Getting Ready for the Emmys

WWD chats with Roma Downey of “The Bible,” The Hollywood Reporter's Janice Min, John Benjamin Hickey of “The Big C,” among others.

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Anne Sweeney

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Anne Sweeney, president ABC-TV Group
Wearing Helmut Lang
WWD: What makes the Emmys special to you?
A.S.: You know I love it when we celebrate great work. We’re celebrating our artists, we’re celebrating the artists, directors and actors who tell the best stories

WWD: How do you prepare?

A.S.: I make sure I get a lot of rest and I’m well hydrated. I have my work cut out for me.

WWD: You have a lot of shows that are nominated. Is it hard to root for just one?

A.S.: I always root for our team. “Modern Family” is nominated, of course. I believe and America believes that it’s the best comedy on television and I think it continues to surprise and delight us. We have some very talented actors. Kerry Washington is nominated, so it’s pretty darn thrilling.

WWD: What are looking forward to tonight?
A.S.: To reconnect with some old friends. This is the time when we are all back from work. We’ve all been scattered doing a myriad of things over the summer, traveling, it’s just a nice time when everyone comes back. Again, it’s just a nice to celebrate a lot of success.

WWD: What show are you looking forward to watching the most this season?

A.S.: Oh, I love all of my children. They all have great surprises in store.

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