UNC-TV programs have received 20 Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards nominations. Getting the most attention from Emmy is the historical documentary "Birth of a Colony: North Carolina," which received five nominations. "North Carolina People with Bill Friday" also received a nomination. The full list of nominations, courtesy of UNC-TV, is below. Winners will be announced on January 26 at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.
Elizabeth Shestak had a nice "Life Stories" article today about the life and death of Paul Bogart, an Emmy-winning director who had lived in Chapel Hill for the past 17 years.
The Harlem-born Bogart (IMDB page) directed episodes of "All in the Family," "The Defenders," "Get Smart," "Golden Girls," "CBS Playhouse," and many other TV shows and TV movies.
Bogart died in April in Chapel Hill at the age of 92, with his son Peter by his side. Read the full story of how Bogart made his way from Hollywood to Chapel Hill.
The 63rd annual Emmy Awards, hosted by "Glee" star Jane Lynch, gets going tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX. Check back here after 8 for live updates from the show.
If you want to get started early, there's a live backstage webcast from the Emmy website starting at 5 p.m. A Red Carpet show starts at 5 p.m. on the E! channel.
Here's a full list of nominees, which include former Raleighites Michael C. Hall and Evan Rachel Wood. Hall is nominated for his starring role in Showtime's "Dexter," and Wood, who has a recurring role as the campy Vampire Queen of Louisiana in HBO's "True Blood," is nominated for her supporting role in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce." Wood has an excellent shot at winning. We're pulling for both of them!
Emmy Awards (8pm, Fox) - Jane Lynch hosts the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Presenters include Will Arnett, Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher, Julianna Margulies, Amy Poehler, and Sofia Vergara. HBO leads the nominations with 104 and its miniseries "Mildred Pierce" leads all with 21 nominations, followed by AMC's "Mad Men" with 19. Former Raleigh residents Michael C. Hall and Evan Rachel Wood are nominated. I'll be watching tonight and doing some live-blogging and some tweeting (@WarmTV), so follow along!
Drop Dead Diva (9pm, Lifetime) - A bride-to-be sues a bridal store after she is seriously injured during a sale stampede. Also, Parker hires his ex-girlfriend as a temp.
Breaking Bad (10pm, AMC) - Jesse, Mike and Gus head to Mexico where Jesse is tested and Gus comes face to face with his old nemesis. Also, Walter Jr. becomes concerned when his dad doesn't show up for his birthday party, and Skyler becomes more involved in Ted's IRS situation. I don't know how they keep doing it, but this is another incredibly intense episode.
Rock Docs: Planet Rock - The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation (10pm, VH1) - An exploration of the connections between hip-hop music and the crack-cocaine epidemic, narrated by Ice-T. Remarks by Snoop Dogg, B-Real, RZA, Raekwon, and former drug dealers Azie Faison and Freeway Ricky Ross are included.
Against the Wall (10pm, Lifetime) - Abby and Lina investigate 911 response complaints after they are unable to get emergency help. Meanwhile, Donnie tries out for the SWAT team, which leads to family secrets being revealed.
UNC School of the Arts alum Zach Seivers (Class of 2006) won an Emmy for Outstanding Sound and Editing for Nonfiction Programming at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy ceremony. Seivers won for his work on "Gettysburg," which aired on The History Channel.
Seivers is originally from Mount Airy and this was his first Emmy nomination. Seivers was the sound designer on "Gettysburg" and shared the award with sound editors Charles Maynes, who was a guest artist in the School of Filmmaking in 2006, and Brent Kiser.
Seivers is the chief operating officer of SNAPSOUND, a post-production sound company in Los Angeles.
This is another great moment from last night's Emmy show.
Check out this great photo gallery of highlights from last night's Emmy Awards show.
Oh yeah, and a video of host Jimmy Fallon's fantastic show-opening dance number.
Best opening to the Emmy Awards show ever.
While "Mad Men" was winning the Emmy for best drama series on NBC, in Season 4, Episode 6 of the series over on AMC, Don Draper was winning a Clio. And show creator and writer Matthew Weiner was commenting on awards and credit.
The stars are working the Red Carpet now, heading inside for the big night. From the limited bit I've seen so far, it sounds like navy blue is big color this year. Here's a photo gallery that will be updated several times tonight.
Starting the live recaps at 8pm. Check in periodically for updates!
8pm: GREATEST. EMMY. OPENING. EVER. Host Jimmy Fallon took the kids from "Glee" and at least one person from a bunch of other shows and did a terrific song and dance number to Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." Betty White gave Jon Hamm dance lessons and then Hamm sang a bit (Jon Hamm singing Springsteen? I can die happy now). Jorge Garcia from "Lost," Joel McHale from "Community," Tim Gunn from "Project Runway," Tina Fey from "30 Rock" -- perfection.