The Primetime Emmy Awards

Season 60 Episode 1

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • With the sixth straight Emmy for both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Amazing Race in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series and outstanding reality-competition program categories, respectively, they set a new record for most consecutive wins for a show in a single category. The record of five consecutive years was previously held by Frasier (outstanding comedy series) and The Late Show with David Letterman (outstanding variety, music or comedy series).

    • The 17 nominations that 30 Rock got this year is the most nominations a comedy show has ever received in a single year.

    • When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of Late Night With Conan O'Brien were named, O'Brien appeared in bed with Angelina Jolie and a bunch of foreign babies.

    • When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of The Late Show With David Letterman were named, Dr. Phil McGraw appeared insulting each one.

    • When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of Saturday Night Live were named, they appeared as MIIs, which are characters you can create in the video game console WII. Even the music is the same.

    • When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series" were named, scenes from the nominated episodes were shown through iPhones.

    • The show went to commercials in the middle of Kirk Ellis' (scriptwriter of John Adams) speech.

    • When Heidi Klum introduced presenter David Boreanaz, she said that he was from the show "The Bones", when it's actually just Bones.

    • In the "In Memoriam" tribute, George Carlin was shown twice. He was the first and last one to appear.

    • HBO's John Adams set an Emmy record when it won 13 Emmy awards (including eight from the Creative Emmy Awards) this year. The previous record, held by HBO's Angels in America, was 11.

    • In Memoriam Tribute:
      George Carlin, Bernie Brillstein, Joey Bishop, William F. Buckley, Charlton Heston, Les Crane, Alice Ghostley, Ivan Dixon, Cyd Charisse, Mel Ferrer, Claudio Guzman, Barry Morse, Deborah Kerr, Larry Harmon, Estelle Getty, Roger King, Sydney Pollack, Ron Leavitt, Bernie Mac, Eric Lieber, Suzanne Pleshette, Abby Mann, Dick Martin, Delbert Mann, Harvey Korman, Jim McKay, Lois Nettleton, Mel Tolkin, Richard Widmark, Stan Winston, Tim Russert, and Isaac Hayes

    • Josh Groban's TV Theme Medley:
      The Simpsons, Friends, Happy Days, Golden Girls, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, The Andy Griffith Show, Love Boat, Law & Order, The Addams Family, The Muppets, The X-Files, South Park, The Jeffersons, Baywatch, The Brady Bunch, Cops, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan o'Brien, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Two and a Half Men, Rawhide, Gilligan's Island, M*A*S*H, The Carol Burnett Show, Cheers

    • Awards & Nominations by Networks:
      ABC - 76 (12)
      AMC - 20 (8)
      CBS - 51 (10)
      FOX - 28 (4)
      HBO - 85 (26)
      NBC - 50 (10)
      PBS - 33 (10)
      Showtime - 21 (5)
      Others - 112 (22)

  • Quotes

    • Jeff Probst: We (the hosts) all agree that the one who would won the award (Oustanding Host Of A Reality Competition Program) would host the rest of the show. Goodnight!
      (the show ends)

    • Tina Fey: I thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done. That is what all parents should do.

    • Jon Stewart: I really look forward to the next administration, whoever it is. I have nothing to follow that up with. I'm just saying I really look forward to the next administration whoever it is.

    • Steve Martin: Being here tonight is a big thrill for me because as a kid I use to run home from school and get all dressed up and play 60th anniversary Emmy Awards.

    • Barry Sonnenfeld: Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, and you'll get all the credit for making a great show.

    • Paul Giamatti: (after winning Outstanding Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie, for playing the title character in John Adams) I'm living proof, kids at home watching, that anybody can play the president.

    • Tina Fey: (accepting the award for Outstanding Comedy Series) 30 Rock is available to be viewed on,, iTunes, Verizon phones, United Airlines and occasionally on actual television.

    • Glenn Close: (accepting her award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series) I think we're proving that complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy in high entertainment and can carry a show.

    • Conan O'Brien: (poking fun at the actress, who withdrew herself from Emmy contention) At this point I was planning on doing a few more jokes, but Katherine Heigl told me my material wasn't Emmy worthy.

    • Don Rickles: (accepting his award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program) It's a mistake. I've been in the business 55 years, and the biggest award I ever got was an ashtray... Thank you for making my life happy after a very long trail.

