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Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a scene from Season 7 of “Veep.”
Photo: Colleen Hayes/HBO

In the Emmy Nominations released July 16

By BERNICE FOX – Special to Circling the News

Lots of stars with Pacific Palisades connections are being honored with Emmy nominations for their work during this past TV season.

The most-nominated local star of them all is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who just received her 25th career Emmy nomination. It’s for playing Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep.” The category officially is called Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The show and the character wrapped up earlier this year after season seven.

Louis-Dreyfus has won for playing her politician character every year that “Veep” has been on the air. She and the show sat out last season while she was being treated for breast cancer.

The category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series has turned into a “Battle of the Palisadians” with Bill Hader, Don Cheadle and Ted Danson.

Bill Hader in a scene from “Barry.”
Photo: Peter Iovino/HBO

You could say Bill Hader went into the Emmy nominations with guns blazing. He picked up three: one for playing “Barry” in this HBO hitman comedy, another for writing an episode and one for directing an episode. He has 18 Emmy nominations over his career. Hader won an Emmy for acting in “Barry” last year. Back in 2009, he won as a producer on Comedy Central’s “South Park.”

Ted Danson already has two Emmys – both for “Cheers.” Now he’s nominated for starring on NBC’s comedy, “The Good Place.” He was nominated for the role last year, too. Danson has 17 Emmy nominations over his career.

Don Cheadle is up for his starring role in “Black Monday” on Showtime, getting laughs from the excesses of Wall Street during the 1980s. This is Cheadle’s ninth nomination for acting.

Don Cheadle in a scene from Season 1 of “Black Monday.”
Photo: Erin Simkin/Showtime

He’s still looking forward to winning his first Emmy.

Adam Sandler has two Emmy nominations for 2019. One is for writing his Netflix special: “Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh.” The other is for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

Matt Damon also has an Emmy nomination this year for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

The web version of Conan O’Brien’s late-night TBS show, “Conan,” is nominated as “Outstanding Interactive Program,”along with a nomination for behind-the-scenes technical work. His “Conan without Borders” picked up a nomination, as well.

Though the modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” on Amazon Prime Video, has been nominated for Outstanding Television Movie, the local actor who plays Lear, Anthony Hopkins, did not get a nomination for acting. Hopkins was Pacific Palisades honorary mayor from 2000-2002.

Anthony Hopkins plays King Lear.              Photo: Courtesy Amazon Prime Video

Chuck Lorre’s top-rated sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory” suffered a surprising snub. It was not nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series in its final season.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is up for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as other Emmys. The Palisades may have played a part in this. A few weeks ago, a humongous hot-pink toilet plunger sat next to Amazon Books reminding voters to “consider” this Amazon Prime Video series.

Amy Adams, who started her Los Angeles career by starring in the 2000 Theatre Palisades production of “Crimes of the Heart,” was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for the HBO miniseries, “Sharp Objects.”

As of this writing, the Television Academy has announced all of this year’s Emmy nominations except for some producers. It’s taking the academy longer to sort out who actually are working producers and who are producers in name only. Several of the Palisadians listed above could get additional nominations for producing.

The Primetime Emmy Awards show will air Sunday, September 22 on local Fox broadcast stations. In Los Angeles it’s KTTV, Channel 11.


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