There was a notoriously familiar name on the list when the nominations were unveiled today for the news and documentary Emmys: Joe Halderman.
On one hand, Halderman won many Emmys in the past. On the other, he was recently in the headlines as David Letterman's blackmailer.
Halderman is serving a six-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to attempting to extort money from Letterman. Halderman had threatened to reveal a sexual liaison Letterman had with a staff aide who was also linked romantically to Halderman.
Halderman's work for CBS News won seven Emmys. Now he's among the nominees for "American Girl, Italian Nightmare," a CBS "48 Hours Mystery" about the case of Amanda Knox, an American imprisoned in Italy for the murder of a British student.
See the full list of Emmy nominees here. Winners will be announced Sept. 27 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Photo: Robert Halderman in New York Supreme Court last October. Credit: Marc A. Hermann / Getty Images.