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Emmy Awards: Nominees, presenters, news, trivia and guide for 2014

The 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony is rapidly approaching, so here’s a complete guide to the nominees, presenters, plus news and trivia to get ready for television’s biggest night of the year. The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out on Monday, Aug 25 during a live broadcast that begins at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

Comedian Seth Meyers, the host of NBC’s “Late Night,” replaced Neil Patrick Harris as the host of the 2014 Emmys. As posted by Entertainment Weekly on Aug. 21, Meyers is a tad nervous about his big hosting gig, but promises fresh jokes and a few surprises. “We’re going to try to bring a little New York to L.A,” he stated.

2014 Emmy Award Nominations
Below are the major nominees for 2014. Although many are returning favorites, there are a few newcomers, meaning it’s sure to be an exciting evening of accolades.

2014 Emmy nominations for non-cable stations:

  1. CBS: 47
  2. NBC: 46
  3. ABC: 37
  4. PBS: 34
  5. FOX: 18

2014 Emmy nominations for cable stations:

  • HBO: 99
  • FX: 45
  • Showtime: 24
  • Comedy Central: 21
  • Lifetime: 17
  • FOX/NatGeo: 12
  • Starz: 11
  • Discovery Channel: 10

TV Shows with the most 2014 Emmy nominations:

  • “Game of Thrones”: 19
  • “Breaking Bad”: 16
  • “Saturday Night Live”: 14
  • “House of Cards”: 13
  • “Downton Abbey”: 12
  • “Orange Is the New Black”: 12
  • “True Detective”: 12
  • “Modern Family”: 10
  • “The Voice”: 10
  • “Veep”: 9
  • “Mad Men”: 8
  • “Boardwalk Empire”: 7
  • “The Big Bang Theory”: 7
  • “Dancing with the Stars”: 7
  • “So You Think You Can Dance”: 7
  • “The Amazing Race”: 6
  • “The Colbert Report”: 6
  • “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”: 6
  • “Portlandia”: 6
  • “The Good Wife”: 5
  • “Louie”: 5
  • “Masters of Sex”: 5
  • “Project Runway”: 5
  • “Silicon Valley”: 5

Presenters at the 2014 Emmy Awards
Three late-night talk show hosts joined the growing list on Aug. 21. Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel will all serve as presenters at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. They join previously announced presenters Kerry Washington, Gwen Stephani, Julia Roberts, Amy Poehler, Jim Parsons, Matthew McConaughey, Julianna Margulies, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Adam Levine, Zooey Deschanel, Woody Harrelson, Bryan Cranston, Halle Berry, Sofia Vergara, Octavia Spencer, Andy Samberg, Jordan Peele, Lucy Liu, Debra Messing, Allison Janney, Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Scott Bakula, Ricky Gervais, Chris Hardwick, Lena Headey, Katherine Heigl, Mindy Kaling, Joe Morton, John Mulaney, Hayden Panettiere, Live Schreiber, Kate Walsh, and Allison Williams.

A Tribute to Robin Williams
Screen legend Billy Crystal will pay tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams during the In Memoriam segment of the show. According to executive producer Don Mischer, recently deceased actor and stand-up star Williams is one of the many late members of the television community who will be honored during that time, which will also feature a musical performance by Grammy-nominated recording artist Sara Bareilles. "Billy Crystal will be speaking about the impact the Robin has had on all of us," Mischer shared.

Emmy News for 2014:

  • Creative Arts Emmy Awards: HBO led the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards with 15 awards, including four for drama series “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective.” NBC was second with 10 honors, five of them for the long-running sketch-comedy series “Saturday Night Live.” The ceremony was held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. FXM will air an edited version of the event on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. (EST/PST) and 10 p.m. (EST/PST). It will also be streamed in its entirety on Emmys.com at 12 p.m. PST/ 3 p.m. EST on Monday, Aug. 25, prior to the Backstage LIVE and Emmy pre-shows.
  • Don Mischner serves as the 2014 Pimetime Emmy Awards producer. He has been honored with fifteen Emmy Awards and a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. His recent works include producing and/or directing the 83rd, 84th, and 85th Academy Awards, and the Oscar Red Carpet shows.
  • Emmys Backstage LIVE! The Emmys Backstage LIVE online show is set to stream live, simultaneously alongside the 66th Emmy Awards telecast. Fans can catch the free, all-access behind-the-scenes pass on Emmys.com, NBC.com and Yahoo.com. Fans will have a front row seat to the green room, trophy table, pressroom and more. Marc Istook serves as host.
  • Emmys Red Carpet shows: E! will air “Live from the Red Carpet” with Giuliana Rancic and Ross Matthews from 6-8 p.m. EST on Monday, Aug. 25. NBC will air “66th Primetime Emmy Red Carpet Special” with Billy Bush from 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Aug. 25.

Emmy Award Trivia
The name "Emmy" was chosen as a feminization of "immy", a nickname used for the image orthicon tubes that were common in early television cameras.

To complement the name, the statuette was designed to depict a winged woman holding an atom, which has since become the symbol of the TV Academy's goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television.

Today, the Primetime Emmy is a symbol of peer recognition from over 15,000 Television Academy members. Members from more than two dozen peer groups vote for the category of competition in their field of expertise.

More Emmy Award Trivia, Fun Facts and Firsts

  • The first Emmy Awards ceremony was held on Jan. 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club and was devoted solely to programming that originated from Los Angeles, where the Television Academy was founded. Over time, the Emmys expanded to include programming aired throughout the United States.
  • Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy for Most Outstanding Television Personality during that first awards ceremony.
  • The only First Lady to win an Emmy: Jacqueline Kennedy. The First Lady won an honorary Emmy in 1962 for her televised tour of the White House, becoming the only First Lady to be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  • Most touching reunion on an Emmy Show: “Charlie's Angels.” In 2006, just two months after famed producer Aaron Spelling died, Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith reunited on the Emmy stage to pay tribute to the TV legend.
  • Only Emmy ceremony preempted by a U.S. President: Jimmy Carter, 1978. About halfway through the televised 1978 Emmys, President Jimmy Carter interrupted with a half-hour press conference to announce the successful resolution of peace talks with Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
  • First year Emmy featured red ribbons for AIDS: 1991. At the 1991 ceremony, the Emmys became the first televised event where attendees wore red ribbons in support of those living with AIDS and HIV.
  • First black performer to win an Emmy: Harry Belafonte. In 1960, Harry Belafonte won the award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series for his TV special, “Tonight with Belafonte.”
  • First cartoon to win an Emmy: “Huckleberry Hound.” In 1960, Hanna-Barbera's “Huckleberry Hound” took honors for Outstanding Children's Show, making it both the first syndicated program and the first cartoon series to ever win an Emmy.
  • First cable show to be nominated for Best Comedy Series: “The Larry Sanders Show.” In 1993, HBO's “The Larry Sanders Show” became the first cable program to be nominated for Best Comedy Series.
  • First reality show host winner: Jeff Probst. In 2008, “Survivor” host Jeff Probst became the first winner in a new category, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. He dominated the category ever since, but was not even nominated in 2012 and 2013.

So, who will be the big Emmy winners in 2014? Tune in to catch all the action, surprises, snubs and fashion. The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs on Monday, Aug 25 at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) on NBC. For a complete list of 2014 Emmy nominees, head to Emmys.com.