It’s always nice to see anyone involved in horror take home an award. But when you see a local guy who’s obviously got a great love of the genre receiving accolades, it’s that much sweeter. And that was exactly the case this week when Tennessee’s own Dr. Gangrene was nominated for three Regional Emmy Awards.
Dr. Gangrene is played by writer/producer and all-around lover of horror Larry Underwood. With his partner in crime, Cameron McCasland, Dr. Gangrene nabbed nominations in the made-for-television movie, best public service campaign, and best short film categories.
Well done, boys! Here’s a Regional Tip of the Scalpel to show just how proud of you Doctor Gash and your friends at Dread Central are! Keep up the great work!
From the Press Release
The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced their Midsouth Regional EMMY Award nominations on Friday, November 18, at a party hosted by Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) on Nashville’s legendary Music Row. Among the nominations were three for the creative minds behind television horror host, Dr. Gangrene.
Larry Underwood and Cameron McCasland picked up an EMMY nomination in the Entertainment category for the made-for-television movie “The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special” as well as two more nominations for Best PSA Campaign, and Best Short Form Writer for the “Go Green With Dr. Gangrene” series.
The good doctor said of the nomination, “This is a huge honor, and it’s great to see all our hard work appreciated. A big thanks to all the cast and crew who helped make these projects possible. We had a lot of fun with them and look forward to more horrific projects and collaborations in the future.”
“The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special” pairs TV horror hosts Penny Dreadful and Dr. Gangrene together. The duo find themselves readying for the upcoming Halloween season when suddenly all things go awry. It’s up to the physician of fright, Dr. Gangrene, and the eerie enchantress, Penny Dreadful, to set things right and save Halloween for everyone in this half-hour special. Narrated by Washington DC’s legendary horror host Count Gore De Vol, this Halloween treat is packed with fright.
The “Go Green With Dr. Gangrene” series is a continuing collaboration between Underwood and McCasland and provides ways to make a safer, cleaner planet while using a horror theme as their backdrop. The 2011 installment featured Frankenstein’s monster, The Werewolf of Nashville, and The Creature from the Nashville Lagoon. The three newest shorts entitled, “Wolfbite,” “Creature Cooler,” and “Heating Up” provide tips on conserving the planet by cutting down on excessive waste, littering, and keeping tabs on pets. All three were filmed in and around Nashville landmarks and shot in glorious black & white as a loving nod to the classic monster films of yesteryear. McCasland was previously nominated for an EMMY in the Best Short Form Writer category for his work on “Go Green With Dr. Gangrene” in both 2008 and 2009.
McCasland said of the nomination, “We’re just so happy that people like our show. ‘Dreadful Hallowgreen’ was such a blast to make, and I’m not sure if we could ever pull something like that off again. ‘Go Green’ has been a great joy for me to work on, and this past year even more so, as I got to bring in a lot of people who I had worked with in the past to play small parts. We’re just out there with rubber monster masks, and people seem to love it.”
“The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special” is distributed in the US on home video and DVD by Alpha New Cinema. It premiered locally in Nashville on WNAB CW58 during Halloween weekend 2010 and was syndicated around the country. The made-for-television movie is a co-production of Shackle Island Studios and Peculiar Productions.
The 26th Annual Midsouth Emmy Awards will be announced during a live telecast in Nashville on March 17, 2012 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. For a full list of this year’s nominees, please visit the official Midsouth Emmy Awards website.
Larry Underwood is an award-winning writer and television producer. Outside of his role of Dr. Gangrene, he writes a regular column for Scary Monsters Magazine and daily musings in his Tales from the Lab Blog at drgangrene.com. Recently he was featured on the cover of Nashville Scene Magazine and in four-color ink solving crimes alongside Dick Tracy in the classic comic strip.
Cameron McCasland is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker from Edgewood, Texas, who has called Nashville home since 2001. His work has been seen on MTV, CMT, and film festivals around the globe. His upcoming feature film, The Lashman, is currently in post production.
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