Monday, September 22, 2008

Locals win Emmys!

Between other events and the "Legal Hawks" premiere last night, I missed out on that other show -- where two locals won Emmy's. Pretty incredible.

Of course, Bryan Cranston is only a part time New Mexican, but his support for the Duke City Shootout, humility in a bunch of interviews and knock-out performance in Breaking Bad are all good reasons to be proud he has a home in New Mexico.

From KRQE: NM-Based Breaking Bad Wins Emmy

LOS ANGELES (KRQE) - Sunday brought Emmy gold for the lead actor in the New Mexico-based television series "Breaking Bad."

Bryan Cranston won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for his portrayal of Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher who turns to selling drugs to provide for his family.

The series on the cable channel AMC is set in New Mexico, and films around the state and at the Albuquerque Studios in Mesa del Sol.

The USA Network series "In Plain Sight," also set and filmed in New Mexico, was not eligible for this year's Emmy Awards because it was first broadcast on June 1, the day after the Emmys' May 31 cutoff date.

For more on Cranston and Breaking Bad, you might check out their blog here: http://blogs.amctv.com/breaking-bad/

Even more pleasant news came when Santa Fe's Kirk Ellis was awarded an Emmy for writing the HBO miniseries, "John Adams." However, things got a little interesting -- Awards Daily has it from there...

...But while Don Rickles and Jimmy Kimmel got to ramble at length as if they were a pair of witty Poets Laureate, Kirk Ellis had barely stepped onstage before the Emmys gave him the hook:

The Emmy-winning writer for “John Adams” was ironically cut off by producers during his acceptance speech while talking about public oratory in Adams era, calling it “an amazing opportunity to talk about a period in our history when articulate men articulated complex thoughts in complete sentences.”

Ellis attempted to continue: “They used words –” but the mic faded out in the middle of his sentence as ABC abruptly cut to commercial. Backstage Ellis was quick to hit back:

“I love freedom of expression and as soon as I opened my mouth they were signaling to wrap it up,” Ellis says backstage. “I find it interesting we can do 30 minutes devoted to reality show hosts but none for the people who actually [write the shows].”

More at Awards Daily
...more also at BuzzSugar

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