drove a stake through poor Sarah Michelle Gellar's heart year after year. She was never nominated and her critically acclaimed show only reaped technical and creative bids, save for one writing nod for Joss Whedon in 2000; he lost to Aaron Sorkin and Rick Cleveland for "The West Wing." Buffy won two of its bids, for Best Makeup and Best Dramatic Underscore in 1998. The TV Critics Assn. gave the show the Heritage Award in 2003 after nominating it five times over seven-year run.
Bob Newhart's 1982-1990 sitcom "Newhart" holds the stinging Emmy record of being the TV show with the most defeats and no wins (25).
"Newhart" earned him three consecutive nominations as Best Comedy Actor, losing first in 1985 to Robert Guilliaume ("Benson") and then twice in a row to Michael J. Fox ("Family Ties"). He also lost his 2004 Guest Drama Actor nod for "ER" to William Shatner ("The Practice") and his 2009 Supporting Movie/Mini Actor race for "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice" to Ken Howard ("Grey Gardens").
TV Hall of Famer Newhart was not even nominated for his other self-titled sitcom that was part of CBS's fabled Saturday night line-up during the 1970s. However, his first series, "The Bob Newhart Show," pulled off a shocking upset to win Best Comedy Series of 1962. However, it occurred after the freshman series had already been canceled. Worse: Because Newhart was not a producer of his own program, he didn't win a statuette. He was nominated in the writing category with other scribes from his show, but they all lost to Carl Reiner ("The Dick Van Dyke Show").
While his shows continually lost, Newhart himself finally won in 2013 for the first time in his career for a guest spot on "The Big Bang Theory."
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TV's self-proclaimed "Great One" Jackie Gleason lost all five of his Emmy bids. The first four came for his self-titled variety show. However, Jimmy Durante was named Best Comedian in 1953, Donald O'Connor ("The Colgate Comedy Hour") won Best Male Series Star in 1954, Danny Thomas took that award in 1955 for his self-titled sitcom and "The George Gobel Show" scripters claimed the writing award that year. In 1956, Gleason took one of his most popular sketches and spun it off into "The Honeymooners." He lost the Best Actor award to Phil Silvers for his portrayal of Sgt. Bilko. While Gleason was spurned by the TV academy, his second banana Art Carney won five Emmys for his performance as Ed Norton (six Emmys over all) and was so embarrassed by the bounty that, whenever Gleason dropped by his house for a visit, Carney hid his Emmys in a closet. Gleason was outraged over the snubs. "You couldn't mention the Emmys to Jackie when he was alive," his widow Marilyn told Gold Derby after his death. "He'd get furious."
Despite the show being originally centered on her, Courteney Cox was the only one of the "Friends" sextet to never even be nominated for an Emmy in its decade-long run at the top of the ratings. Her subsequent series, "Dirt," did not clean up at the Emmys and her current laffer "Cougar Town" has yet to get any bites from the TV academy.
The original version of "Star Trek" only aired on NBC for three seasons beginning in 1966 but 45 years later remains one of the most influential (and profitable) shows in TV history. It contended in five Emmy races but lost all of them. It lost both its Best Drama Series bids in 1967 and 1968 to "Mission: Impossible." Leonard Nimoy lost his three nominations in the catch-all supporting category to Eli Wallach for the telefilm "The Poppy is Also a Flower," Milburn Stone for "Gunsmoke" and Werner Klemperer for "Hogan's Heroes."
Michael Landon starred on television for three decades in three successful drama series -- "Bonanza," "Little House on the Prairie," and "Highway to Heaven." He evolved from an actor into a director, writer, and producer as well but failed to reap even a single nomination for his extraordinary output that totalled 735 hours of episodic television as well as many highly-rated TV movies.
Roseanne Barr won the second of her four consecutive Emmy bids for Best Comedy Actress in 1993 for her top-rated laffer "Roseanne." Her co-star John Goodman, who played her good-natured husband, contended for Best Comedy Actor for seven years running while Laurie Metcalf won three of her four bids for Best Supporting Comedy Actress. However, the show itself was snubbed for all nine years in the Comedy Series category.
While Angela Lansbury is tied for second place with Julie Harris for the most Tony Awards, with five apiece, she has the dubious distinction of having lost more Emmy races for acting than any other performer - a staggering 18 times, including 12 consecutive losses for Best Drama Actress for "Murder, She Wrote" from 1985 to 1996. Two of her other six losses came in the now-defunct category of individual variety performance for hosting the 1987 and 1989 Tonycasts. For the first, she lost to Robin Williams for "Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin" and for the second to Tracey Ullman for "The Best of the Tracey Ullman Show."
"Battlestar Galactica" was named Best Program of the Year by the TV Critics Assn. in 2009 but won just three technical Emmys. It never contended for Best Drama Series and none of its cast, including Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos, were ever nominated.
While his co-star Don Knotts won a record five Emmys for his supporting performance, Andy Griffith was never nominated for his self-titled sixties sitcom. He lost his only bid -- a 1981 nod for Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for "Murder in Texas" -- to David Warner for "Masada." Griffith was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in 1992.
"Dancing with the Stars" has lost all of its bids for Best Reality Competition Series. While that is a tough category, you would expect the show to have won at least one of its bids for Best Choreography.
