By BERNICE FOX
Special to Circling the News
When it comes to Emmy nominations that are connected to Pacific Palisades, “Schitt’s Creek”… isn’t.
To put it another way, this year “Schitt’s Creek” has the most Emmy nominations of any Palisades-connected show: 15.
(“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has 20. But its only link to the Palisades was a huge pink toilet plunger that sat outside Amazon Books last year to encourage members of the TV Academy to vote for that Amazon Prime Video series.)
Back to “Schitt’s Creek.” In addition to a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for its sixth and final season, all four of the show’s main cast members are nominated for Emmys including Palisadian Eugene Levy and son Daniel Levy, who initially came up with the idea for the series. Daniel Levy also is nominated for writing and directing.
Eugene Levy’s new acting nomination brings his lifetime total to 12. He’s won twice for writing “SCTV.”
Other Palisades-related shows nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series are Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Good Place,” starring Ted Danson and “The Kominsky Method,” created, produced and mostly written by Chuck Lorre.
With another Outstanding Lead Actor nomination for Ted Danson for “The Good Place,” he now has his 18th Emmy nomination. He’s won twice for “Cheers.”
Don Cheadle has been nominated again for his starring role in “Black Monday.” This is his 10th career Emmy nomination.
Although “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is nominated again for Outstanding Comedy Series, this year creator and star Larry David was not nominated for acting.
Good news for Mandeville Canyon resident Laura Dern. She is nominated for her supporting role in “Big Little Lies.” She won the Emmy for “Big Little Lies” three years ago.
Tracey Ullman, who used to live in the Riviera, is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Betty Friedan in “Mrs. America.”
Former Palisades mayor Martin Short has a new Emmy nomination for his guest role on “The Morning Show.” This is his eighth nomination. He’s won twice — in 1983 for writing on “SCTV” and in 2014 for being part of Mel Brooks’ AFI Life Achievement Award TV special.
Palisadian Reese Witherspoon may be one of the hardest working people in show biz, but you’d never know it by looking at a list of this year’s acting nominations. Her name isn’t there. She has roles in three shows: “Big Little Lies,” “Little Fires Everywhere” and “The Morning Show.”
Witherspoon can celebrate her off-screen work. Through her company, Hello Sunshine, she’s nominated for producing “Little Fires Everywhere,” which is up for Outstanding Limited Series. She also produces “Big Little Lies” and “The Morning Show,” which did not get Outstanding Series nominations.
J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi series “Westworld” has 11 nominations. Most are in technical categories. The show is not up for Outstanding Drama Series, so Abrams does not have a producing nomination for the show this year.
And if you’re wondering where Bill Hader’s “Barry” is, it did not run during the qualification time frame. So it’s not nominated. It’s expected to be back in the running next time.
The Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 20 on ABC.