By Alan Pergament
Channel 2 morning anchor John Beard was nominated today for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role playing himself in the Netflix return of "Arrested Development."
Beard was the third "actor" mentioned in the "A.D." cast, which was nominated in the category of "outstanding performance by an ensemble comedy."
OK, so the cast was mentioned in alphabetical order.
Beard's name was the third of 14 cast members listed. His name followed that of Will Arnett and Jason Bateman, who play brothers in the crazy, fictional, dysfunctional Bluth family.
"A.D.," which was canceled by Fox in 2006 and revived by Netflix, is competing in the ensemble category with the casts of "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family" and "Veep."
Beard flew to Los Angeles to shoot scenes for 12 hours one day and ended up in just about every one of the 15 Netflix episodes in one way or another.
I would expect that Beard is surprised by his nomination since he told me when "A.D." returned that he has been surprised by all the praise he has received playing a fictional, comedic version of himself in the series. He had previously been in some "A.D." episodes in the years that the series ran on Fox.
His story lines in the Netflix season were ripped from the headlines. The John Beard he played in “A.D.” got increasingly smaller broadcasting jobs and saw the value of his 10,000-square-foot home diminish during the California housing crisis. The housing decline is a familiar story to Beard, whose home in Santa Monica was once worth $1.5 million. “By the time I left, it was probably worth a third of that,” Beard told me in an interview six months ago.
"I am surprised every day by this thing,” he added. "I didn't expect to be in the new series. That's a bonus. And I didn't expect to be in it as much as I am. That's an additional bonus. All the nice things people have said is a layer on the cake."
A SAG Award would certainly add another layer to the cake.
Beard and the "A.D." cast will have to wait until Jan. 18 to find out if they are winners. That's when the SAG Awards will be carried live by TNT and TBS from Los Angeles.
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