Emmy finalists leaked

Not that this might interest anyone else, but try as we might, it’s almost impossible to hate awards shows. Now we hate the actual show, but the process leading up to the award shows always fascinates. Who could forget the hubabaloo when ABC’s Lost was left off the Emmy’s a year ago?

The nomination and voting process always changes from year to year and it’s never certain how a show gets nominated, especially if say, the show isn’t particularly good or even in the case of HBO shows if it wasn’t even aired in a given year.

So you can imagine we were transfixed when this year’s Emmy finalists were leaked at The Envelope. They had posted the list of shows that will eventually comprise the five finalist in the Drama and Comedy categories for the 2007 Emmy’s.

According to the Los Angeles Times-operated site, the drama finalists are ABC’s “Boston Legal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost”; NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” and “Heroes”; Fox’s “House” and “24”; Showtime’s “Dexter”; and HBO’s “Rome” and “The Sopranos.”

The comedy finalists, according to the site, are ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty”; NBC’s “My Name Is Earl,” “The Office,” “Scrubs” and “30 Rock”; CBS’ “Two and a Half Men”; HBO’s “Entourage” and “Extras”; and Showtime’s “Weeds.”

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which oversees the Primetime Emmy Awards, declined comment on the accuracy of the lists. The final five nominees in each catagory — or six, if the vote is close enough — will be unveiled on July 19.

It is unclear whether the academy plans to investigate the sources of the leak. But in a statement, it said all Emmy judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

The problem with the Emmy’s is that it relies on the same shows year in and year out, whether or not they’re any good.? 24 was appalling bad this season, but it’ll probably be a finalist.? It’s almost like idiot monkey’s are generating the list by default.? Sure we’ve all heard of Desperate Housewives and back in the summer of 2005 it was buzzed about, since then I feel like no one watches it or even likes it.? Am I wrong?? Two and a Half Men?

I understand that comedy isn’t a particularly fertile ground right now on television, but what about off-beat shows on Comedy Central.? Weeds is an inspiring choice and The Office is a no-brainer because it’s not only the most popular comedy on television, but it’s also the most consistently funny.
I’m not sure what keeps the Emmy’s or the voting process from nominating shows from non-networks such as FX or even TNT and USA.? Not to mention, say, Battlestar Galactica, which is best show on television.

So the moral of the story is that television is good, award shows are bad and the process leading up to the award shows are deliciously fascinating.

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