Nichols, Shimerman and Goldberg Nominated For Daytime Emmys, Cho To Play Billy Eichner’s Boyfriend

Star Trek stars Nichelle Nichols and Armin Shimerman pick up their first Daytime Emmy nominations, Whoopi Goldberg picks up her fourteenth. Plus, John Cho lands a recurring role on Difficult People.

Trek Stars Nominated For Daytime Emmys

This afternoon, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced nominations for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Included on the list were three stars from Star Trek on TV. Firstly was Nichelle Nichols, who has been nominated for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her role as Lucinda Winters, the estranged mother of Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless. Nichols, who’s been a fan of the show for decades, appeared in two episodes last September, helping to celebrate the show’s 11,000th episode. This is Nichols’ first nod from the Emmys after five decades of working in television. Here’a s clip of her Emmy-nominated performance:

Another Trek star nominated today was Armin Shimerman, Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine who is up for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series. Shimmerman got the nod for his role as Max on the Western web series Red Bird. This too is Shimerman’s first Emmy nomination. See an episode of Red Bird featuring Shimerman below.

Finally, Whoopi Goldberg was nominated, along with her colleagues on ABC’s The View, for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. Goldberg, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Guinan, already has two Daytime Emmys and this is her fourteenth nomination.

Whoopi Goldberg nominated again for hosting “The View”

John Cho To Play Billy Eichner’s Boyfriend on Difficult People

Next up, John Cho. TVLine reports that the he has landed a recurring role on the third season of the Hulu original sitcom Difficult People. Cho will be playing Todd,  the “first real boyfriend” of star Billy Eichner’s character Billy Epstein. According to the report, Todd is “an advertising executive who’s every bit as mean and twisted as Billy.”  The new season of Difficult People premieres this summer, and co-stars Andrea Martin, who originated the role of Ishka, Quark and Rom’s mother, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. 

Billy Eichner  and John Cho

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A shame that this counts as Armin Shimerman’s first Emmy nomination. He was incredible as Quark.

Thats what is so sad about Star Trek. The amount of incredible acting on those shows over the years, especially on TNG and DS9 and I don’t think a single actor has ever been nominated for an Emmy. Maybe I’m wrong. Still its so weird how sci fi in movies is respected where you can at least get nominated for roles but on TV mostly everyone gets the shaft.

Leonard Nimoy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor during all three years of TOS.

Ok didn’t know that, thank you. Still its weird how these shows get such little recognition in the acting department. Stewart should’ve been nominated over and over again.

It’s too bad Quark wasn’t better written

It was Jewish stereotypes.

How nice that Ms. Nichols is still getting work, still doing good work, and is getting some recognition!

Ach! Andrea Martin. Cecily Adams did a decent enough job with Ishka over the course of DS9, but I’m still partial to the terrific Ms. Martin.

Congratulations to Nichelle Nichols and Armin Shimerman for their very overdue nominations.

Brava, Ms. Nichols! Always wished she could be doing more character work like this — thrilled for her Emmy nod!

Whoopie makes me want to vomit.

Who will go next? Checkout or Uhura?

Who will be the last? Kirk or Sulu?