NBC garnered 36 Sports Emmy bids to lead the list of nominations announced last Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. ESPN earned 22 nominations, followed by Fox and HBO (14 each), ABC and ESPN2 (12 each), CBS (9), TNT (5), Fox Sports Net and TBS (2 each), and CNBC, ESPN Classic and Outdoor Life Net (1 each).
The Emmys will be presented Monday, April 21, at a black-tie dinner at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. The late ABC Sports and News President Roone Arledge’s lifetime of achievements will be honored at the event, which will be taped for broadcast April 27 on Fox Sports Net’s Best Damn Sports Show Period.
Cutting Up at Nick Upfront
Last year it was a full-on musical stage show, with ad exec Jon Mandel dancing and singing in the chorus. This year at Nickelodeon’s upfront presentation, held in Manhattan last week, it was special effects and animation (and a few bouncy tunes), with Mr. Mandel’s Mediacom colleague Donna Speciale, in one skit, dangling from a bungee cord as she grasped a magic wand emblazoned with a dollar sign. It was all to tout “unstoppable” Nick and introduce the new programming slate, which includes:
Romeo, 20 live-action episodes starring hip-hop’s Master P and Lil’ Romeo, his real-life son; All Grown Up, 13 animated episodes spun off from Rugrats; My Life As a Teenage Robot, 13 animated episodes spun off from Oh Yeah! Cartoons; Drake and Josh, six live-action episodes about a couple of teenage stepbrothers; Danny Phantom, six animated episodes about a teenage superhero; The Backyardigans, a series for preschoolers featuring 3-D animation; Rubbadubbers, 20 stop-motion animation episodes for preschoolers; Whoopi’s Littleburg, three half-hour live-action specials, starring Whoopi Goldberg, puppets and preschoolers; and Miss Spider and the Sunny Patch Kids, a one-hour animated preschool special based on the Little Miss Spider kids book series.
In addition, Nick is jumping into the reality talent competition pool with Are You All That? Nickelodeon’s Search for the Funniest Kid in America, open to kids ages 9-16.
Producer-Director Stojanovich Killed in Fall
Producer-director Paul Stojanovich died March 15 in Oregon as a result of an accidental fall while hiking.
Mr. Stojanovich, 47, was a pioneer in reality television. He successfully wove the socially conscious message of respect for the law into fast-paced, stimulating programs that appealed to mass audiences. After developing and serving as a producer on the hit Fox series Cops and producing the ABC series American Detective, Mr. Stojanovich executive produced a score of reality programs including World’s Wildest Police Videos, World’s Scariest Police Chases, Surviving the Moment of Impact, Ultimate Police Challenge and World’s Scariest Police Stings.
Prior to entering into the world of reality television, Mr. Stojanovich was a field producer for 20/20, produced the documentary Narc and served as creative consultant on Oliver Stone’s controversial film Natural Born Killers, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis.
He is survived by his sister Diane, two sons Chet and Paul, and stepdaughter Katie Joy.
Lewinsky to Host New Fox Series
Monica Lewinsky has signed to host the new unscripted Fox series Mr. Personality. The show, produced by Nash Entertainment in association with The G Group, premieres Monday, April 21, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In the series, a woman will date several bachelors whose looks are hidden, so she must rely on their personalities in deciding which one she wants to pursue a relationship with. Ms. Lewinsky, best known for her days as a White House intern in the Bill Clinton era, has been designing handbags and accessories the past few years.