ⓘ 58th Primetime Emmy Awards

58th Primetime Emmy Awards

ⓘ 58th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, August 27, 2006 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET with Conan OBrien hosting the show. The ceremony attracted 16.2 million viewers, 2½ million fewer than the previous years ceremony, but still the ratings winner for the week. The Discovery Channel received its first major nomination this year.

This awards show was the first in fourteen years to be held in August because of NBCs request; because of NBC Sunday Night Football, the ceremony moved to accommodate NFL Kickoff Weekend.

A new voting system determined nominees in particular categories mostly lead acting and outstanding series categories by a "blue ribbon" panel of judges, which resulted in the exclusion of popular shows such as Desperate Housewives and Lost, and actors like Hugh Laurie from House. Lost s exclusion was mocked during the opening sequence see below, when OBrien, accompanied by Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, heads down a hatch to get to the Emmys. OBrien asked Reyes if he wanted to come; Reyes says coyly, "Well, we werent exactly invited", to which OBrien replies "But you won last year!"

For its second season, The Office won Outstanding Comedy Series; this was its only major award. No comedy series won more than two major awards this year. In the drama field, 24 won Outstanding Drama Series for its fifth season, after being nominated and losing the previous four years. It was also the first time the Fox Network won this award. Its three major awards topped all drama series. Its Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama award for Kiefer Sutherland was also the first time Fox had won this award.

Ellen Burstyn was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role in Mrs. Harris, even though she was onscreen for only fourteen seconds, which caused controversy.

The show that received the most major nominations was Greys Anatomy, with eight. The top-nominated show had not received so few nominations since 1970, when Marcus Welby, M.D. received six. However, there were far fewer nominations back then, with most categories having three slots making this ceremony unique.

The pilot episode of My Name Is Earl joined a select group of TV episodes to win for both directing and writing.


1. Most major nominations

By network
  • ABC – 15
  • Fox – 10
  • CBS – 22
  • HBO – 48
  • NBC – 27
By program
  • Greys Anatomy ABC – 8
  • Bleak House PBS / Elizabeth I HBO / Six Feet Under HBO / Will & Grace NBC – 6
  • Mrs. Harris HBO – 7

2.1. Opening sequence and subsequent controversy The plane crash Lost parody

The opening sequence of the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards show depicted host Conan OBrien wearing a tuxedo, sitting in luxury on a plane, sipping champagne and mentioning to the flight attendant that this would be the second Emmys ceremony that he would be hosting. OBrien then rhetorically asked the flight attendant, "What could possibly go wrong?" Immediately after that, the plane began to experience turbulence and then was portrayed as having crashed on or near an island. OBrien is then seen walking ashore on the beach and onto the island still wearing his now drenched tuxedo. Hurley appears and then follows OBrien to a hatch. When OBrien asks if he wants to come along, Hurley says that they "werent exactly invited". OBrien enters the hatch and arrives on the set of The Office.

The intention of this opening sequence was to parody the premise of the ABC series Lost. However, the sequence reportedly disturbed some viewers because of the Comair Flight 5191 disaster that had occurred earlier in the day. At least one local NBC affiliate had the unfortunate coincidence of running a "Breaking News" scroll about the crash at the same time as the scene was airing.

Entertainment industry critics, such as LA Weekly columnist Nikki Finke, lambasted NBCs decision to not pull the plane crash portion of the opening sequence, in light of the aforementioned crash earlier that day. Finke stated that she believed NBC could have - with relative ease - instructed their writers to come up with a different sketch at the last minute, which could have been used as a substitute.


2.2. Opening sequence and subsequent controversy Other parodies

The skit also parodied shows such as The Office, 24, House, South Park, and Dateline NBC specifically, the "To Catch a Predator" segments. An animated Tom Cruise from the South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet" appears in a skit where an animated OBrien hides in Stan Marshs closet, only to run away when he discovers Cruise has already occupied the closet.


3. Tributes

The show featured tributes to two TV legends: Dick Clark "Americas Oldest Teenager", and Aaron Spelling, producer of such classic TV shows as Dynasty and Beverly Hills, 90210. The former tribute was presented by Simon Cowell, American Idol judge, with a performance by Barry Manilow, who won a Primetime Emmy Award later that evening. Joan Collins, Heather Locklear, and Stephen Collins, along with the original three Charlies Angels, gave the tribute for Spelling.

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