Why Ted Danson Doesn’t Like Awards Shows

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen at the 71st Emmy Awards

Ted Danson is thought for his roles as Sam Malone on the NBC sitcom, Cheers, John Becker on CBS’s Becker, Arthur Frobisheron on Damages, and for the previous Four years, Michael on The Good Place. Danson’s appearing has earned him a complete of 17 Primetime Emmy nominations, 10 Golden Globe nominations over time. He additionally has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, Danson is a bit hesitant about this 12 months’s awards present circuit.

At age 72, actor Ted Danson has attended his justifiable share of awards exhibits

Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen at the 71st Emmy Awards
Ted Danson and his spouse Mary Steenburgen on the 71st Emmy Awards in 2019 | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Although Cheers completed final within the scores after its’ first season, viewership steadily improved, and the present ended up working for 11 seasons. Cheers gained 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, whereas Danson earned 11 consecutive nominations for his appearing. He gained twice, in 1990 and 1993.

With all these accolades, it wouldn’t be outlandish to imagine Danson relishes the award season. In a current New York Times interview, Danson’s response to his 2020 Emmy nomination for The Good Place was a bit extra ambivalent.

“It’s strange in this day of COVID, but it was very gratifying,” Danson defined. “I’m trying not to give you a pat answer. It calms you. It’s very nice to be acknowledged by peers. It’s really lovely.”

When challenged about his true emotions by his The Good Place co-star, D’arcy Carden, first time Emmy nominee, Danson added:

Here’s the reality. Here’s what I don’t like about awards. … it throws you proper smack dab into your ego, which isn’t the place you wish to stay as an actor. If you don’t get nominated, there’s soul looking. If you do get nominated, there’s ego and also you suppose it means one thing. All of the pratfalls of the award season, I fall into each time. So it’s tough and wonderful.

Still, Danson reaffirmed The Good Place was a really particular present to be part of — no matter awards season.

The ‘Cheers’ star displays on the necessity to rejoice TV exhibits and celebrities at this second

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Ted Danson as Sam Malone on Cheers | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

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Danson is eagerly awaiting this 12 months’s Emmy Awards. He hopes he has the chance to say how a lot the work and present The Good Place meant to him personally. In the actor’s phrases, he’d love the possibility to “public reaffirm how much I love going to work with these people every day and how much it meant to me.”

But he personally questions what occasions like awards exhibits seem like in these attempting occasions. Danson instructed The Times:

I’m wondering if celebrities will not be the celebrities anymore, which I feel is sweet. We’re speaking about such monumental issues on this nation, moreover the election. We’re speaking about local weather change and Black Lives Matter and COVID.

The Cheers alum believes there are different folks on this nation who should be honored.

“We’re talking about the courage of first responders and the people who have sacrificed their lives, so that celebrities like me get to stay home,” he mentioned. “The whole celebrating celebrities, which in a way is what award shows are, feels a little tricky to navigate.”

Ted Danson will compete within the Best Actor class on the 2020 Emmys for his character Michael in ‘The Good Place’

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Ted Danson attends the FYC occasion for NBC’s The Good Place in 2019 | Phillip Faraone/Getty Images

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If Ted Danson wins on Sep. 20, he’ll grow to be simply one in all three males to win the Emmy class for a number of TV exhibits. Richard Mulligan gained for Soap and Empty Nest, whereas Michael J. Fox, gained for each Family Ties and Spin City.

At the 2020 Emmys, Danson must beat out Ramy Youssef, Don Cheadle, Kirk Douglas, Anthony Anderson, and Eugene Levy of Schitt’s Creek — a powerful favourite.

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