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July 27, 2011

Release: Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson to Announce 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations

The two stars will join Television Academy chairman John Shaffner at 5:40 a.m. on July 14, 2011, at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

For Immediate Release Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) and Joshua Jackson (“Fringe”) will join Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman-CEO, John Shaffner at 5:40 AM on Thursday, July 14, to announce the 63nd Primetime Emmy® Awards Nominations. At the helm of this year's telecast is producer Douglass M. Stewart, Jr., returning for his 20th Primetime Emmy® Awards Nominations announcement. The ceremony will take place at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. Melissa McCarthy currently stars as Molly on “Mike & Molly,” the number one new comedy series airing on CBS. She also stars opposite Kristen Wiig in the hit comedy movie "Bridesmaids" as Megan. McCarthy’s previous feature film work also includes "The Back-Up Plan” and "Life As We Know It.” On television, she previously starred as the clumsy culinary genius Sookie St. James in "Gilmore Girls," and Dena in the series "Samantha Who?" McCarthy first made her mark on the comedy stage, performing stand up in New York at The Improv and Stand Up New York. At the same time, she received dramatic training from The Actors Studio in New York and starred in a variety of stage productions throughout the city. In Los Angeles, McCarthy spent nine years as a main-stage member of the world-renowned improv and sketch troupe, The Groundlings. Joshua Jackson is currently starring in FOX’s hit show “Fringe,” created by J.J. Abrams. During his past summer hiatus, Jackson filmed a starring role opposite Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta Jones in “Lay the Favorite.” He recently starred in the independent Canadian feature film, “One Week,” for which he received the 2010 Genie Award for Best Actor. Jackson was part of the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed film “Bobby” directed by Emilio Estevez, and starred in the psychological thriller “Shutter” for 20th Century Fox/New Regency. Additionally, Jackson enjoyed a successful run on London’s West End starring in “A Life In The Theatre” alongside Patrick Stewart. Well known as “Dawson’s Creek’s” fast-talking, self-deprecating Pacey Witter, Jackson has been working in front of the camera for over fifteen years. John Shaffner is serving his second term as Chairman-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 his work on a series of 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 29 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. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live coast to coast on Sunday, September 18th (8 PM, ET/ 5 PM, PT) on FOX and will originate from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The awards will be produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Jane Lynch. Nominating ballots were posted on the Television Academy's website on June 6; ballots are to be returned to Ernst & Young by June 24. # # # Contact: PMKBNC For General Press Inquires: For Nomination Credentials: Chris DiIorio Joanna Cichocki

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