By Ernio Hernandez
23 Aug 2006
|Photo by George Lange|
Craig Ferguson, Sean Hayes, Katherine Heigl, Virginia Madsen, Howie Mandel, and Tom Selleck have also been confirmed to join the list of presenters which already include Stephen Colbert, Patrick Dempsey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Dennis Haysbert, Jason Lee, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heidi Klum, Hugh Laurie, Evangeline Lilly, Eva Longoria, Wentworth Miller, Helen Mirren, William Petersen, Jamie Pressley, Ellen Pompeo, Jon Stewart, Kiefer Sutherland, Bradley Whitford, Charlie and Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen, Ray Liotta, Simon Cowell and Bob Newhart.
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced on the Aug. 27 telecast on NBC as hosted by Conan O'Brien.
Among the honors yet to be revealed, Hugh Jackman earned an Emmy nomination for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his hosting duties at the 59th Annual Tony Awards (2005).
Most of the acting categories include nominees who have trod the boards. Stockard Channing (Joe Egg, Six Degrees of Separation) earns a nomination in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category for "Out of Practice." Frances Conroy (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan) and Allison Janney (A View from the Bridge) are up for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their work in "Six Feet Under" and "The West Wing," respectively.
Kathy Bates ('night, Mother) — for "Ambulance Girl" — and Annette Bening (The Cherry Orchard) — for "Mrs. Harris" — will battle for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries Or a Movie.
Oliver Platt, recent star of Shining City, was noted for his "Huff" performance in the Supporting Actor in a Drama category. He will vie for the honor with "The Sopranos" star and Studio Dante founder Michael Imperioli and recent Glengarry Glen Ross actor Alan Alda for his work on "The West Wing."
Alfre Woodard (Drowning Crow) gets a nomination for her work on "Desperate Housewives" in Actress in a Comedy while Megan Mullally (How To Succeed in Business...) also takes one for her final season in "Will & Grace." Woodard is also nominated in the Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries category for "The Water is Wide."
Recent Off-Broadway star Sandra Oh (Satellites) and her "Grey's Anatomy" co star Chandra Wilson (Caroline, or Change) placed with Blythe Danner (Follies) for "Huff" and fellow stage star Jean Smart (The Man Who Came to Dinner) for "24" in the Supporting Actress in a Drama category.
Other Emmy nominees of interest to theatre folk include Jeremy Irons (A Little Night Music), Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year) and Swoosie Kurtz (Frozen).
The complete list of Primetime Emmy nominations and other Academy news and information is available at the Academy's website, located at http://www.emmys.tv.