Ted Danson is relishing his first Emmy nomination since “Cheers.”
In a remarkable run, Danson was nominated 11 years in a row for each season of the beloved Boston bar comedy, winning twice and mixing in another nomination for the 1984 TV film “Something About Amelia,” in which he played a father suspected of incest.
But the 60-year-old Danson will be back at the Emmys after being nominated as a supporting actor for his work on the FX drama “Damages.” Danson says the honor has more meaning this time around.
“When you’re younger and you get nominated, there was part of me — I don’t know if I took it for granted — but now it’s a very rich experience,” Danson told The Associated Press. “This is really lovely.”
On the FX show, Danson plays Arthur Frobisher, a billionaire CEO who’s the target of a class-action lawsuit. He and lawyer Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) are intense adversaries in a legal battle with Hewes representing employees who lost their savings when Frobisher’s company went under.
In the last episode of the first season of “Damages,” Danson’s character was shot and his fate left unclear. Last week at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, FX President John Landgraf said that Frobisher survives and that Danson will be back for next season.
Danson is nominated alongside William Shatner (“Boston Legal”), John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Michael Emerson (“Lost”), and his “Damages” co-star Zeljko Ivanek, who portrays Frobisher’s cunning lawyer.