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Meet the new Susan Lucci: Will Emmy's biggest loser Bill Maher ever win?

July 17, 2008 |  7:39 am

Bill Maher is already Emmy's biggest loser with 19 nominations and zero wins (Susan Lucci won with nomination No. 19). Today he got a chance to add to that losing record with two more producing nods for "Real Time With Bill Maher" (making its fourth bid for outstanding variety, music or comedy series ) and "Bill Maher: The Decider" (up for outstanding variety, music or comedy special).


Bill Maher's Emmy snubs date back to a 1995 nod for "Politically Incorrect" as outstanding variety, music or comedy series. ("The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" won that year for the first and perhaps last time.) Maher's ABC show brought him 11 nominations in total -- producing (eight), writing (two) and hosting (one). His current HBO series had earned him seven nods before today -– producing (three), writing (three) and hosting (one). In addition, he has a producing nod for his 2006 HBO special "Bill Maher: I'm Swiss." (That one lost to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, no less.)

As Maher's losses are mostly for producing and writing, Angela Lansbury's record of 18 losses as a performer remains safe for some time. But more than likely, Maher will add to his losing ways this year. "Real Time" is up against "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (won the last five races in a row) and "Late Show With David Letterman" (won the previous five in a row), as well as "Saturday Night Live" (last won in 1993) and two-time nominee "The Colbert Report."

Maher's special is competing against a hodgepodge, including sentimental favorite "George Carlin: It’s Bad For Ya!" The late comedian never won an Emmy despite five nominations. Also in the mix are never-nominated Don Rickles, who picked up performing and producing nods for "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project," and Kathy Griffin, who celebrates the headlines she made for her Emmy win last year in "Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell." Rounding out the mix are "The Kennedy Center Honors" (which last won this category in 1994) and "James Taylor: One Man Band (Great Performances)."