Welcome to our special report on the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. We begin by pulling back the curtain on the process of how shows get nominated and win the coveted award. Some or all of the more than 12,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts
& Sciences vote on these honors, but there is always controversy over who is selected and who is left out. The process is an art, not a science. There is no controversy about which network is on top again this year, which is why we take a look at just how the HBO pay TV service became so dominant. We also look at how some shows are vindicated by Emmy, and why the same individuals and shows seem to fill the list year after year. And we chart the past nominations and Emmy wins of this year’s major acting nominees. We also look at the politics of Emmy, why the variety categories are now full of late-night talk shows and why the movie and miniseries categories have such a nostalgic look. Finally, we pay tribute to the late John Ritter, who is nominated this year for a sixth time.