Friday, July 16, 2010

Insult to Injury Dept.: Letterman's Extortionist Gets Emmy Nod

David Letterman didn't get an Emmy nomination this year -- "Late Show" was edged out by "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" -- but the New York Times' Media Decoder blog points out that Robert J. "Joe" Halderman, currently serving time for blackmailing the CBS host, did receive a nod. "Along with six of his former colleagues at CBS News, Mr. Halderman is up for an Emmy in the category called 'outstanding continuing coverage of a news story in a news magazine," writes the Times' Brian Stelter. "He was a producer on a '48 Hours Mystery' episode titled 'American Girl, Italian Nightmare.'"

"For more than two years, a team of journalists worked very hard on this important hour," said a "48 Hours" spokesperson. "The producers of 48 Hours felt that not to nominate their work would unfairly deprive the many other dedicated journalists involved of recognition they had earned."

Halderman could be released as early as September, but since the Emmy ceremony takes place in August, there's not much chance he'll be able to attend. At least he wouldn't have to worry about running into Dave.

"Halderman earned eight Emmys during his career at CBS," according to the Times. Dave's won 12, so he's still in the lead.