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November 10, 2009

KRISTIN CHENOWETH AND NEIL PATRICK HARRIS JOIN ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES CHAIRMAN JOHN SHAFFNER TO ANNOUNCE THE 60TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS NOMINATIONS

North Hollywood, CA –Kristin Chenoweth ("Pushing Daisies") and Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") will join John Shaffner, Chairman and CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, to announce the 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards Nominations live on Thursday, July 17 at 5:40 a.m. at the Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.  For the 18th consecutive year, Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. will be producing this event.


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Kristin Chenoweth portrays Olive Snook on ABC's comedy series "Pushing Daisies." She also guest starred in "Ugly Betty" where she played an orthodontic technician who loved romantic comedies and became overly involved in her patients' lives. Her other television credits include "The West Wing," "The Music Man," "Annie," and her own series "Kristin."

She recently starred in the original Encores! production "Stairway to Paradise," which celebrated the great Broadway revue. This past spring, she starred in the critically successful "The Apple Tree" at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54. Her other stage credits include her Tony Award-winning performance in "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" and her Tony-nominated portrayal of Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked." She also performed in the Broadway comedy "Epic Proportions," "Steel Pier" and the off-Broadway production of "Scapin."

Her film credits include "Deck the Halls," "RV," "Bewitched," "Running with Scissors," and "The Pink Panther." Currently, Chenoweth is gearing up for the comedy animation adventure "Space Chimp" with Cheryl Hines.

A veteran of the concert scene, Chenoweth performed at Carnegie Hall in 2004. She has collaborated with various symphonies including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.


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Neil Patrick Harrisreceived a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2007 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance of Barney Stinson on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother." A television favorite since his Golden Globe Award-nominated role in "Doogie Howser, M.D.," Harris has since firmly established himself in all mediums. In the theater, he most recently starred in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Other recent theater credits include star-turns in the London musical production of Jonathan Larson's "Tick, Tick…Boom," the Tony Award-winning musical "Assassins," "Cabaret" and "Proof."

Harris' additional television credits include the series "Stark Raving Mad," "Will & Grace," "NUMB3RS," the mini-series "Joan of Arc," and the CBS television movie "The Christmas Blessing."

His feature film credits include "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay," "Harold & Kumar Go to the White Castle," "Undercover Brother," "Starship Troopers," "The Next Big Thing" and "Clara's Heart," for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
Harris currently serves as a celebrity cabinet member for the Red Cross, as well as being a loyal supporter of Food on Foot, a homeless shelter in Hollywood. Harris was born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M., and lives in Los Angeles.


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John Shaffner is currently serving his first term as Chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Shaffner, along with partner Joe Stewart, are among the most recognized production designers in television. He has received three Primetime Emmy Awards for David Copperfield specials, one for "The George Lopez Show" and two Daytime Emmys for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." They have been nominated a total of twenty-nine times for Primetime and Daytime Emmys. Shaffner-Stewart also designed sets for the series "Two and Half Men," "Friends," "The Drew Carey Show," and "Dharma and Greg," among others.

Shaffner has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Montana where he earned a B.F.A. and is the recipient of the University's School of Fine Arts Odyssey Award. He has also been recognized with the Alumni Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University where he received an M.F.A.

For the Television Academy, Shaffner has served as governor of the Art Directors and Set Directors Peer Group for five years, Governors' Appointee to the Executive Committee, Second Vice Chair and First Vice Chair before election to the position of Chairman and CEO.

The 60th Primetime Emmys will air on September 21 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST) on ABC and will originate from the new NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles.

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About the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences



The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1946 just one month after network television was born. It is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunications arts and sciences and to fostering creative leadership in the telecommunications industry.

In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Emmy® Award, the Television Academy publishes Emmy® Magazine and stages many industry-related programs, services and year-round events for the television community.

For additional press information and resources concerning the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, please direct your inquiries to Robin Mesger of The Lippin Group at (323) 965-1990.

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Press Contacts

For the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
Robin Mesger

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Pam Golum

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For ABC Media Relations:
Alison Rou

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Jonathan Hogan

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Amber Gereghty

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Marsha Smith

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