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Apparently TV news grinds to a halt for a week while all the TV critics get in a big circle and whack off to the Emmy nominations. Who got snubbed, why show X was nominated instead of show Y, oh-my-God basic cable shows will be the undoing of the networks, blah blah blah. The biggest fear seems to be that people won’t watch the CBS telecast because the popular dreck that CBS airs the other 364 days didn’t get nominated. Go figure.
So it all comes down to host Neil Patrick Harris and the possibility of Justin Timberlake performing: From the Washington Post‘s Lisa de Moraes:
Justin Timberlake to the rescue! He’s one of this year’s most Emmy-nominated individuals — including two nods for outstanding original music: “Motherlover,” performed on “Saturday Night Live,” and “I Love Sports” performed at the 2008 ESPY Awards. (Timberlake is also nominated for best guest actor in a comedy for his “SNL” gig.)
In that original-music race, Timberlake’s tune will tangle with Hugh Jackman’s opening number from the most recent Academy Awards show, and the Stephen Colbert/Elvis Costello duet “Much Worse Things” from “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All,” among other tunes. Wanna bet the best original music tunes competition will become part of this year’s Emmycast?
I’m obviously fine with Timberlake performing — especially if he and Andy Samberg are serenading Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson — but I just don’t get the fear-mongering of “What if people don’t watch?” Well, then it’ll go to cable with all the other niche shows. Big whoop. You don’t hear the Cable Ace Awards bitching about the Emmys sucking and moving in on their territory, do you?