The nominees for the 2008 Emmy Awards were announced this morning and there are a few Trek alumni on the list with William Shatner at the top of that list. Other Trek alums include Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Fuller, Gary Hutzel, Doug Drexler, and Sarah Silverman. Also Star Trek’s new masters picked up some nods for Lost. Full details below.
Emmys continue to recognize The Shat
William Shatner (TOS: Captain James T. Kirk) was nominated in Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for Boston Legal. This is his sixth nomination, with two wins for Boston Legal so far. Boston Legal ended up with a total of seven nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series (where it will compete with JJ Abrams’ Lost). Shatner has issued the following statement regarding his nomination
We’re in our last season of Boston Legal and what a wonderful way to leave this great television show…all these nominations. We are very proud of each other.
Fuller’s show tops the list
Former Voyager writer/producer Bryan Fuller‘s new show Pushing Daisies has the most nominations, with a total of twelve, including Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Fuller. Two of the shows stars were nominated, but ironically the show itself did not get picked for Outstanding Comedy.
Moore’s Galactica get nods
Former TNG & DS9 writer/producer Ronald D. Moore‘s Battlestar Galactica picked up a total of six nominations (including two for the TV Movie "Razor" one for a webisode). Moore got a writing nomination in 2007, but since he didn’t write any episodes for the 2007/2008 period he wasn’t eligible this year. BSG writer Michael Angeli (who is one of the BSG writers who isn’t a Trek vet) was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. Former Star Trek TNG era visual artists Doug Drexler, Gary Hutzel, David Takemura, and Pierre Drolet picked up nominations for Outstanding Visual Effects for Galactica. Drexler and Hutzel won the same award last year and all four have been nominated many times before (including for their work on Star Trek).
New Trek team’s Lost picks up seven
Lost, co-created by the producers of the new Star Trek movie JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof, picked up a total of seven nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series (Lost also shares Bryan Burk with Star Trek, who is an executive producer on both). This marks a bit of a comeback for Lost, which won for Outstanding Drama in its first season in 2005, but wasn’t nominated for that award in 2006 or 2007. Another new Star Trek team member who is being honored for Lost is composer Michael Giacchino who picked up his third Emmy nomination for his score of the episode "The Constant." (note: that is the episode Damon Lindelof told TrekMovie was Lost’s homage to the TNG finale "All Good Things")
Unfortunately Zachary Quinto (Star Trek’s new Spock) was not honored for his work on Heroes. Nor were Trek vets George Takei or Nichelle Nichols for their guest spots. But the show did pick up 3 nominations, all technical. Jennifer Morrison (who plays Kirk’s mom Winona) was also ignored for her work on House.
Other Emmys 2008 Trek connections
A few former Trek guest stars also made the Emmy nominations list this year. Sarah Silverman (VOY: Rain Robinson) picked up three nominations: one for a guest spot in Monk, one for for a webisode on Comedy Central and another for writing the “I’m f***ing Matt Damon” song for the Jimmy Kimmel show. Alfre Woodard (First Contact: Lily Sloane) was nominated for her role in Pictures of Hollis Woods and Vanessa Williams (DS9: Arandis) was nominated for a guest spot on Ugly Betty. Two-time Enterprise guest actor Tom Bergeron is nominated as Outstanding Host for Dancing with the Stars. Seth MacFarlane (ENT: Ensign Rivers) was nominated for writing the Family Guy episode "Blue Harvest" (the Star Wars episode) along with Enterprise writer David A. Goodman. TNG composer Ron Jones is up against Giacchino for his score to the Family Guy episode "Lois Kills Stewie". Star Trek ’09 make-up artist Clinton Wayne is nominated for his make-up work on a CSI episode, while TNG/ENT make-up artist Debbie Zoller picked up two nominations for her work on Mad Men. Veterna Trek sound editors Mace Matosian and Ruth Adelman are also nominated for their work on an episode of CSI.
The 60th Annual Emmy Awards airs Sunday September 21st on ABC. More info at Emmys.TV.
Thanks to Chuck Trotter for his ‘six degrees of Trek’ abilities and help putting this article together