Last year, I blogged about pal Kent Osborne snagging an Emmy nomination for co-writing the animated series, Camp Lazlo. He lost, we all cried, he drank himself into oblivion, yadda yadda yadda. Today, with the announcement of the 2007 Emmy nominations, I’m happy to share that Austin-based pal Beth Sepko snagged herself an “Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series” nomination for her work on the locally-produced NBC series Friday Night Lights. And, you know what? I think she and her fellow nominees actually have a decent shot at winning. For two reasons: 1. Friday Night Lights was completely snubbed in all performance categories, so this would be a place for redemption, 2. The other nominees are fairly celebrity-based and lacking in originality. So, best of luck, Beth! Thanks to Jarod, for pointing it out.
In other Emmy nomination news (that may matter to people other than the cast of Sopranos and Grey’s Anatomy), the nominees for “Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking” are: Stanley Nelson’s Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar’s A Lion in the House, and Spike Lee’s When The Levees Broke. Plus, the nominees for “Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming” are: Rory Kennedy for Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib, Kevin Burns for Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed, Lauren Greenfield for Thin, Christopher Wilcha for This American Life: #104 God’s Close-Up, and Spike Lee for When the Levees Broke. Great to hear from Wilcha – the talented director of scarce doc feature The Target Shoots First – after all these years.
And, the second-coolest Emmy nomination? That must go to the SNL ballad, “Dick in a Box” by Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, which picked up a nod for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.”
UPDATE: Those crafty bloggers at Best Week Ever have all seven Emmy-nominated TV commercials for your viewing pleasure.