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ABC (ended 2000)

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Sports Night ran nearly two full seasons on the ABC network in the United States during the '98-99 and '99-00 seasons. Created by Emmy Award winning writer/director, Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The American President), this was his first venture into television. Smart, fast-paced, witty and featuring a fine ensemble cast, Sports Night struggled in the ratings from the start, particularly during its second season, when it was routinely pre-empted and moved from night to night. Art imitated life imitating art, as the show-within-a-show took on a consultant (William H. Macy, in his first TV role since his stint on ER), hired to "tweak" the ratings. The show-within-a-show continued to falter, amidst rumors of the imminent sale of its network and the subsequent gutting of its staff. Upon its cancellation, several networks, most notably HBO, came to Sorkin for a possible move to the respected network, but nothing was ever solidified. Sports Night gained additional exposure through a subsequent syndication on Comedy Central.


Awards:
2001 Image Awards
Nominated – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

2001 Satellite Awards
Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical; Robert Guillaume

2000 Emmy Awards
Winner – Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series; Peter Smokler ("The Cut Man Cometh")
Nominated – Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg
Nominated – Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme ("Quo Vadimus")
Nominated – Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series; Janet Ashikaga ("The Cut Man Cometh")
Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series; William H. Macy

2000 Golden Globe Awards
Nominated – Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series, Comedy/Musical; Felicity Huffman

2000 PGA Awards (Producers Guild of America)
Nominated – Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television; Aaron Sorkin, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Tony Krantz, Thomas Schlamme, Rob Scheidlinger

2000 DGA Awards (Directors Guild of America)
Won – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme ("Small Town")

2000 Eddie Award (American Cinema Editors)
Nominated – Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television; Janet Ashikaga ("Small Town")

2000 SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild)
Nominated – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; Josh Charles, Robert Guillaume, Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Sabrina Lloyd, Joshua Malina

2000 Artios (Casting Society of America)
Nominated – Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic; Bonnie Zane, Paula Rosenberg

2000 Image Awards
Nominated – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

1999 Emmy Awards
Won – Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme (pilot)
Won – Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series; Janet Ashikaga ("Small Town")
Nominated – Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series; Aaron Sorkin ("The Apology")

1999 DGA Award (Directors Guild of America)
Won – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme (pilot)

1999 Art Directors Guild
Nominated – Excellence in Production Design Award, Television Series; Thomas Azzari

1999 Artios (Casting Society of America)
Nominated - Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg
Nominated – Best Casting for TV, Comedy Pilot; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg

1999 TCA Award (Television Critics Association)
Won – Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Nominated – New Program of the Year
Nominated – Program of the Year

1999 Humanitas Prize
Won – 30 Minute Category; Aaron Sorkin, Matt Tarses, David Walpert, Bill Wrubel ("The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee")
Nominated – 30 Minute Category; Bill Wrubel, Aaron Sorkin ("The Quality Of Mercy At 29K")

1999 Image Awards
Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

1999 Genesis Awards
Won – Television, New Series ("The Hungry and the Hunted")

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    Categories

    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    office politics, Dark Comedy, Cult, Adult, ensemble cast