  • Notes

    • Also attending the event were: Scott Adsit, Anthony Azizi, Kevin Bacon, Leslie David Baker, Bob Balaban, William Baldwin, Bryan Batt, Brian Baumgartner, Samantha Bee, Andrea Bernard, Ryan Brown, Jerry Bruckheimer, Steve Carell, Jann Carl, Jennifer Carpenter, Wyatt Cenac, Steven Cojocaru, Tom Colicchio, Sean Combs, Kevin Connolly, Jon Cryer, Larry David, Guiliana dePandi, Laura Dern, Kevin Dillon, Lisa Edelstein, Peter Facinelli, Jane Fallon, Joey Fatone, Jerry Ferrara, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Judah Friedlander, Jorge Garcia, Michael Gladis, Kelsey Grammer, Adrien Grenier, Rachel Griffiths, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Mariska Hargatay, Samantha Harris, Mary Hart, Tricia Helfer, Christina Hendricks, Taraji P. Henson, Cheryl Hines, Marin Hinkle, John Hodgman, Kris Jenner, Ashley Jensen, Jason Jones, Mindy Kaling, Daniel Dae Kim, Angela Kinsey, Jane Krakowski, Kat Kramer, John Krasinski, Padma Lakshimi, Denis Leary, Evangeline Lilly, Kate Linder, Blake Lively, Jack McBrayer, Chi McBride, Audra McDonald, Neal McDonough, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Mitchell, Tracy Morgan, David Morse, Elisabeth Moss, John Oliver, Mehmet Oz, Lee Pace, Tony Parker, Sarah Paulson, Kal Penn, Phoebe Price, Perrey Reeves, Lisa Rinna, Tim Robbins, Kathleen Robertson, Craig Robinson, Catt Sadler, Susan Sarandon, Rick Schroder, Kyra Sedgwick, Charlie Sheen, Gail Simmons, Christian Siriano, John Slattery, Phyllis Smith, Rich Sommer, Kevin Spacey, James Spader, Aaron Stanton, Tara Summers, Holland Taylor, Olivia Wilde, Larry Wilmore, Chandra Wilson, Rainn Wilson, Rita Wilson, and Alfre Woodard.

    • The Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program is added as a new category this year. This year's nominees are also the hosts for the show.

    • This year marks the 20th year Ernst & Young has been overseeing the tallying of ballots for the Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The company manages the results from the nomination phase in June up until the winner's envelope is given to the award presenters on their way to the stage.

    • The Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards, on September 13 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, are hosted by Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Sarah Chalke (Scrubs).

    • The nominations for the awards were announced by actors Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on July 17, 2008.

  • Allusions

    • Amy Poehler (To Tina Fey, about her pregnancy): I'm preparing for a part in a movie.

      Amy Poehler and Tina Fey starred in the movie Baby Mama, where Poehler's character gets pregnant.

    • Doris Roberts: Oh my God! They killed Kenny!

      That's Stan Marsh catchphrase in South Park, whenever his friend Kenny McCormick dies.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: (introducing co-presenter Betty White) ...our eternal golden girl!

      Betty White played Rose Nylund on the '80s comedy The Golden Girls.

    • William Shatner: Say "Good night", Gracie.
      James Spader: Good night, Gracie.

      Those were George Burns' and Gracie Allen's catchphrases, respectively, in the show Burns & Allen.

    • Hayden Panettiere: Good night, and good luck.

      It was Edward R. Murrow's catchphrase in the show See It Now.

    • Ricky Gervais: (to Steve Carell) I made you what you are, and I got nothing!

      Steve Carell played Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, produced by Ricky Gervais. Michael Scott's character was based from David Brent's character, played by Gervais, from the British version.

    • John Krasinski: How you doin'?

      In Friends, that was Joey Tribbiani's catchphrase.

    • Ray Romano: Holy crap!
      Patricia Heaton: Holy crap!
      Brad Garrett (on the set of "'Til Death"): Holy crap!
      Doris Roberts: Holy crap!
      Peter Boyle: (as Frank Barone in an "Everybody Loves Raymond" footage) Holy crap!

      In Everybody Loves Raymond, that was Frank's catchphrase.

    • (Sally Field hands the award for Outstanding Mini-Series to Tom Hanks)
      Sally Field: You been a good boy?
      Tom Hanks: Yes, Mom.

      Sally Field played the mother of Tom Hanks' character in the 1994 film Forrest Gump.