In 2006 -- its first year of eligibility -- "Dancing With the Stars" earned three bids for Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani and Nick Kosovich but they were all bested by the team who choreographed "High School Musical." In 2007, there was a three-way tie as both Mia Michaels and Wade Robson won for separate routines on "So You Think You Can Dance" while John DeLuca and Rob Marshall prevailed for "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" leaving Louis van Amstel of "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. In 2008, Robson repeated for "SYTYCD," edging out two of his colleagues from the Fox hit, as well as Julianne Hough of "DWTS" and those "High School Musical" Emmy champs who were contending for the sequel. In 2009, there was another tie as Tyce Diroio won for "SYTYCD" as did Rob Ashford for the Oscars hosted by Hugh Jackman. The also-rans were three other routines from "SYTYCD" as well as Derek and Julianne Hough who shared a nomination for "DWTS." In 2010, Mia Michaels won her second Emmy for "SYTYCD" while Derek Hough lost two separate bids for "DWTS," sharing the second of those with Chelsea Hightower.
In 2011, Mark Ballas was nominated against a whopping five nominees for "SYTYCD." Though there were two winners in that category, neither was Ballas. In 2012, "DWTS" nominated choreographers Nick Lazzarini, Travis Wall, and Teddy Forance were bested by dance routines from the TV musical "Smash."
Desi Arnaz pioneered the three-camera system for filming situation comedies before a live studio audience when co-starring with his then-wife Lucille Ball in "I Love Lucy." She won two Emmys for this TV classic and was nominated for another seven. However, Aranz was never nominated at all, but the cavalier Cuban bandlander suffered the slight well, saying, "It's OK. When the Emmys have a category for best bongo player and I'm not nominated, then I'll get mad!" Arnaz hosted the kudos twice (the first time with Ball in 1952 and the second time solo in 1957). Six years after he died in 1986, Arnaz was posthumously inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Over its first eight seasons, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has received 38 Emmy Award nominations but won just twice, for Directing in 2003 and Single-Camera Picture Editing in 2012. Among the losses for this HBO laffer are seven bids for Best Comedy Series and five for Comedy Actor for creator/star Larry David.
For his portrayal of taciturn FBI Agent Fox Mulder on long-running sci-fi hit "The X Files," David Duchovny contended twice for Best Drama Actor. He lost his 1997 bid to Dennis Franz who won the third of his eventual four Emmys for "NYPD Blue." Duchovny's co-star Gillian Anderson won her only Best Drama Actress Emmy (out of four nominations) that night. The next year, Duchovny lost to Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Street"). He also lost both his Guest Comedy Actor races for spoofing himself on "The Larry Sanders Show" in 1997 and as an over-the-top weatherman on "LIfe with Bonnie" in 2002.
It switched back and forth between the drama and comedy categories on the Emmy Awards ballot, trying anything possible to get nominated, but "Gilmore Girls" and its star Lauren Graham were never nominated. Over seven seasons, the show reaped only one bid -- in 2004 for Best Makeup -- which it won.
Elizabeth Montgomery couldn't conjur up an Emmy, losing all five of her consecutive Best Comedy Actress bids for "Bewitched" to Mary Tyler Moore ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," 1966); Lucille Ball ("The Lucy Show," 1967, 1968) and Hope Lange ("The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," 1969, 1970). She lost her first Emmy bid for Single Performance for a 1961 appearance on "The Untouchables" to Judith Anderson ("Macbeth"), both her TV Movie Actress races -- first in 1974 for "A Case of Rape" to Cicely Tyson ("The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman") and in 1975 for "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" to Katharine Hepburn ("Love Among the Ruins") and her 1978 bid for Limited Series Actress for "The Awakening Land" to Meryl Streep ("Holocaust").
The longest-running series to never win an Emmy was "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" which ran for 14 seasons beginning in 1952. It lost its 1953 bid for Best Situation Comedy to "I Love Lucy" and both its 1955 races -- Supporting Actor nominee Don DeFore was bested by Art Carney ("The Honeymooners") while the show's art direction lost to "Shower of Stars."
James Arness played Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" for two decades making him the longest running character in primetime TV history. Kelsey Grammer equalled this record with his portrayal of Frasier Crane on both "Cheers" and "Frasier." However, while Grammer won four Emmys over the years, Arness lost all three of his bids, first to Robert Young ("Father Knows Best," 1957, 1958) and then to Raymond Burr ("Perry Mason," 1959).
As George Costanza on "Seinfeld," Jason Alexander reaped seven consecutive Comedy Supporting Actor nominations but lost every time. He was bested by Michael Jeter ("Evening Shade," 1992), co-star Michael Richards (1993, 1994, 1997), David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier," 1995, 1998) and Rip Torn ("The Larry Sanders Show," 1996).
The extraordinary success of "Survivor" ignited the explosion in reality-competition series. While it won an special class Emmy in 2001, it lost all four of its bids in the competitive category introduced in 2003. However, host Jeff Probst prevailed for the first three years of the Best Reality Host category.
Larry Hagman portrayed J.R. Ewing, one of TV's top villains of all time, for 14 years on "Dallas." He lost both his Emmy bids for Best Drama Actor, first to Ed Asner ("Lou Grant") in 1980 and then to Daniel J. Travianti ("Hill Street Blues") in 1981. Hagman's first hit -- sixties sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" -- earned just one bid in its five seasons with creator Sidney Sheldon reaping a writing nod in 1967.
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