Don Cheadle, Casey Kriley and CalArts Animators Garner Emmy Nominations

Nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning (July 18) and CalArts alumni were among those earning nominations.

Don Cheadle (Theater BFA 86) received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Showtime’s House of Lies. This is Cheadle’s sixth Emmy nomination, and the second for his portrayal of the management consultant Marty Kaan in the show.

Bravo’s Top Chef, for which alumna Casey Kriley (Film/Video MFA 98) is an executive producer, has been nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming.

J.G. Quintel’s (Film/Video BFA 05) Regular Show: The Christmas Special on Cartoon Network is in the running for Outstanding Animated Program. The show’s production team includes Benton Connor (Film/Video BFA 09) as a writer. Another episode of the show, A Bunch of Full Grown Geese, is nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program. Also vying for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program are Skyler Page’s (Film/Video MFA 11) Clarence and Pendleton Ward’s (Film/Video BFA 05) Adventure Time: Simon & Marcy, both also on Cartoon Network.

Above, we posted a clip from House of Lies, starring Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson.

For a complete list of the nominees, visit this page. Winners of the Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced live on Sept. 22 at 5 pm on CBS.

Update: We’ve just received word that CalArts lighting designers make up half of the nominations for Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special. Harrison Lippman (Theater BFA 08) is nominated for his work on CBS’s The 55th Annual Grammy Awards and Robert “Bob” Barnhart (Theater BFA 87) is nominated for several lighting awards: PBS’s Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), The Oscars on ABC and the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyoncé (CBS and NFL Network).


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  1. Harrison Lippman // //

    Hi Guys,
    Don’t mean to be rude but what about me!
    BFA-2008 Theatre lighting design
    Nominated for my work as a lighting director on the Grammy Awards.
    Also Robert “Bob” Barnhart , a Theatre TD alumni not sure what year with 2 emmy nominations this year.
    We are very proud of our work, and we thank you for your consideration.