Thursday, July 09, 2009

Stephanie Edwards Snubbed Again?

UPDATED: No, Stephanie Edwards fans, she wasn't snubbed. Read on below.

The Los Angeles Area Emmy Award nominees have just been announced, and NBC-owned KNBC (Channel 4) is tied with Fox-owned KTTV (Channel 11) for the most nominations, at 16 a piece.

Among the honorees at this year's local Emmys, to be held Aug. 30, is the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which will receive this year's Governors Award.

Speaking of the Tournament of Roses, KTLA's annual coverage of the Tournament's famed parade has earned a nomination in the Outstanding Live Special Events (Programming) category. Among the names listed for the nomination: Host Bob Eubanks and contributor Michaela Pereira.

But not listed: Stephanie Edwards.

Here's who's up for that parade coverage Emmy:
"Tournament Of Roses Parade" -- KTLA5
Gracelyn Brown, Executive Producer
Joetta Di Bella, Producer
Bob Eubanks, Host
Doug Larson, Technical Director
Ira Lawson, Producer
Christie Lyn Lugo Leigh, Producer
Sarah de la O, Associate Director
Michaela Pereira, Host
Chris Reilly, Producer
Beth Stiller, Director

No room for Stephanie? An Academy spokesperson told me it wasn't a mistake on their end; Edwards was not on the list of nominees submitted to the organization.

That's because the eligibility for the local Emmys stretched from Jan. 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2008. In other words, it wasn't this past year's Tournament of Roses Parade that was nominated, but the one that aired a year and a half ago. The one that ran seven months ago, featuring Stephanie back in the booth, won't be eligible until next year.

Edwards made her big return to the parade in 2009, joining Eubanks once again as co-host after having been demoted a few years earlier (before disappearing all together).

Here's more on the nominations:
KNBC actually has a slight leg up on KTTV thanks to the first-ever local Emmy nom for a digital subchannel.

KNBC's secondary channel 4.2, which airs raw news footage during most weekdays (and weather forecasts at other hours), earned an Emmy nomination in the live special events (news) category.

Known as News Raw 4.2, the service picked up the nom for its 2008 Election Night coverage. KNBC's regular Channel 4 news team is also behind the Channel 4.2 programming -- which means, added together, KNBC actually earned 17 noms.

In third place, CBS' combined KCBS/KCAL duopoly earned 13 nominations, while PBS outfit KCET was next with 10. FSN Prime Ticket earned seven, tied with Tribune's KTLA and public access outlet L.A. Cityview 35.

As usual, ABC-owned KABC declined to submit itself for any categories, leaving a handful of station staffers to do so themselves -- which is why the outlet earned only five noms, tied with Univision's KMEX and Telemundo's KVEA.

The Tournament of Roses picked up the Governors Award in recognition of its 120th anniversary -- and its more than 60 years of broadcasting. The Rose Parade has earned 11 L.A. Area Emmys through the years.

Other notable nominees include recently retired KNBC anchor Paul Moyer, who is competing in the serious news story-single report category for his "Judge's Pay."

In key categories, KMEX's Horacio Cervantes will face off against KTLA's Deborah Wilkinson for news director, while KNBC's Mary Harris competes with KTTV's Bob Tarlau for news writer.

The hard news reporting category is a competish between KNBC's Ana Garcia and Fred Mamoun; KNBC's Joel Grover and Matt Goldberg; and KTLA's Chip Yost. In sports reporting, FSN West/Prime Ticket's Patrick O'Neal is up against KABC's Curt Sandoval and Dae Ho Suk.

Coverage of the September's terrible Metrolink crash earned two nominations in the Live Coverage of an Unscheduled News Event category, one for KTTV and one for KCBS/KCAL.

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