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LA Area Emmy Awards

THE 2003 LA EMMYS: The Presenters Speak!

We asked some of this year's L.A. Emmy Presenters:
"Why are you excited to be a presenter at this year's LA Area Emmy Awards?"

Here's what they had to say...
Alan Thicke (Growing Pains): "I won one of these awards some 30 years ago and I thought it was very encouraging. I thought, this is easy, I'm going to win an award every year… and I haven't seen one since. So 30 years later, I'm getting reacquainted."
Carlos Bernard (24): "News is a big part of my life. I'm sort of a news junkie so to be presenting the outstanding serious news story, that's great for me. There's a lot of entertainment news out there, and a lot of 'not-news stories' being reported, so I'm really happy to be here to support the serious news stories out there and to support the local stations doing them."
Mickey Rooney: "I've won two Emmys and it's always exciting to be at the Academy, here with my wife, Jan, and we're very excited to be here of course, to present the Bob Hope Award this evening."
Debra Wilson (MADtv): "First of all, it's an honor to be asked. Second, of all it's a blessing to be here because I've never done it before. Of all the work that you've done on television, it's one thing when you get accomplishments from the audience, it's one thing when you get the accomplishment of someone recognizing you and asking for your autograph, but it's another thing when peers and the industry recognize you and say, 'Come and do this- this is important and we'd like to have you be a part of this ceremony.'
So it really was an honor to be asked and more importantly, it's an honor to be asked on the level of news and commentary- all the things that matter outside of what we do as performers for sketch and sitcom. It's nice to be able to say that yes, we are a part of this community too, because it's still one community."
Constance Zimmer (Good Morning Miami): "First of all, I'm very grateful that they wanted me, but I think it's important to be a part of the Academy because we are all supporting each other, whether we're winners or losers or nominees or not nominees. I think that being part of a big supportive family is why this industry can get stronger and stronger, so I'm glad to be a part of that."
Linda Gray (Dallas): "I have been a member of the Screen Actors' Guild since 1968, and this is part of the 'tribe.' We're all here to cheer and support each other off camera, on camera, behind the scenes and wherever you are. It's a global tribe to me, and I love it. I love the people, I love the creativity and I love the fact that it's not something you do by yourself, that it's the tribe, and it's my tribe, and I feel a part of it. It's very exciting to honor those many people in our industry."
Screamin' Scott (Sha Na Na): "We've been part of the LA television scene since we made our four years of syndicated shows at KTLA, so we know a lot of these people from that and variety television. You have Mickey Rooney here and this is really variety entertainment, what we're glad to be a part of!"
Sharif Atkins (ER): "Well, you get the glitz and glamour of the Emmys that everyone knows about but I think it's important to watch a little bit more television than just sitcoms and one-hour dramas. It's important to acknowledge the work that people have done on the local level."
Scarlett Pomers (Reba): "I've never been to this event before and I'm really excited about it. There's so many great people here, I mean Mickey Rooney is here and all these people that I admire, so it's really great to be here to support everyone in the Los Angeles area and my fellow thespians."
Reggie Battise (Sha Na Na): "It's cool because I see a lot of faces I recognize and there's a lot of people here that I've worked with before. We did one segment and it was a lot of fun, everyone was very nice, so I'm jazzed."
George Stults (7th Heaven): "I was really excited to be presenting an award. I don't get to do that very often and come here and meet a lot of cool people, but also the little bit that I got to talk about my mom being in the educational field for over 30 years, working with troubled teens for a lot of her life, so it was special for me to be able to do that. I was a little nervous but hopefully nobody noticed."
Paul McCrane (ER): "It's just really nice that some of the local folks get some recognition. It's great that the Academy recognizes things on the national level, but a lot of folks in the Los Angeles area and various other cities put a lot of work and dedication into the projects they do and it's nice that they get a little bit of recognition for that. So I'm happy to be a part of this for that reason."