Lots of Palisades Ties to this year’s Emmy Nominations


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Daniel Levy was nominated for an Emmy as a guest actor for an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”                  Courtesy: NBC    


“Oh wow, this is nuts.”

So tweeted Daniel Levy after being nominated for another Emmy award.

Levy added “Thank you so much, @TelevisionAcad @nbcsnl!”

This new nomination is for guest actor in a comedy series. Levy hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in February and acted in several of that episode’s skits.

Levy is one of this year’s Palisades-connected Emmy nominees. He’s part of Pacific Palisades’ First Family, actor-writer-director-producer son of Honorary Mayor, Eugene Levy. Last year, their show, “Schitt’s Creek,” won a boatload of Emmy awards.

Also taking to Twitter to comment on a new Emmy nomination was Don Cheadle. His category is guest actor in a drama series, for a scene in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” on Disney+. Like many of his Twitter followers, Cheadle wasn’t sure how to react. His scene lasts under two minutes.

“thanks, well wishers. sorry, haters … i don’t really get it either. buuuuuuuuuut on we go.”

Conan O’Brien                                Courtesy: TBS

Conan O’Brien’s late-night show on TBS signed off a few weeks ago. Now the final season of “Conan” has a new Emmy nomination for variety talk series. O’Brien’s letting his Team Coco offer thanks by retweeting their comment, “Congrats to our entire staff and crew on their Outstanding Variety Talk Series #Emmy nomination!”

No comment yet on social media from former Pacific Palisades honorary mayor, Anthony Hopkins. He’s nominated for narrating an episode of “Mythic Quest” on Apple TV+.  Earlier this year, Hopkins won the best actor Oscar for “The Father” and posted his thank-you on Instagram.

Two local uber-producers are celebrating new Emmy nominations: J.J. Abrams and Chuck Lorre.

After getting disappointing news a few days ago from HBO that it would not go with a second season of “Lovecraft Country,” the series now has received 18 Emmy nominations. J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company are among the producers.

Three of Chuck Lorre’s shows are up for Emmys.

“Mom” ends its eight-season run on CBS with three nominations. Until she left before this final season, Palisadian Anna Faris had a lead role in the series.

The third and final season of “The Kominsky Method” was released on Netflix in May. The series has six nominations for this season.

And Lorre’s new CBS series, “The United States of Al,” about an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. military who moves to Ohio, is up for an Emmy for production design.

Former Palisades honorary mayor, Kevin Nealon, who recently kicked off a nationwide comedy tour, has to be happy for the editors of his previous sitcom, “Man With a Plan.” They’re up for multi-camera picture editing. “Man With a Plan” aired its fourth and final season on CBS last year.

Jeanne Elfant Festa won an Emmy last year as a producer of the HBO documentary, “The Apollo.” She’s in the running again with the new HBO documentary “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”

Mary Steenburgen
Photo: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC

And there’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” Co-starring Palisadian Mary Steenburgen and created by Brentwood resident Austin Winsberg, the series has five new Emmy nominations. Four of them are for dancing and music that made the NBC series unique. A fifth nomination is for guest actress, Bernadette Peters.

Fans of “Zoey” were hoping for a third season. But the series wrapped up a few weeks ago with a cliffhanger and has not been renewed.

Winsberg’s late father, Richard, was an architectural and interior designer and often worked on homes in the Palisades. The series and the father-character were created with him in mind.

The Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 19 on CBS.

Don Cheadle as Col. James Rhodes with Anthony Mackie in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Courtesy: Marvel

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