Last night, many of New York’s Finest Actors and Entertainers took home the Television Academy’s highest honor for their work on television. Among the biggest winners were New York’s favorite comedy duo, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey. 30 Rock, celebrating its second year as the Academy’s choice for Outstanding Comedy Series, had a big night with Tina Fey’s two wins for Best Actress in a Comedy and for her brilliant Best Writing for a Comedy Series. Alec Baldwin took home another Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. And actors, you’ll often find Katja Blichfield, Casting Associate for 30 Rock, at TVI Actors Studio.
You many not know this, but Alec Baldwin made his Broadway debut nearly three decades ago in a show called Loot which also starred Zeljko Ivanek, last night’s winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in New York’s own Damages. Zeljko has has entertained Broadway audiences for years with recent turns in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and The Pillowman. We’ve seen this gifted actor in numerous television shows and films, and as one of his biggest fans I am so glad to see him receiving such distinction for his talent. And Actors, Ross Meyerson will be at TVI Actors Studio in October – he casts Damages with Julie Tucker Casting.
Glenn Close took home the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Damages. Despite her major career as a movie star, Glenn’s roots are in the theatre, too. In fact, she’s appeared in Sunset Boulevard and The Real Thing which also featured a young Cynthia Nixon, Sex and the City galpal and Emmy winner for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Jonathan Strauss, Casting Director for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit currently teaches an advanced Television and Film Class at TVI Actors Studio.
We also saw Dianne Wiest take home the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for In Treatment, though she wasn’t present to accept the award…probably due to her current work in All My Sons on Broadway. Jeremy Piven, soon to be seen in Speed-the-Plow on Broadway, took home his second Emmy as well. Laura Linney, another lady of the stage who appeared on Broadway this year in Les Liasons Dangereuses, won her Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for John Adams.
The Colbert Report and The Daily Show were also winners last night. But, it’s important to note the number of talented actors working in television who started their careers on the stage. And its even more wonderful to see such powerhouse personalities like Alec Baldwin and Glenn Close come home to New York to remind us that there really are so many wonderful opportunities in this great city of ours. Congratulations to all of last nights winners and thank you for sharing your work with us and inspiring and employing New York actors.