Berman & Braga: Emmy Awards Unfair To SciFiBy Lisa
June 14, 2002 - 8:53 PM
Trek executive producer Rick Berman today criticised the way science fiction television is overlooked by the Emmy Awards. "I have outgrown expecting to get nominations in acting and writing and directing categories," Berman told trade paper Variety. "It's just been so many years we've been overlooked."
Enterprise executive producer Brannon Braga agreed. "The year we were nominated for Next Generation, it was wonderful to be acknowledged," Braga explained."You wonder if we took the bumpy foreheads off people, if Star Trek would have gotten more nominations in the past."
After more than 20 seasons of Star Trek has made it to the screen, only a handful of nominations in the creative categories have recognised the franchise. Leonard Nimoy was nominated twice for his work on the Original Series - which also received two nods in the best drama category. The Next Generation was nominated for best drama series in 1994. But despite regular honours in areas like make-up, music, and special effects, the only creative Emmy Award for the franchise came as a Daytime Emmy in 1975 for the Animated Series.
Rick Berman singled out Enterprise actor Connor Trinneer (Trip Tucker) as a prime example. "If Connor were on any other freshman TV series right now, he would be the buzz of the trades in terms of getting a nomination," he said.
"But he's on Star Trek, and we're forever hopeful, but the history doesn't show he has much chance."
The 2002 Emmy Awards will be presented on June 29th. The full article, which includes comments from Marti Noxon, J. Michael Straczynski and Frank Spotnitz can be found at the Variety web site.