LOS ANGELES – Sunday's Emmy Awards will feature two people with local ties in the running for awards, along with a bunch of new faces.
Of the 30 nominees in the six major acting categories, 19 are first-timers. In the two biggest awards – Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama – five of the 12 nominated series are first-time nominees.
One of the few returning nominees is Clovis East graduate Chris Colfer, who is up for supporting actor in a comedy. Colfer earned the nomination for his portrayal of gay teen Kurt Hummel on the Fox comedy series "Glee." The role, which earned Colfer a Golden Globe win last year, was created by executive producer Ryan Murphy specifically for Colfer.
He faces four actors from "Modern Family"– Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet (last year's winner) and Ty Burrell – plus John Cryer of "Two and a Half Men."
Also representing the Valley is second-year nominee Josh Figgs, the 1998 Clovis West graduate who is a producer on "Dancing With the Stars."
The ABC dance competition series is in the running for the Outstanding Reality Competition show. "Dancing With the Stars" is up against "The Amazing Race," "Project Runway," "American Idol" and "Top Chef."
There is a familiar face hosting the awards: Jane Lynch, who plays the sinister Sue Sylvester on "Glee," will ride herd over the awards show. Lynch hopes to bring a lot of funny to the telecast.
"I have seen award shows where they will list the writers at the end, and there's like 40 writers, and it was like couldn't one of them have come up with one funny joke?" Lynch says. "But I think ... what was it? Rob Lowe with Snow White many years ago. I remember that was one of the most cringeworthy moments I've ever experienced watching an awards show.
"My goal is that nobody will cringe, or at least very few people will cringe."
As for how much of her Sue Sylvester character will creep into her hosting duties, Lynch plans to leave her track suit on the Paramount lot.
If you want to avoid a familiar part of the Emmy telecast – commercials – there will be updates and even a simulcast from backstage at the Nokia Theater on emmys.org, emmys.com and emmys.tv to watch instead.