||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
||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
||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
||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."