EMMY 2001 ~ Trivia and Fun Facts

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For the 28th Annual Daytime Emmys, CBS led the way with seven wins, followed by five for ABC, and three for syndicated shows. "As the World Turns" earned four awards, including Outstanding Daytime Drama and Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series, the most wins for any one show. Add that to the awards that "As the World Turns'" won in the Creative Craft Achievement categories (as announced on Saturday, May 12, 2001 in black-tie ceremonies held simultaneously on both coasts), and "As the World Turns" garnered an astounding eight Emmys overall.  As a result, "As the World Turns" tied the record for most Daytime Emmys in a single year, set in 1999 by ABC's "General Hospital."

How did "Emmy" get her name?  The name Emmy is a feminization of "Immy," a term commonly used for the early image orthicon camera tube.

Who designed the Emmy?  The designer of the majestic statue was Louis McManus, an engineer at Culver City's Cascade Pictures.  He used his wife, Dorothy, as his model.  McManus' design was the last of 48 entries in an Emmy design competition. His prize was a plaque of appreciation. Not an Emmy! LOL

What is the design of the Emmy?  No, it's not an angel holding a globe.  The Emmy is a winged woman who holds the universal symbol for an electron above her head as she stands poised on a globular platform, ringed with the words National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

How large is the Emmy?  The Emmy is 15 inches tall from base to tip.  She weighs 5 pounds.

What is the Emmy made of?  The Emmy is made of pewter, iron, zinc and gold. 

Can the Emmy statue break?  Yes.  I have seen statues that have been damaged. The damage is usually the wings breaking off. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will replace a broken Emmy. So any of you out there who may have one or two that need replacing, give NATAS a call! ;o)

When was the first Daytime Emmy telecast?  The first time the Daytime Emmys were on television was in 1973. NBC broadcast the show from Rockefeller Center. 

When did the Daytime Emmy broadcast move to primetime?  The first primetime telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards, broadcast by CBS, occurred on June 27, 1991, a mere ten years ago. 

According to a spokesperson for NBC, the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy broadcast garnered the lowest ratings since the show has been airing in prime time with 10.3 million viewers overall (down from 12.77 million viewers in 2000). However, it came in second in its time slot after "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "20/20" in adults 18-49, and won the night in the targeted demographics (women 18-49) with ease. Not bad!  ;o) (Reprinted from Top of the Week, 5-28-01)