October 20, 2018

Jewish TV Stars and Creators Vie For Emmy Awards

Members of the Tribe are celebrating their nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards, which will take place in September. The list includes veterans, newcomers, and a shower of accolades for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a Jewish woman who becomes a standup comic 1950s New York. The series scored 14 nominations, including best comedy series and nods for creator-director Amy Sherman-Palladino and supporting actress Alex Borstein, who also received a nomination for her voice-over work in “Family Guy.”

The return of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to HBO resulted in the series eighth nod for outstanding comedy series, and Larry David’s sixth as lead actor in a comedy series.

Henry Winkler, who was nominated twice for playing Fonzie on “Happy Days” in the 1970s and in 2000 for a guest role on “The Practice,” is up for an Emmy this year for his role as an acting coach in the HBO comedy “Barry,” one of several awards for the show.

“On the one hand I’ve been here before and I know not to get too excited,” Winkler said in a statement. “On the other hand I’m filled with HAPPY and so thrilled for Bill [Hader], Alec [Berg] and the whole company,” he said.

Nonagenarian Carl Reiner, who has nine Emmys to his credit, may get one more for narrating the aging-well documentary in which he appears, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” (HBO).

“My nephew, George Shapiro, came up with the idea and called it “Vitality at 90.”  I just said, ‘If I’m not in the obit, I eat breakfast,’ and that became the title.  94.6% of the credit goes to George, but I’m happy to have lent my agile mind and aging body to such a worthy project,” Reiner said in a statement.

Liev Schreiber was also nominated in the narration category for “24/7,” but the “Ray Donovan” star was shut out of dramatic acting category this year, after three consecutive nominations for the Showtime series.

Judith Light, who has been Emmy-nominated three times, for “Transparent” and “Ugly Betty,” earned her fourth nod for her supporting performance as widow Marilyn Miglin in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

“My deepest thanks to the Emmy voters and of course, the brilliant Ryan Murphy for the gift of being a part of this culture changing production,” Light said in a statement that gave props to the producers, writers, directors, and hair/makeup artists. “My gratitude to all of them and FX is beyond words or measure.”

Mandy Patinkin picked up his fifth nomination for his role as Saul Berenson in Showtime’s “Homeland” (he has one Emmy, for “Chicago Hope”), and both Evan Rachel Wood and Pamela Adlon received their second consecutive nominations for their lead actress work in HBO’S “Westworld” and FX’s “Better Things,” respectively.

“I am completely over the moon and so happy [for] this recognition from my peers for my life’s work and my show, ‘Better Things,’” Adlon said in a statement. “Filled with gratitude. Thank you.”

“Game of Thrones’” 22 nominations include a nod for writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, their seventh in the category for the HBO series. First time nominees include Michael Stuhlbarg for “The Looming Tower” and series “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman,” both on Hulu.

Bryan Fogel won an Oscar this year for his sports-doping documentary “Icarus,” and since Netflix acquired it, it will vie for an Emmy in the same category as two HBO docs, Susan Lacy’s biography “Spielberg” and Judd Apatow’s homage, “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.”

“I’m so glad that people have had such a strong reaction to our documentary and Garry’s life.  I’m somewhat sure he would be thrilled,” Apatow, who was also nominated for directing the film, said in a statement.  Other nominees for directing include Carrie Brownstein for IFC’s “Portlandia” and Barry Levinson for HBO’s “Paterno.”

The 70th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. PT on NBC.