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Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Announce Nominees for 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Aired July 20, 2000 - 8:37 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: All right, couch potatoes, you get to root for your favorite shows, now, as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences names the nominees for the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: The nominations are announced at the Academy's headquarters in North Hollywood.

That's where we find CNN's Paul Vercammen.

Hi, Paul.

PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, how are you guys doing. Leon, sorry that you weren't nominated for a best morning anchor.

HARRIS: I'm the Susan Lucci now, I'm Susan Lucci now.

VERCAMMEN: Oh, I know.

LIN: But see, he's not acting, Paul,

VERCAMMEN: Jilted.

LIN: This is the real deal.

VERCAMMEN: Jilted again.

By the way, you might be curious about that nomination process and why Leon was snubbed. Basically almost 1,000 people can vote in a given category. For example, a bunch of actors will vote for other actors, which is great fun in this town. Because they often compete for the same jobs. And there are moments, I'm sure, they would like to throttle each other instead. But they end up giving each other a little homage.

Remember last year, the nominations, "The Sopranos" broke out 16 nominations. They won only two Emmys. We'll see how they fare this year. Some people think that the breakout shows, as we discussed a little earlier in this broadcast, was the "The West Wing," they're looking forward to that. Michael J. Fox, you're right, he will probably, undoubtedly be recognized for his "Spin City" performance. Of course, he's leaving the show. I'm hearing now five seconds to the broadcast. We'll let you hear it.

Good morning.

MERYL MARSHALL, CHM. AND CO-CHAIR. TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES: I'm Meryl Marshall, chairman of the board of the Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences. To present the nominees for the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, I'm pleased to introduce Emmy winners Edie Falco from "The Sopranos," and Michael Badalucco from "The Practice."

Good morning.

MICHAEL BADALUCCO, ACTOR, "THE PRACTICE": Good morning, Meryl.

MARSHALL: Good morning, Edie.

BADALUCCO: Thank you, Meryl.

Edie, this is so exciting. I mean it's -- I feel like Army Archer (ph). You know, we have this information and we're going to scoop the world. I don't think I can take it.

EDIE FALCO, ACTOR: All right, well, I'll handle it from here.

BADALUCCO: Oh, good.

FALCO: Good morning, everybody. The nominations in the comedy series category are: "Frasier"; "Friends"; "Everybody Loves Raymond"; "Sex and the City"; "Will and Grace."

BADALUCCO: The lead actress in a comedy series nominees are: Jenna Elfman, "Dharma and Greg"; Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond"; Jane Kaczmarek, "Malcolm in the Middle"; Debra Messing, "Will and Grace"; Sarah Jessica Parker, "Sex and the City."

FALCO: The nominees in the lead actor in a comedy series category are: Michael J. Fox, "Spin City"; Kelsey Grammer, "Fraser"; John Lithgow, "Third Rock from The Sun"; Eric McCormack, "Will and Grace"; Ray Romano, "Everybody Loves Raymond."

BADALUCCO: The made for television movie nominations are: "Annie: If These Walls Could Talk II"; "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"; "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie"; "RKO 281."

FALCO: The nominees for lead actor in a mini-series or a movie are: Beau Bridges, "P.T. Barnum"; Brian Dennehy, "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman"; Jack Lemon, "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie"; William H. Macy, "A Slight Case of Murder"; Liev Schrieber, "RKO 281."

BADALUCCO: The nominees for lead actress in a mini-series or a movie are: Halle Berry, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"; Judy Davis, "A Cooler Climate"; Sally Field, "A Cooler Climate"; Holly Hunter, "Harlan County War"; Gena Rowlands, "The Color of Love: Jacey's Story." FALCO: The nominees for the mini-series category are: "Arabian Nights"; "The Beach Boys: An American Family"; "The Corner"; "Jesus"; "P.T. Barnum." That's the name of a show.

BADALUCCO: And a nice guy.

The nominations in the drama series category are: "ER"; "Law & Order"; "The Practice," -- Edie.

FALCO: "The Sopranos."

BADALUCCO: "The West Wing."

FALCO: The nominees for lead actor in drama series are: Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue"; James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos"; Jerry Orbach, "Law & Order"; Martin Sheen, "The West Wing"; Sam Waterston, "Law & Order."

BADALUCCO: Edie, why don't we bring back Meryl to announce one final category.

FALCO: All right.

MARSHALL: Thank you.

The nominations in the lead actress category in drama series are: Lorraine Bracco, "The Sopranos"; Amy Brenneman, "Judging Amy"; Julianna Margulies, "ER"; Sela Ward, "Once and Again"; and Edie Falco, "The Sopranos."

And Michael, there's good news for you today, too. That concludes nomination ceremonies. Let me our extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the nominees and we'll see you all at the Emmys on September 10 on ABC.

VERCAMMEN: Well, you heard the nominations and so far I would say that in the comedy category, two shows that had been largely ignored in the past, think it didn't get the accolades that some thought they deserved: "Will and Grace" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" had three nominations apiece. And I saw that they were both voted for best comedy, along with "Frasier" and "Friends" and HBO's "Sex and the City."

As for the drama so far, pretty good day for "Law & Order," three nominations, and "The Sopranos," also nominated for best drama. We saw "ER" and "The Practice." Saw some of the usual suspects, but as suspected, "The West Wing," the rookie show getting a lot of accolades here today. And a little drama there as Edie Falco from "The Sopranos" got to hear that she again was nominated for best lead actress in a drama. And you may recall with all those nominations last year, for "The Sopranos," 16, it won just two Emmys in the end: a writing category, and then Falco won for best actress.

So we'll see if she can repeat. I'm sure they had a lot of fun this morning. They seem to be. If you wondering who some of the folks are behind me whooping it up, they are the publicists. They're going to call their clients and tell them if they did OK this morning.

HARRIS: No doubt.

Paul, you know, I'm looking over this, the list of names and shows here, and I don't really see any real surprises, do you?

VERCAMMEN: No, I don't think that there were any stunning, breakout surprises. Maybe some people are a little relieved or feeling good about that "Will and Grace" thing and "Everybody Loves Raymond." Those are two popular shows.

It's been suggested in the past that maybe the Emmys are a little slow on the take and don't recognize shows when they actually hit their creative peak. And maybe it comes a little bit later.

But, no, I don't think there were any breakout stunners where you heard an audible gasp in the auditorium this morning.

LIN: Paul, it seems like the competition is pretty stiff in the dramatic category for actresses. Any predictions there?

VERCAMMEN: I like Edie Falco a lot to repeat. But we'll just have to wait and see. I mean, "The Sopranos" is certainly well respected in this town. They did not announce a supporting category. So we're not sure about those.

I would like to report that Nancy Marchand passed away earlier reported earlier this year. And last year she was nominated and did not win. And there was a real feeling that she should've been given her just desserts. So that's something that we'll watch for. And by the way, Garry Shandling, Mr. Dry Sense of Humor, himself, will host the show. And he's already breaking out jokes about his rather shaky love life and his troubles and all of this. So you can watch for a rather odd and raucous show.

HARRIS: Good deal, all right, thanks, Paul, appreciate it.

LIN: Thanks, Paul.

HARRIS: Appreciate it, see you in a bit.

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