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Producer Who Tried To Blackmail David Letterman Nominated For An Emmy

Robert Halderman, the former CBS producer now serving jail time for his failed attempt to blackmail David Letterman, finally received some good news in his cell today, but, unfortunately for him, it had nothing to do with his sentence: he’s nominated for an Emmy.

Halderman, you will recall, saw his plot to blackmail Letterman with evidence of him having affairs with members of his staff dramatically foiled when Letterman himself went public with the legal case against Halderman and admitted the affairs were real. Halderman later pled guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Besides blackmailing David Letterman, Halderman is also known for his role as producer for the story “American Girl, Italian Nightmare,” about the murder trial of Amanda Knox forĀ  CBS’ “48 Hours Mystery.” The story has been nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine. Congratulations! It’s probably the best thing that has happened to Halderman since he began his jail term.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has also released the full list of nominees for news and documentary Emmys, which you can view here. Some notes: PBS had the most with 37, CBS was #2 with 31 and Keith Olbermann received one for his tribute to his mother.

[h/t TV Newser]

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