What is it like to pull off one of the biggest upsets in modern Emmy history? “I thought it was pretty great for such an underdog and something that was sorely needed,” Jason Bateman tells Gold Derby, recalling the shocking victory of “Arrested Development” as Best Comedy Series nine years ago.
Back in 2004, the low-rated, brand-new, oddball “Arrested Development” didn’t seem to have a prayer when it was nominated against “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Sex and the City” and “Will and Grace.” However, the program proved its might early on Emmy night as it claimed the kudos for best writing and directing as hints of the ambush to come in the race for best laffer.
“To win freshman year was, I mean, so exciting. We were all screaming,” Jessica Walter recalls. “We were sitting way in the back of this humongous theater. It took like five minutes for everyone to run up. I don’t think they expected us to win because we were so far away, but it was thrilling. And it kind of helped to keep us on the air because the ratings weren’t that good.”
Check out our chats below – plus video clips of the program’s surprise victory at the Emmys that big night.
JESSICA WALTER VIDEO:
JASON BATEMAN VIDEO:
EMMY VICTORY IN 2004: