In Their Own Words

Emmy Nominees Respond to Nods

It’s always fun to see how celebrities and network executives react to Emmy nominations. Comments typically range from the serious and thoughtful to the humorous, and this year’s nominees did not disappoint:

“Given all the hilarious film work I’ve done, from Traffic to Crash to Flight, it’s nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am. Thank you, Academy members.”

— Don Cheadle, star of Showtime’s House of Lies, on his best actor in a comedy series nomination

“We are so happy to have received these nominations. We aim to make arresting, dynamic shows that give people something a little bit different and Top of the Lake and Restless do just that.”

— Sarah Barnett, president/GM, Sundance Channel, on the network’s record 10 nominations for original series Top of the Lake and Restless

“We could not be more thrilled that Henry’s work is being recognized. Henry was our lodestar — a brilliant writer and a generous soul. We miss him every day. It’s a tremendous tribute to his memory, and we’re so honored.”

— Howard Gordon, executive producer of Showtime’s Homeland, on the posthumous nomination of writer Henry Bromell

“We couldn’t be more proud of this nomination that recognizes Oprah’s creative

vision for our network, the dedication of everyone at OWN, Harpo Studios and our wonderful partners at Radical Media. We are thrilled to receive such an honor.”

— Sheri Salata, OWN co-president, on the network’s first Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Informational Series or Specials category for Oprah’s Master Class

“We are overwhelmed with 14 nominations and honored by a warm welcome which corroborates what we have always believed, that great television is great television regardless of where, when and how it is enjoyed. We are so proud of our series creators and their groundbreaking work on House of Cards, Arrested Development and Hemlock Grove.”

— Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix, on the over-the-top TV service’s 14 Emmy nods

“It’s a huge honor — genuinely exciting to be among these women in my category. These are actresses I’ve watched and loved for years.”

— Edie Falco, star of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, on her nomination for best actress in a comedy series  

“When you’re lucky enough to work with talented people like [series writers] Fred [Armisen], Carrie [Brownstein] and Jon [Krisel], good things tend to happen. We are honored by these nominations and so proud to be the home of Portlandia, one of the most unique comedies on television and a show that has helped define and establish IFC’s comedic sensibility.”

— Jennifer Caserta, president and GM, IFC, on Portlandia’s two Emmy nominations

“What Ryan Murphy and everyone associated with American Horror Story: Asylum have achieved is nothing short of remarkable and very welldeserved. As for Louis C.K., the guy continues to rewrite Emmy history.”

— Jon Landgraf, CEO, FX, on American Horror Story’s industry-high 17 Emmy nods and on Louie’s becoming the first basic-cable sitcom to be nominated for best comedy series

“We are honored that our peers have nominated The Bible for an Emmy. We are thrilled we get to share this nomination with our tremendous cast and crew from all around the world who worked so hard with us to bring the epic story of the Bible to the screen.”

— Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, creators of History’s The Bible, on the show’s nomination for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie