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Thursday, 16 July 2009

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Jim Backus, Circa Early 1960's

As the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced on Thursday night, a number of nominations drew special attention.

For one, Sarah Silverman was nominated for "Best At Presenting The Primetime Emmy Award".

Then there was another new category as Wilford Brimley was nominated for "Most Constipated Looking in a TV commercial"!

"Farrah's Story," the NBC documentary on Farrah Fawcett's battle with cancer, was nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Special - an honor coming just weeks after the "Charlie's Angels" star's death from the disease. Farrah earned three previous Emmy nominations during her acting career, but never won one so, go figure.

She's competing in the category with another star fighting against an illness, Michael J. Fox, nominated for his special, "Michael J. Fox: Adventures Of An Incurable Optimist." But he's still alive and will probably win next year. The special features a look at the nature of happiness, even in the face of Fox's Parkinson's disease, which he's suffered from for seven years.

Michael's also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on FX's "Rescue Me."

By the way, the song "Rescue Me" on that show is being sued by "Lost" who bought the original rights from the Gilligan Island Show, with singer, dancer Jim Backus.

On the lighter side, Fox's "Family Guy" was nominated for Best Comedy, a category that "The Simpsons," television's longest-running animated series, has drooled over for over a decade. The last animated series to be nominated in the category was "The Flintstones" in 10 Million BC.

That's a long dry spell.

Be sure to go to "Primetime Emmys" for the full list of nominees.

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