The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place on September 20, 2009. CBS broadcasted the Primetime event and E! the Creative Arts event; both took place at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. The nominations for the Awards were announced on July 16.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced in July 2009 that Neil Patrick Harris would host the Primetime event. The Creative Arts Emmys for primetime were hosted by Kathy Griffin.
After the previous year's lackluster performance in ratings, the Emmy Awards were hoping to achieve success by selecting Harris as sole host, as opposed to a group of hosts as in the previous year. The 61st Primetime Emmy awards earned a 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and drew 13.3 million, 1.1 million more than the previous year's all-time low.
The Big Bang Theory has been nominated for three different awards this year. Unfortunately, the show didn't win any Emmy Awards.
- Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
- The Maternal Capacitance
Christine Baranski as Beverly Hofstadter
- Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series
- The Hofstadter Isotope • The Vegas Renormalization • The Lizard-Spock Expansion
John S. Shaffner, Production Designer
Ann Margaret Shea, SDSA, Set Decorator
- 2009 Emmys. It shows all nominees and winners as well as photos and other information.