The Primetime Emmy Awards will air live at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS. Here are Jewish nominees in the marquee categories.
Acting: Lena Dunham, 27, lead, comedy series (“Girls”; Dunham is also nominated as director and producer/creator), Mayim Bialik, 37, supporting, comedy series (“Big Bang Theory”), Mandy Patinkin, 60, supporting, drama series (“Homeland”), Michael Douglas, 68, lead, mini-series/movie (“Behind the Candelabra”) and Dan Bucatinsky, 47, guest star, drama series (“Scandal”).
Writing: Pamela Adlon, 47, and Louis C.K. (who has a Jewish grandfather), the co-stars of “Louie,” vie for the comedy series writing award with David Crane, 56 (“Episodes”). Competing for best script, mini-series/movie, are David Mamet, 65 (“Phil Spector”), and Tom Stoppard, 76 (“Parade’s End”). Mamet is also nominated for directing “Spector.” David Benioff, 42, is nominated in the drama category for an episode of “Game of Thrones.” Note: All of the shows in the variety, music or comedy series category, including “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show,” have many Jewish writers — including Jon Stewart, 50, himself.
The following producers will pick up an Emmy if their show wins the top category. For comedy series, “Big Bang Theory” (Chuck Lorre, 60), “Girls” (Dunham) and “Modern Family” (Steve Levitan, 51); for drama series, “Homeland,” based on an Israeli series (American creator Howard Gordon, 52), “Game of Thrones” (Benioff) and “Mad Men” (Matthew Weiner, 48); for variety series, “The Daily Show” (Stewart) and “Saturday Night Live” (Lorne Michaels, 68); and for mini-series/movie, “Phil Spector” (Mamet) and “American Horror Story” (Brad Falchuk, 40).
New TV season: dads and moms
Here are broadcast TV shows premiering this month that feature a Jewish actor. In my next column, I’ll cover HBO, Showtime and October premieres.
Fox: “Dads” (premiered Sept. 17) stars Seth Green, 39, and Giovanni Ribisi as business partners and friends. Their lives change when their difficult elderly dads move into their homes. Peter Riegert, 66, is Green’s dad (both play Jewish characters). Also, in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (began Sept. 17), Andy Samberg, 25, stars as a police detective whose effectiveness is often obscured by his wisecracking, laid-back manner.
CBS: “The Crazy Ones” (Thursday, Sept. 26) co-stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, 36, as a father and daughter who run an ad agency. James Wolk, 28, plays a copywriter at the agency.
ABC: In “Back in the Game” (Wednesday, Sept. 25), a single mom gets her estranged father, played by James Caan, 72, to coach a team of Little League rejects that includes her young son. In the sitcom “The Goldbergs” (Tuesday, Sept. 24), set in the 1980s, the family doesn’t shy away from arguing, but underneath they are a very loving bunch. Jeff Garlin, 51, plays the father, with George Segal, 79, as his father-in-law. Gotta root for a show named “The Goldbergs,” but there weren’t as many funny lines in the whole pilot as in a single five-minute clip of the new CBS series “Mom.” Created by Lorre, it stars Anna Faris as a single mom and recovering alcoholic who is a waitress at a fancy Napa restaurant. It premieres Monday, Sept. 23.
At the movies
“Salinger,” the documentary about author J.D. Salinger, opened Sept. 6. The famously reclusive author grew up in an affluent New York family. The movie covers the shocks in his life, including finding out after his bar mitzvah that his mother was not Jewish (his father was); his brutal combat experiences during World War II, which included liberating a death camp (which the movie suggests helped turn him into an artist); and trying to find peace later on via Eastern religions and trendy diets (said to damper his artistic impulse).
Columnist Nate Bloom , an Oaklander, can be reached at [email protected].